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Top 10 Tuesday 21st September

Hi everyone and welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday! Originally created by The Broke & the Bookish, Top 10 Tuesday is now hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl and features a different book or literature themed topic each week. This week we are talking:

Books On My Fall Spring TBR List

It’s finally spring here in Australia! Actually it’s technically been spring here for 3 weeks as we change seasons on the first, and we have already had a couple of glorious days here in Melbourne (as well as some that remind us winter isn’t quite done with us yet).

Before I start with this new list, I always like to take a look at my previous seasonal TBR and look at how many I read from that – this time I only read 5. So not the best strike rate – some of the books I am waiting for at my local library, which has been closed for returns while we’re in lockdown, so if you’re in line for a book someone has checked out, you won’t be getting it until the library reopens and everyone can return their books. Others I intended to buy and just didn’t get around it it because bookshops aren’t open and I need to make sure I get the correct edition that matches my others in a series and not any random one they send me!

Dark Rise by C.S. Pacat

This is my next read and actually, by the time this post goes up I may have already finished it as I need to post a review of it on the 28th. I’m quite excited to read this – I loved C.S. Pacat’s Captive Prince series, way more than I ever expected to when I first started reading it. This should be hopefully, just as addictive.

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

One of my most anticipated books – the eBook is out but I’m waiting for the print, which for some reason is not available to me until October. But this sounds like something written exactly to my specifications so I really hope that I love this as much as it seems like I will.

The Eye Of The World by Robert Jordan

Okay, this one might be a little ambitious, given it’s what? 800+ pages? But I’d like to give it a go. When I was about 14/15 I got quite into epic fantasy, David Eddings and the like. My school library had this series, but every time I was browsing, I could never find book 1. It always seemed to be checked out. Then I forgot about it but now this is going to be a TV show and I’d like to read the book before I watch it. And maybe I’ll be able to rediscover my love of those epic chunky fat tomes.

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

I saw someone talking about this series recently and I ended up getting the first one from my library (they have a delivery service at the moment, for books you request). I’m looking forward to this, it seems like something I’ll enjoy.

The Silence Of Scheherazade by Defne Suman

I saw this on instagram I think and the cover caught my eye immediately. I ordered it a couple days later and it’s definitely going into my spring TBR. It starts in 1905 in the city of Smyrna and follows the fates of four families. This looks stunning.

Sadie by Courtney Summers

This is my audiobook. I’ve heard really great things about how good the audio is of this one and picked it up recently to listen to over the next little while. I don’t listen to audiobooks very often but it’s something I’ve been trying to increase a little more – I have to pick them carefully though. I’m hoping this one holds my attention!

The Younger Wife by Sally Hepworth

I’ve really enjoyed all of Sally Hepworth’s previous books and I love the sound of this one! It’s out next month – I don’t love this cover (it’s the Australian publisher’s cover) and prefer the American one though. I think it looks much better.

The Vanished Days by Susanna Kearsley

I love Susanna Kearsley’s books and it feels like a few years since I last read one! I just snagged a copy of this (thanks to the publisher, Sourcebooks, via NetGalley) and it’s out in just under 2wks so I will definitely be getting to this one pretty soon. This is also connected to books I’ve previously read (a while ago now though!) so that should be fun!

The Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

Have heard some amazing things about this book and it’s also one I currently have checked out from my local library. Very keen to read a book depicting representation of Native Americans and their customs etc but in a contemporary setting, with a mystery. Hoping I love this!

Atomic Habits by James Clear

I’ve been growing my little collection of non-fiction recently and trying to read more of it and I’ve heard some really excellent things about this. I definitely have some good habits I want to build and some bad ones that I’d like to move away from! Quite interested to see if I find this helpful – as a rule, I’m not really much of a self-help book person but I’m curious about this.

And there we are!

10 of the books I am hoping to read this season…..let’s see how I do!

If you’ve read any of these (or would like to) please let me know in the comments.

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Top 10 Tuesday 31st August

Hey all and welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday! Hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl, it features a different bookish related theme each week. And this week our topic is….

Bookish Crushes!

Gilbert Blythe from Anne Of Green Gables

My OG bookish crush! Anne was really the first time I kind of saw myself on the page – a redhead that wasn’t the antagonist haha. Gilbert is kind of a pill in the beginning but the way in which he grows is the best and I love him more with each book.

