T5W: Favourite “Unlikeable” Protagonists

June 21st: Favourite “Unlikeable” Protagonists
— People always tear down “unlikeable” protagonists. But tell us the ones you pulled for!

Scott Pilgrim, Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life Not Another Happy Ending Obsidian (Lux, #1) Skulduggery Pleasant (Skulduggery Pleasant, #1) The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1)

Scott Pilgrim // Jane Lockhart // Katy Swartz // Valkyrie Cain // Apollo

My five picks don’t exactly fit the prompt but I do think these characters are unlikable, though for some reason I still read about them.

Scott Pilgrim – Scott Pilgrim

Okay, so Scott Pilgrim is actually a pretty popular character, I mean he’s even got a series and a film named after him! While I did enjoy the series (a lot) I have to say, one of my main issues with it was Scott himself. He’s a bit too much of a dag for my taste and I honestly just don’t understand adults who date high schoolers.

You can read my review of volume 1 here

Jane Lockhart – Not Another Happy Ending

Jane Lockhart is one of those character who can be a bit ditzy at times and is a tad depressing. She’s a bit unlikable but at the same time I really loved her? She is by no means my favourite character from the novel, and I think I preferred her in the movie (totally not because she’s played by Karen Gillian).

You can read my review here

Katy Swartz – Lux

I feel bad saying this, because though Katy is fictional, she is a fellow book blogger. Katy can make some pretty bad decisions throughout this series (I’ve only read the first 2 books) but for some reason I still like her.

Valkyrie Cain – Skulduggery Pleasant

Okay, so Miss Cain… Don’t get me wrong, I love this girl but damn she is a piece of work. She can be quite horrible at times and is the character that finally made me realise that characters with wit and charm aren’t always good, whether or not they are the protagonist. While she can be a bit much at times, at heart Valkyrie is a good character and I can’t help but love her.

Apollo – The Trials of Apollo 

APOLLO. I LOVE THIS GUY, HE’S TERRIBLE. Apollo is actually the worst, he means well and actually a pretty cool guy but he has no self control and his inner thoughts can be pretty intense at times. Of course he’s a God, so he’s pretty found of himself and has a very blown up ego. Though, he’s incredibly full of himself he is actually a pretty good guy and I’d have a conversation with him over most of the other Gods any day.

You can read my review of The Hidden Oracle (book 1) here


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YOU’RE NOT GOOD ENOUGH BOOK TAG

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lol it actually took way longer than I thought it would to come up with different characters when all I wanted to do was list Harry Potter and comic characters. 

Also, turns out I lost a bunch of the photos I took so these were all that were left….

I’ve got my cup full of characters so let’s do this!

01 You only have one more spot on your Spelling Bee team, who would you pick to complete your team?

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David (Steelheart), Cas (Anna Dressed In Blood)

Wow, yeah okay why am I in a spelling bee team?? I would probably have to pick Cas, as David never really attended school properly. I don’t really remember if Cas ever actually paid too much attention when he wasn’t hunting down ghosts but it’s better than nothing.

02 Both characters want to kill you, which one would you kill first so you have a better chance of surviving?

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Lilac (Starbound), Alex (Alex Rider)

Well, I won’t be surviving this one! Do I want to kill off the super mega tech genius or the spy? If I kill Lilac, Tarver will destroy me so I think I’ll have to kill Alex because this dude’s got military training and 9 books worth of spy experience.

03 You’re on the bachelor/bachelorette and you’re down to these two characters, which one are you going to give your rose to?

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Cormoran (Cormoran Strike), Jane (My Lady Jane)

Jane, definitely Jane. I cannot imagine marrying Cormoran Strike (that’s what happens, right?) and I feel like Jane and I would get along pretty well.

04 You’ve been chosen for the Hunger Games, who would most likely volunteer in your place?

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Lazlo (Strange The Dreamer), Percy (PJO)

Umm, I feel like Percy would, purely out of the fact that he as always there for this friends (I’m assuming that we’re friends in this scenario). I’m sure that Lazlo would be really interested in The Hunger Games, I’m just not sure that he would be oo eager to actually volunteer.

05 You’ve been stranded on an island. Which character would you sacrifice to engage in cannibalism?

Bella (Twilight), Jacob (FBAWTFT)

Lol no, why am I stranded on an island though? I’m not going to get stranded on an island, and even if I did I’ve seen Journey to The Centre of The Earth so I know how to make a raft, I would sail my way to safety like a bawse!

Honestly though, I would sacrifice Bella, purely just to shut her up.

