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Top 10 Tuesday 20th September

Hello and welcome to another instalment of Top 10 Tuesday! It’s been a while – I just got back from 2 weeks holiday up north which was fun but it’s back to reality now. The season is changing and for us, I’m happy that it’s going to be getting warmer.

Top 10 Tuesday is hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl and features a different bookish related theme each week. This week we are talking:

Top 10 Books On My Fall Spring Reading List

The Winners by Fredrik Backman

So excited for this. Beartown and Us Against You are two of my absolute favourite books. I love ice hockey as well and it’s good to see it represented in such a way, written by someone who actually clearly understands the game. The cast of characters in these books are just so wonderful and the stories always wrench my heart out of my chest.

Babel by R.F. Kuang

I’m curious about this. I still haven’t read The Poppy War although I do own it. I’ve been seeing this around a lot on YouTube and instagram and stuff and it seems to be pretty well received so far. It sounds interesting, so it’s definitely something I’m keen to read.

The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah

I like a good series and this seems interesting so I want to start it. It sounds so interesting – a djinn, selling of illegal magic, a “cowardly prince”! Bring it on please.

The Ballad Of Never After by Stephanie Garber

To be honest, I am not dying to read this book. The first one was just okay for me and I absolutely loathe the character of Jacks, or whatever he’s called. I would actually really like it if he got yeeted into the sun and the main character went with someone else in the end.

Kingdom Of The Feared by Kerri Maniscalco

I actually really quite enjoy this series and am looking forward to where it goes next! I’ll be waiting until my library gets it in though as I read both the others from there and don’t own any of them. I do think all the covers would look amazing together on a shelf though!

Heart Of The Sun Warrior by Sue Lynn Tan

I enjoyed the first in this series – although I hated the way the love triangle went. I’m kinda hoping for this book to go in a different direction? Redeem a character? Something! I love this cover, I think it’s wonderful.

Ithaca by Claire North

Give me all the Greek mythology retellings!

With Love From Wish & Co by Minnie Darke

I loved The Lost Love Song by Minnie Darke so much so this is definitely one of my most anticipated reads for spring!

Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng

Feels like such a long time since I’ve read a Celeste Ng book so I’m really looking forward to this.

Readme.txt by Chelsea Manning

I just stumbled across this and it is definitely something that I am going to be anticipating. It sounds like it’s going to be super interesting – the author released classified documents after working in Iraq as an intelligence analyst. She was sentenced to 35 years in prison and came out as a transgender woman whilst incarcerated.

These are just 10 of the books that are high on my priority list for this next season – although I do have a terrible record actually reading the books that I place on these seasonal TBR’s! I think for winter, the season we are just transitioning out of, I read 4/10.

How do you go with your seasonal TBRs? Anything on mine that you also want to read? Let me know!

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Top 10 Tuesday 26th July

Hello and welcome to another edition of Top 10 Tuesday, hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. It features a different literature-type theme each week and this week our topic ( submitted by Dedra at A Book Wanderer) is:

Books From My Past Seasonal TBR Posts That I STILL Have Not Read

Ooh this is a good one because when I make a seasonal TBR, I always like to go back and have a look at the previous one and see how many I read from it and look, it’s a good effort if I’ve managed to read 6. So I thought I’d look my last 10 seasonal posts and pick one from each that I most regret not having read yet or that is still high on my priority list!

Mad About You by Mhairi McFarlane (from my autumn 2022 TBR)

To be fair, I only just bought this – it took me much longe to get around to buying it than I had thought it would but it’s definitely one that I want to read very soon now that I finally have it. I have loved pretty much everything I’ve ever read from this author.

Empire Of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty (from my summer 2022 TBR)

I thought the summer break would be a good time to read this one and I wanted to read it before I had forgotten everything that happened in the previous two books. But I didn’t get around to it, now it’s 6 months later and….yeah now I think I’ve forgotten things but I’m hoping they come back to me when I do dive into this!

