Top 5 Tuesday: Books with One Word Titles

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


I hope everyone is having a good week so far.

This weeks topic has left me struggling to choose just five books. It turns out a lot of my favourite books are just one word titles. Anyway, here are the ones I chose.

What one word book titles are your favourites?

Happy Reading



5,4,3,2,1 Book Tag


I’ve been seeing this book tag a great deal on instagram but I thought it looked fun to do on my blog as well. If you like the post consider yourself tagged!

5 Books You Love

These are just a selection of my favourite reads and they are books that I will happily read again and again.

4 Autobuy Authors

Andy Weir – After reading The Martian I knew that I would buy any book that Weir published and so as soon as I hear a book is coming out I get it preordered.

Elly Griffiths – I adore the Dr Ruth Galloway series by Griffiths and it was through this series that I first came across Griffiths. This has meant for the last 3 years I have bought any new books and past books by Griffiths.

Philippa Gregory – I have loved reading books by Gregory since I was a teenager and she has been an autobuy author since then. It doesn’t mean I have read all of her books yet but I am working on it.

Alison Weir – I had read a few books by Weir but then I read her Six Tudor Queens series and I just fell in love with her writing and ever since I have been buying all her newly published books and working my way through her back catalogue.

3 Favourite Genres

Fantasy – My love of fantasy started when I read The Lord of the Rings as a teenager, ever since it has been one of my favourite genres that I always go back to.

Historical Fiction – I love historical fiction and I will read about any time period. My love first started with historical fiction set in the Tudor period but now I will happily read any time period.

Classical literature – The first books I ever really read were classics and this has always been my first love.

2 Places You Read

Bed – I always read before I go to sleep as it helps calm me.

Sofa – I always like to start my day with a bit of reading whilst drinking my first mug of tea of the day and this always happens on the sofa in the lounge. Sometimes I have a cat companion as well which is nice.

1 Book You Promise to Read Soon

This will be my next classic read for this year so I hope to start reading it soon.

Happy Reading

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books With a Unit of Time In the Title

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 will be honest I struggled with the prompt this week but I have managed to find a mix of books that I have read and books on my TBR list. The ones in italics are the ones I have read.

  1. Desperate Hours by David Mack
  2. Tom Brown’s Schooldays by Thomas Hughes
  3. One Day in Winter by Shari Low
  4. Shakespeare for Everyday of the Year edited by Allie Esiri
  5. Women of Holy Week by Paula Gooder
  6. A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle
  7. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  8. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
  9. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas
  10. In Evil Hour by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Please drop me a link with your Top Ten Tuesday and I will head over for a visit. Also please feel free to leave a comment if you want to chat about any of the books.

Happy Reading

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New Year’s Book Tag: 2022

New Year’s Book Tag

Hello everyone! 

I have seen this tag in the book blog world quite a bit recently and decided I would give it a go, as it looked fun. 

  1. How many books are you planning to read in 2022?

My Goodreads goal is 60 books which is slightly lower than usual. Usually I aim for 70 books but this year I have some pretty hefty books planned on my TBR, so I thought with the higher page count I would most likely read less books. 

2. Name 5 books that you didn’t get to in 2021 but want to make a priority in 2022.

Oh dear, there are so many books to choose from! My selected 5 are:

  • The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal
  • The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell
  • Lore by Alexandra Bracken
  • I, Claudius by Robert Graves
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

3. What genre do you want to read more of?

I really want to get back into my classics this year, so I plan to read more books published in the 1700’s and 1800’s. 

4. Name 3 non book related goals for 2022. 

  • To pass at least one exam on the ukulele
  • To get the planned home improvements started and finished. 
  • To do more performance work. 

5. What’s a book you’ve had forever that you still need to read?

This is a tricky question because I have so many. I very rarely get rid of books and I would never get rid of a book that I have never read. The book I will choose though is The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas.

6. One word that your hoping 2022 will be: adventurous. 

7. Tag a friend!

If you like the look of this Book Tag consider yourself tagged!

Happy Reading

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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2021

I have never taken part in this tag before so I thought it was high time I took part.

So here we go…

Best book you’ve read so far in 2021

I really couldn’t put this book down and absolutely loved every part of it and can’t wait to read the next one in the series. The characters and the setting are just fantastic.

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2021

I have been loving all of the Six Tudor Queen series but this was fantastic and I could not put it down.

New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

I got this on the day it came out and I have still not read it and I’m annoyed with myself for not reading it yet as I really want to. I should really make this my next read.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

Hard to choose just one but here it is.

This is a new author for me but I really like the sound of this book so I have it preordered.

Biggest disappointment

I was so excited to read this after reading such good reviews about it but I found it very disappointing. It just didn’t speak to me and I found it rather flat. Considering the book was called Hamnet it was more about William Shakespeare’s marriage than anything.

