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Top Five Wednesday- Favourite Character Names

Hi guys and it’s Wednesday and you know what that means it’s time for another Top 5 Wednesday! Top 5 Wednesday was created by Ginger Reads Lainey over on booktube and it’s now being hosted by Sam from Thoughts On Tomes, this week’s topic is Favourite character names. There are some many character names that I love so I had a wealth of names to choose from but here are the first few that came to mind.

Daenerys Targaryen- A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin

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or as she is other-wise known…

Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen

Trueborn Queen of the Andals and the First Men

Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea

Breaker of Chains

The Unburnt

Lady Regent of the Seven Kingdom

Protector of the Realm

Queen of Meereen


The Queen Across the Sea

The Silver Queen

Khaleesi of the Dothraki

Lady of the Seven Kingdoms


First of Her Name

Mother of Dragons.

Game of thrones has some cracking character names but Dany definitely wins the game of names.  (See what I did there, did ya?)

Magnus Bane- The Shadowhunter Chronicles/Bane Chronicles/Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare


If I am remembering The Shadow Hunter Chronicles correctly don’t warlocks pick their own name? If so, good job Magnus Bane!

Eilis Lacey- Brooklyn Colm Toibin


An Irish name for an Irish lass, Eilis couldn’t be called anything else.

Demelza Corn- Poldark Series by Winston Graham


I always think of Demelza of a bit of free spirit, a gypsy and her name depicts who she is perfectly.

Luna Lovegood- Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling


The Harry Potter series is ram packed full of great names but Luna Lovegood is my favourite she is such a great character from such a brilliant series. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of The Cursed Child soon!

Well that raps up my Top 5 Wednesday everyone,

I hope you enjoyed it.

Happy Reading everyone!


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Top 5 Wednesday – Favourite Fictional Mothers

Hi guys welcome back to Top 5 Wednesday, Top 5 Wednesday was originally created by  gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by YouTuber Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. This week’s topic is Favourite Fictional Mothers, now as I was looking back over the books I have read and my favourite mothers in books I realised how noticeably absent in books Mums and mother figures are. I know this is a recurring problem in Young Adult but I don’t think this is just a YA problem I think it is a generally bookish problem- where are all the Mums people? 

But here are the Mums I have enjoyed reading and what I have enjoyed about them the most!

Pride and Prejudice 

Mrs Bennett 

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Now I know when thinking of Mrs Bennett the first thought isn’t ‘mother of the year’ but I do think she has some great qualities. Mrs Bennett is very much a woman of her time and is very aware that her daughters have nothing to inherit and will be in a tough situation if they don’t get married. She makes marrying her daughters off her mission and although she doesn’t always get it right (most of the time she gets it very, very wrong) and often smothers her daughters to death but her heart is always in the right place.

Harry Potter Series

Molly Weasley


Molly Weasley is my favourite mother in any book, she loves her kids, she cares about their well-being. When they have done something stupid or dangerous she tells them off, she practically adopted Harry and who could forget the way she kicked Bellatrix’s ass!

Tuck Everlasting

Mae Tuck


The whole Tuck family have been through a lot and Mrs Tuck is the glue that’s holding the family together and when Winnie comes into their lives she extends that stability and that love to her.

Fifty Shades of Grey Series

Dr Grace Trevelyan


I know, Fifty Shades controversial, I do have a lot of problems with this series as a whole but I don’t have a problem with Christian’s mum Grace. She adores her two adoptive children and is well aware that as a young child Christian has been through and seen some pretty disturbing things. When she finds out about Christian’s affair with ‘Mrs Robbinson’ she is horrified that she missed what was happening with her underage son and although he is now an adult still goes straight into over protective Mum mode. -Love her.

Saga Series 


Alana saga

Alana is a solider, has her baby in the middle of a war, goes on the run, she is protective, loving and full of some great one-liners.

I hope you enjoyed my Top 5 Wednesday!

Happy Reading Everyone!

matt and jenna

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Top 5 Wednesday – Rainy Day Reads!


