Top Ten Tuesday #139


Hi all! I hope everyone had a great Christmas yesterday, I certainly did, ate way too much turkey and then spent the rest of the day comatose on the couch watching all the TV Christmas Specials (though darn you BBC One and Channel 4 for making me choose between Call The Midwife and GBBO, Call The Midwife won, so I’m currently catching up on GBBO). The next few days will be spent visiting my parents’ friends as is normal post-Christmas, so I’m hoping I manage to shake this cold soon!

Anyway, as it’s Tuesday, and the last Tuesday of 2017 in fact, I have another Top Ten Tuesday for you all, courtesy of the lovely ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week, as we look forward into the new year (how can next week be a new year? How?), we’re going to be talking about the Top Ten Books We’re Looking Forward To In 2018, be it backlist books we’re excited to read, new series releases, debuts etc. I’m going to focus purely on 2018 releases and it will be a mix of series releases, debuts and new standalone releases. There is a very good chance I might go over ten!:

  1. Throne of Glass #7 (no title as of yet)-Sarah J Maas-Releases 4th September (we hope!)

We’ve been waiting almost two years (or we will have by the time September rolls around) for the finale of Throne of Glass so naturally as I was expecting it to be released this year, it is my most anticipated release of 2018. I need to know if Aelin is okay already!

2. The Burning Maze (Trials of Apollo #3)-Rick Riordan-Releases 1st May

I can’t wait to see what happens in Apollo’s next adventure, from teasers in The Ship of The Dead, it sounds like Percy and Annabeth might be involved, Grover is going to be back, so is Leo, so it should be a super fun book!

3. Hero At The Fall (Rebel of The Sands #3)-Alwyn Hamilton-Releases 1st February

I cannot wait for the finale of this trilogy, though every early review of it has said that it’s completely heartbreaking, so despite my excitement for it, I may be putting it off for a while! A girl can only take so much book inflicted pain in one year.

4. Thunderhead (Arc of A Scythe #2)-Neal Shusterman-Releases 9th January

I read the first book towards the end of this year and really enjoyed it, so I can’t wait to get to the sequel, though it might not be as soon as its release in two weeks time!

5. Daughter of The Siren Queen (Daughter of The Pirate King #2)-Tricia Levenseller-Releases 27th February

The first book of this duology was definitely my most fun read of this year and I can’t wait to dive back on ship with Alosa and have more fun adventures!

6. Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game #1)-Amanda Foody-Releases 10th April

I think this one is an anticipated release for a lot of people because I’ve seen it floating around a ton over the last few months! It just sounds so good though, con men, casinos, cabarets, the mafia? What part of this doesn’t sound like something I’d love? Answer: None of it, it all sounds amazing.

7. Legendary (Caraval #2)-Stephanie Garber-Releases 29th May

AHHH I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS ONE BUT WE HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL MAY, WHY? One of my complaints from the last book was that we didn’t get to see enough of Tella and this book is her book which makes me incredibly excited.

8. Bygone Badass Broads: 52 Forgotten Women Who Changed The World-Mackenzi Lee-Releases 6th March

I don’t usually include non fiction in these sorts of lists, but this one sounds so entirely up my alley that I absolutely had to. As most of you who have been reading this blog for a while will know, I am a History student (as well as being a Journalism student), and a feminist, so a book entirely about women pioneers throughout History? Yup, sign Jo up!

9. A Thousand Perfect Notes-CG Drews-Releases 7th June

AHHH CAIT’s BOOK. Usually contemporaries are not really my thing but this is Cait from Paper Fury’s book so you can basically be guaranteed that it will be heartbreaking perfection (and contain a lot of food!). Plus it’s so rare to find a book where music is such a big part of it, so I will be interested to see that aspect.

10. The Exact Opposite of Okay-Laura Steven-Releases 8th March

I got this one from YALC and I’m so incredibly excited to read it. Yes to all the feminist books okay? I’ve heard awesome feedback on it so far, so I’m super excited to read this come end of February/March time.

11. Hamilton and Peggy: A Revolutionary Friendship-LM Elliott-Releases 13th February

Let’s face it, I am Hamiltrash, so this book had me at Hamilton before even learning that it was about the more overlooked Schuyler sister, Peggy as well!