Biggest surprise

I saw a review of this and decided to give it a go and I was not disappointed and loved it. I read it in one sitting and it was a huge surprise because I did not expect the storyline or such a psychotic computer with an obsession with recommending playlists.

Favourite new author (debut or new to you)

I absolutely loved this book and found the fact the story was told from Ariadne’s point of view very refreshing. It is always nice to hear an Ancient Greek myth told from a different point of view other than the arrogant male heroes we are so used to.

Newest fictional crush

I don’t usually develop fictional crushes so I have chosen a character who I really liked instead. Kol from These Violent Nights was a wonderful character and one you would love to have as a friend. He is caring, patient, loving and kind beyond measure.

Newest favourite character

Two favourite characters so far this year and that is Detective Maigret who just makes me laugh so much. Maigret builds a case up putting all the little bits of evidence together like a jigsaw until he finds the culprit. He is also a functioning alcoholic who quite often has a cold.

My second favourite character is Amos from The Expanse series. Amos is violent, volatile and completely nuts but he is also fiercely loyal and will support his friends without even blinking an eye even if it means certain death.

Book that made you cry

No book has made me cry so far this year.

Book that made you happy

Hmm… tricky as all books tend to make me happy. The one which has really made me smile and laugh out loud though would be Die Standing. Georgiou is hilarious and quite scary at times and her character along with Sean is just brilliant and a laugh a minute.

The most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

The picture of this book really does not do it justice. I love this book because it is the most beautiful colour and my favourite colour. I also love the portrait of Katharine Parr inside the cover.

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

The last book of The Expanse series comes out this year and I would to read all the series this year and the last book if possible. However, they are very big books and I am only on book 4.

Favourite book to movie adaptation you’ve seen this year?

Sadly I haven’t seen any so far this year. Hopefully this will change soon.

So there is my Mid-Year Book Freak Out post. Please drop me comment if you have also taken part and I will head over for a visit.

Happy Reading

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Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Wishes

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 hope this post finds everyone well and having a good week so far.

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday is rather different and it is to celebrate Jana’s birthday. Happy Birthday Jana!

So this week you post ten books that you would love to own and also post your Wishlist in case anybody would like to grant you a wish. I will be going blog hopping today to see if I can grant a few people their bookish wishes.

So here are ten books off my extensive Wishlist.

  1. Meet me in Hawaii by Georgia Toffolo – I went to Hawaii in 2019 and it is honestly the most beautiful place I have ever been to so that is one reason I want to read this book but also because I like the look of the storyline.
  2. The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker – I recently read the next book from this The Women of Troy and really liked what Barker had done with a time old tale so would love to read her first book.
  3. An Old Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott – I simply love Louisa May Alcott and my aim is to read and own all of her books and this one is next on the list.
  4. In Her Shadow by Mark Edwards – New author for me but the storyline sounds fantastic.
  5. After I’ve Gone by Linda Green – I’ve read some of Linda Green’s books in the past and really enjoy her writing.

6. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius – Being a classics student has left me wanting to read loads of classics and this has been on the Wishlist for a while.

7. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell – I came across this book years ago on a TV programme done by the BBC but sadly I have never got around to reading it.

8. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje – Another book I have been wanting to read for what seems like forever.

9. Flowers in the Rain and other stories by Rosamunde Pilcher – Pilcher is one of my favourite authors, I just love her writing.

10. Evelina by Frances Burney – This is a bit of a wild card because I can honestly say I do not remember why it is on my Wishlist.

So there are my ten books and here is my Wishlist. Please don’t feel like you have to grant any wishes, I am just glad you stopped by for a read of my post. However, if you do grant a wish I am extremely grateful.

Right I am off to grant a few wishes. I feel like a fairy godmother!

Thank you.

Happy Reading.

Goodreads Monday: 4/01/2021

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.


Time for my first Goodreads Monday of 2021. First, I will be honest my TBR pile is huge so it is always a tricky decision which book to choose. I’ve seen some fab reviews of my chosen book so I definitely plan on reading it this year.

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

At a gala party thrown by her parents, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed–again. She’s been murdered hundreds of times, and each day, Aiden Bishop is too late to save her. Doomed to repeat the same day over and over, Aiden’s only escape is to solve Evelyn Hardcastle’s murder and conquer the shadows of an enemy he struggles to even comprehend–but nothing and no one are quite what they seem.

Deeply atmospheric and ingeniously plotted, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a highly original debut that will appeal to fans of Kate Atkinson and Agatha Christie.

Also titled as The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle.

Now I will be honest I am not keen on TV programmes or films that do the whole repeating time thing, so I will wait and see whether I will enjoy reading something with the same storyline.

