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Top 10 Tuesday 1st June

Hello everyone and welcome to another Top 10 Tuesday! Hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl, it features a different bookish related theme each week. I skipped last week but this is a freebie week so we can choose anything we like or revisit a past topic. I thought I’d do a post that might help keep me accountable.

The 10 Books I Bought Most Recently That Are Still Unread

I buy a lot of books. Sometimes I buy them and read them right away. But a lot of the time…..I don’t. I also get a lot of books for review and there’s only so much time in the day. These are 10 books I’ve bought because I really want to read them but for reasons, haven’t yet. Hopefully I can come back and check this post later in the year and check them off!

  1. King Of Scars by Leigh Bardugo (King Of Scars #1)

Okay so I held off buying this for a long time because I was so behind on the Grishaverse. But the show on Netflix really motivated me to finish both Shadow & Bone finally, and also re-read Six Of Crows and finally read Crooked Kingdom. After I finished all those, I immediately bought this and the next book on the list (which I’m sure you’ll know what it is) and I’m very keen to get to these. I’m actually kind of glad I can read them together.

2. Rule Of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo (King Of Scars #2)

Of course it’s this one! I bought them together (the books are different sizes, which annoys me as in Australia, rather than hardback, our first release is a larger paperback, then the smaller format comes out generally 6-12 months later, so KoS is small, this one is large). But I’m really looking forward to these two. I want to see what is next for Nikolai.

3. Ariadne by Jennifer Saint

I saw a promo post for this book on instagram and it just looked so stunning. Plus I really loved Song Of Achilles by Madeline Miller (still have to read Circe) and this seems to have really similar vibes/if you like that you’ll like this type of thing. That cover though. It really is just beautiful.

4. The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

I bought this for a specific reason but haven’t had to read it yet but I’ve read a couple other Kristin Hannah books and really enjoyed them so I’m quite keen to read this. I haven’t actually read probably her 2 most well known books (including the one made into a TV series) so I have quite a bit of work to do, backlist wise there.

5. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

I’ve heard such amazing things about this! About Brit Bennet in general actually, because I wouldn’t mind getting The Mothers as well. I have to make time for this one in my near future.

6. Winterkeep by Kristin Cashore

I hate this cover so much – the other one is so beautiful but this one was the one I could buy here in Australia but every time I look at it I’m just….ugh. But I adore this series, I’ve loved all the books so far and I really want to read this one. I felt like Bitterblue had a lot that was really unresolved.

7. A Song Of Wraiths And Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown

I bought this one a little while ago and haven’t read it yet! I’ve heard some pretty good things from different parts of the internet and I’m really keen to read it as I’ve never really read anything based on West African folklore before.

8. The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

I actually might need to buy the rest of this series before I read this because I’ve discovered that I really just like being able to roll from one to the next – but I’ve had this a little while and haven’t picked it up yet. Seems to be generally very well received though, so maybe I’ll start it and see if I like it enough to pick up the others (next day delivery for the win).

9. Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel (Thomas Cromwell #2)

Well it took me over 10 years to finally read Wolf Hall. I really enjoyed it though and went out and bought this not long after. Hopefully it takes me less than 10 years to finally read it!

10. All Our Shimmering Skies by Trent Dalton

I bought this, Trent Dalton’s second book, after his first, Boy Swallows Universe was very well received and won a slew of Australian literary awards. I really like the cover (which I’ve included on a previous TTT list for covers with nature on them, I think). But I still haven’t gotten around to reading it yet!

Which of these should I read first? Any ideas?!


Top 10 Tuesday May 18

Hello and welcome back to another edition of Top 10 Tuesday, hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. This week our bookish topic is:

Book Titles That Are Complete Sentences

  1. The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

2. Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz.

3. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente (and probably all the rest of the books in this series too).

4. The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time by Mark Haddon

5. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

6. A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers

7. We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson

8. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

9. The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

10. The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith


Top 10 Tuesday May 11

Hello everyone and welcome to another instalment of Top 10 Tuesday, hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. It features a different bookish-related theme each week and this week the topic is…..

Top 10 Books With Nature On The Cover

  1. The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland.

I love this book and I adore the cover. All those Australian natives look so beautiful! And they feature so heavily in the book, it’s like a real homage to our native flora.

