Top Ten Tuesday : Fun authors?

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is :

Authors Who Have a Fun Social Media Presence

So, I do follow a few authors on Twitter, Facebook and blog.  I’m not sure if I’d call these authors ‘fun’ – unless they want me to do so of course!  Never upset an author, they might just write you into their next book and give you a particularly nasty death.  It.  Could.  Happen.

So here are a few authors that I enjoy following on social media:

Sarah Pinborough.  I love her books and she’s also a lot of fun to follow on Twitter, her twitter handle is @SarahPinborough.  I’m so looking forward to picking up Dead to Her.

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Mark Lawrence – another of my favourite authors.  Also happens to have come up with the Self Published Fantasy Blog Off competition which is open to self published authors (I’m one of the judges).  More information here.  I can’t wait to pick up his next book – The Girl and the Stars.

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Rob J Hayes is the author of my finalist (Never Die) in this year’s Self Published Fantasy Blog Off competition.  He won the competition previously with his book Where Loyalties Lie and I’m really looking forward to picking up Along the Razor’s Edge which is due out at the end of this month.

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KS Villoso – This is a fairly new to me author.  I’ve recently read and enjoyed The Wolf of Oren-Yaro and I also follow her on twitter @k_villoso – she seems like a genuinely lovely person and I can’t wait to pick up her second in series – no pressure there then 😀

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Joanne Harris.  I love this author’s work.  You will certainly have heard of some of her books, they’re filled with beautiful writing and more often than not mouthwatering creations – think of Chocolat, Blackberry Wine or The Strawberry Thief (and many more very good books).  On top of this she’s great to follow on Twitter, she has a regular description of her ‘shed’ (the place she writes), so for example, ‘Today the Shed is a pot overflowing with gold found at the end of a rainbow’ (I made that one up – her descriptions are much better) and she also likes to tweet ten tweets of the day on a topic chosen by her followers. @Joannechocolat – check her out.

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Dyrk Ashton – author of the Paternus Trilogy – which has to be one of the most highly imaginative series ever – packed with mythology, all manner of creatures and more Gods than you can shake a stick at. I can’t wait for the 3rd instalment and I’m not the only one gagging to pick it up  This is an author who I can genuinely say deserves success.

Laura Hughes – in the interest of honesty I will confess that I know Laura, she’s a lovely friend and fellow SPFBO judge.  She also blogs at the FantasyHive (@TheFantasyHive) with a number of other wonderful people and on top of that she recently published her first book under the name Demi Harper: God of Gnomes – I’ve bought a copy for audio and look forward to listening to this once I complete a few of my current commitments (and remember to plug my earphones!).  God of Gnomes is a debut novel, LitRPG – that sounds like a helluva lot of fun.

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Sarah Higbee – a fellow blogger and creator of Brainfluff.  I’ve been chatting (virtually) with Sarah for a few years now.  She is an absolute reading maniac who literally devours books, she is a generous reviewer, a teacher (creative writing) and a self published author to boot. It’s a bit exhausting just thinking of all that.  Anway, keep your eyes peeled for a forthcoming interview with Sarah and in the meantime check out some of her books on Goodreads – the Sunblinded Trilogy:

 

 

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday : One Word Book Titles

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is :

 Books With Single-Word Titles

I quite enjoyed this week’s theme just working my way back through previous blogging years.  Here’s what I came up with – all books linked to reviews.

  1. Westside by WM Akers
  2. Ration by Cody T Luff
  3. Deeplight by Frances Hardinge
  4. Kin by Snorri Kristjansson
  5. Witchmark by C L Polk
  6. Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett
  7. Dracul by Dacre Stoker
  8. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
  9. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  10. Miserere by Teresa Frohock

Top Ten Tuesday : Compelling Characters

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is :

Characters I’d Follow On Social Media

This is a tricky one but I’ve tried to come up with a few characters and why I’d follow them.

  1. Vianne Rocher – because she makes the most marvelous chocolate creations and I like to torture myself by just imagining how good they all taste. Chocolat by Joanne Harris
  2. Molly Weasley – I like Molly, she’s a great mum and I’d like her advice from time to time I think.  Harry Potter by JK Rowlings
  3. Jean Tannen from The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch – yes, this was an obvious choice and one that needs no explanation.  Basically this is my book boyfriend.  I will fight everyone who disagrees.
  4. Professor Theo Cray from Andrew Mayne’s Naturalist series of books.  I just think he would be incredibly interesting because he is full of random information and facts.
  5. Dru – from the Dru Jasper series by Laurence MacNaughton.  Dru seems like somebody you could easily get to know.  She’s loyal and friendly and interesting.  Can we be friends pretty please???
  6. Miriam from Chuck Wendig’s Miriam Black series.  I know it’s not big and clever but she is wonderfully creative when it comes to cursing and she just makes me laugh.  I would follow her just to see what outrageous things she might say next.
  7. Ferius Parfax from Sebastien de Castell’s Spellslinger series.  The Argosi are so interesting, their philosophy and way of life.  I’d love to know more and to check out some of those amazing cards that she paints.
  8. Melisande from Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel series. She’s a baddie that you love to hate.  I would definitely follow her – it couldn’t hurt to try and figure out what cunning scheme she’s planning next.
  9. Lizzie Bennett – or one of the other sisters maybe.  All the latest gossip and what bonnets to wear.  Of course I don’t wear bonnets but still.  A little Jane Austen character catch up couldn’t hurt
  10. I’ve left No.10 blank for your suggestions please?

