Top Ten Tuesday #173


Hi guys! This past week was my last week at my summer job, so after almost seven very long, very stressful weeks I am finally done! It’s been an….ah…interesting experience to say the least, not something I think I want to do again, but it was certainly something new and different to my usual summer shop jobs, so that’s something at least. I have a great week coming up, I got to go and catch up with my friends from school, Hannah and Zoe in London yesterday which was super fun, we basically just sat and chatted for eight hours straight! I’m also going up to Scotland on Thursday to see my friend Nicola, who I haven’t seen since before she left for her semester in Prague in January and we’re going to see The Guilty Feminist at the Edinburgh Fringe, so that’s going to be great as well. I may only have just over two weeks of my summer holiday left (how, I swear this one has gone so much faster than all the others!) but I’m going to make the most of it.

So anyway, that is definitely enough of me rambling, let’s get on with today’s topic! Today Jana has asked us to talk about reading slumps, something I’m sure every blogger has experienced at one point or another, so I’m going to be talking about the Top Ten Books That Have Got Me Out of Reading Slumps. As carefully as I try to pick my reads, sometimes, through no fault of my own, slumps happen! These are the books that have helped me get through those slumps:

  1. The Girl From Everywhere-Heidi Heilig

Basically last September, I just had a really bad slumpy month, which was awful considering that my birthday is in September. Anyway, I was feeling kind of bored with everything I was reading and struggling to finish any of my Netgalley e-arcs. This book wasn’t perfect, but it was just what I needed at the time, something short and fun and that I could just dive head first into and forget about the real world, especially since I had a lot of assignments whilst I was reading it!

2. The Assassin’s Blade-Sarah J Maas

Honestly, the less said about my 2015 reading slump, the better. It was not a good year for me, with A-Levels and starting Uni, I had my worst reading year I think possibly ever and in addition to not reading much, what I was reading? Yeah, didn’t particularly enjoy much of it. So after a few less than stellar books, it was nice to dive into a world I loved again and enjoy some more of Celaena’s adventures.

3. Between Shades of Gray-Ruta Sepetys

Ah, another survivor of the reading slump of 2015. Again, this book came on the heels of several books that I had mixed feelings about, so whilst calling this book enjoyable feels slightly wrong, given the subject matter, it was definitely one that I found really interesting and yes sad, but also touching and hopeful which I think is the best of all possible combinations. Honestly, if you haven’t read any of Ruta Sepetys’ historical fiction, you definitely should, because they are so good.

4. Heir of Fire-Sarah J Maas

Yup, another 2015 book-basically in 2015, I read about 4 books I really loved, Undivided (which I read at the beginning of the year before the slump set in), this book, Between Shades of Gray and The Assassin’s Blade. Everything else I read that year either fell in the category of “not good” or “decidedly mediocre”. So after a run of decidedly mediocre books, it was nice to fall back into a world that I truly loved, with a story that completely shattered my heart but in the best possible way!

5. Chainbreaker-Tara Sim

After another slightly mediocre month in 2017, this time November, I was really dying for something that I would just fall head over heels in love with and thankfully, Chainbreaker was that book. Seriously more people need to talk about this series, it’s a super cool Victorian steampunk style world, it has the absolute sweetest and softest m/m romance ever, this particular book is set mostly in India and the disapora storyline for one of the characters which was based off the author’s own experience was just so touching. Plus THAT ENDING THOUGH. I really need Firestarter like yesterday.

6. The Exact Opposite of Okay-Laura Steven

I had kind of a mini slump in February where I was reading Wintersong for most of the month, and yeah, really not enjoying it but I was super stubborn and powered through to the end (if you are feeling slumpy, please never do this). The Exact Opposite of Okay was exactly the book I needed coming off of Wintersong, it was short, it was super funny and feminist and ugh, I just loved it so much, it definitely got me back into the mood to be reading again.

7. The Language of Thorns-Leigh Bardugo

Much like TEOOO, I read this one coming off a book that I had been struggling with for a good part of April, Hero At The Fall, which I was disappointed with because it was one I was expecting to love and it just didn’t quite live up to my expectations. Anyway, The Language of Thorns was the perfect book to read coming out of that, it was short and really immersive, and from an author I already know I like, all things that equal beating a reading slump before it starts.

