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Top 10 Tuesday February 16th

Hello and welcome back to another edition of Top 10 Tuesday! Hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl, it features a different bookish theme each week. This week it’s about Mardi Gras and books with yellow, green and/or purple covers in honour of that. I’m not American so I don’t actually really know much about Mardi Gras but I should be able to find some books with covers in those colours!

1. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

This one gets double points because it’s both purple and green! I love this book – can’t believe I only read it last year after owning it for about 9 years. I ended up reading the whole Chronicles of Ixia series in a very short amount of time.

 

2. Faefever by Karen Marie Moning

I really love the first five books in this series. I refuse to believe anything that happens after that even exists. This one is definitely one of my favourite covers.

3. Across The Universe by Beth Revis

I didn’t really love this story but the cover is actually one of my all time favourites. I love it!

4. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Megan Spooner

I have owned this book for quite a while but I haven’t read it yet. Love the cover though!

5. The Dark Enquiry by Deanna Raybourn.

I realised that I have a few books with women on the cover wearing green dresses so I just decided to lean into it and choose some of those! I really enjoyed this series and thought that it probably came to an end at about the right time.

6. India Black and The Shadows Of Anarchy by Carol K. Carr

This is a series that if I remember, ended abruptly when the publisher declined any more from it, which was a huge disappointment to me because I found these books super fun and I loved India Black and French. And now I’ll never know what happens *sigh*

7. The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey

I haven’t read this but it’s been on my periphery for a while now. Fun fact: yellow is my least favourite colour and I’ve been known to avoid books with violently yellow covers because of it.

8. Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris

Haven’t read this one either, although it’s by choice haha. I really enjoyed the earlier novels in this series but I was spoiled for some of the events in the last 2 and now I’ve really no desire to finish the series off.

9. On The Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

One of my actual favourite books of all time. You can never get back the experience of reading this story for the first time, having it all unfold, putting the pieces together (having your heart ripped out multiple times).

10. We Unleash The Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia 

I thought for the last one, I’d try include something that had all the colours! I haven’t read this but it’s part of a duology and it seems interesting.

 

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Top 10 Tuesday 9th February

Hello and welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday! Hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl, Top 10 Tuesday features a different bookish theme each week. This week, we are gearing up for Valentine’s Day and in honour of that….the topic this week is Valentine’s Day/love freebie. So I’m going to do:

Top 10 Romance Books I Want To Read In 2021

(some of these might not be strictly romance, but have strong romantic elements)

At the end of last year, I found a post somewhere (Goodreads maybe?) with books coming out in 2021 and I went and added a bunch of them to a wishlist-2021 category on my Goodreads and a large portion of them are romance novels or books with strong romantic elements. So I have quite a few to choose from, for this post!

1. Shipped by Angie Hockman.

This one gets added for a couple reasons: firstly it’s an enemies-to-lovers romance where the characters have had epic email battles – that’s definitely my sort of thing. And at least part of it takes place on the Galapagos Islands, which I’ve never read before in fiction.

2. Float Plan by Trish Doller.

I really like the sound of this – a woman intends to sail solo after she loses her fiancé, creating the trip they were supposed to take together. However after a practice night sail, she soon realises she can’t do it alone and hires a man to help her. A bit of forced proximity (one of my favourite tropes!). Can’t go wrong.

3. Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert.

I feel as though one book or another by Talia Hibbert makes it onto pretty much any Top 10 Tuesday list I create these days. After loving Chloe and Dani’s books, I am super keen to read Eve’s. Bring it on.

4. A Pho Love Story by Loan Le.

This sounds so cute – like a Romeo & Juliet type of tale, featuring two teens whose parents run rival Pho restaurants. This sounds like it could have so much goodness inside and I’m here for what are hopefully lots of descriptions of food.

5. Any Way The Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell.

I’m kind of scared for this. I just want Simon & Baz to be okay.

6. People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry.

This is 100% a priority after how much I loved Beach Read.

7. The Layover by Lacie Waldon.

Another one that checks boxes for enemies-to-lovers and also exotic location. A flight attendant and the cocky pilot that is apparently responsible for a humiliating night she experienced, are stuck on a week’s layover in Belize. Yes please!

8. A Lady’s Formula For Love by Elizabeth Everett. 

This sounds so fun – a clandestine society for brilliant female minds in Victorian times….secret work for the Crown….an eccentric lady and a reserved protection officer. Inject it into my veins!

