#BookTag | #Top10Tuesday 01/05/2018 – Top 10 Books I Could Re-Read FOREVER!

#Top10Tuesday is a weekly book tag hosted by the fab team over at That Artsy Reader Girl

The rules are simple – following a given prompt (or choose your own) you choose 10 items that fit within that prompt.

I have chosen a ‘Top 10’ prompt from back in February which is ‘Top 10 Books I Could Re-Read Forever’.

Remember that these are in NO particular order! πŸ™‚

GABRIEL’S INFERNO by Sylvain Reynard

THE INFORMANT by Susan Wilkins

THE MERMAID’S SINGING by Val McDermid

HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE by J.K. Rowling

MAYBE SOMEDAY by Colleen Hoover

THE TAKE by Martina Cole

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO by Steig Larsson

DEEP DOWN DEAD by Steph Broadribb

THE FIREMAN by Joe Hill

BEAUTIFUL DISASTER


by Jamie McGuire

What do you think to my choices? Do you agree with any of them?

Would love to hear in the comments! πŸ™‚

Until next week, happy reading…..

-S.

 

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#BookTag | #Top10Tuesday 24/04/2018 – Top 10 Romance Novels

#Top10Tuesday is a weekly book tag hosted by the fab team over at That Artsy Reader Girl

The rules are simple – following a given prompt (or choose your own) you choose 10 items that fit within that prompt.

As I haven’t posted a ‘Top 10’ for a while, I thought this week, I have chosen a ‘Top 10’ prompt from back in February which was a love freebie. With that, I am going to share with you my Top 10 Romance Novels. Which are in NO particular order! πŸ™‚

MIDNIGHT BLUE by L.J. Shen

FROM LUKOV WITH LOVE by Mariana Zapata

CARNAGE by Lesley Jones

GABRIEL’S INFERNO by Sylvain Reynard

UGLY LOVE by Colleen Hoover

 

HERO by Lauren Rowe

BAIT by Jade West

ONE NIGHT PROMISED by Jodi Ellen Malpas

UNDEFEATED by Stuart Reardon & Jane Harvey-Berrick

GREY by E.L. James

 


What do you think to my choices? Do you agree with any of them?

Would love to hear in the comments! πŸ™‚

Until next week, happy reading…..

-S.

#BookTag | #Top10Tuesday 26/09/2017 – Ten Books That Feature Fierce Female Characters

#Top10Tuesday is a weekly book tag hosted by the fab team over at The Broke and The Bookish

The rules are simple – following a given prompt (or choose your own) you choose 10 items that fit within that prompt.

This weeks prompt was an open prompt;Ten Books That Feature Characters ____________:’ So I have decided that the Top 10 for this week will feature Fierce Females! When I think of a Fierce Female, I don’t necessarily just think of a Sarah Connor or Ellen Ripley type of character. There are many female characters who are fierce in their own way, whether it be the way they confront a situation or provide support for those around them.

My Top 10 looks something like this;

1. LORI ANDERSON from DEEP DOWN DEAD by Steph Broadribb

2. CAROL JORDAN from THE MERMAIDS SINGING by Val McDermid

3. KAZ PHELPS from THE INFORMANT by Susan Wilkins

4. JANE TENNISON from TENNISON by Lynda LaPlante

5. HELEN GRACE from EENY MEENY by M.J. Arlidge

6. LISBETH SALANDER from THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO by Stieg Larsson

7. HARPER GRAYSON from THE FIREMAN by Joe Hill

8. POPPY from THE OTHER TWIN by Lucy V. Hay

9. WILLOWDEAN DICKSON from DUMPLIN’ by Julie Murphy

10. ROBIN ELLACOTT from THE CUCKOO’S CALLING by Robert Galbraith
Do you agree with any of the above choices? Who would you feature on this list?

Would love to hear in the comments! πŸ™‚

Until next week, happy reading…..

-S.

#BookTag | #Top10Tuesday 19/09/2017 – Ten Books on my Autumn TBR

#Top10Tuesday is a weekly book tag hosted by the fab team over at The Broke and The Bookish

The rules are simple – following a given prompt (or choose your own) you choose 10 items that fit within that prompt.

This week, the prompt is “Ten Books on your Autumn (or Fall for my overseas friends!) TBR”. There are some cracking books due out in the remainder of this year. I am aiming to read as many as I can!

My Top 10 looks like this;

  1. THE GIRL WHO TAKES AN EYE FOR AN EYE (Millennium #5) by David Lagercrantz
  2. SLEEPING BEAUTIES by Stephen King & Owen King
  3. THE DARKEST DAY by Hakan Nesser
  4. THE GIRL IN THE ICE (Erika Foster #1) by Robert Brynzda
  5. THE CRUCIFIX KILLER (Robert Hunter #1) by Chris Carter
  6. THE GOOD DAUGHTER by Karin Slaughter
  7. FINAL GIRLS by Riley Sager
  8. BETRAYAL by Martina Cole
  9. DEFENDER by G.X. Todd
  10. MY BEST FRIEND’S EXORCISM by Grady Hendrix

What do you think to the list above? Are there some stand out books there that you also really enjoyed?