2. The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

Love this cover too! And this is a stunning read – long and intricate, but so worth it.

3. The Familiars by Stacey Halls.

I have a copy of this one (with this cover) but I haven’t read it yet, although I’ve heard really wonderful things about it. This is a really eye-catching cover, makes you want to reach out and touch it.

4. Before You Knew My Name by Jacqueline Bublitz.

This is on my TBR pile for this month – this is the Australian cover, there’s another one from the American publisher I think, which features a city skyline but I really like this one.

5. Gulliver’s Wife by Lauren Chater.

I read this last year and it has one of my favourite covers. It’s beautiful.

6. Scrublands by Chris Hammer

This one is set during a really severe drought (it’s Australian) and this is some quintessential Australian nature during a drought on this cover. Scorched earth, basically.

7. Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

One of my favourite books and this cover helps you picture the sort of environment the main character lives in and traverses every day.

8. The Blue Rose by Kate Forsyth

I love Kate Forsyth’s books – she writes such beautiful historical fiction and her books always have gorgeous covers. This one is no exception……it and Bitter Greens are probably my favourites of hers.

9. Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray by Anita Heiss

I think this translates to “River Of Dreams” from the Wiradjuri language. Anita Heiss is an indigenous Australian author and how beautiful is this cover?! It was released this week and I can’t wait to read it.

10. Burning Lies by Helene Young

I feel as though I have to include Mother Nature at her most savage in this – bushfires (or wildfires, as I think a lot of overseas countries call them) are part and parcel of living in most parts of Australia. This is also my favourite Helene Young book, so why not?

I have included quite a lot of Australian books – I obviously read a lot of them, being Australian and also, nature covers are very popular here. I scrolled through my read books for the past couple of years and honestly, I could’ve included probably over a hundred books in this sort of category!


Top 10 Tuesday 4th May

Hello and welcome to another edition of Top 10 Tuesday, hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. It features a different, bookish related theme each week and this week it is…..

The Last 10 Books I Read

1 & 2: Six Of Crows & Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

I wouldn’t be surprised if a few people were reading or re-reading these at the moment, after the Netflix series of Shadow And Bone dropped. The series is excellent – I’ve only watched 5 episodes but I’ve really been enjoying it and it made me want to immerse myself in this world again.

3. All Our Relations by Tanya Talaga.

A non-fiction book dealing with the harrowing statistics of youth suicide among indigenous communities in Canada, the United States, Australia, Brazil and Finland. This was really eye-opening and distressing to read about but definitely the sort of thing that I think everyone should be aware of.

4. Sisters Of Freedom by Mary-Anne O’Connor.

An Australian historical fiction novel set around the turn of the 20th century when Australia was being granted federation and women were campaigning for the right to vote. This is about three very different sisters and I enjoyed the read.

5. Trick Of The Light by Fiona McCallum.

Another Australian novel, although a contemporary. Unfortunately, didn’t enjoy it.

6. Half Life by Jillian Cantor.

A sliding doors novel centred around Marie Curie where in one half, she chooses love instead of getting on the train to Paris to study and in the other half, her life plays out much as Marie Curie’s does in reality. This was really interesting and even though it’s fiction, part of it is rooted in enough reality that it gives a really nice insight to what was quite a remarkable family.

7. Shipped by Angie Hockman.

I really enjoyed this! Such a fun romance read and I loved the setting of a small cruise ship around the Galapagos Islands. This is a low-key enemies to lovers, I thought it had great humour. Just would’ve liked more emphasis on the budding romance.

8. The Ripping Tree by Nikki Gemmell.

New novel by the author of The Bride Stripped Bare. This is a historical fiction gothic type of story with strong themes of feminism and lack of women’s agency during the 1800s. It was okay but I felt like it should’ve taken place over a longer time frame than 7 days.

9. Close To Home by Janet Gover.

Australian rural contemporary with a circus! Nice read.

10. The Invisible Life Of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab.

I was really excited to read this….and I enjoyed it but I have to say, I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would. Just felt like there was a lot more the author could’ve done with someone that was basically immortal, instead it was rather vague, there was a lot of focus on inspiration of artists and I don’t know, there were times I’m not sure I was as invested as I should’ve been in particular parts of the story.

And there you have it – the last 10 books I read before sitting down to write this! Have you read any? Let me know!


