Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme (on Wednesdays, duh) hosted by Thoughts on Tomes on Youtube. I don’t participate every Wednesday but I like to hop in whenever it’s a theme that speaks to me. This week’s theme/subject is top 5 children’s books, and oh my god, I LOVE me some children’s books.
As I’ve written a post previously about my favourite books from when I was a kid, as well as a ‘My Life in Books‘ post about the books that I feel were important in making me the person I am today, I’m going to switch this one up a bit. Today I’m going to talk about what I consider to be the 5 best children’s books (or book series) that I discovered as an adult.
It’s a great thing for people keep reading children’s books when they’re older. It takes us back to a time when we could stay up all night to finish a book without worrying about having to get up the next day, and when we were secretly convinced that the things we read about were true and written by some emissary from a faraway land. I’ve discovered some fabulous children’s stories despite these stories allegedly being ‘for kids’.
Sorry, how is it 2nd July? Did we not just celebrate New Year? Have we skipped forward in time?
I didn’t read as much as usual this month but the most amazing thing that’s come out of June is a newfound interest in writing. My friend has been writing her novel for a while now and she told me she just started by playing with characters and a story grew out of it. She inspired me to change up the way I approach writing, and by just making sure I write a little each day, even if it’s just a sentence, I’m beginning to create something I really like.
The first book I read in June was The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. I’ve been really getting into the TV series which is currently being shown on Channel 4, so I decided to give the book another go. This time, I really enjoyed it, though I did find it petered out towards the end. The world-building was probably my favourite thing about this novel. I love a good dystopian.
The ending was a bit more optimistic than I expected, and I have to admit I always feel this about dystopians – they’re so much more interesting when the characters are living under the regime, rather than when they’re fighting against it. This is why I always enjoy the first book in a dystopian series the most (as well as the fact that the first book in a series is usually the best anyway).
This tag was created by littlespider9 on YouTube.
I wasn’t tagged for this but I saw it on Ariel Bissett’s channel and I just thought… that tag is so me. There are so many books that I can’t help but roll my eyes when people talk about them because they’re so hyped, so many series that I just don’t want to finish… so here’s the chance to tell you about them. I also love these kind of controversial tags – this one reminds me a bit of the unpopular opinions tag, which is probably my favourite book tag ever.
1. A really hyped book you’re not interested in reading?
There are loads that I’m not interested in, because hype really turns me off a book. I even refused to read Harry Potter for ages because of the hype.
I was tagged for this a looooong time ago by the lovely Orangutan Librarian here on WordPress. I take my sweet time getting around to tags, that’s just how I roll.
Confession time: I have never seen Back to the Future. *Ducks*
I looked at these questions and had a strong feeling of deja vu, but I searched my blog and it doesn’t look as though I’ve already done the tag. If I have, then… here it is again?
Question 1: Name a movie/book/show that makes you want to go back in time when you were younger and enjoy it all over again.
Movie: Probably Labyrinth. I still think it’s brilliant but I’d love to watch it for the first time again. I know it a little bit too well now – there are no surprises at all.
The Hate U Give is about a black teenager called Starr whose best friend is shot by a white police officer for no reason. Starr lives in a mostly black neighbourhood rife with gang violence and goes to school in a predominantly white, wealthy environment. Her two worlds, which she so painstakingly tries to keep separate, crash together when Khalil’s murder becomes national news and Starr must come to terms with losing longterm friends, both to armed police and to the underlying racist thoughts of the people she once trusted. She must learn to be at peace with her own identity which she has hidden from everyone for so long.
This is a hyped-up YA novel and we all know how disappointing hyped YA novels can be. The Hate U Give delivers: it is passionate, realistic and important. I’ve just heard that it’s going to be turned into a movie, and if they do it justice I think it could be a really great thing. (Rue from The Hunger Games is playing Starr – I bloody love that.)
Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme (on Wednesdays, duh) hosted by Thoughts on Tomes on Youtube. Here’s her video for this week:
I don’t really identify with a particular House but this week’s topic sounded so much fun. I’ve taken 3 Pottermore quizzes and got Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin in that order. (I’m definitely NOT a Gryffindor. I never needed Pottermore to tell me that.)
I’m definitely more of a Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff. I’d love to be a Slytherin but I’m not cool enough. Ravenclaw is the House I got Sorted into when I first got my Pottermore account, so that’s what I’m going to go with today. (Though I consider myself a drifter between Houses. I’d probably be a Squib, let’s face it.)
I don’t usually include ebooks in book hauls – I feel they don’t interest other people as much as they do me – but I bought/received all of these books around the same time. Obviously this means I was excited and had to post about them.
Firstly, the physical books: I treated myself to When God Was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman and Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman.
I was in Waterstones, for once through no fault of my own (my friend was looking for a Marge Piercy book) and I ambled over to my favourite table display. I can’t remember what they call it, but it’s something like ‘Books that change your life’. It’s not that, but that’s the general sentiment of the display. A lot of my favourite books happen to be included in that display so I always cast my eye over it in the hope of finding my new favourite novel.