Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten… Classics of 2015

Top Ten TuesdayWelcome to Top Ten Tuesday – a weekly feature hosted by those lovely bookworms over at The Broke and the Bookish. Expect a new top ten list every week!

| Top Ten… Classics of 2015 |

This year i have been determined to read more classics and amongst those dusty tomes I’ve discovered some fantastic literature, many of which are almost poetic in narrative and are often full of understated (if not blatant.. cough… Wodehouse) humour. For this week’s Top Ten, and to avoid any repeats with last week, I’m bringing you my top ten classics of 2015 – and hopefully I’ll unearth many more literary masters in 2016!

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Picadilly Jim

by P.G. Wodehouse

This is the book which started my love affair with Wodehouse. No author has brought tears of laughter to my eyes quite so much as this comedic genius, and with an inordinate number of books to his name, I expect to be crying with laughter for many more years to come!


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Murder on the Orient Express

by Agatha Christie

I have been an Agatha Christie fan for some time now, dipping into and out of her work ever since I was a child, so it was about time then that I made a concerted effort to make my way through her catalogue in some semblance of order. Murder on the Orient Express most certainly lives up to its reputation as a whodunnit masterpiece and has fuelled my passion for Christie’s crime classics.


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Sense and Sensibility

by Jane Austen

I had first read Sense and Sensibility as a young girl and, despite my love for both both literary and televised Austen, I hadn’t re-read a number of her novels until this year. Sense and Sensibility is social commentary at its finest, full of wit and humour with a sometimes heartbreaking storyline, which made me fall in love with Austen all over again.


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Hard Times

by Charles Dickens

I cannot begin to describe how much I love this book. Charles Dickens is a master of the literary charicature and it is done so well in Hard Times. And not only that, we have some of the most beautiful and evocative descriptions of the industrial revolution that I’ve ever come across. A definite highlight in this year’s list of classics.


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Around the World in Eighty Days

by Jules Verne

I was determined to read more Jules Verne this year but only ended up reading one novel – Around the World in Eighty Days. This delightful adventure, undertaken as a bet and chock full of a multitude of intriguing characters,  has definitely spurred me on to read more of Verne’s work.


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The Thirty-Nine Steps

by John Buchan

Having never even heard of this novel until this year, The Thirty-Nine Steps took me by complete surprise. Reading just like one of the military escape memoirs I love so much, The Thirty-Nine Steps has me determined to add more John Buchan novels to my 2016 reading list.


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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There

by Lewis Carroll

And no list of classics for me would be complete without the delightful and nonsensical work of Lewis Carroll. This is pure and unadulterated fuel for the imagination, like a fever dream… on acid. And this year’s re-read only re-fuelled my love for this wonderful piece of literature.


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The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde remains one of the most well known classic horror stories so it’s unsurprising that this short book, packed full of mystery, shock and suspense, made its way into this week’s Top Ten.


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Something Fresh

by P.G. Wodehouse

Something Fresh is the first book in the Blandings series which I’ve wholeheartedly devoured in 2015. With the delightfully dotty Lord Emsworth, many an imposter and something of a whodunnit… involving scarabs… this is a fine example of comedic literature which had me reaching for the next book in an instant.


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The Mystery of the Blue Train

by Agatha Christie

Another Christie classic (and another which involves trains!) tops this week’s list. Full of intriguing (and highly suspicious) characters, exotic jewels and even more exotic locations, this is one of my favourite Christie novels to date.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten…Authors on my Bookshelf

Top Ten TuesdayWelcome to Top Ten Tuesday – a weekly feature hosted by those lovely bookworms over at The Broke and the Bookish. Expect a new top ten list every week!

| Top Ten… Authors on my Bookshelf |

This week I’ve scoured my library for those authors whose books are taking over my shelves. Thankfully this is a list of authors I have read the most; if I included the books I still have to read (I’m looking at you very long fantasy series), the numbers would be ridiculous. Most of them are my absolute favourites, but a few others have burrowed their way in too. Here are the results:

| Fifth Place |

Joe Abercrombie

Number of Books Read: 7


Oh Mr. Abercrombie, how I love your books. I remember the first time I opened The Blade Itself, almost an astonishing ten years ago now. How I sat on the edge of my bed and couldn’t put it down until I’d finished. So much blood, so many battles, and so much dark humour – I hadn’t been this excited about a book in ages. And book after book, Abercrombie continues to impress. Definitely a firm favourite. With two more books sat on my shelf, Joe Abercrombie will be jumping up my list very soon.

