Top 10 Favourite Disney animated films

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I’ve been a bit obsessed with everything Disney lately so here is something I though I would do considering I haven’t been reading very much lately and therefore have been posting regularly. Not in any kind of order, other than for the top 3.

10. The Princess and The Frog

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I’m actually not a big fan of the Disney Princess films. I don’t know whether this is because I never watched them when I was little, but I’ve only watched most of them in the past few years and I honestly don’t care much for them. However, I do have a soft spot for those that have come out in recent years. I remember reading the fairy tale of the princess and the frog when I was little it was one of my favourites, so when this film came out I was super excited. It didn’t disappoint.

9. Hercules

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Honestly? I’m only really including this because of the character of Hades. Who cannot love him?! Such a great character! So so funny. This film makes me laugh every time I watch it.

8. The Rescuers

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I owned this on VHS when I was a child and its a film that used to scare the crap out of me… but I loved it. I honestly think this is one of Disney’s most underrated movies. It really is fantastic. Its such a horrible and yet lovely story.

7. The Aristocats

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Who doesn’t love this  one? I’m pretty sure this film started my love for cats. There isn’t anything in this film I hate. The scenes with the geese were my favourite and still are!

6. Pocahontas

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A film I watched for the first time about 2 months ago, and I curse myself that I didn’t watch it sooner. My favourite part of this film is the song Colours of The Wind, which I have to say is probably the best Disney song ever. I’ve played it over 150 times already on my itunes. I also like seeing stuff about Native Americans.

5. Lilo and Stitch

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Aliens, Hawaii, Elvis, Bubbles, and more aliens… There isn’t really much else to say. Such a great concept, and another film that I’ve watched over and over again, probably to the point where I can recite it.

4. Bambi

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I was probably the most innocent child ever over this film. I didn’t realise Bambi’s mother died until I was around 15. Just a little ashamed that I was so oblivious… This film is obviously a Disney classic and I don’t really need to go into any detail over why its one of my favourites do I?!

3. Tangled

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Rapunzel is my favourite princess hands down. Maximus us probably the greated animated animal every created. Eugene… well… ;)
Such a brilliantly funny film, with an incredible soundtrack!

2. Mulan

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Shang is probably my favourite male Disney character. *drools* (is it weird to fancy an animated character?!)
Anyway, love Mulan, even without Shang in the film it would be one of my all time favourites. I always love stories where women have to disguise themselves to get what they want, and this is a classic.

1. The Sword in the Stone

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Hmmm, where to start…
This film has so many memories for me. I remember crying with laughter with my friends in the scenes where they turn into squirrels. I also remember I used to watched it nearly everyday, I’m pretty sure it drove my mum crazy. I believe this film is also my brother’s favourite Disney film, so its something we have in common. And on top of that, I LOVE Arthurian legends! If I had to pin point the time when I became interested in everything historical, watching this film nearly everyday would be it. This film is so so so underrated, I barely ever hear people talk about it which is a shame, as it is ridiculously good.

Hope you enjoyed my list, and don’t forget to comment with your favourite Disney films!

Book Haul [#7]

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Yeah, I’ve been pretty bad at getting up regular posts over the past 2 months, but honestly I haven’t actually read that much. University work is taking up way to much time and I just can’t spare any to uploading a review or read a book worthy of a review. I should think I’ll be like this until the end of May and then I’m free for the summer and I’ll be reading so much, you’ll probably get pissed off at seeing my posts on your dash. :P
Although I haven’t had time to read… that does not mean I haven’t had time to buy books. So yet again, here’s another book haul:

Katherine by Anya Seton

This classic romance novel tells the true story of the love affair that changed history—that of Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, the ancestors of most of the British royal family. Set in the vibrant 14th century of Chaucer and the Black Death, the story features knights fighting in battle, serfs struggling in poverty, and the magnificent Plantagenets—Edward III, the Black Prince, and Richard II—who ruled despotically over a court rotten with intrigue. Within this era of danger and romance, John of Gaunt, the king’s son, falls passionately in love with the already married Katherine. Their well-documented affair and love persist through decades of war, adultery, murder, loneliness, and redemption. This epic novel of conflict, cruelty, and untamable love has become a classic since its first publication in 1954.

This book has been on my to be read shelf on Goodreads since I got my account and I’ve been intrigued about it for ages, other than the fact that my name is Catherine, it seems like a book I would enjoy.

