Top Ten Favorite Heroines From Books // Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Today’s theme is Top Ten Favorite Heroines From Books (Or you could pick movies/TV). I am going for the bookish versions of my favorite heroines. Here they are:

throne-of-glass-s.j.maas1. Celaena Sardothien (Throne of Glass)
A bad-ass character with skills unimaginable to an ordinary person with the power to kill impenitently, while also loving to read books and wear pretty dresses. Need I say more?

hp-ootp-j.k.rowling2. Molly Weasley (Harry Potter)
Molly is one of my favorite characters in the Harry Potter world. She is loving and caring, for her own family as well as for outsiders like Harry. She treats him as she would her own children. But if anyone dares to threaten her family, she will come to get them.

hp-poa-j.k.rowling3. Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)
She is known as the brightest witch her age, and that is true. She is a muggle-born witch who tries to, and then through hard work and studying, becomes the best witch in her year. She is intelligent, belligerent and feisty. She knows where her priorities lie (always homework and study over risky mission), but she also knows where her loyalties lie. That’s probably why she always takes part in the adventures with Harry and Ron. What a great witch!

the-hunger-games-s.collins4. Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games)
This was one of my first favorite female characters that I read about. She would do anything for her family, especially her sister. She goes and volunteers for her sister as a tribute. If that’s not love, then I don’t know. As the story continues in the sequels, she shows how forceful she can be, if need be. And her mastering the archery is pretty awesome.

the-immortal-rules-j.kagawa5. Allison Sekemoto (Blood of Eden)
A girl who lives in a world, where vampires control it. She hates them with a passion until she becomes one herself and has to find out how to deal with it. She wasn’t a yes-and-amen-person. She didn’t put up with sh*t. She didn’t let anyone command her here and there and she kicked some major butt in the first book of this trilogy.

percy-jackson-atlt-r.riordan6. Annabeth Chase (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)
Intelligent, feisty and always ready to fight for the greater good. I loved the daughter of Athena. She had some crazy ideas during some of the adventures which turned out to help quite a lot.

cinder7. Linh Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles)
I’ve only read Cinder so far, but what I’ve read so far was pretty great. Cinder has to struggle with herself being mostly a cyborg, with the plague that has taken over New Beijing, with the prince and with Queen Levana. I loved her character from the beginning. She had a tough childhood, but that only made her stronger throughout her life.

divergent-v.roth8. Tris Prior (Divergent)
I’ve only read Divergent this month and I have to say that so far I’m impressed with this character. She is at the same time selfless and selfish, brave and afraid. She still manages to give her best in everything that she is doing, and although she is not flawless, she is a strong character.

fangirl-r.rowell9. Cath (Fangirl)
This book and especially Cath’s character was so to the point in regards of fangirling. Although I am not as introverted as Cath was depicted in this book, I understood her. I understood why she was living off of granola bars instead of asking someone where the cafeteria is, why she felt abandoned by her twin sister, why she wrote this fan fiction and how she loved books and learning. A truly great character.

if-i-stay-g.forman10. Mia Hall (If I Stay)
Mia is a driven and ambitious character. She works hard: in school; in her cello lessons and then comes home to a loving family. Until she cannot anymore because of a car accident that obliterates her whole family and she is the only one left. She then walks in a kind of daze and has to decide whether she wants to stay or to go wherever her family is. I can only imagine what kind of struggle she had to be in: to decide to live for the ones that are still alive or not being able to see the loved ones, who died, ever again. Mia definitely was a strong character for me.

Who are your favorite heroines?

Until next time: happy reading! 🙂

Mountain Garden by Will Ottley // Reviews

This is a fantasy novella about a stag searching for the meaning of his life.
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. My opinion is in no way biased.

mountain-garden-w.ottleyGenre: Fantasy, Middle Grade

Publisher: Perpetualaum Books

Publication Date: February 26, 2014

107 pages, hardback

series: –

Synopsis: Goodreads

This book was sent to me by the author some time last year. This was my first ever review copy and I was so excited to receive it. Unfortunately I didn’t get to read it until now. And the only thing that I’m upset about is that I haven’t read it earlier.

This is usually not something that I would have picked up on my own. But that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t good. The imagery and the illustrations in this book complimented the story told about Buckan very well.

Buckan, a young stag, needs to overcome a lot of his fears in order to get to the Mountain Garden, where he will find the answers on how to save his friends and family from the wolves’ attack.

I used up all of my blue post-it’s while tabbing this very short read. It has such a nice metaphorical writing that I couldn’t help, but admire it.

It’s very easy to refer Buckan’s story to one of a human being: the obstacles he has to go through to save the other deer; the character growth resulting from that; the energy he has to summon to then actually save the deer.

