Top Ten Tuesday – Top 8 New To Me Authors I Read In 2013

This week the topic from The Broke and The Bookish is our Top Ten New To Me Authors I Read In 2013. I have read quite a few new authors this year, 21 I found out when I sat to compose this list however picking my favourite was actually more complicated. In the end I have just gone for 8 as the others I didn’t really enjoy.

  • Annabel Pitcher
  • Anthony Horowitz
  • Bernard Beckett
  • Mark Zukas
  • James Dashner
  • Dee Shulman
  • Charlotte Bronte
  • Lauren Destefano

What Great New Authors Have You Discovered This Year?


Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2013

Our topic this week from The Broke and The Bookish is our Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far in 2013. I almost did this topic earlier in the year as a freebie but I say it was coming up so my list was all ready to go.

  • An Abundance of Katherine’s by John Green 
  • Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan
  • The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz 
  • Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire 
  • Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver 
  • Alice In Zombieland by Gena Showalter 
  • Fever by Dee Shulman 
  • Heist Society by Ally Carter 
  • Fractured by Teri Terry 
  • Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling       

What Have Been Your Favourite Books So Far In 2013?

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Favourite Covers Of Books I’ve Read

The Broke and The Bookish having given us the topic this week of Top Ten Fourite Covers Of Books I’ve Read. Seen as I did this one last year I’m just going to pick my favourites from the books I have read so far this year. A lot of my reading this year has been re-read so there may be a few the same but there is plenty of new ones too.


  • Girl, Defective by Simmone Howell
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  • Dead Time by Anne Cassidy
  • Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
  • The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz
  • Matched by Ally Condie
  • Crossed by Ally Condie
  • Reached by Ally Condie
  • How Girl Guides Won The War by Janie Hampton
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan


What Are Your Favourite Book Covers?

The House of Silk

Book Blurb

It is November 1890 and London is gripped by a merciless winter. Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are enjoying tea by the fire when an agitated gentleman arrives unannounced at 221b Baker Street. He begs Holmes for help, telling the unnerving story of a scar-faced man with piercing eyes who has stalked him in recent weeks.
Intrigued, Holmes and Watson find themselves swiftly drawn into a series of puzzling and sinister events, stretching from the gas-lit streets of London to the teeming criminal underworld of Boston and the mysterious ‘House of Silk’..

My Synopsis

Watson has one more story to tell about his adventures with the well-known Mr Sherlock Holmes. In fact they are two stories that became inseparable. The results of their investigations and in fact the incidents themselves however were just to dark and horrible to be written down at the time but now the world might be read to hear about The Man in The Flat Cap and The House of Silk.

When Sherlock and Watson are approached regarding a man being stalked they are unaware of quite how much danger they are getting themselves into. Events soon build from a burglary to envelope the pair into the criminal world putting not just  Sherlock’s reputation on the line but the lives of some unlikely people who surround him. 


It took my a while to sit down and give this book a good shot but once I did I enjoyed it. It’s quite hard to review it though because I’m sure for a lot of people they want to know how it compares to the original. Unfortunately I haven’t read any of them yet so I can only comment on how they book worked for me, and maybe a little about how I imagined bit’s like the film. 

As the book is set in 1890 I did use some of my imagery from the recent films to help get me into the spirit of the book. They way it was written also helped though as it was clear from how Watson spoke and the things he described reflected London at that time. I think it is easy to forget when you watch the films and TV series that the books are from Watson’s point of view and as this is my first time reading the books I enjoyed getting to experience that. Although it could be quite frustrating at points when you really wanted to understand how Sherlock was thinking or what he was doing this added to the pleasure of the book and as it progressed I enjoyed it more and more. 

The story line it’s self was full of the expected mystery. Watson and Sherlock find themselves caught up in some dark crimes that although seem totally independent will of course soon prove otherwise. They story came together really well from me and although I did attempt to try to make a guess at what might be going on I never really managed. 

There was of course familiar characters in the story, Watson’s wife, Lestrade, Mycroft and a brief encounter with the famous  mathematician. All were as easy to imagine as they are in many of the other Sherlock works and the additional characters for this particular case were just as interesting. Sherlock himself proved to be as brilliant a character as he always is and for the first time a bit of humanity was even brought out in him that I can’t say I have really experienced before. Not that it hasn’t been done before I’m sure but for me the ending brought about some emotion for me surrounding Sherlock’s feelings and his relationships. 

I would encourage anyone who enjoys Sherlock to give this book a try, it is a great read and bring Sherlock and Watson and their adventures alive brilliantly.