This week it’s about which characters didn’t I click with (aka which characters frustrate me), indeed with many of these, it ended up meaning that I didn’t particularly like the book, not all, but most.
Thomas in Ender’s Game – was too whinny and annoying for me to really care about
Tris from Divergent – that book entirely didn’t click, but she was frustrating
Nick Carraway from The Great Gatsby
Ursula from Candelo – too much self absorption and lack of good thought
Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice – hardly surprising really
Jon Evans in The Shade of the Moon – a bit like Thomas, but much more entitled and frustrating
Will Grayson in the eponymous book – both of them really just didn’t quite click
Julia in Age of Miracles
Sansa in Game of Thrones – at least not for a good while
I’m drawing up a blank with the last one
What about you, any characters you didn’t click with? Did you come to like them more over time? Does it ruin the book?
So while I wait for the library to finally get in The Blood of Olympus, so I can finish off the series, I found Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods. Which you can probably guess is Percy Jackson narrating Greek mythology, and it’s awesome! I really commend Riordan for making Greek Mythology interesting and fun for both children and adults. Whether or not it is 100% accurate is besides the point, it’s ancient mythology there’s going to be unknowns and theories.
This week, I’m sharing with you what books would be on my syllabus if I taught Dystopia 101. In reality this is going to be the top 10 dystopia books that I’ve read, some might stretch the definition of dystopia beyond just ‘evil oppressive overlords’, but these are certainly a collection of places you wouldn’t want to live (at least not until there’s been a successful uprising that is).
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
The Obernewtyn Chronicles by Isobelle Carmody
The Hunger Games by Susanne Collins
Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness – perhaps not strictly dystopia, but still damn good books
The Maze Runner by James Dashner – perhaps the second and third books are more examples of where things go wrong
Nineteen-Eighty Four by George Orwell
Animal Farm by George Orwell – these three are just perfect classic dystopia
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Life as We Knew it and it’s sequel by Susan Beth Pfeffer (but only the first two, not the last one – that would just show when authors need to move on)
So this one is completely different to all the other books I’ve reviewed here previously. Firstly, it’s non-fiction, and that hardly ever is read by me (beyond textbooks…), I think I’ve read two biographies/autobiographies, and that’s it really. Which I actually find unusual for me, I’m very inquisitive and enjoy learning new things, but nonficition has just never found it’s place in my life, like fiction has. Anywho, this book, I’m more than glad entered my radar, and I was able to find it. As you can predict from the title, it is a war book. Something, I haven’t read previously, and used to think I would have very little interest in. But, this book was really good.
This week, we’re discussing which authors I auto-buy, as in, doesn’t matter what they’ve written, I’m just going to go ahead and buy it, no questions asked. This list probably won’t come as any surprise
The “finale” in the Maze Runner Series, and to be honest, it was a let down. The Scorch Trials was not as good as the first, and I expressed my growing displeasure, but here, I just really wasn’t impressed. Every twist and turn just felt really forced and just as though they wanted to try and surprise us just for the sake of trying to surprise us and have a twist. Which meant they eventually just bored me because there were so many silly things happening.
This week we’re looking at which authors I have read the most from. I’m just taking this direct from Goodreads, so some of these might be a little off, I’m looking at the Tolkien one which seems way too high. But it seems failry accurate. Interesting to see John Marsden on there, since I haven’t read the books for ages, and CS Lewis and Moris Gleitzman were also random.
Rick Riordan 16
JRR Tolkien 15
Isobelle Carmody 11
Orson Scott Card 10
JK Rowling 10
John Marsden 10
Eoin Colfer 7
George R R Martin 7
Moris Gleitzman 6
C S Lewis 6
Dan Brown 6
Over to you guys, who have you read the most from? Any surprises?