Top Ten Tuesday: My Top 10… Auto-Buy Authors

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

Auto-Buy Authors

We all have our favourite authors, who we eagerly lap up every new release of or diligently hunt down their whole back-catalogue of books. With a slight twist, here are ten of the authors (listed alphabetically) that I either auto-buy or auto-request on NetGalley:

  1. M. C. Beaton – Being a fan of Beaton’s long-standing, cosy-crime series, Agatha Raisin, I am always on the look out for later books, so I continue reading the series in order.
  2. Linda Gillard – As one of my favourite authors, I want to read all of Gillard’s novels: new and old! Most recently, I read Cauldstane and I have The Trysting Tree lined-up to hopefully read soon.
  3. Joanne M. Harris – After loving The Gospel of Loki, Harris has become one of my auto-request authors. I just read more about Loki in Runemarks. and I have The Testament of Loki lined-up to read too.
  4. Susanna Kearsley – As one of my favourite authors, I want to read all of Kearsley novels: new and old! Recently, I read her newest novel, Bellewether and I have her older novel, The Firebird lined-up to read next.
  5. Laurie R. King – Being a fan of King’s nostalgic Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes mystery series, I am always on the look out for later books, so I continue reading the series in order.
  6. Karen Maitland – Since being bewitched by Maitland’s writing in The Raven’s Head, I have requested more and added to my Amazon wish-list. Recently I read A Gathering of Ghosts.
  7. Daphne du Maurier – As one of my favourite authors, I want to read all of du Maurier’s novels! Last year, I read The House on the Strand and Frenchmen’s Creek. Now I have The Loving Spirit lined-up to read next.
  8. Anne O’Brien – As one of my go-to authors for my historical fix, I eagerly request every one of O’Brien’s new novels. Last I read was The Shadow Queen and I have three of her books on my Kindle to look forward too.
  9. Terry Pratchett – Being a big fan of Pratchett’s fantastical Discworld series, I am always on the look out for books either my dad or I don’t already have to complete our collection and keep us reading!
  10. Alison Weir – As another of my go-to authors for my historical fix, I eagerly buy/request every one of Weir’s new books, especially those in her brilliant Six Tudor Queens series.

Have you read any of my choices? What authors do you auto-buy? Also, please share your link in the comments below if you have taken part in this week’s TTT topic too.

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Meme: Six in Six 2019

Last week, we said goodbye to June which means we are now half way through 2019! (I know! Where is this year going?!) Which means it is time for the Six in Six meme, the brain child of Jo at The Book Jotter. I think it is a great way to reflect back on our reading of the year so far. Here are my six authors/books in six different categories from the last six months:

Six new authors to me:

  1. Gregory Koukl, The Story of Reality
  2. Brendan Connell, Lives of Notorious Cooks
  3. Patrick Sookhdeo, The Death of Western Christianity
  4. Rob Bell, Love Wins
  5. E. M. Forster, Howards End
  6. H. G. Wells, The Time Machine

Six authors I have read before:

  1. Susanna Kearsley, Bellewether
  2. Dan Brown, Origin
  3. Louisa May Alcott, Little Men
  4. Joanna Hickson, The Tudor Crown
  5. Terry Pratchett, Guards! Guards!
  6. Margaret Skea, By Sword and Storm

Six books I have enjoyed the most:

  1. Bellewether, Susanna Kearsley
  2. Emma, Jane Austen [Re-Read]
  3. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
  4. Howards End, E. M. Forster
  5. By Sword and Storm, Margaret Skea
  6. Jane Austen at Home, Lucy Worsley

Six series of books read, continued or started:

  1. Robert Langdon series, Dan Brown
  2. The Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins [Re-Read]
  3. Discworld series, Terry Pratchett
  4. Scottish Munro series, Margaret Skea
  5. Agatha Raisin series, M. C. Beaton
  6. Very Brief History series, Mark Black

Six authors I read last year – but not so far this year:

  1. Linda Gillard, Cauldstane
  2. Philippa Gregory, The Red Queen
  3. Snorri Kristjansson, Kin
  4. Daphne du Maurier, The House on the Strand
  5. Alison Weir, Katherine of Aragon
  6. Anne Brontë, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Six adaptations I have enjoyed the most:

  1. Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
  2. Endeavour (Series 6)
  3. Shetland (Series 5)
  4. Avengers: Endgame (2019)
  5. Game of Thrones (Series 8)
  6. The Lady Vanishes (2019)

Have you read any of these? What books and authors have you enjoyed so far this year? Please link in your post in the comments below if you have taken part in this meme too.

