TTT: Ten Book Characters I’d Follow on Social Media

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme that was started by The Broke and Bookish and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018.  It was born of a love of lists (something I share) and each week participants come up with a list of ten(ish) things based on a theme.

The theme for this weeks Top Ten Tuesday is the ten book characters you’d follow on social media. Initially I thought this would be really easy but it turns out I read a lot more crime/thriller and horror books than I thought and I do not want that popping up on my social media. Anyway, after a scour through some of my recent reads I’ve managed to come up with a nice mix of weird conspiracy theorists, humour, travel and food which I think will cover off most of my interests 🙂

  1. Nolan Moore from The Anomaly Files by Michael Rutger – As someone who loves a good conspiracy theory I think rogue archaeologist Nolan’s YouTube channel and Instagram would be right up my street.  I am fascinated by unsolved mysteries and urban legends so I would definitely watch his documentaries and no doubt wander down a rabbit hole investigation of my own.
  2. Johanna Morrigan from How To Build A Girl by Caitlin Moran – Wild, witty, well read, feminist who’s adventurous and not afraid to follow her heart. She also works as a music journalist so I think you could expect her to have her pulse on the music scene and also be up on current issues. My only concern is she’s a little obsessive about a certain musician so the whole thing could turn into a massive love letter to him.
  3. Tiffy Moore from The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary – She works in a quirky publishing house, do I need to say anymore? OK, she’s also a really positive, energetic, upbeat person who’s pretty creative. I think her Pinterest and Insta would be a wonderful mix of crafts and books.
  4. Lara Jean from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – You just know her Insta and/or Pinterest would be full of baking and quirky outfits and I am very interested in cakes.
  5. Rhiannon Lewis from Sweetpea by C.J. Skuse – I can’t be the only one who thinks Rhiannon’s social media would be hilarious. I mean ok she’s a serial killer who has a daily kill list (mostly just people who’ve annoyed her that day) but a lot of her observations are spot on and so funny. There’d also no doubt be many, many pictures of her cute dog.
  6. Darcy Barrett from 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne – She’s a photographer undertaking a major remodel of a cottage she inherits from her Grandmother. I love property makeover shows so think this would be wonderful.
  7. Nana from The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa – I already follow a few cats on Twitter/Insta  and would love to follow Nana on his adventure across Japan. I think there’d be lots of funny observations and many cute cat pictures.
  8. Rosemary Harper from The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers – Some more adventuring, this time across the universe on board a ship full of unusual characters. I would love to experience this alongside Rosemary who’s seeing a lot of it for the first time.
  9. Felicity Montague from The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee – So probably not much in the way of social media in Felicity’s time but if there was I would love to follow her on her adventure across Europe. Sea voyages, pirates, dragons and no doubt a lot about her passion for medicine.
  10. Legend from the Caraval series by Stephanie Garber – I think I need a little more magic and mystery in my life and there’s no one more magical or mysterious than Legend. I’m thinking this would be full of riddles, puzzles and pictures of impossible things.

So those are the ten book characters I’d follow on social media. There’s probably a whole lot more I could have picked (I was very tempted to add Luna Lovegood) but thought I’d stick to some fairly recent reads. Would any of these make your list or is there anyone I’ve missed you think would have a brilliant social media presence.

Feel free to leave comments below and links to your top ten’s.

TTT: Ten books that left me with a book hangover

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme that was started by The Broke and Bookish and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018.  It was born of a love of lists (something I share) and each week participants come up with a list of ten(ish) things based on a theme.

The theme for this weeks Top Ten Tuesday is the last ten books that gave me a book hangover. I have to confess it’s pretty rare for me to get a book hangover, probably because I mostly go for lighter reads and haven’t really been reading many series lately (I have more of a tendency to get overly attached to characters in a series than a standalone). This topic was therefore a bit of a struggle but I have managed to come up with 10 recent ish books that have left me shook. I didn’t necessarily have a full blown hangover but they have proven themselves difficult to forget.

Call Me Star GirlDarkdawn (The Nevernight Chronicle, #3)The Places I've Cried in Public

  • Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech – the most recent book on my list (I only finished it on Friday) but wow this was a lot more intense and emotional than I expected. There were a few moments that got to me but that ending was perfection (and took some getting over).
  • Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff – Many, many times I wanted to throw this book at the wall while reading. I’d grown far too attached to the characters so to lose so many of them (and have to leave the world) was just too much.
  • The Places I’ve Cried in Public by Holly Bourne – As you can probably guess from the title this is an emotional read. The writing is brilliant and powerful and all too real. I found myself crying in public while reading it.

