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The Last Ten Books Book Tag

Good evening!

Bit of a late post from me this week, but today I wanted to share my version of The Last Ten Books Book Tag. I’m not sure who the original creator of this tag is, so if anyone knows, please let me know!

Last Book I Bought

The last book that I bought is actually my current read: The Wedding Party by Tammy Cohen.

Last Book I Re-Read

I can’t actually remember what the last book I re-read was…I don’t re-read books very often. However, I am going to be re-reading Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks this week if that counts!

Last Book I Gave Up On

I haven’t actually DNF-d any books in 2021 so far, which I think is quite an achievement! I did however start reading Jordan B. Peterson’s 12 Rules For Life earlier in the year and I haven’t touched it in months. I do plan on reading it at some point, but I have given up on it for the time being.

Last Book I Said I Read But I Didn’t

I can, hands down, say that I have never done this! 😂

Last Book That I Wrote In The Margins Of

I don’t tend to annotate my books and I don’t even like to tab them for fear of damaging them, but I did underline (in pencil) a few lines which stood out to me when I last read 12 Rules For Life by Jordan B. Peterson.

Last Book That I Had Signed

I’ve never actually been to a book signing event, so the closest I have for this answer is the signed copy of The Yearbook by Holly Bourne which I bought earlier in the year.

Last Book That I Lost

I think it would stand out as quite a significant memory if I had ever lost a book, so I don’t think that I have ever done this.

Last Book I Had To Replace

When I was quite young, I had a copy of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, but I donated it to a charity shop as I didn’t think that I would read it again. A few years ago, I decided that I wanted to read it again, so bought myself a new copy.

Last Book I Argued Over

I don’t know that I have ever really ‘argued’ over a book, but a friend and I did disagree about The Cousins by Karen. M. McManus and whether it was better or worse than One Of Us Is Lying (I voted better).

Last Book I Couldn’t Find

I guess this would be The Secret Garden before I remembered that I had donated it!

I’m not going to tag anyone to complete this tag, but if you read this and want to join in, consider yourself tagged!

– Elanor ☺

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TOP TEN TUESDAY: October 12: Favorite Book Settings

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme which was created by The Broke and the Bookish in 2010 and is now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a topic and posts their top ten list which fits the topic.

Today’s topic is top ten favourite book settings and I had a pretty hard time picking only ten!

1. Middle Earth (from The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings)

2. The Lake District

3. Narnia (from The Chronicles of Narnia)

4. Flambards (from the Flambards series bu K. M. Peyton)

5. The Enchanted Woods (from The Magic Faraway Tree books by Enid Blyton)

6. The Chestnut Hill Riding School (from the Chestnut Hill series by Lauren Brooke)

7. The London Institute (The Infernal Devuces trilogy by Cassandra Clare)

8. The summer camp in America from How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne

9. Malory Towers Boarding School (from the Malory Towers series by Enid Blyton)

10. The Cake Shop In The Garden (from the book of the same name by Carole Matthews)

Which book settings would you choose?

– Elanor 🙂

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My October 2021 TBR

I didn’t read a great deal in September and as a result of this, my TBR pile is now as tall as I am and a very daunting prospect!

To try and combat my simply not reading because I don’t know where to start, I’ve decided to put together a TBR for this month.

Over the course of October, I am aiming to read the following four books. I’m only setting four books so that I also have time for any mood reads!

1. Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks

This one is a reread, not a book from my TBR, but I loved it when I first read it and I’ve decided that it’s due a reread.

2. Autumn Leaves: Chick-Lit Anthology

I added this one to my TBR and I’ve been saving it as it sounds like the perfect October read!

3. The Chateau by Catherine Cooper

It wouldn’t be October without a few murder mysteries to read!

4. The Wedding Party by Tammy Cohen

I’ve just started reading this one and I’m hoping that my October reading will be off to a good start once I’ve finished it!

Which books do you want to read in October?

– Elanor 🙂

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Books I’ve Read This Month: September 2021

September ended up being a pretty slow month in terms of reading. Despite having a towering TBR pile consisting of more than thirty books that I am looking forward to reading, I only read 4 books throughout the month.

Having said that, three out of the four books I read were five star reads, so quality, not quantity as they say!

1. The Dog Sitter by Zara Stoneley

I loved this story from beginning to end! This was one of those stories that I found myself completely immersed in; from the setting to the characters, to the plot, I absolutely adored it.

Rating: 5 Stars

2. The Skylight by Louise Candlish

This was a Quick Reads short story that I found by chance. The blurb intrigued me and I’m glad to say that the book didn’t disappoint! It had me hooked from page one! I haven’t read any other books by this author previously, but I would definitely read another.

Rating: 4 Stars

3. Her Last Holiday by C. L. Taylor

This book had me hooked from beginning to end! The storyline was completely not what I expected, but that made it an even better read. Some of the characters I liked immediately, while others grew on me over time; it was definitely a book of surprises. I’d think twice about booking myself onto a retreat after reading this!

Rating: 5 Stars

4. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

I absolutely adored this book; even more so than I had expected to! From the plot, to the characters, to the style and format of the book, I loved every page. However, now that I’ve read this, I desperately want to go on a roadtrip…

Rating: 5 Stars

What was your favourite read of the month?

