Top Ten Places In Books That I’d Love To Visit

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 places mentioned in books that we’d love to visit! Some are fictional, some are real places I’d love to go to.

  1. Hogwarts– Are you a Harry Potter fan if you wouldn’t want to go to Hogwarts?
  2. Furthermore– Tahereh Mafi- Another magical world? I’m down for that.
  3. Narnia– Can you tell I’m into magic at the moment? I think it would be fascinating to visit Narnia.
  4. The bookshop Belle visits– Yep, I’m making that a thing. I want to swing on the ladder! I’ve always wanted to be Belle.
  5. Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory– Mmm. A place of pure imagination!

  1. San Francisco– Lola and The Boy Next Door made me want to go to San Francisco even more.
  2. Tuscany– Love & Gelato- I desperately want to see more of Italy.
  3. New York– There’s so many wonderful books set in New York. I’d love to visit one day.
  4. Paris– I’ve still only been to Disneyland…
  5. Miami– Mara Dyer- I realise most of these places are America… but I do really want to visit one day!

Where do you want to visit? Have you focused on real or fictional? Let me know!

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Annual End of Year Book Survey 2018

I absolutely love taking part in Jamie’s End Of Year Book Survey. It can be a little time consuming, but I adore thinking about my reading in the year.

2018 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 138 (thus far… writing on 8th December!)
Number of Re-Reads: 4
Genre You Read The Most From: Thriller

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1. Best Book You Read In 2018?

Tough one. I really enjoyed Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?

This Is Not A Love Letter by Kim Purcell. I liked it much more than I thought I would.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

The Creakers by Tom Fletcher

5. Best series you started in 2018 ? Best Sequel of 2018? Best Series Ender of 2018?

Cheating because it’s a re-read but Harry Potter and The Chamber Of Secrets by J.K. Rowling. It wasn’t released this year but it was still the best sequel I’ve read this year.

6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2018?

Cara Hunter! She’s awesome

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

Eek! I can’t say I’ve read outside my comfort zone this year.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews

9. Book You Read In 2018 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I’m not a massive re-reader. I don’t think I’ll re-read a book from this year.

10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2018?

The Surface Breaks

11. Most memorable character of 2018?

Zach from Only Child

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?

Number The Stars by Lois Lowry

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2018?

Not life changing, but thought-provoking… Anatomy of Scandal by Sarah Vaughan.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read?

A List Of Cages by Robin Roe. Not an old book but I wish I had read it last year.

15. Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2018?

“Getting smacked in the face with a Harry Potter book does not qualify as a fight,” Charlie says.
“First of all, it wasn’t just any Harry Potter book. It was Order of the Phoenix.”
Matt gasps. He knows that Order of the Phoenix is the longest and most potentially dangerous of all the Harry Potter books when used as a weapon.”

A List Of Cages by Robin Roe

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?

King & King by Linda De Haan and I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jenningd- both 32 pages (as part of a banned books feature)

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne- 736 pages

How I did this: Went to my read books on Goodreads and sorted by page number and just looked for what I knew I read this year that was the shortest and longest.

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios. A beautiful book, but so tough to read.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

Mateo and Rufus- They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

19. Favourite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Stevie and Hafiz from Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow by Siobhan Curham

20. Favourite Book You Read in 2018 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios!

21. Best Book You Read In 2018 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green. I’m not a fan of Mr Green, but I wanted to read it because it was recommended so highly.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2018?

I don’t have one this year!

23. Best 2018 debut you read?

You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Soloman

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

The Showstopper series by Hayley Barker.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

The Creakers by Tom Fletcher

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2018?

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

A List Of Cages by Robin Roe

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R Pan

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings- the fact that this gentle picture book is challenged really makes me mad.

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1. New favourite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2018?

That’s far too hard. I have loads of favourites. Check out some of them here.

2. Favourite post you wrote in 2018?

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Girls, girls, girls

I loved the support I got for this post.

3. Favourite bookish related photo you took in 2018?

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4. Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, etc.)?

Ooh I haven’t. I must participate next year.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2018?

