My Top Ten Auto-buy Authors


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is Top Ten Of Your Auto-buy Authors.

 I’ve managed to read more books this year than ever before, but I could only come up with 6 authors. So far in my entire life I’ve read about 300 books. Some of you out there read that number in a year. I got into this game late, which is a mistake I will not let my son make. I’ve read over 100 of those 300 books this year! So yes I’m not all that “well read”, but I’m working on it furiously. I didn’t read much when I was younger, I didn’t do well in school, I didn’t play many video games, I just didn’t have the attention span for any of it. I couldn’t sit still. I’d get home from school, eat some food while watching some cartons, then I’d go to my room, turn my stereo up as loud as it would go and dance around my room until I was tired enough to sleep. You’ll still find me doing this on the weekends when I need to de-stress, my two year old son thinks it’s fantastic and joins in.

Ok so I got off topic there, but sometimes I feel more than a little unknowledgeable. But I guess we’ve all different in this community and we all bring something different to the table. Even though I can’t come up with the content for each weeks Top Ten every time, I still love reading all your Top Ten’s and finding new books to add to my ever growing TBR.

So without further ado here is my list.

Leigh Hutton(1) Leigh Hutton. I’d buy any of Leigh’s books regardless what it was about. I think Leigh is an awesome woman and have really enjoyed reading her Girl Power filled YA books.22031265

Rick Riordan

(2) Rick Riordan. Totally buy anything if it’s Percy Jackson related. I have actually got two of his adult books but haven’t got around to reading them yet.12127810
Lee Child

(3) Lee child. So far the only work I’ve come across of Child’s is his Jack Reacher series which I love. I’d be willing to give another series a go if Child ever runs out of Reacher content. The series is 24 books strong, but Reacher is getting on in years – so who knows.


J.K. Rowling

(4) J.K. Rowling. Totally buy anything if it’s Harry Potter related. If she was to come up with another YA/MG world I would give it ago. I haven’t read any of her adult books, yet!22842001

Amanda Hocking

(5) Amanda Hocking. I have really enjoyed everything I’ve read by Amanda and If I haven’t read it, It is sitting on my self to be read.



(6) LOCAL! I’m a proud Novocastrian (person from Newcastle). See we’re so special they have a name for us :-P. localsRecently I decided to start finding books by people from or living in Newie, Lake Mac, Hunter Valley and the central coast and buying their books. Obviously I’m only going to buy the ones that appeal to me, ones that I want to read.

These are the ones I’ve purchased so far. Trinity Doyle / Kaz Delaney / Lizzie Wilcock / Susan Whelan I have more on my list that I want to buy, but sadly I need to eat.

Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is: Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From.

Rick Riordan

Thirteen books Read by Rick Riordan. All of them Percy Jackson related in some way :-).

John Marsden

Twelve books Read by John Marsden. Ten of those books related to Tomorrow When The War Begun (the original seven in the series and the spin off Ellie trilogy).

Amanda Hocking Eleven books Read by Amanda Hocking. Mainly her ten part graphic novel series. I’ve now completed my collection of her trilogies Trylle and Kanin Chronicles and am looking forward to reading them.

Lee Child

Ten books Read by Lee child. All Jack Reacher Novels. I’m looking forward to reading the other fourteen.

Robert Kirkman

Nine books Read by Robert Kirkman. I made it Nine books into the Walking dead. I enjoyed it. I think Kirkman is brilliant. But zombies really aren’t my thing.

J.K. Rowling

Eight books Read by J.K. Rowling. All Harry Potter related. Hands up who’d love a Young Padfoot or from Neville’s point of view spin off >ME<.

Stephenie Meyer

Seven books Read by Stephenie Meyer. You meanies can bag her out all you like, I LOVED The Host and I credit the Twilight Saga with getting me into reading again! So Bite Me!

C.S. Lewis

Seven books Read by C.S. Lewis. Narnia! Every cupboard or closet I open I still hope to find Narnia!

Katherine Applegate

Six-ish books read by Katherine Applegate. Animorphs, I know I read some as a kid, but I don’t know which ones. I’m in the process of reading the series from start to finish and am currently reading number Six.

Douglas Adams

Six books Read by Douglas Adams. Mainly the trilogy in five parts; The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy. So long and thanks for all the fish.

