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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: 

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 (April 24th 1996, to be specific!) that I have read and enjoyed. I’m then going to talk about five books that were written before I was born that I still haven’t read (but want to, sooner rather than later!).

So, without further ado… Let’s start talking about five old books that I’ve read and love!

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (published December 1st 1817)




I read a Jane Austen novel a month back in 2016-17, and Northanger Abbey was the only one that I gave five stars. The others were all very high four stars, but there’s something about Jane Austen’s take on the gothic novel that charmed me more than her most popular stories did.

The thing that struck me most during my read of Northanger Abbey was how strong Jane Austen’s voice comes across in the narrative. She’s so sassy and outspoken, not afraid to lace social commentary through her novels at a time when it was still very rare for women to be allowed to write, and it made me wish that she was still alive so that she could be my friend.




The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (published January 10th 1892)
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman




The Yellow Wallpaper is only a short story, but it’s a remarkably powerful one.

Following a woman who is experiencing postpartum depression, and the husband who refuses to listen to her wishes regarding treatment, this is a semi-autobiographical story that brings awareness to the plight of women in the 19th Century.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman was a brave woman to write a story like this, and it’s well worth a read if you haven’t picked it up before (particularly if you are interested in the origins of feminism!).




The Lottery by Shirley Jackson (published June 26th 1948)
The Lottery by Shirley Jackson






I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: The Lottery is one of the best short stories of all time.

This is the only one of Shirley Jackson’s short stories that I’ve read so far, but I was lucky enough to find a copy of The Lottery and Other Stories on the Kindle Daily Deal for 99p last month, so I’ll be reading more of her short stories soon.

The Lottery focuses on a quaint village with a dark secret, and even though the foreshadowing is rather heavy throughout, the payoff is delectable.



The Collector by John Fowles (published 1963)
The Collector by John Fowles





The Collector was the first book I studied at sixth form, and it completely changed the way I thought about classics.

I’d always thought classic novels were dry, dusty tomes that had no relevance in modern life (and I definitely didn’t think that they’d include a guy chloroforming the girl he ‘loves’ and locking her in his basement!).

If you’re interested in stories about obsession, The Collector is definitely the classic for you.







The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan (published October 15th 1991)
The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan




I could have easily featured any of the first three books in the Wheel of Time series, because I’ve enjoyed every installment of this series so far. However, I have had to go with The Dragon Reborn because it features the least Rand!

If you haven’t started the Wheel of Time series, it follows a bunch of main characters, but the primary protagonist is a man called Rand al’Thor. For some reason, he really annoys me. However, he’s off on his jollies during The Dragon Reborn so the rest of the characters get more time in the spotlight, and it made reading this book so much more enjoyable than my experience with the first two.



And now, onto the books that are older than me which I still need to read!

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (published 1838)




I haven’t read anything by Charles Dickens – not even Oliver Twist – which is embarrassing when you consider the fact that I played a fruit seller during Who Will Buy? at a school concert.

I’d like to read anything by Charles Dickens, but this was the one that Sean suggest putting on this list because come on, I literally played a character in the musical version of this story and I still haven’t read it! What is wrong with me.




Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (published December 1847)




If I’m honest, the main reason I haven’t read Wuthering Heights is because I despise the song by Kate Bush which was inspired by this book.

I hate the song so passionately – surely the book can’t be any better?

But I’d still like to read Wuthering Heights eventually, just to see what all the fuss over Heathcliff is about. Also, I didn’t enjoy Jane Eyre, so surely one of the Bronte sisters must be for me!




The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells (published February 2nd 1897)




I really enjoyed both The War of the Worlds and The Country of the Blind and Other Selected Stories by H.G. Wells, so I don’t know why I haven’t read more of his work.

It might be because I wasn’t a huge fan of The Time Machine, which put me off picking up any classic sci-fi for quite a while… But my memories of Wells’ writing is fond enough that he had to feature on this list.

I’d like to read either The Invisible Man or The Island of Doctor Moreau sooner rather than later, but I can’t see me prioritising these at any point in the upcoming months.



Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (published October 19th 1953)
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury




I’ll be honest, I wasn’t that interested in Fahrenheit 451 until I read this absolutely wild review TRASHING it. Since then I’ve found myself intrigued by it and desperate to know if it’s as bad as that review says it is. That’s proof that bad reviews can still sell books!

That being said, I don’t own a copy of Fahrenheit 451, so it’s another book that I won’t be prioritising at any point in 2021. If I happen to see a copy in a charity shop (when they eventually reopen), or it pops up on the Kindle Daily Deal, I’ll grab it while I can.



The Shining by Stephen King (published January 28th 1977)




Again, Sean picked this book for me, because there are too many Stephen King novels that I want to read.

Pet Sematary, The Waste Lands, The Stand, ‘Salem’s Lot… They’re all older than me, and I’m yet to get to any of them! However, The Shining is another hugely iconic King novel – and an iconic film which I won’t let myself watch until I eventually read the book – so this is the one I should probably prioritise.

I’d eventually like to read all of Stephen King’s novels, but there are just too many. Maybe one day, though.




And that’s it for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! Let me know down in the comments the best book you’ve read which is older than you, and a book you need to read which is older than you.

See you next week!

Alyce

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Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I discovered in 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I discovered in 2020

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 

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books I should have read in 2020

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books I should have read in 2020

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. There were a lot of books that I meant to read in 2020, so I’ve already done a couple of videos and posts discussing them. Because of that, this list isn’t going to 

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Resolutions

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Resolutions

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,

Alyce

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TOP TEN TUESDAY: 2021 Anticipated Releases (Jan-June)

TOP TEN TUESDAY: 2021 Anticipated Releases (Jan-June)

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 

Top Ten Tuesday: First ten books I reviewed

Top Ten Tuesday: First ten books I reviewed

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 

Top Ten Tuesday: Rainy Day Reads

Top Ten Tuesday: Rainy Day Reads

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?

Alyce

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Top Ten Tuesday: Outrageous bookish things I’ve done

Top Ten Tuesday: Outrageous bookish things I’ve done

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