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Books On My Fall 2022 To-Read List

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week a new theme is suggested for bloggers to participate in. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want. Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.

This week’s topic is ‘Books On My Fall 2022 To-Read List

I’m not going to lie, part of me wants to find a nice Spooktober bingo card or 30 days prompt challenge and read a whole bunch of horror – I haven’t read enough horror lately and I miss it! As a teen llama, I was ALL I read.

However. I have once again hit that point where I’m currently reading 26 books. So I think I need to do something about that and actually, start finishing things before I pick something new up. And so, with that in mind, my Fall 2022 list is to finish reading:

Marian Keyes – Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married – currently at 78%
Rainbow Rowell – Fangirl – currently at 73%
Sarah J Maas – A Court Of Mist and Fury – currently at 67%
Mira Grant – Chimera – currently at 57%
Holly Black – The Cruel Prince – currently at 54%


Nicholas Cook – Music: A Very Short Introduction – currently at 48%
Stephen Law – Philosophy – currently at 46%
Peter Ackroyd – The History Of England: Foundation – currently at 45%
Mary Beard – Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town – currently at 45%
Paul Cartledge – Ancient Greece: A Very Short Introduction – currently at

Wish me luck?

(Also, if you click the images of the covers, it should now take you to the goodreads page about the book as well)

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books with Geographical Terms in the Title

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week a new theme is suggested for bloggers to participate in. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want. Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.

This week’s topic is Books with Geographical Terms in the Title which honestly made me glee, especially with yesterday’s post of Plotlines I Love because they go together really well – there’s so many chick-lit with titles like ‘The Wishing Tree Beside the Shore’ or to look at Hallmark, Virgin River or Chesapeake Shores!

So that gives us a little list that looks like:

Jaimie Admans – The Little Wedding Island
Jean M Auel – Valley Of The Horses
Christie Barlow – The Lake House
Lilly Bartlett – Big Dreams Beach Hotel
Jennifer Bohnett – Little Kiosk By The Sea


Jenny Colgan – The Bookshop on the Shore
Dan Jones – Crusaders: The Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Land
Holly Martin – Spring At Blueberry Bay
Ali McNamara – Secrets and Seashells at Rainbow Bay
Heidi Swain – The Secret Seaside Escape

Is it me, or is one of these not like others? LMFAO

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Had To Get A Copy For My Personal Library

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week a new theme is suggested for bloggers to participate in. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want. Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.

This week’s topic is ‘Books I Loved So Much I Had to Get a Copy for My Personal Library (Maybe you received an ARC or borrowed from a friend/the library and loved it so much you wanted your own! Or maybe you read it in one format and wanted another format, like you read it in ebook and wanted a physical copy to display on your shelves or you read it the paperback and would love to re-read it on audio.) and this will be a mixture of library books I bough, books borrowed from other people I bought and books I want to get in another format

Ben Aaronovitch – Rivers Of London
I started getting the books out of the library, probably read the first three or four. But then the library didn’t have the next one, didn’t know if they were going to get it and so what was I supposed to do? I had to buy it. And then, of course, I had to buy copies of the ones I had already read so that I had the full series.

Sarah J Maas – A Court Of Mist and Fury
I started reading it on Libby through the library, but I was part-way through it when it was due back, but then I couldn’t check it back out again because there was a queue. Except I was part-way through and really enjoying it, and didn’t want to wait. So I bought it on Kindle… and then bought the next couple as well, because they were all on offer.

Tess Gerritsen – The Surgeon
I initially borrowed the book from my mum, she loved it and raved about it, so I read it and also fell in love with it. I read faster than her so it ended up there was one of the books I was too impatient to wait for mum to finish reading so I just… bought it myself. And, as ever, had to complete the set

Jean M Auel – The Clan Of The Cave Bear
I inherited most of mum’s books when she died, and she had all of the Earth’s Childrens books. They were all second-hand, but mostly a matching paperback set. Except for this one which was a falling apart hardback and had to be replaced. So that one went to a charity shop and I picked myself up a paperback copy

Dan Jones – The Plantagenets: The Kings Who Made England
We’ve covered my love for Dan Jones, yes?
OK good, just checking. LOL
I got a few of Dan Jones’ books out of the library, promptly fell in love, bought my own copy of The Plantagenets and really need to get around to buying the rest of his books
On a semi-related note, his first fiction book Essex Dogs is coming out next week – set in the Hundred Years – which I’m quite excited about!