12. Toil and Trouble: 16 Tales of Women and Witchcraft-Anthology edited by Tess Sharpe-Releases 28th August

Witches? Anthology of short stories about witches? Need I say more about why I’m excited about this one? I added it as soon as I found out about it on Goodreads and I’m so excited for it to come out next year.

13. Ink, Iron and Glass-Gwendolyn Clare-Releases 20th February

This one sounds really interesting, and different, it’s all about writing (well something called scriptology), which sounds like a cool concept and the cover is all kinds of amazing so I’m super excited to read it.

14. Orphan, Monster, Spy-Matt Killeen-Releases 8th March

I got sent this one for review by Usborne YA, and I’m really excited about it because it sounds so good, a Jewish girl infiltrating a Nazi boarding school as a spy? Yes please! Now to figure out how I will be organised enough to read this and TEOOO for the same date……

15. Children of Blood and Bone-Tomi Adeyemi-Releases 6th March

March certainly seems to be a busy month for YA this year! This is probably another of the most hyped 2018 books I’ve seen, but it does sound really good, so I can understand why. I may leave this one for a while to let the hype die down though!

16. Circle of Shadows-Evelyn Skye-Releases sometime in 2018

No official release date for this yet, so it could change, but anyway, this new duology from Evelyn Skye sounds awesome, but let’s face it, I will read basically anything that advertises itself as including an assassin.

17. For A Muse of Fire-Heidi Heilig-Releases 25th September

I don’t know much about this one yet, it doesn’t even have a description on Goodreads, but Heidi Heilig described it as Moulin Rouge meets Apocalypse Now + quest for a lithium spring on Twitter and if anyone know anything about me, it’s that the words Moulin Rouge are magic for getting me to want to read book. It’s about a bipolar shadow player who can bind the souls of the dead and if that doesn’t sound awesome, I don’t know what does.

18. City of Ghosts-Victoria Schwab-Releases 31st December

I mean yes, I have to wait until the end of next year for this one, but I am still super excited for it. It’s Schwab, so you are pretty much guaranteed weird, wonderful perfection, not to mention that it’s set in Edinburgh, one of my favourite cities in the world, so yeah, it’s safe to say I’m excited for this one!

19. By A Charm and A Curse-Jaime Questell-Releases 6th February

This is one of my Netgalley reads. I loved Caraval, so I’m trying to find more circus style reads and this one sounds really interesting, a travelling circus with a dangerous curse set on it? Yes please! I can’t wait to read this one.

20. The Hazel Wood-Mimi Albert-Releases 8th February

I honestly hadn’t even registered this one, but my friend Hannah got it from YALC and said it was absolutely amazing and we have a really similar taste in books, I trust her recs more than anyone because she knows exactly what I like, so I requested it from Netgalley, got accepted and am super excited to read it next year!

So there we go, the bumper size edition of books I’m excited for in 2018! And that’s just the 2018 releases. It’s going to be an incredible year for books, I can tell already. What books are you most excited for in 2018, new releases or otherwise? Do we share any? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s TTT will be the first of 2018, and the second to last hosted by TBTB before it moves to The Artsy Reader Girl on January 16th. Next week’s topic is Top Ten New To Me Authors I Read In 2017, but I did that one a while back in place of the Winter TBR topic, so yup, you guessed it, I’ll be talking about the Top Ten Books on My Winter TBR instead!

In the meantime, I hope you guys enjoy all of your family’s holiday festivities, and I will be back over the next few days, wrapping up 2017 for Book Lovers Blog before we move into 2018 next week!

48 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #139

  1. Holly 26/12/2017 / 12:56 pm

    Ooooh a new V.E. Schwab book set in Edinburgh?! I’m definitely going to have to read that! AND CAIT’S BOOK!!!!! ❀

    • iloveheartlandx 27/12/2017 / 12:23 am

      Yes! So excited for it. ALSO CAIT’S BOOK-can’t believe that someone I can actually say I sort of know, has a book coming out!

