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#S4S – Books that have made me cry

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This is quite possibly going to be one of the easiest Six for Sunday posts I’ve ever done as I cry at books quite often. I just get too sucked in and I cry at everything. Now the tough part is to only list six of them!

1.The Illuminae Files by  Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
I cried horrifically at all three of these for loads of different reasons so I’m going to class the whole series as one entry or we’d be here forever.

2. Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
I keep mentioning this book because I think it’s one of the best and most important books I’ve read this year and crying at this felt very different as I’m not really often affected like that with contemporary books but this hit so many nerves and there were some beautiful eye opening moments that had me bawling my eyes out.

3. Hero at the Fall Alwyn Hamilton
I had a passing interest in the first book, rebel of the sands, then fell completely in love with the second book, Traitor to the Throne and I wasn’t sure how the third and final installment would make me feel and I was shocked to find out I had very strong feelings for some of the characters and cried an awful lot through this book.

4. Lord of Shadows by Cassie Clare
I feel like if you’ve read this you’re possibly nodding along to this one as it seemed to have emotionally wrecked a few people and it gave me a humongous book hangover. I also can’t even talk about certain parts without welling up (see booktube review) I’m deliberately trying not to think about it too much even now.

5. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
I loved the hell out of this book, it was so beautifully written, it kept me guessing and it was so decadent and magical but also completely and utterly heartbreaking. Never has a city name been so relevant as Weep.

6. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
I have never cried at another book the way I cried at this one. I sobbed my heart out for at least twenty minutes before becoming a an empty hollow shell curled up on my sofa for another hour. I actually put it in the freezer at one point (I kid you not).

I also want to give an honorable mention to The Last Girl in the Universe by Lauren James because I cried twice from sheer terror and that was the first time I’ve ever done that!

There we have it. Just six of the many books which have broken my heart into tiny little pieces. Two of which have sequels coming out this year that I’m now terrified of! Thank you so much to Steph from a little but a lot for my favorite prompt so far! Don’t forget to check out the #S4S hashtag for other awesome Six for Sunday posts! I can’t wait to read everyone’s and compare! Have a great weekend 💙

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#Six for Sunday – Characters you think would make brillant friends

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1.Shazad – Rebel of the Sands Trilogy by Alwyn Hamilton
Shazad is totally kick-ass and super smart while still being fun, likeable and fiercely loyal all of which of are awesome qualities. There are no spiteful undertones between her and Amani and they are probably one of, if not my number one female/female friendship in fiction. Shazad and Amani are friendship goals.

2. Samwise Gamgee – Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R Tolkien
Sam is another ultimate friend. He knows when and how to support you without encouraging any toxicity, if he thinks you’re going crazy because of an evil ring forged in Mount Doom or you’re being tricked by a crazy, emaciated water hobbit he’s going to tell you. Sam represents the honesty of friendship while also being loyal and will quite literally carry you to help you achieve your goal instead of doing it for you and I think that’s pretty damn special.

3. Magnus Bane – The Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassie Clare
Magnus has been around a while and you can bet he’s got some interesting stories to tell! I’d like to think we’d enjoy chatting while making all the cocktails we can manage! I feel like he would give great advice and have no problem telling you when you’re being an idiot and I think like he’d definitely help you to embrace your fun side a little more if you’re a bit straight backed like I can be some of the time. He’s a fun, loyal character who fights for his friends and just happens to also have magic too which is always handy!

4. Ari and Janco – Chronicles of Ixia series by Maria V Snyder
I’m pretty sure I couldn’t pick just one and let’s face it they’re kind of a package deal most of the time. Like all the other characters on my list these guys are loyal, they’re an ideal mix of (some) brains and brawn (just don’t tell them, it’ll go to their heads!), they’re funny (especially together) and love a good joke as much as a good spar. While they’ve been friends together for a long ole while they’re not the kind to shut anyone else out and it’s nice to not feel like a third wheel with these two (I’m sure Janco would think of a terrible name for a three wheeled cart…).