06 You’re the next DC/Marvel superhero (with your own tv show of course), who is your sidekick?

Mr Darcy (Pride & Prejudice), Cress (The Lunar Chronicles)

My sidekick is Cress, duh! Cress would be an amazing sidekick, whereas I feel like Mr Darcy wouldn’t really know what to do.

07 You’re a manager of an avocado admiring company, who would you fire for lack of communication skills?

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Kelsier (Mistborn), Edward (Twilight)

Because who doesn’t love avocadoes!

Oh jeez, I really want to say Edward because are you kidding me, but at the same time if you’ve read Mistborn you know that Kelsier is shady as shit. I’ll probably go with Edward because heck, it’s only an avocado company.

08 You’ve just finished a book in which your favourite character dies, which character is mostly likely to comfort you?

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Adam (The Raven Cycle), Hermione (Harry Potter)

I feel like most probably it would have to be Hermione. As s fellow bookworm I feel like Hermione would just understand my pain, whereas Adam would be too tired to even give me a hug.

09 Ugh, it’s high school. Who would most likely be part of the popular clique?

Tarver (Starbound), Apollo (The Trials of Apollo)

Apollo. It’s not even a question. Tarver would be a sad little loner hanging out on the football field or studying in the library. And Apollo would be hanging out with his clique, strutting around the school as if he’s God’s gift to humanity.

10 The day has arrived; you’re finally a year older! Who would have the nerve to forget your birthday?

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Rye (The Three Doors), Valkyrie (Skulduggery Pleasant)

I feel like it would be Valkyrie. Rye would always remember, I feel like he’s the type of guy to obsess over what present to get people and Valkyrie, purely because she’s always so busy saving the world, would just forget all about it.

11 You’ve just found an upcoming booktube star? Who would they most likely be?

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Jacin (The Lunar Chronicles), Voldemort (Harry Potter)

Jacin maybe? I can totally see him doing really irregular vlogs of his weird adventures with Winter. Oh my god, can you just imagine him vlogging their first time at Disney World? Good lord, it would be amazing.

12 Sleepover time! Unfortunately you can only invite one person, who would you invite?

Julian (Caraval), Grover (PJO)

I would invite Grover, I feel like I wouldn’t get along too well with Julian. Whereas, Grover and I would just watch movies and eat food (or cans in his case). It would be great and we would just gossip about all the shits at school, it would be soo great.

13 Bam, you’re pregnant. Who’s the father/ mother?

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Daemon (Lux), Kvothe (The Name of The Wind)

Good God. No thanks. Neither please.

ugh, Kvothe would guarantee a smart child and Daemon would guarantee a good looking child but ew, okay I just can’t answer this question. I don’t really like either of them to be honest.

14 You’ve just written a super important text. Who would ‘see’ it, but not reply?

Newt (FBAWTFT), Thorne (The Lunar Chronicles)

Newt, definitely. He’s probably one of those people that reads it, replies in their head and then gets distracted and forgets all about it until a week later and apologises for a century. Thorne, however would be completely attached to his phone all the time and would reply immediately.

15 You’ve just woken up and it’s time for breakfast. Your mum’s been replaced by… who?

Queenie (FBAWTFT), Katy (Lux)

I think Katy would be alright (we’re both bloggers) but really I think Queenie would be amazing, she’s one of the nicest people in the Potterverse and she’s a total badass. Also, Jacob Kowalski would be my dad and wouldn’t that be a thing.

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Book Haul | 2017 #3

I’ve decided to just number my hauls as I don’t collect enough books or pop vinyls in just one month to warrant writing a blog post about it. I’ve decided that I much prefer this version as it makes me feel a bit better having more than 2 books in my hauls!

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addddadadaJulius Caesar (No Fear Shakespeare)  Much Ado About Nothing (No Fear Shakespeare)  The Merchant of Venice (No Fear Shakespeare)

Julius Caesar  // Much Ado About Nothing // The Merchant of Venice

I bought these all in the middle of April because I had an english project on the relevance of Shakespeare (are you jealous? I bet you are). I’ve been meaning to read these for ages but unfortunately I’ve only read Much Ado About Nothing so far.

asdasdCaraval (Caraval, #1)  Sonnets  The Upside of Unrequited  The Beauty and the Beast

Caraval // Sonnets // The Upside of Unrequited // The Beauty and the Beast

This is what happens when you have a birthday, you’re suddenly overridden with books,. Funnily enough I don’t usually get books from my family (which is nuts because they’re all I ask for). But this time I actually got three out of the four shown above from my family.