8. Scythe-Neal Shusterman

This was another book that I read in October last year, coming off my September slump and it was another really great one. If you are ever in a reading slump, I definitely recommend reading a book by a favourite author, because 9 times out of ten that I will really help. Scythe had such a cool concept and although the pacing was a little slow at times, the characters and the concept definitely carried it through for me.

9. A Court of Mist and Fury-Sarah J Maas

I wasn’t necessarily in a slump when I read this one, but I was coming off a run of 3.5 star books which I had enjoyed but hadn’t LOVED, so it was great to read a book that I completely fell for, as the last book that I had loved in 2017 before I read this one was A Conjuring of Light, which I read all the way back in February/March time, so by this point two months later, it was great to read something that I truly loved again.

10. A Darker Shade of Magic-VE Schwab

I didn’t have the best reading month in June 2016, but then I picked up this book towards the end of June, beginning of July and it not only brought me out of my slight slump, it also became one of my absolute favourite books not just of 2016, but ever. Seriously guys, you all need to read this book if you haven’t, it’s so good.

So there you have it, the books I’ve read to get me out of reading slumps, be they major or minor! Apparently Sarah J Maas is my go to for getting out of reading slumps, which I did not realise until today! Have you read any of these? Did you enjoy them? What books have got you out of, or helped you avoid, reading slumps over the years? Let me know in the comments.

Next week’s topic is a Back To School Freebie, just in time for me heading back to Uni the week after, so I’m going to talk about Books I’m Planning To Read At Uni This Year (fiction of course, not books I’ll be reading for my course, those are a given!). In the meantime, I’m hoping to have a new discussion post for you guys up before I go to Scotland on Thursday!

68 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #173

  1. Nerd Narration 21/08/2018 / 2:44 pm

    ACOMAF is always a good deslumper. Is that a word? Let’s pretend it is. I occasionally find myself going back to some of my favorite scenes when I need a boost to get myself back into reading. You’ve got a few titles on here that I need to get onto ASAP — especially after reading how much you enjoyed them!

    I went a totally different route with this week’s TTT and did an update on my past seasonal TBRs. Feel free to check it out here:

    • iloveheartlandx 21/08/2018 / 5:42 pm

      Ha ha deslumper is a great word, and yes I agree. Ah that’s a good idea. Yes, would definitely recommend all the books on this list, they’re all great. Oh that’s a cool idea, I’ll check it out.

  2. elfduchess 21/08/2018 / 2:58 pm

    I hate reading slumps. I mean, there I am, trying to read a book that ticks all the check boxes for me, and I still can’t get involved in it. A lot of times I try reading an author I already know and love, though not necessarily a re-read, to get out of a slump. Tanya Huff seems particularly good for this, partially because she has such an impressive backlog I’ve not read yet. Totally agree that Tara Sim’s series is awesome and I can’t believe more people don’t talk about it.

    • iloveheartlandx 21/08/2018 / 5:41 pm

      Ugh I know, they are the worst. I do that quite a lot as well, it’s always great when you find your favourite author has a book you haven’t read yet. Yes, it is, it’s so underrated!

  3. jessticulates 21/08/2018 / 3:25 pm

    Great list! The Girl From Everywhere is such a fun read, I still need to read the sequel and I need to some Rita Sepetys.

    • iloveheartlandx 21/08/2018 / 5:38 pm

      Thanks! Yes it was. I also still need to read the sequel though. And you should definitely read some Ruta Sepetys, her books are great!

  4. Brooke Lorren (@Brookelorren) 21/08/2018 / 3:33 pm

    I’m reading Heir of Fire right now! Well, not this second, but later today when I stop blogging and Tweeting and working on one of my WIPs. So far it’s really good.

    I guess with your summer job being over you might have more time to read!

    • iloveheartlandx 21/08/2018 / 5:38 pm

      Oh I’m glad you’re enjoying it! Yes, hopefully I will πŸ™‚

  5. bookmuffin 21/08/2018 / 3:51 pm

    There’s a few on here which are on my TBR already, I should probably get to them soon!

