Top 5 Authors I’d Like to Meet

Another Top 5 Pick post from me but this time it is the top 5 authors I’d like to meet -living or dead-.

I figured we could all use a reprieve from my onslaught of reviews lol, so here we go!

5. Agatha Christie

Shocking. I know. But I couldn’t help myself, if I had a chance I would have loved to have met her and go to tea with her. Also, I mean, look at her, she’s obviously a dog lover so she’s alright in my books on that alone. I’m a huge fan of her but I wouldn’t want to grill her on her genius, I just want to be her friend, true story haha.

 

4. Charles Dickens

Now hear me out, they won’t be all dead people, but I have some major respect for Charles Dickens. He is the reason we have child labor laws (at least in the UK and stemming onto other English speaking countries). This man saw the importance of having a childhood, of not stifling a child in a factory and well, I’m pretty glad he did. I also have such a soft spot for his writing.

 

3. Elizabeth Lim

I am so excited about Spin the Dawn, the blurb sounds great and I did win a copy of her Disney, Mulan novel, Reflections. This is an author I do want to pick their thoughts and ask her how she came up with such cool concepts. But it’s also more than that, she has a doctorate in music composition and did some composing for video games, HOW COOL IS THAT?! Anyway I’m super excited for her books and feel like her and I could trade music talk and have a fun time.

 

2. Margot Lee Shetterly

I know I’ve only reviewed one nonfiction book in the past couple of months but I really do love it and Hidden Figures is a book I never get tired of talking about. So I figure Margot Leet Shetterly needs to be on my list, I would die to hear what else she came across in her research for this book, what would she add if she got the chance and what direction she’d like to go in for another book. This woman is also hella smart and talented, she’s not just a writer she’s done investment banking and media startups as well, talk about a woman who knows a bit of everything!

1. Tamora Pierce

Ah, I have to say there’s no way I couldn’t put her on my list. I’ve loved everything I’ve ever read by her (which is most of her books) and Numair was probably my first book crush, so, I mean I had to include her. Honestly though her books made such an impact on my reading habits and even what I like to read, I may not have branched outside of mystery without her!

There are like a billion other authors I’d love to meet but this is a top 5 so that’s all you get.

Which authors would you like to meet and why? Comment below!

 

Toodles!

 

 

TBR Alphabet Tag

Doing a tag today, this looks like so much fun, thank you Angelica @ The Book Cover Girl for tagging me!

Rules:

  • Name a book title from your TBR for every letter of the alphabet (can exclude words like ‘the’ if need be) these must be books that you have physical/e-book copies of and not ones you intend on getting but haven’t yet.
  • Try and include different authors for every single one
  • At the bottom of your list put how many you could fill in (out of 26)
  • Tag other people to join in and link back to the person who tagged you!

 

A

The A.B.C. Murders by Agatha Christie

B

Brothers by Da Chen

C

(The) Children of Men by PD James

D

(A) Death in Harlem by Karla FC Holloway

E

Echantee by Gita Trelease

F

Fixed Odds by William McIntyre

G

The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng

H

The Hollow Hills by Mary Stewart

I

Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan

J

Jade City by Fonda Lee

K

Kennig & Gold by Christopher M. Struck

L

Leviathan by Scott Westerfield

M

(The) Mobster’s Lament by Ray Celestin

N

The never game by Jeffrey Deaver

 

 

O

One? by Jennifer L. Cahill

P

(The) Phantom Forest by Liz Kerin

Q

Queen’s Shadow by E.K. Johnston

 

R

(The) Red Labyrinth by Meredith Tate

S

(The) Spec Set by Taya Okerlund

T

The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala

U

Under Ordshaw by Phil Williams

V

Viper by Bex Hogan

 

W

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

X

I got nothing.

Y

Still nothing…

Z

Aaaand now I give up

Oh look, it’s finished!

So that brought me up to 23/26, not too shabby!

Tagging:

Isabelle

Michelle

Sophia

Whoever else wants to do it.

Happy Friday you all! AVENGERS TOMORROW, YAAAAAAS!

