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 …
Tag: top ten tuesday
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 …
Wow, this is such a fun topic. For this post I’m delving back in time to the beginning of my previous blog, Everything Alyce. Travel back in time with me to the summer of 2014, and check out my first ever book reviews.
10) Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff
I’d completely forgotten about Picture Me Gone, but as soon as I skimmed over my review I found myself getting irritated all over again. I’m never going to understand why people praise Meg Rosoff as highly as they do, because her writing definitely isn’t for me.
9) Sweet Damage by Rebecca James
For some reason this book sticks in my mind far more than the other early books I reviewed – so much so that I was sure I’d reviewed Sweet Damage far more recently. I haven’t had a chance to read any of Rebecca James’s other novels just yet, but it’s still high up my list of priorities.
8) Stella by Helen Eve
The first book that made me so angry that I couldn’t even write a proper review. I just listed all of the reasons that I hated it!
6) & 7) The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion
I won an ARC of The Rosie Effect, so couldn’t resist reading both installments of the Don Tillman series and writing a combined review of both of them. The third book in the series came out just a few weeks ago, and I’m looking forward to diving back into Rosie and Don’s lives.
5) Half Bad by Sally Green
I love Half Bad – so much that I’ve read it three times – but I still haven’t carried on with the series. That’s the problem with getting too emotionally invested in your favourite characters: you can’t bear to consider the possibility that something terrible might happen to them!
4) Ferryman by Claire McFall
My review of Ferryman was my first properly mean review. I tore this book to SHREDS. I’m not sure if it was my unflinching honesty or just the fact that I seem to be the only person that hated it, but this is still one of my most read reviews – pretty impressive, considering I’d been blogging for just under two months.
3) Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden
I absolutely loved Tomorrow, When the War Began – so much so that I ordered the entire series the day I posted my review of the first book – which makes me seriously disappointed in myself for never carrying on with the series.
2) Betrayal by Gregg Olsen
I read the first book in the Empty Coffin series before I started my blog, but my review of Betrayal features a lot of references back to the first book – I’m proud of myself for caring about the importance of context so much so early on! Disappointingly the Empty Coffin series never had a third installment, which is a shame because so much of this story was left open-ended.
1) The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
This book took me so long to read, and one of the reasons I decided to review it was so that I wouldn’t feel as though I’d wasted so much time. Funnily enough, I complain about the book having an epilogue because it was a standalone, but the sequel to it was released last year – I wonder if I’d feel differently if I read it again now?
I hope you enjoyed this trip back through time to the beginning of my book blogging career. Which book did you review first?
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 …
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 …
It’s been hard to narrow this list down to just ten, because there are so many different reasons I choose to read a book. I’ve had a lot of fun trying to pick which are my top ten reasons, though – I hope you enjoy this list as much as I liked making it!
10) View potential
Okay, so this is a totally self-absorbed reason, but sometimes I do choose to read a book based off of how successful I think a review post about it could be. I’d be surprised if other bloggers didn’t feel the same – isn’t that one of the reasons that we sign up for blog tours and read and review books by majorly hyped authors?
9) Proof design
This reason is quite shallow – almost as shallow as judging a book by its cover (which is coming later on in this list, don’t you worry!) – but if a book has an intriguing proof design I’m far more likely to remember people talking about it when it’s eventually released. Some of my favourite proof designs that I’ve received include The Last by Hanna Jameson (which features a mobile phone covered in emergency alerts, introducing the story) and Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (blue sprayed edges <3). When I’m thinking of books which I’ve reviewed to recommend, they stick at the forefront of my mind because of their memorable designs.
8) Intriguing titles
I’m a huge fan of book titles that make books sound like they’re going to be about something completely different. The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson, The Last Leaves Falling by Fox Benwell… All of these are books that I might not have picked up if they hadn’t had such interesting titles, but surprisingly enough they aren’t informative books about fruit, trees or the various aromas of living rooms across the world.
I love a bargain. If there’s a book I’m not too sure about reading and it’s on sale on Kindle or I find it in a charity shop, I suddenly can’t resist throwing it in my basket (even if I haven’t gotten around to reading most of the books I own for this exact reason!).
6) Enthusiastic bloggers
If a blogger I like recommends an author or book, I’m more likely to trust their opinion than I am that of a professional reviewer. I recently bought my first ever Abi Elphinstone book just because of how highly she’s recommended by Aimee over on Twitter, and it’s impossible to resist reading Melinda Salisbury or Maz Evans if you go anywhere near Steph’s blog. I’m also willing to try anything that’s loved by Amy at Golden Books Girl – we have almost identical reading tastes, so if she rates a book highly I’m sure it’s going to knock my socks off!
I’ve had to put length in the middle of this post, because it’s not the most important thing I consider when picking up a book but it really does bias me against certain releases. I’m terrified of huge books – A Game of Thrones, The Priory of the Orange Tree and Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy are some off of the top of my head – and if a book is too long then I’m sure to avoid reading it. However, I don’t automatically turn towards shorter releases (unless I’m trying to catch up on my Goodreads challenge #sneaky).
