Today I’m bringing to you my Top Ten Fandoms. I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish Top Ten Tuesday, because it’s such a fab idea and I love it!
(and prepare yourself for some yelling & ranting, because I can get very enthusiastic about my fandoms. MY PRECIOUS.)
Without further ado, my top ten fandoms.
- Lord of the Rings.
I LOVE LORD OF THE RINGS SO MUCH. You have no idea. I’ll have to do a post one day about HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS BOOK because it’s actually ridiculous and I can go on about it for a while!!
(also this includes pretty much everything Middle Earth related, because Tolkien is just all round amazing.)
- Harry Potter
I read HP for the first time only 18 months ago now, though it feels like a lot longer. I was pretty much in love from the first page onwards. It’s such a wonderful fantasy adventure and I am quite honestly IN LOVE!!
And who doesn’t love a good good vs. evil tale, anyway??!?
- Star Wars
EXCUSE ME WHILE I CRY. Star Wars was my first fandom that I appreciated as a Fandom and it’s been with me for years – my ‘gateway’ fandom!! The fourth is my favourite, I have a heart for the prequels, number 7 made me cry, and everything about Rogue One makes me happy 🙂
(except the ending, obviously.)
- Sherlock Holmes
This fandom is in two parts for me. One, my deep and sincere love of the books, which I first read when I was ten and have reread at least six times since so that I now know the entire plot of each mystery and each has an immense amount of nostalgia attached.
And two – the BBC series, which is all the perfection, essentially. I just can’t. It’s perfect. I can’t fault it. It changes the books in a way that I am (unusually) okay with. This is ridiculous. BUT I LOVE IT SO MUCH OKAY. xx
- The How To Train Your Dragon books
Let me just emphasise that again. I LOVE THE BOOKS. The books were essentially MY CHILDHOOD. I borrowed them every single library visit and devoured them. The movies on the other hand – they’re COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. The movies change EVERYTHING. WHERE WAS CAMICAZI? ALVIN? THE SUITORS?? MY BRAIN IS CONFUSED??!?!?
(clearly I’m going to have to do a post on this because I have a lot of built up rants prepared 🙂 )
I have a very clear memory of my mother reading me The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe when I was four. Ever since then it’s been kind of … there?? It’s been a part of my whole life, although I’m not obsessed with it. But it definitely deserves an honourable mention. The books are beautiful perfection. All movies except The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe make me cry because they changed too much.
(The Horse and his Boy is definitely my fave, because of talking horses and watermelons)
I will be the first to admit that I’m not a crazy Disnerd. It’s not my favourite fandom. That said, I cried during Finding Dory purely because nostalgia??? Tangled and both Cinderellas are some of my favourite movies??? I still watch the old animated Cinderalla because I love it and the new one is pure and utter perfection??? I cried during the trailer for Beauty and the Beast???
Clearly I like Disney more than I thought 😀
(I think it’s actually a little like Narnia for me – it’s kind of always been there. So much beautiful. I wish I could sing. *sigh*)
- Doctor Who
I’m kind of a lowkey fan of DW. I know the story line, have watched up to season 7 I think (I’m still planning to finish it though, just hanging out for the holidays!!), and llloooooovvvve the concept/characters. But I don’t know – I watched it because of my friend and I feel like while I love it, it doesn’t have the same nostalgic value that some of my other fandoms have.
BUT I STILL LOVE IT OKAY.
This fandom is basically a combination of all the books that were written before 1899. Jane Austen, John Buchan, Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, etc etc etc. Jane Austen was the best writer of ever, John Buchan is down to earth, Dickens makes me nice and depressed, and Doyle is perfect for a good adventure. Then there’re the books like Swiss Family Robinson, Little House on the Prairie (yes i know that was 1935 okay sssshhhh), Coral Island, and so so many more.
(and then there’s Peter Pan, Mary Poppins, Winne the Pooh … excuse me while I cry from nostalgia.)
- Anne of Green Gables
I love these books to pieces – every single one of them (there are 8). I always say I love the first and the last – Anne of Green Gables is perfection, and Rilla of Ingleside is the best WWI book I’ve ever read. Seriously, the movies don’t do them justice (don’t get me started on the third one ……. urghhhh).
So those were my ten favourite fandoms! I’m absolutely in love with all of them and I just can’t get over their brilliance.
