Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Spring 2019 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Click on the link for more info and to find out about future topics.

This weeks theme is:  Books on my Spring 2019 TBR


I love it when Top Ten Tuesday gives me the opportunity to have a proper look through my TBR list/pile because sometimes that pile seems so huge and ominous that a quick side-glance as I pick up my next book is all I dare risk. So, here are some of the books, both old and new, that I’m hoping I’ll get around to reading over the next few months.

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – I’m already reading this one, and at over 800 pages I feel I probably will be for a while. When I collected it from the library I was amazed at how massive and how heavy it is, and said straight away that if it wasn’t great then it was going back.
400+ pages in and I don’t even mind having to lug this huge fantasy novel around because it’s very very good.

A Time of Blood by John Gwynne – Second of the Of Blood and Bone series. I can’t wait to get back into this story and find out what happens next.

The Passage by Justin Cronin – I’ve been watching the new tv series based on this novel and it’s made me want to start the trilogy again. I read the first book a long time ago, but I can’t remember that much about it, it seems quite different from the tv show, so I’d like to start at the beginning and then carry on with the rest of the books.

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James – Another very striking cover, and another fantasy novel that I hope I’ll lose myself in soon.

The Rose and the Yew Tree by Agatha Christie writing as Mary Westmacott – Here’s something completely different in more ways than one. A break from the fantasy/post-apocalyptic themes that I love so much, and also a break from Christie as a crime writer.

Last Ones Left Alive by Sarah Davis-Goff – Sounds a little bit post-apocalyptic, and may contain zombies. Sounds like my sort of tale.

Circe by Madeline Miller – I saw some quotes from this novel online a while ago and if the rest of the writing is so good then I think it should be a treat to read. I can’t believe that I’ve had this one on my TBR pile for so long already.

The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker – People are falling asleep and not waking up, and their dreams are becoming increasingly vivid. The set up sounds intriguing, and I can’t wait to read this.

This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab – I think I’ll let the summary speak for itself on this one – Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

A Different Kind of Evil by Andrew Wilson – And for something a little different I might try to pick up the next in the Agatha Christie books as I enjoyed A Talent for Murder. This tale follows Christie on her travels to the Canary Islands to investigate the death of a British agent.


Have you read any of the books that made my list this week? Which should I give a place at the very top of my TBR pile, and what are you hoping to read over the next few months?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved with Fewer than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Click on the link for more info and to find out about future topics.

This weeks theme is:   Books I Loved with Fewer than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads


I must admit that number of ratings on GoodReads is something I don’t very often pay attention to. I’ll look at the average rating, and read reviews, but the number of ratings? Not so much. So, I was really surprised to find out that so many of the books I’ve really enjoyed over recently months have less than 2000 ratings at the time I wrote this post.

Someone Like Me by M. R. Carey – 1312 Ratings – The Girl With all the Gifts started my enjoyment of M. R. Carey’s novels, and I always look out for the latest. This was really good, and I still really like Fran and Jinx. They’ve stayed in my mind since I finished the novel.

The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas – 1344 Ratings – An enjoyable time-travel murder-mystery with a lovely romance and some good characters.

The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths – 1171 Ratings – I love the mix of gothic, ghostly, and murder mystery in this.

The Corset by Laura Purcell – 1239 Ratings – Picked up after loving The Silent Companions, I enjoyed this story too. It was very different from her first novel, which remains one of my favourite recent(ish) reads.

Adrift by Rob Boffard – 400 Ratings – I haven’t read much Sci-Fi until now, but this story of a group of space tourists trapped on a ship after their station is attacked left me wanting to check out more from this genre!

A Time of Dread by John Gwynne – 1323 Ratings – The first book in the Of Blood and Bone series (the new book is out soon!) and my very first John Gwynne novel.

The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams – 958 Ratings – The first Winnowing Flame series book introduces Tor, Vintage and Noon, three characters I really took to straight away as they went off on their fantastical adventures.

The Bitter Twins by Jen Williams – 405 Ratings – Sequel to the above novel, and equally as good as the first. I can’t wait for the final instalment of this trilogy, out later this year.

The Christmas Lights by Karen Swan – 686 Ratings – I always find myself with the latest Karen Swan on my TBR list around Christmas-time, and this one was no exception. They’re very different from my usual reading choices and I like them for that.

A Talent for Murder by Andrew Wilson – 1137 Ratings – An imagining of what happened during those days of Agatha Christie’s unexplained disappearance.


Have you read any of these? Which books were you surprised to discover have fewer than 2000 ratings?

Top Ten Tuesday: Recent TBR Additions

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Click on the link for more info and to find out about future topics.

This weeks theme is:   Recent TBR Additions



The Passage, The Twelve, The City of Mirrors – all by Justin Cronin

I read The Passage a few years ago and I must have enjoyed it because I bought the rest of the series but somehow never got around to reading them. Now there’s a new tv series based on the book all of a sudden it’s caught my attention again and I really want to get back into the books. I think I’ll start at the beginning because I can’t really remember a great deal about the first book, and now the series is complete I could read them back to back if I fancied that.

