Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim

Helllllo readers, I think I might have missed Tuesday posts the most whilst I’ve been away. I lave writing list posts and chatting about books so it’s time for me to do that alllll over again. I know that most of us buy books based on the recommendations of others so, it might be a little tough to come up with ten that I’ve picked up on a whim, but I’m going to give it a go.

One of the main ways that I pick up books are kind of to steal them off other people? Which may seem a little odd but when you live in a family of readers, it’s quite normal to lose books for months at a time because someone has picked them up and wandered off with them. This is a book my Dad left on my desk about ten years or so ago and I’ve read it at least  three times since. It’s the complete opposite from my normal type of book but it’s really brilliant,

This was a book I’ve stolen from my mother’s bookshelf when I was desperate for a book to read on a train somewhere (I feel like I’ve been on 38589895 trains recently.) I reviewed this yesterday and it’s not only a really emotional book but it’s also brilliantly written. #spoton.

There will definitely be a theme to this – book stolen from my sister *woo.* Char told me, a couple of months back, the next time I came home, I needed to borrow a Mark Billingham book and I picked the wrong one. This was the one I was supposed to borrow and IT WAS SO GOOD. (saying that I do have a DNF to review from Billingham which is really sad.) But, this was pretty awesome.

T gave me this book to read and I absolutely adored it (see review here.) It was dark, exciting, heady and just a fantastic, fantastic read. If you’re looking for something a little gruesome but beautifully written I would highly recommend.

This book I haven’t read yet – I picked it up when I was last home, looking for something to read, again on a train. I’ve read ‘A Child Called It,’ which was really upsetting and unsettling and I’m interested to see what happens next in the books – how he recovered from the horrific abuse and turned his life around.


This is a book I picked up because I really enjoyed Complicit by Nikki French. It’s a really good book and although I struggled a little with the characters as a whole it turned out to be just as good as the first book I read by the author. (Not sure how much this counts as a whim but I guess I knew nothing about it when I picked it up? *shrugs*)

I don’t think this is the exact colouring book from Tiger that I have but they don’t seem to have the one I do on the website *weeps.* I have two colouring books, and the main one I have, although it’s gorgeous is a little intense especially when I’m trying to watch Prison documentary’s so I bought a simpler one and I love it. I also use colouring pens to colour in the pages which is a lot quicker too.

Right, this one might be a little odd but I recently pre-ordered the Eat Smart book by Niomi Smart. I wasn’t sure whether to order this but T is a vegetarian who doesn’t like cheese and Niomi I believe lives via at plant based diet. So, yep, I just oddly pre-ordered this and I’m kinda excited for it.


STARTING TO RUN OUT OF IDEAS. I didn’t exactly read this off a whim but I did read the first book off a whim so I wanted to mention the author really because I haven’t reviewed this book yet! I adored this book by Blake Pierce and I found the first just googling free E-books on Amazon from the crime genre and I HAD TO READ THE SECOND. I’ll let you know my thoughts soon.

Finally a book I bought for T that I know he loved – I bought this purely for the cover alone and it ended being up awesome. I still need to read this but at the moment Tom won’t let me borrow anything until I’ve finished 1Q84. WAAAAAA

So there you go – ten new books to go and pick up! Please link me in the comments to you TTT posts because I LOVE READING THEM, and I need some new suggestions. Ciao.

Ten Books That Will Make You Laugh (or at least chuckle)


Heeeeellllo readers, hope you’re well! It’s time to spread a little bookish cheer on mylittlebookblog so today I’m talking about books that will make you giggle a little. All of these books are ones over the year that have made me smile. made me want to share them with friends and family. So, my readerish friends I’m sharing them with you. Hope you enjoy.

Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding


If you’ve seen the film and have been tempted to get hold of the book – JUST DO IT. It’s just as funny as the film and it’s a really good, feel-good, slightly downtrodden hilarious book about life and living as a thirty-something woman. Banging.

