Top Ten Tuesday: Longest Books I’ve Ever Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. For more info please check out Jana’s blog.


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday had two options so I went for the second where you get to choose a past TTT topic that you haven’t done before and I went with the Longest Books I’ve Ever Read.



Coming Home by Rosamunde Pilcher

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Twenty Years After by Alexander Dumas

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens

Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens


That is my Ten longest reads. Please drop me a comment if you would like to chat about any of these books and please leave your link if you have taken part in TTT this week. 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Summer 2020 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. For more info please check out Jana’s blog.

Hello and happy Tuesday!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is an interesting one for me because as most of you know I’m not great with planning my reading as I am a mood reader. This in mind I have chosen ten books that I really want to read soon and hopefully I will get round to reading them over the summer.

The Lantern Men by Elly Griffiths

The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory

The King’s Sister by Anne O’Brien

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey

The 100 by Kass Morgan

Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession by Alison Weir

Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen by Alison Weir

Anna of Kleve: The Princess in the Portrait by Alison Weir


Drop me a comment with your Top Ten Tuesday link or if you have any thoughts on the books I have listed.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Added to my TBR and Forgotten Why

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. For more info please check out Jana’s blog.

This is a perfect subject for me because my TBR list is full of books I can’t remember why I added them. This will be hard to just choose ten so I have gone for authors I have never read before or indeed heard of before! I really can’t even remember adding these books to honest.


Penelope’s Daughter by Laurel Corona

With or Without Pulp by Michael J. Elsey

Grave Robbers by Sherry Allred

Apricots and Wolfsbane by K. M. Pohlkamp

Fawkes by Nadine Brandes

White Lady by Jessica Bell

The Mermaid’s Sister by Carrie Anne Noble

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Almost Midnight by Rainbow Powell



So that is my chosen ten. Please drop me a comment with the link to your Top Ten Tuesday and I will head over for a visit.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Give off Summer Vibes

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. For more info please check out Jana’s blog.


I love this week’s topic especially as at the moment we are having such lovely weather. This is a hard topic for me as I don’t tend to read books that inspire summer vibes and the ones that I have chosen you will probably find strange. Last year whilst sat on the beach I read a book of Gothic Tales and a horror story, not exactly summer reading but it is what I love. Anyway here goes…


Jaws by Peter Benchley


I know a book about a man eating shark doesn’t tend to set the scene for a nice summer but I loved it and it put me in a summery mood last year.








Five Get Beach Body Ready by Enid Blyton



Ok, this isn’t by Enid Blyton but they are her characters and they are characters that always made me think of the summer holidays. I loved reading this book and remembering how I loved to read The Famous Five, to me the Famous Five are all about having adventures on holiday.







The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame



What can be more summer inspiring than pottering around in boats on the river? Wind in the Willows gets my vote!








Beach Read by Emily Henry



This one I haven’t read but it is on my TBR list. The title says it all really.








Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote



This one inspires summery vibes in me because it is my dream to go on holiday to New York and have breakfast at Tiffany’s. We had planned to go this year but for obvious reasons this did not happen. Hopefully one day.






The Immortal City by Amy Kuivalainen



Another odd one but it is set in Venice where I also want to visit. The descriptions in this book of Venice are wonderful and when I read it last year it made me want to visit even more.







Chocolat by Joanne Harris



It has been a long time since I have read this book and I must admit I would like to read it again at some point. I know it has Easter Eggs on the front and part of it is set in the time of Easter but it is about chocolate and an isolated French village. To me it screams holidays!






Three Men in a Boat by Jerome. K. Jerome



Another boat related book. There is something so appealing about boating in the summer, or just water in general to be honest.









Swallows and Amazons



Ok, another boat related book and a children’s book but I read this as an adult and loved it! Summer holidays are for me about adventures and seeing new things.







The Heat Wave by Kate Riordan



This looks intriguing and it is currently on my TBR list. Set in the South of France it surely can’t help but promote summer vibes.







So that is my random selection of books that promote summery vibes for me. I know rather odd in places but it works for me. Please drop me a comment with your thoughts and also a link to your Top Ten Tuesday. Thanks for stopping by.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Reasons why I love Terry Pratchett

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. For more info please check out Jana’s blog.

I love this week’s prompt as it lets you choose your own thing, so I have chosen one of my favourites Terry Pratchett. Here are the ten books that make me love Terry Pratchett.

Reaper Man 


‘Death has to happen. That’s what bein’ alive is all about. You’re alive, and then you’re dead. It can’t just stop happening.’

But it can. And it has. So what happens after death is now less of a philosophical question than a question of actual reality. On the Disc, as here, they need Death. If Death doesn’t come for you, then what are you supposed to do in the meantime? You can’t have the undead wandering about like lost souls. There’s no telling what might happen, particularly when they discover that life really is only for the living…



The Fifth Elephant


They say that diplomacy is a gentle art. That its finest practitioners are subtle, sophisticated individuals for whom nuance and subtext are meat and drink. And that mastering it is a lifetime’s work. But you do need a certain inclination in that direction. It’s not something you can just pick up on the job.