Top 10 Tuesday 6th April

Hello everyone and welcome back to another edition of Top 10 Tuesday, hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week features a different bookish related theme and this week we are talking….

Top 10 12 Books I’d Happily Toss Into The Ocean

  1. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

I hate this book. Just going to leave a quote from the previous time I included this book in a TTT post: All sorts wandering around misty and rainy moors lamenting bad decisions and lost loves. A cast of people that make you want to murder them for being such self-involved and moronic twits who somehow all have combinations of the same three names. I know a lot of people love this but basically, kill it with fire.

2. In The Skin Of A Lion by Michael Ondaatje

Look, this book might be brilliant. But I had to read it at 17 years of age for my year 12 text and I hated it. It honestly made me so miserable, having to pick it apart and I hated everyone and the exam questions were a nightmare. I remember telling someone about it not that long ago and I said maybe I should try reading it as an adult. It’s 22 years later, my literary tastes and abilities to understand text have evolved a lot since then. But I just can’t bear to. It turned me off anything to do with Michael Ondaatje for life.

3. Seven Sons by Lili St Germain.

My brief review, on GR: I read this as it was only 100p and it was an attempt to find out quickly what happened to Mariana from Cartel without having to read the rest of the books in that series. I didn’t find out what happened to Mariana and this is even more of a clusterfuck than Cartel.

4. The Sweet Spot by Stephanie Evanovich

I really, really did not like this book. A guy into D/S type stuff who inflicts it on his partner without a conversation, without getting her permission, etc…..Gross. Just gross. Chase was the actual worst, from ignoring Amanda turning him down and showing up at her restaurant night after night, to spanking her without her permission, his refusal to see that this behaviour was wrong, to how he is when it’s accidentally made public. Awful.

5. The Gift Of A Lifetime by Melissa Hill.

This book made me super mad. I realised part-way through reading it the manipulation and that I was being guided carefully to think one thing and I remember thinking to myself “I bet it’s X and if so, I am going to toss this at the wall”. It was of course, X. I ended up thinking a huge portion of this book was just a shitty thing to do by someone and really, really resented it by the end.

6. Undead & Unwed by Mary Janice Davidson.

I remember someone recommended this to me and I thought it sounded like fun but I ended up just…really hating it. Every stereotype and cliche from “chick lit” done badly. The obsession with shoes and designer clothing was the actual worst, plus it mixed in the paranormal “special one” trope. This is apparently quite a long series but after this one I had zero interest in reading anything else about Betsy, or whatever her name was and would happily pitch this one into the nearest sea.

7. Fearless by Diana Palmer

I remember wanting to fire this into the sun when I read it. It’s a “romance” of the pretty misogynous variety where the “hero” blatantly is embarrassed by the heroine’s “dowdy” looks (after he’s already slept with her, mind you). And even though he knows she has a heart condition, he berates her so brutally when she’s in hospital after she told him she was pregnant to him, that she almost has a heart attack. He’s a DEA undercover and she’s actually a prosecutor in witness protection but he thinks she’s some sort of farm hick. His internal thoughts about her and even after they are married (for reasons I cannot remember now), the way he talks about her to other people is horrific. I’m sworn off this author for life.

8. Temptation by K.M. Golland

Honestly, the guy in this makes Christian Grey look like the most amateur of creeps. It’s some sort of Australian version that sprang up after Fifty Shades exploded and every second book contained wealthy billionaires who simply had to have some woman they came across and would stop at nothing to shower her with attention until she acquiesced. Yawn. This one was particularly bland. And speaking of which….

9. Fifty Shades Of Grey by E.L. James

Look, Fifty Shades is a bit of an easy target. I read it wayyyy back when, during it’s first publication when it was some small press before one of the bigger ones picked it up. And it was just…..bewildering. Like I just didn’t really see the point of it. It wasn’t well written, the characters were not at all interesting to me, the BDSM stuff was just meh. But the thing that really made me resent the book, was because everyone who knew I was a reader, was like, “oh my god, have you read Fifty Shades, how amazing is it? I don’t even read books and I devoured it! You have to read it.” And I was like…okay? Why? There are a million other books like that one out there, many of them much better written and with better sex scenes, if that’s what’s intriguing you, what is it about this one that gets you so excited? People that had never spoken to me about books before, who considered my reading habit boring and/or lame and not worth their time, were suddenly like “oh you love books, let’s talk about Fifty Shades.”

