Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. I read 240 books in 2020, and a lot of those were new-to-me authors. It’s been really hard to narrow this list down to just ten, because I could have easily gushed over …
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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.
I’ve already done a video on my Booktube channel discussing my reading resolutions for 2021, so I’ve decided to use this Top Ten Tuesday post to discuss some of my other resolutions. I’ve also decided to only talk about five resolutions, because I’ve already talked about five in that video and I can’t juggle any more than that!
Resolution #1: To use my blog more
As you’ve probably noticed, in the past week I’ve posted more blog posts than I have since the end of Blogtober. This is because it’s one of my New Year’s resolutions, and so far I’m actually sticking to it!
I’ve always loved taking part in Top Ten Tuesday, but some weeks there is a prompt which doesn’t inspire me. Instead of taking that as an excuse to drop the ball and never write another Top Ten Tuesday post again, I’ve decided that I’ll let myself skip the odd week here and there, as long as I’m consistently writing posts for the prompts which do interest me.
I’m also going back to writing individual book review posts. I always reviewed that way back when I was Everything Alyce, but I stopped after being told that that way didn’t work. I don’t know why I listened, because spoiler alert: different things work for different people. And writing individual book review posts works really well for me.
Resolution #2: Use Bookstagram more
My resolution was actually to post a picture on my Instagram every single day in 2021, but to go from not using the platform for over three years to suddenly posting daily would have been a bit of a stretch. Instead I’ve resolved to post at least three times a week.
Hopefully I’ll be able to ramp this up later in the year as I get used to taking and editing the pictures, but to start with three times a week will be fine.
Resolution #3: Stick to my Booktube schedule
We’ve decided to post videos over on The Bumbling Blogger channel every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, and we’re so serious about this that we’ve even drawn it into our Booktube intro! Hopefully we will stick to this throughout the year (and possibly even post more videos than just those if we’re feeling inspired).
Resolution #4: Keep up my 2021 reads thread
Every year I see people post a thread on Twitter with all of the books they’ve read, and every year I think, “I want to do that!”. Then I realise it’s February, I’ve completely forgotten to start one off, and my life is a mess.
However, this year I’ve actually remember to start one. I just need to remember to keep on top of it and continue updating it regularly (which is already becoming a challenge and we’re less than two weeks into the year. Awks.)
Resolution #5: Tweet at least once a day
I’m ALWAYS on Twitter. I wish I wasn’t, because I think it’s really bad for my mental health, but I can’t stop myself from clicking on that dang little blue bird.
That being said, I’m not often posting my own content. Sure, I cross post my blog posts and my videos, but I don’t often just Tweet into the void for no reason. However, in 2021 I’ve decided to Tweet at least once a day. If I’m going to be sinking so much of my time into the site, I might as well express my opinions there while I’m doing it!
I hope you enjoyed this Top Ten Tuesday post. Leave your links down in the comments so I can check out what resolutions you’re trying to stick to in 2021!
Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you soon,
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. I’ve already made a video discussing ten of my most anticipated 2021 releases, but I’ve decided that I’m not going to mention any of them in this post so that I can shine …
I always love it when Top Ten Tuesday has a musical twist, so I’ve been looking forward to this week’s prompt since the beginning of Blogtober! These ten books all have titles which would make great song titles. If I was more talented I’d probably …
I’m someone who normally runs out and purchases my friend’s recommendations immediately… Then they sit festering on my shelves for so long that I completely forgot who recommended which book to me. (I’m terrible, I know).
However, these ten books are ones which remind me very strongly of each of the people who recommended them to me. I hope their recommendations help you find a new favourite book!
10. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
I read the entire The Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy after my friend Lexi recommended them to me. I waited until we had a huge argument and were no longer talking so I could wallow in the pain of our friendship being over, thinking I was going to love these books and hate the fact that I couldn’t talk to her about them… But I ended up not enjoying them that much. Oops. (I didn’t tell her that when we started talking again, though, or that might have been the final nail in the coffin for that friendship!).
The Forest of Hands and Teeth is a zombie story in which the zombies are called the Unconsecrated, and they live in the forest which surrounds Mary’s little village. Other than that, I can’t remember an awful lot about this book, apart from a scene with some sort of treetop huts? Weird, the images that stick in your mind this many years after reading something.
9. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
I’m not sure if this counts or not, because I started The Fellowship of the Ring after my friend Jonny recommended it to me, read 100 pages… Then finally finished it earlier this year, over half a decade after first starting it. I guess I wouldn’t have been so determined to read it if it hadn’t been sitting on my ‘currently-reading’ shelf on Goodreads, and it wouldn’t have been there without Jonny’s recommendation… So it’s a stretch, but I think it can feature on this list!
The Fellowship of the Ring is the first book in the Lords of the Rings series, following Frodo Baggins as his cousin Frodo gifts him a magical ring and then promptly disappears, leaving Frodo to deal with the fallout.
