Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Read On Vacation

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.

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I hope everyone is having a good week so far. I managed to finish my first book of October today so I am a lot happier.

I love this weeks topic for Top Ten Tuesday because one thing I do when on holiday is read.

  1. Fireside Gothic by Andrew Taylor – I read this on the beach in Maui when we were there in 2019. This was a book my husband had brought with him and one that I picked up once he had read it.
  2. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James – This one was also read in Maui but I really didn’t enjoy it that much and found it rather dull.
  3. Death of Darkness by Dianne Duvall This was another Maui read and one I read because I was taking part in the blog tour for it.
  4. Jaws by Peter Benchley Another Maui read! I read a lot of books in Maui, it was our first resort holiday and we really made the most of the relaxing beach.
  5. The Woolworths Girls by Elaine Everest – This was one of the books I read whilst on holiday in Nice this year. We did some exploring on this holiday but we also did a lot of relaxing by the beach and by the pool because it was our first holiday abroad since 2019 so we decided to have a chill holiday. This also meant I read quite a few books.
  6. The Empty House by Rosamunde Pilcher – Another Nice read. This one was a little disappointing.
  7. All Systems Red by Martha Wells – Another Nice read. Got hooked on this series.
  8. Artificial Condition by Martha Wells – Another Nice read. I’m quite surprised just how many books I did read on this holiday.
  9. Border Lands by Brian McGilloway – I read this whilst in Hay-on-Wye last year. I loved it so much I bought the rest of the books in the series in the Cinema Bookshop in Hay.
  10. Harry Potter and Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling – I’m not sure what year this was but whilst on holiday in Scotland visiting my sister my nephews introduced me to the Harry Potter series. I loved the first book so much I went out and managed to buy the next two books in the local Co-Op. Only four of the books had been released at this point.

So there are the books I can remember reading whilst away on holiday. There are a lot more but I can’t remember which ones I read and where sadly.

If you have taken part in Top Ten Tuesday this week please drop me your link and I will head over for a visit.

Happy Reading

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Love That Were Written Over Ten Years Ago

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.

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This is a perfect prompt for me as a lot of books I read and love are nowhere need modern.

So here is what I have come up with:

  1. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas – This is one of my most loved books, in fact I have read it so many times my copy has fallen into bits so if I drop it and the pages all fall out I have to put them all back in the right order.
  2. Coming Home by Rosamunde PilcherThis is the first book I read by Pilcher and one of my absolute favourites.
  3. The Nutcracker by E. T. A. Hoffmann This is my favourite Christmas book and one I read every Christmas without fail.
  4. The Lord of Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien – Yes I know this is three books but they are my all time favourite books.
  5. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy – Another favourite of mine by one of my favourite authors.
  6. Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett – This is the first Discworld novel I ever read and is still my all time favourite, it is probably my all time favourite because it introduced me to the Discworld series.
  7. Do Androids Dreams of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick – Philip K. Dick is another favourite author of mine and I have many favourite books but I have chosen a well known one for this prompt.
  8. Harlequin by Bernard Cornwell – I was only talking about this series to my friend the other day so I decided to include it as it is one of my favourite series.
  9. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling – I bought the 25 years anniversary edition of this book last month. My well read copy is another book that is falling to pieces.
  10. Hood by Stephen R Lawhead – I love this book but I have still yet to read the rest of the trilogy! Must get around to it soon.

What books do you have on your Summer TBR?

Happy Reading

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Summer 2022 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.

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This prompt is perfect for me this week because I have been trying to work out what to read this Summer. I am going away in July and I need to decide what to read because I am planning a nice relaxing time with plenty of chilling by the pool but I have no idea!

So here is what I have come up with.

  1. Scenes of Clerical Life by George Eliot – This is my next book to read off my The Classics Club list. Hopefully I will get to it soon.
  2. The Lady Catherine and The Real Downton Abbey by The Countess of Carnarvon – I have been wanting to read this for ages as I just love The Countess of Carnarvon’s writing.
  3. The Witcher: Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski – I am determined to start this series this year so the Summer seems like a good time as I might have more time.
  4. The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan – Next one that I have to read in the series. I won’t finish the series this year but I am determined to make a good push on the series.
  5. Meet Me in Hawaii by Georgia Toffolo – Another book that has been stuck on my TBR for far too long and it looks like a good book to read whilst on holiday.
  6. A Three Dog Problem by S. J. Bennett – I really enjoyed the first book in the series so I am looking forward to this one.
  7. The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell – I bought this on the day it came out and I have still not read it! I must remedy this.
  8. Star Trek Picard: Rogue Elements by John Jackson Miller – I have been reading the Picard and Discovery books because I really enjoy the TV series but I will be honest I am not so keen on Miller as an author. I find he tends to write 300 words when it can be said in 150 words but hopefully this won’t be the case this time.
  9. Nemesis Games by James S. A. Corey – My next book in The Expanse series. I love this series and each book just seems to get better and better.
  10. Olive and Mabel by Andrew Cotter – Another book I bought on the day it came out. I also bought a copy for my niece and she has read and loved it so I really should get reading.

So there is my list. I doubt I will get around to all of the books (the curse of being a mood reader), but I hope to read as many as possible.

