Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Resolutions/Goals

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.  Click on the link for more info and to find out about future topics.

This weeks theme is:   Bookish Resolutions/Goals

A new year saw me writing my customary Reading Resolutions post.
I decided a couple of years back I’d make some general goals for my reading year rather than joining a large number of challenges. That decided, I wrote my goals and only signed up for Goodreads and Beat the Backlist.
Here is a selection of my reading hopes/goals for the year…

Goodreads challenge – I do this one most years. I haven’t set a massive target as I want to keep it low pressure. 20 books will do I think, especially since I can’t seem to keep away from massive tomes and they take ages to read. I joined this challenge mostly because I use Goodreads to keep track of what I’ve read so I guess having a small target to aim for adds something extra.

Beat the Backlist – The only other challenge I’ve signed up for this year. It’s my second time taking part. Last year I cleared around 15 books from my backlist, so it was a good challenge for me and I can’t wait to see how many I can read this year.

To participate in read-a-thon events often – I have a terrible habit of finding out about reading events either just as they’re about to happen or when they’re already in progress. That’s not good if there’s a particular theme going on, so I want to try and find out about things in advance so that I can join in, because I do love a good read-a-thon.

To read outside my usual choices – Over the new year I saw various articles featuring ‘must read’ books for the coming year, aimed at people who resolved to start reading this year. I’m a long-time reader, but I did find the idea of taking on some of the suggested books an interesting idea, to broaden my reading genres and so I requested some of the titles from the library.

To keep on top of my reviews – I try to write reviews as soon as I can, while the story is still fresh in my mind and I can gush about all the reasons that I loved the book. I want to stay on top of things this year.

Top Ten Tuesday – Take part whenever the topic appeals to me.

Non-Fiction – I don’t usually read much in the way of non-fiction and I wonder what I’m missing, so I’ll try to check out at least one book sometime this year.

To read a classic – It’s years since I read anything you’d call a classic, so I’d like to read at least one over the coming months.

Audio books – The first time I tried an audio book it wasn’t for me. I found my attention wandering and kept having to go back because I didn’t feel I’d taken the story in. It became really time consuming and put me off for a while.
Last year I had another attempt, and I had a much better experience and enjoyed the story, which has left me thinking I wouldn’t be completely against trying another audio book this year.

I didn’t think I’d make ten items this week, and as it turns out I have ended up one short. So, is there anything I’ve missed? What resolutions or goals have you decided on this year?

See you again for another Top Ten Tuesday.


Top Ten Tuesday: A Few Titles I Never Managed to Read in 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week they provide a prompt and other lovers of listmaking join in with their own top ten list.  Click on the link for more info and to find out about future topics.

This weeks theme is:   Ten Books I Meant to Read in 2017 (and will hopefully read this year!)

Ah, all those books I really meant to read, and which I want to read still, right now, all of them, straight away. You know that feeling, right? So many books, so little time?
This of course means I had no trouble writing my Top Ten Tuesday post this week; the only difficult thing was limiting my list to ten books!
Here’s hoping that I manage to read at least a few of these titles in the next few months:

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant – Killer mermaids. I’ve been reading reviews online which say this book is scary. How am I resisting picking this up right away? I have no idea, but as soon as I finish my current read this will be next on my list. I want to give it my whole attention.

I fancy trying a little more sci-fi in my reading, so the next two on the list will hopefully satisfy that:

Artemis by Andy Weir – A new-to-me author (I still haven’t read The Martian).

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman – A prequel to the next book on my list this week.

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman – I’ve seen the movie, so now it’s time to experience the book.

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier – Added this one to my TBR list after I watched the recent movie adaptation. It was really good, and kept me guessing right to the end. I want to see how the book compares.

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence – I saw this on a few ‘best of 2017’ lists, so I really need to find time to read it this year.

The Remnant by Charlie Fletcher – The last book in the Oversight trilogy, and it’s a great oversight on my part that I still haven’t managed to read this one yet.

Year One by Nora Roberts – This sounds like an end-of-the-world with a twist type story as humanity is wiped out by a virus but some of the survivors gain powers they never had before. Am really looking forward to starting this, but so far I’m still waiting for my library copy to arrive.

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood – I just finished watching the tv series based on this book and it left me really wanting to read the story as well.

Have you read any of the books that my list this week?  Which would you recommend?  And what are you hoping to find the time to read this year?

Top Ten Tuesday: My Winter TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week they provide a prompt and other lovers of listmaking join in with their own top ten list.  Click on the link for more info and to find out about future topics.

This weeks theme is:   Top Ten Books on my Winter TBR List.

Are you a seasonal reader?
I can’t say I am particularly, but I have included at least one book in this list with Christmas in the title.
That aside, it’s a mix of classics, killer mermaids and the post-apocalypse. Business as usual around here then…

The Christmas Secret by Karen Swan – I usually pick up the latest offering by Karen Swan at this time of year. I read Christmas Under the Stars last year and it was really good, so hoping this one is just as good as that.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë – A classic. What more is there to say?