Top Ten Tuesdays: Books I’d Love to See as Movies


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by Capturyyyy

June 2nd Is Top Ten Books I’d Love to See as Movies or TV Shows

A lot of books I love have already been turned into movies or TV shows with varying results of awesomeness and some being just plain shitty!

So this is my list of ones I think they should give ago – FYI I’m available for creative input into the production process if you’re interested; Sony? Universal? Disney? Anybody?


(1) The Divided” by Amy A. Bartol

(2) We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach 

(3) Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

(4) Jump Girl by Leigh Hutton

(5) Rev Girl by Leigh Hutton

(6) Longhorn by Jo Baker

TV Series:

(7) The Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan

(8) The Jack Reacher Series by Lee Child without Tom Cruise anywhere near the project

I stopped at eight – thinking so hard at this time of the morning was starting to hurt :-P.

What I’ve Read So Far

Here is a recap of the books I’ve managed to read and review so far this year 🙂

Books Read in 2014 =


  1. The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5) by Rick Riordan (My Review )
  2. The Demigod Diaries (The Heroes of Olympus) by Rick Riordan (My Review )
  3. Tripwire (Jack Reacher #3) by Lee Child (My Review )
  4. The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus #1) by Rick Riordan (My Review )
  5. The Visitor (Jack Reacher #4) by Lee Child (My Review )
  6. The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus #2) by Rick Riordan (My Review )
  7. The Son of Sobek (Percy Jackson & Kane Chronicles Crossover #1) by Rick Riordan (My Review )


  1. The Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus #3) by Rick Riordan (My Review )
  2. Midnight Sun (Twilight #1.5) by Stephenie Meyer (My Review )
  3. The Enemy (Jack Reacher #8) by Lee Child (My Review )
  4. Harry Potter – Three Short Stories by Bruce T Forbes
  5. Take Me To Your Reader: An Otherworld Anthology by Amy A. Bartol, Tammy Blackwell, Amanda Havard, Heather Hildenbrand, Tiffany King, C.A. Kunz, Sarah M. Ross, Raine Thomas (My Review )
  6. Here Among The Ruins by Regina Puckett (my Review )
  7. Day Trips to Narnia by Bruce T. Forbes
  8. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  9. Mr. Darcy’s Diary by Amanda Grange (My Review )


  1. The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus #4) by Rick Riordan (My Review )
  2. Casting Shadows Everywhere by L.T. Vargus (My Review )
  3. Salvation by A.M.C. (My Review )
  4. Smashwords Style Guide by Mark Coker
  5. Delta Force Vampire: Insurgency by Alex Shaw (My Review )


  1. Lust & Longing: A Collection of Erotic Shorts by Charity Parkerson
  2. Dementional by Tonya Cannariato (My Review )
  3. Words by Robert Zimmermann
  4. Time Shifters by Shanna Lauffey (My Review )
  5. Vaempires: Revolution By Thomas Winship (My Review )
  6. Fifty First Times: A New Adult Anthology
  7. Now You Shall Know – Newcastle Poetry Prize 2013 Anthology
  8. Thunderhead by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child (My Review )
  9. Speak of the Devil by Shawna Romkey (My Review )

The Enemy

The Enemy (8th of 18 Reacher Novels) by Lee Child

Goodreads Synopsis:

Jack Reacher. Hero. Loner. Soldier. Soldier’s son. An elite military cop, he was one of the army’s brightest stars. But in every cop’s life there is a turning point. One case. One messy, tangled case that can shatter a career. Turn a lawman into a renegade. And make him question words like honor, valor, and duty. For Jack Reacher, this is that case.

New Year’s Day, 1990. The Berlin Wall is coming down. The world is changing. And in a North Carolina “hot-sheets” motel, a two-star general is found dead. His briefcase is missing. Nobody knows what was in it. Within minutes Jack Reacher has his orders: Control the situation. But this situation can’t be controlled. Within hours the general’s wife is murdered hundreds of miles away. Then the dominoes really start to fall.

Two Special Forces soldiers—the toughest of the tough—are taken down, one at a time. Top military commanders are moved from place to place in a bizarre game of chess. And somewhere inside the vast worldwide fortress that is the U.S. Army, Jack Reacher—an ordinarily untouchable investigator for the 110th Special Unit—is being set up as a fall guy with the worst enemies a man can have.

