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Top 10 Tuesday 17th March

on March 17, 2020

Welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday! I took a few weeks break but now it’s time to dive right back in. Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly bookish feature created by The Broke & the Bookish and now residing with Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. It features a different book and reading related theme each week and this week it is…..

Top 10 Books On My Spring Autumn TBR

Well, it’s an interesting time in the world right now. Here in Australia I don’t think we have anywhere near felt the brunt of this virus and it’s probably going to get worse before it gets better. A lot of things are cancelled (all extracurricular activities for my kids) or closed (libraries and public service buildings) or ‘advised against’ (gatherings over 500 people) but as of now, the schools are still open but that is ‘subject to change at any time’. My husband cannot work remotely, he works on site at various different places each week so if his industry shuts down, he will be placed on leave at a guess. We are okay – we have food and necessities should we need to self-isolate for a period of time and…..there’s always books!

I’m lucky in that I get sent a lovely pile of books to my door each month by publishers for the purpose of a review. I always have things to read. But I was talking to a fellow reading/blogging friend last night and we were saying that with libraries shut and visits to public places discouraged, it’s also a good opportunity to read “off your shelves” ie those books you bought heaven only knows how long ago and they’ve been languishing on the shelf ever since. So for this list….I’m going to do 5 books that are going to be published over our autumn and 5 books from my TBR shelf that I would like to get to in the next couple of months.

1. The Switch by Beth O’Leary. Look, I’m hoping that this is the feel-good, amazing read I need of the season. I adored Beth O’Leary’s The Flatshare and I could really do with something that gives me the same laughs and warm and fuzzy feels.

2. Deep Water by Sarah Epstein. This is the second novel from an award winning Australian young adult author. Her first book, Small Spaces received a lot of recognition. I actually haven’t read it but I’ve heard a lot of great things from people who have and I received a copy of this, her second novel which is out in April. So I’m really looking forward to being able to read this – seems like a bit of a thriller about a teen that went missing and the fallout of that.

3. House Of Earth And Blood by Sarah J. Maas. Lots of people have probably already read this one – I’ve bought it but I haven’t read it yet as I’ve been waiting for a day when I’ve got enough time to really sink into it in one go. With everything like soccer practice etc for my kids being cancelled I hope to be able to tackle this one over the weekend!

4. Heartstopper Vol 3 by Alice Oseman. Basically, inject this into my veins. Much like my first choice, this is the sort of feel-good fuzzy (hopefully!) content that I am after right now. I adored the first two volumes of this and I am not a graphic novel reader, so it says a lot that I am desperate to read the third one.

5. Truths I Never Told You by Kelly Rimmer. I have only read one of Kelly Rimmer’s books before but it was amazing and I’ve heard so many good things about her others that I had to snap up an early copy of this one when I saw it. This does sound quite intense though, not really the sort of happy-go-lucky, good feels type of read I’m after at the moment so I think I’ll have to wait with this one, for when I’m in the right mindset.

6. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. Onto the TBR shelf, obviously. The third book in this trilogy has just been released. The first two each won a Man Booker. I have owned Wolf Hall for probably 10 years? I have actually tried to read it twice but didn’t get far each time…..people have said, look, the first 50-100p is a bit of a slog, but just get past that and you’ll be hooked. So I intend to try and do that. And then I can read the next two.

7. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton. I’ll be the first to admit that this one? Probably a bit ambitious. But I recently saw the adaptation of Emma that was written by Eleanor Catton and I really enjoyed it. I’ve owned this for years too – I think one day I opened it, read the first page, went nope and put it on the shelf. But I wouldn’t mind having another go, seeing if I can actually get deep into the story. It might not happen but it seems the perfect book to attempt during a potential isolation period, if I’m honest!

8. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder. I’ve probably owned this book for 10 years also. I have a lot of books by this author that I picked up in a bundle cheap from somewhere and…..I still haven’t read any of them! I’ve heard some amazing things about this series and I think I probably have the first 3-4 sitting on my shelf so I’m going to make a big effort to start this series and see how I go from there.

9. A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir. The last (I think?) book in this series just came out recently or is coming out soon. I’ve owned this for a couple of years now but it’s been so long since I read the first one I’m not sure if it’d all come back to me or if I’d be best re-reading the first one? Honestly, there’s probably a bunch of series in this exactly situation – where I’ve read the first, bought the second and never got around to actually reading the second and now it’s years later and I’ve probably forgotten everything and maybe they even all just blur together as one book with characters in danger.

10. The Upside Of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. I’ve had this in my iBooks collection for ages…..I am always picking up books in freebie promos and sales and then they basically just hang out in my eLibrary until one day, I remember that they’re there! I’ve got this and a stack of others just waiting for the right moment….which could be now! This seems like it’ll fit in with my need to probably pepper the future with cheerful, funny, sweet, fuzzy reads.

So this is my autumn TBR……well, books I’d like to read. I have a stack of things to read really, because my library is closing I’ve been able to renew all my current check outs until the 1st of May. But I think it’s a great opportunity to also mix in some of those books that you’ve forgotten about or have pushed aside for newer, shinier reads!


11 responses to “Top 10 Tuesday 17th March

  1. Mic says:

    I must keep my eye out for the new Sabaa Tahir. I loved that series and have been looking forward to the last.

  2. I’m going to reread the first three books of the An Ember in the Ashes Tetralogy before the last book comes out on December 1, but I won’t start my reread of that until September. I hope you like these!

  3. I really adored The Upside of Unrequited! Hope you get to read it soon – totally worth it!

    I read Heartstopper Vol. 3 a little while back and it was my favorite one so far. Probably because of the topics handled in that one that didn’t got mentioned in the two previous volumes. Already cannot wait for the cuteness in the next volume, haha.

    As for House of Earth and Blood.. I didn’t know it was going to be so huge a book! Definitely need to find the time to read it since reading physical copies is harder with a one-year-old. I might resort to getting the ebook so I can read it sooner. 😛

    Happy reading!

  4. lydiaschoch says:

    I still need to read The Upside of Unrequited. Good list.

    My TTT .

  5. Inali Negi says:

    Ooh i’ve been meaning to get to Heartstopper Vol. 3 myself. Also I personally wasn’t the biggest fan of House of earth and blood but I hope you have a better time with it~happy reading!

  6. Poinsettia says:

    Yes, I think we could all do with some feel good reads right now! I love the cover for Poison Study! Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

  7. I loved Abertalli’s book! I hope you enjoy it.

  8. Crescent City is on so many lists this week. I hope it lives up to the hype!

  9. I’m a fan of Maria V. Snyder’s Poison Study series. There seems to be more in the series but I read the first 3 way back, not sure when I’ll complete it though hahah. I also thought A Torch Against the Night was the final book but I heard the third book will be releasing this year? Unfortunately since they changed the covers I’ve been hesitant to preorder the third (I also haven’t even started the series so oops). I hope you enjoy all of these books! Happy reading 🙂

  10. Marg says:

    Colour me surprised that you haven’t read Poison Study. I have no idea how it will stand up compared to when I read it many years ago!

  11. CRESCENT CITY is very high up my TBR but I’m just not in the mood for Urban Fantasy right now (which is a massive bummer lol) so I’m going to wait a bit before I dive into it because I don’t want to ruin it for myself. I also liked POISON STUDY when I read it four-ish years ago because I loved the learning different poisons part of the story and the main romantic dynamic of the story. So fingers crossed that you’ll enjoy it! c:

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