Top Ten Tuesday || Rainy Day Reads

Top Ten Tuesday || Rainy Day Reads

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

There are so many books that I love that are perfect for rainy days.

  1. Vicious by V. E. Schwab
  2.  Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  3.  Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
  4.  Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  5.  The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  6.  On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
  7.  Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
  8. Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
  9. Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds
  10. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

WWW Wednesday: 10/04

WWW Wednesday: 10/04

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted Taking on a World of Words that I thought would be fun to get involved with. It involves answering three WWW questions about recent reads.

I wasn’t sure whether to do WWW Wednesday this week seeing as I posted my first Top Ten Tuesday post yesterday, but then I realise that I barely posted last week (blame the fact I started a new job) so here I am making up for it now! Plus, I’ve read a book this past week so I may as well tell you about it!

I really want to continue this streak of reading a book a week, but what I’d really love is to be able to bump that number up to two a week. I know I’ve said it a few times now, but I really want to work on reading more books and faster this year.

What are you currently reading?

I’m still read The Path Keeper by N. J. Simmonds and am about a quarter of the way through so far. I’ve been reading it on my lunch breaks at work now that I get an hour, but I usually spend the first half hour eating and going on my phone and then the second half hour I try to read on my Kindle. I picked up Opposite of Always as my ‘at home’ read and so far, it seems quite good and like it could be a fairly quick read, despite the fact that it is 450 pages long!

What did you recently finish reading?

I finished The Devouring Grey on Monday evening which I liked. I didn’t love it but I did enjoy reading this little paranormal book. I am hovering between 3.5 and 4 stars because I did find it slow to start with but the last 110 pages did pick up! 

What do you think you’ll read next?

I think I’ll be reading Viper next as that is released on the 18th April so I would like to get to that before it comes out. After that, I’ll be going for either Romanov or A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder but I’ll see what type of mood I am in!

What are you reading this week?

Top Ten Tuesday || Outrageous/Crazy/Uncharacteristic Things I’ve Done for the Love of Books

Top Ten Tuesday || Outrageous/Crazy/Uncharacteristic Things I’ve Done for the Love of Books

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

So I’ve finally decided to do a Top Ten Tuesday! I’ve been trying to decide whether to participate or not as there are sometimes topics where I can’t even think of 10 things, this topic being one of them! However, I want to post more and post consistently and this is a great way to do just that!

I can’t promise I’ll be participating every week but I’d like to start getting involved with Top Ten Tuesday more.

This is a fairly difficult topic because I can’t actually think of that many things that I’ve done that are exactly out of the ordinary.

1. Travelled to London just for V. E. Schwab’s Forbidden Planet signing.

I’ve travelled to Birmingham and Cheltenham before to see authors and for signings but I have never travelled to London for a book signing (we don’t count YALC because that’s an actual event that lasts longer than a day). Victoria wasn’t coming to Birmingham on her tour this time so with the Forbidden Planet signing being free, I made my way to London specifically for that.

2. Waited 3 hours to see Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

This is the longest I have ever waited for a book signing. I know plenty of other people have waited the same or longer but this is really not something I am used to. But I was committed to getting my books signed so I was staying in that queue no matter what.

3. Collecting editions of books – Caraval series and Harry Potter

Not exactly outrageous but I do have multiple editions of some books such as Harry Potter, the Caraval series and some of Victoria Schwab’s books

4. Special edition book boxes

Again, not outrageous or crazy but perhaps uncharacteristic for me. I do love a book box but I just can’t bring myself to splurge on the special edition boxes. Well, that changed last month because guess who bought their first special edition book box? Hint: it’s me.

5. Ran for books

I have a tendency to be very excitable about books and this is taken to new extremes when I’m at YALC. I didn’t so much last year, but in 2017, I was literally sprinting for books left, right and centre.

6. Pulled a beastly face for a chance to win a proof

At YALC 2017, Hodder was giving away proofs if you pulled your best beast face. It paid off because I did get a proof but that was definitely a different way to get a book!

7. Stayed up until 3am to read a book.

I know this is common for a lot of people to do but I am constantly tired and have to be up at 6am so I just can’t stay up at this time very often.

8. Reorganising my shelves for one book.

I have a tendency to let new books stack up until a rather large pile has stacked up in some bit of space in my room. However, sometimes I shall reorganise a shelf just so that I can fit one book on. In fact, I have already removed a book from my one shelf to accommodate Finale (which is released in a month!).

9. Reorganised my room for extra shelves

It’s true. I had a desk in my room for about 15 years until 2017, which is when I finished university. I decided that I didn’t need that desk anymore and so got rid of that in favour of more shelf space. I mean, totally worth it but I still need more shelf space!

