Top Ten Tuesday – Books That Don’t Fit In!

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme held over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week is a “freebie” week which means we can choose whatever subject we like for our top ten list! As exciting as that is, it took me a long time to think of what I’d like to choose! I’ve decided to focus on books that don’t tend to fit in on the other top ten lists I usually write. I mostly focus on novels for my Top Ten Tuesday posts so this is a list of books that I love that are not novels.

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1) The Mighty Book of Boosh by Noel Fielding, Julian Barratt and others

Last week I posted about Noel Fielding’s 40th birthday and that should have been your clue that I’m a huge Mighty Boosh fan! This book was a brilliant companion to the tv series with parts from all of our favourite characters including Old Gregg’s watercolours and Bob Fossil’s dance moves.

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2) The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories by Tim Burton

I’m a big Tim Burton fan and have always loved his gothic style of humour. This book is hilarious and includes stories, poetry and illustrations with some amazing characters. The humour is dark and has some disturbing roots in reality. Stick boy and match girl, for example, shows just how dangerous love can be.

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3) The Art of Tim Burton

This has to be the most beautiful book I own. It’s full of original drawings and artwork by the wonderful Tim Burton. A lot of these images go with the movies he created and give an insight into where the characters came from. Many of the illustrations don’t relate to the movies but are beautiful nonetheless. A truly unique artist.

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4) The Scribblings of a Madcap Shambleton by Noel Fielding

Another Noel Fielding book! This book gives an amazing insight into Noel’s bright and imaginative mind. It’s mainly full of his artwork but also includes short stories and quotes. This is one of my favourite books on my non-fiction shelf.

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5) Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith

I was never any good at art but always wanted to be. This book is a brilliant source of inspiration and a lot of fun! It encourages you to draw all over it, doodle in it and just be as creative as you can be. An amazing book.

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6) The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins

I bought this book as soon as it came out and it was a brilliant read. It’s aimed at children but is perfect for adults who don’t know much about physics! I really enjoyed reading this.

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7) Life Stories by David Attenborough

I’m a big David Attenborough fan and his books helped me a lot when I was doing my degree! This book is partly about natural history but it also gives some insight into David Attenborough’s thoughts and experiences. A rewarding read!

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8) Veganomicon by Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry Hope Romero

This is the best cookbook I own and is brilliant for recipes as well as in depth advice about veganism. You can read my review of this book here.

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9) Wicked The Musical Pop-up Compendium

This book is a must for all Wicked fans. It’s an amazing companion to the musical with pop up bits and interactive pull out bits. I love the letters from Glinda and Elphaba to their parents and the amazing pop up Defying Gravity scene.

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10) Bad Science by Ben Goldacre

I was recommended this book by my tutor when I started my Zoology degree. I bought the book but didn’t get around to reading it for a couple of years. I’m glad I got around to it though because it’s a fascinating read. You’ll never trust the media to report scientific stories again.

Do you tend to choose novels over non-fiction and coffee table books? What are your favourite books that often get overlooked?

Top Ten Tuesday – Characters I Would Crush On!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme held over at The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks theme is the top ten characters from books that you would crush on if you were also a fictional character. Not a problem for me as I crush on them when I’m not! Here’s my list:

Heathcliff – Wuthering Heights

By this I mean the young Heathcliff rather than the older, slightly psychopathic Heathcliff! I can totally understand why Cathy fell in love with the young and wild Heathcliff and the love between them was amazing.

Sam – Wolves of Mercy Falls

Sam is cute and just lovely. Exactly the type of guy I’d have fallen for!

Eric – True Blood

While I do like a bad guy I think it is worth mentioning here that the Eric Northman from the books is a very different character to the vampire in the TV series! His love for Sookie is truly unbreakable and he’s not as arrogant either!


Fiyero – Wicked

I loved Fiyero (who again is not identical to the character from the musical!). This is a guy who can see past the fact that Elphaba has bright green skin. He’s also very political which I like!

Neville Longbottom – Harry Potter Series

Neville often gets forgotten while readers fantasise about Draco Malfoy (YES) and Harry Potter. He is one of the most brave and loyal characters in the series and he is the one that saved the day in the end!

Severus Snape – Harry Potter Series

I don’t think I need to say anything here apart from “Always…”

Morpheus – Splintered

The less obvious choice here I think. Morpheus would do anything for the women he loves and his dark side just adds to his charm.

Jeb – Splintered

I’ve made the obvious choice as well though! Jeb again would do anything for Alyssa (lucky girl!) and is exactly the type of guy I looked for when I was her age.

Finn – The Magic Toyshop

A little known book I think but one I found through an online book club. I fell in love with the cheeky Finn.

Yul – Magus of Stonewylde

Ahh Yul was perfect in the first few books. Brave, loyal and a total hippy!

Who are your book crushes?