5 Gateway Books to my Favourite Genre

I love a lot of genres, but I have to say that my favourite is fantasy. So here are 5 essential fantasy novels if you want to start reading the genre. (or you already read it!)

  1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
    I know this one is soo obvious, but it’s just too amazing not to add. I’m rereading Harry Potter for the third time at the moment, and it’s just as fantastic as I remember. A must.
  2. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
    I find Maas’ books really easy to get into, and the language she uses isn’t too foreign and difficult if you’re not used to reading. Perfect for people who don’t read too often.
  3. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
    You can’t go wrong with a novel by Uncle Rick!! They’re easy to get into, interesting plots and well-written characters, what could possibly go wrong?
  4. Magisterium by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black
    This series has similarities with Harry Potter, though is perhaps aimed at a younger age group. (though I still love it). If you love Harry Potter, you will love this. Maybe.
  5. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
    This trilogy is amazing. A prequel to The Mortal Instruments series, it can be read without TMI, and I personally enjoyed this so much more. Sexy Shadowhunters (demon-hunters), vampires with vampire-mojo, demons (bleh), werewolves, and glittery warlocks, what more could you possibly want?

There are my 5 recommended gateway books to fantasy! What’s your favourite genre? What 5 gateway books would you recommend? Let me know in the comments, or link me to your post!

Byeeeeee ❤

Bookish Book Lover Tag

Thank you Cassiopeia’s Moon for tagging me to do this! (:

Rules:
Use the Banner
Answer the Questions
Use Lots of Book Covers
Tag Your Bookish Friends!


What books are you currently reading?


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling, and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.


 

What is the last book that you finished?


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Favourite book you read this year? (I’m not including re-reads)



What genre have you read most of this year?


Fantasy, most definitely. I do enjoy other genres, but you can never bet a good YA fantasy.


What genre have you read least this year?


I’m assuming this means of all the genres that I read. If this is the case, it’s probably a tie between contemporary and science fiction. I’ve been neglecting both of them, because there’s just so much fantasy!


What genre do you want to read more of?


Umm… I read what I like, and I don’t really like anything else.
I do own a couple of historical fiction books though, a genre I’ve never read before, and I look forward to reading them.


How many books have you read this year, and what’s your goal?


So far this year, I’ve managed to read 56 books so far this year, but my goal is 90, so I’m woefully behind. I actually get the most reading done in the Christmas holidays though, so I still have plenty of time to reach my goal. (:


What’s the last book you bought?


 

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What book are you saving up to buy next?


Just one??! There’ll never be just one, but I’ll list a few.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
The Juliette Chronicles by Tahereh Mafi
Shades of London series by Maureen Johnson
A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Alienated series by Melissa Landers


Last time you went to the library, how many books did you check out?


I don’t remember the last time I was at the library, but I probably borrowed around five books.


What’s a book you can’t wait to read?


Sooo many!! A few:

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What’s a series you’d recommend to everyone?



Who’s an author you’re hoping writes more?


I’d say Rick Riordan, or Marissa Meyer, but I don’t need to hope, because they actually are writing more. I hope we get more from J.K. Rowling, Alexandra Bracken and Marie Lu.


A few books your heart adores?


Basically every book on this post. (excluding the ones that I haven’t read before).


What series’ coming conclusion makes you sad?


The Young Elites!!! Though I can’t wait for The Midnight Star, I’ll be sad to see the trilogy completed. But other than that, pretty much every series I adore has already finished.


What books are on your wish list?


I’d like to think that every book I’ve put onto my Goodreads page that I’ve yet to own is my wish-list. Which is over a thousand books. (I may be waiting a while for all of them XD)

I tag:

https://mybookacademy.wordpress.com/

https://etherealpages.wordpress.com/

https://cupofteaandarmfulofbooks.wordpress.com/

https://thatbibliophiliccauldron.wordpress.com/

Byeeeeee ❤

5 Characters That I Wouldn’t Want To Be

Hey guys! I know I haven’t been posting much, but I’m just a bit busy at the moment.

So here’s another Top 5 Wednesday!!

