Top Ten Tuesdays: Bookish Halloween Costume Ideas

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Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly feature/meme created by Broke and Bookish.

This week’s Top Ten Topic is:

Top Ten Bookish Halloween Costume Ideas:

Happy Halloween all you spooky people! I’m not too obsessed with Halloween, to be honest. Halloween Day means one thing and one thing only to me: Time to bring out the Christmas decorations! Yes! That’s right! I’m that crazy person that sets up the Christmas tree first thing when November hits!

When I dress up for Halloween I tend to go all out, so here are a couple of ideas of book characters to dress up as this Halloween:

Halloween Costumes

Cinder {The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer}

Half cyborg, half mechanic plain Jane. With some ratty old clothes and body painting skills, Cinder would be an awesome character to dress up as. Add a tiara and Bob’s your uncle!

Catherine {Heartless by Marissa Meyer}

The Queen of Hearts is quite a popular character when it comes to Halloween costume ideas. This might not be the most interesting costume idea on the list, but now that we’ve seen who Cath was before becoming the Queen of Hearts in Heartless, she’s definitely a favorite of mine.

Lola Nolan {Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins}

I imagine Halloween isn’t a big deal for Lola as she wears a different costume every day. As an aspiring costume designer, Lola always wears very weird and wonderful costumes. There are so many ways in which you can dress up as Lola. The possibilities are endless.

Coraline Jones {Coraline by Neil Gaiman}

I’ve seen a couple of really cool Coraline costumes on Pinterest the last couple of days. With her short black cropped hair and yellow trench coat, Coraline would be an easy and fun costume to try this Halloween.

Ava Lavender {The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Lesley Walton}

I read The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender last year and absolutely LOVED it. So it should come as no surprise that she made it onto this list. Throw on some big ass angel wings and you’re basically good to go. Word of caution though: Unless you’re with a group of people who’ve actually read the book, I’d prepare myself for a lot of “I don’t know who you’re supposed to be” remarks.

Arya Stark {A Song of Fire and Ice by George R.R Martin}

Arya is by far one of the most loved characters in the Song of Fire and Ice series. She’s smart and cunning and just a total badass. Who wouldn’t want to walk around with a sword and a bag full of faces? Wait… That sounds creepy… PERFECT!

ANYONE in the Cullen family {Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer}

I am by no means a fan of the Twilight Saga, but I thought I’d just add this one for those of you looking for a quick and easy Halloween Costume. Buy some cheap vampire teeth and cover yourself in glitter and you’re good to go!

Daisy Buchanan {The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald}

If you’re looking for a classier costume idea, Daisy Buchanan is a perfect choice. She is stylish, wealthy and beautiful. Also, dressing up in 1920’s garb is always fun!

Violet Beauregard {Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl}

I saw this meme a while ago about the two types of girls at Halloween parties. You have the girls who dress sexy and then you have the violet Beauregard’s of the world. I am the latter, and thus Violet seems like an awesome costume idea!

Moaning Myrtle {Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling}

I tried my best to keep the Harry Potter universe off my list, but I could not resist. I did, however, choose not to mention the popular costume ideas like Hermione, Luna Lovegood or Dolores Umbitch (wait… and I spelling that right?) Moaning Myrtle is a great character to dress up as because she is both witch and ghost! SCORE!


So there you have it, just some of the book characters that I might one day dress up as. What are some of the characters that you’d like to be? Or which characters have you actually dressed up as before?

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Book Boyfriends

Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly feature/meme created by Broke and Bookish.

This week’s Top Ten Topic is:

Top Ten Book Boyfriends/Girlfriends:

I haven’t done a TTT in such a long time. I haven’t been blogging much the last couple of months, but I’m back now and will be posting regularly again.

This week’s TTT prompt go me all excited to start posting again. I mean, who doesn’t want to swoon over their favorite book-crushes? I sure do! So, let’s get right to it:

Swoon-worthy Book Characters

Draco Malfoy {Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling}

Draco Malfoy is a guilty pleasure for me. He’s my ultimate “bad-boy” crush. I mean, he’s like a Death Eater for like a hot second and yet I still adore him. I just love this dude even though he’s a little shit throughout the whole series.  When you take the time to consider why he’s the twat he is in the books, maybe you’ll understand him better. He is under so much pressure from his father to be better and more powerful than “the Potter boy”.

