Top Ten Tuesday ~ Autumn 2018 TBR

A long, long time ago, I started joining in with Top Ten Tuesday posts; a bookish prompt was provided, and then people wrote all about it, and shared their posts. I only did it a few times, but I’ve recently come across it again, and realised that it might help me to get back into the groove on writing regularly on this blog, something I wish I could do ALL the time. So I’m giving it a go!

Top Ten Tuesday now lives on That Artsy Reader Girl, and you can find the future and past prompts here. This week’s prompt is Books on my Fall TBR. So I’ve picked out ten future releases that I’m particularly excited about, though as I’ve never been too concerned about reading things as soon as they come out (Book of Dust is *still* on my bedside table), who knows how many of these I’ll actually end up picking up before the end of the year!

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This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Philipps – released 18th October
I’ve been a fan of Busy Philipps since she was Audrey on Dawson’s Creek, and now I, like millions of others, watch her Insta stories. A book was always going to be in the offing – you don’t amass an audience that size without a publisher wanted to use it to sell a book – but the early reviews seem to be that it’s a really good read, honest and well-observed. We’ll see, but I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

Becoming by Michelle Obama – released 13th November
Another memoir that I just cannot wait to read, as I’m so eager to hear what Michelle Obama has to say. She’s an icon, and a true hero, and I have no doubt that this book will be as erudite, fascinating and warm as I believe she is. This is definitely top of my list for autumn reads.

Lethal White by Robert Galbraith – released today
I actually have issues with the Cormoran Strike series, not least that I think each book so far could have lost probably a third of the pages and still made sense, but J.K. Rowling gets away with murder because of who she is. I know she’s problematic these days, and I can’t say that in all honesty I’m her biggest fan, but I do love the stories she tells here with Strike, and I’m looking forward to seeing where the story goes next.

How Does it Feel by Mark Kermode – released 20th September
It’s been a while since I mentioned Mark Kermode on the blog, but he’s out with a new book at the end of the week, so he’s made it into this list. I’m a huge fan of him as a film critic, but also as an author, so I’m really looking forward to his new offering, How Does It Feel, in which he tells the story of his life in music. I’m heading to the launch of his band’s new album on Friday, and hoping to grab a copy of the book at the same time, so expect a review very soon!

The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton – released 20th September
I have only read one other Kate Morton book so far, but my sister is a big fan, and I always mean to pick up the ones I have missed and give them a read (if only that TBR pile wasn’t so tall already…). Not only does The Clockmaker’s Daughter boast a beautiful cover, the story sounds fascinating – I do love a dual narrative that weaves together a story from the past with a story from the present.

A Keeper by Graham Norton – released 4th October
Graham Norton’s debut novel, Holding, was one of my favourite books of 2016, not least because who knew that Graham Norton was such a talented writer? Now, the early reviews for A Keeper are great; it sounds a lot darker than Holding, and everything points to it being another favourite read of the year.

In Pieces by Sally Field – released today
For someone who doesn’t read an awful lot of memoirs, this is the fourth one on this list! But Sally Field is genuinely one of my favourite actresses, and again, it sounds as though she has written an honest and raw account of her life, which I’m sure will be fascinating to read.

What If It’s Us by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli – released 18th October
I’ve not read any Adam Silvera books yet, though I hear nothing but good things. But I have read two Becky Albertalli books: Love, Simon and Leah on the Offbeat. So I’m sure that I will enjoy this YA novel from the two of them, about two boys who meet in New York. It sounds delightfully romantic and angsty and everything you want from a YA novel.

Hazards of Time Travel by Joyce Carol Oates – released 29th November 
Again, Joyce Carol Oates is not an author I’ve read before, but when I was looking through future releases, this one really caught my eye. It’s a dystopian story of a young woman who defies the conventions of the tightly controlled society in which she lives, only to find that she is sent back in time to the 1950s to be taught a lesson. I love stories about time travel, and this sounds as though it will be fascinating!

Life Honestly: Strong Opinions from Smart Women – released 20th September
This is a collection of essays and articles from writers at The Pool, a website I read regularly and really enjoy. This book is billed as a “collection of advice, comment and opinion that acts as a complete guide to modern life.” Definitely right up my street and one that is going straight on my library reservation list!

