Top Ten Author Pairings that NEED to Happen Right NOW

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I thought this list would be really difficult because I’ve never though about this before today. FRET NOT, once I wrote down all my faves it really easy to pair them up. I’m really looking forward to looking at other’s lists this week because there are many other combinations that would make my heart explode which I never even thought of. Anyways, here’s my list!

The Fault  in Our Stars by John GreenIf I Stay by Gayle Forman1. Gayle Forman and John Green

I would spontaneously combust if these two geniuses put their minds together. CAN YOU EVEN IMAGINE THE AMOUNT OF SOBBING THAT WOULD OCCUR? The world still isn’t read for this. Their book = a million tissues needed + readers are emotionally scared for a lifetime + something you re-read over and over and over again.

Trouble by Non Pratt Pieces of Us by Margie Gelbwasser2. Margie Gelbwasser and Non Pratt

These two ladies are not that well known but I remember that neither Pieces of Us and Trouble was sugarcoated in any way, shape or form. They’re both amazing at handling heavy topics and Pratt could even slip in a bit of humour in there, who knows? Their book = raw + emotional + fantastic.

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra ClareThrone of Glass by Sarah J. Maas3. Cassandra Clare and Sarah J. Maas

Erm, why have the two Queens of YA Fantasy not collaborated yet? I refer to Sarah J. Maas as a Queen and I refer to Cassandra Clare as a Queen too but don’t EVER make me choose between. Their book = an infinite number of kickass female characters + a love triangle that actually works and rips out your heart from your chest + many attractive males.

Finding Audrey by Sophie KinsellaThe Moon and More by Sarah Dessen 4. Sophie Kinsella and Sarah Dessen

I’ve only read Finding Audrey a few weeks ago from Kinsella and I’ve read only two or three Sarah Dessen books but oh gosh CAN YOU IMAGINE? Their book = hilarious dialogue + summery setting + an adorable yet believable romance.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell5. Rainbow Rowell and Stephanie Perkins

OH GOSH OH GOSH OH GOSH. This is probably my favourite pairing out of all of them. They write the most adorable contemporaries and I would probably die from the cuteness overload if they were to ever collab. Their book = lots of squeal and inhuman noises + all readers’ hearts melt + the need for ONE MORE CHAPTER.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater6. Richelle Mead and Maggie Stiefvater

Okay, I know what you’re thinking: they’re basically polar opposites. Heat me out! I’ve always loved the concept of Maggie’s books and I’m forever sulking that I don’t have the patience for The Raven Boys but her writing just draaaaaaaags so much. Richelle Mead could definitely cure that as well as adding in load of humour. Their book =  something really unique + lots of humor + supernatural powers.

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson We Were Liars by E. Lockhart7. E. Lockhart and Jandy Nelson

Just like Gayle Forman and John Green, these two would need to supply a box of tissues with their book free of charge. Although I feel like this pair would sway more towards dramatic than emotional endings. Their book = stunning lyrical writing + heartbreaking family relationships + a WTF plot twist.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak A Thousand Spledid Suns by Khaled Hosseini8. Markus Zusak and Khaled Hosseini

I’ve read The Book Thief just under and year ago and this summer I read A Thousand Splendid Suns. THESE TWO without a doubt can write children and historical fiction/ I would be the first in line to buy their book. Their book = protagonist starts off as a child + spans over decades and different countries + a sobfest worthy ending.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan9. Rick Riordan and JK Rowling

You have the brilliance that is Rick Riordan’s mythology-based books and the founder of Children’s fantasy to which all the rest are compared to. This includes Rick Riordan and I will forever defend him when somebody tries to tell me his books are just a rip-off of Harry Potter. Having said that, if JK Rowling was to write with Rick Riordan ahhh it would be the greatest adventure! Their book = magic + heroes + the kind of middle grade humour everyone can enjoy.

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer The Host by Stephanie Meyer10. Stephanie Meyer and Stephanie Meyer

Because although she was very sneaky dropping Life and Death like that, I am still waiting for the sequel to The Host.  It’s been EIGHT YEARS STEPHANIE. EIGHT YEARS. Their book = The Seeker by Stephanie Meyer

So that’s it! Which two authors would you most want to collaborate? Leave a link to your list and I’ll make sure to check them out!

