Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new topic is given and this weeks topic is a free choice so I have chosen Books I Haven’t Finished Yet
Top Ten Books I Haven’t Finished Yet
(i.e. Books I’m “currently” reading)
If you’ve been following my blog for a while or have seen me posting on social media, you will know that I am notorious for reading more then one book at a time. The problem I am having at the moment is that in reading more than one book at a time, I part read one, finish another and then start something else instead of finishing the first one… and so on and so forth. It does not mean the first book wasn’t good enough or I’m not enjoying it, I just kind of… move on. Hard to explain but there we go.
But I realised I have far too many unfinished books, so I decided to do a little top ten to share with you the ones that I’m really enjoying (and should really get on with finishing soon – and hopefully I will because I’ll be doing #FinishItFeb again this year, more info on that to come tomorrow!)
So… in no particular order…
Deliverance by C. J. Redwine
This one is particularly frustrating because not only am I part way through it and dying to know what happens – it’s also the last book in the trilogy. Which, to be honest, is probably why I’m struggling to pick it back up – I don’t want it to end!
Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate
I only recently started this one but then got distracted by my book club book and just haven’t gone back to it. But I was really enjoying it and I’m very much looking forward to seeing where it goes!
How To Fall In Love by Cecelia Ahern
I started listening to this book but then got to a point when I didn’t want to listen to audiobooks anymore – despite the fact that the book was really gripping and intriguing!
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Really kicking myself for not having finished this book yet because I know I’m going to love it! I already am. But I got distracted and busy so I haven’t finished it yet. But I will… soon.
Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch
I don’t actually remember why I stopped reading this one but I know that I was enjoying it so I’m hoping to finish this one soon too!
The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig
This was a book I started a while ago and once again, I don’t remember why I stopped reading it but I do know that I was very much enjoying it and keep thinking about it lately – especially with the second one being released soon – so I am very much looking forward to finishing it!
Opal Plumstead by Jacqueline Wilson
Jacqueline Wilson is an author that I have loved since I was a child, so when I was given the chance to read her 100th book, I jumped on it. And it started really well and I am definitely interested in finishing it but it’s also a massive book and apparently my attention span just isn’t that great…
Finnikin of the Rock – Melina Marchetta
I started reading this book for book club and I had full intentions of finishing it but life got in the way and so I just sort of avoided the conversation at book club. Then apparently I just never continued the book after book club finished. I am very much hoping to do that very, very soon!
Never Sometimes Always by Adi Alsaid
I really, really, loved Adi’s first book and so I was certain that I wanted to read his second one. And I do. It’s just as addictive and interesting but for some reason I put it down and haven’t gone back to it. Shame on me, right? I will definitely be doing my best to finish this one shortly as well – I kind of have to know what happens next!
How To Speak Spook by Ally Kennan
I received this book from the wonderful people at Scholastic and it immediately caught my eye. If you know me, you’ll know the ghost stories or books with ghosts in are a favourite of mine. So I started reading it immedietly and instantly fell in love. It’s really intrguing and interesting and I keep thinking about it and wondering where the story will go next – so I’ll be answering that question soon for sure!
Do you have any unfinished books? What are they?
What of the books above do you think I should continue first?
Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new topic is given and this weeks topic is Summer TBR
I’m always doing TBR’s and never really read the books I put on them because other new and exciting books reach my hands but these are the books I would very much like to read this summer.
Ensnared by A. G. Howard; I keep meaning to read this one, it came out in January for crying out loud but other books keep jumping up instead. I really want to read this before the summer ends!
An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir; I have been dying to read this book for months and am a bit ashamed I didn’t jump on the chance to read it but I definitely want to do that very soon!
Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid; I really loved Adi’s first book and I think this one sounds super intriguing. Will definitely read this soon.
Black Cairn Point by Claire McFall; I cannot explain to you how much I cannot wait to have this book in my hands. Claire McFall has become one of my favourite authors so I am just jumping with excitment to read her latest book.
Becomming Death by Melissa Brown; This book is written by one of my friends. She was actually the person who organised the NaNoWriMo meet ups in Norwich while I was there so I have a lot to thank her for. Her book also has death and grim reapers in it so you can definitely see why I’m excited for this!
