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Top 10 Tuesday: 10 Books Santa Should Leave Under my Tree

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It’s Tuesday again so The Broke and the Bookish are hosting Top Ten Tuesday.

This week it’s 10 Books Santa (or Father Christmas if I’m being English) should leave under my tree. My wishlist is over 180 items long, most of them are book, because every time I see a book I want to read I add it to my list, but then when I’m shopping I see other books I want, so I only tend to get books from my list as presents. Some things have been on there a long time, the oldest item was added in 2006, the oldest book in 2009. So my problem isn’t pickig 10 things but narrowing it down to 10!

As always in o particular order

1) Where My Heart Used to Beat- Sebastian Faulks

I have been a bit disappointed by the last few Sebastian Faulks novels, but I also have loved past novels, so I shall keep going, this one sounds like it will be a good ‘un.

A man looking back on his life which includes some of the biggest events of the 20th century



2) Yes Means Yes- Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti

Maybe not really a present book, but one I am really interested in all the same.

It’s about approaches to women’s sexuality and rape. How approach to a woman’s sexuality leads to the type of victim blaming which is often seen in rape cases, and how things need to change.


3) Moranifesto- Caitlin Moran

What can I say, I love Caitlin Moran. Another collection of her columns, and a few unique to the book pieces.



4) The Lake House- Kate Morton

Another favourite author. I’ve loved everything my Kate Morton. With all the usual intrigue, a missing person, an abandoned house, and an old woman with secrets The Lake House promises to be no different.

5) Career of Evil- Robert Galbraith

 I have somehow yet to get my hands on this third Cormoran Strike book.



6) Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki And His Years of Pilgrimage- Haruki Murakami


It’s been too long since I read any Murakami (I read Sputnik Sweetheart a few months ago) and I really like the sound of this one. Tsukuru had four best friends in school, but one day they decide they don’t want to be his friends anymore. Since then Tsukuru has been adrift.

7) Migraine- Oliver Saks

 A psychology one, always high on my non-fiction lists. This one is about migraine, and manly interests me because I get the

8) The Closed Circle- Jonathan Coe

I mainly want this one because it’s a sequel to The Rotter’s Club. This time about the characters who were teenagers in The Rotter’s Club now living in the Britain of ‘New Labour’

9) A Recipe for Bees- Gail Anderson-Dargatz

I read A Cure for Death By Lightening a few years ago and really loved it. This book, by the same author is about a normal woman with gifts she can’t quite cope with. I very much doubt this will be under the tree, it doesn’t appear to be in print anymore

10) A new Kindle.


I haven’t even asked for this because I don’t know what kindle I want. I just know my current one is getting tired and I could really do with a new one before it completely conks out on me.



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Top 10 Books for Feminist Readers

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It’s Tuesday again so The Broke and the Bookish are hosting Top Ten Tuesday.

This week it’s Ten Books For Readers Who Like _________ as it was International Woman’s Day over the weekend I’ve decided to look at books with feminist messages (whether it’s because it has a strong female character, or because it’s a book written to do with feminism)

In no particular order…

How to Be a Woman- Caitlin Moran. 

Feminist, and funny. Talks about lots of feminist issues but easy to read and not in your face.

How to Be a Heroine- Samantha Ellis

Talks about female heroines in books, very entertaining.

We Should All Be Feminists- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I read this a few weeks ago but haven’t reviewed it yet. It’s about being a feminist in Nigeria and the US, and why feminism is important. It’s a short book and I highly recommend it.

The Thursday Next Series- Jasper Fforde

Thursday is pretty awesome. she helps save not just one world but two!

His Dark Materials- Philip Pullman

Lyra is only a kid when she goes to save her friend Roger, but she doesn’t care about her age. She’s one powerful kid

Living Dolls- Natasha Walter

About modern day sexism, very thought provoking. One of my most frequently recommended books.



