Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Top Tens

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 week’s theme is:  Top Ten Tuesday Turns 10!


Top Ten Tuesday turns 10, so this week I’ve decided to look at previous top ten lists I’ve written…

Book Hangovers – The book hangover, for me it’s that feeling of finishing a great book and just not quite being ready to leave the world and the characters behind. It was fun to think back on some of the stories that I couldn’t quite leave behind, and looking over the post again brought back fond memories of book such as The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon, A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C. A. Fletcher and books from the Powder Mage world by Brian McClellan

5-Star Reads? – An opportunity to ponder on whether upcoming reads would become 5-star reads. I enjoyed looking back over this post even though I still haven’t read some of the books I mentioned at the time. I can confirm that Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker and The Poison Song by Jen Williams in indeed become 5-star reads for me.

From Page to Screen… – Occasionally I’ll read a great book and it strikes me that it would be perfect for either a big screen or tv series adaptation. This post featured books I would like to see become a movie/tv show. As yet only NOS4A2 by Joe Hill has made it to the screen, but I still think The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton would be great, and the Winternight trilogy by Katherine Arden could also make a great series.

Books With Single-Word Titles – When I first saw this topic I thought it would be really tough and for a while I couldn’t think of many at all but in the end I was surprised how many came to me and could have added a few more to the post.

Love Freebie – I showcased book covers in this Top Ten Tuesday ‘Love Freebie.’ Sometimes, browsing bookshop/library shelves, a really striking cover is the very first thing to catch my attention and make me want to find out more about a book.

Rainy Day Reads – There’s a real pleasure in having the opportunity to sit and read on a rainy day. It’s quiet and cosy, and every so often it’s great to pause and watch the rain trailing down the windows. Give me a mug of tea and a great book and I’ll be a happy reader. So, what would I possibly pick up on one of these occasions?

Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book – There are so many reasons I might choose to pick up a particular book and this post looked into a few of them.

Hidden or Not-So-Hidden Gems – I think most of the gems featured in this post were actually ‘not so hidden’ in the end.

Books I Loved with Fewer than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads – This was an interesting post to revisit, seeing titles by Jen Williams and M. R. Carey and thinking how much I enjoyed those books. I’m surprised all over again that the books mentioned in this post didn’t have over 2,000 ratings on Goodreads at the time.

Freebie AKA All The Library Books I was Reluctant to Return – Library books are great but, of course, they have to be returned. That’s okay, until you come across one of those books that you really love.
It’s a beautiful book to look at, the story has been amazing, you’ve lived that tale with those characters and you can’t imagine not having that book in your possession any more. This post was devoted to library books I was reluctant to part with.


So, what did you write about this week?
See you again next time for another Top Ten Tuesday.

Top Ten Tuesday: My Summer 2020 TBR List

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 week’s theme is:  Books on my Summer 2020 TBR List


Last week I featured books I’ve recently added to my TBR list, and some of those may end up on my Summer TBR pile too, but for now, here are ten more books I hope I’ll manage to read over the coming months…

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow – I’ve wanted to read this for a while now, I think it might be the one I start next once I’ve finished…

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry – My ongoing reading project. It’s still in progress so not technically a TBR book but one that’s taking up a fair bit of my reading time at the moment so it has to have a mention.

Sanctuary by V. V. James – A death deemed a tragic accident, but rumours of witchcraft mean there could be more to it. A supernatural thriller that I hope to get around to reading soon.

Guards! Guards! By Terry Pratchett – I’m still a little undecided about whether to read the Discworld books in order or go at random but this one keeps drawing my attention so I might end up taking the at random approach.

The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty – The final book in this trilogy has just been released and I have the first two books already, so what better time to make a start?

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman – I’ve mentioned this series before. I love the sound of the adventures of a librarian spy.

Opium and Absinthe by Lydia Kang – In 1899 New York Tillie Pembroke’s sister has been found dead. Dracula has just been published, and Tillie can’t help but wonder whether a vampire may have been involved in her sister’s death.

