Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Surprised Me

Top Ten Tuesday is an original and weekly meme created by The Broke And The Bookish in 2010 but has since moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018.

Topic:  Books That Surprised Me
(in a good or bad way)

Since it can be books that surprised me in a good or a bad way I’ve split the list down the middle. Naturally, the good surprises are the best, but some of the bad ones were bad. Granted, they weren’t all horrible, evil DNF disasters, they just weren’t what I was expecting when I started reading. They just weren’t what I thought they were going to be like when I started reading them.

Books that Were A Good Surprise

Bro by Helen Chebette

The Wrong Girl by Zoe Foster

The Weight of a Human Heart by Ryan O’Neill

The Once and Future King by T. H. White

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty


Books that Were A Bad Surprise

Second Life by S. J. Watson

Beside Myself by Ann Morgan

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

The Farmer’s Wife by Rachael Treasure

Faking It Gabrielle Tozer

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Book Quotes

Top Ten Tuesday is an original and weekly meme created by The Broke And The Bookish in 2010 but has since moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018.

Topic:  Favourite Book Quotes

“Maybe our favourite quotations say more about us than about the stories and people we’re quoting” – John Green

The thing about book quotes is that you can find great ones that offer life advice, are funny, quirky, profound. So many have been written about books, reading, libraries and librarians. I could include so many but I suppose that’s why Goodreads has the quotes page where you can add as many as you please. Choosing ten was tricky but also easy. I had the quotes I immediately reached for and others I had to think about whether they were my favourite or merely just wonderful. A list of wonderful book quotes is a whole separate thing altogether not to mention quotes by authors but aren’t actually in a book.

In no particular order, these are the ten I decided to add to the list.

  • “Every swear word in the Devil’s dictionary curled around my tongue.” – Scott Monk, Boys ‘R’ Us

This line has always stayed with me from this book. It’s very clever and I really want to use it one day.

  •  “Take no heed of her…she reads a lot of books.” – Jasper Fforde, The Well of Lost Plots

All ten of these quotes could be from Fforde’s books. They are witty, true, and fabulous. All the things and I had a very hard time limiting my selection of them. but this is a great quote that I have adopted. It’s flippant and meant to be a dismissal but I like it all the same.

  • “Thomas Edison’s last words were “It’s very beautiful over there”. I don’t know where there is, but I believe it’s somewhere, and I hope it’s beautiful.”  – John Green, Looking for Alaska.

This quote has such a profound meaning for me. Alaska is a stunningly beautiful and underappreciated book and Hank Green’s song about it only enhances this. It’s not so much what the quote is saying, but what it represents.

  • “Even the dead need caring for.” Gareth P. Jones, The Thornwaite Inheritance

For a strange children’s book, I was struck by this quote. It stood out to me and even inspired some of my writing.

  • “We lie to protect our children, and in lying we expose them to the greatest of harms.” – John Connolly, Nocturnes

From a book of creepy short stories about monsters and unknown things, this was an interesting quote to find. It certainly made me think about the truth to it.

  • “Loved with obsessive devotion, hated with barely controlled fury” – Heather McCollum, Siren’s Song

I also have to include “The bravest warriors scream inside while fighting for what’s right” as a second from that book because that is an amazing quote as well.

  • “I’m sorry, but I don’t get it. If we’re supposed to ignore everything that’s wrong in our lives, then I can’t see how we’ll ever make things right.” – A. S. King, Please Ignore Vera Dietz.

I have so many emotions about vera Dietz. Every paragraph there is another wonderful quote or life lesson to take hold of. It’s a beautiful book.

  • “Begin at the beginning,” the King said, very gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop.” – Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Such a wonderfully absurd book. I am also a fan of the poem, The Walrus and the Carpenter which has resulted in me adding “the walrus said” in my head whenever anybody says the phrase “the time has come.”

  • “Do I have to talk to insane people?” “You’re a librarian now. I’m afraid it’s mandatory.” – Jasper Fforde, The Woman Who Died A Lot

I always love finding fun quotes about librarians. There’s always the Important ones and the ones about how treasured they are, but I like the ones that make us sound dangerous, or powerful, or just a reality of our day that yes, sometimes people are just a tad bit trying.

  • “We should be angry. Because if we aren’t, we aren’t paying enough attention.” – Clementine Ford, Fight Like A Girl

I have a dozen or more Post-Its sticking out from this book with excellent quotes but I love this one because it sums up a lot of things and makes an excellent point about the state of the world.


So there’s my ten. Now I need to go reread some books that I have been reminded of their excellence whilst formulating this list!




Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Could Reread Forever

Top Ten Tuesday is an original and weekly meme created by The Broke And The Bookish in 2010 but has since moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018.

Topic:  Books/Series I Could Re-read Forever

Looking at my list I realise 4, technically 5, of them are actually series, but I am including them anyway because you can’t just read one of them. I have also included for nine and ten two books I actually haven’t reread since I read them originally, but I adore them and feel I would reread them again and again. But also they both gave me such profound experiences I don’t know if I want to tarnish that by rereading. But I added them anyway. I love each of the books on this list and just putting them on here reminds me of the wonderful things about them and why I want to experience them over and over again.

1. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

2. Harry Potter by JK Rowling

3. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

4. The Tenth Hero by Barry Klem

5. Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden

6. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

7. The Martian by Andy Weir

8. Boyz R Us by Scott Monk

9. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

10. Looking for Alaska by John Green



Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested in Reading

Top Ten Tuesday is an original and weekly meme created by The Broke And The Bookish in 2010 but has since moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018.

Topic:  Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested in Reading

If I really examined by TBR pile I’m sure I could list 100 books I should just give up on. A few I keep because I tell myself I will read them one day, whether this is the truth I don’t know. Probably not. For many books I’ve decided where possible, watching the movie will do me just fine or more often that the enthusiasm I once had has faded. There’re enough books I really want to read without having to clog a TBR list with books I Might One Day Maybe But Probably Never Read, no matter how popular or famous they are.

The Shining by Stephen King

The Silence of the Lambs

Wicked by Gregory Maguire

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

The Farm by Tom Rob Smith

Gone by Michael Grant

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

Kissing in America by Margo Raab

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Dark Angels by Katherine Langrish

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Have Been on My TBR the Longest

Top Ten Tuesday is an original and weekly meme created by The Broke And The Bookish in 2010 but has since moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018.

Topic:  Books That Have Been on my TBR The Longest

Going off my TBR list on Goodreads and seeing what I added first it’s mainly the classics. They were the first books I could think of to add when I first joined. On top of that, I have always wanted to read these books but never got around to it. Now I may not actually get to them because the classics have a habit of being a huge disappointment, but I still might one day. Either I heard a lot about them through pop culture that I felt I didn’t need to read them, or just that they are going to be very Literary and I keep postponing it. My excuse for the non-classics I cannot say.


1. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

2. Moby Dick by Herman Melville

3. 1984 by George Orwell

4. Eragon by Christopher Paolini

5. Dracula by Bram Stoker

6. The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

7. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett

8. Obernewytn by Isobelle Carmody

9. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

10. Watership Down by Richard Adams


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