(^ my life.)


Talk about this all the time. You know how much I love this book, you know how much I adore Caitlin Moran and how fantastic she is. I NEED TO GET MY HANDS ON HER NEW BOOK Moranifesto because I know it’s going to be bladdy awesome.


Maybe no so funny, but one of those read and nod your head to. This book is full of wonderful stories and really thoughtful but funny stories. So special.


A book I read forever ago but one I feel like I haven’t reallllly spoken about. This is a book that follows the life of magician Steve Spill. The stories are really funny but in my review I struggled with reading huge chunks of the book, it’s not one to read in two days kind of thing but it is a good read.


Allll the books I’ve read by this author have been fantastic – they’re not the most intelligent of books but they are SO MUCH FUN, and have so many jokes and quips. If you need something fun to read that isn’t to difficult to read, or too heavy this is definitely for you.



This is a rip-rolling adventure holiday – it is a greaaat book full of fun adventures and the difficulties of having sex in a camper-van. Again, like the Steve Spill it’s a little difficult to read all in one go, but it’s quite good fun.



This book is hilar, and although it’s got problems it’s definitely a funny read. It follows Bernadette who decides to run off from her family and basically cause chaos. It’s not a funny book but it’s got a lot of puns, some jokes, a lot of outrageous behavior. It’s a big crazy mess.



THIS BOOK. Everyone’s read it right?



I NEVER see this book reviewed on book review blogs but this is a fantastic book. Full of funny family stories and things said by small children the struggles of parenting and get through day to day life. I listened to this as an audio book and physically laughed out loud in the silent section of library that’s how funny it is. Go and read it – it’s fantastic.


Finnnnnal book for you today; I always try to get ten but I was struggling a little towards the end;. this book is a dating style book with lots of dating profiles, silly stories and just a lot of dating disasters. Well written with a strong female protagonist and a great read!

So there we go; ten feel-good, kinda funny books. If you have any suggestions for really funny books please leave them below. Hope you enjoyed and see you Thursday!!

Ten Books I Enjoyed Recently that shouldn’t have been my cup of tea.


Helllllo readers, interesting Top Ten Tuesday post today that I’m really excited to get stuck into. The idea of today’s post is to highlight books you read in the last year or so that weren’t really your cup of tea but that you surprisingly enjoyed. Seeing as I read SO MANY different books from SO MANY different genres I know I’ve got lots to choose from but I’m going to try to pick just a few of my favourites.

1q84 by Haruki Murakami

I know I haven’t quite finished this but I am loving reading this. It’s so far away from the type of genre that I usually read and yet it’s beautiful, full of fantasy writing and mystical slightly religious themes. Something I would have never have picked for myself but one I am adoring.

microserfs by DOUGLAS Coupland

I bought this for T and he thought it was okay but not the most amazing book ever. I thought it would be right up his street because it’s really quirky but I think he thought it was trying to hard. I however have been really enjoying it. Great book, super clever and geeky it’s a thumbs up from Lizzo.

Once Gone by Blake Pierce

Some of you will know that although I adore thrillers sometimes they are just a little bit too scary and therefore I can’t really deal with them. This however was brilliant and although terrifying I just couldn’t stop reading it. Spot on – 100% worth a read.


Maybe this will come as a surprise – one because I read it recently, two because it’s on this list. Yes I love children’s books but this type of book doesn’t tend to be my cup of tea. I always want more from books like this but I was surprised to find this was perfect. Unlike the rants on Goodreads I really enjoyed this and therefore it’s making the list.



So I was sent this book and reviewed it and loved but I didn’t expect to. I thought it would get really tedious really quickly but it ended up being a lovely selection of stories to dip in and out of. I’ve struggled with short stories in 2016 but this one was lovely.


I just want to point out that with some of these books it wasn’t that I didn’t expect them to be my cup of tea but instead it was that I didn’t expect to like them as much as I did? This book really connected with me as the tale was told in such a special way – slowly giving you more and more information so you felt almost in the same way as the character in the book who was experiencing the events and feelings. It was a beautiful book and one i really enjoyed.


