Top Ten Autumnal Covers

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a cover list. We all like an appealing cover. We can’t get away from that!

Here are some pretty Autumn/Fall covers that caught my eye. They may not look like an Autumn cover, but they’d make me want to read them Autumn if that makes sense.

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

To Kill a Mockingbird

Rebecca

The Catcher in the Rye

Watership Down (Watership Down, #1)Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3)

Little Women (Little Women, #1)

The Accident Season

The Bronze Horseman (The Bronze Horseman, #1)

These book covers just give me a colder weather, snuggled up inside with a good book vibe!

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

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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

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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 I Love But Feel I Haven’t Talked About In A While

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are ten books we love but feel like we haven’t talked about much recently!

In no particular order here are the books that I picked (images go to Goodreads!)

Second Chance Summer- Morgan Matson

Second Chance Summer

I adore this book. It was the second Morgan Matson book that I read. I wasn’t expecting to love it as I wasn’t a fan of her debut novel, but I’m glad that I was proved wrong.

My Best Friend’s Girl- Dorothy Koomson

My Best Friend's Girl

I didn’t intend to pick another sad book, but this book by Dorothy Koomson is so good! It’s moving and realistic. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The Name On Your Wrist- Helen Hiorns

The Name on Your Wrist

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. It centres around Corin who lives in a world where your carpinomen- your soul mate- is marked onto your wrist at an early age.

Slumber- Tamara Blake

Slumber

I don’t recall talking about this book much on my blog, but I should do! Regular readers of my blog will know I love all things fairy tale, so this book was perfect for me!

The Lost Daughter- Diane Chamberlain

The Lost Daughter

This is the first book of Diane Chamberlain’s that I read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It gripped me from the beginning.

The Boy With The Cuckoo Clock Heart-Mathias Malzieu

The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart

This book is ever so unique. I know it has mixed reviews, but I thought it was a quick, enjoyable read.

The Historian- Elizabeth Kostova

The Historian

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I’m not always a fan of vampire reads, but this book was exceptional!

Jasmyn- Alex Bell

Jasmyn

Another fairy tale-esque read. I absolutely adored this story.

The Bronze Horseman- Paullina Simons

The Bronze Horseman (The Bronze Horseman, #1)

I still have very fond memories of reading this book! It takes a while to get through, but it’s so beautifully written.

Hate List- Jennifer Brown

Hate List

I adore Jennifer Brown’s writing. This book has a place in my heart because it was the first book I read by her! It involves a school shooting- so it is a difficult read!

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

Top Ten Books I Want To Reread (in an ideal world…)

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us to complete. This week the topic is Top Ten Books I Want To Reread. I don’t actually get to reread very often so this is definitely in an ideal situation!

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The Help– Kathryn Stockett- Easily one of my favourite books. I wish I could find time to read it!

Golden Boy– Abigail Tarttelin- One of the most powerful books I’ve read in a long time!

Me Before You– Jojo Moyes- I could have just called this list ‘Chrissi’s favourites…’

The Bronze Horseman– Paullina Simons- A beautiful book, but it’s quite a commitment to re-read.

The Book Thief– Markus Zusak- I love this book. I hope at some point I can re-read it.

Something Real– Heather Demetrios- Another great book that came out this year. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book!

Eleanor & Park– Rainbow Rowell- Easily my favourite Rainbow Rowell book!

A Room Full of Chocolate– Jane Elson- I may potentially read this to my future class so perhaps I will get a chance to re-read it in the future.

The Snow Child– Eowyn Ivy- I absolutely loved this book and would love to revisit it.

The Reason I Jump– Naoki Higashida- This book opened my eyes. I do see it as a book I’ll revisit.

Are any of these books on your TBR list or re-read list? Feel free to link me to your posts so I can have a nosey at what you want to re-read!

Top Ten Books That Were Hard For Me To Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Books That Were Hard For Me To Read. Now this could be for any reason. It could be intimidating, cringe-worthy, an uncomfortable subject, a controversial subject etc.

So here are mine, in no particular order…

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Golden BoyAbigail Tarttelin– This book was hard for me to read because of the subject matter. It’s heavy going and there’s some incredibly graphic scenes, but it is an absolute gem of a book and I’m SO glad I read it.

Pushing The LimitsKatie McGarry- Again, this book was hard to read because it was so intense, but I loved reading it. I love a bit of depth to my books!

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Me Before YouJojo Moyes- I wonder how many times I can put this book on a Top Ten list. I JUST LOVE IT. I can’t help it. It was hard to read because it broke my heart. *sniff*

The Bronze HorsemanPaullina Simons- This book is just SO long, but SO worth reading if you’re into historical fiction.

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ForbiddenTabitha Suzuma- Another book that was hard to read based on subject matter. This book deals with incest and it’s another heart breaker.

The Book ThiefMarkus Zusak- It took me a while to get used to the narration but it’s an incredible book!

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Second Chance SummerMorgan Matson- I went into this book not expecting to like it as (sorry) I wasn’t the biggest fan of Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour. I LOVED this book though. Argh ❤ I’m so glad I persevered with the author because it’s beautiful and I’ve since enjoyed Since You’ve Been Gone.

