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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Ten most recent reads

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Ten most recent reads

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is focused on the ten books I’ve read most recently. I’m proud to say that I’ve already reviewed a few of them (for once!), so if you’re interested on 

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Colourful Books

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Colourful Books

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. I’m loving the fact that Top Ten Tuesday are having so many colour-related prompts at the moment. Last week’s topic was book titles that would work brilliantly as Crayola colour names, and this week’s 

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books as Crayola Crayons

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books as Crayola Crayons

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s topic is a lot of fun. Crayola are well known for having some wild and wacky crayon colour names, but can you imagine if some of those colours were named after our favourite books? I took a good hard look at my shelf, and chose ten book titles which would make awesome crayon names.

A Snowfall of Silver by Laura Wood

A gorgeous silver colour, reminiscent of the sheen of snow on the ground (before it’s been trampled on by children and adults alike!).

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Terrify your enemies with this crayon, showing them exactly what will be left when you’ve finished with them.

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

Would this be a pink colour, or would it be the same colour as concrete? I like to think that it would have the rainbow sheen of oil on tarmac.

Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine

Every shade that you can expect to see in a fire would be present in this crayon. Yellow, orange, red, white, maybe even a hint of blue!

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Glass Sword is in my head because I’m currently reading it, but I’m honestly not sure how this one would translate into a crayon colour. A very light blue? Completely transparent, and therefore the most pointless crayon known to man? Either way it’s an awesome Crayola colour name.

Indigo Donut by Patrice Lawrence

Indigo is one of my favourite shades, so I had to feature Indigo Donut on this list. It was hard to choose between Patrice Lawrence’s novels, though: she’s the author of Orangeboy, Rose Interrupted and Eight Pieces of Silva, all of which would make great crayon names too!

Iron Gold by Pierce Brown

Similar to Concrete Rose, would this colour be grey or gold? I like to think it would be a very snazzy metallic mix of them both, and who can resist metallic crayons?

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

This one is a mouthful, so I’m not sure whether you’d be able to fit it onto a Crayola label, but I’d be willing to try.

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

A gorgeous deep navy colour, with a hint of purple and green showing through in the right light.

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

In an ideal world I would want The Sky is Everywhere to be a reflective crayon, so that you could show the earliest moments of dawn, the setting of the sun at dusk or the deepest night sky. That would probably be too hard to manufacture, though, so instead I’ll settle for a blended blue and white crayon so that you’d always be able to colour the perfect cloudy sky.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! Which book titles do you think would work brilliantly as Crayola crayon names?

Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you again soon,

Alyce

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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books I’d throw into the ocean

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books I’d throw into the ocean

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. There’s a difference between a bad book and a book which is so next-level terrible that you’d gladly throw it into the ocean. These ten books are ones that are so bad that I 

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Misleading book titles

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Misleading book titles

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is actually funny book titles, but after wracking my brains for hours I still couldn’t think of any. Instead, I’ve decided to shine a spotlight on ten books that 

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books on my spring TBR

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books on my spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

Oh boy, it has been a while since I’ve written a seasonal TBR post for Top Ten Tuesday. I am notoriously bad at actually reading any of the books that I feature on these lists, so I’ve tried to pick a selection of books which I’m not too desperate to read (just in case tradition prevails!).

I won’t be featuring any of the books on the YA Book Prize 2021 shortlist (which I released a chaotic reaction video for) or my 25 Before 25 list, so make sure to check out the books appearing on those lists if you’re interested in my reading plans throughout April.

But for now, let’s talk about what I’m planning on reading throughout the spring months.

Bridge of Souls by Victoria Schwab

The third book in the Cassidy Blake series, Bridge of Souls was finally released at the beginning of March after being postponed from September 2020. Following Cassidy, her parents, her best friend Jacob (and her cat!), Bridge of Souls will focus on the city of New Orleans and the ghosts that walk within its walls. I normally order the newest Cassidy Blake book for Sean for his birthday and we read it during his birthday week, so instead I think it’ll be nice to celebrate my birthday by rereading the first two books before finishing the series!

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

We started The Catcher in the Rye back in September, after picking it during a hectic game of Becca’s Bookopoly. Our intentions were good – both Sean and I wanted to read more classics – but unfortunately we read the first few pages of The Catcher in the Rye during a car journey and then never picked it up again. Oops. I would love to get this one finished soon so that we can spring clean it off of our Goodreads currently reading shelf.

