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Top Ten Tuesday- Top 10 Books of all Time

Ask any book lover what’s your favourite book and they will squirm, I can name my favourites never just the magic one. So when finding out that this weeks top ten was books of all time I thought I could just about handle that although it’s going to be tough.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

* I have just noticed I have written a post about an old topic this weeks topic was supposed to be books and songs I (accidentally) went a bit rouge.

(In no particular order)

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis

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Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves

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Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

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Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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The Host by Stephanie Meyer

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My Sisters Keeper by Jodi Picoult

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Labyrinth by Kate Mosse

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Summer in February by Jonathan Smith

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And because I couldn’t help myself here are my honorable mentions!

Atonement by Ian McEwan

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P.S I Love You Cecelia Ahern

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Hope you enjoyed my Top Ten Tuesday I have to say I found it difficult to choose my all time favourites.

Happy reading everyone!

MULDER

 

 

Bath and Body Works Tag!

Thanks to A Little Bookish a Little A Writerly for the Tag! I haven’t done a tag in a while so lets just jump right in.

Pure Paradise – A book that was pure perfection

Me Before You by Jo Jo Moyes 

 

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Me Before You is a you is a contemporary romance novel that follows Lou Clarke a young woman who has lost her way in the world and is struggling to find her path. When she looses her job and is desperate for money she becomes a carer for quadriplegic man Will. Will is a former international business man and before his accident loved life and lived it to the max. Will and Lou come together in a way which is both funny and heart breaking I would recommend this book to everyone who has a heart beating in their chest. To read my original review click here and to read my update on the upcoming movie click here.


Sweet Pea – A romance/contemporary you really enjoyed

You Had Me at Hello by Mhairi McFarlane

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You Had Me at Hello is probably my favourite contemporary romance novel. The book is set in both the past and the present following two best friends who meet at university and as the reader we know there is an event, a falling out that separates them at the end of their third year. Mean while in the present day the two friends bump into each other when one of them moves back to the country after emigrating to America with his now wife. Their lives re-connect and old feelings and resentments come back to the surface once more.

I have never wanted two characters to get together more than these two knowing their back story by reading about their time at university. I was so attached the characters and really cared about what happened to them. A real A* contemparary.


 

Fresh Strawberries – A book you really enjoyed that came out this year

After You by Jojo Moyes

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After You is the sequel to Me Before You and and follows Lou after the events in book 1. It follows her journey and her process in coping after all that happened in Me Before You. (My best attempt at spoiler free)

 

 


Warm Vanilla – A character and/or book that made you feel all warm inside

The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S Lewis

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Reading this book is like reading about an old friend or a memory, or returning home after a long trip. It’s so familiar but I’ll still read it forever.

I’m currently taking part in the Problem of Susan challenge to read more about it click here.


 Paris Amour – A couple you majorly ship together

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon 


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Outlander is book 1 in this epic time travel adventure series where married, 1945 nurse travels back in time and meets Highlander Jamie Fraser… If you haven’t read Outlander yet or seen the show Jamie and Claire are perfect for you shippers out there.

Outlander Review.


 Dancing Waters – A book that takes place on the beach/ the perfect beach read

On the Island by Tracy Garvis Graves

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On the Island is about teacher in her early thirties who is employed to tutor a student who has been out of school with cancer. The boy who is now in remission, and teacher are to go away for the summer and catch him up for school for his senior year.

Well, the plane crashes and everyone dies but teacher and pupil. For years they are stuck on a desert island together until one day boy becomes a man.

This book deals with some uncomfortable themes and you think the teacher student relationship is going to be awkward and hard to read about. This is one of my favourite contemporaries, I would definitely recommend reading watching the relationship of these characters develop and grow over the years is really interesting and heartbreaking.


 

I Heart Cake (and Books) – Your favorite book

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It’s always hard as a reader to say THIS is my favourite book, I rate this above all the others and it is true when asked this question I could give you a list as long as your arm of my favourite books. But if I have to say, my favourite book is probably Summer in February by Jonathan Smith. It is the true story of a artist colony that existed in the 1930’s. The colony had members such as Laura and Harold Knight, and A.J Munnings who painted the picture of the cover of the book. The focus of the book is the woman in picture a young woman called Florence Carter-Wood a painter who came to the colony with her brother. She was the first wife of A.J Munnings and a subject he found hard to talk of in later life. The story is a love story, between Florance, A.J and A.J’s best friend Captain Gilbert Evans. It ‘s also a story of art, passion and a time when war was looming in the shadow of the sun.

