Top Ten Tuesday #145


Hi all! I hope you’ve all been having a good week, it’s been back to the grind for me, starting off on my first essay of the semester, which may just kill me through boredom. Still, I have had some fun alongside the work, I had a social with my friends from Trampolining on Monday and a friend over to watch Moulin Rouge with me on Wednesday, plus a riding lesson, so all in all it’s not been too bad!

Anyway, since it’s Tuesday, I’m back with another Top Ten Tuesday from Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week we’re talking Books That Have Been On Our TBRs The Longest, so naturally I went back through my Goodreads and found a shocking 31 books that I both own and have been there since I started adding books to my TBR in 2015! Here is a selection of ten of those:

  1. Scarlet-AC Gaughen

Okay so I only actually got this one in 2016, through the #otspsecretsister project, but it’s been on my TBR since 2015 and I still haven’t read it yet. I don’t know why, it sounds like a very “me” book, a Robin Hood retelling where Will Scarlet is a girl. I’m hoping to tick this one off my TBR this year as part of my challenge to read more of the books my Secret Sisters have given me.

2. The Secret Fire-CJ Daugherty and Carina Rozenfeld

This one sounds really good, a teenage boy who can’t die and the girl who has to save him, in only eight weeks? Sounds pretty exciting! Sadly this book has been gathering dust on my shelf ever since I bought it, two or three years ago. It’s definitely one I intend to get to at some point, but I don’t know when.

3. The Young Elites-Marie Lu

I keep meaning to read something by Marie Lu as everyone seems to love her books, but I still haven’t gotten around to it yet. It’s meant to be a villain origin story, which sounds right up my street, but for some reason I just haven’t felt in the mood to pick it up yet.

4. Rose Under Fire-Elizabeth Wein

This one I am actually remedying this year, as it’s on my #RockMyTBR Challenge list for 2018! I can’t wait to read this, as I loved Code Name Verity, and really enjoyed The Pearl Thief, so I’m super excited for another one of Elizabeth Wein’s beautiful, heartbreaking historical stories.

5. The Book of Ivy-Amy Engel

I got this one from YALC in 2016 (but it has been on my TBR since 2015), but I’ve kind of grown out of my dystopian phase, so this one hasn’t been on my radar as much as it once was. I would still like to read it, but it’s not at the top of my list.

6. Wintergirls-Laurie Halse Anderson

This another one I got from YALC in 2016 (also has been on my TBR since 2015), but I bought it in a haze of last day discounts, so I honestly kind of forgot I had it (I have a lot of books so there are a lot of stories like these). I still want to read it though, as I’ve heard great things about Laurie Halse Anderson.

7. Only Ever Yours-Louise O’Neill

I seriously have no excuse for this one, it’s a feminist dystopia in the vein of The Handmaid’s Tale, it should be number one on my list but for some reason it’s been languishing on my shelf since 2015! I’d like to say I’ll get to this one this year, but that’s more than I want to promise, so I will definitely get to it in the next few years.

8. Pegasus and The Origins of Olympus-Kate O Hearn

I started reading these when I was still in sixth form, bought the next two books my first year of Uni and then for some reason never finished the series! There are three more books in the series for me to read to finish it, and I definitely intend to at some point, as they’re books kind of in the vein of Percy Jackson, where Pegasus and the Gods are a real thing (though they’re Roman, not Greek).

9. Dorothy Must Die-Danielle Page

Okay confession time, I was really excited for this one, a retelling of the Wizard of Oz? Pretty darn cool. However then I read Page’s Stealing Snow and hated it so much that I haven’t been able to face this one. I still think it sounds interesting though, so someone please tell me that Stealing Snow was a blip and Dorothy Must Die is actually good?

10. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer-Michelle Hodkin

This book sounds weird and mysterious which is right up my street, but for some reason it has been sat languishing on my shelf for a few years, without me feeling much need to pick it up, Hopefully this changes soon!

So there we go, just a small fraction of the books still languishing on my shelves after three years on my TBR. Which of these should I prioritise the most? Have you read any of these? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s list is a Valentine’s Freebie and since I’m kind of a Valentine’s Scrooge, I figured I would do, Top Ten Books For The Romantic Cynic This Valentine’s Day.

In the meantime however, I have a couple of posts planned for the next week, if I can find the time to write them between essay writing!