Top Ten Tuesday: My Top 10… Books on My Summer TBR

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

Books On My Summer 2019 TBR

There are many wonderful books awaiting me on my bookshelf and Kindle, however here are ten books, ordered alphabetically, I am looking forward to reading this summer, as part of my 10 Books of Summer challenge:

  1. Cold Fire by Dean Koontz – A mystery recommended by my dad that will be perfect for my What’s in a Name 2019 reading challenge.
  2. The Dragon’s Blade: The Last Guardian by Michael R. Miller – After reading Veiled Intentions, I look forward to finishing this fantasy trilogy.
  3. Jo’s Boys by Louisa May Alcott – Looking forward to seeing how Aunt Jo and her boys progress from Alcott’s Little Men.
  4. The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory – After loving The Red Queen, I look forward to continuing Gregory’s popular Cousins’ War series.
  5. The Moor by Laurie R. King – I think it is high time to read more from King’s Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes mystery series.
  6. Queen of the North by Anne O’Brien – Sadly I have fallen behind with O’Brien’s newest historical fiction, this is the next one up for me.
  7. Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett – The next book I have, chronologically, from Pratchett’s fantastical Discworld series.
  8. River Rising by John A. Heldt – After finishing Heldt’s American Journey series, I look forward to this, the first book in his Carson Chronicles series.
  9. Runemarks by Joanne M. Harris – I am hoping for another refreshing, re-imagining of the Norse Gods and legends, like in The Gospel of Loki.
  10. Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans – A Christian non-fiction that was highly recommended to me by a fellow blogger.

Have you read any of my choices? What books are on your summer TBR? Also, please link in the comments below if you have taken part in this week’s TTT topic too.

Top Ten Tuesday: My Top 10… Recent TV Adaptations

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

Page to Screen Freebie

As I am currently gripped by the eighth and final series of the brilliant Game of Thrones, I thought I would share with you ten other great, recent TV shows based on books.

  1. Sherlock (2010 – ) – An amazing, modern twist on Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes mysteries. From the brilliant minds of Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, and starring the equally brilliant Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr John Watson.
  2. Endeavour (2012 – ) – Long-running, nostalgic ITV crime drama, based on Colin Dexter’s characters and prequel to the Inspector Morse series, which follows the young Detective Sergeant Endeavour Morse in the 1960’s.
  3. Killing Eve (2018 – ) – A thrilling, cat-and-mouse drama, based on Luke Jennings’ thriller series, as a low-wrung MI5 officer, Eve Polastri chases down the deadly female assassin, Villanelle. This had me gripped, scared and laughing in equal measure!
  4. Shetland (2013 – ) – Long-running, atmospheric BBC crime drama, based on Ann Cleeve’s characters, that follows Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez and his team as they solve gripping, dark and twisting cases, all set against the beautiful, rugged, isolated islands of Shetland.
  5. Inspector George Gently (2007-2017) – A much-loved, nostalgic crime drama, inspired by Alan Hunter’s novels, that follows incorruptible Inspector George Gently and his sergeant, John Bacchus as they solve crime and tackle corruption in Northern England in the 1960’s.
  6. The Last Kingdom (2015 – ) – An epic, gritty historical drama, based on Bernard Cornwell’s Saxon novels, that follows Uhtred (son of a Saxon nobleman, raised by a Viking lord) as he tries to protect his family and win back his title and lands, during a bloody time in British history.
  7. The City and the City (2018) – Gripping, four-part science-fiction/crime noir drama, based on China Miéville’s novel. Set in the fictional twin cities of Besźel and Ul Qoma, Inspector Tyador Borlú as he investigates the murder of a young woman. Thinking-cap required, but it is worth it.
  8. A Very English Scandal (2018) – A British three-part drama, based on John Preston’s book, about the 1970’s political scandal of Liberal Democrats leader, Jeremy Thorpe’s trial for conspiring to murder his former lover, Norman Scott A very funny, yet chilling watch!
  9. The Miniaturist (2017) – A sumptuous two-part, period drama, based on Jessie Burton’s bestselling debut novel, which takes us back to 1680’s Amsterdam, where me meet young Nella Oortman, her doll’s house and the web of dangers she finds herself within.
  10. Strike: The Cuckoo’s Calling & The Silkworm (2017) – Crime drama, based on the novels of Robert Galbraith aka J K Rowling, following detective Cormoran Strike and his capable, new assistant Robin; as they tackle two dark, complex mysteries: first, the apparent suicide of a young model and second, the disappearance of a controversial writer.

Have you watched any of my choices? What recent TV adaptations would you recommend? Also, please share your link in the comments below if you have taken part in this week’s TTT topic too.

