Books that have stood the test of time.

I’ve been reading a lot lately. Way more than usual. I was ill last week and when I’m ill, all I want to do is watch a film or read a good book. I need heartwarming things to heat the cold slamming my system (can you tell I’m a tit when I’m ill? ‘slamming’ lol).

I watched a really good film based on a recommendation from a good friend. It was called Hope Floats and it was just the sort of film I like to watch in between yelling ‘I’m poorly’ at my poor husband. As I said, I also read a lot of books. This week I’m back to critiquing, writing, marketing (which I suck at) etc, which leaves little time to read all of the books that I want to. This got me to thinking. I recently had a discussion with a friend about all the books we’d love to reread. She wants to try and fit in Harry Potter. I thought I’d share the books that I would love to reread, and why. These books have stood the test of time with me, and I often find myself thinking about them.

A Tale of Redwall by Brian Jacques.

redwallThere are 22, YES, 22 books in this series and I want to read every single one of them again. I plan to buy them all for my children too. These books are exceptional and provided me a whole different world to escape into for much of my crappy childhood. The characters – a bunch of mice, crows, voles, squirrels, snakes, ferrets, magpies, hares….the list is extensive and each one is as interesting as the next. The description is vivid, from summer feasts to bloody battle scenes, oh my gosh – stunning. I just clicked on the ‘Look Inside’ on amazon and a contented sigh escaped my lips. These books are MAGICAL. If you haven’t read them yet, whatever your age – I highly, HIGHLY, recommend them.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

whjpgHow sad I am that this was Emily Brontë’s only book. I don’t know how many times I’ve read it – lots. Highly criticized in its time, Wuthering Heights went on to become…..YOU KNOW!!! It’s a beautiful classic that has inspired many productions for film, television, opera and stage plays as well as many retellings. And let’s not forget the song – THE SONG!!! The themes and issues were deemed too controversial in the mid-nineteenth century, however by the later part of that same century, more people argued its corner and saw it for what it is – a haunting and beautiful tale of love, jealousy and loss. And how beautiful is is that her sister, Charlotte Brontë, edited it after her death to create a second edition?

Vale of the Vole by Piers Anthony

vovAnother wonderful, magical fantasy. This is one of the first books that I vividly remember reading. It was like nothing I had ever read before and opened me up to the fantasy genre. Absolutely fantastic.




The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

thoWho doesn’t want to reread this one? After reading Vale of the Vole, off I went in search of something similar and this is what I found. I adored it. In fact, I loved it so much that when I found out that Bilbo Baggins wasn’t starring in Lord Of The Rings, I threw a strop and wouldn’t read it (I was a child!).



I, Houdini by Lynne Reid Banks

ihI want to read a lot of these types of books again, I was a big fan of Dick King Smith so those are on my list too, but this book by Lynne Reid Banks is amazing! It’s the tale of a Hamster who, as the title suggests, is a bit of a Houdini, always escaping his cage and going off on fantastical adventures. When I reread this book, I’m going to read it to my youngest daughter, Phoebe – she’s inherited the bookworm gene and I know she’ll enjoy it.


There are a lot of classic books in that list, so now on to the modern. All of these I’ve read recently. Usually I delete books from my Kindle once I’ve read them, unless I really, really love them. So, here they are!

Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan

av_This book is soooo beautiful. Archer is the town pariah. After an accident left him mute, Archer has lived a very sad and solitary existence. I’m not going to go into the blurb, but suffice to say that love finds a way to bring Archer the happiness he truly deserves. I am a MEGA FAN of Mia Sheridan. Her books are so beautiful and poignant – I can’t get enough of them.



Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward

sbI’m going to hold up my hands and say ‘I have a thing for stepbrother books’. The premise to them all seem fascinating. Forbidden love, often a jerk of a stepbrother (gotta love those bad boys!) and how it’s all overcome. This one is my favorite – I love it and I will be reading it again. Like Mia Sheridan’s books, I have also read all of Penelope Wards books – I ❤ her!



