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Top 10 Tuesday 25th June

on June 25, 2019

Welcome back to another instalment of Top 10 Tuesday! Originally created and hosted by The Broke & the Bookish, it now has a new home with Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. This is one of my fave topics and I really enjoy getting to do them every quarter. I also like going back and checking previous ones to hold myself accountable. So……this week it is:

Top Books On My Summer Winter Reading List

(Australian, so yes it is winter here, which means there’s probably a distinct lack of summery, beachy themed reads here!)

1. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. Okay I’m not sure how, but I literally only just discovered this book when I sat down to write this post. I don’t tend to place too much stock in Goodreads ratings but the fact that this one has a 4.05 rating from about 77k is impressive. And the blurb…….

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.

That’s just the first paragraph and honestly, how good does that sound? I need to get a copy of this ASAP.

2. The Bride Test by Helen Hoang. I already have a copy of this and I’m really looking forward to it. The Kiss Quotient was so fun and I’m really hoping that I get the same vibes from this one, because that’s the sort of thing that I’m interested in reading atm. I’ve been reading quite a bit of suspense and thriller-type books and I’m going away for 2 weeks in July so I’d like a few light-hearted books that give me summer feels, even if it’s not actually summer here, if you know what I mean.

3. Brazen And The Beast by Sarah MacLean. The second in the Bareknuckle Bastards series. I really enjoyed the first one and I’m keen to see where it goes and as I was saying to a blogging/reading friend of mine the other night, it’s been forever since I read a historical romance. I picked up a few others on iBooks the other day too, so hopefully I’ll find time for more than just this one.

4. Shot Down by Marianne Van Velzen. Something a little different now. I’m really interested in airline disasters and how they happen. Every time you step aboard a plane, you put yourself into someone else’s hands and you never know if the pilots are well rested, has the plane been appropriately serviced, will someone be bearing a grudge……or will the plane be mistaken for something else and shot down. There were quite a few Australian fatalities in this incident and I’m interested to read the story behind it and the investigation, etc.

5. Field Notes On Love by Jennifer E. Smith. I have a bit of a hit/miss record with Jennifer E. Smith’s books…..there’s some I’ve seriously loved and others have just been meh. This sounds really cute though and I love a road trip type story – this has a train journey, so that sounds really fun.

6. The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang. I’ve had a copy of this on my iPad for ages now, I picked it up cheap in a sale and I figure that while I’m on holidays is the perfect time to read it as I’m not going to have any actual books with me, just what’s on my iPad. This is something I’ve been wanting to read for a long time now, it has a lot of love and the second book is probably coming out soon, so seems like this will be a good time.

7. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. I’ve also had this one on my iPad for quite a while and it’s one I’ve earmarked for my Reading Women Challenge for this year, which I have fallen woefully behind on. I haven’t read a book that’s counted towards it for a couple of months, so I really need to lift my game. I absolutely loved Little Fires Everywhere so I’m hoping that I enjoy this one just as much!

8. The Chain by Adrian McKinty. Adrian McKinty is an author I’ve been meaning to read for a long time. I have seen a lot of good things about his Sean Duffy series but I’ve never actually gotten around to picking them up. This is a stand alone and it sounds really good:

You just dropped off your child at the bus stop.
A panicked stranger calls your phone.
Your child has been kidnapped.
The stranger then explains that their child has also been kidnapped, by a completely different stranger.
The only way to get your child back is to kidnap another child – within 24 hours.
Your child will be released only when the next victim’s parents kidnap yet another child.
And most importantly, the stranger explains, if you don’t kidnap a child, or if the next parents don’t kidnap a child, your child will be murdered.
You are now part of The Chain.

This taps into all those parental fears about my kids and their safety and that whole ‘what would you do if’? type thing. Would I kidnap another child and put another set of parents through hell, if my child had been kidnapped and was threatened with death? It gives me the shivers just thinking about it.

9. Playing House by Ruby Lang. I nabbed this off NetGalley for my holiday because it just seems like a lot of fun and has some things I really enjoy – especially people pretending they’re in a relationship. That’s like crack for me. I am hoping this might give me similar vibes to The Flatshare and The Hating Game.

10. Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal. I also nabbed a copy of this from NetGalley – it came out a while ago, so I’m not sure why it was still on there and it was the American publisher I think, and they never approve me anymore. I requested it positive I’d get rejected and was so surprised to get a copy! It’s a modern day P&P adaptation but set in Pakistan and I have read almost nothing set in Pakistan so I’m super excited for this! It’ll probably be one of the first books I read on my holiday.

So here are the top 10 books on my TBR for the foreseeable future…..I honestly expect to get quite a few of these read in the first couple weeks of July when I’m on holidays and I don’t have any of my print books with me but others will have to wait until I return home. I’m super excited for all of these……some of them aren’t new releases at all, so if you’ve read any, definitely let me know your thoughts on them.

42 responses to “Top 10 Tuesday 25th June

  1. The Bride Test is one I’m hoping to get to soon as well. I do want to get to Poppy War this fall – looks amazing.

  2. The Poppy War is fantastic! Happy reading!

  3. Anne Bennett says:

    I read EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU as a book club selection. It generated a great discussion. Good luck on your list. My TTT Summer reading list

    • Awesome. I enjoyed Little Fires Everywhere so much and I’m really looking forward to being able to read more of her work. It’s just finding time for backlist books these days!

  4. Dang, yeah, the premise for The Silent Patient sounds intense! I’ll have to check it out at some point. Happy reading this winter 🙂

    My TTT

  5. Marti (Bookish Treats) says:

    Cool list! I’ve seen Field Notes On Love everywhere lately and it sounds like the perfect summer read (even if it’s winter for you). The Poppy War is a book I’ve had on my TBR for ages as well. You’re lucky to have a copy on your iPad because the book seems pretty huge! Happy reading 🙂

  6. The Silent Patient is one I want to read as well. This is why I love reading these even when I’m not participating (I just published another author interview on my blog instead). You might want to take a look – Jane Davis is an amazing author!

  7. ChrissiReads says:

    The Silent Patient is an incredible read. I hope that you enjoy all of the books on your TBR!

  8. I got The Poppy War on sale too… it was on my Spring TBR. The book about the plane sounds interesting. Good luck getting the books your Winter TBR read!

  9. The Bride Test is AMAZING, I read it shortly after it was published, and loved every moment of it, just as much as I loved The Kiss Quotient. I own and really-really want to read The Poppy War and Everything I Never Told You. Hope you’ll get to and enjoy all these titles!

    My TTT

  10. Nikki @The Night is Dark and Full of Books says:

    Everything I Never Told You has been on my for SUCH a long time. Haven’t read any of her books before but they sound great. Good luck on your tbr!

    • Honestly, same! I can’t remember when I bought it, it was so long ago! It’s just been sitting there but I definitely need to move it to the top of the pile and get stuck in.

  11. I have the Poppy War on my list as well!! Can’t wait to read it ❤
    And I can't wait to pick up the Bride Test. Never expected to like The Kiss Quotient as much as I did 😀

    • I was the same – The Kiss Quotient was a massive standout for me, I thought I’d like it but I didn’t predict just how much I’d love it. Hopefully we both really enjoy The Poppy War

  12. I started reading The Silent Patient and then put it aside for something else, need to get back to it soon! And The Poppy War is on my list, too.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

  13. lydiaschoch says:

    Wow, The Silent Patient sounds good.

    My TTT.

  14. I need to also read The Silent Patient (I keep saying I’m going to start it and I just haven’t.) The Poppy War and The Bride Test are also on my list too!

  15. Mary K Reads says:

    The Silent Patient sounds intense and super interesting. I also want to read Celeste Ng’s books but I have been terrible about making time for it. Which is a bad excuse since I work at a combined bookstore and library

  16. I’m reading The Bride Test today 🙂

  17. Great list! I’ve not heard of many of these, which one are you most excited to read? I’ve seen The Bride Test on Instagram a lot, seems to be pretty big.

    My list:

  18. Kyra says:

    Field Notes on Love sounds so good!

    My TTT post!

  19. Happy Winter! 🙂

    I have heard lots of good things about the Bride Test ❤ I hope you love it!

  20. The Bride Test was really fun! And yes, The Dragon Republic, sequel for The Poppy War, comes out in August! Perfect time to read The Poppy War because we’re so close to the second installment, yesss! Also, I’ve heard nothing but good things about The Silent Patient and I’m right there with you in being curious about it. Hopefully we both get to it soon! Happy reading! Enjoy!

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