Both of Me by Jonathan Friesen; I picked this up from the library a while back and aside from needing to return it soon, this book sounds super interesting and I cannot wait to get stuck into it.
Read Me Like A Book by Liz Kessler; How have I not read this book yet? I keep hearing good things about it so I definitely need to get on it. It’s the first book I plan to read for the LGBT Readathon I’m hosting at the end of June!
The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson; Yet another book that came out in January and has a stream of amazingly positive reviews about it. All my friends have gushed about it to me so I definitely need to read this over the summer.
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven; Look above! This one has people in tears and it sounds like a book I know I will love so I need to read this!
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson; Apparently I don’t read many books with high praise quickly enough! This is yet another book that is reaping in the high reviews and still waiting to be read. I will change this before the end of the summer, I will.
What books are on your summer TBR?
Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new topic is given and this weeks topic is Ten Characters You’d like to Check In With
As always, these aren’t in any particular order and some I’ve kind of cheated on as it’s a couple of characters from one book BUT I can do what I want so… *sticks out tongue*
And moving away from childishness, here are the characters I’d love to check in with.
I loved Cath in Fangirl and I thought the book ended in such a great way, but I would definitely love to know how Cath and Levi are both doing now. Are they still together? Did they graduate university? Get good jobs? Or has it all gone pear-shaped?
This story will forever sit on my favourites shelf as it is truly magnificent. But I would love to check in with Audrey and see how she’s coping with everything. I want to know if everything turned out for the best in the end, you know?
There is nothing better than a roadtrip book, especially a roadtrip book where a relationship is born or strengthened in some way. I loved Amy & Roger’s story but I’d definitely be interested in finding out what happens next…
This book is one of my favourite ends to a trilogy ever but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t love to know how Alyson is dealing with life now. Everything is different and it would be so interesting to just get a quick update.
All of these boys had their own books and it was SO GOOD to be able to see how they’re getting on as the series progresses but I just found it so difficult to say Goodbye and I just want to keep reading about them. In fact, if there story could just never end, I’d be fine with that.
This book is so beautiful and lovely and brilliant and I love how Dylan and Tristan form their relationship. I also love the end of this book and how it leaves everything in the balance with a lot of hope too. But also… I would like to know where they ended up.
These two stole my heart in the best way. I was so happy when we got Lucas’ story and it wasn’t just the same story from his POV but now that it’s over, I would like to know more. Now that univeristy is over, how are things going for them? Has it all worked out like we so hope it would?
Aidan goes through such a magnificent journey in this book and I would love to pop into his life and see where he is now and how much has changed. And if I did that, I couldn’t exactly stop myself from having a look in on Cass too, could I?
Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new topic is given and this weeks topic is Witches & Wizards
So this week’s top ten tuesday was to choose our own topic and list our top books that x readers would like. So I have chosen books/films that people who love witches&wizards would enjoy.
Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling; My favourite witch/wizard story ever. It is wonderful, imaginative, creative, and just such fun. If you haven’t read these books yet, you should definitely do that. Wouldn’t want to miss out on the magic, would you?
Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder; This book was one that I read a few years ago but has stuck with me since. It’s actually about a healer but she’s a magical healer. It’s a very in-depth story that hooks you in and keeps you going. It is the book that made me fall in love with Maria V. Snyder.
Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood; In this fascinating and brilliant book, being a witch is very bad. They’re seen as the devils in the village where it is set. This makes for a very powerful story that is full of wonderful writing and description. A must-read for witch fans!
Witch Child by Celia Rees; This is a book I read as a young girl that has just stayed with me ever since. It is powerful, amazing, and beautiful. A perfect historical look at witches.
Matilda by Roald Dahl; I read this as a child and re-read it two years ago. It is a classic children’s book that will forever stay in my heart. It’s good-natured, fun, but also quite deep and tackles the topic of bullying, even from adults, very interesting. Plus, Matilda is the best witch.
The Covenant; This may be my favourite wizard film ever. I know, what a statement! But this film is dark, emotional, fun and adventurous and I just love it so much. Especially when it starts with “Harry Potter can kiss my ass.” – A must see film for wizard lovers!
Sleepy Hollow; This is an interesting one. It’s more ghostly and creepy then about witches and wizards but I still think it was a fantastic film and it counts because it has a witch in it! And you should definitely watch it if you haven’t already.