9. Battle Royal by Lucy Parker.

I adore Lucy Parker’s London Celebrities series and this is the first book in a new series featuring a show that is clearly inspired by the Great British Bake Off (which I love, although less and less each year as they keep replacing judges and hosts). Anyway, four years ago the main character was voted off the baking show by a grumpy judge and now she’s back on the show, this time as a fellow judge. The male love interest is supposedly famously dour and the heroine has pink hair so I’m assuming she’s supposed to be Fun and Quirky and the male’s antithesis so….YES! Give me ALL OF THIS. The only issue is it’s not out until August and that is still so far away.

10. The Alice Equation by Davina Stone. 

I love a fauxmance and this sounds fun but with a serious side (the main character’s anxiety). Plus she works in a bookshop.

Bonus:

Isn’t It Bromantic by Lyssa Kay Adams.

This one is a bonus because I really love the sound of it (marriage of convenience, hockey player, secret bromance club) but it’s the fourth in a series and I haven’t read the other three and I really feel I probably should first. So this one is on my list but only after I’ve caught up!

And they’re 10 11 of the romantic books I’m most looking forward to reading in 2021. Although I’m not a huge Valentine’s Day person, I do love a good romance. If you’re keen to read some of these too, let me know!

 

 

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Top 10 Tuesday 2nd February

Welcome back to another edition of Top 10 Tuesday! Hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl, it features a different, bookish & literary theme each week. This week the topic is….

Top 10 Books I Want To Read That Were Written Before I Was Born

I decided to make this week’s post on classics I want to read, classics I mostly even own, but haven’t yet read. I have this weird relationship with classics – I want to read them. I buy them, especially pretty versions. But the actually picking them up and opening them and reading them bit? I’m not so good at that one. They sit on my bookshelf but as of yet….are unread!

1. I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith (first published in 1948).

I don’t know why I haven’t read this yet. I have heard so many great things about this book and it seems like everyone that reads it, loves it. I’ve owned it for years. I really do need to make it a priority to read this one!

2. Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak (originally published in 1957).

I haven’t read a lot of Russian literature but actually what I have read, I liked. I’ve had this one for a little while (actually I have two copies of this book because I forgot I bought it and I bought another one!) and when my Pop passed away, my Nan gave me his copy of the movie.

3. The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins (originally published in 1859).

I bought this on the strength of the reviews I’d read and comments I’d heard about it. Still haven’t read it

4. The Beautiful And Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald (originally published in 1922).

Yeah to be honest, I’m not sure why I bought this? Maybe the cover (this is the version I own). I wasn’t a huge fan of The Great Gatsby but maybe I bought this before I read Gatsby. Or maybe I just wanted to give Fitzgerald another go.

5. The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë (originally published 1848).

I’ve read books by the other Brontë sisters but I haven’t read Anne yet. I also love these versions – I don’t have this version of The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall but I do have some other books in these clothbound classics and I adore them. I’d love to have more of them! I find that some classics reprints are seriously ugly and I don’t want to buy them because of that! But these pretty ones? Get them all on my shelf!

6. Tess Of The D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (originally published in 1891).

I remember my advanced English teacher really pushed us to study this book but the students got to choose (there were only 3 of us doing the advanced portion of the course) and we ended up choosing something else. At the time I wasn’t really interested in reading this but high school was a loooong time ago now and it definitely seems a bit more interesting. Even if I don’t end up loving some of these types of books, I still want to read them to discover what it is about them, that has made them kind of stand out, pass the test of time, etc.

7. War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy (originally published in 1867).

Look, this one? It’s an epic commitment. It’s so many, many pages. The print is tiny. And I’ve actually read Tolstoy before (I’ve read Anna Karenina) and while I really liked it, Tolstoy loves a tangent. And his tangents don’t just go for a page or so, they go for like, dozens of pages. And this book is probably almost twice the size. It requires a lot of concentration and mental effort I think. So it’s firmly on the “one day” pile.

8. The Grapes Of Wrath by John Steinbeck (originally published in 1939).

I’ve read very little “Great American novels” but I’ve always been curious about this one. I own it – just haven’t read it yet. Story of my life, honestly.

