The Final Season of Game of Thrones: What I Liked and What I Hated.

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**Spoilers for the final season of Game of Thrones ahead.

Hi Readers

After much anticipation and almost a two year wait we finally saw a story some of us have been following for ten years now come to a close. It’s an end of an era and it’s safe to say I’m very emotional about saying goodbye to these characters I’ve come to love and love to hate.

I, along with I think most people, have mixed feelings about the last six episodes of Game of Thrones. I can’t pin point what it is. Is is the writing? The pacing? Could it have done with more episodes? More time?

Nevertheless whilst there are some things I wish had turned out differently (or been told better), there were some moments that I loved and I’m going to be talking about both today.

Again, warning! There will be SPOILERS for the 8th season of Game of Thrones.

What I Liked…

The Cinematography. The dragons, that scene in the final episode where Dany’s given wings. Beautiful. Iconic.

The Music. Especially during the Battle of Winterfell.

Arya and Gendry. I liked seeing a different side to Arya after seeing her being so cold and emotionless for so long.

The conclusion. To me,, it’s the outcome that does make the most sense. Sansa the Queen of the North, Jon at the wall and Arya travelling the world. I feel like it just fits each character.

‘Uncle please sit.’

The memes. I love going on twitter after each episode and seeing people rip into it in the most creative ways. They make me giggle.

What I Didn’t Like So Much…

There’s a lot of ‘what was the effing point?’ What was the point of Jon being a Targaryon? Arya training for the ability to change her face if she doesn’t even use it? The promise of the Prince or Princess? There’s a lot. Here a thread on twitter which lists all of them >> twitter.

That Jon didn’t get to kill the Night King. I really feel like it was his destiny to do that.

That Arya didn’t get to kill Cersei. I feel like that was her destiny.

The fact that if Cersei and Jamie had moved two steps they would have lived. lol.

The first, second and forth episodes. They were snooze fests with some of the worst dialogue in the shows history.

They got Gendry’s name wrong. Why did no one realise this?

Tyrion. He became so pointless and didn’t have any good dialogue until the final episode.

The ending, ending. Where was Jon and the Freefolk even going? Surely there’s nothing beyond the wall now, right?

Missandei dying. I know it was to push Dany’s ‘mad queen’ arc but Missandei had an arc of her own to be fulfilled and that had nothing to do with Dany.

The Dothraki multiplying. Did none of them die in the battle of Winterfell?

The white horse. Add that to the list of ‘what was the effing point?’

Bran being named king. I kind of see why he’s a good choice but his power had little to no use at all in the end and Tyrion’s explanation of it was bull. Who has a better story than Bran? Umm, everyone! They didn’t show him for a whole season because his plot was so boring!

What did you think of the final season of Game of Thrones? Do you wish it had played out differently? 

Thanks for reading,

Jess X

 

Book Review: Daisy Jones and the Six: a new favourite

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Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Published: March 2019 by Ballantine Books
Genre: Historical Fiction
Length: 368 Pages
Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Hi Readers

Reid has done it again. The author of my favourite book of last year, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, has just released a new novel that is a strong contender for this year’s number one spot as well. 

In this we follow a band called the Six and a singer called Daisy Jones. We follow how they came to know each other, how they wrote a hit album and how the band eventually split up. 

First thing I have to say about this book is it hurt. It hurt my heart and my soul. I was sobbing at the beginning and I was sobbing at the end. It’s an emotional ride and I really got sucked into these fictional characters stories as they felt so real. 

Because this is set in 70’s California one of the main topics in this book is drugs and the characters addiction to them. I appreciated how it wasn’t glossed over or romanticised. It was very realistic and made these characters all the more real for me. 

This novel is written in a unique way as it’s told through an interview. Similar to Evelyn Hugo, they’re looking back on their wild times in this band and in my mind as I was reading it, it played out like it’s a documentary. It was so interesting to see all of their perspectives and how different they all were. 

Because it follows each perspective on the events that went down almost 40 years prior there’s a lot of moments where people remember things differently. Something I noticed though was the impact their words had on one another. Good or bad, those words affected them so much they could recite something word for word because it stayed with them. 

