5/2/16

Top Ten Childhood Characters to Revisit as an Adult


Top Ten Tuesday is, as always, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  I haven't participated in this meme very much this year due to being busy and feeling uninspired for most of the topics, but today's looks fun!  Here's my list of childhood characters that I'd love to revisit as an adult.

1. Sheila from The Secret of the Unicorn Queen
I stumbled across the first three books in this series at a used bookstore a few years ago, and I'm so scared to re-read them.  I loved, LOVED this series as a pre-teen, and would always bring home any or all of the six book series whenever I spotted one of the books on the library's shelves.  I'm scared that I won't love the series as much as an adult, and I don't want to taint my voracious childhood love of this series and this character.

2. Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield from Sweet Valley
This is another series that completely defined my childhood.  I absolutely LOVED reading Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later when it came out a few years ago, and adored being back in the world and seeing those familiar characters again.  I'd happily read Fifteen Years Later, and Twenty Years Later and...

3. Anne from Anne of Green Gables
4. Emily from Emily of New Moon
I read the first few Anne books when I was young, but never finished the series because Anne "got boring" once she grew up in the later books.  Now that I, myself, am older and probably boring, I would love to revisit the series.  I read the Emily books when I was 18, and loved them so so much, probably even more than the Anne books.  I'm more interested in re-reading and finishing the Anne series, but I'm also interested in re-reading this series as well.

5. Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz
I read and re-read all ten (or more?) books in this series and loved them all (except the Wheelies, which still give me the creeps to this day!)  I'd love to re-read these with an adult eye, and see if they're still as magical and beautiful as they were back then.

6. Bastion in The Neverending Story
I have so much, SO MUCH love for this book, as it came into my life at a time when I was being bullied in school, just like Bastion in the story.  I felt like this book saved me a little, by giving me my own Neverending Story to read, even if I couldn't literally escape into the story, as Bastion did.

7. Hermione from Harry Potter
Although I was technically in my late teens/early 20s when I first picked up this series, I still consider the Harry Potter series to be a key component of how I became who I am.  I had been hoping to re-read this series this year, or at least start doing so, and I'm excited to see if I love it as much as an adult!

8. Laura in The Little House on the Prairie
Like Anne, I'm not sure if I read this entire series as a child, or if I stopped once the girls grew up and therefore became boring.  It would be interesting to revisit this series as an adult, especially when I saw a few beloved bloggers doing just that!

9. The children in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
Clearly my inability to finish series comes from honest beginnings, as I'm pretty sure that I didn't read the entire Narnia series either.  Now that I've been getting back into fantasy, it would be interesting to revisit this series, which is loved by so many beloved blogger friends!

10. Sara in A Little Princess
Really, this final spot on the list could go to this book, or The Secret Garden or Little Women.  Although I loved the Sweet Valley books with all my heart, my mother didn't like them and wanted me to read books that were better quality.  We compromised and I read the odd book of her choice, while still devouring the Sweet Valley adventures in between.  I read these classics under duress, and I wonder if I would appreciate them more as an adult when I read them by choice, rather than necessity.

I wish that I could have hundreds of extra hours in order to read all of these books, plus my pile of TBR books!  I'm not a huge re-reader (and I have a post on this coming in a few weeks) so I've never really had a huge urge to pick any of these books up.  How about you?  Do you re-read books from your childhood?  Do you find that your opinions of them change when re-reading, and is this change a good thing?  Part of the reason that I'm terrified to pick these up is that I hold the books in such high regard, and I don't want to taint my experience of reading the books if I don't enjoy them as an adult.  Oh, reader problems, hey?

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Book Haul [26] -- #OTSPSecretSister & More E-Books!

It's been a while since I've posted a haul!  I was going to wait until my May pre-orders came in, but I already have TWO #OTSPSecretSister packages that I haven't hauled yet, so this post is overdue.


Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
I've had my eye on this book since Betty @ Book Rock Betty and Brave New Betty read and loved this one a few years ago, and my super wonderful OTSP Secret Sister sent me a copy for my birthday in March!  Although I'm not the biggest fan of Alice in Wonderland (it's just so WEIRD!), the premise of this one sounds intriguing and I hear that there's a sexy boy too!