This is definitely a tale for all ages. It has adventure in it, beautiful illustrations, a great philosophical meaning behind it and great writing that accompanies it.

Chloe Holt did an excellent job with the illustrations. They are simple in black and white, yet powerful due to them being quite realistic and raw.

I am grateful for the author being kind enough to send me a copy so that I could experience this fable for myself. This was Will Ottley’s debut and I will definitely look out for books written by him in the future.


Friend Groups You Want To Be Part Of // Top Five Wednesday

Top Five Wednesday is created and hosted by GingerReadsLainey. This week’s theme is: friend groups you want to be part of. There are some constellations that I would love to be part of. I know that I’m two days late, but here’s my list anyway:

hp-ootp-j.k.rowling1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
Clearly, Harry Potter had to be on my list. I especially liked the fifth book where Dumbledore’s Army is founded and everyone who is part of it, is ready to fight against Voldemort. I love how especially the Golden trio’s relationship stabilizes throughout the series, but in this book there are more than those three. They have an alliance, more friends who are willing to do anything for their friends. I admire that.

ignite-me-t.mafi2. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
This is not exactly a group, but I love Juliette’s and Kenji’s relationship. They are true friends who have fun together, but who are also not afraid to tell each other what they think of each other’s decisions.

the-hobbit-j.r.r.tolkien3. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The dwarves form a great friendship with Bilbo Baggins and it’s just adorable. I love their open-mindedness, their humor and their values.

the-mysterious-benedict-society-t.l.stewart4. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Four orphans are thrown together to go on an adventure. All of them are smart in their own ways and their friendships develops throughout the story. If I’d be still twelve years old, I would love to hang out with these great minds.

sailor-moon-n.takeuchi5. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi
This is definitely one of my favorite friend groups. Five girls who can transform themselves into Sailor Star fighters to fight the evil that has manifested itself on Earth. How cool is that?!

I hope you enjoyed my take on this topic.

Until next time: happy reading! 🙂

Ten Book Related Problems I Have // Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Today’s theme is Ten Book Related Problems I Have (could be serious or fun!). I don’t have any introductions this time, so let’s jump right into it!

1. Reading slumps.
I have the feeling that these have occurred to me quite often in the past few months. I love reading and I love talking about books and looking at them. But sometimes I just want to do nothing when I come home from work.

Which brings me to the next problem:

2. Time.
I work full-time, I am not living with my parents anymore (that means housework, i.e. cleaning, cooking, washing, etc.), I have a boyfriend who I want to spend time with and I have this blog as well as my Instagram, where I want to post regularly. So it’s not always easy to find time to read. Especially when I am doing this or that all day until about 8p.m., then I’m exhausted and I just want to lie in bed and watch some TV shows. But if I don’t read at all for several days, it bugs me. I feel unbalanced. So I try to sneak in a few pages at least every day.

3. TBR pile of shame.
I have this huge TBR pile that consists of roughly 150 physical books (+ several e-books on my Kindle). I want to get it down, but then I feel pressured that I have so much to read and buy even more books, feel guilty and maybe even end up in a reading slump. It’s a vicious circle…

4. Books. Books EVERYWHERE.
I still haven’t put up my bookshelf, so that there are book stacks everywhere lying around. My boyfriend seems to come across them everywhere he goes 😀

5. Money issues.
While reading books is a great thing, it isn’t for free, unfortunately. I don’t go to the library simply because I live in Germany and the selection of English books (especially YA fiction) is rather limited. I also always want to own the book that I’ve read. Unfortunately we don’t have any second hand bookstores with a wide selection of relatively new releases, especially in the YA genre. So I mostly buy my books online (especially for books that I really want in this or that edition). I sometimes also buy books in real book stores, although that’s mostly books that were on my wish list for a long time or impulsive buys.

6. The Internet.
I think a lot of people can relate to that problem. Imagine the following situation:
You just read a great book and you want to tell the world, so you write a review (e.g. on Goodreads, your blog) and then, five hours later, you’re roaming the internet for things you could buy or scrolling through Tumblr, liking pictures on Facebook and Instagram, etc. Your plan was to write that review and get on with the sequel or read another book, but no, the internet does what it does and lets you procrastinate.

7. Spoiler Alert.
I hate spoilers. When I was younger, I tended to read the last page of the book to see if the ending was worth the whole book. That was a bad habit and I’m glad that I don’t do that anymore.
I avoid spoilers as much as I can. If I see that there is a book discussion (including spoilers) I won’t get near it; if there is something new about the book to movie adaptation, I will not seek out this information; if there is a lot of hype going around this or that book, I will stay the hell away from the internet just to see it for myself without being spoiled.

