Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me

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Hellllo readers, time for another Top Ten Tuesday’s post and I can tell today’s is going to be utterly difficult. Ten Wishes you would want your genie to grant you? More BOOKISH WISHES PLEASE! Gah, there are so many things I want, it’s going to be a toughie to knock it down to ten but I’ll give it a go, you know me.

Power over the reading slump:

The first would have to be, to have the power to always know what book to read if I’m stuck in a reading slump. Honestly this would just be – perfect.

Portable Library please

I would like a portable library – kinda like a Tardis but smaller. So I could crawl into a trunk and it would actually be a full sized library that I could potentially carry with me ie on holiday or moving house, and it is never full. That would need to be a must.

Meet Amber from The Chocolate Run

This one may seem a little odd but many of you know how much I adore Amber from the book The Chocolate Run. If we could go and stuff our faces with chocolate and wine I would be a very happy lady.

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Mr Boddington’s classics collection from Anthropologie

I saw these stunning covers on a lifestyle bloggers youtube video I think and was like – I NEED. Much to my luck they’re all sold out. Sorry wha! I would like them all, stacked up in my portable library!

More Super-powers

Okay, so this is a bit different but I’d love the ability to sniff out books; not in a physical way but to enter book stores and feel the books – so if there’s a sneaky Bukowski hidden away with a stunning cover, or a first edition Austen hidden behind a Jeremy Clarkson autobiography (you never know) I would love to have the ability to feel the books. If that makes sense!

Allllll the moneys

An unlimited book budget – so  all the books would be mineeeeee

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A bookmark that can never be lost

Pretty self-explanatory based on everything I’ve written on my ability to keep bookmarks. Or maybe a spell that I can open to the page I was last on. Hmmmm – Accio-pageturneroverer?’

NO SOUND PLEASE

You know when you’re reading and you’re on the bus and someone is having an argument with their mum/aunt/dog and you’re like no, stop it, I would like to be able to just block them out and create a bubble around my reading lovliness.

Amazon/Goodreads

Less bookish more blogish, but I wish a genie could just post on my reviews on Amazon and Goodreads because I am just rubbish at remembering. That would be nice.

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Finally, I would like to have rowdy drunken curry with J,K Rowling, Bukowski, Shakespeare, Dorothy Koomson, Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer and Stella Newman please.

These would be so wonderful if they came true although never will *sobs* What would add to my list?

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Characters you just didn’t click with

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Hiiii fellow bookworms/reader-holics/word-adorers, all of you are welcome to this lovely little post on a Tuesday morning even if I do say so myself. It’s Tuesday which means it is time for a new TTT post from the brilliant bookish blog, ‘The Broke and the Bookish.’ If you haven’t seen this blog you’re missing out so go and have a nosy.

Before we begin I just want to state, I’ve picked some characters I just dislike because I wanted to rant about characters you’re meant to pretty much abhor; some are characters are ones I didn’t click with so there’s a mixture, to mix it up a bit so to speak.

1) Tom Buchanan from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
I was going to include Daisy but something in me just can’t do it; despite her being pretty insufferable. Tom Buchanan is both a racist and a misogynist, but somehow he manages to steal Daisy, get away with his affair and the death of Myrtle and he is an utter ass. Ergh.

2) Bernadette from Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
I never really mentioned this in my review at the time but Bernadette really antagonised me as a reader. Unable to put her child’s well-being first and traipsing off in the hope that they would fulfil her selfish dreams despite her daughter’s education, her relationship with her father and friends being torn apart, I thought she was brutish and exhausting.

3) O’Brien (& Big Brother) from 1984 by George Orwell
Part of a false flag resistance movement whose goal is to find thought-criminals, lure them in arrest and “cure” them, I hated O’Brien and what he ultimately did to Winston; but then I guess, there wouldn’t be a tale to tell. *STILL SEETHS WITH ANGER*

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4) Cassandra from I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
Okay, this one fits more with the brief but exhausting, a little wimpish and a character that had no guts I found Cassandra difficult to relate to. It’s a shame because I never made through to the end but this character really didn’t connect with me at all.

