Top Ten Tuesday #164



Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these, I just got back from France on Sunday, it wasn’t nearly as sunny as I was hoping for and I only got one afternoon of poolside reading in, but that’s better than nothing!

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday, we’re supposed to be doing Books To Read at The Pool/Beach, but since I don’t really have any beach holidays planned this year, and I don’t really like your typical beach reads anyway, I’m going to be talking about my Summer TBR. I actually did surprisingly well on my Spring TBR, reading 8/10 books, so hopefully my Summer TBR goes just as well! Here’s what I’m planning to read this summer:

  1. Things A Bright Girl Can Do-Sally Nicholls

The first of my YALC prep reads and the book I’m currently reading, I’m actually about 80% of the way through this one, so I should be finishing it sometime this week. I’ve enjoyed this, I’ve never read a historical fiction book about the Suffragettes before or WWI so having a book that tackles both is quite interesting, though I kind of wish the start of this book was a bit earlier, so we could get a bit more suffragette action before it goes into WWI.

2. Legendary-Stephanie Garber

Caraval was one of my favourite reads of 2017, so I’m super excited for reading the sequel, it’s going to be my next read. I’m really happy that this one is narrated from Tella’s perspective because I said in my review of Caraval that I wanted to know more about Tella and all the reviews I’ve seen of this so far have been really positive, so I hope I love it as much as everyone else.

3. Radio Silence-Alice Oseman

Radio Silence is one of my #RockMyTBR books for this year and another of my YALC prep reads, so I’ll be reading this in July. I’ve heard such good things about this book, and Alice Oseman’s books in general from people, so I’m hoping that I love it as much as everyone else seems to.

4. Children of Blood and Bone-Tomi Adeyemi

This is the last of my YALC prep reads (yeah, I only have three this year, it’s strange!) and probably the one I’m most excited about, because everyone and their cat has loved this book, so I really want to see what all the fuss is about. It sound AMAZING, so hopefully I am as enamoured with it as everyone else seems to be.

5. Days of Blood and Starlight-Laini Taylor

The last of my summer #RockMyTBR reads, I’m hoping to read this in August. I really enjoyed Daughter of Smoke and Bone last year, so I hope I like this one too, especially since it’s signed and personalised, so it’s staying on my shelf forever whether I like it or not!

6. Tower of Dawn-Sarah J Maas

This is probably pretty ambitious, and I will likely still be reading this one into September, because it’s such a mammoth of a book, but I need to finish this before Kingdom of Ash comes out in October. My friend Nicola absolutely loved this one, so I’m hoping I can overcome my lukewarm feelings for Chaol and also enjoy it.

7. A Thousand Perfect Notes-C.G. Drews

This is my current Netgalley read. I am enjoying it, it’s not quite what I expected from Cait’s debut and I’m not sure it will be in my favourite books of the year, but I do love the characters, Beck, Joey and August, plus it’s nice and short.

8. Spinning Silver-Naomi Novik

This will be my next Netgalley read, I’m really excited, because I love the story of Rumplestiltskin and it’s not a story that you see retold very often. I know so many people absolutely love Naomi Novik, so hopefully I can jump on the bandwagon after reading this book.

9. Grace and Fury-Tracy Banghart

I am a sucker for sister stories, so a feminist fantasy story with a sisterly relationship at the centre of it? Sounds absolutely perfect.

10. Sea Witch-Sarah Henning

Whilst The Little Mermaid has never been my favourite story (though I know the original is a lot darker than the Disney movie), Ursula as a villain has always fascinated me, so this retelling of her story sounded right up my alley and I was super excited when I got approved for it on Netgalley.

Over to you! What books are on your Summer TBR? Have you read any of these? Did you like them? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s topic is meant to be Series I’ve Given Up On, but honestly I can only think of maybe one or two that I’ve decided to put to the side permanently, so I’m going to talk about my Top Ten Favourite Sequels instead. In the meantime, as it’s the official start of summer on Thursday, I will have my newest Quarterly Rewind post up, so stay tuned for that!