  1. Severus Snape (Harry Potter)
    I don’t want to be Snape, because no matter how much I love him, his life sucked. He finally had a best friend, (whom he has a crush on), and she dates the guy that bullies him, with help from his friends. And then we got all dat Voldemort shiz too.
  2. Voldemort (Harry Potter)
    Okay, nobody hit me, but I actually feel sorry for Voldemort. It’s not his fault his mum tricked his dad, and he was conceived under the effects of a love potion so he’s incapable of love. Then again, he didn’t have to become a murdering lying psychopath either, but hey, we all make mistakes.
  3. Levana (The Lunar Chronicles)
    Yet again, please don’t hit me, but I feel sorry for Levana as well, after reading Fairest. Channary was horrible to her. (And she name her daughter after basically every female in her family except for Levana: Selene Channary Jannali Blackthorn). Though, yet again, she’s still an evil conniving lunatic.
  4.  Valerie (Red Riding Hood)
    (Spoilers!!) Her boyfriend may have possibly attacked her mother, and killed her grandmother in a forest, and then waited for her to come along, ask her to run away with him, and have her leave her grandmother’s body undiscovered. Enough said.
  5. Raina (Agents of Shield)
    I know this post is meant to be for books, but I love Raina, and Agents of Shield, so here we are. As I said, I love Raina, but I definitely wouldn’t want to be her. Her childhood sucked, she worked for a few evil freaks, turned into a ‘gnarled freak of nature’, saved a few lives, and was then murdered by Skye’s weird creepy mum. As much as I love her, I’d really rather not be her.

    Also, if you guys watch Agents of Shield and Once Upon A Time, it’d mean a lot to me if you could check out my fanfic ‘An Inhuman Saviour’ on fanfiction.net. I haven’t updated in over a month, (I know! I’m a horrible human being!) but my school holidays are in two days, so I’ll be updating a few times throughout those two weeks away from school. (My fanfiction.net is linked on the About page).

    And Agents of Shield started again today!!! I haven’t had a chance to watch the episode yet, but I’m really looking forward to it!!

    Also, I wasn’t on two days ago, but… happy belated 37th Hermione Granger!!

Byeeeeee ❤

5 Books You Want to See as TV Shows

Hey guys!! (my WordPress is working again – yay! I know I promised I’d still be writing all my posts while I was away but, well, school had other ideas).

Anyways, back to T5W (which is *gasp* actually being posted on Wednesday!!)

Honestly, this is hard. I don’t really want many books turned into TV shows, cause we all know how adaptations can go. *cough* Percy Jackson *cough*
House of Night series by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
I’ve actually only read the first three books in this exceedingly long series, but I’m hoping to get to more of them in the future. I actually quite enjoyed this series, but I wouldn’t be too concerned if a director decided to change a few things.

Nightshade trilogy by Andrea Cremer
Honestly, I’m not sure why this is on the list. I really like these books. And if a director changed anything, I would rip their hearts out. (Not really, but I’d be thoroughly annoyed).

Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld
I really like this series, and I really want an adaptation of it, whether it be movie or TV show. (I still want to stab a few pages in Specials though).

Slated series by Teri Terry
I love this series. And I can’t be bothered rereading it. Someone make it a TV show, and I’ll just watch that instead.

The Cinderella Moment by Jennifer Kloester
This is like a chick novel. (get it? chick flick? Sorry, that was really bad. Anyways, moving on…) everyone needs a nice contemporary novel-turned-movie at some point in their life.

So there you have it. None of my favourites are on this list because I couldn’t stand for someone to turn it into a TV show and screw it up. That would end badly for them. XD

What novels do you want turned into TV shows? Are some of your favourites in that list, or are you like me, too scared of someone incorrectly portraying them? Let me know in the comments!

Byeeeeee ❤

 

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A Note From Skye

Hey guys, a little note from my other blog so you guys know that I won’t be on for a while.

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Hey everyone!

Chocoholic here  😉

So I know I haven’t posted in ages… As I’ve mentioned before I have a separate account with my main blog, so I don’t use this account much. Also, there hasn’t been much reason to post on here since Skye/Bookdragon made her new blog Avidfangirlforlife.

