Top Ten Tuesday: Food in Books

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. If you love books and making lists, this is the meme for you! This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Yummy Foods Mentioned In Books

With my being a bookworm and a food lover this is like the perfect topic for me! In no particular order, here are ten of my favourite books with memorable scenes of delicious food and meals:

~ 1 ~

Hot Chocolate and Turkish Delight
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C S Lewis

The infamous rich hot chocolate and sweet Turkish delight that the White Witch conjures to tempt the young Edmund to betray his family.

~ 2 ~

Lashings of Ginger Beer
The Famous Five by Enid Blyton

Their picnics of sandwiches, boiled eggs and tinned sardines, all washed down with lemonade or ginger beer are nearly as famous as them!

~ 3 ~

The Unexpected Party
The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien

The dwarves empty poor little Bilbo’s well-stocked larder of seed cakes, buttered scones, jam, tarts, pies, cheese, boiled eggs, cold chicken and pickles!

~ 4 ~

Hogwarts Start-of-Term Feast
Harry Potter by J K Rowling

Where the tables magically fill with succulent platters of roast meat, chops, sausages, pies and overflowing bowls of potatoes, mash and vegetables.

~ 5 ~

Forest Stew
Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat

As the children hide out in the forest in a small cottage they learn to cook big steaming pots of hearty meat and vegetable stew.

~ 6 ~

Supper with the Beavers
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C S Lewis

Mrs Beaver prepares the children a comforting supper of fried fish and boiled potatoes, followed by a sticky marmalade roll.

~ 7 ~

Buns for Tea
The Railway Children Edith Nesbit

When Mrs Waterbury sells one of her children’s stories she uses the money to buy the children sweet buns for their tea.

~ 8 ~

Farmer Maggot’s Feast
The Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien

Taking shelter with Farmer Maggot, the hobbits enjoy a mighty dish of mushrooms and bacon, washed down with plenty of beer.

~ 9 ~

Tea with Mr Tumnus
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C S Lewis

On her first trip to Narnia, Lucy has tea with Mr Tumnus, where she enjoys lightly boiled brown eggs, sardines on toast and a sugar-topped cake.

~ 10 ~

Spice, Rice and All Things Nice
Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

At Highgate House, Miss Steele is surrounded by colourful, exotic furnishings and dines on spicy, rich curry and fragrant rice.

Like my choices? What yummy food in books can you think of? Also, please link in the comments if you have taken part in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic too.


New Books: September & October 2017

Hello my fellow bookworms, as I didn’t manage to squeeze in a post last month, here are the goodies I added to my bookshelf and Kindle in September and October:

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

First in September, I finally managed to get my hands on a lovely Headline Review copy of this, which completes my beautiful pastel Austen set.

Queen of Love by Christopher Nicole

Seven Sovereign Queens by Geoffrey Trease

Then I was happy to snap up a free copy of Queen of Love, the second Eleanor of Aquitaine novel, and a bargain copy of Seven Sovereign Queens, which I am particularly excited about after loving Seven Stages, both from Endeavour Press’ e-newsletters.

Aaru by David Meredith

River Rising by John A. Heldt

Finally, in September, I was contacted and received review copies of David Meredith’s new young adult novel Aaru and John A. Heldt’s new time-travel novel River Rising, the first in Heldt’s new Carson Chronicles. Previously I have enjoyed both these authors, so I am looking forward to trying more.

The Ivy Tree by Mary Stewart

Thunder on the Right by Mary Stewart

Touch Not the Cat by Mary Stewart

Madam, Will You Talk? by Mary Stewart

Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart

The Prince and the Pilgrim by Mary Stewart

Moving on to this month, I could barely contain my excitement when I found five of Mary Stewart’s suspense novels and one of her Arthurian Saga novels all in the Kindle 99p sale on Amazon (UK)! So I had to get them all … right?!

Crazy Busy by Kevin Deyoung

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi

Finally, this month, I bought these two Christian non-fictions in anticipation of the long-awaited return of my church’s book club. Up first is Crazy Busy for the November meeting.

