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
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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.

Bookish opinions: good, bad and ugly

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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:

 Unpopular Bookish Opinions

I wasn’t really sure where to go with this one so I’ve probably gone off on a strange tangent but here are some of my probably unpopular bookish opinions:

  1. I don’t finish a book if I’m not enjoying it.  I used to be absolutely completist and read dogmatically through a book whether I was enjoying it or not.  I think I’ve come to realise that life is too short and there are a lot of good books.  Therefore if I’m going to find all the good books then I’ll have to stop reading the ones I’m not enjoying.  This probably makes my blog and reviews look as though they’re always glowing with praise – but that’s primarily because I only continue reading the books I’m enjoying.  Otherwise reading becomes a chore and I tend to go into a slump.
  2. I’m an absolute convert to e-books.  I know – break out the pitchforks!  I just find them so convenient. I love physical books, the tactileness of reading them, just turning the pages, well, everything.  But, I can’t deny I’ve totally gone over to the dark side.  I read on kindle.  My kindle has a backlight which I just love.  I can carry around hundreds of books – which might feel unnecessary but, hey, you never know.  It’s really easy to just highlight chapter headings, names, places or even make notes and I really like some of the other features like knowing how many minutes are left in a chapter – so I can easily prioritise between sleep and reading.
  3. Similar to the above, I’m starting to get on board with audio books.  They don’t all work for me I have to admit and I know there seems to be a whole body of opinion out there that this isn’t really reading, and technically, maybe it isn’t actual reading – but I’m still mentally digesting the book so I say it counts.  I did worry that audio wouldn’t work for me and that I’d switch off and miss huge swathes of infortmation but if anything it’s exactly the opposite.  And, if you’re listening to a book with difficult place and character names you have the added bonus of correct pronunciation – and if you heard me making a totally ass out of some of the names I’ve read you’d truly understand what a gift this is.  Yep, I’m very pleasantly surprised with just how well audio is working out for me.
  4. I don’t mind books that pay attention to detail.  In fact I welcome some of the detail – obviously I don’t need every leaf on a tree or stone in a house detailing, and I don’t want a room describing in full every time a character enters but I like the extra attention that helps to bring the world alive even though I recognise that others may feel this sometimes slows the plot down.
  5. Ratings.  At the moment I don’t rate the books on my blog – basically I don’t always think I make the right choice for my ratings and so I prefer to go off the tone of the review.  So, if I’m gushing like a love sick puppy then it’s probably a full 5* whereas if I’m just giving a very straightforward review that tends to have the words ‘enjoyed’ and ‘liked’ as oppose to ‘smitten’, ‘in love’ etc, then that would be a book that was okay, a decent read, but probably 3/3.5 stars.  (However, I am considering changing this in the near future.  I have to rate my review books after all.
  6. I like adaptations.  I know this can be a mixed bag and that some books adapted to screen can be a disaster but overall I just really like to see some of my favourite books converted into movies or series and I’m happy to take the risk – after all, if I don’t like the adaptation it doesn’t spoil the book for me.
  7. I can’t listen to music and read.  It’s just not possible for me at all – too much conflict of interest – one of them always wins out and usually I realise that I’ve read the same page twenty times and not absorbed a single word because I’m too busy singing – badly singing at that.
  8. I don’t like every type of book!  This is a fairly common misconception – people see you read a lot and so very kindly pass on their books to you – but more often than not they’re not your type of book.  Just picture it – somebody brings in a box of books and says ‘you love reading don’t you, so I’ve brought you in some books I was getting rid of’ – firstly, my anticipation has now skyrocketed, BOOKS – what sort of books will they be, excitement am I.  Then I open the box and can’t discover a single thing to stay excited about – BUT – because I’m very polite I have to maintain this expression (that is killing my cheeks btw) that everything is just hunky dory.  Not to mention this person is then going to relentlessly pursue me for the next six months asking how I liked them all.  Doomed. I’m not being ungrateful, seriously I’m not but more often than not I’d sooner not be the local second hand book depository because it rarely works out – I mean, what are the chances of somebody giving me a whole set of amazing fantasy books??
  9. Certain popular book tropes just don’t work for me – to name a few off the top of my head – instalove (lust by another name), love triangles, mysteriously never present parents, etc.
  10. I’ve told you mine now tell me yours….

Hear ye, hear ye

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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?
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