Top Debut Novels!

This was on a Top 5 Wednesday about two weeks ago and I thought I’d share with you my favourite debut novels. Let’s get the obvious ones out of the way shall we?

The HobbitHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

Both are fantastical and amazing adventures with awesome characters!

And now to some others!

Attack on Titan, Vol. 1 (Attack on Titan, #1)

Holy shit this manga had an amazing start! And it’s still amazing now! If you like manga this is a MUST for you! I would also say Death Note fans would enjoy it but I dunno, even though I am a DN fan myself >.<

Noughts & Crosses (Noughts & Crosses, #1)

While I ended up hating this book in the end (personally one part really got to me), I remember this book being SO interesting and fast paced and suspenseful and I loved the idea of a switched history where it was the white people who were the slaves and such!

The Rain (The Rain, #1)

This one really knocked me over when I read it. Maybe it was because I was expecting disappointment because I have had such bad experiences with YA but this book really impressed me! Not only could I relate because it was set in England, it was also about rain and we ALL know England only has one type of weather: rain xD It also felt very possible and very real and therefore was frightening which was awesome!

The Girl at Midnight

This was a solid debut novel! It had adventure, wasn’t too bad on the romance, fell a little at the end, but had diversity and homosexual relationships in and was a great story!

Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet, #1)

This was my first dip into SF and did not disappoint! That twist ending (which is spoiled in the film’s trailer -_-) had me BLOWN away. I thought (and still think) it was my best intro to SF ever and it is still very high on my best books list! It’s adventurous, brutal, fun, suspenseful, has good messages in it. Yes the author is a douche but man it’s a good book!

Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom (Death Note, #1)

I guess this should’ve been in the obvious pile? xD

Hope you enjoyed these!

Do you agree? What are you favourite debut novels?

Top Ten Tuesday #36

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This Week’s Theme: Top Ten ALL TIME Favourite Authors – not gunna lie. Don’t think I’ve even got ten! =/ I mean, I have to find authors that aren’t only autobuys but like find the ones that I personally think are awesome too!

1. J.R.R.Tolkien – the man, the master! What he wrote was so beautiful and so epic at the same time. He’s the reason I’m into fantasy! [pretty sure I read The Hobbit before Harry Potter!] and omg he was just a genius. Granted the reasons and reality behind his stories is heartbreaking but that also is what makes them that much more amazing!

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2. Brandon Sanderson – he is a god! His writing is amazing, his stories epic- yes, yes, I’ve only read one of his books (shh!) but I knew even not 200 pages into the books, that this man was gunna do great things in the fantasy genre. And I’ve been proven right so far!

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3. William Shakespeare – This is probably an odd one but I have to admit: I am a huge Shakespeare fan! I love the way he writes and because of the way he writes, the meaning sometimes seem completely different to what is written. He can do humour well, sarcasm well, existentialism.. I just really enjoy his work and need to read more of it!

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Not gunna lie, that is my list. C.S.Lewis isn’t on there because I was only interested in Narnia not him and his works. Same with JK Rowling; never gunna read anything she brings out that isn’t HP related. Lemoney Snicket: loved his books to death growing up but it’s been years and not read anything of his outside ASOUE. Terry Pratchett isn’t on here because I feel I need to read at least 10 of his books before I can be solid on him; I do love his writing and everything he stood up for etc. but I personally don’t feel I qualify to have him as a fav author just yet.

Same Time, Next Week!

Top Ten Tuesday #35

ImageThis Week’s Theme: Top Ten Inspiring Quotes from Books

Ready for LoTR galore? Because that’s what I’m expecting xD I don’t think any of these need explanations really. It’s either it’s clearly obvious why they’re a favourite (either a famous life or an beautifully written line or both) or because they mean a hell of a lot to me or both! xD

1. A Dance with Dragons – George. R.R. Martin

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.

2. Something Like An Autobiography – Akira Kurosawa

There is nothing that says more about its creator than the work itself.

3. The Hobbit –  J.R.R.Tolkien

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.

4. The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R.Tolkien

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.

5. The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R.Tolkien

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

6. The Final Empire – Brandon Sanderson

There’s always another secret.

7. Sourcery – Terry Pratchet

“And what would humans be without love?”
RARE, said Death.

8. The Hobbit – J.R.R.Tolkien

The road goes ever on and on.

9. A Song of Ice and Fire – George. R.R. Tolkien

Winter is coming.

10. The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R.Tolkien

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.

What do you think? Got any better ones?

Disney Song Book Tag

It’s Tag Thursday!! Enjoy!

1) A Whole New World – a book that made you see the world differently.

The Rain (The Rain, #1)

The Rain; but in a bad way. I was cautious of the actual rain for ages and was like ‘mother, I am not leaving this house if it’s raining’ and she was like ‘out of all your excuses not to leave the house, this is the most ridiculous. Come on!’ xD

2) Cruella DeVil Favourite villain.

