Top Ten Tuesday- Bookish characters

It’s another Tuesday and another Top Ten Tuesday. This time it’s my favourite literary bookish characters and authors from the past who turn up in a completely different role in fiction today.

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

This week it’s my favourite bookish Characters, so I’ve chosen my favourites characters from books from the past who have turned up in recent books. So in no particular order. Click on title for review

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Top Ten Tuesday- Books with images of outer space on the cover

It’s another Tuesday and another Top Ten Tuesday. I never thought I had a type of cover that I liked but when I had a look at my kindle most of the covers had pictures of spaceships,   moons and swords. Here my top ten covers with covers featuring space stuff.

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

Here my top ten covers with covers featuring space stuff ( including space helmets) in no particular order.

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Top Ten Tuesday- Bookish Merchandise I would like to own

It’s Tuesday, so it’s time for another Ten Top Tuesday and this week it’s Top Ten Book Merchandise I would like to own.

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

An interesting one this week and I have to say it was nice to think about non-book objects. Here are the top ten book mech I would like to own. The photos have been taken from the sellers webpage on Etsy UK. Click on the item for sellers webpage.

That book dress!

I have seen this on twitter and I have to have one

from Etsy

Wuthering heights scented candles

Would this candle smell like the Yorkshire moors or angry passion ?

from etsy

Book Duvet

I love this duvet cover

from Etsy

Gorgeous book mark

You can never have enough bookmarks

Book lovers water bottle
 
No matter how many water bottle I buy, I never can find one when I need one!
From Etsy

Kindle case covers

I love this kindle cover and I hope someone will get this for me on my birthday!

from etsy

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Top Ten Tuesday -Books on my Spring TBR list

An easy one this Top Ten Tuesday. Here are the books on my to read list this spring.

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

There are so many great book coming out this year , so making this list has been really easy. So in no particular order the books on my spring TBR list

One Foot in the Fade(The Fetch Phillips Archives #3)by Luke Arnold 

I love the hapless Fetch who is trying to make amends in a world where he destroyed magic. In the third book in the series (review here), Fetch has to solve the mystery of the man who fell out of the sky.

Seven Devils(Seven Devils #1)by Laura Lam , Elizabeth May

Space opera, strong women, evil empire, and a race to save the world – that’s all my boxes ticked

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Top Ten Tuesday- Dynamic duos

This week’s TTT theme is the intriguing Dynamic Duos and I had  fun with this one.

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

My top ten Dynamic duos ( or trios) in no particular order.

Horowitz and Hawthorn (The first book in the series The Word is Murder) by Anthony Horowitz

Anthony Horowitz is the author of the famous Alex Rider series but also solves crime with a mysterious and deeply annoying ex-policeman, Hawthorne. Horowitz’s books in this series are funny ( Horowitz isn’t afraid to portray himself as the inexperienced amateur sleuth, with a cast of nice suspects, an in intriguing murder but the main attraction for me is the tetchy relationship between Hawthorne and Horowitz.

Aziraphale and Crowley ( Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman)

Aziraphale and Crowley have been enemies for millennia working for God and the Devil respectively, so of course, they become friends of a sort, enjoying a comfortable existence on earth. But then a child is born who will bring about the end of days who is placed under the careful guidance of Aziraphale and Crowley and they have managed to lose him.

Aziraphale and Crowley are like an old, married couple but amazingly incompetent despite their God-given gifts.

Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect ( Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams)

Dent is the hapless human who somehow manages to hitch on a spaceship and escape the destruction of earth. He is joined by Ford, an alien journalist and they bumble their way through four books to solve the mystery of life.

The Bronte Sisters ( Red Monarch by Bella Ellis) My review here

A dynamic trio of Anne, Charlotte and Emily race to London to help their friend find her husband and end up embroiled in London’s seedy underworld. The sisters’ personalities compliment each other and they form an effective crime-fighting team.

Robin Blyth and Edwin Courcey ( A Marvellous Light by Freya Maske) My review here

Blyth is this civil servant reluctantly dragged into the world of magic and Courcey is his equally liaison to this world. They have to overcome their differences to solve the mystery of what happened to Robin’s predecessors and boy do they overcome their differences 

Michael Childs and Anaba ( Forging a Nightmare by Patricia Jackson) My review here

 Childs is an FBI agent who finds out he is a Nephilim and Anaba is the dead marine whose soul has been forged through hell to create a Nightmare, a powerful being dedicated to protecting Childs. Together they will save the world ( and argue while doing so,)

Hercule Poirot and Hastings by Agatha Christie

I don’t think I need to say more but what would Poirot have been without Hastings there to be his sounding board and to make him more likeable. The Poirot books without Hastings just wasn’t quite the same to me.

