Top Ten Tuesday : You had me at hello.


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week:

Top Ten Tuesday is 10 years old – happy birthday to you and thank you to the Artsy Reader Girl and before that the Broke and the Bookish for hosting!  There are a range of suggestions for this week’s topic – one of which is to choose to redo a back topic and so I’ve gone with:


and I’ve amended this slightly to incorporate some of my forthcoming books that fit the descriptions:

1. If the description has the word ‘gothic’ anywhere.  I simply can’t help myself.  I need ALL the gothic in my life.  I have a lovely little number coming up very soon that promises much goodness in that respect -in fact the word “gothic’ is even in the title so how could I possibly resist: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.  And, also I love this author –  and highly recommend Certain Dark Things as a great starting point.


2. Author – see above as a perfect example.  I have quite a wonderful, in fact magnificent, list of absolutely must read authors which I like to add to frequently. One of my top recent reads  was the Ten Thousand Doors of January which I adored. It definitely made me incredibly curious to read anything else by Alix E Harrow and fortunately my hopes and dreams have all come true.  Just look what is due out in the not so distant future: The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow.  In fact this also gives me goosebumps in another way – it includes the word ‘witches’ –  another little bit of catnip for me.


3. Much anticipated final books in a series.  I think in some respects I have issues when it comes to completing a series, almost like I’m scared for all the goodness to end and I just want more – which really doesn’t sit well with the way I, at the same time, like to gobble books up as though there’s no tomorrow.  Anyway,  I have a much anticipated final book on my tbr: The Empire of Gold (The Daevabad Trilogy #3) by S.A. Chakraborty.  I have been loving this and can’t wait to see what comes next:


4. Hype – I know this sounds like something that should really be avoided, but seriously, who can ignore the ‘hype?  When everyone’s raving about a forthcoming book every book loving book worm with a TBR the size of Everest is going to be gagging to get their hands on just one more ‘sparkly’ new book.  It sounds awful, I admit it,and it sounds really shallow but I get sucked in every time and it’s just perfect when the hype is real and well deserved.  Here is a forthcoming book that I’m very excited about and has been garnering much love.  Fingers crossed that this is as good as it sounds: The Bone Shard Daughter (The Drowning Empire #1) by Andrea Stewart:


5. Famous people  – fictional or not – placed into new works of fiction.  So, I have a copy of Stoker’s Wilde West by Steven Hopstaken – which is the second in the series (and believe me I rushed out to buy the first one so that I can inhale it before I get to this one).  Just imagine how excited I was to hear about a series where Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker are the leading characters. Yes, pretty excited.  I have both these gorgeous little books just waiting to be read.  I am excitement.

6. Murder Mystery – I’m loving murder mysteries and thrillers at the moment and one of my next reads also fits into authors that I love so this is a double whammy: The Shadow Friend by Alex North:


7. Epic-y goodness – it’s my first love after all.  The more epic the better and my next book isn’t just epic, it’s also an author that I love (No.2), it’s the final instalment in a series (No.3) and also is receiving a lot of hype and much love (No.4): Paternus: War of Gods (Paternus Trilogy #3) by Dyrk Ashton (plus, check out the epic cover!):

War of

8. School Settings -whether magical schools, school for different types of supernaturals, assassins or -well, pretty much any school -colour me happy – so I was super excited when I heard about Naomi Novik’s next release (because, she just happens to be a favourite author (see No.2 above): A Deadly Education(Scholomance #1) by Naomi Novik.  I can’t wait for this one’s release.


9. Books that suggest there will be unknown creatures or critters  (and they WILL be scary) – the next author is a master in this respect and I’m very excited about this next book: The Doors of Eden by Adrian Tchaikovsky:


10. – what’s your auto buy??






15 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday : You had me at hello.”

  1. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Haha, same! The word Gothic is like catnip for me, especially if it’s paired with “horror” or “suspense”…I’m like all over the genre these days.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I’m also all over that at the moment – and if it has a bit of fantasy thrown in for good measure then I’m even more ecstatic.
      Lynn 😀

  2. evelynreads1

    Great list! I can;t wait to read Mexican gothic!

    My post!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I’ve only just started it but I think it’s going to do well for me.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Tammy

    “Gothic” is definitely a draw for me. Also any book with the word “witch” in the title will grab my attention😁

    • @lynnsbooks

      Oh yes, I love books about witches and I’m always drawn to them.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Michelle Louring

    Books with a beautiful cover if they sound even remotely interesting. I’m a sucker for pretty books!
    (That’s also why I ended up buying and reading the first book in the Daevabad trilogy – and luckily didn’t regret it!)

    • @lynnsbooks

      Oh yes, definitely, I’m a sucker for great covers and when the inside lives up to the outside it’s just that much more pleasing.
      Lynn 😀

  5. waytoofantasy

    I’m with you on so many of these. I admit that gothic is a weakness of mine although atomspheric is my biggest downfall LOL. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yep, gothic works on me every time. And atmospheric, witches, vampires,- well, I have a list!
      Lynn 😀

  6. Barb @ Booker T's Farm

    Wonderful topic and I agree with all your reasons. Hype tends to scare me though as I sometimes don’t end up liking the really popular ones and then I feel like there’s something wrong with me – haha.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, I’ve experienced that feeling. It’s a bit disconcerting but you like what you like.
      Lynn 😀

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