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Top Ten Tropes I Want to Stop Reading About

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First of all I have to say that this is very much a lighthearted list. Yeah, yeah, these things are annoying but when done right, some of them can be great. Ahhh I had a lot of fun making this list and although I’m looking straight at some fantasy authors when I list some of these, all genres have them from time to time so let’s get into it.

tumblr_npyl0mTTh21tg72yro2_2501. Everyone is straight

This one is one of the things that bug me the most when reading fantasy/dystopia/any other universe. I’m 100% more likely to call BS if there’s no LGBT+ in the world you have created than if I see a dragon or a society where children kill other children for entertainment.

2. The Chosen One

Yes. We get it. You’re a half-this half-that and yet you thought you were SO ORDINARY. Your parents secretly had an amazing ability and now you have a DESTINY to fulfill? Woah. I never would have guessed. (I’m only allowing Harry as an exception to this.)

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3. Love Triangles

Honestly, I’m starting to think these are a myth. I have never seen a love triangle in real life and unless it’s done by Cassandra Clare, the book could do without the romantic melodrama AHH BUT NATTIE WHICH SHOULD I CHOOSE? The safe warmth of BOB or the adrenaline that makes me feel ALIVE with JACK? Puh-leaaaaase.

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tumblr_m0fe82V7AV1qh2o7zo1_5004. “She released a breath she didn’t know she was holding.”

Yes I am looking at you Cassandra Clare. I am looking right at you. (Although may others do it too. I cringe and then burst out laughing every time.)

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No. Just no.

6. Everyone is white

Lack of diversity also drives me crazy. YOU’RE TRYING TO TELL ME THAT ALL PEOPLE OF COLOUR JUST DROPPED DOWN DEAD OUT FOR NO REASON? No? Then where are they???tumblr_lc3ijnT8g71qbxnmd

7. Guys with a tragic backstories that excuse all their actions

*cough* Snape *cough*

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8. Boys and girls can’t last long without being more than friends

This is ridiculous and if I get frustrated enough at any one time I will probably rant about it in a post. More boy-girl friendships please??

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ohheyitsaj9. All the adults are pathetic and will never understand your situation

Adults aren’t that bad. They’re not the bad guys. But I guess this group of characters is sooooo misunderstood.

10. “I’m a what?

Again, the only exception is Harry Potter. I guess this links in with being special but although it was nice at the beginning, as a reader, I much prefer for me to be saying “You’re a what?” as the author pulls out a massive plot twist (Example: basically all of Sarah J. Maas’ books.)

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SOOOOO let’s talk about it. What annoying tropes have I missed off my list? What’s the worst LOVE TRIANGLE you’ve ever read about? Any tragic heroes you could never love? Leave a link to your list and I’ll make sure to check them out.

Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR

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Ahh muy favourite topic: TBRs! Although I am terrible at actually sticking to what I usually say in these kinda of lists, I do try my best and some of these I’m super excited about. In fact, I’m going today to pick up four of them from the library. That’s the first four titles on my list and oh god am I excited to finally get to Queen of Shadows (that’s probably my most anticipated book of the year if I’m being honest) because I know so so many people have read it already and my copy is STILL waiting for me at the library. *sighhhhh* Anyways, here is my list of books I’ll probably read during this Autumn:

1. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

2. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

3. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

4. George by Alex Gino

5. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

6. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

7. Zombicorns by John Green

8. Binge by Tyler Oakley

9. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

10. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Illustrated Edition

Let me know what books you’re planning on reading in the next few months! Leave your links down in the comments and I will be sure to check them out! :3

Top Ten Books That Would Be On My Syllabus If Taught YA/Children’s Fantasy 101

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I need everyone to know that I am taking this list very seriously.  Not only do I have the the ten books/ series that are a MUST if you want to be on my YA and Children’s Fantasy 101 course, I also have what we’ll be learning from each book and I’ve also got some wider reading suggestions too. Yupp. I loved making this week’s list.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling 1. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

It’s a classic. Honestly, it should be a given by now. Not only is this series super famous and all round amazing, it basically covers the old fashioned style of magic that is used in book while some of the other books on this list would have more modern styles. I’d totally be the teacher that sets Harry Potter trivia for tests.

