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Top 5 Tuesday: Top Five Reasons I Rate A Book Five Stars

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Bionic Book Worm, with a different topic each week.

The topic for this week is my top five reasons that I rate a book five stars and it’s pretty rare that I do rate a book more than four stars so this should be interesting…

So, the top five reasons for why I rate a book five stars are:

1. It keeps me up all night because I can’t wait to find out what happens next!

2. I can get completely lost in the story, to the point where I put off doing things because I don’t want to leave my little reading bubble.

3. It’s one that I know before I’ve even finished reading it, that I want to reread over and over again.

4. The story either has a big impact on me, is totally unlike anything I’ve ever read before, or is one which I know will stay with me for years.

5. The characters are either so likeable or relatable that I feel like I know them personally (this definitely influences my rating when it makes me question what I would have done if I was a character in the book).

I feel like some of my answers are a little same-y but, like I said, it’s pretty rare that I rate a book five stars!

What are your reasons?

– Elanor ๐Ÿ™‚

Posted in Not strictly bookish, weekly book memes

Monday’s Memo (20th January 2020)

Mondayโ€™s Memo is hosted by RacheLeanne and is a weekly meme to discuss anything you want to discuss about the week ahead (such as what you are excited about, what book you are reading/want to read, what tasks you need to do this week, what films and TV you are excited for this week and so on)!


It’s my first Monday’s Memo post of 2020 and we’re more than halfway through January (which I still can’t believe)!

My Working Week

There’s nothing special happening at work this week, but I expect it to be just as busy as usual!

My Currently Reading of the Week

This week, I’m planning on reading The Holiday by T. M. Logan. Hopefully, it’ll be as good as it sounds!

My Currently Watching of the Week

As always, I’m in the middle of watching several programmes:

  • Riverdale – I’m actually up to date with this and waiting for the new episode on Thursday!
  • Schitt’s Creek – yes, I’m still in the middle of watching this…
  • The Crown – This has been recommended to me by both a friend and a colleague. I’ve only just started watching it but I’m liking it so far.
  • Line Of Duty – one of my all-time favourite programmes that I’m rewatching for at least the fifth time!

Additional Plans For The Week

I do some volunteering work in my spare time, so that’s one of the things I’ll be doing this week. I’m also meeting up for coffee with some old friends so that should be fun.

What are your plans for the week?

– Elanor ๐Ÿ™‚

Posted in just for fun, Not strictly bookish, Sunday Makes & Bakes

Sunday Makes & Bakes: My Favourite Cake Recipe

Now I’m not a massive cake eater, but I’ve found a recipe that I reallyย reallyย like, so for this Sunday’s Makes & Bakes post, I want to share it with you all!

The recipe is for aย Lemon Curd and Blueberry Loaf Cake and can be found over on the BBC goodfood website here.ย 

You use Greek yoghurt in the cake, which I had never heard of before and found a little odd, but it’s actually quite nice! The recipe also states to use the juice of the lemon which you used the jest of in the cake, to make the icing, but I found that this didn’t work all that well. I did create the lemon juice icing, but I then mixed up some normal icing and added that to the cake too!

You can see my finished cake below ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve actually made this cake a few times now but the photo below shows the best attempt! The recipe suggests adding edible flowers to serve, but I found it was quite sweet without any extra decoration.ย 

– Elanor ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

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Stacking the Shelves (18th January 2020)

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly book meme which is co-hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality, in which you are encouraged to share the books which you are adding to your shelves this week (including books you have bought, borrowed or received as gifts)!


I have far too many books on my TBR but that never seems to stop me from adding to it…

This week, I’ve added another two books to my TBR, although it could have been a lot worse; there are four books that I want to buy, but I’m trying to hold off until I’ve read a few more off my TBR!

Books I’ve Borrowed

I’ve borrowed a copy of Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas by Adam Kay. I read Adam Kay’s first book earlier in the month and really enjoyed it, so I’m looking forward to reading this one!

Books I’ve Reserved

I’ve reserved a copy of Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes by Holly Bourne. It’s not available to borrow until the end of next week but I’m looking forward to reading it; I’ve read two books by Holly Bourne before and really enjoyed them both.

– Elanor ๐Ÿ™‚

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F Is For Friday (17th January 2020)

F is for Friday is a weekly meme created and hosted by Nomadic Worlds.

How to participate in the meme:

1. Credit the creator of this tag and link back.

2. Answer the following four questions to the best of your ability.

3. Most important of all, enjoy yourself!

Questions:

F – Feature your latest book obsession (it doesn’t have to be your current read).

