Top 10 Tuesday: Favourite Books To Complement A History Lesson!

Top 10 Tuesday!!!

This week’s topic is:

August 30: Back To School Freebie — anything “back to school” related like 10 favorite books I read in school, books I think should be required reading, Required Reading For All Fantasy Fans, required reading for every college freshman, Books to Pair With Classics or Books To Complement A History Lesson, books that would be on my classroom shelf if I were a teacher

I picked books to complement a history lesson, but instead of giving many examples of good books about a specific era, I tried to vary the historical context a bit. Enjoy!


Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Check it out here.


The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – Nazis Germany


The Diviners Series by Libba Bray – 1920s New York


Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon – Scotland and WW1


Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke – Napoleonic Wars


Animal Farm by George Orwell – Communist Russia


I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou – Racism in America, 1930s (ish?)


Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys – 1950s New Orleans


Witch Child by Celia Rees – Salem Witch Trials


The Muse by Jessie Burton – 1960s London/1930s rural Spain


Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys – Victorian Colonialism



What about you? Any favourite books that would help liven up a history lesson? Please let me know!




Top 10 Tuesday: TBR Books That Time Forgot…

Once again, it’s Top Ten Tuesday time!

This week’s topic is…

Ten Books That Have Been On Your Shelf (Or TBR) From Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven’t Read Yet


Top Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, which I shall link here! Just in case you want to know more!


The Old Hats of my TBR Pile:

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell


The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson


Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo


The Year of the Flood and MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood


To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee


Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta


A Gathering of Shadows by V E Schwab


Uprooted by Naomi Novak


The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen



Anyone else got any interesting books languishing on their TBR Pile? Let me know!



Top 10 Tuesday: Rewind!

Hello! This week’s Top 10 Tuesday topic is…

August 9: Top Ten Tuesday REWIND — go back and do a topic you missed over the years or recently or a topic you really want to revisit

So I picked – FAVOURITE COVERS! Which is pretty self explanatory – just a selection of my favourite book covers. I only chose books that I actually own or else we’d be here all day.


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish – here is the link in case you want to know more!


The Muse by Jessie Burton

Peter Pan by J M Barrie

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkein

The Chimes by Anna Smaill

Splintered by A. G. Howard

Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

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Aren’t they Booktiful!


Any else read these books? Got any covers that you love? Please share!


Top 10 Tuesday: Books I’d Buy If I Had the Money!

Hello again!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is….

Ten Books You’d Buy Right This Second If Someone Handed You A Fully Loaded Gift Card!

Aka, if every bookworm’s wish came true. I love this topic – it’s got me all excited, but also kind of frustrated because I’d never have enough money to buy all these. One can dream though, right?

For those of you who don’t know, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Here is the link for those of you want to find out more.


Uprooted by Naomi Novak


Ravenclaw Harry Potter editions


Special Edition F Scott Fitzgerald books


Mort by Terry Pratchett


No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay


Penguin clothbound classics


 Quintana of Charyn by Melissa Marchetta


Atlas of Lost Cities: A Travel Guide to Abandoned and Forsaken Destinations by Aude de Tocqueville


A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab


The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman


What about you guys? What would you buy?


Top 10 Tuesday: Things Books Have Made Me Want To Learn!

Hello lovelies! It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them.

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Here is the link if you would like to know more about it/take part!

Books, books, books – as well as teaching me things, they also make me want to learn things. The issue is that I’m usually too lazy/clumsy/untalented to pick up these new skills or it’s actually impossible to. Sigh. I can dream though, right? Hence my list:

  • Archery – various Fantasy books.
  • Alchemy – Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series by Michael Scott
  • How to be an Animagus – Harry Potter. Being a bird would be cool, except for the part where I’m scared of heights and flying. Maybe a fox would be better actually…
  • Paint – The Muse by Jessie Burton. I have zero artistic skills, but I’d love to have some.
  • Horse riding – The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater.
  • How to drive – The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater.
  • Mythology – various fantasy books.
  • How to sail – Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. Ahoy there!
  • Cartography (map-making) – The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.
  • How to play a musical instrument – Seraphina by Rachel Hartman.