9. Middlemarch by George Eliot (originally published in 1871).

I actually do not own this book (first one on the list that I don’t own) but I’ve just seen this version and I have to buy it! As everyone knows, this was actually written by a woman (Mary Ann Evans) who wrote under a pen name to avoid being stereotyped as writing a fluffy, romancy book for women simply because she was a female author.

10. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray (originally published in 1848).

I own an eBook of this one but I want this version! I want a whole shelf of these clothbound hardcover classics – I think they’d look so stunning together on a shelf in my new bookcase, haha.

Bonus: Bleak House by Charles Dickens (originally published in 1853).

I added this one in because I’ve never read a Charles Dickens novel. My Nan bought me David Copperfield when I was really young and it was so huge and daunting that I tried once or twice and then gave up on it. I’ve sort of been turned off Dickens ever since – I should’ve just left the book until I was much older but I wanted to read everything when I was a kid. My husband has this idea where he wants to read Dickens’ back catalogue in order but it’s really hard to find a version of the first book he wrote that isn’t ugly AF (which plays into what I said above, about not wanting to read them). A lot of Dickens books however, do come in these versions, so I think I’m going to get some of those.

Are you a classics reader? If so….have you read any of the ones here on my TBR? Let me know! Which ones should I prioritise?

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Top 10 Tuesday 26th January

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 the topic is…….

Top 10 New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2020

1. Minnie Darke

I adored this book – it was probably close to one of my favourites for the year. Just the unique way it was told. Minnie Darke has another novel but I haven’t read it. Will have to make that a priority for 2021.

2. Hilary Mantel. 

Yes, I’ve been under a rock…..I only read Wolf Hall last year and it was my first Hilary Mantel book. It’s super long and involved but it’s excellently done. I have the next book in this trilogy to read this year.

3. Shelby Mahurin.

I really enjoyed this last year! Forced marriage is one of my favourite things and the characters in this are also quite opposite as well, another thing I like. Enjoyed the witchcraft element as well, looking forward to reading the sequel.

4. Leonie Kelsall. 

This is a beautiful Australian rural story and I absolutely loved it! I can’t wait to read Leonie Kelsall’s next book.

5. Charlotte McConaghy. 

Probably my favourite book of 2020. This is a stunningly written story set in the near future about the extinction of many species’ of animals. It’s frighteningly real but with a sort of mystical element to it as well. It’s such a wonderful book. I loved it.

6. Rawah Arja. 

This Aussie YA revolved around a Lebanese-Australian community in Sydney and a high school in danger of being shut down. The lead character, a 15yo boy had an excellent voice and I loved his big, noisy, messy family. This is a very quintessentially Australian story, capitalising on a passion for rugby league, showcasing an immigrant community and the ups and downs of high school. Can’t wait to see what the author comes up with next.

7. Chris Hammer.

Some rural crime at its best.

8. Emily Henry.

LOVE! That’s really all I need to say.

9. S.A. Chakraborty.

Really enjoyed the first 2 books of this trilogy and highly looking forward to the third coming out in matching format this year so I can buy it and read it! I hate it when my series’ books don’t match……does this bother anyone else?

 

10. Talia Hibbert.

So glad I finally got around to discovering Talia Hibbert last year! Also read Dani Brown this year and am looking forward to Eve’s book later plus going back and reading some of her backlist. They look very interesting.

Bonus: 

Barack Obama. 

Really enjoyed his detailed memoir of his ascension through politics, the campaign and his first term. I’m really keen for the second volume of this story, which will detail his second term in office and presumably, his exit and how he felt leaving. He has a wonderful voice that’s a pleasure to read, even when he’s detailing batshit boring American policy.

Just a few of the authors I discovered in 2020, which was an excellent year for reading. Who did you discover? Let me know!

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Top 10 Tuesday 19th January

Welcome to another instalment of Top 10 Tuesday, hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. This week our topic is:

Top 10 Books I Meant To Read In 2020 But Didn’t Get To

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

I meant to buy this as soon as it came out but…..I never ended up getting around to it. I bought quite a lot of books towards the beginning of the year, when we first went into lockdown, but hardly anything once we came out of it towards the end of the year. I hope to get to this one soon!

2. How To Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

I did buy this last year, around the time of the BLM protests after the death of George Floyd. I bought quite a few books and I read a lot of them but I still have this one and one other non-fiction piece left to read. I’ve been learning a lot from reading these and even though I’m not American, finding so many things that are applicable in so many situations and places.

3. Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin

I read the first one in this series, Serpent & Dove and really enjoyed it. I borrowed this one via ebook when it came out but I was really struggling to read ebooks on my iPad last year for some reason, kept giving me headaches so I think I will try it in a different format in 2021. Hopefully borrow a paperback copy or something.

4. The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi

Never got around to this one either and now it’s been such a long time since I read the first book that I’m probably going to have to read it again before I finally read this one. I can’t remember pretty much anything that happened.

5. The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

I have been intending to read this for so long! I am going to buy the whole trilogy – this actually fits into a category for a challenge I’m doing this year and they’re such beautiful books that I have to buy copies instead of reading the copy of this one that I have electronically!

6. Bringing Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel

I finally read Wolf Hall (only took me 10 years!) and then I bought this one as soon as I’d finished. But I didn’t get around to actually reading it, so that’s a plan for 2021. And then hopefully when I’m finished, the third book is out in some sort of matching format and I can buy that and finish the trilogy. In probably 2022 or 2023 haha.

7. Torched by Kimberley Starr

This was sent by an Australian publisher but I just didn’t get time to squeeze it in but I transferred it to my ‘when I get time’ shelf because I really liked the sound of it. It’s about a single mother whose son is accused of lighting a bushfire (wildfire) that kills 12 people – something that is really relevant here. In fact the publication of this book was pushed back a few months as the first date coincided with terrible bushfires and they thought it’d be better to publish it once the danger of that time had passed. So I still want to read this.

8. My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

I always find books that delve into relationships between teachers and students really interesting from a psychological standpoint. I meant to read this one so many times in 2020 and just….never ended up doing it! Rolling it over into the 2021 TBR pile.

9. The Sun Sister by Lucinda Riley

I read the rest of the books in this series in pretty quick succession and finished them just before this one was released. However, I still haven’t read it (oh look, the story of my life!) although I have read an extract. Elektra is my least favourite sister and the extract I read made her seem even more tedious but I do want to read this because I am so curious about all the answered questions in this series like why do these sisters not even know their own adoptive father’s name and various other things!

10. Code Name Helene by Ariel Lawhon

This was also sent by a publisher and I didn’t end up fitting it in – it’s about Nancy Wake, a kind of fictionalised telling I guess. Nancy Wake is a really interesting Southern Hemisphere figure that I do not know nearly enough about and this one also went on my “one day” pile because I think it sounds really interesting and I’ve heard some good things from those who have read it.

And there we are – just 10 of the books I meant to get to in 2020 and did not. Will I be successful in reading these in 2021? Who knows? And do you have anything on your list that’s also on mine? Or have you read one of these (or more!) and have some thoughts? Let me know!

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Top 10 Tuesday 12th January

Welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday! Hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl, Top 10 Tuesday features a different bookish themed question or topic each week. This time we are talking:

Top 10 Bookish Hopes Or Resolutions For 2021

I have ebbed and flowed with bookish resolutions over the years. This year I hadn’t made any specifically before now but I thought it might be a good chance to think about the sorts of things I might want to accomplish in 2021 for the blog, with reading and reviewing in general. Let’s see how much I come up with…

