Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I’ve Read the Most Books By

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 the idea of this weeks post as I have many favourite authors.

Here are the authors I’ve read the most books by:-

Sir Terry Pratchett

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Sir Terry Pratchett is definitely number one because I have read all of his Discworld series and many other books he has written. I just can’t get enough of his work and hope to be able to read all of his books one day.

Total Read: 62

 

 

Philippa Gregory

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I have read all of Gregory’s Plantagenet and Tudor books and the Order of Darkness series.

Total Read: 8

 

 

 

 

J. R. R Tolkien

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I used to read The Lord of the Rings trilogy every year and I read anything Tolkien.

Total Read: 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeffrey Archer

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I went through a big stage of reading Jeffrey Archer’s books but haven’t read any for a while.

Total Read: 16

 

 

Roald Dahl

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An absolute childhood favourite and I still read his books now.

Total Read: 10

 

 

 

 

 

J. K. Rowling

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Another favourite!

Total Read: 9

 

 

 

 

Dianne Duvall

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Another favourite although haven’t read any of her new books.

Total Read: 10

 

 

 

 

 

George. R. R. Martin

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The most frustrating author I read. When will he finish The Winds of Winter!

Total Read: 7

 

 

 

 

Anne Rice

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My cousin used to lend me The Vampire Lestat books, they were all first editions and I remember looking after them like they were gold dust!

Total Read: 6

 

Alison Weir

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Currently going through a massive Weir phase at the moment so this number will be increasing soon.

Total Read: 6

 

 

So there it is, my Top Ten Most Read Authors. As you can see Sir Terry Pratchett wins by miles.

Drop me a comment if you want to chat!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Longest Books I’ve Ever 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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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday had two options so I went for the second where you get to choose a past TTT topic that you haven’t done before and I went with the Longest Books I’ve Ever Read.

 

 

Coming Home by Rosamunde Pilcher

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Twenty Years After by Alexander Dumas

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens

Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens

 

That is my Ten longest reads. Please drop me a comment if you would like to chat about any of these books and please leave your link if you have taken part in TTT this week. 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Summer 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.

Hello and happy Tuesday!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is an interesting one for me because as most of you know I’m not great with planning my reading as I am a mood reader. This in mind I have chosen ten books that I really want to read soon and hopefully I will get round to reading them over the summer.

The Lantern Men by Elly Griffiths

The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory

The King’s Sister by Anne O’Brien

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey

The 100 by Kass Morgan

Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession by Alison Weir

Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen by Alison Weir

Anna of Kleve: The Princess in the Portrait by Alison Weir

 

Drop me a comment with your Top Ten Tuesday link or if you have any thoughts on the books I have listed.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Added to my TBR and Forgotten Why

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 is a perfect subject for me because my TBR list is full of books I can’t remember why I added them. This will be hard to just choose ten so I have gone for authors I have never read before or indeed heard of before! I really can’t even remember adding these books to honest.

 

Penelope’s Daughter by Laurel Corona

With or Without Pulp by Michael J. Elsey

Grave Robbers by Sherry Allred

Apricots and Wolfsbane by K. M. Pohlkamp

Fawkes by Nadine Brandes

White Lady by Jessica Bell

The Mermaid’s Sister by Carrie Anne Noble

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Almost Midnight by Rainbow Powell

 

 

So that is my chosen ten. Please drop me a comment with the link to your Top Ten Tuesday and I will head over for a visit.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Give off Summer Vibes

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 this week’s topic especially as at the moment we are having such lovely weather. This is a hard topic for me as I don’t tend to read books that inspire summer vibes and the ones that I have chosen you will probably find strange. Last year whilst sat on the beach I read a book of Gothic Tales and a horror story, not exactly summer reading but it is what I love. Anyway here goes…

 

Jaws by Peter Benchley

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I know a book about a man eating shark doesn’t tend to set the scene for a nice summer but I loved it and it put me in a summery mood last year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five Get Beach Body Ready by Enid Blyton

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Ok, this isn’t by Enid Blyton but they are her characters and they are characters that always made me think of the summer holidays. I loved reading this book and remembering how I loved to read The Famous Five, to me the Famous Five are all about having adventures on holiday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

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What can be more summer inspiring than pottering around in boats on the river? Wind in the Willows gets my vote!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beach Read by Emily Henry

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This one I haven’t read but it is on my TBR list. The title says it all really.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

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This one inspires summery vibes in me because it is my dream to go on holiday to New York and have breakfast at Tiffany’s. We had planned to go this year but for obvious reasons this did not happen. Hopefully one day.