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Top 10 Books of the Last 3 Years

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It’s Tuesday again so The Broke and the Bookish are hosting Top Ten Tuesday.

This week it’s Top Ten Books You Would Classify As ALL TIME FAVOURITE BOOKS from the past 3 years. I like this topic, gives me a good chance to look back on some of my favourites

In no particular order…

How to Be a Woman- Caitlin Moran. 

Made me pretty much gave me a girl crush on Caitlin Moran. Very funny, and clever.

Texts From Jane Eyre- Mallory Ortberg

Funny, and clever. Must read for literary people. I’ve been recommending this one all over the place.

Brooklyn Bites Series- Scott Stabile

A little bit of a cheat here since there are technically 3 books (Truffle Fries and a Little Taste of Chocolate, A Pickle and Carrot Cake, and, Meatball Sandwich and Cream Crumb), but they are short, each containing two short stories with a food as the starting point. They’re beautifully written and you wouldn’t think you could get so much thought and emotion into such short stories. These are probably my most championed indie books.
Life After Life- Kate Atkinson

Still remains the only Atkinson I’ve ever read (but I am eagerly awaiting the parallel novel due to come out in May) but it is one of my favourite books. It’s a little hard to describe without it sounding gimmicky, so I usually just tell people they must read it!

 The Crimson Petal and the White- Michael Faber. 

Another one I’ve forced on a few people! It takes a fair amount of energy to read, but it’s well worth it. I wanted to recommend this to my Mum‘s book group, but they weren’t impressed with the sex in The War of Don Emmanuel’s Nether Parts so I decided they probably wouldn’t take to a book in which the main character was a prostitute.

How to Be a Heroine- Samantha Ellis

Another must read for bibliophiles. This one is more thoughtful, and also funny. Gets you thinking about old favourites.

The Storyteller- Jodi Picoult

The Storyteller is a bit different from other books by Picoult, but it still is very moving.

The Horologicon- Mark Forsyth

Great, entertaining, and witty book all about words. I just wish I could remember more of them


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Top 10 Books on my Wishlist

Top 10 Sites I Visit that AREN'T About BooksTop 10 Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is a free for all so I’m looking at some of the books on my wishlist.

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Top 10 Books I Really Want To Read But Don’t Own Yet

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It’s Tuesday again so The Broke and the Bookish are hosting Top Ten Tuesday.

This week it’s Top 10 Books I Really want To Read But Don’t Own Yet. I’m really bad at impulse buying when it comes to books, so my wishlist is 122 books long (on amazon alone), that made it quite hard to choose just 10 books. The list is in no specific order, title links are to amazon, and synopses come from amazon too.

Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord– Louis de Bernières

Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord is the sequel to The War of Don Emmanual’s Nether Parts which is one of my favourite books.

“Dionisio Vivo, a South American lecturer in philosophy, is puzzled by the hideously mutilated corpses that keep turning up outside his front door. To his friend, Ramon, one of the few honest policemen in town, the message is all too clear: Dionisio’s letters to the press, exposing the drug barons, must stop; and although Dionisio manages to escape the hit-men sent to get him, he soon realises that others are more vulnerable, and his love for them leads him to take a colossal revenge.”

Moranthology-Caitlin Moran

I basically fell in love with Caitlin Moran when I read How To Be A Woman, so of course I want to read Moranology

“In MORANTHOLOGY Caitlin ‘gets quite chatty’ about many subjects, including cultural, social and political issues which are usually left to hot-shot wonks and not a woman who sometimes keeps a falafel in her handbag. These other subjects include…

Caffeine | Ghostbusters | Being Poor | Twitter | Caravans | Obama | Wales | Paul McCartney | The Welfare State | Sherlock | David Cameron Looking Like Ham | Amy Winehouse | ‘The Big Society’ | Big Hair | Nutter-letters | Michael Jackson’s funeral | Failed Nicknames | Wolverhampton | Squirrels’ Testicles | Sexy Tax | Binge-drinking | Chivalry | Rihanna’s Cardigan | Party Bags | Hot People| Transsexuals | The Gay Moon Landings”

