Top Ten Books That I Want My Nephew To Read

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is all about books we’d want our children/future children/niece/nephews to read! So here are mine…

My nephew is almost 6 and I can’t wait for him to get to the age where he might read/hear these books. All of these books I either loved as a child or read to my current class who are 6/7 years old!

The BFG- Roald Dahl

The BFG

I absolutely adore this book. I think he would love it too. He’d love the whizzpoppers!

George’s Marvellous Medicine- Roald Dahl

George's Marvellous Medicine

Loved this book. It’s always my first class book with Year 2. I hope he wouldn’t get ideas to make a medicine for his Gran!

The Witches- Roald Dahl

The Witches

This one would scare him at the moment, but I hope he eventually gets to read it!

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory- Roald Dahl

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie Bucket, #1)

The World’s Worst Children and World’s Worst Children 2- David Walliams

The World's Worst Children

I have a feeling he’d love some of these disgusting tales!

The Invention Of Hugo Cabret- Brian Selznick

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Definitely for when he’s older! 🙂 I think he’d love this mixture of pictures and words!

The Demon Headmaster- Gillian Cross

The Demon Headmaster (Demon Headmaster, #1)

Such a classic from my childhood. I’d love him to read this one day.

Goodnight Mister Tom- Michelle Magorian

Goodnight Mister Tom

Another classic. My current school reads this with 10-11 year olds. It’s such a fantastic book.

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas- John Boyne

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Again, this book wouldn’t be suitable right now, but years down the line it will be. I feel its educative too. Can’t escape the teacher in me.

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

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Book Tag- Shelfie by Shelfie #1

I was tagged in Beth’s Shelfie by Shelfie book tag. I thought it was a great idea… so here we go!

The idea of the tag is that you share a picture (‘shelfie’) of one of your shelves and then answer some questions about them.

1.) Is there any reason for this shelf being organised the way it is or is it purely random?

It’s my favourite shelf. Meaning every single one of these books is a favourite read of mine. On it is….

  • The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night-Time
  • The Constant Princess
  • The Other Boleyn Girl
  • The Boleyn Inheritance
  • The Virgin’s Lover
  • The Queen’s Fool
  • Sarah’s Key
  • If You Could See Me Now
  • P.S. I Love You
  • Lord Of The Flies
  • Rebecca
  • To Kill A Mockingbird
  • The Last Leaves Falling
  • Cross Your Heart
  • Me Before You
  • The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas
  • The Class That Went Wild
  • Reasons To Stay Alive
  • One
  • Thirteen Reasons Why
  • A Monster Calls
  • Only Ever Yours
  • Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda
  • Good Me Bad Me
  • The Reason I Jump

2.) Tell us a story about one of the books on this shelf that is special to you i.e. how you got it/ a memory associated with it etc.

That’s a tricky one as all of these books are special to me. The Class That Went Wild has a special place in my heart as it is a childhood favourite. I have fond memories of Beth reading it to me when I was younger. I used to love being read to by my big sister!

3.) Which book from this shelf would you ditch if you were forced to and why?

I think perhaps Thirteen Reasons Why. I have a really weird relationship with this book, which I’ll address in a blog post and some point.

4.) Which book from this shelf would you save in an emergency and why?

I hate this question! I would want to save them all, please? No? Hmm… I think it would have to be Me Before You. I push that book so very much that it has to be saved!

5.) Which book has been on this shelf for the longest time?

P.S. I Love You. I read it when it first came out!

6.) Which book is the newest addition to this shelf?

Good Me, Bad Me read this year and promptly added to my favourites!

7.) Which book from this shelf are you most excited to read (or re-read if this is a favourites shelf?)

Me Before You… will it still be a favourite after a re-read?

8.) If there is an object on this shelf apart from books, tell us the story behind it.

Above the shelf are some ornaments that my friend (and wonderful author Alex Bell) got me from a holiday to many different locations. There’s so many cute trinkets from places in Europe. I also have a teaching assistant teddy from a child that reminds me of when life was easier as teaching assistant! 😉 I also have some Tinkerbell stuff from my nephew who knows I love Tinkerbell, I also have a best teacher wine glass. I may not drink, but it was the thought that counts!

9.) What does this shelf tell us about you as a reader?

My favourite books range from chick-lit and historical fiction to psychological thrillers and a few classics!

10.) Choose other bloggers to tag or choose a free question you make up yourself.

There’s so many that I’d like to tag, so I’d just say if you want to do it, please do and leave me a link if you do! 🙂 Please check out Beth’s original post HERE!