The Vanished Days by Susanna Kearsley (from my spring 2021 TBR)

I really like Susanna Kearsley and I have read most of her previous books. However I had a kindle ARC of this and I didn’t really enjoy trying to read it in that format. I feel like I need to buy it in paperback before I’ll probably end up picking it up. I’ve realised that for historical fiction, I really do prefer having the hard copy. For contemporary and romance, I don’t mind. I’m not sure why that is.

Winterkeep by Kristin Cashore (from my autumn 2021 TBR)

I really need to pick this one up! I’ve had it for so long now, I love this world and it’s also a book I included on my “22 in 2022” challenge, where I picked 22 books that I owned that I wanted to read during this year.

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman (from my summer 2021 TBR)

I think this might’ve been a new release when I included it on this TBR and people had raved about it. I still have not read this, but I have read Beartown, Us Against You and A Man Called Ove by this author now and loved them all. This remains high on my priority list.

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell (from my spring 2020 TBR)

Okay I had no idea this one was included in a list that was so long ago now. I was on a waiting list for this at my library for the longest time during covid and the like, I finally got it and then didn’t get around to reading it in the weeks I was able to have it and had to return it for the next person. Whoops.

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin (from my winter 2020 TBR)

This is two years ago now! Winter 2020 feels like a lifetime ago in some ways and yet….little has changed in others. I’ve still heard amazing things about this series and this author and yet, I still have not read it.

A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir (from my autumn 2020 TBR)

Still have only read the first book in this series, so long ago now I do not remember a single thing that happened. Definitely need to read it again before I ever continue with this.

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang (from my winter 2019 TBR)

Still have not read this. It’s also on my “22 in 2022” pile so I really want to get to it this year.

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (from so many TBR’s)

It’s been years my friends. And I don’t want to re-read Illuminae and Gemina but I fear I may have to before ever reading this.

And there you have it! Ten books from seasonal TBR’s past that I still have not read (but still want to. There were quite a few books I came across on my posts that I hadn’t read but that I’d lost interest in now).

What about you? Are you the type that reads everything on a seasonal TBR? Do you construct them and then read none of the books on it? Are any of these books you still have unread? Let me know!

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Top 10 Tuesday 19th July

Hello and welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday, hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. There’s a different bookish themed topic each week but sometimes we get to do our own topic and today is one of those days! I’m going to keep it simple, hoping that sharing these might give me some help in deciding in which order to read them:

My 10 Newest Additions To My Bookshelf!

Gild by Raven Kennedy

I bought this because there’s so much hype. But I’ve also read that the first book is meh and you’ve just got to push through that because 2&3 are amazing. But I don’t really want to push through “meh” books to start a series just to get to good things, lol. They should all be good! At least these were cheap to buy and the covers are nice.

Furyborn by Claire Legrand

I…honestly don’t know why I threw this into my cart the day I was doing some shopping haha. Maybe it came up in the recommended – I do like the cover though. And I was looking for a new fantasy (new to me, these books aren’t really new) that I could sink my teeth into. So I decided to try this.

Sorcery Of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Also not a new one but this is a book I’ve eyed a few times over the years but I finally decided to buy it after hearing someone really rave about it – in fact say it was the best book they’d read in 2022. So hopefully I love it too.

Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone by Benjamin Stevenson

This sounds like so much fun! I’ve heard some good things – it’s about a family reunion where apparently, all of the attendees have one thing in common, apart from being family and that’s that they’ve all killed someone. I think people start dying at the reunion so….yeah. Hopefully this is great!

The Uncaged Sky: My 804 Days In An Iranian Prison by Kylie Moore-Gilbert

Kylie Moore-Gilbert is an Australian-British academic who was jailed in Iran on an espionage charge. She was released via a prisoner swap in 2020 after 804 days, during which she received psychological torture and solitary confinement. This is bound to be….harrowing. But I’m very interested in reading it.

You Made A Fool Of Death With Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi

Heard really good things about this in a lot of different places (podcasts, BookTube, instagram) so I am curious to try it for myself.

