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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted buy The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they post a new topic and invite everyone to share their lists.


Top Ten All Time Favourite Authors

I actually found this weeks TTT really difficult. I am a mood reader, so only pick up books when I fancy reading them. This means that although I may have really enjoyed a book by an author, I may not read another one by them for a few months, or even sometimes a year!

When the following authors release books, or I see one in a bookstore, charity shop or at the library I know that I am going to enjoy it. Although I may not have read all of their works – the ones that I have read I loved!

  1. Sophie Kinsella – my go-to chick lit author. I have such good memories of reading I’ve Got your Number whilst sipping a cocktail in Mexico. All of her books are fun and make perfect beach/holiday reads!
  2. Sarah J Maas – only discovered in the last year or so. I love the Throne of Glass series, it really got me back into fantasy. I need to get on to Heir of Fire now.
  3. M J Arlidge – also writes Silent Witness (a UK crime drama). His books are just so easy to read, gripping from the first page. I have The Doll’s House on my kindle waiting for me to read it.
  4. J K Rowling – do I need to explain?! I am ashamed to say that I haven’t read The Casual Vacancy or The Robert Galbraith books.
  5. Louise O’Neill – a relatively new addition. I read Only Ever Yours this year and loved it, seriously loved it. Even though this was a debut novel I’m really excited to see what Asking for It is like, due to be published in September 2015.
  6. Roald Dahl – a childhood favourite. I still love all of his books now, I hope Parker will one day too.
  7. Sara Gruen – I have only read Water for Elephants but it has stuck with me since I read it a few years back. I am desperate to read some more of her work as I am sure I will love it.
  8. Lucy Diamond – I picked up one of Lucy’s books in January this year. Again, the perfect chick lit author and perfect for reading at the beach. I am so pleased that there are so many more books to read.
  9. Neil Gaiman – Now, I have only read three books by Neil Gaiman. Two children’s books and a YA/Adult Novel. I enjoyed all three of them, and I’m sure that when I manage to pick up some more I will feel the same.
  10. Brandon Sanderson – I read Steelheart last year and really, really loved it! A fantastic fantasy book that I read in a few sittings. I have Book 1 in the Mistborn Trilogy on my kindle and am yet to read it, but I am sure that I will love it.

Happy Reading!

Stacie 🙂



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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted buy The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they post a new topic and invite everyone to share their lists.


Top Ten Books that I’ve added to my TBR recently

Again, this Top Ten Tuesday has been a little rushed this week. I’ve been so busy that I actually forgot all about it. I’ve simply picked the last ten books that I’ve added to my TBR pile via Goodreads.

Half a King by Joe Abercrombie
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
The Cage by Megan Shepherd
Liar Liar by M J Arlidge
The Doll’s House by M J Arlidge
The Asylum for Fairytale Creatures by Sebastian Gregory
The Boy in the Cemetery by Sebastian Gregory
This Book is Gay by James Dawson
Say Her Name by James Dawson

Sorry for the short and sweet post, but it has been a manic few days!

Happy Reading!



Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted buy The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they post a new topic and invite everyone to share their lists.


Top Ten Books from my childhood and teen years that I would love to revisit

Ah, I loved making this list! Although it was hard to narrow the list down to just ten. I will start with the books I read as a kid, and then move on to my teen years.


 Milly Molly Mandy Stories by Joyce Lankester Brisley // My Naughty Little Sister by Dorothy Edwards
These books were a bit part of my childhood. I remember these being books I came back to again and again as I learnt to read. They were also read to me a lot, before bedtime – this is probably one of my fondest memories. The copies above are my original copies (that has sadly had a sticker added for embellishment, by my younger sister) that I will treasure forever.


The Secret Seven by Enid Blyton
I loved anything, absolutely anything by Enid Blyton. I even encouraged my younger sister to enjoy her books as a kid too. I loved the magical world she created, I always wanted to be in a secret society after reading these. The copies above are my collection that I made my husband rescue from the loft. I desperately want to re-read all of them! I am over the moon that I’ve found them, and that I chose to keep them in the first place.

        Jezebel             OscarGotTheBlame


Super Duper Jezebel & Oscar got the Blame by Tony Ross // The Jolly Postman by Janet & Allan Ahlberg

I loved other books by Tony Ross but these are the two that really stick in my mind. I loved the illustrations, and the comeuppance that Jezebel got in the end!

 Now, for my teen years;

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Goosebumps by R.L Stine
I absolutely loved this series, all of them were fantastic. They were the first ‘scary’ books that I ever really read. My mum used to buy me a new one every few weeks, I’m absolutely gutted that I don’t still have my copies.


Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling
Now, I know I mention this all the time, but seriously this was my childhood and teen years all rolled into one. I absolutely devoured this series, it has stayed with me and I would absolutely love to re-discover every book for the first time. I am currently introducing my 10 year old brother to the world of Hogwarts. Every time he reads one of the books (in the new gorgeous editions) I buy him the next one. He has just started The Goblet of Fire, my personal favourite. J.K Rowling is incredible, how does a mind work this creatively?!