Stephen King – The Tommyknockers
I first got a Stephen King book out of the library when I was… young enough that the librarian rang my mum to ask if I was allowed to take it out. Most of his books I’ve picked up second-hand and the copy of Tommyknockers I ended up with was a bigass hardback. As previously mentioned, I am not a fan of huge hardback books so I eventually replaced it with a much easier to read paperback

Mira Grant – Symbiont
The library had Parasite. The library had Chimera. The library did not have Symbiont, which frankly was fucking rude. I’m a member of not one but TWO different libraries in different counties, I get physical books and e-books, and not a single one of those four sources had Symbiont. So I had to buy it. And now I need to get Parasite and Chimera too.

Natalie J Case – Forever
So Natalie is one of my best friends, and she always gifts me a signed copy of her books in paperback. But because I’m super awesome, I also buy them on the Kindle. I’m also really impatient because she’s in California and pre-apocalypse, we only saw each other once a year and I now haven’t seen her since 2018. I don’t know when I’m seeing her again – neither of us feel safe enough for transcontinental travel. There’s no way I’m waiting that long to read a book!

And these last two are ones I want to replace my existing copies of but haven’t got around to doing so for various reasons, mostly involving being broke LOL

Kelley Armstrong – Bitten
I have the edition of this book that came from the Sci-Fi & Fantasy bookclub that my mum was a member of. The ones that would send you a catalogue and you had to buy X number of books a year – remember those?
But all the rest of the Women Of The Otherworld series that I own are published by Orbit in the 2000s and all have matching covers and are the same size. I am currently keeping an eye out in charity shops for the matching copy of Bitten.

Anne Rice – The Vampire Chronicles
With the exception of the first three which I bought together (and the Mayfair Witches), ever single one of Rice’s books I’ve got as a different imprint. Some are hardback, some are mass market paperback. I really really want a full matching set (and I think the Mayfair Witches are included in that as well, since they now tie-in properly with the Vampire Chronicles)

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Top Ten Tuesday: Back To School – Non-Fiction History Books

Firstly: Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week a new theme is suggested for bloggers to participate in. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want. Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.

This week’s topic is ‘ School Freebie (In honor of school starting up soon, come up with a topic that somehow ties to school/education. The book could be set at school/college, characters could be teachers, books with school supplies on the cover, nonfiction titles, books that taught you something or how to do something, your favorite required reading in school, books you think should be required reading, your favorite banned books, etc.). Since I’m about to start my second year of a Classical Studies degree and because I absolutely love history, I decided it would be my Top Ten Non-Fiction History Books

In no particular order we have:

Peter Ackroyd – The History Of England
Liv Albert – Greek Mythology: The Gods, Goddesses, and Heroes Handbook
Bill Bryson – A Short History of Nearly Everything
Jessie Childs – God’s Traitors: Terror and Faith in Elizabethan England
Terry Deary – Horrible Histories

Patricia Fara – Science: A Four Thousand Year History
Dan Jones – The Hollow Crown. And The Plantagenets. And The Templars. Look, I like Dan Jones, ok? LOL
Ian Mortimer – The Time Traveller’s Guide To…  (and I’m trying super hard not to list all of Ian Mortimer’s Books too, I also really love 1415: Henry V’s Year Of Glory)
Roy Porter – Quacks: Fakers & Charlatans in English Medicine
Alison Weir – Lancaster and York – The Wars of the Roses. I love both her fiction and her non-fiction, not going to lie.

… and argh there’s so many that I feel like I’m leaving out, so I’m making this a Top Twenty!

Matthew Baylis – Man Belong Mrs Queen
Guy de la Bedoyere – Gods With Thunderbolts: Religion in Roman Britain
George Goodwin – Fatal Colours
Sean Lang – British History for Dummies
Nigel McRery – Silent Witnesses
Helen Morales – Classical Mythology
Mary Roach – Stiff: The Curious Life Of Human Cadavers
Alison Sim – Pleasures & Pastimes in Tudor England
Brian Switek – Written In Stone: The Hidden Secrets of Fossils and the Story of Life on Earth
Christian Wolmar – The Subterranean Railway: How the London Underground was Built & How It Changed the City Forever

I tried super hard not to just make them all Wars Of The Roses or Tudor themed. I think I managed ok, but you can tell it’s my favourite era. And, to be honest, I could probably have done it with just Dan Jones and Ian Mortimer LMFAO

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Top Ten Tuesday: Summer 2022 Reading List

I know what you’re thinking – Cassie is actually posting a Top Ten Tuesday on an actual Tuesday?! I know, I’m as shocked as you are. 

