TTT: Favourite Author

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.This week I’m going a bit off topic. We’re supposed to be sharing our favourite reads of 2018 so far, but I’ve already done a post about that, so I’m going to be sharing my current favourite authors instead. I am also going to share one of my favourite book or series by each author, as well as a book by each author that is on my TBR. Let’s get started.

 

 

That’s all I have for you guys today. I’d love to hear who your favourite authors are right now. Have you read any of these books? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

 

TBR: Female Authors

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. So I was wondering what to post about and after realising that the majority of books I’ve read so far this year are written by men, I thought I’d share some books I want to read by women. Of the 29 authors I’ve read so far this year, only 9 of them are women, so I’ve got ten women authors on my TBR to share with you guys. The first five are new to me and the other five are authors I’ve already read one or more of their books, if that makes sense. Let’s get started.

 

 

That’s it for today. There are more female authors I could share but I thought 10 would be a good number to share. Have you guys read any books by these authors? Let me know if you have any recommendations for me. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

The Author A-Z Tag

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. As I mentioned in an earlier post I’m running low on blog post ideas and to be honest I’m feeling a bit unsure about my blog at the moment. Don’t get me wrong, I love doing this and I am so grateful to everyone who supports this blog. It’s just that my views haven’t been the best and I haven’t been getting as many as I have done in past months. Anyway, today I have a tag for you guys. I’m basically going to be sharing an author for every letter of the alphabet and I’ve added in my favourite book by that author. This tag was created by the lovely Jen Campbell and you can check out the original video here. Let’s get started

 

I have read and loved books by all of these authors and would highly recommend checking out the books I mentioned for each author. Did you spot any of your favourite authors in my list? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

Cover Wars Wednesday

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. Today I thought I would try something a little different and take part in the weekly bookish meme, cover wars Wednesday (created by Book is Glee). Basically I am going to be comparing the different covers of one book and I thought what better book to use then my first five star read of this year, Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay. I loved this book so I thought this would be a great opportunity to share it with you guys.
I’m not a fan of the cover on the left, but I really like the two others. The paperback I own has the cover in the middle, which is probably my favourite. There’s something about people on the cover that never works for me. I think the other two work better in terms of the book itself too, if that makes sense. They give a better feel of what the book is.
The German edition is definitely my favourite – it looks amazing. I think I like it even more than the English edition. The Italian and French editions are similar to the middle English edition. I’m not a big fan of the Spanish edition but it’s not too bad. It’s so interesting to see all the different cover designs, whether it’s just different editions or different countries. I think all of these covers are great in their own way.

 

Anyway my favourites are definitely the middle English one and the German edition. Which one do you like best? I can’t recommend this book highly enough. Seriously it was so good. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

Words That Make Me Want To Pick Up A Book

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. Today I thought I would share some key words that will immediately make me interested in a book. We all have certain things that make us what to read books and I have quite a few things that attract me towards books. Sorry for the long title but I couldn’t figure out a way of shortening it :). Now these don’t necessarily mean I will definitely pick up the book but these words will make me intrigued to check it out. Let’s get started.

 

General:
  • Hidden identities
  • Mythology
  • Strong group of friends
  • The author

 

Fantasy:
  • East Asia inspired
  • Animal companion
  • Strong female lead (especially if she’s good with a bow)
  • Great world building
  • Assassins

 

Historical fiction:
  • WW1 and WW2
  • Ancient China

 

Other things that may sway me to pick up a book include beautiful covers and/or a recommendation from someone I trust. I’m sure there are more but I can’t think of them right now :). What words or phrases make you want to pick up a book? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

Book Travelling Thursday

Hi guys, so today I thought I would try something new and participate in my first Book Travelling Thursday post I’ve been meaning to try out a new bookish meme and I really liked the idea of this one. It was created by Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog. This weekly meme consists in picking a book related to the weekly theme that is announced in the group Goodreads page (if you want to join click here) at the beginning of each month. After that you can write a blog post where you explain why you choose that book and choose different covers from different countries. This weeks theme is to choose a book that you still want to read this year. I’ve gone with A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro. I am a big fan of this author and I’ve slowly been making my way through his books. It’s about time that I read his debut book. Onto the different book covers. Scroll over each book cover to see what country it’s from.