Need by Carrie Jones

Zara White suspects there’s a freaky guy semi-stalking her. She’s also obsessed with phobias. And it’s true, she hasn’t exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But exiling her to shivery Maine to live with her grandmother? That seems a bit extreme. The move is supposed to help her stay sane…but Zara’s pretty sure her mom just can’t deal with her right now.
She couldn’t be more wrong. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara’s overactive imagination. In fact, he’s still following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There’s something not right – not human – in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs point to Zara.
In this creepy, compelling breakout novel, Carrie Jones delivers romance, suspense, and a creature you never thought you’d have to fear.

I’ve never intended to read this series, I think the short length of the books appealed to me so I picked them up when I saw them in a charity shop. It’ll be a quick read, hopefully I’ll enjoy it.

Captivate by Carrie Jones

Not going to include a blurb here as its the second book in the Need series, don’t want to give it away!

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

Every weekend, in basements and parking lots across the country, young men with good white-collar jobs and absent fathers take off their shoes and shirts and fight each other barehanded for as long as they have to. Then they go back to those jobs with blackened eyes and loosened teeth and the sense that they can handle anything. Fight Club is the invention of Tyler Durden, projectionist, waiter and dark, anarchic genius. And it’s only the beginning of his plans for revenge on a world where cancer support groups have the corner on human warmth.

Despite now owning 3 books by Chuck Palahniuk, I have yet to read one them. Its a project for the summer I think. :)

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Northern Iceland, 1829. A woman condemned to death for murdering her lover. A family forced to take her in. A priest tasked with absolving her. But all is not as it seems, and time is running out: winter is coming, and with it the execution date. Only she can know the truth. This is Agnes’s story.

A little bit different to what I normally read, but my aim this year is to read more adult books and stray a bit more from the Young Adult and Classic genres that I cling to.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is an inventor, amateur entomologist, Francophile, letter writer, pacifist, natural historian, percussionist, romantic, Great Explorer, jeweller, detective, vegan, and collector of butterflies. When his father is killed in the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Centre, Oskar sets out to solve the mystery of a key he discovers in his father’s closet. It is a search which leads him into the lives of strangers, through the five boroughs of New York, into history, to the bombings of Dresden and Hiroshima, and on an inward journey which brings him ever closer to some kind of peace.

Everyone seems to love this book so I grabbed it when I saw it in my university bookshop. I have no idea what to expect.

 

Book Haul [#6]

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I went to Liverpool yesterday to see the comedian Sarah Millican (it was hilarious) and during the day I did a spot of shopping and ended up spending over an hour in Waterstones. Despite being skint. 

Autumn Rose (The Dark Heroine #2) by Abigail Gibbs

The highly anticipated sequel to Dinner with a Vampire
Autumn Rose has the chance to save the world she loves. But how much will she have to sacrifice to achieve it?
In Autumn Rose, book two of her breathtaking series, Abigail Gibbs draws us even further into the dangerous and romantic world of the Dark Heroines.

I wasn’t that impressed with Dinner with a Vampire when I read it last summer, but the ending made me want to pick up the next book in the series. Hopefully this book will be so much better. 

Blood Song (Raven’s Shadow #1) by Anthony Ryan

We have fought battles that left more than a hundred corpses on the ground and not a word of it has ever been set down. The Order fights, but often it fights in shadow, without glory or reward. We have no banners.
Vaelin Al Sorna’s life changes forever the day his father abandons him at the gates of the Sixth Order, a secretive military arm of the Faith. Together with his fellow initiates, Vaelin undertakes a brutal training regime – where the price of failure is often death. Under the tutelage of the Order’s masters, he learns how to forge a blade, survive the wilds and kill a man quickly and quietly.
Now his new skills will be put to the test. War is coming. Vaelin is the Sixth Order’s deadliest weapon and the Realm’s only hope. He must draw upon the very essence of his strength and cunning if he is to survive the coming conflict. Yet as the world teeters on the edge of chaos, Vaelin will learn that the truth can cut deeper than any sword.

Ugh. I’ve been eyeing this book up since it came out. So when it was one a ‘buy one get one half price’ stand I grabbed it. I want to read more from the high fantasy genre and I think this will be one of the next ones I’ll read. 

The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass 0.1 – 0.5) by Sarah. J. Maas

Contains all five novellas.
Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.