I bought this in my local bookstore which has now closed unfortunately. It was a bit of a quick choice from me, but it’s ended up staying with me for a long time and I’ve recommended it over and over. It’s a stunning set of stories that really spoke to me and I’m definitely going to re-read this, this year.



Another book that really surprised me this year – it’s full of mysteries that you have to solve. This book really made me think and made me use my brain which doesn’t normally happen when I’m reading. I think with this one I just didn’t know what to expect but I thought it was great really.


I had tried to read this book over and over and over again as a younger reader but it was only this year I finally got round to it. As I had really struggled before I didn’t think I would enjoy it but it ended up being brilliant.


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I picked up this book from the library without really looking at it too much and I ended up absolutely loving it and tearing through it. For a book that is your typical chick-lit kind of romance this was great.

So there we go, ten books from really the last six months I didn’t expect to love but really did. What books have you found a surprise recently? Let me know in the comments!



Top Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR pile


Helooooo readers, it’s time for another TOP TEN TUESDAY POST *cheeeers.* Really sorry for not taking part last week it seems like my bookish brain wasn’t in gear and I totally forgot which was a bit silly. However, I’m back today to show you more books I’ve added to my to-be-read pile and there are some really good ones on this list which I’m really excited to get stuck into – and before you say anything, yes I know I should get through the ones already on there but it’s always much to tempting to add new one!

Blackass by A. Igoni Barrett


Furo Wariboko – born and bred in Lagos – wakes up on the morning of his job interview to discover he has turned into a white man. As he hits the city streets running, still reeling from his new-found condition, Furo finds the dead ends of his life open out before him. As a white man in Nigeria, the world is seemingly his oyster – except for one thing: despite his radical transformation, Furo’s ass remains robustly black . . .

Really thought-provoking book which I think will be really interesting to review.

The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer


Exciting thriller about a missing  person with a stunning cover and a really interesting premise of family relationships I think this thriller looks brilliant.

Innocents and Others by Dana Spiotta


I always seem to add books because they conflict opinion and this is one of them! I love the idea of the two girls and their contrasting emotions on sex and the like but some readers have really panned it. So, I kind of want to read it! *throws on le tbr pile.*

Sweetbitter: A novel by Stephanie Danler


A lush, raw, thrilling novel of the senses about a year in the life of a uniquely beguiling young woman, set in the wild, alluring world of a famous downtown New York restaurant.

This book definitely appeals to my twenty-something vibe – the line of the blurb stating ‘she’s come to New York to look for a life she can’t define, except as a burning drive to become someone, to belong somewhere.’ resonates in a slightly terrifying way.

What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi


Definitely attempted to create a very varied and exciting list of books for you today. This book is full of stories that play with words, emotions, meanings. The reviews so far have been stunningly positive and I want to add to them.

After You (Me Before You #2) by Jojo Moyes


Every so often one of my wonderful girl group suggest a book for me – this one the beautiful Hope suggested I read so here it is! (I swear this was the book – well this is the one I wrote down – Hope please remind me if I’m being a doughnut.)

Can I Have a Chocolate Milkshake? by Rajat Mishra


I won’t lie this is a very recent addition to my TBR pile. It popped up as a suggestion when I trying to decide how many books to aim for 2016 and it just looked like my cup of tea. Described as a pick me up book I thought this might be perfect if I ever have another truly stressful reading slump and might just be an excellent read!

Artichoke’s Heart by Suzanne Supplee


Already attempting my New Year’s Resolutions by using Goodreads more and this popped up on my feed. It reads a lot like a book I read by Katie Cross this year and I really enjoyed the premise and idea so I thought this might give me the same *feels!*

Exposure by Helen Dunmore


Historical fiction, rave write-ups, a brilliant cover and a super exciting blurb – straight on the TBR!