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Gracia – The Jazz Age, Mexican folklore, an ancient Mayan God. Sounds like a good pick for summer reading I think.

Wakenhyrst by Michelle Paver – Billed as a darkly gothic thriller, I like the sound of this, and might save it for the latter part of summer.

? – What else should I add to my TBR list?


So, have you read any of the books that made my list this week?  If so, what did you think of them? See you again next time for another Top Ten Tuesday.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Added to my TBR List

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 week’s theme is:  Books Added to my TBR List


This week’s topic is Books I’ve Added to my TBR and Forgotten Why.
I have added many new books to my TBR list recently so I’m going in a slightly different direction with the prompt this and featuring some of the books that have caught my eye lately. So, here are ten books I’ve recently added to my TBR list, some already out there, some yet to be published…

If It Bleeds by Stephen King – The new Stephen King book couldn’t not feature on this list really, could it?

The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant – Billed as a Les Misérables reimagining, there’s little chance this wouldn’t have ended up on my list. I’ve never read Les Misérables but I’ve seen various versions over time and look forward to a reimagining.

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix – Vampires and book clubs sound an interesting combination to me. Definitely not one I’ve come across before!

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik – I’ve read a few books by Naomi Novik and found them all enjoyable so this latest release definitely gets a place on my TBR list. A school of magic and new student with dark powers? Yes please.

The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence – A new-to-me author. I already have Red Sister and the following books on my e-reader (unread as yet), but I really like the sound of this new book too so onto the TBR list it goes.

Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen – Fantasy, folklore, the supernatural, the Old West. Everything about this makes it a book that warrants a place on my TBR list. I came across it whilst reading about Lonesome Dove. The West but with added Fantasy.

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke – I’ve added this as I remember enjoying Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell so I’m excited to see what this new tale has to offer.

The Book of Koli by M. R. Carey – Another author whose previous works I’ve always enjoyed. This sounds really different from his previous books and is the first in a series.

The Angel of the Crows by Katherine Addison – Alternate 1880s London, angels, vampires and werewolves. Need I say more?

? – What have I missed that should be on my massive TBR list?


So, have you read any of the books that made my list this week?  If so, what did you think of them? See you again next time for another Top Ten Tuesday.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books With Single-Word Titles

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 With Single-Word Titles


When I first saw this topic I thought it would be tough, then suddenly I had a moment of inspiration and titles came to me.  Apparently I can’t stick to ten titles so I’ve divided this into books I’ve read and titles I’ve yet to read.

Read

Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker – I’m reading this tale of vampires at the moment and it’s so good! Speaking of which, I can’t not give a place on this list to…

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – I really enjoyed the story of Claire and Jamie and I hope to get back into this series. I’ve kept up with the tv show but I’d still like to read the books.

Adrift by Rob Boffard – I haven’t read much sci-fi but this story about a group left stranded on a ship after an attack made me think it’s a genre I should try more often.

Twisted by Steve Cavanagh – This thriller lived up to it’s name, delivering many twists and turns before the truth was revealed.

Sleep by C. L. Taylor – A thriller about a women who goes to work at a hotel on a remote Scottish island and finds anything but peaceful as it turns out there may be a killer in the midst of the guests.

Transcription by Kate Atkinson – The story of Juliet, who is recruited by the Secret Service. I’d never read anything by this author before and I really enjoyed this.

Cell by Stephen King – A strange incident involving mobile phones turns people into zombie-like monsters. This story follows a group of survivors as they try to stay safe.

Uprooted by Naomi Novik – Agnieszka and the Dragon. Remembering this book almost makes me want to give it a re-read!

Yet to read

Tomorrow by Damian Dibben

Wakenhyrst by Michelle Paver

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

Misery by Stephen King


So, have you read any of the books that made my list this week?  If so, what did you think of them? See you again next time for another Top Ten Tuesday.