I think what adds to my love for this character is the fact that he turns out to be not so bad in the end. He’s a pretty decent guy in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and he has the sweetest little boy, Scorpius. Also, I can’t help picturing Draco as Tom Felton *Swoon*

Victor Krum {Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling}

Why don’t more people like Victor Krum? Is it because he turned evil in the last challenge of the Triwizard Tournament and tried to kill everyone in the maze except for Harry Potter? I honestly don’t get it! This dude is so cool! He’s an amazing athlete, he has a very cute accent and he likes smart, well-read girls. Ron, on the other hand, finds studying and reading boring and stupid. What the hell was Hermione thinking?

Atlas Corrigan {It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover}

It Ends with Us is one of my favorite Colleen Hoover novels. A huge part of why I love this novel is because of the great characters. My very favorite being Atlas Corrigan, of course. I have such a crush on this man. Not only is he very sweet and caring, but he also has an amazing drive to succeed in life. From being a homeless 17-year-old boy to owning one of the best restaurants in Boston, Atlas shows us that if you work hard enough all your dreams will come true. You just have to keep swimming.

Cricket Bell {Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins}

Here we have another impossibly sweet guy. Cricket is smart, funny, and cares whole-heartedly about Lola. Although Lola and I have almost nothing in common (except for questionable taste in guys as teenagers), I must admit that I found myself always misreading Lola as Lona (That’s me!) Yes! I like Cricket SO much that I forced myself into this novel!

Raffe {Penryn and the End of Days by Susan Ee}

Again, I’m not too crazy about paranormal creatures but it’s impossible for me not to love Raffe, a fallen Angel. I don’t even know where to start with Raffe, so I’ll just say that you should read this series. You’ll understand completely where my love for this character comes from.

Penryn Young {Penryn and the End of Days by Susan Ee}

Hey, look! It’s my first lady crush on this list and I really do love this chick. Penryn Young is my very favorite YA character. She’s kick-ass, and not at all annoying (like most YA girls) I love Penryn for her realness and relatability. Why can’t more YA female characters be this cool??

Garrett Graham {The Deal by Elle Kennedy}

Garrett Graham will forever be one of my favorite male characters. He’s cocky and has a massive ego, but he is also absolutely perfect! Garrett is in the first novel of the Off-Campus series and is featured in the three following novels too. I fall in love with him more and more in every novel. He is caring, funny, drop dead gorgeous and has the best heart. It’s impossible not to love Garrett Graham!

John Tucker {The Goal by Elle Kennedy}

Moving on to one of Garrett’s best friends and another one of my favorite male characters, John Tucker. I like Tucker for so many reasons. He’s one of the most realistic book characters ever. He doesn’t dream of becoming famous and being mega-rich. He simply wants to open his own business and live a humble yet fulfilling life. I love that. Tucker takes responsibility for his actions and sticks around through the good and the bad things. Out of the four guys in the Off-Campus Series, Tucker is the most mature and underrated. He’s not boyfriend material. He’s husband material.

Dmitri Belikov {The Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead}

I honestly am not a great lover of anything paranormal but Dmitri is one amazing vampire/human creature thing. He’s all dark and broody, and yet he’s super nice and has a great heart. He cares a lot about what is important to him and I think that’s amazing. I’ve also recently noticed that I’m quite intrigued by Russian things.   

Ze’ve Kesley {The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer}

Wolf isn’t usually the first guy that comes to mind when I think about The Lunar Chronicles. I mean we have Kai, a cute and funny prince. Then there’s Carswell Thorne, the self-obsessed, immature, and totally lovable AWOL soldier. Yet when I think of Ze’ve I can totally imagine him to be the perfect mate. He has a giant heart and loves Scarlett unconditionally. He’s protective, sweet, and really adorable. Thorne might make most girls weak in the knees, but Ze’ve is hands down my Lunar Chronicles crush.

BONUS:

Cinder {The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer}

I left Cinder until the very end because this girl means more to me than all the characters above. Cinder and The Lunar Chronicles is the reason I started reading and ultimately started One Girl, Infinite Books. I enjoyed reading The Lunar Chronicles so much and I adore all the characters (even the evil ones) Cinder will forever have a special place in my heart. Not only did she show me what it means to be passionate about what you believed in, but she also showed me that you can’t win the war by yourself and that it’s okay to ask for help. I love Cinder and The Lunar Chronicles so much!


So that’s my list of Book Crushes. Do you have any of my crushes on your list? Please feel free to let me know. 🙂

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Top 10 Tuesdays: Best/Worst Fathers in Literature

Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly feature/meme created by Broke and Bookish.

