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Ten Comfort Reads | TTT

May 31st, 2022

Note: Top Ten Tuesday Is A Weekly Meme Hosted by The Artsy Reader

Hi Readers!

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic speaks to my soul. I feel like I’ve done this post before and have talked about these books a million times, so there’s nothing very new here if you’ve been here for a while, but here are the ten books which are unfailingly comforting.

So many of these are on here because they’re a favourite story, and I’ve just read them so many times. I think there’s something so comforting in going back to characters you know so well.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgsen Burnett

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

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TTT | Books I Was ‘So Excited To Set To’ But Are Still On My TBR…

May 17th, 2022

Note: Top Ten Tuesday Is A Weekly Meme Hosted by The Artsy Reader

Hi Readers!

Okay, firstly, Top Ten Tuesday, I feel so called out right now! There are so many TBR’s and Book Haul’s where I’ve repeatedly said how excited I am to read a book. But we all know I’m prone to doing ovely ambitious TBR’s and there’s just never enough time to get to all of them!

Here are ten books that have fallen victim to this very thing!

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The Romanovs by Simon Sebag Montefiore – I’ve put this on my February TBR, my March TBR, my April TBR, and now my May TBR. And it doesn’t look like I’m going to get to it in May either. But honestly, if I don’t get to it this month, I will next month. I promise! I’m so excited to read this!

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari – I actually got this out of a book exchange little library. I was so excited when I found this in there. That was almost a year ago now…

Sylvia Plath Journals – I don’t usually buy books without reading them first, but because I was so excited to read this, I just had to buy a copy. And promptly left it on my shelf unread for a year…

The Priory Of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – Another book I bought. But this one I bought brand new, on release, because I of how excited I was to read it. Have I picked it up? No! It is because the size intimidates me? Possibly, probably, yes.

The Odyssey by Homer – Oh my goodness guys I’ve been so excited to read the Greek myths for years now. But you have to admit, these are some of the most intimidating pieces of literature out there! I have however started The Iliad and oh my goodness…

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Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell – I’ve already loved one of his books, I’ve heard so many good things about this book (not so much the movie though). How could I not be excited to read this one? I’ve just never made it a priority.

Robin Hobb’s Fantasy Books – Thinking about it, I’m always saying I’m so excited to read more fantasy, and then I never do!

The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – I got these when the TV show was still being released, so you know it’s been a while. I even made my Mum buy me the leather bound edition of it for Christmas because of how excited I was! Sorry Mum.

1Q84 by Haruki Murikami – I was so excited when I found the first two books in a bind-up in a charity shop maybe four years ago now. Still haven’t started it. And since then I’ve even read something else from Murikami I borrowed from the library. Who knows when I’ll get to the one I actually own!

How Hard Can Love Be by Holly Bourne – I read and loved Am I Normal Yet? two years ago now, and ever since I’ve been meaning to pick up the sequel because I’m so excited to read it! But I just haven’t yet…

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

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TTT | Ten Of The Best Books With Water On The Cover

April 26th, 2022

Note: Top Ten Tuesday Is A Weekly Meme Hosted by The Artsy Reader

Hi Readers!

I’ve always found myself drawn to books with water on the cover. They always promise Summer and warmth, and the sea is one of my favourite views as it reminds me of home. Here are some of the most beautiful covers with water:

The Corfu Trilogy by Gerald Durrell
These books are the essence of Summer. The best type of beach read if you’re not a fan of romance. These non-fiction memoirs are funny, but also a love letter to the island of Corfu, the nature, wildlife and surrounding sea.

Virginia Woolf by The Waves
A lot of Woolf’s books scream Summer and are set by the sea. I’m currently reading a biography of Woolf and there’s actually a reason why she wrote so much about the seaside, as it was very significant to her and her childhood.
The Waves is an incredibly unique novel, and I can’t wait to reread it soon.

The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante
I actually think all of the Neapolitan Novels have the sea on their covers.
Set in Naples, Italy, the sea is an important setting and makes these books perfect Summer reads.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
One of my favourite books ever.
This is an epistolary novel set post WWII surrounding the island of Guernsey and how they survived the Nazi occupation. Despite the hard topics it explores, this is an incredibly light, hopeful, funny book that any book lover should read.

Beach Read by Emily Henry
One of my favourite romantic contemporaries, and another one for book lovers.
It’s kind of a rival, hate to love romance about two writers who write very different genres and have very different personalities, and challenge eachother to swap genres for a project.

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
I loved this book as a teenager and actually I reread it a couple of Summers ago and it still holds up today.
This YA Contemporary romance follows a teenage girl whose father has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, and they return to their family lake house for one last Summer together.

The God Of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Another one of the best books I have ever read. They way Roy writes, she just reinvents it and makes it her own.
This is set during a tumultuous time in India and follows two twins from childhood to adulthood.

