Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Make Me Smile

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 everyone!

I hope this blog post finds everyone well. This weeks post is about books that make you smile and I will be honest I have a lot of books that make me smile but I promise I will try to keep it to just ten choices.

1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I simply love this book and each time I read it I discover something new to smile about. I love Mrs Bennet’s random outburst, Mr Bennet’s comments about his wife, and of course the ridiculous Lydia and Kitty.

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2. Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett

I will be honest I could list all the Discworld novels as books that make me smile but I have chosen this one because I simply love it.

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3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling

This is my favourite Harry Potter book and it is because we meet Bill and Charlie Weasley and get to experience a bit more of the life of the Weasley family. It just makes me smile to read about such a wonderful family.

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4. Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot

This little book is a little book of magic for me, I absolutely love the poems and just smile from ear to ear when I read it.

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5. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Another book I have read over and over again over the years and can never get enough of. I just adore the love and friendships between the four sisters and seeing how they grow up and Jo March was always my favourite.

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6. Going Postal by Terry Pratchett

Ok, I did say only one discworld novel but I couldn’t help myself. This is the first book with Moist Van Lipwig and it contains Golems who are just brilliant. This is a definite laugh out loud book.

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7. Matilda by Roald Dahl

My favourite Roald Dahl book of all time. I love the story of Matilda, a young girl completely different from her family defying all the odds.

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8. The Martian by Andy Weir

I read this book after I had seen the film and I must admit I much prefer the book even though I love the film. There are such amazing lines in this book that you can’t help but laugh at.

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9. Cat Out Of Hell by Lynne Truss

I bought this book because it intrigued me and I must admit I loved reading it even if it was completely different to what I was expecting.

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10. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

As you can see by the tatty cover this book has been read loads of times. It is my comfort blanket that I read often and it always makes me smile.

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So, there is my Top Ten Tuesday. Please drop a comment with your Top Ten Tuesday and I will head over for a visit.

Happy Reading.

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WWW Wednesday: 8/07/2020

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

The rules are answer the questions below and share a link to your blog in the comments section of Sam’s blog.

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you will read next?

 

Happy Wednesday!

Here is the latest update on this weeks reading!

 

What I am currently reading

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I can’t put this down! Think it will be finished today because I’m desperate to see who did it.

 

What I have recently finished reading

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Really enjoyed this book. If you want to read the review click here.

 

What I will read next

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This is definitely next because I just love the series so far.

So that is my WWW, please drop me a comment with a link to your WWW and I will head over to give it a read.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I’ve Read the Most Books By

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!

I love the idea of this weeks post as I have many favourite authors.

Here are the authors I’ve read the most books by:-

Sir Terry Pratchett

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Sir Terry Pratchett is definitely number one because I have read all of his Discworld series and many other books he has written. I just can’t get enough of his work and hope to be able to read all of his books one day.

Total Read: 62

 

 

Philippa Gregory

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I have read all of Gregory’s Plantagenet and Tudor books and the Order of Darkness series.

Total Read: 8

 

 

 

 

J. R. R Tolkien

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I used to read The Lord of the Rings trilogy every year and I read anything Tolkien.

Total Read: 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeffrey Archer

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I went through a big stage of reading Jeffrey Archer’s books but haven’t read any for a while.

Total Read: 16

 

 

Roald Dahl

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An absolute childhood favourite and I still read his books now.

Total Read: 10

 

 

 

 

 

J. K. Rowling

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Another favourite!

Total Read: 9

 

 

 

 

Dianne Duvall

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Another favourite although haven’t read any of her new books.

Total Read: 10

 

 

 

 

 

George. R. R. Martin

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The most frustrating author I read. When will he finish The Winds of Winter!

Total Read: 7

 

 

 

 

Anne Rice

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My cousin used to lend me The Vampire Lestat books, they were all first editions and I remember looking after them like they were gold dust!

Total Read: 6

 

Alison Weir

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Currently going through a massive Weir phase at the moment so this number will be increasing soon.

Total Read: 6

 

 

So there it is, my Top Ten Most Read Authors. As you can see Sir Terry Pratchett wins by miles.

Drop me a comment if you want to chat!

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All The Lonely People by Mike Gayle (ARC Review)

All the Lonely People by Mike Gayle

About the author

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Mike Gayle was born and raised in Birmingham. After graduating from Salford University with a degree in Sociology, he moved to London to pursue a career in journalism and worked as a Features Editor and Agony Uncle. He has written for a variety of publications including The Sunday Times, Guardian and Cosmopolitan.

