Top Ten Tuesday – 16th January

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader 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 normally have one main bookish resolutions/Goals but this year it isn’t really as prevalent.

Read more Ebooks

So I started a job in August and with that comes quite a nice salary. I’ve never wanted to buy physical books as I wanted to spend my money on other things. However, I have been buying a lot more physical books and my beautiful kindle paperwhite has been abandoned. I will pretty much never buy contemporaries so that’s a good way to read more ebooks.

I’m maybe going to try reading an ebook for every physical book. I’m considering making an ebook list to perhaps get some focus on this.

Balance reading with work and studying

So I started a new job and as part of it I will be starting to study for my professional qualification. This bring with it a challenge to my reading so we shall see how it goes.

Allow myself to read new releases

While I still want to focus on ebooks then I will balance this by buying physical copies of new releases. I think that’s probably one of the best ways to manage my book buying.

Reread more books

I think this is the year of rereading for me. So many series are finishing up so I’m trying to read one of the series books previously to the month in order to catch up in time for the last book being released.

Finish series

I think this is always in everyone’s view. A lot of series finish up this year so that’s a good focus but I’ve also got some unfinished series that I could get to. I do also want to continue on with my series as well (especially the big books).

So I can’t come up with 10 but having a good focus I think is key. Let me know your reading goals in the comments.


Top Ten Tuesday – 9th January

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

These are the books I wanted to get to in 2017 but couldn’t so they’re on my 2018 TBR.


Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

I had planned on reading this straight after This Savage Song but as is all too common I got distracted by something else. I do plan on getting to it.

Kiss of Deception Mary E. Pearson

There is so much hype around it and as I do love fantasy then I am kind of interested but it has been for quite a few years I’ve been looking at it.

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

So I think this was sold to me wrong. I have been really enjoying dark books along the line of Dark Days Club and And I Darken so I hope this can join it. I like really dark, gritty books but I just don’t have an interest in thrillers.

Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo

I have to read this because of my love of comics but I’m so nervous that it will be awful.

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

This came out at the end of the year and there was just so many books that it made it hard to get around to.

Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman

This is more important as I just want to get to the Book of Dust. It will eventually happen.

A Hero for WondLa by Tony

I loved a Search for WondLa so this just fell by the wayside as I struggled to get a hold of a copy.

Eon by Alison Goodman

As I love The Dark Days Club, I want to check out some of her other work.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

I don’t think I read a single Rainbow Rowell book this year which is quite sad. I love fantasy and people rave about this but I have my reservations.

The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan


There we go. Another one down. Enjoy the rest of your reading adventure.

New Year’s Resolution Book Tag

So I seen this over on Books Amino so that’s what has inspired this.

An author you’d like to read (that you’ve never read before)?

Mark Lawrence

I’ve been into super dark twisted books and Mark Lawrence’s work seems like something I need to be reading.

A Book you’d like to read?

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I can’t really explain to you why I have a need to read this but it just seems cool.

A book you’d like to reread?

I hope this series finishes up this year but it’s not looking good. You’ll notice a theme of dark books…..

A book you’ve had for ages and want to read?

Illustrated Harry Potter’s

I’ve been collecting these but I haven’t read them after the first because I am very much a read on the go type of person…. and you can’t really carry these in my handbag.

A big book you’d like to read?

The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

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This is a big book and I’m hoping to read more audiobooks this year now that I have finally caved to audible. I have the audiobook of this and hoping I can convince myself to listen to this in the car. It’s like a spoken memoir so should work well?

An author you’ve previously read and want to read more of?

Terry Pratchett – it will always be Terry Pratchett.

You’re probably going to notice that I think Pratchett is a God and will be one of my favourite authors of all time.

A book you got for Christmas and would like to read?


I don’t normally get specific books for Christmas but spotted the two of these at a super cheap price just after I heard a really good synopsis of the book. Again dark books please!

A series you want to read (start and finish)?

Libba Bray could have been a new author I want to read so I would like to get to either of these series, but want to tell myself to only focus on one first so a recommendation would be great.

A series you want to finish (that you’ve already started)?

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The last book comes out in February!!!!! How did I have that so wrong! I need to get to the rest of the series pronto!

How many books do you want to read in 2018?

So I’ve put my goal at 40 books due to starting a new job and studying alongside it in order to gain my Chartered Accounting Qualification. I usually wanted to read a book a week but that’s just not possible at the moment.


Top Ten Tuesday – 2nd January

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader 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 this isn’t an extensive list of all the new authors I read in 2017 but it’s pretty close. I edited this list down to authors I really enjoyed and did/would read from again.


Lee MacKenzi – Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

So I heard about all the hype for months but it wasn’t in paperback and I just can’t justify hardback prices. I also kept hearing about the audio-book and it appeared at my library I diced I may as well. I think I flew through it in two days which is pretty much unheard of for me. I’ve got quite a difficult relationship with audio-books. I’m really looking forward to the sequel but I can’t guarantee that I’ll pay the hardback prices.

Victoria Schwab – This Savage Song

I read this as a buddy read and did enjoy it. I wasn’t blown away but Victoria Schwab if I’m honest but I will read the sequel.

Sandhya Menon – When Dimple Met Rishi

This was a lovely contemporary and gave me a really nice insight into a cultural view similar to what one of my best friends goes through (her family is Pakistani but her mum is still trying to set her up).

Ryan Graudin – Wolf by Wolf

I loved this first book and the writing style but wasn’t entirely convinced by the second. I am looking forward to some of her other books but I am questioning her latest release as it hasn’t had the best buzz around it.

