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Top Ten Series I Haven't Finished

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I may just about have around 17 series that I have left unfinished for various reasons but for this post I am going to whittle it down to 10.
Series left unfinished due to lack of interest
The Gallagher Girls Series by Ally Carter - My teenage cousin recommended this and lent me three of the books in the series but after reading just one, I found that it wasn't my type. The whole spy school of teenagers might be a fun Disney movie though but I am more discriminating when it comes to books.Matched Series by Ally Condie - I have read up to the second book: Crossed. But still there wasn't enough action to engage me.  I like my dystopian reads to be action packed like The Hunger Games and Chaos Walking. Dark and gritty and explosive whilst Matched is the quite and peaceful kind, not really my type of dystopian read.Series left unfinished but will likely finish it only if someone lends me or gifts me with it
Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare - I am not so quite keen on the paranorm…

Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling

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Summary from Goodreads:

The Tales of Beedle the Bard contains five richly diverse fairy tales, each with its own magical character, that will variously bring delight, laughter and the thrill of mortal peril.

Additional notes for each story penned by Professor Albus Dumbledore will be enjoyed by Muggles and wizards alike, as the Professor muses on the morals illuminated by the tales, and reveals snippets of information about life at Hogwarts.

A uniquely magical volume, with illustrations by the author, J.K. Rowling, that will be treasured for years to come.

The Harry Potter Series is what started my love affair for books. I love it so much that I have read books 2, 5, 6, and 7 twice and books 3 and 4 thrice! I acquired Beedle the Bard back when I was still longing for more of HP's magical world. I was looking for something to re-read so I grabbed this off my shelf. 

The name of this book made an appearance in Book 7: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows and played a prominent part in t…

Top Ten Bookish People You Want To Meet

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1. J.K. Rowling - I can say that I truly became a reader because of the Harry Potter books which contain such a wonderful magical world to get lost in. J.K. Rowling is brilliant and I would sure love to meet her over tea and crumpets at a cafe.

2. Neil Gaiman - He writes delightfuly dark, weird, magical and creepy stories. Some are adult fiction, some are young adult/children's fiction. And I was surprised to find that I loved all of them (American Gods, Anansi Boys, Stardust, and The Graveyard Book) no matter the age genre. If I would get a chance to meet him, it would be at a carnival/fair or maybe in a graveyard. :D

3. J.R.R. Tolkien - His works, The Hobbit and LOTR made possible the resurgence of the fantasy genre. In fact, he is dubbed as the father of modern fantasy literature, my absolute favorite genre. A walk in a sprawling English Castle while talking about all things LOTR would be delightful. 

4. Suzanne Collins - Post Harry Potter, I was in a bit of a reading slump. Most …

From Page to Film

There seem to be an abundance of book to movie adaptations this time around and for bookish people, they can be as exciting as book releases from a favorite author or series. Here are some of my most anticipated book to movie adaptations.

In which "I've read the book that the film is based on":

1. The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien - this is my absolute favorite Tolkien read and besides it's still Peter Jackson who'll do the film so I know he'll do it right and it'll be good.

2. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins - Anything Hunger Games excites me. (If Twilight has Twihards and Harry Potter has Potterheads who do you call The Hunger Games Fans, I wonder.)  And Finnick, one of my favorite characters in Hunger Games will finally make an appearance in this one.  

3. Life of Pi by Yann Martel - I think it's one of those books that seems hard to make into a movie but Ang Lee did it and the trailer look absolutely breathtaking. 

4. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones b…

Crossed by Ally Condie

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Summary from Goodreads:

Rules Are Different Outside The Society

Chasing down an uncertain future, Cassia makes her way to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky--taken by the Society to his sure death--only to find that he has escaped into the majestic, but treacherous, canyons. On this wild frontier are glimmers of a different life and the enthralling promise of a rebellion. But even as Cassia sacrifices every thing to reunite with Ky, ingenious surprises from Xander may change the game once again.
Narrated from both Cassia's and Ky's point of view, this hotly anticipated sequel to Matched will take them both to the edge of Society, where nothing is as expected and crosses and double crosses make their path more twisted than ever.

While I wasn't quite taken with Matched, I still thought it had potential and the second installment might prove just that. From the blurb, I assumed I was finally going to get in Crossed what I thought lacked in Matched, more action. But.....

A huge c…

Matched by Ally Condie

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Summary from Goodreads:

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate... until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.


I don't know how I feel exactly about this book. There was a point, perhaps in the middle, where I wasn't excited anymore to read the story. It could be because I read The Giver and The Hunger Ga…