Jericho Barrons from The Fever Series

Is he problematic? Yes. Do I care? No. He’s not actually human so *shrug* I feel as though we cannot apply realistic relationship expectations to such characters. For me, this series also encompasses only the first 5 books, the rest can get in the bin. And Barrons was at least 50% of why I loved this series so much.

Eric Northman from The Southern Vampire Mysteries

I was always team Eric. I knew that it was never going to be the way that it played out, there were just too many complications but I’m often known for picking the wrong love interest! Eric was my favourite and I do wish there’d been a way to make it work.

Rhett Butler from Gone With The Wind

I have to admit, I didn’t really appreciate Rhett until I was probably about 30 – and I first read this when I was 12. Scarlett O’Hara is a ridiculous character who absolutely doesn’t appreciate what she has and remains hung up on a wet blanket who isn’t interested in her.

Nicholas Brisbane from The Lady Julia Grey Series

The thing that gets me with a lot of my “book crushes” is how it’s displayed that they’re in love. If it’s angsty or tortured, I’m more likely to be into it. In this series, Lady Julia is a widow, but she’s also titled and her father is an Earl and they’re part of a class that Brisbane isn’t admitted to. It’s during a time when marrying outside your class could make social outcasts of both and there’s a lot of angst about it. This is my favourite book of the series, when the angst is at the highest but also when there’s a resolution as well.

Ranger Manoso from The Stephanie Plum Series

I’ve actually long since left this series behind but for about a decade, it was probably my actual favourite. And for me, the “choice” that Stephanie never makes, was easy – Ranger all the way. It’s not that I don’t like Joe, he’s fine. But for me, Ranger was everything. Definitely what kept me reading these books after probably #11 or #12 but after a while, even Ranger wasn’t enough.

Mycroft from the Every Series

If I were a teen, I’d have had a massive book crush on Mycroft! He’s super smart, bit of a loner, bit of tragedy in his past. How could you not? I love him and Rachel together – actually to be honest, my book crushes mostly result from the way they are with the female character.

Ryan from Burning Lies by Helene Young

Undercover cop, very capable, definitely the sort of man you’d want around in a crisis!

Lorcan from The Throne Of Glass Series

I might’ve mentioned that I like a tortured character. Lorcan was one of my favourite side characters from this series – from all her series’. I like the main guys – Rowan, Rhys, etc but I really liked Lorcan. He was sort of surly and bitter about things and pairing him up with Elide was fab. I loved them together.

Aragorn from The Lord of the Rings

Look, I’m fully going to cheat here and say that it was Viggo Mortensen’s portrayal of Aragorn in the movie trilogy that gave me a big book crush. From the first scene at the Inn, where he’s half in shadow – I remember telling a friend who hadn’t seen it yet, to watch out for “the hot guy”. Because it’s a good 40min? Probably? Before he appears, my friend was watching this, staring at the hobbits, like ‘are these the ones she means? because, no” before Aragorn appeared and she was like “okay, now I get it.” However the movie did give me an all new appreciation for book-Aragorn, when I read them.

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Top 10 Tuesday 24th August

Welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday! Hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl, it features a different bookish related theme each week. This week we are talking:

Books I Wish I Could Read Again For The First Time

On The Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

One of my absolute favourite books. I can re-read it a million times and still love it but nothing comes close to the first time you read this book and put all the pieces together.

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

I read this for the first time in high school – it was my Grade 10 English text. It’s also one of the few books I was forced to read for school that I genuinely enjoyed but I still actually feel that for me, reading books for school wasn’t an organic process and I wasn’t able to read them and absorb them how I wanted to. It was always about what the teacher wanted you to see/feel/understand etc and I just wish I’d had a chance to read this book without all of that attached to it.

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

I love this book, it’s one of my all-time favourites and I’ve re-read it obsessively. I read it at a really bad time in my life after a woman I knew passed away (we were roughly the same age, had kids the same age, etc) and it hit me really hard. This book was my comfort read through that time and I’d be curious to know if I read it again at a different stage, would I still love it just as much? It has a lot of the things I absolutely adore in romance but I haven’t liked the author’s other two books so is was it my frame of mind or is this just a one hit wonder for me personally?

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

This book is always relevant, I’d love the chance to read it again for the first time.

Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

I love this book. The writing was so beautiful and I just adored the story. It resonated with me, for some reason, from the very first page even though I’ve never been to/seen the area where it’s set, lived that sort of life or anything like that. I’d love to be able to read this again for the first time.

The Last Migration aka Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy

Like the previous book, the writing in this was just so beautiful. I loved the story, and it was this frightening glimpse of a possible future, the world’s oceans emptied of fish, birds undertaking what might be their last ever migration due to this fact, from one end of the globe to the other. This is a stunning story, I loved it so much.

No Friend But The Mountains by Behrouz Boochani

This is a memoir, written by a Kurdish man who was kept in detention on Manus Island after attempting to reach Australia by boat and running up against my government’s hardline policy on asylum seekers, particularly those who attempt to reach here by boats. He was kept in horrific conditions for years and he wrote this book on WhatsApp on contraband mobile phones in Farsi. Behrouz Boochani is now in New Zealand, after he was offered asylum there and this book won so many awards, including awards it was not really eligible for. It’s such a showcase of how inhumanely we treat people who dare to try and make a life here, all the while bleating about what other countries are doing.

Pawn Of Prophecy by David Eddings

I read this (and pretty much everything else by David Eddings that I could get my hands on) when I was 14 and really getting into fantasy for the first time. I was obsessed with this series for years – I used to re-read a lot when I was younger and these sorts of fat-volume series’ were perfect because you’d forget bits and pieces and sometimes it was almost like reading a new book by the time you’d read the 10 volumes of The Belgariad and The Mallorean and went back to the beginning again. These definitely kickstarted the love of fantasy I still have and I’d be curious to see if I would like them just as much if I read them for the first time now. In some ways, I feel probably not but I think the overall story would still draw me in.

The Lost Love Song by Minnie Darke

I loved this book! Just the way in which it was told, all these people affected by this one thing, some of whom crossed paths, many of whom did not, was so unique and interesting. I’d love to read this again for the first time and make all those connections again.

Persuasion by Jane Austen

One of my favourite Austen novels but I read it too early – before I could really appreciate it. I’d love to read it again for the first time!

I know there are probably a million more books I wish I could read again for the first time – it’s funny, sometimes when doing these Top 10 Tuesday posts, I can immediately think of dozens of books and have trouble trying to cut it back to the 10. Other times, I know there are lots but I have a total blank when I sit down to write the post!

What books do you wish you could read for the first time?

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Top 10 Tuesday 3rd August

Hey guys and welcome back to another edition of Top 10 Tuesday! Hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl, it features a different bookish-related theme and this week we are talking……

Books I Bought Or Wanted To Read Purely For The Cover

Ariadne by Jennifer Saint.

I love this cover. I bought it specifically because I saw a display from my local bookstore posted on their instagram and to be honest, I didn’t really care what it was about, I bought it purely because of how gorgeous that cover is. But the blurb actually sounds amazing as well and I cannot wait to read this.

Rebel Of The Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

I bought this also purely because of the cover. I just saw it facing outward on a shelf at the bookstore when I was looking for something to buy and thought yes, that looks amazing. This whole series looks so good together (the covers are similar, just different colours, I think the second one is purple and gold and the final one is red and gold or the other way around, can’t remember now). I also really enjoyed the trilogy!

All Our Shimmering Skies by Trent Dalton

I love the cover of this one – all those Australian native wildflowers. This is the author’s second novel – his first novel won a slew of literary awards here in Australia but I’ve not read it yet I actually still haven’t read this yet despite buying it a little while ago. I think I’m going to have to be in the mood for it.

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

I borrowed this from my library but it was pretty much purely on the strength of the cover (and also the forced marriage of opposites) but the cover caught my eye first. I think it’s awesome.

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Another one I bought purely because of the cover, which I think is awesome. I’ve read this and I liked it but I haven’t gone on with the series yet and I’m 100% going to have to read this again before reading anything else. I think from what I remember, it kind of gave me Six Of Crows vibes in that there’s a bunch of eclectic characters attempting some sort of plan/heist type thing.

Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

I bought this over a decade ago. I’ve never read it. The cover is gorgeous and I think I got it on sale at like a warehouse seconds or something type of place. But I’ve heard that the story is….not great. I’ve culled my shelves several times and yet this one is still here. So I guess I sort of plan to read it someday!

