Top Ten Tuesday: Book Turn-offs

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish (Click the image to visit them). This week the theme is Top Ten book turn-offs.

It takes a lot for a book to annoy me enough to put it down but here are the things that sometimes make me want to throw in the towel! These are in no particular order…I hate them all equally!

  1. Unnecessarily Long Chapters: I get distracted easily and when chapters run on and on I find my mind wandering. I like chapters to be short and snappy so I can dip in and out of a book and not be lost.
  2. Too Much Description: You know when the author just has to describe EVERYTHING in minute detail making the book really hard-going and putting too many images in your mind? I prefer to visualise things my own way – otherwise I’d just put a film on!
  3. Jumping Timelines: When done well this can be great (Kate Morton for eg) but I feel like sometimes it’s done to mask a dull plot, or just for the sake of it and it makes me angry.back_to_the_future 2
  4. Poor Editing/Proofreading: The odd mistake makes no difference to my enjoyment of a book but there have been a few occasions where the text is sooooooo laden with mistakes that it makes the book hard to read.
  5.  Unlikable Characters/ Characters with no Redeemable Features: Sometimes having a horrible/evil character as a protagonist can work but on the most part unlikable characters are a big turn off. I particularly can’t stand narcissistic/ shallow characters and have to really push myself to keep reading to see if they change throughout the book – they usually do, but it’s never a good start for me!  Also related is when you just can’t relate to a main character on any level.
  6. Tenuous Links: You know when there is a plot hole and the author tries to cover it up with a very tenuous link or a coincidence or something? I can’t think of an example right now but it happens quite a bit in YA Fantasy. Ugh.
  7. Models on Covers: This is impossible to get away from, especially if you read a lot of YA and Paranormal Romance but ahh I don’t like it. I don’t mind when the covers aren’t centered on the models face but when they are it makes me angry because they never look like the characters described. And again, I like to visualise characters myself – this is why I also hate most film adaptations! BOOK RUINERS.
  8. Overwiriting/Trying too Hard: I hate it when authors try to sound clever or unique by using stupidly long, or odd words instead of simple ones. Yes, it’s good to be different but a twig is a twig! Hemlock Grove springs to mind here. ‘Her heart was a flicked mold of gelatin’ – Whaaaaat? That one will haunt me forever.
  9. Obsessive Romances/Stupid Teenage Girls: You all know the ones. Those so-called romances where the girls are unhealthily obsessed with a boy, or where the girls are all ‘but it can’t be because he likes me’ when it’s so obvious that he does. Rage! Just Stop!untitled
  10. All Tell and no Show AND Preaching: I wanted both of these on this list and I could probably choose another ten to be honest. The  former speaks for itself and the latter, well I hate when the author is trying to prove a point or take the moral high ground on an important topic that just comes across as preaching. No Thanks.

That was better than therapy, thanks, Hosts! 

Top Ten Tuesday #4: Top ten books on my to-be-read pile this Autumn

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish (Click the image to visit them). This week the theme is Top Ten Books on my to-be-read pile this Autumn.

These aren’t all necessarily new books, but they are the ones I have lined up that I am most exited to read in the next few months.

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Feel free to leave a comment with the link to your TTT post so I can check them out!

We Need to Talk About: The Film Industry Ruining ALL OF MY FAVOURITE BOOKS

This Week’s Top Ten Tuesday is Books/Series that you’d like to see adapted for Movies/TV Shows. I had already scheduled this post to go out today so now I’m looking at it as my anti-TTT post. lol.

This is is why I couldn’t choose 10 books I’d like to see adapted for the screen.

Dear Film-makers, please stop.

First you turned Twilight into such a farce I nearly got thrown out of the cinema for laughing AT IT so hard. You made Edward look like Lurch and there was something really wrong with Jasper’s face.
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You also made to the only person in it that was not supposed to be hot, really hot. Well done.
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Then you turned one of the most awesome and exciting books I ever read into a complete SNOOZEFEST when you tried to adapt The Hunger Games. I realise that I might be the only person in the world who hated that film, but it was RUBBISH. I mean, I really love Jennifer Lawrence but even she couldn’t save it.

1. Katniss was supposed to be starving but that didn’t really come across so it kinda just looked like Peeta tried to kill her by throwing a brick of burnt bread at her head. Luckily he missed. 2. Peeta…oh jesus, really? NO! 3. The fights were lame, the mutts were pointless and the training scenes were just too boring. Haymitch was alright though. So +1 point to The Hunger Games. Actually no, make that 1 pt to Woody Harrelson and 0 to The Hunger Games.

And don’t even get me started on The Time Traveller’s Wife. There are just no words to describe how awful that film was and how perfect the book is. Or Inkheart, or Cirque Du Freak. Or Five Children and It. Truly, truly terrible all of them. I could go on but I’ll spare you for now.

I think the only adaptations that I have actually liked have been Interview with a Vampire, Tuck Everlasting, Peter Pan (the live action version) and The Neverending Story. The Narnia films were enjoyable but obviously nowhere near as good as the books, or the BBC version for that matter. And The Host was surprisingly OK.

But now, there is The Book Thief. Why, why why? The trailer is not giving me much confidence really, it’s bound to be difficult to adapt a book in which the narrator is Death and I just can’t see how they will translate that so the essence of the story is intact. It just won’t be will it!?

