Top Ten Tuesday – Authors I’ve read the most books byūüďö

Hey guys welcome back to my blog! It’s Tuesday (7th July already?!) which means it is time for Top Ten Tuesday! Currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, and is a weekly post, born out of the want to bring us bookish people together!

This weeks topic is top 10 authors that I’ve read the most books by, but I’ve decided to do as many as I can, I might get to 10 (or I might not) I’m going to look back through my Goodreads and total my reviews for certain authors haha.

1 – J K Rowling. I’ve read all 7 Harry Potter books, the 3 Hogwarts Library books and The Casual Vacancy.

2 – Stephenie Meyer. I’ve read the 4 Twilight saga books and The Host and I will be reading Midnight Sun when it’s released. (WOOOOOP!)

3 – Thomas Harris. I have read all 4 of the Hannibal Lecter book series.

5 – Roald Dahl. I’ve read his 15 book collection, numerous times! I still have the boxset in the loft, a bit battered and faded but I’m saving them for when I have my own little ones!

6 – Dan Brown. I have just (as in the start of June) completed Origin which means I have read every book of his!

7 – Rick Riordan. I’ve read the first 5 of the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, I want to do a reread at some point but the other books on my TBR list will screech at me if I do that lmao.

8 – Piper Lawson. I’ve read 4 of her books so far and enjoyed every single one, they were all amazing.

9 – Stephen King. I’ve lost count now of how many books of his I’ve read, I had ones from before I started blogging and using Goodreads too.

10 – Adam Nevill. Someone I didn’t find until the last year or so but so far I’ve enjoyed!

That was easier than I thought actually to find 10 authors I’ve read multiple books of, here was me thinking I’d struggle. Let me know if you’re taking part in TTT so I can check out your post too.

Em xxx

Sometimes I lie, Alice Feeney – A Review. [SPOILERS]

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Aloha! I’m back with another book review and this time I’ve been reading¬†Sometimes I lie by Alice Feeney.¬†

My overall rating of this book Р2 out of 5 stars. Again, I was intrigued by the book that promised twists and turns on every page, and the only reason I read this so quickly is that I was waiting for those twists and turns.

I felt that the promised twists and turns of this book only really came in the last few chapters or so, and in turn that made me get a bit lost, I had to re-read the last few chapters out of sheer confusion. 

I really didn’t enjoy this book, I felt the way it was set out, jumping between a diary, then and now, the lack of twists and turns and the sheer confusion at the end where¬†absolutely NOTHING¬†is cleared up and you’re left with far too many questions for a book of that size.

I really struggled to enjoy it ūüė¶¬†Has anyone else read this book?¬†Let me know what you thought in the comments!

E xx

Top 10 Tuesday – Reasons to pick up a bookūüďö

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Hello everyone!

Welcome to my¬†Top Ten Tuesday¬†revived by That Arsty Reader Girl¬†in January 2018, I’m completely new to this so I’m really excited to kick off my first post.

I’ll be writing about my top 10 things that make me pick up a book, so without further ado…¬†

