Top Ten Tuesday: Where are they now? #TTT

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish (click the link to visit them) who pick a different topic each week.

This week the topic is…Top Ten Childhood Characters You’d Love To Revisit As Adults. Or you could pick 10 characters and guess what you think they’d be doing in 10 years or 20 years.

There were a few different options for this week’s topic but I decided to do characters that I’d like to check up on ten years later.

  1. Peter Pan and Wendy: Is Wendy married? Does she still think about Peter Pan? Is Peter Pan still in Neverland? There have been quite a few versions of what may have happened to Peter and Wendy but none of them have satisfied me thus far. 
  2. The Pevensies (Narnia): Did Susan and Peter ever return to Narnia? Or maybe they had children (not together of course…now that would be a different kind of story altogether) and they somehow ended up in Narnia? There is always room for more Narnia stories in my mind. 
  3. Winnie & Tuck (Tuck Everlasting): Did Tuck ever find love? Did Winnie ever go back to the immortal spring? Did she get older and change her mind? 

     

     

  4. Bella & The Cullens (Twilight): Where do Bella & Edward settle next? Do they get jobs or go back to school? Do they ever argue? Does Carlise ever do anything wrong? Does Jasper crack a smile? ALL THINGS I THINK ABOUT. LOL! 
  5. Katniss (Hunger Games): Where you at, Katniss? Please tell me you left ugh-Peeta and went to find Gale. Your children will understand, they’re probably Gale’s anyway, amiright? 
  6. Melinda (Speak): I’d love to see what Melinda gets up to after high school. Is she able to enjoy her life? Is she stronger for what she went through? Does make friends?

  7. Jack (Room): Similarly I’d like to know how Jack got on after his traumatic childhood. What was he like as a teenager? Was he able to live a normal life?

  8. Ari & Dante: Oh how I’d love to check up on these guys 10 years on. Are they still together? They have to be, right?

 

I’m struggling to think of more…that’s enough book-dreaming for now methinks! Who would you like to check up on ten years later?

Top Ten Tuesday: Music & Books #TTT

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish (click the link to visit them) who pick a different topic each week.

This week the topic is…all about music & books

I haven’t joined in with TTT for a while now. I decided I wanted to concentrate more on original blog content than too many memes, but I’ll still be joining in when the topic excites me. For my take on this topic I’ve chosen to do books I love that have a musical theme or characters.

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  1. Lost Souls: Poppy Z Brite
  2. Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist: Cohn & Levithan
  3. Stargirl: Jerry Spinelli
  4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Stephen Chbosky 
  5. To Major Tom: Dave Thompson

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  6. The Crow: James O’Barr
  7. Will Grayson, Will Grayson: John Green & David Levithan
  8. The Morganville Vampires series: Rachel Caine
  9. The Vampire Lestat: Anne Rice
  10. Seraphina: Rachel Hartman

Have you tried any of these? What did I miss out?

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween Reads

toptentuesday Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish (click the image to visit them) who pick a different topic each week.

For obvious reasons, this week the topic is: Top Ten Books/Movies To Read Or Watch To Get In The Halloween Spirit OR Top Ten Characters Who I Would Totally Want To Be For Halloween

I decided to go for Top Ten Halloween Reads, and I’ve split it between books I want to read, and books I have read and want to read again or recommend.

Books I Want to Read

1. An English Ghost Story by Kim Newman

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A dysfunctional British nuclear family seek a new life away from the big city in the sleepy Somerset countryside.

At first their new home, The Hollow, seems to embrace them, creating a rare peace and harmony within the family. But when the house turns on them, it seems to know just how to hurt them the most—threatening to destroy them from the inside out.

2. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

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Merricat Blackwood lives on the family estate with her sister Constance and her uncle Julian. Not long ago there were seven Blackwoods – until a fatal dose of arsenic found its way into the sugar bowl one terrible night.

Only Merricat can see the danger, and she must act swiftly to keep Constance from his grasp.

3. The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury

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A fast-moving, eerie…tale set on Halloween night.

Eight costumed boys running to meet their friend Pipkin at the haunted house outside town encounter instead the huge and cadaverous Mr. Moundshroud. As Pipkin scrambles to join them, he is swept away by a dark Something, and Moundshroud leads the boys on the tail of a kite through time and space to search the past for their friend and the meaning of Halloween.