I was hoping these novellas would come out in paper copy! Hooray! One of my favourite series at the moment and so glad to have these in my hand. I have them on my kindle as well but I have been putting off reading them for some reason. I like to think they’ll be near the top of my reading list now I’ve got the paper copy. 

Lizzy Bennet’s Diary by Marcia Williams
When Lizzy Bennet’s father gives her a diary, she fancies she will use it to write a novel, as her real life is exceedingly dull. Then the handsome Mr. Bingley moves to nearby Netherfield Park, and suddenly life is every bit as thrilling as a novel would be. Who will he dance with at the Meryton ball? Who is his haughty friend? Will Lizzy ever receive a marriage proposal? Readers will have to read her diary to find out! Marcia Williams offers a lively introduction to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in a highly illustrated scrapbook-diary format, featuring such novelties as foldout notes from sisters and suitors, an elegant bill of fare, and an invitation to the ball.

This is amazing. I love it. So much. Usually I’ll buy anything that relates to Pride and Prejudice. I have an entire shelf in my bookcase of books relating to it (bit excessive, I know!) So I had to have this, of course. The fold out bits are awesome too. 

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.
When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?
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Rating: 4.5 Stars.

(Beware: A few spoilers)

I liked this, I liked this a lot. It was pretty amazing. I believe I have only read about 4 angel books in my life and only one of them was terrible, but I’ve met a lot of people who have read so many awful angel books that it always makes we weary about picking one up. I should probably drop this suspicion, and take more leaps of faith because this book did not disappoint and I went in with pretty high expectations. The amount of rave reviews I’ve read about this book, its hard to not have high expectation. Despite not liking certain aspects of the book, I still enjoyed it immensely.

I loved the fact this story was set in Prague. Its nice to read Young Adult books that aren’t set in the USA or UK, as the majority are…
It sort of gave a more quirky aspect to the book. I don’t really know anything about Prague, I have friends who have been there and loved it, but I’ve never been myself. I definitely think I want to go now.
However, I wasn’t overly impressed by the “heaven” slash “portals” part. I don’t know whether its just me being awkward, but I just found it incredibly hard to imagine the whole thing. I think there could have been a bit more description, in that respect. I’m hoping there will be more clarification on this in the next book.

The majority of the characters I LOVED. Karou is awesome! So is Zuzana. I love them. But I am finding Akiva a little… well, boring. (I’m sorry, don’t hate me!) He’s just a little dull and lacking in character depth in this book. I really hope this will change, I don’t want him to be yet another two dimensional love interest in a YA novel.
One character that I really love though is Brimstone. I was absolutely gutted by the end, and a part of me is hoping with all my heart that it is a mistake. I would have loved to find out more and more about him, but alas, I think that will never be now. (why do I always like the characters that die?!)
I’m also intrigued by Thiago, I want to know more about him.
Just one more, problem I have with the book is the humans reactions to angels and supernatural stuff. I find it a little unrealistic and frustrated me in places. If I met an angel in a street I’d be running as if my life depended on it not standing there taking pictures. Haha.

Overall, I think this book is a great start to a trilogy/series. There is a lot of background information and I really look forward to reading more about this world. It has a lot of potential to grow into something epic.

Top 5 Books I’d like to see as Movies

These won’t be in any order whatsoever, but these are a few books/ book series that I would die to see in the movies. They’re all Young Adult books, but that is the genre that I read the most.

Penryn and the end of days series by Susan Ee

A movie about an angel apocalypse. WHAT ISN’T TO LOVE.
I think this series should be made into a movie because, if done properly, I reckon the movie could appeal to a wider audience outside the teenage spectrum. Everyone is up for watching an apocalypse film no matter how awful the premise is (eg. 2012, I Am Legend), these types of films are more or less guaranteed to do well. However, I think they would probably do better in merging a few books together in a film. I think I read somewhere that the series is meant to have 5-6 books in, if they combined Angelfall and World After together for the first film it would probably be more appealing in the Box Office. (This was the problem I had with the Vampire Academy movie. I find it hard to believe that people will stay interested enough to warrant making the other 5 books in the series in to movies.)
It would also do well providing they marketed it properly, the marketing of recent YA films has been horrendous and they aren’t appealing to a wider audience just the ‘Teen’ generation. If the films to do well, then they need to make older generations want to watch it too. wow… I went off on a bit of a tangent there…
On another note, I absolutely LOVE this series, and it would be great to see Raffe and Penryn in physical form.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

This would be awesome to watch. Another book that would appeal to wider audiences outside the Teen generation because of the alien topic. Although I think this book would be quite hard to adapt especially in making the audience understand the concept of the Alien in the mind. But, yeah, if done correctly, this movie would be AWESOME to watch.