So how about you? Any matches? Any other cool talents I should know about? Please let me know!


Top 10 Tuesday: Books Set Outside the US

Another week, another Top Ten Tuesday!

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Follow the link to find out more/how to take part.

This week’s topic is Books Set Outside The USA – which is a super easy topic for me, because that includes the majority of my bookshelf! I don’t know why, it’s not like I have an aversion to the US being a book setting – maybe it’s because I live in Britain? Or because my favourite genre is Fantasy?

So to narrow down my selection range I’m keeping this list within the known world – no fantasy lands, unless they are based in reality, e.g. Harry Potter is fantasy that happens in Britain whereas The Hobbit is fantasy that happens in Middle Earth (which is unfortunately absent from actual Earth). But I’m also excluding Harry Potter anyway because basically everyone’s read that/will pick it for list.

Anyways, here’s my list:

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.  Set: Germany, WW2.



  • The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. Set: Amsterdam, Holland, 1600s.



  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Set: France/Germany, WW2. Mostly St. Malo on the North coast of France – which is a beautiful place to visit.


  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. Set: Lithuania, Soviet Union (WW2 Europe).


  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. Set: London/London Below.14497


  • Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke. Set: Britain (mostly – also spends time in France, Spain, Italy). 1800s.


  • The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson. Set: South Africa, Sweden.



  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Set: England, Victorian era.


  • Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy. Set: England, Victorian era.



  • Animal Farm by George Orwell. Set: Britain – although based on communist Russia.



  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Set: England, Victorian era.9780141199085


People who have counted might have noticed that this list contains not ten books, but eleven. *shocked gasp*. I know, I’m such a rebel.

Has anyone else read any of these? Liked them? Hated them? Please let me know!


Top 10 Tuesday: Facts About Me

Hello! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is facts about yourself. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish – for more details click here.

To be honest I find myself quite boring, but here are some things you probably don’t need to know about me anyway:

  • I’m a vegetarian. Gotta love them greens! When I was younger I was really fussy about what meat I ate and what animals it came from. If I though the animal was too cute I wouldn’t eat it. Eventually, when I was about twelve, I realised that attitude wasn’t fair and I started to be become a lot more aware about some of the animal cruelty that occurs in parts of the farming industry, so I decided to be vegetarian. First month or so was a bit tricky, but after that it’s been quite easy.


  • I’m left handed, which means a few hundred years ago I would have been accused of witch-craft and possibly burned at the stake. And my hand writing is pants.


  • My favourite colours are purple and turquoise. Aren’t they pretty?


  • Star Sign is Libra. I don’t really consider the whole star sign thing all that accurate, but it’s always annoyed me how it has such a boring symbol: the scales. I want to be a Leo, at least they get to be represented by a lion! RAWR!



  • Clumsy. I fall over ALL THE TIME! Often in public. I drop things. I walk into things. I break things. Once, I whacked my head off of a Mind Your Head sign in a bookstore. And then tripped up the stairs because I was in that much of a hurry to flee the scene of my humiliation.



  • I want to travel when I’m older. Preferably everywhere, but especially around the rest of Europe – which might not be quite so easy by the time I get round to it, thanks Brexit! (*insert severe sarcasm*)


  • I wear glasses! My eyesight’s not that bad actually, I’m only a little short sighted. But I love wearing my glasses because I think they’re cute and they work with the nerdy librarian aesthetic I’m going for. As in, lots of woolly cardigans, floral prints, and brogues.


  • My favourite animals are owls, penguins, and otters. Weirdly not lizards, but I do have a soft spot for them.


  • Currently, there are 250 books on my bookshelves.


  • I’m a Ravenclaw, and was just recently sorted into Thunderbird for my Ilvermorny house on Pottermore. Which means I’m a nerdy adventurer basically, which is a 100% accurate description of me. Ironically though I hate heights and flying.  🙂


What about you guys? Any cool facts?


Top Ten Tuesday: Underrated Books!

Happy Tuesday!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is listing my favourite books that have less than 2,000 ratings on Goodreads. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish – you can find out more about this here!

