#Top5Tuesday – Top 5 Summer Reads

Time for more fun courtesy of this meme created by Shanah over at Bionic BookWorm and for this week the tag is TOP 5 SUMMER READS.  Now that could be so many things to so many people, but for me I’ve taken it as books I’ve read and enjoyed with the word SUMMER in the title!!

So without further ado, here’s my picks!


Summer Secrets by Jane Green

Invincible Summer by Alice Adams

Summer of Love by Katie Fforde

Summer at Little Street Beach Bakery by Jenny Colgan

Summer at Shell Cottage by Lucy Diamond


So what is your favourite Summer read?!

Top 5 Tuesday – Books I’ve read beginning with J!

It’s Tuesday again! Don’t they keep coming round quick?!!  So time to take part in another fabulous Top 5 Tuesday, hosted by Shanah over at Bionic Book Worm, and her choice for the topic today is a FREE CHOICE!!  Endless possibilities!! But I’ve gone with books I’ve read and enjoyed whose title begins with a J – for June! Obviously!!  Nice and simple, so let’s get on with it!!

Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier

Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Just the way you are by Lynsey James


So what is your favourite ‘J’ read?!

Top 5 Tuesday – top 5 covers with green, purple, blue edition!

Hello! Yay for Tuesday!! And the latest choice from Shannah at Bionic Book Worm is for your Top 5 covers featuring the colours green, blue & purple!!  Looking forward to seeing all the choices this week and here’s my efforts after a quick scan of my bookshelves!  Even got my purple dragon to help me pick!!


The Road to Ever After by Moira Young

A stunning story, and a stunning cover with gold twinkly bits  all over it too! How could I not love it!!

Mrs Osmond by John Banville

A recent purchase from a library sale, bought purely for the stunning green cover that was so striking on the shelves! Hopefully the story inside will be just as good!


The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler

A book about books, magic and mermaids!! What’s not to love!


The Lido by Libby Page

Another recent read but such a striking and simple cover!!


Nation by Terry Pratchett

Another fabulous story from Mr Pratchett and I just love this cover!



Top Five Tuesday – red/orange/yellow covers

JUNE 5 – Top 5 covers with red, orange, yellow

Happy Tuesday!! Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Shanah at BionicBookWorm, to explore a wide range of topics in the bookish world!
And as you can see the topic this week is 5 favourite covers with the colours red, orange and yellow!  So here are my picks!! With a little help from Elmo of course!

Orlando by Virginia Woolf

Any excuse for a Penguin Clothbound Classic edition!

Thornyhold by Mary Stewart

Love the vintage feel of this cover

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

One of my favourite reads and I just love the simplicity of the red, black and white.

Larry and the Dog People by J.Paul Henderson

Another recent read that I loved for it’s funny but dark tones!

The Land of Decoration by Grace McCleen

This cover was the reason I picked this book up as I knew nothing else about it, but found the story fascinating!


Top 5 Tuesday – Science Fiction!

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Shanah at BionicBookWorm, to explore a wide range of topics in the bookish world! 

And this week the topic is your Top 5 Science Fiction Reads!  I’ve definitely increased the number of sci-fi books picked up recently as I used to be quite scared of them thinking they’d be too ‘out there’ or over my head! But there’s such a wide variety of science fiction explored now in books that it has lured me over to the dark side!!

Here’s my favourites off the top of my head!

The Long Way to  a small angry planet by Becky Chambers

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Station Eleven by Emily St.John Mandel

Divergent by Veronica Roth

The Power by Naomi Alderman


Top 5 Tuesday – Top 5 Intimidating Books

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Bionic Book Worm  which explores a number of different topics to get you all thinking!

So I’ve had a little think – my poor brain! – and come up with a list of 5 books that have always intimidated me for a number of reasons!  Hopefully you can put my mind at rest over some of them and I can finally stop being so scared!!


I have the set!  And it has been sitting in my wardrobe (hidden away) for a couple of years now!! I adore the TV show but the books just scare me, mainly due to their size!  It would be a great time for me to pick them up with the new TV series so far away… should I?!


Another one of those ‘chunkster’ books that has been hidden away in my wardrobe! The reviews are pretty impressive but it does warn of a lot of emotion and often heartbreaking and I’m really not sure I can cope with it! Have you read it?!

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

Another chunkster!! Over 700 pages!! I loved the early books in the Mortal Instruments series (this is book 6) but found myself not enjoying the last couple so not sure I can muster up the enthusiasm to put myself through all those pages in this one if I’m not going to like it – or care what happens lol!!


Loved The Muse by this author, and then got hold of a copy of this as heard so many wonderful things but never got round to picking it up.  I then made the mistake of watching the BBC version on TV recently – and really didn’t enjoy it so that has put me off picking the book up once more!


I’m always intimidated by books that have a big media ‘buzz’ about them and this one seemed to be everywhere for a while and it also seems to have very divided opinions! Some love it, others hate it!  Have a feeling I could be in the hate camp… if I ever picked it up!!


Do you have books that intimidate you?  Should I pick any of these up and get over my issues?!!