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 With X Setting – Top Ten Books Set During War/Conflict

Usually I don’t like when The Broke and The Bookish  give us topics about genres or settings but this week we have Top Ten Books With X Setting and I managed to think of a good one for a change. I have decided on books set during war or conflict. I have read quite a few books set during real conflicts around the world particularly the Second World War so there was enough to pick out 9 of the best. (I couldn’t decide between the other ones which I would put 10th and I wanted to stick with ones turned to fiction so didn’t include Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank)



Germany – Nazi – Hitler

  • Annexed by Sharon Doger
  • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
  • When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr

Lithuania – Soviets – Stalin

  • Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys


  • Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

Other Conflicts


  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini – Set during conflict in Afghanistan
  • Over A Thousand Hills I walk With You by Hannah Jansen – Set During the conflict in Rwanda

What Are Your Favourite Books Set During War/Conflict?

What Setting Did You Pick?


The Book Thief

Book Blurb


1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier. Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall.


It’s a small story, about: a girl, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist fighter, and quite a lot of thievery.


My Synopsis

This is Liesel’s story, but it is told by death. Throughout her life death has seen Liesel three times and her story is one that death hasn’t forgotten. In 1939 she lost her brother and her mother and ended up on Himmel street. Here she learns about life. She learns about loving parents and true friendship as well as how to steal to feed herself when she is hungry and book for feed her love for reading. Unfortunately she also learns about the harsh reality of this time when an unexpected guest comes to stay with them and her freinds and family suffer under the rule of the Nazi’s


I read this book a couple of weeks ago but I finished it the night before I went on holiday so I have only just got round to reviewing it. The book gets a really good review online and I tend to enjoy books about the war so I was expecting to enjoy this book right from the beginning. It did live up to my expectations however it isn’t a fast paced books to read in a day. It is split in to parts and I found that reading it a part at a time worked really well. In each part something significant happened and because it wasn’t always the happiest of stories it allowed you to take it in and appreciate it. 

What I liked about this book was that it was truthful. Liesel was at an age that allowed her to understand what was going on around her but still see some beauty in the world when it occurred. She was dettermind to do her best and she just wanted to be normal. The other characters in the book were also easy to see and it was easy to imagine people truly acting that way in those situations. They all had their faults but they also brought something important to Leisel’s story and taught her something about being a good person, particularly her foster father. 

This is a book I would recommend particularly to anyone who reads WW2 novels. It is a beautiful story with a unique narration that will make you think about life and death and whop or what has power.

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR List

All though we have snow on the ground spring is just around the corner and so this weeks topic from The Broke and The Bookish is our Top Ten book on my Spring TBR list. This was easy for me because I have a plan for my reading over the next few months. I need to catch up on my Dystopian Challenge Reading so with new book in series around I’m going to be doing some re-reading but I am also trying to catch up on John Green reading as a recently joined Nerdfighteria.

  • Matched, Crossed & Reached by Ally Condie                                                                                         
  • Slated & Fractured by Teri Terry                                                                                                                   
  • Looking For Alaska by John Green                                                                                                             
  • An Abundance of Katherines by John Green                                                                                       
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan                                                  
  • Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire                                                                                                             
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak                                                                                                                   

What Books Are You Excited About Reading This Spring?

Happy New Year! – Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books I Resolve To Read In 2013

Happy New Year! Hope everyone had a great night bringing in the bells.

Today is the first day of a new year and it is also a Tuesday! so that means Top Ten Tuesday. To start off this year our topic is Top Ten books I Resolve To Read In 2013. I have decided that these have to be books that I already own and are sitting in my to-read pile. Some of them have been their for years I think 2013 might just be their year.

  1. Tomorrow When The War Began by John Marsden
  2. Wither by Lauren Destenfano
  3. Heist Society by Ally Carter
  4. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  5. Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garci and Margaret Stohl
  6. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  7. Journey to the edge of the World by Billy Connolly
  8. The Green Mile by Stephen King
  9. Jane Austen I read my first Jane Austen book in 2012 and I hope that next year I might be able to get through at least one more.
  10. Harry Potter by JK Rowling I’m not totally sure I will fit this in but I really want to re-read all the books.

What Books Are You Determined To Read In 2013?

Friday Finds 23/12

Friday Find is a meme I found through Should Be Reading. It is a weekly post where you share the book titles you discovered or heard about during the past week. These can be books you were told about,  discovered while browsing online or you bought.

I have a modest list this week. A couple were added after reading a review on my reader, another after seeing a friend added it on Goodreads and the last I piked  up at Waterstones. This week is the first week I have a book that I didn’t just find online.

Mary E Pearson

  • The Adoration of Jenna Fox

Nova Ren Suma

  • Imaginary Girls

David Levithan 

  • Every Day

Markus Zusak

  • The Book Theif

What Books Have You Discovered This Week?