Foul Is Fair (Foul Is Fair #1)Monstrous HeartBreakers

  • Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin – Angry, intense and shocking this story of revenge inspired by Macbeth is over the top at times but I doubt anyone could read it and not be affected by it
  • Monstrous Heart by Claire McKenna – I still need to write a review for this but while not perfect there was something about this book that really resonated with me. I read an early ARC so I’m hoping to read again once it’s published (and hopefully a lot of the issues are fixed)
  • Breakers by Doug Johnstone –  I think what got me with this one was how horrifically real and incredibly believable it is. My day job is sort of loosely associated with aspects of this so it brought a lot of issues I’m aware of to life.

Daisy Jones and The SixGood Samaritans

  • Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – Like many other I fully believed that this was about a real band and that these were real people so it was tough to accept it was all over (I still don’t accept it’s fictional)
  • Good Samaritans by Will Carver – This is seriously messed up and unlike anything else I think I’ve ever read. It was hard to put this down at the end and just go off and read something fluffy. It buzzed around in my head for days.

My Lovely WifeThe Travelling Cat Chronicles

  • My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing – This was a completely addictive read from start to finish and with such a shocking ending I spent I don’t know how long trying to figure out what the hell just happened.
  • The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa – An all time favourite and one I’ve been buying for everyone I know. It’s a heartbreaking read but totally worth it.

So those are the last ten books that have really gotten to me. Do you suffer from book hangovers or are you like me and just keep swimming along?

Feel free to leave comments below and links to your top ten’s.

TTT: Ten Most Recent Additions to my Bookshelf

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme that was started by The Broke and Bookish and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018.  It was born of a love of lists (something I share) and each week participants come up with a list of ten(ish) things based on a theme.

The theme for this weeks Top Ten Tuesday is Ten Most Recent Additions to my Bookshelf. I kind of read this as the last ten books you bought physical copies of but as I mostly use my ereader I’m going to go with the ten most recent books I bought whether it was a physical copy or ebook. Most of these are the first book in a series or a standalone but where it’s a sequel I’ve noted it in the title so you can skip over the synopsis and avoid spoilers.

Inborn by Thomas Enger

InbornWhen the high school in the small Norwegian village of Fredheim becomes a murder scene, the finger is soon pointed at seventeen-year-old Even. As the investigation closes in, social media is ablaze with accusations, rumours and even threats, and Even finds himself the subject of an online trial as well as being in the dock… for murder?

Even pores over his memories of the months leading up to the crime, and it becomes clear that more than one villager was acting suspiciously… and secrets are simmering beneath the calm surface of this close-knit community.

As events from the past play tag with the present, he’s forced to question everything he thought he knew. Was the death of his father in a car crash a decade earlier really accidental? Has his relationship stirred up something that someone is prepared to kill to protect? It seems that there may be no one that Even can trust. But can we trust him? A taut, moving and chilling thriller, Inborn examines the very nature of evil, and asks the questions: How well do we really know our families? How well do we know ourselves?

Deep Down Dead by Steph Broadribb

Deep Down Dead (Lori Anderson, #1)Lori Anderson is as tough as they come, managing to keep her career as a fearless Florida bounty hunter separate from her role as single mother to nine-year-old Dakota, who suffers from leukaemia. But when the hospital bills start to rack up, she has no choice but to take her daughter along on a job that will make her a fast buck. And that’s when things start to go wrong. The fugitive she’s assigned to haul back to court is none other than JT, Lori’s former mentor – the man who taught her everything she knows … the man who also knows the secrets of her murky past.

Not only is JT fighting a child exploitation racket operating out of one of Florida’s biggest theme parks, Winter Wonderland, a place where ‘bad things never happen’, but he’s also mixed up with the powerful Miami Mob. With two fearsome foes on their tails, just three days to get JT back to Florida, and her daughter to protect, Lori has her work cut out for her. When they’re ambushed at a gas station, the stakes go from high to stratospheric, and things become personal.

Half a King by Joe Abercrombie

Half a King (Shattered Sea, #1)Betrayed by his family and left for dead, prince Yarvi, reluctant heir to a divided kingdom, has vowed to reclaim a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains and the bitter waters of the shattered sea itself – all with only one good hand.

Born a weakling in the eyes of a hard, cold world, he cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so has sharpened his mind to a deadly edge. Gathering a strange fellowship of the outcast, he finds they can help him more than any noble could. Even so, Yarvi’s path may end as it began – in twists, traps and tragedy.

A Heart so Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers 2) by Brigid Kemmerer

A Heart So Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers, #2)Find the heir, win the crown.

The curse is finally broken, but Prince Rhen of Emberfall faces darker troubles still. Rumors circulate that he is not the true heir and that forbidden magic has been unleashed in Emberfall. Although Rhen has Harper by his side, his guardsman Grey is missing, leaving more questions than answers.

Win the crown, save the kingdom.

Rumored to be the heir, Grey has been on the run since he destroyed Lilith. He has no desire to challenge Rhen–until Karis Luran once again threatens to take Emberfall by force. Her own daughter Lia Mara sees the flaws in her mother’s violent plan, but can she convince Grey to stand against Rhen, even for the good of Emberfall?

