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Top Ten Female Characters Who Are Unforgettable

I love this week’s topic for Top Ten Tuesday! I decided to list out 10 female characters (from books) who are just plain unforgettable in their special ways. This is one great thing about reading – we, as the readers, are given the opportunity to get to know these characters and we root for them if they are likeable. We learn a thing or two from them if they are scary. It keeps things interesting.

Here are my top 10:

Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew

Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew


1. Emma Morley in One Day by David Nicholls

To wait for 20 years for a guy to realise that she’s the one for him?? We gotta give it to Emma for being patient for that long. And hats off to her for still being by his side despite his selfish ways.

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre


2. Jane Eyre in Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Jane has been depicted as a feminist role model due to her struggles in a society where man had the upper hand and better opportunities. I think she is unforgettable because of her resilience and determination to want to improve her situation in life. All this even though she was an orphan, unloved by her relatives and sent away to a school for the poor and orphaned.

Katniss Everdeen

Katniss Everdeen


3. Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Definitely, definitely unforgettable! Yes, The Hunger Games may be the hype at the moment but we cannot deny about the unforgettable factor of Katniss Everdeen who volunteered to participate in the deadly Hunger Games in place of her younger sister. We can’t get enough of the Girl on Fire!

Carrie White

Carrie White


4. Carrie White in Carrie by Stephen King

Who can ever forget the image of the girl in the prom dress covered in pig’s blood? Then she goes on a killing spree?? This shows that one should not mess with those who seem out of the ordinary.

Becky Bloomwood

Becky Bloomwood


5. Becky Bloomwood in Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

There might be a tinge of shopaholic in us but try not to go overboard like Becky. Her silliness and blundering decisions certainly make the Shopaholic books a fun read.

Bella Swan and Edward Cullen

Bella Swan and Edward Cullen


6. Bella Swan in Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Do we love or hate Bella? I actually think that she’s quite a boring character and usually the damsel in distress. But she’s different from others and she’s dating the hot vampire.

Hermione Granger

Hermione Granger


7. Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

She’s smart, she’s sharp and she is the woman behind Harry Potter (even though they are just best friends). You know the saying, “Behind every great man is a great woman.” Put her in any dangerous situation and she will have the right spell to save herself and her friends out of it.

Miranda Priestly

Miranda Priestly


8. Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

We love to hate Miranda Priestly, the character that was so well-played by Meryl Streep in the film adaptation. She’s the boss that you wouldn’t want to have but is so ironically a really important person to work for. After all, she’s the one offering the job that a million girls would kill for.

Liesel Meminger

Liesel Meminger


9. Liesel Meminger in The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Liesel steals books to read and her story is the most unforgettable ever.

Emma Woodhouse

Emma Woodhouse


10. Emma Woodhouse in Emma by Jane Austen

Emma is rich, proud and has no qualms taking the role as matchmaker for people in her community. Well, thank goodness they ended up with their right matches.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
Series: 1Q84 #1
Published by Vintage on Aug 2, 2012 (first published 2009)
Pages: 1328
Format: Paperback
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A mesmerising, epic, utterly involving masterpiece from Haruki Murakami.

The year is 1Q84. This is the real world, there is no doubt about that.

But in this world, there are two moons in the sky.

In this world, the fates of two people, Tengo and Aomame, are closely intertwined. They are each, in their own way, doing something very dangerous. And in this world, there seems no way to save them both.

Something extraordinary is starting.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

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I picked up this book to read due to its size. I wanted to get going first with the thickest books on my shelf! The book that I have is a trilogy version; it has three novels in one, thereby resulting it being similar to a tome.

I have read the first two chapters that introduced the two main characters, Aomame and Tengo. So far, so good. I’m particularly enjoying the easy way it is written but it is probably because the entire text had been translated from the original language of the novel, which was Japanese.

It is also my first time reading a book by Haruki Murakami. You know, each time I’m writing his name out, I would just glance at my book cover to check if I’m spelling the name right. :)

1Q84 also happens to be the second book I’m reading this year. I aim to challenge myself again to read at least 30 books by year end. I failed at last year’s challenge so I’m trying it out again this time!

So, what book are you reading now? I’d love to know.

