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Helllo readers, please forgive me if this post is a little rambling in length but I’ve decided to write up my Friday (bookish) favourites. I haven’t written one before as such but recently I’ve been buying lots of reader related bits and bobs and thought I would pop it all together in a lovely post for you. I adore reading these on other blogs and thought I would write my own. I’m not going to do them every-week but I think if they go down well maybe once a month on the first Friday of the next month? We’ll see! For now, enjoy!

Scrabble ‘L’ Mug

I’ve mentioned this before but I’m not a massive tea or coffee drinker and only recently have I started to drink peppermint or green tea, but I’ve been converted and now adore the stuff so I’ve been picking up lots of new mugs to add to my collection. This most recent addition is a scrabble ‘L’ mug. It’s so pretty, with the score of the letter on there, a double point square on the bottom of the inside of the mug, and the distribution of letters on the back it’s kind of perfect. I picked this up in London for around £8 pounds which I know if a lot but I just think it’s wonderful.

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Pucca Peppermint & Liquorice Tea

Another addition to my list but I recently went to T and Harry’s house and Harry offered me a cup of Peppermint and Liquorice Tea which I have to say is amazing. When I next went to tesco I picked up a pack and I’ve been drinking  it pretty much constantly ever since. I’m trying to get better at reading before bed and this is the perfect accompaniment.

Primark Bee Hoppy Pyjamas

I adore Primark Pyjamas but I have tumultuous relationship with them. I love the shorts that they sell because they are so utterly utterly comfy but the vests that come with them are useless especially when you’ve got a bit extra in the chest area. So I have to buy a different top to go with, and I end up with so many mismatched vest tops.

However I did manage to pick up a pair of checked shorts in magenta, navy and white and a ‘BEE HOPPY’ oversized sweatshirt with pink, grey and white large horizontal stripes. It’s utterly gorgeous and perfect for snuggling up with whilst blogging and I have a pair of super snuggly white knee high socks to go with too.

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Blogging Diary

So, this year is the first year I’ve had a blogging diary. I know – shock horror but I’ve finally got organised enough to have a blogging diary and this one is perfect.  It’s compact and smaller than A4 but the size has the perfect space to write the day’s post – any work related notes and is bright highlighter yellow and magenta so I can find it in my bag/bed/floordrobe. I’ve only had it a month of so but I’m still using it which must be some kind of record.

Penguin Canvas Tote bag

I’ve had this a little while but just haven’t found a reason to blog about it yet. It’s a Penguin book cover of The Great Gatsby as a canvas book bag and I use it every day for work. It’s the perfect size for laptop, soup, charger, book and my blogging diary and my make-up bag, plus it’s gorgeous. I really want a maroon one but I’m yet to decide which book cover but I also adore the green Sherlock version. *Puts on wish-list.*

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So these are my wonderful January favourites. Hope you enjoyed this slightly different post but I might just write a few more.

Top Ten Tuesday: What’s in my bag – book blogger dream edition

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Helllloooo readers, it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday and today’s is a free week so we’re allowed to pick our own bookish topic! Over Christmas I was tempted over and over again to buy alllll of the bookish things but I stopped myself because 1) Christmas, 2) Money. However I thought this post would be the perfect time to collate all the bookish bits I want that would fit in my dreamy book blogger bag. I know it’s a little odd for a topic but imma going to go with it. Additionally I will link where I found all of these bits so you can go buy them yourselves!

Canvas And Leather Foldover Backpack by EAZO

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Firstly I kinda need a bag to carry around all my lovely bookish-bits. This bag is utterly gorgeous and would have plenty of room for laptop/book/purse/make-up/spare socks etc. I can see me popping this on with skinny jeans, flannel grey blazer, white silk shirt, converse and a bright yellow scarf. Gorg.

Organic Cotton Tablet Case by EKA

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Knowing me the bag would be fulllllll of bits-and-bobs so to save a little space I’ve gone for a Kindle case in this beautiful sassy light blue. I have a number of these for my Iphone 5c which I bought from Etsy and not only are they are super soft, but they’re brilliant for protecting from screen scratching – perfect.

Classic Paperback Notebooks by PAPERPAPER

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*eeeee* what could be better than this bookish Penguin style notebook. This would be perfect in my bookish bag and perfect for all my bookish post ideas!