  1. Remember that cross posting is a thing that exists: I am really bad with remembering to post my reviews to goodreads when they go up on my blog, or posting them in linky things or databases for the challenges that I am taking part in. I usually end up posting like, 40 at a time to goodreads, which is I’m sure, annoying for everyone on my friend’s list when they log in and get smashed with everything I’ve read in the last 2 months on their main page! I am going to make a conscious effort this year, to cross post and link up my reviews at the relevant places much more regularly.
  2. Use a reading journal: I used to also keep track of what I’d been reading in paper form as well as books received from publishers etc, but that kind of fell by the wayside last year and my reviews, records of what I’d read etc, were all electronic. I’d like to go back this year, to writing things down. I’ve got some really lovely notebooks that are unused and this seems like a good way to use up one of them!
  3. Continue to try and read more diversely: This has been a goal of mine for a couple of years and I’ve made some improvements but I’m still not where I’d like to be. I’d like to read more books by authors of colour, more books with characters who are LGBTQIP+ and by authors who are the same.
  4. Continue reading more non-fiction: The last couple of years I have been increasing the amount of non-fiction that I have been reading and I’ve been really enjoying it. It’s good sometimes, to read something that is a bit more complex because it also then makes me appreciate the fiction books that I go back to in-between non-fiction titles, especially the palate cleansing ones. I have a challenge this year as well, to help me with more non-fiction.
  5. Do not forget about my reading challenges, until the last minute: Sometimes this is a thing. I sign up for challenges at the beginning of the year and then kind of forget about them for large chunks of the year and then I panic about the amount of books I still have left to read for the challenges. This year I need to have more of a plan to space out the reading I need to do for challenges a bit, to search out books a bit earlier in the year.
  6. Be more choosy about the books I buy and in which format: I didn’t buy a huge amount of books last year, because I was basically in lockdown for 6 months and although I ordered some online, I definitely bought less than if I’d been out looking in bookstores every other week. Because of that, I didn’t have a huge amount of books that I bought last year and didn’t read yet, which is different to previous years. I still have unread books that I bought many years ago – so this year I want to be more careful about the books I buy. Utilise my library more, only buy favourite authors or books I really, really want to own. I want to buy more books on kindle as well simply because I just do not have the room to keep buying print copies at the rate I have been. My house is running out of room!
  7. Be a bit more brutal about the books I keep: I get quite a few books sent to me by publishers and I used to keep everything. Recently (last 3-4 years) I’ve realised that like above, that’s not sustainable – I can’t keep doing that. I’ve done a few culls of my book collection but I’ve realised I need to cull more regularly – maybe every month or two. If I read a book and I didn’t love it and know I won’t read it again most likely – set it aside to donate. Only keep the books that really spark joy, the ones that I adore. Even books that I buy – sometimes I buy something thinking I love it but I don’t end up doing that. And if not, then it needs to go.
  8. Care less about the goodreads goal: In the past, I’ve found the goodreads goal a bit stressful, like it was judging me. The last couple of years, I have deliberately lowballed my reading goal and that makes me feel much better about it.
  9. Don’t read things because I feel obliged: Sometimes in the past, I’ve felt like I should read something, because it was sent to me, unsolicited. I pretty much don’t feel like that anymore, but sometimes I need reminding.
  10. Keep my desk tidy: This is something I also need to remind myself about. It’s so easy for me to just dump stuff on my desk where I write reviews, because it’s quite large. I need to make sure I keep it tidy because when it gets messy I avoid sitting at it, and that’s how reviews pile up and my preference is to write them as soon as I can after finishing a book, because if they do pile up then I get overwhelmed and just don’t do it. So setting aside a time each week or every second week, to tidy my desk, remove anything that no longer needs to be there, keep the things that do need to be there organised, helps enormously.

And they’re my top 10 resolutions for 2021! I actually wasn’t sure I was going to be able to come up with 10 but in the end, it was quite easy.

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Top 10 Tuesday 5th January

Hello everyone and welcome to 2021! I hope you all had a lovely holiday period and that the new year is going well. We all know 2021 isn’t a magical reset button but hopefully things can slowly improve! Today it’s time for another Top 10 Tuesday post. Top 10 Tuesday is hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl and features a different bookish-themed topic each week. This week is a fun topic….we are talking:

Top 10 Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half Of 2021

These are in no particular order, just as I thought of them or came across them as I searched lists and posts for up and coming releases.

1. Winterkeep by Kristin Cashore (Graceling Realm, #4)

Okay so I remembered hearing at some stage that there was another Graceling book coming out but then I got an email from Goodreads about books out soon by authors I had rated highly and this was on it and it is out, like super soon. In fact it’s in just a couple of weeks! I’m so excited, I have to go and pre-order it or something so that I can read it right away. I adored all of the books in the Graceling series and I remember the way Bitterblue, book 3 ended and how it felt like there was more to be said.

2. Rescue Me by Sarra Manning.

I love Sarra Manning’s books! She writes a lot of really unusual romances, tapping in to some things that not a lot of people could make work. This one, about two people who after a misunderstanding, end up both sharing custody of a foster dog. I just love the sound of this and I think it’ll give all the feels.

3. Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert.

I really loved Get A Life, Chloe Brown and I have Take A Hint, Dani Brown which is ready for me to read and I can just tell from the description of it, that it’s 100% my sort of read. So I’m definitely excited for the third in the Brown Sisters trilogy.

