Top Ten Cosy/Wintery Reads To Curl Up With

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’s prompt is all about cosy reads. There’s nothing better than curling up when it’s cold outside, with a blanket and a warm drink. Perhaps the fire on too? Mm. I’m now dreaming of a snow day. These books are those that are good for reading in one sitting! They’re not necessarily deep reads, but they’re either heart-warming or atmospheric. Perfect for a cosy read, I say!

As ever, book images go to Goodreads!

The Snow Child

A perfect winter’s tale. 🙂 I really love this book and don’t see it around often enough for my liking!


I think this is an incredibly gripping read. Perfect for curling up with.

The Gift

This is one of my favourite books!

Let It Snow

I enjoyed these cute holiday romances.


This sort of book is so easy to read all curled up and warm!

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories

I wasn’t the biggest fan of all of these stories but there’s some good ones to get stuck into. That’s why I like anthologies.

A Christmas Carol

I think this book is perfect for near Christmas time!

Eleanor & Park

A book like this I could easily see being read in a day!

The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend

This book was so easy to read. It could easily be devoured within a few hours.

The Ice Twins

Thrillers are great to curl up with and this is a brilliant one!

What did you put on your list this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by.

Ten Best Character Names

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’s list is quite a fun one! It’s all about character names. Here are some of my favourites!

In no particular order:

  1. AriaPretty Little Liars- Sara Shepard- I may not have read the books (and don’t think I will) but I really like the name Aria.

  2. Veruca SaltCharlie and The Chocolate Factory– Roald Dahl- She’s a disgusting character, with quite a disgusting name. So fitting!

  3. Luna LovegoodHarry Potter– J.K. Rowling- I love alliterative names and Luna is one of my favourite Harry Potter characters.

  4. Atticus Finch To Kill A Mockingbird- Harper Lee- Such a strong name for a wonderful character.

  5. Ebeneezer ScroogeA Christmas Carol– Charles Dickens- What a name!

  6. Philip Pirrip (Pip)- Great Expectations- Charles Dickens- Pip! Love that name. Alliterative full name too.

  7. LyraHis Dark Materials– Philip Pullman- I think it’s a really pretty name.

  8. Albus DumbledoreHarry Potter– J.K. Rowling- It’s just a legendary name, right?

  9. Coraline Coraline– Neil Gaiman- I really like the name Coraline!

  10. Matilda- Matilda– Roald Dahl- Every single time I hear the name Matilda I think of my favourite Roald Dahl book. 🙂

How about you? What are your favourite character names? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Ten Memorable Dads In Literature

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a Father’s Day freebie. I decided to go with some of the most memorable father’s in literature…so here goes!

  • Mr WormwoodMatilda– Roald Dahl- He’s an awful father. He doesn’t care about his wonderfully intelligent daughter!
  • Lucius MalfoyHarry Potter– J.K. Rowling- He encourages Draco to be unkind to others. He makes Draco think he’s far superior. I don’t like that!
  • George Mole- Adrian Mole– Sue Townsend- George is hardly a role model to Adrian!
  • Old Nick- Room– Emma Donoghue- Thinking of the character just makes my blood boil.

Now some memorable in a good way fathers! 

  • Otto Frank- The Diary of Anne Frank– Anne Frank- Without Otto, we wouldn’t have Anne’s diary.
  • Hans HubermannThe Book Thief– Markus Zusak- I featured Rosa in my mother list, so I couldn’t help but mention Hans too. He’s a super sweet father.
  • Atticus FinchTo Kill A Mockingbird– Harper Lee- I couldn’t put together a list about fathers and not include Atticus. He’s super special. Kind, caring, respectful and he truly loves his children.
  • Bob CratchitA Christmas Carol- Charles Dickens- He just wanted to do well by his family!
  • Arthur WeasleyHarry Potter- J.K. Rowling- Loved his wife, mentioned his wife in my mothers list, so of course had to include him. A set of wonderful (present) parents!
  • Carson DrewNancy Drew- Carolyn Keene- I loved reading about Nancy’s father when I was younger. I remember always thinking he sounded amazing!

What did you do for your list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Marly’s Ghost


How did I get it?:
NetGalley- many thanks to Electric Monkey/Egmont Publishing


When his girlfriend Marly dies, Ben takes a painful journey through Valentine’s Days past, present, and future.


Oh my goodness, I didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did. It was absolutely heart warming, much like A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens from which this is re-imagined with a Valentine’s Day twist.

Marly’s Ghost is a short read which doesn’t take you long to devour. I felt its emotional impact from the beginning, right through to the middle and the end of the book. I couldn’t believe that I was drawn in so quickly. It’s surely a sign of a great writer when I became emotionally attached to a character in such a short space of time. David Levithan made me feel Ben’s grief. I felt his grief and understood how he never thought he could love again.

Ben tells us his story, of how he hates Valentine’s Day after losing Marly. He couldn’t bare to see people in love or share their feelings about others with him. Ben just wanted to be alone. One night, Marly visits him and tells him that he’s going to meet three ghosts of past, present and future. These ghosts take him to the past, present and future and much like Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Ben learns that he needs to embrace those people he has left in his life before it’s too late.