The heart-pounding, compulsively readable saga continues as loyalties are tested and new love blooms in a kingdom on the brink of war.

Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove, #1)Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.

The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.

And love makes fools of us all.

84k by Claire North

84KWhat if your life were defined by a number?

What if any crime could be committed without punishment, so long as you could afford to pay the fee assigned to that crime?

Theo works in the Criminal Audit Office. He assesses each crime that crosses his desk and makes sure the correct debt to society is paid in full.

But when Theo’s ex-lover Dani is killed, it’s different. This is one death he can’t let become merely an entry on a balance sheet.

Because when the richest in the world are getting away with murder, sometimes the numbers just don’t add up.

Violet by SJ Halliday

VioletWhen two strangers end up sharing a cabin on the Trans-Siberian Express, an intense friendship develops, one that can only have one ending … a nerve-shattering psychological thriller from bestselling author SJI Holliday

Carrie’s best friend has an accident and can no longer make the round-the-world trip they’d planned together, so Carrie decides to go it alone.

Violet is also travelling alone, after splitting up with her boyfriend in Thailand. She is also desperate for a ticket on the Trans-Siberian Express, but there is nothing available.

When the two women meet in a Beijing Hotel, Carrie makes the impulsive decision to invite Violet to take her best friend’s place.

Thrown together in a strange country, and the cramped cabin of the train, the women soon form a bond. But as the journey continues, through Mongolia and into Russia, things start to unravel – because one of these women is not who she claims to be…

A tense and twisted psychological thriller about obsession, manipulation and toxic friendships, Violet also reminds us that there’s a reason why mother told us not to talk to strangers…

Starsight (Skyward 2) by Brandon Sanderson

Starsight (Skyward, #2)All her life, Spensa has dreamed of becoming a pilot. Of proving she’s a hero like her father. She made it to the sky, but the truths she learned about her father were crushing.

Spensa is sure there’s more to the story. And she’s sure that whatever happened to her father in his starship could happen to her. When she made it outside the protective shell of her planet, she heard the stars–and it was terrifying. Everything Spensa has been taught about her world is a lie.

But Spensa also discovered a few other things about herself–and she’ll travel to the end of the galaxy to save humankind if she needs to.

Sacrificing Sapphire (Stalking Sapphire 4) by Mia Thompson

Sacrificing Sapphire: A Sapphire Dubois Mystery (Sapphire Dubois Mystery Four)Sapphire Dubois is about to celebrate her first Christmas in Beverly Hills with her new husband, Detective Aston Ridder. She has assured him that her days of defying death to save victims from serial killers are over. But after three months of marriage, she hasn’t kicked the habit. Sapphire feels compelled to check out a lead—two to women with similar descriptions have vanished from the same location. After breaking her promise, the daring crime fighter gets abducted by the very killer she was hunting.

While a distraught Aston scrambles to find his missing wife, Sapphire wakes up in a bizarre reality where she is now the victim, forced to play a part in her abductor’s sick ritualistic game. Soon she realizes she’s not alone; a little girl is imprisoned with her, and Sapphire is her only chance of escape.

Sacrificing Sapphire combines rich L.A. sass and smarts with thrilling psychological suspense

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

An Enchantment of RavensIsobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love—and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.

I think it’s pretty safe to say from this that my reading tastes are diverse. I bought more or less all of these in the last couple of weeks (proof if anyone needs it that book bloggers do buy books) so haven’t read them as yet. Have you read any of these, any you recommend I read asap?

Feel free to leave comments below and links to your top ten’s.

TTT: Bookish Discoveries I Made in 2019

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme that was started by The Broke and Bookish and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018.  It was born of a love of lists (something I share) and each week participants come up with a list of ten(ish) things based on a theme.

The theme for this weeks Top Ten Tuesday is Bookish Discoveries I Made in 2019. I have to admit I seriously struggled with this week’s topic. There were just too many things to choose from, authors, books, blogs, publishers, bookish merch… I’ve therefore gone with a sort of scattergun approach of slightly random stuff that caught my attention during 2019. I apologize in advance…


Skyward (Skyward, #1)I could quite easily fill the whole top ten with author’s I discovered during 2019 but I really wanted to include some other stuff so I’ll just go with the standouts. 2019 was the year when I finally picked up books by Jay Kristoff and Brandon Sanderson. I’ve had their books on my shelf for ages but with the hype around them kept putting them off. Having now finally read them I can confirm that all of the hype is 100% justified. Both Skyward and the Nevernight trilogy were in my fave books of the year.

Samantha Downing and Beth O’Leary also seriously impressed me with their debut books My Lovely Wife and The Flatshare putting them very squarely on my “must look out for books by” list. Also on that list are Will Carver, Antti Tuomainen, Doug Johnstone and pretty much every author on Orenda Book’s list. Their books are just so original and different.