But Reacher won’t quit. He’s fighting a new kind of war. And he’s taking a young female lieutenant with him on a deadly hunt that leads them from the ragged edges of a rural army post to the winding streets of Paris to a confrontation with an enemy he didn’t know he had. With his French-born mother dying—and divulging to her son one last, stunning secret—Reacher is forced to question everything he once believed…about his family, his career, his loyalties—and himself. Because this soldier’s son is on his way into the darkness, where he finds a tangled drama of desperate desires and violent death—and a conspiracy more chilling, ingenious, and treacherous than anyone could have guessed.


My thoughts:

This the eighth Reacher novel is set eight years before the first novel ‘The Killing Floor’. ‘The Enemy’ is an emotional thrilling roller coaster ride and it’s become my favourite Reacher novel so far. This book sucked me in, it was extremely intense and I raced through the last chapters dying to know the outcome. I kept getting cranky with my husband for interrupting me while I was reading, I NEEDED to get to the end.


Two very big things happen to Reacher in this book, he loses his mother and he loses faith in the people who govern him. We see Reacher start to change and you can see how he eventually turns into the drifter vigilante we all know and love. I really enjoyed seeing Reacher in his army days, reading familiar names that pop up in later books and seeing him interact with his brother.

The ‘case’ is a big one and the who-done-it will keep you entertained and guessing. Mr Child doesn’t disappoint he gives us another action packed thrilling adventure to go on Reacher with. Five out of five stars.



The Visitor (4th of 18 Reacher Novels)

The Visitor (4th of 18 Reacher Novels) by Lee Child

Goodreads Synopsis:

Sergeant Amy Callan and Lieutenant Caroline Cook have a lot in common. High-flying army career women, both are victims of sexual harassment from their superiors; both are force to resign from the service.

And now they’re both dead.

Their unmarked bodies are discovered in their homes, naked, in baths filled with army-issue camouflage paint. Expert FBI psychological profilers start to hunt for a serial murderer, a smart guy with a score to settle, a loner, an army man, a ruthless vigilante known to them both.

Jack Reacher, a former US military cop, is a smart guy, a loner and a drifter, as tough as they come. He knew both victims. For Agent-in-Charge Nelson Blake and his team, he’s the perfect match. They’re sure only Reacher has the answers to their burning questions: how did these women die? And why?

My Thoughts:

This book picks up right where Tripwire finishes. I was sucked in from the first page and didn’t want to put it down. We get the continuation and end of the Jodie and Reacher’s love story. I really enjoyed having Jodie in last two books, her character made Reacher’s seem more real, more desirable, more human and less superman. But I’d advise you to read Tripwire first or the whole Jodie thing won’t mean as much to you.

I’ve said it before but I love how Mr Child and his Jack Reacher always keep you guessing. You think Reacher’s a goner but he always manages to get himself out. This book has all the fast paced page turning action and thrilling mystery you’d expect from a Reacher novel, but the twist, the who done it, I won’t say anymore or give anything away, but it’s my favourite yet!

Five out of Five stars for another enthralling Reacher investigation.

Tripwire (3rd of 18 Reacher Novels)

Tripwire (3rd of 18 Reacher Novels) by Lee Child

Goodreads synopsis:

Jack Reacher, ex-military policeman relaxed in Key West until Costello turned up dead. The amiable PI was hired in New York by the daughter of Reacher’s mentor and former commanding officer, General Garber. Garber’s investigation into a Vietnam MIA sets Reacher on collision with hand-less “Hook” Hobie, hours away from his biggest score.

My thoughts:

This book grabbed me that’s for sure, I didn’t want to put it down. This book has all the fast paced page turning action and thrilling mystery of the other Reacher novels I’ve read, but also you get to see the more loving side of Reacher through his relationship with Jodie. I would like to think he sticks with Jodie, but I know from reading later penned Reacher books that she’s nowhere to be found, maybe later I’ll come across another book that will tell me what happened to her and General Garber’s house. I really like how with Lee Child we get a running account of all the big players in the story and how they always all come together at the end somehow. I always find myself trying to guess the puzzle, then he gives you another piece and you’ve got to guess again. Mr Child and his Jack Reacher always keep you guessing.

Four out of five stars for another enthralling Reacher investigation.