Mike became a full time novelist in 1997 following the publication My Legendary Girlfriend. Since then he has written thirteen novels and his books have been translated into more than thirty languages.

Blurb

Hubert Bird is not alone in being alone.

He just needs to realise it.

In weekly phone calls to his daughter in Australia, widower Hubert Bird paints a picture of the perfect retirement, packed with fun, friendship and fulfilment.

But Hubert Bird is lying.

The truth is day after day drags by without him seeing a single soul.

Until, that is, he receives some good news – good news that in one way turns out to be the worst news ever, news that will force him out again, into a world he has long since turned his back on.

Now Hubert faces a seemingly impossible task: to make his real life resemble his fake life before the truth comes out.

Along the way Hubert stumbles across a second chance at love, renews a cherished friendship and finds himself roped into an audacious community scheme that seeks to end loneliness once and for all . . .

Life is certainly beginning to happen to Hubert Bird. But with the origin of his earlier isolation always lurking in the shadows will he ever get to live the life he’s pretended to have for so long?

Review

I was so excited to start this book and it did not disappoint although I did struggle to get into it to begin with. This book was an emotional rollercoaster that also had some surprises thrown into the mix that had me very surprised.

The character of Hubert Bird is a wonderful one, you just can’t help but love him and also feel dreadfully sorry for him at times. Hubert came to England from Jamaica to find a better life and instead he found low paid work and racism. However, he also found Joyce. Joyce and Hubert loved each other through all the odds and their love remained strong, even when it meant Joyce’s family throwing her out and never allowing her back.

This story finds Hubert who has had one too many knocks in his life and so has chosen to isolate himself from everyone including his best friend Gus. Now Hubert spends his days with Puss the cat and a weekly phone call from his daughter Rose who lives in Australia but Hubert tells Rose he is never home and always out with friends so when she says she is coming home for a visit Hubert has to find friends quick so Rose doesn’t find him out.

In walks my next favourite character Ashleigh and her young daughter Layla. Ashleigh is a young single mother who goes knocking on Hubert’s door and she doesn’t give in till she has made Hubert her friend.

This story is so endearing and very true in so many respects, there are many lonely people in this world and because of the speed everyone lives their lives these people often get forgotten and left behind. This book highlights that things can be done to help these lonely people if people take the time to help.

Gayle’s writing in this book is beautiful and how he moves from the past to present is flawless. I highly recommend this book to everyone who is looking for a beautiful story with a wonderfully poignant meaning. I really enjoyed this book but it did take a while to hook me in, although once I was hooked I could not put it down. I give this book 4 out of 5 Dragons. Thank you to NetGalley and Hodder and Stoughton for the ARC.

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WWW Wednesday: 1/07/2020

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

The rules are answer the questions below and share a link to your blog in the comments section of Sam’s blog.

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you will read next?

 

It’s that time again! I’m really getting back into my reading at the moment and I am loving it!

What I am currently reading

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I started this yesterday and at the moment I am bit unsure with the story but we will wait and see.

 

What I have recently finished reading

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I loved this book so much and can’t wait to read the next one.

 

What I think I will read next

 

It will be either of these, not sure which one will be first yet though.

That is it for another week. Please drop me a comment if you want to chat about any of these books and of course drop me link with your WWW Wednesday and I will head over for a visit.

 

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June 2020: Wrap Up

Hello!

The last day of June is here so it is time for the Wrap Up. Remember click the picture for the review!

 

Books I read in June

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

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Pages: 517

Format Read: Hardcover

Dragons: 5/5

 

 

 

 

Rain Before Rainbows by Smriti Prasadam-Halls

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Pages: 32

Format Read: Kindle

Dragons: 5/5

 

 

 

The Avengers, Vol 1 by Brian Michael Bendis, John Romita Sr.

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Pages: 112

Format Read: Kindle

Dragons: 4/5

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The Queen’s Rival by Anne O’Brien

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Pages: 384

Format Read: NetGalley

Dragons: 4/5

 

 

 

 

Arthur: Prince of the Roses by Alison Weir

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Pages: 54

Format Read: Kindle

Dragons: 3/5

 

 

 

 

The Blackened Heart by Alison Weir

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Pages: 45

Format Read: Kindle

Dragons: 4/5

(Review pending)

 

 

 

Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession by Alison Weir

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Pages: 544

Format Read: Hardcover

Dragons: 5/5

(Review pending)

 

 

Total book read: 7

Total pages read: 1688

So that is my June. Some good books read and more pages read than May. Let’s hope July is just as good.

