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.)
This tag was created by Jen Campbell on YouTube, and the idea of it is to go around your shelves (whether virtual or physical!) and choose pairs of books that you think compliment each other well, perhaps because they have similar themes, or one is a retelling of the other, etc. Jen asks us to aim for between five and ten pairs of books so I’ve pushed myself to go for ten.
I didn’t read most of these in pairs, apart from the ones I read for university modules, but have chosen them because I think they would go well together.
1. White Teeth by Zadie Smith / Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie.
I was going to do a top 5, but had too many books battling for places so decided to just do a list of books that I’ve enjoyed that feature animals as the main characters. So, in no particular order…
Bimbo & Topsy by Enid Blyton.
Blyton wrote hundreds of books about talking animals, and I can’t even remember this one that well, but I get a warm feeling whenever I think about it. It was about Bimbo, a naughty Siamese kitten, and Topsy, a somewhat stupid terrier who gets caught up in Bimbo’s mischief.
Sorry this is a bit late – it’s been a busy week!
I felt like I was reading constantly in September and thought I’d finished loads of books, but turns out I didn’t actually read that many. Mostly I read children’s and YA, so really I should’ve got through a lot more!
1. Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.
Premise: The first steampunk I’ve ever read follows Lily, who is rocketed into a sinister world of mirror-eyed men when her father goes missing.
I finally read it!
I don’t know why it took so long to get around to this Chaos Walking finale. (Well, I kinda do – I wanted to reread the first two books so I wouldn’t be confused by the final one, as I often get to the last book in a series and realised I can’t remember anything about the previous books. Does anyone else get this? I also often get to the end of a book and think, ‘I loved that’ and then can’t remember the name of the main character. Is this normal?!)
Please be aware that, although I will try not to spoil Monsters of Men, this review will contain spoilers for The Knife of Never Letting Go and The Ask and the Answer, so don’t read this if you haven’t finished those.
Thank you to icebreaker694 for tagging me! I was so excited to do this. It’s such a fun, unique tag.
- Choose 5 books from your shelves.
- Randomly set your books in order.
- Flip to a random page. Record the first 2 names you see.
- Put the names in the categories listed below, in the order that you saw them.
- The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness.
- Room by Emma Donoghue.
- Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.
- Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.
- The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory.
May was a good month for me for reading! I read a lot of books and, for the most part, really enjoyed them.
1. The Confessions of Katherine Howard by Suzannah Dunn.
Premise: The novel explores Katherine Howard’s before and during her marriage to the notorious Henry VIII.
Dunn is quickly becoming a new favourite historical author of mine. Her writing has a very modern tone without taking away from the Tudor setting. I didn’t enjoy this as much as I enjoyed The Lady of Misrule and I was disappointed by the ending, as I wanted to see how she handled Katherine’s execution.