Saruman? Perhaps…

Or gollum? But I really really hate him with a passion…

I don’t know! In books I don’t really think about the villain except they’re evil! With tv however, always rooting and loving the bad guys…

3) I Won’t Say I’m in Love A book you don’t wanna admit you loved.

I don’t have one. I either love a book or I don’t and everyone gets to know my opinion xD

4) Gaston A character you couldn’t stand.

Katniss Everdeen. (waiting for the haters and JLaw fangirls rage)

5) Part of your WorldA world you wish you could live in.

Middle Earth baby! But in the 4th age please? No more wars!

6) A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes – Book of your dreams would be…?

An epic fantasy written by Brandon Sanderson with no romance, kickass pirates and no whiney characters, no YA characters, enjoyable, funny, descriptive (like Tolkien), huge amazing world with awesome magic system and interesting religions and cultures and seedy politics (like House of Cards xD), what else do I want in my ideal book.. dragons? Talking dragons! But not mind talkers like Eragon. O yeah; no white/Caucasian characters, not set in an English speaking country and I want the majority of characters to be gay or bisexual (being white and straight in books is hella boring and repetitive. I’m all for all the colours – even purple aliens – and all the tastes!). Got any like this? Haha xD

Don’t you go stealing my ideas again like you did yesterday! xD

7) Someday my Prince will ComeBook character you would marry if you could?

I don’t get book crushes. I don’t read the books for the romance so why would I read a book in search of characters to fall in love with? … I’m gunna have to pick an epic character for this… Kelsier from Mistborn perhaps… Aragorn perhaps…

8) I see the light A book that changed your life.

Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)

Mistborn? It didn’t change my life per say but it definitely opened and changed my book-life.
Death Note definitely opened my eyes to logic/crime/thriller tv and books…

9) When you wish upon a star A book you wish you could reread for the first time?

Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)The End (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #13)Bridge to TerabithiaThe Hobbit

Mistborn, Harry Potter, The Hobbit, His Dark Materials, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Bridge to Terabithia (I’d have to erase the movie from my mind as well though)…

10) Just can’t wait to be king A book with some kind of monarchy in it.

The Selection (The Selection, #1)

The Selection.

11) Colours of the winda book with a beautiful colourful cover.

Elantris Ensnared

Not colourful technically but a book with colours that look good together xD

It’s all mental and crazy and confusing with all the gifs and stuff but o well! xD

I tag… YOU!

Top Ten Tuesday #32

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And finally we’re back to topics I have interest in!! ^_^ This one was ideal for me as I started seriously reading in 2012, so it all fits perfectly!

This Week’s Theme:  Top Ten Books You Would Classify As ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS from the past 3 years (2012 – 2014)

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Some obvious ones here aren’t there? Any you didn’t expect? While I have mostly Fantasy (6), I also have SF, Non-Fiction and a Classic! =] So that’s all good I guess ^_^

BUT, it is a little shocking that I haven’t read Harry Potter in over 3 years o_O

Got any Top Ten books that I haven’t read yet? Done a TTT? Let me know in the comments below!

Same Time, Maybe Next Week?

Series Part 1 – Series I Have Completed

This will be a 4-part [currently planned] series on, well, Series! [and Trilogies] and basically just information to let you know what Series/Trilogies I’ve completed, not completed etc. It also is like a list for myself but naturally, I want to show you guys! So without further ado; Series I Have Completed = 6 Books Series and 3 Manga Series!

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Manga: Ouran High School Host Club, Vampire Knight, Death Note

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Books: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Warlord Chronicles, Percy Jackson Series, His Dark Materials Trilogy, The Hunger Games, The Lord of the Rings

Now I know exactly what you are thinking: where is Harry Potter?! All in good time…

TBR Shame Part #1

Now that I am back I can finally show you guys my bookcases and all my books and also help myself realise just how much I have to read – eek! Therefore, without further ado, today I will show you my physical TBR books!

So firstly, you all may have seen my now my physical TBR pile that I want to accomplish over summer – fyi: never going to happen seen as I only have about 22 days of summer left and since leaving Japan, I’ve read all of one Game of Thrones chapter =/ I got my laptop back! Which means marathoning TV! =/ Oopsies!

