Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t

35fed-toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new top ten list and invite everyone to share their answers. This week’s topic is “ Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t”.

Most of these are well know so I’m just going to put the picture up and not any detail.

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What series have you yet to start?

Top Ten YA Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR

35fed-toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new top ten list and invite everyone to share their answers. This week’s topic is “ Top Ten Books From X Genre That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR List” so I’ve gone for YA books.

Most of these are well know so I’m just going to put the picture up and not any detail.

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What’s recently been added to your TBR list?

 

Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR

35fed-toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new top ten list and invite everyone to share their answers. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Summer Reads Freebie” so I’ve gone for my summer TBR pile.

My Summer TBR Pile

Darkly Dreaming Dexter (Dexter, #1)A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)The Best of Adam SharpDark Triumph (His Fair Assassin, #2)Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me.

Darkly Dreaming Dexter (Dexter #1) – After completing the series I can’t wait to get started on this!

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic # 1) – I’ve heard lots of good things.

The Best of Adam Sharp – I loved The Rosie Project so was thrilled when I got this ARC.

Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin #2) – I’ve been meaning to read this for a while.

Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me – I’m just waiting for it to go down in price. I’ve loved everything I’ve seen her in (which, granted, is not much)

Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor, #1)Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1)Caraval (Caraval, #1)Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1)Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor #1) – I got this in my illumicrate and it looks great, I just don’t want to lug it into work as it’s huge.

Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1) – Everything about this calls to me, I’m not really sure why I haven’t started it earlier.

Caraval (Caraval #1) – I started it and didn’t love it. I’m going to give it a second chance because of the raving reviews.

Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle #1) – Another hardback illumicrate book that I really want to read but don’t want to lug to work in my bag.

Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) – Another one with rave reviews that I can’t wait to start.


What books are on your Summer TBR?

Top Ten Things On Our Reading Wishlists.

35fed-toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new top ten list and invite everyone to share their answers. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Things On Our Reading Wishlist.”

This was a team effort this week! We would like….

Intricate magical systems that makes sense – Think: Trudi Canavan.

Strong, but realistic, female characters. – Think: Tris in The Witcher Series or Eowyn in The Lord of the Rings series.

Less love triangles with predictable endings – Think: Less like Mortal Instruments or Twilight.

Books with multiple points of view – Think: Falling Kingdom’s series by Morgan Rhodes or You’re the One that I Want by Giovanna Fletcher.

Legitimately threatening villains. Ones that will actually do stuff rather than explain and do things slowly. Think: The Falconer in Lies of Loche Lamora by Scott Lynch.

Better second books. They usually end up slipping as they are building up to the final book. Think: Less like The Painted Man by Peter V Brett more like Michael J Sullivan.

More Pat Rothfusslike, now please.

What’s on your reading wish list?

Top Ten UK Book Covers That Are Better Than The US’.

35fed-toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new top ten list and invite everyone to share their answers. This week’s topic is a cover freebie.

I see a lot of UK Vs US covers where either they’ve only chosen the best US covers, or where they’re torn. So, being a Brit, I have gone for “Top Ten UK Book Covers That Are Better Than The US’.”

UK on the left and US on the right.

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell – This is a book I haven’t read yet but I would be far more likely to pick u[ the UK edition. I really love the pink on the black.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – How cool is that crow?

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – I literally picked this book up to read, before it got massively popular, for the cover alone.

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The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness – Ok, the UK on does look more 12+ to YA but it’s definitely more intriguing than the US one.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – These are very similar but I feel the colours work better on the UK version. That said, I definitely prefer the US version of Heir of Fire.

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Graceling by Kristin Cashmore – This is one where I think people would be more torn but I prefer the lettering of the G’s on the UK version and I love the girl standing in shadow.

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American Gods by Neil Gaiman – There’s also a gorgeous red cover with a silver tree on, I don’t know if you have that version in America? Out of the two below, I really like it when it has a dark background and a striking image infront in simple, but eye catching, colours like the one below.

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – Dancing with death. What’s not to like?

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The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – I just think it’s an absolutely beautiful cover.

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Which covers do you prefer?

Are there any other British covers you prefer to the American ones?

Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book

35fed-toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new top ten list and invite everyone to share their answers. This week’s topic is  “Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book.”

Daz and Emily’s Choices

Too Much World Building – I don’t like it when there is pages and pages minute and insignificant details. It makes reading a chore. Think: J.R.R. Tolkein, Joseph Conrad and George. R. R. Martin.

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Pointless Love Stories/Triangles – A pointless love story just ruins everything that’s happened in the book. That’s great that you’re pining over the hot, attractive guy but can we get back to your assassinating the people who destroyed your village and brutally murdered your family? Thanks. Think: When We CollidedHunger Games.

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Too Many Main Characters or Flicking POV and Not Stating Who’s POV It Is  Whoa there Nelly, we’re well and truly lost. There’s only so much my brain can hold without having a map in front of me. Think: Game of Thrones,

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Fan Pleasers By pleasing your fans you are destroying your book and making it completely unoriginal and frankly a disappointment. Cassandra Clare. Need I say more?

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Ending Rushers – people who spend so much time building up a story and then finish it in one chapter. Think: Clariel by Garth Nix.

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What turns you off a book?

Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book

35fed-toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new top ten list and invite everyone to share their answers. This week’s topic is  “Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book.”

Emily’s Choices

Female Assassins – Think Celaena in Throne of Glass or Ismae in Grave Mercy. The next one I am dying to read is Red Sister which is about girls raised to be assassins.

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Snarky characters – got to love a bit of sass and snark. Think Baz from Carry On, Tyrion from Game of Thrones or even Libby from Holding up the Universe (I wasn’t a huge fan of the plot but I sure did love her!)

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Multiple view points – gahhh, I just love it when a book is from different character’s points of view. Sure it can get confusing with masses like GoT but if it’s done right it is incredible. Think Lies of Loche Lamora, Falling Kingdoms or, my most recent find, You’re the One that I Want. If you throw in a bit of flicking in time you have me trembling at my knees.

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Daz’s choices

More than one main character – I love it when you follow the stories of two people and then they slowly merge into one through hatred (eg. Clariel by Garth Nix) or through cooperation (eg. Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski).

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Magic I like there being a hint of magic. Not too much, just a hint. Like in the Abhorsen series by Garth Nix or The Gentleman Bastards series by Scott Lynch.

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What will make you instantly read a book?

Any recommendations based on our insta-reads?

Top Ten Books To Read This Spring

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new top ten list and invite everyone to share their answers. This week’s topic is  “Top Ten Books To Read This Spring″

The books I’m looking forward to reading this spring are:

The Great GatsbySix of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)The Darkest Magic (Spirits and Thieves, #2)WintersongThe Diabolic (The Diabolic, #1)Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1)An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1)Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor, #1)Animal: The Autobiography of a Female Body

What are you looking forward to reading this Spring?

Top Ten Books I HAD To Buy But Still Haven’t Read

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Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1)Age of Myth (The Legends of the First Empire, #1)Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare – I bought this within the first week of it’s release date. That was a year ago this week.

Age of Myth by Michael J Sullivan – he is on my instant buy lists. I also have Hollow World by him which I still haven’t read. I know they’ll both be awesome when I am finally in the mood for some epic fantasy.

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas – I pre-ordered this. She has released 3 books since and I still haven’t picked it up.

Angel of Storms by Trudi Canavan – Gahh. I remember how good the first book was. My problem with this is that it’s a thick hardback book which I don’t like having to carry around.

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – I got half sucked into the hype. only half as I bought the book and film but haven’t seen/read either.

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton – I bought this a it was being read by a lot of book clubs and it was at eye level in every bookshop you walked into. I’ve read maybe 10 pages? Then decided to read something else.

Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs – I love Bones so much. I just HAD to buy this. I actually own about 5 books from the series. Haven’t read any of them.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas – Another pre-order that I’ve not picked up. I actually own book 2 of the series too…

Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All by Jonas Jonasson – I’ve read two other books by this authors. They were made but so fun. When I saw this I just had to get it. I intend to read it this year for my Around the Year in 52 books challenge.