Please. Let’s not.

10. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

I know this is a very popular series but honestly, reading it hurt my brain. I couldn’t wait for it to be other and I had zero interest in picking up the next book in the series, especially if it was going to be structured the same way. Plus I have spoilers and what I know makes me want to continue it even less.

11 {bonus book}. As She Fades by Abbi Glines

Aka the straw that broke the camel’s back with me and Abbi Glines books. I was never a huge fan, but I’d read a few that were okay. There was a time where I just got SO MANY of them as ARCs. This I think, was the last one I received and I just found so many things about this incredibly problematic, especially the way characters think, speak about and treat women (except the heroine of course, who is different). Also the people in this book are named Vale and Slate and what?

12 {bonus}. Othello by William Shakespeare

Yes, I’m a Philistine. Actually, all Shakespearean tragedies. Starting in year 9, I did Romeo & Juliet, MacBeth, Hamlet, Othello & MacBeth again. I think Shakespeare is supposed to be seen, not read or forced upon generations of school students. Like a lot of things, they’re probably best enjoyed when come upon them naturally, organically, rather than be shoehorned down our throats until we can’t stand it anymore. In year 12, I did both Othello and MacBeth and it was a bridge too far, especially as I’d already done MacBeth in year 10. Also I was doing extension English and in that, we also were doing 2 of the comedies, which I do enjoy more than the tragedies but still. It was a lot of Shakespeare in a small amount of time.

So these are books that I didn’t like but I understand that people reading these may have different opinions and no offence is meant! I’m sure I’m going to read some posts today containing books I enjoyed as well, but I actually quite like reading negative reviews of books, because it makes me think of things that I might’ve overlooked or that don’t bother me, but bother other people. It’s interesting, all the different opinions out there. So I’m sorry if I want to fire one of your favourite books into the sun ūüėČ


Top 10 Tuesday 16th March

Hello everyone and welcome back to another edition of Top 10 Tuesday! Hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl, Top 10 Tuesday features a different book-related theme each week and this week, it’s one of my favourite topics.

Top 10 Books On My Spring Autumn TBR

Before I get into that….a quick check of my summer TBR post and I read only 4 of the 10 books I listed. Oops! I do still have one to read and I’ll actually probably be reading that this week, so it’s almost 5, right? That’s almost halfway! Now, onto the next list of books I intend to read (but will probably not complete).

1.¬†Road Trip¬†by Beth O’Leary

I have a copy of this one already and to be honest, I’m sort of proud of myself that I haven’t read it already. But I’ve been holding off a bit closer to the release date and I can’t wait to get to it! I’m so excited for this book, I loved¬†The Flatshare and this sounds like exactly my sort of thing. I already know a few people who read and enjoyed this so I’m confident it will live up to the hype.

2. Last Night by Mhairi McFarlane.

Mhairi McFarlane is one of my favourite authors and this one is already sitting on my shelf, also waiting for me! It’s actually out April 1st here, so I guess that means I can read it pretty soon!

3. Winterkeep by Kristin Cashore.

This one is sitting on my shelf, waiting for the perfect time for me to pick it up. I love this world and have loved all the stories set in it so I’m confident that I’m going to really enjoy this too.

4. The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah. 

I’ve read a few Kristin Hannah books before. I bought this one recently and am planning to read it in the next month or so.

5. Half Life by Jillian Cantor. 

A historical fiction novel that reimagines the life of Marie Curie, this sounds really interesting. It involves her staying in Poland, rather than going to France and studying physics and chemistry and meeting Pierre Curie.

6. The Last Reunion by Kayte Nunn. 

This one has three timelines: Burma in 1945, Oxford in 1976 and London/Galway in 1999. I love Kayte Nunn’s books (have read almost all of them I think, she writes¬†amazing historical fiction) and I’m definitely looking forward to reading this one really soon. I’m reading so much historical fiction this year already!

7. The Little Book Of Hygge by Meik Wiking. 

I read a book about¬†hygge recently (review up later this week) and I’ve become a bit obsessed with the concept and have a few more books about it requested from my local library, including this one.

8. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. 

I don’t know how I only found out about this book recently, probably because Yaa Gyasi released another book which was recently just long listed for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. I really want to read this….and then read¬†Transcendent Kingdom.