What’s your favourite fandom?? (if you can choose haha)
Top Ten Faves of this year
Today I present to you … the best books I read this year. At time of writing I’ve read 70 books, and out of those, I’ve had some clear favourites 🙂
War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
I read this one towards the beginning of the year, and I am so glad I did! It’s such an important and thought provoking tale, that made me both cry and laugh. I would highly recommend this to anyone and everyone. Find my review for it here.
Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
I read this one just after War and Peace, and while I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much, I was able to greatly appreciate the depth and beauty of this book.
City of God – Saint Augustine
I technically read this for school, but I think it deserves a place on my list just because of its great complexity. The thought that went into this book is absolutely incredible … I’ve tried to start a review for this many times and have failed epically. I can’t even begin to write about the ideas that this book contains, perhaps because it contains so many. It definitely gave me a lot to think about.
Bonhoeffer – Eric Metaxas
This is one that I had been eyeing off for a while before I finally took the plunge. I’m so glad I did. Like City of God, it contains a well of ideas and knowledge, as well as being more modern and a biography. Very, very glad I read this one.
The Bone Sparrow – Zana Fraillon
This is now one of my favourite books, no joke. It’s a tale of Asylum Seekers in Australia, and how they are treated in our camps. It also made me cry.
She is Not Invisible – Marcus Sedgwick
I hadn’t read anything by this author before, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I think it’s one of those books that you either love or hate. I personally love it.
The Little Bookroom – Eleanor Farjeon
This one is a collection of fairy tales and bedtime stories – except you won’t have heard of any of them before, because the author made them up. As a great lover of all things Fairy Tale, I absolutely loved this book. (also I grew up on it, so that helped too.)
A Rose for the Anzac Boys – Jackie French
I absolutely LOVE historical fiction, and this author never fails to produce a good sound book. This is one of her better ones, I think – and I absolutely adored it.
Eleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell
I didn’t actually give this one five stars, because I disagreed with the morals and beliefs presented as right in this book. But the characters? YESSSS. Writing? YESSS. Plot? YESSS. (i liked this one)
The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
This year’s reread was thoroughly enjoyable. Also, as my FAVOURITE BOOK EVER, I feel like it deserves a place on my list. In addition, it’s amazing and practically perfect in every way.
And that’s a wrap! I’ve branched out a lot in my reading this year, and yet my list still contains mainly classics. I think that’s because a) once a homeschooler, always a homeschooler, and b) people knew grammar once, and I greatly enjoy books with correct grammar.
What was your favourite book this year?
So today I wanted to let you know my TEN BEST BOOKISH CHARACTERS. (seriously though, where do I start. Help.)
Let’s jump right in!
(this is no way in order. Except maybe the first three. The other seven are in a jumble of no-particular-order, because if I tried to put them in order of favourites then there would be a fight, and somehow I really don’t want to make Eowyn and Camicazi angry. Because there would be blood shed all over my nice clean blog, and we couldn’t have that, could we??)
Frodo Baggins – Lord of the Rings
I absolutely LOVE Frodo. He is just amazing. This humanly real hobbit who travels across endlessness to save the world… ahhhh he’s perfect.
Lucy Pevensie – Narnia
Sometimes I relate more to Susan, when I’m in a bossy older sister mood. Sometimes I relate more to Lucy, when I’m in a heroinic-awesome-adorable mood. But today I relate to Lucy. (maybe it’s because I’m bashing out assignments and am therefore a dagger bearing Queen with healing powers.)
Elizabeth Bennet – Pride and Prejudice
Don’t even get me started on how amazingly wonderful this woman is. Because she’s awesome. (though a little proud. DO YOU SEE WHAT I DID THERE.)
Anne Shirley – Anne of Green Gables
I absolutely LOVE Anne. I also think these books are pretty near perfect. I will fight anyone who thinks that Anne-with-an-e is a Mary-Sue.
(some people think that. I just don’t get it.)
Richard Gansey III – Raven Boys
Okay, I have only read the first book of this series, but I just think that Gansey is such a unique and well developed character that he deserves a place on my list. Full stop. Hopefully he stays awesome in the other books too, which I will (also) hopefully read soon!
Luna Lovegood – Harry Potter
Luna is amazing. Fullstop. She is most definitely my favourite character in the series, and I relate to her so much that it’s ridiculous. (I’m also a Ravenclaw, so there’s that.)
