Top Ten Tuesday : Summer reading

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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 :

Books On My Summer 2021 TBR

Okay, in my particular neck of the woods Summer runs from June 21st until September 22nd – yes, I looked those dates up and I literally cannot believe they are so specific!  But, having found them out I feel like I should stick to those dates.  So, this week is going to be more than 10 books – because I have quite a few books on my plate this Summer that I’m excited to share that fall in between these dates.  Here goes, all titles linked to Goodreads so you can check out the synopsis:

June

  1. The Witness for the Dead (The Goblin Emperor #2) by Katherine Addison

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July

  1. The Rising Tide by Sam Lloyd
  2. The Empire’s Ruin by Brian Staveley
  3. Meet Me in Another Life by Catriona Silvey
  4. The 22 Murders of Madison May by Max Barry
  5. The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix
  6. The Past is Red by Catherynne M. Valente
  7. The Retreat by Elisabeth de Mariaffi
  8. She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan

August

  1. Mrs Rochester’s Ghost by Lindsay Marcott
  2. Triflers Need Not Apply by Camilla Bruce
  3. The Infernal Riddle of Thomas Peach by Jas Treadwell
  4. I Shot the Devil by Ruth McIver
  5. The Women of Troy by Pat Barker
  6. My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones
  7. The Witch Haven by Sasha Peyton Smith

September

  1. Mastermind by Andrew Mayne

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On top of this I will be continuing with my two buddy reads and also reading more of my SPFBO books – details to be revealed at the start of each month.

Are you looking forward to any of these?  What plans do you have for Summer reading?

Top Ten Tuesday : Please sir, I want some more.

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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 :

Books I Loved so much that I wanted more of the same thing:

This is a list that could become very long quite easily so instead of delving into the books from my way in the distance past I’m going to focus on books from my very near past.  Here are ten books that I really enjoyed and wish that I could read more (this could have so easily been a lot longer list in fact I’m so pleased at the restraint I exercised).  All the books are linked to reviews and they are all standalone novels or first in series:

  1. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  2. The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart
  3. A Boy and His dog at the End of the World by CA Fletcher
  4. A Brightness Long Ago by Guy Gavriel Kay
  5. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
  6. The Bone Ships by RJ Barker
  7. The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar 
  8. The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey
  9. The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward
  10. Later by Stephen King

Top Ten Tuesday : Book Titles That Are Complete Sentences #wyrdandwonder

 

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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 :

Book Titles That Are Complete Sentences

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The Month of May is the month of Wyrd and Wonder and so in recognition of the event my top ten this week will be all fantasy books. 

 

Top Ten Tuesday : The Natural World of Fantasy

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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 :

Books with Nature on the Cover (flowers, trees, landscapes, animals, etc.)

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The Month of May is the month of Wyrd and Wonder and so in recognition of the event my top ten this week does indeed depict nature – ‘a la fantasy style’.  I recommend all these books and hope you enjoy looking at all the fantasy critters on display.

Top Ten Tuesday : My Ten Most Recent Reads

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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 :

My Ten Most Recent Reads 

This list is literally the last ten books that I’ve read.  Some of them I loved, some I liked.  I’ve given a brief intro, linked to my reviews and highlighted my rating.

The Drowned City by KJ Maitland – historical fiction set just after the Gunpowder Plot was discovered and political unrest and uncertainty run rife.  A natural disaster strikes Bristol leading to talk of witchcraft and an investigator is sent to dispel such rumours before they lead to further uprisings. I’m hopeful that this is a start to series as I would certainly pick up more books with this MC.  4 of 5 stars

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Black Stone Heart by Michael R Fletcher – a man awakens with no memories at all and embarks on a voyage of self  discovery.  A very grimdark read indeed that questions identity.  I enjoyed this one but would say this won’t be to everyone’s taste due to the brutality and harshness that takes place.  I have the next instalment which I will hopefully be picking up very soon. I gave this 8.5 of 10 so just over 4 of 5 stars 

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Such Pretty Things by Lisa Heathfield – psychological horror whereby overwhelming grief drives strong emotions and even stronger actions.  I didn’t love this one as much as I’d hoped, maybe it was a touch too horror filled for my taste.  3 of 5 stars

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Last Memoria by Rachel Emma Shaw.  This is a very intriguing concept revolving around the ability to take memories.  This is another dark read where flawed characters make difficult decisions in a struggle to recover who they really are.  I gave this one 6.5 out of 10 which is just over 3 of 5 stars

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The Two-Faced Queen by Nick Martell (The Legacy of the Mercenary Kings #2) – The Two-Faced Queen is everything that I hope for in a second book and then some. This is one crazy ride of a story, full of yet more intrigue and deceit involving immortals, serial killers and a continuing fight for the throne. 4.5 of 5 stars

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Mirrorland by Carole Johnstone –  I did enjoy this. It was a quick read, it was gripping and original and undeniably twisted.  A strange read that takes a little time to reveal its secrets.  3.5 of 5 stars

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The Combat Codes by Alexander Darwin – In a world where single combat determines the fate of nations, the Grievar fight so that the rest can remain at peace. I really enjoyed this one. 4 of 5 stars

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The Lost War by Justin Lee Anderson.  This is the winner of the Self Published Fantasy Blog Off competition.  Great fantasy with a twisted conclusion. I gave this 8.5 out of 10 so just over 4 of 5 stars.

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The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett.  The introduction to the madcap world created by Pratchett. A good start to the craziness.  3.5 of 5 stars.

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The Girl and the Mountain by Mark Lawrence.  A great second in series.  Wonderful writing, great characters and an intriguing long picture that makes me want the third book right away.  4.5 of 5 stars

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