Do you fancy any of these? What new books have you got recently?

Tough Travels: Minions

Tough Travels is a monthly meme hosted by Fantasy Faction, which, inspired by The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones, spotlights each month a different fantasy trope for us to compile lists and have fun with. Last month we discussed DRAGONS. This month’s topic is:


‘Minions of the DARK LORD can be male or female, though he tends to favour males (who seem to be more susceptible to the Evil One’s wiles). They can take many forms: BAD KINGS, ENCHANTRESSES, HIGH PRIESTS, EUNUCHS, DUKES, REGENTS or WITCHES. Additionally, there are the non-human minions, such as ORCS, TROLLS, GOBLINS and random OTHER PEOPLES . . . not to mention MUTANT NASTIES, carefully selected MONSTERS, UNDEAD, and DEMONS.’

Diana Wynne Jones, The Tough Guide to Fantasyland

Gríma Wormtongue
Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien

Gríma is the simpering, wily and silver-tongued minion of the wizard Saruman, who drip, drips poisonous words into the ear of King Théoden of Rohan.


Mr Smee
Peter Pan by J M Barrie

Smee is the simple, oddly genial bo’sun on the Jolly Roger – often portrayed as a portly man who comically scuttles round after the fearsome Captain Hook.


Peter Pettigrew/Wormtail
Harry Potter by J K Rowling

The snivelling betrayer of Lily and James Potter is one of the first of the Dark Lord’s minions to crawl back and help him return – appropriately his Animagus form is a rat!


The Witch’s Dwarf
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C S Lewis

This unnamed dwarf is a traitor to his own people, who does the bidding of the White Witch with a ‘wicked grin’ upon his face.


Dracula by Bram Stoker

Renfield is an inmate at Dr Seward’s lunatic asylum, who becomes a thrall to the powerful Count Dracula and eats insects to try to imitate his master.


Like my choices? What minions can you think? Please link in the comments below if you have taken part in this month’s topic too.

Come back next month for: Mentors.

Goodbye September, Hello October 2017

Hello my fellow bookworms, I hope you are all well? Autumn, my favourite season, has well and truly arrived here in the UK. It is a little sad how quickly the weather has cooled but I have still enjoyed getting my comfy boots, woolly tights and my extensive scarf collection back out! So as I squeezed in a trip to London, started back at work and got acclimatised to the weather, this is what I read:

Fiction: 3          Non-Fiction: 1

Only two days into the month, on my flight home from Rome, I finished reading the light historical mystery The Mistress of Blackstairs by Catherine Curzon, that was a real, easy page turner for my holiday.

I returned to the UK to find that the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril XII event had started! So I threw myself straight into the event with a comforting read of the new-to-me Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage by M C Beaton, the fifth book in Beaton’s long-running, cosy-crime series. Which I swiftly followed with the young adult thriller Resthaven by Erik Therme, another quick, easy read – the types of reads I’ve needed as I’ve settled into a new year at work.

Alongside these fictions, I also read non-fiction Watling Street by John Higgs, an eccentric and meandering look into the people, history and culture that has grown up along this ancient road.

Sadly I am still a little behind on my posts as I had so many books from August to catch up with first, which leaves three reviews from this month for you to look forward to in October.

Pick of the Month: The Mistress of Blackstairs

Altogether that is four books completed in August. Through out the month, I also continued to dip in and out of the classic North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. Whilst at the end of the month, I started a comforting re-read of The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman and I am already halfway through Queens of Conquest by Alison Weir, a fascinating history of England’s Medieval queens.

In October, I have no big plans so I am just looking forward to catching up with my reviews and continuing my R.I.P reading.

What did you do and read in September? What are your plans for October?

Top Ten Tuesday: My Autumn TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. If you love books and making lists, this is the meme for you! This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List

There are many wonderful books awaiting me on my bookshelf and Kindle, however here are ten books I am particularly looking forward to reading this Autumn (ordered alphabetically by title):


Assassination at Bayou Sauvage by D J Donaldson

After loving Blood on the Bayou last year, I am excited to read another mystery with medical examiner Andy Broussard and criminal psychologist Kit Franklyn.