That Girl From Nowhere by Dorothy Koomson


I’ve added this one – almost only because I need to find myself another Dorothy Koomson book to rave about. There are so many of hers that I adore but I haven’t read one in a little while so I’ve added this to my TBR for the new year!

Too many books, too little time but these are definitely books I’m planning to get read this year! Have you read any of these already? What did you think? Comment below or as always tweet me @littlebookblog!


TOP TEN TUESDAY: Ten authors I would like to get together to write a pretty epic book

Helllllllo readers, it’s Tuesday which means it’s a Top Ten Tuesday kind of day. Today’s was seriously tough and I’ve spent the last week kind of worrying about it which is daft but that’s who I am. To make it a little easier I clicked through to my list of reviews and seeing all the authors there kind of made it a hell of a lot easier. As always comments, queries, questions let me know in the comments.

 John Green and Rainbow Rowell

I imagine this will be on so many lists for this weeks topic but if these two created a book it would be not only be beautifully written but I think it would be so sweetly and wonderfully created it would become a worldly bookish treasure basically.

Giovanna Fletcher and Cecelia Ahern

I recon this would be just magical if these two got together; think how beautiful and intriguingly sweet it would be – magical, light and fluffy but the writing being such a quality piece. Perfection.

J.K. Rowling and C.S. Lewis

Let’s take a minute now to remember the brilliance of C.S Lewis…..*sighs*. But seriously if these two could of collaborated then it would have been magical and meaningful and beautifully written. These two are the only fantasy writers who have honestly captured my imagination. It would be just beautiful.

Gillian Flynn and Paula Hawkins


Tess Gerritsen and Karen Long

Both of these authors are utterly brilliant writers with slightly sadistic minds. I fear that if they ever created a book together then I would be to scared to sleep for maybe weeks months. Not cool but would be so brilliant.

J.K. Rowling & Suzanne Collins

Think how utterly nuts the bookish  blogosphere would go if this actually happened. It would just be incredible and the story I cannot believe would be anything less than a masterpiece. It could be like HP all over again. *sighs*

George R.R Martin and J.R.R Tolkien

This is an utterly selfish one. I haven’t read Lord of the Rings, I haven’t read Game of Thrones and now I feel like I’m too far behind to really get into either. If they could create a new series then I could join in with all the fun. *sobs*

Morgan Matson & S.M Stevens

Still so in love with the book Amy and Rodger’s Epic Detour and I think if Morgan Matson and S.M Stevens who wrote books that focused on musical theatre paired up it would just be such a brilliant combination. Both used mixed media, adding lyrics and illustrations and I think it would just be lovely.

Kingsley Amis & Charles Bukowski

If these two could have written a book together I tell you sparks would have flown big time. It would be a hysterical piece of literature.

Stella Newman & Sophie Ranald

For my last pairing it’s just two of my most favourite of authors. These two would make me cry, laugh, smile and fall in love with them all over again. It would be beaut.

Quite a tough top ten Tuesday; I did go through and look at a number of lists and it seems I wasn’t the only one. Struggled through but very happy with my little list as always let me know what you would add, would trash or what you think of the list. Cheers lovelies. 


Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my autumn to be read list.


Holla readers, it’s nearly Autumn, my favourite time of year. Snuggly jumpers, woolen scarves, leggings with wooly socks, I can almost feel the cosy roll-necks, long morning cuddles and steaming cups of coffee drank whilst walking through crunchie leaves. GIVE IT TOO ME. But, before I get a little Autumn crazy, I need to have a list of books to get me through the colder, darker nights and that is today’s post brought to us by the wonderful The Broke and the Bookish.

Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close:

I’ve been really hooked on ‘reading lists’ recently. Whether it’s to read during your Twenties, during Autumn, or when you’re going through a break-up I’m all for them. This book tells the tale of three females as they struggle with family trouble, career stresses and heart-break. The perfect cosy, female strong book for the Autumn.