Marly’s Ghost made an incredible impact on me. I really enjoyed the twist on the classic Christmas tale. This will become a favourite of mine for sure.

Would I recommend it?:
Without a doubt!

A beautiful, quick, well written read.

Top Ten Classics I Want To Read


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is either Top Ten Favourite Classics or Top Ten Classics I Want To Read. I had to pick the top ten classics I want to read, as I am AWFUL at reading classics. I don’t know what it is about them, I just haven’t read as many as I feel like I should have done.

Some are more modern classics than others, but here is my selection in no particular order:

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David CopperfieldCharles Dickens–  I do like reading Charles Dickens, but this one is has escaped me many times.

Tess Of The D’UrbervillesThomas Hardy– My sister really likes this book. I’m intrigued…

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I Capture The CastleDodie Smith– I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this book. I need to read it!

The Virgin SuicidesJeffrey Eugenides– This book is another one I’ve heard many things about, but I’m yet to read.

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Vanity FairWilliam Makepeace Thackeray– I’m not sure if I’ll ever get around to this book, as the size of it really puts me off. But maybe I can be persuaded to read it?

1984George Orwell– I have been meaning to read this book for such a long time now.

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Brave New WorldAldous Huxley– Another book that I’ve been meaning to read for ages (there are just too many books 😉 ). I really hope to get to this at some point.

Of Mice and MenJohn Steinbeck– I remember another class at school reading this and wishing it was my class! Hopefully, I can read this book soon.


Wuthering HeightsEmily Bronte– I know a lot of people love this book, so I’m slightly intimidated to read it.

A Streetcar Named DesireTennessee Williams – My sister absolutely adores this book. It makes me want to read it!

Have you read any of these classics? Which would you recommend? Which would you stay away from? Please feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten post and I’ll come and check it out!


Oliver Twist- Beth and Chrissi do Kid-Lit


How did I get it?:
Downloaded free for my Kindle.


A workhouse orphan, Oliver experiences the terror and brutality of the criminal underworld. His companions, a thief, a whore, a pickpocket and a fence are destined for gruesome ends but Oliver emerges unscathed from the underworld. These audio cassettes contain the complete and unabridged story.


I know this is a bit of a cheat, for a kid-lit challenge, but I read Oliver Twist when I was fairly young. So I thought it was a welcome inclusion to our little challenge. This book is so well known. I’ve read it before, seen the movie (of course) and also watched the musical in the West End.

I forgot how long-winded the actual novel of Oliver Twist is. It seemed to go on a lot longer than I remembered. There’s no doubt that Charles Dickens was a talented writer and creator of some amazing names, but boy, did he go on at some points! I found Oliver Twist to be incredibly long winded. It was one of those books, where he could’ve said the same thing in at least half of the words.

Still, it was enjoyable enough and I’ll always appreciate his stories. I do think I prefer the movie version of Oliver, which is unusual for me, but I think they adapted the book incredibly well.

Check out Bibliobeth’s thoughts on Oliver Twist on her blog HERE

Next up in the Beth and Chrissi do Kid-Lit Challenge (November):
Northern Lights/The Golden Compass – Philip Pullman

Top Ten Character Names


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us bloggers to join in with. This week it is Top Ten Character Names.

I either love the characters names of those listed below or I love the character so much I loved their name! In no particular order (book images link to Goodreads)…


Philip Pirrip (Pip)Great Expectations -Charles Dickens- Philip Pirrip is such a ridiculous name that I like it! I really like the character in the story too.


Ebenezer ScroogeA Christmas Carol– Charles Dickens- I have to mention this name! It’s so famous now. I love how it used nowadays!


FaginOliver Twist– Charles Dickens- I’m really surprised how many of the classics I’ve used this week, but when I was thinking of character names, the classics were the books that had some stand out character names. I really like Fagin as a character, and his name completely suits him!


TrisDivergent– Veronica Roth- Veronica Roth made the name Beatrice cool with this series.


Albus Dumbledore and Nymphadora TonksHarry Potter– J.K Rowling- I could have easily completed my list on Harry Potter names alone. Some of them are just SO awesome. I limited myself to two though. I think Dumbledore’s name is incredibly authoritative and Tonks’ name just suits her so much!


Bruce BogtrotterMatilda– Roald Dahl- This name still stands out for me, years after reading it! It really suits the character too. Roald Dahl is another author that has brilliantly named characters!


Augustus Gloop Charlie and The Chocolate Factory– Roald Dahl- Another great character from Roald Dahl. It suits him perfectly. If you’ve never read a Roald Dahl book, you really should! They’re so enjoyable.


Atticus FinchTo Kill A Mockingbird– Harper Lee- A fantastic character in one of my favourite classics. Another name that completely fits the character.


Lennie WalkerThe Sky is Everywhere– Jandy Nelson- I think the reason why I love this character’s name so much is because I completely adored the character. Now when I read the name Lennie, I think of this book.

Feel free to leave your links to your Top Ten Tuesday posts. I’d love to see what character names that you really like!