Time Warp – Historical Fiction | Theme Thursday #3

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This Theme Thursday, I will be discussing Historical Fiction.

Points being discussed in this post:

  • My Favourite Book That Just Happens To Be Historical Fiction
  • Outlander And How I May Not Have The Energy
  • My Favourite Time Period and Historical Figure
  • Revealing The Next Theme Thursday!

My Favourite Book That Just Happens To Be Historical Fiction:

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Yes, my favourite book of all the times is The Diviners by Libba Bray. This is set in 1920s New York, so obviously I love it. The 1920s was so glamorous and there is a lot of partying in the book and I have started reading Lair of Dreams (thanks NetGalley) which include a lot of showbiz. I also really want to go to New York one day and maybe live there. I live in England so… not bad I guess…


Outlander And How I May Not Have The Energy

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The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon has become significantly well know, because of the TV show. Which in some ways is unfortunate, but there were loads of fans before the show anyway… Outlander is about some woman who helps in the second world war (historical period one) and touches a rock. Then BOOM! 18th century Scotland for her!(second historical time period). There she has sexy times and battles and stuff! BUT there are eight quite long books, so I am seriously questioning whether I have the reading energy to read the series…


My favourite time period: 1920s

My favourite historical figure: Maya Angelou (because she is!)


Next Week’s Theme Thusday is…

Science-Fiction in YA (because I am now obssessed)

Featured:

  • The Lunar Chronicles
  • The 5th Wave
  • Lux
  • Why I Put Off Reading SciFi

❤ DW

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Dystopia Mania! – Theme Thursday #2

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Yes, this week’s #ThemeThursday on How To Read Books is all about the Dystopian genre within YA. I don’t know if you guys have noticed this, but it is taking both the book and movie world by storm. So, I hhope you enjoy this Theme Thursday and that you are enjoying the New Post Schedule all together. Don’t forget Fresh Friday tomorrow!

Things being discussed in this post:

  • Why I think dystopia is so popular.
  • Dystopian series I will not be finishing and why.
  • Dystopian series I am reading.
  • Dystopian books I want to read.
  • The Utopian Dystopian…
  • Next week’s theme is revealed. (YAY!)

The reason that I think the Dystopian genre is so popular is that it isn’t true, but not entirely impossible. I think that this scares people and for some reason, they like it. They feel enticed into reading about a dystopian society, because it could be theirs in the future and this intrigues them. I believe it is as simple as that.


Dystopian Series I Will Not Be Finishing:

The Hunger Games:

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I actually really enjoyed this series. Well, the first two books anyway… I only read half of Mockingjay, for two reasons. Firstly, I was spoiled for the ending of the book and this really put me off of reading it, so I didn’t in the end. Also, Katniss Everdeen was this powerful character for the first two books. I love a kickass heroine, but then in the third book, she was SO WEAK! It was awful for me to read.

Divergent:

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I loved Divergent so much, because it was a fresh premise and was really, really  interesting. I liked Tris and Four and also the ending and plot twists. Then, there was Insurgent. I got one hundred pages in, maybe less, and gave up. The writing was awful and slow and ugh! I can’t even… I actually have friends who read on, just because of Uriah… Disappointing.


Dystopian Series I Am Reading:

Delirium:

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I have read the first in this series and I really liked it. Although, I have heard bad things about the ending of the third book.


Dystopian Books I Want To Read:

The Great Library:

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The Uglies series is what I consider to be the ‘Utopian Dystopian’. This is because it starts out with the world looking perfect, but then boom! Conspiracy! I like this, but it can be a bit predictable. Delirium is also an example of this, I guess…


Next Week’s Theme Is…

Historical Fiction! *cheers!*

Featuring…

  • Outlander
  • The Diviners
  • My Favourite Historical Figures and Time Periods

Zombies (Theme Thursday #1)

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Oh, the humble zombie. The ever present, flesh-eating creature that haunts the nightmares of children and adult alike. Yes, for the very first #ThemeThursday, we will be talking about books that contain zombies. In this post I will be discussing my love for Charlie Higson’s The Enemy series, zombie series I will be reading in the future and the pros and cons of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.


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The Enemy series by Charlie Higson is a modern zombie masterpiece in the YA genre. But this is not any zombie book, oh no, for behind it is a huge conspiracy. A conspiracy which I will not be telling you about, because, well, SPOILERS… It is set in London after the adults and older teens have been taken ill by a strange virus. The ones that don’t die become decaying cannibalistic creatures, who roam the streets looking for child flesh. What I like the most about this is that is the usual zombie apocalypse story with an added Lord of the Flies element. I highly recommend this book to everyone, even if you don’t normally like gore or horror, it has great character building elements too.


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The Alice in Zombieland series by Gena Showalter is a series that I am determined to pick up relatively soon. I really am aiming to read a lot more horror novels in the future.

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I received a copy of Once Upon A Zombie by Billy Phillips via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I promise I didn’t purposely choose these two books because of their relation to Alice in Wonderland. It is just a happy coincidence.


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Due to the copyright running out on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, we were graced with the edited parody by Seth Grahame Smith, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I am going to say two things on this book, apart from that I would rather read the parody than the actual thing. I think that this book is a good thing, because it is bringing a well known classic into the 21st Century. I think that this book could be considered a bad thing (certainly not by me), because it is sort of defacing that well known classic. I can see how that would upset a few people.


So that is it for the first #ThemeThursday on zombies. I hope you enjoyed it and I look forward to reading more zombie themed books in the future.

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