Ten Bookish Things I Want to Quit Or Have Quit


I have a great tendency to finish what I’ve started, so when it comes to quitting books or series, it doesn’t happen all that often. Not completing a book is very rare, and all I can think of is Mein Kampf, and that one speaks for itself. 

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Five Books To Read If You Like Harry Potter

Top10TuesdayThis week, I’m struggling a little, simply because I haven’t read that much to be honest, especially not that much magic, which actually surprises me. So here are my Five Books To Read If You Like Harry Potter.

  1. The Obernewtyn Chronicles by Isobelle Carmody – a ‘chosen one’ with abilities, where there is (eventually) a community of like-abilitied people. But so much more than that.
  2. Ender’s Game – just stick to the first one!
  3. Red Rising Trilogy – again, a ‘chosen one’ story, with a school, but a lot more violent, but oh so good
  4. Reticulum by Marta Salek – a school of magic story, which I quite liked, and it’s not very well known at all
  5. Dragon Keeper by Carole Wilkinson – ‘chosen one’ to ride with a dragon, haven’t read it in many years, but it was a lovely book at the time

And I request from you, what are some good magic stories with wizards and witches? I feel like I should have read hundreds of them by now, but I struggle to think of many at all.

The Secret River Mini-series

I originally read The Secret River by Kate Grenville over four years ago, and I was impressed enough to read the ‘sequel of sorts’ The Lieutenant  and then (and even buy) the actual sequel Sarah Thornhill. It is a wonderful Australian novel, centred in colonial Australia and the mistreatment of Aboriginal Australians.

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Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR


That’s right, it’s spring in the old southern hemisphere, and the days are beginning to get glorious for reading outside again. So what books do I want to be reading.

  1. THE RED QUEEN by Isobelle Carmody

I’m so excited about this book, my reread is well underway, and there’s under two months to go! I can’t believe that the final book is actually coming out, it’s been a very long wait for some since the beginning (20+ years!), it’s going to be sad but so good

2. Magnus Chase – The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan – I’m quite interested to see what Norse mythology really is all about, it’s been a while since Riordan has done a new series so I’m excited

3. Chimera by Mira Grant – the third Parasitology book, while the series hasn’t been as good as I have hoped, I’m still quite excited to see how it is going to end (I think it’s the final).

That’s all really that I know about, so over to you guys, what books are coming up that I should get excited about?

The Picture of Dorian Gray – How Scandalous!

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Dorian Gray – 1 by ashellkova

This story is one of those stories where the background information is almost just as fascinating as the actual material, if not more so. And without it, it really would be diminished. 

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Top Ten Tuesday – Childhood Favourites


This week, is a free choice week, so I’m going to discuss my childhood favourites!

  1. Harry Potter – duh
  2. Geronimo Stilton – I was obsessed with this series and still have 35 of the books, which was up to the time I was still interested in them, now there are so many more!
  3. Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden – really loved this survival series
  4. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer – again an amazing series for kids (and older)
  5. Dragon Keeper by Carole Wilkinson – loved this series so much I sent the author a few emails over the years, and she replied!
  6. A Series of Unfortunate Events
  7. The Obernewtyn Chronicles – by Isobelle Carmody
  8. Brian’s Saga/Hatchet by Gary Paulsen – another survival series which I really linked
  9. JRR Tolkien – read this when I was perhaps too young, cause I ended up remembering very little about The Lord of the Rings
  10. Whatever I got my hands on haha

What about you? What books/authors were you childhood favourites?