Susan Walker – Swallows and Amazons
Ship’s mate, cook, domestic organizer (as Wikipedia puts it), ship’s doctor … and just ten years old? Oh yes! Susan was my ultimate idol when I was ten, and I couldn’t cook to save my life. If you haven’t read these brilliant books by Arthur Ransome, then, well, you should. Because of Susan, mainly. And also because of independent children camping on islands by themselves. (I’m so envious of them though.)
Eowyn – Lord of the Rings
Eowyn is awesome. And, by the way, 100% relatable. (she also said the most quotable line in the history of literature: I AM NO MAN. *whips off helmet and charges at assignments with renewed courage*)
Camicazi – How to Train Your Dragon
THERE ARE BOOKS? YES THERE ARE!! And they’re amazing, by the way. (better than the movies in my opinion – way more dragons.) Camicazi is who Astrid is *loosely* based off. (and is a gazillion times better.) She is the eternal optimist, the dragon stealer, the defier of stereotypes, the disobedient daughter… yeah, I love Camicazi. When I was ten I would have given anything for a mood-dragon and a long sword so I could be Camicazi, heir to the throne of the Bog-Burglars.
(I still would.)
Harry Potter – Harry Potter
Is it just me, or is Harry a little underestimated? I mean, the series is literally about him. I really love him, though he is a little angsty and moody occasionally, and won’t stop thinking about girls. (though to be honest, that just adds to the realness of him – he is a teenage guy.) He’s literally awesome.
So that’s that, my list! (which by the way was practically impossible to put together) I hope you enjoyed, and I’ll be back soon with more bookish chitchat!
Who would you have added??
Keep smiling, and until next time, fellow bookdragons!
This post was based on a list I created in an Instagram caption, which you can find here.
Aahh, To Be Read piles. They’re interesting things, aren’t they? We hate them and we love them at the same time. All the while threatening to squash us, every time we relieve it of its weight, it only seems to grow despite our caution.
With that said, here is a list of the most IMPORTANT books on my TBR list (which is bordering seventy books which is also ridiculous).
TEN BOOKS in my (ridiculously long) TBR
Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes
I have wanted to read this book for a year and a day, and I still haven’t gotten round to it. Maybe its length is what’s stopping me, but that didn’t stop me reading War and Peace, so I don’t even know what’s wrong with anymore. Definitely reading this one next year.
(or at least that’s what I’m telling myself now)
The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco
This just seems like a really good book (though it is ridiculously long). I really want to read it sometime in the
distant near future …
Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
No, I have not seen the movie. No, I have not seen the musical. (Theatre tickets are expensive!) Yes, I do occasionally feel left out when my friends burst into rousing choruses and I don’t know the words. (Well, it would make more sense if I could actually sing … but if I knew the words I would sing anyway. Because I sound like a dying crow but that doesn’t stop me enjoying it.)
Moby Dick – Herman Melville
This has been one I’ve been meaning to read for ages, ever since I first heard it referenced on a documentary.
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
This is one that I want to wait a bit longer before reading, but still desperately want to read, help.
Fangirl – Rainbow Powell
Well, seeing as I have nothing but classics on the list, I figured I should add this. I’ve been wanting to try it for ages, and I’ve nothing but good things, so I figured – why not give it a try? (now all I need is money to buy it, yay)
Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell
This is one that I’ve been meaning to get to for AGES. I really really want to try it, dear me!
Animal Farm – George Orwell
ANOTHER ONE by George Orwell?! Yes! I never had to do this one in school so I really want to try it now, as it’s a classic and therefore good.
Percy Jackson (and all of the books by…) – Rick Riordan
I’ve read the first one-and-a-half books, and haven’t gotten around to the rest, though they are so much fun and I couldn’t stop giggling. I think I’m subconsciously saving this one for a day when I need laughter, because Percy is surely the funniest character ever to have been written from first person.
Go Set A Watchman – Harper Lee
Dear me, I have read How To Kill A Mockingbird twice now, and it is simply stunning. I have heard many good things about the second book, and seeing as I own it, there really isn’t anything stopping me from reading it, is there. (Apart from the rest of my TBR, that is.)
So that’s that! Hope you enjoyed. It was sooo hard to choose my top ten, but I have to prioritise. I really do.
(Hides under the table because I know that I will not read these ones before the rest of my TBR)