All posts filed under: Top Ten Tuesday

My Top 10 New Releases of 2016

I’m getting in early with my Top 10 New Releases for this year for three reasons. I don’t think I’ll read any more new releases this year, and I suspect that any I do won’t be up to the standards of my top ten. I’ve started studying again and blogging takes up a lot of time (if you let it), so I’ve written this in the past (i.e. last week) before my class starts so I can prioritise reading loads of potentially less exciting stuff. This is probably going to be my last post for a while which means there will soon be tumbleweeds rolling through this little corner of the internet. I’m helping you guys out! Maybe there’ll be a book on here you can ask someone to sneak under the Christmas tree for you (or you can sneak it under there yourself), or maybe there’s the perfect book on here for a reader you know. If you don’t do Christmas, maybe there’s a book on here you can buy just because (which, as …

Top Ten Tuesday: The last 10 books added to my Goodreads TBR

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) is to post about “Ten Books I’ve Added To My To-Be-Read List Lately”. I decided to focus on the ten that I’ve most recently added to my ever growing to be read shelf on Goodreads. Surprisingly they’re a bunch of books that I will more than likely read, rather than some that I’ve just clicked “Want to Read” for the heck of it. 10. The Damned Volume I: Three Days Dead by Cullen Bunn. [Goodreads] WHY I ADDED IT: because NetGalley likes to tempt me every now and then with an email FILLED with new graphic novels and comics and they got me this time. Also, it’s written by Cullen Bunn who is the writer for another comic I read, Harrow County, which is super creepy and amazing. Also ALSO, the main character in The Damned has no soul; add to that the demons that appear in it and the pretty snappy looking noirish artwork and I can’t think of a reason to not …

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 books set in rural Australia

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and the Bookish is to revisit a past Top Ten you may have missed over the years, or one you want to revisit. So I thought I’d take the opportunity to do ‘10 Books Set Outside the U.S.‘ (this would probably have greater significance for me if I lived in the U.S., but anyway) and post about a few books that are set in my home country. The very earliest years of my life were spent in a small town in the Aussie bush called Come-by-Chance, named so for the fact that it’s so small, you would literally come upon it by chance if you just so happened to be driving through the area; one of Australia’s most famous poets, Banjo Paterson, even wrote a poem about it. I left there when I was very small and, other than a brief sojourn there when I was about seven, I haven’t been back there for almost 20 years, but I still have memories of the dry and the …

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 books I’d buy right now.

The theme for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is “Ten Books You’d Buy Right This Second If Someone Handed You A Fully Loaded Gift Card”. In my mind, fully loaded equals a never-ending amount of money (kinda like a never-ending packet of Tim Tams) (in news relating to that link, I plan on eating Tim Tams in my jim jams this weekend), in which case I would buy ALL of the books. But there is no chance of me ever being that lucky, so I’ve sadly just stuck to ten books. In no particular order: Signed first edition of The Night Manager by John le Carré. I want this because my obsession with admiration for this author knows no bounds and I’d really like to have a book that he’s touched sitting on my bookshelf. It doesn’t even have to be The Night Manger – it can be any of his books. But I know that I can get this one on the interwebs, so it’s a logical place to start. But I would also …

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 books I enjoyed that have under 2000 ratings on Goodreads.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about those books you enjoy, but are underrated on Goodreads. And by underrated I mean those that have received less than 2000 ratings on Goodreads (The Hunger Games, meanwhile, has received a whopping 4,268,756 ratings at the time of scheduling this post). There are a couple of new books on my list, but the majority of them are older books that for some reason haven’t been read by enough people. So if you’re after something new to read that you may have never heard of, then I can guarantee there’ll be something for you here. Messages from a Lost World: Europe on the Brink by Stefan Zweig. Number of Goodreads ratings: 9 I don’t think there’s a book more appropriate for the current state of the world – both in terms of content and title – than this collection of essays penned by Stefan Zweig. Between the refugee crisis, the United Kingdom’s Brexit fiasco (which just gets more and more farcical), and Donald Trump, Zweig’s essays read almost …

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 book covers I like to look at.