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden – I’ll admit it, it was the lovely cover on the paperback that attracted me to this in the bookshop, but that of course leads to a glance at the first page and I don’t know how I haven’t come across this book before. Tales of folklore, sorcery and the Winter King? Sounds perfect, especially now winter is almost here.

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman – I haven’t read Practical Magic, but I have seen the movie. I just couldn’t resist taking this out when I spotted it at the library.

Year One by Nora Roberts – It’s the end of the world as we know it, and that of course immediately gets my attention. I read the Inn Boonsboro trilogy by Nora Roberts which I enjoyed, although it was a very different setting and situation, so am looking forward to reading her again. I do love a post-apocalyptic scenario.

Artemis by Andy Weir – I still haven’t read The Martian, and I really will, some day, I’m certain, but I can’t resist a shiny new book, and so I’ll probably end up reading this one first!

The Remnant by Charlie Fletcher – The final book of the Oversight trilogy. I have to know how it all ends.

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant – Off for an under-sea exploration in search of mermaids? I don’t think it’s going to be like The Little Mermaid at all, and I can’t wait to find out what this book has in store.

Strange Weather by Joe Hill – Short stories aren’t my usual reading choice but I enjoyed The Fireman by Joe Hill and wanted to read his next book. This collection does sound pretty interesting.

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier – I watched the new movie version a little while back and decided I’d like to read the book too. Imagine my surprise then when having a move around of my bookcase I found a brand new, never-read copy of the very book I wanted to read. It’s a sign that you have too many books when you actually have no idea what is lurking on your shelves just waiting to be read.

What will you be reading over the winter?
Have you read any of the books on my TBR list, and what did you think of them?
See you next time for another Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween Edition

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week they provide a prompt and other lovers of listmaking join in with their own top ten list.  Click on the link for more info and to find out about future topics.

This weeks theme is:   Halloween Freebie!

Here’s a list of ten things to watch or read if you’re embracing the mood of Halloween. Some of these are new-to-me and I’ll hopefully be experiencing them very soon. I don’t think I do super scary, so hopefully nothing on this list will terrify you too much!

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King – The women of the world are falling victim to the Aurora virus. They fall asleep and become cocooned in web-like material. Remove this at your peril.

Stranger Things 2 – I saw another trailer for this the other day and I cannot wait to start watching. I loved the first season, in which we learned of that strange place known as the Upside Down and met with Eleven and the group of kids who came to befriend her. I love the look of it, and the setting.

American Horror Story – The next season I have to watch is Roanoke. I wasn’t a massive fan of Hotel, but each season has a new theme, so I’ll definitely check this one out.

Strange Weather by Joe Hill – I don’t read that many short story collections but I enjoyed The Fireman by Joe Hill so thought I’d check out his next book, and these stories do sound really good.

Lore podcast and tv series – I’ve listened to a few episodes of the podcast and the stories are sometimes eerie, sometimes fascinating, but always engrossing, and the background music provides great atmosphere too. I hope the tv series is as good.

The Crow Garden by Alison Littlewood – A gothic-sounding tale featuring an asylum doctor who becomes interested in the case of one particular patient. Is she hysterical, as her husband claims, or is there something else going on?

Gerald’s Game – A Stephen King story adaptation. 2017 must be the year of King, with movies of IT and The Dark Tower, and tv series as well. I haven’t read the book this is based on, and not sure about a movie where a woman is cuffed to a bed throughout, but I’ll give it a watch. On a side note, there’s also a series of The Mist, which I watched a little while back. I actually thought that would be scarier than it turned out to be, which is why I’m only making passing reference to it here.

Crimson Peak – A newly-married young woman finds herself living on a gothic mansion with dark secrets and possible ghosts. It’s creepy and very gothic, a little scary in places without being totally terrifying. The costumes and setting are all beautiful. Don’t know why I hadn’t seen this movie before but I really enjoyed it.

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell – A gothic mansion, creepy wooden figures that may be more than they first appear, locked rooms and old diaries. Sounds prefect for this time of year.

The Walking Dead – If zombies are your thing then this series is definitely one to check out. I love the danger, the peril, and the relationships between the characters who form the central group at the heart of the series. It also provides some excellent villains of the human kind. It’s strange that during times when the dead are walking and devouring any remaining human, sometimes the threat comes from the living. It’s very tense at times, and it doesn’t always pay to get attached to characters, because there’s no guarantee your favourites will make it out alive.

So, that’s it for this week.
What will you be reading/watching over Halloween? Have you read or watched anything that made my list this week?
I’ve actually enjoyed adding a few tv series and movies in this post, and might have to do that again for future Top Ten Tuesday posts.

See you next time!

Top Ten Tuesday: My Fall TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week they provide a prompt and other lovers of listmaking join in with their own top ten list.  Click on the link for more info and to find out about future topics.