Cauldstane by Linda Gillard

Gillard is one of my favourite authors and last year, I was thrilled to top up my Kindle with three of her novels. Of those three I fancy reading this first.


Headline Murder by Peter Bartram

This Crampton of the Chronicle mystery has sat on my Kindle for too long and there doesn’t seem a better time of year to finally get round to it.


The Plague Charmer by Karen Maitland

Maitland’s historical fiction tends to be on the dark side with a touch of the supernatural, so I’ve been saving this for when the night’s start to draw in.


The Quarry by Iain Banks

This mystery from the late, great Banks has sat on my bookshelf for too long and this seems like the season to finally give it a go.


Queens of Conquest by Alison Weir

I am super excited about this: the latest history from Weir about medieval queens.


The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory

After loving The White Queen earlier this year, I am looking forward to continuing Gregory’s popular Cousins’ War series.


Season of Storms by Susanna Kearsley

I don’t think Autumn would be Autumn without a sweeping historical mystery from, one of my favourite authors, Kearsley.


The Shadow Queen by Anne O’Brien

O’Brien is pretty much my go-to-author when I want to be lost in a good historical fiction, so I am excited to read her latest novel.


The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman [re-read]

I am looking forward to continuing my comforting re-read of Pullman’s young adult trilogy, His Dark Materials.

What are you looking forward to reading this Autumn? Also, please link in the comments if you have taken part in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic too.

Challenge: 10 Books of Summer 2017 (End)

While I was on holiday, the 1st September came and went, which saw the officially end of Summer and the 10 Books of Summer challenge. I feel I have had a great Summer of reading, however I also think I blinked and missed it! So let’s have a look at what I actually managed to read:

Sandlands by Rosy Thornton


First of the Tudors by Joanna Hickson


Pyramids by Terry Pratchett


Sandokan, The Tigers of Mompracem by Emilio Salgari


Wendy Darling, Volume 3: Shadow by Colleen Oakes


The White Queen by Philippa Gregory


The Lioness and the Spellspinners by Cheryl Mahoney


Northern Lights by Philip Pullman [Re-Read]


The Girl in the Glass Tower by Elizabeth Fremantle


(While I finished reading these two last books, I am behind on my reviews, so keep your eyes peeled for my full thoughts on them.)

Which means I have read …


I am really pleased with my result this year and while I didn’t quite finish I am up on both my previous years. The only book I didn’t get round to was A Dance with Dragons, Part 1 by George R R Martin, which I chose not to read because I was still watching the newest series of the hit TV series, Game of Thrones, as I feared I might get confused. Having made progress each year and enjoyed some fab reading, bring on next year!

Have you read any of these books? Did you take part in this challenge?

Challenge: R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril XII

My fellow bookworms, I returned from my holiday to find Autumn has arrived here in the UK, which means its time for cooler days, golden leaves, darker nights and taking part in the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril XII event; this year hosted by Heather and Andi from Estella’s Revenge and My Capricious Life. Great to see this event return, as it perfectly embodies all the literature most associated with Autumn: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Dark Fantasy, Gothic, Horror and Supernatural.

Books I could read off my bookshelf:

  • Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage by M C Beaton
  • The Quarry by Iain Banks
  • Season of Storms by Susanna Kearsley
  • Demon Seed by Dean Koontz
  • O Jerusalem by Laurie R. King

Books I could read off my Kindle:

  • Assassination at Bayou Sauvage by D J Donaldson
  • Headline Murder by Peter Bartram
  • Cauldstane by Linda Gillard
  • The Plague Charmer by Karen Maitland
  • Resthaven by Erik Therme

It is highly unlikely I would ever read all these books and I am not restricting myself exclusively to these books either, however I do love making a list of possibles! For this event, that runs from 1st September to 31st October 2017, I have signed up for Peril the First level; which means I am aiming to read four books by the end of October. Again, I look forward to seeing what I will end up reading in this wonderful event.

Are you taking part in the event this year? What are you hoping to read?