This week’s Top Ten Topic is:

Best/Worst Bookish Fathers:

It’ll be Father’s Day soon, so this week’s Top Ten topic is obviously going to be father-orientated. I already did a post about some of the best father’s in literature (in my opinion of course). I decided that this time I’d talk about fathers that made an impact on characters or on me. Not all fathers are good, and not all fathers are bad. I guarantee that if you have not read the books these fathers are in, some things might be spoiled. So please read with caution. So, let’s have a look at some of the best/worst fathers/father figures in Literature:

WORST: Vernon Dursley {Harry Potter Series} Let’s start off this list by mentioning one of the biggest villains in the Harry Potter series. What? You think that Voldemort, the Death Eaters, and Umbitch were the only bad guys? Nah! Vernon Dursley was just as bad as any of them. I mean what kind of person raises a young boy to believe that he has no value. What kind of person forces a young boy to live in a cupboard under the stairs? And my last point and argument, what kind of father figure would encourage one child to beat another with a walking stick? Terrible fathers and terrible people. Vernon Dursley!

WORST: Valentine Morgenstern {The Mortal Instruments} While we’re riding on the terrible father and person train, I only have three words to say for my second choice of fathers that made an impact: What. An. Assnozzle!

BEST: Abe Mazure {The Vampire Academy} He’s not a great father but he does care about what is his. Abe won’t let anything stop him on his mission to save his little girl! He’s one of my favorite characters in the whole Vampire Academy Series!

BEST: Mr. Linh (Cinder’s adoptive father) {The Lunar ChroniclesMr. Linh is such a great guy. Not only is he a badass cyborg doctor that saves the life of a young princess, he also then takes said princess and hides her from the people who is trying to kill her, by adopting her, and giving her a home in New Beijing. Unfortunately, the family is not too accepting of the half-cyborg girl, but Mr. Linh never gives up on Cinder (Surprise!! The girl is Cinder) up until his death, Mr. Linh loved Cinder just the same as he loved his own two girls, Pearl and Peony.

BEST: Cress’ father {The Lunar Chronicles} As this is a major spoiler in the series I’ll just say that Cress’ father made the ultimate sacrifice to save his daughter. He committed treason by saving his shell daughter, he ran away and abandoned his people to work with the “enemy” and kept his identity secret even after meeting Cress after years of thinking that she was dead. This guy is amazing and I love him!

BEST: Amanda Hardy’s father {If I was your girl father} I’ll keep this one quick. Here we have a father who is fighting so hard to accept his transgender teen. His character growth and eventual acceptance are both beautiful and inspiring. (Also, shout out to Amanda’s mom! What a great mom!)

BEST: John Tucker {The Goal} First off let me just say that the Off-Campus series was amazing! John Tucker is the protagonist in the last book of the series (The Goal) and he is perfection. Sweet, sexy and a downright gentleman, Tucker is easily one of the best guys in the whole series. But the reason I mention him now is that not only is he a great guy, but he becomes a great father. When his “girlfriend” Sabrina gets pregnant he does not hesitate for one moment to give his everything to his baby and Sabrina. This is so great because he could’ve easily told Sabrina to hit the road because he’s too cool to be held back by a knocked-up booty call. But he did not. He took responsibility, stepped up and treats his lady like the queen she is. And loves his baby completely.

BEST: Daniel LeBlanc {All the Light We Cannot SeeThis man hands down one of the best fathers in literature (in my opinion). He raised his blind daughter all by himself while still working full-time at a museum. The thing that makes him even greater is the lengths he goes to in order to make her feel normal and protect her. He builds her a model of their town so that she can walk around by herself, he takes on long journeys to keep her safe from war. And ultimately, he makes her believe that she can do anything that anyone else can. Best father ever!

WORST: Count Olaf {A Series of Unfortunate Events} I know you’re probably thinking that I’ve lost the plot. Count Olaf is NOT supposed to be on a list about dads. He is a vile and evil man. This is all true, of course. But he also happens to be the guardian (or father figure) to the Baudelaire children for a brief time. He is also the character that drives the plot for the thirteen books of which these series consist. He causes the first unfortunate event (and most thereafter) in what becomes The Series of Unfortunate Events that befall the Baudelaire children.

WORST: Anna’s Stepdad {Dis Ek Anna} This book is heart-breaking and has stayed with me since the day I read it. It is one of the very first books I read because I just felt like reading, and the content was so shocking to my young and innocent mind. Basically, Dis Ek Anna is a detailed account of a girl (Anna) who is molested, by her step-father, from a very early age up until she’s a teenager. This story and this evil man had such an impact on me as a young girl. Especially around the time, my mother remarried and I was moved into a new house, with my new family. I am lucky to say that Anna and I don’t share the same story, but Anna’s story made me question people and their motives a lot more than I did before.

