Top Ten Tuesday : One Word Reviews, #WyrdAndWonder

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TTTTop 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:

One-Word Reviews for the Last Ten Books I Read

For the past few weeks my reading has been reduced due to all sorts of events and also I predominantly focused on my finalists for the SPFBO competition (which has been a thrilling race that I will be writing a roundup post for soon).  For the purposes of this week’s theme I’ve used the winner of the SPFBO together with nine other recent review books and in the spirit of Wyrd & Wonder I’ve mostly used fantasy books (although the Paris Apartment is more thriller).

The Hunger of the Gods by John Gwynne – Brilliant

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Reign and Ruin by JD Evans (SPFBO Winner) – Romantasy

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Insomnia by Sarah Pinborough – Compelling

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The City of Dusk by Tara Sim – Mixed

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Last Exit by Max Gladstone – Mind-bending

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Sundial by Catriona Ward – Unputdownable

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Gallant by VE Schwab – Unexpected

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The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley – Twisted

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The Hemlock Cure by Joanne Burn – Interesting

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The Justice of Kings by Richard Swan – Gripping

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It’s a lot more difficult than I thought giving a one word review.  I may have cheated slightly by including some hyphenated words.

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Top Ten Tuesday : Authors I Haven’t Read, But Want To

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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 is:

Authors I Haven’t Read (yet), But Want To

Blake Crouch – just about every blogger I know and respect loves this author. I have at least one of his books on kindle already, maybe two:

James S A Corey – I’ve been wanting to read the Expanse series for ages and keep promising myself I will do so – soon. I think this now goes up to Book 9 and is still receiving much love so a series with great strength.

Simone St James.  I bought The Sun Down Motel after seeing a few glowing reviews and I can’t wait to get to it.

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Kimi Cunningham Grant – These Silent Woods is a book I’ve had my eye on for some time. It’s on my wishlist and I will be picking up a copy soon.  It sounds so good.

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Genevieve Gornichec – particularly The Witch’s Heart.  Another book that’s firmly on my wishlist.  I love books about Norse mythology so this is right up my alley.

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Dan Stout – The Carter Archives by this author look awesome.  Again, they’re on my wishlist, I’m waiting to see if they become available in electronic format.  These look so good.

Connie Willis – I have to say that I’ve been wanting to read Doomsday forever – I mean, seriously – what is wrong with me.  Just read the book already woman. Gah.  Plus a couple of other great looking books.

Stuart Turton.  I have a copy of the Devil and the Dark Water – because, The Devil – and – The Dark Water.

G.S. Denning – the author of the Warlock Holmes series which I love the sound of. Plus I love Sherlock Holmes and tend to enjoy books that spin alternative tales.

Josiah Bancroft for his Books of Babel which by all accounts are fantastic.

Top Ten Tuesday : 21st Century Books I Think Will Become Classics 

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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 is:

21st Century Books I Think Will Become Classics

I really like this topic.  It makes you sit and think.  I had a much longer longlist (hence the name eh!) and had to narrow this down.  I started off with books that I was thinking are already pretty huge in terms of massive ratings on Goodreads and elsewhere – such as Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander or GRRM’s Game of Thrones.  Then I thought about choosing some of my more recent reads.  Ultimately I’ve gone for a mix of newish and slightly older reads.  In no particular order, here they are:

The Red Queen’s War series by Mark Lawrence

The Bone Ships (The Tide Child) by RJ Barker

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

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The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward

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Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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The Memoirs of Lady Trent by Marie Brennan

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium series) by Stieg Larsson

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

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The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E Harrow

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The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

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Top Ten Tuesday : Books With an Adjective In the Title

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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 is:

Books With an Adjective In the Title

  1. The Great Witch of Brittany by Louisa Morgan
  2. This Charming Man by CK McDonnell
  3. The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey
  4. The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward
  5. The Drowned City by KJ Maitland
  6. The Two Faced Queen by Nick Martell
  7. The Blacktongue Thief by Christopher Buehlman
  8. The Rising Tide by Sam Lloyd
  9. The Red Monarch by Bella Elis
  10. The Glass Hotel by Emily St John Mandell

Top Ten Tuesday : Books on my Spring 2022 tbr

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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 is:

Books on my Spring 2022 tbr

I’ve missed a couple of TTT posts recently but was keen to take part in this one as it gives me a good chance to look at some forthcoming books that I’m excited about.  For ease I’m including April, May and June as the months of Spring – I know this isn’t strictly the correct dates but there you go.  So, here are 10 books off my Spring TBR.

1. The Hunger of the Gods by John Gwynne, release date 14th April.  I’m nearly bursting at the seams waiting to read this one.  I’ll be picking it up very soon.  I absolutely loved The Shadow of the Gods.

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2. Nettle and Bone by T Kingfisher, release date 26th April. This book sounds like a great combination of everything I love.  Check out the description here.

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3. Land of the Dead by Steven Hopstaken and Melissa Prusi, release date 26th April.  OMG I am loving this series and can’t get enough of it.  I nearly broke my laptop frantically requesting this one from Netgalley and being approved absolutely made my day.  A fantasy series that imagines the strang partnership of Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde battling against all sorts of strange critters. 

4. Elektra by Jennifer Saint, release date 28th April.  Oh yes, I am all over the Greek mythology retellings at the moment.  I can’t get enough of this sort of book and loved Ariadne by this author.

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5. Sea of Tranquility by Emily St John Mandel, release date 28th April.  Because Station Eleven and The Glass Hotel are absolutely brilliant reads so this is one of my auto, go to authors.

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6. The Girl and the Moon by Mark Lawrence, release date 28th April.  I can’t wait to pick this one up and see how everything concludes.  This is another auto-pick up author for me – he’s a genius with words.

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7.  The Night They Vanished by Vanessa Savage, release date 5th May.  I already read this author a couple of years ago and enjoyed her writing and this one sounds very intriguing indeed.  

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8.The House with the Golden Door by Elodie Harper, release date 12th May.  ‘The life of a courtesan in Pompeii’ oh yes, I can’t wait to read this.  I really enjoyed The Wolf Den and want to follow Amara’s journey.

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9. The Seawomen by Chloe Timms, expected publication 14th June.  A debut novel this one and it sounds very interesting indeed, I simply couldn’t resist.

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10. In the Shadow of Lightning by Brian McClellan, expected publication 21st June.  This book sounds amazing and I absolutely love the cover.  I’m super excited to have a copy of this and can’t wait to tuck in.

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That’s it for me this week.  I’ve had to select just a few from each month but will outline each month’s books in more detail at the start of each month.  This is just a Spring snippet.  What’re you all waiting to read this Spring?

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