74 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #145

  1. Kathy @ Books & Munches 06/02/2018 / 12:07 pm

    I totally forgot about Dorothy Must Die! I still needed a fairytale retelling for my March TBR [I’m planning way too much ahead of time, aren’t I?] and I know I have this somewhere on my shelves! Thank you, haha. πŸ˜€

  2. tornpagesandroses 06/02/2018 / 2:13 pm

    Sometimes books just have a perfect time to be read. Or so I tell myself to stop from being guilty that I haven’t gone to them yet πŸ˜‚

    • iloveheartlandx 06/02/2018 / 3:39 pm

      Ha ha I might try that one next time I feel like my books are judging me!

      • tornpagesandroses 06/02/2018 / 6:12 pm

        Same reason why I believe in magic and fate, kind of like as an excuse in everything πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  3. La La in the Library 06/02/2018 / 6:05 pm

    I won Dorothy Must Die and was excited to read it, but the author was on a book tour at the time and it was taking forever for her to send it, so I bought the prequel novella because it was on sale. It was awful. The writing was very amateurish. When I got the book I didn’t even open it… it went straight to my trade pile. Ha ha.πŸ˜‚

    I love the Mara Dyet books. πŸ’œ

    • iloveheartlandx 06/02/2018 / 11:26 pm

      Oh no! I hope I actually like Dorothy Must Die, even though my last experience of the author’s writing wasn’t great. That’s great to hear!

  4. LaRonda @ FlyingPaperbacks 06/02/2018 / 6:05 pm

    I have the second Scarlet book on my list! I used to dislike the first one, came back to it months later and loved itπŸ˜‚ hopefully I get to it soon haha

    • iloveheartlandx 06/02/2018 / 11:25 pm

      Oh really? Hope you enjoy the second one the first time around!

  5. ChrissiReads 06/02/2018 / 6:34 pm

    Only Ever Yours is such a good book! I loved it!

    • iloveheartlandx 06/02/2018 / 11:24 pm

      I’m glad to hear that! Asking For It was such a powerful book, I’m sure this one is just as amazing.

  6. bookmuffin 06/02/2018 / 6:37 pm

    The Young Elites has been on my TBR for a while as well!

  7. elenasquareeyes 06/02/2018 / 6:58 pm

    I’ve got The Secret Fire sitting unread on my shelves too! I got it from a secondhand shop so I don’t feel so bad that it’s taking me so long to get to it.
    Hope you get to it, and the rest of these books on this list sooner rather than later πŸ™‚

  8. hannawsreads 06/02/2018 / 7:26 pm

    The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, The Young Elite and Dorothy Must Die are on my TBR too. There’s just too many good books to read and too little time!

  9. Michelle (@PinkPlkaDotBlog) 06/02/2018 / 10:34 pm

    I hated Stealing Snow also!!! I read Dorothy Must die and it got good at the end– but the first 3/4 of it were so BLAH that I decided not to continue on. I just think that is a writer that is not for me. I really really want to read Only Ever Yours. I LOVED her other book and now I’m going to read everything she writes. The first Mara Dyer book is SO addicting. I didn’t love where the series ended up, but that first book was a gem. Great list!!

    • iloveheartlandx 06/02/2018 / 11:20 pm

      I think most people did! Oh no! I like the premise and I usually like to give authors a second chance even if I didn’t like one of their books, so I think I’ll still try it, but I’ll keep that in mind. Me too! Asking For It was so good, I can’t wait to read that one. That’s good to hear, even if the rest of the series isn’t great. Thank you πŸ™‚

  10. Kay Wisteria 06/02/2018 / 10:47 pm

    I haven’t read any of these; this list just reminded me of how much I must read!!! I really need to read Dorothy Must Die, and The Young Elites, and The Unbecoming of Mara Dryer and so much ahh! Great list πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 06/02/2018 / 11:17 pm

      Thanks! Ugh I know, just when I think I’m actually doing okay on beating my TBR, one of these posts comes along to remind me how badly I’m doing πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 06/02/2018 / 11:15 pm

      Well that’s good to hear! I hope you enjoy Stealing Snow more than I did! I’ll check your post out πŸ™‚

  11. LHauser27 06/02/2018 / 11:46 pm

    Hi! I love Laurie Halse Anderson, but Wintergirls was really depressing. πŸ™‚
    My TTT

    • iloveheartlandx 07/02/2018 / 8:33 am

      Haha good thing I wasn’t expecting happy with that one!

