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Top Ten Tuesday – 12th April 2022

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday question comes from  Deanna at A Novel Glimpse who has requested a list of the authors I haven’t read, but want to. I found this a lot harder than I thought because there are so many wonderful authors out there that I just haven’t got round to trying yet. I decided to split my list between some authors whose books I own, but still need to read, and some authors who come highly recommended, but whose books I am yet to purchase.

  1. Victoria/V.E. Schwab – I own The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue and I have watched numerous online chats that Victoria has given and her books all sound right up my street, but for some reason I have never got round to reading any of them.
  2. Jay Kristoff – I have owned the Nevernight series for a while, but even though I haven’t read a single page, I was totally won over by Jay in an online interview he gave, and went dashing out to buy the hardback edition of Empire of the Vampire from my nearest bookshop. It is a beast of a book though, and so far I just haven’t managed to squeeze it in between review commitments. I love Jay though – if you don’t already follow him on social media, I highly recommend it.
  3. Katherine Arden – In Katherine’s case, I have purchased the entire Winternight trilogy before even reading the first book, purely off the back of an interview that I read with her about the first book. It just sounded so wonderful and exactly the kind of book I love. In my head, they are books to be read curled up under a blanket in the middle of winter, so I think I will be setting aside some time this winter to really immerse myself in them.
  4. Stuart James – now, this is a tricky one. I know Stuart through a Facebook book group and have even met him (lovely guy), and I really want to support his writing. I have heard amazing things about his books, but quite frankly, I am a big fat chicken and I worry that they will freak me out! Just as soon as I can work up the courage though, I will be reading them!
  5. Holly Bourne – I have picked up various book by Holly Bourne, but something has always stolen my attention away from them for a variety of reasons. I am determined that 2022 will finally be the year that I will check her out!
  6. Colleen Hoover – I have added Colleen Hoover simply because her books seem to be everywhere I turn right now. I know very little about her writing, but with so many people talking about them, I feel a little bit like I am missing out.
  7. Meredith Russo – Meredith is an author who was recommended to me by a friend, and whose work I am interested to discover more about.
  8. Shea Ernshaw
  9. Elizabeth Acevedo
  10. Lara Avery

These last three entries on my list were recommended by my oldest, dearest friend, the one person in this world who knows me better than I know myself. I can guarantee, without a shadow of a doubt, that if she thinks I should read a particular author, then I will absolutely love them. As such, all three of these authors have made it onto my “Must Read in 2022” list.

Have you read any of the authors on my list? If you were to recommend one of their books as the best one to start discovering the writing through, which would it be? Which authors would make your Top Ten of authors you haven’t read yet, but want to?

As always, thanks to Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl for hosting!

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Top Ten Tuesday – 5th April 2022

Stage two of the plan to get me blogging more regularly again is to pick up with Top Ten Tuesday from Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week is a freebie week, so I am opting to pick up one of the prompts from March and share the top ten books from my Spring TBR pile.

The first four of these are upcoming releases, that I was lucky enough to receive ARCs for from NetGalley. They all sound fab and I can’t wait to get stuck in, especially to Danielle Jawando’s When Our World Collided because I adored her previous book. Keep an eye on things here because I will be sharing my reviews very soon.

  • Theatre of Marvels – Lianne Dillsworth
  • When Our Worlds Collided – Danielle Jawando
  • Hotel Magnifique – Emily J Taylor
  • The Thief – Megan Whalen Turner

The remaining six are all books that I have on my bookshelf – some of which have been there longer than they should have been!

  • Witches Steeped in Gold – Ciannon Smart
  • Ariadne – Jennifer Saint
  • Serpent & Dove – Shelby Mahurin
  • The Cat Who Saved Books – Sosuke Natsukawa
  • Ninth House – Leigh Bardugo
  • The Ten Thousand Doors of January – Alix E Harrow

What books are you most looking forward to reading this spring? Help me make my TBR even longer with your suggestions!

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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?

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Top Ten Tuesday – 14.01.20

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday from That Artsy Reader Girl is all about Bookish Discoveries I Made In 2019. 2019 definitely has to be one of the most exciting years for me so far in terms of new discoveries, and these are just a few of the highlights.

