🎃Top 5 Tuesday Creepy Books (Ghosts 👻 , Witches 🧙‍♀️ and Dracula 🧛‍♂️ 🎃)

I have combined 3week top 5 Tuesday topics from https://meeghanreads.com/top-5-tuesday-october-2020-topics/ into one set of 5. As you will see from the Halloween 🎃 alliterative poem I’m publishing on Saturday (Halloween 🎃), I’m not that keen on Halloween. Similarly I do not tend to read many spooky books.

1. The Broken Girls. by Simone st James. This book is creepy centred around a present day murder and features ghosts.

2. The woman in black by Susan Hill. I actually preferred either film or theatre to the book. But it has ghostly / creepy tones.

3. The Witches 🧙‍♀️ by Roald Dahl. This has just been remade into a film. I remember reading it and seeing the original film as a child and certainly then those witches 🧙‍♀️ were creepy!

4. Running out of inspiration! I will pick a recent book called The Chain by Adrian Mckinity. Given the chain refers to a child being kidnapped then their parents have to pay a ransom and kidnap another child for their child to be freed then I think that counts as a creep concept.

5. Really scraping the barrel! Going with Dracula 🧛‍♂️ although did not enjoy it that much and skimmed read some of it, when I read it October a couple of years ago for Victober.

Top 5 Tuesday books with orange 🎃 or black 🧙‍♀️ covers from by book shelves

This week in a nod to Halloween 🎃 Meeghan has asked us for our top 5 orange or black books.

There was not many black and orange books on my shelf.

1. My favourite of these 5 books and indeed of many books therefore it appears on many Top 5 lists is One Day by David Nicholas.

2. It will come in Useful one day a book with little rhymes to remember things like order of UK prime ministers, Kings and Queens 👸 etc..

3. Sex and Lies is by the author of the book Lullaby. However this is non fiction profiles of Moroccan women.

4. A warlock in Whitby. The book on this type 5 that most appropriately links into the Halloween 🎃 theme.

5. Scraping barrel so a non fiction book that received as a child: rocks minerals and gemstones 💎

Sheffield 1pm Siren 🚨

I have never heard the 1pm siren 🚨 . I recently saw the sign that exists for it in the city centre which I must have been past hundreds of times but never noticed (picture on Instragram Wonderwall360). The following article explains what the Siren is.


Happy Victober!

Last year for Victober I read second in Little Women series so this year I will read the third in series. It is the right time for the challenge but not quite in true spirit as not a British author.

Victober is an annual reading challenge from Katie at Books and Things, Kate Howe and Lucy the Reader to read Victorian literature. The following challenges have been set. I’m not sure I will complete many challenges. I may think about what could wear as Victorian clothes.

The Challenge

Read a Victorian book that equates to your favorite modern genre.

Read a Victorian diary or collection of letters.

Read a new to you book and/or short story by a favorite Victorian author.

Read a Victorian book from a previous Victober TBR that you didn’t get to, or one you’ve been meaning to read for ages:

Read a Victorian book while wearing something Victorian/Victorian-esque.

The Read-Along

Part of the challenge is reading a book along with everyone else. You can join the Goodreads Group if you want. The book assignment is Shirley by Charlotte Brontë

September 2020 Summary


The Silent patient. Read for book club. Seemed mediocre until got to the twist! Not sure what people will say about it at book club!

Blood orange 🩸 🍊 slightly twisted book!

The Chain rather sickening concept is children are kidnapped and to get your child back as well as paying a ransom you have to kidnap someone else’s child and then they have to do the same to get their child back and do on.


My parent’s have been self isolating as in not leaving their garden, since the beginning of September and have another few weeks to go due to my Mum having surgery. To bake up for not being able to see my parents my sister and her kids did visit; this was the first time seen them since Christmas. Swing my nephew and niece and our relationship being unaffected by not seeing for 9 months and my Mum successfully getting through operation have been highlights. Finding life has ups and downs. Living alone and working remotely can get lonely.

