Hello everybody! It’s been a hot minute since I did one of these posts, but today it’s time for another instalment of Disney Recommendations, this time for an assortment Pixar characters. Onto the post!
Hello everybody! Today, since all my other posts over the past week have been related to Valentine’s Day somehow, I thought I may as well make this one that theme too and talk about books with the word heart in the title (though only one of them is actually a romance book!). Onto the list!
Instructions for a Second Hand Heart– I read this book around the time of my birthday in 2016 (which feels like FOREVER ago) and so my memory of this isn’t great but I do remember liking it a lot and devouring it under a blanket in just one afternoon because it was SO wonderful. It’s about Johnny, who has just received a heart transplant and Niamh, whose brother has just died and had his organ donated, as they meet and fall in love. I remembering thinking they were a great couple, and I found the concept super interesting.
The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart/The Girl with the Dragon Heart– as you may have guessed from the very similar titles, these two books are part of the same series and I really like both. They are set in the world of Drachenburg and focus on Aventurine (a dragon who is tricked by a food mage and transformed into a human) and Silke, a gifted storyteller who investigates fairies on the orders of the royal family respectively. Both are such good fun, and feel a little like Disney films in book form. I’m looking forward to To the 3rd later this year, which will not have heart in the title.
Fierce Fragile Hearts– this is Sara Barnard’s latest book, and is a follow up to Beautiful Broken Things, focusing on Suzanne from that book as she leaves the care system and returns to Brighton. It’s so beautifully written, the pacing is exceptional and I couldn’t love these characters any more. I want a book about Rosie immediately (even though I know it probably won’t happen, I will never stop hoping)
Cogheart– this is a super fun MG fantasy adventure about a girl named Lily and boy named Robert teaming up to work out who the sinister men stalking Lily are. This is another one I read quite a while ago and my memory is definitely shaky but I remember being super gripped by the mystery for sure, and I LOVE Malkin the mechanical fox- he’s one of the best animal sidekicks ever. I actually really must read the last book of this series, because I’m pretty sure it’s going to be great given that Moonlocket (the second) improved on this.
Only Love Can Break Your Heart– this is another one I read more recently (last month, actually) and really enjoyed. It’s Katherine Webber’s second YA book, and while I have to admit that I didn’t love it quite as much as Wing Jones, I did still like it a LOT. It’s the story of Reiko and Seth, who fall in love and then realise that they aren’t really right for each other. It was a really unusual concept (I def can’t recall reading about a doomed relationship before, anyway?) and it was very well executed. While there are faults on bith sides, I definitely supported Reiko way more (I loved her) and I loved to hate Seth a great deal because he’s kind of the worst! It also has super beautiful writing and an amazing setting, if you needed to be sold on it anymore.
Bonus pick– I haven’t read this yet as it isn’t out so didn’t want to include it on my main list, but I’m very much looking forward to reading the Paper and Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie when it gets released later in the year! I think it’s going to be AMAZING.
What are your favourite books with the word heart in the title? I’d love to hear in the comments!
Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be talking about some of the films I watched in November and December. As I watched quite a lot of films throughout these two months, I wasn’t sure if the post might get a bit long so I decided to do it in two halves. Onto the post!
Hello everybody! Today, it’s time for my MG edition of my favourites of 2018. As I mentioned in the YA post, I decided not to have a strict number limit of 10 this year and just talk about every 5 star read I had over the course of the year, which has led to this one being a bit lengthier than my YA one! There are a LOT of books to talk about,
Hello everybody! Happy New Year! Today, I’m going to be talking about all my favourite YA books of 2018! It’s worked out quite well this year that there were only 11 YA books that I gave 5 stars, because I decided that I wanted to include every book I gave 5 stars on my favourites list this year, as I ended up missing off some books that I really loved (the MG one is quite a bit more unwieldy😂). Onto the post!
Merry Christmas everybody! Today, I’m going to be listing some of the books I’m hoping to unwrap today (though I’m not actually sure if I’m getting any of them!), as part of Top Ten Tuesday. Onto the post!
Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be continuing on in my Disney recommendations posts, by recommending some stories for some of the inhabitants of the One Hundred Acre Woods, which I decided to do this month to celebrate it being release month for the Christopher Robin DVD, which means I can finally see it. Onto the post!
Winnie the Pooh– when I think of Pooh Bear, the first thing that comes to mind is the sort of nostalgic, whimsical feeling the stories featuring him carry, and that’s why I think he’d lovethe Children of Castle Rock. It really reminded me of classic adventure stories by authors such as Enid Blyton, and it also has really lovely yet complex friendships, which is another of my favourite features of Winnie the Pooh: the friendships between the characters are gorgeous.
Piglet– speaking of being a good friend, I think that’s the first thing that comes to mind for Piglet- he’s a great friend to everyone around him. I love a good best friend character, and I think my favourite ever is Nat from Geek Girl. She’s not perfect and she has her own stuff going on too and she and Harriet fall out sometimes, but when Harriet needs her, Nat is always there, no matter what. She’s a wonderful character, and I’d hope Piglet would enjoy seeing someone being as good a friend as he is.
Tigger– Tigger was the other tricky one, because how does one find a book as overwhelmingly joyous as Tigger? However, I think Alex Sparrow fits the bill- they’re boisterous and full of humour and happiness, just like Tigger, and I think they’d definitely appeal to him!
Eeyore– Eeyore was the hardest one of these to get right, because I think the first thing anyone thinks of about Eeyore is his misery, and I was really struggling to think of something for that trait. But then I remembered that as part of that, Eeyore is rather a pessimist- he always expects the worst to happen, and I realised a Pinch of Magic would be perfect for him. It’s about three sisters (who have generally pretty rubbish luck) trying to break their family curse, and while I won’t say what happens I think it would benefit Eeyore to read their story.
Rabbit– Rabbit is my very favourite of the gang, mainly because I think we’re super alike in personality, so his recommendation was super easy. You Only Live Once by Jess Vallance centres on a girl called Gracie realising there’s more to life than rigid organisation and perfection, and since Rabbit’s stories often focus on this I think this book would be great for him.
Kanga and Roo– Kanga and Roo are a mother and child pairing, so for their recommendation I decided to go for the Malory Towers books, as I remember having quite a few of those read to me by my mum and dad when I was a child, and the last 2 Pamela Cox additions particularly stand out because I was read a few chapters a day while I was in hospital after brain surgery. The chapters are often quite episodic, so they worked super well for having a few chapters read to you at a time. I think they’d be perfect for Kanga and Roo to share together.
Which books would you recommend to these characters? Have you read any that I’ve mentioned? I’d love to hear in the comments!