This year I managed to score Caraval which I read earlier this year (you can read my review here!), I also got The Upside of Unrequited and a really cool version of Beauty and The Beast! I loved Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda when I read it earlier last year so I am really excited to get to her new novel! Also, this version of B&TB has pop outs and really cool coloured illustrations so I’m looking forward to getting to this asap!

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adsadsadsadsSpider-Gwen, Vol. 1: Greater Power  Amazing X-Men, Volume 1: The Quest for Nightcrawler  Alex + Ada, Vol. 1

Spider-Gwen Vol 1 // Amazing X-Men Vol 1 //  Alex + Ada Vol 1

All of these comics I got from my friends for my birthday (they know me so well!) and they’re all comics I’m really excited about!

I read volume 0 of Spider-Gwen around this time last year and thought it was pretty meh but always intended to pick up volume 1. I’m really excited to continue this series as I’ve heard really great stuff about the series.

I also received Amazing X-Men volume 1, I actually read this trilogy last year in July and raved about it soo much that I’m pretty sure that people were getting pretty sick of me. So I was thrilled when I saw that she got it for me (THANK YOU BREE 😍😍). Along with my X-Men comic she also got me Alex + Ada Volume 1 which I have had on my TBR for YEARS. Obviously I’ve been meaning to pick it up for a while, so naturally I am excited to start it!

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Eeyore

Who didn’t watch Winnie The Poo when they were a kid? Well, I did at any rate and my favourite character was always Eeyore so when I saw him at the shop I couldn’t resist picking him up. He now has a wonderful spot in front of my copy of We Are The Ants.

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Comic Roundup | #1

I am currently procrastinating (again, whoops) and so I decided to help myself make reviewing comics easier. Often, when I’m faced with writing a review for a comic I freak out – have  you ever tried to review a comic or graphic novel? It’s difficult, often they aren’t very long and there isn’t all that much to talk about. So I figured mini reviews of some of the most recent comics I’ve read is the best way for me to not overwhelm myself or you guys.

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Miles Morales Volume 1

I’m not sure how I feel about this yet. I really enjoyed Miles Morales as a character but some of his choices really didn’t resonate with me, I also feel pretty iffy about his friend, Ganke who Miles seems to really appreciate. I will definitely be reading volume 2 of this series as I think it has some great potential but I definitely prefer the original Spider-Man.

Jonesy Volume 1

This was a cute little story with awesome art, I cannot wait for the next installment. A friend of mine got this for her birthday earlier this month and really loved it.

The main character can be a bit much at times and it took me a second to get used to her personality, but overall I really enjoyed this.

Spider-Man: Worldwide Volume 1

I really enjoyed this, though not as much as I thought I would. I know that a binch of people didn’t love this comic as it mostly recieves 3 star reviews. I lvoe Spider-Man and aside from the Spideypool comic I talk about next, I haven’t read any post-Secret Wars Spider-Man. I didn’t think this was a 5 star read but I did really enjoy this, I’ll definitely be reading volume 2 asap.

Spider-Man/ Deadpool Volume 1

I love this duo and I cannot wait to read volume 2! I was raving about this comic while I was reading it and if you enjoy comics I urge youto pick this up. (disclaimer: I do not ship Spidey-pool)

Spideypool is a really funny team up, Spider-Man doesn’t really like Deadpool and Deadpool thinks Spidey is the bee’s knees. Naturally, this comic is hilarious.


SCHEDULED 22/04/2017

Do you read comics? Have you read any of these?

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T5W: Side Ships

June 14th: Side Ships
— Tell us your favorite relationships that don’t involve the protagonist!

Links to the books are in blue!

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Bingley x Jane // Zuzana x Violin Boy // Jacob x Queenie // Ghastly x Tanith // Grover x Juniper

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BINGLEY X JANE (PRIDE AND PREJUDICE)

These two are adorable, and often they are my favourite part of the whole story. I love how they just completely fall in love with each other and are both two of the nicest fictional characters of all time.

ZUZANA X MIK (DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE)

These two are also adorable, in fact 4 out of 5 couples on this list are adorable. Anyway, so Zuzana is the main character’s best friend and she meet’s this guy named Mik in book 1 (I think) and right from the get go they are completely amazing and supportive and I love them. Also there is this amazing novella of their first date and you should all read it.

JACOB X QUEENIE (FBAWTFT)

Okay, so we’ve all seen Fantastic Beasts by ow, right? Of course we have, we’re bookworms after all. So then you guys know just how amazing Queenie and Jacob were together, and I swear if Jacob isn’t in the second film I’m gonna cry.

