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

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Life of Pi by Yann Martel

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The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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 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.

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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.

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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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WWW Wednesday – 28th September 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.

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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?

Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday – Books on my Fall/Autumn TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme is Books on my Fall TBR List. As I’ve just started back at uni, I won’t have as much time to read, so it’ll probably take me the rest of the year to get through this, but here you go anyway.


Local Girl Missing by Claire Douglaslocal-girl

I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this through NetGalley, so it’s top of my list. I’ve heard nothing but good things about it, so I’m really looking forward to getting started. I’ve read quite a few ‘missing’ books recently, some good and some bad, so hopefully this is on the good side.

 

 


the-readerThe Reader on the 6:27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent

Quite a few people have recommended this to me, so I finally bought myself a copy. I’m not sure when I’ll read it, probably as a filler when I’m getting bored of thrillers, but I am looking forward to it.

 

 


The Lie by C. L. Taylorimg_0279

This has been on my TBR for so long. I received all three C. L. Taylor thrillers as a set for my birthday and I still have this one left. The other two were very quick reads, so I’ll probably read this when I’m busy and need an easy-read break from studying.

 


When the Doves Disappeared by Simg_0224ofi Oksanen

This has been on my TBR for even longer. I’ve been in a very long historical fiction lull, but I’m reading The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah at the moment and loving it, so hopefully my brain is back into historical mode!


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I bought this on recommendation of the Waterstones shop assistant. After I got it home I sort of regretted my decision, do to the very mixed review on Goodreads, so I’ve been putting it off a bit. I will get round to it though. My main goal for the rest of the year is to finish all the books I have physical copies of, so I’ll get this in somewhere.

 


snow-childThe Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

I borrowed a copy of this from my bestie Juliet (Not Capulet) and haven’t got round to it yet. She had mixed feelings about it so I think that’s what’s putting me off, but again, it will get read this year!

 

 


missing-presumedMissing, Presumed by Susie Steiner

This is another that I bought on a whim in Waterstones after seeing it floating around for a while. It was only when I got home that I realised again the review on Goodreads aren’t that great. Hopefully I’ll be in the few that did enjoy it!

 


Smasmall-great-thingsll Great Things by Jodi Picoult

This is another ARC that I’ve had sitting on my Kobo for a while. I’ve never read any Jodi Picoult, but I’ve always heard good things, and my mum has read most of her books. I’ve heard this book is back to her best, so I’m looking forward to giving it a go.

 

 


img_0271We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

I’ve started this before and it’s been sat on my Currently Reading shelf on Goodreads since then. I wasn’t in the right frame of mind to read it then, so I put it to one side. It’s one that needs to be read slowly, a bit at a time, so I think it’ll be good when I don’t have much time to read over the next few months. I’ll be able to dip in an out of it and not worry how long it’s taking me to get through.


What’s on your Fall/Autumn TBR?

The Entertainer Blogger Award

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Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog. (Thanks Juliet @ Not Capulet)
  2. Add these rules to your post.
  3. Answer all the questions below.
  4. Display the award picture in your post.
  5. Nominate twelve bloggers who are funny, inspiring and, most important of all, entertaining!

Why did you start a blog in the first place?

I really just needed a place to get all my thoughts down about the books I’m reading. I was just using Goodreads, and while that’s fine for reviews, I also wanted a place where I could post ongoing thoughts while I read a book, as well as having a platform to post longer, more detailed reviews. I really didn’t expect anyone to read them, I just needed to write down my thoughts somewhere, so thanks to everyone who does read my posts!


What is your favourite book?

My all time favourite book is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It’s the one book I don’t think I could ever review. I really find it impossible to fully and accurately express my extreme love for this book. It is one that brings tears to my eyes just by thinking of it, and one that will stay with me forever. I can’t imagine anything ever being better than it. On my usual book rating system of 1-10, it would be somewhere in the millions! Aside from The Book Thief, I rarely rate books 10/10 or 5 stars, but a few I have given that savoured accolade to include The Bronze Horseman by Paulina Simons, A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, The Help by Kathryn Stockett, I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak and The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman.


What do you dislike most?

This is a really tricky question. I can’t really think of anything big that I really dislike, but I do get annoyed by small things like rudeness. I’m from Yorkshire where everyone talks to everyone and it’s considered rude not to chat to the old lady sat next to you on the bus, so I suppose I have pretty high standards. It takes absolutely no effort to say thank you to the shop assistant/waiter/bus driver. I notice this whenever I visit London or other big cities and everyone is too busy with their lives to consider others. Manners cost nothing.


What’s your favourite food in the mall?

My go-to food court restaurant is always Wagamama. I know it’s not properly authentic and it is slightly overpriced, but I love it. I’ve never had a bad meal there and their peach iced tea is to die for. I normally go for itame or ramen; I love noodle soups! Failing that, I’d probably go for something Mexican with lots of guacamole.


What’s your favourite past-time?

Well, reading obviously! I pretty much spend all my free time reading. I can’t think of anything else I’d rather do.


I’m nominating anyone who hasn’t already been nominated, as I think quite a lot of the blogs I follow already have. So please, consider yourself nominated!