 

 

 

 

 

The Immortal City by Amy Kuivalainen

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Another odd one but it is set in Venice where I also want to visit. The descriptions in this book of Venice are wonderful and when I read it last year it made me want to visit even more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chocolat by Joanne Harris

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It has been a long time since I have read this book and I must admit I would like to read it again at some point. I know it has Easter Eggs on the front and part of it is set in the time of Easter but it is about chocolate and an isolated French village. To me it screams holidays!

 

 

 

 

 

Three Men in a Boat by Jerome. K. Jerome

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Another boat related book. There is something so appealing about boating in the summer, or just water in general to be honest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swallows and Amazons

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Ok, another boat related book and a children’s book but I read this as an adult and loved it! Summer holidays are for me about adventures and seeing new things.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Heat Wave by Kate Riordan

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This looks intriguing and it is currently on my TBR list. Set in the South of France it surely can’t help but promote summer vibes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

So that is my random selection of books that promote summery vibes for me. I know rather odd in places but it works for me. Please drop me a comment with your thoughts and also a link to your Top Ten Tuesday. Thanks for stopping by.

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Top Five Tuesday: Series I Want to Start

This meme is hosted by Shanah @  Bionic Book Worm. For more details head over to her blog.

I really liked the look of this weeks theme as there are loads of series I would like to start but I’m a bit naughty with books in a series and I tend to give up or read the books in the wrong order. So here are my Top Five Series I Want to Start…

 

1. The 100 Series by Kass Morgan

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I own all the books in this series and they are currently sat on my TBR pile making me feel guilty for not starting them yet. I haven’t seen the TV series but my husband has watched them all.

 

2. The Expanse (Novel series) by James S. A. Corey

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I love the TV series of this and I own the first book in the series which I really want to start as I love a sci-fi book.

 

3. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

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This is another series that I own but have never attempted reading but really want to but the first book is rather thick and tends to put me off slightly.

 

4. Languedoc Series by Kate Moss

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I love the sound of this series and to be honest I’m not sure why I haven’t read them yet. Maybe something to start whilst in lockdown.

 

5. The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb

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I have read some of Robin Hobb’s books in the past and really enjoyed them so would love to read this series.

 

So that is my Top Five Tuesday this week. Please drop me a link with your Top Five and please give me your thoughts on the series I have mentioned if you have read them.

 

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Top 10 Tuesday: Titles that would make good band names

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’m back again for another Top 10 Tuesday, I must admit I was very excited about this one as it appeals to my my musical background and my love of books. Some titles are linked to the reviews. So here goes…

 

Cat Out of Hell by Lynne Truss

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Dead Men by Richard Pierce

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Fear Itself by James Swallow

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Jaws by Peter Benchley

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The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

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Gooseberries by Anton Chekhov

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Wakenhyrst by Michelle Paver

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Watermelon Snow by William A. Liggett

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Rotherweird by Andrew Caldecott

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Heroes and Villains by Angela Carter

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So that is my Top 10 Tuesday! Drop me a link with your thoughts and with your Top 10 and I will check them out!

Keep Reading!

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Top Five Tuesday: Five Books That Made Me Laugh

Hello everyone!

So today I have decided to have a go at another book meme this one is hosted by Shanah @  Bionic Book Worm. This one I have seen many times on different peoples blogs and have always liked reading them but have never taken part and this weeks seemed to be right up my street. I love books that make me laugh.

I will be honest I could easily just pick 5 of my favourite Terry Pratchett books but I will try to branch out a little.

Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

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Armed only with a frying pan and her common sense, Tiffany Aching, a young witch-to-be, is all that stands between the monsters of Fairyland and the warm, green Chalk country that is her home. Forced into Fairyland to seek her kidnapped brother, Tiffany allies herself with the Chalk’s local Nac Mac Feegle – aka the Wee Free Men – a clan of sheep-stealing, sword-wielding, six-inch-high blue men who are as fierce as they are funny. Together they battle through an eerie and ever-shifting landscape, fighting brutal flying fairies, dream-spinning dromes, and grimhounds – black dogs with eyes of fire and teeth of razors – before ultimately confronting the Queen of the Elves, absolute ruler of a world in which reality intertwines with nightmare. And in the final showdown, Tiffany must face her cruel power alone…

I have read this book more than once and it always leaves me laughing my head off. The Wee Free Men are such brilliant characters.