These two are beautiful and I love how completely pure they are together.

GHASTLY X TANTH (SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT)

MASSIVE SPOILERS FOR THE SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT SERIES

These two honestly had so much potential and they’re the only couple on this list that never really had a chance. I really wanted them to be together and they were actually supposed to go on a date at some point but because of circumstances they never even had a chance. Can you picture me screeching because I was super duper pissed off.

GROVER X JUNIPER (PERCY JACKSON)

Okay, so I don’t remember when these two actually got together (I feel like it was probably around book 3 or 4 in the first series). Either way they’re absolutely fantastic together and I really love them together. I really appreciate that Riordan decided to give Grover a love interest, especially because Juniper is like Grover’s perfect partner – she’s smart and she totally understands Grover’s need to help save nature and really balances him out, though we don’t see her as much as I would have liked in later books.


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5 OF MY AUTO-BUY AUTHORS

I’ve been really enjoying writing this segment lately, so I thought why not write another one! Let’s face it we all have auto-buy or auto-read authors, I don’t have too many so I thought this would be the perfect way to talk about them.

01 Marissa Meyer

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) Heartless Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 (Wires and Nerves, #1)

I loved The Lunar Chronicles when I read it a couple of years ago, and since then I have read Heartless also by her. I did prefer TLC to her standalone take on an Alice in Wonderland prequel. Her graphic novel, Wires and Nerve came out earlier this year but my library doesn’t have it yet, but as soon as it comes in I will be reading it stat!

02 Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1) The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1) The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles, #1)

Out of the books pictured above, I have only actually read one. That sounds bad considering Riordan is a an auto-buy for me but honestly I  just haven’t got to them o in the case of The Red Pyramid, I’m just not sure I’m interested anymore. However, in the case of Magnus Chase, I am really excited to read it, I just haven’t been in the mood to pick it up.

03 Brandon Sanderson

The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1) Elantris The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, #1)

Ahh yes, Brandon Sanderson, the man who is quite possibly my favourite author. I have only read his Mistborn trilogy and his Steelheart trilogy but I am definitely going to be reading some more of his works later on in the year. I love his books but I get slightly concerned when out of his available series, most of them only have one of two books out and for example The Stormlight Archive series (a 10 book series) only has two books out and the new instalments come out every 2 or 3 years. It’s going to take years to get through the books!

04 Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda The Upside of Unrequited

Last year I read Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda and loved it! I have hears nothing but good things about her new book The Upside of Unrequited, her books are all rather diverse so I am really excited to get into it. I loved her debut so much that in my mind I feel like I’ll probably enjoy anything she writes.

05 J. K. Rowling

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)

This might be the first author on the list whos books I’ve pictured are actually shown, I’ve read the entire Harry Potter series many, many times, I’ve also read the books that are out in the Cormoran Strike series. I love them both very much and cannot wait to re-read them again in the future. As for Fantastic Beasts, I read it after I saw the film for the first time and I will probably re-read it next year before I see Fantastic Beasts 2.

SCHEDULED ON 08/04/2017

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Monthly Recommendations: RETELLINGS

June 2017: Retellings

In June we are focusing on Retellings. You could also go with re-imaginings, as this topic is not exclusive to books that are a direct remake of the original. Feel free to throw in any book that follows along to a classic story, fairy tale or mythology that you love.

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My retelings recommendations are all pretty meh and will probably be on every other list but oh well. I really enjoy all of these books so I hope you add them to your TBRs!

First & Then

First & Then

In terms of retellings this is a really smart and funny one. Mills created a really inventive and modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Even if you don’t want to read the original this is a fun way to still get the gist of the story.

Heartless

Heartless

I only rated this three stars when I read this last year but I did still really enjoy it. I think that Marissa Meyer is a really smart writer, she creates really inventive stories based off of well-known stories. Heartless is her latest novel, about the Queen of Hearts before she goes nuts.

My review of Heartless

The Lunar Chronicles

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If you read my May wrap up then you know that I wasn’t actually a big fan of Cinder upon my 3rd re-read, and if you’ve been around my blog even longer then you know that I’m not a big fan of book 2 either. However, please do not let me discourage you from reading this series. It still remains one of my favourites and books 3 and 4 are some of my favourite books to read.

+ BONUS, RETELLINGS ON MY TBR

asdasdEligible (The Austen Project, #4)Hunted (Hunted, #1)GeekerellaAlex, Approximately

Have you read these novels? What are your favourite retellings?

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