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Top Ten Tuesday: Underappreciated books I love

Top Ten Tuesday: Underappreciated books I love

It’s been two years since I last wrote a post about all of the underappreciated books I love, but it’s still one of the most fun lists I’ve ever made so I’m glad that I get to write a follow up. The topic for this […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite couples

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite couples

As it’s Valentine’s day in two days, this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is focused on the ten best couples in books. I couldn’t think of ten bookish couples which didn’t feature ones I’d already gushed about in the past, so I’ve decided to pick couples […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Releases I’m on the fence about

Top Ten Tuesday: Releases I’m on the fence about

The prompt for this week specifies that we’re supposed to be talking about upcoming releases, but I’ve been absent from the blogging community for the best part of the last six months so most of the releases on the horizon have completely slipped under my radar.

However, I have seen a lot of people talking about books which have been released recently that I’m still not sure whether I should pick up or not.

So I’m asking for your help: if you’ve read any of these ten books, would you recommend them or should I stay far away?

10) Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott

I have a love/hate relationship with Megan Abbott. I’ve really enjoyed some of her novels, but more often than not I’ve found myself exasperated and felt as though I’m reading the same story over and over (and over) again. Give Me Your Hand is Abbott’s latest release and one of her only releases that I’m yet to read, but I just don’t want to be disappointed again.

9) A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Fairytale retellings are hit-and-miss at the best of times, but when they’re as long as this one it normally leans towards the latter. However, I’ve seen a lot of people raving about how good Brigid Kemmerer’s other novels are, so I’m feeling cautiously optimistic about this story.

8) The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

The Woman in the Window was one of the most talked about thrillers released in 2018, but when I learnt that it was 450 pages I put it to the bottom of my TBR. I normally work out what’s going to happen in thrillers that are only 300 pages in length, so with an extra 150 pages I’m feeling certain that I’m not only going to solve the mystery but also find myself getting very bored.

7) Glass Town Wars by Celia Rees

I borrowed Glass Town Wars from my library via their eBook app, read the first chapter and swiftly returned it because I wasn’t in the mood to read that kind of book. If any of you have read it and can let me know what you thought, please do – it sounded very intriguing, but the writing style will take a lot of mental energy to adjust to and I don’t know if I can be bothered!

6) The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

When I first heard the title The Gilded Wolves, I didn’t expect it to be a book set in France in the late 1800s. I don’t normally read historical fiction but this book was in one of my subscription boxes last month, so this one will take me out of my comfort zone.

5) Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus

I’ve been avoiding One of Us is Lying because of the hype surrounding it, so of course I’m also scared of reading the second novel by such an adored debut author. The design of the book is so beautiful, though – it’s been hard to resist purchasing it even though I’ve got no intention of reading it just yet.

4) All The Lonely People by David Owen

I’d heard amazing things about David Owen’s debut novel, Panther, but when I read it I was disappointed. I’ve heard amazing things about Owen’s latest release, but I’m scared of picking it up without knowing more about it.

3) On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

I’m rapidly approaching the end of The Hate U Give and loving every page, although it’s making me feel heartbroken and incensed in equal measure. It’s not going to be easy to live up to the success of this debut novel, and I’m now beginning to dread the release of On the Come Up in case it makes Angie Thomas seem like a one-hit wonder.

2) Evermore by Sara Holland

I gave Everless four stars when I read it last January, and I added Evermore to my TBR straight away. In my review I said I was probably going to reread Everless before the sequel hit the shelves, and I wish I’d found the time to do that because I hardly remember anything that happened in the first book. If you’ve read the sequel, is this duology worth finishing?

1) Whiteout by Gabriel Dylan

Whiteout featured on my recent TBR additions post last week, but with sudden snow falling across the UK throughout the past week I’ve found myself too scared to pick up this book. I love reading horror, but something about the horror combined with the cold – something I’m not a huge fan of – has Whiteout sending shivers down my spine before I’ve even started it.

I hope you enjoyed this Top Ten Tuesday. Which recent release are you the most apprehensive about actually picking up?

Alyce

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Top Ten Tuesday: Recent TBR additions

Top Ten Tuesday: Recent TBR additions

Another week has passed, and it’s already the last Tuesday in January! It feels like it’s been such a painfully long month, but at least February is shorter – the weather will be warmer and the days longer before we know it. These ten books […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I meant to read in 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I meant to read in 2018

It always feels as though my books I meant to read in 2018 list features the most popular books of the year, because I’m so hype-averse. As soon as a book tops most anticipated lists, I add it to my TBR and run as quickly […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I Discovered in 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I Discovered in 2018

Hey guys! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is another fun topic, especially because I pushed myself out of my comfort zone last year and discovered quite a few new authors who became instant favourites. I think some of you will be surprised that I waited as long as I did before reading books from some of these authors, but if any of you haven’t tried them yet I highly recommend all of them.

