Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Author Duos You’d Love To See Write A Book Together

October 13: Top Ten Author Duos You’d Love To See Write A Book Together
This list could have simply comprised J.K. Rowling with X, Y and Z, but that wouldn’t have made for very interesting reading (for this blog post at least!)


1. Lee Child and Robert Galbraith
I think this would create a dark and beautifully written crime novel, by combining Child’s gritty plots with Galbraith’s striking (pun intended) use of language.

2. J.K. Rowling and Sarah J. Maas
I believe the two could create an outstanding fantasy world, filled with multi-layered characters and intricate plot lines, as well as being completely magical.

3. Nicholas Sparks and John Grogan
The only two books that have made me weep are “The Notebook” and “Marley and Me” and I’m curious to know if Sparks and Grogan combined could make me cry as well.

4. Cecelia Ahern and Morgan Matson
I think between the adult audience Ahern writes for, and the YA audience Matson writes for, combined they would write a really great contemporary New Adult novel.

5. Anthony Horowitz and Rick Riordan
Both write predominantly for male middle graders, and together I think they could create something full of action and adventure.

6. Stephenie Meyer and Veronica Roth
“Twilight” meets “Divergent”? Surely everyone wants to see something action packed, filled with mysterious characters and amazing world building?!

7. Gillian Flynn and Paula Hawkins
These two would write one amazing crime novel! Just think of the psychotic characters and the crazy situations – it would be brilliant.

8. Dan Brown and George R.R. Martin
Martin would develop the characters and Brown would supply the situations. It’d be one long book, that’s for sure.

9. John Green and Rainbow Rowell
I believe that Green and Rowell would write an amazing dual perspective YA novel centred around two amazing, slightly messed up protagonists.

10. Malorie Blackman and Suzanne Collins
Blackman and Collins would write a fantastic dystopian novel with developed characters living in a world of pain and anguish. I literally want this book right now!

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#31 Bree-lliant Revelation (#51)

For the last couple of days I’ve actually had the chance to sit down with a book and read, which was wonderful! I devoured (pun intended) “The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner” by Stephenie Meyer, which marked my 51st book read for the 2015 Reading Challenge: #31 A book with bad reviews. The world knows that “Twilight” gets a bad name for its literary merit, but I thoroughly enjoy it, so ticking off this book for this category is a win/win.

My Goodreads Review
“Set during the third ‘Twilight’ novel ‘Eclipse’, ‘The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner’ follows newborn vampire Bree as she uncovers the mystery surrounding her coven. Along with older vampire Diego, Bree realises that her mentor Riley has been keeping her and the other vampires in the dark (literally), and the true purpose of their creation has yet to be revealed. Bree and Diego share a close bond and go in search of Riley and their creator, Victoria, when they overhear a conversation that changes everything.
This novella allows the reader into the world of the newborns (which frankly weren’t as scary as Jasper inferred in the novels) and their creator and mentor. There was also an interaction with the Volturi, which was interesting. Unfortunately some of the character descriptions were weak, but I was interested in the relationship Bree shared with skilled vampire Fred.
This is another piece of the Twilightsphere that shouldn’t be ignored. It was nice to have a perspective from someone other than Bella or Jacob, and for that perspective to be from someone on the opposing side – I flew through it.”


When I began reading this book last month, I was terrified to finish it because I believed it to be my last “Twilight” adventure. Thankfully my prayers were answered this week as it was secretly revealed that the 10th anniversary edition of the book was being re-released along with an entirely new novel: a gender swapped version of the first book! Naturally I ordered it as soon as I found out, and I’m so excited to delve into the story once more – look out for my review, coming sometime soon.

#31 A book with bad reviews – The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (6/10)

Thirty-six down, fourteen to go. (Fifty-one read)

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Bookish Things I Want To Quit

October 6: Top Ten Bookish Things I Want to Quit
There are many things that I do related to books that I wish I didn’t. Of course, the good things that I do outweigh the bad, but it would still be nice to nip some of these habits in the bud.


1. Reading more than three books at a time
It’s common for my to be reading five books at a time – I try to not go above that number as it gets ridiculous. Ideally I’d only be reading three at a time: a physical book, an eBook and an audiobook – that way, wherever I am, and whatever I’m doing, one of the three will meet my requirements.

2. Buying many times more books than I read
Every month I always buy at least twice as many books as I read. At least. That is not a productive purchasing habit, for my purse or my bookshelves.

3. Not finishing books for months
Because I frequently read multiple books, often one or more gets left on my bedside table to gather dust for months. Currently the book receiving this treatment is “Gone” by Michael Grant, because I’m finding it to be truly terrible writing, but I don’t want to stop reading it when I’m over halfway through.

4. Reading only a few pages at a time
Basically, I get distracted, and will choose to binge watch a new TV show or go and make a cup of tea, and not go back to reading for the rest of the day.

5. Keeping books I know I’ll never read
I must have dozens of books on my bookshelves that I know in my heart of hearts that I’ll never read, but for some reason I can’t bring myself to part with them.

6. Buying multiple books in a series without having read the first book
I’m the prime suspect for this behaviour! I tend to buy trilogies without having delved into the world. Again, “Gone” is a great example, for which I own at least the first three books, and I very much doubt I’ll continue with the series.

7. Re-buying books I already own
With the exception of “Harry Potter” (which I happily own 100 editions of) this really is a ridiculous habit. I own three different editions of “The Hunger Games” series – I love this series, but it is completely pointless. I also purchase books in both paper and eBook versions frequently, so I can pick up where I left off, but I rarely read the same book in different formats. Pointless.