This weeks theme is:   Top Ten Books on my Fall TBR List

Is there any season better suited to reading than Fall?
I love it; a grey, rainy afternoon, cool temperatures so you can sit comfortably with a hot drink and settle down to get totally lost in some fictional world of your choice.
There are so many books I want to read over the coming months but my slow reading pace will probably mean I won’t manage to finish them all. So, here’s a selection of some of my potential reading choices…

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King – This one will definitely make the ‘read’ pile, because I’ll be starting it as soon as the library gets their copies in stock. I’ve had it on reserve since about June I think.

City of Circles by Jess Richards – A magical love story between two circus performers. I read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern a while ago and it left me wanting to read more books based around a circus setting, so when this one caught my eye I added it to my TBR.

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell – Billed as an unsettling gothic ghost story, Fall seems to perfect opportunity to try this book. A country mansion, a locked room and a two hundred year old diary? Sounds like this has potential.

The Coven by Graham Masterton – A new-to-me author. I think this is actually the second book featuring the character Beatrice Scarlet. I haven’t read the first but something about this caught my attention.

Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar – Last time I went to library they had this one on their New Books table so I picked it up. I’ll give most things written by Stephen King a try, so I was happy to find this, especially as I wasn’t looking for it. Another bonus, it’s actually a really short book. I’ve been lost to the massive books again lately and while I love that, it’s really slowed down my reading, so this should be a change.

A Pocketful of Crows by Joanne Harris – Based on The Child Ballads, and a tale of love, betrayal and revenge. Sounds good!

The Remnant by Charlie Fletcher – The final book of the Oversight trilogy. I loved both the other books in this fantasy series so I can’t wait to see how it all ends.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt – I’m sure this book will have appeared in a similar themed post from me in the past. It’s one of those books I keep meaning to read but haven’t got around to yet. Fall comes around and for some reason this book comes back into my mind, so onto the list it goes again.

IT by Stephen King – With the movie coming out recently I feel tempted to give this one a re-read. It’s a few years since I last read it, and I remember really enjoying it.

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence – This is probably the last book I actually purchased and is the first book in a new fantasy trilogy. I haven’t read anything by this author before, but I’ve read so many great reviews for this book that I’m looking forward to reading it.

What are you hoping to read over the next few months?  Have you read anything that made my list this week?

Top Ten Tuesday: Throwback Freebie

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week they provide a prompt and other lovers of listmaking join in with their own top ten list.  Click on the link for more info and to find out about future topics.

This weeks theme is:   Throwback Freebie

What a great topic.
I’ve had my blog for a few years now, so I thought this week I’d go back and find a selection of the books I’ve rated most highly during the time I’ve been blogging. It was a chance to revisit old posts, and bought back some great reading memories.
You can click on the covers below to go to the review for each book if something catches your eye.







What did you write about for this Throwback Freebie?
Have you read anything that made my list this week?

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Reads of 2017 So Far

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week they provide a prompt and other lovers of listmaking join in with their own top ten list.  Click on the link for more info and to find out about future topics.

This weeks theme is:   Best Books You’ve Read in 2017 so Far

2017 has been a pretty good reading year so far. I’ve really enjoyed most of what I’ve read, which makes narrowing it down to ten books pretty tough. Which ones do I leave out? Anyway, here’s an attempt, complete with links to reviews (where completed).

Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling – As it’s 20 years since the first Harry Potter book was published I decided to begin a series re-read.

The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey – A prequel to The Girl with all the Gifts, this book follows a group of soldiers and scientists on their journey to find a cure in a post-apocalyptic Great Britain.

Sins of Empire by Brian McClellan and The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan – Okay, I know, I’m cheating a little adding two books in one but I just had to mention them both.
The Autumn Republic is the end of the Powder Mage trilogy and what an ending to a great series.
Sins of Empire is the beginning of another series set in the same world, and featuring some of the characters from Powder Mage.
I loved both these books.

The Trees by Ali Shaw – Imagine you woke up to find the whole world had become one giant, dangerous forest.

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt – An eerie and atmospheric novel based on the real life double murder of Andrew Borden and his wife. His daughter Lizzie stood trial for the crime but was acquitted.

The Muse by Jessie Burton – I enjoyed the way the two narratives in this tale weaved together.

North and South by John Jakes – This is the first book in a trilogy set during the American Civil War. There are some brilliant characters and I can’t wait to get back to book two.

Golden Hill by Francis Spufford – A novel set in the early days of New York where a man arrives and causes a stir. There were some great moments throughout this book.

Cell by Stephen King – Everyone ends up in a zombie-like state after a bout of rage when they’re zapped by the Pulse, sent through mobile phones. A group of survivors go on a journey through this new and dangerous world. I read this after watching the movie, and although I liked both I think the book had the better ending.

Feed by Mira Grant – I’m ending my post this week with the book I’m currently reading. Zombies, a political campaign and a group of bloggers. What’s not to love?

What are your picks for the best books you’ve read so far this year?  Have you read anything that made my list this week?