Stardust; I love this film so much. It’s such a beautiful film. Unique in many ways and just a truly lovely adventure story. Plus it has a bit of a dark plot to it which is always interesting to see in films. If you haven’t seen this one, do so!
Mary Poppins; A perfect classic film! And what a fantastic witch Mary Poppins is! I loved this film growing up and having re-watched recently, it just rekindled my love for it. If you haven’t yet seen this film, you definitely need to do something about that!
The Wizard of Oz; There have been MANY adaptations of this book over the years but I think my favourite will always be the classic original. This film is so lovely and fun. I just love the entire story. And lets face it, I do love all the other adaptations too.
What are some of your favourite witch/wizard stories?
Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new topic is given and this weeks topic is Heroines
For this topic I have chosen five heroines from Books and five heroines from Films.
Hermione Granger; Bookworm + kick-ass. What’s not to love?
Caelena Sardothian; She kicks ass and cares about how she looks. Talk about awesome.
Harriett Manners; She’s a geek. She’s a model. She often makes a mess of herself and is a perfect portrayal of females.
Rachel; She is smart. She is resourceful. She lets emotions affect her like every human would.
Cather; She’s an introvert. She has anxieties. She’s smart, creative and fascinating to read about.
Veronica Mars; Sassy, fun, spy, intuitive – what’s not to love!
Buffy; I’m sure she’s the epitome of awesome. She kicks demon butt, is still feminine and is just super cool.
Becca (Pitch Peferct); She is a creative. She stands her ground and knows who she is. And is even willing to admit when she’s wrong. Perfect.
Kim (Chalet Girl); Maybe not your usual heroine but I like Kim. She’s shown as being human.
Mindy Macready / Hit Girl; What a strong and fantastic character! Hit Girl is such a fun, powerful, brilliant heroine that I think is just so great to see in film.
There are so many amazing heroines out there though which is always great to see.
Who are your favourite heroines?
Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new topic is given and this weeks topic is Top Ten Book Related Problems I Have
I love this weeks topic and had a lot of fun coming up with my top ten. Hope you enjoy the post as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Too Much Choice
Seriously. I own so many books and I want to read them all as soon as possible – that makes it very hard to choose sometimes!
I’m a Slow Reader
This wouldn’t normally be a problem but with all those books I want to read… it definitely doesn’t help to keep on top of it all.
I don’t have enough bookshelves
I own too many books and not enough bookshelves. I now have piles of books and no idea what to do with them.
I’m a Mood Reader
Again, shouldn’t be a problem, but means I need to be in the right mood to even consider reading, let alone knowing what books I even want to read.
This goes with being a mood reader. I am in the middle of so many books, some that I stopped reading before I started blogging over three years ago… (good thing I have Finish it February!)
I can remember what happens in so many books, I could even pick up those half-read books and just continue BUT when it comes to books I’ve read? Sometimes I forget the end, sometimes character names, sometimes I just forget the story and plot altogether…
The Chapter Habit
I find it very difficult to stop reading a book if I’m in the middle of a chapter. This makes journey’s by public transport very risky – and I often have to wait on the platform or bus stop after getting off to finsih the chapter before I continue my journey.
I Work in a Library
Wow. What a dream job! Yes, yes it is. But also, I’m surrounded by tempting books that I can’t read. It’s a little torturous when you think about it this way. I also have a full library ticket so I can’t even take more out…
I’d Rather be Reading
Really, one of the biggest problems is when you’re out with friends or family or at work and all you can think about it your current read and how much you just wish you were reading it instead.
All Books End
I mean, really, isn’t that just so rude? Right when you’re enjoying it so much and then BOOM, it’s over.
What are some of your book related problems?
Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new topic is given and this weeks topic is resolutions
I don’t often set resolutions because I very rarely follow though and kind of like the way I live as it is BUT I like doing blogging/book resolutions to see if I can change things for the better in here. So here’s what I’m hoping I’ll change next year…
1. Continue reading what I want, when I want.
No pressure to read books by their release date. No feeling guilty about not reading books when everyone else does. Simply deciding to read whatever the hell I feel like reading.