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
This book is all about the beach, Summer vibes. The most perfect book to read during Summer.
It is set in Malibu and follows two timelines, four siblings and their parents turbulant love story.

Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Fitzagerald is another author whose books I just associate with Summer.
This one I have a foggy memory of, I think because the story itself is quite bizarre and random. But it does begin on a beach in the French Riviera, so it at least starts with the right vibes.

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
I mean, Percy Jackson is the son of Poseidon so of course there’s water on the cover.
This series is a great introduction into greek mythology. I highly recommend them. I’m also so excited for the TV show! They just cast Percy and I think he’s perfect!

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

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TTT | Author I HAVE To Read

April 12th, 2022

Note: Top Ten Tuesday Is A Weekly Meme Hosted by The Artsy Reader

Hi Readers!

This week we’re discussing authors we haven’t read, but really want to. All of these authors have a long list of books they have written that are on my TBR…

Mark Twain – He wrote a wide range of books of all genres, childrens, adult, historical, fantastical. One of his books I’m most intrigued by is a time travel novel set in Arthurian legends!
On My TBR: A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthurs Court, Huckleberry Finn

James Baldwin – Out of all of these male writers, I have my highest hopes set in Baldwin and plan on devouring a bunch of his novels this Summer
On My TBR: Giovanni’s Room, If Beale Street Could Talk, Go Tell It On The Mountain

Ernest Hemingway – Now, for completely the opposite reason, I actually don’t think I would enjoy Hemingway, although I am determined to get through at least one book of his. I think his non-fiction might be more my thing.
On My TBR: The Sun Also Rises, A Moveable Feast

Ottessa Moshfegh – I see her books everywhere and I just find them so intriguing. I’ve just never made time for them!
On My TBR: My Year Of Rest and Relaxation

Joyce Carol Oates – The main reason I want to get into Oates is because her readers are fed so well. I swear she releases two books a year!
On My TBR: Blonde, We Were The Mulvaneys

Zadie Smith – This is an author who’s books I just never make time for, which I really need to change.
On My TBR: White Teeth, Swing Time and N-W

Marian Keyes – She’s only recently come onto my raider, but I keep looking at her books and thinking they could be quite enjoyable.
On My TBR: Grownups, The Break

Angela Carter – Confession, I was supposed to read ‘The Bloody Chamber’ in school, but I never did. Big surprise I failed that class. But I was a fool and thought I wouldn’t enjoy her, but now I think her stories sound incredible and I’m itching to get to them.
On My TBR: The Bloody Chamber, The Magic Toyshop

Kate Mosse – I follow her on Twitter and I always see her books around. Since I was young I saw them on the shelves on charity shops and libraries, and I always saw them as ‘books for grownups’. Well, guess what? That’s what I am now! So I would love to read something by her finally.
On My TBR: The Labyrinth, Mistletoe Bride

D.H. Lawrence – His life sounds fascinating, and I do love a banned book and I think at some point or other, all of his were.
On My TBR: Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Sons and Lovers

What author do you keep meaning to read?

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

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Books With Adjectives In The Title | Top Ten Tuesday

March 22nd, 2022

Note: Top Ten Tuesday Is A Weekly Meme Hosted by The Artsy Reader

Hi Readers!

I’m hoping to start doing TTT on a regular basis again on my blog. I used to do it every week but around this time last year life was very hectic and I kind of just burnt out. I’m in a much better place now and I’m really enjoying blogging again, and I’d love to get back into this community.

This weeks TTT topic is adjectives in book titles. Now, am I fairly confident I know what an adjective it? Yes. Did I still check to make sure each one of these words is definitely an adjective? Absolutely.

The Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys – A prequel/response to Charlotte Bronte’s ‘mad woman in the attic’ Bertha Mason.

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman – A comforting, character driven book about a band robbery and the lives of the people who witness it.

The God Of Small Things by Arundhati Roy – One of the most exquisitely written books I have ever read set in 1960’s Kerala, India.

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante – One of my favourite books, everyone should read this book! If you like books about literature, writing and complex female friendships, this is a must read.

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson – This was on my mind because I bought it yesterday second hand. Book haul coming soon!

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgsen Burnett – Sara Crewe is wise beyond her years, but suffers a great tragedy that will test tht resolve.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgsen Burnett – After being made an orphan Mary Lennox moves from hot India to a Yorkshire Manor house to live with her Uncle. Alone and friendless, she finds comfort in the gardens that surround it.

The Beautiful And Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald – This one is on my Spring TBR and I’m looking forward to it. I do love a ‘swinging ’20’s’ novel.

Bleak House by Charles Dickens – Another on my TBR. This is one of my most anticipated Dicken’s book (although the length does intimidate me).

The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins – One of my favourite Victorian novels with a gothic atmosphere and great twists. I definitely need to read more by Collins soon.

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X