MWF Seeking BFF by Rachel Bertsche:

This book is about a newly married lady, who realises she needs a couple of ladies as her besties. She goes on a number of friend-dates in the hope of finding her perfect BFF. A cool, cute read for the fall months.

What She Saw by Lucinda Rosenfeld:

I stumbled across this book on another blogging site and thought it looked brilliant. A mixture of breaking up, growing up and starting a new lease of life this is the perfect light-hearted read that I need after all those classics.

How to Lose Friends and Alienate People by Toby Young:

Ive seen a bit of the film but had never realised it was a book. I’m really interested to get this read because I’ve heard it’s a really comical read; witty, ironic and very jokey it sounds right up my street.

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway:

I have yet to read any of this authors books and after my classics challenge I think it’s finally time to get hold of a book of his and tell you all my thoughts. Seen as one of Hemingway’s main masterpieces and set at the end of WW1 this may just be perfect.

My Misspent Youth by Meghan Dunn:

This is a little different because it is more of a collection of non-fiction essays I guess. They talk of real life worries especially relating to young people and I think it would make a different book type to review on MLBB and to see if I enjoy it as much as I think I will.

Just Kids by Patti Smith:

*eee* really excited by this book, set in the 60’s and 70’s it really does make my historical fiction senses tingle. It follows the authors relationship with a famous photographer and the idea of a romance set in the era following the glitz and the glamour of said famous photographer it sounds just, perfect.

Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff:

Still on my TBR, still needs to be read, will be read this autumn finally.

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven:

This book is literally on every blog I read. I need to read it and get it reviewed ASAP.


Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe:

Not only a brilliant title but the story of growing up gay in the 80’s and the exploration of sexuality and romances sounds brilliant. Right up me street.

Ten fantastic books, ten that will be reviewed, ten I need to buy now damn you bank balance. What would add? Which do you want to know more about? Let me know in le comments or tweet me @littlebookblog1.

Top Ten Tuesdays: Ten classic books I want to read next

Heellllooo readers, it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday post brought to you by the wonderful ‘The Broke and the bookish,’ and it’s a free week which means that you can pick whatever book related topic your heart desires. As I have recently(-ish) finished my ten classic books challenge for my 101 things in 1001 days list I thought, why not list down the next ten classics I intend to read because there are quite a few I’ve discovered whilst browsing the library shelves/Amazon/Waterstones. If you have any to add comment below I will have to take a look at your suggestions. Without delay number one is….


Lord of the Flies (1954) by William Golding

Every man and his dog have read this book, apart from me, because I’m always so far behind.

The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891) by Oscar Wilde

This was planned as my last classic book for my 101 things in 1001 days challenge but I ended up reading Little Women, a book that has been on the list for years and years. I still plan to get this read though, eventually.

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Anne of Green Gables (1908) by L.M. Montgomery

As a younger reader my mum really encouraged some classic books but being a stubborn reader I ignored them. Recently I found this on my bookshelf, and athough I’m maybe a little too old for it, I’m going to get it read I think. Sorry Mumma.


A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1943) by Betty Smith

I only fully came across this book recently, but being split into five books, each telling a different period in the character’s lives it could span a reading experience I’ve yet to try. Something that will be new to my classic reading so far.


The Colour Purple (1982) by Alice Walker

I’m always intrigued with books that look at American social culture and the position of African-American women in the southern states of America. This one I’ve heard should be on allllll TBR’s.

Cover shows a drawing of a man, who appears to be made of newspaper and is engulfed in flames, standing on top of some books. His right arm is down and holding what appears to be a paper fireman's hat while his left arm is wiping sweat from the brow of his bowed head. Beside the title and author's name in large text, there is a small caption in the upper left-hand corner that reads, "Wonderful stories by the author of The Golden Apples of the Sun".