Seeing my statistics grow more. I’m not focused on them, but it’s nice to see improvement year by year rather than a drop.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

My reading has slowed considerably due to the busy nature of my job.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Top Ten Shows/Movies To Binge Watch

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

They Both Die At The End

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

I haven’t discovered anything new.

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

Yes! I have saved £1 for every book I’ve read.

I’ve also read over 12 British books… my current total being 65 books. Check them out here. 

I also think I’ll finish my Goodreads target of 150 books.

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2018 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2019?

The Dangerous Art Of Blending In by Angelo Surmelis

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2019 (non-debut)?

Fame, Fate and The First Kiss by Kasie West- I love Kasie’s books!

3. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Wilder Girls– Rory Power

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2019?

I don’t have one!

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2019?

Step outside my comfort zone with genre!

6. A 2019 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

I haven’t read one at the time of writing this, but I have an ARC for The Flower Girls by Alice Clark-Platts that I’m really looking forward to.

Please leave me a link if you do this survey. I LOVE reading people’s answers.

Top Ten Platonic Relationships In Books

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 platonic relationships. We could pick friendships, parent/child, siblings etc.

As ever, book images go to Goodreads!

Megan and Eric- The Hidden Memory Of Objects- Danielle Mages Amato

The Hidden Memory of Objects

Such a wonderful friendship!

Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy- Little Women- Louisa May Alcott

Little Women

Typical sisters! They love each other but hate each other at moments.

Female characters in A Sky Painted Gold- Laura Wood

A Sky Painted Gold

Such strong female friendships. Always lovely to read.

Lucy and her parents- The Names They Gave Us- Emery Lord

The Names They Gave Us

A heart-warming, close relationship between Lucy and her parents!

Female friendships-Moxie- Jennifer Mathieu

Moxie

They didn’t tear each other down, despite having different views- I appreciated that.

Soloman and his parents- Highly Illogical Behaviour- John Corey Whaley

Highly Illogical Behavior

Soloman’s parents are so supportive of his mental health. This book is simply wonderful.

Paige and her friends- The Start Of Me And You- Emery Lord

The Start of Me and You (The Start of Me and You, #1)

Paige’s friends rally around her when she needs them!

Cate and her sister Tess- The Cahill Chronicles- Jessica Spotswood

Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #1)

Cate has interesting relationships with her sisters, but I loved her connection with her sister, Tess.

Taylor and her father- Second Chance Summer- Morgan Matson

Second Chance Summer

A close father/daughter relationship. Heart-breaking!

Harry and Ron- Harry Potter- J.K Rowling

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

I couldn’t really mention these two! Loved their friendship. It was very realistic with ups and downs along the way.

Feel free to link me to your post this week so I can come and check out the platonic relationships that you’ve discussed!

Top Ten Favourite Villains

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 villains. We could talk about the best, worst, most lovable etc. I decided to talk about my favourite villains. Those that I love to hate!

As ever, book images go to Goodreads!

Queen Levana- The Lunar Chronicles- Marissa Meyer

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5)

I feel Fairest made me understand Queen Levana more, but I still love to hate her!

President Snow- The Hunger Games- Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

President Snow just irritates me! But I love that.

Dolores Umbridge, Lucius Malfoy and Voldemort- Harry Potter- J.K. Rowling

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

I think I dislike Dolores even more than Voldemort, but all three of these characters are pretty bad! (But awesome villains!)

The Darkling- The Grisha Trilogy- Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone (Grisha Verse, #1)

I love The Darkling’s character. Such a great villain!

The Grand High Witch- The Witches- Roald Dahl

The Witches

This is one of my favourite Roald Dahl books. I love to hate The Grand High Witch!

Miss Trunchbull- Matilda- Roald Dahl

Matilda

The worst headteacher ever! Love to hate Miss Trunchbull.

Amy- Gone Girl- Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl

The characters in this book are so messed up!

Mrs Danvers- Rebecca- Daphne Du Maurier

Rebecca

Mrs Danvers is incredible creepy!

Who are your favourite villains? Do we share any? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Ten Of The Longest Books I’ve Read!