After witnessing a funeral procession in ancient Egypt, cavemen discovering fire, Druid rites, the persecution of witches in the Dark Ages, and the gargoyles of Notre Dame, they catch up with the elusive Pipkin in the catacombs of Mexico, where each boy gives one year from the end of his life to save Pipkin’s.

4. Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories by Roald Dahl

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Who better to investigate the literary spirit world than that supreme connoisseur of the unexpected, Roald Dahl?

Of the many permutations of the macabre, Dahl was always especially fascinated by the classic ghost story. For this superbly disquieting collection, he selected fourteen of his favorite tales by such authors as E.F. Benson, Rosemary Timperley, and Edith Wharton.

5. Eating Sarah by Jaret Martens

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Ever since childhood, all Sarah wanted was to participate in the Hunt—a monthly ritual in which her people sneak into a nearby city to gather food. Only in Sarah’s world, that food is human.

After her first Hunt ends in catastrophe, Sarah is forced to prepare their captives for slaughter. While this once would have been an easy task, recent events have caused Sarah to question whether or not she’s still capable of murder. Worse, she finds herself caring for Troy: a captive she knows she will be forced to kill.

But she can’t leave. Doing so would mean the deaths of both Troy and her family. With cannibals turning up dead—and suspicions of mutiny rising—Sarah and her family must be more careful than ever.

Yet there’s something not quite right about her family . . . Something that might just get her killed.

Books I Want to Reread/Recommend

1. Zombies Vs Unicorns

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It’s a question as old as time itself: which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? In this anthology, edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier, strong arguments are made for both sides in the form of short stories.

Half of the stories portray the strengths–for good and evil–of unicorns and half show the good (and really, really bad-ass) side of zombies.

Contributors include many bestselling teen authors, including Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, Meg Cabot, Scott Westerfeld, and Margo Lanagan.

2. The Crow: The Lazarus Heart by Poppy Z. Brite

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At our human limits, when we’ve gone as far as flesh and imagination can take us, we meet the Eternal One. The Crow.

Immemorially old, and inconsolable, he is there only for those who seek both revenge “and” love, and are willing to go all the way–and beyond.

The Lazarus Heart.

Five, four, three, two … Jared Poe counts the days on Louisiana’s Death Row. The controversial S&M photographer has been condemned to die for killing his lover. He doesn’t know who did it. Only that he didn’t.

Can he clear his name and find the real killer in time?

3. The Gates by John Connolly

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Young Samuel Johnson and his dachshund, Boswell, are trying to show initiative by trick-or-treating a full three days before Halloween which is how they come to witness strange goings-on at 666 Crowley Road.

The Abernathys don’t mean any harm by their flirtation with the underworld, but when they unknowingly call forth Satan himself, they create a gap in the universe. A gap in which a pair of enormous gates is visible. The gates to Hell. And there are some pretty terrifying beings just itching to get out…

Can one small boy defeat evil? Can he harness the power of science, faith, and love to save the world as we know it?

4. The Pool by T.S Rue

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Dying for help…

A moment later Eric surfaced in the middle of the pool. “Ta da!” he said, treading water. “I touched the bottom. Have I made my point? There’s nothing to be scared of.”

The words had hardly left his lips when his eyes widened in alarm. He thrashed wildly towards the side of the pool.

Then he began to scream…

5. Trick or Treat by Richie Tankersley Cusick

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From the author of The Lifeguard comes the exciting suspense novel about Martha.

Not long after Martha moved into the Bedford house, the phone calls began: Trick or treat, Martha. You’re dead. Elizabeth Bedford had been murdered one year earlier, on Halloween night, in the very same room. The murderer was never found, and now the killer is back–for Martha.

Top Ten Tuesday: One Hit Wonders?

toptentuesday Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish (click the image to visit them) who pick a different topic each week.

This week the topic is: Top Authors I’ve Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More

I’m loving this topic! There were so many I could choose from, so I just went for the ones that came to me first.

Emma Carroll: I loved Emma’s debut, Frost Hollow Hall, which was one of the first ARCs I reviewed for this blog. Her second book, The Girl Who Walked on Air was released last month. I’m on a book-buying ban, but NEED!

Audrey Niffenegger: I was pleasantly surprised that The Time Traveller’s Wife lived up to the hype (just don’t watch the film) but I’ve heard mixed reviews about her other books. I still really want to read Her Fearful Symmetry, and Raven Girl though.

