Top Ten Tuesday: Books/Authors I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested In Reading

The Artsy Reader Girl hosts this meme, and I join in if I think I have something to share.

I recently deleted a whole lot of books from my Kindle because I suspect I’ll never read them. In any case, some of these are there on Project Gutenberg and some on my shelves if I change my mind.

I’ll list the authors’names if there are several books by them that have been removed from my TBR list:

  1. Charlotte Yonge
  2. Edmund Crispin
  3. The Vampyre by John William Polidori
  4. Jose Saramago
  5. Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
  6. Louisa May Alcott (I’d planned to read beyond the March family novels, and I did try, but I’m giving up. Just can’t seem to get on with her non-Little Women books. )
  7. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte
  8. Elizabeth Gaskell
  9. Keigo Higashino (I’ve made two attempts, the second time after I read Seicho Matsumoto, but I fear KH is not for me.)
  10. Kurt Vonnegut

You never know with books though. I might read them all eventually.





Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Started in 2017 and Intend to Complete in 2018

It’s been ages since I did The Broke and the Bookish’s  Top Ten Tuesday meme, so I didn’t know that, from 16th Jan, it’s going to be hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. Just in time then, to say good bye to The Broke and the Bookish: Farewell! Wishing you all sorts of adventures!

This week’s Ten Five is ‘Books We Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn’t Get To’. My version is books I started, but didn’t get round to finishing, for one reason or another.

1. A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar.

Did I start this last year or in 2016? In any case, I hope to pick it up again this year! A wonderfully strange story that I need to get to the bottom of.

2. Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

What a sobering read. I finished the opening essay and realised what a privileged life I lead, and also how ignorant I am. I’m looking forward to continuing my education.

3. A Few Green Leaves by Barbara Pym

I adore Barbara Pym’s novels and this is the only one I haven’t read. It’s also the only one I didn’t like. I had to force myself through the chapters and abandoned it halfway through. I would like to give it another chance.

4. Welcome to Lagos by Chibundu Onuzo

I was supposed to move to Lagos in 2017, but it didn’t happen and, at the end of the year, I decided to end my relationship with someone whom I still think of as the love of my life. I bought this book in anticipation of a new beginning that wasn’t meant to be, and things got so stressful that I stopped reading after a few chapters. I did like what I read though so I am definitely going to revisit this one.

5. Zahrah the Windseeker by Nnedi Okorafor

I’ve enjoyed everything by this author so far, but I remember thinking that this book  contained early ideas that are developed fully in later short stories and in the novel Who Fears Death. I wasn’t gripped, but it might have been a mood thing and I do want to try again.


Top Ten Tuesday: Book Covers I Love

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday meme, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is a freestyle one about book covers. I’m gonna be boring and post ten book covers I love. The Dracula one may not even be the a published book: I think it’s a competition entry, but I would surely buy an edition with that cover.

Top Ten Tuesday: Nope, Not Reading THAT!

I’m joining in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday meme (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) about what puts me off reading a book.

1. First and foremost: An all-male cast of characters. This is also why I’m not too keen on westerns and war movies: Not enough women in them. Might it be something to do with having three sisters and no brothers; and going to an all-girls school from age six to seventeen? I definitely prefer the company of women.

But I did read and enjoy Stalky & Co by Rudyard Kipling so maybe schoolboys aren’t quite ‘men’ and so don’t repel in the same way.

2. A shopaholic protagonist. (You know what series I’m talking about.)

3. Minute descriptions of any kind of child abuse.

4. Details about genocide, and graphically violent scenes especially that of torture, unless they are in murder mysteries.

5. Cats who solve mysteries. (You know the series I mean.)



6. Books about a school for wizards, unless it’s A Wizard of Earthsea. (Actually, I had to read all seven Harry Potter books for my job, and I’m still bitter about those hours I’ll never get back.)

7. Verbosity. (I prefer abridged Charles Dickens.)

8. Preachy religious content.

9. Latin American magic realism.

10. Every interesting or likeable character being killed off. (You know what series I’m referring to.)


Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Couldn’t Stop Reading

I’ve taken quite a break from the Top Ten Tuesday meme, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, but I’m back this week with books I found hard to stop reading, although none were short enough to read in one sitting. I’m listing books I read in 2016/17. Also, no re-reads.

The Imperial Radch Trilogy (all three books) by Ann Leckie

The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives by Lola Shoneyin

I Do Not Come to You By Chance by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani

Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor

Riders by Joyce Chng

The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett

Everything Good Will Come by Sefi Atta

All Alone in the Universe by Lynne Rae Perkins

Sorrow’s Knot by Erin Bow

Girl Defective by Simmone Howell

Looking for Transwonderland by Noo Saro-Wiwa