A Recipe for Bees– Gail Anderson-Dargatz

I want to read this one after rather enjoying The Cure For Death By Lightening, although it doesn’t appear to be in print in the UK

“Augusta Olsen is a woman with passions and desires who has inherited three things from her mother: a wayward heart, a talent for beekeeping and the very dubious gift of second sight. These are legacies just too big for a young wife who finds life on a remote farm with shy, awkward Karl and his detestable father almost unbearable. But farming husbands and wives are married to their land as much as to each other. From that kind of necessity, a different sort of love is made – and remade…”

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close– Jonathan Safran Foer

Again this is one where I have enjoyed a different book by the same author, in this case Everything is Illuminated

 “Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is an inventor, amateur entomologist, computer consultant, Francophile, letter writer, pacifist, amateur astronomer, natural historian, percussionist, romantic, Great Explorer, jeweller, origamist, detective, vegan and collector of butterflies.

When his father is killed in the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center, Oskar sets out to solve the mystery of a key he discovers in his father’s closet. It is a search which leads him into the lives of strangers, through the five boroughs of New York, into history, to the bombings of Dresden and Hiroshima, and on an inward journey which brings him ever closer to some kind of peace…”

Ape House– Sara Gruen

I will probably actually like Ape House more than I enjoyed Water for Elephants, because monkeys are my favourite animals.

“These bonobos are no ordinary apes. Like others of their species, they are capable of reason and carrying on deep relationships – but, unlike most bonobos, they also know American Sign Language.

Isabel Duncan, a scientist at the Great Ape Language Lab, doesn’t understand people, but animals she gets, especially the bonobos. Isabel feels more comfortable in their world than she’s ever felt among humans . . . until she meets John Thigpen, a very married reporter who braves the ever-present animal rights protesters outside the lab to see what’s really going on inside.

When an explosion tears apart the lab, severely injuring Isabel and ‘liberating’ the apes to an unknown destination, John’s human interest piece turns into the story of a lifetime.”

Record Collecting for Girls: Unleashing Your Inner Music Nerd, One Album at a Time– Courtney E. Smith

I read about this one on another blog (don’t ask me where, it was several years ago). I always like to find new music.

“Mariner Books Record Collecting for Girls is an invitation for all of you stereophiles (who happen to be female) to make your own top-five lists. and then. witharmed and ready with the book’s fun facts. to argue their merits to the ever-present boys’ club of music snobs in your life.”

Night– Elie Wiesel

“Born into a Jewish ghetto in Hungary, as a child, Elie Wiesel was sent to the Nazi concentration camps at Auschwitz and Buchenwald. This is his account of that atrocity: the ever-increasing horrors he endured, the loss of his family and his struggle to survive in a world that stripped him of humanity, dignity and faith. Describing in simple terms the tragic murder of a people from a survivor’s perspective, Night is among the most personal, intimate and poignant of all accounts of the Holocaust.”

Graduates in Wonderland: The International Misadventures of Two (Almost) Adults– Jessica Pan and Rachel Kapelke-Dale

I read an article by one of the writers of this book which made me add it to my wishlist, although I’m not sure which author it was

“Two best friends document their post-college life in a hilarious and relatable epistolary memoir. Friends since they met at Brown University freshman year, Jessica Pan and Rachel Kapelke-Dale vowed to keep in touch after senior year through in-depth and brutally honest weekly e-mails. After graduation, Jess moves to Beijing while Rachel heads to New York. Each spends the next few years tumbling through adulthood and reinventing themselves in various countries, including France, China, and Australia. Through their messages, they swap tales of teaching classes of military men, running a magazine, and flirting in foreign languages, along with the hard stuff: from near-death run-ins, breakups, and breakdowns.”

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage– Haruki Murakami

Yay, Murakami!