Sophie McKenzie: Sophie’s second psychological thriller for adults, Trust in Me, was released last week and was my first experience of her work. I loved it! I can’t believe how many books she has under her belt – including YA – how did I miss that?

Sarah Moore Fitzgerald: I thought The Apple Tart of Hope was a really unique contemporary YA book, so I want to check out Sarah’s first book Black to Blackbrick.

Debbie Macomber: Debbie Macomber has written so many books, including a lot of Christmas-themed ones, so big yay for that. The only one I’ve read is Starry Night, which was set in Alaska, and was great!

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Chris Beckett: I read Dark Eden earlier in the year and was impressed by it. It’s one of those Science Fiction books that makes you think and stays with you. Well it definitely stayed with me. His other books sound pretty interesting too.

Holly Black: I LOVED The Coldest Girl in Coldtown so much, and Holly Black just seems like an awesome human being. I really need to read her other books (I have Doll Parts waiting for me). I’m not counting the books she’s collaborated on like The Spiderwick Chronicles, or Zombies Vs Unicorns, which were also great.

Alan Bradley: My introduction to Alan Bradley was book #6 in the Flavia de Luce books, which was a NetGalley request error by me as I didn’t realise it was a series. But, it so didn’t matter. I absolutely loved it and now I need to read the whole series!

Terra Harmony: Water, the first book in The Akasha series was one of those books that I found fascinating but wasn’t sure how much I enjoyed it. However, every now and again I find myself thinking about it so I think I need to read more.

Kenneth Gregory: I really loved Kenneth Gregory’s debut The Polaris Whisper and thought it was the perfect winter read. I’m waiting for more. MORE PLEASE.

Top Ten Tuesday: High School BFFs

toptentuesday Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish (click the image to visit them) who pick a different topic each week.

This week the topic is: Top Ten Book Characters That Would Be Sitting At My Lunch Table (you know…back to school theme).

OK, so these characters wouldn’t necessarily be sitting at my lunch table (especially not all at the same time – they’d probably kill each other), but here is my Top Ten of characters that I would have liked to be friends with at school.

Buffy Summers – BTVS: Well they didn’t specify book characters did they! I would totally want to be friends with Buffy in high school. I mean, I know I’d be in danger every day if I was one of the scooby gang, but she’d totally save my life. That’s what she does.

Stephanie/ Valkyrie Cain – Skulduggery Pleasant: It would likely be Stephanie’s mirror self who I would be friends with in school, because Valkyrie is always off fighting the bad guys with Skulduggery. But that would be OK with me. She’s awesome in all of her forms.

Patrick – Perks of Being a Wallflower: We would just be the bestest of BFF’s OK.

Tiny Cooper – Will Grayson, Will Grayson: I would totally help Tiny Cooper put on his Rocky Horror musical and become the very best of friends. I’m sure of it. I mean, I can’t sing, or act, so I’d probably be in charge of props or help with the script or something. He would relentlessly try to get me on stage. Oh the lolz we’d have.

Laureth Peak – She is Not Invisible: Granted, this one is unlikely as Laureth goes to a school for the blind and partially sighted, but maybe we’d meet during one of her adventures. Lauren (that’s me btw) & Laureth could take over the world.

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Rose Hathaway – Vampire Academy: Rose is probably too hot to be my friend, and she’s always chasing after Lissa and Dimitri. But maybe I could win her over. I would totally let her feed on me if she ever felt like it.

Allison Reynolds – The Breakfast Club: Obviously, Allison and I would sit in the back of all of our classes listening to our Walkmans and hating the world in our all black outfits and unnecessarily heavy eyeliner. It would be a good time.

Alec – The Mortal Instruments: Me and Alec would totally swoon over Jace together, but I’d definitely support him in his relationship with Magnus Bane. I think he’d be a great friend. He’s pretty badass but sensitive and cute to boot.

Leo – Stargirl: I’d like to be Leo’s Stargirl. That is all.

Nick & Norah – Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist: I feel like both Nick and Norah are my soul mates. We could be a threesome, yeah? Kinky.

I’m looking forward to seeing who made everyone else’s list this week. Leave a comment and I’ll come take a look 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Recommended books (that I still haven’t read).

toptentuesday Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish (click the image to visit them) who pick a different topic each week.

This week the topic is: Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling You That You MUST Read!