The characters I either loved or loved to hate. Each is flawed and has struggles and issues for sure. And those flaws is what made this band feel and seem so real. I wouldn’t be surprised if people left this book trying to find this band and the album they created. 

That’s why I can’t wait for the adaptation. One headed by Reese Witherspoon will hopefully be in the works soon and apparently they plan on created the album we hear so much about in this novel. 

Like Evelyn Hugo though, I don’t feel this is a flawless novel. There’s a revolution at the end (if you’ve read it you know what I’m talking about) that I personally felt was a little random and unnecessary. 

Saying that, I finished this book almost two weeks ago now and every emotion I felt whilst reading this story has stayed with me. Even though it is so painful to remember. 

If you’re a fan of music or books set in the 1970’s you should definitely give this a go. 

Thanks for reading,

Jess X

 

 

 

Ranking the MCU Movies – Most to Least Favourites

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Hi Readers

I only really got into the Marvel movies recently and I’ve finally finished all of them and it’s safe to say I’m very emotional right now. There were some good ones and some not so good ones.

I’m going to keep this simple and rank the marvel movies from ‘best’ (top) to ‘worst but still really enjoyed tbh’ (bottom).

Captain America: Civil War
Spider-Man: Homecoming
Black Panther
Avengers Assemble
Thor: Ragnarok
Iron Man
Avengers: Infinity War
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Avengers: Endgame
Iron Man 3
Thor
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Captain America: The First Avenger
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Ant-Man
Guardians of the Galaxy
Ant-Man and the Wasp
Captain Marvel
Iron Man 2
Doctor Strange
Thor: The Dark World
The Incredible Hulk

What do you think of the MCU? Does my list look anything like yours? 

Thanks for reading, 

Jess X

Book Review: On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

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Published: February 2019 by Balzer and Bray
Genre: YA Contemporary
Length: 452 Pages
Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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Set in the same neighbourhood as Angie’s debut The Hate U Give. In her second release we follow Bri, who wants to become a world famous rapper. Her mother wants her to stay focused on school. But when bills pile up and homelessness becomes a growing fear, she starts seeing it as a way that could save her family from the money struggles they’ve always faced. 

I hate to admit this, but I wasn’t a huge fan of her debut ‘The Hate U Give’ (although I may have to give that a second try now). This, however, I loved. So. Much. The characters especially. Each one was so well written and had so much depth, I loved each little side story just as much as the main plot.

I loved the family dynamic between Bri and her mum and the amount of diverse topics that this one book tackled.

A great YA contemporary. Probably my favourite so far this year. 

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Thanks for reading, 

Jess X

 

20 by 2020 – Reading My Owned TBR

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Even though we are very close to the mid-way point of 2019 I have decided to start a new reading project for this year and that is to get my owned TBR down to just 20 books by the year 2020 begins.

The idea to start this began when I finally got around to picking up and reading The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell. It’s been on my shelf for the best part of four years and I’ve just let it sit there, only touching it when I want to reorganise. When I did finally get to it though I really liked it and I couldn’t believe I’d let it sit there for so long.

It’s got me thinking, what else is on that shelf that could possibly be a future favourite book. I just want to give those books I’ve been putting off for so long a chance. 

I’ve listed all of the books I own and haven’t read yet and the aim is to get this list down to 20 books. Here they are!

  1. The Three Muskateers by Alexander Dumas
  2. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
  3. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte
  4. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  5. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  6. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
  7. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  8. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  9. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  10. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  11. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  12. Watership Down by Richard Adams
  13. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  14. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  15. The Little Friend by Donna Tartt
  16. And the Mountain Echoed by Khaled Housseini
  17. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  18. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
  19. Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
  20. Small Island by Andrea Levy
  21. I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
  22. The Unseen World by Liz Moore
  23. The Strings of Murder by Oscar De Muriel
  24. Sabriel by Garth Nix
  25. The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
  26. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
  27. Rebel Springs by Morgan Rhodes
  28. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  29. 11.22.63 by Stephen King
  30. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
  31. The Young Elites by Marie Lu
  32. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  33. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
  34. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
  35. The Knife of Never Letting Go trilogy by Patrick Ness
  36. Starcrossed and Dreamless by Josephine Angelini
  37. Across the Universe by Beth Revis
  38. Eon by Alison Goodman
  39. Angelfall by Susan Ee
  40. A Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
  41. Fire by Kierston Kashore
  42. NW by Zadie Smith
  43. White Teeth by Zadie Smith
  44. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
  45. The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Exstence
  46. Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
  47. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
  48. The Luxe and Rumours by Anna Godberson
  49. Unwholly by Neil Shusterman
  50. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
  51. Iron King and Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

