TOP TEN TUESDAY

I try to do these weekly but I have failed for a long time now haha. Forgive me? This is a weekly challenge hosted by the broke and the bookish. I saw this weeks on Coffeeloving Bookoholic  and the books she picked and some of my all time favourites- so I feel like I HAVE to do it.

TOP TEN BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS IF YOU WANT TO GET INTO CLASSICS. 

I absolutely love classics I do…good thing I studies an English Literature undergraduate course.

  1. My all time favourite book is – On the Road by Jack Kerouac.  It both breaks my heart and baffles me when I see people giving it like one star. WHYYYY? I initially read this book in anticipation for the 2012 movie starring Kristen Stewart (one of my all time favourite actresses) but I am so glad I read it then because it still stays with me now. qqq.gif
  2. The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald. I first read this years ago and then I had to study it for first year at University and I fell in love with it deeper. 7.gif
  3. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. I love love love Dickens. 0.gif
  4. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. http---mashable.com-wp-content-gallery-classics-you-should-read-tumblr_lx025fwjgg1r6gxmgo1_r1_500.gif 
  5.  Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. 11.gif
  6. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontetumblr_oieqvj0OWL1u76npoo1_500.gif
  7. Lord of the Flies by William Golding. 8888.gif  
  8. A Clockwork Orange  by Anthony Burgess88.gif
  9. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett.11305782.gif
  10. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. tumblr_m8zurxPuec1qbuwpuo1_r1_500.gif blog-dividers     Have you read any of these?

Which classics do you love?

What I’m currently reading…

Last time I did this post I was reading Louis Pentlands book Wilde Like Me, which I will review soon. 

Now I am reading This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp. I was sent this in ARC form months and months ago but life has been super busy so I borrowed the physical copy and now I’m devouring it. 

  1. The cover for this book gives me life! 
  2. I’ve heard sooo many good things about it. 
  3. I’m nearly half way and I’m hooked. 
  4. The switching of perspectives makes the pace fast, which makes my adenraline pump with anticipation. 

 

Everyone has a reason to fear the boy with the gun. 

Blurb- 

10:00 a.m. The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve. 

10:02 a.m.The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

 10:03.The auditorium doors won’t open.

10:05. Someone starts shooting.Told from four perspectives over the span of 54 harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.Winter ‘

  1. Have you read this book? 
  2. Have I intrigued you to read it? 
  3. What did you think? 


2017 reading…

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So, I thought I would update you guys on what I have read in 2017 so far. I haven’t read as much as I wanted so far because I have been busy working on my dissertation.

I am doing my dissertation on the representation of trauma within Gillian Flynn’s novels, so I have been reading a lot about crime fiction. Oh yeah…that means I get to write 10,000 words on my love for Gillian Flynn and look at her novels: Sharp Objects, Dark Places and Gone Girl.

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Dissertation Books- 

  1. Adult Children: The Secrets of Dysfunctional Families by John C. Friel
  2. Twentieth- Century Suspense: The Thriller Comes of Age by Clive Bloom
  3. Thriller: Genesis and Structure of a Popular Genre by Jerry Palmer
  4. Unclaimed Experience: Trauma, Narrative and History by Cathy Caruth
  5. The Cambridge Companion to Crime Fiction by Martin Priestman
  6. Crime Fiction from Poe to the Present by Martin Priestman
  7. Trauma and Survival in Contemporary Fiction by Laurie Vickroy
  8. Too Scared to Cry: Psychic Trauma in Childhood by Lenore Terr

University Books- 

  1. Child of God by Cormac McCarthy
  2. Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison

Fun books-  

  1. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
  2. The Girl Before by J.P.Delaney

What have you guys been reading this year?

My weird (yet wonderful) bookish habits – Part Two.

I had a really positive response to the first post about my bookish habits…we are all a little weird and I LOVE IT. This is my second post and I love hearing what you reply, so please comment below and lets be weird and wonderful together.

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Read part one here –

Here I discussed my impulse to talk to anyone reading a book, stifling a yawn with my book, hating on people who abuse books and my favourite reading location.

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  1. Smelling books. New or Old I will give a book a cheeky little smell. Have you ever walked into a old vintage book shop and thought wow, it smells amazing. I wish they made candles in old book scent because I would burn that for daaayyyyssss. I always think old books smell well loved if that makes any sense at all. P.S. Early season Rory gives me life, she was a complete bookworm.giphy.gif
  2.  Leaving books scattered around the house. I am sooo guilty of this and it irritates my mum so much, she would always say she knew when I was back from university because she would just find books in random places. I need access to books at all times okay, what if something happened and I had to stay in that room…it would be okay because I would have a book with me.

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4. Going on holiday and packing more books than clothes. THANK YOU KINDLE FOR MAKING MY LIFE EASIER NOW! When I use to visit my dad in Denmark over summer I would take like ten books for a week trip and SMASH them all. He would have to work somedays so I would just read in his apartment or walk to the park and read.  I still sometimes take physical copies of books with me but prefer to take my kindle nowadays because it is lighter and easier to carry. Although I prefer reading books over kindle books? what’s your thoughts on this matter?

