Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday

It’s Top 5 Wednesday time.

This weeks topic is:

Top 5 Book Covers

 

Once again this is an awesome Top 5 Wednesday topic.

Now, when it gets to book covers the simpler the better. I hate it when they are over complicated and there is too much cramped into a small space.

Every so often an amazing cover will catch my eye and it usually deserve a spot on my wall instead of on a bookshelf but it is a rarity.

I just have a preference for simple, eye catching book covers with a little bit of colour.

There are way too many covers out there to choose from and the 5 that I have chosen are not in any specific order.

So here are 5 of my favourite covers from my ever-growing list:

 

Colleen Hoover – Confess

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I love this book cover. I was scrolling through Instagram or Pinterest one afternoon and this book randomly popped up.  I bought it straight. It’s so pretty! I think it was around the time the TV show aired in the US.

 

Neil Gaiman – Norse Mythology 

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I am obsessed with history and mythology and I heard about this book and wanted to read it. When I saw the book cover I got even more excited because I love it. This book was published with both a black and a white cover and although I like both the black cover is my favourite. It just really stood out to me.

I went to Budapest over the summer and due to a layover in Amsterdam and the 2 short flights in both directions I wanted something I could pick up and put back down easily without interruption. This is why short stories are great when travelling.

I intended to buy this at the airport before taking off to Amsterdam. Sadly, when I arrived they had sold out of the black cover. I looked around for a while to see if there was anything else I wanted to read but I couldn’t find anything, so I ended up buying the white one. I can’t lie I have no regrets it’s still beautiful.

 

Deborah Harkness – A Discovery of Witches 

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There are several covers for this book but just look at this one. It made it onto my favourite list straight away. It’s simple, effective and beautiful. It depicts important elements of the story brilliantly. The photography and the splash of colour just grab your attention straight away and I don’t have much to say other than I really do love it.

 

Naomi Novik – Uprooted

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Look how beautiful this cover is. One again it is simple with a splash of colour. You should be able to see the trend in my favourite book covers at this point. It’s a wonderful tale with a pretty cover that suits the story completely.

 

Erin Morgenstern – The Night Circus

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I saw The Night Circus cover a long time after the hype of the book died down. I was in a charity shop browsing the shelves and this one just stood out. I know that there are so many different covers for this book and I honestly love them all. The one pictured above is the one on my bookshelf.

This is a story that I went into blind. I bought the book due to the book cover. I remember telling my friend that I had bought it and she started raving about the story. She had really enjoyed it and I’m so glad that I picked it up.

 

 

I literally can’t pick just one favourite book cover. Can you? What is your favourite cover?

 

 

Lucy
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Top 5 Wednesday

It’s the middle of the week which mean it’s Top 5 Wednesday day!
Top 5 Wednesday

This weeks topic is:

Classics I Wish Had Modern Adaptations.

Strangely, I struggled with this one for a while. For a long time I have enjoyed classics because they portray what life was like during historical eras to me. It’s like I am able to  experience life through history from all perspectives. Yes, I know it is a dramatised depiction of the times but I have a fascination with how the happenings in society influence literature. I’m that obsessed that this was the focus of my MA dissertation. However, that is a story for a different day. To think of classics with modern day adaptations it’s not something I have done. I love my classics and I always thought I loved them too much to change them. Yet, I have racked my brain and for the past few days and I’ve pondered over which classics I would like to see with modern adaptations.

So low and behold here are my top 5 classics that I wish could possibly accept if they had modern adaptations.

Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

I know this book has had a few adaptations in the past but I would like to see this set in a modern day setting. Be it a film, a television series or a book. I’m just intrigued to see how someone would recreate this story in modern day society.  I can honestly say I have no preference to how it is done. This is my favourite book and I would probably devour any adaptations created.

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Northanger Abbey – Jane Austin

Northanger Abbey is one of my favourite Jane Austin novels and I think that a modern adaptation of this book would work. A naive, witty teen who’s imagination gets the better of her would be entertaining and captivating to recreate in modern day society.   Honestly, I don’t think it is an impossible task.

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Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë 

Jane Eyre was one of the first classics I read and I think a modern adaptation would be really interesting.

I don’t know how it would work exactly but I’m sure there’s a way to do it justice. It has love, drama and suspense and it would be a compelling  choice.

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Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë

A second Brontë classic has made in on my list. Wuthering Heights is a story that I believe would work really well if it was given a modern adaptation. I believe that the drama and passion within this story would transfer through to modern day society in a great way.

