Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Books I’ve Added To My To-Be-Read List Lately

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme is Ten Books I’ve Added To My To-Be-Read List Lately. I forever adding things to my TBR, often with no immediate intention of actually reading them, so here’s ten that I actually do intend to read in 2017, I just haven’t bought copies yet. I’ll probably end up pretty much duplicating this post in December for my 2017 TBR post.

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Monthly Round Up – October

So October has been my first month as a masters student and as you’ll guess if you’ve been paying attention, I haven’t had much time for reading or blogging. In fact the only posts that have gone out are my pre-scheduled Top Ten Tuesdays. This month has been busier than I could’ve imagined, but I’m enjoying my course and getting back into studying again. 

I’ve managed to finish The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, and read an ARC that’s been sat on my Kobo for too long, Local Girl Missing by Claire Douglas. I’m cheating a little bit as I finished that tonight (2nd November), but I’m going to count it anyway. Review coming soon (when I have time!).

One good bookish thing about this month is that I’ve finally completed my Goodreads 2016 Reading Challenge of reading 35 books. I was really hoping for 40, but considering how long Local Girl Missing took me, and with only two months left, I don’t think I’ll make it. 

I’m obviously reading much slower now, but I’m enjoying it. I’m taking my time and not rushing to get things finished like I did have a tendency to do. I’ve got back into reading every night before bed, which is a nice way to switch off after a long day with my head in research books. Over the past year, reading has become slightly more than just a hobby, simply because I haven’t had anything else to focus my mind on, but now I’m feeling much more casual and relaxed about it. I’m not worrying about reading a book a week so that I fulfil my goal of paying a review a week on my blog. 

Unfortunately, my blog is something I’ve had to put to one side, although I’m certainly not giving up on it altogether. I’m really proud of what I e managed to build up over the past few months, and although I don’t have masses of followers, or views for that matter, I never even expected anyone to read it. I love being part of the book blogger community, and that’s not something I’m going to leave behind, I’m just going to be playing more of a background role for the foreseeable. 

I’m about to start The Reader on the 6:27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent. I’m looking forward to reading something different and uplifting, as I’ve heard this is!

Happy November!

Top Ten Tuesday -Top Ten Books To Read If Your Book Club Likes Historical Fiction

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme is Top Ten Books To Read If Your Book Club Likes _______________. I’ve decided to go for Historical Fiction, as I’ve done a top ten thrillers list recently.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

My favourite book of all time. It’s a very marmite type book, so I imagine it would provoke some interesting discussion in a book club setting. The narrative is very unusual, as is the main premise of the story really. In my opinion, it’s a true masterpiece of writing.img_0230

The Bronze Horseman Trilogy by Paulina Simons

Good for book clubs that enjoy a good romance. This trilogy is so, so good, with characters that you will fall head over heels in love with. The setting of the first book is the Siege of Leningrad, during World War Two, and it is unbelievable harrowing.

Fall of Giants Trilogy by Ken Follett

Perhaps these are a little long for a book club, being over 1000 pages each, but I’d recommend it to those who have plenty of time! The first two are brilliant tellings of 20th Century history, from the start of World War One, through to the end of World War Two. The third one is set during the Cold War, and is no where near as good as the first two, so probably best to be avoided.fall-of-giants

The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

Not strictly historical fiction, but it is set in 1920s Australia, so it does slightly fit into this genre. I can imagine this providing plenty of book club debate as it has the question of right and wrong at its core. Highly recommended.img_0214

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The parallel stories of a blind French girl and a German boy during World War Two. Really beautiful imagery throughout. (My review here)img_0175

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

A stunning account of a black woman in 1960s Southern America.


The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Another ‘Set in World War Two France’ book, but a completely different spin to anything I’ve read on that topic before.


The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

I’m sure many people will have already read this, or at least seen the film. There’s something so brilliant about the way it’s written that I instantly felt the need to discuss it afterwards. I’m sure many others felt the same.


Two Brothers by Ben Elton

The story of two brothers, one adopted, during the rise of Nazism in Berlin. One is discovered to be from Arayan parentage, while the other is from Jewish. It is partially based on Ben Elton’s own family.


Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller

Not really historical fiction, but it is set in the 1970s, so it’s not entirely modern either. It’s a very deep and really quite disturbing book, yet so beautifully written. I loved it, although I know many people found it a bit much. I’m sure a book club would enjoy discussing it regardless. (My review here)



Top Ten Tuesday – Halloween Edition

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme is Halloween Freebie, so I’m going to do Top Ten Books to Read if You Don’t Like Being Scared! Although I like the idea of halloween, I hate anything scary. i never watch horror films, I never read horror books, I just don’t get why people enjoy being scared. So here’s ten books so help you escape all the scariness!

The Reader on the 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddonimg_0177

Tell Us Something True by Dana Reinhardt

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I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes


Life of Pi by Yann Martel


The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell


That’s the only seven I can think of that don’t actually have any element of fear in them. I suppose Life of Pi is pushing it a bit, he is on a boat with a tiger. But anyway, please enjoy these nice reads, and be happy this Halloween!

Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Characters I’d Name A Child/Dog/Cat/Car/Etc. After

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme is  Ten Characters I’d Name A Child/Dog/Cat/Car/Etc. After. I’m not a massive lover of characters as such. I rarely have favourite characters, or characters I fall in love with. I know I’m going to struggle to come up with ten! Most of these aren’t characters I like, simply names. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday – All About Books You Read Because of Recommendation

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme is All About Books You Read Because of Recommendation. Most of the books I read are on recommendation. I like to know that someone else has enjoyed it before giving it a go myself, so I take recommendations from my friends, family and other bloggers.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

The most recent recommendation I read was from Juliet @ Not Capulet, who kindly leant me her copy of A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. I’m not a lover of fantasy at all, so I was a bit wary, but she assured me I’d love it, and as it was only around 200 pages long, what did I have to lose? To my surprise, this turned out to be one of the best, if not THE best, books I’ve read this year. You can read my glowing review here.


The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Again, this was on the recommendation of Juliet @ Not Capulet, who leant me the book for me never to return it (sorry!). I wasn’t sure this was going to be my sort of thing at all. I love historical fiction, but I normally prefer it 20-30 years earlier than the 1960s. I absolutely adored it. The story was so moving and brilliantly written, that I couldn’t put it down. img_0205

The Bronze Horseman by Paulina Simons

This was on recommendation from my mum, right in the middle of my deep historical fiction phase of 2013! I ended up loving it and it’s two sequels so much that I based my final year dissertation on it. Well, in the period and the Siege of Leningrad, rather than Tatiana and Alexander themselves!


Fall of Giants by Ken Follett

Another recommendation from my mum, this was the start of my love of historical fiction. The first book in the trilogy is really great, entwining historical events with brilliant characters across the globe, during World War One. The second one, Winter of the World (set around World War Two) is also very good, but the final one, Edge of Eternity (Set around the Cold War), really fell flat. It turned into a encyclopaedia with really dull characters.


The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

Another mum recommendation. I wasn’t sure what to make of this, she just assured me it was brilliant and that I’d cry ugly tears. She was right. This is such a beautiful story, although I know the reviews on Goodreads are quite mixed. I’m looking forward to the film coming out later this year.

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

A mixture between my mum and Juliet @ Not Capulet. My mum had told me to read it ages ago, but couldn’t find her copy of the book, so when Juliet’s mum told her to read it, I asked if I could borrow it after her. This is such a good book; I love that it’s not your typical chic-lit, and it deals with some pretty deep and controversial issues. (My review here)


The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

My sister recommended this to me when I wanted something short and quick to read on holiday. I’d heard about the Emma Watson film so was quite excited to read it. While not my favourite book ever, there is something so special and precious about it, that will stay with me forever. I love the realness of the characters.


The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Another sister recommendation for the same holiday. This was just as the hype was reaching its peak, so I felt I should read it. My sister said she loved it, so I assumed I would too. I was so wrong. I have never despised a book as much as I despise this one. I hate everything about it, the unrealistic and quirky characters, the use of illness as a novelty, the disgusting disrespectfulness of that Anne Frank House kiss. I hate it.


 Two Brothers by Ben Elton

I actually also read this on the same holiday, but this time by my mum’s recommendation. I’ve just been on a trip to Berlin, which made me think a lot about this book. It’s the semi-true story of two brothers, one of them adopted, during the rise of Nazism in Berlin. Despite being raised together from birth, one is from Arayan blood, the other from Jewish. It’s based on Ben Elton’s own family, and is really interesting and moving.


The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

This was recommended to me by my English teacher at school. It was in the middle of our A Levels when the whole class was getting a bit down about the endless Jane Austen. She said that if we wanted something a bit more modern and easy to leisure read, this was the best thing out there at the moment. Who was I to argue with that? She was right by the way, I loved the whole trilogy!

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There’s ten. Make sure you leave links to your TTT in the comments, so I can read them!

WWW Wednesday – 5th October 2016

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday post, a meme hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. Please go and have a look at everyone else is reading and make sure you post your own WWW in the comments so I can have a look.


The premise of the post is quite simple – answer the three Ws:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

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Top Ten Tuesday – All About the Villains

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme is All About the Villains. Thinking about it, although I read a lot of thrillers and a lot of quite dark books, very few of them actually have a villain as such, or not one that I admire in any way. Maybe I’m just not reading the right kind of thrillers!  Continue reading

Monthly Round Up – September

Can you remember in my August Round Up when I said I was going to read more books than ever and absolutely smash my TBR? Yeah, that didn’t happen. I wouldn’t exactly say it’s been a slow month, but I’ve slowed down a lot myself. I’ve decided that from now on, it doesn’t matter how long it takes me to finish a book, as long as I’m enjoying it. I’ve read two and a half books this month, the first two being within the first half of the month, so fairly average speed reading. The book I’m reading at the moment is historical fiction, which I always like to take my time on.

  1. After You by Jojo Moyes
  2. While My Eyes Were Closed by Linda Green
  3. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

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