Adrian Tchaikovsky

Number of Books Read: 7


Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Shadows of the Apt series is, quite simply, brilliant. I love the world Tchaikovsky has created; the different insectoid races, their traits and abilities, and the stunning and violent landscape they call home. Every book in the series makes the world a little richer, makes it seem more real. I honestly cannot wait to read more of these books.


| Fourth Place |

Susanna Gregory

Number of Books Read: 8


I was craving more historical crime fiction when, after finishing all the C.J. Sansom books to that date, I came across the work of Susanna Gregory. Very much in the same vein as Sansom, I embarked upon both her Matthew Bartholomew Chronicles and Thomas Chaloner Mysteries. There is a hefty list of to reads in both series which, when I am itching for a good historical caper, I am certainly going to enjoy reading.


P.G. Wodehouse

Number of Books Read: 8


P.G. Wodehouse is hilarious. You may see the humour when watching Jeeves and Wooster, or laugh during an episode of Blandings, but the TV shows just can’t even compare to the brilliance of his books. Every sentence is packed with wit and humour, every observation is magnificently true and no word used ever goes to waste. Wodehouse was nothing short of a genius. I look forward to working my way through the rest of his many, many books.heart

| Third Place |

J.R.R. Tolkien

Number of Books Read: 9


This list wouldn’t be complete without my all time favourite author, J.R.R. Tolkien. The Lord of the Rings came into my life at the age of ten, and remains my favourite book to this day. There are so many books in the Tolkien repertoire that, even if I wasn’t re-reading him every year, I would still have enough books for years to come. Next stop: The History of Middle Earth.


Trudi Canavan

Number of Books Read: 9


I’ve loved every book I’ve read by Trudi Canavan, and have two more sat on the bookshelf waiting to be opened. Canavan’s writes a fantastic and enthralling tale full of magic and wonder; I can’t recommend these books enough. I can’t wait to get round to her most recent editions.


| Second Place | 

Brandon Sanderson

Number of Books Read: 10

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Ahh Brandon Sanderson, another of my favourites. Sanderson’s books have a multitude of unique magic systems, and every book is thoroughly captivating and will grip you from start to finish. I still have Words of Radiance on my to-read shelf (I know! I’m disappointed in myself!) and cannot wait for Legion: Skin Deep to come out this year. If you love fantasy fiction, you must read Sanderson.


J.K. Rowling

Number of Books Read: 10


And of course – J.K. Rowling. I, like so many others, grew up reading Harry Potter. At the age of nine my great uncle, as he was wont to do, presented me with a book token and a newspaper clipping about a new book called Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. That same weekend, my mother took me to the local bookshop and there I discovered Hogwarts. J.K. Rowling will always remain a firm favourite.


Donna Leon

Number of Books Read: 10


A fairly recent addition to my bookshelf, Leon’s Venetian crime novels were devoured before my vacation to Venice. They may not be at the top of my favourites list, but Leon’s novels are really rather enjoyable and Inspector Brunetti is a charming and instantly likeable character.


| First Place |

Jim Butcher

Number of Books Read: 11


Urban fantasy at its finest! I love The Dresden Files and thankfully there are so many that my to-read shelf is still full of them! And if that wasn’t already enough, there is also the Codex Alera series on my to devour list. No doubt I’ll be reading Jim Butcher for years to come.


 What about you? Which authors have you read the most? Are there any you would want to read more of? If you would like to join in with Top Ten Tuesday, head on over to The Broke and the Bookish and sign up!

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