Ten Books With Sensory Reading Memories

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 all about books that hold a sensory reading memory for us. It could be where we were, what time of year it was, who I was with or what I was eating. In no particular order, here are my choices. Book images go to Goodreads!

The Class That Went Wild- Ruth Thomas

The Class That Went Wild

I remember my sister reading me this book multiple times as a young child. I feel so nostalgic when I re-read this one.

The Other Hand (a.k.a Little Bee)- Chris Cleave

The Other Hand

This book gives me throwbacks to Malta. I was on holiday there when I read this book in a special room the hotel had. A reading room! Yes! A reading room!

A Monster Calls- Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls

I remember my sister bought me this book on my birthday. I read it and wept on my birthday.

The BFG- Roald Dahl


I LOVED sharing this book with my class. It brings special memories back from when I was a child and I love seeing their reactions.

Gangsta Granny- David Walliams

Gangsta Granny

There’s a particularly poignant part of this book. When I read this to my class last year, they were silent as I revealed it. Then one girl who had experienced the same thing actually welled up. 😦

The Book With No Pictures

The Book with No Pictures

I adore this book. It’s so funny and ridiculous. Children love it!

The Invention of Hugo Cabret- Brian Selznick

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

This definitely brings back sensory reading memories for me. I poured over the pages.

Coraline- Neil Gaiman


At the time of writing this, I’ve only read the graphic novel of this book. The pictures will stay with me for a long time!

Legally Blonde- Amanda Brown

Legally Blonde

I have a weird sensory reading memory with this book. I read it the night before I was admitted to hospital with suspected appendicitis!

Geekerella- Ashley Poston


The same goes for this book. I was reading it when I felt very unwell!

Tell me about the books that hold sensory reading memories for you! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Books We Picked On A Whim. I had to use my Goodreads list to go through this list. Many of my recommendations come from either my sister, book clubs or fellow blog bloggers.

In no particular order (images go to Goodreads)

My Best Friend’s Girl- Dorothy Koomson

My Best Friend's Girl

I picked up this book at an airport several years back. It started my love affair with Dorothy Koomson’s writing. She’s now an autobuy author!

Slumber- Tamara Blake


I picked up this book having heard nothing about it and quickly fell in love with its fairy-tale-esque nature!

The Lost Daughter- Diane Chamberlain

The Lost Daughter

I picked up this book on a whim! It ended up being a 5 star read for me.

Memoirs of A Geisha- Arthur Golden

Memoirs of a Geisha

I read this book around the time that it came out. I thought it was an incredibly powerful read.

The Boy With The Cuckoo Clock Heart- Mathias Malzieu

The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart

I noticed this book on my sister’s shelf. She hadn’t (and still hasn’t) read it yet, so I decided to give it a go. It was very unusual.

Johnny Be Good- Paige Toon

Johnny Be Good (Johnny Be Good, #1)

I really enjoy Paige Toon’s writing. It’s not just chick-lit, there’s depth to it.

Sarah’s Key- Tatiana de Rosnay

Sarah's Key

I bought this when I visited a second hand book shop with my sister Beth. I absolutely adored this book which has stayed with me for quite some time.

The Other Hand- Chris Cleave

The Other Hand

This book is also known as Little Bee. I absolutely lapped it up! I don’t want to say too much about it, as it’ll ruin the story!

The Girl With Glass Feet- Ali Shaw

The Girl With Glass Feet

Again, this is a book that was spotted on my sister’s bookshelf. I’m lucky that she lets me read books before she’s read them! It’s a unique tale. Her edition is so beautiful with silver page edges!

Little Hands Clapping- Dan Rhodes

Little Hands Clapping

This book was certainly picked up on a whim. I didn’t know anything about it. It’s so strange, but funny at the same time!

What books did you pick up on a whim? Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!


Top Ten Tuesday Freebie- Books I loved in my pre-blogging days!

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a Top Ten freebie. I decided to go for books I loved in my preblogging days!

As ever, book images go to Goodreads!