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Hangovers

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:  The Last Ten Books That Gave Me a Book Hangover


The book hangover, for me it’s that feeling of finishing a great book and just not quite being ready to leave the world and the characters behind.
Here are some book hangover-inducing reads I’ve enjoyed…

Stoker’s Wilde by Steven Hopstaken and Melissa Prusi – One of my recent 5 star reads and I still haven’t stopped thinking about it yet. Can’t wait for the sequel!

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern – A book about books and stories, and magic and mystery and so many other things. I was engrossed throughout and kept thinking about The Starless Sea afterwards.

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – A vivid world, some memorable central characters and a variety of dragons. Great stuff!

The Institute by Stephen King – This one has stayed in my mind even though I’ve read quite a few books since. The situation that Luke and his friends at the Institute found themselves in was awful, but the way they responded and dealt with things made this an exciting read.

A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C. A. Fletcher – A unique tale with a wonderful central character, this one stayed in my mind long after I put the book down.

The Poison Song by Jen Williams – A great conclusion to the Winnowing Flame trilogy. I didn’t want it to end but at the same time I couldn’t put it down.

The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan – I didn’t want the Powder Mage trilogy to end but in this book it reached a great conclusion, and some of the characters went on to appear in the Gods of Blood and Powder trilogy, of which I’ve read two books so far. Which brings me to…

Wrath of Empire by Brian McClellan – This is the second book in the Gods of Blood and Powder series. I haven’t yet read the concluding book, Blood of Empire, but am really looking forward to it to find out how this trilogy will end.

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie – The eerie atmosphere, the isolated setting, the murder mystery, I loved it all.

The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey – A post-apocalyptic tale that I couldn’t put down. Melanie and Miss Justineau were such great characters and their adventures gave me a great page-turning experience.


So, have you read any of the books that made my list this week?  If so, what did you think of them? See you again next time for another Top Ten Tuesday.

Top Ten Tuesday: Love Freebie

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:  Love Freebie


I’m looking at covers again for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday ‘Love Freebie.’
Sometimes, I’ll be browsing the bookshop/library shelves and a really striking cover is the very first thing to catch my attention and make me want to find out more about a book.
Here’s a selection of (more than ten!) lovely covers (linked to my reviews in case anything catches your eye) for this love-themed week on Top Ten Tuesday…


So, have you read any of the books that made my list this week?  If so, what did you think of them? See you again next time for another Top Ten Tuesday.

Top Ten Tuesday: 5-Star Reads?

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 TBR I Predict Will Be 5-Star Reads


5-star reads, I had two last month, which was a lovely reading surprise, and now it’s time to look ahead at my massive TBR pile and select books I think may also become 5-star reads for me…

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow – I love the sound of this, and I’ve seen many great reviews. It also has a gorgeous cover, not that you should let that influence you, but it does! You could say I’m looking forward to starting this.

Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker – A Dracula prequel that I’ve been wanting to read for a while now. I hope after all this time it turns out to be worth the wait.

The Poison Song by Jen Williams – The final Winnowing Flame book. I’ll be sad to see it end but I also can’t wait to get back to this world and these characters.

The Other People by C. J. Tudor – A new-to-me author and if I enjoy The Other People I’ll probably check out some of Tudor’s earlier books as well.

The Guest List by Lucy Foley – The Hunting Party was good, and the synopsis for this gives me And Then There Were None vibes, so it could be great. I like a good murder mystery! Speaking of which…

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie – I’d like to read this before the new film version comes out, and see if I can work it out before Poirot no doubt solves the case. It will be a first if I do, but I never mind being wrong.

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz – A murder mystery with a bookish theme too. Sounds good!

Circe by Madeline Miller – Another beautiful looking book that’s been waiting on my TBR pile for far too long.

The Dirty South by John Connolly – I’ve only read the two latest Charlie Parker books but I want to read more of the backlist titles and I’ll be looking out for this latest as well.

Blood of Empire by Brian McClellan – Final book in the Gods of Blood and Powder series. I’ve enjoyed the previous in this series, and the Powder Mage trilogy, so I really hope this latest offers a great conclusion.


