What to read after something existential and deep…

Hello all! Hope you’re having a lovely Sunday and Happy Mother’s Day!

I don’t know about you, but after reading something heavy or deep, I always feel like I *deserve* to read something super light. So after my post yesterday, I decided to compile a list of things to read after you’re done delving into the existential and need to read take it easy:

  1. Weather reports– weather reports are safe, they will not hurt you and it’s always good to be prepared!

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  1. YA contemporary– fun frivolity where the biggest stress is what to wear to the school prom- yes please!! But watch out for the ones where people die…

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  1. A frothy fantasy– not the kind where anyone gets hurt- but the semi-safe kind where they wander off in New Zealandesque landscapes for hours on end (if nothing else you can let your mind wander to “where are the hobbits”). Again, preferably with the emphasis on the main character’s dress sense.

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  1. The TV Guide– let’s face it when you’re done with all the heavy stuff, you’ll be reaching for the remote and may as well find something good…

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  1. Those clickbait posts that begin “you won’t believe…”- and sure enough you won’t believe you stumbled on such crap by the end of it. (Although that example was taken from this awesome post of clickbait titles for classics)

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And that’s it! Now I’d have also included kid’s books on this list- but we all know how existential books like Goodnight Moon can get… But as long as you can resist the urge to read too much into them, you should be safe…

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So what do you like to read after something heavy? Let me know in the comments!

My Top Ten Fantasy Books

I’m very excited about today’s post! A couple of days ago, I mentioned how Red Sister had the power of reminding me about why I had fallen in love with fantasy. And as I was doing the post, I realised I have never done a post about my favourite fantasy books.

Ever since being obsessed with Peter Pan as a child, I have always loved escaping to other worlds in books. And since these are *my* personal favourites, this post is about to get super nostalgic up in here 😉

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1. The Hobbit– although I will give an honorary mention to LOTR, this one was always my favourite of Tolkein’s work. More than that, it was my gateway drug for fantasy and the main reason why I love dragons #TeamSmaug

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2. His Dark Materials– this is another one I remember from childhood and it’s stayed with me over the years as one of the best series I have ever read.

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3. The Abhorsen Trilogy– ahh I cannot say how much I loved this book- I was obsessed with it in my teens and used to take it out the library over and over to reread it back to back. To my mind it’s the *perfect* dark fantasy and the best story about necromancy I have ever read.

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4. Black Magicians Trilogy– so this is a funny one to include, because I didn’t initially like this series. I felt letdown by the first book and only continued because the last part picked up enough to have me intrigued about where it was going. I was so glad I con tinued though, because by the end of this series I had fallen in love with the characters and became so invested in the series that I was *wrecked* when it was all over. So yeah, definitely top ten material.

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5. Seven Realms Series– I can’t actually think of another series with characters I’ve loved more. This series is nothing totally original, but man, does it get you with the *feels*.

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6. Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy– this is one of the very rare series I’ve rated 5* across the board- and for good reason! Call me a sucker for a good romance, this series had love interests I was actually routing for the whole way through. Add an incredibly clever storyline and utterly unique world-building and, *bobs your uncle*, you get one of the best series I’ve ever read.

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7. Carry On– I absolutely adored this book. I wrote a post titled “ten reasons to read Carry On”- but to be honest, I could probably think of ten more! Not least because it is such a fun book that for a change doesn’t take itself too seriously. I love how it subtly pokes fun at the genre, whilst also delivering some the most emotional and interesting storylines to date! And speaking of funny books…

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8. Anansi Boys– oh man do I love this book!! Yeah, I’m a Gaiman fan- and proud of it! This one is easily my favourite (though I won’t say no to anything he’s written to be honest)

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9. Discworld Series– come on- did anyone not see this coming? And for the record, my favourite to date is Mort.

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10. Neverending Story– this is the most recently read book on this list, but it *easily* made it onto this favourites list. One of the best books I read last year, it is self-aware, smart and very imaginative. Plus, it’s a book about books- and you know how much I adore those!

So I like to think there will be others to add to my list of fantasy favourites one day- and I can already think of some candidates from series I’ve not finished yet… but for now…

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(actually can’t believe that I’ve never used that joke before)

How about you? What are your favourite fantasy books? Let me know in the comments!

The Playlist Shuffle Tag

Hello again!! I wasn’t actually planning on posting today- but then I realised it was St Patty’s Day and I fancied a bit of Friday fun, so I decided to do this tag!! Thank you so much to Ravenclaw Book Club who technically tagged me to do the Music Tag- which has slightly different rules- but because I’m not very observant, I only noticed after I did it… ah well, there’s no going back now!

The Rules:

Put your music on shuffle and list the first 15 songs to play (no cheating) then tag 10 others to do it as well.

  1. Bad – Michael Jackson

Well this is off to a cool start- just gonna have to look forward to this going downhill…

  1. Empty Chairs at Empty Tables – Eddie Redmayne version

Yes the version is important- cos I have three versions of Les Mis on my itunes… I’m so cool 😉

  1. Get Back – The Beatles

I have a lot of Beatles music- they were bound to come up!

  1. Everything has Changed – Taylor Swift (feat. Ed Sheeran)

Ooh forgot about this song- Taylor and Ed in one song- two for one!! Also I hadn’t seen the video before, so cute!!

