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Top Ten Tuesdays – Comfort Reads

Posted May 31, 2022 by louisesr in Features, TTT / 9 Comments

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.

Hmm so, this kind of works on the assumption that as readers we reread books when we’re looking for comfort. I NEVER reread books. I tried it a couple of times and was really disappointed. Two books which I’d previously loved and they were both DNF for me the second time round. Maybe I just don’t like knowing how something is going to turn out.

There are however authors that I class as “feel good fiction” these are the books that I know are going to make me feel warm and fuzzy inside. If I’m a bit down and I need a lift then these are the authors that I turn to, in no particular order

  1. Jill Mansell
  2. Milly Johnson
  3. Lucy Diamond
  4. Cathy Bramley
  5. Heidi Swain
  6. Carole Matthews
  7. Sarah Morgan
  8. Trisha Ashley
  9. Veronica Henry
  10. Jenny Colgan
  11. Sue Moorcroft

I know it’s top 10 Tuesday and there’s 11 of them but I couldn’t cut any of them out.


Top Ten Tuesday – Book Quotes

Posted May 24, 2022 by louisesr in Features, TTT / 5 Comments

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.

This weeks prompt for Top Ten Tuesday is book quotes, there are so many ways that this could go – my favourite quotes from in books, my favourite quotes about books, I’ve decided to share with you my favourite quotes about books and reading. I’ve been a reader all my life, I love that books take me to a different world, even if that world is one of serial killers.

“Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world.”

Napoléon Bonaparte

I’m hopefully raising a family of readers. My children think it’s a great afternoon treat to head off to the library and my 6yo has just discovered the libby app. Although she is a very capable reader we take it in turns to read books, some nights she will read them herself and other times I will read to her. My son is 4, he can’t read yet but he’s working on recognising his letters (he gets so excited if he sees a word that includes the letters in his name), he gets 2 stories read to him every night.

“I guess there are never enough books.”

John Steinbeck

When I was a child there just wasn’t enough books for me, before I’d finished primary school I’d read all of the books in my school and all of the books in my local library. Now, I read daily but I’m pretty sure I’m never going to run out of books again.

“If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.”

JK Rowling

I think this is so true, there is a book for everyone. I know people who can’t understand why others would read fiction but they will immerse themselves in autobiographies or books on sport. My brother always said he hated reading, and then he discovered Terry Pratchett and devoured them all.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Dr Seuss

Who does’t love Dr Seuss, he has so many great quotes. One of the things that I love about books is that even if you’re reading fiction you can learn from them. Not just the best way to dispose of a body but I recently learn about ALS and depression. I’ve found that the books that used to be known as Chick-lit, which are now normally labelled Women’s Fiction often have some of the deepest topics in amongst the humour.

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

CS Lewis

My husband laughs at me for the size of my cups, the only dainty cup that I possess is a cup and saucer that I got in this months Illumicrate box. If I’m having a cuppa I want to know that it’s actually going to be big enough to quench my thirst. In all honesty, I never really check the length of a book any more, I have a lot on my kindle so I’d have no idea how many pages they are until I come to post a review. When I was younger I always used to gravitate to the longer books, I thought I was getting more for my money with them 😁

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one.”

George RR Martin

I read such a wide variety of books, I’ve gone to different worlds and lived different jobs, I’ve lived through a zombie apocalypse and world wars. When I’m reading a book I get so immersed in the world that I’m living in for that short time.

I can survive well enough on my own—if given the proper reading material.

Sarah J Maas

I’m an introvert, I don’t tend to go out very much, I’m quite happy sitting inside on my own – as long as I have a book to keep me company. Even if I go out I usually have both my kindle and a paperback with me, if I get stuck in a queue or have 5 minutes to myself, I’m not going to get bored if I have a book with me

A room without books is like a body without a soul.

Cicero

I drive my husband crazy as I have books everywhere (I have so many I couldn’t possibly limit them to my bookcases). We have 2 huge bookcases in our study which are stacked full, there is always a paperback on top of the placemats in the middle of the kitchen table, my bedroom has a couple of books on the bedside table and a book trolley on the other side of the room

It’s not that I don’t like people. It’s just that when I’m in the company of others – even my nearest and dearest – there always comes a moment when I’d rather be reading a book.

Maureen Corrigan

I think it’s pretty safe to say that I’d almost always rather be reading a book.

You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.

Paul Sweeney

I finished Lessons in Chemistry a couple of days ago and I honestly felt bereft when I was no longer living in the world of Elizabeth Zott. It was one of those books that could never have been long enough.

What is your favourite book related quote?


TTT – One Word Reviews of Last 10 Books

Posted May 3, 2022 by louisesr in Features, TTT / 6 Comments

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.

This is so hard for me to do. I started a book blog because the word limit on Instagram wasn’t enough and now I’m going to try to do one word reviews! Anyway, here goes…

The Birdcage by Eve Chase – amazing

22 Seconds by James Patterson – standard

The Executioner by Chris Carter – gross

The Midnight Man by Caroline Mitchell – excellent

No Less The Devil by Stuart MacBride – crazy

The Serial Killers Girl by LH Stacey – predictable

Survive The Night by Riley Sagar – overhyped

The Perfect Holiday by TJ Emerson – staycation

How To Kill Your Family by Bella Mackie – humorous

The Lighthouse Girls by BR Spangler – clowns