The Casual VacancyJ.K Rowling- This book was hard to read because I had such high expectations. Unfortunately I was disappointed by it.

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RedAlison Cherry- This book was hard to read because it was incredibly superficial. It had good heart, but I just couldn’t connect with the characters.

Thirteen Reasons WhyJay Asher- I had a hard time with this book because I was so divided on what I thought about it. On the one hand I thought it was brilliant, but then I had some trouble with the actions of the girl who committed suicide. Hmmm… I was very mixed up about it!

What books have you found hard to read? Feel free to link me to your Top Ten posts and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Books I was ‘Forced’ To Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week a topic is given for us bloggers to write a list for. This week it is Top Ten Books I Was “Forced” to Read (either by teachers, friends, other bloggers, book club) — doesn’t necessarily have to be a BAD thing. Could be required reading, yes, but also book club, or just super enthusiastic friends “making” you read something!

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In no particular order:

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EntangledCat Clarke– I first heard about Cat Clarke’s book from Luna’s Little Library. Her reviews got me really intrigued, so I had to quickly read Entangled and Torn so I was ready to devour Undone when it was published. I think Cat Clarke’s writing keeps getting better and better.

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Heart Shaped BruiseTanya Byrne– I didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did. Another book that was recommended by Luna’s Little Library. We reviewed it together HERE.

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Pushing The LimitsKatie McGarry– This is another book that Luna and I compared opinions on(review HERE). This book made me a fan of Katie McGarry. I can’t wait to read Crash Into You soon.

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The Girl On PaperGuillaume Musso- I probably wouldn’t have read this book if it wasn’t for the book club that I’m in. I thought it was such a strange book, but an original story.

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Me Before YouJojo Moyes– I think I probably would have read this book without book club, but I’m glad I read it pretty soon after it was published. It’s become one of my favourite books.

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Into The Darkest CornerElizabeth Haynes– This was another book club read (I’m in various book clubs of several shapes and forms). It’s a gripping read which includes some very heavy topics that aren’t easy to read. Yet, I couldn’t stop turning the pages!

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Before I Go To SleepS.J Watson- Another one from the book club recommendations.  Again, it’s not an easy subject matter, but it’s so well written, I burned through it!

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The Bronze HorsemanPaullina Simons– This is a book that was recommended to me by my sister. I loved it and thought that the character development was so impressive.

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The Time Traveler’s WifeAudrey Niffenegger– My sister recommended this book to me. I wasn’t sure I was going to like it, with all the jumping around in time, but once I got used to it, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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SisterRosamund Lupton– Sister was recommended to me by my sister. This is a touching read, which is so beautifully written.

Whilst writing this list, I’ve realised how many recommendations have come from Bibliobeth (my sister) and Luna (my good friend). I’ve also read some awesome books from book clubs.

What about you? What have you been ‘forced’ to read? Feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten Tuesday posts.

Top Ten Best/Worst Series Enders

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme, hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week we’re given a topic to create a Top Ten list. This week the list is Top Ten Best/Worst Series Enders.

Now I have a problem with this list. I am in the middle of so many series. I haven’t finished many series, so it’s going to take quite some time to put this list together. It has inspired me to try and get around to finishing some of the series I’ve started though, so that’s a positive thing!

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Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows J.K Rowling– I really didn’t like the epilogue, but I didn’t want to label it as one of the worst series enders, because aside from the epilogue I think it ended brilliantly. Just how I wanted it to.

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Specials- Scott Westerfeld- Specials was one my favourite books out of the Uglies trilogy. I’m not including Extras. Conveniently forgetting about that book otherwise it would be in the worst series enders section.

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MeridonPhilippa Gregory– I have a lot of love for Philippa Gregory. I loved The Wideacre Trilogy and this for me, was a brilliant ending!

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Mini Shopaholic Sophie Kinsella– I really love the Shopaholic series. I’m not sure if this one is the last in the series, but she hasn’t brought one out for a while. So I’m going with it!

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Boundless Cynthia Hand– I imagine for some people, this book is going to be on their worst series enders section. I think it really depends what ‘team’ you’re on. But for me, I ADORED Boundless, so it’s well worthy of a place of my best series enders list.

Somewhere in the middle:

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Mockingjay- Suzanne Collins– This book falls somewhere in-between best and worst. I loved aspects of it and hated aspects of it. I found it a lot slower than the first two books.

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Breaking Dawn Stephenie Meyer– I know that the Twilight series isn’t the most outstanding piece of literature, but for what it is, I think the final book in the series was okay. Not mind-blowing, but definitely not as awful as I was expecting, given some of the reviews.

Worst:

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The Summer Garden Paullina Simons- The Bronze Horseman series had two amazing books. I was left slightly disappointed with this one. I ended up hating a character I loved for the most part of the book!

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The Other QueenPhilippa Gregory- I loved the Tudor series so much but I was left disappointed with this book, which is such a shame!

I’m throwing back to my childhood with the next book:

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Charlie and The Great Glass Elevator Roald Dahl– I was so disappointed with this book as a child. I think Charlie and The Chocolate Factory is such a magical book that anything that followed was bound to be a disappointment.

Please feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten posts. I’m intrigued to see what series you have loved and/or disliked!