109 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #164

  1. judithcmoore 19/06/2018 / 11:00 am

    This is an awesome TBR!! I’ve read a few of these recently and loved a lot of them!

  2. ericarobyn 19/06/2018 / 11:05 am

    Children of Blood and Bone is next up on my list! Can’t wait to start it! πŸ™‚

    My TTT

  3. lifewithallthebooks 19/06/2018 / 1:53 pm

    I can’t wait to read Sea Witch and I loved A Thousand Perfect Notes! Great list 😊

  4. Kaitlin (leviosanotleviosa) 19/06/2018 / 2:13 pm

    My husband is devouring Caraval right now. I keep meaning to read it. Knowing it’s a series makes me want it more, so I’m adding it to my [already super long] summer reading list.

    • iloveheartlandx 19/06/2018 / 6:16 pm

      Oh that’s so cool! Ha ha sorry, but it’s definitely worth it πŸ™‚

  5. Loretta @ The Laughing Listener 19/06/2018 / 2:22 pm

    So many good books on here! Legendary was AWESOME!! I ended up loving Tella more than Scarlett by the time I was done. Hopefully you love it too! πŸ˜ƒ 1000 Perfect Notes and Children of Blood and Bone are both books I REALLY want to read soon too. They sound so amazing! And I’ve been trying to get through the Throne of Glass series before October too. I don’t know if I’ll succeed because there’s a lot of it, but a girl can try. Lol. Happy reading!!

    • iloveheartlandx 19/06/2018 / 6:16 pm

      Well that’s good to hear! Everyone seems to have really loved Legendary. I thought Tella seemed like more fun than Scarlett in Caraval, so I’m not surprised! I hope you enjoy both of them. Ah I hope you do manage it, but if you don’t, KoA isn’t going anywhere. I’m lucky that I’m relatively caught up, so I’m not facing several 600+ page books!

  6. Tracy (@Cornerfolds) 19/06/2018 / 2:32 pm

    Yesss I hope you love Legendary and Sea Witch! Those were both incredible! I’m also really looking forward to reading Children of Blood and Bone!

    • iloveheartlandx 19/06/2018 / 6:12 pm

      I hope so too! Me too, everyone seems to have loved that one πŸ™‚

  7. Kelly W 19/06/2018 / 3:26 pm

    Radio Silence probably should have been on my list as well, it’s just hanging out on my shelf and I haven’t read it yet… thanks for reminding me, and I hope that your TBR goes well for you! I’m looking forward to seeing what you think of Children of Blood and Bone especially!

    • iloveheartlandx 19/06/2018 / 6:10 pm

      No problem! I’ll be reading Children of Blood and Bone in July, so the review will be up end of July/beginning of August probably πŸ™‚

  8. Christina T. 19/06/2018 / 3:47 pm

    I’m sorry there was no sunshine in France for you. But France! How lovely! And this list is just as lovely. I keep hearing about Children of Blood and Bone, I need to read that sometime soon. Looks like a fabulous summer for you. Hopefully with more sunshine.

    My list: TTT

    • iloveheartlandx 19/06/2018 / 6:07 pm

      Yes, I was too, but it was still nice to get away for a few days. Thank you! Yes, it certainly seems to have been one of the most popular books this year. Ha ha yes, hopefully!

  9. Poinsettia 19/06/2018 / 3:48 pm

    Spinning Silver sounds really interesting! Thanks for visiting my post.

  10. vendija723 19/06/2018 / 3:55 pm

    What a fun list to look forward to reading! I hadn’t heard of Grace and Fury, but from your brief description, I’m going to have to look for it.

    • iloveheartlandx 19/06/2018 / 6:05 pm

      Thank you! Oh you should, it sounds so good. It’s out 26th July, but I think it’s still available on Netgalley if you want to request it?

  11. Rachael 19/06/2018 / 3:59 pm

    I’m really excited for Spinning Silver because I really liked Uprooted. I’m also reading the Temeraire series by the same author. Currently I’m on book five, Victory of Eagles.

