Top Ten Tuesday: Who’s winning at the half-way mark?

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish (click the link t.o visit them) who pick a different topic each week.

This week the topic is…A freebie! Meaning we can choose any topic we like, or missed…

This couldn’t have come at a better time because I really wanted to do last week’s topic but missed it. I will therefore be doing my Top Ten Reads of 2016 So Far. Hurrah!

Links go to my review. 

All the Unicorns! (5/5)

Best of the Rest! (4/5)

  • Glass Sword (Wow, I’ve only just realised that I didn’t review this!)
  • Into the Dim
  •  The Crow Girl
  •  The Foreshadowing (Review coming soon!)
  • The Merciless
  • You Know me Well
  • Half a King (I read this around Christmas time and never got round to reviewing it. I really enjoyed it though.)

 

Feel free to leave your link and I’ll come see what topic you chose this week 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: All the LOLZ #FunnyFiction #TTT

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish (click the link to visit them) who pick a different topic each week.

This week the topic is…Top Ten Books to Make you Laugh

  • A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon: I found this book really funny as well as bittersweet and slightly heartbreaking. George was darkly hilarious without meaning to be.

“George Hall doesn’t understand the modern obsession with talking about everything. ‘The secret of contentment, George felt, lay in ignoring many things completely.”

 

  • Mystery Man & Dan Starkey by Colin Bateman: I feel like I’ve  talked about Bateman’s books too much on this blog since I started it,  but it’s impossible not to include both of his hilarious series on this list. They are black humour at its best. I did a whole feature on it here. And, Dan Starkey is a feckless journalist who finds himself in ridiculously stupid yet very sticky situations, constantly! [Review]

“Serial Killer Week got off to an inauspicious start when the opening wine and bean evening was invaded by a former prisoner who misinterpreted the poster, but he was at least able to give us the professional’s view of the genre.”

  • The Gates by John Connolly: Samuel Johnson and his dachshund, Boswell are a hilarious duo in John Connolly’s book about demon neighbours, portals, and the Large Hadron Collider. 
  • Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy: A sarcastic skeleton detective and a girl who kicks ass…what more could you want? 
  • Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins: Pitched as ‘Legally Blonde meets The Terminator’, this book was full of genuine laughs and also laughs from the ridiculousness of it. In a good way. It was a lot of fun. [Review]
  • The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell: I absolutely loved this book. I don’t think it was supposed to be a comedy so to speak but protagonist Samantha Whipple really made me laugh. [Review] 
  • Horns by Joe Hill: I’m not really sure why I found this book funny, but I did. It was pretty dark and twisted but the protagonist’s reaction to what was happening to him was amusing. [Review] 
  • The Martian by Andy Weir: Mark Watney provides some much needed humour in this book about one man stranded on Mars. [Review] 

    “If I could have anything, it would be a radio to ask NASA the safe path down the Ramp. Well, if I could have anything, it would be for the green-skinned yet beautiful Queen of Mars to rescue me so she can learn more about this Earth thing called ‘lovemaking’.” 

  • I am the Messenger by Marcus Zusak: It’s been a long time since I read this one so I can’t remember it in great detail, but I do remember that I loved Ed Kennedy’s self-deprecating sense of humour in it and that it made me laugh.

Top Ten Tuesday: Most recent top rated reads #TTT

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish (click the link to visit them) who pick a different topic each week.

This week the topic is…Top Ten recent 5 * reads

I very rarely rate books with the full 5 stars (or unicorns in my case), because 5/5 equals perfection right?! Therefore I’m going to do my ten most recent top rated reads, which are mainly 4*s with a few of those magical 5*s in there too.

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Links go to my reviews

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring TBR #TTT

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish (click the link to visit them) who pick a different topic each week.

This week the topic is…Ten books on my to-be-read list for Spring 2016

I’m not always great at looking ahead as far as new releases are concerned, but there are a few on my radar that I hope to get to. My list is also made up of older books on my TBR that I want to read this Spring. 

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What are you looking forward to this Spring?

Top Ten Tuesday: Fish out of Water #TTT

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish (click the link to visit them) who pick a different topic each week.