The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan2. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan (Wider reading: Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan)

Now this is a series that gets compared to Harry Potter a lot so by putting it up I can teach my students the never-compare-my-two-favourite-series-and-tell-me-one-is-a-rip-off lesson. Plus, I mean, this series is just so funny AND EDUCATIONAL! Greek mythology tests would also be a thing for this one.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas3. Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas is a Queen. Yupp. That’s the first lesson my students would learn along with Harry-Potter-is-life and the one above. From Sarah J. Maas we would learn all about world building and how to rip someone’s heart out with only a few chapters.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead4. The Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead (Wider reading: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead)

These books are just so funny. Plus, this series has a lot of politics and scheming so that would be fun to teach. This world is far more developed than my next choice and I think also has a better mythology background.

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer5. The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer

We’re not planning on learning anything from the content of this book. We’re learning how the hell it go so popular and how to answer the every standing question: Team Jacob or Team Edward?

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare6 + 7. The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

Both of them. There’s no wider reading going on here it is COMPULSORY to read everything Cassandra Clare has every written before you even step into my classroom. From this book, we’ll be learning all about how different species of supernatural begins work together in society and we’re also learning the lesson many forget of NEVER TRUST A FAERIE OMG HOW MANY TIMES DO I NEED TO SAY THIS???

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas8. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

This is a bad one to follow that little rant with as this book is bursting with Fae. BUT it’s Sarah J. Maas. Have I mentioned she’s a Queen yet?

A Darker Shade final for Irene9. A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E Schwab

You see, I’ve picked this one especially because it has a lot of travelling between different universes that run parallel to each other which none of the other books have. Plus, V.E. Schwab is amazing and everybody should read this book.

Fallen by Lauren Kate10. Fallen series by Lauren Kate

Here’s the thing: I’d really love to put A Daughter of Smoke and Bone in this place. I really would. But I haven’t read it yet. Yikes. So I went with this, somewhat disliked, series by Lauren Kate which I read some years ago but I’m sure I will be re reading since the movie is coming out next year. There’s a lot of “angel” YA books out there so I guess with this choice I’m covering that area.

And that’s it! Make sure to leave a link in the comments to your list and I’ll check them out!

Top Ten Of Your Auto-Buy Authors

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When it comes to Auto-Buy authors, I also consider them to be auto-read authors which I know is also the case for a lot of people. BUT I’m kind of bad at sticking to the whole “auto-buy/auto-read” thing. For example, I love Stepahine Meyer (*cough* wasn’t The Host supposed to be a trilogy? *cough* it’s been 7 years since the first book *cough* come on Stephanie *cough*) and I’ve read and enjoyed everything she’s written. I ALSO love Gayle Forman and I actually even met her! BUT I’ve yet to read the Just One Day duology. I also have only read only three John Green books and there’s a whole trilogy I’ve missed out on from Rick Riordan. I plan to read all of these because these authors are fantastic! “In the future” is what I keep telling myself. In the future…

 

1 . Stephanie Meyer 2. Cassandra Clare 3. Gayle Forman 4. Sarah J. Maas 5. John Green

6. Markus Zusak 7. J.K. Rowling 8. Stephanie Perkins 9. Rick Riordan 10. Sarah Crossan

Who is on your list this week? Leave your list below and I’ll make sure to have a look!

Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From

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This week’s topic was really easy for me! I’m actually pretty happy with my author selection in this list because most of them I’d recommend to everyone. This list features most of my favourite authors so I’ll take every chance I get to tell y’all to read their books, thank you very much.

1. Jacqueline Wilson (20+ books)

Jacqueline Wilson was the only author I read from the ages of 7 to 11. I found her books so funny and so captivating as a kid that I kept a huge printed poster on my door with all the titles she has published at the time and I’d tick some off every week. When I was 12, The Longest Whale Song came out and I went to buy it with my pocket money to a proper chain book shop – that was the first book I have ever bought. She’s the hero of my childhood.