Personalised Words Leather Bookmark by JANE DE BONO PRINTED ACCESSORIES

Personalised Words Leather Bookmark

I am the worst at keeping an eye on all of my bookmarks but I think if I had one as lovely as this I would definitely look after it. ‘Ethically produced from off-cuts of leather, leftover from our seasonal collections and hand stamped in lowercase jaunty font.’ It just speaks to my bookish-heart.

Ampersand Rose Gold Necklace by LITERARY EMPORIUM

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I know this should probably be around my neck but knowing me it would be in the bottom of my bag because I’m a nightmare so it’s going in the bag. I bought a necklace with a stack of books as the pendent a year of so ago and they broke off so quickly *wails.* Looking back may have been a bit too bulky but this is beautiful. Simple, classy and perfect for Lizzo.

Raw Chocolate Bar With Peanut Butter by NANTWEN

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If you’re anything like me you need to have a snack in your bag and I am lusting over this yummy looking little bar. They also do one with fig that is also on my wish list for snacking.

Bookworm Photographic Phone Case by CASSIA BECK PHOTOGRAPHY

Bookworm Photographic Phone Case

I lave me this phone case – and even though I have a pink 5c so I’m a little against covering its salmon pink wonderfulness – I may make an exception for this little beauty. Totally bookish and so dainty – I’m sold.

Alice In Wonderland Handkerchief Set by CHÁ COM LETRAS

Alice In Wonderland Handkerchief Set

Another product I wouldn’t normally carry in my bag but I just couldn’t resist these adorable handkerchiefs. Styled on Alice and Wonderland I can see me cleaning my phone or sunglasses on these beauties, but mostly having them just to stare at *eee.*

Splash Print Leather Purse by JANE DE BONO PRINTED ACCESSORIES

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THIS PURSE!  There’s something about the inky splashes that just feels so bookish. I can imagine keeping my library card, and spare pennies for library fines in here and maybe a spare bookmark or two.

Set Of Five Pencils With Purpose by NEWTON AND THE APPLE

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Finishing it off with five beautiful pencils – I’ve seen a number of different sets all over the internet but there’s something about the wording and the white colour of pencil that screams Lizzo – *adds to basket.*

Right, so there we go, ten wonderful things in my bookish-dreamy-bag. All of these I found on Not On The High Street (where all the images are from,) and I think all of them are currently available for you too get your mitts on, unless I get there first! What would you add? What dreamy book items are on your WANT list? Let me know in the comments or tweet me @littlebookblog1!

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

That Girl From Nowhere by Dorothy Koomson

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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 Best Books I didn’t expect to read in 2K15

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Helllllo readers, it’s Tuesday and that means it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday post which I utterly love. I remember having to compile a list of my favourite topics that had been done so far and I only had ten so it was an easy task – but now I adore writing these lists. Today’s topic is to list your ten favourite books from 2015 and I just can’t. Sorry won’t do it. I have decided to instead write a list of the ten books  I didn’t expect to read this year but really enjoyed. Without further Lizzy warbling onto the list.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

This is a DNF book from my childhood – 22 year old Lizzy finally made it through this and I am finally a happy, happy bunny.

Animal Farm by George Orwell

After waiting three years to read 1984 I’ve read three Orwell books this year which has been wonderful. This has been my year for classics and it’s made me wonderfully happy.

How to Keep a Pet Squirrel by Axel Scheffler

This is a slightly abnormal one but I adored this children’s book. The images are beautiful and it’s been created for a good cause. It’s a little tongue in cheek but it is honestly delightful.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s: Truman Capote

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Audrey Hepburn and before this year hadn’t seen anything that starred her. After watching the film Breakfast at Tiffanies I had to read this – so I did and it was beautiful. If you’re yet to read this – put it on your TBR now.

How to Be a Woman: Caitlin Moran

Don’t ask me how I only read something by the wonderful Caitlin Moran this year but I’ve now read both her books and they are both utterly brillant. READ READ READ ASAP.

Vivian’s Couch: Michael Obiora

Another odd one, but I have always been a fan of Michael Obiora; he asked me to read his book, I obliged and we also did a wonderful Q + A. Brilliant author brilliant book.

The Silver Linings Play Book: Matthew Quick

I’ve tried really hard this year to read books that have been films before seeing them and this is one I didn’t think I would get to read. However, I spotted it in my local library and thought yes I’ll give it a go. Lovely book, lovely story but still need to go see the film!