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Top 10 Tuesdays: Books I’ve Read in One Sitting

Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly feature/meme created by Broke and Bookish.

This week’s Top Ten Topic is:

Books I’ve Read in One Sitting:

I don’t often have time to just sit back, relax and read the whole day away. So, today I’ll be looking at some of the books that I’ve read in one day, or books that were completely unputdownable that I probably would’ve read in one day if I had the chance. So let’s have a look:


Books I’ve read in One Sitting: 

  1. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (Review)
  2. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (Review)
  3. To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  5. The Selection by Kiera Cass (Review)

 

Books that are Unputdownable:

  1. Angelfall by Susan Ee (Review)
  2. Heartless by Marissa Meyer (Review)
  3. My Lady Jane by Multiple Authors (Review)
  4. Winter by Marissa Meyer
  5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling

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Top 10 Tuesdays: Books on my Autumn TBR

Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly feature/meme created by Broke and Bookish.

This week’s Top Ten Topic is:

Books on My Autumn TBR:

Everyone North of the Hemisphere is packing away their winter clothes and swapping cups of steaming lattes for iced coffees. Me, like many others, over here in the Southern Hemisphere, is doing the opposite. We’re getting ready for days spent curled up on the couch with a snuggly blanket and a hot cup of coffee (or maybe a Hazelnut Cappuccino) Because as Ned Stark would say: “Winter is Coming.” Here are 10 books that I want to read in the next couple of months as winter sets in:


World After & End of Days by Susan Ee:

I just finished reading Angelfall, which is the first book in this series. I had no idea what to expect from this book and I can tell you now that my mind is completely blown away. Now I have to finish this series ASAP!

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys:

I’ve been meaning to read Salt to the Sea for quite a while now, but I always manage to pass it over from one month’s TBR to the next. I have no idea why I do this because I really do want to read it. So now that I’ve told you that I’m going to read it soon, I have to!

Earth Girl, Earth Star & Earth Flight by Janet Edwards:

I’m trying to read more series this year and the Earth Girl series by Janet Edwards looks promising. If the first book sucks I’m obviously not going to finish the series, but I’m hopeful that it’ll be great!

Me, Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews:

In August 2016, I took a day off work to go to a massive book warehouse sale. Me, Earl and the Dying Girl is one of the books I ended up buying, but haven’t read yet. I have decided that I have to read this book ASAP otherwise I’ll probably never read it. It seems to be relatively short, so it shouldn’t take me too long to read. Fingers crossed that I enjoy it!

Wires and Nerve, Vol 1 by Marissa Meyer:

I absolutely love The Lunar Chronicles and I recently finished reading Heartless too. I enjoy Meyer’s writing so much and I’m already a huge fan all the Lunar Chronicle characters, so this is just another book I have to read! And as a plus, it’s a graphic novel. So that’s awesome!

Caraval by Stephanie Garber:

Caraval was one of the most anticipated new releases of 2017. Everyone was losing their shit about this book and now I finally have the book. Time to find out if it lives up to the hype!

The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien:

One of my reading goals for 2017 is to read the complete The Lord of the Rings series. I decided to read this series in winter so that I’d have time to read lots of other books. This series will probably take some time to read, so I’ll start reading it in the next couple of weeks probably.


What book do you have on your spring/autumn TBR? Also, I’d appreciate ANY book recommendation. 🙂 I’d love to seem what everyone is reading!

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Top 10 Tuesdays: Books I Loved More/Less Than I Thought I Would

Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly feature/meme created over at Broke and Bookish.

This week’s Top Ten is:

Top 10 Books I Loved More/Less Than I Thought I Would.

I know I’m almost two days late… But rather late than never, right? 😛


Loved More:

After the End {Amy Plum}

After the End is really one of those “Hidden Gem” books. You know, a book that’s actually really good but very few people know about it. I honestly did not expect to like this book. I thought that After the End would be just another generic YA dystopian novel, with a “relatable” heroine driven strongly by a romance with some generic stud. In all honesty, it was YA dystopian but it was so much more than that! The story was interesting, the romance level was fairly low compared to most YA novels and the story didn’t drag on unnecessarily. This was a quick read and I ended up loving the Duo-logy.

