Top Ten Tuesday

Top Eight Rainy Day Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana.

I struggled to come up with books for this topic because a lot of the books that I read are perfect for spring or summer, not so much for grey and dreary days. Then I remembered that I read a lot of thrillers, and those are actually great for curling up on the sofa with!

If you’ve taken part in the meme this week then feel free to leave your link in the comments below and I’ll come check it out.

1. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
This is one of my favourite books of all time! I reread it recently and it definitely held up. If you’re looking for something short and feel-good, then this is the book for you. It’s also a really good introduction to classics, in my opinion.
2. The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
I flew through this one, and I maintain that it’s Lapena’s best book. It’s creepy and eerie and atmospheric. 
3. Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson
This one really got to me! It’s probably one of the creepiest thrillers I’ve ever read because the amnesia storyline really stood out and sent chills down my spine.

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Five Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book (and Three Things That Make Me Put It Down)

I haven’t done a Top Ten Tuesday post in months (years?) but I felt like getting back into it this week because I like the topic! Here are five things that will absolutely 100% make me pick up a book, and three things that will make me cast it back into the fiery chasm from whence it came.

+ Rich People Drama

I’m an absolute sucker for Rich People Drama, a term that I’ve been using in the book blogosphere for YEARS. It probably all started with the It Girl series, which is set in a fancy boarding school and there’s drama and drugs and Rich People Problems. I’ve read a tonne of these types of books throughout the years, the most recent being Crazy Rich Asians, and I can’t wait to get to the sequel!

+ Middle Eastern fantasy

I only discovered this recently but apparently I have a love of epic fantasy involving Middle Eastern mythology! It started with Aladdin, I guess, and then evolved when I discovered the Rebel of the Sands trilogy (which I love) and The City of Brass (which I ADORE with my whole heart). Give me all the djinn!

+ No romance

I used to be a massive shipper, but over the past three years or so my shipping tendencies have fizzled out. I’m not sure what happened, but I just don’t get into it as much as I used to. So if someone tells me that a book has no romance, I’m much more likely to pick it up because I’m going to be more invested in the story or the world building than two (or more) characters getting it on.

+ Buddy reading

This isn’t necessarily about the books themselves, but if someone offers to buddy read a book with me, or someone puts out a call for buddy readers, I’m going to jump straight on it. I just love reading books alongside other people and talking about them during and afterwards. (As a sidenote, if any of you want to buddy read anything then let me know! We can chat.)

+ Feminism

This should be pretty self explanatory. If a book promises to be feminist, or to have a feminist main character, then I’m all for it. I read The Nowhere Girls in 2017 and realised that YA fiction has been missing some hardcore feminist books, so I need more. I also want more feminist adult books, so if you have any recommendations then hit me up.

– Instalove

Another self explanatory one, especially considering what I mentioned above about not shipping anything. First of all, I’ve always hated instalove. Secondly, if I’m going to ship anything (which is rare), then I’m going to ship a slow burn romance, not a love at first sight attraction.

– “The next Game of Thrones/Harry Potter/Star Wars

This drives me crazy! I get that the publishers need to market the book somehow, but if they keep putting those same words on every single book that they want to do well, then it gets a bit redundant, don’t you think?

– Models on the cover

I just really dislike seeing faces on the covers of books unless they’re in shadows, or they’re drawn. Photographs of real life people are the WORST.

And that’s it! Let me know if you’ve done this week’s list in the comments below and I’ll come and check out your post!

Top Ten Books of 2017

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1. The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed

This is my most recent read and it has shot right into my top three. It was amazing. The Nowhere Girls is an incredibly important book that addresses rape culture in the USA.

2. Love, Hate, and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

This is the first of two 2018 releases that I read recently. It’s about a Muslim Indian American girl and her experiences in regards to high school, friendship, relationships, and Islamophobia.

3. The Dangerous Art of Blending In by Angelo Surmelis

This is the second of the 2018 releases that I adored! The Dangeorus Art of Blending In is a beautifully written about a gay Greek-American boy and his abusive family. It was a tough read because I struggle to read about domestic abuse, but it was absolutely wonderful.

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Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

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1. Layover by Amy Andelson & Emily Meyer

Apparently this one is a lot like Clueless? It’s a contemporary in which some teenagers run off to Los Angeles to avoid their problems.

2. Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre

A science fiction book about a thief!

3. A Conspiracy of Stars by Olivia A. Cole

This is another sci-fi about a girl called Octavia (!) who lives (literally) on another planet.

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Top Ten Thrillers To Enjoy This Halloween

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  1. The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

A mother and father leave their baby sleeping in their house while they have dinner with the next door neighbours. They check up on the baby every half an hour, and think it’s all going swimmingly, until they return to find their baby missing. This book was gripping and intense, and while I did kind of guess the plot twists, I really enjoyed it. It’s easy to fly through in just a couple of hours!

  1. Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson

This is about a woman who loses her memory every time she goes to sleep. Stuff like this freaks me out, and I found this book to be really chilling. Again, this was easy to read, and I finished it in no time at all.

  1. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

I could have put all of Gillian Flynn’s books on this list, but I’ve gone for my favourite. Dark Places is about a woman whose family were murdered when she was younger, and she is the sole survivor of the massacre. Needless to say, she’s a bit messed up. The book is told through a series of flashbacks, and I thought it was fantastic.

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