8. Covers.
There are two major problems that I have with covers, one of them is redesigning the covers in the middle of a series (that makes me mad!!) and the other one is cheesy/ugly covers. The solution to the cheesy/ugly cover situation is buying the e-book. But sometimes I just cannot justify buying an e-book that is only 1 € or 2€ cheaper than the physical copy. That’s simply outrageous.

9. Interruptions.
When I have finally time to sit down and read, I want to do so quietly. I want to be immersed into the story. But if someone starts talking to me while I read, I’ll be very annoyed. It’s partly the interruption itself that annoys me (especially if I’m at a very interesting part), but it’s also the “starting-to-talk-to-me-because-it-seems-like-I-have-nothing-else-to-do”. That’s when I think that other people just don’t value my hobby, my passion. And that’s somehow sad, and infuriating.

10. Lack of sleep.
I usually read some time after work. That means around 8 or 9 p.m. When I enjoy the book, I rarely stop before 12 a.m. and that’s basically the point of no return. I end up half-asleep in front of my computer at work the next day. This happens constantly and I don’t think that it’s too healthy not to get enough sleep at work nights.

Maybe someone can relate to that?

Until next time: happy reading! 🙂

Divergent by Veronica Roth // Reviews

This is a dystopian novel set in future Chicago, where the city is divided into five different factions.

divergent-v.rothGenre: Dystopian, YA

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books, an Imprint of Harper Collins

Publication Date: April 25, 2011

487 pages, paperback

series: #1 in the Divergent trilogy

Synopsis: Goodreads

Shortly after I read The Hunger Games trilogy, Divergent was released. I didn’t see the point in reading it, to be honest. I’ve already read The Hunger Games and I assumed that it would be similar. Then everyone started reading and I somehow never got around to reading it. When Allegiant was released in October 2013, I just ordered the box set because all of the books were out now and I wouldn’t have to wait for any sequels to come out. Once I got it, I didn’t read it. But I could, if I wanted to. Then my sister asked me for the books and read all of them in about three days (she usually doesn’t read at all). She wanted me read this trilogy for ages and now I promised her that I would have read at least Divergent until her birthday. And I did. I rambled on for long enough now, here’s the actual review:

When I started reading this book, I got sucked right into it. I wanted to do nothing but read it until I have finished it. It felt like back then when I read The Hunger Games: I was exhilarated, wanting to know more about this world and about Tris’ story. It was refreshing to read something original again. I love the dystopian genre and I’ve read quite a few of those. But they were like another version of this or that novel with a bit of a different twist.

The setting was great. Futuristic Chicago where the city was divided into five different factions. It was so interesting to get to know every one of them. I thought about all of them and how fascinating everything about them was and what I would choose if I had to and how people just completely go for one thing, but cannot combine more than one.

The initiation process was pretty cool, but also kind of cruel. The jumping from trains, the constant action, the fighting and the tricky mind games were a lot of fun to read about.

Tris was a great main character. She was from Abnegation, but she felt confined and didn’t want to be selfless, just like everyone told her to be. It was great to see that Tris was not the all-around superhero. She didn’t know a thing about fighting and she did lose against others, but with time proved to the others as well as herself that she did belong and she got stronger; not only physically, but also mentally. I loved that about her most: that she was headstrong and would do anything for the people she loved. I also thought that it was great how she was not the prettiest girl of the initiates or in Abnegation, etc. She was rather plain looking, short height. Summarised: she was described as an average girl that everyone could identify with, not a perfect, flawless character.

Four was an interesting character. Although I already knew what his actual name was (the movie and reviews and talk about Divergent in general did spoil me), so that I already knew things about him that Tris didn’t. It wasn’t a surprise for me, but it was still interesting to read about his character and his past.

The side characters were diverse; I enjoyed that. There were the nice kids, the bullies, the cruel leaders and the worried parents. I enjoyed all of their different views and their back stories and I hope that there will be more of it in Insurgent.

Plot-wise I have to say that I found every part of the book as interesting as the next one. The life before the Choosing, the initiation process, the uproar and the ending were all fast-paced and action-packed and I wanted to know more, more, more about everything of it.

The writing was simple and it was easy to follow the storyline. I loved how fast-paced this book was. I was in quite a reading slump and didn’t fully get out of it, then I finally sat down to read this book and I was captivated from page one. The next time I looked up from the book, it was two and a half hours later and I’ve read almost half of the book. You could say I devoured it and I loved every bit of it.

I am glad that all of the books are out and that I can hop right into Insurgent. And by that I mean not later than March ;D