Farenheit 451 (1953) by Ray Bradbury

I think this book is on every single ‘book list’ I’ve seen recently such as ‘100 Books you must read during your lifetime,’ or ‘Books you haven’t read yet but must before you’re thirty.’ Those kind of lists make me feel guilty and also add to my never ending TBR pile *whines.*


Ulysses (1922) by James Joyce

I just want to attempt this, at least once.


Slaughterhouse-five (1969) by Kurt Vonnegut

Gah, this book just seems perfect for me as a reader. A satrical novel about World War II told through the life of a chaplian’s assistant, Billy Pilgrim. Really brilliant for a historical fiction adorer, and another I feel I should have read by now.

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The Catcher in the Rye (1951) by J.D Salinger

One that I missed out reading during school I feel like this is one of those books I should have probably read, or at least should be getting round to reading. Maybe this Autumn I’ll finally get it finished. Hopefully at least.

and finally

One Hundred Years of Solitute (1967) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

T just finished this and thought it was pretty wonderful, I had a nosy on Amazon and so many readers agree I think this one just had to make this list.

(Bonus book Anna Karenina (1878) by Leo Tolstoy)

There you have it ten (eleven) classic books I still need to get read. What would you add? Which really aren’t worth sticking at the top of my TBR pile? Let me know in le comments you lovely readers.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Hyped books I’ve never read/I am yet to read


Afternoon, it’s Tuesday and I feel like it’s going to be a wonderful day. It’s not often I feel so happy on a Tuesday but today, I cannot complain. Today’s post is once again a Top Ten Tuesday’s post and it’s the Top Ten Hyped books I’ve never read/I am yet to read. I’ve added the second because, as I’ve mentioned many a time, I on purposely it seems avoid *hyped* books. I think I just despise being told what to read and will instead reach for the most obscure book in its place. It’s often a mistake because I’ll end up reading said hyped book and have no one to discuss it with *wails.* For now these sit on my TBR, waiting for their time to shine.


The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

        A book that has escaped me time and time again; when these came out I remember the excitement was ferocious. I was probably reading something unknown and smirking to myself. Now, I seem to have missed the boat by a mile.


A Game of Thrones by George R R Martine

So this book was recommended to me by my Dad I think? But even he has fallen waaaaaay behind with these books. I think that I might have enjoyed it but then again, probably not. Fantasy and all that?


The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis

So I’ve read the first book I believe and the second but not the last few. I had a number of copies handed down to me and thought I’ll get them all read when I was little younger but then books such as Judy Moody and the like took over and I completely forgot to get the entire series finished.

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Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

This list is becoming books I think I should have read? I think it comes from reading too many of those “100 books you should have read by now” and I manage to tick off my eleven out of 150. This is a book I’ve heard a lot about but so far has escaped my attention.

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Animal Farm by George Orwell

Right, so this may come as a surprise to some, but this is my most lied about book. Whenever anyone asks whether I’ve read animal farm I always say yes and I haven’t. It’s a downright, blatant lie. So I need to read this, because I know there will be a number of shocked faces now I’ve finally admitted I haven’t (yet.)


The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

I always see quotes from Shel Silverstein and this one I’ve always thought I should read and get reviewed. I think there are some books that are universally adored and this is one of them that I need to get read


The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

No comment needed here?

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Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

I see people reading this book on the tube allllll the time and it’s always one I’ve thought I should probably read.

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Divergent by Veronica Roth

Now, because I haven’t yet seen the film I think that this could be a book I enjoy and then see the films, but then again I probably won’t do either cause I’m that kind of reader


The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

I’ve never read an Oscar Wilde and that makes me a bad reader. In my books anyway.

I’ve realised that these probably aren’t hyped books as such but are just books that you really should get round to reading. I need to go to the library later and I’m going to pick all of these up and make a fort and read them all and then review them. Just for you wonderful people, with some wine. As always, thank you to The Broke and the Bookish for such a wonderful bookish meme.’ Let me know which hyped books you can’t wait to read, or if any of these aren’t worth reading and we can discuss. Ciao.