10. Bought a bag based on the fact I can fit books in it

Not exactly crazy but I have bought bags based on how many books I can fit in them. I’ve even tried to see the smallest bag I can get whilst also being able to fit a book in it!

What are some of the craziest/outrageous/uncharacteristic things you’ve ever done for books?

WWW Wednesday: 03/04

WWW Wednesday: 03/04

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted Taking on a World of Words that I thought would be fun to get involved with. It involves answering three WWW questions about recent reads.

I’m doing quite well at the moment by reading a book a week. If I can keep my reading like that or, of course, read more than that a week then that’ll be great!

I started my new job on Monday this week so I am hoping I’ll be able to read a little bit more as I have an hour for lunch every day.

What are you currently reading?

Ive started The Path Keeper by N. J. Simmonds on my Kindle and The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman. I’m not very far through them but hoping to get a decent amount of reading done over the weekend!

What did you recently finish reading?

I finished The Princess and the Fangirl on Sunday evening. It took me a little longer than I expected but I really enjoyed it! Reading it gave me a head start on my #ARCAttack TBR, which is always a good thing!

What do you think you’ll read next?

I have a fairly long TBR for April what with ARC Attack happening. I’m thinking of reading A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder once I’ve finished my current reads, or at least my physical read as I’m taking my Kindle to work and reading physical books at home!

What are you currently reading?

WWW Wednesday: 27/03

WWW Wednesday: 27/03

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted Taking on a World of Words that I thought would be fun to get involved with. It involves answering three WWW questions about recent reads.

This last week has been fairly hectic with meals and work. I then had a fairly busy weekend seeing family and friends and then trying to catch up on my blog. I want to try and use Sundays for blogging more as I often find myself drowning in posts to write so I definitely need to have a day of just catching up.

I managed to finish one book this week but I’m looking to make that 2 books a week once I’ve settled into my new job.

What are you currently reading?

I’m starting The Path Keeper by N. J. Simmonds on my Kindle and will hopefully start The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston today or tomorrow to give myself a head start on my #ARCAttack TBR!

What did you recently finish reading?

I finished Truly Devious late last night, which I quite enjoyed. I want to pick the next book up but with #ARCAttack coming up in April, I don’t think that’ll happen until May/June now!

What do you think you’ll read next?

With #ARCAttack coming up in April, there are several books I want to read but I’m going to start with The Princess and the Fangirl and The Davouring Gray. 

WWW Wednesday: 20/03

WWW Wednesday: 20/03

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted Taking on a World of Words that I thought would be fun to get involved with. It involves answering three WWW questions about reading.

Another week has passed and I finished another book! I am currently above target for 30 books this year, but I’m really aiming for 70/80 books read this year. That means I need to be reading a lot more!

What are you currently reading?

Truly, Devious by Maureen Johnson. I’ve been really looking forward to this one for a little while now so I’m happy to finally be reading it. I’m hoping I’ll it as much as I think I will!

What did you recently finish reading?

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare. I did like it but as I finished it exactly a month after starting it, I just wanted it finished.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m thinking A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Calavaro??? or The Princess and the Fangirl by Ash Poston??? I’m excited to read both, it just depends on what sort of mood I am in after Truly, Devious. It also depends on when I finish Truly, Devious!

What are you guys currently reading?

WWW Wednesday: 13/03

WWW Wednesday: 13/03

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted Taking on a World of Words that I thought would be fun to get involved with. It involves answering three WWW questions about reading.

I decided not to post a WWW Wednesday last week based on having posts going up on Thursday and Friday, but it turns out you didn’t miss much as I didn’t have anything to bring to the table. However this week is a little different because I read 2 books. Yep, you read that right. I read and finished two books this week!

It may seem like a low number to some, but I am pretty proud of that. I just wish I could read 2 books a week every week!

What are you currently reading?

I’m still reading City of Glass by Cassandra Clare but I’m hoping to finally finish it over the next week. I first picked it up a month ago exactly today to read on the plane to and from Poland ready for the Cassie Clare signing a week later, but I haven’t read any of since then. I just want to finish it now!

What did you recently finish reading?

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas and it was fantastic. I started reading it on the train to her signing in Birmingham last Tuesday and finished it just under a week later. I also read The Near Witch on Saturday on my train to and from London for V. E. Schwab’s Forbidden Planet signing. I managed to read the book in 4 hours which I was pretty happy with as I haven’t read a book in a day in a little while. (Picture from my train down to London featuring The Near Witch – isn’t under the dust jacket pretty?)

What do you think you’ll read next?

I am planning to read The Devouring GrayTruly, Devious and A Study in Charlotte in March so my next read will be one of those, I’m just not sure which one yet.

What are you guys currently reading?