Top Ten Tuesday: No Words

I wasn’t feeling the prompt for this week’s Top Ten (book merchandise — 10 different kinds of Moomin merch would be rather boring, no?) so I’m doing my favourite wordless /nearly wordless picture books.

I’ve cheated and listed eleven books, but with Sunshine and Moonlight by Jan Omerod, you really can’t have one without the other.

 

 

 

 

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Creepy Reads

As it’s the eve of All Saints Day tomorrow (OK, OK, Halloween), here are ten books that I find super creepy in that quietly disturbing way that’s so much more frightening (to me) than anything bloody and violent.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

 

 

Hardboiled & Hard Luck by BananaYoshimoto

Manazuru by Hiromi Kawakami

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

Dracula by Bram Stoker

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi

Ring by Koji Suzuki

Sorrow’s Knot by Erin Bow

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books Most Recently Uploaded To My Kindle

It’s a freebie for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

I’m listing the ten books most recently uploaded to my Kindle. I have read The Exorcist and I was sent Not So Stories for review. As for the rest, just like paper-and-ink books, Kindle editions are acquired simply because you need to have these books (now!), never mind when you’re actually going to read them.

Reflections in a Golden Eye by Carson McCullers

In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden

Counternarratives by John Keene

Edinburgh by Alexander Chee

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

Not So Stories edited by David Thomas Moore

Where I’m Reading From by Tim Parks

Forty-One False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers by Janet Malcolm

An English Murder by Cyril Hare

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

 

 

 

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.