2020, Author Love, New Author to me, Top Ten Tuesday, Uncategorized

Top Ten Tuesday – it’s full of my favourites this week!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Today’s prompt is most anticipated releases for the second half of 2020.

I’m a massive fan of Victoria Walters and this will be the perfect start to my Christmas reading.
I’m a massive fan of Ruth and sadly I was rejected on Netgalley for this beauty but I will be reading and reviewing when it’s available.
This one I was lucky enough to get a Netgalley copy but I will also be purchasing and buddy reading this one.
When she came to the UK for her last novel I actually had the pleasure of meeting her. Another go to author whose back catalogue I still have to go through.
Milly is another one that I’ve got into late and this will be another festive treat.
There seems to be a festive theme amongst my choices and so far they are all ladies.
I’ve been waiting for this book for forever…
I adore this lady as an actress and I loved her debut book.
Whoop there is a guy amongst my list. When Miranda Dickinson mentioned this I instantly read more and pre-ordered it.
I’m so excited to have this bunch back in my life at Christmas. I’ve pre-ordered each of these parts so they ping through to my kindle.

So there seems to be a lot more ladies in my list this week for sure. Although just last night I did in fact pre-order Darren O’Sullivan’s next novel The Players which isn’t released until next January.

I’m always up for recommendations although I must read a few more of my TBR of late eeek. I’m onto a Netgalley read which in theory I would like to finish that and my audio before we start our buddy read on 1st July.

2020, Top Ten Tuesday, Uncategorized

Top Ten Tuesday celebrates 10 years…

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

So this meme has been going for 10 years how mad is that. I must admit when I first came across it I didn’t realise there was specific prompts so I may have done a few over the years that I dreamed up myself.

I can’t say I’m a frequent Top Ten Tuesday poster but I do like posting from time to time. I’ve been a bit more organised with my blog since lockdown and I must admit I’m loving it as well as all the extra reading, it really has been a breath of fresh air. I’ve built up new little routines which I hope to keep once life resumes to normal. I can definitely say I will be taking part in next weeks prompt as I’ve already got a bit of an idea so I may get it prepped this week.

So in line with this celebration I am going to be talking about Authors Id love to meet.

Mhari McFarlane
Miranda Dickinson
Katey Lovell
Zoe May
Poorna Bell
Bryony Gordon
Sophie Kinsella
Carole Matthews
Beth O’Leary
Cressida McLaughlin

I thought this would be an easy meme but I swear being put on the spot I couldn’t think. There are probably loads of fabulous authors who I’m yet to meet.

Next Tuesday I shall be sharing my most anticipated reads for the later part of the year.

2020, Top Ten Tuesday, Uncategorized

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

The rules are simple:

Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a new topic. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want. Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post. Add your name to the Linky widget on that day’s post so that everyone can check out other bloggers’ lists. Or if you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment.

This week’s topic is Books With Single Word Titles. I had seen so many tweets coming up with gorgeous links to this so I was intrigued and in looking back in my read pile there sure are a lot of them.

Now even looking at this cover gives me all those feels back.
This book had me from the get go so fast paced I loved every second.
This woman is a mastermind – loved this.
So good she’s in this list twice…
Haven’t read this one still….

Every single one of these books sent me on a rollercoaster ride and I’ve loved them all. Bar the one I still haven’t read….it’s mad when you realise there really are a lot of one worded books.

2019, Top Ten Tuesday, Uncategorized

Top Ten Tuesday – Discussion

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

So today’s prompt was chosen by Caitlin Althea and her chosen prompt is….Books on my TBR I’m avoiding reading and why…

So rather than merely posting book covers with a bit of context I thought I would speak in a bit more detail. Now don’t get me wrong those covers will come as I also don’t want this post to become too text heavy. There’s a few books that I’m unsure I want to name as they are from three of my favourite authors but they are hardbacks which are a pain in the arse to carry around. Don’t get me wrong signed and on a shelf or on a well laid out Instagram post they look fantastic but when you’re trudging them to and from work with your lunch and your gym stuff not so much. So that’s my first bug bear.