The End We Start FromEvery year I make a half hearted attempt at the Popsugar Challenge and every year I probably only manage to fill around half the prompts but it does almost always lead to some kind of discovery and a broadening of my reading. In 2019 that discover was new genres. I seriously had no idea that cli-fi and LitRPG were even a thing but apparently they are. I will admit to not being so keen on LitRPG (I found Ready Player One kind of boring) but I am liking cli-fi (probably due to my love of dystopians and post apocalypse stories)

New Book Festivals


I love a good bookish event, particularly when it’s genre fiction so was very excited for the very first Cymera festival in Edinburgh in June 2019. Over the weekend there were around 70 science fiction, fantasy and horror writers including Victoria Schwab, Claire North, Ben Aaronovitch and Adrian Tchaikovsky.

shoe (2)I was volunteering at the event so I didn’t get to see a huge number of authors (I was selling tickets in the box office) but the events I did make it to were brilliant and with it being the first year it wasn’t too crazy. I did get to chat to a few authors, publicists etc as they stopped into reception, and had a fantastic if somewhat stressful time (why do printers hate me). I also discovered that Anna Smith Spark has the best shoes ever.

Also last year was the first ever Capital Crime festival in London. I didn’t manage to make it as it was a little too close to the Bloody Scotland Festival but the programme looked incredible. There’s a strong possibility I’ll be wandering my way down there this year.


When I was younger I used to absolutely love Choose Your Own Adventure books so I was very excited to see them making something of a comeback in 2019 with some adult versions. I read a couple of them during the year, mostly would you survive a zombie apocalypse style stories (I would not), and had a lot of fun. The absolute highlight of the year CYOA wise however was Susan Dennard’s Twitter CYOA, the Luminaries. Every day for 6 months hive mind Winnie (aka around 2000 followers) made some incredibly poor decisions in a story full of magic, romance and adventure. It was hands down the best thing on Twitter even if we did spend around a fortnight in a garage trying to decide whether to take a dirt bike or a car.

Darkdawn (The Nevernight Chronicle, #3)Footnotes

I finally picked up the Nevernight trilogy by Jay Kristoff this year and discovered the joy and horror of reading books with extensive footnotes. The footnotes were brilliant and definitely had a lot of the funniest moments but trying to read them in an ebook was just hell. I did manage better with a physical copy of the book but to be honest I had to resort to the audiobook to make it through Darkdawn.

Full Cast AudiobooksIlluminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

I’ve always been a little anti full cast audiobooks, I tried to listen to one a year or so ago and hated it, but this year after listening to Illuminae and Daisy Jones and the Six discovered just how good they can be. Illuminae in particularly completely blew me away with how fantastic it was (I did not think that book could ever work on audio) and I can’t wait to read the other books in the series.


So that’s my discoveries from 2019. Did you make any discoveries last year that you think everyone should know about?

Feel free to leave comments below and links to your top ten’s.

TTT: Ten books I can’t wait to read

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme that was started by The Broke and Bookish and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018.  It was born of a love of lists (something I share) and each week participants come up with a list of ten(ish) things based on a theme.

The theme for this weeks Top Ten Tuesday is Books I’d slay a lion to get early. Given my love of felines of all shapes and sizes I’m probably not going to slay a lion for any book (what did the lion do to deserve that??) but these are 10 books I can’t wait to get my hands on.

King of Scars (Nikolai Duology, #1)

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo – Considering my love for all things Leigh Bardugo, the Grishaverse and the fact that Nikolai Lantsov is one of my all time fave characters this book is definitely top of my list (and may even be slay a lion worthy). This is the book I feel I’ve been waiting for ever since Siege and Storm.

And the Ocean Was Our Sky

And The Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness – Again I’m a big fan of anything Ness writes and was particularly excited when I heard this described as Moby Dick from the POV of the whale.

Us Against You (Beartown, #2)

Us Against You by Fredrik Backman – this is due out in June so not really too long a wait but I am keen to find out what’s happening to the residents of Beartown

99 Percent Mine: A Novel by [Thorne, Sally]

99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne – The Hating Game by Thorne is probably one of my all time favorite romance reads. I pick it up and read random sections on a fairly regular basis and it never gets old. I’m therefore very curious to see if her second book will become my new favorite.

The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Guide, #2)

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee – I adored Felicity’s character in the Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue so I am very excited that she’s getting a book all of her own.

The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2)

The Wicked King by Holly Black – Cruel Prince was an absolutely brilliant read but honestly that ending was a killer. Part of me wishes I hadn’t read it so I didn’t have the wait for book 2.

Shadow of The Fox

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa – DRAGONS!!!! There’s only around a week to go until Inferno, the final book in the Talon series, is released in the UK and I just know that once I’m finished it I’m gonna need something else to fill a dragon shaped hole. And this new series with a Japanese influence sounds sooo good. Plus ya know, Kagawa books are always exciting reads (and she’s not afraid to bump off characters)

City of Ghosts

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab – My kitty cat is on the cover (not really) so I feel like I have to read this. Seriously though, a girl who can see ghosts, Edinburgh setting, Schwab’s writing, I’m in.