5) Anastacia Steele from The 50 Shades of Grey series by E L James
Won’t come as a surprise but Anastacia was difficult to connect to; she’s so frail and tolerating of the foreboding Chrisitian. For anyone that has read the books this is a little self explanatory.

6) Helen from The Summer of Secrets by Sarah Jasmon
A recent read from me, but a character I found difficult relate to; she’s too condescending and lacks the ability to change and that ultimately destroys the lives of the ones around her. It’s a times a difficult read.

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7) Gemma from from Tell Me No Lies by Malorie Blackman
Another recent read from an author I loved as a teenage reader (who didn’t love the Noughts and Crosses series?) I struggled with Gemma because bullying is something that can be so utterly detrimental and yet it seemed to be Gemma’s own desire to be left alone. It jarred that she could want to be invisible and cause such a negative effect on someone else’s life.

8) Una and Liam from Every Single Minute by Hugo Hamilton
I really didn’t know whether to include this one but both characters I ultimately found tough to relate to. Their relationship jarred with one another and I found it difficult to connect at all unfortunately

9) Bella Swan and Edward Cullen from The Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer

I haven’t read a lot of the Twilight series (barely anything) but what I did read I thought was, hmm, awful? These two and their obsessive, unhealthy, manipulative relationship had me scowling.

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10) Hamlet from Hamlet by William Shakespeare

This might be an unpopular opinion but I struggled with Hamlet. There are so many different sides to him as a character I was never quite sure where I stood. It’s not that I didn’t click with him I just never quite understood him enough to get that  click, I guess.

Ahh, the joys of not clicking with a character; who would make your list? Would there be more males or females? Is there anyone you love on my list? Let me know in le comments below!

Top Ten Tuesdays: Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds

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Good M’rnin readers and happy Tuesday. I love Tuesdays because myself and the only other lady who works for the company (c’mon engineering catch up,) squirrel away to Morrisons and buy all sorts of things that are terrible for me trying to lose weight, (diet smiet I say.) Todays Top Tuesday’s post is to list ten top ten characters that are fellow book nerds and I’m worried that my list will be the same as everyone else’s so I’ve tried valiantly (and failed) to add more obscure characters. *wails*

Tengo from 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

This book is taking me months to finish but Kenko is die-hard reading/writer and I find his gentle disposition and his attitude to reading and books so easy to relate to.

Meggie from Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

I struggled with this book as a younger reader but I’m so glad I finished it. She is a delightful young reader and a character I really felt I could relate to.

Hazel and Gus from The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

I can’t decide whether this will appear on all the lists of very few? We’ll see. Both adore books although they are polar opposites in terms of what they like to read. This quote is also utterly beautiful from the book and so, so true.

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”

Charlie from the Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Cbosky

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Another book I can’t decide whether will spring up on lots of lists, but Charlie loves to read and is encouraged by his teacher to write more and use the books to think and reflect upon his own life.

Mel from Bad Dreams by Anne Fine

Another slightly more obscure book although I am sure many have read this brilliant book. The premise of the book follows Mel who is an book-worm *cheers* and prefers to have her nose stuck in a book than make friends with her classmates. However she is made unwillingly to look after the new girl in school, Imogen, but all is not what it seems to be. Imogen is strange and mysterious and Mel is adamant to find out her secret.

Klaus Baudelaire from A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

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I loved this series of books and Klaus being an avid reader with an eidetic memory he had to make the list. Remembering virtually everything he reads he often helped his sisters escape from situations that their archenemy, Count Olaf, lead them to. A real bookish hero.

Liesel from The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

I wasn’t going to include this one but it’s one that had to make the list. Also if you haven’t read this book, you need to. The number of book bloggers I know that have this as one of their *unofficial* favourite books is astonishing.

Cath from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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This is where I fail and just pick characters that just bookish through and through. Cath adores books and revels more in the fictional world than the real world. She’s a little darling.

Matilda from Matilda by Roald Dahl

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Another very obvious choice but some of these you just can’t keep off the list because, you just can’t.

Finally, Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling

Another pretty clear choice, but I loved Hermione. She is a gem.

They you go wonderful readers, ten bookish characters who love to read.