 

 

If I was Your Girl {Meredith Russo}

I just want to start off by saying that I didn’t think I wouldn’t like If I Was Your Girl. I was a little bit apprehensive about reading this novel by Meredith Russo because I have never read anything written by or about trans-gendered people. So, not only was this a genre I’ve never read before, but it was also a topic I have a very limited understanding of. The root of my apprehension comes from the fact that I had no idea what to expect. And I am pleased to say that I really enjoyed If I was your Girl.

 

 


The Remnant Chronicles 
{Mary E. Pearson}

I really had my doubts about reading this series. This story is basically about a princess running away from her responsibilities only to fall into a love triangle with the prince she was supposed to marry and an assassin paid to kill her. It sounds like it should be really sucky, but DAMN! It was actually, surprisingly VERY good. Mary E. Pearson has the ability to turn a story that sounds cheesy AF into a really great adventure story. The Remnant Chronicles is definitely one of my favorite YA series I’ve ever read. It well written and exciting and I honestly didn’t think that I’d love it as much as I do!

 

 

Vicious {V.E. Schwab}

Unlike After the End, Vicious is one of those books that everyone and their grandmother is constantly talking about. A lot of well-known BookTubers say that Vicious is one of their favourite books ever. In my short time of being a reader and book blogger I’ve come to realise that when people make a huge fuss about a book, I usually end up not enjoying that book as much. Case and point, the Throne of Glass series. Or any John Green Book (excluding TFIOS) or even anything by Rainbow Rowell. So, when I finally decided to see what the hype was about, I honestly thought that I’d just end up disappointed. But I’m happy to say that I enjoyed Vicious so much! It really was such a great read. I think I ended up naming it one of my favourite books of 2016.

 

My Lady Jane {Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows}

Please do not stone me to death when I say that I’m not into period dramas. I’m not interested in books about Victorian times and romances set in the 1800’s. However, after reading the summary for My Lady Jane I thought I’d give it a go and see where history takes me. Even though the summary says that MLJ is loosely a retelling of actual events I was still worried that I’d be having some intense history lesson. That was not the case at all. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that has made me laugh out loud as many time as I did reading My Lady Jane. It was funny and cute and so different from what I expected.

 


Loved Less:

The Perks of Being a Wallflower {Stephen Chbosky}

I’ve watched (fragments of) the movie. I’ve heard/read/seen that quotes. “And in that moment, we were infinite” So, when I decided to finally read the novel, I was expecting something great! This novel means so much to so many people, that I’m surprised to find myself thinking that this is probably one of the most disappointing books I’ve ever read. Okay, to be fair it might be because of the massive hype around the book that it didn’t live up to my expectation. Whatever the reason though, I just really thought I’d like Perks more than I did.

 

 

The Mortal Instruments {Cassandra Clare}

Here we have another hyped-up Series. One that ended up getting its own TV series. The Mortal Instruments actually falls into a very strange grey area between love or hate. At first, I didn’t like the series. I had trouble liking character that everyone seems to loves, like Simon and Jace. The story was good but could be better. Then there was the story line about incest which was just… no. However, later on in the series when the focus shifted slightly away from Clary and her Brother/Lover I did start enjoying it more. I have so many mixed feelings about this book, but one thing I know for certain is that I really thought I’d like it more.

 

 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child {J.K Rowling}

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

I feel like this’ll be a very popular book for this topic. I am definitely more than a little obsessed with Harry Potter and the whole franchise. So, I was naturally very excited to hear that the story continues on Broadway and that the Broadway show is altered into a neat book. Yay! New Harry Potter Book! I think the problem is that people are so obsessed with the original story that any new material will have a very difficult time living up to everyone’s expectations. So, although this was a good book and I enjoyed reading about beloved characters, the story just didn’t manage to leave a big impression on me. And apparently, a lot of people felt just as underwhelmed as me.

 

 

The Knife of Never Letting Go {Patrick Ness}

This is probably the book that I’m most surprised that I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would. The story seemed so cool and the writing was unique, but I just could not get into the book. I often felt annoyed at the repetitive nature of the book (Run away > Find “safety” > Danger > Death > Repeat) There are so many good things about this book, and I really wanted to love it. But it just turns out that The Knife of Never Letting Go is just not my cup of tea.

 

 

 

This Shattered World {Amie Kaufman}

I absolutely loved These Broken Stars! Like 4/5 Stars! So naturally I assumed that the next book in the series, This Shattered World, would be a hit too. It wasn’t. This Shattered World was such a huge disappointment to me. The story was boring bordering on annoying. The characters were annoying and I felt like everyone was just running around like crazy people, but never getting anywhere. After reading This Shattered World, I actually gave up the series. I don’t think I’ll ever finish the series because I’m so scared that it only gets worse. I really wanted to love this book, but I cannot. #sorrynotsorry

 

 

 

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Top 10 Tuesdays: Books I Wish Had More Healthy Relationships in Them

Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly feature/meme created over at Broke and Bookish.