Bedtime Story by Chloe Hooper

This interests me for lots of reasons – Hooper is an Australian author of both non-fiction and fiction and I’ve read quite a few of her previous books. This is a sort of memoir in a way, which she wrote when her partner and father of her two young children, was diagnosed with leukaemia. My husband has also been diagnosed with cancer, although a different type, for the first time when our children were 6 and 3 and there were many times when I thought I might have to try and explain the unexplainable to them.

The Widow Of Walcha by Emma Partridge

Non-fiction that I picked up on audiobook after Audible enticed me back with 2 months for 0.99c lol. This is about a woman named Natasha who marries Matthew, a nice country grazier in rural New South Wales (Australia) and within months, he’s signed over his multi-million dollar property into her name. Not long later, he’s dead in an apparent suicide…in an interesting twist, the paramedic first on the scene is the former husband of Natasha…..who she once tried to kill. I’m from NSW although I live in another state now and I remember this case quite well – I like listening to non-fiction on audio, so I got this for when I’m doing computer work and just need something to keep me occupied.

Lessons In Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

Very excited for this, it looks cute but also different! Sometimes it’s hard to find something that feels fresh.

Every Summer After by Carley Fortune

It’s really cold and quite bleak here at the moment, this is a very summery looking read that might help me feel a little less like this winter will never end! This seems like a second chance lovers story set in a picturesque location – hopefully it delivers all the feels!

And these are the 10 newest books to my shelves…..if you’ve read any, let me know – what should I prioritise? Is there anything there that is must read right now?!

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Top 10 Tuesday 5th July

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

Top 10 Books Releasing In The 2nd Half Of 2022

Love On The Brain by Ali Hazelwood

I really loved The Love Hypothesis so I am super excited for this one.

Tomorrow, And Tomorrow, And Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin

This sounds very fun – it’s about 2 children who meet in a hospital gaming room in the late 1980s and forge a friendship while one is there recovering from a car accident and the other is visiting their sister. They then see each other 8 years later on a train and reconnect.

The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell

Historical fiction set in 1561 where a young teenage bride Lucrezia, Duchess of Ferrara realises her husband has brought her to their country home in order to kill her.

The Seven Skins Of Esther Wilding by Holly Ringland

Holly is an Australian author who also wrote The Lost Flowers Of Alice Hart which I absolutely adored – I think it was my favourite book the year it was released. It’s also being made into a series I think by….. I want to say Amazon Prime. I’m super excited for that, Holly Ringland showcases Australian natives beautifully and a lot of the book takes place in various types of Australian nature. I’m very keen to see what her second book will be like.

Ithaca by Claire North

This has a cover quote by Jennifer Saint and I’m all about the mythology books these days. This is the story of Penelope, who was of course, the wife of Odysseus, who waited for his return for like, 20 years, staving off all her other suitors who came to the Kingdom of Ithaca to win her hand. Yes please!

Bet On It by Jodie Slaughter

A bingo-based sex pact? Why the heck not. This sounds super fun and I think it’s out next week.

The Killing Code by Ellie Marney

I would read Ellie Marney’s grocery list and probably give it 5 stars.

Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng

New Celeste Ng! 100% very excited for this.

Booked On A Feeling by Jayci Lee

I’m obsessed with books that contain anything about writing, publishing, reading, bookstores etc, especially if the book is a romance, so this one sounds like it is definitely my sort of thing! It involves an overachieving lawyer named Lizzie suffering a panic attack and heading back to the small town she spent summers in where the guy that had a crush on her all that time, still lives. Whilst she’s there, Lizzie decides to spruce up the local bookstore – I would like this right now please!

Best Of Friends by Kamila Shamsie

I liked Home Fire and this sounds interesting, spanning the friendship of two women over decades who are very different but now are both powerful in their own way. Something happens to threaten that which they must deal with – and decide if their friendship can survive it.

I know I’ll have forgotten books that I’m excited about, so I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone else has on their lists this week! Do you have any of mine on yours? Let me know!

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Top 10 Tuesday June 28th

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

Top 10 Books On My Summer Winter TBR

Yes it is unfortunately winter here. It actually “becomes” winter here on the first of June, so it’s actually been winter for a while – both officially and in terms of the weather we’ve been experiencing. We’ve had two things they term a “polar vortex” which is a cold front dragged up from Antarctica, so that’s about as fun as it sounds. It’s already been mid-to-late-July weather in early June which probably doesn’t bode well for the rest of the season. Looks bound to be super cold and super rainy apparently. Which is good for reading!

