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.

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Titles that Would Make Great Song Titles

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 interesting topic this week!

I think there will be some interesting books listed this week in response to the prompt.

So here is my list.

The Summer of Madness by Alexander Raphael

Cat Out of Hell by Lynne Truss

Girl in Trouble by Stacy Claflin

The Way to the Stars by Una McCormack

Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding

While you were Sleeping by Kathryn Croft

Goodbye to All the Cats by P. G. Wodehouse

Half a World Away by Mike Gayle

The Existence of Amy by Lana Grace Riva

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

There is my list. I think some of these would make some pretty good heavy metal songs.

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

Top 5 Tuesday: What are your favourite books that have ghosts.

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

This is tricky one for me as I tend to not be that fond of Ghost stories as I find them a bit silly but here are the ones I like.


Dead Men by Richard Pierce

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Fireside Gothic by Andrew Taylor

The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill


Drop me a link with your Top 5 Tuesday and I will head over for a visit.

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Never Have I Ever Book Tag


I saw this on Julie’s blog One More Book and loved it so thought I would give it a go.



  • Link back to original creator – Madame Writer
  • Link back to the person who tagged you or the blog where you first saw this tag
  • Answer all prompts
  • Add one more prompt of your own
  • Tag at least 5 people
  • Don’t lie
  • Have fun!


Never Have I Ever… burned a book

Definitely a no from me, I never destroy books.


Never Have I Ever… read a book I knew I would hate

This I have definitely done. Lots of books on study lists that I just knew I would not enjoy but read anyway.


Never Have I Ever… written a fanfiction about my favourite books

A big no! I have never been keen on fanfiction.


Never Have I Ever… loved a book when I was young, yet hated it when I got older.

Hmm this is a tricky one. I’m not sure I have a book that I have hated as an adult but I have plenty of books that I hated as a child and now love as an adult.


Never Have I Ever… dressed up as one of my favourite literary characters.

I dressed up as lots of characters when I was at school but can’t quite remember them all. I have dressed up as Legolas in the past.


Never Have I Ever… hated a book by an author I love

Terry Pratchett is my all time favourite author but I hated his book Snuff and that really upset me as I never thought I would dislike a book by him.

Just recently I read The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths and I really did not like that either when everything I have read of Griffiths’ so far I have loved.


Never Have I Ever… gone into a bookstore to buy one book and come out with many more

All the time! I seriously can not be trusted in a bookstore as my poor husband knows all too well.


Never Have I Ever… read the ending of a book before reading the beginning

Never! But I have read the ending of a book that I haven’t been enjoying to see if it is worth carrying on with.


Never Have I Ever… read a book without the dust cover

All the time as it protects the dust cover.


Never Have I Ever… skim read nearly half a book

Definitely, especially when reading study books.


Never Have I Ever… dropped a book in the bath

Yes! Hence why I never now read in the bath.


I really enjoyed this book tag. I won’t be tagging anybody but feel free to join in!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Fall 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.


This Top Ten Tuesday is a bit of a tricky one for me because as I have said many times, I am a mood reader. However, I will try my best to see which books I might read this Autumn.


The Time-travelling Caveman by Terry Pratchett

The Ickabog by J. K. Rowling

Katheryn Howard: The Tainted Queen by Alison Weir

Troy by Stephen Fry

Mantel Pieces by Hilary Mantel

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

Die Standing by John Jackson Miller

Circe by Madeline Miller

The Sea of the Dead by Amy Kuivainen

Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline

So there is my Top Ten Tuesday. Please drop me a comment if you want to chat about the books listed and of course please drop me a link to your Top Ten Tuesday and I will head over for a visit.

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