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Ten characters I’d like to check in with

Taking part in BEDM doesn’t always mean following the prompts – for days when I don’t feel inspired by Elizabeth’s ideas, I am choosing to go another way. And the other way takes me into the path of another prompt, of sorts. I have taken part in The Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday before, and that’s what I’ve chosen to do today, though I’m going with an old topic, rather than the current one!

So this is about characters that you feel you would have liked to check in with, after the events of the novel. There have been countless times where I have wished for a sequel, so I could find out what happened with these characters next, so it seemed like an ideal prompt for me!

The Malfoys in the Harry Potter series

OK, so really, it’s just about everyone in the Harry Potter series, but specifically, I would have liked to have known a little bit more about what happened to Draco and his parents. I find their ending really interesting, because ultimately, when faced with it, their love for each other means more than their worship of Voldemort. Did Lucius and Narcissa go to Azkaban? Draco obviously gets married and settles down, but what happens to him immediately after the battle of Hogwarts?

Marianne Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility

Marianne falls deeply in love with Willoughby, but is eventually overlooked by him in favour of a rich young lady. She settles for Colonel Brandon, because he loves her, and he is reliable, and good, and she loves him in her way. But when you’ve loved someone in the way that you’ve loved Willoughby, is that life enough? I wonder if she was ever as happy with Colonel Brandon as she felt with Willoughby.

Alfie from Shirley Hughes’ series

Alfie and I are the same age, more or less, so I wonder where his life has taken him! He’s still a small boy in the stories, and Shirley Hughes is still drawing him that way, but if he was real, what would he be doing?

Eleanor from Eleanor and Park

This is probably a popular choice for a prompt like this, but of course, I’d like to know how Eleanor’s story continued. The book ended abruptly, and although you are led to believe that things happened the way everyone wanted them to, it would be good to go back and just make sure.

Darrell Rivers from Malory Towers

There’s no doubt in my mind that Darrell Rivers is the headmistress of a boarding school somewhere. In fact, she probably became headmistress of her beloved Malory Towers. But she lived in a world where she couldn’t have a career and a family, so is that how things turned out, or did she fall in love?

All of the members of the Babysitters Club

Another childhood favourite, sure, but don’t you wonder what Kristy, Stacey, Mary-Anne, Claudia et al are up to? Claudia was always my favourite, but the rest of the gang had such distinctive characters that it would be fun to find out what they got up to post middle school!

Lisbeth Salander from the Millennium series

The main reason that I would want to check in with Lisbeth Salander is simply to have a bit more Lisbeth Salander in my life. I loved this character so very much when I was reading the books, that when I finished the third one, I felt genuinely bereft. She finished the third book in a much better place than she started the first one, so hopefully she continued on the same trajectory. Of course, there’s a fourth Millennium book coming, but as it’s not written by Stieg Larsson, I can’t guarantee I’ll read it.

Rachel Robinson

As I write this, I find myself wondering if it would be Rachel Robinson, or if it would be Steph Hirsch, or even Alison Monceau that I’d want to check in with. Maybe it’s all three. They are, of course, the three characters from Judy Blume’s books Just as Long as We’re Together and Here’s To You Rachel Robinson. They are three interesting characters, but I always found myself slightly more drawn towards Rachel.

Leo from The Go-Between

There’s probably not really any need to check in with Leo, as the novel does that for us – we see him as a much older man, coming to terms with what happened to him at Brandham Hall in the summer of 1900. But it would be nice to find out how the events of the end of the novel changed his life again, if indeed they did.

Bashkim from We Are Called to Rise

Bashkim is a young Albanian immigrant, and he is the reason that I cried while reading this book. His story is a fairly tragic one, but again, there’s so much hope at the end of the story, so I just want to check in with him and make sure that he’s happy.

Who would you like to check in with?

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Book Covers as Art

It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! I’ve really got my blogging mojo back over the few days, so I thought I’d step back into Top Ten Tuesday. For those who don’t know, it’s a weekly meme created by the lovely bloggers at Broke and Bookish. This week’s theme is ten book covers that I’d frame as art. There are so many gorgeous book covers out there that it was hard to narrow it down, but I’ve picked ten that I would happily have hanging on my wall.