2. Read more unknown books.
In this world of blogging, it seems there are few books that people have never heard of and everyone has an opinion on all the big books. I want to read more books that don’t have opinions on them already. I want to be able to make up my own mind.
3. Try and blog at least three times a week.
Not sure if this will ever work but we’ll see.
4. But do not stress about blogging.
Seriously. I need to STOP. NOW. It is not the end of the world if X post doesn’t go live.
5. Rate books on Goodreads after finishing them.
I’ve already started doing this but want to continue to do so. I often forget these days to cross post reviews but this way the books don’t just sit as “read” but also “rated” and it’s easier for me and better for the author!
6. Stop buying quite so many books.
It’ll be hard but I really need to. Maybe limit myself to one new purchase a month.
7. Get rid of some books I own but will never read.
This will be hard but I’m running out of space and it’s starting to feel silly…
8. Request less books for review.
I want to read ALL the books before release but I NEVER do. So I need to just STOP, or cut back at least.
9. Try and schedule the blog in advance.
I want to always be at least two weeks ahead. But we’ll see…
10. Quite simply, stop stressing and feeling guilty about blogging and reading.
The ultimate goal.
What are your bookish resolutions?
Below is a list of my top ten movies that I watched and were released in 2014. I was planning to do a non-2014 list too but I realised I didn’t make a note of the films I watched this year but I hope to do this next year at least!
Anyway…. here are the ones that I really loved for many different reasons…
Pride; I almost didn’t see this movie becuase I was so unsure whether I’d enjoy it but I am SO GLAD I changed my mind as this was one of my very favourite films of the year. (And I ended up seeing it twice in the cinema!)
Lego Movie; It boggles my miind that this film came out this year but it did and I loved it straight away. It was fun, cheeky, and just had a very upbeat feel to it all. Definitely looking forward to the next one!
The Judge; The trailer of this film did not do justice to the actual film. I was certain I’d be going to see a regular blockbuster but instead I watched a film that was thoughtful, intense, and incredibly good.
The Fault in Our Stars; I was super nervous about seeing this one as I wanted it to be so good so badly. When it was, I was overcome by emotion. I ended up seeing this film three times. And everytime I laughed and cried until it was over.
How to Train Your Dragon 2; I thought this film was going to be good. I wasn’t expecting it to blow me away completely. I didn’t think it was possible to be better than How To Train Your Dragon but this is what happened. Just. Maybe… It’s definitely close!
Divergent; Another adaptation that I was worried about but was ultimately surprised and happy with the result. While it was no comparison to the film, I still really loved it and so it made it on here!
Mockingjay: Part One; Another one that I was worried about (Are you sensing a theme?) but was essentially blown away. I loved it so much. I have heard people say that they dislike it for so many reasons including having no investment left in the story to watch the last bit BUT I really enjoyed it and thought it made the book so much BETTER.
Guardians of the Galaxy; There were a lot of comic book films that came out this year. Films that were serious, full of CGI and bravado but it is Guardians of the Galaxy that has made this list because it was different. This was a fun, cute, superhero movie that I couldn’t help but really enjoy.
A Long Way Down; This is a British movie. Through and through. It is funny, heart-breaking, heart-warming, and is just a really great film all around. I have now read the book and would even go so far as to say the film is better than the book. It’s just got a lot more life (ironically).
Love, Rosie; This was a film I was super excited for and was actually lucky enough to win tickets to the premiere and it turned out to be a brilliant film! I loved the kookiness of the film, the British humour and how well it was adapted from the book. My only problem was how little it was in cinemas!
So yes, these are the standout films of 2014 for me. There were many other films I saw that didn’t quite make the cut but these were all unique and wonderful in their own ways!
What about you? What were your top films this year?
There has already been so many GREAT movie annoucements for next year so I thought I would share with you all the top ten movies that I cannot wait to see!
Pitch Perfect 2; I loved the first film so much. I have re-watched it more times than I count and I really cannot wait to see what will happen next. I know the second movies are usually never as good but I don’t care, it looks great!
Avengers: Age of Ultron; Okay, I admit it. I love the Avenger movies. I know they’re full of CGI and bravado but I think they’re great entertainment and I cannot wait to see what happens in this next one.