But, I have to admit that this week’s topic of Books Set In a Place I’d Love to Visit (real places or fictional) didn’t inspire me so I went back through the list of the ones I’ve missed over the last couple of months and decided on Books On My Summer 2022 To-Read List

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week a new theme is suggested for bloggers to participate in. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want. Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.


Mira Grant – Symbiont & Chimera
Peter Ackroyd – History Of England: Foundation
Natalie J Case – Thanátou
Alexandria Bellefleur – Written In The Stars
Kerry O Ferris & Scott R Harris – Stargazing: Celebrity, Fame, and Social Interaction


Anne Rice – The Vampire Lestat
Marian Keyes – Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married
Matt Haig – The Dead Father’s Club
Bill Bryson – Troublesome Words
Mary Beard – Pompeii

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The Sanctuary of Zeus, Bookish Characters, Extraterrestrials, and WWW Wednesday

I have finished doing the research for my end of semester assignment. I currently know far more about the history of the Sanctuary of Zeus at Olympia, and the metopes and pediments of the Temple Of Zeus than anyone could possibly want to know. I am now filing the information away and letting my brain cogitate on what’s relevant for my argument. Tomorrow, I start putting it on paper

But for now, it’s time for some blog hopping fun!

Firstly: Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week a new theme is suggested for bloggers to participate in. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want. Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.

This week’s topic is ‘Bookish Characters and I ended up doing from media in general, rather than just books, because there were a few I just couldn’t leave out when it came to this topic!

Hermione Granger – Is it even a list of fictional bookworms if it doesn’t have Hermione in it?
Hallie Winstone – Hallie wins her dream bookstore and and finds secret love letters in the books
Nina Redmond – Nina is a bookworm who, when her beloved library job ends…. moves to the Scottish Highlands to open a bookstore!
Robert Langdon – He writes and teaches symbology and… c’mon, he wears tweed! LOL
Cather Avery – Cath is a dedicated reader, fangirl and fanfic writer who fantasises about being trapped in a library overnight (is she me?)

Now… this is where I leave the world of books and travel to film/TV bookworms:

Belle – Again, is a list of fictional bookworms complete without Belle? I’m still jealous of that bloody library and it’s pretty muchdefinitely Life Goals
Aurora Teagarden – I absolutely love the Hallmark movies but didn’t get on with the books. Roe is a crime-solving librarian!
Eloise Bridgerton – The books are still on my TBR but I adore Eloise in the Netflix show. She much prefers reading to attending balls
Willow Rosenberg – I could ramble at length about my love for Willow and the amazing impact she had on my life But for the purpose of this list… she’s generally found in the library
Daniel Jackson – In my fandom, this is the geek! He’s an awkward, nerdy, passionate, archaeologist and linguist with allergies. OK, he takes a crash course in badassery, but never really loses the nerdiness.

Weekly Wednesday Blogging Challenge this topic is Do you believe in aliens? Why or why not? Absolutely 100% I do, and not just speaking as a sci-fi loving person. Considering how many exoplanets we’ve already discovered, and how many other stars out there that probably have planets we haven’t yet found, it seems baffling to me that we would be the only place to develop life. Do I think life on other planets would be humanoid, carbon-based or something we necessarily recognise as life? No. Do I think they’re travelling to us? I’m not sure. That’s a whole nother issue LOL But just look at some of the extremeophile organisms on this planet – acidophiles, halophiles, psychrophiles, and radiophiles. And then, of course, there’s tardigrades. So yes, I completely believe in aliens.

WWW Wednesday
What are you currently reading? Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, and Ancient Greece by Paul Cartledge.
What did you recently finish reading? Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
What do you think you’ll read next? I’m really hoping to finish some of the books I’m currently reading, A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled by Ruby Wax, The Cruel Price by Holly Black and A Court Of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas.

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One-Word Reviews for the Last Ten Books I Read

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week a new theme is suggested for bloggers to participate in. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want. Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.