 

 

 

It’s kind of hard to pick a favourite, as I quite like a few of them. The UK edition is definitely one of them, but I also really like the Turkish edition and the French one. My least favourite is probably the Japanese edition. Anyway I’m excited to get to the book itself. It’s a pretty short book so I am sure I will be able to get to it by the end of the year. Have you guys read this book? Which edition is your favourite? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next.

 

Pippa

 

 

Author Exploration: Elizabeth Gaskell

Hi guys, how are you? I am actually in Greece right now, which is quite nice :). I flew over with my family on Saturday and we’ve now started our two week holiday. I made sure to have post scheduled for you guys so things should run smoothly while I’m gone. Anyway today I thought I would do another author exploration post about one of my favourite classics author – Elizabeth Gaskell. I picked up my first book by her while I was still at school and I have been slowly making my way through her other books.

 

North and South 
This is one of my all time favourite books and so I take every opportunity to recommend it :). This follows Margaret Hale and her family as they move from the countryside to a industrial town. Firstly I love the writing and found it so easy to get into. Secondly the characters are fantastic, even the secondary characters (Nicholas and Bessy are fantastic). Margaret Hale is one of my favourites and the romance in this book is done so well. The setting is a really interesting one and you get a great look into the society at that time. I just absolutely love this book and I cannot say enough good things about it. The BBC adaptation starring Richard Armitage and Daniela Denby-Ashe is amazing and I would highly recommend checking that out as well. This was the book I started with so I think this is a great place to start if you are interested in reading some Gaskell.

 

Cranford 

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This is definitely a bit of an odd one, but it is still well worth a read, especially if you are already a fan of Gaskell. What I mean by odd is the way it is written. It is a short book which is more a series of episodes, than a linear narrative, although there are plot points that run throughout the book. For this reason I think it would be a great place to start if you are new to Gaskell, or classics in general. Although I didn’t realise that going in so it took me a little while to get into the flow of the story, but I ended up really enjoying the meandering plot (realistically it doesn’t have much of a plot) and underlying themes. What really makes this book are the characters –  as I mentioned there is not much of a plot, but the character studies within the book are a pleasure to read. So if you like very character driven stories with meandering plot than I highly recommend this book, whether you’ve read Gaskell before or not.

 

Wives and Daughters 
I actually saw the BBC adaptation many years before reading this so I had a vague recollection of what happened. Luckily it didn’t take out any of the enjoyment for me. This is a rather lengthy book, at around 700 pages, and it can be a little slow at times but I found that the writing and characters pull it forward. Once again the characters are fantastic. Gaskell does a wonderful job of creating interesting and well written characters that you will come to really care for. Although some of the characters are pretty annoying. I also highly recommend the BBC adaptation which is very good.

 

Ruth 
This is one of Gaskell’s social novels, as it focuses on the idea of a ‘fallen woman’. It is an interesting look into this, as Gaskell forces society to question whether ostracising them is the only way forward, and whether all the fault should be placed on the women. As a modern reader it really makes you think about how quick we can be to judge people, even when we don’t have the full story and that there may be those that we judge more harshly then we should. While I did enjoy this novel, I personally didn’t enjoy it as much as her other works. I felt Ruth as a heroine was too perfect. I understand the point Gaskell was trying to get across of  judging ‘fallen women’ too harshly, but to me it just felt very heavy-handed. I personally also found that it was very heavy in religious thinking and scriptural references, which I wasn’t a huge fan of. Overall it was an interesting read, and I did enjoy it for the most part. However if you are new to Gaskell, I would maybe suggest starting with North and South or Cranford, instead of Ruth. 

 

Mary Barton 
 This is Gaskell’s first book and in my opinion it shows. Don’t get me wrong I did enjoy this book; I just had some issues with it. The pacing was abit off, the characters lacked depth and I thought the plot was abit lacking as well. However the setting is a very interesting one and I will always enjoy Gaskell’s work. I definitely recommend if you are a fan of Gaskell. I have a full review which you can check out here.

 

The Life of Charlotte Bronte / unread
Sylvia’s Lovers / unread

 

I hope to get to her other books soon, but you never know I might be distracted by other books :). I have enjoyed everything I’ve read by her so I fully expect to enjoy them too. Have you guys read any books by Gaskell? Or do you have any on your TBR? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa