Top 5 Wednesdays

Top 5 Wednesday- Banned Books You’ve Read

This week’s Top 5 Wednesday is Banned Books You’ve Read. The following books have been banned for various different reasons usually for the subject matter. If you want to have a look at some of the banned books the list is here and it contains the lists from 2004-2014.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald- This is arguably one of my favourite books of all time. I love the characters and the plot. The 1920s is one of my favourite time periods and I love reading anything that is set during that time.

The Great Gatsby

The House of Night Series by P.C Cast and Kristin Cast- The House of Night series is a really great vampire series. It is a bit different from other vampire novels and I really like the world that the authors created.

Marked

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green- This book was amazing. It was so emotional and had great characters. This is one of my favourite books of 2015.

The Fault In Our Stars

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins- I really liked the Hunger Games and it was the first dystopian series I read so it will always have a special place in my heart.

The Hunger Games

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen- I thought this book did really well at dealing with some difficult issues such as eating disorders and sexual assault. I liked the relationship that formed between Annabel and Owen.

Just Listen

Kirsty xxx

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Review

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern Review

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

My Rating: 5

Goodreads Rating: 4.01

Published by: Vintage Books

Pages: 387

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult

This book was very popular a few months ago and everyone was talking about it. I picked it up without really knowing much about it other than everyone said it was really good. I was really surprised by how much I loved this book.

Plot Outline

This book is set in a strange circus which is being used for a competition by two magicians. Celia and Marco have been training for this competition for their whole lives but didn’t know who they would be competing against. They know so little about the competition that they did not know that the winner is the last one standing. The fall in love but they must still play the game until there is only one person left.

My Opinion

I loved this book so much. Although the plot was a little bit basic the writing was so beautiful that I couldn’t help but love it. Erin Morgenstern’s descriptions of the circus were so detailed that I could easily picture it in my mind. At first it took me awhile to get used to the writing style as it is written in the third person but once I got past that I really enjoying it. It was quite fast paced so I read it pretty quickly. There was so much going on this book and it has something for everyone. When I finished this book I was left wanting more; more of Morgenstern’s writing and more of this world.

I highly recommend this and I feel it really did live up to all the hype.

Kirsty xxx

5 Stars

Tag

Book Sacrifice Tag

Today I am doing the Book Sacrifice Tag which is when you are given certain scenarios and you have to pick a book that you would want to sacrifice. This is a great tag as you get to hear about books that I don’t like that much.

1) An Over-Hyped book: Let’s start this off with a Zombie Apocalypse! Let’s say you’re in a bookstore, just browsing, when BAM! ZOMBIE ATTACK. An announcement comes over the PA System saying that the military has discovered that the zombies’ only weakness is over-hyped books. What book that everyone else says is amazing, but you really hated do you start chucking at the zombies knowing that it will count as an over-hyped book and successfully wipe them out?!

Will Grayson Will Grayson

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan – For me this was so overhyped. When I read it I felt that nothing really happened. This book is about two guys called Will Grayson who meet. On the blurb, it says that their lives change forever, but I felt that this was a very dramatic statement and nothing dramatic happened during the story. I also wasn’t a fan of David Levithan’s writing style.

2) A Sequel: Let’s say you’ve just left the salon with a SMASHING new haircut and BOOM: Torrential downpour. What sequel are you willing to use as an umbrella to protect yourself?

Its Not Summer Without You

It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han – I felt that the first book was such a disappointment so the second and third books for me were just unnecessary. I disliked the characters as I found them very annoying especially Belly she seemed much younger than she was and she was constantly whining.

3) A Classic: Let’s say you’re in a lecture and your English teacher is going on and on about how this classic changed the world, how it revolutionized literature and you get so sick of it that you chuck the classic right at his face because you know what? This classic is stupid and it’s worth detention just to show everyone how you feel! What Classic did you chuck?

Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies by William Golding – I really did not get on with this book. I found parts of the story confusing at times and ultimately this was not the story for me.

4) Your least favourite book of life!: Let’s say that you’re hanging out at the library when BAM global warming explodes and the world outside becomes a frozen wasteland. You’re trapped and your only chance for survival is to burn a book. What is the book you first run to, your least favourite book of all life, what book do you not fully regret lighting?

The Dinner

The Dinner by Herman Koch- This was just dreadful, I thought it was going to be really gripping and exciting but I was really disappointed and I did not enjoy it. The characters were not easy to relate to and I really disliked them.

Kirsty xxx

Review

Looking For Alaska by John Green Review (SPOILERS)

My Rating: 3

Goodreads Rating: 4.15

Published by: Harper Collins

Pages: 263

Genre:  Young Adult, Contemporary

Looking For Alaska

I have such a mixed opinion of John Green books some of them I really love (The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns) and some of them I really dislike (An Abundance of Katherines and Will Grayson, Will Grayson). This one came somewhere in between for me I didn’t hate it, but it wasn’t as good as people make out.

Plot Overview

This book focuses on Miles who moves to boarding school and meets The Colonel and Alaska. Alaska is a mysterious character and Miles is instantly interested in her. The book follows the antics that they get up to during the school year. Miles gets to experience everything Culver Creek has to offer including smoking, drinking and pulling pranks on fellow students.

My Opinion

I thought the start of the story was very slow and I found it a bit tedious. Following Miles as he started school felt very similar to pretty much every other YA book I have read. I felt the characters were very similar to other John Green characters. I thought that Miles and Alaska were very similar to Quentin and Margo. However when Alaska dies I was really shocked and the plot really picked up. The boys try to figure out whether Alaska committed suicide or whether it was an accident. Although the plot picked up slightly at the beginning of the After section it soon became slow again. The boys never really get a solid answer on whether Alaska committed suicide or not.  The prank at the end was meant to bring closure to the characters, but I felt it was a bit pointless and the overall ending was very anticlimactic. I felt that this book is so overhyped and I really can’t see how people enjoy it so much. John Green is not my favourite author and I feel that his books have been overhyped and most of them aren’t that original and the characters are all very similar.

What did you think of this book?

Kirsty xxx

3 Stars