The Classics Club: Spin #20

It’s time for The Classic Club’s 20th Spin! To join in simply list any 20 books that remain on your Classics Club list before Monday, 22nd April. On that day, the club will announce the winning number and then all you have to do is read the corresponding book by Friday, 31st May 2019. Here is my list:

  1. Jo’s Boys by Louisa May Alcott
  2. Lady Susan, The Watsons and Sanditon by Jane Austen
  3. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen [re-read]
  4. Persuasion by Jane Austen [re-read]
  5. The Marvelous Land of Oz by Frank L Baum
  6. Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë
  7. The Professor by Charlotte Brontë
  8. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  9. A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  10. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  11. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle
  12. The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas
  13. Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy [re-read]
  14. The Man Who Would Be King by Rudyard Kipling
  15. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  16. The Black Corsair by Emilio Salgari
  17. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  18. Heidi by Johann Spyri
  19. The Time Machine by H G Wells
  20. War of the Worlds by H G Wells

I have changed my list dramatically from the last spin, where I wanted to take advantage of the longer time period to tackle one of the more imposing tomes, however I made a slow start to my new list last year. So now I have replaced the tomes with all the children’s classics and other shorter classics on my list to make my life and reading a little easier.

Are you taking part in the Spin too? What book do you think would be good for me to get?

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10… Books on My Spring TBR

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

Books On My Spring 2019 TBR

There are many wonderful books awaiting me on my bookshelf and Kindle, however here are ten books, ordered alphabetically, I am looking forward to reading this spring:

  1. Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist by M. C. Beaton – The sixth book in Beaton’s long-running, cosy-crime series.
  2. By Sword and Storm by Margaret Skea – The eagerly anticipated conclusion to Skea’s brilliant, historical Munro Scottish trilogy.
  3. Cold Fire by Dean Koontz – A mystery recommended by my dad that will be perfect for my What’s in a Name 2019 reading challenge.
  4. Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett – The next book I have, chronologically, from Pratchett’s fantastical Discworld series.
  5. Howards End by E. M. Forster – For some reason I think this turn-of-the-century classic could be a perfect spring read.
  6. The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory – After loving The Red Queen, I look forward to continuing Gregory’s popular Cousins’ War series.
  7. Love Wins by Rob Bell – This controversial look at God’s love and judgement is an upcoming read for my church’s book club.
  8. River Rising by John A. Heldt – After finishing Heldt’s American Journey series, I look forward to this, the first book in his Carson Chronicles series.
  9. Runemarks by Joanne M. Harris – I am hoping for another refreshing, re-imagining of the Norse Gods and legends, like in The Gospel of Loki.
  10. The Tudor Crown by Joanna Hickson – After loving First of the Tudors, I also look forward to continuing Hickson’s new historical series.

Have you read any of my choices? What books are on your spring TBR? Also, please link in the comments below if you have taken part in this week’s TTT topic too.

Top Ten Tuesday: My Top 10… New-to-Me Authors I Read In 2018

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

New-to-Me Authors I Read In 2018

Last year, I was again blessed to read and enjoy many new-to-me authors, especially through my church’s book club. Here are the ten new-to-me authors I liked the most from the year:

  1. Anne Brontë – Anne’s beautifully written The Tenant of Wildfell Hall showed me that she is a worthy equal to her older, better known sisters.
  2. Nabeel Qureshi – My first read of the year for my church’s book club was his eye-opening, international bestseller, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus.
  3. Brother Andrew – While my May read for my church’s book club was Andrew’s truly inspiring and thrilling memoir, God’s Smuggler.
  4. Snorri Kristjansson – Perfect for the darker, cooler days of autumn was Kristjansson’s excellent, debut Viking murder mystery, Kin.
  5. Peter Bartram – I loved escaping back into Bartram’s nostalgic mysteries, Headline Murder and Stop Press Murder set in 1960’s Brighton.
  6. Michael R. Miller – More fun, escapist reading came in The Reborn King and Veiled Intentions, from the epic fantasy series, The Dragon’s Blade.
  7. Mingmei Yip – While I travelled back in time to China of the 1900s, with Yip’s exotic, historical fiction, Peach Blossom Pavilion.
  8. Lee Strobel – My church’s book club read for February was Strobel’s The Case for Grace, a compelling collection of inspiring stories.
  9. Christopher Nicole – The first book in Nicole’s historical saga, Eleanor of Aquitaine was a gripping historical soap opera for the start of summer.
  10. John Bunyan – It might have been hard going at times, but Bunyan’s classic allegorical novel, The Pilgrim’s Progress was a rewarding read.

Have you read any of my choices? What new-to-you authors did you read in 2018? Also, please link in the comments below if you have taken part in this week’s TTT topic too.