So here are my favourite underrated books on Goodreads, in no particular order:



Rebel/Arrow/Swift/Nomad by R.J. Anderson. This series starts with the book Knife, but that’s the only one that managed to get over 2,000 ratings on Goodreads. I don’t know why – I love this series so much! It’s about faeries living in the modern world and the characters are all fantastic – highly recommend.


18242996Gretel and the Dark by Eliza Granville. This book reminded me a bit of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It’s not quite as good (but to be fair that can be said about a lot of books when compared to The Book Thief) but it’s even darker and even more unsettling. It’s set in during both WW2 and late 1800s Vienna, Austria if I remember correctly, and was a really intriguing read.





Louis: Night Salad by Metaphrog. This only has 16 ratings on Goodreads and that is a travesty! It’s a strange but lovely graphic novel about a mole like creature called Louis. The art is beautiful and the story heart warming.





7211922Wintercraft by Jenna Burtenshaw. This is the first book in a Gothic fantasy trilogy. Whilst this isn’t my favourite piece of fantasy out there, it’s still really good and deserves more attention. The setting and characters are simply brilliant – Burtenshaw creates a distinctly ominous and dark atmosphere throughout that reads really well. Extra bonus: All three books in the series are relatively short, which is a surprising trait in a High Fantasy series.





In the Age of Love and Chocolate by Gabrielle Zevin. This is the conclusion to Zevin’s dystopian Birthright trilogy, and it’s fantastic. The character development is wonderful and totally realistic. A great conclusion to an amazing series that deserves a little more love. Warning: Will make you want to eat chocolate.



12735319Heaven by Christoph Marzi. A weird paranormal that I struggle to explain, but enjoyed immensely, so here’s the summary from Goodreads:

“The night that Heaven lost her heart was cold and moonless. But the blade that sliced it out was warm with her dark blood…

David Pettyfer is taking a shortcut over the dark rooftops of London’s brooding houses, when he literally stumbles across Heaven: a strange, beautiful, distraught girl who says that bad men have stolen her heart. Yet she’s still alive… And so begins David and Heaven’s wild, exciting and mysterious adventure—to find Heaven’s heart, and to discover the incredible truth about her origins.”


WP_20160509_21_17_37_Pro (3)The Chimes by Anna Smaill. I’ve done a review for this book, which you can read here. It’s a bit weird, but lovely. Which is how I’m describing quite a few of these books. Pattern?




Burn Mark/ Witch Fire by Laura Powell. Witch craft in modern day Britain, where Witch Trials/ burning people at the stake (!!!!) still happen. Also, criminal gangs! Just a really fun, quirky read that deserves more ratings.





Remembrance by Theresa Breslin. A book about four teenagers in Scotland during WW1. It made me cry. A lot. It’s tragic and captures the scale of the war’s impact as it’s consequences ricochet through a small community. I wanted to put this one on the list not only because it’s a really good read, but also because a few days ago marked 100 years since the start of the Battle of the Somme, July 1st, one of the most horrific battles of WW1. It just felt appropriate.




The Road of Bones by Anne Fine. Another dark book about war and human brutality – I read this when I was about twelve, so my memory of it’s a bit foggy, but I do remember being shocked and unsettled by it’s depiction of main character Yuri’s hardships.

Summary from Goodreads: “Told who to cheer for, who to believe in, Yuri grows up in a country where no freedom of thought is encouraged – where even one’s neighbours are encouraged to report any dissension to the authorities. But it is still a shock when a few careless words lead him to a virtual death-sentence – sent on a nightmare journey up north to a camp amidst the frozen wastes. What, or who, can he possibly believe in now? Can he even survive? And is escape possible … ?”


What are your favourite underrated books? Please let me know! Do you want them to stay a little underrated? Personally, I feel that the books on this list deserve more attention/reads for the authors’ sake, but there is something nice about the fact they’re like little secret treasures. 🙂





Favourite Book Chapter Titles

Chapters. They’re quite important. Useful even. I’ve always thought of them as mini book mile stones as I read, like “wow I’m at chapter 10 already? I’m getting somewhere now!”, but that might just be me. I’ve also always appreciated good/interesting chapter titles, none of this boring numbers nonsense thank you very much. So I thought it would fun to pick my favourites and share them with you!