Hi guys! It’s Wednesday once again and that means it’s time for Top 5 Wednesday, created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. If you want to know more about Top 5 Wednesday you can go to the Goodreads page by clicking here. This week’s theme is Rainy Day ReadsFor me a Rainy Day Read is a short (ish) stand alone with a sad or melancholy feel that I can just curl up with and be pulled into the world for the day.

In no particular order-

  • Like a Virgin by Gordon Steel

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Like a Virgin is a short play about two loving teenage bestfriends who dream of being pop stars. The story revoles around their friendship and what happens when one of their lives changes and not for the better…

Like a Virgin by Gordon Steel – Review

  • We Were Liars by E.Lockhart


A hard hitting tale of family, friendship and the mistakes we make and the ones we have to live with.

We Were Liars by E.Lockhart – Review

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

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Brooklyn is a real Irish immagration story, I found Brooklyn so relatable, relatable to anyone who has ever been home sick, ever been in love or dreamed of a better life.

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin – Review

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What if you could live forever? Would you really want too?

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt – Review

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Great for fans of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe or The Chronicles of Narnia The Magician’s Nephew is the real orgin story of Narnia and tells us how Narnia really came to be.

The Magician’s Nephew (The Chronicles of Narnia #1) – Review

That’s it for my Top 5 Wednesday,

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Happy Reading Everyone!



T5W- Halloween Recommendations!

So it’s Top Five Wednesday a weekly meme hosted by Ginger Reads Lainey this weeks topic is Halloween Recommendations. Now horror is not really my genre but in the spirit of Halloween I’m going to give, at the very least coming up with some spooky reads my best shot.


1.Pride Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith


I’m a huge Austen fan and I’m all ways hyper critical of any re-telling particularly of Pride and Prejudice but Pride Prejudice and Zombies is a fun Austen retelling ‘Liz’ Bennett at her head strong best. (Oh yeah and there are zombies!)

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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A young adult novel (book 1 in a trilogy) written around creepy antique photographs, the books are stunning to look at but if you aren’t away of the plot already they are more fun if you go in blind so I’ll save you from spoilers.

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill


The book now has a stage play and a film based off the original story, now a classic The Woman in Black is a real ghost story it’s an atmospheric and chilling read of only 140 pages staring a vengeful spirit and a young man who gets in her way.

The Shining by Stephen King

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The only real horror story I have ever read, and coincidentally the only Stephen King book I have ever read, this book made be scared to turn the page and to be alone in the house a great read (if you’re brave enough!).

In The Woods By Tana French


In The Woods is book 1 in an on going crime series The Dublin Murder Squad each book focuses is one detective in the squad, In The Woods is the story of Rob Ryan when he and his partner and best friend Cassie are called to investigate a murder in a small town all is too familiar for Rob. In 1984 he was once the focus of a murder investigation when he and his three friends where playing in the woods. Later – All of his friends turned up dead and he was found clinging and traumatized hanging to a tree, what happened that day remains a mystery as Rob has no recollection of the event. Now a child has turned up dead in the same woods and Rob has to return to the scene of the crime but this time as the police. To check out my original review of In The Woods click here.


Hope you enjoyed my spooky reads, happy reading!

Top Five Wednesday!

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It’s Wednesday and time for my second ever Top Five Wednesday!

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey from Ginger Reads Lainey, if you want to join in next time join the Goodreads group by clicking here!

1.Book Chat-


I’ve loved books all my life and never been ever to really share that love with anyone but being a member of the blogging community has changed all that. It’s such a great place to find like minded people and discover and chat about what we have been reading.

2.Tags and Memes

Getting tagged is great it gives you a chance to share and participate as well as knowing that other bloggers have thought about you when writing their posts. (Also it’s really fun :-))

3.Discovering new books-

Being a blogger, reading other blogs, chatting to other bloggers and watching BookTube videos and Goodreads of course are all great source’s for discovering new books. Also because of the blogging community I have read books I never would have done and LOVED so, thanks everyone!