I’ll be honest and say I’m not a huge fan of the Lord of the Rings series so far. The books are slow, there’s too much exposition and I just really do not care about the story, so I’m not looking forward to finishing this trilogy.
8. Horus Rising by Dan Abnett
I can’t really remember anything about Horus Rising, the first book in the Horus Heresy series, but I remember enjoying it far more than I thought I was going to. My friend Tom has read all of the books in the Horus Heresy series – which is impressive, considering there are over fifty books in the series – and recently my friend James has been picking up the spin-off series, The Primarchs, and has recommended them to me which is why these books are at the forefront of my mind.
The Horus Heresy series is set in the world of Warhammer 40K, following the Space Marines as they battle their way across the galaxy. These books probably laid the blueprints for how much I enjoyed Red Rising by Pierce Brown, as the battle sequences are very well described and easy to visualise. I’d definitely like to give these a reread at some point.
7. Atonement by Ian McEwan
Another Jonny recommendation. I read this one way back in sixth form, and I can’t really remember anything about it.
In fact, while writing this I’ve just googled ‘what happens in Atonement’, read one sentence and gone, “ahh, yeah!”. It’s one of those twists that it’s hard to remember, but as soon as you recall where the story ended up you being to remember why you didn’t love it.
I gave this four stars, but that was generous. It was one of the first pieces of literary fiction I read for fun (well, to impress my friend) rather than because it was assigned reading, and although the writing is good the plot is rather lacking.
I’ve tried a few of Ian McEwan’s other books and my reactions have ranged from apathy to utter distaste, so I think I’ll be avoiding his writing in future.
6. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
When I first met Sean this was his favourite book. I don’t know if that’s changed – we have read at least 200 books together in the past couple of years, so he has a lot to choose from! – but I read the entire Hitchhiker’s series based off of his recommendation.
The second book in this trilogy of five – The Restaurant at the End of the Universe – remains my favourite, but I do want to reread these at some point. I feel as though I flew through them the first time around because they’re very short books. I think the longest one may still come in at under 300 pages! But I’d love to reread these and really savour Douglas Adams British humour.
5. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Good Omens was the first book I read by either Neil Gaiman or Terry Pratchett, and I thought it was brilliant.
I read this at the recommendation of my friend Jenny, who really loves both of these authors, and she did not steer me wrong.
Good Omens is the story of an angel and a demon who team up to stop the impending Apocalypse, after realising that they quite like life on Earth and would rather it continue as it is. However, it’s not as easy as they think it might be, because the boy that they think is the antichrist isn’t – they were switched at birth, and now no-one knows where the actual antichrist is.
If you’re a fan of blunders and mishaps causing all sorts of chaos and mayhem, this is the perfect book for you. The Amazon adaptation is also brilliant: casting David Tennant and Michael Sheen was genius.
4. Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens
I eventually picked up the Murder Most Unladylike series when Robin Stevens was the featured author of the month in the British Books Challenge, but these books were originally recommended to me by my friend Anya.
I often find that my reading tastes align nicely with Anya’s so I should have trusted her recommendation on these, but she recommended them at a time when I didn’t read much middle-grade. I thought of them as children’s books and didn’t think I should waste my time on them (I know, I was one of those awful people!) but my attitude towards middle-grade has changed a lot in the past couple of years, and the Murder Most Unladylike series is partly to thank for that.
Robin Stevens murder mystery stories will leave the most ardent adult crime and thriller readers guessing, so I definitely wouldn’t have cracked any of the cases if I’d been reading the adventures of Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong when I was younger!
3. The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza
My mum recommended The Girl in the Ice to me a few years ago, so when I asked her to choose some books for us to read over the summer this was one of her picks.
The Girl in the Ice is the first book in the Erika Foster series by Robert Bryndza.
When the body of a politician’s daughter is found, Erika Foster is put in charge of the investigation despite some traumatic events in her recent past which have seen her taking some time away from work. All eyes are on this case, and the tension rises when the murder is linked to three other unsolved murders which have taken place across London.
Erika must keep her cool under pressure to try to catch the killer before there are any more victims, while trying to put her personal tragedy behind her.
The character of Erika Foster is so compelling to read, and although the solution to this mystery is somewhat predictable the way that the events play out is gripping. I’m looking forward to continuing on with this series.
2. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
It feels odd to be talking about We Need to Talk About Kevin, because I hated this book. I am always interested in books about school shootings, so this one – which follows a mother writing letters to her child’s father dissecting the events leading up to his horrendous killing spree – should have been a new favourite. Sadly, I found this one boring and struggled to get through it, and it made me decide to avoid Lionel Shriver’s writing in future.