However, I know Skye irl, and she has a message for you guys:

Hey guys! My WordPress isn’t working at the moment, so it may be quite some time before I figure out what’s going on with it and be able to post on it. (cries)

I’ll still be writing my weekly posts, and when my WordPress starts working again, prepare to be spammed majorly. 😉

Thanks guys!!

Byeeeeee ❤

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So there you have it – she hasn’t died!  😛  XD

Well, cya ’round,

 – Chocoholic77  ❤

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Goodreads Tag

Hey guys!! As promised, here’s a new post, the Goodreads tag! So let’s get into it.

WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU MARKED AS ‘READ’?

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

Nothing. *the horror* I finished Queen of Shadows a few hours ago, and I haven’t picked up anything else yet.

WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU MARKED AS ‘TO READ’?

Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher

WHAT BOOK DO YOU PLAN TO READ NEXT?

All We Have Left by Wendy Mills. I currently have this out on loan from the library.

DO YOU USE THE STAR RATING SYSTEM?

I do, though it’s all in my head, and it doesn’t really make sense to anyone but me.

ARE YOU DOING A 2016 READING CHALLENGE?

Yes, 90 books. I read 90 books and half of 4 books last year, so I didn’t think it was too ambitious. However, I didn’t count on rediscovering fanfiction this year. XD I’m a few books behind schedule.

DO YOU HAVE A WISHLIST?

Not on a shelf or anything, but my wishlist is every book I’ve read that I enjoyed, a book that is a part of a series I own, or a book that I really want to read.

WHAT BOOK DO YOU PLAN TO BUY NEXT?

I don’t buy books. *gasps* I don’t have a job, so I don’t have any money to spend on books. I frequently go to the library, and every librarian at both libraries near my house recognise me. The books I own have been birthday and Christmas gifts. To this day, I’ve probably bought about 5 or 6 books for myself, including The Hunger Games box set and a special edition of Lady Midnight. (I know, it’s sad – though I am looking for a job!)

DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVOURITE QUOTES, WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE A FEW?

“La musica è chiaro di luna nella note cupa della vita.” – Jean Paul Friedrich Ritcher

This quote is actually originally in English, but I love the Italian translation. (Though the English translation is really pretty). The original quote is “Music is moonlight in the gloomy night of life.” I actually prefer the quote in English, but I’m learning Italian next year at school, so I keep translating everything. XD

Another quote I really like is “His heart, the war. Her face, the battlefield.” (The 5th Wave).

WHO ARE YOUR FAVOURITE AUTHORS?

J.K. Rowling, hands down. My other favourites included Alexandra Bracken, Marissa Meyer, Marie Lu, Rick Riordan, Sarah J. Maas and Veronica Roth. Not necessarily in that order either.

HAVE YOU JOINED ANY GROUPS?

I’m apart of 47 groups. I’m only active in about 8 of them, but I can’t bring myself to leave any, I do visit them all occasionally!

HOW MANY SHELVES DO YOU HAVE ON GOODREADS?

14 (soon to be 15 – I keep forgetting to make one for 2016). Read, currently-reading, to-read, own, 2015, favourites, gifts, read-next, never-finished, school-reads, buddy-reads, you get the idea.

I hope you guys enjoyed this tag, I know I enjoyed answering all of the questions! And I tag all of you to do this. If you do end up doing this tag, please link your post down below, I’d love to see what you guys think about this questions!!

My Goodreads account: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/48457755-skye-hailhydra

Byeeeeee ❤

BOOKS I WANT TO READ BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR

Hey!

Here I am again with another T5W! (On Friday – again). This week we’ve been asked what 5 books we want to read before the end of the year. I have sooo many. (My TBR on Goodreads is 1125 books long). So I’ve decided to keep this list to books I own. That list is significantly shorter, I only own 30 unread books. So, here are the 5 I want to finish before the year is out!

