Top Ten Tuesday : Most Recent Additions to My Book Collection

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:

Most Recent Additions to My Book Collection

For this week’s theme I’m going to highlight the last 10 books I’ve received for review.  Nice and simple with links to Goodreads and covers where available:

A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham – I read a rave review (here) for this at the Bibliosanctum so can’t wait to pick it up.

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Sea of Tranquility by Emily St John Mandel, I’ve loved everything I’ve read so far by this author so this was an absolute no-brainer for me.

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A River Enchanted by Rebecca Ross – billed as Crescent City meets Uprooted – how could I resist?  I couldn’t.  Plus, this was a wish granted, woohoo!

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The Maid by Nita Prose – which I’ve already read and loved.  My review is here.  If you want a quirky and original character and a closed room cosy mystery in a grand hotel then the wait is over.

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Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins which is so far proving to be a page turner – watch this space for a review soon.

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Stringers by Chris Panatier – I can’t wait for this because I adored The Phlebotomist

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Traitor in the Ice by KJ Maitland – Drowned City was very good and I was hoping for more from Daniel Pursglove and the world he inhabits.

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Small Angels by Lauren Owen – no cover for this one yet but it sounds absolutely incredible with hauntings and malicious spirits. *chills*

Black Tide by KC Jones ‘It was just another day at the beach. And then the world ended.’

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The Origin of Storms by Elizabeth Bear, I’m loving this series and this is the third and final instalment.

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Highly Anticipated Book Releases 2022/Top Ten Tuesday

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:

Most Anticipated Books Releasing In the First Half of 2022

I’m excited about a lot of books that are releasing during the first half of this year, far more than 10 to be honest and I was going to post a separate post including all my highly anticipated forthcoming reads.  But, as today’s TTT is the same topic I’m going to combine the two ideas.  Which in effect means I’m posting more than ten books (for which apologies but I figure one post combined is the way to go with this) – and it’s all bookish loveliness after all.  This list is the next six month’s worth of books that my little grabby hands are twitching to get hold of – this is not a definitive list of all the books due for release during the first half of this year, nor do I have copies of all these books at the moment (although I remain, as ever, optimistic).  So, hold onto your hats?

JANUARY

  1. The Maid by Nita Prose
  2. Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins

FEBRUARY

  1. This Charming Man by CK McDonnell
  2. The Great Witch of Brittany by Louisa Morgan
  3. Last Exit by Max Gladstone
  4. Age of Ash by Daniel Abraham
  5. Good Neighbors by Stephanie Burgis

MARCH

  1. Seven Deaths of an Empire by GR Matthews
  2. Insomnia by Sarah Pinborough
  3. Sundial by Catriona Ward
  4. Gallant by VE Schwab
  5. The Bone Orchard by Sara A Mueller
  6. The City of Dusk by Tara Sim
  7. Traitor in the Ice by KJ Maitland
  8. The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

APRIL

  1. Sea of Tranquility by Emily St John Mandel
  2. The Hunger of the Gods by John Gwynne
  3. The Girl and the Moon by Mark Lawrence
  4. The Fervor by Alma Katsu
  5. The Priest of Crowns by Peter McLean
  6. Stringers by Chris Panatier
  7. Fevered Star by Rebecca Roanhorse
  8. Elektra by Jennifer Saint

MAY

  1. Book of Night by Holly Black
  2. The Night They Vanished by Vanessa Savage
  3. The Origin of Storms Elizabeth Bear
  4. The Pharmacist by Rachelle Atalla
  5. The Hourglass Throne by KD Edwards (cover not available)

JUNE

  1. In the Shadow of Lightning by Brian McClellan
  2. The Seawomen by Chloe Timms
  3. Daughter of Redwinter by Ed McDonald
  4. Our Crooked Hearts by Melissa Albert
  5. Soul Taken by Patricia Briggs
  6. The Grief of Stones by Katherine Addison
  7. Games for Dead Girls by Jen Williams
  8. The Swell by Allie Reynolds

Top Ten Tuesday : Books on my wishlist

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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 I Hope Santa Brings

So, yesterday I posted about the books I wanted to read during 2021 but didn’t manage to pick up, so obviously today I’m talking about all the other books that I still want and are sitting on my wishlist.  Oh the irony.  This list will be easy – the only problem will be sticking to ten books (all these books are from blogger recs – for which my everlasting gratitude – you keep my tbr alive!).

Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman

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These Silent Woods by Kimi Cunningham

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Grave Reservations by Cherie Priest

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Ten Low by Stark Holborn

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The Frozen Crown by Greta Kelly

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Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge

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The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec

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Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark

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Titanshade by Dan Stout

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Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

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Top Ten Tuesday : New to Me Authors from 2021

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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 a ‘freebie’ so I’ve chosen a past topic that allows me to shine a light on some of the books I’ve read and enjoyed so far this year (this isn’t my ‘best of’ list just a snippet of good books:

New to Me Authors of 2021

  1. Shiver by Allie Reynolds
  2. The Survivors by Jane Harper
  3. Last One to the Party by Bethany Clift
  4. The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey
  5. Witherward by Hannah Matthewson
  6. All The Murmuring Bones by AG Slatter
  7. The Ladies of the Secret Service by Constance Sayers
  8. Ariadne by Jennifer Saint
  9. The Wolf Den by Elodie Harper
  10. Come With Me by Ronald Malfi

Top Ten Tuesday : Bookish Reminiscing

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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 :

Bookish Memories (Share stories of your reading life as a child, events you’ve gone to, books that made an impression on you, noteworthy experiences with books, authors you’ve met, etc. Reminisce with me!)

So, for this week’s theme I thought I’d do a little recap of my reading journey – in a very compressed form!  Here goes:

1. My earliest memory of a book I owned (well two books actually) were a couple of story books.  One was a traditional book of fairytales, Beauty and the Beast, Snow White, etc.  The second book was a book of totally unusual stories that I absolutely loved.  It wasn’t a picture book but there were little sketches every few pages.  I’d never read anything like it and I think that (and the fairytale book) shaped my reading in terms of speculative fiction.  You can’t go wrong with a bit of Grimm (although this isn’t the book from my childhood):

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2. One of my early teachers also had a big influence on my reading.  I was probably aged 8 (or thereabouts).  I wanted to read but didn’t always know what exactly to pick up and she was always giving us suggestions such as the Borrowers, Wizard of Oz and The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.

3. My Dad’s books made up a lot of my reading, he had lots of collections and I slowly but surely made my way through them.  I was older at this point – early teens perhaps.  So I read a lot of classics during that period.  The Brontes, Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy, a little Dickens, Alexandre Dumas, etc before finally stumbling on a book that I loved and still love in fact.

4. Lord of the Rings.  Wow, did I have a crush on Aragorn?  Oh yes I did.  Another book crush at the time, and you couldn’t really get further apart in terms of style was Rhett Butler from Gone With the Wind.  I devoured that book.

5. By the age of about 19 I was starting to run out of books on my dad’s shelves – well, certainly ones that I was interested in reading.  So I realised my brother had some books.  I don’t think he was a massive reader but he had a bookshelf and so off I went to explore.  Most of his books didn’t really appeal to me although I did return every now and again and read the odd one.  But on my first visit one book really stood out to me.  The Far Pavilions.  The cover appealed so I packed it off into my bag to read on the way to and from work.  I’d been reading it a few days (and loving it) when I overheard a discussion (or argument) between my brother and dad.  Basically my brother was saying he’d bought a book for my dad’s approaching birthday, put it on his shelves and now it was gone. Yeah, the book currently sitting, a little battered in my work bag, crammed in next to the empty wrappers and hairbrush, oh yes, that was the birthday prezzie. Obviously I had to confess – how we laughed.  In fairness, we did actually laugh and it’s a story that stuck with me.

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6. I had a fabulous colleague that I worked with for a number of years called Caroline.  Every time she read a good book she’d bring it in for me to read to see what I felt.  Caroline gave me the Bronze Horseman to read on holiday and I absolutely loved it. In fact I think I’ve probably read all Paullina Simons books as a result (or a lot of them at least)!  Caroline’s sister also got me hooked onto the Outlander (known as Cross Stitch when released in the UK).  That was another holiday read that I devoured on holiday in Cornwall – I actually went in search of a bookstore so I could buy the second in series because I couldn’t wait until I got home to read the next instalment.

7. Two further influences.  My husband – who set up my blog in the first place. Long story short I was keeping a book diary on my laptop and it was deleted by accident so along came ‘Lynnsbooks”.  Secondly, my OH bought me my first kindle.  I wasn’t very impressed at the time and was stubbornly determined to not use it, then I discovered how easily I could have books at my disposal within minutes, I could take hundreds of books on holiday and still have room for clothes in the suitcase.  My kindle was backlit.  I could made notes.  So many things. Well, consider me a convert. I still love actual physical books but the kindle wins out for most my reading these days.

8. Leading on from there was one of the earliest blogs I can recall interacting with which was The Little Red Reviewer.  So many great books and other blogs came my way as a result of that blog not to mention readalongs and taking part in other reading events.  I still take part in the Vintage Sci-fi event that was originally created by the LRR and undoubtedly it took my SFF reading in a whole new direction. To those who recommend great books – I salute you.

9.  Another blogger who influenced me a lot was Wondrous Reads. I met the host of WR in a bookstore and we got talking about books, we had such a lot to say we started meeting and exchanging recommendations regularly.  Those were some very good times.  We live many miles apart now so rarely meet up – especially with all the Covid restrictions over the past couple of years – but we will get together again eventually I’m sure.  In the meantime – I Am Legend – that is all.

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I will leave the 10th spot free for you to tell me a story about your reading influences.

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