It’s been f o r e v e r  since I did a Top Ten Tuesday post. This is mainly due to me being busy, but also I can never think of appropriate books for each category. But this week’s an easy one – it’s a freebie! Since moving house recently, I’ve set up (and filled) two big bookshelves, dragging out of boxes some books that I haven’t unpacked from a move I did about seven years ago. It was great to see all these books again, look at their covers, and remember how great or mediocre they were. So that was my inspiration for this post – 10 book covers I like to look at. Here they are in no particular order: The Secret Pilgrim by John le Carré. I’ll get my fangirling out of the way early in this post. The Secret Pilgrim is the last of a series of books featuring perhaps my favourite literary character, George Smiley. I don’t think the cover is really anything special in terms of being eye-catching and …

Top Ten Tuesday: My last 10 five-star reads

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) is to post about our last 10 five-star reads (or something similar along those lines). I’ve been less free with my five-starring this year, so some of these date all the way back to the end of last year. I read three ‘Harry Potter’ books during this time, but I decided not to count those and just went with new to me books rather than rereads. Here they are, counting down from ten to one, starting with the most recently read. 10. Watchmen by  Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. What didn’t I like about this? The art was fantastic, the writing was fantastic, and really that’s all you need in a graphic novel. There’s a reason this has been as popular for as long as it has and if you’ve been thinking about reading it for a while, stop thinking and start doing. If you want to watch the film you should do that too, but just as it gets towards the big reveal of …

10 books to read if you’re in the mood for ADVENTURE

This Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and the Bookish is to come up with a list of books to recommend if you’re in the mood for [insert whatever you’re in the mood for here]. I thought I’d go with adventure for this one, as I’m not really the outdoorsy type, but I do like to read about the adventures of other people – they make me want to go out and do things and see the world (I think about it, A LOT). So here are ten books you should read if you’re in the mood for some adventure. And for a change from my usual Top Ten posts, I’ve actually ranked this one! 10. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe No list of adventure books would be complete this classic. Real talk for a second – it’s a bit tough to get through at times, but the historical significance of it makes it well worth the read. Aside from that, it’s packed full of adventure and the content, particularly how Crusoe manages to survive …

Top Ten Tuesday: my 10 favourite literary loves

The theme for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and the Bookish, is ‘Valentine’s Day’. Despite my bah-humbug feelings towards Valentine’s Day (it’s so commercialised), and the fact that really I’m a cynic, and I find couples gushing over each other on social media incredibly tedious, I won’t deny that I love love, and I love the idea of celebrating love – just keep the OTT PDAs to a minimum please. Love in books can be completely breathtaking, and make you hope for that kind of love. The one that begins on a windswept moor, or with a chance encounter in the street. Or when two people, who’ve known each other forever, finally find it in each other after looking in all the wrong places. It can also make you cry your heart out, and hope you never love like that because it hurts. So in anticipation of Valentine’s Day this coming weekend, I’m going to celebrate my love of love and share some of my favourite literary loves, many of which end with …

Top Ten Tuesday: A Wishlist

As you may or may not know, I’m participating in a reading challenge this year called #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks. It’s simple: I have to read the unread books I already own, which is quite a few (but not as many as some people – you know who you are). I’ve given myself three new release allowances that it’s ok for me to purchase, and I’ve told them to the world so I can’t go against that promise to myself and buy other new books. Naturally as soon as I’d shared that with everyone, I remembered a bunch of other books that were coming out this year that I’d completely forgotten about and there are also been a couple of older books that I’ve wanted for a while as well but neglected to buy before my book buying ban started. So I’ve started a birthday/Christmas wishlist that will be distributed to family so I’m able to get these books and read the crap out of them. Sadly my birthday isn’t for 6 months, so I still have a …