Top Ten Books Set in World War II

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s list I decided to pick the first ten books that came to mind when I thought of World War II historical fiction. I love historical fiction and World War II has always fascinated me. There are books that I love that aren’t on this list, but here are the ten that immediately came to mind…

In no particular order (book images go to Goodreads…)

The Book Thief- Markus Zusak

The Book Thief

I have so much love for this book. I know it divides a lot of readers, but I really do think it’s incredible. I think it’s a challenging read but an important one.

Sarah’s Key- Tatiana de Rosnay

Sarah's Key

I picked up this book totally by accident in a book store near my sister’s old house. I absolutely devoured this story. It broke my heart.

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas- John Boyne

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Some might find this book to be overrated but I think it’s wonderful. Another heart-breaker that’s for sure.

The Bronze Horseman- Paullina Simons

The Bronze Horseman (The Bronze Horseman, #1)

This book is set in Russia in the 1940s. I love this trilogy and whilst it is quite a hefty read I think it’s totally worth it. There’s such a beautiful romance at the heart of it even if there’s a lot of er.. intimate moments within the story.

Prisoner of Night and Fog- Anne Blankman

Prisoner of Night and Fog (Prisoner of Night and Fog, #1)

This is another book that I came across quite randomly. I really enjoyed it and its sequel as well. I thought it was stand-out in a very populated genre.

The Wrong Boy-  Suzy Zail

The Wrong Boy

I absolutely adored this book which features a Jewish girl named Hanna being sent to Auschwitz with her familt. Hanna plays piano for the camp commander and falls in love with the wrong boy…

Code Name Verity- Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)

Another book I adored. I absolutely love when books in this genre are a little different and I found this book to be quite a powerful reminder of woman’s roles in the war.

Hotel On The Corner of Bitter and Sweet- Jamie Ford

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

I know that this book has got really mixed reviews, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought it was a beautiful read. The plot does have a few flaws, but other than that I have nothing bad to say about it and I’d still highly recommend it.

Cross My Heart- Carmen Reid

Cross My Heart

I adored this book which, again, I didn’t expect to read or enjoy as much as I did. It’s centres around 15 year old Nicole as she watches Belgium be invaded by the Nazis. Nicole joins the Belgian resistance. Such a powerful book.

The Girl In The Blue Coat- Monica Hesse

The Girl in the Blue Coat

I read this book in August and immediately knew it would make a list like this. It’s a wonderful albeit sad story about a ordinary girl making courageous choices.

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

Ten Books that have been on my TBR for ages that I STILL haven’t read!

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s list we are listing books that have been on our to be read piles for a long time…I’ve decided to look at some of the books on my kindle as I’m forever forgetting about reading those. Oh the shame…

Book images go to Goodreads

Sharp Objects- Gillian Flynn

Sharp Objects

I can’t wait to read more from Gillian Flynn. I’m not sure why this book and the next one have been on my kindle for so long without being read!

Dark Places- Gillian Flynn

Dark Places

I must get around to this one at some point too…

Magic Under Stone- Jaclyn Dolamore

Magic Under Stone (Magic Under, #2)

I adored the first book, so goodness knows why this one is still lying unread!

Tarnished- Julia Crouch

Tarnished

I really enjoy Julia Crouch’s writing. I love a thriller. So I should love this? I hope!

Soulmates- Holly Bourne

Soulmates

I have heard so many wonderful things about this book. I hope to get to it sometime soon!

Something Like Normal- Trish Doller

Something like Normal

I have been meaning to read this book for ages. It’s been on my kindle for what feels like years… One day!

The Crane Wife- Patrick Ness

The Crane Wife

I adore Patrick Ness, yet haven’t got around to reading this book yet. Where are my priorities?!

Butter- Erin Lange

Butter

I have had this book since I started book blogging but still haven’t got around to it. Oops.

The Last Anniversary- Liane Moriarty

The Last Anniversary

This book is a newer edition to my kindle (I say newer, it’s 2 years old!) but I’m still surprised I haven’t read it yet!

A History of Loneliness- John Boyne

A History of Loneliness

I love John Boyne’s writing. I am intrigued by the synopsis of this book. I hope to read it soon!

Have you read any of these books? Do you suggest I ‘bump’ them up the TBR pile? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Historical Books That I Love

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is all about the past or the future. We were able to spin it however we liked. I decided to look at some of my favourite historical reads.

In no particular order, here are my favourite historical books! Book images go to Goodreads!

Cross My Heart- Carmen Reid

Cross My Heart

This book totally surprised me. I had previously read Carmen Reid’s fluffier, lighter reads and seriously thought I was reading another author. Cross My Heart is a touching, emotional, tough read. It centres around a girl who fights back against Nazis invading Belgium.

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas- John Boyne

 The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

This book is so well known I don’t really think I need to go into it that much. I know a lot of people have mixed feelings about this book, but I thoroughly enjoyed it even though it broke my heart. A beautiful book.