– Elanor 🙂

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WWW Wednesday (29th September 2021)

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words and involves answering the 3 Ws.

What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson and I have to say that I absolutely love it so far (I’m actually almost finished reading it). However, it’s making me really want to go on a roadtrip!

What did you recently finish reading?

At the weekend, I finished reading Her Last Holiday by C. L. Taylor, which I really enjoyed. I was so hooked by the story that I could hardly put the book down! Definitely one that I’d recommend!

What do you think you’ll read next?

I have a lot of unread books on my shelves, so this is a difficult decision to make…however, I’m currently leaning towards You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle for my next read! I’ve read some good reviews of this book and I’m looking forward to (finally) reading it.

What are you currently reading?

– Elanor 🙂

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Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Sequels You Would Sell Your Soul For

Top 5 Tuesday was originally created by Bionic Bookworm and is now hosted by Meeghan Reads. Each week a topic is chosen and participants have to choose five books to meet the topic.

Today’s topic is top five sequels you would sell your soul for; books that don’t have a sequel (either not announced or never published) that you would really like to read.

I love reading standalone novels; I prefer them to reading a series. However, there are some standalone books which I would absolutely love to read a sequel to, and I’m pleased that today’s prompt has given me chance to highlight some of them!

1. The Host by Stephanie Meyer

2. Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

3. Women & Children First by Gill Paul

4. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday by Milly Johnson

5. The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella

Happy Tuesday!

– Elanor 🙂

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Stacking The Shelves (25th September 2021)

Happy Weekend!

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)!

It’s been a while since I last uploaded a Stacking The Shelves post, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been adding to my shelves; quite the opposite, in fact! My TBR pile is completely out of control!

Recently, I have purchased several new books, all of which I am very excited to read. I say this having read only two books so far this month…

The Chateau by Catherine Cooper

Earlier in the year, I read The Chalet by the same author and really enjoyed it, so this one was an instant buy!

Her Last Holiday by C. L. Taylor

I picked this one up after reading a review of it a few weeks ago that had me intrigued!

Autumn Leaves: Chick-Lit Anthology

This was another book which I added to my shelves after reading a review of. I’m very excited to read this one!

British Kings and Queens by Mike Ashley

I haven’t read any historical books (fiction or non-fiction) in ages and I’m hoping that this book will encourage me to read more.

The History of England & Her Rulers From The Tudors To The Windsors by David Starkey

Again with the trying to read more historical books with this purchase!

Children Of England by Alison Weir

I’ve read several books by Alison Weir in the past and I hope to enjoy this book as much as I did those.

Have you added any books to your shelves recently?

– Elanor 🙂

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Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Standalone Books

Top 5 Tuesday was originally created by Bionic Bookworm and is now hosted by Meeghan Reads. Each week a topic is chosen and participants have to choose five books to meet the topic.

Today’s topic is my top five standalone books and it has been exceptionally difficult to narrow this down to only five. I much prefer to read standalone books to book series, so I had a vast array to choose from!

After much deliberation, the five books I have chosen are:

1. The Host by Stephanie Meyer

2. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

3. The Cousins by Karen M. McManus

4. Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella

5. My Kind Of Happy by Cathy Bramley

Which books would you choose?

– Elanor 🙂

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Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 series of all time

Top 5 Tuesday was originally created by Bionic Bookworm and is now hosted by Meeghan Reads. Each week a topic is chosen and participants have to choose five books to meet the topic.

Today’s topic is my top five series of all time and I found it quite difficult to pick only five!

1. The Adventure Series by Enid Blyton

2. The Maze Runner Series by James Dashner

3. The Shopaholic Series by Sophie Kinsella

4. The Partners In Crime Series by Agatha Christie

5. The Wings Series by Aprilynne Pike

What are your top series of all time?

– Elanor 🙂

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*REVIEW* The Dog-Sitter by Zara Stoneley

At the weekend, I finished reading The Dog-Sitter by Zara Stoneley. I initially stumbled upon this book by chance and I’m so thankful that I did!

The Blurb

“One dog. Two strangers. An unfurgettable romance.

Wanted: someone nice, normal and trustworthy to housesit a beautiful cottage in the Lake District while the owner is away on a business trip. Must like dogs.

Wanting to escape from crap bosses and useless boyfriends, Becky jumps at the chance of being a dog sitter and the perfect escape – rest, relaxation and a very cute pooch called Bella.

But looking after Bella comes with a catch, namely gorgeous, brooding, Chris Hemsworth-worthy Ash James, who claims Bella is his dog and will stop at nothing to get her back!

Becky’s not about to hand over lovely Bella to any Tom, Dick or Ash. She’s determined to watch every move Ash James makes…even if it gets her very hot under the collar.

My Thoughts

From the moment I read the blurb of this book, I knew that I had to read it. I mean, a romance novel set in the Lake District and featuring a dog as one of the primary characters? Sounds exactly like my type of book!

Happily, this book did not disappoint! I loved the characters of Becky, Ash and Bella from the moment they were introduced and I laughed (and cried) my way through the book.

The plot was fast-paced and (mostly) fun; it certainly kept me guessing! My only grumble is that I would have liked an epilogue!

This was such an enjoyable read, I’d highly recommend it!

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