Top 10 Tuesday: If our future kids don’t read these books we’ll disown them!

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You know how sometimes you read a book and you just know that this book will forever hold a special place in your heart? It’s such a strong feeling that being the loners that we are we also vow to make everyone read it including our unborn children. And so this Tuesday we would like to share with you, a list of 10 books that we would definitely be making our kids read.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books to read without the synopsis

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It’s been so long since we’ve done a Top 5 Wednesday. We’ve had a super busy year so far but this topic is just so good that we couldn’t pass it up.

So today we’ll be telling you about 5 books that you should be going in blindly because they are just THAT good.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books n’ Tunes

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Sometimes, as it happens, you’re listening to a song. And that song paints a lovely picture in your head. And sometimes, it happens to fit perfectly with the picture a book puts in your head. And then, ta-da, you get the song and the book married off!

I have wanted to do this type of a post for a while now. When a song fits for me, I have an intense need to tell people about it. Intense.
So, beware, for this post will be intense and, will not follow the first T5W rule (i.e. It’ll be above 5). Let’s bang on:

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Book Fangirling Award

We were nominated by three fabulous book bloggers- Acciopadfoot, Journeyofangie and Lunireads for this award so THANK YOU SO MUCH YOU GUYS! But that also means that this is going to be a loooong post but we will try our best to keep it interesting.

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Up-close n personal: The Raven boys

So by now I expect you will have heard about the *ahem* great series called The Raven cycle by *ahem* the great Maggie Steifvater.

(If you haven’t, um, what?)

(YOU HAVEN’T??)

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So like I said, the series is *GREAT*, which is basically me containing all my feelings for this *somuchgreat* series. If I let my heart unleash the real meaning of *great*, that’s all this post would be about.

But because of a different objective, I have just used the *ahem* great.

This post is basically about how it’s so *great*. I read the first book in the series and I just noted my favorite and most liked parts and the little things that make the series so *great*! So follow me (into a list that is infinite):

[Basically, I took notes while reading parts of the book. Read only if you’ve read the book, it’ll only make sense then. I hope this list reminds you of them, the Raven boys and you remember the little things you forgot and the whole magic of it.]

Did you know that Blue needs sleep for quality spikes (for Noah to pet)?

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Top 5 Wednesday: People like us

“I see you.
Because in you, I see me.”
~Lisa Schroeder, The day before.

It’s not always that we are fortunate enough to read books that have characters that are relatable in their personality. But when we do find them, we cherish them the most.

A lot of time I feel that writers write characters in a way that we make space for our own voices so we feel like them, but then there are the characters we see our traits in and we recognize ourselves in.

On today’s T5W we talk about 5 characters that have a bit (or maybe more) of our personality.

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Raven’s top 5:

#1 Hermione from Harry Potter

I want to say that I am smart like her but really I am just super into reading and researching like her. When I was a kid, I would beg my parents to buy children encyclopedias and then I would read every word in it. I still have them back in India.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Least favourite book from our favourite series

There are so many series out there that we love as a whole but to be honest there is always that one book from your favourite series that was not as good as you would have liked it to be.

This is a list of 5 books from our favourite series that we didn’t like the most.

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#1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets from The Harry Potter series

Raven: This was a good book too I mean, I love ALL of Harry Potter but if I HAD to choose then this will be the one.

Beez: Yeah same as Raven. I think one of the reasons is that we didn’t know a lot about what it was building to, and we learnt about the significance later on. But it was still good.

#2 The Sea of Monsters from Percy Jackson and the Olympians series

Raven: Just like Harry Potter, I loved ALL of Percy Jackson but yeah…

Beez: I can’t remember what happened… I’m growing old.

#3 None from The Raven Cycle

Raven: Don’t question us.

Beez: Maggie Stiefvater is god.

#4 Crocodile Tears from Alex Rider series

Raven: I haven’t read the entire series yet.

Beez: I didn’t enjoy this book quite as much. I don’t remember it so clearly but I remember not being so attached while reading it.

#5 Mockingjay from The Hunger Games series

Raven: I loved Hunger games and Catching fire because there was so much going on! And I loved the ending of Mockingjay but the beginning felt sooo slow. That’s the only reason I chose this.