Reading Goal: To Read At Least 30 Books This Year

Last year was not a good reading year for me. If I’m not mistaken, I only read seven books and wrote reviews for six of them. My reading goal last year was to read at least 30 books. Obviously, the goal was not realised.

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I will, however, repeat the goal this year and aim to perform better in my reading. Oh yeah!

On my reading habits last year, there was just not enough time and motivation to get into a book at the end of the day after coming back home from work. Somehow, the TV and DVDs seemed more appealing and that was how I usually spent my free time. I would occasionally pick up where I left off for the books that I was reading but the habit did not last long.

It certainly did not help at all that I had even added more books to the to-be-read (TBR) pile. The pressure to read more became more intense and I would just give up and settled in front of the TV instead. I will work on a book-buying ban this year in order to control the number of books I have.

There are a lot of good books and I was just waiting to be sucked into one that would be utterly engrossing. Only one book had me going back to it as much as I could and it was One Day by David Nicholls. That was the best book I read last year. I’m eagerly waiting to enjoy another book that much again.

To ensure that I can achieve my 30-books goal, I will have to spend less time on other activities especially time online and re-watching movies. You know, I am always reading other people’s blogs, viral news and all those inspiring articles on Thought Catalog. Despite all the reading, nothing beats being occupied with a good ol’ book, so I will try to spend less time online and also less time re-watching movies.

Thirty books a year may not seem like too many books to some. I notice many other bloggers who actually read 30 books in a month and I’m so impressed! If only I could read that fast but my reading speed is like a tortoise. I guess I like to take my time.

After much thinking and agonising, I decided to embark on a change in my working conditions. I was a journalist for more than three years but I have decided to become a freelance writer. With more time in my hands and less stress in my life (I hope it’s true), reading books would be like second nature to me again instead of a chore. I’m also happy that I’m actually finding the time to write blog posts about books and reading, another thing that I have not done much last year.

I’m now reading my second book of the year, 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. The first chapter is interesting enough so as to keep me going on. It’s a trilogy that I have and the book is a whopping 1,300+ pages!

Here’s to a great reading year for me!

P.S. How many books do you intend to read this year? Please share with me.

Five Best Books Ever That I Want to Read

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The Book Depository has produced its own Best Books Ever list comprising 100 titles. I scanned the list and found that I have only read three of them – The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

Of course, one reader’s best books list would indeed be different from another’s list. The Book Depository has kept this mind, and is very graciously allowing readers to add in their Top Five best books to be considered.

Based on the list, I will now highlight five books that I would like to read.

1. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

I discovered this author thanks to my English Literature class back in university. We had to read Memories of My Melancholy Whores as part of the course.

The Colombian novelist, who has several bestselling novels, has just passed away at the age of 87 a couple of days ago on Apr 17. Among them was this title, One Hundred Years of Solitude, which tells the story of seven generations of the Buendia family and of Macondo, the town they have built.

2. It by Stephen King

I guess you can’t go wrong with a Stephen King novel. And in It, it would definitely be no different. If I remember correctly, I must have watched the movie version when I was little and I think the clown scenes had terrified me. Till now…even though the memory is kind of vague. Perhaps it will be refreshed when I watch the movie again! Reading the book would just enrich the horror experience.

3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I have other John Green titles on my shelf but not this book. The Fault in Our Stars is about 16-year-old Hazel, who has terminal cancer. She meets Augustus at a cancer support group and the two eventually fall in love. If you love the book (or not), the movie version will be out in June this year. Yay!

4. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

First published in 1847, this Gothic novel has stood the test of time, as it is being studied and analysed in schools, colleges and universities. Wuthering Heights was also the only novel by Emily Brontë, the third of four surviving Brontë siblings. The novel is partly narrated by Lockwood who discovers a history of events and the relationship between gypsy foundling Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw. Part romance, part psychological thriller, this would be a read to remember.

5. Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

There have been more than 130 films and adaptations inspired by the novel Frankenstein. The movie of Frankenstein that I last watched was the 1994 version starring Robert De Niro who acted as the created monster. Until the movie was over, during the rolling credits was only when I realised it was De Niro all the time!

Just do a search on Google on fun facts that are related to the novel and the author, Mary Shelley. You wouldn’t believe what you’re reading! One unforgettable fact is that she kept pieces of her dead husband’s heart in her desk. Ooh, the chills..

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