Drop me a comment with the links to your monthly wrap ups and please let me know your thoughts on any of the books I have read.

Happy Reading!

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Arthur: Prince of the Roses by Alison Weir (E-Short Review)

Arthur: Prince of the Roses by Alison Weir

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About the author

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Alison Weir was born in 1951 and is a British writer of history books, and latterly historical novels, mostly in the form of biographies about British Royalty.

Blurb

Arthur, the first Tudor prince, is raised to believe that he will inherit a kingdom destined to be his through an ancient royal bloodline. He is the second Arthur, named for the legendary hero-king of Camelot.

To be a worthy ruler, he must excel at everything – and show no weakness. But Arthur is not strong, and the hopes of England weigh heavy on his slight shoulders. And, all the while, his little brother Harry, the favoured, golden son, is waiting in the wings.

Review

I will be honest I was very excited to find that there were e-shorts to accompany Alison Weir’s Six Tudor Queens series, so I immediately downloaded the first two and read them.

This e-short is about Arthur and is written from his point of view. Arthur has a lot to live up to and I couldn’t help but feel sorry for him. He was named after the great Arthur of Camelot who is legendary and his story inspires everyone, a lot for a young boy to think about growing up. He couldn’t help but feel pressurised without the knowledge of also been the oldest son and next in line to the English throne. Everything was stacked up against him.

I really liked how Weir had got into the head of Arthur. He was only young when he died and hardly lived life and Weir perfectly put this across. Weir showed a young boy who knew he would never be as good as his little brother and just wanted to be with his mother which wasn’t allowed.

This story really made me feel for Arthur and want to read a little more about him, in fact if Weir decided to do a full length story about him I would happily read it. I was disappointed with how short it was. I gave this e-short 3 out of 5 Dragons just because I found it too short and wanted that bit more. This was only 99p from Amazon which made it even better!

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First Lines Friday: 26/06/2020

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

 

Hello!

It is time for another guessing game? Remember the answer is below the cats!

Here we go…

10th July 2007

She has been walking for a long time. It’s funny but she hadn’t thought that there was so much space in England. The map, which she printed out in the library at school, seemed to show the youth hostel here, somewhere in this sea of green, but now that she’s walking, in her special shoes with her backpack on, there’s no sign of any buildings anywhere.

 

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and the answer is…

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Everything has changed for Dr Ruth Galloway.

She has a new job, home and partner, and is no longer North Norfolk police’s resident forensic archaeologist. That is, until convicted murderer Amyas March offers to make DCI Nelson a deal. Nelson was always sure that March killed more women than he was charged with. Now March confirms this, and offers to show Nelson where the other bodies are buried – but only if Ruth will do the digging.

Curious, but wary, Ruth agrees. March tells Ruth that he killed four more women and that their bodies are buried near a village bordering the fens, said to be haunted by the Lantern Men, mysterious figures holding lights that lure travellers to their deaths.

Is Amyas March himself a lantern man, luring Ruth back to Norfolk? What is his plan, and why is she so crucial to it? And are the killings really over?

 

How did you do? Please drop a comment with a link to your First Lines Friday and I will head over to see if I can guess the book.

Happy Friday!

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WWW Wednesday: 24/06/2020

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

The rules are answer the questions below and share a link to your blog in the comments section of Sam’s blog.

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you will read next?

 

Welcome to my WWW Wednesday!

Thankfully this week I have done more reading than last week.

 

What I am currently reading

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Started this a few days ago and must admit that today I can’t put it down. You just can’t beat reading a good book on a nice sunny day.

 

What I have recently finished reading

I really enjoyed The Queen’s Rival and the review is here. The other two are E-shorts which I also really enjoyed especially The Blackened Heart reviews will follow shortly.

 

What I think I will read next

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I have recently been accepted on NetGalley to get an ARC of this, so I will read it next so I can review it before publication. I’m very excited as I discovered Mike Gayle this year and love his books.

So that is it for another week. Please leave me a comment with your WWW link and I will head over or if you want to chat about the books I have listed today.

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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.

Hello!

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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