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.

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday : High Expectations

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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 TBR I Predict Will Be 5-Star Reads

I think I pick up every book hoping for a 5* read – I imagine that’s the hope for most readers isn’t it, finding that special book?  But, with certain books and authors I definitely pick the book up with high expectations – maybe that’s wrong but it’s difficult not to do so.  With that in mind, here are 10 books that I’m greatly looking forward to and strongly expecting to be excellent:

Dead to Her by Sarah Pinborough because, basically, I have loved everything I’ve read by this author and so I’m always excited when she releases a new book.

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A Time of Courage by John Gwynne the first two books in this series have been brilliant, they make me regret not having picked up his previous series because I know I probably won’t at this stage go back to pick them up.  I have very high hopes for the final book in the series.

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The Wolf’s Call by Anthony Ryan – I loved the Raven’s Shadow series and so the idea of a return to this world and more than that, to read more of Vaelin Al Sorna’s adventures, well, colour me happy.

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The Guest List by Lucy Foley.  This is definitely an author that made it onto my ‘keep my eye on this author’ list (yes, I do have such a list).  I really enjoyed the Hunting Party, it was such a good murder mystery and this promises another engrossing read.  Fingers crossed for much love for this book.

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The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel – this ia an author that I’ve been patiently (not really patiently at all) waiting for more from.  I loved Station Eleven.  It was such a great book that I highly recommend.

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The Deep by Alma Katsu.  Another author on my list (see above).  I love the style of writing and the concept for this novel sounds absolutely absorbing.  I can’t wait to pick it up.

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Survivors by G X Todd.  I’m a little late for this one but that is certainly no indication of my desire to get started.  Just simply not enough hours in the day.  This is the final instalment of a series that has had me positively gripped.

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The Girl with No Face M.H. Boroson.  The Girl with Ghost Eyes was totally kick ass.  Again, lack of time has stopped me picking this up in a timely fashion but I’m still excited to get started and I definitely have very high expectations given the reviews I’ve seen from some of my fellow bloggers.

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The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison.  I know.  I’m probably the only person on the planet that hasn’t picked this up yet.  It enjoys such glowing reviews and comes highly recommend by a blogger who has very similar tastes to mine. Excitement am I.

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The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence.  I’m almost 100% certain that this author writes his books simply with me in mind.  Joking aside – I’ve been completely won over by everything he’s written so far so you could say my expectations with this book are a little bit ridiculous – they’re not just high, they’re astronomical.  No pressure at all then.

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Top Ten Tuesday : Cover lover

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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:

Book Cover Freebie

Colour me happy.  I may have used more than the ten allocated spots – but who can stop at ten.  So many lovely book covers – they just make me happy.  Some of these I’ve read, and some I’m looking forward to picking up.  Do you have a favourite?

Top Ten Tuesday: Recently added to Mount TBR

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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 Ten Most Recent Additions to My Bookshelf

This is an easy list to make.  It’s a combination of my most recently bought books, either for kindle or audio, uptodate approvals from Netgalley and books from authors.  Here are my 10 most recent additions:

  1. A Time of Courage by John Gwynne
  2. The Guest List by Lucy Foley
  3. The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by KS Villoso
  4. The Wolf’s Call by Anthony Ryan
  5. You Let Me In by Camilla Bruce
  6. Moontangled (The Harwood Spellbook #2.5) by Stephanie Burgis
  7. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
  8. Howard’s End by EM Forster
  9. All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells
  10. Starsight by Brandon Sanderson
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