Top 5 Wednesday: Children’s Books

Hey guys! I’m back with another Top 5 Wednesday post! This week we are talking about children’s books and I’m excited to share with you some of my favourite children’s books! I read all of these when I was little and I loved them! So lets get into it!

This group was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey) and is hosted by Sam (ThoughtsOnTomes). If you want to participate, check out the link on Goodreads here.

1) Private Peaceful & War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

I probably read Michael Morpurgo’s books when I was eleven or twelve and they are so, so, so incredibly sad. They are great for introducing children into the horrors of the war, War Horse especially. It’s told from the point of view of a horse who sees the best and worst of humanity but also has an incredibly powerful friendship with his owner. It’s very sad and it did make me cry but it’s worth it because it’s a really touching story. I liked how it shed some light on the millions of horses who died in the war and how they were also impacted by the horrors of the war. Private Peaceful is another truly sad story but it’s very powerful and compelling. It gripped me from start to finish and I really impacted me. They are two very captivating stories and they make great children’s books despite the tragic horrors of the war that is at the core of the story.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books Without Romance

Hey guys! Wow… I haven’t done a Top 5 Wednesday post since April! I just wasn’t interested in any of the topics but I finally found a decent month! I saw this topic and was like hell yes! I love reading books with very little romance or none at all and I immediately knew what my choices would be! I’m so excited to share them with you so lets get into it!

This group was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey) and is hosted by Sam (ThoughtsOnTomes). If you want to participate, check out the link on Goodreads here.

1) Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

So this is a dystopian duology and what I really liked about it is that the romance in this story takes a backseat and the focal point of the story remains the plot. What I find in a lot of young adult books is the plot ends up taking a backseat and the romance starts to take over. But these books never once waver from Celestine and her drive to do what is right despite everything it could cost her. I will write a brief summary for these books so you can get a taste of the story. The characters in this story live in a perfect world with a set of strict rules to follow and if you break any of these rules you are branded as Flawed. You have a ‘F’ brand on your body and have to wear a band on your arm so everyone can see you are Flawed. When the main character is found to be Flawed she is set on a path that will completely change her life and open her eyes to the society she lives in. Highly recommend them, they were a brilliant read and there was little romance in the story!

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Top 5 Wednesday: Authors You Want to Read More From

Hey guys! This weeks topic is pretty self-explanatory, you talk about authors you want to read more from!

This group was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey) and is hosted by Sam (ThoughtsOnTomes). If you want to participate, check out the link on Goodreads here.

1) Becca Fitzpatrick

Becca Fitzpatrick is one of my favourite authors, I adore her books! Hush Hush was one of my favourite series when I was in high school. I was obsessed with fallen angels and Patch was my favourite character. Black Ice was a bit meh, not her best book but still pretty enjoyable. I really loved Dangerous Lies, it was full of mystery and suspense. It was a really intriguing story and I loved the plot twist at the end! I would absolutely love to read more books from her just because I love her writing and the characters she creates. Dangerous Lies came out last year and I haven’t heard her mention any other books she’s working on so I don’t think she will publish another book for a while which is sad.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books That Would Make Good Video Games

Hey guys! It’s been nearly a month since I did my last Top 5 Wednesday post but I haven’t really been interested in the past few topics! This one, however, seemed like quite an interesting one so I couldn’t resist taking part!

This group was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey) and is hosted by Sam (ThoughtsOnTomes). If you want to participate, check out the link on Goodreads here.

I really love video games and even though it says not all video games are action games, the books I will be choosing will have a lot of action in them if they were ever made into games! I absolutely love action games, they are the best kind! I love horror games too but I prefer watching other people play them because I’m too scared to play them myself. I’m so weak. Anyway, lets get into it!

tmr1) The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Okay, could you imagine if this was ever made into a game? It would be fantastic! I think it would make for an excellent horror game, especially in The Scorch Trials! They could include creepy music and then it could get really intense when all the cranks come and start chasing them. My God, that would be scary! It’s already getting my blood pumping just thinking about it! They could have some kickass action scenes when they are trying to escape the maze and wicked, etc. I’d love to see what the Griever would look like, I bet they would make it so scary looking. Ahh, this would make such an awesome game!