9. The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna.

I just requested this from my local library – I love having all the branches open again and the fact that people are actually returning books now, rather than keeping them for 6+ months when we were in lockdown, haha. I’m getting books now that I actually requested like, over a year ago (not this one, but others). I love this cover, I think it’s stunning. Just makes you want to pick it up.

10. The House In The Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune.

I have heard¬†so many amazing things about this recently. Unfortunately it’s really hard to find here and I have to order it from overseas which is (a) pricey and (b) takes ages. But I want to read it so badly that I’m going to because everyone I’ve seen review it on YouTube or talk about it on instagram etc, has been glowing in their praise and it sounds really wonderful. So I have to read it!

Just 10 of the books I hope to read over this season. Autumn is my favourite season: the heat of summer has faded but (generally) we are left with warm sunny, pleasant days still until well into May. This year has been a bit different though, a cooler and wetter summer has melted into pretty much the same sort of autumn but that just means more reading time ūüôā

If you’ve read anything on my list, let me know your thoughts! Is there anything you want to read on my list? Let me know that too!


Top 10 Tuesday 9th March

Hi everyone and welcome back to another instalment of Top 10 Tuesday, hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. It features a different bookish related theme each week and this week it’s a….

Spring Cleaning Freebie!

Which well, okay, it’s not even spring here, it’s just rolled over into autumn which is generally my favourite season here in Melbourne. The weather has been a little lacklustre lately, we didn’t have much of a summer and to be honest, winter feels a lot closer than I’d like. Even though it’s not actually spring here, I can get into the spirit of a spring clean, especially from the TBR pile,¬†so…in the spirit of that this is what I’m going with this week:

Top 10 Books I Want To Read From My Long-Term TBR In 2021

1. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo.

I’ve accepted that the spoiling of the Shadow & Bone trilogy means I’m not going to finish it, even before the Netflix show starts. I plan to watch it but honestly? I tell myself that about a lot of shows and never get around to them *shrug* I actually however, do want to re-read¬†Six of Crows¬†first and then this book and then move on to¬†King Of Scars. I’m just going to forget that Mal and Alina exist.

2. The Rose And The Dagger by Renée Ahdieh

Another duology where I read the first one and then just….didn’t read the second. So I want to finish these as well – probably have to re-read the first one like I plan to with¬†Six Of Crows. Honestly I think I’m going to just set aside a whole month of the year to finish the series’ I have on my TBR and read a few other books that I’ve owned forever and not go to yet. And not pick up a single newly published book in that whole month. I’m sure there’s a month of the year dedicated to this sort of thing somewhere.

3. The Sun Sister by Lucinda Riley

Honestly, I’ve actually been putting off reading this because Electra has always been my least favourite of the sisters. And the previous book had the first chapter of this book and that chapter did not endear her to me any more at all. But the last book in this series is coming out and we should hopefully,¬†finally get the answers that the rest of the books have chosen not to give us (who is Pa Salt? What is his name/what did he do/is he even dead/who is the final sister/where has she been/etc) and I guess I should get this one out of the way first.

4. Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel

Look, it took me over 10 years to read¬†Wolf Hall. I actually only read it last year and I’m keen to read this but I did need a bit of a break after the first one. It’s a pretty intense read and required a lot of focus and concentration and I’ll need to devote the same amount to the second book. I can’t wait too long though, or I’ll forget everything!

5. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

I honestly cannot remember when I bought this book now but it’s a long time ago. It’s been sitting on my shelf for years even though I’ve read a book Ivey released after this and loved it. I need to just read it because I’m sure I’m going to love this too. Just…so many books. So little time.

6. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Well it felt like I included this one almost every week in Top 10 Tuesday lists for a while but it’s been a while! Probably time to put it back on a list! I just need to be in the right mental frame of mind to tackle this one. Maybe one to include in the month I dedicate to TBR reading, as it’s going to take me a while to get through.

7. The Familiars by Stacey Halls

I bought this almost 18 months ago. Love the cover! And it sounds really good, so really no excuses for why I haven’t read it.

8. A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir

Oh look, another series I am well behind on. I read the first one of this soooo long ago now and I bought the second one but it’s sat unread on my shelf for about three years. There’s several other books that have been released in this series and either the last one was just released or is just about to be. I need to catch up. Probably need to read the first one again though.

9. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Also bought this about 18 months ago and I’ve heard so many¬†amazing things about it! I really want to read it

10. The Distant Hours by Kate Morton (or The Lake House) 

I have read a couple of Kate Morton’s books and own a couple more that are still unread. I love them but they are very thick and also require large investment! But I’d love to take a little time and just dive into one or two.

Maybe I really do have to make this month of reading these books, happen. Has anyone done this? Just set aside a whole month to only read TBR books and nothing new, no ARCs etc?



Top 10 Tuesday 23rd February

Hello everyone and welcome back to another edition of Top 10 Tuesday! Hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl, it features a different topic each week. This week our topic is:

Top 10 Books That Made Me Laugh Out Loud

1. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston.

I read this on a plane and snort-laughed my whole way through it. My kids, who were with me, kept saying ‘what is so funny?’ This book was¬†hilarious. I absolutely loved it.

2. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell.

It’s been quite a while since I read this, but I can still remember just how much it made me laugh out loud. I’ve been devoted to Rainbow Rowell as an author ever since I read this.

3. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne.

This was just my jam, I loved everything about it and so much about it made me chuckle out loud.

4. Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert.

I listened to this at night in bed and I’d be laying there, trying to laugh quietly because it was so funny. And usually I don’t connect as well with audiobooks, especially if I haven’t read the book already (I hadn’t read this in print form and actually, I still haven’t) and I think I’d have probably laughed even more if I’d been reading it rather than listening. This is funny, clever banter.

5. Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall.

This was also my jam! There’s loads of humour in this and I really enjoyed this read. I absolutely adore a good pairing of opposites.

6. Beach Read by Emily Henry.

I listened to this too and absolutely loved it! Another one where I was trying to laugh quietly when I was listening late at night! This also has a very serious side but the banter is top notch and I’m very much looking forward to Emily Henry’s next novel (which I have a copy of but I’m trying to restrain myself as it’s not out for months!).

7. Act Like It by Lucy Parker.

I love Lucy Parker! I always find her books funny but I have a soft spot for Richard and Lainie. This book has epic re-read value.

8. Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett.

Loved this! It made me laugh (and want to watch a lot of old movies) the whole way through it. It’s one of my favourite YA romances.

9. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang.

This is super funny, I have really enjoyed the Helen Hoang books I’ve read so far. I’m looking forward to the next one!

10. Chocolate Cake For Breakfast by Danielle Hawkins.

This is by a New Zealand author and has one of the funnier meet-cutes I’ve read, between two characters. There’s a lot of humour in this and I love Helen and Mark. Every time I end up talking to someone about this book (hi Marg!) I end up re-reading it! Love it.

Here are just 10 of the books that made me laugh out loud (I’m sure there are plenty more!) but these are some sentimental favourites that I revisit when I can. If you’ve read and loved any of these, let me know!




Top 10 Tuesday February 16th

Hello and welcome back to another edition of Top 10 Tuesday! Hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl, it features a different bookish theme each week. This week it’s about Mardi Gras and books with yellow, green and/or purple covers in honour of that. I’m not American so I don’t actually really know much about Mardi Gras but I should be able to find some books with covers in those colours!

1. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

This one gets double points because it’s both purple and green! I love this book – can’t believe I only read it last year after owning it for about 9 years. I ended up reading the whole Chronicles of Ixia series in a very short amount of time.


2. Faefever by Karen Marie Moning

I really love the first five books in this series. I refuse to believe anything that happens after that even exists. This one is definitely one of my favourite covers.

3. Across The Universe by Beth Revis

I didn’t really love this story but the cover is actually one of my all time favourites. I love it!

4. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Megan Spooner

I have owned this book for quite a while but I haven’t read it yet. Love the cover though!

5. The Dark Enquiry by Deanna Raybourn.

I realised that I have a few books with women on the cover wearing green dresses so I just decided to lean into it and choose some of those! I really enjoyed this series and thought that it probably came to an end at about the right time.

6. India Black and The Shadows Of Anarchy by Carol K. Carr

This is a series that if I remember, ended abruptly when the publisher declined any more from it, which was a huge disappointment to me because I found these books super fun and I loved India Black and French. And now I’ll never know what happens *sigh*

7. The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey

I haven’t read this but it’s been on my periphery for a while now. Fun fact: yellow is my least favourite colour and I’ve been known to avoid books with violently yellow covers because of it.

8. Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris

Haven’t read this one either, although it’s by choice haha. I really enjoyed the earlier novels in this series but I was spoiled for some of the events in the last 2 and now I’ve really no desire to finish the series off.

9. On The Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

One of my actual favourite books of all time. You can never get back the experience of reading this story for the first time, having it all unfold, putting the pieces together (having your heart ripped out multiple times).

10. We Unleash The Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia 

I thought for the last one, I’d try include something that had all the colours! I haven’t read this but it’s part of a duology and it seems interesting.



Top 10 Tuesday 9th February

Hello and welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday! Hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl, Top 10 Tuesday features a different bookish theme each week. This week, we are gearing up for Valentine’s Day and in honour of that….the topic this week is Valentine’s Day/love freebie. So I’m going to do:

Top 10 Romance Books I Want To Read In 2021

(some of these might not be strictly romance, but have strong romantic elements)

At the end of last year, I found a post somewhere (Goodreads maybe?) with books coming out in 2021 and I went and added a bunch of them to a wishlist-2021 category on my Goodreads and a large portion of them are romance novels or books with strong romantic elements. So I have quite a few to choose from, for this post!

1. Shipped by Angie Hockman.

This one gets added for a couple reasons: firstly it’s an enemies-to-lovers romance where the characters have had epic email battles – that’s definitely my sort of thing. And at least part of it takes place on the Galapagos Islands, which I’ve never read before in fiction.

2. Float Plan by Trish Doller.

I really like the sound of this – a woman intends to sail solo after she loses her fianc√©, creating the trip they were supposed to take together. However after a practice night sail, she soon realises she can’t do it alone and hires a man to help her. A bit of forced proximity (one of my favourite tropes!). Can’t go wrong.

3. Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert.

I feel as though one book or another by Talia Hibbert makes it onto pretty much any Top 10 Tuesday list I create these days. After loving Chloe and Dani’s books, I am super keen to read Eve’s. Bring it on.

4. A Pho Love Story by Loan Le.

This sounds so cute – like a Romeo & Juliet type of tale, featuring two teens whose parents run rival Pho restaurants. This sounds like it could have so much goodness inside and I’m here for what are hopefully lots of descriptions of food.

5. Any Way The Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell.

I’m kind of scared for this. I just want Simon & Baz to be okay.

6. People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry.

This is 100% a priority after how much I loved Beach Read.

7. The Layover by Lacie Waldon.

Another one that checks boxes for enemies-to-lovers and also exotic location. A flight attendant and the cocky pilot that is apparently responsible for a humiliating night she experienced, are stuck on a week’s layover in Belize. Yes please!

8.¬†A Lady’s Formula For Love¬†by Elizabeth Everett.¬†

This sounds so fun – a clandestine society for brilliant female minds in Victorian times….secret work for the Crown….an eccentric lady and a reserved protection officer. Inject it into my veins!

9. Battle Royal by Lucy Parker.

I adore Lucy Parker’s¬†London Celebrities¬†series and this is the first book in a new series featuring a show that is clearly inspired by the Great British Bake Off (which I love, although less and less each year as they keep replacing judges and hosts). Anyway, four years ago the main character was voted off the baking show by a grumpy judge and now she’s back on the show, this time as a fellow judge. The male love interest is supposedly famously dour and the heroine has pink hair so I’m assuming she’s supposed to be Fun and Quirky and the male’s antithesis so….YES! Give me ALL OF THIS. The only issue is it’s not out until August and that is still so far away.

10. The Alice Equation by Davina Stone. 

I love a fauxmance and this sounds fun but with a serious side (the main character’s anxiety). Plus she works in a bookshop.


Isn’t It Bromantic¬†by Lyssa Kay Adams.

This one is a bonus because I really love the sound of it (marriage of convenience, hockey player, secret bromance club) but it’s the fourth in a series and I haven’t read the other three and I really feel I probably should first. So this one is on my list but only after I’ve caught up!

And they’re 10 11 of the romantic books I’m most looking forward to reading in 2021. Although I’m not a huge Valentine’s Day person, I do love a good romance. If you’re keen to read some of these too, let me know!