Top 5 Crime Novels

First can I apologise for our weird activity last week, it was a busy week for us but we’re back and ready to roll. This week we decided to pick our top five Crime novels because I don’t know about Ellie but its one of my favourite genres.

  1. ‘I let you go’ by Clare Mackintosh -Honestly I can never stop singing praises for Clare Mackintosh’s books. I adored I Let You Go and I See You was just as good! Both were packed with thriller vibes and I loved their plots. Both of her current novels are fantastic standalones and it’s no surprise that they’re my first thought when I think of my favourite crime novels.
  2. Clive Cussler novels – Cussler has been my guilty pleasure for as long as I can remember. It’s definitely not the sort of thing that people would expect me to read but I can’t get enough of the Oregon crew series and the others are quite good too!
  3. ‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn – How could this not make it to the list? I mean this book was all kinds of messed up (in a good way) but I didn’t suspect any of it which what makes it such a great crime novel.
  4. Rizzoli and Isles series by Tess Gerritsen – Basically any one of the books from her Rizzoli and Isles series. They’re great and it’s got to be one of my favourite crime series, Tess Gerritsen is such a great writer. There’s actually a tv series called ‘Rizzoli and Isles’ based from her books.
  5. Bones series by Kathy Reichs  – Once again this isn’t a specific book but her whole series based around Temperance Brennan and once again there is also a tv show called ‘Bones’ based around these books. If you haven’t heard of them or you’ve watched the show but haven’t read the books I’d definitely recommend you do so!

Top 5 Super Powers

It’s Monday again, I think everyone has a love/hate relationship with this day – personally our plus side of it is doing our top 5. It’s one of my favourite posts we do. This week we decided to do top five superpowers, mainly because I’ve just finished reading ‘Starcrossed’ and there are quite a lot of powers and abilities in the book so we thought it would be cool to pick our personal favourites. We’d love to hear some of yours too, so comment down below what power you’d have if you could have any.

  1. Flying – Wouldn’t you just love to be able to fly anywhere you want? There would be no stopping you. I’ve always liked the idea of just being able to fly away from all your problems and visit somewhere new. Could you imagine just flying over to Italy or France for some dinner? This is literally the best power ever in my opinion.
  2. Water Manipulation – There’s a lot that comes under this heading and maybe I just miss the good old H20 days, but water manipulation has always been my favourite super power, for as long as I can remember. I always loved the idea of manipulating water, whether it was just to make giant bubbles or for splashing around in like an idiot. If I could have any ability, it would have to be this one.
  3. Clairvoyance – If you’d be allowed to use your powers for personal gain, this would definitely be the power to have. You could do so much with it. The best being able to predict the lottery numbers.
  4. Chronokinesis – I’m one of these people that always feel like time is slipping away, and I always worry that time is passing me by to quickly. I think it’s because of this that I would love to be able to have some sort of control over time, whether that would be to slow time down and cherish the moment or just something else. I think this is a power everyone would love to have after thinking about the possibilities with it.
  5. Invisibility – Yes, we’re suckers for the traditional. But who doesn’t love a bit of invisibility. This is one of the most popular super abilities used in modern literature, but also one of the most underused, as far as I’m concerned anyway! Harry had the invisibility cloak for how long and never once did he use it for a fun prank (not even on Umbridge)! How fun would that have been? Then there’s all of the battles that could have been made much easier with a bit of invisibility goodness. I just really love this super power, okay?

Top 5 First Meetings

It’s that week, it’s the week! The week that Paige and I finally meet for the first time and I’m so excited! We’ve been friends for so long that it seems insane that the two of us haven’t met yet but it’s finally going to happen! So we just had to choose this for our top 5 of this week! There’s plenty of cute first meetings, but these are our favourites!

  1. On the Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher – This has to be one of the cutest meetings that I’ve ever read in a book! It’s not so much a singular meeting than a series of meetings but the basics are that the two of them met in a train station. He was a busker and she was a passenger and when she passed she left him a sweet every day until he finally asked her out on a date. In my opinion it was adorable and I think that Carrie did an amazing job with coming up with this one!
  2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë – Jane Eyre’s first meeting with Mr Rochester had to make it to our list. The scene is so dramatic and intense! And to top it off she doesn’t even realise he’s her employer – talk about awkward! I’d hate injuring my boss the first time I met them!
  3. Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini  – Imagine meeting a stranger for the first time and then just attacking them for no apparent reason, and to top it off – doing it in front of the whole school. Embarrassing right? That’s why Helen and Lucas’ first meeting had to make it to our list. If you haven’t read starcrossed, I’d certainly recommend it!
  4. Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan – One of the most rememberable first meetings of all time was when Percy met Thalia for the first time. After all, how many times can you say that you’ve seen a tree turn into a person? Not many I’d bet, but for Percy that was the first time that he ever met Thalia Grace. Bit spectacular, right?
  5. Cinder by Marissa Meyer – Finally we want to close by quickly mentioning Cinder by Marissa Meyer. There’s an abundance of ways that two people could meet and this one could be considered slightly overused but I really loved the way it was done. Cinder works on a stall at the local market and that was when the prince suddenly turned up out of nowhere. The prince! At her stall! Of course she just had to be embarrassed by her robot best friend.