Last Ones Left Alive by Sarah Davis-Goff – Give me new post-apocalyptic tales and I’ll be one happy reader. I love all things along this line, and throw in a few zombies and you’ve got a place right at the top of my TBR mountain.

The Last by Hanna Jameson – Sticking with the post-apocalyptic theme here for a murder mystery in a hotel as the world is ending. This really does sound intriguing.

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley – If something is compared to an Agatha Christie story then chances are I’m going to want to check it out. I’m in the mood for a good murder mystery or two.

A Time of Blood by John Gwynne – A Time of Dread was my first John Gwynne novel and I want to find out what happens next!

The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden – I recently finished The Girl in the Tower and I definitely won’t be leaving it too long before I pick up the concluding book of the Winternight trilogy. I really don’t want it to end, but I can’t wait to start reading either.

Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill – Robots? Really? Never thought I’d pick up this sort of book but the cover caught my attention in the library and reading the opening left me very curious.

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – I want to read more fantasy this year and the gorgeous cover of this book caught my eye. I’ve not read anything else by this author, but am looking forward to checking this out.

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James – Another fantasy novel making the list. A comparison to Game of Thrones has been made, so I have high hopes, and another very striking cover.

Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker – Can you ever have enough stories featuring vampires/Dracula? I don’t think so.


So, have you read any of these books already? If so, which should I be putting straight to the top of my ever-expanding TBR Mountain, and what are you hoping to read over the coming weeks?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Hoped to Read in 2018… But Didn’t!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Click on the link for more info and to find out about future topics.

This weeks theme is:   Books I Hoped to Read in 2018… But Didn’t!


The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden – I’m actually amazed that this book makes an appearance on this list for the two reasons… 1. I really loved The Bear and the Nightingale. 2. I requested The Winter of the Witch from the library long before it was due to be released. At this rate my request will arrive before I’ve even had chance to read the second book. To the top of Mount TBR it must go!

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie – Did I think I’d wait until closer to the new movie adaptation to read this? I can’t think why else I haven’t gotten around to it yet given my newfound enjoyment of all things Christie.

Early Riser by Jasper Fforde – I was and still am very much looking forward to the latest read from Jasper Fforde. Soon, I hope…

Melmoth by Sarah Perry – I want to try my best to read this before the dark nights and cold days of winter depart, because I have a feeling that it’s a book to be savoured in those exact surroundings.

Elevation by Stephen King – How is it possible that a Stephen King book is appearing here!?! A new SK novel and I didn’t read it right away? Something’s definitely not right with that picture.

Salvation by Peter F. Hamilton – Picked up after reading Adrift by Rob Boffard. I enjoyed that book so much that I decided I’d like to try more Science Fiction and I’d heard good things about Hamilton’s books. Still cannot comment myself though as Salvation remains unread so far.

The Mitford Murders by Jessica Fellowes – Another book that caught my eye enough to end up on the TBR pile but so far it never managed to reach the top.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt -Now I’m not at all surprised to find this title lingering on the list; it’s made several appearances on similar lists for I don’t even want to guess how many years now. Why has this book never reached the top of my TBR? The only explanation I have is that I actually bought a copy, and I always find myself setting aside my own titles for library books with other requests on them.

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett – I bought this, which probably means it lost out to a library book when I last went to my TBR mountain.

Circe by Madeline Miller – No idea. I just do not know why this exceptionally pretty looking book is still unread on my pile.


Have you read any of the books that made my list this week, and what did you think of them? Which books did you really hope to read last year?

Top Ten Tuesday: Falling into Fall 2018

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Click on the link for more info and to find out about future topics.

This weeks theme is:   Books on my Fall 2018 TBR


My favourite season is (almost) here. I absolutely love curling up with a hot drink and a brilliant book while the weather outside turns cooler. There also seems to be some fantastic sounding books either just out or coming very soon, so there’s plenty of (hopefully) great reading to look forward to. Here’s a selection of some of the titles that have caught my eye recently…

The Corset by Laura Purcell – I loved The Silent Companions by the same author, so I can’t wait to start this new tale, billed as a Victorian chiller.

Melmoth by Sarah Perry – The Essex Serpent was so good that I knew I’d pick up whatever Sarah Perry wrote next, and this story of folklore, superstition and legend sounds intriguing.

The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gower – I’ve had this book on my TBR pile for a while now and I’ve seen some great reviews of it, so I’m hoping that I’ll start it within the next few weeks.

Transcription by Kate Atkinson – A young woman recruited into the world of espionage in 1940 sounds like a fascinating beginning to a story. This will be my first Kate Atkinson.

Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness – We’re really being spoiled at the moment, with a tv adaptation of A Discovery of Witches and a new book featuring familiar characters from the All Souls trilogy.

The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafón – So exciting! I’ve read all the other Cemetery of Forgotten Books series (The Shadow of the Wind has probably had a couple of re-reads too!) so getting my hands on this new instalment is something I’m looking forward to.

The Mystery of Three Quarters of Sophie Hannah – It’s Poirot as written by Sophie Hannah. My recent discovery of Agatha Christie and especially Poirot makes me really curious to see how another author writes such a famous character.

Halloween Party by Agatha Christie – A Poirot story, and picked solely on the basis that Halloween is approaching, so why not?

The Feed by Nick Clark Windo – Everyone relies on The Feed. Then The Feed collapses. Imagine a world where the technology we use so much is suddenly no longer there, and then someone really important to you goes missing. This sounds so good.

NOS4R2 by Joe Hill – I’ve probably featured this one on an autumn themed TBR list before, so hopefully this time I’ll get around to reading it. It seems perfect for this time of year.


And so you have just some of the books featuring on my TBR list/pile at the moment. What are you hoping to read this autumn?

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden or Not-So-Hidden Gems

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Click on the link for more info and to find out about future topics.

This weeks theme is:   Hidden Gems (which books haven’t been talked about as much or haven’t been marketed as strongly that you think deserve some recognition?)


I’m back for my first Top Ten Tuesday in quite a while. I thought I’d use this week’s topic to remember some of the books I’ve really enjoyed over the last few months. Whether you’d call them hidden gems is debatable, because at least one or two of them I’ve seen mentioned almost everywhere, but an opportunity to talk again about good books is one not to be missed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton – A time-travelling, body-swapping, Christie-esque whodunnit-type mystery. Still possibly my favourite read of the year so far.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles – Charming characters, lovely writing. The story of Count Alexander Rostov, living under house arrest in the Hotel Metropol remains very memorable.

       

Wrath of Empire by Brian McClellan – This is the second book in his new fantasy series, so go check out Sins of Empire first, because you’re in for a treat. There’s also the Powder Mage books to discover as well.

              

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie – I’m new to Christie and this was the book that started it all. Probably the least ‘hidden’ gem on my list, but when I saw the new movie version I actually had no idea at all about the twist in the tale. Also check out The Mysterious Affair at Styles and The Murder on the Links.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik – Myth, folklore, frost demons, fire demons, and a whole host of determined leading ladies, I really enjoyed Spinning Silver.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant – Killer mermaids! Tense and exciting and well worth a read.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fatal Inheritance by Rachel Rhys – A mystery tale involving a bequest from a stranger which sends main character Eve to the French Riviera in search of answers. If you’re missing the hot weather of summer, the atmosphere of this book may suit you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Time of Dread by John Gwynne – A new fantasy series and the first book I’ve read by this author.

       

 

 

 

 

 

The Bitter Twins by Jen Williams – A second-in-series book. Check out The Ninth Rain then continue the adventure with Tor, Vintage and Noon (and some rather fantastic talking war beasts) in The Bitter Twins.

       

Force of Nature by Jane Harper – And to conclude, yes, you guessed it, another second-in-series book. This one is crime, featuring Aaron Falk as the main character. He previously appeared in The Dry which you may want to check out first, but I do think you could dive straight in with this one if you prefer.


So, there you have it, a few of the books that have stayed with me beyond the initial reading. Hopefully you’ll discover something to enjoy. What have you been reading lately that you’d call a hidden gem? As always, do let me know, because a TBR list/pile can never have too many books on it!

Top Ten Tuesday: The Best of 2018 so Far…

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Click on the link for more info and to find out about future topics.

This weeks theme is:   Best Books I’ve Read In 2018 (So Far)


I couldn’t miss out on Top Ten Tuesday this week as I’ve been pondering on writing a post dedicated to a few of my favourite reads of the year so far for a while now.
I’ve come across some amazing books and authors over the last few months, so here are just a few of the reading experiences that have stuck with me.
All titles link to my reviews if anything catches your eye and you‘d like to find out more.

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles – My most recent finish and a book that I adored. It’s historical fiction, the story of Count Rostov living under house arrest in a grand hotel.

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton – This one was so good I didn’t want to take the book back to the library. A murder mystery, a country house, an Agatha Christie vibe with added body-swapping, time-bending elements. It was fantastic.

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie – My very first experience of reading Poirot. Even though I’d seen the recent movie and knew the solution I really enjoyed reading this.

Wrath of Empire by Brian McClellan – Book 2 in the Gods of Blood and Powder series, and a welcome addition to the Powder Mage world. It was a treat to get back to the adventures of some of my favourite characters. These books are really good.

The Bitter Twins by Jen Williams – Book 2 of the Winnowing Flame series. Talking dragons, war beasts, an enemy invasion, this book had a lot going on, and I cannot wait to find out what’s going to happen next.

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant – Killer mermaids! Need I say more?

The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin – Great characters and a great setting, and top marks for a gorgeous cover too.

I didn’t make ten for this weeks list, but I have high hopes for a few books still on my TBR pile, so perhaps I’ll write another Best Of… post when I’ve conquered a few of those.


Have you read any of these books, and if so what did you think? Which reads have you enjoyed so far during this year?
See you next time for another Top Ten Tuesday!