Tamed by Emma Chase

I’ve been looking for my newest proper trashy romance that I can go back to time and time again. This year I think I found it – finally.

The Girl on the train: Paula Hawkins

This one may be a little odd but it normally takes me 485804943 months to get round to the year’s hottest book (ie still haven’t read The Silkworm by JK – slaps wrist) but this one I read quite quickly, at least for me, after it came out! #WIN

Bon Bons to Yoga Pants by Katie Cross

Finallllly, I adore Katie Cross and her books but they are mostly fantasy books – this year I got to read a romance genre book from this fantastic author and it was everything. I adored it.

There we go – ten fantastic book I never thought I would read this year. I know this might seem a little like a cop-out but I really couldn’t just pick ten favourite books from this year, it just wouldn’t work.

 

Top Ten Debut Authors I need to read more from

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Gooooood Morning readers, bit of a sad start to this Tuesday morning because after two and a bit years I have made the decision to shut my review request box. It’s been something I’ve been thinking of doing for months now just to get on top of everything. I have too many books to read on my TBR list and so many just living in my email inbox that it’s time to get it all sorted out. Don’t hate me – I’ve just let it get a little too out of control. I hope to reopen it in January but we’ll have to see.

Today’s Top Ten tuesday is author’s I would really like to see write another book/ read their sophomore novel because I am desperate to read more from these wonderful authors.

Paula Hawkins (The Girl on the Train) 

I adored The Girl on the Train and am really excited to see if another book materialises. I know that some readers didn’t like it as much as I did – totally raved over it but – I want to see more.

Stephen Chbosky (Perks of being a wallflower)

I adored this book and I am so ready to read more but there’s nothing for me to-  I really cannot wait to read another beautiful novel by Chbosky.

Virginia McGregor (What Milo Saw)

I believe there’s one in the pipeline but I’m going to have to wait for it I think which makes for a sad but very excited reader

Maria Semple (Where’d ya go Bernaette)

Time to mention one I haven’t quite got round to yet but definitely need to. Although I found where’d ya go Bernadette a little difficult to read I thought the writing style was really interesting and I think maybe with a different storyline I may enjoy this even more.

Cordelia Jensen (Skyscraping)

One of my closest friends Leanne sent me this book and wrote the loveliest message in the front cover – I’m yet to review it but I will and I will definitely be waiting  excitedly for the next installment.

Emma Healey ( Elizabeth is Missing)

I think Elizabeth is Missing was Healey’s debut novel – correct me if I’m wrong but I absolutely adored her book and if she’s written annnnnnnything else I need to get my mitts on it soon.

Simon Pont (Remember to Breathe)

I’ve mentioned this book over and over and over (and over) but if he could just write some more fiction books I would be a happy bunny.

Piper Kerman (Orange is the new black) 

I have FINNNNAAAALLLY  caught up with OITNB (which I have watched in just over two weeks – I was sick don’t judge.) I did read the book before and reading more from her would just be wonderful.

Morgan Matson (Amy & Rodger’s Epic Detour)

I know there are two books out but I am stillllllll yet to get round to them although they are rather high in my tbr. I will get round to it sooooooooon.

J.D Brick (Tangled Up in Blue) 

Finally I’m picking this wonderful author who has promised to send me her sophomore novel when it’s finished but for now I’m waiting here empty handed. (Sad Face)

Any of you that read my blog yesterday will know currently I am dying of lack of sleep although I made it almost allllll the way through last night so imma going to try and make it through today and then get an early-ish night. As always let me know your thoughts and link me up with your wonderful lists!

Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From

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Hellllllo readers, it’s Tuesday which is okay, but how the hell is it August? When did that stealthily happen and how have we got so close to Christmas that you can almost hear the festive songs playing. (Okay, maybe not so close.) It is however August, but to put off that disturbing fact I have another Top Ten Tuesday post for you. Today’s topic is authors you’ve read the most books from which has made me think a little. However, I’ve collated some of my most read authors so read on and be merry that it’s bloody August.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: Not surprises here. His books were a bookish solace for me as a young reader and I devoured any I could get my hands on.

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Jaqueline Wilson: Another non-surprising entry here. I have read so many of this authors books it is difficult to count, but I know it must be over twenty books.

