Top Ten Tuesday #329

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these. I had a great weekend, Hairspray was really amazing, the show was generally incredible anyway, but the atmosphere in the theatre was so electric because we’d all been away for so long, it was a really awesome audience to be a part of, which made the show even more amazing I think because everyone was so excited to be there and so appreciative of all the actors. I’m back down in London over the weekend for another show, the new musical, Back To The Future, which I’m super excited for, we wouldn’t usually do two theatre shows on back to back weekends, but my mum was really excited for this one as she loves the film.

Anyway, it’s Tuesday, which means another Top Ten Tuesday courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week we’re talking Favourite Places To Read. I’ve slightly twisted the topic as I tend to read in one of maybe like four places regularly, so instead I thought I’d do an update on a topic I did a few years ago, Books I Read On Holiday as being on holiday is one of my favourite places to read, so it does kind of fit the theme this week:

  1. Things A Bright Girl Can Do-Sally Nicholls-Carcassonne

I read at least part of this one whilst I was on holiday with my family in France in about three years ago, I was hoping to be reading sun soaked by the pool but sadly the weather wasn’t quite what I’d hoped for on this holiday and I read most of it inside!

2. The Dead Queens Club-Hannah Capin-Stirling

Not the most exotic or far flung of locales, but I go back to my University city quite a lot as my family has connections to the area, and when we were back up there on holiday last summer, this was the book I was reading, I’ve read a lot in Stirling over the years, from family holidays when I was a kid, to Uni, and various trips back since.

3. Into The Crooked Place-Alexandra Christo-Carcassonne

I didn’t read much of this in Carcassonne, in fact I think I finished almost all of it on the flight over and just finished the last few pages when I arrived in France, but I’m counting it anyway! I really enjoyed this book, and I’m looking forward to reading the sequel whenever this reading slump of mine finally breaks!

4. Truthwitch-Susan Dennard-Cape Town

Naturally since I was in Cape Town for almost three months last year, I read quite a bit whilst I was out there and this was one of them. I remember sitting and trying to read this on the beach whilst the other volunteers were surfing and the pages kept blowing away because it was so windy!

5. Stalking Jack The Ripper-Kerri Mansicalco-Carcassonne

I read this one on the same holiday that I read Into The Crooked Place, this was the other book I brought as I’d almost finished Into The Crooked Place. I have to admit, this series was kind of uneven, and there was too much focus on romance in later books, but I really enjoyed this first instalment.

6. Circe-Madeline Miller-Cape Town

I started this just before I left for Cape Town, but I did read the large majority of it whilst I was out there. This was the book I was reading whilst we were on the Garden Route tour, so I was soaking up Circe’s adventures whilst we were driving through the most beautiful African landscapes, which was pretty cool!

7. Blind Beauty-KM Peyton-Coach through UK, France and Switzerland

The first time I went to Switzerland with Guides when I was about 11, we took a coach there (our second trip when I was 14, we flew) and so it was quite a few days on the coach before we actually got to Switzerland, which naturally meant a LOT of uninterrupted reading time, so this was one of the books that I read on that coach trip.

8. Allegiant-Veronica Roth-Carcassonne

I started reading this book just before Christmas in 2015, and my family was in France for New Years, so this was the book I was reading whilst I was over there celebrating New Years. I remember finishing it on the super long car journey back from France, this was a good couple of days in the car reading the book and being super frustrated with it!

9. Challenger Deep-Neal Shusterman-Amsterdam

I think I started this in the airport whilst I was waiting to get my flight home, so I didn’t read very much of it in Amsterdam (my main book for that trip was Empire of Storms, which I mentioned in my other post) but since I did start it there, I think it still counts!

10. Night Spinner-Addie Thorley-Cape Town

Reading this in Cape Town was kind of a funny contrast because the setting in the book is so cold and frosty and I was obviously reading this during Cape Town’s summer but I’ve never been one for seasonal reading anyway. This was one of my favourite books I read out in Cape Town, such a fun and creative retelling of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

So there we go, my updated edition of Books I’ve Read On Holiday. I can’t wait to be able to add more to this list when we are finally able to travel a bit more, though I don’t think I’ll be adding any non-UK destinations till next year! Have you read books in any cool places? Have you been to any of the places on my list? Any fun stories about books you’ve read on holiday? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s topic is meant to be Books I Wish I Could Read Again, but I did that topic a few years ago and I’m not sure I have anything new to add, so I think I’m going to go off in my own direction again. I thought I’d do Most Hyped Books On My TBR That I’ve Not Read Yet.

24 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #329

  1. My Book Jar 17/08/2021 / 7:48 pm

    I’ve never been to a musical, but I love them! I like your TTT for this week! I also don’t read in many places, so there’s a good thing there are two of us! Thanks for stopping by My Book Jar

    • iloveheartlandx 24/08/2021 / 9:27 am

      They are so much fun! Thanks. Yeah I have a few places that I like to read, but not enough to fill a list of ten.

  2. Louise 17/08/2021 / 8:23 pm

    I really like the little twist you added to the topic. Itsnnice when the reading experience itself is so memorable.

  3. FangirlFlax 17/08/2021 / 9:05 pm

    Love this twist on the prompt! And The Dead Queens Club looks really fun. Great post πŸ™‚

  4. Leslie 17/08/2021 / 11:30 pm

    Great twist. I really need to read the Truthwitch series!!

  5. Jen at Introverted Reader 18/08/2021 / 12:50 am

    I didn’t know that Back to the Future has been made into a musical. My husband will be so excited!

    I read Year of Wonder by Geraldine Brooks, about the Black Death, on my honeymoon in Hawaii. Don’t ask me what I was thinking when I packed that for the trip! πŸ˜€

    Fun topic!

    • iloveheartlandx 24/08/2021 / 9:18 am

      Yes, it’s really recent, it only opened on Friday. It’s only in the UK at the moment, but I’m sure it will make it over to the US at some point. Ha ha that is a strange choice for your honeymoon. Was it a good book? Thank you!

  6. Greg 18/08/2021 / 2:07 am

    Sometimes a book really sticks with me if I enjoy it and am on holiday or vacationing somewhere. Must be the combination of a good read and being away?

    I really want to read Circe.

    • iloveheartlandx 24/08/2021 / 9:16 am

      Yes the books I’ve read on holiday definitely stick in my mind a bit more, I think it’s the change in environment! I hope you enjoy Circe, when you do read it πŸ™‚

  7. Mareli Thalwitzer 19/08/2021 / 11:19 am

    Aah you’ve been to Cape Town! Proudly South African here! Did you enjoy your stay? We live in a town in the Eastern Cape that is very windy. South Africa does have a few windy places indeed.

    Clever twist.

    Elza Reads

    • iloveheartlandx 24/08/2021 / 9:07 am

      Yes, beginning of last year, pre-pandemic. I spent almost three months there doing a journalism internship with this gap year company. I loved it, it’s such a beautiful country and I had an amazing time. I was on the Western Cape though. I’d love to come back and see more though, my family was meant to come out and we were meant to travel around a bit but then the pandemic scuppered our plans!

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