Csorwe and Tal (The Unspoken Name by A K Larkwood) My review here

Csorwe and Tal hate and dislike each other right from the start but they have to work together to help the man they are loyal to. But they get the job done.

Jack Winston and Riley ( The Dead of False Creek by Sarah M Stephen) review

I enjoyed this strange pairing between A Detective in the past and an archivist in present times who solve a murder by communicating through a special journal despite being in different times.

Rune Saint John and Brand ( The Last Sun) by K D Edwards my review here

The friendship and affection between the last scion of a powerful family and his bodyguard formed the heart of this urban fantasy set in a city called New Atlantis 

Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis ( The Alex Delaware series of books by Jonathan Kellerman)

I’ve been reading this series for at least 20 years if not more and I still love the dynamic between Psychologist Delaware and detective Sturgis and their ability to solve the most complicated crime.

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Top Ten Tuesday- Books with names in their title

I love this week’s theme of Top Ten Tuesday; – books with names in the title. I didn’t think I would come up with many but again it was hard limiting this to ten.

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl 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 in no particular order, here are my top ten books with names in the title.

The Pickwick Papers by Heather Redmond (review)

I enjoyed reading this historical crime fiction featuring Charles Dickens and his finance trying to prove his innocence of a gruesome murder in 1836. Kate Hogarth sounds like an amazing woman in her own right and it seems entirely plausible that she could help solve a crime.

Jane and the Year without Summer by Stephanie Barron

I can’t believe I haven’t come across The Being Jane Austen Mystery before I took part in the Jane and the Year without Summer blog tour but I loved the concept of prim and proper Jane Austen solving a murder in a B and B full of eccentric characters while dealing with her own doomed love life.

Agatha Raisin and the quiche of death by M.C Beeton

The Agatha Raisin books are cosy crime at its best with an amazing, gorgeous, flamboyant woman in her fifties who moves to a little village and solves crime.

The Murder of Rodger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

From one Agatha to another Agatha, This was one of the first books that left me gasping at the end with its audacious plot twist.

Little Rabbit Foo Foo by Micheal Rosen

This was one of my little one’s favourite books when they were very little. The story of a bullying rabbit who finally gets his punishment at the end at the hands of a sweet little fairy was strangely satisfying.

Roderick Rules by Jeff Kinney

The Diary of a Wimpy kid is a series of middle-grade books that most kids can relate but I have to say I relate to the poor parents in this series. We listened to the audiobook of Roderick rules on a long trip to London and it kept the grown-ups sane when we were stuck in the nightmare that is the M25 orbital. It was still as funny when we listened to it again on the long trip back North.

Anne of Green Gables by L.M Montogomery.

This was the first book to make me cry when I read this as a child. This lovely tale of an orphan looking for a family to belong to really needs no introduction. I have never watched any of the films or TV adaptations just in case the magic disappeared.

Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys

When I was in my teens, YA didn’t really exist, so the adventures of Nancy Drew as well as the Hardy Boys filled the gap and probably started my love for cosy crime.

Niccolo Rising by Dorothy Dunnett( Review here)

The first book of the House of Niccolo series is the perfect introduction to the wonderful world of Dorothy Dunnett. The book charts the rags to riches story of Claes in Bruges with plenty of drama, action, intrigue and unexpected twist at the end.

Discerning Grace by Emma Lombard ( review here)

Discerning Grace the first book in the White Sails Series was the first book review request I ever had, so this will always have a special place . Featuring a feisty heroine navigating life on the sea as well the stifling patriarchy in 19th Century society-think Outlander meets a clean version of Black Sails.

The Charmed life of Alex Moore by Molly Flatt ( review here)

I didn’t love this book but I have to say it did leave a huge impression on me and would definitely recommend it because of the weirdest mid-story plot twist ever.