10) C.J. Skuse

Surprisingly, I read both of C.J. Skuse’s adult releases – Sweetpea and In Bloom – in 2018, but I still haven’t read any of her YA novels. I’ve owned a couple of them for a few years but haven’t felt compelled to pick them up, but Sweetpea was utterly gripping and I really enjoyed the first installment in Rhiannon’s story.

9) Sophie Cameron

Sophie Cameron’s debut novel, Out of the Blue, was released in 2018, so it’s not a surprise that I first read one of her books in 2018. But I’d been following Sophie’s Twitter since her publishing deal was announced, so I’d been anticipating it for a while!

8) Philip Pullman

This might be cheating, because I still haven’t finished Northern Lights (I’m good at procrastinating, and I own this in a hardback bind-up of the entire trilogy which is just too heavy to read while juggling a wriggly baby!) but I thoroughly enjoyed the first half of the story. I can’t believe I waited as long as I did to experience Philip Pullman’s writing, which is magnificent.

7) Sally Nicholls

I only read Things a Bright Girl Can Do because it was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize, and I always make the effort to read every book on the shortlist. Sally Nicholl’s epic feminist YA novel was very enjoyable and I’m planning on reading more of her books soon, especially because friends have been recommending her work to me since All Fall Down was published back in 2012.

6) Emily Barr

Another author who I finally read thanks to the YA Book Prize. When Emily Barr’s debut, The One Memory of Flora Banks, was released, it seemed as though EVERYONE was reading and absolutely loving it. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that one of the things that scares me away from books quicker than anything is hype… So although I was really excited to read this book, I was too nervous about it. I’m so glad that I finally got past that, because Flora’s story is brilliant.

5) Mel Darbon

I read Rosie Loves Jack without knowing much about it, as I only borrowed it because it was new to the library eBook app and it had a pretty cover. Rosie has Down’s syndrome and runs away from home because her parents won’t let her see her boyfriend, Jack, resulting in a harrowing plot which explores the good and bad sides of humanity.

4) Marie Lu

Marie Lu is one of those authors everyone loves, but I’d been too scared to actually try any of her novels. I’ve still only read one of her books – her Batman novel, Nightwalker – but it did the unthinkable: it made me like Batman. That’s proof that Marie has a serious talent.

3) Adam Silvera

I didn’t start reading Adam Silvera’s novels until the end of the year, but I read two of them back to back in December. There were a lot of similarities between them making it hard to distinguish between the two stories at points, so I’m going to wait a while before trying They Both Die at the End and More Happy Than Not, but I can definitely see what all of the fuss is about.

2) Jenn Bennett

Jenn Bennett’s Starry Eyes might have been my favourite read of 2018. It was certainly the one that I found most heartwarming and comforting, especially because I read it at a time when I was hardly getting any sleep! Zorie and Lennon kept me company during a pretty difficult time, feeling more like friends than characters on a page, so I’m looking forward to making friends with more of Bennett’s characters this year.

1) Robin Stevens

The best discovery I made in 2018 was Robin Stevens and her Murder Most Unladylike series. I don’t often binge-read series – I intend to but I never follow through, abandoning ship two or three books in – but I only have one book in the series to read and then I’m completely up to date (and that book was only published in October). I’m even considering re-reading them because I love them that much, and that’s something I hardly ever do.

I hope you enjoyed this Top Ten Tuesday! Did you discover a new favourite author in 2018?

Alyce

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Top Ten Tuesday: Most anticipated 2019 releases

Top Ten Tuesday: Most anticipated 2019 releases

It’s been a while since my last Top Ten Tuesday post, but I’ve decided to start taking part again now that 2019 has begun. Hopefully I’ll keep be able to keep on top of it this year, as I’ve missed reading all of your lists […]

Blogtober Day 16: Top Ten Tuesday: Bookstores I want to visit

Blogtober Day 16: Top Ten Tuesday: Bookstores I want to visit

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, but was recently relocated to That Artsy Reader Girl.    Every bookworm has a list of bookstores that they want to visit. Whether they’re renowned for their amazing events, have amazing social media accounts or are […]

Blogtober Day 9: Top Ten Tuesday: Longest books I’ve read

Blogtober Day 9: Top Ten Tuesday: Longest books I’ve read

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, but was recently relocated to That Artsy Reader Girl

 

I don’t read many long books, because I have the attention span of a moth and struggle to focus on anything longer than 400 pages. I’m also not great at keeping track of the books I’ve read which are longer, so thank god for Goodreads and the ability to sort your read shelf by page numbers!

