Top 5 Wednesday: Creepy Settings.

Top 5 Wednesday is a meme hosted by Thoughts on Tomes on Youtube. I don’t participate every Wednesday but I do take part on occasion, whenever I notice a topic I really like. This week’s theme is very appropriate for the month of October: creepy settings in books.


5. Aragog’s lair in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

As I write this there is a large spindly spider in the corner of the ceiling and I am resolutely ignoring it…

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 Who isn’t terrified of Aragog? Even those of you who think arachnophobia is irrational (it is perfectly rational, thank you very much – THEY’VE GOT EIGHT EYES AND EIGHT LEGS) have to admit that, of all the scenes in the Forbidden Forest, this has got to be the most frightening. I always think of the movie when I picture this theme – that moment when Ron and Harry look up to see the spiders dancing over their heads (shudder).

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Top 5 Wednesday: Children’s Books for Grown-Ups.

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme (on Wednesdays, duh) hosted by Thoughts on Tomes on Youtube. I don’t participate every Wednesday but I like to hop in whenever it’s a theme that speaks to me. This week’s theme/subject is top 5 children’s books, and oh my god, I LOVE me some children’s books.

As I’ve written a post previously about my favourite books from when I was a kid, as well as a ‘My Life in Books‘ post about the books that I feel were important in making me the person I am today, I’m going to switch this one up a bit. Today I’m going to talk about what I consider to be the 5 best children’s books (or book series) that I discovered as an adult.

It’s a great thing for people keep reading children’s books when they’re older. It takes us back to a time when we could stay up all night to finish a book without worrying about having to get up the next day, and when we were secretly convinced that the things we read about were true and written by some emissary from a faraway land. I’ve discovered some fabulous children’s stories despite these stories allegedly being ‘for kids’.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books for Your Hogwarts House

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme (on Wednesdays, duh) hosted by Thoughts on Tomes on Youtube. Here’s her video for this week:

I don’t really identify with a particular House but this week’s topic sounded so much fun. I’ve taken 3 Pottermore quizzes and got Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin in that order. (I’m definitely NOT a Gryffindor. I never needed Pottermore to tell me that.)

I’m definitely more of a Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff. I’d love to be a Slytherin but I’m not cool enough. Ravenclaw is the House I got Sorted into when I first got my Pottermore account, so that’s what I’m going to go with today. (Though I consider myself a drifter between Houses. I’d probably be a Squib, let’s face it.)

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Top 5 Weds: Books to Finally Read in 2017.

 Top 5 Wednesday is a meme created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Thoughts on Tomes. Here’s the link to the Goodreads group.

I won’t be partaking every Wednesday – if I try to blog on a particular day each week, I always end up losing interest – but I thought it would be a fun meme to dip in and out of.


I don’t have a proper TBR for 2017 – in fact I’d rather re-read lots of books next year – but I do have some books that I’ve always meant to read but either not got around to, or tried but not been able to get into them at the time. Here are some of those books!

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books I Want to Re-Read.

 Top 5 Wednesday is a meme created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Thoughts on Tomes. Here’s the link to the Goodreads group.

I won’t be partaking every Wednesday – if I try to blog on a particular day each week, I always end up losing interest – but I thought it would be a fun meme to dip in and out of.

This week’s theme is books I want to re-read. Most of the books below are books that I do really want to re-read but I’m kind of intimidated by the idea of re-reading them, either because they’re really long or because I feel like my opinion might change the second time around.


White Teeth by Zadie Smith.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books I Took Ages to Finish.

 Top 5 Wednesday is a meme created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Thoughts on Tomes. Here’s the link to the Goodreads group.

I won’t be partaking every Wednesday – if I try to blog on a particular day each week, I always end up losing interest – but I thought it would be a fun meme to dip in and out of.


The Understudy by David Nicholls.

I read this shortly after reading One Day, one of my favourite books of all time, and Starter for Ten, both by David Nicholls, so obviously I was expecting great things. Unfortunately The Understudy just didn’t grip me as much and it took me ages to get through it.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Gateway Books to Fave Genres.

 Top 5 Wednesday is a meme created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Thoughts on Tomes. Here’s the link to the Goodreads group.

I won’t be partaking every Wednesday – if I try to blog on a particular day each week, I always end up losing interest – but I thought it would be a fun meme to dip in and out of.


I’ve been a bit naughty as the following aren’t really I’d consider genres, but I’m just not a big fan of genre books. I consider my favourite books to be so special, and compartmentalising them this way takes away from their uniqueness for me. It feels like an insult to categorise them and lump them in a genre with a load of books that aren’t in the same league.

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