  1. The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearson
  2. Passenger (Passenger #1) by Alexandra Bracken
  3. Firstlife (Everlife #1) by Gena Showalter
  4. Flawed (Flawed #1) by Cecelia Ahern
  5. A Whole New World (A Twisted Tale #1) by Liz Braswell

So there you have it! What books do you guys want to read before the end of 2016? Comment below!!
I also have another post going up over the weekend, so keep your eyes out for that! (:

Byeeeeee ❤

The 15 Shortest Books I’ve Ever Read (Excluding Childhood Books)

Hey guys! This is a kind of follow-up post to my ’15 Longest Books I’ve Ever Read’. And so I give you… the 15 shortest books I’ve ever read. (This post excluded books I read as a child ie. Younger than ten or so – unless I’ve re-read it since then).

  1. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling. 109 pages.
  2. Out of the Past (Once Upon A Time #3) by Kalinda Vazquez. 112 pages.
  3. City of Bones: The Little Book of Quotes by Cassandra Clare. 112 pages.
  4. Bridge To Terabithia by Katherine Paterson. 128 pages.
  5. Messenger (The Giver #3) by Lois Lowry. 169 pages.
  6. The Call of the Wild by Jack London. 172 pages.
  7. The Giver (The Giver #1) by Lois Lowry. 180 pages.
  8. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. 182 pages.
  9. A Dog’s Life: The Autobiography of a Stray by Ann M. Martin. 192 pages.
  10. Unite Me (Shatter Me #1.5, #2.5) by Tahereh Mafi. 197 pages.
  11. If I Stay (If I Stay #1) by Gayle Forman. 201 pages.
  12. Fallen in Love (Fallen #3.5) by Kate Lauren. 201 pages.
  13. Four: A Divergent Story Collection (Divergent #0.1 – 0.4) by Veronica Roth. 201 pages.
  14. Looking for Alaska by John Green. 221 pages.
  15. Run for Cover (Tomorrow Girls #2) by Eva Gray. 224 pages.
    If you have any more ideas for posts like this, be sure to comment them below!

    Byeeeeee ❤

5 Favourite First Sentences

Hey!

Here I am, yet again, doing Top 5 Wednesday on a Friday!

And since I’m too lazy to get up and go over to my books, these favourite first sentences are the ones that I remember off the top of my head.

So without further ado, I give you, 5 first sentences I really like, that were chosen because I happen to remember them.

  1. “Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.” Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling

2. “The Friday before winter break, my mom packed me an overnight bag and a few deadly weapons, and took me to a new boarding school.” Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3) by Rick Riordan

3. “I’ve been locked up for 264 days.” Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi

4. “Aliens are stupid.” The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave #1) by Rick Yancey.

5. “Now that I’ve found the way to fly, which direction should I go into the night?” Matched (Matched #1) by Ally Condie

I’m going to write next weeks T5W now, so it’ll definitely actually be up on Wednesday. 🙂

I’ve also written a post for the 15 shortest books I’ve ever read, which will be posted tomorrow!

Byeeeeee ❤

The 15 Longest Books I’ve Ever Read

I’ve always been curious as to what the longest books I’ve read are, and I just realised a few hours ago that on Goodreads, I can see what the longest books are that I’ve read.

So without further ado, here are the 15 longest books that I’ve ever read!

(Warning: most of my reviews contain spoilers)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) by J.K. Rowling
This book is 870 pages long, and I haven’t managed to read anything longer than it in the past six years.

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer
832 pages. You can read my review here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1438618588

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) by J.K. Rowling
759 pages.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4) by J.K. Rowling
734 pages.

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare
725 pages.

Angel Fire (Angel #2) by L.A. Weatherly
720 pages.

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare
669 pages. You can read my review here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1589046512

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) by J.K. Rowling
652 pages.

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas
640 pages. You can read my review here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1482071164

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
599 pages.

The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus #4) by Rick Riordan
597 pages.

The Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus #3) by Rick Riordan
586 pages.

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare
567 pages. You can read my sentence-long review here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1430071858

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas
562 pages. You can read my review here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1613686509

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer 560 pages.

Ta-da! The 15 longest books I’ve read. I’m thinking of maybe doing the 15 shortest books I’ve ever read too. Comment if you think I should.

Byeeeeee ❤