#TopTenTuesday 10 Things That Make You Pick Up A Book #bookblogger

TOP TEN TUESDAY WAS CREATED BY THE BROKE AND THE BOOKISH IN JUNE OF 2010 AND WAS MOVED TO THAT ARTSY READER GIRL IN JANUARY OF 2018. IT WAS BORN OF A LOVE OF LISTS, A LOVE OF BOOKS, AND A DESIRE TO BRING BOOKISH FRIENDS TOGETHER.

The rules are very  simple:

  • Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a new topic. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want.
  • Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to THAT ARTSY READER GIRL in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.
  • Add your name to the Linky widget on that day’s post so that everyone can check out other bloggers’ lists.
  • Or if you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment.

THIS WEEK’S TOPIC IS THINGS THAT MAKE ME PICK UP A BOOK.

1.  COVER
I’m a total sucker for a pretty cover and have been known on many occasions to pick up a book based solely on what the cover looks like and having no clue as to what the book is about!

2.  FAVOURITE AUTHOR
If I like an Author then I’ll pick up anything they write!

3.  SUBJECT MATTER
If it’s a topic I love or am interested in and see a book about that subject, then I’m in!

4. OTHER REVIEWS
Reading other Book Blogs is EVIL(!) for finding out about new releases or old favourites that they’ve loved, or seeing a BookTuber rave about a title is another sure fire way of making me interested!

5.  TO COMPLETE A READING CHALLENGE
I do love a reading challenge and often finding titles that fit the prompts are a great way to widen your reading horizons and often make you pick up a book you’d never normally consider.

6.  AWARD WINNER
I’m often intrigued by some of the books that win awards, especially as they often aren’t the biggest sellers or ones you’d find other people reading, so part of me often wants to pick up a particular book and try and figure out why it has won… I am often none the wiser after reading said book either! 😉

7.  SET IN THE LOCAL AREA

Always gives me a thrill when I’m reading a book and recognise the place names!

8.  A BARGAIN BUY
Call me a cheapskate, but I do love finding a bargain so am often tempted by books I see on offer or part of a deal.

9.  IT’S PART OF A SERIES 
No use starting a series if you don’t finish it – if you enjoy it of course! – so I always love to carry on reading a story set over 3 books or more!

10.  IF IT HAS A GARDENING LINK
As a keen gardener, if there’s a link to nature or the outdoors then I am more easily persuaded to pick that book up – especially if it has photos too!

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Is there anything in particular that makes you pick up a book up?

#TopTenTuesday – Books I loved with fewer than 2,000 ratings on GoodReads #bookblogger

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

It’s just a good excuse for us to combine our love of books and lists and share them with the topics chosen for each week! This week the topic is Books I LOVED with Fewer than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads so a perfect one for me as I do love a quirky book that often isn’t read by lots of people!  So here’s my list after a good look through my GoodReads shelves!  I rated all these books with 5 stars and it’s actually shocked me to see how low some of the ratings figures are for some of these books! What is wrong with some people?! haha!!

The Lion Tamer Who Lost by Louise Beech

Baxter’s Requiem by Matthew Crow

Little by Edward Carey

Flames by Robbie Arnott

A Thousand Paper Birds by Tor Udall

The Visitors by Rebecca Mascull

Hiding From The Light by Barbara Erskine

Bookworm by Lucy Mangan

Ghostbird by Carol Lovekin

The Shifting Pools by Zoe Duncan

★★★★★

#TopTenTuesday Backlist Books I Want to Read

A topic I think we all as readers can resonate with this week!  As always, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely ThatArtsyReaderGirl and is open to all of us who want to take part!

And the topic this week is TOP 10 BACKLIST BOOKS I WANT TO READ!  A topic that has brought me out in a cold sweat!! I’m sure I’m not alone in having a TBR pile the size of Everest, and  picking out books for this week was no problem at all, but has made me find books I’d forgotten all about it!! Why is there never enough time to read more books?!

So here’s my list and maybe it will help kick me up the bum again in getting to these books in the not too distant future!! Click on title for a link to the GoodReads page!

Kill the Angel by Sandrone Dazieri

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Amnesia by Michael Ridpath

Without a Word by Kate McQuaile

A Map of the Dark by Karen Ellis

The Sealwoman’s Gift by Sally Magnusson

The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman

The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley

Swimming with Seals by Victoria Whitworth

The Plague Charmer by Karen Maitland

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Well that was fun! I’m now off to cry about the number of books on the shelves that I’ve not read yet…..

#TopTenTuesday The Longest Books I’ve Read #bookblogger

Another fabulous topic today for Top Ten Tuesday and that is the longest books you’ve ever read!  I love this choice from ThatArtsyReaderGirl who started the Top Ten Tuesday fun – please check out her site for upcoming topics!

So I’ve just headed back to GoodReads to sort through the stats and it has made for some interesting reading as I discover those big chunksters of books that I’ve picked up over the years!  Here’s a look!

The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio  – 909 pages

Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer  756 pages

Hiding From The Light by Barbara Erskine  – 736 pages

Angels & Demons by Dan Brown  – 736 pages

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova   –  704 pages

The Glass Lake by Maeve Binchy  – 704 pages

The Assassination of Marilyn Monroe by Donald H.Wolfe – 660 pages

Tara Road by Maeve Binchy  – 648 pages

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton  – 648 pages

Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer  – 629 pages

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books I could re-read forever!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

The rules are simple:

  • Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a new topic. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want.
  • Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.
  • Add your name to the Linky widget on that day’s post so that everyone can check out other bloggers’ lists.
  • Or if you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment.