Beez: The starting of this book was getting nowhere. I still liked it very much but in comparison to the action packed blind racing other parts, this pales. The end was brilliant though.

That concludes our list of books we did not like as much as compared to the rest of the fabulous series. Tell us yours in the comment below or leave a link to your post so we can check it out!

This is Raven and Beez,

Signing out~

[Top 5 Wednesday was created by Booktuber named Lainey at Gingerreadslainey and you can find other T5W-ers, the topics and guidelines on the Top 5 Wednesday Goodreads Group.]

Books I’d time travel to read again

This post has been inspired by Jesse’s video: Books I’d time travel to read again

I think the title is explanatory enough. So, here is a list of books that we would love to time travel (into the past of course) to read them and experience their amazingness all over again.

1. The Harry Potter series by J.K.Rowling

Hogwarts.jpgRaven: I guess this one is pretty obvious. No matter how many times I read the Harry Potter series again and again, it will never feel like it did the first time. When I first read this series I felt like I had found a new amazing home that accepted me as I was and now when I read it it’s all so familiar, it’s like returning home after a long summer vacation. Of course, I love the feeling of familiarity but I wish I could relive the wonder. (Also who is excited to read the Cursed Child? Give me a WOOHOO in the comments!)

Beez: When I read Harry Potter, I wolfed it down hungrily. I spent whole nights reading because I couldn’t put it down and then grabbed the next one. I don’t think I ever fully appreciated the masterpiece I was reading except for reading it like it deserved to be read. And can you ask more of a good book? So yeah, I’d like to read it like that again, high on the story and taken away by the action and just so engrossed, without ever thinking of the world about. #Iwascoolbeforeitwascool (?)

2. Fangirl and Landline by Rainbow Rowell

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Raven: I don’t really wish I could go back in time to read Landline but I totally wish I could read Fangirl all over again. We read this book when we had just entered into the whole fangirling world I believe so naturally this book holds a very special place in our hearts and also because of LEVI!

Beez: For me, Landline was all about getting to know Neal and knowing this in-explainable feeling that pained for him, yet loving him and Georgie together and their world and it giving me life and making me traumatized at the same time. The last time I read it (second time), I was reminded of how much I loved the story and all its quirks. Oh how I’d like to go through it for the first time again. (I’d cry) (I cried the first time too).

Fangirl was like knowing a book that is me yet I never knew it was there. All of Fangirl was wonderful, the characters, the story, the relationships, the everything, and it spread this feeling of warmth and home through me. I resonated with Cath so much and I fell in love with Levi and all of it was so precious and hence I want to live it again, for the first time.

3. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

raven boysRaven:  This book was absolutely magical when I first read it. There was a whole new world opened up to me about Welsh Mythology and the ley lines. Her writing was so gripping. The details and the characters! Dayum, I would give anything to time travel in the past to read it again and feel those FEELINGS!

Beez: I remember reading the first book of the series (Raven can attest) and falling in love with ALL of the characters. I would kill to meet all of them all over again and go through the process of getting to know them and inviting them into my heart and making them a place in it.

4. Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

FlippedRaven: This book was just so cute and heartbreaking that I would love to live it all over again… that doesn’t sound masochistic at all.

Beez: I read Flipped long ago and I remember loving it so much and it being so special and giving me butterflies in my stomach. I wasn’t all that formed in the brain and yet I knew this book was a treasure. I’d sure love to relive that, especially with my younger self’s innocence (or even now).

5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book ThiefRaven: I went through my entire ‘feelings reserve’ while reading this book and I honestly don’t mind doing it again. This book was written from the POV of Death, it’s set during the World War 2 and it’s about a girl who learned to read and fell in love with books. There is nothing in this book that I didn’t love.

Beez: The Book Thief is a book that breaths life into you and kills you at the same time. I’ll treasure and prize the story and hold it on an extra-high pedestal, but reading those words for the first time (before the movie), would be amazing (who am I kidding? I need it!).

So those are the five books that we would love to relive (reliveread?) through. Tell us yours in the comments below! Or consider yourself tagged and make a post about it and put your link in the comments for us to check it out.