The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa

I haven’t watched any fey movies. I don’t think there are any out there honestly. Not really good ones, and not in the last 10-20 years. I think a movie of this would be awesome and completely different to the kinds of films that are out at them moment. Not going to lie, I’m getting rather tired of the dystopian genre. I imagine it would be a little bit Tim Burton like in cinematography. It would be great to see the Never Never come to life. The story would be thrilling to watch as well.

Starcrossed trilogy by Josephine Angelini

Greek mythology?! Yes please.

Eon and Eona by Allison Goodman

This would be so cool. I loved these books and it would be great to see them come to life. Set in East Asia, it would be great to see 2 films set there and of this kind of genre. Its interesting and I like to think it would be visually pleasing too.

The Name of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

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Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen. The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of travelling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivalled in recent literature. A high-action story written with a poet’s hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.

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Rating: 4 stars.

Little Book Owl on Youtube inspired me to read this book, she raved and raved about it until I just couldn’t wait any longer. I went out and bought it. I wasn’t disappointed, but I also feel like I expected more. I will definitely be reading the next book The Wise Man’s Fear because I’m hoping the story will get so much better.
This first instalment in the Kingkiller Chronicle was basically us getting to know the main character Kvothe. It was a very engaging read, despite half of the book being Kvothe just wondering around. I was hoping it would get far more action-packed by the end of the book but it didn’t really. I actually found myself losing interest a bit throughout the book which is evident in the time it took me to read the book. I can usually read a near 700 page book in a week or so, but it took me 2 months. There is a side of me that thinks I was in a reading slump and just didn’t want to read but I did read 6 other books during those 2 months, so its kind of irrelevant.
Although I absolutely loved the characters. Even the ones I wasn’t meant to. I am especially interested in the Chandrian, I can’t wait to read more about them. One character I didn’t like though was Denna, and I can’t seem to figure out why. I find myself wanting to thump Kvothe on the head when he goes out looking for her. But I will admit I liked her a lot in the last 100 pages or so, very funny.
I can understand everyone’s infatuation with this book but I don’t think it is as great as everyone makes it out to be. It reminds me a little of The Fellowship of The Ring from the Lord of the Rings trilogy, in that it is very slow starting, but the story gets frickin’ amazing in the last two books. I’m hoping this will be the case with The Kingkiller Chronicle, it has a lot of potential to become a classic.

Book Haul [#5]

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Yet another book haul guys… I need to stop this. My TBR pile is enormous. 

1984 by George Orwell

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Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future. And while the year 1984 has come and gone, Orwell’s narrative is timelier than ever. 1984 presents a startling and haunting vision of the world, so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the power of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of multiple generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions. A legacy that seems only to grow with the passage of time.

Winston Smith works for the Ministry of truth in London, chief city of Airstrip One. Big Brother stares out from every poster, the Thought Police uncover every act of betrayal. When Winston finds love with Julia, he discovers that life does not have to be dull and deadening, and awakens to new possibilities. Despite the police helicopters that hover and circle overhead, Winston and Julia begin to question the Party; they are drawn towards conspiracy. Yet Big Brother will not tolerate dissent – even in the mind. For those with original thoughts they invented Room 101 . . .

I’ve been on the edge about whether to read this book for years. I have yet to meet someone who doesn’t like this book and thats got to mean something right?! So I saw it on the shelf and thought… well, I’ll get it and when I want to read it I can just pick it up. 

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

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In American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis imaginatively explores the incomprehensible depths of madness and captures the insanity of violence in our time or any other. Patrick Bateman moves among the young and trendy in 1980s Manhattan. Young, handsome, and well educated, Bateman earns his fortune on Wall Street by day while spending his nights in ways we cannot begin to fathom. Expressing his true self through torture and murder, Bateman prefigures an apocalyptic horror that no society could bear to confront.

Kind of a funny story behind getting this. I haven’t read it, and a few years ago I bought this book for my father for Father’s Day and I remember opening it up and reading a paragraph at random. Its safe to say I was horrified. But I had no choice but to give it to him, as I had no more money to get him anything else. He hasn’t mentioned the book to me at all since. 
But now I am curious to actually read the book. I’m not usually into the horror/thriller genre, but I think this could be an interesting and disgusting book that I could end up loving. 