This weeks Top Ten is:

Top 10 Books I Wish Had More Healthy Relationships in Them.

It’s February again, which means love is in the air! I’ll admit that I’m a sucker for romance books of any kind. Give me cheesy romances. Give me light and fluffy YA romances. You can even give me sexy erotic romances. I don’t care! I’ll read them all, and love it all! But I must admit that recently I’ve had a problem with the (sometimes insanely) unhealthy relationships out there in Book Word. I understand that books are supposed to be entertaining and that it’s just a story. But I honestly worry that there are ladies out there looking for their own Christian Grey.

Like I just said, I really do love romance novels of all kinds. And I honestly don’t mind a completely crazy romance now and then, but this topic isn’t about my favourite Crazy Couples ever. No! It’s about books I wish had more healthy relationships in them.

1 Fifty Shades of Grey – E.L James

Fifty Shades of Grey immediately comes to mind when I think about novels with unhealthy and crazy relationships. This is the story about two people who from the very start want to change the other person in the relationship. Christian wants shy, good-girl Ana to become his submissive, even after she tells him how uncomfortable she feels about a Dom-Sub relationship.

On the other hand, Ana is sure that she can get controlling, dominant Christian to settle down and have a sweet “vanilla” happily ever after. This relationship is poisonous, unhealthy and just wrong. (I say that after having read the series twice 🙂 Whoops!) There are so many things that could’ve been done to make this not-a-sucky romance!

 

 

2 Twilight – Stephanie Meyer

Moving on swiftly to the Book that inspired the above-mentioned disaster of a romance: Twilight. Many readers will agree with me when I say that Bella Swan is truly one of the most disliked female characters out there. Her personality and actions revolves completely around Edward Cullen. Her love for him drives her to make rash and down right stupid decisions. This often leads to putting everyone in dangerous positions that could’ve easily been avoided.

Edward on the other hand is so damned creepy. He wants to kill Bella but also enjoys creeping into her room to watch her sleep. He’s very over-protective and just a little bit on the jealous side.

And just to add… as a bonus… Jacob has experienced the worse case of “friend-zoned” ever documented in a book. 🙂

 

3 The Bride Quartet – Nora Roberts

Okay! Hold up! Before I say anything about this series, I just have to say that I enjoyed all four of the books very much. It was romantic and sexy and all the good things you want from a proper romance novel. However, I personally don’t see how getting engaged in a matter of weeks (Like 6-10 weeks) is healthy for a relationship. I have been with my partner for seven years now, and I cannot imagine where we would’ve been if we got engaged within the first month of our relationship. I mean, seriously! The first year of a relationship is basically a honeymoon phase, where everything is moonshine and roses. After that, the real shit comes out, and you really get to know each other. Right? Again, I’ll just say that I KNOW this is fiction, but it still sets a very unrealistic standard.

4 The Selection – Kiera Cass

Where do I even start with this one?

Here we have a prince who has to choose a wife out of a pool of 30 women, the Bachelor style. He immediately makes a connection with a girl, who clearly doesn’t seem interested in him. But he tries to win her affection, while still being conflicted about his feelings for all the other girls. Because who can choose only one young, beautiful, eligible lady as a wife?

Then there is America Singer, the underdog. The lowest class of all the ladies in the selection. And surprise surprise, she’s not interested in the prince. No! she loves the cute boy back home who cannot offer her anything. Until the life of luxury grows on her and she decides that maybe falling for a prince is not such a bad idea after all.

This relationship begins in such a bad way that I cannot see how a happily ever after could be possible… But that’s just me.

 

5 Just One Day

Just One Day was one of my least favourite books of 2016 for the simple reason that the story was just really bad. I had really high hopes for this book as it’s written by Gayle Forman, but I was so disappointed. Just One Day is literally about Allyson and Willem who meet each somewhere in Europe, and agree to spend one day together in Paris. They fall madly in love (in just one day) and then Poof! Willem disappears after having his wicked way with Allyson! Instead of accepting that it was probably a one night stand, Allyson goes back to America and obsesses about this boy. This boy who ditched her. Allyson is determined to figure out what happened to Willem.