Bad Luck and Trouble

Bad Luck and Trouble (11th of 18 Reacher Novels)

You do not mess with the Special Investigators – in this Reacher novel we see Reacher back together with his old team of elite army investigators.

Reacher finds out about the brutal death of a one of his old team mates and soon the remaining members reunite to solve a mystery that’s bigger than them.

I don’t know why I wasn’t as sucked into this book as much as the other three I’ve read. I’m assuming the reason was that in this novel you learn quite early on that this will be a revenge mission for the most part and you know Reacher will survive as Lee Child went on after this book to write another 7 Reacher novels. I guess there wasn’t anyone for me to care about him saving, no innocent man or pretty ladies. It’s strange because in the worlds current condition the ‘mystery’ should have meant more to me than any pretty lady, hmmmm.

Now don’t get me wrong I enjoyed it, it was still a page turner and I still want to read all eighteen and I still think Lee Child is an awesome writer but this one just didn’t grab me as much as the others – I’m baffled & would love to know what others thought.

“Second Son” a Jack Reacher short story

“Second Son” a Jack Reacher short story – Lee Child

Before I had read this story my Reacher familiarity had only been through One Shot (9th of 18 Reacher Novels) and Echo Burning (5th of 18) I read One Shot and thought it was the most amazing thing ever.

Before One Shot I’d never been into reading crime novels. Really before one shot I’d mainly read fantasy and romances, but Lee Child manages to write in a way that keeps me wanting more as opposed to making me feel sick from the pointless horror I’d come to associate with crime and thriller novels. I’ve only ever gotten the Oh My God that was awesome ‘buzz’ before from epic fantasy and thrilling romances.

I really liked this short story because it took you back to a 13 year old Reacher living with his parents and older brother. I liked reading about Reacher’s father and seeing the start of how his life turns him into the man he becomes. In this story he and his family have just had to move AGAIN, following his dad around in the service. It goes on to show what a tough not so little cookie he has always been, getting into fights and beating up the bigger kids on the base, solving perplexing mysteries and even getting himself a girl – same old Reacher as always – Pure Awesomeness!

Books I’ve Read Recently

I’ve decided to create a section on my blog ‘’Books I’ve read recently’’ dedicated to the books I read.

I love to read, but can never seem to find the time, especially now with being back a work part time and a mum to a five month old.

I am really bad at time delegation at home, fine at work, but I get home and all my plans go to shit.

So if you’re interested in any of the books below, stick around. If you’ve read any of them and would care to give me your thoughts on them that would be great, leave me a comment or if you’ve got any books you really love and would like to share, I’d love to hear about them.

So the list of books I’m going to start with:

“Second Son” a Jack Reacher short story – Lee Child

Albert of Adelaide – Howard L Anderson (reading this again because it’s awesome!)

Pet Rescue’s Amazing Dog Stories

Bad Luck and Trouble (11th of 18 Reacher Novels) – Lee Child

Mop Stroud, A life in two acts with many scenes – Betty Stroud

Shadows of The Realm, Book 1 of the circle of Talia – Dionne Lister

A Time of Darkness, Book 2 of the circle of Talia – Dionne Lister (I’ve been holding off reading these two books as there’s a third on the way and I know once I’ve read the first two I’ll be hanging out for the third)

Close Call: A Doris and Jemma Vadgeventure – Eloise March

The Killing Floor (1st of 18 Reacher Novels) – Lee Child

Bitter Greens – Kate Forsyth

Die Trying (2nd of 18 Reacher Novels) – Lee Child

Initiate – Tara Maya (This is another long series, so I am scared I’ll fall in love and want them all)

The Salmon of Doubt – Douglas Adams

Casting Shadows Everywhere – L.T. Vargus

Pride & Prejudice – Jane Austen (Reading again >> before reading) >>

Mr Darcy’s Diary – Amanda Grange  (and >>)

Longbourn – Jo Baker

Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

Water for the elephants – Sara Gruen


Hmmmm does the randomness of the list say anything about me lol.

I’ve written these down now,

I’ve said I’ll read them,

So I have to,



Give it a few weeks and the list will probably double, especially since I’ll still have another nine Reacher novels sitting on my book shelf waiting and another 75 eBooks on my tablet WAITING, as well as I really miss Ron, Hermione, Harry, Hagrid and Dobby and need to visit Hogwarts again soon.