Which is a shame if you find yourself dropped unaccountably into a position of some significant diplomatic responsibility. If you don’t really do diplomacy or haven’t been to school with the right foreign bigwigs or aren’t even sure whether a nod is as good as a wink to anyone, sighted or otherwise, then things are likely to go wrong. It’s just a question of how badly…





The Opera House, Ankh-Morpork…a huge, rambling building, where innocent young sopranos are lured to their destiny by a strangely-familiar eveil mastermind in a hideously-deformed evening dress…

At least, he hopes so. But Granny Weatherwax, Discworld’s most famous witch, is in the audience. And she doesn’t hold with that sort of thing.

So there’s going to be trouble (but nevertheless a good evenin’s entertainment with murders you can really hum…)


Carpe Jugulum


In a fit of enlightenment democracy and ebullient goodwill, King Verence invites Uberwald’s undead, the Magpyrs, into Lancre to celebrate the birth of his daughter. But once ensconced within the castle, these wine-drinking, garlic-eating, sun-loving modern vampires have no intention of leaving. Ever.

Only an uneasy alliance between a nervous young priest and the argumentative local witches can save the country from being taken over by people with a cultivated bloodlust and bad taste in silk waistcoats. For them, there’s only one way to fight.

Go for the throat, or as the vampyres themselves say…Carpe Jugulum


Guards! Guards!


This is where the dragons went. They lie … not dead, not asleep, but … dormant. And although the space they occupy isn’t like normal space, nevertheless they are packed in tightly. They could put you in mind of a can of sardines, if you thought sardines were huge and scaly. And presumably, somewhere, there’s a key…

GUARDS! GUARDS! is the eighth Discworld novel – and after this, dragons will never be the same again!




The Hogfather


Susan had never hung up a stocking . She’d never put a tooth under her pillow in the serious expectation that a dentally inclined fairy would turn up. It wasn’t that her parents didn’t believe in such things. They didn’t need to believe in them. They know they existed. They just wished they didn’t.

There are those who believe and those who don’t. Through the ages, superstition has had its uses. Nowhere more so than in the Discworld where it’s helped to maintain the status quo. Anything that undermines superstition has to be viewed with some caution. There may be consequences, particularly on the last night of the year when the time is turning. When those consequences turn out to be the end of the world, you need to be prepared. You might even want more standing between you and oblivion than a mere slip of a girl – even if she has looked Death in the face on numerous occasions…


Only You Can Save Mankind


It’s just a game . . . isn’t it?

The alien spaceship is in his sights. His finger is on the Fire button. Johnny Maxwell is about to set the new high score on the computer game Only You Can Save Mankind.

Suddenly, a message appears:
We wish to talk. We surrender.

But the aliens aren’t supposed to surrender—they’re supposed to die!





It’s bad enough being new on the job, but Teppic hasn’t a clue as to what a pharaoh is supposed to do. After all, he’s been trained at Ankh-Morpork’s famed assassins’ school, across the sea from the Kingdom of the Sun. First, there’s the monumental task of building a suitable resting place for Dad — a pyramid to end all pyramids. Then there are the myriad administrative duties, such as dealing with mad priests, sacred crocodiles, and marching mummies. And to top it all off, the adolescent pharaoh discovers deceit, betrayal – not to mention a headstrong handmaiden – at the heart of his realm.



The Wee Free Men


Armed only with a frying pan and her common sense, Tiffany Aching, a young witch-to-be, is all that stands between the monsters of Fairyland and the warm, green Chalk country that is her home. Forced into Fairyland to seek her kidnapped brother, Tiffany allies herself with the Chalk’s local Nac Mac Feegle – aka the Wee Free Men – a clan of sheep-stealing, sword-wielding, six-inch-high blue men who are as fierce as they are funny. Together they battle through an eerie and ever-shifting landscape, fighting brutal flying fairies, dream-spinning dromes, and grimhounds – black dogs with eyes of fire and teeth of razors – before ultimately confronting the Queen of the Elves, absolute ruler of a world in which reality intertwines with nightmare. And in the final showdown, Tiffany must face her cruel power alone…


The Monstrous Regiment


Polly Perks joins the Discworld army to find her brother Paul. “Ozzer” cuts off her blonde braids, dons male garb, belches, scratches, and masters macho habits – aided by well-placed pair of socks. The legendary and seemingly ageless Sergeant Jackrum accepts her plus a vampire, troll, zombie, religious fanatic, and two close “friends”. The best man for the job may be a woman.




So that is my Top Ten Favourite Terry Pratchett books. I love all of his books so it has been very hard to choose just ten.

Drop me a link to your Top Ten Tuesday!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Bought Because…

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. For more info please check out Jana’s blog.

This is my first Top Ten Tuesday! I have followed these on people’s blogs for quite a while now and so I thought I would give it a go. This week’s theme is ‘Books I Bought/Borrowed Because…’ However, I haven’t borrowed any books recently so I’m just focusing on books that I have bought.


Books I have Bought because they are pretty. 

I love pretty books hence why I have several copies of the same book!

As you can see some of these are sets. I will be honest I collect different editions of The Lord of the Rings and I can’t resist a pretty Christmas book.


Books I have Bought because of blogging

Since blogging and reading other people’s blogs I have bought quite a lot of books that I wouldn’t usually buy for myself. This has been great because I have discovered some fab new authors and genres.


Books I have Bought because they contain cats

I must admit I buy books that contain cats because of my husband because I am a dog person but I still read all the cat books and recently I seem to have bought a lot more cat books than dog books.


So there is my first Top Ten Tuesday. Please drop me a comment with the link to your TTT and will check it out. Also please drop me a comment if you have read any of these books.

Happy reading

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