  1. Wonderful Remark – Van Morrison

God I love this song

  1. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers

*Fist pumpingly good*

  1. Everything is Awesome – The Lego Movie

There had to be at least one ridiculous song… ah well… EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!!! (I bet I got that in your head now)

  1. Handel – Water Music
  1. So Cold – Ben Cocks
  1. Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow – Fleetwood Mac

(and the day after and the day after that…)

  1. Padam Padam – Edith Piaf

Je ne regrette rien 😉

  1. Be Our Guest – Beauty and the Beast

(It’s almost as if my itunes is getting excited for the new movie too…)

  1. Fast Car – Tracy Chapman

It may sound weird, but I can never actually decide if I like this song or not.

  1. I Can See Clearly Now – Jimmy Cliff
  1. Moonlight Sonata – Beethoven

All in all, not a terrible list! That could have been so much worse!

I tag:

Love Soph, Parawl Perwyl, Vick Goodwin, Rose Read, Danielle @Books, Vertigo and Tea, The Captain’s Quarters, Book Adventures, Panic at the Bookstore, Vicky@Books and Strips, and the Green Onion Blog

What are you all listening to today? And what’s the first song that comes up when you put you’re your music on shuffle? Let me know in the comments!

Quotes Challenge- Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants Style: Day 3

Hello all! Happy Sunday! I thought I’d get this one in nice and early (unlike yesterday where I was pretty pushed for time). So here are the rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a Quote for 3 consecutive days
  3. Nominate 3 bloggers each day

A gazillion thanks again to these lovely bloggers:

Shih Tzu Book Reviews

Rivermoose reads

La Book Dreamer

Kimmiegg

A Thousand Lives

And as with my other posts, I’ll be taking the quotes from ones used in Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (book 1):

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And that’s all from me for now- hope you all have a wonderful day- I tag:

Everything Under the Sun

Of Reading and Random Things

The Bookish Underdog

And Jackie B @deathbytsudonku

Quotes Challenge- Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants Style: Day 2

Hello again! I almost forgot to post this, which would have been a pretty big fail considering it’s only day 2 of this challenge. In case you need a reminder (I clearly do), the rules are:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a Quote for 3 consecutive days
  3. Nominate 3 bloggers each day

MASSIVE thank you again to the wonderful bloggers who tagged me for this:

Shih Tzu Book Reviews

Rivermoose reads

La Book Dreamer

Kimmiegg

A Thousand Lives

 

 

And as per what I said in my post yesterday, these quotes are also coming from ones quoted in the book 1 of Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants- enjoy!

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Okey dokey- that’s all from me- I tag:

Fernanda @MysteryDateWithABook (happy bloggiversary again!)

Anna @MyBookishDream

Deanna @ANovelGlimpse

Quotes Challenge- Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants Style: Day 1

Hello all! Happy Friday- I will admit, I’ve been really lazy today, for the very silly reason of having worked out a bit too much yesterday. My thoughts when I finished were something along these lines:

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And my thoughts when I woke up today were:

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So anyway, I love this challenge, it’s one of my absolute favourite tags- which is why I’m super grateful to have been tagged by these *A-M-A-Z-I-N-G* bloggers:

Shih Tzu Book Reviews

Rivermoose reads

La Book Dreamer

Kimmiegg

A Thousand Lives

 

Thank you guys so much!!

THE RULES ARE:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a Quote for 3 consecutive days
  3. Nominate 3 bloggers each day

Since I was tagged more than once and simply cos I like the number 3, I’m gonna share 3 quotes a day- cos, why not? Also cos I’ve been reading the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants series, all the quotes will be taken from the ones Brashares includes in book 1. Enjoy!

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THAT WAS FUN- SEE YOU ALL TOMORROW- IN THE MEANTIME I TAG:

Lil Book Lovers

Between the Pages

A Book Nation

Inside Out Book Tag

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Hello all! Hope this Day-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named is treating you well… 😉 Nah, I’m kidding, I don’t have (many) hang-ups over Valentine’s Day- which is why I decided to drag up this book tag which was buried deep, deep down in my drafts to prove it! Thank you so much to the Paper Dragon for tagging me to do this (also remember when you tagged me to do this? No? Fair enough… It was over a year ago!) So, whatever Valentine’s Day makes you feel- love, anger, ambivalence- I hope you enjoy this very emotional tag!

A book that brings you JOY

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It’s been ages since I read this and it still gives me the warm fuzzies when I think about it!

A book that makes you SAD

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Amazing book though!

A book that makes you ANGRY

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I was furious with Long Way to a small Angry Planet… as you may already know.

A book that DISGUSTS you

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Ooh that’s a strong emotion- I think Lolita– even though I actually think it’s a really well written book, the subject matter is just so gross to me that I struggled to get through it.

A book that brings you FEAR

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*Shudders*

Okey dokey! That was fun! I tag:

Bookidote, My Midnight Musing, Drew, Never Seen A Nevergreen, Rivermoose Reads, Keira and Captain’s Quarters (ahoy there!)

Feel free to ignore if you’ve already done this!

And happy Valentine’s Day to you all! And let me know in the comments which book you read recently that brought out a strong emotional response!