Top Five Tuesday – Witches

It’s Top Five Tuesday which is hosted by Meeghan Reads, every week we’re given a book related topic and we choose our top five! This month is spooky themed for Halloween, this week we’ve got to pick our favourite books with witches in them. I love witches, I want to be one, so this is the perfect category for me!

1. Circe by Madeline Miller

I love Circe, she has amazing powers with herbs and plants, her potions and spells turned nyphs into monsters and mortal men into pigs who threw themselves off cliffs into the sea. She is not to be messed with! But Circe is also loving and used a lot of her magical energy protecting her son from Athena who wanted to do him harm.

2. Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett

This is the first Discworld story with our witches; Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick. It’s a spoof of Macbeth where our witches try to help the right person to the throne. It’s funny of course, I find Granny the funniest, she’s grumpy and set in her ways and just one glare can make most people tremble, but she cares really!

3. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

The witches in this series are mysterious and almost mythical beings. They live in clans and fight with other clans if necessary. They can fly easily, they live for hundreds of years but don’t appear to age much and can be miles away from their daemons, unlike the humans of their world who have to stay within a few feet of their daemons. Serafina Pekkala is the main witch that we know, she sees something special in Lyra and promises to protect her, also she has a great name.

4. A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan

I haven’t read this yet but it’s patiently waiting on my shelf! It follows a family of witches across five generations as they try to hide their secret and keep each other safe. I am very excited about this book!

5. The Familiars by Stacey Hall

I read this book recently and loved it, it’s set in the north of England when the witch trials were at their peak. It’s terrifying how those women were treated, most of them were just healers and midwives and wouldn’t do anyone any harm, the delusions of the King killed hundreds.

Top Five Tuesday – Ghosts

It’s Top Five Tuesday which is hosted by Meeghan Reads, every week we’re given a book related topic and we choose our top five! This month is spooky themed for Halloween, this week we’ve got to pick our favourite books with ghosts in them.

38530939. sy475 1. The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

This is one of my favourite books, it’s narrated by the resident ghost at Birchwood Manor. She gives us glimpses of the lives of her favourite people who have lived in the house since she’s been there. She helps some of the residents and even saved a girl’s life. But she barely remembers her own name or the rest of her life, it’s incredibly sad.

6147457. sy475 2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

This is probably my favourite classic, when Cathy dies she haunts Heathcliff and visits the house at night. The atmosphere in Wuthering Heights is haunting in itself, the fog and isolation of the moors which surround the house. It’s a good Halloween read!

253295133. Lost Among the Living by Simone St. James

The ghost in this book is a young girl, when alive she was troubled by visions and she took her own life. When Jo first goes to Wych Elm House she is terrified by the ghost who moves her things and wakes her in the night. But she comes to realise that the girl needs Jo to reveal the truth.

407656004. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

I haven’t read this book but I’ve watched the tv series and it is full of ghosts! But it’s cleverer than a normal haunted house story. I loved all the characters and their strangeness and how they interacted with the house, I’ve never read a horror book before but I’m looking forward to this one.

180006305. The Memory of Midnight by Pamela Hartshorne

This is an interesting take on ghosts because the haunting is memories rather than an active ghost. Tess and her son Oscar move to York, Tess is eager for a new start away from her manipulative husband. But soon Tess starts seeing memories of a past that’s not her own. Meanwhile we meet Nell in Elizabethan times, she is also hoping to escape a horrible marriage.

What are some of your favourite ghostly stories?

Top Five Tuesday – Black and Orange Covers

It’s Top Five Tuesday which is hosted by Meeghan Reads, every week we’re given a book related topic and we choose our top five! This month is spooky themed for Halloween, this week we’ve got to find black and orange book covers.

1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

This has both black and orange so it’s at the top of my list! I really love this cover I think the black makes it look more dramatic and of course the mockingjay is iconic. The Hunger Games is set in a pretty terrifying world where the people are starving and ruled over by an insane population of ‘elite’ money grabbers.

2. Nightflyers by George R.R. Martin

This book has a black cover and the short stories inside are eerie and creepy so it would make a good Halloween read. All the stories are set in the future and in space but they all have scary elements.

