Archive for June, 2015

Happy Birthday Top Ten Tuesday

toptentuesdayFive years ago the the wonderful, list making gurus, The Broke and the Bookish created the fantastic weekly meme,
Top Ten Tuesday

Each week they publish their top ten list on a different bookish subject and invite fellow book bloggers, vloggers and lovers to join in.

Although this is the first time Big Book Little Book, has ever taken part in this wonderful, inclusive feature, it is one I have enjoyed following for many years. Top Ten Tuesday is a fantastic and easy way to find and get to know new blogs, discover new authors, explore unfamiliar genres and learn about old, new and upcoming book releases.

To celebrate the features fifth anniversary this week we have been asked to discuss,
My Favourite Top Ten Topics.

In no particular order.

1.Top Ten Childhood Favourites
This was the topic that started it all. Click here to read the very first Top Ten Tuesday post from 2010. I love the feelings of nostalgia that this topic inspires. Comparing notes with like minded people, seeing how different bookworms were inspired and moulded by different reading experiences. looking at the differences between childhood from different decades ( Yes, I’m that old!), and those classic books which are universally loved.

3.Favourite Covers
I’ve admitted it before and I’m not ashamed to repeat it- I do judge a book by its cover! I’m a total magpie and I love to add shiny pretty things to my book collection. This topic, along with features like Cover Love, collects the gorgeous art in one convenient place, a virtual literary art gallery if you will. I love seeing how peoples tastes vary and different people see beauty in different things. I’m also not adverse to sniggering at awful book covers, but thats a topic for another day.

4.Favourite Book Blogs
None of us have unlimited resources, When resources are limited The main way I decide how to spend my time and money is through recommendations and reviews. Wether that be a book, film, service and product reviews. Those that I take the most notice of are by people I know and who’s opinions I trust. I have found that the best way to discover new things

5.Top Ten X Genre
A fantastic way to explore new to you genres, bond over old favourites and add to your ever growing wish list.

6.Bookish Pet Peeves
As much as it is wonderful to bond through mutual interests, and the enjoyment of things that we love, there is nothing quiet like bonding over mutual irritation. I think that that might be the most english sentence I’ve ever written! lol
Click here to watch Bookish Brit, Carly’s fantastic video about her least favourite YA clich├ęs . I guarantee that you will find yourself nodding along.

7.Books I HAD to buy but haven’t read yet
The saying, my eyes are to big for my belly, or rather my TBR is too big for my leasure time, completely applies to me and my book hoarding tendancies. Any of these TBR (To Be Read)/unread/unfinished topics make me feel better about my own mountainous pile.

8.Books you loved but never wrote a review for
This appeals to my innately lazy side. Why read/write an entire review when you can get the labour saving version. A great way to give books exposure.

9.Top ten Spring/Summer/Autumn/Winter TBR
I love discovering which books my virtual friends are prioritising from their TBR’s, which review I can look forward to reading, discovering books I might have otherwise missed and comparing with my own TBR.

10.Top Ten Books I’d Love To See As Movies/Tv Shows
While we all know that the book is always better ;), there is nothing quiet like an upcoming book to film/tv series adaptation to raise the profile of our favourite reads and get fandom buzzing. This recent topic generated some really interesting posts.

For more information about this feature, links to hundreds of participating blogs and to check out a genuinely fantastic book blog visitThe Broke and the Bookish (here)

I really recommend that you check out some my favourite Top Ten Tuesday participants. Simply click on the names to take you to their fabulous blogs.

Michelle @ Flutterong Butterflies
Our very own Faye @ A Daydreamers Thoughts
Rosy @ The Review Diaries
Jim @ Ya Yeah Yea

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Jessica Cole’s Ten Favourite Locations

We are delighted to introduce you to Jessica Cole, supermodel and spy, and her creator, Sarah Sky.
Catwalk Criminal, the third book in the Model Spy series, will be published by Scholastic on the 4th of June 2015.

