Top 5 Tuesday: Books That Got Me Into Reading

Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm, and now being hosted by Meeghan reads.

Hello!

The theme this week is brilliant because I will be honest when I was little I didn’t do much reading until my big sister introduced me to some fantastic books and then I soon became a book addict. So here are 5 of the books that helped get me into reading.

I remember reading this book when I was rather young. It took me a long time to get through it but I loved it. I have read it many times since then and now I realise it is quite a short book but when I was young it felt like a very long book.

My sister bought me for Christmas one year when I was little, a big pile of individually wrapped abridged classics. The first thing that amazed me was that my sister had wrapped all these books as she hates wrapping presents. Then the excitement of having all these wonderful books to read hit me. After Christmas we went to Scotland to celebrate New Year with my other sister and during the car journey I read some of these books and A Tale of Two Cities was one of them and I loved it. I then promptly got the full edition and read it all and have read it many times since. This book cemented my love of Dickens and reading.

I always have to include Jane Austen as one of my authors who cemented my love of reading. I have read all of her books more than once and love them all even the annoying Emma. Pride and Prejudice was the second Austen I ever read and it is a firm favourite.

This was the first ever Terry Pratchett book I read. I got my mom to join a book club to get a limited edition of The Lord of the Rings and three Terry Pratchett books. I remember being curled up in the armchair reading this book thinking I will just read one chapter then go and practice the flute and soon realised there were no chapters and just kept on reading. I then became a Pratchett addict and have been ever since.

Finally, I have gone for my favourite trilogy The Lord of the Rings. I usually read another edition that I own which contains all three books in the one, so I count it as one book in my mind. I love The Lord of the Rings and have read it so many times. This trilogy cemented my love of all things fantasy.

So there is my Top 5 Tuesday! Please drop me a comment with your Top 5 Tuesday and I will head over for a visit as I love to see everyone’s answers.

Happy Reading

WWW Wednesday: 10/03/2021

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?

Hello!

Welcome to one of my favourite posts of the week. I love WWW Wednesday because I just love seeing what everyone is reading and enjoying.

What I am Currently Reading

I’m really enjoying this so far.

What I have Recently Finished Reading

I loved both of these books but I will be honest I could not put down Worst Martian Playlist.

Things in Jars

What I think I will Read Next

Definitely one of these three. They all look so good!

There is my reading update, please drop me comment with yours!

Happy Reading

Top 5 Tuesday: Books from your Childhood

Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm, and now being hosted by Meeghan reads.

Hello!

I love this week’s topic as I have so many books that I loved as a child and still love and read today.

So here are my top choices.

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Toad! I think Toad is one of the reasons I love frogs and toads, he is such a funny character and my favourite story is about Toad and his motorcar.

Matilda by Roald Dahl

I have very fond memories of this book and I still remember the day my sister gave me this book, we were sat in the kitchen and I remember being so excited to start reading it.

The Tale of Tom Kitten by Beatrix Potter

I love all the Beatrix Potter stories but I chose Tom Kitten today because he is rather a fat little kitten and reminds me of my rather tubby cats.

Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne

Eeyore! I am obsessed with Eeyore, the house is full of Eeyores. My poor long suffering husband despairs when another turns up in the house. I adore all the Winnie the Pooh stories but the very best always include my beloved Eeyore.

The Brambly Hedge stories by Jill Barklem

I have fond memories of these stories and I recently bought the treasury for my best friend’s little boy because I wish to pass on the joy they brought me.

So there are just some of my favourites. What were your favourite children’s books? Remember please drop me a comment if you want to chat.

Happy Reading

WWW Wednesday: 24/02/2021

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?

Hello!

I hope everyone is having a good week so far.

Here is my reading update…

What I am Currently Reading

Just started this today and only 24 pages in as I have read it in gaps between teaching as all my spare time has been used wrestling with an essay, but so far I am really enjoying it. It took me a bit to get used to Kidd’s writing style as she is very descriptive but I’m hooked!

What I have Recently Finished Reading

Loved this and found it highly amusing. Review will follow shortly.

What I think I will Read Next

There are so many books I want to read at the moment and so many I have on my wish list. I just don’t know what to read next!

What is on your WWW Wednesday? Please drop me a comment with your link and I will head over for a visit.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Made Me Laugh Out Loud

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 hope everyone is well this Tuesday evening.

I love books that make me laugh out loud so this weeks theme is perfect for me. So here are my ten books.

Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey

I only finished this book last week and I must admit it made laugh out loud a lot. There are some fantastic one liners in this book.

Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

One of my Christmas reads that I absolutely loved.

The Sea of the Dead by Amy Kuivalainen

Another book with some very amusing scenes and one liners and I can’t wait till book 3 is published.

The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary

My friend introduced me to this book last year and it was a laugh a minute and was a welcome relief from lockdown 1.

Going Postal by Terry Pratchett

I love all the Discworld books but this has to be one of my favourites.

Die Standing by John Jackson Miller

I haven’t actually finished reading this yet, I have 30 pages left but it has been so funny! Georgiou is hilarious and Finnegan is even better.

Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey

This was my first read of 2021 and was another fun read, Amos was definitely the funniest character in this book.

Cat Out of Hell by Lynne Truss

It’s a talking cat, what more do I need to say?

The Martian by Andy Weir

Just like the film this is another very funny read.