Would love to hear in the comments! πŸ™‚

Until next week, happy reading…..

-S.

#BookTag | #Top10Tuesday 12/09/2017 – Books I’ve LOVED Since I’ve Been Blogging!

#Top10Tuesday is a weekly book tag hosted by the fab team over at The Broke and The Bookish

The rules are simple – following a given prompt (or choose your own) you choose 10 items that fit within that prompt.

This week, the prompt is “Ten Books I Loved Since I Started My Blog”. I feel particularly blessed that since our little blog has been going (January 2016), we have had the priviledge of being able to work with some amazing authors, publishers and of course, other bloggers!

My reading scope has certainly increased since blogging as I listen to SO many recommendations every day! There are simply too many books to read and not enough time to read them all 😦

My Top 10 looks like this;

  1. THE BAT by Jo Nesbo
  2. THE INFORMANT, THE MOURNER & THE KILLER (Kaz Phelps Series) by Susan Wilkins
  3. THE FIREMAN by Joe Hill
  4. IT ENDS WITH US by Colleen Hoover
  5. EENY MEENY by M.J. Arlidge
  6. TENNISON, HIDDEN KILLERS & GOOD FRIDAY (Jane Tennison series) by Lynda LaPlante
  7. DEEP DOWN DEAD by Steph Broadribb
  8. THE CROW GIRL by Erik Axl Sund
  9. CURSED by Thomas Enger
  10. INSIDIOUS INTENT by Val McDermid

What do you think to the list above? Are there some stand out books there that you also really enjoyed?

Would love to hear in the comments! πŸ™‚

Until next week, happy reading…..

-S.

#BookTag | #Top10Tuesday 05/09/2017 – Ten Books I Struggled With!

#Top10Tuesday is a weekly book tag hosted by the fab team over at The Broke and The Bookish

The rules are simple – following a given prompt (or choose your own) you choose 10 items that fit within that prompt.

This week, the prompt is “Ten Books I Struggled to Get Into But Ended Up Loving or Ten Books That Were A Chore To Get Through or Ten Books I’ve Most Recently Put Down (the theme is…books you had a hard time with…tweak it how ever you need)”… I have chosen to feature books that I struggled with – but turned out to be booked that I really enjoyed!

  1. THE GIRL IN THE SPIDERS WEBΒ  by David Lagercrantz
  2. THE CUCKOO’S CALLING by Robert Galbraith
  3. MISERY by Stephen King
  4. THE TEACHER by Katerina Diamond
  5. THE CROW TRAP by Ann Cleaves
  6. MISSING, PRESUMED by Susie Steiner
  7. WESTERN FRINGES by Amer Anwar
  8. RATTLE by Fiona Cummins
  9. IN A DARK, DARK WOOD by Ruth Ware
  10. AMERICAN PSYCHO by Bret Easton Ellis

Did you struggle with any of the books mentioned above? Were there any others that you just couldn’t get through?

Would love to hear in the comments! πŸ™‚

Until next week, happy reading…..

-S.

#BookTag | #Top10Tuesday 29/08/2017 – Ten Things to Know About Me!

#Top10Tuesday is a weekly book tag hosted by the fab team over at The Broke and The Bookish

The rules are simple – following a given prompt (or choose your own) you choose 10 items that fit within that prompt.

This week, I have decided to change things up a little bit and share a little personal insight into me πŸ™‚

  1. I drink FAR too much tea! I loves me a Yorkshire Tea, half a teaspoon of sugar and only a small amount of milk!
  2. I am the proud fur-parent of a Border Collie dog called Jake πŸ™‚

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  3. I’m just a *little* obsessed with Joe Gilgun
  4. I have lived in Australia (Melbourne) and America (New York), I am now back living in Bradford, UK.
  5. The first book I remember reading is NIGHT OF THE LIVING DUMMY by R.L.Stine. It was my first Goosebumps book
  6. I love Rock, Metal, Nu Metal, Metalcore. They are my ‘go-to’ listens
  7. Favourite movies of all time; Die Hard, Independence Day and Terminator 2: Judgement Day
  8. I have been with my other half; Adam for 14 years now…and I’m only 30!

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  9. I love cardigans! They are pretty much a staple of my wardrobe!
  10. My guilty pleasure is watching reality police shows. Police Interceptors, Send in the Dogs, Road Wars – I love them all!

 

Do any of these facts take you by surprise?

Would love to hear in the comments! πŸ™‚

Until next week, happy reading…..

-S.

 

#BookTag | #Top10Tuesday 22/08/2017 – Ten Books on my Summer TBR

#Top10Tuesday is a weekly book tag hosted by the fab team over at The Broke and The Bookish

The rules are simple – following a given prompt (or choose your own) you choose 10 items that fit within that prompt.