Junk by Melvin Burgess
This was such a dark, poignant story for me. It really opened my eyes to the darker side of life, some of the scenes in this book I can still remember vividly now.

Angus, Thongs & Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
These books were absolutely hilarious to me as a teen. I loved the awkward situations Georgia found herself in, and hoped to God I didn’t find myself in a similar one. They were so true to life, and yet provided the perfect escape for me.


Coram Boy by Jamila Gavin
This is an absolutely fantastic book that I am determined to re-read one day. Jamila Gavin does not hold back as you are transported back into the 18th century. I suppose this was my first taste of historical fiction.I would highly recommend this book to everyone, please read it!

Have you read any of these? Do you still have any of your original childhood books?


Penguin Little Black Classics


I thought I’d share a teeny, tiny haul with you. I have been very controlled this month!


I recently discovered these amazing little books via Twitter. How did I not know about these before?! I decided to purchase two to start with, although I would love the whole collection. These books are short extracts from the Penguin classics range, to celebrate their 80th anniversary. Did I mention that they cost 80p each? 80p!

I read The Yellow Wallpaper in university and loved it, so decided to purchase this one. I have read other works by Jane Austen, but not this one, so thought I’d give it a go. There are 80 books altogether, so a vast range to choose from.


The little orange booklet is a list of all of the Penguin Modern Classics – even those due to be published after April 2013. I really want to read the entire list of modern classics – a huge challenge I know! – and I thought this would be a good place to start (also it only cost £1, and looks cute on my shelf). I would love to buy all of the modern classics, but that may be pushing it a little (especially if I don’t like the book) – so I may venture to the library instead and only purchase the ones I absolutely love.

I just wanted to share this with you, as I think these little books are great. If you want to see the whole list, it is available here – Little Black Classics List.

Have you got any of these? Any recommendations for Penguin Modern Classics?



Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted buy The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they post a new topic and invite everyone to share their lists.


Top Ten Books on my Spring TBR List

This isn’t based on spring or 2015 releases, but it is a list of books I really want to get to within the next few months.


The Death House – Sarah Pinborough // A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J Maas // The Doll’s House by M J Arlidge // Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier // All The Bright Places – Jennifer Niven


I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith // Heir of Fire – Sarah J Maas // Final Empire – Brandon Sanderson // Stolen – Lucy Christopher // Half a King – Joe Abercrombie

Have you read any of these? Are there any that you think I need to read immediately?

Thanks for stopping by, Happy Reading!


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted buy The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they post a new topic and invite everyone to share their lists.


Ten Books for readers who were kids in the 90’s!

I loved thinking back to childhood stories that I read and loved as a kid. I have compiled a list of 10 here, that are memorable to me, although there are many, many more! These aren’t necessarily ones that were published in the nineties, just ones that I remember loving as a 90’s kid! Some are ones I loved as a kid, the others as I ventured into the world of secondary school.

How I wish I was a kid again – the days of SM:TV live, ZZZap!, Art Attack, Funhouse, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Bodger & Badger. I’m getting a little nostalgic, on with the list…..

1. Enid Blyton! I would have to say Secret Seven, Famous Five or The Magic Faraway Tree!

2. Roald Dahl – Matilda being my top Roald Dahl book. Although I loved James & The Giant Peach, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr Fox, The Twits, The Witches….

3. Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown

4. Point Horror – The Lifeguard, Funhouse & The Cheerleader to name a few.

5. Charlotte’s Web by E.B White

6. The Goosebumps Series by R.L Stine – Say Cheese and Die! was my favourite.

7. Alfie by Shirley Hughes

8. My Naughty Little Sister by Dorothy Edwards – I still have my original hardback copy of this, gifted to me by my late uncle, dated 1992 (I was 5!). I will never part with it. Ever.

9. Topsy & Tim by Jean Adamson.

10. The Harry Potter series. I know this is an obvious one but this was so significant to my childhood. I was 10 when the first book was published (this makes me feel extremely old!). It was the first series I followed avidly, getting my nan to pre-order the books for me in WHSmith.

What books did you read as a kid? I loved thinking back to my most memorable books – I would love to re-read some of these!


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted buy The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they post a new topic and invite everyone to share their lists.


Top Ten Books I would classify as all time favourites from the past 5 years

I had to throw this post together really quickly this week – sorry about that. I have been teaching most nights so ‘free’ time is limited.

These are the books I would consider to be my all time favourites, from what I’ve read over the past 5 years. There is a real mixture here – fantasy, dystopian, romance, historical and crime/thrillers.

1. Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill

2. The Hunger Games, Catching Fire & Mockingjay

3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

4. Throne of Glass & Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas

5. The Light Between Oceans by M.L Stedman

6. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

7. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

8. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

9. Pretty Little Things by Julianne Hoffman

10. PS I love you by Cecelia Ahern

Have you read any of these?

Happy Reading!