I – Indicate which book/s you are looking forward to reading this weekend.

F – Favourite quote of the week/day.

F – Five things you’re happy or grateful for this week.


I’m in total denial of the fact that we’re already halfway through the first month of 2020…but I have BIG plans for this year, so onwards and upwards and all that!

F – Feature your latest book obsession (it doesn’t have to be your current read).

I finished reading One Of Us Is Next by Karen M. McManus at the weekend and I loved it! I did upload a review, which you can read here. After reading it, I’m extremely tempted to reread both One Of Us Is Lying and One Of Us Is Next!

I – Indicate which book/s you are looking forward to reading this weekend.

This week, I’m looking forward to starting reading The Holiday by T. M. Logan, which I received for Christmas!

F – Favourite quote of the week/day.

Really felt this over the past week ๐Ÿ˜‚

F – Five things you’re happy or grateful for this week.

  1. My family and friends.
  2. No work = getting to sleep in at the weekend.
  3. Curling up inside with a good book while the weather is horrible.
  4. Writing and books in general.
  5. My cold has (finally) gone!

Happy weekend everyone!

– Elanor ๐Ÿ™‚

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How Many Books Can I Buy For Less Than ยฃ5 In One Shopping Trip???

A week or so ago, I uploaded a Stacking the Shelves post, showcasing the books which I had bought on a shopping trip. Following on from that post, is this one!

I decided to challenge myself to see how many books I could buy for less than ยฃ5 in one shopping trip! This is how I got on:

Books for myself:

The Big Dreams Beach Hotel by Lilly Bartlett – 50p

This Is Going To Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay –ย  50p

The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood – 48p

Bilbo the Lifeguard Dog: A True Story of Friendship & Heroism by Steven Jamieson – ยฃ1

Because my books only totalled ยฃ2.48, I’ve also added in the books my family bought in the same trip:

Mam – 50p (1 book)

Dad – 99p (1 book)

Brother – 99p (1 book)

So altogether, that comes to a total of ยฃ4.96 for seven books!!! I think that’s pretty impressive!

It really shows just how much you can save if you buy books secondhand. Although, it obviously isn’t always possible to find the books you want secondhand, I do try to buy secondhand books rather than new, where possible.

Were you surprised by the number of books I managed to buy for less than ยฃ5 in one trip?

– Elanor

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*REVIEW* One Of Us Is Next by Karen M. McManus *CONTAINS SPOILERS*

This review contains spoilers.

One Of Us Is Next is the sequel to one of my favourite books: One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus. It was also one of my most anticipated reads of the year!

The blurb of the book is as follows:

“It is a year after the action of One of Us Is Lying, and someone has started playing a game of Truth or Dare.

But this is no ordinary Truth or Dare. This game is lethal. Choosing the truth may reveal your darkest secrets, accepting the dare could be dangerous, even deadly.

The teenagers of Bayview must work together once again to find the culprit, before it’s too late…”

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! To begin with, I didn’t find it quite as gripping as it’s predecessor, but before long, I was hooked! The characters were likeable (a number of them were familiar faces) and the plot was intriguing.

Amazingly, I managed to work out one of the plot reveals before it happened: that Emma’s sister (partly) was behind the game. However, I one-hundred-percent did not see that ending coming…

I’m not sure if it’s on the cards at all, but I would love a third novel; I do feel like the ending was left open enough that one would be possible…

Rating

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The TBR Book Tag

I saw this tag over on The Book Prescription and it sounds fun so I’ve decided to give it a go! I’m not sure who created the tag, so if anyone knows, please leave me a comment!


How do you keep track for your TBR pile?

I add the books on my TBR to my “Want To Read” shelf on Goodreads as soon as I buy or borrow them – it helps to keep all my TBR listed on here, otherwise I’d never read some of them!

If I can, I try to add them by scanning the barcode on the back of the book or by searching by the ISBN so that I’m adding the version I will read to my TBR.

Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?

Currently, there is only one ebook on my TBR and all the others are print. I like to have an ebook on loan from the library to read out and about but I’m trying to get through the books I bought/received in December before I borrow any more!

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

I’m very much a mood reader and just pick whichever I feel like reading next, unless I’m in the middle of a series, in which case I usually read the next book.

A book that’s been on your TBR the longest

I didn’t even need to check my Goodreads to know that this is Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Illustrated Short Stories by Arthur Conan Doyle! I added this to my TBR on 5th November 2016 and still haven’t gotten round to reading it…

A book that you recently added to your TBR

I’m really looking forward to reading this one!