This is Raven and Beez,

Signing out~

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

 

raven boysPublication date: September 19th, 2012

Publisher: Scholastic

Pages: 421

Targeted Audience: Young Adult

Genre: Supernatural/Welsh Mythology/Fantasy

Blurb: Blue has spent the majority of her sixteen years being told that if she kisses her true love, he will die. When Blue meets Gansey’s spirit on the corpse road she knows there is only one reason why – either he is her true love or she has killed him.

Determined to find out the truth, Blue becomes involved with the Raven Boys, four boys from the local private school (lead by Gansey) who are on a quest to discover Glendower – a lost ancient Welsh King who is buried somewhere along the Virginia ley line. Whoever finds him will be granted a supernatural favour.

Never before has Blue felt such magic around her. But is Gansey her true love? She can’t imagine a time she would feel like that, and she is adamant not to be the reason for his death. Where will fate lead them?

{For those who are reading our reviews for the first time on this blog need to know that every line in Red is by Raven and every line in Blue is by Beez.}

I had never heard about this author before or this series but when I came across this book in our school library I just had to read it. The blurb was so exciting and the cover was absolutely beautiful! (And as you know I’m a sucker for covers) And as soon as I started this book I knew I was in love.

So this is me, trying to do justice to this wonderful book.

The story takes place in a fictional town named Henrietta where a girl named Blue comes from a clairvoyant family but she herself doesn’t have any powers. She can’t see the souls of the dead unlike her mother. So when she sees the spirit of a boy named Gansey at the crossroads on St. Marks Eve, Blue is a lot more than just surprised. 

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve, Blue. Either you’re his true love…or you killed him.”  

And hence begins the journey of Blue Sargent into the lives of the four boys from the school Aglionby- Adam Parrish, Richard Gansey, Ronan Lynch and Noah Czerny.

They go on a personal quest to uncover the ancient, lost and buried, Welsh King, with the sole knowledge that he is somewhere along the Ley lines and whoever finds him will be granted a favour.

You see how interesting this is?? Because it is absolutely the most beautifully written supernatural/fantasy novel in a long long time.

Maggie Stiefvater’s style of writing will sweep you away, her way of wording the surroundings will take you on a journey you never even imagined in your wildest dreams and her characters are bigger than life itself.

I don’t want to go into excess detail about the personalities of the characters because to me they actually exist. They have flaws and such distinct voices that I can’t make myself judge them. It just doesn’t feel right.

I’ve never been in love with every character in a book but Maggie has made me fall in a deep abyss of torture because I want these characters to be real. I wish it so badly. If I ever find the buried Welsh King, you know what my wish will be.

Maggie’s writing embodies the characters of these people so well that if you omitted their names or put black ink over them I’d still be able to tell them apart. With every thought, every line, every spoken word and every action they prove that they are individuals, different and so unique and so apart yet in perfect harmony with each other.

Even a person who has never read this book reads it for the first time with blank spaces instead of names, they’d still be able to identify the people.

Also, Noah is the smudgy one.

Adam breaks my heart.

Ronan kills me, in every way.

Gansey is like a slight wind. It touches you and takes your breath away.

And Blue is what every girl aspires to be.

The first half of the book has less happening because it’s building up the characters, introducing us to them, breathing life into them. It’s setting the scenery. It’s drawing up every crease and fold and line on the faces of these beautiful characters and the world.

So when you start the book, know that it is slightly slow-paced in the beginning but the characters and the mystery will keep you going forward. The book builds this beautiful atmosphere that makes you want to be one of the people in the books.

Maggie’s writing has an adult feel to it. The characters are not silly teenagers, they have this aura of purposefulness around them. Every character that was introduced in the book felt so real. I don’t understand how she does it. It’s not just the protagonists that are amazing, it is literally every bloody character.

Maggie plays with dark magic… that is the only possible answer to how this book is so fantastic.

And the plot! It’s so unique and amazing and so refreshingly new! After all the usual vampires, werewolves, fairies and magicians, Welsh mythology is just a wonderful change of atmosphere. She has explained everything about the ley lines and the Welsh King with just the right amount of mystery. 

As a last note, the last line of this book will haunt you forever… so will the first line… basically the whole book.

Recommendations?

Anyone who loves a great story with characters that seem to come alive before your eyes and become a part of your life.

Ratings:

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Lots of love and mystery,
Raven and Beez~