Harry Potter Colouring Book
When I received my April package from my OTSP Secret Sister, I actually squealed with glee when I saw this colouring book inside!  Although I was sent my first adult colouring book for review last year (see my review of Lost Ocean here), this is the colouring book that I've wanted ever since I saw that it was coming out.  SO excited to dive into this one, and I had planned to listen to the series this year as a re-read, so I might just do that while colouring!


The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
I have heard mixed reviews about this one, but it was super cheap as an e-book, so I bought it on a whim.  I hope that I'll like it!



On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves
This is my book club's May pick, and I've already read it.  A super light summery read, and it reminded me a lot of Hatchet, which I read in elementary school.



A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
My bookish friend Teresa loved this book, and recommended it to me on Goodreads.  I think I'll read this for the corresponding challenge of reading a book from the recommendations page, although I have heard that this book is heartbreaking and sad.


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5/1/16

May TBR

I'm usually so excited to plan these TBR posts, and am generally looking forward to what I plan to read next month ... even before the current month is even close to being over.  But this month, for some reason, I'm really struggling with what I want to read.  


I've had Unraveling on many, many On My Nighstand posts lately, and I think I'd definitely like to knock this one off my TBR pile this month.  I've already grabbed the sequel from the library, so I can binge read both together if I like the first book.

Since I didn't finish both books on my April TBR, and the unread book is a review book, I'm definitely going to try to get to The Love the Split the World in May, but I've also been eyeing The Undomestic Goddess for a while now too.  It'll be a quick chick lit read, and one that I'll likely bring back to the used bookstore when I'm done and will make room for the three pre-orders that are coming in this month!

Have you read either of these books?  Which books are on your TBR pile for May?  Let me know in the comments below, and thank you for stopping by =)

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4/30/16

April Wrap-up!

Spring has sprung, and already we're onto another monthly wrap-up!  I'm pretty happy with the amount and variety of reading that I've done so far this year, and I'm even ahead by 3 books on my Goodreads challenge, despite taking the time this month to read three chunky books!

The Books

Books Read: 5 (Year of Yes, Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, Clockwork Princess, Tell the Wind and Fire)
Although this is technically less books than last month, the Infernal Devices series is over 1,500 pages, and I read the entire thing in three weeks!  I count this as a super successful month!

Books Acquired: 1 (Alice in Zombieland)
Big thanks, yet again, to my wonderful OTSP Secret Sister!  I can't wait to give this series a try -- especially since I know that Betty @ Brave New Betty loved it so much.  

The Challenges

Prequel & Sequel Challenge: +14 (Clockwork Prince, Clockwork Princess)
TBR Challenge: +3 (Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, Clockwork Princess)
Around the Year in 52 Books: 5 more challenges completed:
  • A non-fiction book (Year of Yes)
  • A book of young adult fiction (Clockwork Angel)
  • A book that you feel like everyone has read but you (Clockwork Prince)
  • The highest rated book on your TBR (Clockwork Princess)
  • A book with a great opening line (Tell the Wind and Fire)

The Blog

It was a quieter month on the blog, mainly because I was so enthralled with the Infernal Devices.  I started the month off with my April TBR (and I only read one of the two books this month because of, you guessed it, the Infernal Devices!)  I caught up on my read and unreviewed books, and shared reviews for Everything, Everything, Tell the Wind and Fire and Lost Ocean.

The Other Stuff

I feel like April flew by, but I'm not really sure what I did this month.  My father-in-law visited during the first weekend of the month, both to help my husband paint our condo and to celebrate his 65th birthday.  After that weekend, the rest of the month was just filled with work, cleaning, some work in the garden and reading the Infernal Devices.  Did I mention that reading TID took up pretty much my entire month?  We did have a crazy heat wave mid-April with summer-like temperatures, so there was lots of park and outdoor time.  Marko absolutely loves going outside, so we try to spend as much time outdoors as the weather will allow.  We've also started exploring parks in our potential new house area, just to get a feel for the neighbourhood.  Our place will be officially on the market in early May, and as soon as it's sold we'll start officially house hunting!  I'm excited to have a bigger place, and a place that is all ours rather than living in an apartment building.  I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed that we find our dream home for the perfect price and the right move-in timeline.