Spinning Silver

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik – You’d think I’d be over my obsession with fairytale retellings by now but nope and this sounds good and dark and twisty.

Big Sexy Love

Worst Girlfriend Ever by Kirsty Greenwood – Yep I know the cover above is for a different book but I there doesn’t seem to be a cover up for this one yet so I’m using it as an excuse to once again plug Big Sexy Love (that book is sooo under appreciated). I think Greenwood is just seriously under appreciated. Every book I’ve read so far by her I’ve loved so looking forward to this, her next one.

So that’s the 10 books I’m very excited about and would love to get a hold of early (although maybe not slay a lion early). Are any of these on your list or is there a book you’re particularly looking forward to?

Feel free to leave comments below and links to your top ten’s.

TTT: Ten Books I Loved but Probably Wouldn’t Re-Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme that was started by The Broke and Bookish and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018.  It was born of a love of lists (something I share) and each week participants come up with a list of ten(ish) things based on a theme.

The theme for this weeks Top Ten Tuesday is Books I Loved, but Will Never Re-read. I do have a small pile of favorite books I’ll re read time and time again but I have to admit the majority of books I loved I’ll probably never pick up again. This may be because it’s too emotional (and I can’t go through that again), there’s a major plot twist or mystery central to the story (which I already know) or just because reading it the first time was such a wonderful experience I’m scared a re read would ruin my memory of it.

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – This definitely falls into the too emotional to re read category. I’m a big fan of Moyes and this is my all time favorite book of hers but while I’ll watch the film over and over again I just can’t bring myself to read this again.

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)

 The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness – Like pretty much everything Ness writes this series is an absolute masterpiece. It’s just so wonderfully imaginative and unique but also completely real and believable. It is however far too emotional for me, particularly the first book, and I don’t think I could put myself through it again.


Beartown by Fredrik Backman – this is an incredibly atmospheric book, the majority of which is a big build up to a pretty major event. As I know how everything falls out, I don’t think I would necessarily read it again (or at least anytime soon). I’m more excited about the sequel that’s coming out

A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles – Reading this book about a Count in Moscow who’s sentenced to live out the remainder of his life in a hotel was an absolutely wonderful experience but I think it’s probably a one time thing. I really don’t think it would be as good a second time.

Good Me, Bad Me

Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land – this mystery/thriller is fantastically dark and twisty but while I found the main characters voice so intriguing I know where the story goes so don’t think I need to read it again.

The One Memory of Flora Banks

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr – This is another story about a young woman with a very unique voice. She suffers from a kind of amnesia which means she can’t hold on to memories for more than a few hours. She is a wonderful character and the book is so inspirational in a lot of ways but I kind of feel like I’ve been there and read that. I would maybe read little bits here and there but probably not the whole thing again.

Soldier (Talon, #3)

Soldier by Julie Kagawa – What I absolutely loved about this book, the third in the Talon series, was the ending. OMG, I don’t think I’ve ever read a book with such an edge of the seat finale. I was literally bouncing up and down, wanting to read but not wanting to read because I had a bad feeling. Given I have now finished it and read sequel Legion so know what happens I don’t think it would have the same impact if I picked it up again. I’m now anxiously awaiting Inferno as I want to know how it all ends.

Stillhouse Lake (Stillhouse Lake, #1)

Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine – This is a classic murder mystery brought right up to date. It’s fast paced, exciting and really keeps you guessing but now I know who did it I don’t need to read it again.

Ginny Moon

Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig – This story is completely unique as it’s told from the pov of a 14 year old girl with autism. It’s emotional, frustrating as hell and for me a one time experience that I don’t think I’d repeat.

We Were Liars

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart – I’m not going to say much about this as it’s impossible to avoid spoilers but I’d probably not re read it now I know what the main character can’t remember in the beginning (is that suitably vague)

So that’s my 10 books I loved but probably won’t re read, or at least not for a long time. You could probably add to this most sci fi and fantasy series, thriller/mystery and contemporary as I don’t tend to re read many books, only certain favorites. Do you have a stack of books you like to re read? Are there any books you would never re read?

Feel free to leave comments below and links to your top ten’s.

Ten Books Set In Another Country

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme that was started by The Broke and Bookish and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018.  It was born of a love of lists (something I share) and each week participants come up with a list of ten(ish) things based on a theme.

The theme for this weeks Top Ten Tuesday is Books That Take Place in Another Country. It’s been a while since I took part in TTT but couldn’t resist this week. I do love travelling and learning about other countries through my reading so thought I would fairly easily make it around the world but as it turns out most of my reads seem to be set in the UK or US. I have however tried to find 10 great books from around the world where the setting is a big part of the story.