4.When someone reads a book because of you –

When I read a book I love the first thing I want to do is tell people, with out my blog it’s just me holding said beloved trying to give it to strangers (non of my friends and family read the heathens!)

5.The Community-

I really love the blogging community, everyone is so giving with their time and always willing to comment and chat. It’s a really great thing to be part of, a place where we can be like minded and revel in it. I love talking to everyone one of you and thanks for all the bloggish support!


Thanks for checking out my Top 5 Wednesday see you next week! x

Top 5 Wednesday – Tropes I hate!

Hey guys!

Yes it’s Wednesday and you know what that means it’s time for another Top 5 Wednesday a weekly post hosted by gingerreadslainey a fabulous Vlogger over on Youtube.. Here are my top 5 I’d love to hear some of yours as well.

  1. Lack of parents/Guardians in YA novels.

Okay so I am mainly looking at you YA! What is wrong with all the parents in YA novels? Hello these books are about teenagers, I’m a twenty something now but when I was sixteen/seventeen I had parents, I had rules. A lot of the time (not all the time) YA books skip over the fact that the main protagonist might have to be home by a certain time or might actually have to tell their parent  who the  creepy dude with sparkly skin is. They were wondering why he was loitering in the drive way. Alot of the time parents in YA get in the way and stop the story moving forward so they are just erased, or become bad parents for the ease of the plot. Just saying.

Main offenders for me – Obviously Twilight.

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I know what you’re going to say, but Bella has parents she’s got Charlie, and that flighty Mum of hers. Charlie though, really? Lets face it he was pretty much useless. His teenage daughter ran off with a vampire, married said vampire and got pregnant. And it all happened since she came and lived her Dad, I’m not rating those parenting skills Charlie boy. All the while the mother (name forgotten )was off with that baseball player. Twilight = parenting minefield.

Other offenders-

The Mortal instruments City of Bones – I love this series but Clary’s mum is unconscious before we even know what a Shadow Hunter is.

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2. Insta Love

Oh god Insta Love. He looked into her eyes and Bam. Oh please. Next!!


Twilight (again sorry)

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Halo (Book 1)


3.Love triangles

Now I’m not completely against a good love triangle if it’s done well then great I’m all for it but what I hate is knowing from the very beginning who this chick/chico is going to choose. Wading my way through a series (just in case) or because an unfinished series is, lets face it the devil. Only to find out that I knew the answer – Chapter 1 Book 1. Don’t waste my time people, I liked to be kept guessing.

Offender- The Selection

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4. Every man who comes in contact with female protagonist falls in love with her/obsessed with her/insanely attracted to her.

Twilight again, is an obvious example and so is the Fifty Shades series but then it  is Twilight fan fiction so whatever. I like to call this the Bella Swan effect. When a girl who thinks she is so plain (Blah Blah) has every man in the story falling for her, it’s boring. Next!

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5.The Manic Pixie Dream Girl.

A perfect example of the manic pixie dream girl is Lux Lisbon from The Virgin Suicides, now I didn’t really like this book but that’s not the point. A MPDG is a normally quirky beautiful girl who only exists to show the male protagonist his way or teach him a valuable lesson.

There I books out there that use a MPDG that I do like because the pixie is a fleshed out character and not just a plot device. (I’m looking at you Perks of Being a Wallflower)

For the most part though women in books who have just been written to teach the male protagonist a lesson not my thing.

Offender – The Virgin Suicides

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Top 5 Wednesday – Summery Book Covers

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey @gingerreadslainey. The Goodreads group is run by Lainey and Mindy @mindyreads. There are a lot of people (including booktubers and bloggers) that participate weekly.

Here are my Top 5 Summer book covers!

1. Summer covers 1 There is No Light in the Darkness by Claire Contreras

2.Summer covers 2 Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Madson

3.16143347 We Were Liars by E.Lockhart – My We Were Liars Review –  https://goo.gl/lGkWwv

4.Summer 4 Alienated by Melissa Landers

5.Summer covers 5 On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves (I constantly recommend this book to people it’s a must read!)

Happy reading x