How about you?  What was the highlight of April for you?  Have you read anything sensational so far this year?  Let me know in the comments below, and thank you so much for stopping by =)

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4/29/16

On My Nightstand - April 29

Recently shelved as read:


I finished the Infernal Devices!  Honestly, I can't believe that I waited so long to read this series ... so, so, SO good.  And Tell the Wind and Fire was also excellent, once I was able to give it my full attention!

On my nightstand:


After seeing SO MUCH HYPE online about the release of The Raven King, and so many people re-reading the series in preparation for the last book, I decided to give this series a shot.  I'm listening to it on audio, and luckily am also in the midst of a dusty filing project at work so I have listened to a fair bit of the book this week, and I'm really enjoying it!  On the Island is my book club's next read, and our meeting is next Wednesday, so I'll hopefully be finishing this book up this weekend!  I really like it so far, but it's a lot like Gary Paulsen's Hatchet, which I read in elementary school.

Calling my name from the shelf:


I'm likely not going to finish my April TBR this month (thanks Infernal Devices!) so I'm not sure which of these books I'm going to pick up.  Also, depending on how The Raven Boys ends, I may be dying for book two?  Seriously not sure what I'm in the mood for these days, so we'll see =)


How about you?  What are you reading this weekend?  Let's chat in the comments below and thanks for stopping by!

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4/27/16

Tell the Wind and Fire - Sarah Rees Brennan

It was the best of times until it was the worst of times.  This is how Tell the Wind and Fire opens, and I was hooked from page one.

In some ways, this story is everything that fantasy lovers will enjoy.  It has magic, mystery and intrigue, taking place in a fantastical New York City, where the work is divided into Light and Dark cities.  The Light magicians control the work, keeping the Dark "buried" in their own city and unable to partake in the Light world.  But there is civil unrest in this world, the world where Lucie escaped the Dark city and now lives in the Light city.  It's a story of finding oneself, of first loves and of contrast.  The Dark and the Light cannot exist without one another; both are dependent on one another for strength, even as they seek to destroy each other.

Although I haven't read Charles Dickens' Tale of Two Cities, I can see the parallel with the French Revolution.  The story actually reminded me a lot of Marie Lu's Legend, which was loosely based on Les Misérables, set at the same time.  I'm not much of a classics reader, but I'm definitely intrigued by the fact that this story is based on Dickens, and I'm tempted to pick it up!

If you like urban fantasy and a great story with a lot of heart, you'll enjoy Tell the Wind and Fire.  I haven't yet read Sarah's other series, the Lynburn Legacy, or her collaboration with Cassandra Clare on the Bane Chronicles, but I am SO excited to read more of her writing!

Note: An e-galley was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  This has not affected by thoughts on this book in any way.

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4/20/16

On My Nightstand - April 20

Recently shelved as read:


Holy smokes, I cannot put this series down!  With a final exam and lots of pre-listing housework in the mix, I've still managed to chomp through another 500 pages of the Infernal Devices.  I may be lacking a little in the sleep department, but gosh I'm enjoying this series!

On my nightstand:


I think that Tell the Wind and Fire is just going to simmer on the backburner until I'm finished with Clockwork Princess (which should be soon!)  I'm absolutely loving this series, and I know that I will also love Tell the Wind and Fire once I can give it my undivided attention, rather than it sitting in the shadows.

Calling my name from the shelf:


I still feel like I'm in the mood for a quick thriller-esque read, but I also have The Love that Split the World left on my April TBR list.  Not sure that I'm in the mood for this book at the moment though, which is my constant struggle with review books!  Contemporary season is on the horizon, however, and I know that it won't be long until I'm binge-reading summery reads.


How about you?  What are you reading this week!  Let's chat in the comments below and thanks for stopping by!

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