This week the topic is…Ten Books I Enjoyed Recently That Weren’t My Typical Genre

We all know that my favourite genre is YA but I do think it’s completely necessary to read other genres too, especially adult fiction. As far as AF goes, my comfort zones are crime fiction, thrillers and horror. After that, things get a bit sporadic and I flail around like that titular fish up there.

I like reading out of my comfort zone, although I don’t do it nearly enough. Probably because my success rate hasn’t been so great. Here are ten ‘uncomfortable’ books I’ve read in the last year or so and how successful they were in making me more prone to read that genre.

  1. Bookishly Ever After ~ Isabel Bandeira (YA Contemporary)

    bookishlyThis book only confirmed why I fell out of love with contemporary YA. It was so whiny and will they/won’t they it made me want to do a little sick in my mouth

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  2. Sixteen Sixty One ~ Natalie Lucas (Memoir)

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    I did enjoy this, in that I found it interesting. I was impressed by how it read a lot like fiction. That didn’t really help me believe it though… 

    Success Rate 60%

  3. The Frenchman ~ Lesley Young

  4.  Fearless ~ Devon Hartford

    (New Adult)

    frenchmanfearlessI was pretty surprised how much I enjoyed both of these steamy novels. We all need a bit of sexy trash in our reading now and again, right? And to be fair, they were a lot less trashy than I thought they would be.

    Success Rate 66%

  5. The Barefoot Queen ~  Ildefonso Falcones

  6. Rush of Shadows ~ Catherine Bell

  7. Burial Rites ~ Hannah Kent

    (Historical Fiction/Literary Fiction)

    barefootarc3burialIf these novels were anytting to go by (lesser so with The Barefoot Queen) then I should definitely read more historical fiction. It’s a genre that I always think I have to be in the right mood for, but I find that they are often more rewarding than other genres. 
    Success Rate 85% 

  8. You’re the One that I Want ~ Giovanna Fletcher

  9. After Wimbledon ~ Jennifer Gilby Roberts

  10. The Magic of Christmas ~ Trisha Ashley

    (Women’s Fiction)

    yourewimbwinter7I enjoyed all three of these books which I would class as ‘chick lit’ although I’m aware a lot of people don’t like that term. It’s another genre that I can’t read too much of as I feel like they can become quite samey. But I definitely enjoy the genre more than I let myself believe. Success Rate 80%

 

 

TBR Shelf Slaying in Action

I didn’t set myself any challenges or goals (apart from my annual Goodreads one) at the beginning of this year like so many of us do, because every year I have I’ve failed miserably. I do know however, that this year I NEED to start reading all of the (real) books that have been gathering dust on my to-be-read shelves.

Some of the books below have been sitting there for over five years, and some a matter of months, and this is why I’m nearly always on a book-buying ban!

Well, 2016 is the year My Friends. In an attempt to keep me motivated to pick these books up instead of buying new ones or requesting too many ARCs, I’ll be incorporating a TBR Shelf Slaying update on my monthly round-up posts.

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I’ve told myself that at the end of the year, anything over 30 books on this shelf are going to a charity shop (I’ve already taken 30!). Seriously, this book thing is like a sickness. They’re harder to get rid of than vampires. Help!

I will also do a monthly(ish) vote on which books I should choose, so please let me know if you loved or hated any of these!

