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: Books I Want to Reread!

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

This week the topic is: Top Ten Books I Want To Reread (or if you don’t reread…would reread in an ideal world).

Well, this one is quite easy for me, as I set myself a Reread challenge this year because I’ve missed rereading my favourites since I started blogging. I used to reread a lot!

So far I’ve only managed two out of the ten, but hey ho…! Here are the 10 I chose:

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  1. Northern Lights (His Dark Materials #1) by Phillip Pullman
  2. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
  3. Peter Pan by J.M Barrie
  4. Sunshine by Robin Mckinley
  5. The Final Testament of the Holy Bible by James Frey
  6. The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffennegger
  7. The Gates by John Connolly
  8. 9. 10. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

I’m intrigued to see what’s made your lists!

Top Ten Tuesday: Battle of the Authors

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

This week the topic is: The Top Ten Authors You Own the Most Books By.

Ooooh I liked this one! There’s something really satisfying about having multiple books by the same author. I particularly enjoy my Derek Landy shelf because I have them all in hardback and they’re beautiful!

Firstly, here is my main bookshelf in all its glory. It’s actually quite tidy at the moment.

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1. Darren Shan (16)

  • The Saga of Darren Shan (12)
  • The City Trilogy (as D.B Shan, 3)
  • Lady of the Shades

2. Derek Landy (10)

  • Skulduggery Pleasant (9)
  • The Maleficent Seven

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3. William Shakespeare (9)

  • Hamlet
  • Othello (2)
  • King Lear
  • Twelfth Night
  • The Tempest
  • The Complete works of… (2)
  • Tales from Shakespeare

4. C.S Lewis (8)

  • The Chronicles of Narnia (7)
  • That Hideous Strength

5. Scarlett Thomas (7)

  • Dead Clever
  • Bright Young Things
  • Going Out
  • PopCo
  • The End of Mr Y
  • Our Tragic Universe
  • Monkeys with Typewriters

6. Rachel Caine (7)

  • The Morganville Vampires (7)

 

7. R .L Stine (6)

  • Assorted Point Horror (6)

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= Philip Pullman (6)

  • His Dark Materials (3)
  • Sally Lockhart (2)
  • Clockwork 

=Stephenie Meyer (6)

  • Twilight (4)
  • The Host

8. Stephen King (5)

  • The Shining/Doctor Sleep (2)
  • Needful Things
  • Cujo
  • Under the Dome

9. James Frey (4)

  • A Million Little Pieces/ My Friend Leonard (2)
  • Bright Shiny Morning
  • The Final Testament of the Holy Bible

10. Bateman (4)

  • Mystery Man (4)

I could keep going with the 4’s for a while  but I won’t. I also felt like I should have included Alice Hoffman and Susan Hill because I’ve read so many books by them, but for one reason or another I haven’t kept them all.

I’m especially interested to see everyone else’s list this week – feel free to leave a link to yours 🙂

Rereads Challenge Kick Off & Poll Results

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January was a good month reading wise, but I totally failed on starting most of my challenges. However, February is the month!

A few weeks ago asked the blogosphere for help in choosing two books to complete a list of 10 that I plan on rereading this year (you can check out my original post here if you missed it) .

The results are in:

The Time Travellers Wife by Audrey Niffennegger 40%

The Gates by John Connolly 20%

A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon 13.33%

The 10th Kingdom by Kathryn Wesley 13.33%

The End of Mr Y by Scarlett Thomas 6.67%

The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman 6.67%

Thank you so much to everyone who voted!

So, here is my final list of rereads. I’m not doing them in order or anything but I’ve just started Northern Lights. Whoop!

  1.  Northern Lights (His Dark Materials #1) by Phillip Pullman
  2.  Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
  3.  Peter Pan by J.M Barrie
  4.  Sunshine by Robin Mckinley
  5.  The Final Testament of the Holy Bible by James Frey
  6.  The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffennegger
  7.  The Gates by John Connolly
  8. – 10.  The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

Reread Challenge *Vote Now*

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As I mentioned in my Challenges and Goals post last week, one of the challenges I’ve set myself this year is to reread at least 10 of my favourite books.

Not many books make it onto my ‘books-I-can-read-again-and-again list, but the ones that have, have been neglected since I started blogging. Hence, this challenge.

The only thing left to do is to decide which 10 I want to reread this year. There are some I want reread for particular reasons, and others that I try to read once a year regardless. And then there are books that I count as favourites but that I’ve never gotten round to rereading.