  6. Ambi 21/08/2018 / 4:14 pm

    Great picks! The Language of Thorns has sat on my tbr since like, forever πŸ˜› Glad you’ve managed to get through your stressful job, I’ve got college coming in September for 4 full days instead of 2 and a half like last term so hopefully not to stressful… Hope you have a good week πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 21/08/2018 / 5:35 pm

      Thanks! Oh I hope you get to it soon, it’s really great. So am I! Good luck with college and hope you have a good week too πŸ™‚

  7. fictionnochaser 21/08/2018 / 4:42 pm

    Heir of Fire is the best. Aelin drinking on the roof is my forever mood! Great list πŸ™‚

  8. Emily 21/08/2018 / 5:07 pm

    Awesome list! I really need to get around to reading Scythe, I have heard so many good things about it!

    • iloveheartlandx 21/08/2018 / 5:33 pm

      Thanks! Oh you definitely should, it’s a great book πŸ™‚

  9. lifewithallthebooks 21/08/2018 / 5:10 pm

    These all look great! I absolutely loved The Exact Opposite of Okay too! Great list 😊

  10. Leslie 21/08/2018 / 5:21 pm

    Great list! I love how much Sarah J. Maas is on there!! πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 21/08/2018 / 5:30 pm

      Thanks! Ha ha, she really has been good for getting me out of reading slumps πŸ™‚

  11. Ashley Sapp 21/08/2018 / 6:03 pm

    I haven’t read any of these books, but The Language of Thorns and A Darker Shade of Magic are on my TBR list. I definitely need to find time to read them soon. They sound amazing.

    • iloveheartlandx 22/08/2018 / 11:00 am

      Ah they are both so good! Hope you enjoy them when you read them πŸ™‚

  12. lindseyhabets 21/08/2018 / 7:07 pm

    Sarah J. Maas books always help me get out of a slump! Love that her books helped you so much too πŸ™‚

  13. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense 21/08/2018 / 7:18 pm

    A Darker Shade of Magic is one of those books that remind you how amazing words can be, so no wonder it pulled you out of a slight slump.

    • iloveheartlandx 22/08/2018 / 10:58 am

      Yes it really is, it came along at the perfect time for me πŸ™‚

  14. Heather Cilley 21/08/2018 / 9:46 pm

    I just finished A Darker Shade of Magic and LOVED IT. I am also re-reading the Throne of Glass series also! I need to give The Girl From Everywhere another chance, I hear so many good things but I wasn’t a fan when I read it a handful of months ago. I cannot wait to continue the Shades of Magic series though!! Great list πŸ˜€ ❀

    • iloveheartlandx 22/08/2018 / 10:57 am

      Yes, A Darker Shade of Magic is great-and the rest of the books are just as good, so I hope you enjoy them too. Ah awesome, hope you enjoy your reread. Ah that’s a shame, maybe it just wasn’t for you though. Thanks πŸ™‚

  15. kozbisa 21/08/2018 / 11:19 pm

    I am a Maas fan, and if I had to pick one book, which really left me in a amped up state, I would pick ACoMaF. That book was so girl power and awesome. I was all “whoo hoo!”, when I finished that one.

  16. Mara 22/08/2018 / 12:25 am

    Sarah J Maas books were solutions to a few of my reading slumps as well! I remember reading The Assassin’s Blade and loving it more than than the actual series haha

    • iloveheartlandx 22/08/2018 / 10:53 am

      That’s great! Ha ha fair, it’s definitely a great collection of novellas πŸ™‚

  17. thebookishlibra 22/08/2018 / 12:59 am

    I definitely agree with you on ADSOM and ACOMAF. Both are such addicting reads!

  18. Rissi 22/08/2018 / 2:46 am

    “The Girl From Everywhere” looks and sounds really epic and fun! Alas, despite it sitting on my shelf, I’ve yet to read it. Here’s hoping I do soon. πŸ™‚

    Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland.

    • iloveheartlandx 22/08/2018 / 10:48 am

      Definitely one to consider next time you have a reading slump! Hope you get to it soon πŸ™‚

  19. Zeee @ I Heart Romance & YA 22/08/2018 / 4:32 am

    I have a love/hate relationship with SJM, but I enjoy Leigh Bardugo so much! Also, The Girl from Everywhere needs to be reread again!

