Early Days

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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:

(First Ten) Books I Reviewed

Here are ten very early days reviews  – I seemed to have quite a mixed selection of books here:

  1. Girl on the Landing by Paul Torday
  2. Fade Out, Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine
  3. His Last Duchess by Gabrielle Kim
  4. Entangled by Kat Clarke
  5. Desert Spear by Peter V Brett
  6. Matched by Ally Condie
  7. Pi**ed Off Parents Club by Mink Elliott
  8. Room by Emma Donoghue
  9. Sister by Rosamund Lupton
  10. Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
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A comfy chair and a good book

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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:

Rainy Day Reads

I don’t know what everyone else wants to read on a rainy day but here are a few very good stories that could work perfectly on a wet day when all you want is a comfy chair and a good book:

  1. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
  2. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  3. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
  4. Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler
  5. Zoo City by Lauren Beukes
  6. A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan
  7. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
  8. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  9. Longbourn by Jo Baker
  10. The Martian by Andy Weir

All the reasons for picking up books (as if you needed any reasons)

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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:

10 Things that make me pick up a book

The author – this has to be the first reason.  Certain authors are just naturally on my ‘go to’ list.  I always keep an eye out for their next piece of work and as soon as I hear the merest hint of a book on the horizon, even the far horizon, like, so far on the horizon that it’s barely even a dot, I’m am all about that book.  I want it.  I want it now.  Give it us preciouss..

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What’s that you say?  A new book, tell me more…

Bloggers –  I follow a lot of you folks and you definitely keep my TBR in a perpetual state of ‘impossible to complete and dangerous should it ever fall over’.  Yes, I’m talking to you – you know who you are!

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Photo taken from Irish Times

The cover – Yes, I know this may sound very fickle but, in my defence, cover art can be a seriously beautiful thing, it’s the first thing that draws your eye on a shelf, you can usually find a description for the book, the price and quite often some information on the author – so yep, I stick by this.  Covers are the bee’s knees and the camel’s hips – here are a few of my more recent lovely looking covers.  Are you not entertained:

Sales/discounts/giveaways – If you buy books on an almost constant basis reductions and giveaways are always nice.  I like to support authors so even though I receive a good number of ARCs I usually buy two or three books a month and I also pay a monthly subscription to Audible.  So discounts and giveaways = happy me.

Next in series – I realise that I have a lot of uncompleted series in my stacks of books.  I think I have completionist issues or something!  But, sometimes the final book in the series might not yet be released – I’m just trying to find excuses for not completing all my series really.  I actually need help.  Send help.

The description – see the cover item above – I like to read the blurb.  Sometimes they can be a bit over chatty, sometimes they can lead me in the wrong direction (usually by my own determination to go down the wrong route to be fair) and sometimes they can be spot on and incredibly enticing.  Those ‘spot on’ blurbs give me a serious case of the ‘grabby hands’.

Publisher invites/catalogues – I can’t help wanting to accept invites.  It just feels rude not to!  And catalogues – you simply have to browse them.  It’s actually compulsory – you just have to.  Tell me I’m not alone in this.

Hype – we all like to jump on hype and generally cat-call and boo it from the stands, but then at the same time we can’t help but be drawn to the books that are receiving all the hype – nobody wants to miss the next ‘best thing’.

If it’s being adapted to a movie/series – as soon as I see that one of my unread books is being made into a film or series it makes me desperate to read the book first.  Don’t ask me why, but once I’ve seen the adaptation I just can’t go back and read the book.  I have a mental block.  Check out this rather wonderful post for a list of forthcoming (or already released) adaptations.  I’m very excited for some of these.  NOS4A2 looks particularly scary – I’m going to have to pick up the book very soon.

What about you?

 

 

 

March brings breezes loud and shrill, stirs the dancing daffodil.

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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 On My Spring 2019 TBR

In the UK the Spring months are March, April and May.  Below is a list of some of the books I’m hoping to reading during those three months:

Little Darlings by Melanie Golding

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The Binding by Bridget Collins
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A Time of Blood by John Gwynne

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Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence

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Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse
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The Furies by Katie Lowe
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A Brightness Long Ago by Guy Gavriel Kay
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The Poison Song (The Winnowing Flame Trilogy 3) by Jen Williams
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Council by Snorri Kristjansson
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Westside by W.M. Akers
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What Spring reads are you looking forward to??

Please sir, I want more..

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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:

Standalone Books That Need a Sequel??

Maybe.  I don’t know. I quite like standalone books tbh.  In a world of trilogies the odd standalone is quite a refreshing break, but, here are nine books that I could definitely stand to read more from – the tenth is for your suggestions please?

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – I’m sure that somewhere in the universe somebody will have written a second book in series – but, I mean I want to read what happened next in the wonderful words of Austen .  Not gonna happen but it’s a nice dream.

The Martian by Andy Weir.  This was so good – I’m not sure a follow up would work although I would definitely give it a try, the main protagonist is a smart and amusing guy.

The Princess Bride by Williams Goldman.  Could a sequel work.  I’m not sure, I love this story and it’s right up there on the pedestal.  But, I would read more.  I would.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield – I love this author and would probably read her shopping list – or some kind of follow up to the Thirteenth Tale.

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.  Please, yes, I would read another book from Neverwhere and this is definitely a sequel that could work.  Seriously.  It would be great.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – yeah, it’s not going to happen but I would have loved more.

Sunshine by Robin McKinley – this is a book that I want more from – I think in a way it felt incomplete – well, okay, it wasn’t incomplete but I just want to know what happens next.

The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson.  I loved this book.  I loved this world.  I just want more.  Is it too much to ask?

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – I’m sure there are books out there, written by others, that imagine possible futures.  But, I so wish that MM had written a follow up.

 

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