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Top 5 Wednesday: Book Covers You’d Live In

When I can, I like to give a Top 5 Wednesday list. Check out the group on Goodreads if you fancy joining in the fun!

This one was quite interesting, as so many books have quite abstract covers, and how should I actually interpret the question? I decided to take it literally! I went through my read-list on Goodreads scouring for covers that fit the category. Surprisingly, I managed without too much trouble!

Here we go, in no particular order. In fact I prefer to live in all of them, so I could hop to where I would want to be that day.

1. Tim Book Two: Vinyl Adventures from Istanbul to San Francisco (Tim Burgess)

Burgess, Tim - Tim Book Two Vinyl Adventures from Istanbul to San Francisco

There is a street full of record shops in the background. How awesome would that be?

2. The Book of Silence #3: Duncton Stone – William Horwood

Horwood, William - The Book of Silence #3 Duncton Stone

Beautiful woods in a gorgeous landscape. Yep, build me a hut on that spot and I will be happy!

3. The Hobbit (J R R Tolkien)

Tolkien, J R R - The Hobbit

I guess I like scenery. How about this one on the cover of The Hobbit. I can imagine living there in some idyllic village!

4. A Hidden Fire (Elizabeth Hunter)

Hunter, Elizabeth - A Hidden Fire

This one has a massive library on the front cover. How could I not want to live there?

5. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M Auel)

Auel, Jean M - Earth's Children #1 The Clan of the Cave Bear

Looks like a pretty idyllic spot to me!

I am looking forward to seeing other people’s covers they would like to live in!



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Top 5 Wednesday: Books That Aren’t Set In/Inspired By The Western World

This is a tricky one and I could only come up with two that I really loved. So my Top 5 Wednesday is now a Top 2 Wednesday. That’s pretty piss poor and I clearly need to diversify my reading, so I will be keeping a close eye on everybody else’s T5Ws today!  I must have read and enjoyed some more, but I cannot really recall them. I do remember reading books such as The Kite Runner and The Famished Road and some others, but none of them grabbed me enough to list here.

So I will just mention the two that I do remember loving!

1. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)

Golden, Arthur - Memoirs of a Geisha

I think I have read this one twice, I think, though not for a while. I can’t remember the details, but I remember finding it a fascinating read and really feeling connected to the main character.



2. The Blood of Flowers (Anita Amirrezvani)

Amirrezvani, Anita - The Blood of Flowers

Once upon a time I took this book out of the library and I absolutely loved it. When you read the blurp it does not sound that interesting, but the author really managed to bring 17th century Persia to life, including the art of carpet making through the eyes of this young girl.



Well,  hope I will do better next week, though I am not that hopeful! Ha! Series that got better? Ummmmmm….

Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday: Children’s Books

I found Top 5 Wednesday through  Yelispressing and Goodreads. 🙂 I felt I needed to participate! Thanks!

I was a quite a horsey child (and I still love horses) and many of my favourite books are horse-related.

1. The Black Stallion (Walter Farley)

Farley, Walter - The Black StallionI still adore this book and the many other Black Stallion books that followed. It was so different from other ‘horsey’ books and it spoke far more to my wild imagination than the usual horse stories. It’s about a boy who is saved by a wild stallion and wins his trust on a desert island. They get home and go on to beat the best race horses in the States. Pure childhood magic. It still brings a smile to my face every time!

2. The Silver Brumby (Elyne Mitchell)

Mitchell, Elyne - The Silver Brumby

Another ‘horsey’ book, but again one that is so different from the usual horse fare. Written from the view point of  a wild horse living in the Snowy Mountains in Australia, we follow him from foal to stallion, being chased by other stallions and men. A gorgeous story against the gorgeous backdrop of the Australian bush. Beautifully written.


3. Bambi (Felix Salten)

Salten, Felix - Bambi

No, not the Disney version. No Thumper in sight I am afraid. Salten’s story of the roe deer Bambi is touching, brutal at times, but always bewitching. It deals with life and death and the cycle of life. It paints a vivid picture of the world Bambi lives in.  I thoroughly recommend reading it if you can.

4. Room On The Broom (Julia Donaldson)

Donaldson, Julia - Room on the Broom


I have a five-year-old daughter and I have read a lot of Julia Donaldson books with her. This is my favourite to read with her. I love Donaldson’s use of rhyme. It reads beautifully aloud.


5. De Avonturen van Pinkeltje (Dick Laan)

Laan, Dick - De Avonturen van Pinkeltje

This is a Dutch book I read a lot with my daughter, who is bilingual. I had the Pinkeltje stories read to me as a child and now I am reading them to my daughter. Very nostalgic for me. Pinkeltje is a little gnome, who ends up living with some mice in a big house and has lots of adventures.