    • iloveheartlandx 19/06/2018 / 6:05 pm

      Well I hope we both enjoy it! I haven’t read any of Naomi Novik’s other books, so this will be my first one.

  12. Anne Bennett 19/06/2018 / 4:30 pm

    I am one of those who loved CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE, though I confess to thinking it could of been a bit shorter and not suffered. It has some really exciting bits.

    • iloveheartlandx 19/06/2018 / 6:04 pm

      To be honest, I usually think that about most books that are 500 pages plus! I’m glad to hear you liked it though πŸ™‚

  13. Angela Lawrence 19/06/2018 / 4:35 pm

    Ah, you’re much better at your seasonal TBRs than I am! I do want to get to Legendary sometime this summer, though!

    • iloveheartlandx 19/06/2018 / 6:02 pm

      I’m not always, trust me! I hope we both enjoy it πŸ™‚

  14. pennma05 19/06/2018 / 4:39 pm

    Great list! I enjoyed Children of Blood and Bone but I don’t think it was as amazing as everyone else thinks it is. Who knows, maybe the hype got to me. It was really good, just didn’t blow me away. I need to read Tower of Dawn before Kingdom of Ash too!! I used to love Chaol until he started treating Aelin like crap but I’m interested to see what happens in it. Enjoy your summer TBR! πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 19/06/2018 / 6:01 pm

      Thanks! Oh interesting, I’ll keep that in mind. I am slightly worried that the hype might ruin it for me, so it’s good to hear a less enthusiastic opinion. I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s not caught up yet! Yeah Chaol tends to do 180s quite often which makes it hard for me to decide whether I like him or not. Thank you, you too!

  15. nicolinesimone 19/06/2018 / 4:47 pm

    Children of Blood and Bone is amazing! Hope you like it just as much as I did!

    • iloveheartlandx 19/06/2018 / 6:00 pm

      I hope so too! I’ve heard so many people say such good things about it, so I really hope I’m not the odd one out!

  16. Ainslee, Jest and Hearts 19/06/2018 / 5:12 pm

    Some awesome books on your list! Absolutely LOVED Legendary! and Sea Witch is a great choice πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 19/06/2018 / 5:58 pm

      Thank you! That seems to be the general consensus, so here’s hoping I’m not the black sheep. I think so, I love villain origin stories πŸ™‚

  17. ChrissiReads 19/06/2018 / 5:44 pm

    I really enjoyed Radio Silence! I hope that you love it too.

    • iloveheartlandx 19/06/2018 / 5:54 pm

      Thanks! I hope so, I think I will, I loved Caraval, and most people have said Legendary is better, so chances are good!

    • iloveheartlandx 19/06/2018 / 5:55 pm

      Thank you! I’m currently reading A Thousand Perfect Notes and am not quite as in love with it as everyone else, but I am enjoying it. I’m so excited for Children of Blood and Bone.

  18. Elen @ The Dragon Reader 19/06/2018 / 6:16 pm

    Sea Witch sounds amazing! And I loved A Thousand Perfect Notes, it was so good. And I really need to read Caraval at some point – everyone keeps raving about it!

    • iloveheartlandx 19/06/2018 / 6:24 pm

      It does, doesn’t it? I’m enjoying it, but not quite as much as everyone else seems to be. Oh you definitely should, it’s so good!

  19. Kayleigh @ My Endless Shelf 19/06/2018 / 6:19 pm

    I love your list – so many awesome books! Legendary is fab, as is Children of Blood and Bone. I really want to read Radio Silence and Tower of Dawn! It sounds like you’ll have a great summer ahead!!

    • iloveheartlandx 19/06/2018 / 6:23 pm

      Thank you! I’ve heard much praise for both of them, so fingers crossed I love them as much as everyone else. I hope so!

  20. Kelsey Jones 19/06/2018 / 6:34 pm

    I really want to read Children of Blood and Bone, it’s supposed to be fantastic!