4. The Notorious Virtues by Alwyn Hamilton.

I loved Alwyn Hamilton’s Rebel Of The Sands trilogy so I’m keen to read something new from her and I absolutely love this cover. It’s the sort of cover where there’s so much going on it feels like it’s impossible to see it all. And probably however wonderful it looks in a picture, it’s probably much better in person. This sounds full of murder and mystery and intrigue and toxic family and probably some romance. Can’t wait.

5. Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne.

Sally Thorne’s first novel, The Hating Game is one of my favourites and I’ve re-read it so many times! Her second novel wasn’t personally to my taste but I’m definitely hoping that I enjoy her third one as much as I did her debut so this still makes my list of most-anticipated.

6. Just Last Night by Mhairi McFarlane.

love Mhairi McFarlane. Absolutely love her and her books. Anything from her is an automatic buy and so I cannot wait for this.

7. One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston. 

I loved Red, White & Royal Blue it basically put Casey McQuiston onto my auto-read list. This sounds a little bit different – I think there’s some time travel involved? Or something? I’m interested to see how this plays out but I do feel like I’m probably going to love this also.

8. People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry.

I adored Beach Read so you can just go ahead and inject this right into my veins.

9. The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary.

Beth O’Leary is for me, a bit like Sally Thorne. Absolutely loved The Flatshare so much….but I didn’t really love The Switch. However I know that she can put out a book I’ll love and I am a big fan of road trip books, they’re one of my favourite types of plots. And this is a character being forced to road trip to a wedding with her ex-boyfriend, so there’s so much potential. I hope I love this.

10. The Prison Healer by Lynette Noni.

I thought that Lynette Noni’s debut series, The Medoran Chronicles, grew in strength with each instalment. This sounds really interesting and I love the cover!

These are just some of the books I am really excited about seeing released in the first half of 2021 – anything here you’re excited for too? If so, let me know!

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Top 10 Tuesday 29th December/My Favourite Books Of 2020

Well we are nearly ready to farewell 2020 and it’s time for another Top 10 Tuesday and this week’s topic combines perfectly with one of my regular end of year posts. Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme now hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. This week our topic is….

Top 10 Books Of 2020!

1. The Last Migration by Charlotte McConaghy. 

One of the three books I rated 10/10 in 2020. I really loved this beautiful, futuristic-but-realistic tale of a world where so many species are going extinct, where the oceans are choked with rubbish. It showcases a journey from the top of the world, near Greenland, right down to Antarctica. It’s a stunningly written story, absolutely compelling. I heard that movie rights have been optioned and honestly, this has potential to be incredible in both storytelling and scenery and how they could potentially show a planet on its way to devastation.

2. Know My Name by Chanel Miller.

Another 10/10 read and the only non-fiction one I rated so high. This was an amazing book – heartbreaking and rage-inducing and just….all of the feels. Chanel Miller is brave, putting herself out there like that, we all know this is the age of internet trolls and people who feel obliged to vomit their every opinion no matter the impact or consequences. This book showcases pretty much everything that is also wrong with sexual assault law and prosecution and how difficult it is to get a reasonable conviction, even when there are witnesses.

3. The Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan. 

My third 10/10 for the year – these are the only 3 books I rated so high for the year. For me, this was the perfect crime novel. I do so enjoy this series (this is the third and most recent) and they just seem to keep getting better. The lead character is so interesting and I really enjoy the dynamics in both his work and personal life.

4. With The Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo. 

I loved this. And I’ve never really been a fan of novels in verse but this was brilliant. I’ve loved everything I’ve read by Elizabeth Acevedo.

5. The Lost Love Song by Minnie Darke. 

This was so beautifully and uniquely told. I didn’t really know anything about this going in and I just loved it so much! I recommended it to a lot of other people as well.

6. The Chronicles of Ixia by Maria V. Snyder.

2020 was the year I finally got around to reading so many of the Maria V. Snyder books, most of which I’ve owned for like, 10 years! I actually went to an event with Maria when I was pregnant with my youngest son, who is now 9. I read all of the Chronicles of Ixia and enjoyed the Study books enormously (I liked Opal’s story as well, but I have a soft spot for Yelena and Valek) and I also read a few of her other books as well. I’m part of the way through several trilogies, need to get back to them at some stage.

