Top Ten Tuesday – 04.02.2020

It’s Top Ten Tuesday time again, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl. Today’s top ten is all about books on my TBR list that I predict will be 5* reads. I have some books on my list that I am so excited to read that it is hard to pick just ten, but here goes! Some are new releases, or yet to be released, and some I’ve had on my list for a while, but these are ten that I am determined to read in 2020.

  1. Son of Secrets – N.J. Simmonds
  2. This Vicious Way – Madeline Dyer
  3. The Seven Sisters – Lucinda Riley
  4. Time’s Convert – Deborah Harkness
  5. The Foundling – Stacy Halls
  6. Call Down the Hawk – Maggie Stiefvater
  7. The Guest List – Lucy Foley
  8. Ninth House – Leigh Bardugo
  9. Unborn – Rachel McLean
  10. One of Us is Next – Karen M. McManus

What potential 5* reads do you have on your TBR lists?


Top Ten Tuesday – 30.04.19

For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, we are looking at inspirational or thought-provoking quotes from books. Thanks as always to That Artsy Reader Girl for the subject.

I think my choice of quotes will be a very clear indicator of my favourite genre to read, and I’m afraid I have cheated a little bit and included a couple of my absolute favourite authors more than once, because I just love their work so much. So, here goes (in no particular order):-

  1. “One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”
    ― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel
  2. “It’s important in life to conclude things properly. Only then can you let go. Otherwise you are left with words you should have said but never did, and your heart is heavy with remorse.”
    ― Yann Martel, Life of Pi
  3. “If you never saw the stars, candles were enough.”
    ― Maggie Stiefvater, The Dream Thieves
  4. “He made her feel like more than the sum of her parts.”
    ― Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park
  5. “When she came to write her story, she would wonder when the books and the words started to mean not just something, but everything.”
    ― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief
  6. “It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them.”
    ― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince
  7. “His feelings for Adam were an oil spill; he’d let them overflow and now there wasn’t a damn place in the ocean that wouldn’t catch fire if he dropped a match.”
    ― Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven King
  8. “Many boys will bring you flowers. But someday you’ll meet a boy who will learn your favorite flower, your favorite song, your favorite sweet. And even if he is too poor to give you any of them, it won’t matter because he will have taken the time to know you as no one else does. Only that boy earns your heart.”
    ― Leigh Bardugo, Six of Crows
  9. “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
    ― Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan
  10. “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”
    ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

What are your favourite inspirational or thought provoking quotes from books?


Top Ten Tuesday – Audio Freebies

For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, we are talking about our favourite audio freebies, whether that is audio books, podcasts, music, whatever – as long as it’s free and as long as you can listen to it. Thanks as always to That Artsy Reader Girl for the topic.

This was a bit of a tricky Top Ten for me because I don’t often listen to audio books (I have an annoying tendency to fall asleep) and I have only recently discovered the wonders of the podcast. That said now I have discovered them, I am getting stuck right in.

First up in my Top Ten are a selection of podcasts that I am hoping will be invaluable to my research for my writing:


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  • Celtic Myths and Legends Podcast with Sian Esther Powell
  • Myths and Legends Podcast with Jason Weiser
  • Five Minute Folklore with Bob Shoy
  • Tales of the British Isles

Following hot on their heels, I have also recently found a couple that will help me brush up my writing skills too:

  • Writing Time – BBC World Service
  • The Creative Writer’s Toolbelt with Andrew J Chamberlain

Last but not least, everyone needs some fun free audio in their life:

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  • Overdrive
  • Spotify
  • Radio 1’s Rockshow with Daniel P Carter – BBC Sounds App

For those of you who haven’t heard of it before, Overdrive is an app that lets you borrow audio and ebooks using your library membership, and download them straight to the app. There are other free apps that do this, but Overdrive is the one that my county libraries use, and I love it.

Listing Spotify separately is a bit of a cheat because to be totally honest, that is where most of my podcasts were found. But, I first started using Spotify for the music, and that is why I still love it. Even better, if you can tolerate the occasional advert, it’s completely free.

Including something from Radio 1 feels really odd because if I am totally honest, I thought my Radio 1 days were well behind me! I tuned in last week to listen to one particular artist who was appearing, and ended up listening to the entire show. Maybe I’m not as old as I thought I was!


What would make your Top Ten?

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Top Ten Tuesday

For my first post since my decision to include more content on my blog, I am jumping on board with Top Ten Tuesday. Today’s subject is “Books on my spring 2019 TBR”. To read all about Top Ten Tuesday, and to see what subjects are coming up, head on over to That Artsy Reader Girl where you will find all the details.

I am currently in the middle of a book buying ban, but I am breaking it this spring, as no less than four of my special exempt authors are releasing new books very soon! Exciting times ahead. As such, my first four books in my top ten are brand new releases that I can’t wait to get my hands on!

1. The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare

2. Finale by Stephanie Garber

3. The Raven Coven by Emma Miles

4. The Path Keeper by N J Simmonds

These are books that I was going to be buying regardless of blurbs and book covers because I adore these authors. That said, how gorgeous are these covers!!!

The others are tricky because the book jar experiment means I never know what I am going to get. Besides the above, I already have a couple of new books belonging to the exempt authors group, so I will be slipping these in very soon.

5. King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

6. The Wicked King by Holly Black


That just leaves four more to choose, and these are books that I have been meaning to read for ages and am hoping come out of the jar very, very soon…

7. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

8. Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd

9. Eve of Man by Giovanna and Tom Fletcher

10. La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman


I bet none of you reading through this list can guess what my favourite genre is! :o)

I would love to hear all about the books you are most excited to read this spring, so please let me know in the comments.