Tuesday 26 March 2013

Top Ten Tuesday


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Top Ten Books I Recommend the Most

What a great first top ten Tuesday for me! I get to share my top ten recommendations with you guys!

OK, I wanted to go for a mix of newer stuff that I've fallen for recently alongside stuff that has been a firm favourite of mine since I was younger...

If you haven't already read One Day then I can't recommend this more. It is a totally fabulous read but definitely one where you will have to have the tissues at the ready. The film doesn't do it any kind of justice, so if you're thinking-I've seen the film, I don't need to read the book-think again, and add it to your TBR list now!

I read my first Marian Keyes book when I was 18 and this was it. The first in the Walsh family series. I loved reading about Clare struggle with pregnancy and then into motherhood. This is still my favourite Marian Keyes read!

My next two recommendations are also baby related, and also the first books I read by these authors. Rowan Coleman's the baby group is again, my favourite of her novels. I read both of these books in the same week and both were devoured in one sitting. Milly Johnson's Yorkshire pudding club also has the added bonus of being set in Yorkshire (where I'm from) and so that added an extra element of familiarity for me. Both of these would be fabulous read for anyone whether they are a mother or not!

My next two recommendations feature my favourite setting for any book ever-New York. I love anything set in New York, movies and TV shows included. Miranda Dickinson's novel really is a true fairytale! I read it on a flight over to the states and the time just flew by because I was so completely engrossed in this novel! Lindsey Kelk's novel marks the first of her 'I Heart' series and introduces us to Angela Clark and her flight to New York after the discovery that her man had been cheating on her. This is yet another novel you will not want to put down and all in the 'I Heart' series are wonderfully quick reads.

I had to include a foody novel in here so I chose the wonderfully pink Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe. This book has it all, a great setting, a wonderfully strong heroine, a love story and of course delicious descriptions of yummy, scrummy cupcakes! As ever, the book does come with a warning in that it may wreck your diet, but believe me, this cosy novel is totally worth it. It is the first in Colgans 'food' novels (see my review of The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris) and in my opinion, this is the best, even though the others are all totally fab too!

I read this next novel at the end of last year and had to keep quiet about it for ages until it came out at the start of this year. This is another one that you absolutely have to read with a box of tissues (and preferably a cuddle) close to hand. It is so beautifully written. Having read Ali Harris's debut novel Miracle on Regent street and loved it, I was desperate to read this one, and it completely exceeded my expectations. It really does have it all and will appeal to most readers, not just chick lit fans!


My next recommendation was actually bought for my by my dad one Christmas. Again this was the first Sophie Kinsella novel I read and being a shopaholic myself, I knew straight away I would love it. It is actually full of humour as well as a strong economic message. I don't think i have laughed as much reading a book as when i first read Bridge Jones's Diary...

Of course therefore I have to finish with Bridget Jones's Diary-the original and best. If you haven't read this, even if you didn't enjoy the film, you should make time in your schedule for this one. I think this was one of the first full adult books that I read after progressing from 'teen fiction' as it was at the time, and it just ignited the flame in my love of reading once and for all. You will laugh, you will identify, you will be desperate to read the sequel. And with the third novel in the works at the moment, what better time for a recommendation than now?

All of these novels represent some of my favourite authors as well as my favourite reads and you really can't go wrong with any of these wonderful writers, whether you  have read novels by them before or not, these books are my Top Ten Tuesday Mose Recommended.


  1. Hi ya!! I love so many of these books! The shopaholic series is amazing and I have been dying to read the I Heart books...

    Thanks for visiting my blog and your kind words. :) I strongly suggest Beautiful Disaster and I promise you will have a strong reaction... Either love or hate. lol

    Christine x
    Rainy Day Reads

  2. Okey dokey, I shall save it for the holidays when I can sit down and actually read it properly :-)

  3. I love One Day and the Shopaholic series, great picks!

  4. My copy of One Day has been all over the place, I've leant it to the many people! They all tell me off for not telling them what's going to happen either!

  5. I find Marion Keyes to be such a relaxing read. I hate the term "chick lit" but, within that genre, she is one of my favorite authors.