3. The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz

This has both black and orange on the cover too! I love this series, it’s always dramatic and intriguing. In this book Lisbeth decides to try to find out more about her traumatic childhood, with Mikael’s help she discovers some disturbing things about her past.

4. The Miserable Mill (A Series of Unfortunate Events) by Lemony Snicket

This has got orange and black on the cover and it looks great on my bookshelf with all the other books in the series! This book is pretty scary, the Baudelaire siblings go to stay at a lumber mill but are put to work, there’s barely any food and when Olaf finds them he hypnotises Klaus via his optometrist friend. Klaus then takes charge of the dangerous equipment and everyone is in danger.

5. The Sword and the Scimitar by David Ball

I read this book years ago before I went to visit Malta, it’s set on the island over Nico and Maria’s lifetime, they’re siblings but were separated by war and slavery. Malta was constantlybeing invaded and attacked by Europeans or the Ottoman Empire and this book shows that history through the eyes of some Maltese citizens.

Top Five Tuesday – A-Z Favourite Characters

It’s Top Five Tuesday which is hosted by Meeghan Reads, every week we’re given a book related topic and we choose our top five! This month it’s another A-Z this time our favourite characters, this week it’s the end of the alphabet U-Z.

U – Ursula Todd (Life After Life)

Ursula lives through different versions of her life in Life After Life, sometimes she can almost remember parts from previous time lines. She lives through WWI and WWII she is incredibly strong but above all she loves her family, specifically her sister Pamela and brother Teddy. Eventually she realises that she can use her reincarnations to try to save them during the war.

V – Visenya Targaryen (Fire and Blood)

I’m not always a fan of the Targaryens but I’ve always been drawn more to Visenya. She’s a true warrior queen, she prefers wearing armour and flying on the back of her dragon to being around people!

W – Frederick Wentworth (Persuasion)

This guy is adorable, he had his heart broken by the love of his life, Anne when she rejected his proposal years before. In Persuasion they find each other again, they still love each other, Frederick is now wealthy, he made his fortune through hard work. He’s blunt and stand-offish at first but eventually we see his soft side.

X – Xenophilius Lovegood (Harry Potter series)

I’m pretty surprised that I found someone with a name beginning with X! Xenophilius is a very quirky wizard, he created the Quibbler, a magazine that highlights all the conspiracy theories of the Wizarding World. A lot of people don’t take him seriously but when Voldermort came back and the Ministry were attacking Harry he stood by him. Also he raised Luna and she is golden!

Y – Yennefer of Vengerberg (The Witcher series)

I haven’t read the Witcher series yet but I loved Yennefer’s character in the show so I know she’ll be one of my favourites when I read them! She’s fierce and strong and fights against the rules that are imposed on her. Yennefer is a badass witch who doesn’t care what anyone says.

Z – Zeus (Greek mythology)

I’m clutching at straws here because Zeus actually annoys me, but I do find Greek mythology fascinating! I love how the Greek gods aren’t perfect and divine, they’re chaotic, ruthless, meddling and even jealous, they seem more real this way, they’re flawed too. Zeus is the most out of control, he’s in charge so he does what he likes, but if you cross him it could have grave consequences, even for the immortal, he will find a terrible punishment for those that anger him.

I am really happy that I managed to find someone for all the tricky letters! I’ve enjoyed this months prompts, I can’t believe it’s nearly October already!

Top Five Tuesday – A-Z Favourite Characters

It’s Top Five Tuesday which is hosted by Meeghan Reads, every week we’re given a book related topic and we choose our top five! This month it’s another A-Z this time our favourite characters, this week it’s P-T.

P – Pippa Courtenay (Tudor Legacy series)

Pippa is Minuette and Dominic’s youngest daughter. Her and her twin, Kit, grew up alongside Princess Annabel, they’re so close they’re more lile triplets. Pippa has a unique ability to her siblings, she can see into the future, she has visions of certain events and helps to guide Annabel towards what she knows must happen. She’s intelligent, kind and will do anything to protect her family and her country.

Q – Quaithe (ASOIAF)

This is a pretty random pick, but I couldn’t think of any other Qs! Quaithe is a strange figure who approaches Dany in Qarth. She tells her different mysterious prophecies and tries to give advice. I love that kind of thing and trying to guess what it all means.