Jana is also challenging us to leave the review at one word and not explain anything about that word. Oh boy, this is going to be tricky

This week’s topic is One-Word Reviews for the Last Ten Books I Read

The Lost Continent – self-deprecating
The Body – fascinating
Greek Mythology – pretty
The Prison Doctor – preachy
A Court Of Thorns and Roses – unexpected


The Lost Apothecary – re/discovery
The Comfort Book – comforting
Beyond The Gender Binary – thought-provoking
Pilgrimage – long-winded
The Topping Book – informative

And that was even harder than I thought it was going to be – I really wanted to justify the words I chose, and explain the reasoning, what I meant for some of them.
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Top Ten Tuesday: Books with Names/Character Names In the Titles

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week a new theme is suggested for bloggers to participate in. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want. Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.

This week’s topic is ‘Freebie (come up with your own topic!)’ so I had a quick look through some of the topics from just before I started playing along in February and picked Books with Names/Character Names In the Titles


Anne Rice – The Vampire Lestat
JK Rowling – Harry Potter & The Prisoner Of Azkaban
Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett – Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch Bram Stoker – Dracula
Diana Wynne Jones – Archer’s Goon

Marian Keyes – Rachel’s Holiday (which reminds me, haven’t read the sequel yet!)
Stephen King – Carrie
Rick Riordan – Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
Ian Mortimer – 1415: Henry V’s Year Of Glory
Jenny Colgan – Looking For Andrew McCarthy

Interestingly, SO many of the books I was coming up with while putting this list together were kids books – Matilda, George’s Marvellous Medicine, James and the Giant Peach, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, The Jolly Postman, Please Mrs Butler, Stig Of The Dump, Prince Caspian, The Hobbit, Sabriel and so on!
And also classics – Oliver Twist, Jane Eyre, Frankenstein, Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn, Anne of Green Gables, Tom Sawyer, Sherlock Holmes, Alices Adventures In Wonderland, Peter Pan, Romeo & Juliet etc etc!

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Classic Literature, Mythological Creatures and What I’m Reading Wednesday

So, yesterday’s Top Ten On Tuesday asked 21st Century Books I Think Will Become Classics and honestly, I don’t have an answer to this, mostly because the kinds of books I read aren’t ones that would be considered for that status. It did, however, inspire quite the conversation between me and the betrothed about what it takes for a work to be a classic, what makes a work a classic and what it means when something gets awarded that status

That makes two thinkythought posts brewing:
One about fantasy
One about the nature of classic works
Are you interested in reading these, and if so – which one would you like to hear first?

Now, moving on to today’s link-ups:
Weekly Wednesday Blogging Challenge asks What mythological animal you’d like to have as a pet and knee-jerk reaction is a unicorn. 
But then… there’s dragons and chimera and mermaids and sphinxes and griffins and phoenixes and cerberus etc etc and that doesn’t even begin to cover Pegasus! 
No, I’m totally not a mythology geek. No, I’m totally not studying Classical Studies because of my love of mythology… why do you ask? LOL

And last, but by no means least, we have WWW Wednesday asking:
What are you currently reading? I’m trying to focus on finishing three books right now: Dr Amanda Brown – The Prison Doctor; Bill Bryson – The Body; and Sarah J. Maas – A Court Of Thorns and Roses
What did you recently finish reading? I DNFed Rainbow Rowell – Eleanor & Park at the beginning of the week. I read the first 30 pages of it about 10 days ago, wasn’t really feeling and just couldn’t be bothered to pick it back up again. I think a mixture of not being the target audience and being very frustrated with how information was being drip-fed too slowly – I had no reason to care, and not enough interest to read enough to find out. 
What do you think you’ll read next? I think it’ll either be Matt Haig – Notes On A Nervous Planet and finishing two other in-progress books Rainbow Rowell – Fangirl and Liv Albert – Greek Mythology

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books With An Adjective in the Title

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week a new theme is suggested for bloggers to participate in. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want. Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.

This week’s topic is ‘Books With an Adjective In the Title and after reminding myself that an adjective is ‘a word that describes a person or thing, for example big, blue and clever in a big house, blue sky and a clever idea’

And a quick search through some of my favourite reads gives us:

Exquisite Corpse by Poppy Z Brite
The Lost World by Michael Crichton
My Legendary Girlfriend by Mike Gayle
Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur
The Little Bookshop of Love Stories by Jaimie Admans

The Intimate Adventure Of A London Call Girl by Belle de Jour
The Perfectly Imperfect Woman by Milly Johnson
The Little Shop Of Happy Ever After by Jenny Colgan
Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch
The Cosy Canal Boat Dream by Christie Barlow

I’m still not 100% certain all of these are ‘correct’ – and OMG it would have been so easy to have filled them all chick-lit with the current naming conventions!