Here are the books I’ve decided on so far, and I need your help to pick the rest!

1. Northern Lights (His Dark Materials #1) by Phillip Pullman: It’s been a good few years since I last read this so it’s long over-due another read. Plus, my mum is taking me to Iceland to *hopefully* see The Northern Lights in February, so what better book to get me all the more excited!? Eeeek!

2. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer: I still love this book. It’s trashy and flawed but I just can’t help but love it. GET OFF MY BACK. Last year was probably the first year since the book came out that I haven’t read it. I’m getting withdrawals.

3. Peter Pan by J.M Barrie: This is my favourite book of all time. I failed to read it in 2013 so it’s a must.

4. Sunshine by Robin Mckinley: I want to reread this before getting my hands on Shadows.

5, 6 & 7 The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins: I’ve read The Hunger Games 4 times, because clearly it is amazing. But I’ve only read the other two once each and my recollection of them is patchy, which I’m not happy about.

8. The Final Testament of the Holy Bible by James Frey: I love James Frey (which I’ve already declared once before) and this book was brilliantly insane. I’ve only managed to read it once since it came out in 2011.

And so, to your help. I have 6 more books in the running and only two spaces left, so please vote for your favourite below, or the one the you’d most like to read a review of. More details about the books below

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When Ariel Manto uncovers a copy of The End of Mr. Y in a second-hand bookshop, she can’t believe her eyes. She knows enough about its author, the outlandish Victorian scientist Thomas Lumas, to know that copies are exceedingly rare. And, some say, cursed.With Mr. Y under her arm, Ariel finds herself thrust into a thrilling adventure of love, sex, death and time-travel.

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Be careful what you wish for. A small town librarian lives a quiet life without much excitement. One day, she mutters an idle wish and, while standing in her house, is struck by lightning. But instead of ending her life, this cataclysmic event sparks it into a new beginning.

She goes in search of Lazarus Jones, a fellow survivor who was struck dead, then simply got up and walked away. Perhaps this stranger who has seen death face to face can teach her to live without fear. When she finds him, he is her opposite, a burning man whose breath can boil water and whose touch scorches. As an obsessive love affair begins between them, both are forced to hide their most dangerous secrets–what turned one to ice and the other to fire.

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A dazzling novel in the most untraditional fashion, this is the remarkable story of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who travels involuntarily through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course. Henry and Clare’s passionate love affair endures across a sea of time and captures the two lovers in an impossibly romantic trap, and it is Audrey Niffenegger’s cinematic storytelling that makes the novel’s unconventional chronology so vibrantly triumphant

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At fifty-seven, George is settling down to a comfortable retirement, building a shed in his garden, reading historical novels, listening to a bit of light jazz. Then Katie, his tempestuous daughter, announces that she is getting remarried, to Ray. Her family is not pleased – as her brother Jamie observes, Ray has ‘strangler’s hands’. Katie can’t decide if she loves Ray, or loves the way he cares for her son Jacob, and her mother Jean is a bit put out by the way the wedding planning gets in the way of her affair with one of her husband’s former colleagues. And the tidy and pleasant life Jamie has created crumbles when he fails to invite his lover, Tony, to the dreaded nuptials.Unnoticed in the uproar, George discovers a sinister lesion on his hip, and quietly begins to lose his mind.

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Young Samuel Johnson and his dachshund, Boswell, are trying to show initiative by trick-or-treating a full three days before Halloween which is how they come to witness strange goings-on at 666 Crowley Road. The Abernathys don’t mean any harm by their flirtation with the underworld, but when they unknowingly call forth Satan himself, they create a gap in the universe. A gap in which a pair of enormous gates is visible. The gates to Hell. And there are some pretty terrifying beings just itching to get out…Can one small boy defeat evil? Can he harness the power of science, faith, and love to save the world as we know it?

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‘The 10th Kingdom’ is a contemporary drama set in a fantasy world where magic and fairy tale characters come to life. This is an Alice in Wonderland for grown-ups and children alike, a witty and satirical reflection of contemporary society told as an epic tale of good versus evil. Follow the thrilling adventures of Virginia and Tony, a father and daughter from New York, who unwittingly find themselves in a parallel universe known as The Nine Kingdoms. Virginia and Tony join forces with a schizophrenic man-wolf, and Prince, a handsome golden retriever formally known as Prince Wendell, grandson of Snow White until his wicked stepmother turned him into a dog. The unlikely heroes then embark on an epic quest to save Prince from the evil Queen and restore him to the throne.