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Persuasion – Jane Austin 

Another Jane Austin classic has made my Top 5 list. I think it would be a really entertaining and compelling story if it was given a modern adaptation. I’m not going to lie, my decision is solely focused on the romance element of this novel.

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So there you have my top 5 classics that I wish could possibly accept if they had modern adaptations. What classics would you include in your list?

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Top 5 Wednesday!

I love this weeks Top 5 Wednesday topic so I am going to get right into it. This weeks top 5 Wednesday is:

 Favorite Science Fiction & Fantasy in Other Media – (Booktube SFF Awards Babbles Crossover Topic)

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I didn’t need to think hard to come up with my top five for this week. So I am going to make this short and sweet and get straight into it. I’m not going to lie the majority of my choices are TV shows. I clearly have too much spare time.

 

Outlander

An English combat nurse from 1945 is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743.
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Outlander is my favourite show! I mean what is not to love about a historical time travelling fantasy? It’s full of drama, action and romance. I really do love it. Now as an avid reader the books are favourites of mine too and I know that tv and movies don’t usually do the books justice but this show!!! It’s just as addictive as the books.

Jamie Fraser be still my beating heart! What more is there to say about him?

The show makes you laugh, it makes you cry and it constantly makes you swoon. I can watch it over and over again.

If you haven’t read the books or seen the show I cannot recommend them enough.

 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

A young woman is forced to fulfill her destiny of fighting vampires and demons with the help of her friends all the while struggling to live a normal teenage life of heart break and drama.
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I started watching this show when I was in secondary school. I remember it was on every morning just as I was about to leave for school. I used to watch the first ten minutes and record the rest of it for when I got home at around 3:30. Good old VHS players. I would run home after school so that my sister wasn’t there before me. If I won I would get to the TV and the remote before her so I could watch the rest of the episode.

I didn’t start watching it at the beginning either. I’m sure it was part way through the second series. I remember it taking me ages to get ahold of the first season too because the show wasn’t aired much at the time.

I have now watched all of the episodes countless times and it is one of those shows that I can always go back to.

I do prefer the earlier seasons and I will never chose between Angel and Spike. However, my opinion will not be changed with regards to Riley. He served his purpose during the show and I know why he was created but he will forever be one of the most irritating characters. Don’t get me started on Dawn.  That is a rant for another day though.

 

Game of Thrones

Nine noble families fight for control over the mythical lands of Westeros, while an ancient enemy returns after being dormant for thousands of years.
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This is the one and only show that my boyfriend and I watch together. We weren’t together when the show started so when we made it ‘official’ it was something we adapted into our routine and we started watching with each other.  He once watched an episode ahead of me and I remember stropping with him but since then it has been our Monday entertainment.

I only started watching it because Sean Bean was in it and by the end of the first season I was addicted. Like most thing in my life it brings me to tears on a regular basis. There is so much drama but you get invested into every single aspect of the show. I’m not going to lie I could live happily without all of the gore and the violence but the plot twists are fascinating.

 

Once Upon a Time (Excluding Season 7)

A young woman with a troubled past is drawn to a small town in Maine where fairy tales are to be believed.
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I loved this show when it first started. I think in life you need a little bit of cheese and this is the show to watch in those moments. The earlier seasons were great but as the show went on I did start to lose interest.

I’m not going to lie I cannot bring myself to watch the most recent season (Season 7 I think). A show that has to revert back to the beginning and use the same plot(ish) to renew the show just isn’t going to work for me. I know that it was slightly different with the character changes but it’s a little unoriginal.

Regardless of the new season that I pretend doesn’t exist, if I do need some cheese in my life I will rewatch the earlier seasons. What’s not to love, fairytales, villains and Jamie Dornan. Even if he was only in it for a few episodes.

 

The Princess Bride (The Movie)

While home sick in bed, a young boy’s grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride.
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My Dad introduced me to this film (yes I know it’s a book but when I first watched this film I didn’t know it was an adaptation). He called me one summer when my sister and I were stuck in the house and told me to turn the Disney channel off for a film he thought we would both enjoy. I grumbled at him for disturbing my Disney time (I was probably watching Lizzy Mcguire or That’s so Raven) but caved and turned it over.

It was a great choice and I don’t care what anyone else says I love this film.

As well as The Full Monty (a film from the 1990’s that everyone needs to see set in my home town) this is a film I watch regularly when I’m homesick.

It’s funny! It makes me smile and I love the story.  I love the film so much that I am reluctant to read the book. It’s usually the other way around for me and I dread adaptations of books but I really don’t want to ruin my opinion of the film.

