“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.”

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Every Tuesday over at  The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Yummy Foods Mentioned In Books

It’s odd because food and drink plays a much bigger part in books than you think – especially once you start to really consider it:

  1. Joanne Harris – Chocolat?  Need I say more really, but also Blackberry Wine and Five Quarters of the Orange.  Delicious books.
  2. Scott Lynch’s Gentleman Bastard series – oh my lord, he conjures up some treats, A Ginger Scald particularly stands out – this is a drink that might give  you a serious hangover though.
  3. Jacqueline Carey – never fails to come up with all sorts of delicious foods depending on which series you’re reading and what travels are being experienced.
  4. Sunshine by Robin McKinley- lots of mentions of Cinnamon Swirl buns – oh yes, give them to me now.
  5. Seanan McGuire’s Toby Daye – coffee, Toby loves coffee, and so do I in the morning – not after lunch though.  Tea is for the afternoon.
  6. Speaking of tea, The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger – lots of cups of tea, because everything is obviously improved by a good cup of rosie – isn’t it?
  7. Harry Potter – you have to give it to JKRowling – those banquets, not to mention the breakfasts – just wow!
  8. Cookies – everyone has to love cookies and Mercy Thompson (Patricia Briggs) loves to bake cookies when she’s stressing out about something – so basically every book she makes tray loads of them!
  9. Lambas bread – Lord of the Rings.  Bread that fills you up after a bite – bring it to me now.
  10. ??? this one is for you… suggestions???

 

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Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness

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Every Tuesday over at  The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  This week’s topic is:

Ten Books With Fall/Autumn Covers

I’ve actually picked a whole bunch (more than 10) covers for books that I’ve either read or I have a copy of – but, these are not so much autumn covers as that the colour’s just make me think of autumn.

‘Yes, yes, say it! He was my boyfriend’

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Every Tuesday over at  The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Book Boyfriends/Girlfriends

I didn’t think I’d have any book boyfriends but when I started to consider this list I realised that perhaps I did!  Here they are:

  1. Jean Tannen – Scott Lynch’s Gentleman Bastard series –  Jean actually is MY book boyfriend.  Nobody else’s.  Just mine.
  2. Tybalt – okay – I defo have book boyfriends now I’ve started to think on it because Tybalt from Seanan McGuire’s Toby Daye series is very easy on the brain – definite mind candy.
  3. Joscelin Verreuil of Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel’s Legacy series.  Okay, so far I’ve got more book boyfriends than I originally thought.  Joscelin is very easy to like.  Very easy indeed.  Not to mention pretty handy when it comes to getting out of bother.  Plus, this guy is super chilled!
  4. Aragorn – did I nearly forget Aragorn?  This list wouldn’t be complete without Aragorn.  Did I have a massive crush on Aragorn when I originally read LotR??  Why yes, yes I did.  Doesn’t everyone really have a crush on Aragorn.  Thank you Mr Tolkien.
  5. Rhett Butler.  Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind.  Again, a book I read as a teenager and had a mad desperate crush on Rhett Butler. Who could ever want Ashley when Rhett was around!
  6. Maxim De Winter.  I love Max.  Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier.  He’s got this wonderfully superior aloofness that just makes you want to grab his attention.  Not to mention a little bit of a temper.
  7. Seth McGregor.  Gillian Philip’s Rebel Angel series.  Seth definitely has sex appeal.  I can’t deny it.  I will just say though that this is not a romantic series at all – just Seth has this whole ‘thing’ going on.
  8. Alexander from Paullina Simon’s Bronze Horseman.  I loved this book so much.  Yes, it’s a romance novel.  I can’t deny it, but it was so, so, good.
  9. Jamie Fraser from Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series.  This is such a good series – and a pretty good adaptation for tv as well.
  10. I’ve left this one free so you can make some suggestions????

Plus – can I just….

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Top Ten Tuesday – Characters

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Every Tuesday over at  The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  This week’s topic is:

Characters that …??

…can change or shift into something else:

  1. Coyote: Mercy Thompson from Patricia Briggs series – I love this series, do yourself a favour and give it a shot if you haven’t already done so.
  2. Kitsune/fox – Suzume from Generation V by MLBrennan.  An excellent vampire series!
  3. Dragon –  Kai from Genevieve Cogman’s Invisible Library series – a series that has infinite possibilities using an ancient and magical library to portal to alternate universes.
  4. Owl – Atticus from Kevin Hearne’s Druid Chronicles.  This series has a little bit of everything in terms of fantasy creatures, Gods, myths and legends and also has a lot of humour.
  5. Shadows – Mia Corvere from Jay Kristoff’s Nevernight/Godsgrave books – possibly a bit of a cheat this one as she doesn’t really turn into shadows but is able to use them to hide.
  6. Dog – Sirius Black turns into a giant black dog in JKRowling’s Harry Potter series.
  7. Wolf – Professor Remus from JKRowling’s Harry Potter series.
  8. Bats/Mist – a bit of a cheat – Dracula/vampires can often transform into bats/rats and mist.
  9. Snake/Naga – one of the characters from an excellent series by Kristi Charish that brings us a female Indiana Jones type character who gets into all sorts of trouble when looking (to steal) artefacts – Owl and the Japanese Circus.
  10. ?? – who did I miss?

2011 – what a year!

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Every Tuesday over at  The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  This week’s topic is:

Throwback Freebie: Ten Books I Loved During ??

I’ve gone for 2011 – this was a good year for me and the first that I started really listing my books so it’s easy to flirt back and see at a glance what I read.  Here are my 10 favourites roughly in the order they were read during the year (I read approximately 111 books that year these are the ones I’ve just chosen for this weeks TTT:

  1. Soulless/Blameless/Changeless by Gail Carriger
  2. Rivers of London, Ben Aaronovitch
  3. Sunshine, Robin McKinley
  4. The Wise Man’s Fear, Patrick Rothfuss
  5. Moon Called/Blood Bound/Iron Kissed/Bone Crossed/Silver Borne/River Marked by Patricia Briggs
  6. Witch Light, Susan Fletcher
  7. Red Seas Under Red Skies, Scott Lynch
  8. A Game of Thrones, George RR Martin
  9. Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman
  10. Prince of Thorns, Mark Lawrence

Was that a bloody impressive year or what!!!

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