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:

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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.

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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.

Top Ten Tuesday: My Top 10… Books on My Winter 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:

Winter 2018 TBR

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

  1. Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley – Having loved all of her previous books, I am super excited about this, Kearsley newest dual-narrative novel.
  2. By Sword and Storm by Margaret Skea – The eagerly anticipated conclusion to Skea’s brilliant, historical Munro Scottish trilogy.
  3. Emma by Jane Austen – I am looking forward to re-reading this delightful classic, my result for The Classics Club‘s 19th Spin event.
  4. Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier – I love du Maurier and this would also be perfect for my What’s in a Name 2018 challenge.
  5. Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett – The next book I have, chronologically, from Pratchett’s fantastical Discworld series.
  6. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins – I look forward to completing my re-read of this thrilling YA trilogy.
  7. Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley – After enjoying the TV documentary it will be good to read the accompanying book.
  8. Lives of Notorious Cooks by Brendan Connell – This set of fictional biographies of famous chefs through the ages sounds fascinating.
  9. The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory – After loving The Red Queen, I look forward to continuing Gregory’s popular Cousins’ War series.
  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 winter 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…. Binge-Worthy TV Shows

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:

Freebie
(Make up your own topic, or use a previous TTT topic you might have missed.)

A couple of weeks ago I was a little gutted to miss the Bingeworthy TV Shows/Amazing Movies topic, therefore it is perfect for me that a freebie option has come up so soon afterwards. This by no means an exhaustive list, but here are ten TV shows that I think are totally binge-worthy:

  1. Band of Brothers – Released back in 2001, this Emmy award-winning war drama, a Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks collaboration, is still my very favourite TV show ever! A dramatised history of ‘Easy’ Company, of the 101st Airborne Division, as they take part in the major action of WWII.
  2. Sherlock – An amazing, modern twist on the Sherlock Holmes works of Arthur Conan Doyle. 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.
  3. Battlestar Galactica – I binge watched this critically acclaimed, 2003 reboot of the BSG franchise myself, after my dad recommended it. Now don’t tell me you don’t like science-fiction, because this is like the best, gritty drama which just happens to be set in space with killer robots!
  4. Game of Thrones – I imagine this epic, fantasy drama, based on the books by George R. R. Martin, featured on many people’s list for this topic. With its fantastic blend of medieval realism, magic, battles, political intrigue, amazing CGI and great characters, it has us all hooked!
  5. Being Human – This quirky, supernatural drama is one of the most popular shows in BBC iPlayer history. It follows three unlikely housemates: a vampire (Aidan Turner), a ghost (Lenora Crichlow) and a werewolf (Russell Tovey) as they try to live hidden amongst humans.
  6. Dr Who – While I have watched most of this British science-fiction franchise since it rebooted in 2005, it is specifically series 2-4 I am recommending. David Tennant’s charismatic tenth Doctor and his awe-inspiring, righteous fury, is something you must see.
  7. Boardwalk Empire – A gripping, period crime drama set in Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the Prohibition era. Produced by Martin Scorsese and starring Steve Buscemi as Enoch ‘Nucky’ Thompson; a powerful and corrupt political leader based on the real-life Enoch L. Johnson.
  8. Downton Abbey – Julian Fellowe’s Emmy award-winning period drama, follows the ups and downs of the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants, at the fictional Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey, between 1912 and 1926.
  9. Lost – Okay I wasn’t a huge fan of the ending, but I am not sure any ending could have done justice to this surreal master piece of suspense, mystery and drama. That follows the survivors of a plane that crashes on a mysterious tropical island, somewhere in the South Pacific Ocean.
  10. Merlin – Finally a more light-hearted watch would be this British fantasy-adventure. A fun re-imaging of the Arthurian legends, where a young wizard Merlin (Colin Morgan) becomes close friends with Prince Arthur (Bradley James). Worth watching just for the brilliant bromance!

