Top Ten Cosy/Wintery Reads To Curl Up With

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 cosy reads. There’s nothing better than curling up when it’s cold outside, with a blanket and a warm drink. Perhaps the fire on too? Mm. I’m now dreaming of a snow day. These books are those that are good for reading in one sitting! They’re not necessarily deep reads, but they’re either heart-warming or atmospheric. Perfect for a cosy read, I say!

As ever, book images go to Goodreads!

The Snow Child

A perfect winter’s tale. 🙂 I really love this book and don’t see it around often enough for my liking!

Sister

I think this is an incredibly gripping read. Perfect for curling up with.

The Gift

This is one of my favourite books!

Let It Snow

I enjoyed these cute holiday romances.

Bittersweet

This sort of book is so easy to read all curled up and warm!

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories

I wasn’t the biggest fan of all of these stories but there’s some good ones to get stuck into. That’s why I like anthologies.


A Christmas Carol

I think this book is perfect for near Christmas time!

Eleanor & Park

A book like this I could easily see being read in a day!

The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend

This book was so easy to read. It could easily be devoured within a few hours.

The Ice Twins

Thrillers are great to curl up with and this is a brilliant one!

What did you put on your list this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by.

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July Mini Reviews

Here are some mini reviews for some early July releases! Please click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page!

The Quality of Silence

The Quality of SilenceSynopsis:

On 24th November Yasmin and her deaf daughter Ruby arrived in Alaska.

Within hours they were driving alone across a frozen wilderness

Where nothing grows

Where no one lives

Where tears freeze

And night will last for another 54 days.

They are looking for Ruby’s father.

Travelling deeper into a silent land.

They still cannot find him.

And someone is watching them in the dark.

Three Thoughts

  • A thrilling read
  • Writing builds the atmosphere beautifully.
  • Not always believable

Are You Watching Me?

Are You Watching Me

Synopsis:

Dear Elizabeth,

I’ve been watching you

I hope to see you . . .

Soon.

Liz Cafferky is on the up. Rescued from her dark past by the owner of a drop-in centre for older men, Liz soon finds herself as the charity’s face – and the unwilling darling of the Dublin media.

Amidst her claustrophobic fame, Liz barely notices a letter from a new fan. But then one of the centre’s clients is brutally murdered, and Elizabeth receives another, more sinister note.

Running from her own ghosts, Liz is too scared to go to the police. And with no leads, there is little Sergeant Claire Boyle can do to protect her.

Three Thoughts

  • Intriguing read
  • Didn’t grip me as much as the first book by this author
  • Creepy and chilling

Suicide Notes From Beautiful Girls

Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls

Synopsis:

June barely has time to mourn the death of her best friend Delia, before Delia’s ex-boyfriend convinces her Delia was murdered, and June is swept into a tangle of lies, deceit, and conspiracy.

Three Thoughts

  • Unreliable narrator- wasn’t sure who to trust!
  • Action packed plot.
  • Sometimes predictable

Stacking The Shelves #120 I’m getting good at these small hauls!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book title to get to the Goodreads page!

NetGalley:

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I am looking forward to reading Rosamund Lupton’s latest book after really enjoying her writing in the past. This book sounds like a brilliant thriller!

Bought:

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I am reading this book as part of the Banned Books feature that I carry out with my sister and fellow blogger, Beth! Our review will be coming out on Monday!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by this weekend!

Top Ten Book Covers I’d Frame As Pieces of Art

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is Top Ten Book Covers I’d Frame As Pieces of Art.

Click on the book image to get to the Goodread’s page!

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The Shock of The FallNathan Filer– This is the hardback cover. I know that the cover has changed for the paperback, but I remain firmly in love with this cover. It’s plain, it’s simple, it’s intriguing.

The MadnessAlison Rattle– I have a lot of love for this book, and a lot of love for the cover. I’ve noticed that the covers I’ve picked, in the main part are very simple. The cover of The Madness intrigued me. It uses some beautiful colours.

A Room Full Of Chocolate- Jane Elson– What I like about the cover is the shiny brown bit. It reminds me of an old school Galaxy wrapper. If you don’t know what Galaxy is, it’s a chocolate bar that had very shiny brown wrapping. I think some of the bigger bars still use the shiny brown! Very appealing. (A great story too!)

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PointeBrandy Colbert– I’m obsessed with dance, and I just think this cover is plain and simple beautiful! I can’t wait to read this!

These Broken StarsAmie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner– A very pretty, sparkly cover. I like!

JasmynAlex Bell– This book should be well more known, and that’s not my bias as it’s one of my best friend’s books. It’s such a wonderful story with a beautiful cover. Ahh.

SisterRosamund Lupton–  Some people might think that this cover is boring, but I like it. It’s simple and atmospheric.

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SplinteredA.G Howard- Pretty, pretty book. I have the hardback edition and it’s just stunning!

Dance of ShadowsYelena Black– There goes another dance themed book. I adore this cover and really enjoyed this book!

Q: A Love StoryEvan Mandery– Although I wasn’t the biggest fan of the story inside, I really love this cover. I love the colours.

What covers would you frame as pieces of art? Do you judge a book by its cover? Let me know in the comments below! Feel free to leave your link to your Top Ten Posts and I’ll stop by soon!

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!

Click on the book image to get to the Goodread’s page for the book!

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.