Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.
This weeks Top Ten Tuesday is top ten books for people who like character driven novels.

1. Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
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2. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
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3. The Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer
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4. The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness
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5. The Maze Runner series by James Dashner
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Maze Runner Series - Jashner
6. A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin
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7. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
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8. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
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9. The Immortal Beloved series by Cate Tiernan
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Immortal Beloved series
10. In Honor by Jessi Kirby
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What do you think of my choices? Let me know!




9736930Title: Before I Go to Sleep
Author: S.J. Watson
Published: 2011 by Harper
359 pages
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Maria’s thoughts:
Christine wakes up every morning confused, not knowing where or who she is until seeing pictures of herself taped onto the bathroom mirror. Not even recognizing her own husband, Christine must be told, day after day, that she has a severe case of amnesia and will forget everything the moment she falls into a deep sleep. She has no choice but to rely on the husband that seems like a stranger to her, because she has no one else – that is until she starts seeing Dr. Nash.

Dr. Nash wants nothing more than to help Christine remember her past so she can begin living a happier life. He truly believes that writing in a journal on a daily basis may help trigger her memories. Christine decides to give this method a try – desperately wanting remember what had happened to her. The more Christine writes in her journal, which she keeps hidden away for only her to see, the more she questions if the story her husband is telling her is the truth.

Christine was a wonderful character to read about. She was very determined and strong. I kept putting myself in her shoes while reading and I don’t know how she did it. Throughout this journey, with many bumps along the road, Christine does not give up. She is also extremely smart. I enjoy reading about characters who put pieces together all on their own. Despite what people are telling Christine – there is really no way for her to know if they are telling the truth. She is brave, facing her fears and visiting the places of her past, no matter how frightening, and doing everything she can to remember who she is and what had happened to her.

S.J Watson has a very addicting and thrilling writing style. I had to keep reading. I could not let myself put this book down until finally finding out what really happened to our main character Christine. This book kept me on edge and guessing the entire time. I also really enjoyed that this story allowed us to read what was written in Christine’s journal. The journal entries added much more to the story and made it seem much more realistic.

I honestly had my doubts before picking this one up. I thought it might be boring because I typically read YA books, and I thought it would be repetitive because Christine has to be told who she is every single day. I WAS WRONG. WRONG. WRONG. Far from being dull, this book was MYSTERIOUS, HAUNTING, SUSPENSEFUL and ADDICTING. I read this in one single night, staying up quite a bit later than usual (I also had a hard time falling asleep after finishing because I was mind blown after reading the ending.)

I rated this book 5 out of 5 stars. It has earned its rightful place on my favorite’s shelf, so I would DEFINITELY recommend this to mature teenagers and adults. Oh my goodness. Just read this book.

And one more thing… Be careful who you trust.

Mallory’s thoughts:
Morning after morning, Christine wakes up into the life of a woman she doesn’t know. Each morning she wakes up next to a strange man that she doesn’t recognize, only to find out that it is her husband, Ben. Over and over again he explains to Christine that she has amnesia and cannot remember anything after she falls asleep. He tells her to go into the bathroom where he has pictures taped to the mirror for her. She finally settles down for the day and Ben leaves for work..and then Dr. Nash calls. He tells her that they have been seeing each other and working on Christine’s memory. He also tells her that she has been keeping a secret journal that is hidden away in her closet. Day after day Christine reads through her previous days until little by little she starts to remember what happened to her.

One of the most interesting concepts I’ve read about all year. It was so interesting being inside Christine’s head and really feeling what she is going through. She was an amazingly strong character to read about and had me rooting for her the entire time. I now consider myself very lucky that I can wake up and remember my days.

I loved that a lot of this book is told from Christine’s journal, it gives such a great effect. I was a little scared because Christine reads the same thing over and over each day and I thought that would become repetitively annoying and boring, but it was so well done that it didn’t seem that way at all.

As a debut novel I am extremely impressed with Watson’s writing. He has a new book coming out next year and I will not hesitate checking it out.

There is also a movie coming out starring Colin Firth (swoon) and Nicole Kidman. The trailer looks great and I can’t wait to watch it! You can watch it here:

I recommend this book to everyone! Please don’t hesitate checking it out because you mainly read young adult or other certain genres. This is a book that will keep everyone on the edge of their seats.

A 4/5 star rating from me.


Well August didn’t go quite as I planned it. I was on vacation for the last week and got absolutely no reading done. But I still managed to read 15 books in total.