The Fires of Heaven by Robert Jordan

We’re currently halfway through The Shadow Rising – book four in the Wheel of Time series – and I’m beginning to struggle with it. The pace is much slower, not all that much is happening, and there’s far too much Rand compared to The Dragon Reborn! However, I still want to persevere with the Wheel of Time series, so I’m hoping to finish at least one more installment before the spring ends.

Ghostcatcher by Sophie Green

The third and final book in the Potkin and Stubbs series, Ghostcatcher is one that I’m slightly apprehensive about reading. I love the idea of the Potkin and Stubbs novels – set in a noir town where it’s always raining, following a wannabe journalist and the ghost who finds her to investigate his death – but I haven’t been overly impressed by the first two books in the series. I love Karl James Mountford’s illustrations, but these are definitely on the younger end of the middle grade age range. Hopefully the loose ends will all come together nicely and the final installment will be satisfying.

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

I finally read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children last month, and I enjoyed it but I didn’t love it as much as I’d hoped I would. This is a series which I’m hoping to continue sooner rather than later – it’s taken me ten years to read the first book in the series, so I don’t want to wait another ten before I read book two!

Mister Impossible by Maggie Stiefvater

The sequel to Call Down the Hawk, Mister Impossible is one of my most anticipated 2021 releases. As soon as I finished Call Down the Hawk I found myself wishing that I’d waiting for the entire Dreamer trilogy to be released before I started it, because it ends on one heck of a cliffhanger! This is another one which I’m thinking of rereading before I pick up the sequel, as I want to be as immersed in the world as possible.

The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

I have been procrastinating finishing the Lord of the Rings series, because I have hated it so far. I loved The Hobbit, but the first two books in the Lord of the Rings trilogy have been boring, uneventful and have each almost sent me into a reading slump. This is probably the perfect time to read The Return of the King – my concentration is shot and I can hardly read at the moment, so it’s not as though Tolkien can make it any worse! – but I just can’t force myself to pick it up. I will finish the series eventually, though…

Rose Interrupted by Patrice Lawrence

Another book which has been sat on my currently reading list for months. I read half of Rose Interrupted in one sitting and felt so invested in the story and the characters, and then I put it down and somehow managed to never pick it up again! The copy of Rose Interrupted that I’m reading is a library copy, so I’m going to need to return it sooner rather than later as the UK begins to come out of lockdown, so this one is a high priority to get finished.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

The Shadow and Bone TV series is premiering on Netflix at the end of April, and I’m determined to reread the first book (at least!) before it’s released. I’ve never read the Six of Crows duology because I wanted to reread the original Grisha trilogy before diving back into this world, so depending on how quickly I can get through these I would love to get the five books in the first two Grisha series read before I start watching the show.

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

I loved both The Poet X and Clap When You Land, so I’m looking forward to reading Elizabeth Acevedo’s only currently published prose novel. Although I enjoy verse, I always find that I connect to characters and stories more when I read traditional prose, so if Elizabeth Acevedo’s prose writing is as strong as her verse then she’ll definitely be cemented as one of my favourite authors.

And those are ten of the books I’m hoping to get read in the next few months! Feel free to link your spring TBR posts down below. Are we reading any of the same books?

See you soon, and thanks for reading,

Alyce

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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books I’ll probably unhaul

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books I’ll probably unhaul

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a spring cleaning freebie, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to talk about ten books I’ll probably unhaul at some point. Some of these are ones that 

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Purple, yellow and green book covers

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Purple, yellow and green book covers

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about celebrating books with purple, yellow and green covers because today is Mardi Gras! Without further ado, here are some pictures of the best purple, yellow 

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Adult romances on my radar

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Adult romances on my radar

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

I’ll be honest, I have no idea how to talk about adult books. I would call all of the books on this list contemporary romances, but I don’t actually know if they are: they might be chick lit, they might be romcoms. They might be called romances. They might just be contemporaries! So this is me, apologising in advance if this list is a MESS.

Adult contemporary romance is a genre that I want to read more from. Whenever a book is described as a romance, I automatically feel put off of reading it. I imagine tightly corseted women with prominent bosoms swooning against shirtless men with scary abs (aka the most stereotypical Mills & Boon cover EVER!) and those books don’t appeal to me.

However, I read a couple adult contemporary romances last year, picking one up based on the cover (Love Songs for Sceptics by Christina Pishiris) and one because of the author (All About Us by Tom Ellen) and I really enjoyed them both!

The ten books on this list are ones that I’ve either a) heard great things about or b) love the cover of, and they’re definitely adult contemporary romances that I’m going to prioritise picking up ASAP. As I said, I don’t really know how to talk about any of them, so I will be linking their Goodreads pages in the titles!