When this series was first released there was so much good and bad hype. I didn’t instantly jump on the bandwagon as the bad stuff kept on coming but as time went on I became intrigued. I read the first one and I enjoyed it it peaked my interest, the second one took me ages to read as I kept getting distracted don’t get me wrong when I was sat and fully invested I enjoyed it. I still haven’t picked up the third one it’s somewhere in my mass of books at home. I must say it’s a series we regularly receive at Cancer Research.

Like most book sagas I got into this one late and I loved doing so as I could get my hands on the next instalment I read books one and two in quick succession. I even attended a preview screening of Catching Fire – I couldn’t bare to say goodbye to these characters and I still haven’t been toying with the idea of reading now but haven’t yet caved.

Now I know this one is going to raise some eyebrows. I’ve had this one on my shelf for a while now, I’ve obviously seen the film so know the story. I watched it on a flight to Orlando and my friends thought I was hilarious in how tearful I became.

I’ve only read the first Harry Potter and I only done that a few years back whilst on holiday. I have a few of them at home.

There are probably lots more I could share but as it stands I cannot think.

A question that I will ask to my readers is are there any books I should have read that may not have?

2019, Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday – Book characters I’d love to be besties with….

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Now this is a prompt that I’m going to have fun with.

I know I only recently finished this but I truly loved these beauties. I would love to be besties with Nessie and Sam oh and Ruby. I think Ruby could tell me a thing or two and she would definitely be a confidence booster.

I often wish Brew was a real place, I’d get my morning coffee and share my trials and tribulations and I might just be on the receiving end of some good luck. Last week a customer gave me a mint choc chip cornetto and it really made me think of this beauty.

In thinking of book besties it really made me think. This book made me long for more? Anna took chances, to make her own happiness. I need to do more of that. This book still gives me all the feels.

Now I’m an auntie to twins (they’re one now) I would love to have a chat with these girlies on multiples and their bond etc etc. These girls were ballsy and made me feel like I need to get out of my comfort zone more.

I simply adored Tiffy and Leon although I would wanna fight for Leon. Everyone needs a Leon.

I fell in love with Ed and I’m so glad there’s two books with him. Book boyfriend 🙂

I’m so glad I still have lots more Jessie and Meg to devour both ladies inspired me in different ways. Watch this space….so much I want to read.

Angela and Jenny are amazing, I’m still behind in this series and I’m loving experiencing everything they’re going through.

Castle Court gets a mention in Holly’s latest and it gave me all the feels once again. Who wouldn’t want to be besties with Sadie and Cat. I would love to be a bit more confident like Cat.

There is loads and loads of besties amongst the gorgeous books I devour. I definitely need to be reading more. Hoping I get answers regarding my ear today and then I hope I feel better. Hoping to get Ruth Wares gorgeous book finished today. I’m also hoping to start my buddy read of Miranda Dickinson’s The Day We Meet Again…

What are your plans and who would you be besties with? Ace prompt I probably could have added loads more.

2019, july, Top Ten Tuesday, Uncategorized

Top Ten books that lived up to the hype

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

So today’s prompt is a freebie so I spent some time deliberating over what I would do a list of and I’ve gone for the Top Ten Books that I believe lived up to the hype.

Starting with this beauty, I was intrigued by this cover and heard so many good things so had to find out for myself. I listened to this on audible and it was such a joy – I truly believe Tiffy and Leon’s story could continue.

I’m in the middle of listening to this one and it’s nothing short of amazing I’m well and truly hooked.

This book gave me all the feels and it will make you think about real life and social media in a totally different way.

Another audible listen that kept me on my toes.

Paige Toon always puts a smile on my face although there’s usually a tear or two also.

For some reason I don’t think my review of this is up but this book was heartbreaking yet thought provoking.

Darren O’Sullivan builds suspense in such a great way I couldn’t get enough of this.

2019, Top Ten Tuesday, Uncategorized

Top Ten Tuesday – Auto buy authors

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Last week was the first time in a long time where I had taken part in a Top Ten Tuesday but this was one I simply couldn’t resist.