5.  Zuzana – Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy by Laini Taylor
Zuze is a great friend who goes to any lengths to help those she cares about, she’s loyal, feisty and absolutely hilarious. Even at the most serious of moments I can’t imagine Zuzana being unable to bring a smile to even the largest, saddest frown. She may be but little but she be fierce and has more sass than you can shake a Herondale at.

6. Hermione – Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling
This seems to be one that I’ve seen almost everyone use for theirs and I wasn’t sure about it being a part of my list. Mainly because through my younger school days I was the annoying brainy/teachers pe/Philosopher’s Stone era Hermione and I don’t think I brought anything special to my friendships but I had the same two/three friends for the whole five years I was in junior school so I must have done something right. I understand it can be difficult to be friends with someone who seems so rigid and fairly different from you, I’m still a stickler for rules and that can make me super annoying but by some miracle I still have friends. Hermione is (like everyone else on my list) fiercely loyal once she found her friend group, determined and passionate as well as being smart.

That’s all from me this week! I hope to have a new review up next week but I’ve been ill again this week (I’m surrounded by a horde of tissues as I type this) so we’ll see what happens! I have got a scheduled post ready to go though so I won’t be disappearing completely again. Don’t forget to tag your posts with the hash tag #SixforSunday and let me know what you wrote for this week! Speak soon.

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#SixforSunday – Fictional Partners

Sunday has arrived! The weather is glorious! Me and the little family went for a walk, I’m pooped. I proceeded to sleepily scroll through Twitter for about an hour when I came across the #SixforSunday prompts and knew this was something I had to join in for! This week’s prompt is from Steph at A Little but a lot and is….(drumroll please)
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Favourite Fictional Partners!
This can be romantically, partners in crime or BFF’s.

I’ve never been a huge “Book Boyfriend” kind of person but on reflection there are a few fictional characters who hold my heart as well as a whole stack of them I’d love to hang out and cause mischief with! I had to think long and hard to narrow it down to just three.

  1. Jace Herondale – The Mortal instruments series etc by Cassandra Clare.
    Jace is the closest thing to a book boyfriend for me. I adore his sass, he’s gorgeous, talented, kicks butt and has the whole angsty puppy dog thing going on while being a little ambiguous at times which I’m all here for.
  2. Lazlo Strange – Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor.
    I will take Lazlo in any form, partner or BFF because I cannot get over him (especially with THAT VOICE! Thank you Steve West!) He’s a massive nerd that loves to read and he’s just so precious and pure. I imagine we’d probably just end up stuck in a library forever which I’m totally fine with thanks.
  3. Shazad – Rebel of the sands series by Alwyn Hamilton.
    This woman is absolute glorious, she’s totally kick ass, she is amazing at coming up with great strategies and she’s just downright fun. How could I say no?
  4. Newt Scamander – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
    I would LOVE to go on adventures with this adorable, shy mazizoologist, exploring the world and learning about all the magical creatures in it sounds like my ideal career thank you very much. Well apart from the having to leave my house bit.
  5. Bilbo Baggins – The Hobbit and LOTR by J.R.R Tolkien
    Book Bilbo and film Bilbo both hold a very special place in my heart. Even as a child I thought myself rather like Bilbo, I loved the comforts of home, curled up with a book in the warm but I wanted adventure too but was always so bad at trying to find it myself so I think we’d get along and either adventure together or just eat a lot of second breakfasts. Burglar seeks advernture and great reward!
    6. Any member of the Court of Dreamers – ACOTAR series by Sarah J Maas.
    Cassian, Mor, Azriel, Amren, Feyre or Rhysand…any of them is fine for me in any capacity. Maybe Cas and Az could teach me to fight, me and Mor could go dancing, me and Amren could terrify the locals while we go out for food, Feyre could introduce me to Lucien and Rhysand could bestow sassy wisdom onto me while giving me an amazing tattoo?

So that was much much harder than I had at first thought. I literally got to five and panicked realising I could only pick one more so I kind of cheated a little bit with that sixth one I apologise! I will endeavour to join in with as many #sixforsunday challenges as possible in the future. That was far too much fun! Remember if you join in use the #SixforSunday hash tag on Twitter so I and everyone else can check out your posts! If you read this and do your own leave me a link to your post in the comments so I can see which six fictional characters you picked!