Top Ten Tuesday Archive

Top Ten Tuesday: Books We Wish Were TV Shows

Today we want to talk about books we wish were TV shows – usually we’ll envision the books we love as films, but wouldn’t it be great to watch a new chapter of your favourite book on the small screen every week? Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole: I am only half way through […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Kindred Spirits

Kindred spirits – a person who you meet and feel instantly connected to through your similarities? Or that elderly relative you never ever met who your mum is convinced is your own kindred spirit. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about that certain character who you are certain the author passed you in the street […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Last Lines

As we have already done a top ten blog post on Favourite First Lines in a book, it’s only right we do one on our favourite last lines too! Here’s what we came up with:     1. MIDDLEMARCH by George Eliot “But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for […]

Top Ten Tuesday: (Re-)Invented Language

The eponymous hero of E. Lockhart’s The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks discovers ‘new’ or forgotten words in the works of P. G. Wodehouse (Jeeves and Wooster stories). She’s so delighted by the invention of ‘gruntled’ as a ‘neglected positive’ (i.e., a negative word (disgruntled) made positive; neglected, because it no longer is or isn’t actually […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Banned Books

The subject of freedom of speech and what it means has been on everybody’s lips recently. What one writer may find harmless another reader may find offensive. But do we defend the right of the writer to say it no matter how offensive it is to the reader? Or should offensive material be banned from […]

Top Ten Tuesdays: Reading Resolutions

Hello and a very happy New Year from all of us at Hot Key! And yes, it is January, so yes, you are getting the inevitable blog post about New Year’s Resolutions. I’m the type that sets grand, hugely-idealistic resolutions and breaks them all by the 3rd January, but this year the clean slate that January offers […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Memoirs

What is is about reading the lives of others that is so appealing? Every single book I’ve been recommended this month are memoirs: NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL by Lena Dunham, YES PLEASE by Amy Poehler, CARSICK by John Waters… the list goes on. Some are inspiring, heartbreaking or plain embarrassing, some are written by celebrities […]

Top Ten Tuesday: The Animal Stories That Ruined My Life

“You’re ruining that dog. You think he’s a human – he’s completely out of control,” says my boyfriend Ben, on many an evening. “No I don’t! Don’t be ridiculous,” I will reply, gently pulling Wilbur’s night-time hoodie over his head whilst simultaneously checking that the kettle is on for his miniature hot-water bottle. He gets cold, […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Happy Halloween!

This week we’re talking our top ten scary books to read at Halloween – what’s yours?   Any Goosebumps book! They used to scare the bejeezus out of me at school. And yet I’d still go back for more – glutton for punishment, clearly —Cait I was gonna say Goosebumps! My brother and I had […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Film adaptations that are (even) better than the book they’re based on

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a bit controversial… we can think of dozens, hundreds, thousands (!) of books that we love and enjoy much more than their film adaptation but what about the other way round? Can you think of any film that is in fact even better than the book it’s originally based […]

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