The Kingdom Of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty

I remember I saw a bunch of these ready to be shelved at a bookstore once – I knew nothing about the series, I’d never heard of it. I used the barcode to add it into GR and realised that it was #2 in a series so I didn’t buy a copy that day. But I basically only ended up reading this series because I saw this book and loved the cover so much!

The Sin Eater by Megan Campisi

I borrowed this from the library but I read it specifically because of the cover. I think it’s amazing.

We Hunt The Flame by Hafsah Faizal

It’s been almost 2 years since I bought and read this and there’s another book that has been released now but I don’t remember much of what happened in this one, so I’m going to have to re-read it, just like with The Gilded Wolves.

The Familiars by Stacey Halls

Bought this purely for the cover – this is the cover I have but there’s another one that I love just as much. I haven’t read it yet but I really want to and her other books as well.

Just 10 of the books I bought or read purely for their covers! Anything here you’ve read or that catches your eye? Let me know!

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Top 10 Tuesday 27th July

Hello everyone and welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday! Originally created by The Broke & the Bookish, Top 10 Tuesday now lives with Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl and features a different bookish related theme each week. This week we are talking…..

Books I’d Want With Me If I Were Stranded On A Deserted Island

The Pillars Of The Earth by Ken Follett

I have never read this, although I do own a copy (actually two copies, an eBook copy and a hard copy). I’m sure you’re going to see what the books I choose for this list will pretty much all have in common. This is something I’ve wanted to read for a long time but it’s such a big undertaking. However that’s not an issue when you’re stranded on a deserted island, with limited resources.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

I’ve always been kind of on the fence about this one – on one hand, it does really sound like something I’d like. Rich with history and magic and war and ghosts and who knows what else. But it’s also supposed to be quite slow and some of the reviews I’ve seen are mixed so I’ve never picked it up. But I’m on an island now, so I have all the time in the world.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

I’ve actually thought about buying this one more than once recently, except I can’t find a version with a cover I like (only the Penguin classics cover and those are not my favourite. I don’t like orange. Shallow book lover problems). I keep hearing a lot of people recommending it recently, so perhaps it’s found popularity with a whole new generation of readers.

The Distant Hours by Kate Morton

I picked up this beautiful hardcover edition of this book a few years ago now and it’s been on my TBR bookcase ever since. So it can come with me on the trip where I end up on a desert island. I love Kate Morton’s writing, it’s always incredibly atmospheric and often there’s doom and gloomy English moors and the like. Which might feel like a nice change from being on an island.

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

Maybe I’d finally actually read it.

The Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

I have never read Robin Hobb – somehow, in middle high school when I was going through a huge fantasy stage, I never ended up trying this series, which this first book would actually have just been published. I’d love to give it a go now and being stuck on an island seems like a good time. Although I’d probably want all of them with me (just assume if the books on this list are in a series, I have a magic bind up edition that includes all of the books in that series, for my deserted island reading!).

The Sunne In Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman

Fun fact: I have never read a Sharon Kay Penman either, although she has been recommended to me by several people. I do have one of her books (I think it might actually be her last one?) on my shelf but I like the sound of this one. It’s about Richard III – who most people know because his orders led to the locking of the Princes in the Tower and no one knows what ever became of them. This sounds like a perfect deserted island read.

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

This is another author I have yet to read. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve picked up one of his books in a bookstore and then put it back because it feels like such a huge undertaking to begin and know that he has so many books already published! But I do need to get around to it one day and I think either this one or Warbreaker would be where I’d start.

Antarctica by Kim Stanley Robinson

I love books set on Antarctica! It’s one of my favourite settings. This one sounds good – I actually wasn’t aware of it before searching for books to include on this list but it involves someone (an investigator of some sort? I don’t know) being sent to Antarctica to investigate allegations of environmental sabotage. Because Antarctica is divided up into sections, with different countries claiming jurisdiction over each one, there’s a lot of scientific and political factions that the investigator must deal with. Seriously obsessed with the sound of this.

China by Edward Rutherford

This is unread on my pile at the moment. Might as well learn something interesting while I’m on the island. I don’t know much about China, so this seems a good opportunity to brush up on some history.

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

A favourite, for rereading purposes.

These are some books I’d love to have with me should I ever be unfortunately stranded on a deserted island. As I’m sure you’ve noticed, all of them are pretty thick – well over 500p for the most part, some of them up to 1000p, with the exception of the last book, which is there just because I really like it and it has good re-read value. But I read really fast and I need books that are going to keep me occupied for a while, in order to pass the time!

