Top Ten Books That Have Been On My TBR Forever

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.

Magic Under Stone- Jaclyn Dolamore (added to my TBR in 2013)

Magic Under Stone (Magic Under, #2)

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, so goodness knows why I haven’t read it yet!

Mistakes In The Background- Laura Dockrill (added to my TBR in 2013)

Mistakes in the Background

I fully intended to read this when I added it to my TBR. Yet it’s still there…

The Chance You Won’t Return- Annie Cardi (added to my TBR in 2014)

The Chance You Won't Return

I loved the look of this book, but never got around to actually reading it!

Exquisite Captive- Heather Demetrios (added to my TBR in 2014)

Exquisite Captive (Dark Caravan Cycle, #1)

I don’t know why I’ve not got around to this one. I love Heather’s writing!

The Queen Of Bright and Shiny Things- Ann Aguirre (added to my TBR in 2015)

The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things

This book was everywhere! I put it on my TBR and never got around to it…

Seven Ways We Lie- Riley Redgate (added to my TBR in 2015)

Seven Ways We Lie

Another one that was all over the blogs, but I’m still yet to read!

The Killing Jar- Jennifer Bosworth (added to my TBR in 2015)

The Killing Jar

I was put off by mixed reviews, but I am super intrigued by this book still.

Tell Me Three Things- Julie Buxbaum (added to my TBR in 2016)

Tell Me Three Things

I really must read this book soon!

Broken Dolls- Tyrolin Poxty (added to my TBR in 2016)

Broken Dolls (Broken Dolls, #1)

I’ve just been reminded how much I want to read this!

The Sisters- Claire Douglas (added to my TBR in 2017)

The Sisters

I fully intend to read this as soon as I can. Too many books…too little time.

What has been on your TBR for ages? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Love Hurts


How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Random House Children’s Publishers UK


Malorie Blackman brings together the best teen writers of today in a stunningly romantic collection about love against the odds. Featuring short stories and extracts about modern star-crossed lovers from stars such as Gayle Forman, Markus Zusak and Patrick Ness, and with a brand-new story from Malorie Blackman herself, Love Hurts looks at every kind of relationship, from first kiss to final heartbreak.


I was SO excited about this book. However, I was a little disappointed when I got to it. I thought that this book was going to be original stories from some authors that I loved. There are some great original stories in there, but they’re few and far between. What I actually found was that I skipped a lot of these stories- either because I had read them already and didn’t feel like reading them again…or I have the full book waiting to be read and I didn’t want it to spoil it.

I don’t want to put people off this book though as the extracts from the authors I love like Malorie Blackman and Patrick Ness are such high quality writing- it’s just not what I wanted from this collection of short stories. James Dawson’s original story is good and well worth reading.

This book would be perfect for those wanting to dip into some of these author’s writing or to read the original content that there is. I love the range of diversity there is within this collection.

Would I recommend it?:

Some good original content, but don’t expect to go into the book with fresh, new material from all of the authors! 

A Week In The Life of a Primary PGCE Student: P.E being fun? What’s that about?!

Every Sunday (hopefully) I shall be posting a personal post about my massive new venture. I am going to University to train to be a primary school teacher. I will be trained to work with 5-11 year olds. It’s known to be a very, very stressful time so I’m hoping I can channel my thoughts and feelings into a blog post. It gives you an insight into what’s going on in my life and hopefully it’ll be incredibly therapeutic for me. I will NOT be naming any children, schools or teaching staff. I won’t even mention what University I’m at. I hope that’s understandable. If personal posts aren’t your thing then feel free to skip these posts. I won’t mind!

This week has been full of fun and laughter! It’s not been plain sailing though. I’ve been absolutely exhausted and my personal reading has suffered. I knew this was going to happen though. I’ve just got to remember that it’s not for long.


On Monday I had a 9am-4pm day with 3 hours of Geography and 3 hours of Science. My initial thoughts were to flee in the opposite direction of Geography. I hadn’t studied it for many, many years. It was so fun though! The Geography teacher was enthusiastic and passionate about her subject. I think that rubs off on the students. Science was good fun too. Both subjects were full of great, practical activities. This made it enjoyable for us and definitely sparked some ideas about what to do with my future class. The future class aspect terrifies me. Will I ever know enough to have my own class?


Tuesday was another long day. This time it focussed on English. I adore English. I loved sharing children’s books and discovering new pieces of children’s literature. English seems like it’s going to be quite a heavy workload. I hope if I can keep on top of it then I won’t feel too snowed under.


I have to admit, I was dreading this day which was packed full of 3 hour sessions of Religious Education and Physical Education. I realised how much I didn’t know about religion. Definitely something I need to brush up on. Luckily the very lovely teacher got us working on researching religions. We’re going to share the research we found with each other. That’ll be so helpful. P.E was the subject I was dreading the most, but it was actually really fun. We had to learn some theory, of course, but we also had a lot of fun trying out activities and games!


On Thursday, I experienced the downwards spiral that is this course. I was really emotional and doubting myself. In some ways I still am doubting myself. I’m trying to put it down to tiredness though. It’s been a long week with long days and work continuing into the evening. I had Maths, like I’ll have every Thursday and I just found it to be incredibly mentally draining. I’m hoping I can change my attitude towards Maths though.


I was so happy it was Friday. I am loving the experience, but I don’t think I’ve ever been so tired before. It’s just physically and mentally draining. I keep on trying to remind myself that it’s only for a while and the end result will be so worth it. I do worry though, I’m not even on placement yet and I’m finding it hard to keep my eyes open in the evening. I’m looking forward to my Sunday off. I’ve dedicated one day a week to take off- a day purely for me. I think I’ll need it.

Children’s books added to my growing children’s library (Clicking the image will take you to Goodreads!):

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