Top ten auto buy authors – now this is going to be a hard one and they are in no order at all. Can I do more than 10?

There are probably lots of authors I could and should add but this post would go on and on forever. I would love to hear if there are any you think I should add to that ever expanding pile of mine.

2019, july, Top Ten Tuesday, Uncategorized

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Now I haven’t done one of these in forever and my good pal Catriona over at http://fabulousbookfiend.com regularly does these and often makes me think I should get involved so here I am. Looking at the schedule both this weeks and next weeks questions sound like my kind of fun.

Both Tiffy and Leon were characters I loved and were rooting for from the off. One of my fave reads this year.

This book has the craziest namesake of mine. I was sucked in and couldn’t put it down even if Hayley was slightly disturbed.

Ed is my most favourite book boyfriend to date. And I loved having him back in I’ll take New York.

Miranda really does have a way with words and her characters just resonate with me so much. I don’t think I even reviewed this properly as I was left so awestruck. Seren and Jack were just le sigh. This is currently 99p on kindle Somewhere Beyond the Sea

I need my very own Brew the coffee shop where kindness is guaranteed I love love loved this book and the characters have stayed with me.

This book saved me when I was feeling so low because of my ankle. The main character Chris is a proper lost soul and his story is heartbreaking, painful and thrilling.

This book will always stay with me as it’s one of the first I was sent by the lovely people at Simon & Schuster I was also gifted a gorgeous jigsaw, it was also the first Paige Toon I read. I finished this in the early hours with a lot of tears.

I don’t know what brought me to Rebecca but I’m pretty sure I purchased it from Cancer Research back when I was a volunteer and from turning the first few pages I was well and truly mesmerised. Everything about the story and the characters just got me.

I have to thank 6th form for introducing me to Ian McEwan and for reigniting my reading for pleasure. I was constantly left guessing and wanting more meaning I had read ahead of my classmates.

How could I forget these beauties another one where many characters resonate but Grace has stayed with me for the long haul.

It’s so hard to choose and I’ve tried to pick a variation I could have babbled on for hours and hours like I could have added another Miranda in Anna Browne – her story gave me hope and determination to be a better version of myself.

2018, Top Ten Tuesday, Uncategorized

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Novellas/Short Stories

Top Ten Tuesday was created in June 2010 by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to The Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

I love reading memes from different bloggers and Fabulous Book Fiend aka Catriona regularly participates in Top Ten Tuesday. To start with I must admit I didn’t have a clue and I thought I just chose what to post, that is where I was wrong.

Recently I have either already had posts or had little to no motivation for the subject matter but Novellas/ short stories are definitely a subject matter I can get on board with.

Katey Lovell’s Meet Cute series are one of my favourite novellas. This is the last one I read and it was so different but extremely inspiring.

The latest Angela Britnell that I loved. This one brought characters from a previous novella The Reject Table – back and that warmed my heart.

This is a gorgeous start to a series and I hope to get back to these really soon.

I love Victoria Walters and I will share more of hers. I was in the middle of the Random Acts Of Kindness series when I discovered this short and oh my what a gorgeous gorgeous coffee break read go get it now.

Novellas are a favourite of mine and this weekend when the 24in48 readathon is on I’m hoping to dive into a few novellas maybe even finish the meet cute series.

I love novellas and if you know of one I may like feel free to leave a comment for me.

2018, Top Ten Tuesday, Uncategorized

Top Ten Tuesday…books to read at the pool/by the beach…

Top Ten Tuesday was created in June 2010 by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to The Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Books to read by the pool/at the beach

Now this is a list I can wholeheartedly get on board with. I could always be by the beach and there are always books I could and should be reading so here it goes.

I should have devoured this already it needs a priority in my life.

The last two are a ditto to the first statement ha. Less rambling this week.

This one will warm your heart…

So that’s my Top Ten Tuesday a number of books I have either wanted to read for ages or new ones from authors who I haven’t read from in a while.

I am in the middle of a novella which I’m on the tour for this post will be up later tonight sorry for the delay.

Have you read any of my choices? I’m in the middle of Somewhere Beyond the Sea.