Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For the Rest of 2015


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

The second half of 2015 is looking good for book releases. Here’s my top ten:


  1. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas releases September 1 and I. Can. Not. Wait. You know it’s a good year when there are two Maas book releases in one year!


  1. Ice Like fire by Sara Raasch releases on October 13.


  1. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell is released October 6th. I wonder if Cath would be as excited as I am about this book from the world of Simon and Baz.


  1. The Lake House by Kate Morton is scheduled for release in October.


  1. Winter by Marissa Myer is released November 10.


  1. Frozen Tide (Falling Kingdoms #4) by Morgan Rhodes is released 15th December.


  1. Never Forgotten by Stacey Nash is scheduled for release in September.


  1. Die for Me by K.A. Last is released… um, I don’t actually know if it is this year but I hope so! Also, the cover for the next instalment of the Tate Chronicles hasn’t been released yet so above is the previous book.


  1. City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin is released on October 22. This book will be hot property in my house upon its release date. Note  – City of Mirrors is now due for release in June 2016.

Liberated 2015

  1. Liberated by MJ Stevens is scheduled for release in November.

What’s on your most anticipated list?


Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Although there are many fictional places I’d like to visit (Sunnydale, Middle Earth, Alagaesia to name a few), I’ve chosen to list real places that books have made me want to visit (or revisit).

1. Scotland – Outlander Series


2. Tasmania – The Potato Factory

Courtenay’s vivid description of the Tasmanian landscape left me with high expectations. When I finally travelled to Tassie, the scenery was just as spectacular as I’d imagined.


3. New Zealand – The Lord of the Rings

Okay, so this is blurring the book/film boundaries but how great would it be to do a LOTR tour of New Zealand?


4. Lyme Regis in Dorset, England – Remarkable Creatures

I would love to wander along the shore line and pretend that I was Mary Anning.


5. Prague – Daughter of Smoke and Bone


6. New Orleans – Interview With the Vampire


7. Oxford, England – Discovery of Witches

So much history to see! And how wonderful would it be to visit the Bodleian Library?


8. Venice – Othello

When travelling in Venice, it was easy for me to understand why Shakespeare set his play in this beautiful city.


9. Paris – Anna and the French Kiss

Though I travelled to Paris 15 years ago, reading this made me want to return and to live in the city of love.


10. Eden Valley, Australia – The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl

I’ve heard they have an amazing bakery.


So that’s my list. What about you? Do you have any places you would like to visit after reading about them?

Top Ten Characters I Would Want With Me On A Deserted Island


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I’ve selected my picks for today’s Top Ten Tuesday based on fictional book characters.


1. Katsa from Graceling. She has the gift of survival so she would come in very handy.


2. Gale from The Hunger Games – once he’s over Katniss, of course. He’s a survivor, a loyal friend and I feel he would provide some great company. *winks*


3 & 4. Zuzanna and Mik from Daughter of Smoke and Bone. These two make such a sweet couple and always make the best out of a bad situation.  Mik would have rescued his violin of course so together they could provide some much needed entertainment. The very cool fan art below is from Elaku Dark.


5. Aragorn (Strider) from The Lord of the Rings. As a ranger, Aragon knows how to survive in the wilds.


6. Sammy from Life in Outer Space. Yes, he would probably be useless at the whole wilderness survival thing but very few characters make me laugh like he did.

7 & 8 Jamie and Claire Fraser from the Outlander series. It wouldn’t be fair on them to split them up and they make such a great team. Claire’s medical skills would be a huge benefit to the group.

9. Will Parry from The Subtle Knife. Despite being only 12 years of age, Will showed great strength of character. Plus it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have that knife around.


10. Hermione Granger because she’s Hermione Granger. And if things become too dull on the island she can apparate us out of there!

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Movies or TV Shows


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This is my first time participating in Top Ten Tuesday, and what a great topic to start with!


Lost (TV show 2004 -2010)

Best. Show. Ever.


Buffy The Vampire Slayer (TV show 1997 – 2003)

Joss Whedon’s series about the Chosen One always makes me laugh, cry, cheer, swoon, laugh and then cry again. I’ve lost track of how many times I have watched this series.


Donnie Darko (Film 2001)

Donnie Darko blew me away the first time I saw it. Never had a film had such a big impact on me. I saw this at a film festival then couldn’t stop raving about it. The film, written and directed by Richard Kelly, has a fantastic cast including Jake Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Patrick Swayze, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Noah Wyle, Jena Malone, and Mary McDonnell. Its coolness bridged the gap between indie and mainstream.


Firefly (TV Show 2002 -2003) and Serenity (Film 2005)

Joss Whedon’s eclectic crew of the space ship Serenity only had one season before it was axed. Thankfully, Joss continued the story in the film Serenity.


Gossip Girl (TV show 2007 -2012)

This is a series that I turned my nose up at when it first came out. Thanks to some late night re-runs I saw the error of my ways.


Supernatural (TV show 2005 -)

Angels, demons, vampires, shape shifters, ghosts, hunters and more!!! What’s not to love about this awesomely terrifying series?


Game of Thrones (TV show 2011 – )

The high standard of production values and George R R Martin’s involved with the GoT TV series ensures that this is one story that will not disappoint fans. Thank goodness I’ve read the books otherwise the tension and graphic fight scenes would have been too much for me to handle. As it is I had to remind myself several times to breathe during the last season finale.


Twin Peaks (TV Show 1990 -1991)

This series by David Lynch definitely makes my top ten. It’s been a while since I saw it but its mystery, beauty and bizarre characters such as the delightfully idiosyncratic Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), create a surreal series full of intrigue.


Tank Girl (Film 1995)

Okay, so definitely not an Oscar winner but this film to me is like an old jumper: it may not stand up against the current fashions (and maybe it was always for those with eclectic tastes) but it’s comfortable and a part of my history. It’s the nostalgia surrounding this pick that keeps it close to my heart.


The Never Ending Story (Film 1984)

I struggled over whether to choose Labyrinth (1986) or The Never Ending Story for number 10. In the end TNES won out as I also loved the book by Michael Ende. How scary was the Nothing? How awesome would it be to have your own Falkor? How heart breaking was it when he lost Artax? Sigh. Excuse me while I go and dig out my copy and watch it again.


So what do you think? What have I left out? I’d love to hear what you think about my top ten.