 10. “Outside In”/”Inside Out” from The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton.

I like chapters titles that have meaning, or add to the continuity of the overall story, so when I was looking for my Top Ten list and noticed that the first chapter in Part 1 was “Outside In” and the first chapter in Part 2 was “Inside Out” I had a very satisfying I-see-what-you-did-there moment. The book is set in 1680s Amsterdam and involves a creepy miniature doll-house that begins to mirror real life, so the chapter titles are especially appropriate.

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9. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien with “Out of the Frying-Pan and into the Fire”. 

I don’t know. It just strikes me as a pleasant, very Hobbit-like way of saying that everything has gone to sh*t.




8. Starcross by Philip Reeve with “Chapter Twenty-One: We arrive in the depths of futurity and find them chilly and a trifle dark”.

I feel this choice requires no explanation. If you want a fun steam-punk adventure, this series is awesome. Seriously, its space pirates in the Victorian era. SPACE PIRATES!




7. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor with “A Candle Flame Extinguished with a Scream”.

This chapter title promises so much with how ominous it is and that’s why I’ve added it to my list. To be honest, this trilogy had a lot of great chapter titles, so was difficult to pick just one.




6. “Can I get there by Candlelight?” from Stardust by Neil Gaiman.

Candles again! This book is a favourite of mine. It’s quirky and humorous with a warm heart. I love this title because it just sounds so random and strange, which perfectly captures the overall feeling of the book. Also, I want to travel by candlelight. It seems like an adventure.



diviners-pb25. “The Green Light” from The Diviners by Libba Bray.

Wanna know where else there’s a green light? The Great Gatsby. You know, that literary classic that everyone associates with the Roaring Twenties, a setting Bray explores beautifully in her Diviners series. Again, another I-see-what-you-did-there moment with this one.





4. “The Ocean of Tears” from A.G. Howard’s Alice in Wonderland retelling, Splintered.

One of my all time favourite books is Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I. Love. It. And I really enjoyed the way Howard weaves the original story throughout her own one, as seen with several of the chapter titles.

Side-note: the overall aesthetic for this book series is brilliant btw. Just look at that cover!




3. “The Silver Doe” from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling.

Also known as one of my favourite Harry Potter chapters in the whole series. It’s just so good. I love this title because it ties in so well the chapter itself and when you re-read the series knowing that it was Snape’s patronus, which was a mirror of Lily’s patronus, it just makes me want to bawl.



img_02992. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare.

Shadowhunter books are always good for interesting chapter titles and Lady Midnight doesn’t disappoint. In fact, if I were ranking these books by quality of chapter titles (which would be a kind of ridiculous way to rank books, but just go with it for now) this one would definitely win. A lot of the titles are quotes from the Edgar Allan Poe poem (poe poem, haha) Annabel Leewhich just ties in so perfectly with the actual storyline it hurts.

I struggled to pick just one, but in the end I went with “The Moon Never Beams Without Bringing Me Dreams”, because its my favourite line from Annabel Lee as well.



harry_potter_and_the_half-blood_prince1.”The Lightning Struck Tower” from Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.

I shed so many tears reading this chapter that I cried an OCEAN OF TEARS (sorry, not sorry). The reason I love this chapter title so much is the added meaning it carries. The Tower card in the Tarot deck traditionally depicts a lightning struck tower and it usually symbolises:

“This card follows immediately after The Devil in all Tarots that contain it, and is associated with sudden, disruptive, and potentially destructive change.” (Wikipedia)

Which is so appropriate for the events in the chapter that I can’t deal. Also, when Harry encounters Trelawney earlier in the book she’s carrying her Tarot cards and she mentions the Lighting Struck Tower – the foreshadowing! Now I’m getting all emotional over Dumbledore dying just thinking about it again. Damn you, Rowling.



Hope you enjoyed my Favourite Chapter Titles. What are your favourite chapter titles? Please let me know in the comments! Go on, I dare you. 🙂