Furious 7; It gets worse, right? Because I LOVE this series. Essentially I think they were good with four, but I won’t lie and say I’m super excited for the new one. Although, it’ll be sad without Paul Walker. *sniffs*
Insurgent; I have not seen the trailer to this film and I hope to keep it this way until the film. But, regardless, I am super excited for this one and I’m looking forward to seeing how they handle it. I am, also, a little worried but here’s hoping they don’t ruin it too much!
Mockingjay Part Two; I really enjoyed part one so I’m super incensed to see how it all ends. While Mockingjay is actually my least favourite book of the trilogy, I am intrigued to see how they’re going to end it all!
The DUFF; I have not read this book (but hope to before the film) but I’m definitely intrigued by the movie. It’d be intriguing to see if it is a cool fun teen movie like recent adaptations have been!
Paper Towns; Again, I haven’t yet read this book (eek! don’t hurt me!) but I plan to before the movie finally hits cinemas. But, despite that, I still really want to see this film as it sounds like it’s going to be very interesting and hopefully very good.
Jurassic World; I’m a little worried about this one. A little scared that it won’t be great BUT I also really want to see it just to find out if I’m right or wrong. It could, after all, be absolutely amazing!
Testament of Youth; You know how I love War books? I also love war films and this one looks set out to be a truly intriguing film! I am definitely looking forward to finding out what it is all about.
The Theory of Everything; This film is all about the life of Stephen Hawkings and the trailer did a good job of making it look incredibly good. Really looking forward to watching this one and seeing if it is any good or not!
I am waiting on more films and I’m sure as the year progresses there’ll be even more films to get excited about but these are the ones I’m really looking forward to at the moment!
But what about you? What films are you anticipating?
Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new topic is given and this weeks topic is Top Ten Books Read in 2014.
For this week I have chosen to (somehow) choose my top ten books overall this year. There were SO MANY amazing books to choose from and if I could have a top twenty, then I would! Instead… here are my top ten…
Cross my Heart by Carmen Reid; This book really blew me away. It was much better than I thought it was going to be. It was action-packed, intense, thrilling, and packed a full emotional punch.
Bird by Crystal Chan; I had no idea what to expect with this book but I definitely didn’t expect it to pull me in so much. This book is powerful, heart-warming and is just such a brilliantly written book.
Unhinged by A. G. Howard; I knew I was going to love this one because Splintered was sooo good. This book was beautifully written, held a capitvating story and pulled your emotions all over the place!
Drummer Girl by Bridget Tyler; When it comes to this book, I was a little wary because I found the cover to be bland and I disliked the pink edged pages but it had been highly recommended so I read it. And I loved it. The story was so very different from the shell it came in. This story is dark, powerful, emotional, and held a lot of very interesting messages. It was truly great.
Vicious by V. E. Schwab; This is another book I was wary about trying but it turned out I needn’t have been. This book was incredible. It is unique in the best way. Has a fascinating story at the centre and just really managed to draw me in to the story!
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson; This is such a fun story to read. I love that it’s a friendship story and is all about finding yourself and becomming a better person and I just loved everything about it. What a brilliantly written and superb book!
Landline by Rainbow Rowell; This book was super cute. A magical realism book that I really enjoyed reading. I loved all the characters and the way it all came together in the end. It was such a nice, lovely book!
Where Love Lies by Julie Cohen; This book is so different to what I thought it was going to be. I loved where it went in the end and thought it was such a beautiful story. Incredibly scary in places but also really, really, cute and emotional and intense. Just, truly wonderful.
Little Lies by Liane Moriarty; This book is amazingly well written and structured. It blew me away. Pulled me in at the start and made it very difficult for me to stop reading. It was fascinating and intriguing and just full of wonderful characters. An amazing book all around!
Lies Like Love by Louisa Reid; I have loved Louisa Reid’s books since I first read Black Heart Blue two years ago in one sitting. This book is just as powerful, intense, and great as that first one. It has a different twist to it but I still love that Louisa takes dark topics and turns them into beautiful flowing stories. I think this book is incredible.
And there you have them! Other books worth mentioning are;
Bombmaker by Claire McFall
The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa
Amy and Matthew by Cammie McGowen
You Don’t Know Me by Sophia Bennett
Delicious! by Ruth Reichl
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
and many, many more!