Top Ten Books To Pull You Out of a Slump

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme begun by Broke and Bookish and now continued by That Artsy Reader Girl.

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For this TTT, I’ve decided to share 5 series and 5 standalone novels, depending on what you’d like! When I’m in a reading slump, sometimes I choose to pick up series to get me going again, and sometimes I want a really stunning standalone, so if you’re stuck in an unfortunate slump, try some of these. I can highly recommend all of them!

Series

  1. Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
    How much do I really need to say about this series?! Let’s be real.
  2. Rebel of the Sands trilogy by Alwyn Hamilton
    I flew through this series and thoroughly enjoyed it. The entire series was a really quick read (I read like 230 pages in an hour and a half!!) so I’d definitely recommend if it you’re feeling a bit low on reading.
  3. Murder Most Unladylike series by Robin Stevens
    I looooove this murderous series, and almost always read them all in one go, so it’s great if you’re stuck in a slump and want something wholly gripping.
  4. Stalking Jack the Ripper series by Kerri Maniscalco
    This. series. is. amazing. Only two (out of four) are out right now, but it has so many amazing ratings!
  5. Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
    See: Harry Potter. I LOVE this series, and the books are short enough (to begin with…) to read in one go, so it’s great for slumps!

Standalones

  1. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
    This book may put you into a reading slump because it will break your heart… but you’ll be really wrapped up in reading!
  2. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
    See above. This gave me such a “I want to read YA” boost that I recommend it for that!
  3. A Skinful of Shadows by Francis Hardinge
    This one is great if you like magical realism, because it’s really inventive and new. All Hardinge’s novels are fantastic!
  4. Remix by Non Pratt
    This novel wasn’t a particular favourite of mine, but it’s really easy and quick to read – and nice and summery!
  5. The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
    See: The Song of Achilles. Millwood Hargrave is a fantastic author, and I can almost guarantee that you’ll fly through this novel and then want ALL THE MAGICAL REALISM AND MAPS AND CHILDREN’S BOOKS!

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I hope you guys enjoyed some of my choices here! I loved all of these books and they definitely made sure that I picked up another book right after I closed their end covers. What are some recommendations you’d add to my lists? Leave them in comments – I’m always looking for more recs!

Happy reading!

Top Ten Favourite Books From The Past 3 Years

I keep missing Tuesday, so I’m doing this week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the lovely The Broke and the Bookish) on Wednesday. Yeah.

So this week is top ten favourite books from the past 3 years. Now, the question is: can I remember back to 3 years ago?! Gosh, I was in year 10. How crazy.

  1. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. This was actually the most recent book I read, but I really really enjoyed it and would definitely read it again.
  2. Sisters Red. I’ve spoken about this book so many times. It’s fantastic.
  3. Between Shades of Grey. Such a heart wrenching book.
  4. The Book Thief. See above. Also, completely and utterly different to anything else I have ever read!
  5. Popular: Vintage Wisdom for the Modern Geek. I really need to re-read this, I think!
  6. Polly Wants to Be a Writer. This book changed my life.
  7. White Fang. I stole this from an English classroom at my old school and honestly forgot to give it back. Really great, though!
  8. Have a Little Faith. Hilarious, and especially helpful during exam time!
  9. Atonement. This book broke me.
  10. Looking for Alaska. Like so many others, this book also deserves a re-read.

So there you have it! I haven’t read as many books as I thought I had over the past three years, which is rather disappointing to be honest. Adding to the fact I only joined GoodReads in October 2013, well…

I’ll try and be on time next week!