  12. 1girl2manybooks 07/02/2018 / 12:41 am

    I’ve only read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer from your list and I didn’t end up finishing the series. I like Laurie Halse Anderson but I haven’t read Wintergirls.

    • iloveheartlandx 07/02/2018 / 8:33 am

      Oh shame! Well I hope if you do read Wintergirls you enjoy it.

  13. lilisblissfulpages 07/02/2018 / 1:08 am

    I’ve heard good things about most of the books in your list. Sadly, I haven’t read any of them yet too. Though Dorothy must die and Young elites are on my TBR too but I only learned about them recently. πŸ™‚ And I need to think of a topic for next week as well. Yours is interesting… hahaha.. Maybe I can for something that is interesting for single people like me. hahaha

    • iloveheartlandx 07/02/2018 / 8:32 am

      That’s good to hear. Well I hope you enjoy both of them. Haha I’m a total romance cynic, so I figured it was about time!

  14. Alison Doherty 07/02/2018 / 1:32 am

    Oooh I don’t think I’ve read any of these either…

  15. Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts 07/02/2018 / 1:32 am

    The Book of Ivy is amazing if you enjoy collecting quotes – I remember wanting to collect all the quotes from Bishop while reading, haha. I haven’t read Dorothy Must Die, so I can’t say if it’s good, but I do have it sitting on my kindle.

    The Young Elites is amazing! Just… don’t listen to the audio version. It was horrible and made me hate the book more than I would if I read it in physical format.

    • iloveheartlandx 07/02/2018 / 8:30 am

      I love collecting quotes, so that’s a good sign! I’m glad I’m not the only one who hasn’t read that one. Oh great! That’s okay, I have it in physical format.

  16. Greg Hill 07/02/2018 / 2:27 am

    Scarlet looked like a lot of fun when it came out, and I never did read it. I really should, it looks like a fun take on Robin Hood.

  17. Lee @ Rally the Readers 07/02/2018 / 2:50 am

    Seeing Rose Under Fire on your list reminded me that I really need to read Code Name Verity! I’ve read The Young Elites and thought it was OK, but I liked Marie Lu’s Legend a bit better and am really looking forward to reading her newest, Warcross.

    • iloveheartlandx 07/02/2018 / 8:25 am

      Oh that one is so good! Okay cool, I’ll bear that in mind. Warcross never really appealed to me, I’m not much of a gamer!

    • iloveheartlandx 07/02/2018 / 8:25 am

      Ha ha that’s what I keep telling myself about every book I own!

  18. Destiny @ Howling Libraries 07/02/2018 / 4:06 am

    Funny story about Wintergirls – I owned a copy of that one and was really enjoying it last spring, but I lost it and can’t find it ANYWHERE! I need to get another copy and finish it! Mara Dyer is also on my TBR. Hopefully we both enjoy it!

    • iloveheartlandx 07/02/2018 / 8:23 am

      Ha ha oh no! I hope you manage to get a new copy and finish it. I hope so πŸ™‚

  19. the (book) supplier 07/02/2018 / 4:28 am

    Wintergirls is one I read for a grad school class. As someone who had an eating disorder, I totally identified with the protagonist’s struggle. I wasn’t as enamored with Mara Dyer, but that might have something to do with reading bits out to my wife, who is a psychologist, and her complaining about how bad the therapist was (I stopped watching Criminal Minds because of her, too).

    eli @ the (book) supplier
    My TTT

    • iloveheartlandx 07/02/2018 / 8:22 am

      That’s really great to hear, I always love it when people who have experienced things that characters in books go through say that they related to their experiences πŸ™‚ Ha ha oh no! I can sort of relate, I’m not sure people like watching historical dramas with me, because I just tell them all of the historical inaccuracies through the entire show/film!

  20. Scarlet and the Unbecoming of Mara Dyer have been on my TBR forever too, but they didn’t make my list. There were too many books to choose from this week, lol. And, The Young Elites is on my list too, but it’s relatively short-lived compared to others.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 07/02/2018 / 8:18 am

      Ha ha I get that feeling, I had about 30 odd books to choose from, so I just put them all in a random number generator and let that decide! I mean most of these are from 2015, but some are definitely later additions than others. No problem πŸ™‚

  21. Emma 07/02/2018 / 6:22 am

    I’ve read a few of these books! The Young Elites is pretty good, and I loved Rose Under Fire but it had a different tone to Code Name Verity which disappointed some people so be aware of that. Pegasus and the Origins of Olympus was a bit of a let down for me, the world expands a lot in the sequels and the tone shifted quite a bit in a way I didn’t enjoy. It didn’t help that there were large gaps between me reading each of the books so I forgot some things!