R – Robbie Turner (Atonement)

Robbie’s story breaks my heart. He gets accused of something and goes to prison just before WWII breaks out. He’s given the choice to join the army and ends up fighting to get across France to Dunkirk before the troops evacuate. Before he was arrested he wanted to become a doctor so he might have ended up in France healing soilders instead of fighting.

S – Star D’Alespie (The Seven Sisters series)

Star is probably the sister I relate to most so far, she’s naturally quiet and reserved and she loves books and old things. She’s been in the shadow of her sister CeCe nearly all her life, but she’s finally grown apart from her and found her own path. I loved watching evolve.

T – Tyrion Lannister (ASOIAF)

This man is definitely one of my favourites. He’s so witty and clever but Tyrion does care. He’s been bullied and mocked all his life by everyone including his family. He has such a hard time and when I read his chapters I just want to hug him!

Top Five Tuesday – A-Z Favourite Characters

It’s Top Five Tuesday which is hosted by Meeghan Reads, every week we’re given a book related topic and we choose our top five! This month it’s another A-Z this time our favourite characters, this week it’s K-O.

K – Klaus Baudelaire

The poor Baudelaire siblings have a terrible time after their parents die, they’re moved from one awful place to the next but they stick together always and try to make it through. Klaus loves books and libraries, he is always able to find comfort in reading.

L – Lisbeth Salander

Lisbeth also had a really tough upbringing, she is a complete badass and a genius. Her hacking abilities allow her to track down criminals and help solve mysteries and scandals. Lisbeth never gives up, not when she’s severely injured or being hunted down by dangerous people. She can be standoffish and obsessive but she’s brilliant!

M – Margaery Tyrell

Margaery is clever and manipulative, when she took Sansa under her wing, although it was partly for her family’s gain I believe she did actually care about her.

N – Neville Longbottom

I always felt so sorry for Neville and how much he got picked on but he overcame that and grew in strength. In the Order of the Phoenix when he learns to do all the defensive spells, he has so much doubt in himself but by the end of the year he’s fighting side by side with Harry and the rest.

O – Oberyn Martell

I mean what a badass! My favourite thing about Oberyn is that he doesn’t care at all about what anyone else thinks. He does what he wants and when me meet him he wants to avenge his sister’s death.

Top Five Tuesday – A-Z Favourite Characters

It’s Top Five Tuesday which is hosted by Meeghan Reads, every week we’re given a book related topic and we choose our top five! This month it’s another A-Z this time our favourite characters, this week it’s F-J.

F – Fleetwood Shuttleworth

What a name! I recently read The Familiars and Fleetwood was such a strong and fierce character, she never gave up and risked everything to save her friend from being executed for being a witch. Fleetwood herself thought she was going to die but she never gave in, she fought to save herself, her baby and her friend Alice.

F – Frieda Klein

My favourite fictional psychotherapist! Frieda is very clever, she’s creative and protective ober those she loves. She’s naturally an introvert but attracts people who are in trouble to her life. Frieda’s friends would also do anything for her.

G – Granny Weatherwax

Granny is a witch in the Discworld novels, she is so funny. I love her because of how stand-offish she is and her friendship with Nanny Ogg her fellow witch is hilarious.

H – Harry Potter

I still can’t get over how Harry grew up to be kind and accepting having lived with the Dursley’s for his whole life. He has his off moments, but he tries his best and stands up for his friends and himself and what he believes in, I learnt a lot from him.

J – Jackson Brodie

Jackson seems to always find trouble wherever he goes. He’s an ex policeman turned private investigator but his life is a bit of a mess! What I like about Jackson is that he’s a nice person but not in an annoying way, he tries to do what’s best for those around him and help his clients.

Top Five Tuesday – A-Z Favourite Characters

It’s Top Five Tuesday which is hosted by Meeghan Reads, every week we’re given a book related topic and we choose our top five! This month it’s another A-Z this time our favourite characters. We start with letters A-E, I for some reason found this more difficult than I thought, I think it’s because my memory is terrible…but here are my picks for this week:

A – Tiffany Aching (Discworld novels)

Tiffany is a trainee witch, her books were the first Discworld novels that I read becuase they were aimed more at children. Witchcraft was frowned upon where Tiffany grew up until she started openly practising it. She is strong and independant and proud to be a witch.

