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Top 10 Tuesday January 18

on January 18, 2022

Hello and welcome back for another instalment of Top 10 Tuesday! Hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl, it features a different bookish-related theme each week. This week our topic is:

Top 10 2021 Releases I Was Excited To Read But Didn’t Get To

A Court Of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas

Before 2021, this was one of my more anticipated releases but the more that came out about it, the more my interest waned. I didn’t even buy this and to be honest, I’m not sure I’m going to read it at all now. It’s so huge and I really just don’t like Nesta. I thought I could overlook that but really, I just don’t have time to slog through 700p books because of side characters. It’s really amazing how much my excitement for this diminished.

Rule Of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo

I only bought this a couple months ago, along with King of Scars, which I hadn’t gotten around to reading. I have read that one (I also re-read Six of Crows and finally read Crooked Kingdom) so I will definitely read this. Actually I’m hoping to read it over the summer.

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

This was definitely one of the books I was looking forward to the most. I really loved Red, White & Royal Blue. I’m not sure the description of this book makes it for me as much as the first one, the whole stuck on the subway plot doesn’t honestly sound like my sort of thing but I liked the author’s first book so much I decided to buy it anyway. Still going to read this, just not sure when.

Still Life by Sarah Winman

This came out halfway through 2021 and went onto my wishlist pretty much right away. I love the cover and would’ve wanted to read it merely for that, I think. But I also know several people who have sung its praises and one of our major bookchains here awarded it their Book of the Year. I do have an eBook copy which I picked up on sale but it’s so pretty I’ve really been hanging out for a print copy….

Songbirds by Christy Lefteri

I read The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri and loved it so I was very keen to read this when it was released. A combination of things means that like lots of other books I was excited about, it’s still sitting on my TBR bookcase.

Winterkeep by Kristin Cashore

This feels like it came out so long ago that I had to double check but it was a January 2021 release. I loved the first three books in this series and I was excited when this was announced because I always felt like there was things left unsaid in the 3rd book. However I hate my edition… such a petty reason but this one is so beautiful and mine is such an ugly cover.

Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

I’ve read a couple of Kristin Hannah books (although not The Nightingale, which seems to be probably her most known one?). I really enjoyed The Great Alone, which was set in Alaska, one of my favourites. This one is set in Texas but seems to be also quite connected to the land. I’ve heard mostly good things about this but some people have said the characters are frustrating.

The Silence Of Scheherazade by Defne Suman

Another one I wanted to read as soon as I saw it! I don’t even like yellow but I love this cover. It’s also not really like anything else I’ve read before so I’m definitely keen to read this. It’s pretty chunky though, so I need some time to devote to it.

The Vanished Days by Susanna Kearsley

I love Susanna Kearsley’s books and it felt like a while between her last one and this one. I’ve had a copy of this one since October (thanks to the overseas publisher via NetGalley) but I also am really hanging out for a print copy but I think it doesn’t come out here until the beginning of next year. Okay I just checked and it’s May 2022 – almost halfway through the year. That’s a long time to wait until I can get a print one lol.

Rescue Me by Sara Manning

I have loved all the other books by Sarra Manning that I have read (and I have re-read some of them quite obsessively) and I was definitely keen to read this when I heard it was being released. However I’m not sure what happened – I don’t even have a copy of it. I think I might’ve just forgotten about it in a year of so many other exciting releases and I’ve not seen this even in any stores here, to remind me about it. Going to have to actually track this down!

And those are 10 of the books that I was anticipating in 2021 – and yet somehow, never got around to reading! To be honest, there are probably more but those are just the 10 that came to mind first.

Did you have a lot of books that you never got around to in 2021, despite really being excited about them? Let me know….or if you’ve read any of these that I didn’t find time for, let me know that too. Maybe it’ll give me the push I need to finally get there.

39 responses to “Top 10 Tuesday January 18

  1. Lloyd Russell says:

    Make sure to add The Four Winds to your 2022 reading list.