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Harry Potter: Everyone assumes I’m a Harry Potter fan because I love YA and most things fantasy/magical. When I tell them I’ve never read them or even got into the films they don’t hesitate to tell me that I should, once they’ve picked their jaws up off the floor that is.

Rainbow Rowell: I’ve been recommended all of Rainbow Rowell’s books at one time or another. I know I really should pick them up, and I will at some point. I really hate some of the covers though.

The Fault in Our Stars: I have this book and will read it, I just haven’t got round to it yet so you can all stop nagging me! 😉

Middlesex: This was recommended to me by a friend many years ago and I still haven’t read it despite having owned it for over five years. It’s at the top of my TBR pile…well, almost at the top.

Tiger Lily: I love anything Peter Pan and have heard great things about this book. I just need to buy a copy.

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The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland…: I haven’t personally been recommended this book but I’ve seen it on so many blogs which have nothing but good things to say about it. It looks right up my alley.

Magician: A good friend of mine lent me this book so long ago, and like a bad friend I still haven’t read it.

Shadow and Bone: This one has been on my radar for some time, and the lovely ChrissiReads thinks I’ll like it. It’s at the top of my wishlist!

The Rosie Project & Finnikin of the Rock: Both of these are books that have been highly recommended by blogs that I follow and trust. I’d give you a shout out, but it’s probably most of you tbh! I’ll definitely get hold of them at some point.

Top Ten Tuesday: To Read or Not to Read

toptentuesday Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish (click the image to visit them) who pick a different topic each week.

This week the topic is: Top Ten Books I’m Not Sure I Want To Read (books you may have bought but aren’t sure if you are into it anymore, books you wanted to read but heard mixed things about, hyped books you aren’t sure about — basically any book that has you going, “TO READ OR NOT TO READ?”

All of these books have been sitting on my TBR shelf for a while. The reasons why I haven’t read them yet varies, from reading bad reviews (A Discovery of Witches) and the length (The Historian), to friends not enjoying them so much (The Girl With the Glass Feet/The 5th Wave) and being disappointed by the author’s previous book (Emma Donoghue).

I could only come up with 8, soz.

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1. A Discovery of Witches – Deborah Harkness
2. Jamrach’s Menagerie – Carol Birch
3. The Girl With the Glass Feet – Ali Shaw
4. The Historian – Elizabeth Kostova

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5. The Sealed Letter – Emma Donoghue
6. Extras – Scott Westerfeld
7. Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh
8. The 5th Wave – Rick Yancey

Top Ten Tuesday: Battle of the Authors

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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) who pick a different topic each week.

This week the topic is: The Top Ten Authors You Own the Most Books By.

Ooooh I liked this one! There’s something really satisfying about having multiple books by the same author. I particularly enjoy my Derek Landy shelf because I have them all in hardback and they’re beautiful!

Firstly, here is my main bookshelf in all its glory. It’s actually quite tidy at the moment.

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1. Darren Shan (16)

  • The Saga of Darren Shan (12)
  • The City Trilogy (as D.B Shan, 3)
  • Lady of the Shades

2. Derek Landy (10)

  • Skulduggery Pleasant (9)
  • The Maleficent Seven

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3. William Shakespeare (9)

  • Hamlet
  • Othello (2)
  • King Lear
  • Twelfth Night
  • The Tempest
  • The Complete works of… (2)
  • Tales from Shakespeare

4. C.S Lewis (8)

  • The Chronicles of Narnia (7)
  • That Hideous Strength

5. Scarlett Thomas (7)

  • Dead Clever
  • Bright Young Things
  • Going Out
  • PopCo
  • The End of Mr Y
  • Our Tragic Universe
  • Monkeys with Typewriters

6. Rachel Caine (7)

  • The Morganville Vampires (7)

 

7. R .L Stine (6)

  • Assorted Point Horror (6)

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= Philip Pullman (6)

  • His Dark Materials (3)
  • Sally Lockhart (2)
  • Clockwork 

=Stephenie Meyer (6)

  • Twilight (4)
  • The Host

8. Stephen King (5)

  • The Shining/Doctor Sleep (2)
  • Needful Things
  • Cujo
  • Under the Dome

9. James Frey (4)

  • A Million Little Pieces/ My Friend Leonard (2)
  • Bright Shiny Morning
  • The Final Testament of the Holy Bible

10. Bateman (4)

  • Mystery Man (4)

I could keep going with the 4’s for a while  but I won’t. I also felt like I should have included Alice Hoffman and Susan Hill because I’ve read so many books by them, but for one reason or another I haven’t kept them all.