These are the ten books I’ve read which have the highest page counts (according to Goodreads) with the exclusion of Twilight: Life and Death, as I only read the gender-swapped retelling and didn’t bother rereading Twilight itself. Otherwise that would be in fifth!).

10The Host by Stephenie Meyer

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

The first of four appearances by Stephenie Meyer, The Host took me a few attempts to read because I kept abandoning it three quarters of the way through. I eventually forced myself through it before I went to the cinema to see the film adaptation, and I ended up loving it – it’s my favourite of Stephenie Meyer’s novels by far, and I’m still hoping that she’ll release the two sequels which she teased.

9) Tricks by Ellen Hopkins

Tricks by Ellen Hopkins

Riveted Lit allow you to read eBooks free on their site for a limited time, and that’s how I read Tricks, so I didn’t realise how long it was! Told in free verse, this was a very fast read – despite being over 600 pages in length, I read it in a couple of hours.

8) Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

The second appearance by Stephenie Meyer, and if I’m honest I can’t remember a bloody thing about Eclipse. I’m planning on rereading the Twilight series at some point, but I normally get to the end of New Moon and just give up!

7) Romantic Outlaws by Charlotte Gordon

Romantic Outlaws by Charlotte Gordon

I chose to read Romantic Outlaws while studying Frankenstein last fall, as it explores the links between Mary Shelley and Mary Godwin (her mother, who died due to complications during childbirth). Although this is a non-fiction book, Charlotte Gordon narrates it in such a way that it feels like a highly compelling story, which made it a pretty quick read considering it’s 650 pages long.

6) Me Being Me Is Exactly as Insane as You Being You by Todd Hasak-Lowy

Me Being Me is Exactly as Insane as You Being You by Todd Hasak-Lowy

Me Being Me is Exactly as Insane as You Being You is a story told in lists, so this was a very quick read. A lot of the lists are just one or two points long, which means if you compressed all of the blank space in this book it would definitely be closer to 300 pages in length.

5) Night World 3 by L.J. Smith

Night World 3 by L.J. Smith

I’m not sure why I’ve only read the third in the Night World story bind-ups, but I own the first two so I’ll probably get around to reading them eventually. I read these so long ago (I added them to Goodreads back in 2011 but read them years before that) that I literally can’t remember anything about them, but according to Goodreads I gave them four stars, so I must have been fairly impressed!

4) Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

The final appearance by Stephenie Meyer, it’s unsurprising that Breaking Dawn appears in this list: it was so long that they had to split it into two movies, after all!

3) Film History by Kristin Thompson and David Bordwell

Film History by David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson

Another book which I read for university, Film History is a fascinating and in-depth exploration of – surprisingly enough – the history of film. Which techniques came first, how different countries fared in the early film industry, why some styles thrived and others plummeted into obscurity: everything is tackled in this monster of a book. Most people only use it as reference, so they only read the chapters which are relevant to their work, but I was so fascinated by the study of film that I read the entire thing (and made nearly an entire notebook full of notes!). Fun fact: I felt my daughter kick for the first time while I was sat in the library reading this book, so it will always have a special place in my heart.

2) The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir

The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir

I read The Second Sex last summer, during the early months of my pregnancy, which means I didn’t actually take it ANY of it. I persevered and forced my way through, hoping that some of it would stick… But nope. I want to reread it eventually, because I can remember agreeing with a lot of de Beauvoir’s observations regarding the treatment of women – terrifying, considering that this was originally published back in 1949 – but it is ridiculously long, coming in at 822 pages of squintingly small font.

1) The Walking Dead Compendium 1 by Robert Kirkman

The Walking Dead compendium one

It feels cheating to have The Walking Dead Compendium #1 at the top of this list, but it’s the longest book I’ve read so there’s nothing I can do! At over 1000 pages, it’s far in the lead, and although it’s a graphic novel and a quick read, the subjects dealt with are heavy so it’s not easy to rush through. It’s also vastly different to the TV show adaptation, so it takes a while to adjust to new characters (and new ways of viewing your favourites!).

 

If you’re interested in purchasing any of these books, please consider using my Amazon Affiliate link (found in the book’s title). If you’d like to read more about each book, please click their cover: you’ll be redirected to their Goodreads page.

 

That’s all for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday. What’s the longest book that you’ve read? If it’s over 1000 pages and isn’t a graphic novel, I’ll bow down to you forevermore.

Alyce

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Blogtober Day 2: Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I’d love to meet

Blogtober Day 2: Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I’d love to meet

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, but was recently relocated to That Artsy Reader Girl.    I’ve already met quite a few authors, but the list of ones I’d like to meet is almost unfathomably long. It’s been hard to choose just […]