  1. Rachel Churcher – I am a huge fan of Rachel’s Battle Ground series, and if you haven’t discovered it yet, I can highly recommend it. You can read my reviews here:-
  2. Suzanne Rogerson – Suzanne is another author I was fortunate enough to discover last year, when I fell in love with her Silent Seas Chronicles. Suzanne featured a few times on my blog last year and you can read my reviews of her fantasy novels here:
  3. The Book Hive, Norwich – this is a little gem of a shop tucked away in The Lanes. It was recommended to me by a book club friend as somewhere I had to visit whilst in Norfolk, and it was well worth hunting down. It is a really quirky building, full of nooks and crannies to explore, and stuffed to the rafters with unusual and beautiful books. These are a couple of my finds from there.
  4. Malorie Blackman – I know I am a little bit late to the party here, but I only discovered Malorie’s brilliant Noughts & Crosses series when I was sent a Blind Date With A Book by the lovely KT Robson early last year. I cannot believe that I have waited so long to read this series!
  5. My local library – this is more of a rediscovery for me, but I had to include it. I used to belong to the library as a child and I was always there hunting down something new to read, but I only recently rejoined after years of not being a member. Our library is in the old school house where I live, and it’s a lovely little building. I hadn’t realised that joining would give me access to all the other libraries in my county, so I am busy exploring them now, and also taking advantage of being able to borrow audiobooks direct to my phone.
  6. Story Book Cafe Gifts – this is a fab little Etsy shop that I have used on a couple of occasions now for birthday presents and care packages, and they have always delivered beautifully presented gifts. I am definitely going to be a repeat customer here!
  7. Orenda Books – Since I first started blogging, I had people talking about Orenda, but it was only towards the end of 2019 that I read my first Orenda publication. Well, I was a fan from page one! I have recently finished my third of their books, and I can’t get enough of them. They are so original and surprising. You can read my reviews of the books I have read so far here:
  8. Library of Birmingham – KT Robson makes a second appearance in this top ten, as back in July 2019, we met up for a couple of days in Birmingham, mainly for a concert, but we also spent a good few hours exploring the most striking library I think I ever visited. If you are ever in the area, you really must pay a visit, especially to the Shakespeare Room and the Secret Garden.
  9. Camryn Garrett – I read Camryn’s debut novel, Full Disclosure, earlier this year, and aside from it being an insanely important novel, is the astonishing fact that Camryn was just 19 years old when it was published. I really can’t wait to see what she has up her sleeve next.
  10. This last one is sort of bookish, but comes in the form of a notepad – I am totally in love with Oxford Campus Notebooks. The paper feels so nice and is really easy to write on. They are just perfect for all the courses and first draft scribblings that I am working on at the moment.

What are your favourite bookish discoveries of the year? Help me make 2020 as exciting as 2019 with all your recommendations.

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Top Ten Tuesday – 07.01.20

The first topic of 2020 for Top Ten Tuesday is “Most Anticipated Book Releases for the First Half of 2020.” Many thanks to That Artsy Reader Girl for the topic.

There are so many books that I am looking forward to in 2020 that it was incredibly difficult to choose just ten for the first six months, but after much deliberation, this is my list – a couple are actually out today, and even more in the next couple of days, so if you don’t hear from me, that is why!

  1. One of Us is Next – Karen M McManus – 7th January (today)
  2. The Night Country – Melissa Albert – 7th January (today)
  3. Victory Day – Rachel Churcher – 9th January
  4. The Cake Fairies – Isabella May – 10th January
  5. The Foundling – Stacey Halls – 6th February
  6. Chain of Gold – Cassandra Clare – 3rd March
  7. This Vicious Way – Madeline Dyer – 11th February
  8. Unborn – Rachel McLean – 21st February
  9. The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes – Suzanne Collins – 19th May
  10. Son of Secrets – N.J Simmonds – 28th May

Aren’t they a lovely looking bunch?

What books are you most looking forward to in the first half of the year?

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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?

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Top Ten Tuesday – 23.04.19

It’s time for another top ten Tuesday, and today’s topic, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl is a look back at the first ten books that I reviewed. Now, I did review a few books here and there before I set up my little blog, but it was all a bit haphazard to be honest, so I thought I would make my top ten the first ten books that I reviewed here. Obviously I am a little bit biased, but I think this is a great list, and it actually contains some of my absolute favourite books that I have ever read, so it is great to be revisiting them. In order, from my first ever review up, here they are:-

  1. Blackbird – N D Gomes
  2. Isolation Junction – Jennifer Gilmour
  3. The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back – Sariah Wilson
  4. A Dangerous Game – Madeline Dyer
  5. The Toymakers – Robert Dinsdale
  6. The Cocktail Bar – Isabella May
  7. The Smoke Thieves – Sally Green
  8. The Songs of Us – Emma Cooper
  9. Legendary – Stephanie Garber
  10. Mary Rosie’s War – Catherine M Byrne

What was the first book that you reviewed? Can you remember your first ten?

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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!

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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

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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

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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.