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Top Ten Tuesday- Authors new to me that I discovered in 2021

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

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday again and this week’s theme is Authors I discovered in 2021( that were new to me). 2021 was a good reading year( for me anyway) and I discovered so many great authors via book blogs or Twitter. I think it will be a challenge narrowing this down to ten but here we go, in no particular order

Andrea Stewart

The Bone Shard Emperor’s daughter  ( review here) was one of the first few books I blogged about. I loved the far Eastern-influenced fantasy with a unique magical system starring my favourite smuggler turned reluctant hero.

K. D Edwards

The Tarot Card sequence series( review here) rekindled my love for urban fantasy and I can’t wait for the next book in the series. This urban fantasy is based on the fact that tarot cards are based on magical people from Atalanta who have now created a new home in the USA-how could I not love a premise like that!

Sarah M Stephen

I was hooked by  Dead by False Creek ( review here), an intriguing timeslip/historical murder set in Canada which I read via NetGalley. This author has been added to my ever-growing list to keep track of.

Luke Arnold

I have to confess I really enjoyed Luke Arnold’s role in Black Sails a tv show with sexy pirates, so this may have had an influence on me picking up Last Smile In Sunder City ( series review)but I’m so glad I did. The Fetch Philips series is an urban fantasy with a touch of noir.

Sarah J Daley

I picked Obsidian ( review here) on the amazing cover but I stayed for the story, world-building and the amazing heroine. I look forward to reading this author’s future books

Patricia A Jackson

Forging a Nightmare( review) was a genuinely diverse book with an unusual biblical theme. Anaba, a warrior forged from the combination of a human soul and hell horse was one of the most complex characters I have read. So anyone who can create a character like Anaba is a writer worth following.

Freya Marske

I don’t think I have to go into too much detail about why Freya Marske is a great writer but A Marvellous Light ( review here) was one of my favourite reads- a touching romance at its heart, a genuine-pick-me up in these dark covid times.

Mike Brooks

I haven’t read any of other Mike Brooks but in  Black Coast ( review here ), he manages to create a story of acceptance and belonging on a background of intrigue, dragons and lots of cultural misunderstanding.

Leonara Nattrass

Black drop ( review here) was my favourite historical fiction from last year and I hope we see more Laurence Jago, the reluctant spy.

RN Morris

Mannequin House

Silas Quinn became my favourite detective last year after I read the Mannequin House ( review here) and I’m slowly making my way through the other books in the series.

Aparna Verma

The Boy with Fire( review here) stole a little piece of my reading heart with its epic scale, its blend of science fiction and fantasy and Indian inspired world-building. So yes, I am now quietly Twitter stalking the author’s Twitter account to be sure I don’t miss the next book in the series.

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Top Ten Tuesday- Most recent additions to my book collection

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

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 I always ask Santa for a sackful of book vouchers every Christmas with a variable degree of success, but Santa was generous this Christmas. This meant I could go wild and  experiment by buying a few books that I have read about on book twitter that is a little out of my normal comfort reading zone. So, there is a YA, some sci-fi romance, a murder mystery, and a hardcore fantasy in my latest book haul. I look forward to reading all these books.

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Top Ten Tuesday- Best reads of 2021

Join me in this weeks Top Ten Tuesday- my best reads of 2021 and of course the Lymond Chronicles is on the list.

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

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday seemed easy on the surface, but I found it really hard to narrow my choices down to ten but I couldn’t ( so there are now eleven books on the list). I started book blogging in July and for some reason, the books I read before my first post seem less vivid and clear. So, in no particular order at all, here are my top ten reads of 2021.

The Bone Shard Emperor Daughter ( review ) and The Bone Shard Emperor by Andrea Stewart.

I loved this epic fantasy influenced by the far east which has action, romance, intrigue and magic by the bucketful. The magic system of using shards of bone from people to create artificial life that can be controlled is original and creepy. The characters are memorable and include my favourite smuggler and accidental hero, Jovis The books also explore deeper themes of belonging, love and complicated relationships between terrible parents and the children who want to be better.

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Top Ten Tuesday- Books on my Winter 2021 To read List

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

This week the theme is the Top Ten Books to read in winter. I’m not sure if I have read all the books on my autumn list but I managed to add more books to the list. But I’m hoping all my wishes for book vouchers for Christmas will come through and I can buy all these lovely books.

Leviathan Falls by James S.A Corey

The final book in the Expanse series (review here) is now on my bedside table, so I might end up finishing the book before this post is up! I can’t wait to see how the amazing science fiction series end. Will humanity survive a dictator and an all-destroying alien entity?

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