The Dry (Aaron Falk, #1)Broken Harbour (Dublin Murder Squad, #4)Beartown

  • The Dry/Force of Nature by Jane Harper (Australia) – Very atmospheric thrillers, that show a different side to Australia. The Dry in particular, which is set in small town rural community during a drought, was completely alien to someone from a very wet Scotland.
  • Broken Harbour by Tana French (Ireland) – Every book in Tana French’s Dublin murder squad series paints a realistic picture of modern day Ireland but I think this one set in a ghost estate outside Dublin was the one that struck me the most.
  • Beartown by Fredrik Backman (Sweden) – set in a small dying community, this may be in a very different country but was extremely relateable.

A Gentleman in MoscowThe AlchemistThe Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Guide, #1)

  • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (Russia) – little bit cheaty as it’s historical and is mostly set within a hotel but it does have a real sense of time and place (and I love it)
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (Spain, Egypt, Sahara Desert) – follows a young shepherd who follows his dream to find treasure in Egypt so is probably more of a fable but it gives you a taste of the different cultures and beliefs.
  • The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (France, Spain, Italy) – this is historical again, following Monty on his Grand Tour of Europe but seems pretty realistic in its portrayal of Europe around this time.

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  • The Border by Steve Schafer (Mexico) – four teens try to make it across the border from Mexico to the States after their families are killed. I had no idea how treacherous a journey it is and how desperate you have to be to attempt it.
  • Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick (Mexico) – also about a couple of teens who fall foul of drug gangs in Mexico but has a much bigger focus on culture and beliefs.
  • Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter (Alaska) – funny and action packed story about a girl trying to save her ex-friend from trained assassins in middle of nowhere, Alaska.
  • Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares (New York, USA) – I love this book so much, mostly because of all the different sides of New York it shows you as Dash and Lily challenge each other to a series of dares around the city.



So that’s my 10 books set in other countries. I kind of feel like I’m missing something major (which will no doubt come back to me after I post this) but hey ho. Looking at this I also feel like I should be reading wider, and travelling further so I’m open to any and all recommendations. Have you read any of these? Anything you think I’m missing or that you’d recommend?

Feel free to leave comments below and links to your top ten’s.

Bookish Things I Hope Santa Brings Me

The theme for this weeks Top Ten Tuesday over at The Broke and the Bookish is top ten books I hope Santa brings but I couldn’t limit myself to just books so instead I’m pretty much just posting my bookish Christmas list in the hope that Santa stumbles across it 🙂

These are all things I would be happy to receive or that I would recommend for the bookworm in your life.

A book from my wishlist

I have loads of books sitting on my Amazon and Book Depository wishlists so I would be more than happy to receive any or all of them. These are typically the books I really want but are kind of expensive so can’t justify buying them for myself when I already own about 300 other books I haven’t read yet. Obviously if someone else buys me them it’s totally fine. These four are probably the ones I’m closest to caving on and just buying.

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Guide, #1)Eliza and Her MonstersWarcross (Warcross, #1)Daughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King, #1)

A Collectors Edition Classic

I can never resist the collector editions and will quite happily spend hours drooling over them in the bookstore. Waterstones do a really lovely leather bound set with pretty patterns on the covers which I love. I already own Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre but I would love to collect the others. I also have my eye on an illustrated edition of The Princess Bride and Murder on the Orient Express.

A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas WritingsGreat ExpectationsMurder on the Orient Express - Poirot (Hardback)The Princess Bride

Book Vouchers

This may seem kinda boring but most of my friends and family refuse to buy me actual books (apparently I have all the books and am therefore difficult to pick for) so this is the next best thing. I usually request Amazon vouchers so I can load up my Kindle but Book Depository is also good. I usually use them to pre order all of those sequels I desperately need. Like these ones…

Legendary (Caraval, #2)Hero at the Fall (Rebel of the Sands, #3)War Storm (Red Queen, #4)


If you read a lot of books you need a lot of bookmarks (or is that just me). I have a bit of a tendency to leave bookmarks in books so I need one for each book. OK maybe not need but you know what I mean. I have quite a few bookmarks I’ve received in book subscription boxes and the ones I’ve loved the most have come from Ink and Wonder (Australia based woodmark company) and Happy Hello Co (Canada based & make magnetic bookmarks)

Magnetic Bookmarks • Faeries of the NightIt Floats Woodmark

Bookish Candles

As someone with an asthmatic cat scented candles aren’t always the best idea (unless I fancy a trip to the vets) but I do love bookish candles and currently have about 20. My favorite shops are Meraki Candles (UK based) and In the Wick of Time (US based).

The Night Court

Bookish Mugs

Who doesn’t need a mug (or twenty)? I personally am completely addicted to Evie Seo’s designs at the moment, I currently own four mugs I think but have my eye on about another half dozen.

Reading is Beautiful - Splash Coffee MugA Court of Thorns and Roses book quote design Coffee Mug


Again I have a lot of prints (maybe a whole wall but don’t tell anyone) but I’m always happy to get more of them, especially prints with quotes. I won’t recommend any shops as I’ve never bought directly from any.