Do you have any favourite first meetings? If so feel free to tell us!

Top 5 Gold books

So we know that we did top 5 book covers for this month last week, but when we were coming up with a theme for the top 5, the most obvious choice would be the olympics! And as we haven’t really read many sports-themed books (suggest some if you know some 😉 ) we decided to celebrate Adam Peaty setting a new world record and winning the first gold medal for the UK! Way to go Peaty!!

  1. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir is the most obvious choice for gold books as far as we’re concerned. Not only does it look amazing anyway but the gold specks scattered across the cover of this hardback are mesmerising. It’s such a gorgeous book and one of my favourite book covers.
  2. The Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne is a bit orange and a bit yellow as well but we love the cover of this colour and it does technically have a bi of gold in there! My favourite thing about this hardback is when you actually ditch the jacket and reveal the golden stamp against the black background of the book. It looks amazing.
  3. Brisingr by Christopher Paolini is the third book in the Inheritance trilogy, which was one of my favourite reads when I was younger. I adored the story of Eragon and though the film didn’t exactly do it justice, Paolini created a magnificent world. I just had to stick Brisingr in here because of that and also because I love the covers in this series and the golden dragon in this one is so majestic!
  4. Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story by David Leviathan So although I haven’t actually read this book or any other books by Leviathan but the cover was gold and sparkly which seemed to be a must for our list. I did read a few reviews of the books and they seemed to be positive.
  5. The Travelling Bag by Susan Hill I love the title of this book, but the reason we picked it was the gold accents on the front cover and it was super pretty. I’m almost tempted to add this to my to read list just because of the cover and title.

Top 5 Vampire Novels

There’s no reason for this one. We just like vampire novels. Cool? 😉

1. Dracula by Bram Stoker – This of course had to make it to the list, I mean, it’s a classic after all. I’m pretty sure this was probably one of the first vampire novels I’d ever heard of. It wasn’t until a few years after that when I first read it. I wouldn’t say it was an easy read, but I do think it’s a good one. I could probably think of better but it’s on our top five because it’ll always be a classic and it always be the first book we think of when we think about vampire novels.

2. Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu – It was actually only this year that I read this book. I had to read it for my Gothic module in university, not many people know this but this book actually came before Dracula, so I guess you could say this is one of the original vampire novels. Considering when the book was actually written, it’s quite risque and I’d even go as far to say it was written out of it’s time as it includes subjects that would have made people in the era the book was written uncomfortable.

3. The Stoker & Holmes series by Colleen Gleason – What’s there not to love about steampunk? And vampire hunters? Especially when Sherlock Holme’s neice and Bram Stoker’s sister are the main characters. These books got me so hard. I just adored the two main characters and they clashed so much but still managed to be utterly badass! I was addicted in minutes and I just found out there’s a third book, so I’ll be snatching that up pretty quickly!

4. Night World by L. J. Smith – Night World is one of those series that I love. But I hate. Or rather I hate L. J. Smith. The series was first released back in 1996 with Secret Vampire and although I didn’t start reading them until 2009, I loved them! The books are awesome and all of the character plots intertwine so well. The only sad bit is that we still don’t have an ending! It’s heartbreaking! L.J. please tell us what happens!!!!!!

5. Sucks to be Me by Kimberly Pauley – I came for the pun (and the pretty cover, I won’t lie) and ended up staying for the plot. It was super cute and pretty funny at times and I just adored Mina as a person! Her snarky comments about our modern day views on vampires (Myth: Vampires sleep in coffins. Truth: That’s totally gross. It would take a total freak to want to sleep in a coffin.) were brilliant and had me laughing so much. This was such a fluffy fun read and just like Stoker & Holmes, it’s a nice twist on the usual vampire books.

Top 5 Space Novels

I don’t know about anyone else but one of the biggest things for us from the last week was the Juno probe reaching Jupiter! We’re so excited to see what happens and so we decided that, following this theme, talking about our top 5 space novels would be a great topic to cover this week. Unfortunately we realised that we’ve only read 5 space novels between us! Oops!! Meaning that this isn’t top 5 but total 5, however we couldn’t miss this opportunity so we decided just to go with it!

