Top Ten Tuesday #174


Hi everyone! This weekend I’ve been up in Scotland, I had an awesome time going to see The Guilty Feminist at The Fringe with my friend Nicola and we had a great time catching up on everything since this was the first time I’d seen her since she went to Prague for her semester abroad in February. I’m also going to see her again tomorrow as she’s in London for dissertation research, so we’re going to go do some book shopping in Foyles and Waterstones. I can’t believe that this time next week, I’ll only be a day away from heading back up here for my fourth year of Uni, this summer has gone by so fast!

Anyway, since today is Tuesday, I’m back with another Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl. Today is a Back To School Freebie, so I’m going to share some of the books I’m planning on reading at Uni this year (fiction obviously, not the stuff I’ll have to read for class!). This will just be what I’m planning on reading from September-December, since I have not planned ahead for my 2019 reading yet!:

  1. Vicious-VE Schwab

I might have finished this before I get to Uni, since I’m planning on reading it on my five hour train journey up to Scotland next Thursday, but I figured I’d include it on here anyway. I’m super excited to read this one because I’ve heard such awesome stuff about it, and let’s face it, it’s VE Schwab, it’s bound to be amazing.

2. The Hate U Give-Angie Thomas

I wasn’t originally planning on putting this on this list, but the YA Addicted Book Club on Goodreads are reading this as their September Book of The Month and since the movie is coming out in October, I thought it was finally time to dive into this book myself. I’m excited to read it, but also super nervous because what if I don’t love it as much as everyone else?

3. All The Crooked Saints-Maggie Stiefvater

This is my #RockMyTBR book for October, and it’s been a while, two years I think, since I last read a Maggie Stiefvater book. I’m looking forward to it, but am well aware of the criticisms that this book has received from Latinx people about the rep in it, so I’m definitely cautious about that.

4. Midnight-Derek Landy

AHHH MORE SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT! I wasn’t blown away by the first book in the latest phase of the Skulduggery Pleasant series, but I do love the characters and this world and Derek Landy’s humour and I’m sure the series can only get better so I’m super excited to see what happens in this second book of the continuation series!

5. Night of Cake and Puppets-Laini Taylor

This is my #RockMyTBR book for November. I have to admit I wasn’t thrilled by the second book in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, but I’ve been looking forward to this companion novella because I love Zuzana and Mik and it will be great to see their super cute first date.

6. Kingdom of Ash-Sarah J Maas

Let’s face it, I will be dropping everything at once as soon as I get my hands on the final book in the Throne of Glass series, because I have been waiting for this book for so long and am dying (and slightly scared) to find out how it ends. Though I’ll admit, I am slightly intimidated after seeing how huge the manuscript Sarah J Maas turned in was-it may take me a year to finish this mammoth of a book!

7. Wonder Woman: Warbringer-Leigh Bardugo

I have been on a real Leigh Bardugo streak this year, I’ve read three of her books so far this year and this will be the fourth and final one, my #RockMyTBR book for December. I loved the Wonder Woman film when I watched it, so I am super excited to see Diana’s adventures turned into what I’m sure is an awesome YA book.

8. Our Dark Duet-Victoria Schwab

I wasn’t overly keen on This Savage Song, but I’ve heard Our Dark Duet is much better and I did enjoy it enough that I really want to see how it ends-plus it is so rare that I get to read YA books without romance so you can bet that I will be revelling in August and Kate’s friendship.

9. Sea Witch-Sarah Henning

I’m reading this at the moment but I haven’t got very far yet, I’ve been using all my free time to read Tower of Dawn and practice for my driving theory test. However, hopefully once I’ve finished Tower of Dawn and gone back to Uni, I should just about have time to finish this Ursula origin story.

10. A Spark of Light-Jodi Picoult

I got approved for Jodi Picoult’s new book on Netgalley, so naturally I’m super excited for it as I love her books. I’m particularly excited for this one as I’ve been waiting for her to do a book about abortion rights for a while and I think she’ll have a very interesting and nuanced take on the topic, as she always does.

So there we go, the books I’ll be reading at Uni this year (well at least for the first three months!). Have you read any of these? Did you enjoy them? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s Top Ten Tuesday, we’re taking a break from books and talking Bingeworthy TV Shows/Movies, something I have had a lot of experience with, being a student who likes to procrastinate! In the meantime, I will be hoping to get a Writing Corner post up before the end of August on Friday.

69 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #174

  1. Jess @ Jessticulates 28/08/2018 / 11:00 am

    Great list, I hope you enjoy all of these and have a great fourth year at uni! Sea Witch is one I need to try and get to soon myself, I’ve heard some really good things about it.