2. L.J. Smith (13 books)

Ohh I remember marathoning all of The Vampire Diaries and some of The Secret Circle when I became a huge TV junkie and The Vampire Diaries was one of my favourite shows. The thing is, there are 13 BOOKS in The Vampire Diaries (a four book original series, and THREE TRILOGIES). I have no idea how I managed to read all of those especially when I didn’t find those books particularly amazing. They were good but looking back on it, I can admit I’ve read better. The first Secret Circle books was okay too.

3. J. K. Rowling (11 books)

J. K. Rowling created my favourite fantasy book series if not my favourite book series of all time. I’ve read all of the Harry Potter books as well as the Comic Relief Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them and Qudditch Through the Ages.

4. Cassandra Clare (11 books)

Cassandra Clare is one of my favourite authors so how can she not be on this list? I’ve read both The Mortal Instruments series and The Infernal Devices trilogy as well as her book with Holly Black, The Iron Trial and The Shadowhunter Codex.

5. Rick Riordan (10 books)

If you haven’t heard of Rick Riordan you’ve probably been living under a rock. He writes hilarious series of books surrounding different mythologies, and honestly, they’re the best. I’ve read both Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus and I tried to read Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods but I read the first chapter and put it down because I was simply not in the mood at the time. I’m hoping I’ll read it soon though! All of his books = 100% recommend.

6. Richelle Mead (9 books)

I am a massive Richelle Mead fan! But the reason I’ve only read 9 books and not 12 is because I just could not carry on with the Bloodlines series. I just didn’t like Sydney as a character as Adrian had changed from the character we see in Vampire Academy so I didn’t really enjoy that either. Vampire Academy, though, was amazing and I’ve been thinking of rereading the series for months now.

7. Lauren Kate (6 books)

I was 100% obsessed with the Fallen series when it first came out. Looking back, again, I’ve read better and my tastes have changed but I still don’t think this series is awful and I still adore some of the characters. As well as the 4 books in the series, I’ve read the novella called Fallen in Love and her other book The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove. I have yet to read her new series, Waterfall  but I’m not too excited to read it so it might be a while yet.

8. Stephanie Meyer (5 books)

Shock. Gasp. Horror. Stephanie Meyer is on my list again! I was a die-hard Twilight fan back in the day and I still consider those books to be really entertaining. They were not the best but they’re still fun and that’s why I love them. Also, The Host was one of the best books I’ve ever read. No lie.

9. Sarah J. Maas (4 books)

I’m pretty sure I’ll read anything this woman writes. That being said, I still haven’t read Assassin’s Blade which I mean to get to before Queen of Shadows comes out this September. I was weary at first when it came to her other series, A Court of Thorns and Roses which came out this year but I needn’t worry because it was epic. I recommend her to everyone! She’s fantastic. (Also, have you seen her twitter pictures and instagram? She’s absolutely adorable!)

10. Maggie Stiefvater (4 books)

I hate to end on a downer but this is once again an author I read when I was younger and even then I didn’t find the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy that great. The characters were just really boring to me. However, I also read Sinner this time last year and that was so so so amazing because I loved the main two characters who were in the background of the main trilogy. I’ve also tried reading The Raven Boys but I didn’t have enough patience for it so I couldn’t get into it.

Who have you got on your list this week? Leave a link to your list and I’ll make sure to check them out.

Top 10 Books From My Childhood That I Would Love To Revisit

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the wonderful The Broke and Bookish. This week’s list is full of nostalgia filled stories and tales which I’ve mostly taken from the range of books I read in primary school so aged 7 through to 11.

The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson The Longest Whale Song by Jacqueline WilsonMatilda by Roald DahlCharline and the Chocolate Factory by Roald DahlDanny the Champion of the Worl by Roald Dahl

1. The Tracy Beaker Trilogy by Jacqueline Wilson

2. The Longest Whale Song by Jacqueline Wilson

3. Matilda by Roald Dahl

4. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

5. Danny, the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl

Skellig by David AlmondPrivate Peaceful by Michael MorpurgoThe Butterfly Lion by Michael MorpurgoHarry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. RowlingThe Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan

6. Skellig by David Almond

7. Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

8. The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo

9. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling*

10. Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan*

(*Okay so the last two are not technically series I read when I was younger but middle graders that I should have picked up when I was that age.)

What’s on your list this week? Leave me a link and I’ll make sure to check them out!