Déjà Dead (Temperance Brennan, #1)A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All

Top Ten Picture Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new top ten list and invite everyone to share their answers. This week’s topic is a graphics one, so I have decided to go for “Top Ten Picture Books″

My Class’ Favourites

Beware Of The Storybook WolvesBeware of the Story Book Wolves by Lauren Child

Every kid has some story book character that scares them–a wolf, a wicked witch, a creepy bad guy. Here at last is the inspiring silly antidote for that fear.

Herb loves to be scared by the wolves in storybooks–as long as his mom takes the book out of his room at night. When she forgets one night, Herb gets an unwanted visit. Stalling for time, Herb explains that little boys are best for dessert and Big Wolf and Little Wolf should start with an appetizer, like Jell-O! He seeks help from the stars of fairy tales such as Cinderella’s fairy godmother, but not before things get very sticky. This is a fairy tale so artfully fractured it looks seamless and a message about creativity and imagination that any young dreamer would love.

The Day the Crayons QuitThe Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: We quit!

Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown. Blue needs a break from coloring all that water, while Pink just wants to be used. Green has no complaints, but Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking to each other.

What is Duncan to do?

Room on the BroomRoom on the Broom by Julia Donaldson

The witch and her cat are happily flying through the sky on a broomstick when the wind picks up and blows away the witch’s hat, then her bow, and then her wand!  Luckily, three helpful animals find the missing items, and all they want in return is a ride on the broom.  But is there room on the broom for so many friends?  And when disaster strikes, will they be able to save the witch from a hungry dragon?

Image result for magic key robin hoodThe Magic Key – Robin Hood by Roderick Hunt

The Oxford Reading Tree scheme. The Key begins to glow and Biff, Chip, Kipper and the gang end up in  Sherwood Forest with Robin Hood.

The Book with No PicturesThe Book with No Pictures by B.J.Novrak

A book with no pictures?

What could be fun about that?

After all, if a book has no pictures, there’s nothing to look at but the words on the page.

Words that might make you say silly sounds… In ridiculous voices…

Hey, what kind of book is this, anyway?

They also love looking at books that we create ourselves – We have a teddy bear that goes home every week, a library bus book, we made our own Smartest Giant in Town book, and a book containing our work about the lonely beast.

 

My Favourites

A Child of BooksA Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers

A little girl sails her raft across a sea of words, arriving at the house of a small boy. She invites him to go away with her on an adventure into the world of stories… where, with only a little imaginaton, anything at all can happen.

Irresistibly engaging characters by Oliver Jeffers set sail and chart their way through Sam Winston’s fascinating typographical landscapes in this extraordinary ode to the power and promises of storytelling. Forty treasured children’s classics and lullabies are featured in the pictures, providing endless opportunities for discovery, memories and sharing.

Woven together by a simple story line, the one-of-a-kind illustrations in a A Child of Books provide an unforgettable reading experience that will inspire and encourage readers of all ages to explore, question, and imagine timeless stories of their own.

ZogZog by Julia Donaldson

Zog is a dragon who goes to dragon school. There he is taught all the things a dragon should know by the time he’s fully grown like flying, breathing fire and capturing princesses. Of course, things don’t always go to plan…

Munch!Munch by Emma McCann

There’s a huge, hungry monster on the loose, eating everything in its path. Munch, the little monster, stays at home to guard his house.

The True Story of the 3 Little PigsThe True Story of The 3 Little Pigs! by Jon Sciezka

You thought you knew the story of the “The Three Little Pigs”… You thought wrong.

In this hysterical and clever fracture fairy tale picture book that twists point of view and perspective, young readers will finally hear the other side of the story of “The Three Little Pigs.”

McElligot's PoolMcElligot’s Pool by Dr Seuss

The first Seuss title to feature full-color art on every other page, this adventurous picture book tells of Marco-who first imagined an extraordinary parade in And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street-as he daydreams of all the possibilities that await him while he fishes in McElligot’s Pool. Optimistic and exciting, this tale is the perfect bait, and readers young and old will be hooked on this fish-tastic favorite.

Previous posts on other wonderful picture books – here, here and here.

Have you read any of our favourite picture books?

Can you recommend us any?