I absolutely love bookish jewellery particularly pendants and steampunk style necklaces and rings. Oh Panda Eyes have some very cute little pendants although I have to admit the one necklace I did get from them was a pendant with a quote which was a little squinty. I still love it though.

Handmade Bookish Terrarium

A Dragon

I haven’t been fast enough yet but Julie Kagawa (author of Iron Fae, Talon and Blood of Eden) makes the cutest little dragons and sells them occasionally on Etsy. They are not exactly the cheapest but sooo adorable that I want them all. Unfortunately they usually sell out in minutes but one of these days I will get one.

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Anything else book related

OK I could probably go on forever but I’m starting to look a little bit greedy so I’ll just sum it up by saying pretty much anything else book related, doorstops, tote bags, laptop sleeves, pillow covers, duvet cover, shower curtain, coasters (which I need for all of my mugs), badges, tea towels and stickers. There’s probably more I’m missing but mostly i just want this Hodor Wooden Doorstop 🙂

So those are some of the things I would love to get as a gift either at Christmas or any other gift giving event. Would you be tempted by any of these or is there something else sitting on your wishlist that you’re hoping for?

Let me know in the comments below and I hope whatever you get and whether you celebrate Christmas or not you have a great time.

Ten Bookish Settings I’d Love to Visit

The theme for this weeks Top Ten Tuesday over at The Broke and the Bookish is top ten bookish settings you’d love to visit. I have to admit I’ve found this one a bit difficult as I read quite a lot of dystopians and thrillers and who really wants to visit any of the places in those types of books. I was kinda tempted to include The Hunger Games, the food, clothes and hairstyles in the Capital do sound pretty good, but I’m not sure about the entertainment choices.

Anyway, here are 10 places I’d kinda like to see.

1 Diagon Alley (Harry Potter Series)

I have a sneaky suspicion that the wizarding world of Harry Potter might crop up in quite a few posts this week (I could fill the whole top ten with Harry Potter places) so I may as well put it up front. I was a little bit tempted to go with Hogwarts but I think I’m a little too old for school so where I really want to visit is Diagon Alley, otherwise known as shopping heaven.

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I mean joke shops and owl emporiums sound pretty fun and I do need to go pick a broomstick, some robes for swishing, maybe a wand, a cauldron and some other magical junk. I also really, really want to go to Flourish and Blotts although I suspect I would never leave. And I suppose if I get the munchies I could always nip into the sweetshop or go to the Leaky Cauldron for some butter beer… mmmm.

2. Artemis (Artemis)

Space, the final frontier, these are the voyages of the book addict Ali. OK maybe not but a colony on the moon does sound like it would be pretty cool.

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I’m not sure it’s somewhere I’d want to live (I think it’d be a bit claustrophobic) but would be fun for a visit. I’d like to have a bounce around on the surface of the moon, be able to lift really heavy objects due to low gravity and see the site where Neil Armstrong supposedly took his first steps.

3. Jurassic Park (Jurassic Park)

I know they had a few issues with health and safety but I live with a very violent fluffy monster so I’m sure I’d be fine and really what’s the worst that could happen…

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Some of the dino’s were pretty cute and from memory of the film the food looked pretty good.

4. Howl’s Moving Castle (Howl’s Moving Castle)

Obviously I’d rather go after it’s had a bit of a clean, cos ya know it sounded a bit manky at the start of the book (and I hate cleaning) but I do love the idea of a castle with a door that opens into different places and that just kind of wanders around.

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5. Gomorrah (Daughter of the Burning City)

There were also a few health and safety issues at this travelling circus/city and I would not want to go near any acts involving animals (they’re cruel) but I would be kinda tempted by the food stalls which sounded amazing (are you spotting a bit of a theme here).

6. The Library (The Invisible Library)

It’s a library so of course I want to go for that reason alone

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but add to that the fact that time doesn’t really pass in the Library (you don’t get any older) and you have access to different realities (and their books) and it could be heaven.

7. Invictus (Invictus)

Time machine, do I need to say anything else? OK, red panda??? I really, really want to join the crew of the Invictus on one of their thieving adventures or even just on their vacations. They sound like such a fun group and while conditions may be a little bit cramped I don’t mind snuggling a red panda.

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I don’t have a pic so here’s a Firefly gif

8. The Metropol Hotel (A Gentleman in Moscow)

An actual real place this time (although who’s to say the previous ones don’t exist), The Metropol Hotel in Moscow is where Count Alexander Rostov is sentenced to house arrest in 1922. It’s a grand and luxurious hotel with fine food and drink, shops and with it’s proximity to the Kremlin it’s frequented by some of the most famous residents and visitors to Moscow. I’m not sure they’d let me in but I wouldn’t mind a little bit of luxury and reading this book made me so hungry for the food.