 

The morning after the night before. Book hangovers.

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is :

The Last Ten Books That Gave Me a Book Hangover

I’ve literally scrolled through my list of books and picked out the ten most recent books that immediately jumped out at me.  All for different reasons – but all good books.

  1. The God Game by Danny Tobey.  I loved this, a Big Brother type game that starts innocent enough but quickly escalates.
  2. The Other People by CJ Tudor – I was gripped.  How could I not be. A man who thinks his daughter has been taken but nobody believes him.
  3. The Strawberry Thief (Chocolat #4) by Joanne Harris.  An absolutely gorgeous book full of enchantment that felt like it was written just for me.
  4. One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence – fantastic sci fi.  Any author that can make me enjoy time travel (and all the paradox headaches) is definitely winning.
  5. A Boy and His dog at the End of the World by CA Fletcher.  This book is so good.  I couldn’t stop thinking about it for such a long time.
  6. Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse.  This is the second in series -the first is also really good but I think this one was even better – no middle book syndrome here.
  7. House of Sacrifice by Anna Smith Spark.  This is the concluding book in a trilogy.  It’s an absolutely fantastic ending, brutally honest and true to itself.
  8. Ration by Cody T Luff.  This is a hard hitting and brilliant read.  Not for the faint hearted maybe but I still think about it months after putting it down.
  9. The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E Harrow – a story for story lovers.
  10. The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar.  This gave me the feeling of reading a classic – but something along the lines of Moll Flanders.  Very cheeky and with light fantasy.  I can’t wait to see what this author does next.

Top Ten Tuesday : 10 Shades of Love

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic, probably in light of the fact that this Friday is Valentine’s Day, is:

Love – a freebie, any topic you choose

Well, I do tend to bang on about not reading love stories or romances but then when I look at my own shelves I do read more of it than I think, or at least books that aren’t all just about love but do have a romantic theme at their heart.  Here are 10 books that immediately spring to mind, I will warn you upfront that not all of these were favourites.  Some definite ‘Yeses’ and some positive ‘Nos’:

  1. Maybe not the most popular starter but given the title I had to go their – The Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer.  Well, I confess, I loved this series and I know it’s become one of those things that people now seem to deny liking but what can I say –  I loved this series – okay, maybe not the fourth book – but the first three, yeah, I couldn’t get enough of them.  I might not feel the same if I reread these now but at the time I totally swept up by the whole thing.
  2. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare – this is another series that I simply inhaled at the time.  Looking at this in the cold light of day, I don’t think this would be a series that I would pick up today – I don’t tend to read as much YA and I have become very tired of love triangles – but at the time this was very entertaining – although I never got on board with all the other spin off series.
  3. The Poison Study series by Maria V Snyder.  I finished the final instalment in this series not that long ago and thought it concluded on a really good note.  This is a series that just worked very well for me.
  4. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.  Bloody hell I loved this series, although, I don’t think I ever concluded the full set. I got as far as No.6, a Breath of Snow and Ashes and I could have sworn that was the conclusion of the series (at the time) and yet it now appears there is a book 9 in the offing – who knew!  Did I mention that I live under a rock.  I’m not sure that I would continue reading these, I did love Jamie but at the same time I quite like the ending from No.6 and if I picked up the following books and didn’t enjoy them, well, it would probably taint the whole series for me.  Ostrich?  Who me ?? I have completist issues.
  5. The All Souls Trilogy (A Discovery of Witches) by Deborah Harkness. I’m going to go with the unpopular opinion on this one.  This series didn’t work for me.  I found the first one okay, I quite liked it in some respects in fact, or at least it started well but then seemed to keep spiralling down, but Matthew got on my last nerve and so although I read the second book it didn’t work out for me at all.  Matthew was too controlling and he came across as one of those characters who everyone seems to wax lyrical about being so fearsome but when push comes to shove he’s about as much use as a chocolate teacup.  He’s one of those chaps who seems to do a lot of growling with the overall notion of ‘hold me back’ or ‘there’ll be hell to pay’ but his bark seems worse than his bite (pun not intended).  Sorry, it’s just me, but I wanted to flick him on the nose.
  6. Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey.  I love this series so much.  Phedre and Joscelin are the most amazing couple, the world building is fantastic, the storylines are thrilling.  I.  Love.  It.  The end, goodbye.
  7. The Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris.  I read all of these, ngl – I was a bit disappointed with the ending – but, overall an entertaining series that maybe just exceeded it’s welcome a little.  Good fun though.
  8. The Princess Bride by Williams Goldman – more a silly adventure than romance but I do feel this should make the list.  And, it’s one of the rare occasions that I love both the book and the film.
  9. The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross.  A fairytale retelling of one of my favourite stories – Beauty and the Beast – told from the beast’s perspective. I really enjoyed this one and should give it a reread at some point.
  10. In conclusion – I had to go there, given the title, Twilight and the fact it’s fanfic – 50 Shades of Grey by EL James. Yes, I got caught up in all the hype and the fact that everyone seemed to be reading this, plus fanfic for Twilight so I wanted to check out what all the furore was about.  Seriously, this book was not for me.  If you loved this, I’m not having a go, it’s all personal choice at the end of the day, but this is a book that I would have liked to throw across the room.  Nope, no sirree.

 

 

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