 

 

 

 

 

5 Books I would Save in a Fire

Hey guys, sadly it’s Michelle’s last day for hosting BookEnding Spring19 so click here to see her awesome kick-ass post. She also just has a kick-ass blog in general, so if you . missed out her prompts please go check them out!

[Thank you to Sam & Clo for putting this event together!]

I think she decided to try and make us sweat it out by giving us this prompt lol

Your house is burning down, quick! Save 5 books! But which?

Evil. Pure evil, and yet as pure evil usually is, it’s also pure genius!

Instead of prepping for this, let’s see what comes down to me answering this on instinct!

1.

You can pry Agatha Christie from my crispy dead fingers. But, in this case, I can at least make a decision on which one I would save above the others, oh I LOVE all of her books that I’ve read so far, but, this one is really high up there for me.

2.

If I had to pick a favorite from this series, I suppose it would be the fourth one because I’m sometimes a romantic at heart. You know everyone 50 books or so. But I’ve reread this series more than any other, even Harry Potter, so, why I’d love to save all 4 when everything’s going down in flames…I’d pick this one and move on to others.

3.

So you’ve all heard me go on and on and on so annoyingly about this trilogy, and here it is again. Well, the second one at least. You see it’s not necessarily my favorite out of the three, I don’t think I could pick a favorite, but I accidentally ended up with a copy signed by the author! I bought it used off Amazon as this thing was out of print even when I was buying a secondhand copy back in the time of dinosaurs. Well, it arrived in the mail, I flicked through it, and there it was, signed by one of the authors I’ve admired most in all my time as a reader! I’m saving it lol

4.

I can’t help it, I’m a huge Dickens fan and the copy of A Tale of Two Cities that I own was my Mom’s, I stole it lol shhh she doesn’t know, nor does she read this, I mean I’m sure she saw it on my shelf for the years it took me to move out and has probably deduced as such by now, lol. But because I love this and it is Mom’s and it’s pretty and leather looking, I’d save it.

1.

Go ahead. Judge me. You all should have known this was coming. Why save the first over the other six? Because of the memories I associate with it, this book was a very defining read for me in my preteen years and it’s always going to be important no matter what.

The only question is; would I save the first copy I owned, the illustrated, or the Slytherin copy?

There we have it, five books I chose and now feel horrible as if the others now know and feel less loved, gonna go hug my bookshelf now.

[Sidenote: Huh this is my 100th post!]

Toodles!

 

My Top 5 Mystery Picks

Another Monday! There will be a day of Mini Reviews this week, I finished a couple and didn’t feel like only having review posts so I’m shoving some eARCs together while Stardust will get its own review post. But for now….

TIME TO GET OUR MYSTERY ON

These are in no particular order, I love them all, I’m a mystery lover.

5. Loves Music, Loves to Dance


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This was the first ‘proper’ mystery [and kind of a thriller] that I read, stepping away from the loving childhood mysteries like Hank the Cowdog the crime sleuthing ranch dog. Anyway, this isn’t a literary masterpiece but it was absolutely entertaining and terrifying to read for me. I remember reading this and having to keep the light on afterwards, jumping at the sounds in the night [let me also let you all know that I’m a huge scaredy cat, I was convinced I was going to get brutally murdered because I watched too much Law and Order SVU too much in my teens so don’t use me as a gage on how scary something is]. There’s a serial killer targeting women through the personals in the newspapers, and his signature is always the same, but will our detective be able to solve the crime, or will she be another victim?

4. The Comforters


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So! This was a new author for me! I just read her first novel The Comforters, as all Scottish libraries have received new centenarian editions of her novels like the one pictured. I really want to read more of her, this one was so quirky and I loved it, it was a more modern sounding Agatha Christie though they were really almost contemporaries as their timelines did cross. She also doesn’t seem to make religious jibes which was pretty brave for a female author at the time, so, I ended up having quite a lot of respect for her. If you’re an Agatha Christie fan, you may like her, but they’re definitely two different authors!