Top 5 Tuesday the final instalment if the A-Z of character names

Over the last few weeks based upon prompt from https://meeghanreads.com/top-5-fave-characters-f-j/

I have been trying to remember a book character for each letter of the alphabet. It turns out the books I read as a child were more memorable / read more series like Postman Pat rather than one off books like now therefore can recall children’s book character’s better than adult books.

Here is the whole alphabet from A to Z.




Um…I have feeling read a book with a Ursula in but can not remember what. There is the Ugly sisters 👯‍♀️ in Cinderella.

Violet from Charlie and Choclate factory far better than Verruca.

Willy Wonka for more double points! This is another character from from Charlie and the Chocolate Factor.

X just a cross here. Amongst the 5 letters for this week.

Yao from 9 perfect strangers by Lianne Moriety from 9 perfect strangers,

Zoe as above from 9 perfect strangers.

Top 5 Tuesday Characters P-T

Continuing trying to remember a character’s name for every letter of the alphabet per the prompt fromhttps://meeghanreads.com/top-5-fave-characters-f-j/. This week is is P-T.

Postman Pat does that get double points? It has been a favourite for generations of children in the UK.

Queen Camilla by Sue Townsend.

Rosie from Rosie project series by Gramme Simison. Rosie Project series

Sarah from Specially Sarah. I bought this book as a child because it was close to my name (Sara) and have kept the book.

Topsy and Tim twins 👯‍♀️ more double points? These are twins from another children’s series. I seem to be able to remember names from children’s books better than adults!

5 Random things learnt due to lockdown

1 Woman’s hour is not an hour long.

2. Baby coots are called cooties.

3. Iron bru came from New York it was first manufactured in the UK in Mansfield. The manufacture then moved to Scotland hence association with Scotland.

4. Heron’s nest in trees and their babies are called chicks.

5. England millions of year’s ago was on the equator because Earth’s plates move around.

Top 5 Tuesday Characters K-O

Following on with the prompt last week for A-J from https://meeghanreads.com/top-5-fave-characters-f-j/… it is K-O

Kate from my Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Piccoult. The book is mainly told from her younger sister’s Anna’s point of view but Kate is also central. In fact Anna was only conceived to supply bone marrow for Kate. The story is about what happens when Kate now needs a kidney.

Lisabeth Salender from the Millenuim magazine setries (i.e The Girl with Dragon tattoo etc..) a realy fierce female.

Maura Isles from Tess Gerritsen Rizzoli and Isles series. She is a pathologist.

Napoleon from 9 perfect strangers.

Olive Kitteridge by Emma Strout. https://wonderwall360blog.wordpress.com/2017/04/24/__trashed/

19 years since 9/11

This morning I listened to the Archers that I missed last night on radio player on the web. 19 years ago today I had also missed the Archers the night before however I was not in the habit of using the internet then and not sure whether the Archers was available on the internet. Therefore I turned my radio in my bedroom on at 2pm to listen to the repeat.

On the 2pm news just before the Archers there was a snippet that news was just coming in that a plane had just gone into one of the twin towers. There was not more details and I had never heard of twin towers. After the Archers finished about 2.20 there was a news flash that another plane had gone into the towers. This seemed more strange. Was there navigation issues, poor fog? The story began unfurling…

Around 3 ish on 11thSeptember 2001, I went into town with my Dad. It was then we realised it was a terrorist attack. As the afternoon went on, news ofthe other attacks came in.

When we get back from town, we put the tv on. My Dad sat down to watch; he very rarely watches tv during the day.
One thing that surprised me was the lack of any miracles. I expected it to be like when there is an earthquake and they find survivors days after; instead death toll went up.

I started uni a couple of weeks after 9/11 so then was not exposed to so much news. I can not remember talking about it with other students; which seems strange now for such a big event. Although a big tragedy it did not physically affect me unlike the current global pandemic.