 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books You Felt Betrayed By

Hey guys! It’s been a couple weeks since I have done a Top 5 Wednesday post! Sorry about that but I didn’t find the last couple topics that interesting. But I saw this one and I knew straight away that I had to do it! I have so many books I have felt deeply betrayed by because of the endings! I’m sure a lot of you will agree with me on these choices.

This group was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey) and is hosted by Sam (ThoughtsOnTomes). If you want to participate, check out the link on Goodreads here.

tdc1) The Death Cure by James Dashner

The ending of The Death Cure completely destroyed me. I’m still not over that ending it has left me emotionally scarred, I swear. I had to watch my favourite character have his brain eaten away by the Flare and then beg his best friend to shoot him so he wouldn’t end up like the cranks. James, why would you do something like that?! Why? Why? Why???? When I closed this book I felt so betrayed and on the verge of an emotional breakdown. The death of this fictional character hit me real hard! If I ever meet James I will beg him to re-write this book so that character lives! I just cannot accept his death even though I read this book a few years ago. It still hurts. I loved him so much! Why did he have to die??

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books to Get You Out of a Reading Slump

Hey guys! Time for another Top 5 Wednesday post! This week’s topic is books to get you out of a reading slump! It’s pretty self-explanatory, everyone gets in slumps now and again so it’s nice to see what other people recommend for escaping them!

This group was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey) and is hosted by Sam (ThoughtsOnTomes). If you want to participate, check out the link on Goodreads here.

When I’m in a slump, I like to read genres I wouldn’t normally read and explore new authors! I find that it helps if you read a book by an author you’ve not read in the past because it’s feels like you’re reading something new and fresh, if that makes sense? Plus I sometimes get fed up with YA books if I’m reading one after another with the same tropes: love triangles and insta-love are the worst! They’re so repetitive and annoying, I just have to take a break from these books for a bit. I also like to re-read my old favourites because I find re-visiting them is quite fun and helps you re-discover your love for books and reading!

The Couple Next Door1) The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

In October I was in a really bad reading slump, like the whole month I couldn’t read anything. I’d pick something up, read the first couple paragraphs and then put it down because I wasn’t in the mood for it. It was awful! But then I saw The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena for like £3.99 in Sainsbury’s for the hardback. It sounded really interesting and I was like, damn that’s a good buy for a hardback! I started reading it as soon as I got home and it took me about a day to read it. You could literally read this book in one sitting, it was so easy to read and it was an exciting page turner. I could not stop reading page after page because it was so fast paced, full of unexpected twists and turns. Granted, the writing was not the best and I have read better crime thriller books but it was certainly gripping because it was the only book I could read and I didn’t have any interest in putting it down to go to sleep. This got me out of my horrendous slump and I believe it is a standalone because I haven’t read anything about it having a second book.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favourite Non-Written Novels

Hey guys! Time for another Top 5 Wednesday post and this week’s topic is favourite non-written novels! It’s all about books that are not ‘written’ novels such as comic books, manga, audiobooks, etc. We can share our love for books in other forms! Most of my choices will be comic books because I don’t listen to audiobooks and I don’t really read manga although I’d like to because a lot of them seem really good.

This group was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey) and is hosted by Sam (ThoughtsOnTomes). If you want to participate, check out the link on Goodreads here.

the-walking-dead1) The Walking Dead comics

My absolute favourite comic has to be The Walking Dead! I bought the first one and then I decided to buy the massive compendium on Amazon. It is absolutely huge and weighs a ton but it is worth every penny because it is amazing and I love it so much. The only downside is that the comics don’t have our lovely Daryl Dixon from the TV show. Sad times but I think I’d rather have him in the TV show than the comics because I love Norman Reedus. I love all of the actors and I think they portray the comic book characters superbly!

 

 

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