A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover

This is definitely my copy of How Watson Learned the Trick by Arthur Conan Doyle. It was written for the Library of Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House in 1922 and it’s a really beautiful edition. I actually spotted it in a book sale New Years’ Eve 2018 and had to buy it!

A book on your TBR that you NEVER plan on actually reading

A Winter Flame by Milly Johnson. I originally bought this book because it was the only one of Milly Johnson’s books that had a season in the title that I hadn’t read and I wanted the full set; plus I am a big fan of her novels so I was fairly certain I’d like it. Unfortunately, I started it and wasn’t a fan of the storyline and so put it back on my TBR and now I’m pretty sure I’ll never actually read it.

An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for

I don’t add books to my TBR until I have a copy in my possession, but I do want to read Good Gi, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson when it is published. I’ll be buying it and adding it to my TBR as soon as I can!

A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read except you

This seems to be The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Everyone else seems to have read it and while I do want to read it, I never seem to get around to it.

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you

I only recently added it to my TBR, but The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren is definitely the book on my current TBR that I’ve had the most recommendations of.

A book on your TBR that you’re just dying to read

I’m really looking forward to reading This Is Going To Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay. I’ve heard so many people talking about it and seen it added to quite a number of peoples’ “Best Books of the Year” posts that I can’t wait to read it!

The number of books on your Goodreads TBR shelf

Currently, this sits at 45 books, although this will probably go up again!


I would like to nominate the following blogs to take part in this tag!

Bog Hygge

Another Night of Reading

A Little Haze Book Blog

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Goodreads Monday: The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. To participate, you choose any book from your TBR and write about it, linking back to the host!


What with receiving books as Christmas gifts, and then buying more in the space of a fortnight than I’d bought in the whole two months prior, my TBR is getting out of control!

This week, I want to talk about one of the books from my TBR which I’m most looking forward to reading next: The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren!

The blurb of the book is as follows:

“Olive Torres is used to being the unlucky twin: from inexplicable mishaps to a recent layoff, her life seems to be almost comically jinxed. By contrast, her sister, Ami, is an eternal champion…she even managed to finance her entire wedding by a slew of contests. Unfortunately for Olive, the only thing worse than constant bad luck is having to spend the wedding day with the best man (and her nemesis), Ethan Thomas.

Olive braces herself for wedding hell, determined to put on a brave face, but when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. Suddenly, there’s a free honeymoon up for grabs, and Olive will be damned if Ethan gets to enjoy paradise solo.

Agreeing to a temporary truce, the pair head for Maui. After all, ten days of bliss are worth having to assume the role of loving newlyweds, right? But the weird thing is…Olive doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, the more she pretends to be the luckiest woman alive, the more it feels like she might be.

I’m definitely late to the party with this book! I’ve seen so many people raving about it; especially throughout last summer and it’s made me really excited to read it!

Hopefully, this will be a fun and light-hearted read; I’ve also heard that it’s “hilarious”, so, fingers crossed! I’m tempted to hold off reading this until the summer, because I do feel like it’s more of a summer read, but I don’t know if I can wait that long! Although, reading a summer book while the weather is this grey and depressing will probably make me want to book a holiday…

– Elanor ๐Ÿ™‚

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Sunday Makes & Bakes: Creating A TBR Jar

I tend to be more of a mood reader, but for this Sunday’s Makes and Bakes post I’ve decided to make myself a TBR jar in the hopes that it will encourage me to read some of the books which have been sitting on my TBR for ages.

Here are my supplies:

The jar is from Tesco, the stickers & glitter tape are from The Works but I have no idea where the paper is from

The first thing I did was to label my jar.

I did plan to add glitter tape to it but it wouldn’t stick to the glass and so I gave up on that idea. I may well add further decoration to my TBR jar at a later date…

Clearly, I am a very creative and imaginative person when it comes to the decoration of my TBR jar

Next, I opened up my Goodreads Want To Read shelf and wrote out all 45 book titles on there.

This doesn’t look like a massive amount but it felt like it while I was writing them out!

I then sat and (wearily) folded each book title (and contemplated whether I really thought I would ever get around to reading some of them).

Check out those paper folding skills!

Finally, I shoved all the little folded up pieces of paper into the jar and shook it to mix them around.

The finished product!

It’s definitely not the best TBR jar I’ve seen in my life and certainly won’t be winning any creativity prizes, but it’s functional and I’m happy enough with the finished result!

Total time to make: Approx 30 minutes (if that)

Have any of you made a TBR jar before? (I bet it’s better than mine)

– Elanor