Me Before You- Jojo Moyes

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

For regular readers of my blog this will come as NO surprise. I absolutely adore this book. It is easily one of my favourite books of all time. It’s a book that I recommend to EVERYONE. I have so much love for this book, it’s unreal.

The Help- Kathryn Stockett

The Help

I simply love this book! I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did. I can’t even remember when how I first came across it. I also really like the movie adaptation which is very unusual for me. It is very true to the book which I appreciate!

If You Could See Me Now- Cecelia Ahern

If You Could See Me Now

Cecelia Ahern writes such magical books. I absolutely devour her writing. This book is a favourite of mine. It’s about a lady who falls for her nephew’s ‘grown up’ imaginary friend. Cecelia’s writing is so easy to read. I adore her!

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time- Mark Haddon

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

This book took me by surprise. I really didn’t expect to like it as much as I did. It’s definitely one I want to reread in the future.

The Little House- Philippa Gregory

The Little House

I really like Philippa Gregory’s writing style. Some of her more contemporary reads are a bit hit and miss, but I thoroughly enjoyed The Little House. It’s a little disturbing, following a lady suffering with postpartum depression and a horrendous mother in law…

Harry Potter- J.K Rowling

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

I adore the Harry Potter series. I always want to have a reread, but too many books, too little time!

Jasmyn- Alex Bell


I might be a bit biased with this book, as Alex is a good friend of mine, but I absolutely adore this! Such a wonderful, creative story.

Magic Under Glass- Jackie Dolamore

Magic Under Glass (Magic Under, #1)

This book is so fricking cute. I absolutely adore it.

The Sky Is Everywhere- Jandy Nelson

The Sky is Everywhere

Jandy Nelson’s debut novel stole my heart. I absolutely adored it!

The Other Hand (otherwise known as Little Bee)- Chris Cleave

The Other Hand

I was really impressed with Chris Cleave’s writing. This book was fantastic with a balance of humour and tragedy.

What have you done for your Top Ten Freebie? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

FREEBIE: Top Ten Tuesday-Ten Books I Loved But Haven’t Reviewed


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a Freebie week where we can choose what list we’d like to make. I have decided to highlighted those books I loved before I started book blogging, which I haven’t reviewed on my blog! This is where Goodreads comes in… so, in no particular order:

(Clicking the book image will take you to its Goodreads page!)

The Sky is EverywhereThe Ice Cream Girls

The Sky Is Everywhere- Jandy Nelson– I loved this moving book from Jandy Nelson. I’m really looking forward to reading I’ll Give You The Sun soon.

The Ice Cream GirlsDorothy Koomson– I could have put any of the Dorothy Koomson books on here that I read pre-blogging. She is one of my auto-buy authors. I just love her writing and highly recommend it for those that love deeper reads.

RoomThe Help

RoomEmma Donoghue– I read this book back in 2011 and found it incredibly compelling!

The Help Kathryn Stockett- This won’t be any surprise to regular readers of my blog! I feature this book wherever possible because I loved it so much. Powerful and moving, this is a beautiful book to read.

The Other HandMy Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece

The Other Hand (a.k.a Little Bee)Chris Cleave– I discovered and devoured this book in 2011. It was an incredibly thought provoking read!

My Sister Lives On The MantelpieceAnnabel Pitcher- This was a moving and sweet read which didn’t take me long to read!


Cuckoo- Julia Crouch– Cuckoo was one of my first psychological thrillers. I loved it!

WonderR.J Palacio– Wonder was recommended to me by a good friend. I’m so glad she recommended it because I loved reading it!

Me Before YouSarah's Key

Me Before YouJojo Moyes- It wouldn’t be a ‘favourites’ post on Chrissi Reads if Me Before You didn’t feature. It is one of my favourite books of all time and if you haven’t read it yet…WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!

Sarah’s KeyTatiana DeRosnay- This book is stunning. I don’t think it’s widely read which is a great shame!