  1. Only Ever Yours: Louise O’Neill
  2. Snow Queen: Hans Christian Andersen
  3. Half a King: Joe Abercrombie
  4. The Merciless: Danielle Vega
  5. Angel of Vengeance: Trevor Munson
  6. Amber Fury: Natalie Haynes
  7. Fairy Tales: Carol Anne Duffy
  8. Blood Storm: Sam Millar
  9. The Saint of Dragons: Jason Hightman
  10. Rover Saves Christmas: Roddy Doyle
  11. The Meanwhile Adventures: Roddy Doyle
  12. The Letter for the King: Tonke Dragt
  13. Beautiful Creatures: Kami Garcia
  14. Don’t Look Back: Erica Spindler
  15. Alice in Zombieland: Gena Showalter
  16. Iron knight: Julie Kagawa
  17. Red Bones: Anne Cleeves
  18. In Your Face: Scarlett Thomas
  19. Afterworlds: Scott Westerfeld
  20. Matched: Aly Conde
  21. The Red House: Mark Haddon
  22. Daughter: Jane Shemilt
  23. Amber: Amy Keen
  24. I Capture the Castle: Dodie Smith
  25. The Shadow of the Wind: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  26. The Prisoner of Heaven: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  27. The Fault in our Stars: John Green
  28. The Immortal Rules: Julie Kagawa
  29. The Sealed Letter: Emma Donoghue
  30. Daughter of Smoke and Bone: Laini Taylor
  31. No Time for Goodbye: Linwood Barclay
  32. Red Riding Hood: Blakely-Cartwright & Johnson
  33. Extras: Scott Westerfeld
  34. Being: Kevin Brooks
  35. Snow White and the Seven Samurai: Tom Holt
  36. The Ruby and the Smoke: Philip Pullman
  37. Sorry: Zoran Drvenkar
  38. The Historian: Elizabeth Kostova
  39. The Tiger in the Well: Philip Pullman
  40. House of Many Ways: Diana Wynne Jones
  41. The Story Sisters – Alice Hoffman
  42. Tipping the Velvet: Sarah Waters
  43. Middlesex: Jeffrey Eugenides
  44. Wizard’s Ward: Deborah Hale
  45. Arthur, the Seeing Stone: Kevin Crossley-Holland
  46. Trainspotting: Irvine Welsh
  47. Hand me Down World: Lloyd Jones
  48. The Book of Skulls: Robert Silverberg
  49. Deadkidsongs: Toby Litt
  50. Divine by Mistake: P.C Cast
  51. The Little White Horse: Elizabeth Goudge
  52. Magician: Raymond E. Feist
  53. Witch & Wizard: James Patterson
  54. Battle Royale: Koushun Takami
  55. The Unicorn Quest: John Lee
  56. The Unicorn Dilemma: John Lee
  57. Storm Glass: Maria V. Snyder
  58. Tempest Rising: Nicole Peeler
  59. That Hideous Strength: C.S Lewis
  60. The Colour of Magic: Terry Pratchett
  61. The Stolen Child: Keith Donohue
  62. Ice Orchids: Elena Yates Eulo
  63. Shadows: Amy Meredith
  64. Aralorn: Patricia Briggs
  65. Dublin Express: Colin Bateman
  66. Heaven Eyes: David Almond
  67. Jamrach’s Menagerie: Carol Birch
  68. The Forgotten Garden: Kate Morton
  69. Banquet of the Damned: Adam L.G. Nevile
  70. Fountain Society: Wes Craven
  71. The Dovekeepers: Alice Hoffman
  72. The Fire-eaters: David Almond
  73. Odin’s Voice: Susan Price
  74. An Arthurian Reader: John Matthews (editor)
  75. The Demonologist: Andrew Pyper
  76. The Trade Mission: Andrew Pyper
  77. Monkeys with Typewriters: Scarlett Thomas
  78. The Foreshadowing: Marcus Sedgwick
  79. The Sirens of Titan: Kurt Vonnegut
  80. Two Women: Martina Cole
  81. The Star’s Tennis Balls: Stephen Fry

Top Ten Tuesday: Music & Books #TTT

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish (click the link to visit them) who pick a different topic each week.

This week the topic is…all about music & books

I haven’t joined in with TTT for a while now. I decided I wanted to concentrate more on original blog content than too many memes, but I’ll still be joining in when the topic excites me. For my take on this topic I’ve chosen to do books I love that have a musical theme or characters.

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  1. Lost Souls: Poppy Z Brite
  2. Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist: Cohn & Levithan
  3. Stargirl: Jerry Spinelli
  4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Stephen Chbosky 
  5. To Major Tom: Dave Thompson

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  6. The Crow: James O’Barr
  7. Will Grayson, Will Grayson: John Green & David Levithan
  8. The Morganville Vampires series: Rachel Caine
  9. The Vampire Lestat: Anne Rice
  10. Seraphina: Rachel Hartman

Have you tried any of these? What did I miss out?

