Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday: Reading Resolutions

Well, I was not planning on setting myself any goals this year, but seeing everybody else’s posts and videos has inspired me. Then I saw this topic on the Top 5 Wednesday group on Goodreads and I felt it was the right one for me today!

1. Read 50 books (Goodreads Challenge) 

At four or five books a month this should be very achievable without putting any pressure on myself. I was tempted to put 10 books or something, but felt 50 worked just as well.

2. Re-read one book every month.

I re-read five or six books in 2017 and I enjoyed it a lot. When I am browsing my shelves for a book to read I find myself pausing at books I have already read, thinking I should read them again. I figured it would be nice to re-read some books.

3. Avoid strict TBR. so I can moodread more.

At first I thrived on strict TBRs, but when I felt tired the last month or so in 2017 I really struggled with the goals I had set myself. I may set myself a small TBR, like two or three books, but I would like to moodread the rest of the time.

4. Aim to read one book a month that has been on my shelves the longest.

Last year I made a start doing this. I read some books I had had on my shelves for about fifteen years and guess what? It was a good thing to do and made me feel good too!

5. Read non-fiction books on natural world subjects.

I am really interested in the natural world and I have found some really interesting books recently. I found a book about some otters that I really want to read, one about foxes, one about birdsong and I also have a book about a meadowland, that all sound amazing. I keep coming across other books in this genre as well that I want to read, so I think at the moment this may be an interesting direction to explore.

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Down the TBR Hole #1

This is my first go at Down the TBR Hole, which was created by Lost In A Story, but the post that inspired me to do this meme was by Boston Book Reader.

A lot of us end up with large unwieldy lists of books we have added as to-read on Goodreads. This is the solution! Now, my own is not that big, but still there are 330 books on it at the moment, which is a bit silly…


It works like this:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf
  • Order on ascending date added
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if feeling adventurous!) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: Keep or Go?

So, here we go!

The Books!

1. The Last Unicorn (Peter S Beagle)

The Last Unicorn

It’s a book about a unicorn. I think it’s a children’s book, but nevermind that. It still sounds like a story I want to read

Verdict: KEEP




The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)2. Mistborn #1: The Final Empire (Brandon Sanderson)

Ah, I mentioned this in a post just the other day as a series I really want to read, so this is definitely staying where it is!

Verdict: KEEP


3. Farseer Trilogy #1: Assassin’s Apprentice (Robin Hobb)

Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy, #1)


Same as above. I mentioned this in a post just a day or two ago as a series I want to read, so no, I am not getting rid of this one.

Verdict: KEEP


Snow Flower and the Secret Fan4. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (Lisa See)

This is hard. I do like the sound of this one, but I do not think this is a book that I will be picking up anytime soon. I have a couple of similar books on my actual physical shelves already, so…

Verdict: GO


5. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)

The Handmaid's Tale


Cannot believe this has been on my TBR for three years and I still have not picked it up! I really do need to change that. I have seen the TV series, but I still really want to read the book.

Verdict: KEEP



So I am keeping 4 out of 5 books on my list. I almost feel I should get my hands on the four remaining books, as I do not have any of them on my physical shelf.

I had fun with this and I am looking forward to doing another one of these. Maybe next week?


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Top 5 Wednesday: Books You’ve Read Because of Booktube/Blogging, etc.

Check out the Goodreads group for this if you fancy participating!.

So, books I have read because of Booktube and/or bloggers. I have picked up a few books in the last few months because of recommendations or reviews I have seen on blogs or on Youtube Booktube. Most I have not read yet, but I figured that it counts because I got them because of that!


1. The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern)

I saw several mentions of this book on Booktube and loved the sound of it. Plus I loved the black/white/read artwork for it. I have read the book and I love it!

2. The Grace of Kings (Ken Liu)

I saw this one in a couple of reviews on Booktube and I just loved the sound of it. I am starting this book next week and I can’t wait!

3. Red Rising (Pierce Brown)

Again, I have seen so many good reviews on this one on Booktube and on blogs that when I saw it in a charity shop I did not hesitate to pick it up!

4. Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Laini Taylor)

I had never heard of Laini Taylor until I started watching Booktube videos. I got so curious I got this one. I was pretty good, though I did not LOVE it.

5. Looking for Alaska (John Green)

I saw this one in a charity shop and got it because I had seen John Green mentioned so much on Booktube and blogs. I am yet to read it.


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Top 5 Wednesday: Books from before you joined…

Always a fun thing to think about, the Top 5 Wednesday! This week I had to come up with some of my favourite books before I joined Goodreads.

Well, it was not that hard coming up with books, since I only joined in 2014 and have only been properly using it quite recently. However, it WAS hard whittling it down to 5 books! I thought I would take a book from each of my favourite genres!

1. The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde)

The Picture of Dorian GrayCLASSICS

When I read this book for the first time, many years ago, I expected it to be a chore, but instead I utterly and completely fell in love with it. It’s so charming and horrible at the same time. A masterpiece!



2. The Elfstones of Shannara – Terry Brooks

The Elfstones of ShannaraFANTASY

Don’t start me on the TV series unless you want to see me fume! It’s awful. I watched the first two episodes and I still remember the horror I felt as I saw what they had done to one of my favourite books I read as a teenager!
I have read better fantasy books since, but this one has a very special place in my heart, as with the original Shannara series began my love for fantasy

3. House of Tribes (Garry Kilworth)


A book about mice – yes, it could not be more different from the above two classic pieces of literature. I could have said Watership Down or Duncton Wood, which I also love, but as this is not a very well known book, I thought I would choose this one instead. It’s a story about a hedgerow mouse, who goes on an adventure to The House! It’s absolutely brilliant!

4. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Mark Haddon)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeCONTEMPORARY FICTION

If you have not read this book, where have you been? I just adore this book. It’s funny, it’s heartbreaking, it’s just so good! It’s written from the point of view of a fifteen-year-old boy with Asperger’s, who wants to find out who murdered his neighbour’s dog. I was lucky enough to see the stage show in London a few months ago, which is also pretty darn amazing!

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

The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth's Children, #1)HISTORICAL FICTION

I read this first book of the Earth’s Children series when I was 15 or 16 and it opened a whole new reading world for me. Subsequent books in the series were nowhere near as good, but the first book… Pretty astounding. It certainly was to 15-year-old me. I had never read anything  like it!

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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….

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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.