Becky Albertalli – Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda

Was sorta of meh. I did enjoy it but contemporaries are kind of forgettable for me. I suppose I’ll read the upside of unrequited because I did enjoy the flow but I’m not clamoring for it.

Elizabeth Wein – Code Name Verity

Oh was this so good! I just kept thinking about this and it took me ages to finish because I just knew it wasn’t going to end happily. But I enjoyed this so much! I constantly recite the names of the planes. I do want to read her other work but just not got to it yet.

Ruta Sepetys – Salt to the Sea

One of my new auto-buy authors. I want to read anything she writes, I think I’ve gotten through most of her collection of works already.

Diana Gabaldon – Outlander

I am very proud of myself for finally getting to this. I do have the second book and SO want to read it but man is it big. Maybe over the summer. That’s big book territory.

Patrick Rothfuss – The Name of the Wind

Again, incredible but man are these books big! His writing is phenomenal and his story building is some of my favourite. I have the audio-book to this and if i can convince myself to listen to it while driving I think that would be really good.

Terry Pratchett – The Colour of Magic

A new god! I get so upset to remember he sadly passed away and in my lifetime I want to read all of Discworld. It’s a task but my Dad and I are getting there together.

Well I finally wrote a blog. Who knows if it will continue.


2017 New Releases That I Read

Flying Lessons and Other Stories

A List of Cages by Robin Roe

The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman

Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas

Release by Patrick Ness

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Now I Rise by Kiersten White

Because you Love to Hate Me by Ameriie

Traitor to the Throne by Sarah J Maas

The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (10th Anniversary edition)

I didn’t want to write my full opinion on these but I am pretty selective about new books so I normally love them. Most of these are also from authors I’ve previously read or part of an ongoing series.

5 Star Reads of 2017

So here are my favourite books of 2017. I was thinking that the highest of my ratings are quite rare and these are things that I’m most likely to recommend to people. I have not included rereads as they usually will be rated highly.

Eliza and Her Monsters by Zappia Francesca

This was such an interesting book that has some really interesting elements. It was similar to Fangirl but focussed on some completely different elements. I didn’t enjoy the in story story as much but I liked the wider story.

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

I am surprised that this took me so long to read. And I still haven’t picked up the sequel. I do love Rick Riordan and I know some people aren’t the biggest fan of Apollo but I like the story and I’m glad to be back in with a 5 book series.

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

I sort of struggled with if I should include this. I did love it. The series continued to grow but I was frustrated with how this didn’t feel like a conclusion. As a book it is 5 stars but as a sequel…. well it isn’t really one.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

One of the best books I’ve read. I just loved how this was done. It was such an interesting story premise and showed some really unique elements compared to the traditional war story. I did read this when I was on a historical war fiction bindge.

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Everyone knows this is amazing. I did prefer Salt to the Sea but again I just loved the exposure to the different parts involved during wars.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

I think this was surprising more than anything. I did enjoy this different view on historical fiction and do want to continue on the series but BIG BOOK!

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

One of the best written historical memoirs that I’ve ever read. This was jsut such a breath of fresh air because it was just something so different especially in the world of fantasy books.

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

I really wasn’t expecting this to be so incredible but it was so amazing and I just loved how it felt so authentic. The research element of this was unbelievable and I would honestly give this to anyone to read.

Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

This author just grew so much from her first to second book. The entire world, story, magical system and plot just took off. I am desperately awaiting the finale in September.

A List of Cages by Robin Roe

I can’t say I loved this because of the subject nature of this. It was such an amazing yet heartbreaking story that you just cannot forget.

The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett now firmly sits as one of my favourite authors of all time and I am so disappointed in myself for not having read his work sooner. The humour and imagination in this series is just out of this world.

So there we go. My best reads of 2017. What were some of your 5 star reads?

A Letter to a Character #2 – Jazz – Artemis by Andy Weir

So we all talk to characters don’t we, and sometimes you hear them back. Whether it be just thinking that someone would like something or shouting at them because they’re being so stupid. It could be that you just want a friend that listens and other times you’re professing your undying love for them and you heart flutters and constricts and you wonder why they aren’t real.

So here’s a snippet of some thoughts I had while reading Artemis by Andy Weir.

Hey Jazz,

Afraid this is not your usual correspondence but I hope you’ll humour me. I imagine things aren’t really going great for you eh (yo! it’s like I’m Rudy)?

You really aren’t the best person you know? But you’ve got a total badass Lady Deadpool vibe going on (probably looking more like him than when we first me – that’s creepy…. we’ve never met…. I’ve just stalked you…. moving on!)

How’s the moon? Artemis doing alright? Pretty cool place, I’ll see if I can visit and maybe you could show me around? You’ve probably got you EVA Masters Guide going right? You spent a lot of time complaining about tourists so I would like the authentic experience.

I love the moon, it’s so cool to be able to see it from down here on Earth. Mars is just a bit far away but it would be cool to get there as soon as we get something set up. Different challenges to the moon and probably not as practical, but a girl can dream.

How’s you Dad doing? And Dale, things going better there?

I’m worried about who’s reading this so trying to be PG but how’s that reusable condom coming along. Give it a spin yet?

I’m hoping you’ve not got yourself in a pickle again. And you better be working hard, none of this criminal mastermind stuff that gets you all tied up in things you would be better not being involved in.

Something I thought about is how hard it must be to meet someone right? I mean, there isn’t a lot of you…. but then again villages did it…. moving on!

 Yeah, you’re a smart girl and the science is totally cool in this but it’s maybe not the focus…. you made sure that you were the star of the show. You’re no Watney (don’t know if you hear about him) but at least you’ve got heart.

So…. I’m going to go. Next time you get a shipment I’ll sneak you some things. Would totally love to get involved.