For some reason I am kind of looking forward to The Mortal Instruments – City of Bones though which I’m going to see tonight. I didn’t love the book so hopefully I won’t get that ohmygodwhathaveyoudonetomyfavouritebook feeling. I do have CASTING RAGE with it though, as is standard. I mean, really?

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I don’t know why I continue to go and see film versions of my favourite books because afterwards I can’t help but picture the characters that way instead of how I pictured them in the first place. It totally ruins it. But I do it every time. I have issues, I know. I do really enjoy slagging them off though.

Top Ten Tuesday #3: Books That Should Be Taught in Schools

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish (Click the image to visit them). This week the theme is Top Ten Books that I think should be taught in schools.

Here are some of the books I think should be taught in schools and some of the themes they explore which made me pick them.

1. The Chronicles of Narnia: Faith/Hope/Good vs Evil/Responsibility
2. His Dark Materials: Questioning Religion/Introduces Fantasy in a ‘Real’ Way/Physics/Loyalty/Love
3. Speak: Sexual Abuse/Bullying/Everyone Has a Voice that Deserves to be Heard/Overcoming the Impossible
4. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time: Autism/Humanity/Understanding Emotion
5. Peter Pan: Imagination/Independence/Love/Family Values
6. Will Grayson Will Grayson: LGBT/Acceptance/Friendship
7. Mudbound: Prejudice/Racism/Social Justice/Love
8. Stormbreaker: Makes boys want to read – that is reason enough!
9. Look into my Eyes: Girls Can be Spies Too – that is reason enough!
10. Noughts and Crosses: Prejudice & Racism in an Alternative Society/Dystopian Elements/Star-Crossed Lovers

Also, how about we read The Book Thief instead of Anne Franks’ Diary…no???

Top Ten Tuesday #2 (Things That Make Life as a Reader/Blogger Easier)

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish (Click the image to visit them). This week the theme is Top Ten things that make your life as a reader or blogger easier.

I concentrated more on my life as a reader than a blogger. Here goes…

1. Goodreads I basically just want to answer Goodreads to all 10 of these, because Goodreads is King and I’m sure I don’t need to explain why.

2. ReaditSwapit I love being part of this site. It’s really easy to use and I’ve never had any trouble, as in not getting a book in return. It’s a great way to get rid of unwanted books and get ones you do want in return.

3. One Hour Lunch Breaks Having a 9-5 job does have some perks, and I LOVE getting in an hour of reading half-way through my day.

4. Fellow Bloggers You guys keep me entertained, informed and inspired.

5. Amazon I kinda hate to say it but Amazon makes it easier and cheaper for me to buy books. It definitely has a lot to do with how many books I have on my TBR pile at any given time.

6. Lazy Weekend Mornings Book in Bed time at the weekends is bliss for me, and when I get most of my reading done.

7. Long Tube/Train Journeys Similarly, when Book in Bed time is impossible, travelling is always a good excuse to spend time reading. I can never understand people who spend time travelling or commuting staring into space and looking bored. What a waste of time. I carry a book with me pretty much everywhere because you never know when you’re going to be left hanging around. I hate wasting time, life is short, yeah.

8. Charity Shops and people who donate books to them I love second-hand books and finding bargain books in charity shops not only saves me money, but is totally satisfying.

9. Friends Similar to other Book Bloggers, my book-loving friends make reading easier by way of recommendations and borrowing. They also make it a whole lot of fun. I’m looking at you, Di and Doreen!

10. GOOD BOOKS Pretty obvious I guess, but the sheer amount of amazing books out there make my life better, and definitely make Book Blogging easier. Good work to all involved. .

I wish I could have added my local library to this list as I’d love to support it. But the fact is, my local library is pretty rubbish which upsets me a lot.

Top Ten Tuesday #1 (Castles)

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This is my first ever Top Ten Tuesday post! I’ve been meaning to jump on the wagon for a while…better late than never. Thanks to The Broke and the Bookish for hosting.

This week’s topic was Top Ten Books With X Setting and I’ve decided to go for my Top Ten books with a castle setting (or at least featuring a castle)…because, y’know, I’m a bit obsessed with castles. Click on the images to go their Goodread pages.

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1. The Enchanted Castle – E. Nesbit A rose garden, a maze and an enchanted castle…what’s not to like.

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2. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardbrobe – C.S Lewis Two castles for the price of one! There’s the White Witch’s icy castle with ‘long pointed spires, sharp as needles’, and Cair Paravel with its four empty thrones.

1911374 3. King Arthur and his Knights at the Round Table Camelot is clearly the king of all castles!
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4. The Neverending Story – Michael Ende The Ivory Tower definitely counts as a castle, right?

14976 5. Return to Labyrinth – Jake T. Forbes I LOVE this Manga series of Jim Henson’s Labyrinth. The Castle beyond the Goblin City is epic!

13519397 6. Throne of Glass – Sarah J. Maas The protagonist Celeana thought the idea of a glass castle was ridiculous – I think it’s amazing.


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7. Seraphina – Rachel Hartman The Kingdom of Goredd not only has a beautiful castle but also some pretty unique Dragons.

7180320 8. Castle of Shadows – Ellen Renner I’ve only read the first book in this series but I loved it. The Royal Castle of Quale is as grand as it sounds.

1635042 9. Beauty & the Beast I’ve had this book for years and it’s every bit as beautiful as the film.

237012 10. The 10th Kingdom – Kathryn Wesley I love this book, it brings so many different fairy tales together set in a fantasy world and also modern day New York.

What would be in your top ten books featuring castles? Leave a comment with your TTT link!