Drive Me Sane by Dena Rogers

dmsThis book sang to me because of the issue it explores. So often I find that psychological problems are brushed over in fiction or that they’re easily fixed. Not so with this book. This is the poignant tale of an ex soldier struggling to deal with events that haunt her. Realistic and poignant – a beautiful romance.



There we have it! Those are SOME of the books that I want to reread. There are many, many more, but these ones instantly sprang to mind. If you have a moment, I’d love to know what’s on your list – maybe I can add more to my TBR pile!





Bookshelf Tag

Hello all, thank you for stopping by. Seriously, I heart you.

This week has been a bit hectic in my writing world. From Pitmad to The Book of Phoenix blog tour, it’s been crazy. As much as I could launch into everything I’ve been up to, possibly resulting in boring you to tears, this post is dedicated to the Bookshelf Tag.

I was nominated by the amazing and wildly talented Justina Luther. I urge to to check out her blog, it is packed full of her creativity. You can see her talent for yourself by clicking here!

THE RULES For ‘The Bookshelf Tag’:
Answer the following questions about books, and then tag five other bloggers. You can answer the questions any way you want, whether it’s on your blog, in a video, or a combination of the two. Then remember to let whoever tagged you know when your post is up so they can read it.

1) Is there a book that you really want to read but haven’t because you know that it’ll make you cry?

Marley_&_Me_book_coverYes, long before the hype of the film I stumbled across a book about life with an obstinate Labrador – Marley and Me by John Grogan. I have never read this book because I know I will be in floods of tears in the end.

2) Pick one book that helped introduce you to a new genre.

prPromise by Kristie Cook. I was more for psychological thrillers before I read this. My favorite authors include Kathy Reichs, Jefferson Bass and James Patterson. I can’t remember how I stumbled across her book but I am glad I did. This was the first New Adult book that I have read and aside form reading all of Kristie’s books since, I have read other NA books too.

3) Find a book you want to reread.


Never Say Die by Tess Gerritsen. A combination of the setting (South East Asia) and the plot just hooked me. It’s one of Tess’s stand alone’s and I have read it so many times that my copy is battered but I love it. It’s a great read for both male and female readers and I highly recommend it.

4) Is there a book series you read but wish that you hadn’t?

Yes, oh yes, yes, yes. I bought a series on amazon. It was a vampire book and the first one started really well but by the 3rd the protagonist wanted to shack up with every male with a heartbeat, honestly – there are three she wants to do the dirty with. Potential suitors were bigged up so I really rooted for them, then all of a sudden would turn evil for no good reason. It’s one of those rare series that I never finished. I think there were four or five books and, as far as I can tell through research, the author has written nothing since. Just as well. I don’t want to write the names of the books or the author as I just haven’t the heart to publicly trash someone’s writing.

5) If your house was burning down and all of your family and pets were safe, which book would you go back inside to save?

hpMy daughter asked me this the other day, It would have to be my first edition Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix hardback.


6) Is there one book on your bookshelf that brings back fond memories?

the-magic-faraway-tree-2Absolutely, The Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton. Her writing captivated me as a child and does the same now. Her books painted worlds in my head with words.


7) Find a book that has inspired you the most.

valeVale of the Vole by Piers Anthony. The imagery in that book is fantastic. That book is what made me want to write. I was really young when I read it and I just thought – wow, this is incredible. If you can get your hands on a copy, read it!

8) Do you have any autographed books?

Nope, but I do want to get Order of the Phoenix signed.

9) Find the book that you have owned the longest.

My husband is ex-military so we moved around a lot. Books were not a luxury we could afford to lug around so I always passed them on to friends so Never Say Die is the book I have had the longest and that was given to me by my Mum-in-law about six years ago.

10) Is there a book by an author that you never imagined you would read or enjoy?

WatchersYes, Watchers by Dean Koontz. I am a wimp when it comes to horror so I avoid authors who are so adept at scaring the living crap out of me. However, I was advised that Watchers was not so bad, so I read it and I am glad I did. Excellent book!

Thank you Justina for nominating me!

Stay tuned as I update with my nominees as they happen.



First Nominee!

Elisha Ashworth

Second Nominee!

Dena Rogers