This week’s topic is Books I Could Re-Read Forever.  What a topic!!!!  I don’t tend to re-read a lot anymore – the overwhelming TBR mountain might have something to do with that! – but there are many books that are always there for me on my shelves that I can happily go back to when the dreaded reading slump strikes. as I often find that going back to an old favourite is the perfect remedy – so prepare for a list of old favourites that never grow old!!

MALLORY TOWERS by ENID BLYTON

My childhood!!! The whole series was wonderful to me and I desperately wanted to go to boarding school so I could have the same kind of adventures as Darrell and her friends!

THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE aged 13 3/4 by SUE TOWNSEND

Adored this when  it came out as it felt so different to anything else I’d read and I still love to go back and see how awkward Adrian was!

 

NARNIA SERIES by C.S.LEWIS

The whole series had me captivated and I have our old local GP to thank, as he used to have a little lending library and he let me borrow these from that!

HARRY POTTER series by J.K. ROWLING

More escapism reading that I always seem to discover something new from everytime I pick it up to relive the magic!

REBECCA by DAPHNE  DU MAURIER

This was a fairly recent discovery for me, but it has taken a special place in my heart!

TWILIGHT by STEPHENIE MEYER

The initial book in this series had such an impact on me as a reader that I can always go back to it to get all the vampire feels!

BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY by HELEN FIELDING

Because!!! 😉

THE HOBBIT by J.R.R. TOLKIEN

I love all of Middle Earth so can happily read any of these time and time again!

THE BOOK THIEF by MARKUS ZUSAK

One of the first books I think that made me cry and it has done everytime I’ve read it since!!

ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND & THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS by LEWIS CARROLL

No list of re-reads can be complete without this world! Still discovering  new things from the stories everytime I read them and they are just as wonderful now as they were back in my childhood!

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Loved this topic today!  Had so much fun going back to some of my favourite books! Hope you’ve enjoyed it too! Any of these on your lists?!

Top Ten Tuesday; Books I love with the word Love in the title!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme now hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl.

And the topic this week, ahead of Valentine’s Day, is a love freebie so I’ve decided to list 10 books that I’ve read fairly recently that contain the word LOVE in the title!  Click on the book title if you’d like to read my GoodReads review!

Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford  –  4 stars

Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Charlotte Butterfield  –  4 stars

True Love at the Lonely Hearts Bookshop by Annie Darling  –  5 stars

The Proof of Love by Catherine Hall  –  4 stars

Can’t Buy Me Love by Jane Lovering  – 5 stars

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce  –  5 stars

The One We Fell in Love With by Paige Toon  –  4 stars

How To Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry  –  5 stars

The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild  –  5 stars

Everything Love Is by Claire King

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  I can highly recommend any of these if you’ve not already read them! What’s your favourite ‘love’ book title?!

Top Ten Tuesday – My Reads of 2017… so far!

Howdy!! GoodReads has informed me today that I’ve reached the number of 100 books read this out on my challenge!  I was shocked too LOL!  I always set a number on the challenge each year but never take much notice of it until I get the reminders!  I’ve found more time to read this year due to my ill health (I have M.E so that involves a lot of ‘resting’ and being stuck indoors) and Insomnia (what else is there to do at 2am other than read?!), but also I’ve found I’ve definitely been watching less TV as there hasn’t been many series that have grabbed me and I’ve spent many a happy evening with a bar of chocolate, a cup of tea and another book off the TBR mountain and that has really helped me reach this goal!  Plus I’ve also left the ‘chunkster’ (those massive brutes of a book that scare you when you look at how many pages there are!) books on the shelves and know I need to get round to reading them so maybe the numbers will tail off slightly when I start attacking those!!

And what a year it has been already book wise!  I’m sure I say it every year, but the quality of stories (and beautiful covers!) definitely seems to improve year on year, so as a reader I feel I’ve been spoilt for choice this  year in deciding what to read – and as my bookshelves will testify – there are still plenty of wonderful stories out there for me to discover!

Just thought I’d try and make a Top Ten out of the 100 as to my favourite reads of the year so far, and as I’ve scanned through the GoodReads Challenge list I have found it very difficult (VERY, VERY DIFFICULT!!)  as there have been so many fabulous reads this year! BUT, here goes with my Top Ten of books that have tugged at my heart strings, made me laugh, made me cry, given me chills or have

just  stuck with me a little more than others – in no particular order …..  click on the title if you’d like to read my review on GoodReads!

1.  The Wild Air by Rebecca Mascull

3.  The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

4.  The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

5.  We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter

6.  A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

7.  The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

8.  Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

9.  Little Teashop of Horrors by Jane Lovering

10.  Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

Nice little selection there eh to cover most genres!! Have to say I’m a big fan now of mixing up the genres that I read! Some of the books this year have been a little emotional so it has been nice to then go to something lighter and more ‘hopeful’ to give me a little break!  Been such a tough task though as, happily, I’ve managed to read a ton of fabulous books so far this year and just hope the second half of the year throws up just as many great reads!! 

What has been your read of the year so far?!  Would love to hear your thoughts!

HAPPY READING!!!