To read my Film Review of Summer in February

 


 Winter Candy Apple – A book set during Christmas or winter

Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin 

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Winter’s Tale is a magical realism novel set in New York the novel is a love letter too New York as well as being a really beautiful story.


Beautiful Day – A book with an unusual / interesting / appealing setting

The Harry Potter World

With the teaser trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them dropping a couple of days ago and Harry Potter Mania rearing its head again – I don’t think I could do this tag without mention the Harry Potter Universe.

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Dazzling Diamonds – A beautiful cover

Uprooted by Noami Novik

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I got this book as a birthday present and as my birthday was yesterday I haven’t had time to read it yet! The cover is stunning, it is gold embossed and gorgeous. From what I know Uprooted is a stand alone, fairy tale esk novel about dragons. Can’t wait to get too it!

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Autumn (Fall) Time Cosy Book Tag!

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Hi Guys,

it’s officially looking very Autumnal perfect time to discuss Autumn reads with the Autumn Time Cosy Book Tag I saw this Tag over on BookTube at PeruseProject and it was originally created by Novels and Nonsense it looks like a lot of fun so I thought I would get involved so let’s getting started!

1. Crunchy Leaves– Pick a book cover with red, orange and yellow

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K Rowling when I think of this book I think of it as the beginning of the end when it comes to the Harry Potter series it has a beautiful cover and with real Autumn, fire colours.

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2. Cosy Sweater– Pick a book that makes you warm and fuzzy on the inside

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The Host by Stephenie Meyer I love this Romance, Alien adventure story- where the main character Wanda is over coming adversity and dealing with a new world, human emotions and new life and loves for the first time all in the middle of a war between the Human Beings and her own species Souls. I have read this book twice now and it is one of my favourite books, to read my original review click here.

3. Autumn (Fall) Storm– Pick your favourite book genre that you like to read on a rainy day.

I think the perfect genre to read on a rainy day is Classics because on a rainy day when everything is still and quiet you can really concentrate on what you’re doing and get involved in a world which you might not necessary pick up in your everyday life. My favourite Classics (so far) are Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre but Pride and Prejudice is my all time favourite Lizzy Bennett is such a great literary heroine.

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4. Cool And Crisp Air– Pick a character that you would like to switch places with.

I have recently finished the book Brooklyn by Colm Toibin where the main character moves from Ireland to Brooklyn to live and work in the 1950’s. I wouldn’t necessarily want to switch lives with this character because she has a lot of drama going on but I would like to live and work abroad one day. My review of Brooklyn– Which is soon to be a movie coming out this November!

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5. Coats, Scarves and Mittens– What’s an embarrassing book cover that you just want to cover up and pretend that it doesn’t exist.

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I can not tell you how much I hate this cover- when I bought this book I ordered a different cover and THIS is what I got needless to say I read the book and this is a really popular series but just wasn’t for me and I haven’t continued.

6. Apple Cider- Name a book that you think is under hyped and you want people to read it because it’s amazing.

I do mention this all the time but Summer in February by Jonathan Smith this book is so under hyped and I’ve seen hardly any reviews of it. Summer in February is Literary Fiction and is the true story Gilbert Evans, A.J Munnings and Florence Carter-Wood, they were part of a well known artists colony in Cornwall before the first world war and the story revolves around their love triangle, Florence’s mental heath issues all the while art and the love of art runs through the centre of everything. This is one of my favourite books ever and is a well research novel based off Gilbert Evans personal diaries. There is also a film adaptation if you would like to check out my review of the film click here, it stars Emily Browning, Dominic Cooper and Dan Stevens.

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7. Pumpkin Spice– Name your Autumn (Fall) Comfort foods-

Hot Chocolate perfect for standing outside and watching the fire works on Bonfire Night (also just for keeping warm and toasty)

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Books that I come back to again and again…

I have been hearing a lot recently about books that have made a big impact on us, books that means somethings too us and books we come back to again and again and one name I keep hearing again and again is Harry Potter. Now, I have seen the films and I guess when I was growing up I somehow missed the Harry Potter boat but after hearing what I was missing out on I decided to read the books which before you start guys yes I loved. But this isn’t about what everyone else loves I wanted write about the books that have stayed with me throughout my life and the ones I want to go back to again.

Goosebumps by R.L Stine

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I remember being a child and loving the Goosebumps books scaring my self silly and thumbing the pages again and again. If for some Harry Potter ignited there love of reading the Goosebumps series definitely helped my fire grow into a roaring blaze.

