Top Ten Tuesday: Covers That Caught My Eye

Top Ten Tuesday is an original and weekly meme created by The Broke And The Bookish

Topic:  Cover Freebie – Covers That Caught My Eye

I actually couldn’t decide what topic to do for this week. I tossed up about colours, prettiest, animals on the covers. In the end, I decide to do the covers that made me pick up the book. Not because I liked the author already, not because it was recommended to me, but I saw these covers and it made me pick up the book and read the blurb and subsequently, the book.

1. The Weight of A Human Height by Ryan O’Neill

2. The Library of Shadows by Mikkel Birkegaard

3. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

4. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

5. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafron

6. The Shadow Thief by Alexandra Adornetto

7. The Memory Book by Lara Avery

8. The Books of Pearl by Timothee de Fombelle

9. Scarred Lions by Fane Viljoen

10. Yellow by Megan Jacobson


Top Ten Tuesday: Things That Make Me Want To Read A Book

Top Ten Tuesday is an original and weekly meme created by The Broke And The Bookish

Topic:  Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book

There aren’t many things that make me instantly want to read a book, but there are enough things that have me grabbing for my wallet or a library card.

1. Has a quote from an author I love on it

I discovered that I will buy anything that has a quote from Melina Marchetta on it. Or if John Marsden mentions a book/author I will read them.

2.  If it’s by an author I love

On that same note, if an author I love has a new book out, I am hunting down a copy as soon as possible.

3. Is a fairytale retelling

I am a sucker for fairytale retellings, whether it is Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Princess and the Pea. All of them are divine.

4. Is a Shakespeare retelling

These are rarer in terms of what I have actually read, but I have a long TBR list of Shakespeare retellings I plan to get to one day.

5. If there is a movie coming out

I am a big fan of reading the book before the movie. So much so I only just got around to reading The Hunger Games which meant I could finally watch the movies. Books always come first.

Top Ten Tuesday – Author Meetings

Top Ten Tuesday is an original and weekly meme created by The Broke And The Bookish

Topic:  Author Meetings

Over the years I have been incredibly lucky to meet some of my all-time favourite authors. While I was compiling my list I realised just how many authors I’ve actually met, though this list is just my favourite authors I’ve had a chance to meet. But despite that growing list, there are still a few authors I am really hoping I get a chance to meet one day.


Have Met

John Marsden

Garth Nix

Melina Marchetta

Ryan O’Neill

Kate Forsyth

David Levithan

Holly Black

John Connolly

Will Kostakis

Sarah Ayoub


Want to Meet

Philip Pullman | Jasper Fforde

Eoin ColferJK Rowling

John GreenMikkel Birkegaard

Top Ten Tuesday: Read In One Sitting

Top Ten Tuesday is an original and weekly meme created by The Broke And The Bookish

Topic:  Read In One Sitting

The following ten books (in no particular order) are books that I finished in one sitting, either because they were impossible to put down, or so captivating and intriguing that I just had to finish the story and find out what happens. I’ve included my reviews so you can read them and realise why they were so captivating.


The Guy, The Girl, The Artist and His Ex by Gabrielle Williams

Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven

This Raging Light by Estelle Laure

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

The Golden Child by Wendy James – Review

Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson – Review

The Weight of a Human Heart by Ryan O’Neill – Review

The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis – Review

Looking For Alaska by John Green – Review

Fight Like A Girl by Clementine Ford – Review

Top Ten Tuesday: All About Romance

Top Ten Tuesday is an original and weekly meme created by The Broke And The Bookish

Topic:  All About Romance

Being Valentine’s Day there wouldn’t be any other Top Ten Topic. I feel at a slight disadvantage though because I haven’t read many romance books or books with romance in them that I feel worthy of the list. I’m cheating a bit by putting four from the same series because I loved them all, I am also not putting these in any particular order because that would be super hard to determine.


Lyra and Will – The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman

Seeing these two go from uncertain friends in The Subtle Knife to practically soul mates is fantastic and seeing the love for one another in The Amber Spyglass will break your heart! Lyra and Will are both so important but so young, and their naivety and their wisdom is a beautiful blend. This is an innocent romance but it so less important.

Dash and Lily – Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

These two are just adorable, and they bring out the best in each other. Their sense of adventure and unique personalities is an ideal match and seeing them fall for one another is excellent reading. It gets even better in The 12 Days of Dash and Lily when they support one another and become even better friends and partners.

Cate and Dave – Wish List by Belinda Williams

This was a romance I loved seeing develop. So many obstacles and will they/won’t they moments. It has the attraction at first then the denial of feelings, then a selection of dramas and ups and downs that keep this scintillating. You want them to get together and while they won’t admit it, they want to get together as well.

Madeline and Paul – The Pitch by Belinda Williams

The romance in this book changed my opinion on the romance specific genre and made me start to fall in love with them. This is the perfect slow burn romance, enough to strike a spark but nothing is rushed into and Williams paces it brilliantly. There are obstacles and dramas but seeing these two together is worth it.

Scarlett and John – Modern Love by Belinda Williams

Technically this could be seen as a chase romance, being pursued and fighting that pursuit, but Williams balances it all so well that it becomes much more than that. The pursuit of Scarlett by John isn’t overbearing, it’s natural, normal, and it’s obvious that there’s affection just waiting to be uncovered.

Christa and Max – The Boyfriend Sessions by Belinda Williams

Sometimes good romances come out of nowhere and I think this is one example where romance can sneak up on you when you least suspect. A classic case of when you aren’t looking for love it finds you, Christa and Max’s romance is slow to develop because neither of them are expecting it.

Jule and Luke – Siren’s Song by Heather McCollum

Granted there is a supernatural side to this romance, but still, McCollum brings the love and affection between these two to life so well it’s wonderful to read. Jule’s and Luke’s attraction is compelling and when they have to fight against it it makes for exquisite reading.

Lily and Jack – The Wrong Girl by Zoe Foster

Naturally when one swears off men in a book the perfect guys comes along a minute later. But I loved the relationship between Lily and Jack. It starts off as dislike, moves to friendship and actually stays longer as friends than anything else. But I loved how they get on, how they both don’t know they like each other and how it’s obvious to almost everyone else.

Ellie and Lee – The Tomorrow Series by John Marsden

Seeing this romance blossom was wonderful. It was the perfect teenage relationship; it had the uncertainty, the lust, and the awkwardness. Marsden played it out so well and the confusion on Ellie’s behalf and her conflict made it very compelling about what she was going to do.

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