This week, I have chosen a Top 10 prompt back from September 2016 which was Top 10 Books on Fall (Autumn) TBR however I have adapted it so I can share with you my TBR for the rest of Summer.


GOOD FRIDAY by Lynda LaPlante

THE FOURTH MONKEY by J.D. Barker

TO KILL THE PRESIDENT by Sam Bourne

HE SAID/SHE SAID by Erin Kelly

INSIDIOUS INTENT by Val McDermid


THE ROANOKE GIRLS by Amy Engel

THE HANDMAID’S TALE by Margaret Atwood

GIRL ZERO by A.A. Dhand

THE GIRLS by Emma Cline

FINAL GIRLS by Riley Sager
Are any of these books on your TBR? Have you read them? If so, what did you think?

Would love to hear in the comments! πŸ™‚

Until next week, happy reading…..

-S.

#BookTag | #Top10Tuesday 15/08/2017 – Ten Book Recommendations for…. CRIME READERS

#Top10Tuesday is a weekly book tag hosted by the fab team over at The Broke and The Bookish

The rules are simple – following a given prompt (or choose your own) you choose 10 items that fit within that prompt.

This weeks prompt is for recommendations, in what genre is up to the individual. I chose this genre as a friend messaged me the other week asking for recommendations for a colleague. It was only as I started to reel them off that I had a fair few! So for me, this week is; TOP TEN BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS FOR…..CRIME READERS;

 

If you’re looking for a strong female lead;

 

THE MERMAID’S SINGING by Val McDermid

DEEP DOWN DEAD by Steph Broadribb

EENY MEENY by M.J Arlidge

Between Helen, Carol and Lori – each of these leading characters bring something different, but an exciting energy which is great to read. EENY MEENY and THE MERMAID’S SINGING are both police procedurals, but set in very seperate parts of the country. Whereas in contrast, DEEP DOWN DEAD features a female bounty hunter in America. All three gave me that ‘girl power’ moment!

If you’re looking for something with diverse culture and with fast paced action;

 

STREETS OF DARKNESS by A.A. Dhand

WESTERN FRINGES by Amer Anwar

Both of these books gave me all the Asian crime drama I needed. Whether it’s on the streets of West London in WESTERN FRINGES or the still recovering scenery of Bradford in STREETS OF DARKNESS – each of these stories take on completely different elements of the crime drama.


If you’re looking for a slow burning mystery;

 

RUPTURE by Ragnar Jonasson

THE CROW CRAP by Ann Cleaves

For me, these books read like an episode of Midsummer Murders (which is no bad thing. I loves me some Barnaby!) Both books are character driven, packed with suspense and feelings of claustrophobia, whether in the north of England – or the deserted ice plains of Iceland. These books are not for you if you looking for a full on adrenaline inducing action ride.


If you’re looking for something modern;

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SIX STORIES by Matt Wesolowski

How many more times can I recommend this book?! Written as podcasts, using SERIAL as it’s influence, SIX STORIES is atmospheric, dark, cold and gives me all the twists and turns!


If you’re looking for Nordic Noir;

 

CURSED by Thomas Enger

THE CROW GIRL by Erik Axl Sund

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO by Stieg Larsson

How can I narrow it down to just two or three of the Nordic Noir genre?! It’s impossible as there is SO much good literature over there. The authors just seem to all drink from the same magic tap that gives them this amazing gift of storytelling.

I have chosen three of my stand out favourites – all very different genres within the umbrealla of crime, but all are bingeworthy and give you all the traits of Nordic Noir you want. It’s grim, dark, upsetting, nasty, but it makes for great reading. These novels I have chosen are all heavily character driven, but also have all the action and drama you will need.

What books would you recommend?

Would love to hear in the comments! πŸ™‚

Until next week, happy reading…..

-S.

#BookTag | #Top10Tuesday 11/07/2017 – Ten Books That Have Been On Your Shelf (Or TBR) From Before You Started Blogging

#Top10Tuesday is a weekly book tag hosted by the fab team over at The Broke and The Bookish

The rules are simple – following a given prompt (or choose your own) you choose 10 items that fit within that prompt.

I am a little bit behind on the prompts – but I was super keen to feature a prompt back from 26th August 2016 which was; TOP TEN BOOKS THAT HAVE BEEN ON YOUR SHELF (OR TBR) FROM BEFORE YOU STARTED BLOGGING

 

  1. FIGHT CLUB by Chuck Palahniuk
  2. GUILTY PLEASURES by Laurel K. Hamilton
  3. SISTER by Rosamund Lipton
  4. MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN by Ransom Riggs
  5. MR. MERCEDES by Stephen King
  6. SLAMMED by Colleen Hoover
  7. I AM PILGRIM by Terry Hayes
  8. THE CHILL OF NIGHT by James Hayman
  9. 1984 by George Orwell
  10. SPELLCASTER by Claudia Gray

 

Which books have been languishing on your shelf/TBR the longest?

Would love to hear in the comments! πŸ™‚

Until next week, happy reading…..

-S.