Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Books I will Definitely Read in 2023

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

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I hope you are all having a good week so far. I am struggling with my current read but I am trying to get through it. If it wasn’t a book sent by the publisher I would DNF but I always like to try and finish a book that has been kindly given to me by a publisher.

There are so many books I intend to read this year so it has been hard to narrow the list down to 5 but here goes.

  1. The Cicero Trilogy by Robert Harris – I bought this last year and I have been eager to read it but I sadly ran out of time in 2022 so I am determined to make time for it this year.
  2. The Persephone Book of Short Stories – I have decided to read this book this year and to try and read one short story a day. I like dividing a substantial book up into manageable segments as it makes me see my progress whilst reading and not feeling bogged down with a book.
  3. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius – This is one of the books I plan to read for my challenge of reading an Ancient Greek or Roman book a month.
  4. Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski – I meant to start The Witcher series last year but again I ran out of time. This year I am determined to start the series but I probably won’t finish the series.
  5. The Woman Who Would be King by Kara Cooney – This book was on my wish list for ages and I finally had it as a Christmas present off my wonderful husband. Now I have the book I can’t wait to get reading it.

Please drop me a comment if you have taken part in Top 5 Tuesday this week and I will head over for look.

Happy Reading

Etsy

Top 5 Tuesday: Bookish Resolutions for 2023

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

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Welcome to my first Top 5 Tuesday of 2023. The Top 5 Tuesday is exploring my bookish resolutions for 2023.

  • Read more Ancient Greek and Roman texts.
    • I find that I am really missing my Masters and all the reading of Ancient texts that I did, so this year I am hoping to try and read one Ancient text a month. Most Ancient texts are divided into Books (what we would call chapters) so if I plan to read a book a day I should get at least one full ancient text read a month. Here are some of the texts I plan to read:
  • Read at least one non-fiction book a month.
    • I love history and classics so this year I have decided to read more about the subjects that I love. I bought quite a few non-fiction books last year so I am hoping to read them this year.
  • Read my height in books.
    • I tried to read my height in books in 2021 and sadly I failed because I was a few inches short. The tower was made up of 74 books and to be honest some of these books were quite thin so didn’t give much height to the tower. This year I am determined to succeed and I plan on reading some big books, like the ones below, to make the tower higher.
  • Read 80 books
    • This year I am planning on reading more books than I have ever read before. I have never managed to read more than 74 books in a year before so reading an extra 6 might be a push but I am determined to give it ago.
  • Read at least 10 books off my Classics Club list.
    • I really want to make a dent in my Classics Club list this year because I didn’t do very well last year and I really don’t want to fall behind on my target of reading 50 books in 5 years.

So there are my 5 Bookish Resolutions.

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Happy Reading

Etsy

Top 5 Tuesday: Books Set in the Future

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

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I love this weeks topic because I do like a book set in the future as generally they are Sci-fi books and I love Sci-fi.

  1. Worst Martian Playlist by Corriea Garrett – I read this book in one sitting and I absolutely loved it. In fact I now want to reread it. It was a random find for me from a post I saw on a fellow bloggers site and I am so glad I found it.
  2. Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir – Andy Weir is definitely one of my favourite authors and I just find his books keep getting better and better. I love the characters he creates.
  3. Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey – I include all of The Expanse series here because I just love the series. It is probably my favourite Sci-fi series.
  4. The Martian by Andy Weir – I love this Book!
  5. The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex – I saw the film of this first and loved it and for our first Easter together my husband bought me the book to read.

I could have chosen a lot more books but I went for my favourites. What are your favourite books that are set in the future?

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Happy Reading

Etsy

Top 5 Tuesday: Places to Read

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I’m really enjoying the recent topics on Top 5 Tuesday, so I thought I would take part again this week. I have quite a few places where I love to read so here goes.

  1. Sofa – I really like to read in the morning if I have time and this always happens in the lounge on the sofa. Usually cuddled in a blanket if it is cold.
  2. Bed – I always read at night before I go to bed even if I only manage a few pages before I fall asleep.
  3. AGA – This is a strange one. In the winter one of my favourite places to read is leaning on the simmering plate of the AGA. The simmering plate obviously has the lid on and a cloth pad on otherwise I would burn myself.
  4. Car – During term time I teach at a school twice a week and the one day I have an hour and half lunch break and this is where I escape to my car and curl up on the backseat and read a book. It isn’t the most comfortable but it is quiet and I usually get at least an hour of reading in.
  5. Plane – If we go on holiday on a plane I love reading whilst flying. When we went to Hawaii in 2019 I read three books just on the flight there, it was great and the flight went by really quickly.

Where are your favourite places to read?

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Happy Reading

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Top 5 Tuesday: Drinks for Reading

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

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I the last Top 5 Tuesday so much I thought I would take part again this week.

This one is a little tricky for me because I mainly live on Tea but I do drink other things sometimes.