What books would you like to have with you, if you were ever stranded on an island?

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Top 10 Tuesday 29th June

Hello and welcome to another Top 10 Tuesday, hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl! It features a different bookish related theme each week and this week we are talking…

Top 10 Most Anticipated Releases In The Second Half Of 2021!

  1. Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty.

I’m not going to lie, I really didn’t love Moriarty’s last book and I was only so-so on the one before that. But I have loved enough of her books in the past to know that there’s huge potential for something I’m going to find amazing here. And the synopsis sounds really good! This feels like more of a return to the domestic types of drama (with that little bit of thriller in them) that Moriarty does do so well, with excellent family relationships and friendships. Out September.

2. Devotion by Hannah Kent.

Really loved Burial Rites – actually haven’t read The Good People yet, maybe I should get to that before this one is out here in October. This should be excellent I think.

3. Songbirds by Christy Lefteri.

I loved The Beekeeper Of Aleppo so I am so keen to read this – it’s actually out next week I think, so not too long!

4. Any Way The Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell.

I just saw pictures of this on instagram and it is pretty chunky! I’m sort of not surprised because I feel like the second book left a lot to be dealt with so I have really high hopes for this. I’ve preordered it so I hope they ship it quickly because I really want to read this soon.

5. Battle Royal by Lucy Parker.

Okay I am literally obsessed with the idea of this book. I love Lucy Parker for a start, her London Celebrities series is so much fun. And this is set on a Great British Bake Off style show where a former contestant who could never please the grumpy judge is now back on the show as a judge….alongside the grumpy pastry chef she could never please who voted her off. Inject it into my veins and why do I have to wait until August 17 for this? Lucy Parker is the best at grumpy dude vs sunshine girl and I love it.

6. The Heron’s Cry by Ann Cleeves.

I really liked the first in this series, The Long Call. It was the first Ann Cleeves book I’d read as well. I’m really looking forward to seeing what is next for Detective Matthew Venn and all the complications that come with being back where he grew up, his family, etc.

7. The Gilded Cage by Lynette Noni.

I’ll actually probably have just gotten around to reading The Prison Healer by the time this is released but my enjoyment of Lynette Noni’s previous series has this on my list and I want to read the two together. Although I think there’s another one coming so maybe I should’ve waited a bit! I do love the cover for this.

8. The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang.

I am so keen for this! I really liked the other two (especially The Kiss Quotient). And at the moment, I’m just really keen for lots of contemporary romance. Give it all to me!

9. Dark Rise by C.S. Pact.

Yes please! I discovered this when searching for some books to round out this top 10 – I actually hadn’t known it was coming out! But I loved C.S. Pacat’s Captive Prince trilogy and enjoyed her Fence graphic novels also. So I am super keen to read this: magic, Light and Dark, hopefully some sort of romance.

10. Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy.

Last year I read The Last Migration (also published as Migrations) by Charlotte McConaghey and it was my favourite fiction book of 2020. I thought it was incredible. It was just one of those books that I connected with immediately and found the whole thing beautifully written and wonderful. I am so excited for this book – there seems to be some similar-ish themes, in terms of biologists, threatened species, trauma, etc. Very keen for this.

What are you looking forward to in the second half of 2021?

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Top 10 Tuesday 15th June

Hello and welcome to another edition of Top 10 Tuesday! It’s hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Gal and features a different bookish related topic each week. This week we are talking:

Top 10 Books On My Summer Winter TBR

Unfortunately for me, I’m in the Southern Hemisphere and we are 2 weeks into winter officially here. I don’t enjoy winter and this one actually came pretty early. But, I can’t deny it’s good for reading! Before I jump into this one, I always like to look back on my previous season’s TBR post and see how I did….Out of the 10 books, I read 6 of them. One of them I am still waiting on, I had to bite the bullet and order it from Amazon US as it’s not available here, so I read 6/9 which is actually…..really good for me haha. Usually I make these posts and read hardly any. Having said that, let’s make another one!

  1. You And Me On Vacation by Emily Henry.

I’m super excited for this! I’ve actually had a copy for ages from the UK publisher but I wanted to wait until closer to the release date before I read it. Hopefully it’s going to be the perfect read to take me away from winter blues. And I loved Beach Read so much. I hope this lives up to my hype for it!