Before I get into what’s on my TBR for the next couple of months, I’m going to have a look at how many titles I read from my Autumn TBR (I suspect not many as I hardly read anything in May). Looking back I read only 4 of the 10 books I had highlighted as wanting to read which is definitely one of my lower performances! Let’s hope I do better with this one.

Elektra by Jennifer Saint

I loved Ariadne so I am super keen to read this. I’ve actually tried to buy it twice recently and wasn’t able to find it so I’m going to just have to give up and order it online.

Daughter Of The Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan

I currently have this out from my local library – I had it requested for months but I must’ve been quite far down the list as it only came in about two weeks ago. I’ll actually have to read this one pretty quickly as I won’t be able to renew it as I’m sure there will be lots more people waiting.

Gild by Raven Kennedy

I’d never heard of this until recently but apparently the first 3 books have caused a bit of a storm. I’ve seen it everywhere since then so I thought I’d give the first one a go (not committing to the series until after I’ve read this lol) and see if I like it.

The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston

I saw this the other day – the ebook comes out today I think?! But the paperback doesn’t come out until November which is a bit disappointing. Anyway this sounds so fun – another book that contains a writing/editing plot and also, someone is dead? I really want some books just like this one at the moment.

Book Of Night by Holly Black

I preordered this so I’ve had it since it came out…..which is like a month and a half? Nearly two months? But I haven’t read it yet and I keep hearing that people are pretty disappointed with it. People who loved The Folk of the Air series (which I did), who expected to love this. There’s so many that they’re kind of hard to ignore, even though I know you shouldn’t worry too much about what other people thought or let it put you off. But it did mean that this went from something I’d read the moment it arrived to something that is still sitting on my TBR shelf.

Lessons In Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

I’ve seen this a lot of places recently and it looks very fun. Definitely something I think I would like.

You Made A Fool Of Death With Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi

I just ordered this after hearing someone in a podcast I listen to rave about it and also some on BookTube as well. Hopefully I love it!

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Netflix have an adaptation of this one coming next month I think. I haven’t read it in over 11 years so I’d like to refresh my memory before I watch it. And since I last read it I have bought the hardback clothbound version, so gives me an excuse to pull that one off the shelf.

Rule Of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo

This is on my 22 in 2022 list that I set for myself and I’m still a bit behind the pace I probably should be on. I really want to get this one read and wrap up this duology.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

I read Transcendent Kingdom recently and really enjoyed it. Definitely keen to read this even more now – I already own it and it’s also on my 22 in 2022 list!

These are just 10 of the books I plan to read this winter – have you read any of them? Let me know if I should be prioritising them highly or maybe pushing them down my list a bit!

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Top 10 Tuesday May 31

Hello and welcome to another Top 10 Tuesday! Originally created by The Broke & the Bookish, Top 10 Tuesday now lives with Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. It features a different literary-based theme each week and this week our topic is….

Top 10 Comfort Reads!

For the most part, comfort reads for me are books that I have read that I absolutely loved, but more than that….books that for some reason or other, spoke to me more than most books that I read. They are generally (but not always) some form of a romance novel, one that gives me “all the feels”. I used to do a lot of rereading when I was younger, especially in high school and university but these days, I don’t reread much at all – there are just too many new books out there every week! I don’t even have time to read all the new releases that I want to, let alone to go and reread much. However I do still occasionally choose to pick up something I’ve read before that is a great comfort to me, usually at a time where I do not have the mental energy for something new. These are some of my favourites!

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

I reread this almost obsessively back when I first read it. I was going through a really awful time and for some reason or other, this book was just…..everything I wanted in a read. It’s been a while but since then I have occasionally pulled it out and reread some of my favourite parts.

Silent In The Sanctuary by Deanna Reborn

The third book in the Lady Julia Grey series and the one where everything is super crazy with Brisbane. The tension and angst in this book is next level but it’s also the book where it gets resolved and progresses and you realise that the author isn’t going to draw everything out in the same cycle for every book.

