Short and Sweet

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Every Tuesday over at the  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:

Read In One Sitting : top ten books I read in one sitting

  1. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
  2. City of Wolves by Willow Palecek
  3. The Amber Isles by Ashley Capes
  4. The Book of Apex edited by Lynne M Thomas (a collection of short stories)
  5. In Calabria by Peter S Beagle
  6. The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson
  7. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  8. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  9. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
  10. Poison/Charm/Beauty by Sarah Pinborough

My precious..

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Every Tuesday over at the  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 Books On My Spring TBR

That’s right – Spring is here!  It’s official.  The birds are going crazy, the nights are getting lighter, and it looks like I need to do some gardening.  So, a little prevarication never hurt…  With that in mind I give you a few books that I have on my upcoming shelves.

  1. Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi (March)
  2. Heart of Stone by Ben Galley (March)
  3. Skullsworn by Brian Staveley (April)
  4. Avengers of the Moon by Allen Steele (April)
  5. Borrowed Souls by Chelsea Muller (May)
  6. Skitter by Ezekiel Boone (May)
  7. The Only Child by Andrew Pyper (June)
  8. The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May (June)
  9. The Turn by Kim Harrison (July)
  10. A Kiss Before Doomsday by Laurence MacNaughton (July)

Okay, I cheated slightly because a couple of these fall, strictly speaking, in Summer – but I knot you won’t call the TTT police and have me thrown into a dungeon (I hope you won’t anyway!)

I love you, I love you not.

Posted On 21 February 2017

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Every Tuesday over at the  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 I Loved More Than I Thought I Would (or books that you didn’t like as much as you Thought)

I really enjoyed all the books below – much more than I expected.  Brief explanation of my original qualms against each book.

  1. Unwind, Neal Shusterman – I simply didn’t like the sound of this but then it just really grabbed me.
  2. Witch Light, Susan Fletcher – this started out slow and I thought I wasn’t going to enjoy the author’s style of writing.  A few pages later I couldn’t get enough of it.
  3. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – foolishly, the cover for this always put me off – I don’t know why.  Fortunately I got over myself – I love this book.
  4. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt – who knew that I would love western style stories!
  5. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – I figured this might be too sci fi for me but I absolutely loved it.
  6. All the Truth that’s in me by Julie Berry – I think this was simply a book that wouldn’t have been on my radar – a good friend recommended this and I loved it.
  7. The Girl with all the Gifts by M J Carey – another book that I’m glad I picked up.  I think the hype surrounding this one put me off a little.  In this case the hypes well deserved.
  8. The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore.  The cover.  Sorry, but it just didn’t do it for me.  The book really did though!
  9. Flex by Ferrett Steinmetz – another book that I figured my go ‘whooshing’ over my head.  As it happened this was fantastic.
  10. Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu – ditto the above.  I can’t recommend this series enough. 

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind”

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Every Tuesday over at the  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:

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 All About the Romance

Well, I’m not really ‘all about the romance’ but as today is Valentine’s Day, why not!

  1. Rhett and Scarlett – obvious but had to be included.  Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell.  It’s not SFF Jim – but frankly, I don’t give a damn.
  2. Alexander and Tatiana.  Had to be on here – The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons – boy oh boy is this one hot romance.  I’m not kidding.  I don’t, as I said above, usually read romance but this book…omg.
  3. Jamie and Claire – Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.  I expect these two will be on a few lists this week!
  4. Princess Buttercup and Westley.  The Princess Bride by William Goldman.  Sweet and funny romance – inconceivable?
  5. Buffy and Spike – Oh Yes!  I haven’t read the books but I have seen the series and Spike wins.
  6. Ron and Hermione – maybe not a sizzling couple because that would be a bit wrong and apparently Ron has the emotional range of a teaspoon – but here it is nonetheless!  J K Rowling’s Harry Potter.
  7. Han Solo and Leia – yes, I have never read any of the Star Wars books but I’ve seen the films and so this counts!
  8. Toby and Tybalt – really, couldn’t leave these off!  The October Daye series by Seanan McGuire.  Plus King of the Cats – Grrr!
  9. Tristan and Yvaine from Neil Gaiman’s Stardust – don’t you just love Neil Gaiman’s books!
  10. ??? – your choice please…

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Beautiful books

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Every Tuesday over at the  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:

All about the visuals

Books with illustrations, comics or graphic novels.  Whatever floats your boat really.  It’s not a secret that I love beautiful book covers, gorgeous books and fantastic illustrations.  Here are a few.

The Sandman Comics by Neil Gaiman – I’m working my way through these (slowly) and loving them.  They’re dark.  Very dark.  The graphics are awesome.

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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.  I’m not going to deny that this book is emotional – in the extreme.  It’s an excellent story – but, you have to be in the right mood and it could definitely cause you floods of tears depending on where you’re at – but, have you seen the illustrations in this book.  If not.  Go and look at them.  That is all.

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Lips Touch by Laini Taylor.  Now, okay, I confess I haven’t read this yet – but the cover is so gorgeous (both covers – one I want to eat and one I want to sit and look at for a long time) and then on the inside are the most gorgeous illustrations that they make me want to smile whilst being simultaneously jealous that I can’t do that!

The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss.  Firstly, Patrick Rothfuss.  So, that is all.  Actually no.  This is another book, very short and from the world of Kvothe – but it’s just gorgeous.

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The Hobbit graphic version by JRRTolkien – this book is effing excellent.  Yes,  it is.

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.  Another wonderfully illustrated book with the most gorgeous and totally distracting illustrations (I think the second illustration is from Through the Looking Glass)

Winnie the Pooh by A A Milne.  If you don’t like Winnie the Pooh, and all the gorgeous pictures – then I can’t even look at you right now!

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The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C S Lewis. Shut up and take my money.  Have you read this – and have you seen the illustrations?

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That is it for me – only made it to nine!

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