Top Ten Tuesday- Things That Make Me Pick Up A Book

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 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week we are thinking about things that make us pick up a book! Here are the 10 things that make me pick up a book!

In no particular order:

  1. A pretty cover. I just can’t resist.
  2. Bright page edges. I don’t know why this appeals to me!
  3. Good reviews from trusted bloggers!
  4. Fairy tale re-telling.
  5. Standalone. I read so many series in the past that I actually enjoy a book more when it’s a standalone.
  6. World War II- I have a fascination with WWII.
  7. Dance- I love books that have dance at the core.
  8. Music related- Like dance, I love music at the forefront of the story.
  9. Psychological thrillers- I’ve read loads of them but I can’t get enough!
  10. Strong female friendships- I don’t think we see enough of them! 🙂

What are your reasons for picking up a book? I can’t wait to see some of the answers this week! Feel free to leave me a link to your post and I’ll stop by! 

Book Addiction Tag

I saw this book tag on Always Trust In Books post. I loved the questions so I thought I’d give it a go. Thank you for the inspiration, Stuart!

What is the longest amount of time you can comfortably go without picking up a book?

It used to be that I had to read daily in order to feel fulfilled, but since becoming a teacher my reading has slowed dramatically. I have been known to go for a week without picking up a book. Argh! Old me would have been crying in a corner, but new me realises that I just have to cherish the time that I can pick up a book. I make the most of school holidays!

How many books do you carry on your person (or kindle) at any one time?

I only carry 1 book. On my kindle there are 80 books! Eek. There used to be many, many more but when I got my new kindle I didn’t transfer books I no longer have interest in reading.

Do you keep every book you buy/receive or are you happy to pass them on to make space for more?

I don’t keep many books any more. I tend to pass them on to either my sister, friends or charity shops.

How long would you spend in a bookshop on a standard visit?

On a standard visit, I’d spend around an hour or so just browsing! ❤

How much time per day do you actually spend reading?

It definitely varies. I have tried to read for at least 30 minutes a day during term time. I can solidly read for a few hours on a weekend or school holiday day!

Where does the task ‘picking up a book’ appear on your daily to-do list?

Whenever I get the chance to. It does tend to be the evenings during term time and whenever during the school holidays.

How many books do you reckon you own in total (including e-books)?

Between 100-200. That’s not too bad, right? I can imagine some of my non reader friends thinking WTF right now!

Approximately how often do you bring up books in conversation?

Quite often. I often use the phrase ‘I’ve read the book!’ when I’m discussing movies with friends.

What is the biggest book (page count) you have finished reading?

Gone With The Wind- 1037 pages!

Is there a book you had to get your hands on against all odds i.e searching bookshops, online digging etc?

I don’t think so!

A book you struggled to finish but refused to DNF?

Gone With The Wind- it is one of my sister’s favourites so I felt like I had to get through it for her!

What are 3 of your main book goals for 2018?

Re-read Harry Potter, save £1 for every book read and conquer some 2017 debut novels!

Have you ever had the privilege of converting someone into a reader (maybe via inspiration or incessant nagging)?

Hmm… I’m not so sure I’ve converted them into readers, but I’ve encouraged non-readers to pick up Harry Potter. That’s success in my eyes.

Describe what books mean to you in five words.

Escapism, knowledge, fulfilling, intriguing, relaxation.

I’m not going to tag anyone, I’d love to see anyone’s answers! If you do complete this tag, I’d love to read your answers so feel free to leave me a link! 🙂

My Dream Reading Nook

I have wanted my own reading nook for a long time. I see all the pictures and motivation on Pinterest and get sucked into imagining what my own reading nook would be like.

Click on the image to get to the Pinterest page!

First of all, I’d have all my books arranged by the colour of the rainbow ❤ I’ve always thought this looks super pretty and I’m into pretty looking bookshelves.

I love it when book nooks are surrounded by pretties!

My reading nook will be decorated with…

Cute bookish cushions

Bookish candles

Who wouldn’t want a Dobby candle?

I really need to get some bookish candles, they look amazing, and I bet they smell amazing!

What would you have in your dream reading nook? Let me know!

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Top Ten Things Books Have Made Me Feel, Want To Do Or Learn About


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s list  I have looked at how books have influenced my life in some way or things they’ve made me want to do! Here are the things that I came up with and pictures of just some books that have inspired me.


  • Reading has opened my mind.
  • Reading has increased my vocabulary. I’m learning new words or phrases with every book I’ve read.


  • Reading has taken me on a rollercoaster of emotions. It’s perfect escapism. There’s a book to suit most of my moods and I’m loving the diversity of books being published right now. Especially in YA!
  • To use a bow and arrow- My coordination is awful. This isn’t going to happen.


  • To go on a road trip!- Hmm possible…
  • To love being around water- Dodgy.
  • To have many summer holidays- doable! Damn those school holiday prices.
  • To dance- I could do this! (Alone perhaps though!)
  • To draw- my drawing looks like a 5 year olds. Ah, but one can dream.
  • To be a writer- I think I’ll stick to blogging…

Ten Facts About Me As A Reader/Blogger


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are ten facts about me, whether it’s me as a reader or me as a blogger! So here we go…

  1. My mum taught me to read.
  2. I used to only read chick-lit. Ahh, how I’ve broadened the genres I read.
  3. Second hand books freak me out a little bit. It’s the not knowing who has touched it before me.
  4. I love YA and wish there was more of it around when I was growing up!
  5. I love the smell of a new book.
  6. I love reading to my class. I’ve turned them into bookworms!
  7. My sister blogs. Over at Bibliobeth.
  8. I compare myself to other bloggers.
  9. I feel uncomfortable when I don’t have any blog posts drafted.
  10. This isn’t my first blog. I used to have another which I ran for about 5 years. The bookworm community is much more welcoming though.

What facts about you have you shared this week? Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!

Ten Reasons I Love Reading

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are ten reasons we love a certain thing. I decided to go for ten reasons that I love reading. I guess I have a lot more than ten reasons, but here goes…

(In no particular order)

  1. Exploring new worlds– I love reading about realistic and fantasy worlds. I just love stepping into a new book and experiencing the character’s world.
  2. Boredom busting- If it’s a good book, it can totally capture my attention. Hours can pass easily when I’m fully engrossed in a good book.
  3. Expanding my reading horizons– I used to be just a chick-lit reader, but since I started book blogging, I absolutely love exploring new genres that I never would have explored prior to blogging.
  4. Virtual adventures– I love experiencing adventures with the characters. I love reading about places that I haven’t visited be it real places or fantasy worlds. A good book can transport you to that world/place.
  5. Connecting to many stories– I love it when I can connect with a story or a character. I love it when a book really makes me feel.
  6. Learning new things– Books have made me incredibly knowledgeable about many topics.
  7. Reading diverse books– I love that more and more diverse books have been quietly seeping into the bookish world. I especially enjoy that YA is becoming more diverse. Representation is so important.
  8. A great addiction– It might be an expensive addiction at times, but it’s a healthy one. Not many addictions can enrich your mind! 😉
  9. Connecting with like-minded people– I love speaking to fellow book nerds. It’s such a welcoming community. I also adore talking about books with my sister. My fellow book blogger and biblophile!
  10. Escapism– Sometimes it’s just what I need to escape a busy day or a stressful time.

What ten things have you discussed on your blog this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by later!