  2. lindseyhabets 26/12/2017 / 12:58 pm

    Ah I’m so excited to read the final installment in the Throne of Glass series as well πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 27/12/2017 / 12:16 am

      Aww thank you! Yes, there’s definitely been a lot of good books shared πŸ™‚

  3. thebookdutchesses 26/12/2017 / 2:13 pm

    There are so many amazing sounding books releasing in 2018! You actually had 1 or 2 listed that I hadn’t heard of yet, and I’ve added close to 200 on Goodreads haha. Throne of Glass #7 is probably my most anticipated one as well. More worried about Manon and Dorian though πŸ˜‰

    • iloveheartlandx 27/12/2017 / 12:14 am

      There really are! Oh wow, I only have like 40, so you probably have a lot more that I haven’t heard of on yours. I think it is for a lot of people!

  4. thebookishlibra 26/12/2017 / 3:48 pm

    I love that you have so many reads that you’re already excited for for 2018. I hope you love them all!

  5. Sionna (Books in Her Eyes) 26/12/2017 / 5:32 pm

    Great list! I have a few of these (like Ace of Shades and Thunderhead) on my post as well and many others already on my GR TBR, but I’m definitely going to take a look at everything else I haven’t yet heard of πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 27/12/2017 / 12:10 am

      Thanks! I hope you find some that you like in the ones you haven’t heard of.

  6. Rissi 26/12/2017 / 6:43 pm

    Ahhh!! I am SO (so) excited about Cait’s book!! Why I didn’t add it to my list today I don’t know. But, oh well! Guess it’ll keep for another list of anticipated 2018 reads. πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 27/12/2017 / 12:08 am

      Me too! I forgot some books I thought I was really excited for and then saw them on other people’s lists and I was like “Darn, I want to read them!”. There’s just so many books coming out in 2018! Ha ha yes, sure there will be another anticipated reads topic later in the year.

  7. Greg Hill 26/12/2017 / 6:52 pm

    Legendary looks really good but I still need t read Caraval, so I guess I better get on that! Daughter of the Pirate Queen too.

    • iloveheartlandx 27/12/2017 / 12:05 am

      It does! You have a few months, it’s not out until the end of May. Ah Daughter of The Pirate King is so much fun!

  8. 1girl2manybooks 26/12/2017 / 11:38 pm

    I really need to read Caraval, seen Legendary on a few lists today!

  9. Sumedha 27/12/2017 / 4:15 am

    I can’t wait for Schwab’s new book, either! But the release date is a little.. funny? It’s technically 2018 so we can’t groan about a 2019 release but we’ll have a year to wait anyway πŸ˜‚

    • iloveheartlandx 27/12/2017 / 12:21 pm

      Yes, I’ve never heard of a book having a New Year’s Eve release before!

  10. Thought Student 27/12/2017 / 4:53 am

    It’s an Apollo Riordian!
    Enjoy your reading next year you seem to be so much more aware of what’s coming out than I was.

    • iloveheartlandx 27/12/2017 / 12:18 pm

      Yup, very excited for that! Haha it’s all just Goodreads, I’ve been adding to the list since like the middle of the year.

  11. windowsillbooksblog 27/12/2017 / 7:15 am

    Great list! We are looking forward to Daughter of the Siren Queen and Legendary as well!! We agree that we can’t wait to learn more about Tella! Also, we have been debating whether or not to add Mackenzi Lee’s next book to our TBR. We also don’t read much non-fiction, but we love The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by her so we might have to check it out!

    Happy reading!

    -Ash & Lo

    • iloveheartlandx 27/12/2017 / 12:13 pm

      Thanks! Glad to hear it. Yes she was kind of mystery in the last book so it will be nice to get to know her better. If you don’t like non fiction, she also has a fiction book coming out next year, a companion to Gentleman’s Guide. Happy reading, to you too!

      • windowsillbooksblog 27/12/2017 / 3:36 pm

        Yes, we are so excited for the companion novel to The Gentleman’s GuideπŸ˜„

    • iloveheartlandx 27/12/2017 / 12:06 pm

      Thank you! Yes, I’m so excited for that one, it’s so weird having someone you kind of know release a book and being like “I’ve been reading her blog for years!”

  12. Viki 27/12/2017 / 10:11 am

    2018 looks really promising! Great list.

  13. Georgiana Teglas 27/12/2017 / 3:40 pm

    There are so many exciting releases next year. Now that you`ve mentioned it I am a bit worried about “Hero At The Fall”; I am so tired of fantasy finales breaking my heart. I know that not everything needs a happy ending, but after you get so attached to characters it`s hard.

