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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 LOVED with Fewer than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads

So, I’ve gone for the most recent reads from my shelves and the books below are all 4.5 or 5 star reads (my reviews are all linked and GR ratings in brackets).  I loved them all and I’m always happy to shout from the rooftops about books I loved.  If you need some recommendations here they be.  Let’s topple some TBRs:

The Wolf in the Whale by Jordanna Max Brodsky  (247)

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Creatures: The Legacy of Frankenstein by David Thomas Moore (Goodreads Author) (Editor), Emma Newman (Goodreads Author), Tade Thompson (Goodreads Author), Paul Meloy, Kaaron Warren (Goodreads Author), Rose Biggin – (35)

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Paternus: Wrath of Gods (Paternus Trilogy #2) by Dyrk Ashton – (378)

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You Die When You Die (West of West #1) – (430)

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The Last Sun (The Tarot Sequence #1) by K.D. Edwards – (793)

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Age of Assassins (The Wounded Kingdom #1) by R.J. Barker (1758)

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A Time of Dread (Of Blood and Bone #1) by John Gwynne (1323)

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The Nine (Thieves of Fate #1) by Tracy Townsend (227)

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A Pocketful of Crows by Joanne M. Harris, (1182)

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An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (The Risen Kingdoms #1) by Curtis Craddock (813)

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Parting is such sweet sorrow..

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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 :

Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested In Reading

Well, this week’s topic, to be clear, it’s not so much that I’m not interested in reading these more that I’ve realised it’s just not going to happen (although a small bookish voice inside my head is whispering ‘never say never’).  So, these are books that I’ve been wanting to read for a very long time, many of them are impulse buys or recommendations that I was determined to read – but, it still hasn’t happened.  I have to be realistic, I’m constantly adding more and more books and although this has been a guilt inducing exercise I think these books will have to go to into the ‘not going to read’ room.  It’s sad, and, to be honest, even now I’m thinking that I might one day rescue them.  Who knows, maybe somebody will invent a way to distort time and make 24 hours a day feel more like 48 – it could happen:

  1. Jinn and Juice by Nicole Peeler
  2. Insurgent and Allegiant by Veronica Roth – I enjoyed the first book but I never felt compelled to continue with the series for some reason
  3. Human Remains by Elizabeth Haynes – I bought this after reading and loving Into the Darkest Corner, but just simply haven’t had chance to pick it up
  4. Timeless by Gail Carriger – I am literally never going to finish this series.  I have a mental block
  5. The Sin Eater’s daughter by Melinda Salisbury – this is a book that I loved the sound of but then found myself knocking it down the list after seeing reviews that were a bit negative – I know it shouldn’t make a difference but sometimes it’s off putting.
  6. Monster by Ilsa Blick – this is another book that I was keen to read but then just got put off – similar to No.5
  7. Days of Blood and Starlight and Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor.  I absolutely loved the first book so have no idea why these didn’t get eagerly devoured.  The thing is, it’s been so long now that I can barely remember what the first book was about.  Such a shame.
  8. Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine – this is a series that I fully intended on reading but as I’ve got further and further behind I’ve realised it’s not going to happen.
  9. The King’s Blood and the Tyrant’s Law by Daniel Abraham.  I read the first book as part of a readalong and enjoyed it.  But, I don’t think the group then picked up the second book or if they did I missed it – so, I’m probably not going to complete this series at this point.
  10. I usually leave this one blank for you to add your own book – what book did you have the best intentions of reading but then just didn’t manage to succeed?

As you wish…

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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 :

Love Freebie

I don’t really read romance books on a regular basis, I don’t mind romance being a part of the book I’m reading but I don’t want it to be the primary focus.  With that in mind I’m going to suggest some fantasy books with a smidgen (or maybe a little bit more) of romance:

  1. The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss – very light on romance but there is a definite theme going on here.
  2. The Study series by Maria V Snyder – starting with Poison Study.  Valek and Yelena.
  3. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.  This really is a great series.  I read it a long time ago and there is quite a bit more romance involved with this – but it’s just addictive to read.
  4. The Gentlemen Bastards by Scott Lynch – Locke and Jean – both enjoy a little bit of romance during the course of the series, but it’s very, very mild, the main focus are their elaborate heists.
  5. The Rebel Angel series by Gillian Philips – because of Seth MacGregor.  That is all.  Well, when I say that is all, obviously I enjoyed the books!
  6. The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar – a recent read of mine that I loved.  Feels like a classic book but is new and very easy to read.  Fun and with a strange romantic element.
  7. The Nightingale and the Bear/The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden – because I just love these books – and there’s a frost demon, which why wouldn’t you love that?
  8. The Princess Bride by William Goldman – The beautiful girl and the farmboy – I do love this book and indeed the film.  I could read this again at the drop of a hat.
  9. Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey – the first three books in the Kushiel series are just amazing.  Reading about Phedre and Joscelin’s journey is just so damned good.
  10. ?? Your pick.  If you know of a great fantasy book with an element of romance then give me a shout.

I’m trapped under an avalanche of books – send help

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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 :

Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read

This topic just makes me feel very guilty!  But, here goes, books I’ve had for ages but haven’t yet found the time to read – I will do it.  There is no try.  These are all books on my kindle (so in fairness they’re probably not the books I’ve had the longest as some of the hard copy books I’ve bought have been around much longer:

  1. The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare by M G Buehrien
  2. Dinner at Deviant’s Palace by Tim Powers
  3. The Rook by Daniel O’Malley
  4. The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker
  5. Gemsigns by Stephanie Saulter
  6. The Adamantine Palace by Stephen Deas
  7. The Shambling Guide to New York City by Mur Lafferty
  8. The Legend of Eli Monpress by Rachel Aaron
  9. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
  10. A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab

It’s quite disgraceful how many unread books I’ve bought and haven’t read – this barely scratches the surface.  Send help.

Have you read any of the above – should I bump any of these up the list??  Should I knock any off the list??  Enquiring minds.

 

You better believe it

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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 :

Books I Can’t Believe I Read – but I’m glad I did

This list contains books that I maybe wouldn’t pick up for one reason or another – listed for each book:

  1. Foundation by Issac Asimov – Space Opera.  I’m always daunted by the very sound of space opera – it sounds like something that I’m going to struggle to understand.  As it is I read the first three books as a readalong and loved them – which undoubtedly all the discussion helped with, but, even so.
  2. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K Dick – This is a book that I read after seeing the film.  I prefer to do it the other way around and read the book first.  Usually I never read a book when I’ve seen the film.  I just have a mental block.
  3. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A Heinlein- this was a read for Vintage Sci Fi month – so not only sci fi, but vintage!  This worked out much better than I ever expected.
  4. True Grit by Charles Portis – firstly, I never used to read anything that had a wild west vibe – these days, I love anything of that nature so there you go.  Also, this falls into the same category as (No.2 above).  I’d already seen the film, well, both films actually.  As it is, this is an excellent read.
  5. The Mechanical by Ian Tregillis – the cover.  I know it’s fickle but the cover would never have tempted me to look in this direction.  It sounds really silly but I would just figure this book was going to be out of my comfort zone.  How wrong I was.  Plus – the Mechanical, it just doesn’t give me the right vibe.  Again, wrong.
  6. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare – Plays.  I’m not into reading play.s  It seems to me that plays are meant to be watched.  This is the only Shakespeare I’ve read and I did enjoy it – I’m still not totally convinced that I wouldn’t just as soon see the play though.
  7. Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss- I love this book and this author.  The reason why it’s on this list is because I actually found this book in a charity shop and just picked it up on the off chance.  This was pre blogging and so I hadn’t heard anything about this on the grapevine or elsewhere so I struck gold with this find.  Uncannily enough I found the Gentlemen Bastard series and the Poison Study series in a similar fashion.
  8. The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons- this book was recommended to me by somebody who I worked with – I took it on holiday with me and literally could not put it down.
  9. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – the first book in this series was another recommendation, called Cross Stitch I’d never heard of it and I’m going to be honest I probably wouldn’t have picked it up with that title – it’s very misleading.
  10. ??? I’ve left this one free so you can tell me a book title that you can’t believe you’ve read.
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