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

Top Ten Tuesday: My Top 10… Cosy Winter Reads

TTT-BLCTop 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:

Cozy/Wintry Reads

Imagine you are snuggled up in a blanket, with a fire crackling and a mug of your favourite hot beverage, as the snow falls outside. What book do you read? Well here are ten of my cosy, wintry reading recommendations:

  1. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – On the lead up to Christmas there couldn’t be a better read then Dickens’ classic, ghostly tale of redemption; with all its festive trimmings of family gatherings, roast turkey, dancing, games and generosity of spirit.
  2. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis – Join the Pevensie children through the wardrobe, as they try to save Narnia and its magical inhabitants from the wicked White Witch and her perpetual winter.
  3. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – I don’t think much can warm the heart or the cockles more than Alcott’s classic coming-of-age story about the four strong, independent March sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy.
  4. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman – Wrap up and journey with the feisty, little Lyra to the Arctic, searching for her kidnapped friend, Roger and her imprisoned uncle, Lord Asriel.  Be prepared for danger, daemons, witches and armoured bears!
  5. Season of Storms by Susanna Kearsley – As the storms rage outside, why not escape to the elegant and isolated villa Il Piacere in Italy, for one of Kearsley’s wonderfully immersive and gripping mysteries.
  6. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett – With the world cold and dead around you, watch life bloom for the troubled orphan Mary as she discovers a long-forgotten garden at Misselthwaite Manor.
  7. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie – What could be better than getting trapped in the snow on the most glamorous train in history… except there is a murderer on board!
  8. Wildfire at Midnight by Mary Stewart – Forget yourself for a little while in one of Stewart’s wonderfully romantic suspense novels, with a gripping murder mystery on the bleak but stunning Isle of Skye.
  9. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling – In my favourite of Harry’s magical adventures, we see him sneak down to the snow-covered town of Hogsmeade, in his invisibility cloak, for a warming butterbeer in The Three Broomsticks.
  10. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen – Finally, but not least, let the young, naive Catherine Moorland entertain you with her whimsical and wild imagination in Austen’s satirical Gothic novel.

Do you like my choices? What cosy, wintry reads would you recommend? Also, please share your link in the comments below if you have taken part in this week’s TTT topic too.

Top Ten Tuesday: My Top 10… Greatest Villains

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:

Villains
(favourite, best, worst, lovable, creepiest, most evil, etc.)

Ooo you could go so many ways with this topic, but I have chosen to share with you my top ten greatest villains of all time:

  1. Count Dracula – Bram Stoker’s legendary antagonist has come to be universally recognised as the archetypal vampire. He is both cruel, heartless and vicious, and suave and refined: a deadly combination.
  2. Smaug – This vain, cunning and cruel dragon is the main antagonist in Tolkien’s The Hobbit, who destroyed the entire dwarf kingdom of Erebor to seize its treasure! And whatever you do, don’t play riddles with him!
  3. Frankenstein’s Monster – After being created and abandoned, the tragic villain of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein relentlessly chases down his creator, bringing vengeance down upon him and his innocent loved ones.
  4. Sauron – The main antagonist in Tolkien’s epic The Lord of the Rings, a powerful, malicious spirit, that clings onto life as a great lidless eye, that never sleeps. Who mercilessly wishes to dominate all life.
  5. Professor Moriarty – Is the archenemy of Sherlock Holmes in Arthur Conan Doyle’s mystery series. Famously dubbed the ‘Napoleon of Crime’ and considered one of the first super villains in fiction.
  6. Lord Voldemort – The main antagonist in J. K. Rowling’s magical Harry Potter series. A powerful Dark Wizard who murders anyone who doesn’t fit his supremacist views or gets in his way, including Harry’s parents.
  7. Milady de Winter – Is a beautiful but remorseless spy in Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers. She seduces and uses men to gain power, wealth, information and to do her dirty work.
  8. The White Witch – The tyrannical, self-proclaimed Queen of Narnia in C. S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Who cursed the land to a perpetual winter – always winter, never Christmas!
  9. Randall Flagg – Known as ‘The Man in Black’ when I met him in Stephen King’s The Tower Dark series. Where he hunted by Roland, the last gunslinger, after he killed all of Roland’s men and destroyed his family.
  10. Victor Frankenstein – Earlier I had Frankenstein’s monster, but it could be argued that as Victor created and them heartlessly abandoned him that he too is a villain. In fact, Shelley has us asking who is the real monster?

Do you agree with my choices? Who do you think are the greatest villains? Also, please share your link in the comments below if you have taken part in this week’s TTT topic too.