The Midas Touch by Mark Daniels

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This authoritative and fascinating introduction to the legends of history will reintroduce readers to the cyclopes, Minotaur and centaurs of the Ancient Greeks, as well as shedding light on the wider world of mythology. 
The Midas Touch includes a stunning array of fascinating tales and gets to grips with the ancient stories of Aboriginal, Sumerian, Egyptian, Mesoamerican, Maori and Indian cultures, encompassing legends from the most diverse societies and the most ancient cultures from across the globe.
In a concise yet comprehensive format, The Midas Touch is a wonderful evocation of the hugely entertaining stories and characters of mythology.

I find Mythology fascinating, but I have also found that I honestly don’t know where to start when reading about it. This is book is just an introduction but I think it’ll do the job in acquainting me with the lesser known myths out there. 

Top 10 Favourite Literary Couples

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Sorry for not posting any reviews over the last few weeks. I’m in quite a big reading slump, not to mention the ton of work I have to do for university. Hopefully I have one up soon.
Now to make up for a lack of posts I thought I would grace you with my favourite literary couples (or ships in some cases). Hope you enjoy!

10. Bianca Piper and Wesley Rush - The D.U.F.F by Kody Keplinger

At number 10 is these two. I love them. How can you not love them. They aren’t anywhere near perfect but that’s what makes them so great. They are wonderful together, like any couple should, they make each other better people. They argue, they fight, they make each other laugh, they have kinky times, they understand one another. For a Young Adult contemporary romance couple these two top the bill.

9. Eowyn and Faramir - The Lord of The Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. 

It was hard to choose between these two and Aragorn and Arwen to include in this list. Then I remembered that Aragorn and Arwen aren’t in the books. This couple were basically thrown together at the end of the trilogy, but that doesn’t make their relationship any less awesome. Its cute. Its a nice end to their story after everything horrible they have endured.

8. Juliet and Dawsey - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer.

To love this book as much as I do you can’t not Loooooove this couple. Although throughout the book you’re more or less shouting at Juliet to open her eyes, this romance is wonderful and realistic. You can’t help but squeal at the end.

7. Anne Elliot and Captain Frederick Wentworth - Persuasion by Jane Austen

Why not. Two lovers who have been torn apart by Anne’s family come back together 8 years later. How can you not root for them. Jane Austen is the best at creating fantastic characters with even better stories. This couple gives me all the feels.

6. Margaret Hale and John Thornton - North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

Two brilliant characters. One awesome love story. If you haven’t read this book, read it. Its is so worth it. This couple is just jhfekjrhflirjfelrijfldk. No words to describe…
Also, watch the BBC mini-series. Richard Armitage. Holy crap.

5. Penryn and Raffe - Penryn and The End of Days series by Susan Ee.

This is a ship. Only the first 2 books in this series is out therefore their relationship isn’t set in stone. Although it basically is. However, I find it hard to believe that there is any way for this couple to be together. I just KNOW that this is going to be one heartbreaking story, and I love it. These two characters are just bloody brilliant together. I can’t contain my joy at their conversations, their touches, just them in general.

4. Celeana Sardothian and Captain Chaol Westfall - Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

Yet another ship. And yet again, another series where only the first 2 books are out. This couple has already been hit with a wall and honestly? I’m scared for them. But I refuse to believe that there could be any other endgame. Dorian? NO. Celeana and Chaol complete each other. Cheesy I know, but its true. Chaol is stoic and serious, Celeana is fun and outrageous, they cancel each other out and become something beautiful when they are together. It just lovely. So lovely that it brings me to tears when ever they are in the same room.

3. Rose Hathaway and Dimitri Belikov - Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead

A forbidden love story (sort of), how can you not love it. These two are just perfect. spectacular characterisation, which is what makes this series so good. In a way, this couple would is probably only so high up on my list because I myself am in love with Dimitri. I find it hard to believe that any person in this world would say no to such a man. God, I love this story.

2. Beatrice and Benedick - Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

Funny. So so so so funny. A delightful romance. I know a lot of people are all about the Hero/Claudio love story, but how can you dislike Benedick and Beatrice! Their banter is hilarious. I don’t think I will ever not laugh at them.
The film adaptation of this play with Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh as said couple is fantastic aswell. Well worth a watch.

1. Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy - Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

My one true pairing. This is the love story to top all love stories. There’s a reason why the book is so famous. This couple is just everything. Elizabeth, the woman every girl wants to be and Darcy, the man every woman wants for their own. I suppose the best thing about this couple is that they realise their mistakes and act on them. They better themselves to make them worthy of each other. Its’s beautiful. It’s enchanting.

Book Haul [#4]

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I know… another book haul… I have a problem this month. 

We have The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. 
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The tales of The Silmarillion were the underlying inspiration & source of Tolkien’s imaginative writing. He worked on the book throughout his life but never brought it to final form. Long preceding in its origins The Lord of the Rings, it’s the story of the 1st Age of Tolkien’s world, the ancient drama to which characters in The Lord of the Rings look back & in which some of them, such as Elrond & Galadriel, took part.
The title Silmarillion is shortened from Quenta Silmarillion, The History of the Silmarils, the three great jewels created by Feanor, most gifted of the Elves, in which he imprisoned the light of the Two Trees that illumined Valinor, the land of the gods. When Morgoth, 1st Dark Lord, destroyed the Trees, that light lived on only in the Silmarils; Morgoth seized them & set them in his crown, guarded in the impenetrable fortress of Angband in the north of Middle-earth. The Silmarillion is the history of the rebellion of Feanor & his people against the gods, their exile in Middle-earth, & their war, hopeless despite all the heroisim of Elves & Men, against the great Enemy.
The book includes several other, shorter works beside The Silmarillion proper. Preceding it are Ainulindale, the myth of Creation, & Valaquenta, in which the nature & powers of each of the gods is set forth. After The Silmarillion is Akallabeth, the story of the downfall of the great island kingdom of Numenor at the end of the 2nd Age; completing the volume is “Of the Rings of Power & the 3rd Age,” in which the events of The Lord of the Rings are treated in the manner of The Silmarillion.

I love The Hobbit and Lord of The Rings. So it’s only fitting that I read this right? I love the elves too, so even more of a reason to read it. I’m just ashamed that it has taken me this long to buy it!

Then we have The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss.
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The second book in The Kingkiller Chronicle.

In The Wise Man’s Fear, Kvothe searches for answers, attempting to uncover the truth about the mysterious Amyr, the Chandrian, and the death of his parents. Along the way, Kvothe is put on trial by the legendary Adem mercenaries, forced to reclaim the honor of his family, and travels into the Fae realm. There he meets Felurian, the faerie woman no man can resist, and who no man has ever survived…until Kvothe.
Now, Kvothe takes his first steps on the path of the hero and learns how difficult life can be when a man becomes a legend in his own time.

I’m currently reading The Name of The Wind, the first book in the trilogy, and I love it. It’s brilliant so I had to buy the next one. I would definitely recommend these books. If you’re looking to read more Epic Fantasy then I would start with this trilogy. 

The 3rd book is The Last of the Mohicans by J. Fenimore Cooper.
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Cooper’s famous adventure brings the wilds of the American frontier and the drama of the French-Indian war to vivid life. Featuring the classic character Natty Bumppo, it is a moving, memorable depiction of courage, passion, and forbearance, and a precursor to the Western genre.

This was bought on a whim. I’ve never read anything like this before, so I thought its about time I tried. It sounds good. 

The last book is Longbourn by Jo Baker.
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If Elizabeth Bennet had the washing of her own petticoats, Sarah often thought, she’d most likely be a sight more careful with them.
In this irresistibly imagined belowstairs answer to Pride and Prejudice,the servants take center stage. Sarah, the orphaned housemaid, spends her days scrubbing the laundry, polishing the floors, and emptying the chamber pots for the Bennet household. But there is just as much romance, heartbreak, and intrigue downstairs at Longbourn as there is upstairs. When a mysterious new footman arrives, the orderly realm of the servants’ hall threatens to be completely, perhaps irrevocably, upended. 
Jo Baker dares to take us beyond the drawing rooms of Jane Austen’s classic—into the often overlooked domain of the stern housekeeper and the starry-eyed kitchen maid, into the gritty daily particulars faced by the lower classes in Regency England during the Napoleonic Wars—and, in doing so, creates a vivid, fascinating, fully realized world that is wholly her own. 

This sounds rather awesome. Downton Abbey meets Pride and Prejudice?! Yes please.