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Top Ten Tuesday: Freebie topic – book covers

This week Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and Bookish is a freebie week, so we can make a book themed top ten list of our choice. I’ve picked an inspiring topic which featured on Top Ten Tuesday a few weeks ago before I started participating but which I enjoyed reading: Top Ten Book Covers I’d Frame As Pieces of Art.

I limited my options to books and editions I own in order to reduce the almost infinite choice.


From this exercise I learned that I prefer book covers with illustrations rather than photographs; I like intricate illustrations in a limited colour palette; and I like book covers which resemble old-fashioned prints. I definitely prefer book covers which don’t feature people’s faces so that you are left free to imagine the characters for yourself.

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 books about friendship

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is ten books about friendship. Here’s my list; it took quite a bit of thought because I usually prefer books which focus on romance rather than friendship!

Serious Things Secret History Never let me go

My first three choices are books which similarly focus on the obsessive/envious friendships and rivalries which develop in school/college, particularly when the protagonists are hiding secrets.

Remains of the Day Secret Garden Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The next three are quiet ‘British’ stiff upper lip friendships with much deeper feelings. I particularly love the relationship in The Remains of the Day which should be a simmering romance but never gets past a very proper friendship.

Another Night, Another Day cover image

Next are two books I’ve read and reviewed recently, which is probably why they have stuck in my mind. Both show how friendships can help people through periods of depression.

Lord of the Rings Bel Canto

Finally, two very different books both with large ensembles of characters who forge friendships against the odds. I love Legolas and Gimli’s friendship in spite of the fact that their species are natural enemies in The Lord of the Rings. Bel Canto is my favourite book on this list with a beautiful range of friendships between hostages and their captors.

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Almost Put Down But Didn’t

As I’ve mentioned before I love lists and books! So I’ve decided to join ‘Top Ten Tuesday’, the weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is ten books I almost put down but didn’t.

Books I almost didn't finish

Here’s my list:

  1. Bitter River by Julia Keller (here’s my review)
  2. Enduring Love by Ian McEwan
  3. The Barbarian Nurseries by Hector Tobar (here’s my review on Goodreads)
  4. Girl Reading by  Katie Ward (here’s my review)
  5. The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
  6. The Tesseract by Alex Garland
  7. A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore
  8. The Case of the Missing Books by Ian Sansom
  9. The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro
  10. Making it Up by Penelope Lively

This was a hard one, it’s not the sort of thing I keep track of but I looked through my lowest rated books and tried to remember which were a real struggle.