  21. lindseyhabets 19/06/2018 / 6:59 pm

    I just read I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman and loved it, so I hope to get to Radio Silence soon too! Hope you’ll still enjoy Tower of Dawn.

    • iloveheartlandx 20/06/2018 / 9:20 am

      Hopefully we both enjoy it! Ah I hope so, my friend said it’s quite similar to Heir of Fire, which is my favourite ToG book, so chances seem good πŸ™‚

  22. Destiny @ Howling Libraries 19/06/2018 / 8:43 pm

    I like the twist you put on this week’s post! I love reading people’s TBR lists, lol. I want to read Legendary soon-ish, too – I wasn’t sure if I would continue the series after I only gave Caraval 3 stars, but I won a giveaway for Legendary so now I have no excuse not to! Children of Blood and Bone was pretty good, and I’m reading Spinning Silver right now and enjoying it. I also need to read Grace and Fury soon, and A Thousand Perfect Notes! And I want to order Sea Witch soon haha!

    • iloveheartlandx 20/06/2018 / 9:16 am

      Thank you! Me too, it’s fun to see what people are planning to read. Well I hope you enjoy Legendary better than Caraval, from what I’ve heard from people that seems to be the case for a lot of people. I’m glad you enjoyed COBAB and hope you keep enjoying Spinning Silver. I hope you enjoy both of those. Ah yes, you should, it sounds so good πŸ™‚

  23. megst13 19/06/2018 / 8:45 pm

    So many amazing books on this list! I want to read Radio Silence so much! Also COBAB is one of my favourite books this year, so I really hope you enjoy it!

    • iloveheartlandx 20/06/2018 / 9:15 am

      Thanks! Yes, everyone in UKYA talks so much about Alice Oseman, I feel like I’ve been missing out. I’ve heard that from a lot of people, so I hope so too!

  24. Tessa G. 19/06/2018 / 9:40 pm

    The dangerous thing about these kinds of Top Ten Tuesdays is that they always make me want to double my TBR. On the plus side, that means that you have a great list and I will definitely be adding these to my summer reading agenda. My TBR might topple over, but a death by books is one that I am willing to accept.

    That being said, I am SUPER excited for A Thousand Perfect Notes. I think that we have already fangirled about it already together, but I had to mention it again. I will probably be fangirling about this book for the rest of my life, to be honest. Anyway, I also really need to read Uprooted by Naomi Novik. It was all over the book blogging community a couple of years ago, but I never got around to finishing it. I hope that another book on the horizon from her is enough to motivate me to catch up. I wish you the best of luck with your summer TBR and I hope you enjoy all of the books!

    • iloveheartlandx 20/06/2018 / 9:13 am

      Ha ha yes, they are always very dangerous. I would say I’m sorry, but I’m never sorry for people reading great books! I think we’ve all accepted that we will probably be killed by a stack of books at some point, we can only hope we manage to read them all before it happens!
      We can never fangirl about Cait’s book too much! Yeah I only got Uprooted last year, but it’s definitely one that I still need to read, I know how popular it is amongst other bloggers. Thank you!

    • iloveheartlandx 20/06/2018 / 9:06 am

      Yeah mermaids definitely seem to be a trend at the moment! Thank you πŸ™‚

  25. thebookishlibra 19/06/2018 / 10:34 pm

    I’m looking forward to Sea Witch and Spinning Silver as well. Great list!

  26. Victoria @ Rocky Reads 19/06/2018 / 10:43 pm

    I LOVED Legendary. I received an ARC and I really really enjoyed it – hope you will too! I also got an ARC of Sea Witch, so I’m looking forward to that one too. Great summer TBR!

    • iloveheartlandx 20/06/2018 / 8:51 am

      I hope so, the general consensus seems to be that it’s great, so chances are good! Oh cool, hope we both enjoy it. Thank you πŸ™‚

  27. Ashley Sapp 19/06/2018 / 11:03 pm

    Sea Witch sounds amazing! I love those types of retellings where we get to see things from the villains point of view. Awesome list!