I’m especially interested to see everyone else’s list this week – feel free to leave a link to yours 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Confessions

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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) who pick a different topic each week.

This week the theme is: Top Ten Bookish Confessions

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1. Covers: I judge books wayyy too harshly by their covers, even though it means I sometimes miss out on awesome books, the Rainbow Rowell books for example.

2. I’m not a member of my local library because it’s really quite rubbish, which makes me sad.

3. Spine-breaker: I’m a NOT fan of dog-earring pages, but I really love a good creased spine. I like my books to look well- loved.

4. Weird book reading system: When I start reading a book, I have to read the intro (if there is one) and the dedication/about author first. Then I read the first chapter. Then I flick to end and read the acknowledgements and make a note of the page count before carrying on with the book. Is that weird? It took me ages to realise that I do that.

5. Sunday Madness: I try to get up mega early on Sundays just to get in some extra reading time. Even if I know I’ll start the working week being tired, I tend to get up earlier on a Sunday than a weekday. I also try not to make any plans on that day. It’s the day of rest, after all. Sorry, friends.

6. Lies: The last point is followed closely by…when I say I’m busy, I sometimes mean I need to read my book. Alone. When I say sometimes, I mean a lot of the time.

7. Book Crushes: Because I read a lot of YA, I end up crushing on characters that are way too young for me. But they’re fictional…so it’s OK, right? I’m still 17 inside OK! (IF THAT)

8. Time Wasters: When I see people on public transport/waiting rooms/in queues looking really bored and frustrated, I always wonder why they don’t carry a book with them. So much wasted time!!

9. Hype: When there’s too much hype surrounding a book it really puts me off. That’s probably why I never read Harry Potter, and why it took me about a year to read The Hunger Games after it came out.

10. Buying Books: I buy most of my books from either Amazon, charity shops or carboot sales. I’d like to support local bookstores more, but finances don’t often allow it. 😦

What are your bookish confessions?

Top Ten Tuesday: Beach Reads!

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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) who pick a different topic each week.

This week the topic is: Top Ten Books Beach Reads That I’d Put in my Bag.

I’m not sure if I’m going to get a holiday this year, but I am going to try to get a last minute deal in August/September perhaps, so fingers crossed. This topic is reealllly making me want to go away for a week of laying on the beach, drinking cocktails and reading. Ahhhh…yes please.

Anyway, these are the books I would take IF I was going away in the next month or so. They’re not all what I would class as beach reads, but they’re the books I really want to read but haven’t found the time to yet so I’d shove them in my holiday bag for sure.

In no particular order…

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Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins: I really like the look of this, but haven’t got round to buying a copy yet. If I was going on holiday, I’d totally pick this up at the airport though.

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer: Ahhh so much love for this series. I actually just got this through the post so it will be read soon, holiday or no holiday.

Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3) by Richelle Mead: Same for this series too! This one is set during Spring Break as well by the sound of it…even better!

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl: I really wanted to start this series before I saw the film, but I failed. I don’t usually like reading the book after the film (which I enjoyed) but I saw this at a car boot sale for like 20p so I’m going to give it a go!

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: I find John Green a bit hit and miss by himself, but I love his collaborations like Will Grayson, Will Grayson written with David Levithan. I’m not sure this would be a great beach read though, from what I’ve heard. Unless you enjoy sobbing on a beach. I do have this lined up to read soon though.

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The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas I’ve had this on my TBR pile for quite a while. It would be one of the first ones to go in my bag if I was going away. ❤ Celaena!

The One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass: Don’t even get me started on this. Obviously, it would be a PERFECT beach read. IF IT IS EVER AVAILABLE IN THIS GODDAMN COUNTRY. Deep breaths.

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides: I have seriously had this book on my TBR pile for about 5 years. I’ve been told it’s amazing, it sounds amazing, I have no idea why I haven’t got round to it yet. If I was going on holiday I would read the crap out of it!

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare: I’m actually reading this in June as part of the Once Upon a Time challenge. I don’t think I’ve ever read it all the way through.

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare: This would be in my beach bag but I need to read books #4 & #5 first. I am determined to catch up by the end of the year. Malec!!!