My Top List Of Books To Buy

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Although I write book reviews all of the time and have listed many of my favourites in the past, I decided that I need to present a definitive list of books that I totally recommend buying. For now, I am sticking to contemporary adult fiction but in future there may be a YA fiction list and possibly one on biographies or non-fiction.

Every book that I have selected is highly recommended by me and exceeds a five star rating, in my view. You will know, if you have read my blog before, that I only write about books that come across as strong and captivating. There are many books that I have read in the past few years that I would never review as they disappointed me somewhat.

Next to each book I have tried to sum them up in one sentence each. This is a lot more challenging than it sounds. Let me know if I grabbed your interest with any of them.

Here goes with my top list of books to buy:

Gentlemen and Players – by Joanne Harris

A prudish latin teacher is fed up with the constant change as his independent, private school sees one wannabe-student sneaking into campus and unleashing chaos.

https://amzn.to/3upvNjd

The Midnight Library – by Matt Haig

One woman is fed up and tries to end everything but finds herself trapped between different versions of what her life may have been, in a library where you can pick your future.

Three Wishes – by Liane Moriarty

Three thirty-four year olds triplets are always there for each other but have come to realise that they each have been hiding things from the others.

https://amzn.to/3DVUPKd

Writers and Lovers – by Lily King

When a young waitress dreams of becoming a writer, her love life becomes more interesting just as she sees a sign of possible publications; her double dating messes with her thoughts as she struggles to pay debts, find her true self and come to terms with her mum’s death.

https://amzn.to/3jpwt1L

Pine – by Francine Toon

Living in small Scottish village, a girl (and her dad) are just about coping with the loss of her mother when some really creepy events start to unhinge them both, beneath the shadow of some stunning pine forests.

https://amzn.to/3jpwt1L

I hope that you were intrigued by these beautiful books which really made an impression on me. These writers generally use short chapters and are all great at creating suspense and capturing relationships. The drama in these novels is well written and clever. I would totally recommend checking out these books as they all make for amazing reads.

Have you tried Youtube Shorts?

Having just returned to Youtube after eight months off, I decided that I would put less videos of me talking on and try producing more Youtube shorts instead (or as well as). I like short books and short videos after all, so this new type of Youtube content seemed right up my street.

Originally I found making longer videos time consuming but shorts are easy to make and can be fun. I collected some snippets of video that I had taken on holidays and some that are about books, then I added some music or my own narration.

I don’t know whether they are any good but I really am enjoying playing around with this type of content. My limitations at the moment stem from my lack of experience with editing. Hopefully I will find better methods over time without having to subscribe to expensive video editing sites.

Youtube Shorts

I think that eventually these short videos will be an easy way to let people know what you are working on and draw attention to your writing projects. If you haven’t already, take time to check some of the interesting short content available. I especially love the fact ones, where they spill random facts about a particular place or subject.

I had my first attempt at this here:

3 Cool Facts About Edinburgh 🏰 #shorts #factsaboutedinburgh #edinburghcastlehistory
https://youtube.com/shorts/ez4yJyPa6To?feature=share

Edinbugh Castle inspired my first ‘Facts About’ Youtube Short.

My eventual aim is to take my readers on journeys with me and explore my love of reading. This video celebrates a street that I discovered in Edinburgh which inspired J K to come up with Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter books.

Fancy going down Diagon Alley?(Harry Potter street) #shorts #harrypotter
https://youtube.com/shorts/CVJDrneDAG4?feature=share

Victoria Street in Edinburgh

Here is my attempt at a slightly longer Youtube video (just over 1 minute) about one of my favourite writers:

Two Thrillers You Must Read! (Gripping reads) #books #thrillerbooks #booktube
https://youtu.be/N7kHW1_fDcM

Thank you so much for reading my article about creating Youtube shorts. If anyone has any suggestions or thoughts on this or wants me to explain more about shorts please let me know in the comments. It is fair to say that I am slightly addicted to exploring this format.

Which YA authors do bloggers prefer?

It is no secret that I have recently grown to love YA fiction books and so I started to wonder what sort of YA books other bloggers were reading. The YA genre came to light for me when I watched a few Netflix series which stemmed from YA stories. Now I am absolutely hooked on YA and can’t get enough of it. In fact, I even decided to write my latest novel in this brilliant genre.

My shelves are fast filling up with YA novels. These are not my shelves but you get the idea.

Putting my feelers out, I asked fellow bloggers for their thoughts on Young Adult books. I have discovered that these books certainly do not just appeal to teenagers and have a wide audience. In my opinion, this is due to their ability to relate to modern life, their clever use of dialogue and their quick pace.

The following are quotes by some of my favorite bloggers about YA authors that they adore:

Smelly Socks and Garden Peas was excited about Rick Riordan’s writing. She says…

“Rick Riordan’s books seem to appeal to a really broad age range, they stretch the literacy of 8 yr olds but satisfy the fantasies of teenagers. They also open the world of mythology (Greek, Roman, Norse, Egyptian) to younger minds who would doubtless find Sophocles rather dry. My 10 yr old knows more about those ancient gods than I ever have, and loves learning more.”

The Grumpy Olive sisters were keen to recommend Maggie Stiefvater, a writer I had never heard of but am now wanting to know more about. They say…

“One of my favourite YA authors must be Maggie Stiefvater. She has the ability to transport you from a world of werewolves to dreamers and ancient kings that feel so real and tangible.

I love how she takes time for details and describing, mostly locations, without getting too boring or lengthy on pages. And without omitting great and interesting character building.”

NotSoModernGirl is a wonderful all-round blogger and she enjoys the works of Amy Ewing. Eleanor says…

“My favourite YA author is Amy Ewing. I don’t normally read book series, but when I read her first book (‘The Jewel’) I couldn’t wait to read more. I really recommend checking out her books for a bit of dystopian fiction with a modern twist. I also got the chance to interview her for my blog a few years ago, which was amazing!”

Headphones and Thoughts Blog was also keen on Rick Riordan but has a place in her heart for a more traditional text which impacted her greatly.

“When I was in high school, I was required to read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I loved the book so much that I ended up reading all her novels. I own all of them. Pride and Prejudice is my favorite out of all her novels. Jane Austen is truly an amazing writer.”

Karalee at Tales of Belle wanted to share enthusiasm for another YA author that I have yet to check out. Ransom Riggs definitely sounds intriguing…

“My favorite young adult author is Ransom Riggs. He wrote the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series, which has 6 books in the series as well as a collection of short stories. I absolutely love the series because it follows a group of children who have peculiar abilities and their fight against Wights who want to consume their souls, and there is also the added element of time loops and Riggs includes vintage found photographs in his books too.”

I was thrilled to read about these different YA authors and would like to thank these brilliant bloggers for collaborating with me in this article. I have definitely been persuaded to check out these recommendations.

My personal favourite YA author is Becky Albertalli although there are several others that I am becoming fond of. For a previous post I wrote about Becky, check out my Leah On The Offbeat review. For similar future posts, please consider following my blog.