    • iloveheartlandx 20/06/2018 / 8:50 am

      It really does! Same, they have such a different (and in my opinion usually more interesting) perspective of things than the heroes. Thank you!

  28. jolenewilsonblog 19/06/2018 / 11:51 pm

    Nice list. I really want to read Lengendary. I liked Caraval but it has been awhile since I read it so I don’t remember everything that happened. So I guess I will have to read that one again too. Have a great week.

  29. Keri 20/06/2018 / 12:42 am

    Yes, I’m so with you there on Legendary; I’m eager to get Tella’s perspective! I can’t wait to get it in at my library (there are like 3 people ahead of me on the wait list)!

    And Tower of Dawn is sooooooo good! I hope you love it.

    Also, I just finished reading an e-ARC of Grace and Fury and it was awesome! I adored both the sisters.

    And I’m excited for the Sea Witch too! So jealous you got an arc! πŸ˜‰

    • iloveheartlandx 20/06/2018 / 8:46 am

      Ah that must be so annoying! Yes, I’m really excited to see Tella’s perspective, she’ll probably have a very different view on things than Scarlett. I hope so too! Oh that’s great, hopefully I will too. Ah yes, it sounds so good-I think it’s still up on Netgalley, you could always try for one!

      • Keri 23/06/2018 / 3:11 pm

        Yeah, though hopefully I’ll be able to get Legendary from the library by mid-July. Aaahhh, I’m so eager to learn more about the bargain that Tella made!
        And oooh, I just requested Sea Witch on Edelweiss, fingers crossed (tho I just started using Edelweiss so they’ll probably decline me but I’m still gonna hope anyway…)

      • iloveheartlandx 25/06/2018 / 10:05 am

        Ah it’s so good, you’re gonna love it πŸ™‚ As far as I know Edelweiss doesn’t have as great a request granting rate as Netgalley, but I’ve barely used my Edelweiss account, so I don’t really have any tips!

      • Keri 26/06/2018 / 2:15 am

        Lol yep, I got declined πŸ˜›
        I checked Netgalley but couldn’t find it. Guess I’ll have to wait till it releases— a little over a month isn’t that long, right?
        Glad to hear that you enjoyed it! πŸ™‚

      • iloveheartlandx 26/06/2018 / 9:55 am

        Ah shame. It’s on UK Netgalley but maybe not wherever you are, I guess. Thanks!

  30. Greg Hill 20/06/2018 / 1:10 am

    Radio Silence was really good, and I do want to read Caraval/ Legendary at some point- I’ve heard that’s a good series!

    • iloveheartlandx 20/06/2018 / 8:40 am

      I hope you enjoy them! So many people seem to love Radio Silence πŸ™‚

  31. littlefoxandreads 20/06/2018 / 2:33 am

    Children of blood and bone is AMAZING. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! And I’d like to read Sea Witch sometime soon, I feel like it’d be a great summer read.

    • iloveheartlandx 20/06/2018 / 8:27 am

      So I’ve heard! I hope so too. Yes it does sound like a good summer read doesn’t it?

  32. pagesandtea 20/06/2018 / 7:19 am

    Hope you enjoy all your summer reads πŸ™‚

  33. Michelle (@PinkPlkaDotBlog) 20/06/2018 / 9:40 am

    RADIO SILENCE is a book I’ve been meaning to read– and it’s one I think I will really really like. Hope you get to read all of these this summer!!

  34. Veronika Γ‰les 20/06/2018 / 11:11 am

    I loved Children of Blood and Bone so darn much. I also really liked A Thousand Perfect Notes and Days of Blood and Starlight. Good luck on your reading! πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 21/06/2018 / 6:30 pm

      That seems to be the consensus! I’m actually almost done with A Thousand Perfect Notes, but am definitely looking forward to DOBAS. Thank you πŸ™‚

  35. sarabara081 20/06/2018 / 12:06 pm

    I really need to read Children of Blood and Bone too! I also have a Throne of Glass book to read before the last publishes though mine is The Assassin’s Blade which I never got around to!