It’s not a crazy number thankfully. It actually seems pretty doable. 

Thanks for reading,

Jess X

 

Some Books I Want to Reread

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Hi Readers

I love rereading books and revisiting stories and characters I enjoyed the first time around. These books are on my immediate raider for a reread. I’ll probably be getting to them very soon!

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

The Neapolitan Novels by Eleanor Farrente

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling 

What books do you plan on rereading soon?

Thanks for reading, 

Jess X

A Month of Reading: April ’19

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Hi Readers

This was the best month of reading I’ve had so far this year and that was definitely down to the OWLs Readathon. Whilst I wasn’t able to complete all of the challenges I did read 9 books and some of those have been sitting on my shelf for so long I had to dust them off first.

Divination: The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

This book has been on my shelf for years and for so long I’ve had no intention of reading it. Picking it up was a total spur of the moment idea but I’m so glad I did. This story is told through the eyes of 8 characters who each have their own stories but are in some way connected to the first character we meet, Holly Sykes.

This book has sci-fi elements to it, but honestly my favourite bit was the characters and their normal, everyday lives. They were written so vividly and each had such a unique voice. I definitely want to read more by David Mitchell after this.

History of Magic: The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Probably the most disappointing book I have ever read. I honestly can’t see why this is the most hyped book of the 20th century (other than Harry Potter). I found it so boring it almost put me to sleep multiple times. Every little plot detail was way too over-explained and I didn’t find this thrilling in the slightest.

Transfiguration: Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey ⭐ ⭐

Another book that’s been on my shelf for quite a few years now. This, however, was a bit more disappointing. This is a ‘mystery’ told from the point of view of a woman living with dementia. Whilst I appreciate what this does in showing what someone with dementia and the people around them go through, I found the plot was a bit tedious and predictable.

Care of Magical Creatures: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mantel

I feel like at least half of the people who read this post will be shocked I gave this book one star as I feel like everybody has read and loved this book. All I can say is, maybe it’s not for me? The problem was, I didn’t care about any of the characters.

This could be because the book and the characters in it are heavily influenced by Shakespeare as they’re travelling actors who put on plays for survivors of the illness that wiped out a large part of the population. I just couldn’t connect and found it so dull.

Ancient Runes: The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker ⭐ ⭐

This book was recently shortlisted for the women’s prize for fiction and honestly I don’t really see why. This is supposedly a retelling of Greek myth but from the point of view of women. That is not what I got from this book.

For me, this is a good retelling of Achilles during the Trojen war. Parts of it is told from a woman, Briseis, who was given to Achilles as a slave, but the majority of it is about Achilles. It didn’t explore the women’s side enough for me.

Astronomy: As Far As the Stars by Virginia MacGregor ⭐ ⭐

I received this book from netgalley and honestly I wasn’t a huge fan of it. Here’s my full review. 

Charms: Spring by Ali Smith ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

This is the third in her seasons quartet and definitely my favourite so far. It covers so many current topics and has great characters. Here’s my full review.  

Arithmancy: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodie Meadows and Brodi Ashton ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

This certainly wasn’t what I was expecting but I really loved it. It gives a fantasy twist to an interesting period in British Monarch History and basically retells the reign of the 9 day queen. 

DADA: Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

This was a reread and I think I enjoyed it even more this time around. Although I found the main character a little frustrating at times. I love when I reread a book and I get something new out of it and that’s definitely what happened with this one. 

Thanks for reading, 

Jess X