Top Ten Shortest vs Longest Books I’ve Read

35fed-toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new top ten list and invite everyone to share their answers. They’re currently on a break until mid-August so I’m choosing some past topics I missed out on in the meantime. I saw Maria @ Big City Bookworm do “ Top Ten Shortest vs Longest Books I’ve Read” a few weeks ago and I was really interested to see what mine were. So here we go…

The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)Of Mice and Men

Wise Man’s Fear @ 994 pages vs Of Mice and Men @ 112 Pages

I’m not surprised that Wise Man’s Fear is the longest book I’ve read. Seeing it sitting on my shelf it stands out a mile. It definitely read a lot easier than some of the other books in this list and is one of my favourite books. I knew Of Mice and Men was short but because I studied this in school it felt a lot longer. I’ve read children’s books longer than that!


A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)Animal Farm

Game of Thrones @ 835 pages vs Animal Farm @ 122 Pages

I’m really not surprised to see Game of Thrones as my second longest book because it read as being very long. Animal Farm is one of those books that you’re meant to read in high school but I never did – I really enjoyed it, it was really easy to read.


harry_potter_and_the_order_of_the_phoenixThe Stranger

Harry Potter & The Order Of The Phoenix @ 776 pages vs The Stranger @ 123 pages

The book where the series starts getting serious but is fully with humour vs a serious book. Again another one I studied for IB so it felt longer than it actually was.


breaking_dawn_coverOne Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Breaking Dawn @ 756 pages vs One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich @ 182 pages

A long book that I can’t remember what happens vs a short book in which nothing happens. I didn’t particularly enjoy either of these books.


Crime and PunishmentHeart of Darkness

Crime and Punishment @ 671 pages vs Heart of Darkness @ 188 pages

Both of these I had to do for the IB. I loved Crime and Punishment, I feel it is definitely a book that you get more enjoyment out of if you study it (like Shakespeare). On the other hand, I HATED Heart of Darkness. I just couldn’t get on with the writing style.


What are the longest and shortest books you’ve read?

My Top Ten Favourite TV Shows

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new top ten list and invite everyone to share their answers. It’s a great way to learn more about the bloggers you follow and to find lots of new books. They’re currently on a break until mid-August so I’m choosing some past topics I missed out on in the meantime. This week I’ve chosen “ Top Ten Favourite TV Shows”

In now particular order, TV shows I’ve been obsessed with are….

Hannibal 

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Will Graham is recruited by Jack to help investigate serial killers with the FBI. With a lot of presure on him, Jack hires psychologist, and unknown cannibal,  Dr Hannibal Lecture to supervise Will.

I binge watched this in about 2 weeks. I recently re-watched the first episode with my friend and it reminded me just how much I loved it. The food is insane.

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Game of Thrones

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Season 7 baby! and winter is finally here.

Game of Thrones, simply is, people fighting to be sitting on the Iron Throne to be ruler of the Seven Kingdoms. It’s a show in which no one is safe, there is sex, hotness, incest, death and sass. It’s amazing.

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Dexter

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Being orphaned at 3 when your mother is brutally murdered is going to have an affect on anyone. Turns out it affected Dexter in a way that only his adopted father, and policeman, Harry knows. Working with the police as a blood splatter analysis, Dexter is able to hunt down criminals who have escaped the police’s justice system and give them his own justice.

Is it weird to be supporting a serial killer? By the end of it I was totally rooting for him.

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The Mentalist

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After Red John murdered his family,  ex “Psychic” Patrick Jane works as a consultant for the CBI to read people and catch killers.

An amazing show, with people who are very easy on the eye.


Bones

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Forensic anthropologist Dr Brennan and FBI Agent Booth collaborate to solve people’s deaths.

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Grey’s Anatomy

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They’re currently filming their 14th season and I’m proud to say I’ve seen very episode to date and I wish I could wipe my memory so I could re-watch it again not knowing anything.