Just One Day shows just how crazy girls get when boys play with their hearts. It’s so bad that Allyson doesn’t make new friends in college, because of her broken heart. She travels all across Europe hoping to find Willem, to find answers. I just cannot like this book or the characters in it. Allyson is obsessive to the point of insanity!

 

6 The Mortal Instruments

There were many great relationships in The Mortal Instruments series. Magnus and Alec being one of my favourites. But then there was the relationship what made me go “Uhm… What?!”

Do you know who I’m talking about? Clary and Jace of course! I’m referring to the relationship between them in the first couple of books. The books where they kind of fall in love, and then find out that they are kind of brother and sister. If all romantic feelings went out the door at that moment I would not have minded. But the fact that Jace and Clary were honestly considering being together, romantically, even though they are related, was just not okay with me. Excuse me for not thinking that incest is hella romantic!

Luckily later on *spoiler alert* they do find out that they are not related, and continue their relationship without incest bringing them down! Yay! *Spoiler End*

 

I know that’s only 6, but they are six really good ones! So yeah! 🙂 Do you agree that these are some really unhealthy relationships, that could’ve been much better?

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Top 10 Tuesdays: Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree

Hi there! Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesdays?

Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly feature/meme created over at Broke and Bookish.

There is only a couple of days left before it’s Christmas, and if you’re brave enough to go to a mall or shopping center, you’d know that Last-Minute-Christmas-Shopping-Panic is kicking in for a lot of people who put off their shopping too long.

I’m happy to say that I’ve already bought my presents and they are under my Christmas tree right now. Christmas is all about giving but today’s topic is all about books that I wouldn’t mind Santa leaving under my tree this year…

Series:

  1. The Lunar Chronicles {Marissa Meyer}
  2. Harry Potter {J.K rowling}
  3. A Song of Fire and Ice {George R.R Martin}
  4. The Remnant Chronicles {Mary E. Pearson}
  5. Anna and the French Kiss {Stephanie Perkins}
  6. Off-Campus {Elle Kennedy}

Stand Alone:

  1. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender {Leslye Walton}
  2. Vicious {V.E Schwab}
  3. Me Before You {Jojo Moyes}
  4. All the Light We Cannot See {Anthony Doerr}

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Top 10 Tuesdays: All Time Favorite Young Adult Books

Hi there! Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesdays 🙂

Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly feature/meme created over at Broke and Bookish.

I haven’t done one of these in a couple of weeks, but when I saw this week’s topic I had to do it! Because who doesn’t love talking about their favorite book? I know, I do! So this week we are looking at my all-time favourite books from the Young Adult Genre. YA is such a popular genre right now, and it is also the genre I read most.

These are in no particular order. So without further ado, here are my:

All-Time Favorite Young Adult Books:

Cinder

Title: Cinder

Author: Marissa Meyer

Synopsis:

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

 

Winter

Title: Winter

Author: Marissa Meyer

Synopsis:

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.

 

Anna and the French Kiss

Title: Anna and the French Kiss

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Synopsis:

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

 

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

Title: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

Author: Leslye Walton

Synopsis:

Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava—in all other ways a normal girl—is born with the wings of a bird.

In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naïve to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the Summer Solstice celebration.

That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and Ava’s quest and her family’s saga build to a devastating crescendo.

A Thousand Pieces of You

Title: A Thousand Pieces of You

Author: Claudia Gray

Synopsis:
Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul’s guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.

 

The Kiss of Deception

Title: The Kiss of Deception

Author: Mary E. Pearson

Synopsis:

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

 

The Fault in our Stars

Title: The Fault in Our Stars

Author: John Green

Synopsis:

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

 

Divergent

Title: Divergent

Author: Veronica Roth

Synopsis:

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

 

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Title: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Author: J.K Rowling

Synopsis:

Harry is waiting in Privet Drive. The Order of the Phoenix is coming to escort him safely away without Voldemort and his supporters knowing – if they can. But what will Harry do then? How can he fulfil the momentous and seemingly impossible task that Professor Dumbledore has left him?

 

City of Bones

Title: City of Bones

Author: Cassandra Clare

Synopsis:

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

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Top 10 Tuesdays: School Relationships

Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly feature/meme created over at Broke and Bookish.

This week’s Top Ten is:

Back to School Freebie!

I am not going back to school anytime soon because A) South African Schools aren’t on a break now and B) I’m no longer in school. 🙂 But Apparently a lot of US students are preparing to go back to school, so this week we have the chance to do any Top Ten Tuesday Topic we would like to do, on the condition that it is school related.
So I decided that I’m going to look at some relationships in books that either start at school or the characters know each other from school or any scenario involving a school, college, university or any other educational institution. I’m going to leave out Harry Potter this week because there are SO many cute couples in Hogwarts!! So let’s get to it!