  1. The cover of a book.¬†I know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover!! But I do think a cover can give you a feel of the book, a dark mysterious cover can intrigue me just as much as a good title.¬† Image result for don't judge a book by its cover
  2. The author.¬†I’m a huge fan of certain authors and if they were to write the phonetic alphabet I’d still read it, regardless of how good it was!
  3. ¬†If it’s a series of books or a standalone novel.¬†I love a good book series, I find the author gives themselves more time to expand on the storyline and really set the scene and delve into the background of the story.¬†
  4. If someone has recommended it.¬†I’m a huge believer of recommending books to people (one of my later posts will be about books I’ve brought or borrowed from the library based on what other people have shared) and so if someone has been kind enough to tell me about a book they think I’ll like then I will DEFINITELY pick that book up.Image result for recommend a book
  5. Comments from other authors.¬†I recently read The Woman in the Window and in my review I posted that I picked this book purely because other authors that I adore had said how good this book was. I was disappointed in the book but the sole reason I chose it was Stephen King’s recommendation!
  6. ¬†The genre.¬†I’m a fan of certain genres, and I went through a phase where I loved crime books, so I’d only look for books that came under that topic.
  7. The length of the book. As with the series of books, I find a longer book has more time to set the scene and delve into the background, but equally something too long will bore you. It has to be the perfect length. 
  8. It’s a topic I enjoy (none fiction).¬†I love ethics & philosophy and quite a broad range of history as well, so if a book is on a topic I enjoy, I’ll pick it up and give it a read. I prefer to buy these kind of books as I’m able to then doodle over them and write in them – terrible but SOZ.
  9. Staying Power.¬†Is this book going to be read for years to come? Continue to spark discussions? Or is it a book that has been around for years that people can’t seem to get enough of? Either way, if it’s got staying power I AM HERE FOR IT.¬†
  10. The Fear Of Missing Out.¬†OOOOH, yes, I get this big time. If someone is talking about a book, I so want to be able to contribute my opinion on it and I want to do so ASAP so that they don’t move onto something that I haven’t read yet. A terrible reason to read but something that I’m super guilty of sometimes ūüė¶

Do you pick up a book for any of the reasons above? Do you pick them up for different reasons? Let me know in the comments!

Em xx

Mirror Mirror, Anthony M Strong – A Review. [SPOILERS]

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Hello my lovely followers and welcome to you if you’re new to my blog!

I’ve just finished reading (what I would say is a short story) called Mirror Mirror, it was a free kindle book that I found when I searched for horror books.

Overall rating – 1/5. I like to be scared when I read or watch something horror and it just fell flat.

The story itself could have been made much longer if the author was to actually expand on the backstory, alas he didn’t.

It just was not an enjoyable read, even when I didn’t pay for it!

On the whole, Mirror Mirror was pretty rubbish, it failed to scare me, it didn’t make me want to carry on reading and it left a few unanswered questions. A disappointment all round.

Until next time,

Em xx

The Woman in the Window, A J Finn – A Review. [SPOILERS]

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Hello and welcome to my new followers!

I’ve just finished¬†another book, as you can see from the title The Woman in The Window, by A. J. Finn. It’s called “astounding, thrilling, amazing” by Gillian Flynn the author of Gone Girl and even Stephen King called it “unputdownable” so I had¬†extremely high expectations¬†for this book…

On the whole, I was disappointed. The blurb of the book really builds the story up, Anna hasn’t left her home in 10 months, watches her neighbours (bit weird but sure) and one day hears a scream from across the street, I’m summarising.

The book itself I found takes entirely too long to actually build up to the main “story line” if you could call it that.¬†I’m all for a book with twists and turns, but I found A.J.Finn to just be pulling the twists from thin air. It took ages to get into the main premise of the story and then once we got “there” A.J.Finn, I felt, was throwing too much into it without any thought of how that lined up with the rest of the story and shoved as many twists as possible without any background to them.

I was expecting a really good read, and whilst I did read through it really quickly because I wanted to see what happened, I did feel on the whole it was a bit MEH. 

Out of 5, I’d give The Woman In The Window¬†3 out of 5.

Have you read it? Let me know in the comments what you thought! X

What would you recommend?

Hi guys!

I’m just looking through my bookshelf and I’m getting pretty close to the end of my to-read list, I mean, I literally have 6 fiction books left and 3 none fiction (but I can pick these up whenever they’re just for general learning).

Which means, I need some ideas of what to read next… A bit of background, I’m happy to scour charity shops, book stores, I have a library card and I have a kindle so PRETTY PLEASE HIT ME WITH UR SUGGESTIONS FOR BOOKS!!!

I’m thinking the few fiction books I have to read are not going to last me the year so I need some ideas and inspiration. I’m happy to give anything a read once, so hit me with your ideas.

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Thanks so much! Xx