  20. Louise 22/08/2018 / 9:07 am

    The Language of Thorns looks beautiful. I really need to read it.

    • iloveheartlandx 22/08/2018 / 10:25 am

      Ah it is-both inside and out! You definitely should πŸ™‚

  21. ChrissiReads 22/08/2018 / 11:05 am

    I really enjoyed The Exact Opposite of Okay. It was so good! πŸ™‚ Fab list!

  22. lilisblissfulpages 22/08/2018 / 1:58 pm

    Oh My God, I haven’t read any of these but all of them have been on my TBR in ages.. I really have to read them. πŸ™‚

  23. Mikky V 22/08/2018 / 3:13 pm

    Everybody says such amazing things about Sarah J Maas books and I have yet to read any! I need to correct that oversight πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 23/08/2018 / 10:21 am

      Thanks! Actually no, it just so happened that those were the next books I read after I was feeling slumpy-but it’s not a bad idea to try another one next time I’m in a slump, maybe it is a pattern!

  24. Kelly W 22/08/2018 / 8:34 pm

    I’m in the process of reread A Darker Shade of Magic, and I’m really enjoying it (again)! It has such a great opening sentence, too…

    • iloveheartlandx 23/08/2018 / 10:20 am

      Ah yes, it’s such a great book and the opening line is one of my favourites!

  25. Aj @ Read All The Things! 23/08/2018 / 12:47 am

    I loved Scythe and A Darker Shade of Magic. Adventurous/dangerous plots can pull me out of a slump.

  26. 1girl2manybooks 23/08/2018 / 12:48 am

    Sarah J Maas does write good books to get you out of a slump! I burned through the ToG books so fast – I’d read the first years ago when it came out but I only read the rest last year.

    • iloveheartlandx 23/08/2018 / 10:14 am

      She definitely does! I read the first two back to back and then have been reading them as they came out-I envy you being able to binge them, they take me way too long to read to do that.

  27. Lee @ Rally the Readers 23/08/2018 / 2:14 am

    Totally agree with A Darker Shade of Magic! I love that series so much. I’m trying to finally read The Assassin’s Blade before Kingdom of Ash comes out; I feel like the only person who still hasn’t read Celaena’s early adventures, lol.

    • iloveheartlandx 23/08/2018 / 10:13 am

      Me too! Ah I hope you enjoy them-it’s not vital to have read them, but it does give you some backstory for Celaena that’s quite useful, especially since the characters from the novellas have been popping up in the main story.

  28. Theresa @ TheCalicoBooks 23/08/2018 / 1:10 pm

    Great list!! I’ve been meaning to read Ruta Suptys books for a while now, so I’m excited to see Between Shades of Gray made it on your list! ☺️

    • iloveheartlandx 26/08/2018 / 6:52 pm

      Thank you! Oh you definitely should, they’re so good πŸ™‚

  29. Destiny @ Howling Libraries 24/08/2018 / 7:02 pm

    Excellent list! I’m reading Heir of Fire right now and I think it might be my favorite of the series so far. I love Rowan and what a grouch he is, haha. And it’s funny that you also mentioned ACOMAF, because my partner is reading it right now, and every time we discuss it, it makes me want to reread it (again)!

    • iloveheartlandx 26/08/2018 / 6:47 pm

      Thanks! Oh it’s definitely my favourite. Haha Rowan is definitely a grouch. No way, that’s awesome-you definitely should!

  30. Lois 26/08/2018 / 4:57 pm

    Hope you have an amazing time in Scotland. I’ve always wanted to do a Scottish road trip. I keep forgetting to add Between Shades of Gray to my tbr list but it’s definitely there haha.

    • iloveheartlandx 26/08/2018 / 6:44 pm

      Thank you! Oh you definitely should, there are so many beautiful places to see here. Ah it’s so good, definitely worth a read πŸ™‚

  31. Annemieke 27/08/2018 / 11:04 am

    Some great books listed. The Girl from Everywhere is for sure great to read with a slump.

    • iloveheartlandx 27/08/2018 / 7:41 pm

      Thank you! Yes, it’s short and super fun so ideal when you’re slumping!

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