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J.K. Rowling: I adore the writing of this author and will probably continue to read anything that she publishes because I think it’s curious to see where her writing will go next? From Harry Potter to The Casual Vacancy I hope she never stops writing.

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Dorothy Koomson: My slight obsession with author came through my reading ‘My Best Friend’s Girl,’ which lead to me reading one of my favourite books of all time ‘The Chocolate Run,’ and from there the interest has become a mild fascination.

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George Orwell: I don’t tend to read so many books from the same author because I’m always looking for new authors to discover but in the last year I’ve read three: 1984, Down and Out in Paris and in London and Animal Farm. I plan to read The Road to Wigan Pier next. *eee*

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Roald Dahl: I’m not sure I could write this list without this momentous author featuring. Bar from ‘The Witches’ I adored all of these books as both a young child and as an adult. They are just, brilliant.

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Beatrix Potter: These all seem to be becoming children’s book authors because I think as a child you become fixated with a certain author. I remember having an empty (clean) ice-cream container full of books by Beatrix Potter which I read extensively.

Tess Gerritsen: My Dad introduced me to these terrifying books and unfortunately I haven’t read any for a number of years but several utterly petrified me. However I have read maybe half a dozen of her books over the years and some are truly terrifying.

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Dee Williams: Maybe my most loved historical fiction author, William’s books were a pivotal point in my reading life. I adored her tales of the war, and what happened to the people back home. I thought the covers were so old-fashioned and yet voguish in a way. These books shaped my favouritism of historical fiction.

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Finally, Roger Hargreaves: Oh those Mr Men and Little Miss Books. Those were the days.

I think if I were to have ignored children’s novels the list would have very different, but as children I think we gravitate to the same authors because we know we find them pretty great whilst as more mature readers we’re happy to read books that might not be our cup-of-tea just to test out new things. Either way imma happy with this glorious list.

Top Ten Tuesdays: Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds

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Good M’rnin readers and happy Tuesday. I love Tuesdays because myself and the only other lady who works for the company (c’mon engineering catch up,) squirrel away to Morrisons and buy all sorts of things that are terrible for me trying to lose weight, (diet smiet I say.) Todays Top Tuesday’s post is to list ten top ten characters that are fellow book nerds and I’m worried that my list will be the same as everyone else’s so I’ve tried valiantly (and failed) to add more obscure characters. *wails*

Tengo from 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

This book is taking me months to finish but Kenko is die-hard reading/writer and I find his gentle disposition and his attitude to reading and books so easy to relate to.

Meggie from Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

I struggled with this book as a younger reader but I’m so glad I finished it. She is a delightful young reader and a character I really felt I could relate to.

Hazel and Gus from The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

I can’t decide whether this will appear on all the lists of very few? We’ll see. Both adore books although they are polar opposites in terms of what they like to read. This quote is also utterly beautiful from the book and so, so true.

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”

Charlie from the Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Cbosky

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Another book I can’t decide whether will spring up on lots of lists, but Charlie loves to read and is encouraged by his teacher to write more and use the books to think and reflect upon his own life.

Mel from Bad Dreams by Anne Fine

Another slightly more obscure book although I am sure many have read this brilliant book. The premise of the book follows Mel who is an book-worm *cheers* and prefers to have her nose stuck in a book than make friends with her classmates. However she is made unwillingly to look after the new girl in school, Imogen, but all is not what it seems to be. Imogen is strange and mysterious and Mel is adamant to find out her secret.

Klaus Baudelaire from A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

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I loved this series of books and Klaus being an avid reader with an eidetic memory he had to make the list. Remembering virtually everything he reads he often helped his sisters escape from situations that their archenemy, Count Olaf, lead them to. A real bookish hero.

Liesel from The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

I wasn’t going to include this one but it’s one that had to make the list. Also if you haven’t read this book, you need to. The number of book bloggers I know that have this as one of their *unofficial* favourite books is astonishing.

Cath from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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This is where I fail and just pick characters that just bookish through and through. Cath adores books and revels more in the fictional world than the real world. She’s a little darling.

Matilda from Matilda by Roald Dahl

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Another very obvious choice but some of these you just can’t keep off the list because, you just can’t.

Finally, Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling

Another pretty clear choice, but I loved Hermione. She is a gem.

They you go wonderful readers, ten bookish characters who love to read.