  2. Shannon @ Shelfish For Books 28/08/2018 / 11:39 am

    I can’t wait for Kingdom Of Ash – did you know it’s like 998 pages long?! The TOG fandom is going to implode after reading it! I’m so scared but also excited ๐Ÿ˜

    • iloveheartlandx 28/08/2018 / 11:09 pm

      Ha ha yes, I did-just when I thought they couldn’t get any bigger, it’s not even going to fit on my shelf at this rate. I think that was a given anyway. Oh me too!

  3. Kirstie Ellen 28/08/2018 / 11:55 am

    Fourth year of uni – how exciting (and stressful)! I think youโ€™ll love THUG. I read it last month and was scared, like you, that the hype was over the top. But itโ€™s one of those books you read and youโ€™re like oh yep, the hype is there for a reason. Itโ€™s one of my favourite reads of the year so enjoy!

    • iloveheartlandx 28/08/2018 / 11:08 pm

      Ha ha yeah, tell me about it! Oh that’s great to hear, I hope I love it as much as you did ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Louise 28/08/2018 / 12:51 pm

    This looks like a great list! Enjoy your fourth year!

  5. ChrissiReads 28/08/2018 / 12:53 pm

    I hope that you love these books! ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck with your 4th year!

  6. Deanna Reads Books 28/08/2018 / 1:54 pm

    Awesome list! I shamefully still haven’t read anything from Schwab!

    • iloveheartlandx 28/08/2018 / 11:07 pm

      Thank you! Ah that definitely needs to change ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Literary Feline 28/08/2018 / 2:50 pm

    Sounds like the summer is winding down for you. Good luck at the university this year! I love your list. Some of these are on my to read list too. I really need to try Schwab. Sea Witch looks good as well. And one of these days I will read something by Maggie Stiefvater. I read and really likes Wonder Woman and The Hate U Give. I hope you will too!

    • iloveheartlandx 28/08/2018 / 11:07 pm

      Yeah it is, beginning of September is always when I head back to Uni-annoying Scottish Unis starting early! Thank you! Ah Schwab’s books are amazing as are Maggie’s. I’m not far into Sea Witch but I’m liking it so far. Oh that’s good to hear-yes, I hope I will like them too!

  8. Destiny @ Howling Libraries 28/08/2018 / 4:25 pm

    Great reading list! I started Vicious yesterday and it’s really good so far. Of course, THUG is amazing. I liked WW:W, too, and I’m excited for Kingdom of Ash. I loved All the Crooked Saints, but I know that’s a very polarizing read, so hopefully you will enjoy it. It has a lot of own-voice mental health rep (like for OCD and depression) that meant very much to me personally.

    • iloveheartlandx 28/08/2018 / 11:05 pm

      Thanks! That’s great to hear on all counts. Oh wow, that’s awesome to hear, I feel like I’ve heard so much bad stuff and no one has mentioned anything about mental health rep, so that’s so nice to know.

  9. lifewithallthebooks 28/08/2018 / 5:05 pm

    These are all great choices for back to uni reading! I want to read Sea Witch too. I live in Edinburgh and Iโ€™m really glad you had a nice trip to the fringe here! Have a great time in London too! ๐Ÿ˜Š

  10. Rissi 28/08/2018 / 5:27 pm

    Maggie’s books are often hyped and usually receive great reviews from this hype! I hope to someday give her books a chance, but so far, that hasn’t happened. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I hear “Sea Witch” is really good too. Hope you enjoy all of these – and thanks for visiting Finding Wonderland!!

    • iloveheartlandx 28/08/2018 / 11:03 pm

      Ah you should definitely try the Raven Cycle books, they’re great! Ooh that’s good to hear, I’m not very far through it yet. Thank you. No problem ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. lindseyhabets 28/08/2018 / 6:24 pm

    Great list! I’m currently reading Vicious (and loving it) and The Hate U Give is on my TBR too. And of course, all 900+ pages of KIngdom of Ash ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • iloveheartlandx 28/08/2018 / 11:02 pm

      Thanks! Oh that’s good to hear about Vicious. Ha ha of course. It’s longer than any book I’ve ever read, it’s probably gonna take me like a year to read ngl!

    • iloveheartlandx 28/08/2018 / 11:01 pm

      Oh really? Maybe, I’ll see how my reading works out for the rest of the year! Thanks, hopefully I’ll get through them all ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. I can’t wait for you to read THUG!! I think I suggested that Goodreads group read it actually but I’m not sure ๐Ÿ˜‚ I suggested some group on Goodreads read it ๐Ÿ˜‚
    Ooh what’s the rep thing in All the Crooked Saints? I hadn’t heard of this ๐Ÿ˜ฎ great list, can’t wait to read your reviews ๐Ÿ˜
    Also I find it so strange loads of my friends are heading back to uni and I’m not ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    • iloveheartlandx 28/08/2018 / 11:00 pm

      Ha ha yeah I know you’ve been wanting me to read it for ages. Yeah I think it was your suggestion actually. It was a while back, when the book first came out, a lot of Latinx people were saying it was insensitive to their culture or something? Thanks-it will be a while before I have reviews of most of these though! Ah yeah, first year without it, must be odd!