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5. Spending hours on end in libraries and bookshops.  Guilty again. I got spend an endless amount of time roaming the shelves in bookshops and libraries. Being surrounded by books fills me with a sense of comfort and belonging and I LOVE IT.

tumblr_o14lftvOZc1tzv1dpo1_500.gif 6. Talking about fictional characters as if they are real. I am a nightmare when it comes to this. They are real to me okay, they have touched my heart and now live in there. When I was going to my dissertation meetings my supervisor had to sit me down and advise me to stop writing and discussing the characters as if they were real. So…instead of writing Nick and Amy volitile relationship, I would have to write Flynn constructed the characters of Nick and Amy to give the illusion of a volatile relationship.Blah Blah Blah.

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So here are six more reading habits of mine. Do you do the same? What do you think of mine?

 

 

WHAT I AM READING NEXT 📚

…drum roll please…. dun dun dun….I am going to read… Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland. 

I got this for my mum for her birthday but I’ve been eager to read it myself for ages. Did I slyly just buy it for myself for “for her” . Sorry Mum! 🙌🏻 

   

Excuse the messy bookshelf, I had to cram a lot of stuff on it while I am home for summer. (There are still like 8 boxes of books downstairs aswell 😂) 

 

What are you currently reading? /reading next? ✨

WHAT WOULD THAT VILLAIN READ?

Thank you to The Orangutan Librarian for the tag (better late than never, am I right?) One of my favourite blogs right here.  Go check out the blog – click here .

So without further ado, here is the tag rules and my answers.

  • Pick five plus villains and wonder what books they are most likely to read
  • nominate bloggers!
  • Have fun in the world of villainy

img_5524-6I have seen him on a few tags now but I have to pick He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named…cough cough Lord Voldemort as my first villain.  Good ol’ Tom Riddle, one of my favourite antagonists.  So, he is extremely magical, can command an evil army, a grand manipulator and an intellect.

main-qimg-19e340d7cdfbdb3d77e7357c0f3e4e85.png I would have to agree and go with Main Kampf by Adolf Hitler. I know I know, I shouldn’t have found this soo funny when I saw it but it did.

img_5524-8Patrick Bateman – Bateman is the cocky wall street yuppie who goes around killing people. I am going to say that he would read The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Bellfort.

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Count Dracula-  I want him to read Twilight and get a different perspective on Vampires.

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Hannibal – I actually think he would read all about Patrick Bateman in American Psycho. Get some inspiration on killing an’ all.

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The Joker –  I think he would read something like I Am Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells.

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I nominate – (If you don’t want to do it, don’t worry!

  1. Anyone that wants to do it, it is super funny. Tag me so I can see your answers.
  2.  HangingWithAmanda 
  3. TheStorySalve 
  4. ATypicalTeenagersLife  
  5. TheBandarBlog

 

 

My weird (yet wonderful) bookish habit.

Recently I have been reflecting upon the weird things I do when I am reading or in my everyday life regarding reading and I thought I would share them with you. Maybe you can comfort me and let me know that I am not the only one who does them.

So, without further ado here are my weird book//reading habits.

  1. My favourite place to read is sat on a cushion, on the floor with my back pressed against a scorching hot radiator. Obviously I can and do read in other locations but this is where I feel the most relaxed.  I love having a cup of tea within reaching distance when I read, any kind – peppermint, green tea, normal tea. Where do you like reading the most?  

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  1. Whenever I am out and about and I can see someone reading a book that I love, this weird thing happens to me. I stop what I am doing and just stare at the person for a while; I try my hardest to look normal on the outside but on the inside I am screaming up and down with eagerness. I want to be their friend, I want to go 3up to the person and chat to them about the book and gain their opinion.   I know this is super weird but I would love it if someone did it to me, it would be slightly bizarre at first but then I would be like ‘yaaaaasss gurl, I love this book. ITS AMAZING!!’ Please tell me that at least one of you do this and that I haven’t gone completely crazy.

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  1. I absolutely despise it when people bend the top of a page when reading as an indicator for where they got to. I will use ANYTHING and EVERYTHING before resorting to mistreating my book. The other day for instance, I didn’t have any paper in my bag so I quickly used my paracetamol packet instead to keep my page. Bookmarks can be so quirky, colourful and amazing…use them people…use them.

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  1. Once facebook told me on a quiz, that I would meet my true love at a bookstore while reaching for the same book. Obviously facebook is 100% an accurate and reliable source, so I am waiting for the day to happen. Imagine it now…it has been a stressful day and I long for the comfort of a bookstore, I am in desperate need for the latest release and just when I am on the verge of giving up. I spot the last copy out of the corner of my eye, I run to the book in a socially accepting manner and just as my hand are about to clasp the book, a strong muscular arm collides with mine. *romantic instrumental music begins* as our touch creates sparks and we stare longingly into each other’s eyes.

So, number on my list is how I always think how romantic it would be to meet      someone as a bookstore. OR, I imagine myself into books where I date the main character.

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  1. Forgetting I have hands when reading and stifling a yawn with a book. I read about someone else doing this the other day and I realized that I also do it. I am so intensely captivated by the book that instead of putting to book down like a normal human to cover my mouth while yawning, I just bring my book to my mouth and yawn.

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This post made me sound crazzzy, absolutely bonkers. I have sooo many more weird (yet wonderful) book habits to share with you guys, but I didn’t want to overwhelm you and scare you away. But if you do like this post and want to hear more- please comment below and I a second post will follow.

Also, do you have any quirky things you do while reading?