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Mareli Thalwitzer says:

    The four winds was a good read, just a bit sad. Songbirds is in the book club, but I haven’t read it yet. Will try to get to it soon.

    Happy TTT!

    Elza Reads

  3. Marg says:

    We have a couple of books in common on our lists!

  4. Laurie says:

    Ouch, I was SO disappointed by One Last Stop. The side characters literally saved the story for me.

    Nesta is undergoing such a huge development, I hope you really can get to A Court Of Silver Flames.

    Unfortunately I was disappointed by Rule of Wolves too, sucks. Songbirds and The Four Winds are on my TBR as well.

    My TTT:

  5. One Last Stop is on my list as well, I’ve just heard mixed reviews on that one and I’m scared to pick it up.

    My Top Ten

  6. This is a mind of confession time topic, isn’t it? 😁 I really enjoyed Songbirds so I hope you do too. Still Life is in my list and The Silence of Scheherazade is in my TBR pile. (Does the latger win the prize for most difficult to spell book title?)

  7. I haven’t seen that Four Winds cover before but it’s gorgeous! I definitely want to check that one out, and I think I’m still tempted by ACOSF 😂 I hope you enjoy these whenever you manage to read them!

    • It’s the Australian edition but we quite often take the same cover as the UK for a lot of international releases, so it’s probably the UK cover. I also really like it, I think it’s very pretty. I might still read ACOSF – I don’t know haha. I will probably have FOMO if the next book ends up being more focused on people I want to read about, I just find Nesta mentally exhausting.

  8. masterspj says:

    I actually ended up DNF One Last Stop. I haven’t read anything else by Casey McQuiston, but I thought I would try this one. I struggled to find anything likable about August. Maybe you will have a better experience reading it.

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!

    • I hope so but honestly, I’m feeling less and less confident about it haha. I loved her other book so much and I know you can’t expect authors to just keep writing the same book over and over – probably I should pay less attention to that and more to the actual blurb!

  9. Lori says:

    I didn’t like One Last Stop nearly as much as Red, White and Royal Blue…but I still thought it was a worthwhile read.

    My list is here:

    Happy TTT!

  10. Steph-paigesofbooks says:

    I’m in the minority with One Last Stop being more of a favorite for me than Red, White, and Royal Blue was. SJM writes such long books, and I get that she’s a fantasy author, but her books read a little long to me. I really enjoyed both ACOSF and Rule of Wolves. Here is my post-

    • I was very disappointed with the last SJM book – the Crescent City one. I felt like at least half of it was pointless and added nothing to the story and I look at ACOSF and wonder how much it will be the same. It seems like her books don’t go through much of an editing process anymore and no one cares because her fanbase is so large.

  11. The Four Winds was such an emotional read. I hope you get to it this year.

    • I’ve heard quite a lot of good things and I’ve read a couple of other Kristin Hannah books and really enjoyed them. I put it on my 22 in 2022 book pile so hopefully that adds to my motivation.

  12. Astilbe says:

    I still need to read Rule of Wolves, too.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

  13. stefani says:

    I haven’t read any of these myself. Then again, none of them were on my list but I’m considering giving The Four Winds a chance. Happy reading! My TTT

  14. Cindy Davis says:

    I wanted to read Kristin Hannah’s book last year too. It has been years since I have read anything by her. Have a great week.

    • I read one set in Alaska a few years ago and really loved it! I think I’ve read one other also but a while ago now. I really do have to make time for this one at some stage this year. Hope you have a great week too!

  15. Susan says:

    I loved THE NIGHTINGALE and really liked THE FOUR WINDS. The latter is super depressing, but it’s also evocative and moving. I’ve thought a lot about it in the months since I read it. I don’t remember the characters being frustrating, but my memory is not the best…I hope you enjoy all these when you get to them!

    Happy TTT!


  16. Literary Feline says:

    While none of these made my list, several are ones I would like to read someday. The Four Winds being one and One Last Stop as well. These all sound good! I hope you get a chance to read them.

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