Top Ten Tuesday : Reading in a time of Covid


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’s topic :

I’m Thankful for…

This week I’m going for books that helped me to escape a little during a time of Covid.  My concentration has definitely been affected during 2020 and this is reflected in the number of books that I’ve read so far this year.  I’ve found that I’ve veered towards a different style of book on occasion and that the books I would normally love, or books that were highly anticipated, have been put to one side.  So, the list below includes some of the books that I breezed through and helped very much with my mini ‘slump’:

  1. The Guest List by Lucy Foley
  2. The Memory Wood by Sam Lloyd
  3. You Let Me In by Camilla Bruce
  4. A Time of Courage by John Gwynne
  5. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  6. The Glass Hotel by Emily St John Mandell
  7. The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart
  8. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by VE Schwab
  9. The Phlebotomist by Chris Panatier
  10. Call of the Bones Ships by RJ Barker

27 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday : Reading in a time of Covid”

  1. Tammy

    I love seeing The Phlebotomist on your list, it made mine as well, although my list is much different than yours. And I just finished Call of the Bone Ships last night and can I just say😭😭😭

    • @lynnsbooks

      The Phlebotomist was so good, and so easy to read. I never had a dull moment with it.
      Call of the Bone Ships – I look forward to your review 😀

  2. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    The Phlebotomist just won the prize for the most surprising narrative twist EVER… 😉

    • @lynnsbooks

      It was such a good book – so I think very well deserved.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Sci-fi and fantasy and audiobooks have generally helped me a lot through 2020. I would love to give The Phlebotomist a try!

  4. pagesandtea

    Love that Mexican Gothic is on your list, I couldn’t put it down 😀
    I must get back to the John Gwnne series at some point…

    • @lynnsbooks

      Not sure why it took me so long to read Gwynne – I ended up loving his series.
      And Mexican Gothic – well, what a brilliant book.
      Lynn 😀

  5. confessionsofayareader

    A few of these are on my TBR. Great post!

  6. Barb @ Booker T's Farm

    I’m really grateful for books right now because they have really helped with surviving this crazy world. I am anxious to see what Lucy Foley comes out with next after loving her first two.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Agreed. And, yes, I’m keeping my eye out for the next Foley book, loving her books so far.
      Lynn 😀

  7. waytoofantasy

    My numbers are also down for the year although not as much as I would have expected. Glad some books have brought you some joy! I have several of these on my TBR but I especially hope to get to Addie LaRue soon. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      To be fair I’ve still read some awesome books this year but my concentration has undoubtedly suffered and earlier in the year I probably spent almost three months with very little reading or blogging.
      Lynn 😀

      • waytoofantasy

        Well, I suppose it’s about quality and not quantity when we get down to it. 🙂

      • @lynnsbooks

        Indeed 😀
        I’d sooner read less books that were all good than more books that were kind of ‘meh’.
        Lynn 😀

      • waytoofantasy


  8. sjhigbee

    What a wonderful-looking list! I’ve never read any of Lucy Foley’s work, though I keep seeing her name crop up – I must get hold of The Guest List. And The Glass Hotel! The books on this list that I have read – You Let Me In, Mexican Gothic and Addie LaRue. Oh yes- all of those have made this year’s Outstanding Reads…

    • @lynnsbooks

      Some great reads so far this year. Addie LaRue definitely stands out.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        Oh doesn’t it? That ending! And I thought the writing was marvellous…

      • @lynnsbooks

        The writing was superb – my first book by this author – it’s going to make anything that comes after very difficult to equal.
        Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        Yes… I suspect you already know – but this is completely different from the rest of her output!

      • @lynnsbooks

        Yes, and in fact I discovered I have two of her other books already on my kindle that I had forgotten I bought. I wonder how they will compare now I’ve read this one.
        Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        I would suggest you pare back your expectation… While they aren’t bad books – they don’t come close to Addie LaRue.

      • @lynnsbooks

        It’s sort of what I was already thinking.
        Lynn 😀

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