Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do

July 26: Top Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books Set Outside The USA

July 19: Top Ten Books Set Outside The USA
It truly surprised me upon looking at my Goodreads read list just how few books I have read that weren’t set in the USA. It’s even more surprising to me because I am not even based in North America, let alone the States – I guess it’s time to introduce more European and further afield literature into my reading.

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1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
One of the things I love most about this series is that the wizarding world is located within the real world, albeit hidden, and takes place in various UK locations including Scotland (Hogwarts), London (Diagon Alley) and Surrey (Little Whinging).

2. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
I also adore this book and series: primarily based in London, it follows detective Strike and his friend/companion/colleague Robin on the trail of a murderer.

3. The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins
Set in and around London, it follows addict Rachel uncovering the mysterious circumstances surrounding the disappearance of an acquaintance. 

4. Point Blanc by Anthony Horowitz
Largely occurring in France, the second novel in the Alex Rider series sees the hero uncover a mysterious plot at a school in the Alps.

5. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Despite a proportion of this novel being set in New York City, the majority takes place in Australia: it’s incredibly witty and charming.

6. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Set in rural England, this is a love story with a twist. I love the characters in this novel, as well as the message conveyed.

7. Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
Whilst Robert Langdon’s tale begins in the USA, he finds himself in Europe (Switzerland and Italy) for the majority of the novel. And what a novel it is.

8. I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
Largely set outside the USA, this monster of a novel follows several threads in many areas of the globe, including the Middle East, Turkey and Switzerland: a true globe-trotting book!

9. Gorsky by Vesna Goldsworthy
London is the new home for this Great Gatsby retelling: it features money, politics and intense relationships in the UK capital, amongst Russian oligarchs.

10. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Set in Paris, this YA novel sees Anna adapt to a new life on a new continent, at an international school. It’s romantic and pure young adult contemporary cheese.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Bookish Facts About Me

July 12: Top Ten Bookish Facts About Me
I loved this week’s theme! I love any opportunity to discuss my nerdiness, especially over my affinity with the written word – if you share any of these habits with me, please let me know, as sometimes I find that reading is a very solitary act (and that’s one of the reasons I love to blog about books: it fuels discussion. I hope).

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I have read precisely none of these books on my shelf. Sigh.

1. I read multiple books at a time
To put this into perspective, I’m currently reading eleven books! For those interested, they are: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling, Life and Death by Stephenie Meyer, The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, The 100 by Kass Morgan, Legend by Marie Lu, Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller, A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas, The Guy Next Door by Meg Cabot, The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz, Paradise Lost by John Milton and How To Find Your (First) Husband by Rosie Blake – I’m in a reading slump, ok?! Interestingly, I do not have an issue with remembering any plots.

2. I buy duplicate copies of my favourite books
I have 23 copies of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and I have many copies of the other six books. I also have duplicate sets of The Hunger Games trilogy, and if I have a signed copy of a book I almost certainly have an unsigned copy as well.

3. I never break the spines of my books
They look horrible on my bookshelf and it messes with my OCD. However, some of the books I had as a kid have broken spines, as do my few favourite books, but I can live with that as they carry extra-special memories.

4. I buy entire series without having read the first book
Recent examples: The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater and Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes. The main reason for this is that I cannot stand having un-matching series (either hardcover/paperback or due to a cover design change).

5. I convinced my parents to build me a double bookshelf in the spare room
And it’s beautiful! Everything except my J.K. Rowling/Robert Galbraith collection and my signed copies are on display; the trouble is I still don’t have enough room not to double stack my books. One day, I will have my own Beauty and the Beast/Belle style library.

6. Besides Harry Potter, my two favourite books are The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger and Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
Both books are beautifully written and feature strong, independent characters. The plots/intended audience obviously differ incredibly, but they both spoke to me on a profound level. I was lucky enough to meet Audrey at the London Book Fair 2016 in April and she signed my copy and I got a selfie, and I’m desperately hoping I’ll get to meet Malorie at YALC later this month.

7. The only person I let read my books is my Granny
And that’s because I know she’s as careful with her books as I am with mine. She is also the person I credit with my love of reading, and she has a Beauty and the Beast/Belle style library in her house (minus the sliding ladder). I never loan my books to friends or other family unless I have no intention of getting them back (eg. I disliked the book) – who wants a book returned in a worse condition than it was lent out in?! Get your own copy!

8. I have a box in my wardrobe filled with signed books
It’s stuffed full and is now overflowing: there must be 30-40 books, including The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir and The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins. I buy most of my signed copies from Waterstones, Foyles and Goldsboro Books.

9. The most expensive book I’ve ever purchased cost £178.50
It’s a 1/1 (first edition/first print) copy of The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka. J.K. Rowling). They are currently on eBay for £695+ so I think I got a bargain two years ago!