I felt awful for not liking this book, because my friend Kelsey recommended it to be and on the face of things this should have been a match made in heaven. I remember her asking whether I was enjoying it every time I got on the school bus and I didn’t know how to say I wasn’t; I’m so sorry, Kels!
1. Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt
The last book I want to talk about is my favourite out of all of these recommendations, and it’s another book I read thanks to Anya. In fact, she actually let me borrow her copy of this book, so if she hadn’t recommended it to me I wouldn’t have any way of reading it!
Unconventional follows Lexi Angelo, who helps out at her dad’s event business running – you guessed it – conventions. Set at each of the conventions which takes place in this year, we meet Lexi as she is set the challenge of being the personal assistant to an arrogant teenage author called Aidan Green, and she discovers he isn’t as bad as he first seemed.
This is still the only Maggie Harcourt book I’ve read, but I’m really looking forward to reading more of her writing. The setting and the characters were so cute and I loved the enemies-to-lovers romance; I definitely might reread this soon, as I missed attending conventions during the summer!
I hope you enjoyed this Top Ten Tuesday post. Please let me know in the comments if there are any books which you’ve read based off of your friend’s recommendations, and whether you’d recommend them to me!
See you tomorrow,
It has been such a long time since I participated in Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl) but I thought I might as well hop back on the Top Ten Tuesday train for a few weeks at least. This week’s …
I feel as though it’s tempting fate to say this, but the weather in England has been uncharacteristically bright for the past few weeks. It’s still cold, yes, but there’s been a surprising lack of rain: although April is supposed to bring showers, it’s instead been providing weak sunshine.
Hopefully you won’t need to use these recommendations any time soon, but if the weather does get rainy again these are the ten books I’d recommend reading while curled up under a blanket with a steaming hot chocolate.
10) The Rain by Virginia Bergin
This might be the opposite of the kind of rainy day read you’re looking for, but if you’re sadistic and love mentally torturing yourself it’s the perfect time to read a book that features rain which kills you as soon as a drop touches your skin. You definitely won’t be popping to the shops after you finish it, though!
9) Retribution by Jilliane Hoffman
Retribution is one of my favourite crime novels of all time, although I read it on Christmas morning when I was in my very early teens – not the kind of festive reading most people that age were probably picking up! However, there’s a very important rain storm in this book, and I’m determined to reread it as soon as I have a gloomy, rainy day to spare.
8) The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
If you haven’t watched the Netflix adaptation of The Haunting of Hill House yet, you’re in for some wonderful surprises. If you have, you’re still going to end up being surprised, because the adaptation was only very loosely based on Shirley Jackson’s novel – it’s not as rooted in family, and each of the characters are far less developed than they are in the TV series. It’s well worth a read, especially on a rainy day, because that’ll make the goosebump-inducing moments all the spookier.
7) Opposite of Always by Jason A. Reynolds
My review of Opposite of Always should be coming at some point in the next couple of days – I’ve finished the book but haven’t had time to process my thoughts about it just yet – but it’s a brilliant rainy day read. Jack’s girlfriend, Kate, dies, and every time she dies he is thrown back in time to the moment that they met, destined to live their relationship over and over again. Sometimes when it’s raining the days feel endless, so living the same time period over and over again is the perfect plot!
6) Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Let’s be honest, Red Rising is my favourite book of all time. I’d recommend it during rainy days, sunny days, snowy days, mild days… Just read Red Rising!
5) Wondrous by Travis M. Riddle
Wondrous transports you to a completely different world, but it begins with one boy hidden under his bedsheets during a thunderstorm. If that doesn’t make it the perfect rainy day read, I don’t know what you’re looking for from me!
4) Trapped by Nick Louth
I actually read Trapped on a very warm and sunny day, but it was so gripping that I couldn’t tear my eyes away from it so the good weather was completely wasted. This is the perfect book to sit and read in one sitting, so if you wait until a rainy day you definitely won’t be passing up on the opportunity to do anything better.
3) Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
Reading about the beautiful scenery than Zorie and Lennon travel through during their camping trip will make you sure to forget about the downpour outside… Until they also get trapped in a torrential storm, and then you’ll be really grateful to be inside your warm house!
2) Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Fangirl warms you to your very soul. As Wren and Cath go off to university and start travelling down vastly different paths, you’ll find yourself rooting for both of them (and the rain outside will make it completely acceptable to stay in and read it in one sitting!).
1) Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
Born Wicked is such an atmospheric novel to read while the rain is pouring down. With the Cahill sisters discovering their magical powers and struggling with so many obstacles, you can’t help but be drawn into their story. It’s the perfect distraction from the terrible weather outside your window.
I hope you enjoyed this Top Ten Tuesday! Have you got any recommendations for me to read on a rainy day?
I found it really hard to think of ten things to put on this week’s list, because I haven’t done anything that outrageous in the name of books. I just about managed to scrabble a list together… Then I completely forgot to write it up …