Top 10 School Relationships:

1. Hannah Wells & Garrett GrahamThe Deal 

I have to be honest and say that I love the whole Off-Campus series, but The Deal is the only book from the series that I have read 3 times already. Out of all the relationships in the series Hannah & Garrett have the best relationship in my opinion. Hannah and Garrett meet in college and fall in love when a deal goes a bit differently than planned. I love these two characters together. They help each other through difficult times, but can also binge watch a whole season of Breaking Bad in one sitting. In short, they are just perfect for each other.

2. Anna & Étienne St. ClaireAnna and the French Kiss

These two are in a close second position for best bookish couple, right after Hannah & Garrett. I started reading Anna and the French Kiss, expecting very little and I was pleasantly surprised when I ended up loving the whole series. Out of the Whole series Anna and St. Claire are my favourite pair. They had a few obstacles to work through, but they did so together, and what we were left with was a beautiful couple who support and love each other deeply. I almost cried tears of happiness at the end of the series because of these two beautiful people!

3. Bianca & Wesley Rush – The DUFF

I love these two, and I knew that I would from the very start. I mean, who doesn’t like a bad boy? Unfortunately, Bianca and Wesley didn’t start their relationship in the healthiest way, and they had their fair share of bumps in the road together, but they are just a perfect example of a high school couple.

4. Henry & DiegoWe are the Ants

Who doesn’t like reading about two misfits falling in love? I certainly do! Henry and Diego and certainly misfits, but both for a different reason. Henry (A.K.A Space Boy) is constantly mocked because he believes that he gets abducted by aliens regularly. Diego doesn’t fit in, because he is the new kid at school. Henry and Diego help each other through pain and endless mocking and eventually falls in love. Awwww. What a great story!

5. Addison & Trevor Pivot Point

Addie & Trevor aren’t the most stand out couple in YA literature, but they are still pretty darn cute! Addie has the ability to look into the future. After her parents decide to get a divorce, Addie uses her ability to look into the future and see where she will end up. There are two love interests for Addie in Pivot Point. I actually really enjoyed the Pivot Point series and it was mostly because I wanted to find out what happens to Addie and Trevor.

6. Cath & LeviFangirl

I have mentioned countless times that my opinion of Fangirl is not very high. I did not like most of the characters and the story was just *meh*. I did, however, love Levi in this story. He is funny and cute and just a really great guy. I like Cath and Levi’s relationship because no matter how annoying Cath is, Cath and Levi just go together great.

7. Lara Jean & Josh – P.S I Still Love You

I always stress that I spoil books for people when I write down my opinion and post it on the internet. I say this now, because Lara-Jean and Josh don’t actually end up together, but I so wish they had. Josh is such a great guy and seriously everything I want in a boyfriend. He’s funny, smart and handsome. And yet Lara-Jean doesn’t end up with him, living happily ever after.

8. Isla & JoshIsla and the Happily Ever After

I know I’m mentioning this series twice, but it’s because it’s just so darn good! Isla and Josh both attend the same school in Paris, France. Isla had a crush on Josh ever since she saw him, but he had a girlfriend. Fast forward a couple of years and a bunch of awkward interactions between the two, and we have a love story that is both super cute and kind of annoying. I LOVE these two together, but I am not a fan of instant-love, and these two fell hard for each other very quickly. I don’t see these two having a happily forever after. But their story is really fun and sweet.

9. Harry, Ron & HermioneHarry Potter Series

Okay… So I lied about not adding Harry Potter to this list. I think it’s only fair that the most famous trio ever make it onto this list. The relationship between these three characters is just great. They are the ultimate BFF’s, am I right? I totally am! Harry, Ron, and Hermione met on their first day going to Hogwarts and became good friends not long after that. Even though Ron did end up marrying Hermione, the three of them are still Besties to the end! It’s so nice to see such a great relationship in books and onscreen and now on stage too!

10. Augustus & IsaacThe Fault in Our Stars

Another non-romantic relationship that I think is noteworthy is the friendship that Augustus and Isaac have. They have obviously been friends for a long time, and if I’m not mistaken they were friends in school. I love this friendship because it is clear that these two dudes have a very deep love for each other. Augustus is there for Isaac when his girlfriend breaks up with him and after losing his sight. Isaac is there for Augustus right until the very end. I love a good bromance!

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