So, have you read any of the books that made my list this week?  If so, what did you think of them? See you again next time for another Top Ten Tuesday.

Top Ten Tuesday: Cover Version

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:  Book Cover Freebie


For this week I’m keeping it fairly straightforward – here is a rainbow of pretty book covers for your enjoyment! I’ve added links to the ones I’ve reviewed just in case anything catches your attention and you want to find out more.

           

           

           

Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness

The Outsider by Stephen King

A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C. A. Fletcher

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

Someone Like Me by M. R. Carey

Adrift by Rob Boffard

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

The Institute by Stephen King

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

Taken at the Flood by Agatha Christie


So, have you read any of the books that made my list this week?  If so, what did you think of them? See you again next time for another Top Ten Tuesday.

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Most Recent Additions to My Bookshelf

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:  Ten Most Recent Additions to My Bookshelf


Time for my first Top Ten Tuesday post of 2020, and an opportunity to glance at my shelves in search of potential future reading. By ‘shelves’ I’m going for a mixture of actual shelves and upcoming books that I’ve managed to request from the library, so they’ll be on my shelf within the next few weeks or so, hopefully!

The Guest List by Lucy Foley – The description of this puts me in mind of And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, so I can’t wait to read it.

The Other People by C. J. Tudor – An author I’ve seen mentioned often and yet I’ve never read any of her books. I like the sound of this new book so will check it out.

The Poison Song by Jen Williams – The library finally have a copy of the final book in the Winnowing Flame trilogy. I enjoyed both previous instalments and can’t wait to find out how it ends.

Another Agatha Christie novel – I’m slowly reading more Christie and I have a few books that could feature here, especially the Poirot stories.

Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J. D Barker – I have a couple of vampire-themed books to read, and this one has appeared in many TBR-type posts before.

Stoker’s Wilde by Steven Hopstaken and Melissa Prusi – And here’s another vampire-themed novel, I think. Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde join forces to tackle supernatural forces.

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow – I can’t wait to start this one having seen so many good reviews for it.

Highfire by Eoin Colfer – Dragons! This one sounds like is might be quite a funny read so I’m looking forward to something a little different.

Something by Terry Pratchett – The Good Omens tv series is responsible for me wanting to discover the works of Terry Pratchett. I watched that, then read the book, which I really enjoyed, and now I keep eyeing the Discworld books. I just can’t decide whether I should start at the beginning or choose one of the series within the series.

? – What have I missed? I’m certain there are many other great books that I need to add to my shelves.


So, have you read any of the books that made my list this week?  If so, what did you think of them? See you again next time for another Top Ten Tuesday.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Fall 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 Fall 2019 TBR


The Institute by Stephen King – I’ve actually already started this latest read from Stephen King.  I have a feeling it’s going to be really good.

Bone China by Laura Purcell – I really enjoyed both The Silent Companions and The Corset, and Bone China sounds like another read I’ll enjoy so I’m looking forward to getting my copy from the library.

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow – I’ve seen so many good reviews for this one that it certainly has to have a place on my Fall TBR list!

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood – It’s a long time since I first read The Handmaid’s Tale, but I’ve been watching the tv series and am looking forward to reading this sequel.

A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie – I spotted this one on the library catalogue and decided it might be worth a request as I’d like to read another Fantasy novel over the coming months.

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill – I hope to get around to reading this as part of Readers Imbibing Peril.  I know there’s a tv series based on the book but haven’t had chance to check it out yet.

Halloween Party by Agatha Christie – I haven’t read any Christie for a while but am still very slowly working my through her works, especially the Poirot stories, so this one seems a good choice for Fall.  Another #RIPXIV read perhaps?

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern – Can’t wait to see what this book is like after enjoying The Night Circus.

Something by Terry Pratchett – After reading Good Omens I’d like to check out another book by Terry Pratchett.  I just have to decide where to begin!

? – Am open to suggestions for other titles I should be looking out for this Fall!


So, have you read any of the books that made my list this week?  If so, what did you think of them? See you again next time for another Top Ten Tuesday.