3. The Hounds of Baskervilles


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I had to add some Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to the mix. I loved reading this book in English class in HS, and I’ve seen like ever variation of Sherlock Holmes that exists except for like 2, and that’s not for lack of trying! I really do believe that there is something great about Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, a man who isn’t weighed down by the certain aspects of humanity that usually make for a great protagonist, and instead of making the book ‘worse’ it’s one of the reasons most people love it. I also can’t help but love Dr. Watson, I would say this is also a good first Sherlock Holmes book for those looking to get into it, and I do know that some people can find it a bit wordy. Not difficult, just tedious perhaps.

2. Dead Man’s Blues


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I have recently gushed over this one and if you’re interested in it, I went ahead and linked my review to it. This had it all for me, jazz, Louis Armstrong, murder, historical fiction with a lot of good research about the Mafia in Chicago at the time (as well as just being ON point with the music history as well). The structure of the book even tries to replicate a jazz song. [For those curious, my grad work was all about jazz music in WWI and WWII in the U.K. and Paris, so, super fan girl] This was better than its predecessor The Axeman’s Jazz though I did really enjoy that too, and you don’t need to read it if you want to read this one, the characters are the same but any mention of the first book is explained so you’re not left scratching your head. Not to mention it doesn’t hurt that Ray Celestin is friendly and so helpful with answering questions!

1. Murder on the Orient Express


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Hahaha did you all think I wasn’t going to add her, or did you think it was going to be 5 Agatha Christie books? Oh, there’ll be a top 5 Agatha Christie books but not this post, and I actually wanted to put two but felt it was unfair as the other books on this list are great too. So, I’ve chosen Murder on the Orient Express for a couple of reasons. First off, it’s one of her most iconic books and I do absolutely love it. Secondly, this book is not at all like her others as far as the ending goes and so for those two reasons it beat out Death on the Nile for my pick for this list. She’s our Queen of Mystery and this was part of her Golden Age. I love Hercule Poirot the most out of her different series. Ms. Marple is definitely a badass but, I always enjoy the Poirot novels more. Christie also does some awesome short stories and standalone novels as well and you never have to read the other Poirots to pick up any of them which is great.

So there you all have, my top 5 mystery pics!! As you’re reading this, I’m probably at Captain Marvel, so…

Toodles!

My Love Affair with Agatha Christie

[I hope that picture terrifies you as much as it terrifies me]

Everyone has their niches of reading and mystery novels really attend to attract a crowd, and I am so very much a part of that crowd. The first mystery/crime novel I ever read was actually a Mary Higgins Clark book, Loves Music, Loves to Dance but that was only the beginning. Eventually, there was a kindle sale and I found myself buying Five Little Pigs, and I’ve been hooked ever since.

There’s something about getting lost in a novel where you’re kept on your toes and it’s a race to see if you can figure out ‘whodunit’ before it’s revealed by the Author. It’s like a battle of wits in a way, and one I admittedly am not great at, I get too lost in the story in the characters and I half forget what I was supposed to be doing the whole time besides thinking ‘it can’t be them, can it?! And what about the cousin, what will happen to them after this is all over?!’

This is the year I’ve decided to try and tackle as many of her books as possible, they’re the books I read while I waited in the car pick-up line for Mini-me, while I’m waiting in the doctor’s office and when I just don’t feel like tackling whatever large behemoth I checked out when left alone and unsupervised in the library. I’ve even joined a reading group on GoodReads who share the same goal as me.

What I love about Agatha Christie is that she became prolific and simply snubbed her nose at the fact that she was a woman writing, in her time, gritty mystery novels. She didn’t shy away from things that others might have, including the death of a child in her Hallowe’en Party. She was methodical and brilliant and oh sure I love Vanity Fair and I bleed Slytherin silver and green, but she’s always there at the top of my to-read shelf, my gateway drug to branching out and reading more mystery novels and being addicted to so many crime shows I daresay. It is also in thanks to Agatha Christie that I’ve discovered Muriel Sparks and her mystery novels are totally the bee’s knees too.

So, Happy Valentine’s to the best Valentine, Agatha Christie and all her mystery books! In fact, today I just finished reading another one of her books, so boom, screw chocolates, give me murder and whodunit.