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The Rain
A Game of Thrones
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
The Well of Ascension
Hero of Ages
Warm Bodies
Peter Jackson: A Filmmaker’s Journey

Now onto the TBR Shelf

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Now for the close-ups…

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Lies of Locke Lamora
Unfinished Tales
The Silmarillion
Super
Leviathan Wakes
Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix – I know! Don’t kill me!!
Hyperion Omnibus
Wool

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Harry Potter Collection – Quidditch Through the Ages, Fantastical Beasts and Where to Find Them.
The Last Battle
The Silve Chair
The Vampire LeStat
Atonement
Thief of Time
Night Watch
Sourcery
Guards! Guards!
The Truth
Going Postal
Flyte

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The Naked God
The Reality Dysfunction
Car Fever
The Neutronium Alchemist
Sorcery! 1 – 4
The Enchanted Wood

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The Wee Free Men
A Hat Full of Sky
Going Postal
Wintersmither
I Shall Wear Midnight
Brysingr
Thud!
Ancient Egypt: Myth & History
The Art of Harmony

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The Jungle Book
Alice in Wonderland
Single Mother on the Verge
The Queen of the Damned
Magyk
Treasure Island
Colony
通学途中 – Part Way Through Commuting to School
通学路 – The Road to School
Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kōen-mae Hashutsujo Vol.167
Reaper Man
Soul Music

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悪い子はお好き? – Do you like the bad boy? < I do apologize but translating Japanese titles… they sound better in Japanese seriously!! xD
通学時間 – The Time to School
通学電車 – The Train to School
Love&Kiss Book 2011
Death Note Volume 1 in Japanese
Honey Bitter Volumes 1 and 2
xxxHolic Volume 1
心の西季 – Kokoro no Seiki
Kami no Shizuku Volume 1
Death Note 13
Vampire Knight Official Fanbook
Bleach – Souls
OreOre/Me Me
Black Alice in Butler Land
Joker Game
Pink and Grey
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in Japanese

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The Mighty Thor #1
Superman Special Edition #1
Avengers Arena #1

And that is all the physical books! Hella lot isn’t there! I guess when you split it up by Japanese and English, the piles start to even out–kinda….

So the big question is…. 

What do you want me to read? What do you recommend? Not recommend? What should I read ASAP?

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Quickie Review: 5/5 on GoodReads.
I am a big J.R.R.Tolkien fan and I love anything he writes/wrote and it was great to go back and reread A. a classic and B. a book I read quiet a few times as a child. And this book did not fail and I loved the story, the characters (bar one moment), the writing style and it is just an overall epic, timeless and enjoyable high fantasy read!

Plot:
Bilbo Baggins (a hobbit) is very content with his quiet, pleasant, unadventurous life until one day Gandalf, a wizard, along with 13 Dwarves turn up at his doorstep and literally push him into an epic adventure filled with trolls, orcs, giant eagles, elves and not forgetting a giant dragon!

Characters:
I won’t mention them all but I feel some should be mentioned.
Bilbo Baggins – his transformation throughout the book is amazing! He starts off grumpy and being really against the adventure to someone with confidence in himself and being able to trust more, to think for himself more and ultimately, even though he does want to get home, enjoying the adventure he is on.
Thorin – Dwarf, the King Under the Mountain! Or so he tries to be. Thorin is very mighty and very wise but also very stubborn at the same time. He can be corrupted by gold easily and there is a moment towards the end of the book where a reader can seriously turn into disliking him (like I did) because of his stubbornness but besides that a great, strong character!
Gandalf – Gandalf is very mysterious and very odd (compared to how I remember him in the LOTR books) and he spends a lot of time away, dealing with other things that are not mentioned in the book (which the films fill in beautifully by the way!) but nevertheless he is a great character and a strong one also. I also loved towards the end (when there was like a clash between Men and Elves vs Dwarves) what side he choose to be on and didn’t directly say ‘you’re on the wrong side’ but also at the same time, his presence is so great and important that even the readers know, without him saying, that Gandalf is (pretty much) always right. I love him!
Beorn – Beorn I feel gets more time and more care in the books than in the film and I loved the role he played in this book, especially when the Company are first with him and they don’t see him for about 2 days and the tale of where he’d been and what he’d been doing I really enjoyed. And I can’t imagine him as a scary bear at all but a great, big, fluffy, cuddly one!

Extended Review:
As mentioned earlier this book did not fail in my expectations and in fact I have founder and better thoughts on the book now, especially now that I am older and can love it for not just it’s story now. I loved the story naturally; it’s just adventure after adventure and event after event and never a dull moment! I love the writing style – I love Tolkien’s long descriptions (which are very famous is The Lord of the Rings and tends to be a big reason why people can’t read the books or any of his books) and while they’re weren’t in this book, I did find something else of his writing style that I loved; the only way I can describe it is the richness in the words that he selected to describe things and the words he uses in similes are just perfection. Some loved sections of mine are:

shower of arrows, and each flickered as it fled as if with stinging fire – (kindle) page 284
gleamed like gold in a dying fire – (kindle) page 285

Just a lot of magical words to read as well as magical things happening in the story.

Negatives:
Only two negatives and one is just because of a character and one is an actual story gripe I have. The character gripe I have has already been mentioned and that was the one moment where Thorin is very stubborn and very annoying, and the actual story gripe is; I wish the dragon battle scene had been longer; I feel it ended a bit too soon for my liking. But besides that, I really do not have any negatives about it! So highly recommended!