It is set in a hospital and focuses on Meredith Grey and her fellow intern’s personal and professional lives. It’s a bit like a soap drama but I am so obsessed with it.

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Broadchurch

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A crime drama in which Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller investigate a murder of a young boy in a close-knit town in Dorset.

It stars a lot of Doctor Who actors including; David Tennant, the new doctor Jodie Whittaker and Arthur Darvill, as well as the amazing Olivia Colman. The whole show just keeps you on the edge of your seat and hooked the entire time.

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Gossip Girl

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Basically just rich teens and their drama but my goodness it’s gripping!

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House M.D.

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House, the sarcy Doctor you go to when no other Doctor can solve your illness. Honestly, it’s probably not lupus…

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Most recently… I’m slightly addicted to RuPaul’s Drag Race and Suits.

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What TV series are you obsessed with?

Top Ten Favorite Summer Activities That Aren’t Reading

35fed-toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new top ten list and invite everyone to share their answers. They’re currently on a break until mid-August so I’m choosing some past topics I missed out on in the meantime. As it’s my last week before summer, this week I’ve chosen “ Top Ten Favorite Summer Activities That Aren’t Reading”

Travelling

I love going new places, both in the UK and abroad. Here’s a link to my reviews of my travels abroad, including Paris, Barcelona and Rome.

BBQs

My family host a themed BBQ every year and this is one of the highlights of my summer – full of yummy food, cocktails and events. Last year we did a circus themed one where everyone did a circus act, the year before was a teddy bear’s picnic.

Drinking by the river

I love walking along the river and them sitting, watching the sunset and drinking cider. yum.

Ice cream

I particularly love gelato. Especially cherry gelato. yum!

Pimms

I sense a theme of food and drink… When ever I think of summer I think of sitting on the garden patio and drinking Pimms.

Sleeping In

I don’t get to do this normally so summer is a perfect time for me to catch up on sleep.

 


What activities do you enjoy doing during summer?

Top Ten Books I’ve Read Due To The Blogging Community

35fed-toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new top ten list and invite everyone to share their answers. They’re currently on a break until mid-August so I’m choosing some past topics I missed out on in the meantime. This week I’ve chosen “ Top Ten Books I’ve Read Due To The Blogging Community”.

Some of these I loved and others not so much….

Click on the book cover to see my reviews!

 

When Dimple Met RishiLady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1)One Of Us Is LyingAnna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)Holding Up the UniverseEverything, EverythingAll the Bright PlacesCarry OnWhen We CollidedHarry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two (Harry Potter, #8)


Which of these books have you read?

What books have you read because of the blogging community?

Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t

35fed-toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new top ten list and invite everyone to share their answers. This week’s topic is “ Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t”.

Most of these are well know so I’m just going to put the picture up and not any detail.

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What series have you yet to start?

Top Ten YA Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR

35fed-toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new top ten list and invite everyone to share their answers. This week’s topic is “ Top Ten Books From X Genre That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR List” so I’ve gone for YA books.

Most of these are well know so I’m just going to put the picture up and not any detail.

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What’s recently been added to your TBR list?

 

Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR

35fed-toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new top ten list and invite everyone to share their answers. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Summer Reads Freebie” so I’ve gone for my summer TBR pile.

My Summer TBR Pile

Darkly Dreaming Dexter (Dexter, #1)A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)The Best of Adam SharpDark Triumph (His Fair Assassin, #2)Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me.

Darkly Dreaming Dexter (Dexter #1) – After completing the series I can’t wait to get started on this!

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic # 1) – I’ve heard lots of good things.

The Best of Adam Sharp – I loved The Rosie Project so was thrilled when I got this ARC.

Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin #2) – I’ve been meaning to read this for a while.

Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me – I’m just waiting for it to go down in price. I’ve loved everything I’ve seen her in (which, granted, is not much)

Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor, #1)Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1)Caraval (Caraval, #1)Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1)Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor #1) – I got this in my illumicrate and it looks great, I just don’t want to lug it into work as it’s huge.

Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1) – Everything about this calls to me, I’m not really sure why I haven’t started it earlier.

Caraval (Caraval #1) – I started it and didn’t love it. I’m going to give it a second chance because of the raving reviews.

Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle #1) – Another hardback illumicrate book that I really want to read but don’t want to lug to work in my bag.

Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) – Another one with rave reviews that I can’t wait to start.


What books are on your Summer TBR?

Top Ten Things On Our Reading Wishlists.

35fed-toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new top ten list and invite everyone to share their answers. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Things On Our Reading Wishlist.”

This was a team effort this week! We would like….

Intricate magical systems that makes sense – Think: Trudi Canavan.

Strong, but realistic, female characters. – Think: Tris in The Witcher Series or Eowyn in The Lord of the Rings series.

Less love triangles with predictable endings – Think: Less like Mortal Instruments or Twilight.

Books with multiple points of view – Think: Falling Kingdom’s series by Morgan Rhodes or You’re the One that I Want by Giovanna Fletcher.

Legitimately threatening villains. Ones that will actually do stuff rather than explain and do things slowly. Think: The Falconer in Lies of Loche Lamora by Scott Lynch.

Better second books. They usually end up slipping as they are building up to the final book. Think: Less like The Painted Man by Peter V Brett more like Michael J Sullivan.

More Pat Rothfusslike, now please.

What’s on your reading wish list?

Top Ten UK Book Covers That Are Better Than The US’.

35fed-toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new top ten list and invite everyone to share their answers. This week’s topic is a cover freebie.

I see a lot of UK Vs US covers where either they’ve only chosen the best US covers, or where they’re torn. So, being a Brit, I have gone for “Top Ten UK Book Covers That Are Better Than The US’.”

UK on the left and US on the right.

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell – This is a book I haven’t read yet but I would be far more likely to pick u[ the UK edition. I really love the pink on the black.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – How cool is that crow?

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – I literally picked this book up to read, before it got massively popular, for the cover alone.

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The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness – Ok, the UK on does look more 12+ to YA but it’s definitely more intriguing than the US one.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – These are very similar but I feel the colours work better on the UK version. That said, I definitely prefer the US version of Heir of Fire.

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Graceling by Kristin Cashmore – This is one where I think people would be more torn but I prefer the lettering of the G’s on the UK version and I love the girl standing in shadow.

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American Gods by Neil Gaiman – There’s also a gorgeous red cover with a silver tree on, I don’t know if you have that version in America? Out of the two below, I really like it when it has a dark background and a striking image infront in simple, but eye catching, colours like the one below.

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – Dancing with death. What’s not to like?

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The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – I just think it’s an absolutely beautiful cover.

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Which covers do you prefer?

Are there any other British covers you prefer to the American ones?

Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book

35fed-toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new top ten list and invite everyone to share their answers. This week’s topic is  “Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book.”

Daz and Emily’s Choices

Too Much World Building – I don’t like it when there is pages and pages minute and insignificant details. It makes reading a chore. Think: J.R.R. Tolkein, Joseph Conrad and George. R. R. Martin.

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Pointless Love Stories/Triangles – A pointless love story just ruins everything that’s happened in the book. That’s great that you’re pining over the hot, attractive guy but can we get back to your assassinating the people who destroyed your village and brutally murdered your family? Thanks. Think: When We CollidedHunger Games.

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Too Many Main Characters or Flicking POV and Not Stating Who’s POV It Is  Whoa there Nelly, we’re well and truly lost. There’s only so much my brain can hold without having a map in front of me. Think: Game of Thrones,

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Fan Pleasers By pleasing your fans you are destroying your book and making it completely unoriginal and frankly a disappointment. Cassandra Clare. Need I say more?

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Ending Rushers – people who spend so much time building up a story and then finish it in one chapter. Think: Clariel by Garth Nix.

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What turns you off a book?