  1. Tea – My go to tea is Twinnings English Breakfast tea with goats milk (I can’t have cows milk). I love reading a book with a massive mug of tea.
  2. Orange squash – I do like an orange squash when I’m not in the mood for water or a hot drink.
  3. Raspberry Iced Tea – This is my favourite go to drink after a long walk and what is the best thing after a long walk? A really good book to read.
  4. Hot chocolate – This is my treat drink whilst reading. A couple of years ago my wonderful husband bought me a velvertiser by Hotel Chocolat for my birthday and I love it. A perfect accompaniment to a Christmas book in front of a nice fire.
  5. Water – Finally, there is water. I am always striving to drink more water but I really struggle sometimes because when it is cold I just want tea.

What are your favourite reading drinks?

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Happy Reading

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Top 5 Tuesday: Snacks for Reading

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

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I will be honest I only really have one reading snack and it’s really a drink not a snack but I do occasionally treat myself to a snack or two whilst reading.

Anyway, here are the snacks/drinks

  1. Tea – I love tea, when I wake up in the morning I’m thinking about tea. I would happily chain drink tea and nothing beats curling up with a book and a huge mug of tea.
  2. Cake – On the rare occasion that I have been baking I will also happily curl up with book, a mug of and a huge slice of cake.
  3. Chocolate – Who doesn’t love a piece of chocolate when reading? Obviously, you have to make sure the chocolate doesn’t melt because you don’t want melted chocolate on your book.
  4. Hot chocolate – A couple of years ago my wonderful husband bought me a velvertiser by Hotel Chocolat for my birthday and I love it. A perfect accompaniment to a Christmas book in front of a nice fire.
  5. Porridge – A random one but I used to read when I was eating breakfast and my favourite breakfast is porridge.

What are your favourite reading snacks?

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Happy Reading

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Top 5 Tuesday: Series I Haven’t Finished

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I thought this weeks prompt for Top 5 Tuesday was a good one for me as I am rather hopeless at finishing book series.

  1. The Wheel of Time – When I first started reading this series I read the first 5 books then gave up. A year later I tried again and reread the first 3 books. Now after 7 years I am attempting the series again and I have nearly finished the second book. I am also determined that this time I will finish the series.
  2. Shardlake – I started this series last year and read the first two books but I need to get back to get back to reading the series because I do really like the character of Shardlake and the books.
  3. The Expanse – I started this series last year and read the first 4 books. I absolutely love this series so I am looking forward to getting back into it.
  4. A Song of Ice and Fire – My not finishing this series is not my fault. Like a lot of readers, I am desperately waiting for Mr Martin to write the next book in the series.
  5. The d’Artagnan Romances – I love The Three Musketeers and have read it more times than I remember. I have also read and loved Twenty Years After. I would really like to finish this series as I just love the characters.

Fingers crossed I finish these series sometime in the future.

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Happy Reading

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Top 5 Tuesday: Books I will Definitely Read in 2022

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I have not taken part in a Top 5 Tuesday for ages so I thought it was high time I returned.

2022 for me will hopefully involve reading more classics and finishing some of the many book series I have started and not finished. This means my 2022 TBR is rather large so I will do my best to select 5 books I will definitely read (I hope).

  1. Nemesis Games by James. S. A. Corey – This year I really want to finish The Expanse series and this is the next book to read in the series.
  2. Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome – This book is on my Classics Club list and one that I think I might have read in the past and forgotten or started reading and never finished.
  3. The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan – In 2014 I read books 1-5 of The Wheel of Time series and then restarted and read books 1-3 in 2015. This year I have started at book one again and I determined this time I will finish the series. I’m never sure why I stop reading the books because I really love the series.
  4. Sovereign by C. J. Sansom – I love the Shardlake books and this is the next one I need to read. Again, another series I plan to finish this year.
  5. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexander Dumas – Another book off my Classics Club list. I love The Three Musketeers so I hope I will enjoy this book.

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Happy Reading

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Top 5 Tuesday: Books I Haven’t Read Yet in 2021

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

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I have not taken part in Top 5 Tuesday for months and months! I’m not sure why as I really love reading everyone’s posts each week.

There are a lot of books I planned to read in 2021 and have not managed to but I will choose the ones that I want to read the most.

  1. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid – This has been on my TBR for so long and yet still it remains unread. I really doubt I will get it read before the end of year but I live in hope.
  2. The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell – I love Lisa Jewell and was very excited when I bought this book. Hopefully I will read it soon.
  3. Something to Live For by Richard Roper – This came as one of my books from Willoughby Book Club and I will be honest it wouldn’t have been a book I would have chosen myself but after reading the blurb and the reviews I really want to read it.
  4. The Dream Weavers by Barbara Erskine – This was one I found in Waterstones and I liked the look of.
  5. Troy by Stephen Fry – I have read many different translations of Homer’s Iliad over the years so it will be interesting to see what Stephen Fry has done with this wonderful classic.

Happy Reading

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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.

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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