Goodbye to All Cats by P. G. Wodehouse

This is only a short little book but it was a very amusing hour long read.

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

Happy Reading

First Line Friday: 19/02/2021

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!

Happy Friday!

I thought it was time to do a First Line Friday as I haven’t done one for a while. As usual the answer is below the cats. Good Luck!

As pale as a grave grub she’s an eyeful.

She looks up at him, startled, from the bed. Her pale eyes flitting fishy: intruder – lantern – door – intruder. As if she’s trying to work out how they all connect, with her eyes cauled and clouded.

get guessing!

Answer

Bridie Devine, female detective extraordinaire, is confronted with the most baffling puzzle yet: the kidnapping of Christabel Berwick, secret daughter of Sir Edmund Athelstan Berwick, and a peculiar child whose reputed supernatural powers have captured the unwanted attention of collectors trading curiosities in this age of discovery.

Winding her way through the labyrinthine, sooty streets of Victorian London, Bridie won’t rest until she finds the young girl, even if it means unearthing a past that she’d rather keep buried. Luckily, her search is aided by an enchanting cast of characters, including a seven-foot tall housemaid; a melancholic, tattoo-covered ghost; and an avuncular apothecary. But secrets abound in this foggy underworld where spectacle is king and nothing is quite what it seems.

Blending darkness and light, history and folklore, Things in Jars is a spellbinding Gothic mystery that collapses the boundary between fact and fairy tale to stunning effect and explores what it means to be human in inhumane times.

Did you guess successfully?

Please drop me a comment with your First Line Friday and I will head over for a visit.

Happy Reading

Top 5 Tuesday: Series I Haven’t Finished

Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm, and now being hosted by Meeghan reads.

Hello!

This is one that is apt for me as I am rather useless at finishing series but I do try. Although it really does frustrate me when an author doesn’t finish the next book in the series and I am desperately waiting for it, mentioning no names George R. R. Martin!

So here are the series that I haven’t managed to finish…

A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin

I flew through this series and enjoyed reading it so much I bought the box sets for two of my nephews to read. However, I am beginning to feel I will never find out the ending due to Martin’s lack of publishing the next books!

The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan

I own nearly the entire series and I am lucky enough to have a signed edition of one of the books but I must admit I have never got beyond book 5. I have tried again and reread the first 3 but then I get distracted and give up. I really like the story though and want to finish it but I’m not a great one for patience sadly.

The Expanse by James S. A. Corey

I started this series just this year and have just finished the second book. So far I absolutely love the series so I am hoping to read them all this year.

Shardlake by C. J. Sansom

Another series I started this year and hope to continue with.

Six Tudor Queens by Alison Weir

I love this series and can’t wait for Weir to finish writing the last book in the series.

There are my five series that I have not yet completed. Are there any series that you have not yet completed? Please drop me a comment if you have also taken part in today’s Top 5 Tuesday and I will head over for a visit.

Happy Reading

Goodreads Monday: 15/02/2021

Goodreads Monday is hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners.  All you have to do is show off a book from your TBR that you’re looking forward to reading.

Hello!

Happy Monday my fellow Book Dragons!

There are so many books on my TBR to choose from so I have gone for a book that I have recently bought and hope to read soon.

The Betrayals by Bridget Collins

In an exclusive institution tucked away in the mountains the best and brightest study an arcane and mysterious game, as they have for centuries. But times are changing, and traditions being overturned – the truth will come out…

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I’ve read so many good things about this book so I am really looking forward to reading it soon.

Please drop me a comment if you have read the book or have taken part in Goodreads Monday.

Happy Reading.

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WWW Wednesday: 3/02/2021

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?

Hello!

I hope everyone is having a good week so far. There appears to be some sunshine here today so I am hoping to get out for a walk in a bit.

So here is what I have been up to in the world of books.

Currently Reading

I am absolutely loving this so far and I can already tell that I will fly through this series.

Recently Finished

I will be honest I did struggle with The Dark Veil and I am beginning to realise that James Swallow is just not an author for me. Here is my review.

The Butcher of Anderson Station was brilliant and a fantastic short story that excellently fills out the back story to Fred Johnson. Review.

What I Think I will Read Next

I will be honest if I had the next in the series then I would go straight on to the next book in The Expanse series but sadly funds are a bit tight for book buying so I must be well behaved and read some of the books I already own. It will definitely be one of these as three of them are from The Willoughby Book Club and I’ve promised myself that I will read at least one of my Willoughby books a month. The others I got in the last Waterstones sale and they are sat tempting me as I type.

The Willoughby Book Club Voucher code for 10% off is still available if anybody is interested: Voucher

Please drop me a comment with your WWW Wednesday and I will head over for a visit.

Happy Reading.

WWW Wednesday: 27/01/2021

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!

I have had another great week reading and so far I have read some really good books to kick off 2021. So here is what I have been up to…

What I am Currently Reading

I have just started this and so far it is ok. One of my favourite Star Trek characters is Deanna Troi so it is nice to read about her.

What I have Recently Finished Reading

The House on Vesper Sands didn’t really knock me off my feet but it was ok. The Mysterious Affair at Styles was fab and I just adored Poirot.

What I Think I will Read Next

These new books are tempting me greatly so it will be one of these next.

There is my WWW Wednesday, please drop me a link to your post and I will head over for a visit.

Happy Reading.