B – Brienne of Tarth (A Song of Ice and Fire)

This pick will come as no surprise, Brienne holds a special place in my heart. I am in constant awe of her emotional and mental strength, as well as her badass fighting abilities. She has been bullied and ridiculed her whole life just becuase of how she looks but she still carries on being herself and fighting to protect the innocent.

C – Cersei Lannister (A Song of Ice and Fire)

Okay so in contrast Cersei is kind of a bad person, but I just love this woman’s sass and inner strength. All Cersei wants is to break away from the men in her life and rule in her own right as Queen, she has that power when Tommen is on the throne, but she could have used it better. My girl is a mess and I think that’s what I relate to most!

D – Fitzwilliam Darcy (Pride and Prejudice)

I didn’t know that was his first name until I looked it up…no wonder everyone just calls him Mr Darcy! He’s mysterious and brooding, but not a complete arsehole! He cares about his family and realised he needed to change his behaviour when Elizabeth critisised him for being rude, respect.

E – Eliza Makepeace (The Forgotten Garden)

Eliza lived in the late 19th and early 20th century, she had a tough upbringing, she lost her mother, father and twin brother when she was a child, then her mother’s family tracked her down and adopted her. But her aunt and uncle were cold and sometimes cruel. Luckily she found a friend in her cousin, but Eliza’s favourite thing to do was explore and make up stories. Eliza is a free spirit, an author and she has such a kind heart.

Top Five Tuesday – Characters I would trade places with

This week we have to pick five characters we would trade places with, I decided to pick characters from places I would enjoy going to rather than ones I could save from their fates.

1. A Ravenclaw student in Luna Lovegood’s year

A bit random, basically I want to go to Hogwarts, but I also want to be Luna’s friend. She’s caring, quirky and doesn’t care what others think. I wouldn’t let anyone pick on her either (I’m looking at you Ginny).

2. Susan Pevensie

Getting to go to Narnia and become a Queen, sign me up! I relate most to Susan, she’s more cautious/sensible and cares a lot about her younger siblings. For their first visit to Narnia the Pevensie’s save the land and then live as royalty for half a lifetime before they returned to the 1940s.

3. Eliza Makepeace

Eliza has a tough upbringing but her home in the hidden cottage on the Cornwall coast sounds idyllic. She writes stories and walks through the countryside all day.

4. Lyra Belacqua

When I read His Dark Materials I was a bit jealous of Lyra having Pan with her always, I would love to know what my daemon would be and Lyra’s world isn’t as modern and suffocating as ours.

5. Elizabeth Bennett

I love Jane Austen’s books but Pride and Prejudice is my favourite, I would live to live as Elizabeth for a time, she has a lovely home in the countryside with all her sisters around her. Also the outfits!

Top Five Tuesday – Characters I would dress up as

It’s Top Five Tuesday which is hosted by Meeghan reads, each week Meeghan gives us a promt and we have to come up with five books that fit. This week is about dressing up, even as a child I was never that keen on dressing up in costumes but I still managed to think of five characters I would like to emulate.

1. Cersei Lannister (ASOIAF)

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No surprises here, I love her, I already have the long blonde hair and slightly mad look in my eyes. I just need a crown and an elegant red dress!

2. Alice in Wonderland

Alice - blue dress

I love Alice’s cute blue dress and hair band and her aesthetic in the live action Disney film is gorgeous, so I’d probably aim for that.

3. Tonks (Harry Potter)

Tonks

Tonks always has a funky hair colour which I would love to do but I don’t want to ruin my hair! Magic would help, of course and getting to walk around with a wand would be pretty badass!

4. Circe

Circe

I’m reading Circe by Madeline Miller at the moment and I love it. Circe is a witch and nymph she works with herbs and potions, I get hippy vibes from her and she doesn’t really care what she looks like which is always a positive.

5. Visenya Targaryen (ASOIAF)

Visenya Targaryen - A Wiki of Ice and Fire

The Targaryen look is stunning with their purple eyes and white/silver hair, I would love to look like Visenya for a day, she also wears armour so I’m in.