    • iloveheartlandx 07/02/2018 / 8:16 am

      That’s good to hear. Okay I will, I wasn’t expecting it to break my heart as much as CNV anyway. Oh that’s a shame. It’s been a while since I read the third book, so I hope I don’t feel the same way!

  22. thebookdutchesses 07/02/2018 / 7:37 am

    Only Ever Yours is so so good, hope you get to it soon!
    I didn’t know The Young Elites was a villain origin story, that definitely put it on my radar. I didn’t really like her Legend series but loved Warcross so but try this one.
    Code name Verity was extremely good but also super emotional, I haven’t been able to start Rose Under Fire yet. Really want to though!

    • iloveheartlandx 07/02/2018 / 8:15 am

      That’s good to hear, I’ve been hearing that from a lot of people so it’s definitely getting bumped up the TBR! Yes, apparently it is. I haven’t tried any of her books before, so hopefully I enjoy this one. Yes, Code Name Verity was amazing, but I can def see why you wouldn’t be emotionally prepared for Rose Under Fire after! Hope we both read it soon πŸ™‚

  23. Annemieke 07/02/2018 / 7:48 am

    I quite liked Mara Dyer but never picked up the next two. 😦

  24. Elena K 07/02/2018 / 8:26 am

    The Young Elites is still on my TBR too! It sounds so interesting I can’t believe I have yet to pick it up. I didn’t know it was a villain origin story, I had heard it was an anti-hero story but not villain. This makes me want to read it ASAP. Great list!

    Thanks for stopping by,

    ~ Elena @ The Novelistics

    • iloveheartlandx 07/02/2018 / 8:34 am

      I’m glad I’m not the only one! Oh really? I suppose it could go either way. Thanks πŸ™‚

  25. Georgiana Teglas 07/02/2018 / 3:30 pm

    The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer has such an interesting plot, but from what I`ve gathered it`s way too focused on romance and I hate that. Good luck with your reading!

    Carmen`s Reading Corner

    • iloveheartlandx 07/02/2018 / 10:44 pm

      Oh no, I hate that too! Ah well, I’ve bought it now, so we’ll have to see. Thank you!

  26. Jessica Cozzi 08/02/2018 / 1:48 pm

    I absolutely loved the Dorothy Must Die series!!

  27. Rissi 08/02/2018 / 9:10 pm

    Since I did mange to read “Warcross” at the end of this year, I’m eager to read more by Marie Lu! Such a fun story. Also, I recently picked up “Dorothy Must Die” after being curious about it for years. Not sure it’ll end up being my kind of read, but we’ll see!!

    Thanks so much, as always, for visiting Finding Wonderland.

    • iloveheartlandx 08/02/2018 / 11:23 pm

      Well I hope you do! Yeah I’m not sure either after Stealing Snow, but I want to give it the benefit of the doubt. No worries πŸ™‚

  28. Helia Reads 08/02/2018 / 9:28 pm

    The only one of these I read was Dorothy Must Die and I DNFed it! Sorry I couldn’t reassure you about that one. But I know tons of people are obsessed with that series, so maybe it was just me that couldn’t click with the language or the characters.

    Happy reading!

    • iloveheartlandx 08/02/2018 / 11:22 pm

      Oh that’s a shame! No, I’d rather you be honest, I can adjust my expectations for a book accordingly then. Thank you πŸ™‚

  29. the bookworm 10/02/2018 / 1:51 pm

    Great list, I have heard of a few of these and Wintergirls caught my eye before. Happy reading!

  30. everythingalyce 12/02/2018 / 9:40 am

    I absolutely LOVED both The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and Wintergirls, but most of the books on your list are also sitting on my TBR. I made the mistake of reading Asking For It before attempting Only Ever Yours, and I’m still so emotionally destroyed from that book that I can’t convince myself to pick up any more of O’Neill’s work!

    • iloveheartlandx 12/02/2018 / 9:45 am

      That’s great to hear! Ha ha I did the same thing, maybe that’s why I haven’t read Only Ever Yours yet πŸ™‚

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