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9. The Red Abbey (Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff)

A little less luxurious than the Metropol hotel, I still kind of like the idea of the island with the Red Abbey. I don’t mind mucking in and doing a bit of work and with no men it would be quite good for a proper girly holiday.

10. Strand Bookstore, NY (Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares)

Shockingly I have never been to New York but it’s somewhere I’ve always been desperate to visit especially at Christmas. I did have quite a few books to choose from to get me there but I really, really loved the New York from Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares. They seemed to go all over and find all of these little hidden gems including what sounds like the most awesome bookshop.

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I mean look at that sign, “miles of books” who doesn’t want to go. Also you never know, maybe some handsome stranger will have left a notebook for me to find.

So that’s my 10 bookish settings I want to visit. Would any of these make your list or do you have somewhere even better?

Feel free to leave comments below and links to your own top ten’s.

12 Books on my Winter TBR

The theme for this weeks Top Ten Tuesday over at The Broke and the Bookish is top ten books on your Winter TBR which is perfect for me as I was planning on writing a winter TBR post. I’m not very good at sticking to a plan for my reading but I do find it helps to motivate me if I actually note them down. I can’t guarantee I’m going to read all of these but they are the ones I hope to get to.


I’ve been making great progress on my ARC’s over the past few weeks and finally managed to get my NetGalley ratio over 80%. Assuming I don’t go too nuts with the request button I only really have the following books due.

EverlessEverything Is LiesThe Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)Furyborn (The Empirium Trilogy, #1)

  • Everless by Sara Holland (YA Fantasy) – There seems to be quite a lot of hype around this which is making me kinda nervous about it but so far all of the reviews look positive so I am looking forward to it. I do love the idea of time as a currency.
  • Everything is Lies by Helen Callaghan (Thriller)  – I read and loved the authors debut novel Dear Amy (review) so I jumped at the chance to get a copy of her new one. This one is about a woman who finds her parents dead in an apparent murder suicide. She doesn’t believe it so starts digging into the past.
  • Cruel Prince by Holly Black (YA Fantasy – This will be my first Holly Black book but I can’t wait to read it. It’s been far too long since I’ve had fey in my life.
  • Furyborn by Claire Legrand (Another YA Fantasy) – Hmm there seems to be a lot of YA fantasy on this list, oh well. This is a book I was swithering over requesting on NetGalley and ended up getting a copy in a book subscription box.

Library Books

Because I clearly don’t have enough books to read I’ve been hitting up the library yet again to get some more.

The MuseTurtles All the Way DownForgive Me, Leonard PeacockThe Silent Companions: A ghost story

  • The Muse by Jessie Burton (Historical) – This is my next book club read but is one I’ve been curious about for a while. I don’t read a lot of historical fiction but there’s something very tempting about that cover
  • Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (YA Contemporary) – I know I swore after reading Looking for Alaska that I was never ever reading another book by Green but it seems to be everywhere so I feel like I have to read it. We’ll see how it goes and whether my Green ban is reinstated or ditched.
  • Forgive me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick (YA Contemporary) – I read another Matthew Quick book a year ago (which I totally can’t remember the name of) and found it weird but brilliant so I’ve been keeping my eye out for another book by him.
  • The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell (Gothic Horror) – I spied this at the library and couldn’t resist picking it up. I like a good spooky ghost story so I have high hopes.


I have so many books, physical and ebooks, that I just never seem to get round to reading that I’m hoping now my ARCs are semi under control I can finally get to. These are probably more possibles than definites as it will depend what I’m in the mood for.

They Both Die at the EndIt Only Happens in the MoviesWhen It's RealThe Crown's Game (The Crown's Game, #1)

  • They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera (YA Contemporary) – I keep buying Silvera books but never seem to get around to reading them. This is my latest purchase and probably the one I’m most excited about.
  • It only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne (YA Contemporary) – I’ve literally just finished an ARC of How Do You Like Me Now? and absolutely loved it (it’s rare to come across a book which is just so real) so I really want to read another book by Bourne and this one is sitting on my kindle waiting for me.
  • When It’s Real by Erin Watt (NA Romance) – With all of these serious books I think I’m going to need a bit of romance so would really like to pick up this one.
  • The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye (YA Fantasy) – I have started this book three times and haven’t made it past chapter 2 yet. Nothing against the book, it’s just never been the right time. It does seem like it’ll be a good one for the Christmas holidays so maybe I’ll go on a series binge, fueled by mince pies and chocolate.

So that’s my TBR for the next couple of months. I would also really like to sneak in a classic or two, maybe a re read of Jane Eyre and my first attempt at Great Expectations or another Dickens, but we’ll see. I’m not generally very good at sticking to a reading plan.

Do you have a list of books you’re hoping to read over the winter period? Can you stick to a reading plan or are you more of a mood reader? Have you read any of the books on my list? Any I should race to read or avoid like the plague?

Feel free to leave comments below and links to your own top ten’s.