DNFs | Top Ten Tuesday

DNFs | Top Ten Tuesday


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the list ought to be ten books I did not finish. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately), in the last year or so since I started keeping records of these things I have only failed to finish one book. And that one book was The Iron King by Julie Kagawa.


Please don’t hate me if you loved this book. A lot of people did, since it has an average of almost 4/5 stars on Goodreads. It just wasn’t for me. I had issues almost immediately, but I persisted until the protagonist got shut in a kitchen which everyone left at night and took a couple of days before trying the door. I just… what?

It seemed unfair to single out just the one book, so here are five more books that I did finish but probably shouldn’t have, since I didn’t like them and would have liked the time back at the end. I gave all of them 2 stars on Goodreads because I’m a softy who struggles to be completely negative.


I didn’t like the main character and didn’t understand his decisions.


This is probably a perfectly normal example of its genre, and I hold nothing against it except that said genre bores me. I think I’d call it… contemporary romance in which nothing especially out of the ordinary happens to anyone.


I quite like Dara O’Briain, but this is just a diary of what happened to him on tour and some thoughts he had about the places he visited. I was expecting something Bill Bryson-esque and didn’t get it.


Everyone in this book was almost consistently unhappy from beginning to end. I screwed myself over a bit by starting reading it around when I was just finishing uni and not very receptive to the idea that everything would suck from here on out.


Caitlin Moran is wonderful and I love her, but this book was not and I did not. It isn’t exactly her own life story, but close enough that there was no real need to read this as well as How to Be a Woman which I enjoyed much, much more.

Books on my Autumn TBR | Top Ten Tuesday

Books on my Autumn TBR | Top Ten Tuesday


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week we were asked to discuss our ‘fall’ tbr. I’m sorry. There’s nothing wrong with the term fall. I’m just British. Anyway. My list consists of books that I was super excited about when I bought them, and then forgot to read. And now I’m trying to remember.

  1. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
  2. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  3. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
  4. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
  5. The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
  6. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  7. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
  8. Across the Universe by Beth Revis
  9. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  10. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Books With Good Film/TV Adaptations | Top Ten Tuesday

Books With Good Film/TV Adaptations | Top Ten Tuesday


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This was a freebie week, so I decided to talk about when people do the screen thing right. Of course, everyone is going to disagree with me, but here we go…

  1. The Book: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
    The Adaptation: 2006 TV Mini-Series
  2. The Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    The Adaptation:1995 TV Mini-Series
  3. The Book: Stardust by Neil Gaiman
    The Adaptation:2007 Film
  4. The Book: A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
    The Adaptation: 2011 TV Series
  5. The Book:The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
    The Adaptation: 2001 Film
  6. The Book: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
    The Adaptation:2014 Film
  7. The Book: The Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
    The Adaptation: 2006 TV Film
  8. The Book: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
    The Adaptation:2014 Film (Part 1, anyway. Hopefully Part 2 will be equally good.)
  9. The Book:Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
    The Adaptation:1998 Film
  10. The Book:The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
    The Adaptation:2013 Film
Series I Have Yet To Finish | Top Ten Tuesday

Series I Have Yet To Finish | Top Ten Tuesday


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This was an easy one for me, since I’ve started All The Series.

  1. The Sandman Series by Neil Gaiman
    Next Up: Seasons of Mists
  2. The Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Series by Ransom Riggs
    Next Up: Hollow City
  3. The Fairyland Series by Catherynne M. Valente
    Next Up: The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There
  4. The Raven Cycle Quartet by Maggie Steifvater
    Next Up: The Dream Thieves
  5. The Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas
    Next Up: Crown of Midnight
  6. The Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan
    Next Up: The Titan’s Curse
  7. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
  8. Next Up: I’m… not sure. I lost my place and started again. I think I’m somewhere in the middle of A Storm of Swords.

  9. The Shades of London Series by Maureen Johnson
    Next Up: The as-yet-unititled fourth book. For once I’m up to date.
  10. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
    Next Up: Fairest
  11. The Discworld Series by Terry Prachett
    Next Up: Jingo

    So which series should I prioritise?

Advise Me?

Advise Me?

So I’m kind of in a reading slump right now. It sucks. I have a big pile of library books and an even bigger pile of tbr books and I actually do want to read them but when I try I can’t stay focussed for longer than a chapter. I don’t know why. Did I mention that it sucks?

It seems like I’m not going to be working this week, which also kind of sucks because I need the money, but that’s a whole different rant. My point is, I’m not working, and since I thought I would be I don’t have plans. So I’m making a plan, and the plan is to drag myself out of this slump.

And that’s where you come in, beloved blog reader. How do I de-reading-slump myself? What tips do you have? What do I do when I can’t focus on books I’ve been excited to read for months? How do I catch up on my Goodreads challenge, where I’m currently 7 books behind. Please advise.