As soon as I love a book by an author, they become an autobuy author. This is one of the reasons that I love reading debut authors so much: Sara Barnard, Lisa Williamson, Melinda Salisbury, Kathleen Glasgow, Marieke Nijkamp, Laura Steven… The list is practically endless, but they’re all authors who blew me away with their debuts and whose releases I eagerly anticipate.
Hype is a contradictory one. As soon as a book is hyped I buy it instantly – Turtles All the Way Down by John Green, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – but it takes me YEARS to actually get around to reading them because I’m so certain that they aren’t going to live up to my expectations. It’s definitely one of the primary reasons that I buy books, but it’s the furthest down the list when it comes to actually making me read the book.
The only thing that’s surprising about me putting covers as a reason I pick up books is that it’s not the highest thing on my list. I am so biased towards beautiful books. If I pick up a book with a boring cover and I love it I find myself getting so surprised, and if a gorgeous book disappoints me it feels like the end of the world!
1) New releases on Borrowbox
I only started using Borrowbox last year, but it is ADDICTIVE. Every week I check the new releases in the young adult and children’s genres and I find myself inundated with brand new titles, some of which I haven’t even heard of! It’s awful, because it means I’ve stopped prioritising all of the NetGalley books which I have to review, but I’ve also found some absolute gems so I’m going to continue doing it (until I run out of new releases, which will literally never happen).
I hope you enjoyed this Top Ten Tuesday post! What’s the one thing that makes you instantly grab a book off of the shelf?
I’ll be honest, every time I write a TBR post I struggle to stick to it. I’ve got so many books that I’m hoping to read during spring, and I’m bound to get hold of more that I end up prioritising, so don’t blame me if I don’t get all ten of these done! But these books are the ones I’ve been planning on reading for the longest time, so hopefully I’ll get through them all.
10) Wildcard by Marie Lu
The only reason Wildcard is so low down on my list is because I’m borrowing it from the library and it’s only available in audiobook. I’ve never listened to an audiobook ever before and I’m struggling to see how I’m going to be able to fit it into my day, but I’m enjoying Warcross so much and only have a few chapters left. I don’t think I’m going to be able to wait to get hold of a physical copy, so an audiobook adventure awaits!
9) The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
The Priory of the Orange Tree is huge. Like, 800 pages huge. I bought it the week it came out because I had a Waterstones voucher that was burning a hole in my pocket, but I struggle to read hardback books at the best of times – reading this book will probably give me serious wrist issues!
8) Home Girl by Alex Wheatle
I discovered Alex Wheatle when Crongton Knights was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize and I absolutely loved it. As soon as Home Girl popped up on NetGalley I knew I had to request it, and I was overjoyed when my request was accepted. Wheatle’s books are quite short, so I’m hoping it won’t take me too long to get through this one.
7) How to Make Friends With the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow
I waited for years before picking up Girl in Pieces, and I regret wasting so much time. I’m not going to sleep on Kathleen Glasgow’s second novel, How to Make Friends With the Dark, which is being released at the beginning of April.
6) Fallen Angel by Chris Brookmyre
I’m chuffed to share that I’m taking part in the Fallen Angel blog tour towards the end of April (thanks Little, Brown!) so Fallen Angel is the one book on this list that I am 100% definitely going to read in spring. I’ve never read a Chris Brookmyre novel before, but I’m looking forward to trying this standalone.
5) A Girl Called Shameless by Laura Steven
I feel a little bit apprehensive about picking up A Girl Called Shameless, because The Exact Opposite of Okay was flawless and I don’t want the sequel to fail to live up to my expectations. I’m looking forward to hanging out with Izzy O’Neill again, though – by the end of Laura Steven’s debut she felt like a friend rather than a character.
4) Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Katherine Webber
Honestly, based off of how much I loved Wing Jones I should have read Only Love Can Break Your Heart already, but I keep forgetting that it exists. It hasn’t received as much hype as Webber’s debut, but it’s been shortlisted for the YA Book Prize and I’m going to attempt to read every book on the list again this year, which is also why…
3) A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood
…is on my spring TBR. I’d seen a lot of people talking about this book throughout 2018, but I didn’t know what it was about. However, since seeing it described as Gatsby-esque it’s been bumped right up my TBR.
2) Last Bus to Everland by Sophie Cameron
Last Bus to Everland was on my most anticipated 2019 releases list, so I’m sure you can imagine how excited I was when it popped up on NetGalley. I really enjoyed Sophie Cameron’s debut, despite the fact that I was reading it the week I gave birth so my memory of it is a little bit hazy, so I’m looking forward to reading her work while in less pain!
1) Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett
I’ve had a copy of Serious Moonlight for a couple of months already, but I’m trying to wait until closer to release date before picking it up because I know I’m going to be writing a super spoilery review of it. When I finished Starry Eyes I wanted to shout my love for Lennon and Zorie from the rooftops, and I’m probably going to feel exactly the same about Birdie and Daniel based off of what I’ve already heard about them.
I hope you enjoyed this Top Ten Tuesday! Are any of these books also on your spring TBR?