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Top Ten Tuesday – favourite colour

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is ‘books with my favourite colour on the cover’. As you can see from my selection below, my favourite colour is purple! I’ve stuck to books and editions which I’ve read.

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Top Ten Tuesday – great books not to reread

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is ‘books I loved but will never reread’. As far as I’m concerned, there’s too many books and too little time in this life to reread books unless they are truly exceptional, so I could fill this list with almost every adult book I’ve ever enjoyed. Therefore, I’ve tried to think of books I love but wouldn’t want to reread for a particular reason.

  1. Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson – creepy subject matter and probably less of a thrill when you know the twists ahead.
  2. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold – not really a subject matter I want to revisit, though it’s beautifully told.
  3. The Cider House Rules by John Irving – just in case I didn’t love it as much the second time around because it was perfect the first time.
  4. Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes – disturbing subject matter.
  5. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger – I enjoyed it but it was weird.
  6. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – loooong and if I really wanted to revisit it I could watch the TV series.
  7. The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson – I know how it ends now.
  8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – not sure I could take being that destroyed by a book again.
  9. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett – in case I didn’t love it as much knowing that I found the very end slightly disappointing.
  10. Eragon by Christopher Paolini – it would probably be marred by how boring I found the subsequent books in the series.

Top Ten Tuesday – Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is books on my Spring to be read list. These are my NetGalley ARCs I’m planning to read this Spring.

  1. Mad Blood Stirring by Simon Mayo
  2. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
  3. White Houses by Amy Bloom
  4. How I Lose You by Kate McNaughton
  5. Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
  6. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  7. Two Steps Forward by Graeme Simsion and Annie Buist
  8. The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth by William Boyd
  9. Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
  10. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Top Ten Tuesday – Favourite book quotes

It’s been a while but I really want to get back into Top Ten Tuesdays which I discover is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Favourite Book Quotes which is a difficult one as I don’t have good recall for quotes from books. So I’ve looked up some of my favourite books and tried to find good quotes from them.

1. amberFrom The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman. This was one of the readings at my wedding so it was the only quote that came instantly to mind for this topic.

“I’ll be looking for you, Will, every moment, every single moment. And when we do find each other again, we’ll cling together so tight that nothing and no one’ll ever tear us apart. Every atom of me and every atom of you… We’ll live in birds and flowers and dragonflies and pine trees and in clouds and in those little specks of light you see floating in sunbeams… And when they use our atoms to make new lives, they wont’ just be able to take one, they’ll have to take two, one of you and one of me, we’ll be joined so tight…”

2.husband From The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty. This quote jumped out at me so much, it struck such a bell with me. I thought that not working would give me the opportunity to stop having to talk to people all the time and found that as a mother you’re required to talk to even more people than you do at work!

“The other mothers, the teachers, the people. I didn’t realize that having a child was so social. You’re always talking to people.”

3. operaFrom The Rainbow Opera by Elizabeth Knox. This sums me up perfectly!

“I have no particular plan in life – and that’s something I rather like. Most things that people do seem to me to be rather dull and silly. In my ideal life I’d be left alone to read”

A Fraction of the Whole

4. From A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz

“Sometimes not talking is effortless, and other times it’s more exhausting than lifting pianos.”

5. ciderFrom The Cider House Rules by John Irving

“What is hardest to accept about the passage of time is that the people who once mattered the most to us wind up in parentheses.”

A spool of blue thread6. From A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler. I could have picked a million Anne Tyler quotes, she writes so brilliantly about life, love, death and family.

“You know how you just have to touch your child, sometimes? How you drink him in with your eyes and you could stare at him for hours and you marvel at how dear and impossibly perfect he is?”

7.kevin From We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

“I realize it’s commonplace for parents to say to their child sternly, ‘I love you, but I don’t always like you.’ But what kind of love is that? It seems to me that comes down to, ‘I’m not oblivious to you – that is, you can still hurt my feelings – but I can’t stand having you around.’ Who wants to be loved like that? Given a choice, I might skip the deep blood tie and settle for being liked. I wonder if wouldn’t have been more moved if my own mother had taken me in her arms and said, ‘I like you.’ I wonder if just enjoying your kid’s company isn’t more important.”

8Atonement. From Atonement by Ian McEwan

“The cost of oblivious daydreaming was always this moment of return, the realignment with what had been before and now seemed a little worse. ”

The Family Fang9. From The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson

“What you’ll find, I think, is that the things you most want to avoid are the things that make you feel the greatest when you actually do them.”

10. remainsFrom The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. Sums up the beauty of British landscapes beautifully.

“I would say that it is the very lack of obvious drama or spectacle that sets the beauty of our land apart. What is pertinent is the calmness of that beauty, its sense of restraint. It is as though the land knows of its own beauty, of its own greatness, and feels no need to shout it.”