8. Looking to see how many pages are left and subsequently spoiling myself
I’m looking at you “Looking For Alaska”! I’m terrible at working out how many pages I’ve got left to read, either in the chapter or the book, and then spoiling myself. I really must stop doing that!

9. Buying books because they are cheap, not because I want them
Whenever I see an offer like 3 for £10, even if there is only one book I want (at £4) I will still purchase two other books, that I perhaps have a minor interest in, to make use of the offer.

10. Piling and stacking books in every available space
I have books stacked in my bedroom, on the landing, in the spare room and in the study – because all four of my bookcases are full! My family are not amused.

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#64 The Negatives of Audio (#50)

This morning, after a month of causal listening, I finished the audiobook of “Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse” by Rick Riordan (#64 A book that hasn’t been made into a movie or TV show – I wonder if it will?!) for the 2015 Reading Challenge. Having read any enjoyed the first two books in the series, I opted to pick up the third on audiobook for, as Hermione says, “a bit of light reading”. Unfortunately it backfired a little…

My Goodreads Review
“‘Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse’ is the third book in the ‘Percy Jackson and the Olympians’ series, following a number of half-bloods (half-human, half-Greek God) on their adventures to save Olympus – why their God parents are unable to do so is beyond my understanding.
This volume sees Percy, Thalia and Annabeth go in search of two unassuming half-bloods, Bianca and Nico. When Annabeth gets captured, the other half-bloods, along with Zoe Nightshade and the hunters, go in search the Goddess Artemis (I was confused by this point).
These books are so fast-paced that listening to them on audiobook, as I did in this instance, is a mistake. I was frequently lost as to where the characters were and what they were doing – so much so that I had to pick up the book and skim read it on more than one occasion to catch up on what I had apparently missed. It is certainly action-packed and full of adventure, but I believe the story is rushed and too many characters are introduced all too briefly. That being said, I absolutely will continue with the series, albeit without audiobook narration.”

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I definitely believe that I would have enjoyed this book more had I read it the old fashioned way. Not only did I keep missing key pieces of information, but I also didn’t care for the narrator, or his interpretation of one of the main characters, Zoe. Lesson learnt.

#64 A book that hasn’t been made into a movie or TV show – Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan (5/10)

Thirty-five down, fifteen to go. (Fifty read)

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TBR: October 2015

Another month, another TBR list! This month I am focusing solely on my current reads (the first five listed) and books that tick off categories for the Reading Challenge (the last five). Hopefully I can make some serious progress this month!

  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Gone by Michael Grant
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer
  • Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan
  • The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
  • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  • How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran
  • Antigone by Sophocles
  • Antigone by Jean Anouilh


My aim is to finish at least four books this month, and a few of them are fairly short, so I am quietly confident in my ability to do so. I’m most excited about delving into “Catching Fire” by Suzanne Collins once again, as it’s one of my absolute favourite books, and it’ll get me all excited about ‘Mockingjay Part 2’ hitting theatres next month!!

Thirty-five down, fifteen to go. (Forty-nine read)

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Quarter Quell #3

Insane though it is, we are now three quarters of the way through the year and the 2015 Reading Challenge – it’ll be the new year before we know it! The end of the quarter means it’s time for my penultimate Quarter Quell post of the year, where I wrap up the three months of reading and book buying (if you want to see how I did in January, February and March, click here, and for April, May and June, click here).

Aims for Quarter Quell #3: read 20 books *FAILED*, buy less than 30 books *FAILED*

Quarter Quell #3 statistics
Total books read: 14
Total pages read: 5,060
Favourite books: (1) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling, (2) Tripwire by Lee Child, (3) The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas
Least favourite book: Grey by E.L. James
Total books hauled: 60


Read: July, August, September


Bought: July, August, September

Unfortunately I read fewer books than I was expecting over the last three months – I can only say that concerts, holidays and jobs have cut into my amount of “free” time (also I suppose that university afforded me a lot more free time than I appreciated!) I also bought double the number of books I wanted to, but as I always say, that’s not a bad thing except that my bank balance suffers.

Aims for October, November and December: read 20 books, buy less than 30 books, complete the 2015 Reading Challenge (wish me luck!)

Thirty-five down, fifteen to go. (Forty-nine read)

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Reading Wrap-Up: September 2015

September has long been my least favourite month of the year, mainly because it’s back to school and work following a long summer vacation. This September was incredibly busy from the outset for me, since I began applying for jobs at the end of August and as a result my month was dominated by applications, paperwork and the occasional interview (as well as two weeks working full time) – all this meant that my reading took a back seat. I only managed to read two books during September, but thankfully they both ticked off categories for my 2015 Reading Challenge.

September 2015 statistics
Total books read: 2
Total pages read: 881
Favourite book: 1,227 QI Facts To Blow Your Socks Off


#5 A book with a number in the title – 1,227 QI Facts To Blow Your Socks Off by John Lloyd, John Mitchinson and James Harkin: True Story (#48)
#37 A book with a colour in the title – Grey by E.L. James: One Too Many Shades of Grey (#49)

Last month I set myself the target of reading four books during September (and check off at least two more categories from the Reading Challenge itself) – clearly I didn’t accomplish my primary goal, but I’m content in knowing that I’m two steps closer to completing the 2015 Reading Challenge. I’ve got a feeling that October is going to be equally busy, but I’m going to attempt to finish four books by prioritising reading into my daily schedule once more. Wish me luck!

Thirty-five down, fifteen to go. (Forty-nine read)

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