  1. The Martian by Andy Weir – The Martian has to be one of my favourite books of last year. I managed to read it before the huge craze started and I fell in love with Watney’s sarcasm. The family feeling that I got from the crew was just perfect and the ending was just perfect in my opinion. It has to be my favourite space book just because I enjoyed the  way it was put together and I personally liked all of the science information, even if some people found it annoying.
  2. A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers – If I had to choose an alien-themed book rather than just a space book then this probably would have been my top read. Just like with the Maritan, ALWSAP has such a strong sense of family on the ship and their relationships were just written so well in my opinion! Although I had a few issues with it that you can see in my review (x), I did really enjoy this book and if you don’t mind the somewhat lack of plot it’s really good.
  3. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card – Out of all of the books I’ve used for this list, this one is probably the most serious of them all. While the Martian focuses on a real life stranded situation and ALWSAP focuses on long haul trips and strange and wonderful alien species, Ender’s Game is orientated around aliens and the war that we could have with them. It is admittedly mostly focused around the training than actual space but I just had to include it on this list!
  4. Zenith by Lindsay Cummings and Sasha Alsberg – Zenith is such an enjoyable read! It may only have the first instalment out (which sucks by the way, I need more!!) but the kickass female crew is already close to my heart and I’m so excited for the plot that has been set up. There’s not been much in the way of space building yet but there’s a lot of promise and I can’t wait to see where it goes.
  5. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl – I know. I know. I just couldn’t think of another space book but I still think this is a solid choice! Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was a huge part of my childhood and I devoured pretty much all of the Roald Dahl books when I was younger. Then I came across this one and it was so strange and wacky but still had my favourite characters in it and it was so nice to see them all again.

So that’s our (my) list. Not very impressive I know, but I am desperate to grow it! I’m in such a mood for space books and I want the opportunity to read more of them so, if you have any suggestions please let me know!

Top 5 Quidditch Scenes

With the Euro 2016 taking place, we decided that for this week a good idea would be to discuss the top 5 moments in our favourite bookish sport. Naturally Quidditch is the best book sport. After all, what’s better than wizarding folk flying around on brooms? After much deliberation, and a lot of switching between scenes, we managed to choose our top 5. They are as follows:

  1. Quirrell’s Attack from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s (Sorcerer’s) Stone – This has to be one of the greatest moments in Quidditch history, not only because of the sheer skill Harry showed in managing to stay on his broom but also because it was one of the first examples of our Golden Trio working together to save one and another.
  2. The Key Room from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s (Sorcerer’s) Stone – This is by far one of my favourite scenes in the Harry Potter universe. I don’t even know why I love it so much, but it was so well done! Again I liked the way the team worked together to figure out which key to use and it was amazing just to see Harry’s raw talent at work.
  3. Breaking his Arm from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – I don’t think there’s many people who can’t laugh at this brilliant scene. When Harry falls off his broom and injures his arm (Thanks Dobby), and Lockheart attempts to fix it, I was in stitches. The book version was really good, but watching the film and seeing the way they actually managed to recreate was way beyond my expectations. I don’t think I’ll ever not find that hilarious.
  4. Weasley is our King from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – Although Weasley is our King is a great song, it’s not really the song that we think is another top 5. One of our favourite Quidditch moments is when Ron is attempting to get onto the team as Keeper and just watching his abysmal attempts was so cringy. But then he manages to turn it all around later and in his first game when he actually starts to stop goals and the song turns to the modified version. That’s one of the best Quidditch moments!
  5. The Scream from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – To pull this to a close, we’re going to add a sad one. This wasn’t a funny scene, like most of the others, but it was such a big moment for character development. It was also incredibly well-written and I couldn’t help but feel sorry for Harry.

We had such a hard time choosing these that we just couldn’t help but add a bonus choice! Harry’s first time on a broom. Reading him first standing up to Malfoy and then snatching the Remembrall out of the air was beyond amazing! It definitely made him worthy of his position on the team, that’s for sure.

So that’s our top 5 and don’t we wish we had a top 10 because there’s so many other amazing scenes. Such as when Malfoy and the other Slytherin’s dress up as Dementors, Harry and Ron practically falling over the railings at the Quidditch World Cup when the Veela come onto the pitch and Harry fighting the dragon. But we’d love to hear what your top 5 are if you want to comment them below! Or maybe we’ve forgotten another great Quidditch scene that deserves to be on this list~