Sarah’s Key-Tatiana de Rosnay

Sarah's Key

Yet another heart-breaker. What is it with me and these heart-breaking reads? I do adore this book though and think it is seriously underrated.

The Other Me- Saskia Sarginson

The Other Me

This is a fairly recent read which I absolutely lapped up. I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did! I highly recommend this book which involves family secrets.

The Book Thief- Markus Zusak

The Book Thief

This book needs no introduction. Even if you haven’t read it, I’m sure you’ve heard of it. It definitely earns its place in my favourite historical reads.

The Constant Princess- Philippa Gregory

The Constant Princess (The Tudor Court, #1)

I know a lot of people don’t like this series because it’s not as historically accurate as it could be. I adore it though and The Constant Princess has to be my favourite. It centres around Catherine of Aragon.

The Help- Kathryn Stockett

The Help

It couldn’t be a top ten historical list without mentioning this book. I absolutely adore it. It’s one of my favourites of all time AND the movie is a good adaptation. Win win!

The Quietness, The Madness, The Beloved- Alison Rattle

The Quietness The Madness The Beloved

I actutally couldn’t pick a favourite historical fiction read from Alison Rattle, so I had to add them all. She’s well worth reading!

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

Ten Books To Read If You Like The Book Thief

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Books To Read If You Like… a certain author/a super popular book. At first I struggled with this topic, but then I decided to go for a book that I loved, but don’t really mention much- The Book Thief.

As ever, click on the book image to get to Goodreads!

These books aren’t necessarily about the same thing as The Book Thief (although some are). They are just books I’d recommend for those that enjoyed The Book Thief.

Sarah’s Key- Tatiana de Rosnay

Sarah's Key

Sarah’s Key is a story set in Paris in 1942. It’s a super emotional read. The narrative jumps around in time, but it’s fantastic and so gripping.

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas- John Boyne

 The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Another emotional, heart-wrenching read, this one set in Berlin in 1942. I’m pretty sure most of you know of this book!

The Wrong Boy- Suzy Zail

The Wrong Boy

This is a story about a Jewish girl who is sent to Auschwitz and falls in love with a German boy.

Prisoner of Night and Fog- Anne Blankman

Prisoner of Night and Fog (Prisoner of Night and Fog, #1)

A great story about ‘Uncle’ Dolf. This is a duology and the follow up is just as good!

Code Name Verity- Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)

A powerful, emotional read.

Cross My Heart (and hope to live)- Carmen Reid

Cross My Heart

I wasn’t expecting to like this book as much as I did. It’s set in Brussels in 1940. An incredible book.

Jasmine Nights- Julia Gregson

Jasmine Nights

This book is set in 1942. It’s a love story, beautifully written.

Songs of Willow Frost- Jamie Ford
Songs of Willow Frost

This is set during the Great Depression in the 1920s. Jamie Ford is a great writer.

The Help- Kathryn Stockett

The Help

This is one of my favourite books of all time. It deals with tough subjects in such a beautifully written way.

I Am The Messenger- Markus Zusak

I Am the Messenger

If you liked Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief, then why not try more of his work. I enjoyed this book, it’s confusing though!

What books have you suggested this week? Feel free to leave me a link to your Top Ten lists and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Books I Read in 2013

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week a new list is posted for us to complete. This week’s list is the Top Ten Books I Read in 2013.  This is going to be so hard as I really do think I’ve read some amazing books this year! I’ve picked the first 10 five star books on my read this year shelf on Goodreads!

In no particular order…

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Crash Into YouKatie McGarry– I really got into the Pushing The Limits series this year, but Crash Into You was my favourite. It was a very emotional read.

These Broken StarsAmie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner– I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did.

Cross My HeartCarmen Reid– This book really touched me. I thought it was superb!

Stay Where You Are And Then LeaveJohn Boyne– Another touching read!

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer– Michelle Hodkin–  I absolutely love this series. It messed with my head, but I can’t wait to see how it concludes in 2014!

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DivergentVeronica Roth–  I fell in love with this series. Divergent gripped me right from the start!

BoundlessCynthia Hand– I loved this series (well apart from the second Hallowed, which I was pretty indifferent to!) and Boundless was the perfect ending to the series!

The Flavours of LoveDorothy Koomson– Dorothy Koomson is a superb author. I always pre-order her books and so far I’ve never been disappointed! This book is actually quite dark, which I don’t think you’d expect from the cover.

Magic Under GlassJaclyn Dolamore- This story was so magical. I loved it and can’t wait to read the next in the series!

Losing HopeColleen Hoover– For some reason I loved this book much more than Hopeless. I just love Holder!

I could have added so many more to this list!

What are your favourite books of 2013? I hope you all have a Happy New Year! May your 2014 be full of awesome books!