Forget You by Jennifer Echols

I love a good amnesia story! I really love Doug in this story, Zoey kinda puts him through such hell and she’s always thinking the worst of him….I do like an opposites attract looking story. Doug kinda comes off as a bad boy but he isn’t really.

The Obernewytn Chronicles by Isobelle Carmody

I’ve talked a lot on here about this series – I’ve been reading it since I was 14 and the last book only came out a couple of years ago so it ended up being quite a long term investment. I’ve read the first three honestly probably over 100x and I did several full rereads whilst waiting for the second last and final book.

It’s Not Me, It’s You by Mhairi McFarlane

I love Mhairi McFarlane, so many of her books would fit this category for me but this one is definitely my favourite. I love the ending – I’ve reread that part of it SO MANY TIMES.

Book Lovers by Emily Henry

I’m jumping the gun a bit with this one because it only just came out and I’ve only read it once but I already know that it is 100% the type of book that I find a comfort read and definitely one I would pick up repeatedly if in need of such a thing. In fact, any of Emily Henry’s adult releases would fit the bill here for me.

The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley

I like telepathy books almost as much (maybe as much?) as I like amnesia books. This has a bit of everything. Lots of history and fun romance and a link between two characters that is so fun.

Crosstalk by Connie Willis

The Firebird reminded me of another telepathy book I loved (and reread a lot around the same time I was reading The Hating Game all the time) – Crosstalk by Connie Willis. I loved this! I have the audiobook as well and have listened to it quite frequently, whenever I cannot be bothered starting a new audiobook.

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

This was the first classic I read that I really loved – and seeing the BBC adaptation a year or two later really cemented that love and now I reread it relatively often. Probably every other year maybe? I feel like Austen is the sort of author where the more you read one of her books, the more you notice that she does with relationships and observations. I always find something different when I reread an Austen book (I’ve read this one, S&S, Emma and Persuasion quite a few times).

In At The Deep End by Penelope Janu

Another romance I have reread quite obsessively! I also love the scientific stuff in this one (anything featuring Antarctica is a win for me), the opposites attract, the grumpy hero….all of it!

And there we are – 10 books I find comfort reads. A lot of them are romances of some description or contain romantic elements, so I guess it’s what I go to when I need that sort of read. I want something that I know is going to be satisfying – sometimes you just cannot invest yourself in a new book, you want something that is familiar.

What are you comfort reads?

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Top 10 Tuesday May 17

Hello everyone and welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday, hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. This is a topic that is basically for made for me because my TBR pile is hundreds of books, I constantly buy books I am excited about but haven’t read yet. So these are just 10 of them!

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

I bought this about 18 months ago and I have heard so many good things about this one and the rest of the trilogy. Just have yet to pick it up!

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

I bought this when it first came out, which I think was March 2018 – that’s what Goodreads says anyway. So that’s four years ago now! I have read the first two and honestly, I do not know why I haven’t read this. It’s been so long now that I probably need to read the first two again.

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

I can’t remember when I bought this, but I know where I bought it – a cute second hand bookstore near the beach in my hometown. I either bought it when I was there in Christmas 2015 or Christmas 2019, because my husband and I visited both times and bought a stack of books each time but I can’t remember which ones I bought when! I have heard SO many good things about this. And I think I actually ended up putting it on my 22 in 2022 pile this year (but we won’t talk about that, I have fallen off the wagon there pretty badly!)

A Song Of Wraiths And Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown

This one isn’t too bad as I bought it in February of 2021! Pretty sure the sequel is out already which is a bonus I guess because when I finally read this, if I love it then I can just roll straight on to the next one and not have to wait.

Bone Ash Sky by Katerina Cosgrove

I bought this when it came out in 2013 so that is almost 10 years ago. Yikes. It’s a novel about an American journalist who goes back to the place of her origins and unravels things about the Armenian genocide. I have actually tried to read this once or twice and never got very far – not sure if I was in the right frame of mind for it or if it has a beginning you need to push through a bit. I really need to give it another go and see if it works or if I need to maybe pass it on.