 

The Martian by Andy Weir

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Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills — and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit — he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

I will be honest I saw the movie before I read the book but I loved the book and it made me laugh so much. Mark Watney is such a brilliant character.

 

A Scone to Die for by H. Y. Hanna

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When an American tourist is murdered with a scone in Gemma Rose’s quaint Oxfordshire tearoom, she suddenly finds herself apron-deep in a mystery involving long-buried secrets from Oxford’s past.

Armed with her insider knowledge of the University and with the help of four nosy old ladies from the village (not to mention a cheeky little tabby cat named Muesli), Gemma sets out to solve the mystery—all while dealing with her matchmaking mother and the return of her old college love, Devlin O’Connor, now a dashing CID detective.

But with the body count rising and her business going bust, can Gemma find the killer before things turn to custard?

I love the entire series of these books and they all make me laugh, I think the character that makes me laugh the most is Gemma’s mom especially in this book.

 

The True Meaning of Smek Day by Adam Rex

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It all starts with a school essay.

When twelve-year-old Gratuity (“Tip”) Tucci is assigned to write five pages on “The True Meaning of Smekday” for the National Time Capsule contest, she’s not sure where to begin. When her mom started telling everyone about the messages aliens were sending through a mole on the back of her neck? Maybe on Christmas Eve, when huge, bizarre spaceships descended on the Earth and the aliens – called Boov – abducted her mother? Or when the Boov declared Earth a colony, renamed it “Smekland” (in honor of glorious Captain Smek), and forced all Americans to relocate to Florida via rocketpod?

In any case, Gratuity’s story is much, much bigger than the assignment. It involves her unlikely friendship with a renegade Boov mechanic named J.Lo.; a futile journey south to find Gratuity’s mother at the Happy Mouse Kingdom; a cross-country road trip in a hovercar called Slushious; and an outrageous plan to save the Earth from yet another alien invasion.

I read this quite a while ago but it has left a lasting impression on me because of how funny I found it.

 

Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett

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In a fit of enlightenment democracy and ebullient goodwill, King Verence invites Uberwald’s undead, the Magpyrs, into Lancre to celebrate the birth of his daughter. But once ensconced within the castle, these wine-drinking, garlic-eating, sun-loving modern vampires have no intention of leaving. Ever.

Only an uneasy alliance between a nervous young priest and the argumentative local witches can save the country from being taken over by people with a cultivated bloodlust and bad taste in silk waistcoats. For them, there’s only one way to fight.

Go for the throat, or as the vampyres themselves say…Carpe Jugulum

I decided to finish with my favourite Terry Pratchett Discworld novel and the first one I actually ever read. I’ve read this so many times but I still love it. It incorporates some of may absolute favourites The Witches and The Watch!

So that is my first attempt at a Top Five Tuesday. Please drop me a comment with a link to your list and I will pop over for a look. Thanks.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Bought Because…

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 is my first Top Ten Tuesday! I have followed these on people’s blogs for quite a while now and so I thought I would give it a go. This week’s theme is ‘Books I Bought/Borrowed Because…’ However, I haven’t borrowed any books recently so I’m just focusing on books that I have bought.

 

Books I have Bought because they are pretty. 

I love pretty books hence why I have several copies of the same book!

As you can see some of these are sets. I will be honest I collect different editions of The Lord of the Rings and I can’t resist a pretty Christmas book.

 

Books I have Bought because of blogging

Since blogging and reading other people’s blogs I have bought quite a lot of books that I wouldn’t usually buy for myself. This has been great because I have discovered some fab new authors and genres.

 

Books I have Bought because they contain cats

I must admit I buy books that contain cats because of my husband because I am a dog person but I still read all the cat books and recently I seem to have bought a lot more cat books than dog books.

 

So there is my first Top Ten Tuesday. Please drop me a comment with the link to your TTT and will check it out. Also please drop me a comment if you have read any of these books.

Happy reading

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