 

Breakfast at Tiffany’s ~ Truman Capote
The Craftsman ~ Richard Sennett
Jurassic Park ~ Michael Crichton

This is the edition of Breakfast at Tiffany’s that I own, and I love it. The fact that it has the Chrysler Building on it is one reason to love it, but I also love the colours, the fonts and the big crescent moon. I haven’t read The Craftsman, but I love the cover. All those pencils! And as for Jurassic Park, I’ve not read the book, but the film is one of my favourites, and I think the cover is just ace.

 

The Road ~ Cormac McCarthy
The Spy Who Loved Me ~ Ian Fleming
The Bell Jar ~ Sylvia Plath

I have never read any Cormac McCarthy either, but The Road has been on my list for a while. I really want to watch the film, but I am always reluctant to watch a film before I read the book! This cover is lovely though. All of the James Bond books have pretty great covers, but I liked the colours in this one. And The Bell Jar is just a classic. Not a book I ever envisage reading, but the cover is iconic.

 

Jane Eyre ~ Charlotte Bronte
Our Noise: The Story of Merge Records, the Indie Label That Got Big and Stayed Small ~ John Cook, Mac McClaughen and Laura Ballance

I have always really liked this cover of Jane Eyre, though it’s not the one I own. I like the silhouette and the loose bun she is sporting! As for Our Noise, this was just a book cover that I cam across online, with no idea of what the book is really about and no intention of ever reading it, I just thought the cover was pretty cool. It already looks like a poster!

 

First Novel ~ Nicholas Royle
The Letters of Noel Coward ~ Barry Day (editor)

I really like the composition of the items on the cover of First Novel. Something about the car and the plane, and the repetition of the book title really appeals to me. And I love books of letters, and the book cover for The Letters of Noel Coward is just super classy.

What book covers would you frame for your walls?

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Top Ten Bookish Things

Last week I discovered a new favourite blog, Broke and Bookish. I’ve spent a long time over the last few days reading through the archive, and I’m hooked. So today, I thought I’d join in with their weekly feature, Top Ten Tuesday, in which they post a Top Ten list, and encourage everyone to join in with it. Today’s topic is Top Ten Bookish Things: Bookish things you’d like to own. I had a lot of fun finding things to include in my list!

1. Casino Royale poster ~ Spineless Classics ~ £39.99

 

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I love Spineless Classics products – posters with an entire book printed on them, and usually designed in a theme to fit the book. This Casino Royale poster is so, so cool.

2. Game of Thrones Brooch Set ~ Kate Rowland Illustration ~ £12

I’m a fan of A Song of Ice and Fire first and foremost; whilst I love A Game of Thrones, it’s secondary to my love of the books. I’m still waiting patiently for the The Winds of Winter. These brooches are super cute, and I want them!

3. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz tee ~ Out of Print ~ $28

4. Literary Quote Bookmark ~ Lovely Cuppa ~ £1

This is one of my favourite quotes; I spotted it on a bag at the British Library last year and loved it, so when I saw this bookmark I knew I had to add it to this list! And now, I have to buy it.

5. Library Ticket Wedding Stationery ~ E.Y.I.LOVE ~ £3.65

I’m not getting married any time soon, but if I did, I’d love to use these invitations. I’m old enough to remember when library tickets looked like this, and while I am sure it’s more efficient the way they do it nowadays, there’s a certain charm about the old way!

6. Lord of the RIngs Rohan Retro Travel Print ~ Teacup Piranha ~ From £5

Despite having no penchant for horses, I always think that I’d live in Rohan if I was a Middle Earth resident. I don’t know what it is about the place, but I love it. So this print would look pretty awesome on my wall.

7. Falling Bookend ~ Artori Design ~ $22.90

There’s not really anywhere in my house where bookends would be appropriate. But in my dream house that exists in my mind, there’s plenty of room, and I love these ones.

8. Library Books Bookplates ~ Mac and Ninny Paper Company ~ £4.95

I’ve never actually used bookplates, though I like the idea of them. I give a lot of my books to charity shops, so I like the idea of someone getting my book and seeing that it used to belong to me!

9. Bloody Love Books Tote Bag ~ Kelly Connor Designs ~ £13.75

I do bloody love books, and I always use a tote bag when I go to the library to pick up 10 books at a time, so this would be perfect!

10. Harry Potter Tattoo

Does this count as a ‘thing’? It’s not exactly the design I would have if I got a Harry Potter tattoo; I think I’d go for either the Hallows symbol or ‘All was well’, but it’s symbolic of the fact that I want one.