10. I often buy the same book in multiple formats
I’ve lost count of the number of books I own in physical, eBook and audiobook form: I love the flexibility it gives me, especially if I’m traveling or just want a change of style. And frankly, little beats Stephen Fry reading Harry Potter to me as I drift off to sleep.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads

July 5: Top Ten Books I Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads
Only eleven of the books I’ve marked as Read on Goodreads have under 2000 ratings, and since I disliked two of them, I cheated a little at the end. Despite my inability to keep within the rules, I’m hoping this week’s topic will bring with it new recommendations.

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1. Noughts and Crosses: The Graphic Novel by Malorie Blackman
Noughts and Crosses is one of my favourite novels of all time, so when the graphic novel adaption was released I devoured and loved it – unsurprisingly.

2. Christmas with Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher
I didn’t particularly enjoy Billy and Me, but I really loved this subsequent short story. It was sweet and fun and filled with Christmas love and cheer.

3. This Book Is Gay by James Dawson
A non-fiction book that is educational and amusing, this book explores the fluidity of sexuality on a young adult level.

4. Gorsky by Vesna Goldsworthy
This novel is a retelling of The Great Gatsby, featuring a Russian millionaire and his desire to attract the woman of his dreams.

5. Hello Life! by Marcus Butler
This is a YouTuber non-fiction book, focusing on many areas including healthy eating, exercise and self-confidence.

6. Life… On A High by Nick Spalding
A comedy memoir written in its entirety on a round-trip flight to Australia, this is incredibly funny.

7. The World According To Gogglebox by Jason Hazeley
A non-fiction book compiled with hilarious Gogglebox quotes, family profiles and bonus content.

8. Nothing But The Truth by Vicky Pattison
Geordie Shore’s Vicky’s excellent autobiography, it explains how she came to be in the public eye and her reflections of the industry.

9. Flying With Confidence by Patricia Furness-Smith
Fun fact #362: I am terrified of flying (it’s a phobia that only began a few years ago but has impacted upon my life). I read this to try and get over my fear: it was very informative.

…and one under 2,500…

10. Melissa Explains It All by Melissa Joan Hart
I’ve been a Melissa Joan Hart/Sabrina fan since I was a kid, and I loved her autobiography about getting into the industry at a young age and growing up in the spotlight.

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Reading Wrap-Up: June 2016

June was my worst reading month in years: I only finished one book and it was the required reading for my latest MA essay, Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (thankfully it did count towards the 2016 Reading Challenge). However, with summer approaching (and my essay deadline having passed) I’m hoping to turn my attention back to reading for pleasure over the coming months.

June 2016 statistics
Total books read: 1
Total pages read: 373
Favourite book: Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (5/10)

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#39 A book that takes place on an island – Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (5/10)

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Book Haul: June 2016

Somehow I was miraculously controlled with my book buying in June: *I suspect nargles are behind it.*

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Most excited to read:
1. Orange Is The New Black by Piper Kerman
2. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
3. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Most excited to own:
1. Summer Days & Summer Nights Edited by Stephanie Perkins
2. Worth Dying For by Lee Child
3. Make Me by Lee Child

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Most Intimidating Series

June 28: Top Ten Most Intimidating Series
This week for Top Ten Tuesday, we have a freebie week. I decided to look back at old TTT’s that were topics years ago, long before I began participating, and plumped for intimidating series, because, well, they’re intimidating! These series are all ones I own, but have either not begun or have stalled whilst reading.

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1. Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson (0/3)
I first heard about this series through Booksplosion (Kat, Christine and Jesse) and it sounds amazing, but those books are monsters!

2. Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness (0/3)
This is a series I know very little about and I bought on a whim. I have heard fantastic things about Patrick Ness’s books, so I also downloaded #1 on audiobook to try and kick start the series for me.

3. Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett (0/41)
I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve begun reading The Colour of Magic and put it down through sheer terror at committing to this mammoth series. I’m pretty sure I’ll enjoy it, but the number of books simply terrifies me.

4. The Mortal Instruments/The Infernal Devices Series by Cassandra Clare (1/9)
I listened to the audiobook of City of Bones last year and couldn’t take it in: too much happened in a short space of time, so I’m already lost.

5. A Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R.R. Martin (2/5)
I loved A Game of Thrones, but thought A Clash of Kings was incredibly dull and slow, so upon finishing it I never picked up #3. Maybe one day.

6. Percy Jackson and the Olympians/The Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan (3/10)
There are just so many books (and I’m not even counting companion novels or his new series), and Rick seems to bring out new ones a couple of times a year. I just can’t keep up.

7. The Raven Cycle Quartet by Maggie Stiefvater (0/4)
This was a series I wasn’t going to read, but my friend Alice constantly sings its praises so I bought it and intend to read The Raven Boys on holiday this summer, and we’ll go from there.

8. Falling Kingdoms Series by Morgan Rhodes (0/4)
For some unknown reason (ok, because they look pretty) I bought the four current releases without so much as reading the blurb. I’m scared ok.

9. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien (0/3)
I know, I know. Technically this is one giant volume, but I’m treating it as a trilogy. I’ve tried (and failed) to read The Hobbit on multiple occasions, so I’m not holding my breath that I’ll read this any time soon.

10. Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead (0/6)
I really want to read this series – I need something to quell my Twifever – but it’s a big series to commit to.

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