 

Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-me Authors of 2015 #TTT

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish (click the link to visit them) who pick a different topic each week.

This week the topic is: The Top Ten New-to-me Authors of 2015.

I discovered lots of wonderful new authors in 2015, as well as reading some of my all-time favourites. It’s been a good year!

Here is my top ten books I read in 2015 by authors I’d never read before…some were completely new to me, and others I had been meaning to read for a long time!

  1. Benjamin Alire Saenz ~ Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
  2. Rosamund Lupton ~ The Quality of Silence
  3. Victoria Aveyard ~ Red Queen
  4. Erin Bowman ~ Vengeance Road
  5. Rachel Hawkins ~ Rebel Belle
  6. Joe Hill ~ Horns
  7. James Dawson ~ Cruel Summer
  8. Kim Newman ~ An English Ghost Story
  9. Alex Bell ~ Frozen Charlotte
  10. Natasha Carthew ~ The light that Gets Lost

Top Ten Tuesday: Books to be Thankful for! #TTT

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish (click the link to visit them) who pick a different topic each week.

This week the topic is: Thanksgiving Freebie – I’m going for 10 Books I’m thankful for…

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  1.  The Chronicles of Narnia: I will always be thankful for this series; it has inspired me my whole life!
  2.  Twilight: As much as this book started a whole trend of bad teen vampire fiction, it also put YA on the map, and I don’t think the young adult genre would be the same without it.
  3. Harry Potter: I’ve never read them, but even I know that people’s (adults) opinions on ‘kids’ books would not be as favourable as they are today without Rowling’s series.
  4. A Million Little Pieces: I think this is the book I’ve read the most. It taught me that beautiful things can come out of suffering, and that people can overcome anything with hope and determination.
  5.  Slaughterhouse 5: I think everyone should read this anti-war book, which is completely batshit and poignant all at the same time.
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  7. The End of Mr. Y: This book introduced me to one of my favourite British authors.
  8. Interview with a Vampire: I’m glad this book exists for the sole purpose of reminding me how vampire should be!
  9.  The Hunger Games: I’m thankful for these books mainly because they’ve given me so much fangirling/ranting material.
  10. The Time Traveller’s Wife: This book reminded me that literary fiction can be amazing, and that I shouldn’t just read YA all the time!
  11.  Burial Rites: Same as above!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends! 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Please Sir, I’d Like Some More…

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish (click the link to visit them) who pick a different topic each week.

This week the topic is: Top Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novel (because when you love a debut you just are ITCHING to get your hands on the author’s second book).

Hmm I didn’t even know what a ‘Sophomore Novel’ was until this topic came up, but now I know! However, I’m still going to change my list up slightly and look at authors that I’ve only read one book by but desperately want to read more of.

That’s pretty much the same, right?

In no particular order…

1. Rachel Hawkins: I loved Rebel Belle and would like to carry on the series…but just haven’t. Sigh.

2. Benjamin Alire Saenz: LOVED, LOVED LOVED Aristotle & Dante and now I need to read EVERYTHING this guy writes.

3. Kim Newman: I’ve been meaning to read Anno Dracula since it came out but still haven’t gotten round to it. After recently reading and loving his An English Ghost Story, I want to read more by him more than ever.

4. Erin Bowman: Loved her recent YA Western, Vengeance Road and would love to see more from her.

5. Joe Hill: Horns was great and I’ve heard great things about his other books too. I really want to read Heart-Shaped Box and Nos482.

6. Devon Hartford: I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed the steamy Fearless, and I bought the second book in the series straight away but haven’t got to it yet.

7. Rosamund Lupton: I absolutely adored The Quality of Silence earlier this year. It was the first one I’d read of hers but I now need to go read everything she’s done!

8. James Dawson: I’ve only read Cruel Summer so far and it was great! More please.

9. Victoria Aveyard: Red Queen was awesome, I loved it, despite being bored of all the YA Dystopia out there at the moment. I can’t wait for book 2!

10. M.R Carey: The Girl with all the Gifts was a great horror read, I wouldn’t hesitate to read more.