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Top 10 Tuesday 4th May

on May 4, 2021

Hello and welcome to another edition of Top 10 Tuesday, hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. It features a different, bookish related theme each week and this week it is…..

The Last 10 Books I Read

1 & 2: Six Of Crows & Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

I wouldn’t be surprised if a few people were reading or re-reading these at the moment, after the Netflix series of Shadow And Bone dropped. The series is excellent – I’ve only watched 5 episodes but I’ve really been enjoying it and it made me want to immerse myself in this world again.

3. All Our Relations by Tanya Talaga.

A non-fiction book dealing with the harrowing statistics of youth suicide among indigenous communities in Canada, the United States, Australia, Brazil and Finland. This was really eye-opening and distressing to read about but definitely the sort of thing that I think everyone should be aware of.

4. Sisters Of Freedom by Mary-Anne O’Connor.

An Australian historical fiction novel set around the turn of the 20th century when Australia was being granted federation and women were campaigning for the right to vote. This is about three very different sisters and I enjoyed the read.

5. Trick Of The Light by Fiona McCallum.

Another Australian novel, although a contemporary. Unfortunately, didn’t enjoy it.

6. Half Life by Jillian Cantor.

A sliding doors novel centred around Marie Curie where in one half, she chooses love instead of getting on the train to Paris to study and in the other half, her life plays out much as Marie Curie’s does in reality. This was really interesting and even though it’s fiction, part of it is rooted in enough reality that it gives a really nice insight to what was quite a remarkable family.

7. Shipped by Angie Hockman.

I really enjoyed this! Such a fun romance read and I loved the setting of a small cruise ship around the Galapagos Islands. This is a low-key enemies to lovers, I thought it had great humour. Just would’ve liked more emphasis on the budding romance.

8. The Ripping Tree by Nikki Gemmell.

New novel by the author of The Bride Stripped Bare. This is a historical fiction gothic type of story with strong themes of feminism and lack of women’s agency during the 1800s. It was okay but I felt like it should’ve taken place over a longer time frame than 7 days.

9. Close To Home by Janet Gover.

Australian rural contemporary with a circus! Nice read.

10. The Invisible Life Of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab.

I was really excited to read this….and I enjoyed it but I have to say, I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would. Just felt like there was a lot more the author could’ve done with someone that was basically immortal, instead it was rather vague, there was a lot of focus on inspiration of artists and I don’t know, there were times I’m not sure I was as invested as I should’ve been in particular parts of the story.

And there you have it – the last 10 books I read before sitting down to write this! Have you read any? Let me know!


22 responses to “Top 10 Tuesday 4th May

  1. Anne Bennett says:

    The Invisible Life is on my TBR. I may have to rethink it if you didn’t love it.

  2. brookelorren says:

    I want to reread the Grishaverse books too. I’m sure there’s a waiting list at the library at the moment, so maybe later this year. I’ve been hearing a lot about Shipped lately.

    • Shipped was a lot of fun! Yeah, I think I’m just going to have to finish the original Grisha trilogy just because I want to know what happens so if they do future series’ of the tv show, I can be prepared, because the tv show is REALLY good

  3. Aaaah I want to reread the whole Grishaverse too but don’t have the time. Great post. :0

  4. lydiaschoch says:

    My spouse is loving Shadow & Bone so far! And they’ve never even read the books. 🙂

    My post: https://lydiaschoch.com/top-ten-tuesday-my-ten-most-recent-reads/

  5. Marg says:

    I have been trying to work out which books Shadow and Bone is based on, without, you know….googling.

    • The story follows pretty much just Shadow & Bone, so the first book in that trilogy. But it also includes (most of) the key characters from Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom but occurs before those 2 books take place so they’re just inserted into the S&B plot. I think they thought this was a good way to include them & future seasons could easily take on Six of Crows & Crooked Kingdom.

  6. I read Addie LaRue and enjoyed it, though I have liked other books of hers better. Shadow and Bone definitely had me wanting to dive back into the Grishaverse, but Rule of Wolves is quite hefty and I’m not in the mood for chunky books at the moment.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2021/05/04/top-ten-tuesday-314/

    • I still have King of Scars to read, I bought both it and Rule of Wolves just last week but they are definitely chunky enough to require a pretty serious commitment right now.

  7. Aymee says:

    Addie LaRue was a great read! Slow at first, but really picked up at the end.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

  8. Love the Six of Crows Duology and The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. Here is my post-https://paigesofbook.blogspot.com/2021/05/top-ten-tuesday-last-ten-reads.html.

  9. FangirlFlax says:

    I really loved Shadow and Bone! I reread the series before the show, but it’s definitely making me want to reread already, haha.

  10. I am pretty tempted to reread Shadow and Bone (and finish the series since I never did that in the first place) because of the Netflix show! I watched the first episode and I loved it so much. I like what they did with combining the Grisha trilogy with SoC characters, although I believe SoC took place two years after the end of Grisha? I don’t remember. Great list of books!

  11. TheNonbinaryLibrarian says:

    I’m in complete agreement with you on The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. There was just something missing from it but I couldn’t exactly pinpoint what. Plus, I wasn’t a huge fan of Henry.

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