“Tsukuru Tazaki had four best friends at school. By chance all of their names contained a colour. The two boys were called Akamatsu, meaning ‘red pine’, and Oumi, ‘blue sea’, while the girls’ names were Shirane, ‘white root’, and Kurono, ‘black field’. Tazaki was the only last name with no colour in it.

One day Tsukuru Tazaki’s friends announced that they didn’t want to see him, or talk to him, ever again.

Since that day Tsukuru has been floating through life, unable to form intimate connections with anyone. But then he meets Sara, who tells him that the time has come to find out what happened all those years ago.”


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Book Blog Hop

I am loving this week’s Blog Hop question! I just had to answer!

“If I gave you £50 (or $80) and sent you into a bookshop right now, what would be in your basket when you finally staggered to the till?

Lets see…

Well I’d Have to get the next Thursday Next book on my list, I already have One of Our Thursdays is Missing, but can;t actually read it until I get my hands on First Among Sequels- Jasper Fforde

Then I’ve been wanting to read The Closed Circle- Johnathan Coe since I read the book that it follows from, The Rotter’s Club

I read the whole of The Night Bookmobile- Audrey Niffenegger while in Waterstones a while ago and would love to own it, its one of those books you can read and re-read, and I love the pictures

I’ve been wanting to read more by Johnathon Safron Foer ever since I read Everything is Illuminated, so Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close would have to be there.

I loved the first part of Stephen Fry’s autobiography so The Fry Chronicles would have to be on there

And if I could get hold of it A Recipe for Bees- Gail Anderson-Dargatz after really enjoying A Cure for Death by Lightening


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On book bans and book buying.

In an attempt to save money I’m on a book buying ban. I’m not allowing myself to buy any more books until I have cut my To Be Read pile down to the single figures. This shouldn’t really be a hard thing, my current TBR pile is at 14 books.

But here’s my problem. After finishing Midnight’s Children I was planning on re-reading To Kill a Mockingbird. Partly because it’s the 50th anniversary of it being published, and partly because it’s on the Rory Gilmore Book Challenge List. Oh and of course because it’s well worth a re-read. I have torn my bookshelves apart, I was sure I knew where it was but I cannot find my copy of To Kill a Mockingbird anywhere. So I think to myself it will turn up, I will pick up something else. Only here’s the problem nothing on my TBR list inspires me. I want to read them all but none of them I really feel like reading now.

The TBR list

Bram Stoker- Dracula
Monica Ali- In the Kitchen
Ian McEwan- Atonement
E. B. White- Charlotte’s Web
Jane Austen- Emma
JRR Tolkien- Lord of the Rings
The Brother’s Grimm Fairytales
Margaret Atwood- Oryx and Crake
Daphne du Maurier- Rebecca
Jane Austen- Sense and Sensibility
Carlos Ruiz Zafon- The Shadow of the Wind
Frank L. Baum- The Wizard of Oz

Magyk- Angie Sage
Spies- John Flynn

(books in italics are book challenge books)

So this is how I see it, I have 3 options…

  1. Go to Waterstones and buy new book(s)
  2. Wait until Monday and  go to the library after work
  3. Pick a book off my TBR pile anyway and just read it
  4. oh and I suppose spend all day looking for To Kill a Mockingbird

For  me 1 of course sounds like the best option. I get a book to read now that I actually want to read (and you know I really, really want to get my hands on The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which they don’t have at the library). I know there’s a 3 for 2 on all fiction so I could get a bargain. Oh and it’s been so long since I bought a book (mainly because my Mum’s books keep finding their way onto my TBR pile), and actually only 3 books on my TBR pile belong to me so obviously that means I had quite a while without buying a book. But it does mean breaking my ban, and it was only the other week I broke my Lush ban….(having said that I have run out of conditioner and shampoo recently which means I was allowed to break my ban to buy those things).

I need to go to buy toothpaste anyway so maybe I’ll just pop into Waterstones and have a look….


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