 

 

 

 

There you have it. My top 5 Favorite Science Fiction & Fantasy in Other Media. I know it is predominately fantasy. I’m really fussy when it gets to sci-fi and it’s rare that I will watch something within this genre. I

What are your favourite fantasy or sci-fi movies or TV shows?

 

 

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Top 5 Wednesday!

I have a severe lack of organisational skills when it comes to my free time. Everything else in my life is structured nicely from when I wake up to when I climb into bed. However, when it gets to my days off of work it is a completely different story. I mean, I do plan things in my head, like what room I’m going to decorate next and what I want to write about in my next blog post. It just doesn’t pan out that way on the day.

I really want to change things around a little bit. I want to schedule my days off and I am hoping that having a particular post on a specific day of the week will help ease me into scheduling my free time. It might not be a day off like today but I’m now home and ready to write. Hopefully, by sharing my top 5 Wednesday’s and making a small alteration to my schedule, it will help me on my way to becoming an organised individual.

So lets get into it. Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday  has been on my radar for so long. This weeks topic is Children’s Books to Read as an Adult. 

 

Related imageRebecca’s world, Terry Nation

It was the eleventh day of the school holidays and Rebecca was bored. But events take a dramatic turn for the better (or worse) when she finds herself transported to a distant planet whose people are terrorized by jelly-like monsters called Ghosts.

Rebecca’s World is a marvellously gripping (and frequently comic) adventure story, with a memorable cast of characters. A story that will be enjoyed by children and adults alike.

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This was the first book I read. I remember my Year 5 teacher Mrs Burton reading it out to the class during our daily reading time. As soon as we had finished reading it I asked to borrow the book so I could read it again at home. I borrowed it so many times during that year. I remember the first time I borrowed it I went straight to my Auntie’s house after school. I sat on her couch in the dining room with a glass of fizzy pop and started to read it alone. I was so excited! I think regardless of the book, a person should always read the first book they read independently as a child and as an adult. I’m pretty sure that the author Terry Nation also had something to do with with creation of the Darleks in Doctor Who too. Pretty cool!

 

Image result for Alice in Wonderland bookAlice’s Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

It tells of a girl named Alice falling through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures. The tale plays with logic, giving the story lasting popularity with adults as well as with children. It is considered to be one of the best examples of the literary nonsense genre. Its narrative course and structure, characters and imagery have been enormously influential in both popular culture and literature, especially in the fantasy genre.

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I loved this story when I was younger. I remember thinking it was so magical and falling in love with all aspects this new world I’d been introduced to.  After re-reading this books as an adult I learnt that it is clearly not just for children. There is so much more to Alice than any young child would realise and I would recommend that all adults read this book if they haven’t already done so.

 

Image result for the secret garden bookThe Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett 

Ten-year-old orphan Mary Lennox comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors and discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden.

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I love this story! I’m not going to lie I do love the book but I also have a soft spot for the film too.  I don’t think that the prominent themes that reoccur throughout this novel would be obvious to a younger audience.  For example, The impact of loneliness on an individual, the importance of companionship and the relevance of children in society during this particular era. This conversation could get deep real quick so I a going to pause there. However, if anyone up for a read-a-long. I feel like one is needed.

 

For my next two selections I simply can’t just pick one story/book. Therefore, I am choosing two children’s authors that are a must read.

 

Image result for beatrix potterBeatrix Potter

I am not going to lie. There are a number of reasons I have short listed Beatrix Potter into  my top 5 and one of them may be for sentimental reasons but I think everyone should read the genius of Potter as an adult.  I had so many editions of these stories when I was little and I loved them. My dad bought me my most recent editions when I was in secondary school and I kept the 3 books with me through university. You can never get bored of these tales whether your a child or an adult. There was no way these would not end up on my list, from the mischievous Peter Rabbit to the naughty Tom Kitten you have to love these tales at all ages.

 

Image result for roald dahlRoald Dahl

Dahl’s creativity is something that everyone should experience more than once. There is a hidden dark side to the worlds and characters Dahl created that only adults will pick up on. I know that this is where arguments can be made where some people would state that they are too dark for children but I read these books when I was younger and I loved them. Whether your reading them for the first time or for the one hundredth time, adults need to visit these worlds. My favourite Roald Dahl book changes all the time.  I have to be honest here though. The Witches, not a fan. Especially after the film. The film was terrifying.

What children’s books do you think adults should read? I’m really interested in this topic so let me know.

 

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