So, without further ado, here we go:

Accidentally Engaged by Farah Heron





I only discovered Accidentally Engaged while writing this list, but THAT COVER. Oh wow, that is absolutely stunning.

This book features a Muslim girl whose family are desperate to get her married off, baking, and what seems like a romance with the boy-next-door! I don’t think I need any more information to be sold on this one.




The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams




I first heard about The Bromance Book Club on Chelsea’s Booktube channel, and have heard a lot of people talking about it since.

Following a guy who decides to join a romance book club in the attempt to learn how to satisfy his wife, this sounds so wholesome and full-hearted. I also love the fact that it’s part of a series, so you’ll be able to follow the other guys at the book club if you like their characters!





The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary





The Flatshare actually inspired me to write this list, because I managed to get a copy in our local book swap box yesterday!

I’ve heard mixed things about this book: that the romance is really sweet, but the logic behind the plot is tenuous at best. Hopefully I’ll be able to suspend my disbelief and really fall in love with these characters (and if not, I’ll keep an eye out for one of Beth O’Leary’s other novels in the future!).



The Flip Side by James Bailey





It took me half an hour of searching to find The Flip Side last night, because I really wanted to include it on this list.

Not only is that cover really memorable (in fact, the only thing that I could remember about the book – I’d thrown out the author’s name and the title!) but I love the concept. A guy proposes to his long-term girlfriend and she says no… So he decides to start making all of his decisions based on the flip of a coin. What a fun idea!

Aoife from Pretty Purple Polka Dots has read this and said it was a lot of fun, so I’m definitely going to trust her recommendation.



Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert





The first book in the Brown sisters series, Get a Life, Chloe Brown features a chronically ill main character, which I think is brilliant. Chronically ill people deserve to be the stars of romance novels as well, but I haven’t heard of any other books like this one!

I’ve mostly seen people talking about Take a Hint, Dani Brown, the second book in the Brown sisters series, but if I’m going to read these I’ll definitely be starting with Chloe’s story.



Make Up Break Up by Lily Menon




Lily Menon is the adult romance pen name of Sandhya Menon, author of When Dimple Met Rishi. I absolutely loved her debut novel (even though I’m yet to pick up any of her other releases – the shame!) but I’m looking forward to reading her adult debut, too.

I’ve been lucky enough to be accepted to read a copy of Make Up Break Up via NetGalley, so it’s safe to say I will be reading this one really soon.

Following a girl who has an app called Make Up – destined to save failing relationships – and a guy who has an app called Break Up – making break ups as fast and to the point as possible – it’s going to be fun to see how this story unfolds.



The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai




The Right Swipe sounds quite similar to Make Up Break Up, in that it follows two rival app creators.

Rhiannon and Samson are supposed to be a one-time thing, until he turns up in the boardroom, partnered up with a business rival. Rhiannon has to decide whether to follow her heart, or her head.

This sounds like it’s going to be a lot of fun, and it’s also the first book in a series which makes me even more interested in it!



Ten Things My Cat Hates About You by Lottie Lucas




Another book I discovered while writing this list, Ten Things My Cat Hates About You sounds absolutely WILD.

Following a girl whose cat keeps chasing off her boyfriends, this sounds like it’s going to be equal parts frustrating and hilarious, and I can’t believe I’d never heard of it before!





The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren




Hailey in Bookland absolutely loves Christina Lauren, so I probably first heard of this book on her channel.

After a newly married bride and groom are struck down with sickness before their honeymoon, a bridesmaid and the best man are invited to go in their place. The only problem? They both absolutely HATE each other. Awkward…

This sounds like it’s going to be an enemies-to-lovers story, and I really like that trope when it’s done well, so I think this could become a favourite.



The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa





The last book on my list today is one that I can’t wait to read because it has one of the best covers I have ever seen.

A wedding planner gets ditched at the altar – ironic – but puts it behind her and continues making her wedding planning business successful. It’s all going well… Until she ends up working with the best man from her failed wedding!

This sounds like it’s going to be a comedy of errors, and I can’t wait to see what happens.





And those are the ten adult contemporary romances I can’t wait to pick up. If you’ve read any of these books and would recommend them, please let me know down in the comments! Make sure to also leave a link to your love freebie post: I can’t wait to see what other people have written.

Thanks for reading,

Alyce

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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books written before I was born

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books written before I was born

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. Because this week’s topic is rather vague, I’ve decided to split this list into two. I’m going to start this list by talking about five books that were written before I was born