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 it’s all about the longest books we’ve read. I used Goodreads to find this out. Good old Goodreads! So here are mine…

Click on the image to take you to the Goodreads page for the book!

Gone With The Wind- Margaret Mitchell- 1,037 pages

Gone with the Wind

This took me a while to get through but I got there in the end!

Shantaram- Gregory David Roberts- 933 pages

Shantaram

This took me a while to get through as well. I do remember enjoying it, but it was quite heavy-going.

The Crimson Petal And The White- Michel Faber- 901 pages

The Crimson Petal and the White

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and really didn’t expect to!

Into The Wilderness- Sara Donati- 876 pages

Into the Wilderness (Wilderness, #1)

A wonderful story!

Harry Potter and The Order Of The Phoenix- J.K. Rowling- 870 pages

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)

It didn’t feel like this book was as long as it is! I whizzed through it.

Outlander- Diana Gabaldan- 850 pages

Outlander (Outlander, #1)

I haven’t seen the show but I certainly enjoyed the books!

Winter- Marissa Meyer- 824 pages

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)

I love this series. I didn’t want it to end but Winter was a wonderful ending.

The Summer Garden- Paullina Simons- 776 pages

The Summer Garden (The Bronze Horseman, #3)

I love this trilogy! Again, when a book is good it doesn’t feel like a long read!

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows- J.K. Rowling- 759 pages

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)

Another book that I whizzed through! Although some parts of it irked me, on the whole I loved the ending!

Breaking Dawn- Stephenie Meyer-756 pages

Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)

Yes, I read the Twilight books. I thought they were okay at the time but looking back… they’re not the best books in the world!

Tell me about the longest books you’ve read! Feel free to leave me a link and I’ll stop by!

 

 

Top Ten Authors That I’d Love To Meet

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 it’s all about authors that we’d love to meet! I’ve pretty much went for my auto-buy, favourite authors!

If you click on the image, it’ll give you the author’s name! 🙂

Dorothy Koomson- Dorothy’s books are fabulous. I’ve really enjoyed every single thing she’s published so far. She’s a wonderful writer of women’s fiction. I feel like she’s very social with her fans and I like that.

Jojo Moyes- Me Before You is one of my favourite books, but she’s written some other amazing stories too. I’d love to see what she’s like as she comes across so well on Twitter.

Matt Haig- Love Matt Haig’s writing. I think it would be fascinating to chat to him.

David Walliams- I think he’d be hilarious!

Cecelia Ahern- I love her stories and think she’d be a sweet lady!

Emma Carroll- I have almost met Emma before, but I got too shy!

Heather Demetrios- I would love to speak to Heather to find out her inspiration behind her books.

Paula Daly- I have a feeling Paula would be fascinating to speak to!

J.K. Rowling- I’m sure she’ll be on many people’s lists this week, but I certainly would love to meet her.

Giovanna Fletcher- Giovanna comes across as so bubbly and kind. I’d love to chat to her!

Top Ten Authors Who Can Get Me Out Of A Reading Slump

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. 

I’ve decided to slightly adapt the prompt this week and instead of books that’ll get me out of a slump… authors I can rely on to get me out of a reading slump!

  1. Roald Dahl– His books are just so fun to read!
  2. J.K. Rowling– If it’s a serious slump, I sometimes need to re-read a Harry Potter book!
  3. Kasie West– I can always guarantee that her books will be fun!
  4. Heather Demetrios– Her books are quite deep but they always engross me.
  5. Ceceila Ahern– I love how magical her books are.
  6. Jojo Moyes– She’s a terrific writer.
  7. Paula Daly– She’s one of my favourite thriller writers. Her books always grip me.
  8. Emma Carroll– I can never go wrong with a Emma Carroll book. Her books are enchanting.
  9. David Walliams– David is the closest recent writer to Roald Dahl. His books are fabulous.
  10. Patrick Ness– I do enjoy Patrick’s writing, so the thought of reading one of his books can encourage me to climb out of the slump!

What brings you out of a slump? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!