Top Ten Tuesday Freebie- Bookish Pet Peeves

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 Top Ten list is a Top Ten freebie! We’re allowed to create our own list or use an old topic. I thought I’d go for 10 Bookish Pet Peeves that I have, so here we go…

  1. Questionable second hand books– I am not a big fan of second hand books. I like my books to be pristine. I do hate it though when I do get a second hand book and there’s awful stains or horrible smells. Yuck!
  2. Breaking the spine of a book– When my Gran reads one of my books, she literally bends the spine right back. I hear it creak. Argh!
  3. Series that have millions (exaggeration!) of books– I don’t have time to commit to long series. I prefer to read standalone books these days.
  4. Too much detail– I like a bit of detail but I do like to use my imagination.
  5. Whiny characters– My eyes tend to hurt from rolling them too much.
  6. Mistakes in printed books/e-books– I completely understand when there are errors in an ARC, but when a book has gone through so much to be published, I find it frustrating when errors haven’t been picked up.
  7. People that say the printed book is dead– No, no it’s not. I hope it never is. I’m not old-fashioned because I prefer a real book.
  8. Controlling behaviour said to be romance– Ick. Just no. Controlling is controlling and it makes my skin crawl. It’s not romantic.
  9. Cover changes mid series- Why? I want them all to match!
  10. Student-teacher relationships– As a teacher myself this just sits uncomfortably with me.

Do we share any bookish pet peeves? Let me know! Also, feel free to link me to your Top Ten post so I can have a look at what you’ve done!

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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.

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 Tuesday- Reasons To Be Thankful For My Job

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 thankfulness, it being Thanksgiving soon. I’m in the UK so don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, but it’s always nice to think of reasons why we’re thankful.

I decided to reflect on my job as a primary school teacher and think of reasons why I’m thankful for my job! Teaching is a job that doesn’t always make you feel grateful for your vocation. It’s stressful and consuming but there are reasons why it’s awesome and reasons why I’m happy and passionate to do it as my job.

In no particular order:

  1. No day is the same– teaching is completely unpredictable. Conversations can steer your lessons in different directions. Events can pop up out of nowhere… it really is like no other job!
  2. That lightbulb moment when a child finally gets it– it’s the best feeling. I recently had it when a child didn’t get subtraction using a formal written method. When she finally got there… the look on her face warmed my teacher heart! ❤
  3. Ex-students who still adore you- I got a card last Christmas from a child that was in my first class letting me know that I was still her favourite teacher. ❤
  4. Being able to teach all of the subjects- lots of school in my areas are focusing on reading, writing and maths to improve their scores. My school is quite unique in the way it values the non-core subjects. I think it’s so important as not every child excels in reading, writing and maths.
  5. Our forest area- we are very blessed to have a forest at the back of the school to take learning outside. Nothing beats the moment when I give them free time to play in the trees! They adore it.
  6. Reading to my class- I read SO much to my classes. I love the moment when you completely capture a child’s attention with literature.
  7. Making a difference– Looking at the start of their books at the midpoint of the year makes you realise how much progress they’ve made with you. The best feeling!
  8. Being constantly inspired by my peers and being a life long learner- there are SO many amazing teachers out there that I like to gain inspiration from. I feel like every year I learn new things and it’s a job where I can constantly improve and progress.
  9. The holidays– even though I do work through a lot of the holidays, I can’t deny that they are a major bonus!
  10. Family members who are proud of me and support my job- I have an awesome supportive family who support me by listening to my triumphs (and woes!) and even sometimes volunteering to be in my class!

What are you thankful for? Feel free to leave me a link to your list and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Bookish Candles I’d Love To Own!

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 bookish items that we’d like to own. I went for bookish handles. Goodness knows I love a book and a candle, so combining the bookish with the candle is a win-win for me.

Click on the candles to get to the Etsy store!

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At the time of posting, these candles are available to buy through Etsy. They look adorable and I’d be happy to have any bookish candle to add to my candle collection ❤

Feel free to leave me a link to your post, so I can see what you picked this week!

Top Ten Backlist Books That I Want To 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’s list is all about those pesky books that we’re yet to get around to.

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

The Alchemist- Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist

I was sent this book quite a while ago and I’ve never got around to reading it. Oops.

Gilded Cage- Vic James

Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts, #1)

Another one that I’ve had for a while and never got around to.

Caraval- Stephanie Garber

Caraval (Caraval, #1)

Are you sensing a theme here? Still haven’t got around to this.

My Not So Perfect Life- Sophie Kinsella

My Not So Perfect Life

I used to read her books religiously, but I’ve had this one waiting to be read for quite some time.

Where She Went- Gayle Forman

Where She Went (If I Stay, #2)

I keep meaning to get around to this one, but never do!

Friend Request- Laura Marshall

Friend Request

I know this book is fairly new, but I still want to get to it, because I’ve had it for a while!

Magic Under Stone- Jaclyn Dolomore

Magic Under Stone (Magic Under, #2)

I need to prioritise this book. I keep putting it on lists and never getting to it.

Safe With Me- K.L Slater

Safe With Me

I keep meaning to read this author and never get around to it…

Gemina-Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)

I would love to continue with this series!

Without Merit- Colleen Hoover

Without Merit

I need to catch up with all things CoHo!

Have you read any of the books on my list? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by.

Top Ten Creepy Covers… in time for Halloween!

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 a Halloween freebie in time for Halloween tomorrow. I’m not a big fan of scary books, so I can’t tell you whether these books are decent. I just thought I’d pick ten covers that totally freak me out! They’re either odd, creepy or downright scary!

What did you do for your Halloween freebie? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!