2. The City Of Zirdai by Maria V. Snyder.

This was originally supposed to be released last year and Maria V. Snyder was coming to Australia as well, for a convention, however covid happened and they pushed the release date back a year so I think this just came out a week or two ago. Now I can finally read it!

3. China by Edward Rutherford.

I think this is going to be a buddy read with a blogger friend of mine. I don’t know a lot about Chinese history but I feel like there’s lot of fascinating stuff to learn and yay for brushing up on history.

4. Any Way The Wind Blows (Simon Snow #3) by Rainbow Rowell.

I’m excited for this. Just please make Baz and Simon happy though. Wayward Son was….not good for that.

5. The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren.

From the sound of this, it honestly sounds like the sort of book I would love! And I’ve had it recommended to me pretty strongly by someone who loved it. However I have to admit, I’ve read a few books from Christina Lauren before and they haven’t really been my thing – so I’m going to try this but probably get it from my local library.

6. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.

I don’t know how I haven’t actually read this before now, because I remember when it was all the rage. I actually think I even had it out from my library at least once and had to return it unread. But I saw it referenced recently and I haven’t read a YA book for my 2021 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge yet I don’t think, so this seems like a good opportunity.

7. The Long, Long Afternoon by Inga Vesper.

I’ve seen this a couple of times, specifically in a round up of crime books to watch and it’s also historical fiction. I actually had it on my Wishlist to buy but randomly scrolling the app my local library (currently shut due to covid lockdown) uses for it’s eBook borrowing, I came across it available on that platform. So I grabbed it.

8. Us Against You by Fredrik Backman.

I read Beartown in probably April, I think, and absolutely loved it. I have been meaning to get to this ever since but it just kept getting pushed back! Now that we are heading into winter here, it seems the perfect time to pick it up!

9. The Empire Of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty

I’ve been waiting for this to come out in a format that matches my copies of the other two books and hopefully it’s soon….or has just happened. But either way I know I need to read it before I forget everything that happened in the first two books of this series, because they’re pretty detailed!

10. One Hundred Days by Alice Pung.

Alice Pung is an awesome Vietnamese-Australian author and I’ve read her before and loved her voice. This is her latest book, just out and the first line of the blurb is just….. amazing haha: One day, a boy in a nice silver car gives sixteen-year-old Karuna a ride. So Karuna returns the favour. She ends up pregnant and her mother confines her to their 14th floor apartment for 100 days so she “cannot get into anymore trouble”. Maybe I’ll wait for lockdown to end, before I read this one though!

And that is 10 books I’m hoping to read over the winter months to hopefully distract me from the fact that I hate winter so much. If you’ve read something from my list, be sure to let me know!

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Top 10 Tuesday 1st June

Hello everyone and welcome to another Top 10 Tuesday! Hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl, it features a different bookish related theme each week. I skipped last week but this is a freebie week so we can choose anything we like or revisit a past topic. I thought I’d do a post that might help keep me accountable.

The 10 Books I Bought Most Recently That Are Still Unread

I buy a lot of books. Sometimes I buy them and read them right away. But a lot of the time…..I don’t. I also get a lot of books for review and there’s only so much time in the day. These are 10 books I’ve bought because I really want to read them but for reasons, haven’t yet. Hopefully I can come back and check this post later in the year and check them off!

  1. King Of Scars by Leigh Bardugo (King Of Scars #1)

Okay so I held off buying this for a long time because I was so behind on the Grishaverse. But the show on Netflix really motivated me to finish both Shadow & Bone finally, and also re-read Six Of Crows and finally read Crooked Kingdom. After I finished all those, I immediately bought this and the next book on the list (which I’m sure you’ll know what it is) and I’m very keen to get to these. I’m actually kind of glad I can read them together.

2. Rule Of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo (King Of Scars #2)

Of course it’s this one! I bought them together (the books are different sizes, which annoys me as in Australia, rather than hardback, our first release is a larger paperback, then the smaller format comes out generally 6-12 months later, so KoS is small, this one is large). But I’m really looking forward to these two. I want to see what is next for Nikolai.

3. Ariadne by Jennifer Saint

I saw a promo post for this book on instagram and it just looked so stunning. Plus I really loved Song Of Achilles by Madeline Miller (still have to read Circe) and this seems to have really similar vibes/if you like that you’ll like this type of thing. That cover though. It really is just beautiful.