YA Fantasy 101 Syllabus | Top Ten Tuesday

YA Fantasy 101 Syllabus | Top Ten Tuesday


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I’m not totally sure I would be qualified to teach this course, but I’d love to take it.

  1. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
    Ideally I’d prefer to study The Lord of The Rings, but we’d never finished ten books if we did that.
  2. Sabriel by Garth Nix
    This is a few years old now, and provides a nice bridge between Tolkien and more recent works.
  3. Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
    Obviously this had a massive impact on YA Fantasy. I prefer some of the later books, but there’s a (very small) chance that some students haven’t read this series before.
  4. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
    I’d be tempted to study Stardust, which is my favourite Gaiman, but this is a great introduction to urban fantasy.
  5. Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett
    At this point I think it’s time to look at someone playing with the tropes of fantasy, and no one does that better than Pratchett. Any Discworld novel would work for this, but if I have to cover something in depth I may as well pick one of my favourites.
  6. Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice
    This would be our first foray into some darker fantasy, and has the added bonus of demonstrating everything that’s wrong with Twilight.
  7. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
    Partly I’d want to talk about constructing fantasy worlds and integrating back story in a non-clunky way, but mostly I just love this book.
  8. The Owl Service by Alan Garner
    This is a nice eerie atmospheric one, bordering on magical realism.
  9. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
    More beautiful world building, but in a totally different style. This would also be a good point to compare the magic systems of the books we’d studied.
  10. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
    This isn’t itself a fantasy book, but it’s a great look at the impact YA fantasy has on people, particularly actual those who are actually young adults, and it also looks at how the internet is changing the relationship between authors and readers, which seems like a good thing to think about at the end of the course.

Please forgive me if this post is gobbledegook, I’ve worked 8.5 hours today.

OTP Tag!

OTP Tag!

I was tagged by the lovely Mari over at Story and Somnancy. So! The rules are as follows:

Choose 5 OTPs without looking at the questions first, answer the questions, then tag five people.

The Couples

  1. Valek and Yelena (The Study series by Maria V. Snyder)
  2. Arabella and Jonathan Strange (Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
  3. Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler (A Scandal in Bohemia by Arthur Conan Doyle)
  4. Tristan and Yvaine (Stardust by Neil Gaiman)
  5. Cath and Levi (Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell)

The Questions
Do you remember the episode/scene/chapter that you first started shipping #5?
That would be when Cath read to Levi for freaking HOURS. The first time she did that, I mean.

Have you ever read fanfiction about #2?
No, but I feel like I have because whoever scripted the BBC adaptation wrote them a load of extra scenes.

Has a picture of #4 ever been your screen saver/profile picture/tumblr ID?
No, but that seems like it would be a cool desktop background. I want it now.

If #3 were to suddenly break up today, what would your reaction be?
Does that mean at some point prior to today they were actually together? Awesome!

Why is #1 so important?
Because he carved her a freaking butterfly. I can’t even.

Is #4 a funny ship or a serious ship?
Adorably awkward, mostly.

Out of all your ships listed, which ship has the most chemistry?
Cath and Levi maybe?

Of all the ships, which ship has the strongest bond?
Valek and Yelena. I love how Snyder doesn’t construct petty arguments between them for the sake of plot twists. All kind of other shit might be going down, but they’re good.

How many times have you read/watched #2’s fandom?
Twice. I read the book, then I watched the BBC show. I’d like to read it again one day, but not too soon. It’s a long ass book.

Which ship lasted the longest?
Jonathan and Arabella, I guess, since the book spans so many years.

How many times, if ever, has #5 broken up?
Once, sort of. Ish.

If the world was suddenly thrust into a zombie apocalypse, which would make it out alive, #1 or #3?
Definitely Valek and Yelena. They would actually work together, and they’re both pretty deadly. With Sherlock and Irene Adler, the question is more which of them would leave the other to the zombies first and save themselves.

Did #4 ever have to hide their relationship for any reason?
Briefly, for amusement purposes.

Is #5 still together?

Is #1 canon?

If all five ships were put into a couple’s Hunger Games, which couple would win?
Valek and Yelena. Did I mention how they’re deadly? Unless Yvaine did that thing I can’t tell you about because it’s a massive spoiler. Cath and Levi would be the deadest the fastest, though, I can tell you that.

Has anyone ever tried to sabotage #5’s ship?
Not intentionally, but Reagan got in the way a lot.

Which ship(s) would you defend to the death and beyond?
I feel like Cath and Levi are the only ones who can’t adequately defend themselves.

Have you ever spent hours a day going through #3’s tumblr page?
What I do in the privacy of my own Tumblr is none of your concern :p.

If an evil witch descended from the sky and told you that you had to pick one of the five ships to break up forever, which ship would you sink?
I might as well break up Sherlock and Irene before they do it for me.

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