Top 10 Tuesday: Underrated on Goodreads

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is: Top ten books I enjoyed that have under 2000 ratings on Goodreads. It’s hard to find books with that few ratings, but here’s my list:

  1. Nobody Told Me by Hollie McNish (here’s my review)
  2. The Breaking of Eggs by Jim Powell
  3. July by Karen Roberts
  4. Leading the Cheers by Justin Cartwright
  5. The Flower Boy by Karen Roberts
  6. A Light-hearted Look at Murder by Mark Watson
  7. Half of the Human Race by Anthony Quinn
  8. The Knot by Mark Watson
  9. Astonishing Splashes of Colour by Clare Morrall
  10. This Other Eden by Ben Elton

Top Ten Tuesday: 2015 books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is ‘Top ten books I’m looking forward to in 2015 ‘. I prefer to read paperbacks, so I’m going to include books which came out in hardback in 2014 but aren’t published in paperback until 2015.

2015 books

  1. Time and Time Again by Ben Elton – I love Ben Elton’s books, they are always so readable
  2. Hotel Alpha by Mark Watson – Mark Watson is a great comedian and a very talented writer
  3. A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler – Tyler is probably my favourite author; I believe this will be her last book. A must read.
  4. Us by David Nicholls – Another funny and readable author
  5. Second Life by SJ Watson – I’m intrigued to find out how Watson will follow Before I Go To Sleep
  6. The Stranger by Harlan Coben – I read everything he writes
  7. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen – I enjoy her work
  8. Curtain Call by Anthony Quinn – I thought Half of the Human Race was great an I am interested in reading more by this author
  9. Funny Girl by Nick Hornby – Yet another funny and easy to read author
  10. The Children Act by Ian McEwan – I heard McEwan talking about this book at Hay last year, it sounded interesting.

Top Ten Tuesday: Sequels I can’t wait for

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is ‘Top ten sequels I can’t wait to get’. Unusually, there aren’t any sequels that I am really hanging out for at the moment, so this list is more along the lines of ‘ Top ten sequels I’d quite like to read one day’.

Sequels

  1. The Stranger by Harlan Coben – I always read books in Coben’s Myron Bolitar series as soon as I can.
  2. The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness – I have the first two in the series and would like to read the third.
  3. Stravaganza: City of Swords by Mary Hoffman – I’ve read all the other books in this series and love immersing myself in the fantastical world of historic Italy.
  4. Wonder: The Julian Chapter by R J Palacio – I loved Wonder and would probably enjoy a return to this world.
  5. Itchcraft by Simon Mayo – I’ve enjoyed the first two books in this series.
  6. The Death Instinct by Jed Rubenfeld – I thought The Intepretation of Murder was a fun read.
  7. Found by Harlan Coben – I haven’t thought much of the first two books in the Mickey Bolitar series, but I’m willing to give Coben the beneft of the doubt.
  8. Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater – I’m intrigued by a book in this series which concentrates on different characters
  9. Homecoming by Kass Morgan – The first two books in this series were fun, easy reads.
  10. Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch – I haven’t manged to finish Broken Homes yet, which is why this is at the bottom of my list.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I want to reread

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is ‘Top ten books I want to reread’. I don’t really reread, there are far too many books to read in this world to read ones I’ve already read, but if I did, these are the ones I’d pick.

1. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

His Dark MaterialsI have actually reread these books, sort of, in as much as I have listened to the audiobooks as well as reading the hard copies. Despite this, and the fact that they are children’s’ books, I still feel that I haven’t fully understood them. I absolutely love these books, they’d probably be my desert island pick.

2. Brazzaville Beach by William Boyd

Brazzaville BeachThis is one of my favourite books but I read it about 20 years ago, so I could probably do with refreshing my mind with it and seeing if I still love it as much as a proper adult.

3. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Chronicles of NarniaI think it would be intriguing to reread these books as an adult with the knowledge that they are full of religious allegory and see whether this spoils the enjoyment I got from these books as a naive child.

4. The Mortal Engines series by Philip Reeve and 5. This Other Eden by Ben Elton

Mortal Engines This Other Eden

I’m going to call my unborn daughter Wren Alexandra Rosalie, partially inspired by the characters Wren in The Mortal Engines and Rosalie in This Other Eden. So I should probably reread these books to be sure than the characters are good namesakes!

6. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

Uncle Tom's CabinI’ve just got back from a holiday in America. One of the places we visited was Harriet Beecher Stowe’s house in Hartford, Connecticut (and Mark Twain’s extraordinary house next door) which has inspired me to want to refamiliarise myself with her work.

7. The Snow Spider by Jenny Nimmo

The Snow SpiderI read this as a child and I remember thinking it was amazing but also being completely baffled by it. I have been meaning to reread it for years to see if it makes more sense to me as an adult.

8. Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie

Bet MeI think Crusie is probably the world’s best romance writer. If I ever needed a pick me up on a bad day, I’m sure I could cheer myself up by rereading one of her books and I think this is probably her best.

9. Milly-Molly-Mandy series by Joyce Lankester Brisley and 10. Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl

Two of my absolute favourite books as a child and I’m really looking forward to reading them to my daughter once she is old enough. I’m pretty much looking forward to rereading all of Roald Dahl’s books, it will be such a treat to have the excuse to rediscover them.

Milly Molly Mandy Fantastic Mr Fox

Top Ten Tuesday: Autumn TBR list

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is ‘Top ten books on my autumn to be read list’. As usual my real-life list is waaaay longer than 10 books, but I’ve picked the 10 I think I’m most likely to read in the next couple of months. 1-34-6 7-10

  1. The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion – I was so excited to be approved for a Net Galley ARC of this book this week! I loved The Rosie Project and, although I really didn’t think it needed a sequel, I can’t wait to read this!
  2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – I loved Eleanor and Park which I read earlier this year and I’m keen to read more by this author.
  3. The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey – I received a free copy of this at YALC in the summer and I’m looking forward to reading it as there’s quite a lot of buzz around this series.
  4. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell – A second entry for this author on my list.
  5. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd – I’m going to be on holiday in South Carolina this autumn and I’m going to read this then as it is set there.
  6. Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple – I picked this as a light read for my holiday.
  7. The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness – This has been on my TBR list for a while, I love Patrick Ness but I’m a little worried I might not like this book so I’ve been putting off starting it.
  8. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness – I really enjoyed the first in the series a couple of month ago an need to find time to plow into this hefty tome.
  9. Pop Goes the Weasel by MJ Arlidge – I read the first in the series last month and I’m interested to see how the series progresses.
  10. Conquest by John Connolly and Jennifer Ridyard – I received this from Bookbridgr, I’m a fan of John Connolly and this new series is intriguing.

What’s on your autumn TBR list? Have you read any of these books?

Top Ten Tuesday: To read or not to read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is ‘Top ten books I’m not sure I want to read’ (books you have bought but aren’t sure if you want to read them anymore).

This was a pretty easy list to compile as I am a book buying addict and I have loads of books which I intend to read but haven’t yet!

Room1. Room by Emma Donoghue

I’ve had this book on my shelves for a couple of years. I have heard rave reviews of this book, and I’m sure it is probably brilliant but I am put off by the subject manner. I’m not sure I want to read about a woman and her child who have been kept locked up for years and suffered abuse. It does not sound like a happy book.

More Than It Hurts You2. More Than It Hurts You by Darin Strauss

I bought this a few years ago after hearing a great podcast interview with the author. Again I’m a little put off by the ‘heavy’ subject matter, in this case Munchausen by Proxy. The book also has vey low rating on GoodReads, which doesn’t bode well.

Inheritance3.  Inheritance by Christopher Paolini

I’ve read the other books in this series and I feel like I should read this one, just so I have finished the series. However, ‘Brisingr’ was a real struggle and I haven’t manged to pick this one up yet, even though I got a copy as soon as it came out in paperback.

The Snow Child4. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

This look like a book I would love. The cover is beautiful and feels lovely and soft, the author has a lovely Welsh name, it has a wintery setting, it has great reviews; it all looks so promising. However, I read the first couple of chapters and it was so DULL and I haven’t bothered to pick it up again since.

The Un likely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry5. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

Just like the book above, this book has great ratings and loads of buzz about it, but I was bored stiff by the first few pages and couldn’t bring myself to continue with it.

Mutiny on the Bounty6. Mutiny on the Bounty by John Boyne

I bought this ages ago  because I’m fascinated by the story of the Bounty. However, I have never felt inclined to pick it up, even though I thought The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by the same author was pretty good.

Vicky Had One Eye Open7. Vicky Had One Eye Open by Darryl Samaraweera

I bought this book in a period when I was reading lots of books by Sri Lankan authors (my father was part Sri Lankan), after hearing it well reviewed on a podcast. However, the cover is so ugly I can’t bring myself to read it!

The Harsh Cry of the Heron8. The Harsh Cry of the Heron by Lian Hearn

This was another book I bought because I had read the rest of the series and felt duty bound to read another addition to the series. However, I think I’ve left it too long between reading these books and don’t feel familiar enough with the previous books to be compelled to read this one.

The Executor9. The Executor by Jesse Kellerman

I really enjoyed The Brutal Art by the same author, but this one has nowhere near as good online reviews, so I’m reticent to read it in case it spoils my opinion of the author.

The Little Friend10. The Little Friend by Donna Tartt

I absolutely loved The Secret History and I have been meaning to read this book for 10 years! But the cover is so so ugly and creepy that I just can’t make myself pick it up when there are so many beautiful books alternative to choose from.

Have you read any of these books? Are there any which I should definitely overcome my reticence and read?