7. Beach Read by Emily Henry. 

I listened to this and it really helped me get back into audiobooks. I’ve always had a bit of a strange relationship with them, because they take forever to listen to – I can read 2-3 books in the time it takes me to listen to an average paperback on audio. This was brilliant, I loved it so much. It had excellent humour but also delved into a lot of serious issues. January and Augustus had excellent banter and great chemistry. Can’t wait for Emily Henry’s next book.

8. The F Team by Rawah Arja. 

This was probably the surprise read of 2020. I really enjoyed this book, told from the perspective of a 15yo Lebanese-Australian boy and his struggle with identity and perception and family and growing up.

9. The Secrets Of Strangers by Charity Norman. 

This was a gripping story of a hostage situation in a cafe – how it came about, why, who was trapped there, the changing tides of emotions and thoughts and feelings. It was incredibly well done and I found myself swept along. It’s the sort of book where you feel like you’d feel one way, based on the blurb only for it to play out completely differently and your opinions to completely change.

10. The Austen Playbook by Lucy Parker.

I really love this series, especially the first book and this book. I have such a love for a grumpy, kinda asshole hero and this sunshiny heroine who is too bright and bubbly to even realise when the male character is being sarcastic or she notices and just completely blithely ignores them and this book is full of moments like that. This one is added fun because Griff, the hero, realises from a very long time out that he’s in loads of trouble where Freddy is concerned. I already loved Freddy from her previous appearances. I adored Richard and Lainey in book #1 but I think I loved Griff and Freddy even more.

……honourable mentions, because I can never have just 10!

Catch & Kill by Ronan Farrow.
The Shearer’s Wife by Fleur McDonald.
Flying The Nest Something To Talk About by Rachael Johns
Trust by Chris Hammer
The Secret Life Of Shirley Sullivan by Lisa Ireland
Dead Man’s Track by Sarah Barrie
The Farm At Peppertree Crossing by Leonie Kelsall
The Year The Maps Changed by Danielle Binks
Hidden Victims by LynDee Walker
Break The Fall by Jennifer Iacopelli
Charlotte Pass by Lee Christine

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas period, if you were celebrating! If you’ve read anything on my list, be sure to let me know (or if you want to). These lists are always hell on my TBR but I do enjoy finding new reads that I feel like I’ll love!

See you in 2021!

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Top 10 Tuesday 22nd December

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. This week we are talking:

Top 10 Books I Hope Santa Brings ❤

1. Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell.

This is actually one of the few books I have requested to possibly receive for Christmas (secret Santa book swap, we had to provide up to 3 preferences). The rest are just my wishful thinking and for future reference! I am really keen to read this.

2. The Book Of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd.

I’ve seen this around and I remember one of the author’s previous books also but I didn’t really look into this too much until I saw it on the Goodreads Choice Awards. It sounds really interesting.

3. You Had Me At Hola by Alexis Daria.

This sounds awesome – a soap opera star coming off a break up and a telenovela star are cast to be leads in a romcom for a streaming service. It’s like romance inception.

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

I have picked this up 2-3x in bookstores recently and looked at it to buy and then put it back, simply because I sort of put myself on a book buying ban until after Christmas presents were all done and everything was sorted. So it’d be nice if Santa snuck it in, wouldn’t it?!

5. A Song Of Wraiths & Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown.

Love the sound of this! Enemies to lovers is my thing – in order to save his sister, Malik must kill Karina, the Crown Princess. But Karina has her own endgame and she needs the beating heart of a King….which she might obtain through marriage. This sound amazing and I am so keen to read it!

6. Betty by Tiffany McDaniel. 

I’ve seen this around a lot lately and the cover has really stuck in my mind for some reason. This actually sounds like it might be quite a traumatic read….definitely one for when I’m in the mood for that type of thing.

7. The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller.

A girl with ambition to marry a king and then kill him and steal his kingdom? Why not. Some of my choices for this topic are quite bloodthirsty haha.

 

8. The Little Bookshop Of Love Stories by Jaimie Admans.

This sounds ridiculously cute. The main character wins a bookstore as some sort of prize – who wouldn’t want to own a bookstore?! It just sounds like a nice, easy, sweet sort of read which at the moment, I could really use more of.

9. Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett.

I love Jenn Bennett but somehow this escaped me when it was released and I am still yet to read it. So it’s high on my wishlist for 2021! Or maybe to round out 2020.

10. Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch.