The Distant Hours by Kate Morton

I bought this in the same shop that I got All The Light We Cannot See and it’s a beautiful hardback, which you don’t often see here. It’s fricking huge though and I have all these chunky books (some more of which I’ll also include in this post) that I buy thinking oh yeah, this is going to be great, what a huge book to sink into and then I look at it and look at the 3 books I could read in the same amount of time and end up reading those instead haha.

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

Lol. I don’t know why I was so excited about this? But I bought it when it came out – also in 2013, so also nearly 10 years ago. I’ve read the first page like 2-3x and basically became the confused emoji and put it away but I’m at the same time kind of determined to try and finish it? But it’s also super huge and…..very intimidating.

The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

Okay. I’ve found the one that’s been on my shelf the longest, I think! I bought this in….I want to say around 2009? The three books were already out and I think I bought the first one, read it and loved it and then bought 2&3 together. I have read 2 and loved that as well but….I don’t know, I’m quite bad at finishing things. It’s a finality I’m not ready for….as the author died. I keep filing it under ‘one day’.

A Gathering Of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

I had heard amazing things about V.E. Schwab in the weeks and months leading up to me buying the first 2 books in this series (this is #2). I can’t remember exactly when I bought them but I read the first one in April 2017 so it would’ve been in the month or 2 before that, because I think I read it fairly soon. However I liked it – but I didn’t love it….and this one has been languishing on my TBR pile ever since.

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Well. Is it even a Top 10 Tuesday if I do not include this book in some fashion? I bought this when it came out. And I still so want to read it – probably more than any other title on this list. But it’s also huge and everyone keeps saying that it destroyed their soul and I need to wait until I’m ready to be emotionally victimised by this book.

A snapshot of 10 of the books on my TBR list that I was super excited for – and still haven’t read yet! Do you have any of the same ones sitting on yours? Or are you actually more organised than me and have read them already? Let me know.

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Top 10 Tuesday May 3

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

One Word Reviews For The Last 10 Books I Read

Meet Me In The Margins by Melissa Ferguson

Cute.

Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon

Bonkers!

A Bookshop Christmas by Rachel Burton

Okay.

Doomsday Book by Connie Willis

Harrowing.

A Caravan Like A Canary by Sasha Wasley

Frustrating.

Sister Stardust by Jane Green

Mediocre.

The Tea Room On The Bay by Rachel Burton

Enjoyable.

Honor by Thrity Umrigar

Traumatising,

How To Lose An Earl In 10 Weeks by Jenni Fletcher

Surprising.

Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones

Tumultuous.

This was so interesting to do! I actually really struggled to come up with one concise word for some of them, because I wanted to convey a bit more. Did any of these one word descriptions make you want to read the book? Have you read one of these and if so do you agree or disagree with the word I chose? Let me know!

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Top 10 Tuesday 12th April

Hello everyone and welcome back 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’s topic is:

Top 10 Authors I Haven’t Read But Want To

Meg Wolitzer

I’ve seen lots of people I know reading and praising her books and she’s an author I’ve always intended to read. I’ve just never gotten around to it!

Sulari Gentill

An author best known for her Rowland Sinclair Mysteries series which has about 10 volumes and has won numerous awards. Obviously I have never read any of them. This is her new (upcoming) release, which is a departure from the series and takes place in the Boston Public Library. I hate this cover but the premise sounds very good.

Mia Sosa

I think, based on the descriptions/blurbs, I would quite like her books. They’ve been on my wishlist/tbr for a little while, just haven’t gotten around to acquiring them yet!

Ken Follett

I own several of his books but the issue is – they are all so long! Like, over a thousand pages. I have so many books on my shelves unread, it’s like….choosing to read this or reading 3-4 other books in the time it would take me to read just one of his. But I intend to crack the spines on these…one day!

Robert Jordan

See above with Ken Follett, lol. But when I was in high school, many years ago now, I got quite into fantasy. David Eddings, Raymond E. Feist and the like. My library had loads of Robert Jordan books, but I could never find the first one. For some reason it was always checked out when I looked, so I never got around to starting this series. I bought a copy of the first book so I could watch the adaptation but have so far gotten around to neither.