Books I read in August:
1. Taken At Dusk by C.C. Hunter ★★★★
This was one of my monthly reads with Maria and hopefully we will have a full review up soon.
2. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare ★★★★
The fourth book in the Mortal Instruments series. Not quite as good as the third, but still a great read and continuation of the story.
3. The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer ★★★★★
One of my favourite reads of the month. I have done a full review and you can find it here:
4. Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett ★★★★
Another great installation in the Discworld series, this time about witches instead of wizards. Really starting to adore Pratchett’s quirky and snarky writing style.
5. Club Dead by Charlaine Harris ★★★★
The third book in the Sookie Stackhouse series. I was totally craving this since I have been watching True Blood lately and they are a little bit of a guilty pleasure of mine.
6. Blood Red Road by Moira Young ★★★★
Closer to a 3.5 for this one. I enjoyed it but I’m not too sure when I will continue on with the series.
7. Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout ★★★★
I was so totally in the mood for this one, out of the blue I just HAD to pick it up and I am so glad that I did. I’m very happy to be back in this series and I never want it to end.
8. Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight ★★★
A great story line, fast paced and super intriguing but a solid build up to a let down of an ending. So many things could have been done better with this one.
9. Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis ★★★★
Love the Chronicles of Narnia series, this one was much better than The Horse and His Boy. Can’t wait to continue on with the series.
10. Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson ★★★★
This was so so good, especially for a debut novel. It has your mind racing from chapter to chapter. It is very wonderfully written and I highly suggest picking this one up.
11. The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa ★★★★
I went into this one not remembering a single thing from the first book but I quite enjoyed it none the less. I will not wait as long to pick up the third book so I can actually remember what is happening.
12. Atonement by Ian McEwan ★★★
This may be one of those times that I enjoyed the movie a little more than the book. I found some parts to be very dull and I really dragged through. Other parts were beautifully written though and I enjoyed it quite a bit.
13. Allies of the Night by Darren Shan ★★★★★
As always, loved this book. This is the 8th book in the series and I am completely in love. I am dreading the end. Will do a full review once I have finished the series.
14. Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout ★★★★
I couldn’t resist picking this one up. I needed more Daemon in my life. Just as good as the rest.
15. The Lost World by Michael Crichton ★★★
This is the second book in the Jurassic Park series. I have a full review of this series coming soon.

Books I want to read in September:
1. Good Girl by Mary Kubica
2. Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
3. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
4. Whispers at Moonrise by C.C. Hunter
5. Horns by Joe Hill
6. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
7. The Giver by Lois Lowry
8. Carrie by Stephen King
9. The Soulstice by Simon Holt
10. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
11. The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry
12. When War Calls by Zy Rykoa
13. The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer
14. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
15. The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
16. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
17. The Dinner by Herman Koch
18. Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente
19. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Let me know how reading in August was for you and what you plan to read in September!



Well, it’s hard to believe July is already over. This summer is going by way too fast. I managed to read quite a few books in July, not as many as June though. I plan to make August even better!

Books I read in July:
1. The Vampire Prince by Darren Shan ★★★★★
The sixth book in the Saga of Darren Shan. A brilliant series. Quick and easy reads with ton of action.
2. Animal Farm by George Orwell ★★★★★
A wonderful classic, so happy I finally got around to reading this.
3. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart ★★★★
Review coming soon.
4. The Atlantis Complex by Eoin Colfer ★★★
The seventh book in the Artemis Fowl series. Not as enjoyable as the others, but I can’t wait to move on to the next book.
5. Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl ★★★★
The third book in the Caster Chronicles. Enjoyed this a little less than the second book,
6. Hunters Of The Dusk by Darren Shan ★★★★★
The seventh in the series and just as great as the rest.
7. The Magicians Nephew by C.S. Lewis ★★★★
A cute and fun read, but the allegory was very noticeable and a little annoying with this one.
8. The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett ★★★★
Review coming soon.
9. Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl ★★★★
The last in the series. So sad it has come to an end. I really grew to love the characters and the caster world.
10. Gulp by Mary Roach ★★★★
Was craving a non fiction and I think this was a good place to start. Very interesting and I’m intrigued to read more of Roach’s work.
11. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier ★★★★
An eerie read and very interesting.
12. Ruin And Rising by Leigh Bardugo ★★★★
The last in the series. This book was my most anticipated book of the year and it was a very satisfying ending.
13. Eragon by Christopher Paolini ★★★★
Gotta love dragons, this was a great start to a series and can’t wait to get even more into it.
14. The Horse And His Boy by C.S. Lewis ★★★
The third in the series. Fell a little flat compared to the first two.
15. Always Something There To Remind Me by Beth Harbison ★★★★
This was my book club book of the month. Was actually a cute and fast read.
16. Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony ★★★★★
An absolute beautiful story told through pictures. This book gave me more feelings than most regular books and movies would.
17. A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore ★★★★★
A very hilarious read, my first novel by Moore and I am very excited to get to more of his books.
18. Saga Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan ★★★★
This is a fabulous graphic novel series (lots of sex, violence and swearing so please make sure you are a mature age if you are wanting to read this). Basically shit went down, and this was awesome.
19. Saga Volume 3 by Brian K. Vaughan ★★★★
Such a cliffhanger ending, when does volume 4 come out??
20. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton ★★★★
I’ve got dinosaur fever right now. Loved this, it was almost better than the movie!

Books I want to read in August:
1. City Of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
2. Club Dead by Charlaine Harris
3. The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
4. The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer
5. The Museums Secret by Henry Chancellor
6. Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett
7. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
8. Blood Red Road by Moira Young
9. The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
10. Atonement by Ian McEwan
11. Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson

Currently reading: Taken At Dusk by C.C. Hunter

And my if I have time list:
The Lost World by Michael Crichton
Ink by Amanda Sun
Locke And Key Volume 3 by Joe Hill
Sweet England by Steve Weiner
Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis

Let me know in the comments how July went for you. Did you get lots of reading done? And let me know the books you plan to read in August.

Happy reading!