So that is my Goodreads Monday. Please drop me a comment if you have also taken part in Goodreads Monday and I will head over for a visit.

Happy Reading.

Jingle Bell Book Tag


I haven’t done a festive book tag this year and have seen this one around and thought I would have a go. Please feel free to join in and drop me a comment if you have taken part as I would love to see your answers.

“All I Want For Christmas Is You…” | What book do you want to see under the Christmas Tree?

This is a tricky one because I have a lot of books that I would like to see under the Christmas tree. The one I will choose is The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb. I know it is a trilogy but it is what I want under the tree. I love Hobb and I will be honest it has been a long time since I have read any Hobb but the Folio Society edition of the trilogy looks beautiful.

“Simply Having A Wonderful Christmas Time…” | What book that you have read this year have you enjoyed the most?

I’ve read so many good books this year! My favourite must be The Existence of Amy by Lana Grace Riva, this book really made me think and I thought it was brilliantly well written.

“It’s Beginning to look a lot like Christmas…” | Which book has most festive look to it?

I have read a lot of festive reads so far this December but I think the most festive I have read so far has got to be Christmas at Highclere by The Countess of Carnarvon. This put me in a really festive mood and I just could not put it down.

Elf | What book unleashes your inner child?

Easy! Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. I love this book it makes me think of Christmas and magic and just all sorts of wonderful things. I have recently read the illustrated version and that made me unleash my inner child even more.

The Grinch | Your favorite villain…

My favourite literary villain is definitely Bellatrix Lestrange. Yes, she is evil and completely mad but I think she is great and I always enjoy reading her scenes in the books. I also thinks Helena Bonham Carter portrays her perfectly in the films.

The Holiday | Name your favorite TWO couples…

I know it is probably a really common answer but Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet are my number one favourite couple closely followed by Sam Vimes and Lady Sybil Vimes. Sam and Sybil just work perfectly together and their relationship always makes me giggle.

What book would you like to give as a present to your followers?

Another tricky question, so I think I would like to give my followers a copy of my favourite book/trilogy. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R Tolkien but would be my gift to you all.

So there are my answers.

Happy reading.

First Lines Friday: 27/11/2020

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!

Well it is Friday and I am about to start a new book so I thought I would take part in First Lines Friday.

So you know the rules and as usual the answer will be below the cats.

When her phone rang at three in the morning, ripping her from a desperately needed sleep, Maggie’s first thought was bad news.

Her mind raced through the possibilities, starting with the worst-case scenario. Death, or at least life-changing injury. Police. Ambulance.

and the answer is …

Amazon | Book Depository | Foyles | Waterstones | Wordery

In the snowy perfection of Aspen, the White family gathers for youngest daughter Rosie’s whirlwind Christmas wedding.

First to arrive are the bride’s parents, Maggie and Nick. Their daughter’s marriage is a milestone they are determined to celebrate wholeheartedly, but they are hiding a huge secret about their own: they are on the brink of divorce. After living apart for the last six months, the last thing they need is to be trapped together in an irresistibly romantic winter wonderland.

Rosie’s older sister Katie is also dreading the wedding. Worried that impulsive, sweet-hearted Rosie is making a mistake, Katie is determined to save her sister from herself. If only the irritatingly good-looking best man, Jordan, would stop interfering with her plans…

Bride-to-be Rosie loves her fiance but is having serious second thoughts. Except everyone has arrived – how can she tell them she’s not sure? As the big day gets closer, and emotions run even higher, this is one White family Christmas none of them will ever forget. 

Did anybody guess correctly? Please drop me a comment with your thoughts if you have read the book. Also if you are taking part in First Lines Friday today please leave your link and I will head over for a guess.

Happy Reading

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Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I Would Name a Pet After

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.


Another fabulous theme this week and one quite apt as my husband and I own two cats that are named after book characters.

So here is the list and first up are my cats!

Meet Lyra and Pan from His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

  1. Gandalf the Grey from The Lord of the Rings – This is my dream name for a long haired grey cat.
  2. Winnie from Winnie the Pooh – A female British Bulldog.
  3. Pilot from Jane Eyre – A male German Shepherd
  4. Holmes and Watson from Sherlock Holmes – Two male Beagles
  5. Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights – Male wire haired Dacshund
  6. Deuteronomy from The Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats – Male Maine coon cat.
  7. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice – Male or female Dalmatian
  8. Meg from Little Women – Female long haired collie
  9. Hercule from Hercule Poirot – Male Scottish Fold cat
  10. Tiny Tim from A Christmas Carol – Male Tea Cup Chihuahua

So there is my pet wish list.

Please drop me link with your Top Ten Tuesday and I will head over for a visit.