What books do you have on your Summer TBR?

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.

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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

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Top Ten Tuesday: One Word Reviews for the Last 10 Books I 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.

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It has been quite a while since I have taken part in Top Ten Tuesday but I loved the prompt for today so I thought I would join in. This weeks prompt has really made my brain hurt. Turns out I am not very good at thinking of one word reviews.

  1. Blind Spot by Paula Hawkins

Unexpected

2. Women of Holy Week: An Easter Journey in Nine Stories by Paula Gooder

Reflective

3. A Crime in Holland by Georges Simenon

Frustrating

4. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins

Beautiful

5. Big Panda and Tiny Dragon by James Norbury

Thoughtful

6. Roverandom by J. R. R. Tolkien

Magical

7. Nemesis Games by James S. A. Corey

Exhilarating

8. The Night at the Crossroads by Georges Simenon

Mysterious

9. Wonderlands by Una McCormack

Melancholy

10. Galatea by Madeline Miller

Disappointing

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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.

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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.

Top Ten Tuesday: My Ten Most Recent Reads

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 haven’t taken part in Top Ten Tuesday for quite a long time so I thought it was high time I joined in.

So here are my ten most recent reads. I will include a link to the reviews as well.

I loved the characters in this book but I will be honest I did get a little bored with the story. I will give Osman’s second book a read though when it comes out.

Review

I really enjoyed this but I did find it slightly sad as well.

Review

Maigret and the Saturday Caller.

I loved this book because it showed just how caring Maigret is.

Review

Maigret and the Calame Report

My first Maigret book and the one which got me hooked to the Maigret series.

Review

This is the second book in the Shardlake series and I could not put it down. I loved seeing how Shardlake gathered all the clues and worked out who the suspects were.

Review

My first Tommy and Tuppence book. I enjoyed this but it didn’t have Christie’s usual flare but I suspect that is because it was one of her early books.

Review

The third Expanse book and I must admit they just keep getting better and better.

Review

I will be honest I was rather unimpressed with this book considering all the good reviews I read about it.

Review

Absolutely adored this book. I read it in one sitting. I will definitely be reading more books by Garrett.

Review

This was a creepy read but I did enjoy it and it has some fantastic characters in it.

Review

So there are my ten most recent reads. Please drop me a comment with your Top Ten Tuesday and I will head over for a visit.

Happy Reading

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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

Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2020

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.

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I love discovering new authors so I thought this was a good post for me take part in. So here are my 10 authors that I discovered in 2020.

The Countess of Carnarvon

I read Christmas at Highclere just before Christmas and I loved it and I really enjoyed The Countess of Carnarvon’s writing style and decided that 2021 would be the year I read some more of her books.

Stephen Fry

I have never read any of Stephen Fry’s books before but owned quite a few and I read my first one, Mythos, in 2020 and it will definitely not be my last.

Mike Gayle

I discovered Mike Gayle last year through a book club that was set up through a local bookshop. I quickly read through the book Half a World Away and then promptly read All the Lonely People. I will definitely be reading more of Mike Gayle and highly recommend him.

Madeline Miller

I read The Song of Achilles and it was a true stroke of genius that I adored.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

I read Mexican Gothic and it really stuck with me. It is one of those stories that you just keep thinking about.

Beth O’Leary

Beth O’Leary’s The Flat Share was recommended to me by my best friend and I laughed my head off whilst reading it and now O’Leary will definitely be an author I turn to again.

Alison Weir

I read my first Alison Weir last year and then read loads of Alison Weir books and bought loads as well. She has become one of my favourite authors.

I only have seven authors that I discovered last year but they were all firm new additions to my TBR.

Please drop me a message if you want a chat about these authors. Please drop me link to your TTT and I will head over for a visit.

Top Ten Tuesday: Resolutions/Hopes for 2021

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.

Happy Tuesday!

So here are some of my resolutions and hopes for 2021. The Bookish ones are in bold.

  1. My main hope is to see my family properly because we haven’t been all together for so long due to Covid so this is definitely my main hope as I really do miss everyone.
  2. Another hope is to visit an actual book shop. Due to having underlying health conditions I have to be really careful and so I haven’t gone out anywhere so it would be fantastic to actually browse in a bookshop. My husband might have to restrain me from buying all the books but hopefully I won’t get overwhelmed.
  3. A resolution for 2021 is to finally get our library started and finished. All the books are currently boxed up in a room that we have planned for a library but we do need to do a few jobs to the room to get it ready. I will document the transformation on the blog.
  4. Another resolution is to do more walking this year and beat the amount of miles I walked last year.
  5. Resolution to read more series books this year as I have loads on my TBR pile that I have never started.
  6. Another hope is to visit Bath this year, we always go for New Year but obviously didn’t get a chance this time so really hope we can go this year when it is safer.
  7. This next resolution I am going to put on the blog so I am accountable and it will make me do it as I always put it off each year. The resolution is do my grade 6 piano exam. This really should have been done ages ago but I have been lazy.
  8. Bookish resolution is to read my height in books.
  9. Bookish resolution to read more Agatha Christie books.
  10. Final hope is to have a better 2021 than 2020.

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

Happy Reading.