Catwalk Criminal coverModels, spies and lipstick gadgets in this fast-paced teen series. Jessica Cole has been recruited to Westwood, MI6’s secret division of supermodel spies. Her first official mission seems simple at first, until it turns into the biggest cyber-attack ever known, threatening the security of the whole country. Then it emerges there is a traitor in the midst at MI6 – and suddenly Jessica herself is being accused. With no one believing her innocence, and the country on the verge of chaos, Jessica has no choice but to take matters of national security into her own hands and catch the culprit – fresh from the catwalk.

1 MI6 HQ, London

The giant building on the River Thames is nicknamed Legoland by the spies who work in it. Such is the secrecy of the sister organisation to MI5, that the British government didn’t admit its existence until 1994.

Jessica often visits HQ for briefings with her Westwood handler and godfather, Nathan Hall. It’s also where all her amazing gadgets are designed. In Catwalk Criminal she gets to see the inside of a secret comms room, which Westwood agents haven’t been allowed inside before.

2 The Shard, London

This is the location of Jessica’s first official mission for Westwood at the start of Catwalk Criminal, so she feels a special connection to the landmark building. Designed by the Italian architect, Renzo Piano, the 1,016 ft glass skyscraper is Western Europe’s tallest building.

Jessica’s taking part in a fashion show at The Shard to showcase the best of British fashion, while also attempting to stop a Ministry of Defence boffin from selling the blueprint for a driverless armoured vehicle to a third party. Unfortunately, the mission goes horribly wrong…

3 Claridges, London

The luxury five star hotel in Mayfair dates back to 1856 and is one of the finest examples of Art Deco style. It’s been favoured by royalty and celebrities over the years.

Jessica’s treated to afternoon tea here as she and top fashion designer, Ossa Cosway, are interviewed by a Teen Vogue journalist. Jessica would normally love the cream cakes – but her mind’s on other things as London has come under attack by cyber terrorists and MI6 believes she’s to blame…

4 Somerset House, Strand, London

The BFC Courtyard Show at Somerset House is the main venue for London Fashion Week. Top models from all over the world are flown in for shows at London Fashion Week, which is a highpoint in the international fashion calendar. Jessica’s walking for Ossa Cosway as she’s his new muse, but danger lurks around every corner, even on the catwalk…

5 Ealing, West London

Jessica lives in Ealing with her dad, former MI6 agent, Jack Cole. Her grandmother, Mattie, lives nearby. Her favourite haunts include Ealing Studios, where she and her best friend, Becky, attempt to get a glimpse of famous actors filming their shows. She’s a frequent visitor to Cafe Panorama, where she often meets her boyfriend, Jamie.

6 Portobello Market, West London

Jessica loves vintage clothes shopping with Becky in Notting Hill and this is the place to go. It’s the world’s largest antiques market, with over 1,000 dealers. On Sundays, Portobello Green has a market selling mainly vintage clothes. Jessica likes to mix up her vintage clothes purchases with finds from High Street stores such as TopShop.

7 Monaco

In Fashion Assassin, Jessica was a guest on board a Russian oligarch’s super yacht, moored in Monaco harbour. She was able to soak up the atmosphere of the highly competitive super rich, but could never let her guard down as she was working undercover. She got to see the ‘off limits’ area of the Grimaldi Palace too – pity she was being chased at the time…

8 Paris

Paris is one of Jessica’s favourite cities for sightseeing and fashion – there’s lots of vintage clothes’ shops and beautiful fashion show venues. Jessica modelled here for Couture Week in Code Red Lipstick – but used it as a ruse to get to the capital city to try and find her private investigator dad who vanished while hunting for a missing scientist.

9 New York

Jessica visits this amazing city in Fashion Assassin – she’s been handpicked by a top photographer to appear in a fashion spread alongside rising star, Kat Ingorokva. The photoshoot is on top of the Flatiron Building in Manhatten – one of the tallest buildings in the city. She also gets ‘invited’ to lunch at the luxury hotel, the Waldorf Astoria, where a nasty surprise awaits her.

10 Cornwall

Jessica often holidays here with her dad and the place will always have fond memories for her. Great beaches, surfing and cream teas – and no-one trying to kill her or set her up for a crime she didn’t commit. The perfect getaway for a spy. There’s probably a few holidaying there this summer…

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