P.S I Love You by Cecila Ahern

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 I love, love, love this novel which I later found out was Ceceila Ahern’s debut written at the age of twenty-one. It is the story of Holly and Gerry two people who were just meant for each other that is until Gerry dies of cancer (not a spoiler), and the series of love letters he leaves behind.  This book is the first book I ever read where I both laughed and cried and I mean real sobbing; it’s beautiful and is still (it has been some years since I first read it) the first book I recommend to people who are after a romance. When the movie came out (sigh) and I know it happens to all of us when our favourite books are adapted into movies but Hilary Swank was just not how I picture Holly and to top it off my favourite, belly laugh moment and tear jerker moment had both been cut from the movie. All I’m saying guys is that the film does not do the book justice read it trust me it will stay with you forever.

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Hilary Swank as Holly

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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My favourite of all Austen’s novel but for me it was the character of Elizabeth Bennett who stayed with me- a strong, independent and free willed woman she is one of my favourite fictional women of all time. I couldn’t mention Pride and prejudice with out at least mentioning Mr Darcy (sigh) I love a good Austen adaptation as much as the next gal but Mathew McFadden will always be Darcy too me. (Sorry Colin)

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Elizabeth and Mr Darcy (2005)

You Had Me At Hello

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This book is a classic case of the blurb does not do it justice and I fear I won’t be able to either but the feels guys oh the feels… You Had Me at Hello is about two best friends who meet at university (boy/girl situation you know the deal) anyway in their last days of university there is some mis-communication leading them to lead very separate lives. Ten years later they are reunited… The story is told in both the past and the present leading up to what separates them and the now. I have read this book so many times, every time my heart is broken and every time I come back for me. It’s probably my favourite contemporary romance novel of all time.

Summer in February by Jonathan Smith

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One of things I love about Summer in February is that it is a true story adapted by Jonathan Smith from the diaries of the main character Captain Gilbert Evans. The book follows a famous colony of artists which included A.J Munnings and Laura and Harold Night. This tragic tale follows the love triangle between A.J Munnings, Captain Evans and A.J’s wife Florence. The books is full of love and art and tragedy and whats more it all true. It been adapted to film starring Dan Stevens and Emily Browning.

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 Gilbert and Florence A Summer in February 

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

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I have only just read and reviews this book so I don’t want to go on about it too much. The reason Me Before You makes it onto this list is that it has stayed with me every where I go Me Before You is in the back of my mind and every time I try to start something new I put it down again because nothing compares to the world I have left behind. Me Before You = Book Hang over.

These are all books that either mean something to me or have stayed with me over time I would love to hear about yours. x

Summer in February – Film review

Summer in February  is adapted from the novel of the same name by Jonathan Smith which was based on the real life goings on of the Lamorna artist colony in 1913.

The colony was lead by the rather brash,  bold English artist A.j Munnings with a reputation for his love of women and his passion for art his character in the film is  portrayed by  Mama Mia’s Dominic Cooper.

Gilbert and Florence

Gilbert and Florence

When Florence Carter-Wood (Emily Browning) an aspiring artist joins her brother Joey at the colony one rainy evening it is the beginning of a fatal love triangle that would haunt two men for the rest of their lives. Gilbert Evans (Dan Stevens) takes an immediate shine to Florence and his feelings only grow as the days and nights go on. It is quite obvious to all around how Gilbert feels including Florence and A.J who, although flighty is Gilberts best friend and Gilbert holds him in high regard and his feelings are reciprocated.

A.J (Alfred) Munnings

A.J (Alfred) Munnings

Unexpectedly Florence who had previously appeared to show no interest in A.J  other than mild irritation and willingness to learn from his talent excepts his sudden proposal of marriage.

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Florence and A.J

From the moment she and A.J are wed, their somewhat shaky romance goes down hill, Florence expresses her wish to Gilbert that she had married him instead, igniting an affair, all set in the heart of Lamorna, Cornwall which only adds  to the beauty and the passion of this film. The three main actors portray their characters beautifully, and Summer in February is a very well done adaptation of real life events and a stunning novel.

Gilbert and Florence

Gilbert and Florence

The Novel Summer in February was written by Dan Stevens’ teacher who told him he would make a terrific Gilbert, the film has been in production for eight years and this haunting tale has been in the works long before the world of Downton Abbey reached out screens.

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Gilbert and Florence

The Famous painting of Florence painted by A.J hung in Gilberts house, above his fire place until he died.

The Morning Ride

The Morning Ride by A.J Munnings

It really is a must see, sad and poignant and well worth the time.