    Carmen`s Reading Corner

    • iloveheartlandx 27/12/2017 / 5:59 pm

      There really are! As am I, but at least I know to expect it by now!

  14. Helia Reads 28/12/2017 / 4:46 pm

    I’m really looking forward to Ace of Shades! I hope you get to read all of these wonderful books next year πŸ˜€

    • iloveheartlandx 29/12/2017 / 3:07 pm

      Me too! Oh I highly doubt I’ll get to all of them, but I’m hoping to read at least a few πŸ™‚

  15. Elizabeth 28/12/2017 / 5:38 pm

    I’m so excited for all these books! I just bought Caraval & can’t wait to read it. And then all of Sarah J Maas’s books & Cait’s contemporary, agh!
    And Bygone Badass Broads – I’m super excited for that book, too! I’m a journalism major w/ a history minor – I love looking at history from a feminist perspective!
    And I haven’t read Rebel of the Sands yet, but I’m looking forward to checking out this series. The cover looks amazing, and I’ve heard great things.

    • iloveheartlandx 29/12/2017 / 3:05 pm

      I’m glad to hear it! Oh I know, so many great books coming out next year. That’s so cool, we do the same degree! They don’t do the whole major/minor thing here in the UK, so my degree is joint History and Journalism but still cool! Yes, I love looking at history from a feminist perspective too, I did a whole module this semester about gender and it was so much fun. I hope you enjoy Rebel of The Sands when you get to it!

  16. Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard 28/12/2017 / 8:29 pm

    There are definitely some intriguing titles on your list! I haven’t read most of the first books in series, so the sequels wouldn’t be on my list… but Sarah J. Maas, Rebel of the Sands, and Caraval are on my TBR list, along with the 2nd book in the Trials of Apollo series (which I didn’t get around to reading for some reason.) I hope you get a chance to read all of these!

    • iloveheartlandx 29/12/2017 / 3:02 pm

      Thanks! Ah yes, well that makes perfect sense, I hope you enjoy all the first books in those series and the 2nd TOA. I hope so too!

  17. Jared Brown 29/12/2017 / 4:05 am

    OOH! You have a ton of amazing and intriguing titles on your page. To be honest, I am not as excited as most people are for Caraval #2. I thought the first one wasn’t anything special, but I have high hopes for the sequel. I haven’t gotten around to reading The Trials of Apollo #2, but I also have plans to read it before May so that I can be caught up and ready for the third book coming May 1st.

    • iloveheartlandx 29/12/2017 / 3:00 pm

      Thank you! Ah that’s fair enough, not everyone loves the same books, but I hope you enjoy the sequel. Good plan!

  18. Cait @ Paper Fury 30/12/2017 / 9:53 am

    OMGGGGG I JUST FLAILED AND DIED. I’M SMILING SO MUCH RIGHT NOW. *tackle hugs* (Also it’s so true…where are all our music books at?!? We need more!) Also omg I’m anticipated so so many of these too, but like particularly The Hazlewood and Children of Blood and Bone.😍 2018 is going to be AMAZING.

    • iloveheartlandx 30/12/2017 / 5:28 pm

      Aww you’re welcome! I’m super excited to read your book, it sounds amazing πŸ™‚ I don’t know, the only one I can think of that involves music is This Savage Song? At least in YA, I read a Jodi Picoult one a few years ago that featured a music therapist, so music was a big part of that. It really is! The book gods are smiling down on us in 2018 πŸ™‚

      • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard 31/12/2017 / 4:06 am

        In case you need recommendations, some other wonderful fantasy books in which music plays an important role are: Seraphina (Rachel Hartman), and The Name of the Wind (and) The Wise Man’s Fear (Patrick Rothfuss); Dragonsong (and) Dragonsinger (Anne McCaffrey); and Masks and Shadows (Stephanie Burgis; one of the important characters is a castrato.) Slightly less amazing but still good to very good: The Lark and the Wren, and the rest of the Bardic Voices books (Mercedes Lackey); the Last Herald Mage trilogy (Mercedes Lackey.)

      • iloveheartlandx 31/12/2017 / 3:33 pm

        Oh wow, thank you! I have Seraphina and I’ve heard of The Name of The Wind, but I haven’t heard of the others, so I’ll have to check them out πŸ™‚

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