    • iloveheartlandx 21/06/2018 / 6:28 pm

      It seems like quite a few people do! Oh I love The Assassin’s Blade, hope you do too πŸ™‚

  36. Barb Briggs (@boxermommyreads) 20/06/2018 / 1:25 pm

    I own Children of Blood and Bone and really should make time for it. I was so excited for it to come out. I have also heard good things about Radio Silence as well.

    • iloveheartlandx 21/06/2018 / 6:27 pm

      Ah isn’t that always the way, can’t count the number of books I was excited to read when they came out and then totally forgot about! Yes, Radio Silence does seem to be beloved πŸ™‚

  37. rachelburden 20/06/2018 / 3:25 pm

    This is one exciting list. I’m currently reading Legendary and can say that it’s, so far, as awesome as book 1 so I hope you can get to it soon!
    Eek I’m also excited for you to be reading more of Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, I absolutely adored it!

    Rachel x

    • iloveheartlandx 21/06/2018 / 6:23 pm

      Thank you! I actually just started reading it yesterday and am really enjoying it so far! Well I enjoyed the first book so fingers crossed book two is just as good πŸ™‚

  38. Leslie 20/06/2018 / 4:28 pm

    That’s a great list! I really loved Sea Witch and Children of Blood and Bone! I have a couple of yours on my never ending TBR list. I have Legendary but haven’t read it yet!

    • iloveheartlandx 21/06/2018 / 6:11 pm

      Thank you! I’m glad to hear that. Ah well you must have good taste πŸ™‚ Ooh hope you get to it soon.

  39. Annemieke 21/06/2018 / 11:18 am

    I want to get to Legendary and A Thousand Perfect Notes this Summer too! Spinning Silver was great!

    • iloveheartlandx 21/06/2018 / 6:07 pm

      I hope you enjoy both of them! Oh yay, that’s so good to hear πŸ™‚

  40. Kathy @ Books & Munches 21/06/2018 / 6:08 pm

    Nice going on your Spring TBR!!

    I hope you love Children of Blood and Bone. I adore that book and the author is AMAZING. If you ever get the chance to meet her, I really recommend it! She’s wonderful. πŸ™‚

    I really need to get my hands on a copy of A Thousand Perfect Notes but the book buying ban.. Hope to read Legendary soon – I heard it’s better than Caraval? Which would be amazing because I liked it but didn’t love it, if I remember correctly, hah.

    Happy reading!

    • iloveheartlandx 21/06/2018 / 7:09 pm

      Thank you-I don’t usually do that well! I hope so too! I actually will, this summer, the reason I’m reading the book in July is because I’m meeting the author at YALC! That’s great to hear that she’s so nice πŸ™‚ Ah book buying bans…..made to be broken I say. I’m reading it at the moment and I’m not very far through, but I already like Tella better as a narrator than Scarlett and I’ve heard of a lot of people who didn’t like Caraval as much, loving Legendary. Thank you!

      • Kathy @ Books & Munches 22/06/2018 / 9:27 am

        Oooh, awesome! I’m going to YALC as well, haha. πŸ˜€ But since I already met her, I’ll probably skip to give others a chance [and to not overload my running around-schedule :P]

        Ooh, I broke the ban yesterday. I needed some specific books, there was a book fair, and I couldn’t help but walk by the YA section.. Oops..

      • iloveheartlandx 22/06/2018 / 12:02 pm

        I imagine her queue is probably going to be pretty huge! Ha ha that happens to me all the time!

  41. Marissa Writes (@Reading_List1) 23/06/2018 / 12:47 pm

    Oh you have some excellent books on your list!! I loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone – it pulled me in quick and the characters were amazing… I’m a total Akiva fan… when you get to it, let me know if you love it – I am always on Instagram talking about books.

    • iloveheartlandx 25/06/2018 / 10:06 am

      Thank you! Yeah, I really enjoyed DoSAB, though I wasn’t so keen on Akiva. Will do!

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