Tricia Levenseller

I’ve seen a lot of people talk up her books and this one definitely sounds like my sort of thing!

Becky Chambers

I honestly do not know why I haven’t read these already! There’s a bunch of books in this loosely linked series now and they have all been seemingly very well received. I’ve seen loads of bloggers and people I follow praising them. I think I might’ve even tried to borrow one from my library once. I definitely need to try this author!

Yaa Gyasi

I even own Home Going. And I want to buy Transcendent Kingdom. Definitely an author I will read soon.

R.F. Kuang

I’ve been meaning to read this series for ages! I have owned The Poppy War for a couple of years now.

Sharon Kay Penman

I’ve had a few people recommend her books to me pretty enthusiastically. But like the Ken Folletts and the Robert Jordans, these things be huge. And so I’ve always avoided giving them a go but one day I’d really like to. I really like this cover! I’d be keen to try this one first, I think the story of Richard III is super fascinating.

Just 10 authors that I have not read yet, but really want to (there are many more!). Have you read any of these authors? If so…which ones should have me pushing their books to the top of my TBR? Let me know!

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Top 10 Tuesday 29th March

Hello and welcome back 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 we are talking…..

21st Century Books I Think Will Become Classics

Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

I love this book! It was one of my favourite reads of this decade for sure and I think it has a great chance to become a classic, especially if the movie does well and further cements it. It’s been on the bestseller lists for years now, pretty much without break.

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

I thought this whole series was wonderful but I really loved the first book. I think these are accessible for a lot of readers and it’s just a riveting story. There’s also a television adaptation but I haven’t seen that yet.

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

I haven’t read this yet but I do own it. I’ve heard a lot of amazing things about it, it won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and was long listed for a Booker. It twists history into speculative fiction by making the Underground Railroad an actual railroad and I feel like this just might carry forward for a long time as an important book.

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Is it even Top 10 Tuesday if I don’t have this book on the list? Once again, I still haven’t read this, I’ve had it on my TBR for what feels like decades now and I added it to my 22 in 2022 pile, determined that this be the year. I know this is deeply traumatising but everyone still says it’s so good.

Beloved by Toni Morrison

I think this book will definitely achieve classic status in years to come.

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

I read this a few years ago and I was well above the age it was aimed at but I still really enjoyed it and found it a very powerful story. It’s definitely the sort of book I wish had been around more when I was in my teens and going through those formative years and it’s the sort of book I hope my kids read. I definitely think it has the ability to stay relevant and stay something that people really connect with.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

I wasn’t sure whether to include this one (which I haven’t read) or The Secret History (which I have). Ultimately I went with this one because of its long list of accolades and although that doesn’t necessarily make a good book it does tend to keep them on people’s radars and on study lists and bestseller lists, all things that could definitely push this one into classic territory in years to come.

Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky

This is a tragic story – this book was written by a woman born in Ukraine, who was living in Paris in WWII. She was also Jewish and she was arrested and sent to Auschwitz before her intended five part novel was finished. This is parts 1 and 2, published posthumously decades after her death in the concentration camp. This has been on my TBR for years.

The Last Migration (aka Migrations) by Charlotte McConaghy

One of my favourite books ever that I’ve read in recent times, so I certainly hope this becomes a classic. I think it’s an incredible book (and it’s being made into a movie too, which has the power to seriously push it in a big way, if it’s done right).

The Sympathiser by Viet Thang Nguyen

This has also been on my TBR for quite a while – I’ve heard so many incredible things about it. I’ve actually read a book of short stories collated by this author on refugees and that was incredible. I’m really keen to read this – it’s set in Vietnam in the 1970s and a Viet Cong sympathiser who is watching and reporting on people who are planning to flee the country.

To be honest I think it’s pretty hard to predict books that might become classics in the future. But these are some that I think could definitely get there, even though some of these here I haven’t actually read yet! I should keep this list to reflect back on one day, when I’m old & grey and see if any of my predictions panned out!

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