Make me happy! Tell me you’ve read one of these books! ( 😉 ) I’d be interested to know what you’ve picked for your Freebie week, so please link me to your Top Ten Tuesday post and I’ll stop by!

Round up of British Book Challenge 2013

I can’t believe it’s been a year, since I accepted the challenge to read 12 books by a British author. I’ve absolutely loved discovering new British authors this year. I’m definitely going to continue the challenge next year. We have far too many brilliant authors in the UK, that deserve much more recognition.

Here are the British Authors I’ve discovered this year, complete with a link to my review!

Here’s to discovering new British Authors in 2014 and continuing to support UK writers!

Top Ten Covers I Wish I Could Redesign


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us bloggers to complete.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is about the covers we wish we could redesign. I admit, I do judge books by their covers. I can’t help it. It’s the first thing I’m drawn to, be it a good or bad design. The covers I’ve pictured are the covers of the books I’ve read. I know that sometimes there is a redesign, but I’ve pinpointed the version I’ve read.


The Casual Vacancy- J.K Rowling– I just find this cover uninspiring. If it wasn’t for the author’s name, I would’ve totally walked past it in a bookstore.

16187The Little HousePhilippa Gregory– I absolutely adore this book, but again, I picked it up because of the author’s name, not the cover. I probably would’ve missed out otherwise!

2728527The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie SocietyMary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows– This cover is quite boring to me. I picked up the book on recommendation and because of the cool title. Definitely not because of the cover.

7601302The Swan Thieves- Elizabeth Kostova– I can’t remember what drew me to this book, it could be the author again. I know for sure, it wasn’t the cover.

4541129Little BirdCamilla Way– I think this cover isn’t particularly inspiring, but the story inside is brilliant.

3162006The Other Hand- Chris Cleave– This book has also been published under the name Little Bee. (Don’t you hate it when that happens?!) I absolutely adore this book, but the cover isn’t particularly appealing.

4268157Perfect ChemistrySimone Elkeles– Covers like this just make me cringe!

1162543Breaking DawnStephenie Meyer– I wasn’t particularly blown away by any of the Twilight covers, but this one is particularly odd.

14050The Time Traveler’s WifeAudrey Niffenegger- This is another good book where the cover didn’t immediately appeal to me


The Bone SeasonSamantha Shannon– I wouldn’t have picked this book up if it wasn’t for the hype surrounding it.

What are the covers you wish you could redesign? Feel free to link me to your posts!

Top Ten Beach Reads


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week bloggers make lists of their favourite Top Ten on a given subject. This week’s list is Top Ten Beach Reads. I could add SO many books for this list so it’ll be hard to narrow it down to ten! I’m going to try and use books that I haven’t used for this meme! I’ve defined a beach read as a book that was so easy to read, that captured my interest and made me not want to put it down!

As ever, click on the book image to learn more about the book!


Billy And Me- Giovanna Fletcher– This is a perfect beach read. It’s got the right amount of fluff and seriousness. It’s addictive and easy to read.


Twenty Boy Summer- Sarah Ockler-  Such a sweet book, with a serious edge.


One Perfect Summer- Paige Toon- I’ve mentioned how much I love Paige Toon’s books before and this is one of my favourites.


The Novel In The Viola- Natasha Solomons- This is such a charming read. So lovely.


The Beach Café- Lucy Diamond- This is a perfect piece of escapism. You can really tell that Lucy loves Cornwall, as she writes about it so well!


The Summer House- Mary Nichols- This book has such great characters!


Inconceivable- Ben Elton- A fantastic book with a great balance of emotion and humour.


The Other Hand- Chris Cleave- This is another great book with a balance of humour and tragedy.


The Ice Cream Girls- Dorothy Koomson- Dorothy Koomson is a fantastic writer. Some fantastic characters and a gripping storyline.


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time- Mark Haddon- I completely fell in love with this book. Such a compelling story.

Please feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten Tuesday list. I’m pretty sure I’m going to be adding lots of books to my TBR pile this week!