Top Ten Tuesday turns 10🎉🎊

Hello everyone! It is Tuesday today which means it’s time for Top Ten Tuesday… Today is a special one as TTT is 10, so we have a celebration post! Our brief for today is that we could pick any previous TTT post and redo or update it, we can be as creative as we like…

Top Ten Tuesday is currently hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl and is a weekly post, that was born from the want to bring us bookish people together and those of us who love a good list (me😂)

I have decided to post my top ten fave books I’ve ever reviewed, the original post was first ten books so I’ve decided to switch it up a bit and share my fave reviews instead!

If you click on the book titles you can see the original review I posted too.

1 – Salem’s Lot by Stephen King. I picked this one because it was the first ever book review I posted, and while I’ve certainly come a long way since then it reminds me of when I started out.

2 – Inferno by Dan Brown. This book literally planned an entire holiday for me and even though I only rated it 4 stars it still made such an impact on my life.

3 – Mirror Mirror by Anthony M Strong. I reviewed this 1 star, BUT, it’s my first ever bad review of a book so I had to include it!

4 – The Perfect Couple by Jackie Kabler. I really enjoyed reading this book and it’s definitely one that will be on my reread list, which is why I’ve included it.

5 – Die, My Love by Zoe Blake and 6 others. This was the first anthology I’d read and it was amazing. I’ve included it because I want more people to know about this book, it was SO GOOD.

6 – Camp Leanpe by Timothy R Baldwin. I’ve included this one because it reminded of the Goosebumps series I used to read as a child, so it was one of my favourites to review, it was like going into a time machine!

7 – Coraline by Neil Gaiman. I don’t know why I put off reading this book for so long because it was amazing and by far one of my favourites to review, I felt like I couldn’t get my words typed fast enough to share the review.

8 – Goosebumps by R L Stine. I mean of course I’ve included this one, I literally got in a time machine and went back to my childhood!

9 – Death Warrant by Will Pearson. This is the only none fiction book on my list and I’ve included it because it was my third book after I’d DNFR the 2 previous, and it really got me out of a slump.

10 – Hannibal book series by Thomas Harris. Technically this is 4 books in this review, but Hannibal is one of my all time favourite book series and I had to include it, as they were my favourite reviews to write.

Happy 10th birthday to Top Ten Tuesday too, originally from The Broke and the Bookish back in June 2010 it moved over to Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018 and it has been there ever since. I can’t even begin to imagine how many posts there has been in its 10 year history!

As always, let me know if you’re taking part and I will check out your post too.

Em xxx

Death Warrant, Will Pearson – A Review [SPOILERS].

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Hey! I’m back again with another review, of a book that I actually finished this time!!! WOOP. I’ve just finished reading (as you can see from the title) Death Warrant by Will Pearson. 

Overall rating, 5 out of 5 stars. 

I don’t usually read none fiction books, as I’m quite picky about topics I’m actually interested in, so when I was given this book by my Grandad to read I was umming and ahhing if I would actually get round to finishing a book.

The book itself focuses on the Brink Mat Robbery (I’ve linked a bit more on the story for anyone interested). In which millions of pounds worth of gold was stolen from a high security vault in London. So much gold was stolen that even now in 2019 if you are wearing a piece of yellow gold jewellery chances are it contains stolen goods.

The tale itself weaves a web of lies, of money laundering, gold melting and gangsters, wives and their mistresses galore, including murders of a police officer and an unsuspecting civilian.

Pearson used a collection of sources to write his book, police reports, testimonies, etc, all while telling the story of the robbery and subsequent events. For me, this made it more than just a “story” it made it real, which is why I enjoyed it so much.

My Dad and Grandad are both trained Goldsmith’s by trade, and in the 80’s they were working in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham (UK). They were provided with a list of the serial numbers from every gold bar stolen in case someone tried to sell solid gold bars to them. I knew the robbery was huge but to hear it from a personal perspective just blew my minddddddd. 

Have you read Death Warrant? Let me know if you have!

Em x