This series looks really cute – and the perfect read for our summer holidays here right now.

It’s been a year, guys. I hope you all have a Merry Christmas (or whatever you choose to celebrate, if you celebrate anything at all) and that you are able to have a nice day, even if circumstances prevent it from being the day you would wish for. Hopefully Santa brings you some of the books on your own wish lists, to pass the time. If you’ve read anything from mine, be sure to let me know!

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Top 10 Tuesday 15th December

Hi everyone and 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 the topic is:

Top 10 Books On My Winter Summer Reading List

1. Take A Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert.

Recently I listed to Get A Life, Chloe Brown on audiobook and really enjoyed it. Chloe has two sisters, Dani and Eve, each of which get their own book and I saw just enough of Dani in Chloe’s book to be really intrigued about this. Also this features a bit of a fauxmance, which is one of my favourite romance tropes! I really like Talia Hibbert’s voice so I’m hoping this is going to be just as much fun as Chloe’s story.

2. A Kingdom Of Flesh And Fire by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

Okay, I read the first book in this series, From Blood & Ash and I didn’t love it. It was okay – but from what I’d heard and the amount of buzz it was generating, I have to admit, I expected….more. More story, more build, better writing and better characterisation. I also disliked Hawke quite strongly (not because of what happens at the end, that was the most interesting thing about him, but who he is in the beginning is honestly just incredibly tedious and annoying). But I still want to know what happens next.

3. The Kingdom Of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty.

This is actually my current read, I’ve already started it. But it’s already summer here (our seasons change on the 1st) so it totally counts, right? The second in the Daevabad trilogy, I really enjoyed the first book The City Of Brass. This is told from 3 points of view and I’m really enjoying it so far. As soon as I finish this one I want to move onto the 3rd book but I also have the first two in the smaller mass market size paperback and I’ve only seen the third in the larger size….so I sort of want to wait until they can all match. But I also want to finish the story? It’s a conundrum haha.

4. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett.

I’ve heard some really good things about this so that got me curious enough to add it to my TBR.

5. Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas.

This is actually out pretty soon (Jan 12 I think) and I’m excited for it!

6. A Court Of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas.

I will read this, even though I have some reservations. I’m one of the few people out there, it seems, who doesn’t enjoy Nesta as a character. Cassian deserves better. For me, she crosses the line and is just plain awful to pretty much everyone and I was finding it quite exhausting in the books she appeared in after they went into the cauldron thing. I’m more interested in Lucien and Elain’s story. But it seems we’re going to get Nesta first. Also the title sort of annoys me because the other books are A Court of Something AND Something and this is just A Court of Something Something. And the cover is a bit yikes. To be honest, I’ll mostly be reading this for glimpses of other characters I like more.

7. The Valley Of Lost Stories by Vanessa McCausland.

Review copy courtesy of the Australian publisher. This has been described as Big Little Lies meets Picnic At Hanging Rock which is a bit intriguing! I’ll be reading this pretty soon as I think it’s already out. I quite like the cover.

8. Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo.

I have this out from my local library at the moment so I need to read it soon as I won’t be able to renew it. I requested this ages ago – but because my library basically allowed everyone to keep books for about 6 months due to the pandemic, it took quite a while for me to move up the queue into first place. So I need to get to it pretty quickly. This was a joint winner of the Booker Prize and has been a nominee or made the shortlist for many other awards! I’ve heard some high praise, so I’m keen to see how I find this.

9. Starting From Scratch by Penelope Janu. 

Penelope Janu is one of my favourite Australian contemporary romance authors so I’m super excited for this book, which is due out in January. It remains unseen whether I can wait until then to read it or if I’ll sneak it in sooner than that!

10. Anxious People by Fredrik Backman.

I’ve heard really amazing things about this so I’m definitely keen to check it out. I know a few people who have really adored this.

For interest’s sake, I went and had a look at my Spring TBR post – of the 10 books I listed on there, I read just three of them! So it’s obvious that a lot of the time for me, these lists are very much a guideline and not an actual rule. Let’s see if I do better this season!

These seasonal lists are one of my favourite Top 10 Tuesday topics because I love seeing what others have planned to read! There’s always books I know I want to read but have forgotten to include, so I get reminded about them and plenty of books I’m unfamiliar with that I find interesting too.

If you’ve read something I’ve got listed here, be sure to let me know!

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