4. The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

I bought this for a specific reason but haven’t had to read it yet but I’ve read a couple other Kristin Hannah books and really enjoyed them so I’m quite keen to read this. I haven’t actually read probably her 2 most well known books (including the one made into a TV series) so I have quite a bit of work to do, backlist wise there.

5. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

I’ve heard such amazing things about this! About Brit Bennet in general actually, because I wouldn’t mind getting The Mothers as well. I have to make time for this one in my near future.

6. Winterkeep by Kristin Cashore

I hate this cover so much – the other one is so beautiful but this one was the one I could buy here in Australia but every time I look at it I’m just….ugh. But I adore this series, I’ve loved all the books so far and I really want to read this one. I felt like Bitterblue had a lot that was really unresolved.

7. A Song Of Wraiths And Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown

I bought this one a little while ago and haven’t read it yet! I’ve heard some pretty good things from different parts of the internet and I’m really keen to read it as I’ve never really read anything based on West African folklore before.

8. The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

I actually might need to buy the rest of this series before I read this because I’ve discovered that I really just like being able to roll from one to the next – but I’ve had this a little while and haven’t picked it up yet. Seems to be generally very well received though, so maybe I’ll start it and see if I like it enough to pick up the others (next day delivery for the win).

9. Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel (Thomas Cromwell #2)

Well it took me over 10 years to finally read Wolf Hall. I really enjoyed it though and went out and bought this not long after. Hopefully it takes me less than 10 years to finally read it!

10. All Our Shimmering Skies by Trent Dalton

I bought this, Trent Dalton’s second book, after his first, Boy Swallows Universe was very well received and won a slew of Australian literary awards. I really like the cover (which I’ve included on a previous TTT list for covers with nature on them, I think). But I still haven’t gotten around to reading it yet!

Which of these should I read first? Any ideas?!

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Top 10 Tuesday May 18

Hello and welcome back to another edition of Top 10 Tuesday, hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. This week our bookish topic is:

Book Titles That Are Complete Sentences

  1. The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

2. Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz.

3. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente (and probably all the rest of the books in this series too).

4. The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time by Mark Haddon

5. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

6. A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers

7. We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson

8. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

9. The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

10. The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

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Top 10 Tuesday May 11

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

Top 10 Books With Nature On The Cover

  1. The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland.

I love this book and I adore the cover. All those Australian natives look so beautiful! And they feature so heavily in the book, it’s like a real homage to our native flora.

2. The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

Love this cover too! And this is a stunning read – long and intricate, but so worth it.

3. The Familiars by Stacey Halls.

I have a copy of this one (with this cover) but I haven’t read it yet, although I’ve heard really wonderful things about it. This is a really eye-catching cover, makes you want to reach out and touch it.

4. Before You Knew My Name by Jacqueline Bublitz.

This is on my TBR pile for this month – this is the Australian cover, there’s another one from the American publisher I think, which features a city skyline but I really like this one.

5. Gulliver’s Wife by Lauren Chater.

I read this last year and it has one of my favourite covers. It’s beautiful.

6. Scrublands by Chris Hammer

This one is set during a really severe drought (it’s Australian) and this is some quintessential Australian nature during a drought on this cover. Scorched earth, basically.

7. Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

One of my favourite books and this cover helps you picture the sort of environment the main character lives in and traverses every day.

8. The Blue Rose by Kate Forsyth

I love Kate Forsyth’s books – she writes such beautiful historical fiction and her books always have gorgeous covers. This one is no exception……it and Bitter Greens are probably my favourites of hers.

9. Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray by Anita Heiss

I think this translates to “River Of Dreams” from the Wiradjuri language. Anita Heiss is an indigenous Australian author and how beautiful is this cover?! It was released this week and I can’t wait to read it.

10. Burning Lies by Helene Young

I feel as though I have to include Mother Nature at her most savage in this – bushfires (or wildfires, as I think a lot of overseas countries call them) are part and parcel of living in most parts of Australia. This is also my favourite Helene Young book, so why not?

I have included quite a lot of Australian books – I obviously read a lot of them, being Australian and also, nature covers are very popular here. I scrolled through my read books for the past couple of years and honestly, I could’ve included probably over a hundred books in this sort of category!

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