      • Maybe one day ๐Ÿ˜‰ tbh I finished them years ago and didn’t read any of the hundreds of spin offs so they might not be as good as I remember ๐Ÿ˜‚
        Wow that’s interesting, I’ll bear that in mind if I read it.
        Yeah because final year is so busy, good luck! You’ll ace it ๐Ÿ˜

      • iloveheartlandx 29/08/2018 / 11:13 am

        They’ll definitely all be up before the end of the year! Ah thanks, I hope so!

  13. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense 28/08/2018 / 9:09 pm

    I still need to read Vicious. I keep saying I need to get to it and then I just don’t. I don’t know why I keep putting it off. Hope you end up loving it!

    • iloveheartlandx 28/08/2018 / 10:58 pm

      Thanks, I hope so too and I hope you do as well, when you get to it ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. halliereadit 28/08/2018 / 9:44 pm

    I hope you end up loving The Hate U Give, it’s one of my favorites!

  15. kozbisa 28/08/2018 / 11:09 pm

    I have read zero of these books, but I will definitely be jumping on the new SJM. I love that series.

  16. Greg Hill 29/08/2018 / 1:58 am

    The Hate You Give seems to be on a lot of lists, and from what I’ve heard it is pretty good. And I really need to start reading Schwab at some point!

    • iloveheartlandx 29/08/2018 / 11:20 am

      I’ve heard the same, I’m just hoping I agree! You definitely do ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. 1girl2manybooks 29/08/2018 / 3:07 am

    I’ve only read The Hate U Give on your list (such an amazing book) but I’ll also be dropping everything to read Kingdom of Ash!

    • iloveheartlandx 29/08/2018 / 11:19 am

      That’s good to hear! Ah of course, I think all of us fans will be ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Tessa G. 29/08/2018 / 3:13 am

    This is a great list! I need to read The Hate U Give still and Vicious. I just got back to college, so my reading life might suffer a little bit though. I have a few fiction books that I am reading for classes, so hopefully I will be able to enjoy those.

    Good luck with your semester!

    • iloveheartlandx 29/08/2018 / 11:19 am

      Thank you! Ah I definitely get that, my reading speed goes way, way down when I get back to Uni. I hope you do! Thank you, you too ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Heather Cilley 29/08/2018 / 4:51 am

    Ooooh so many of these books are amazing!!! I hope you love Vicious! I plan on re-reading it before the release of Vengeful! I just finished the Shades of Magic series by Schwab and loved it. I need to read Our Dark Duet too!! Enjoy The Hate U Give!

    Good luck at Uni!! There are moments about college I miss, one reason definitely being the beginning of the Autumn semester!

    • iloveheartlandx 29/08/2018 / 11:18 am

      That’s great to hear! I’m sure I will, I’ve yet to dislike anything that I’ve read by VE Schwab, I just love the way she writes! Ah yay, the Shades of Magic trilogy is one of my faves ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope we both enjoy Our Dark Duet. Thank you! It’s going to be so weird next year when I’ll have graduated ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Jordann @thebookbloglife 29/08/2018 / 7:16 am

    THUG is on my TBR for this year, and so is Kingdom of Ash! Sea Witch is AMAAZING. I loved that book!

    Good luck with Uni! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 29/08/2018 / 11:14 am

      Yay, I hope we both enjoy them! Oh that’s great to hear, hopefully I get more time to read it soon. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Kathy @ Books & Munches 29/08/2018 / 9:37 am

    THUG: I really hope you enjoy that one! It made a huge impact on me and I’m so eager for the movie.
    Kingdom of Ash: I can NOT WAIT for my preorder to get here. I need that book asap. It’s going to be a monster [992 pages?!] but I’m so ready for it, haha.

    • iloveheartlandx 29/08/2018 / 11:03 am

      Thanks I hope so too! The movie looks AMAZING, so I’m sure the book is even better. I can’t wait to get my copy either-my friend and I are going to her event in Edinburgh, so we’re super excited for that. Ha ha I can’t decide if I’m ready or really, really scared. Probably both.

      • Kathy @ Books & Munches 29/08/2018 / 11:23 am

        Ooooh, I’m so jealous! I went to Edinburgh earlier this year and loved it – although all the stairs almost killed me, haha. Wish I could go back but it’ll be a while before that happens.
        I’d definitely be both – but you’ll survive! ๐Ÿ˜€

      • iloveheartlandx 30/08/2018 / 3:41 pm

        Ha ha yeah, there are a lot of stairs! I hope so ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Mara ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง 29/08/2018 / 10:59 am

    I really want to read THUG before the movie comes out too, I’ve yet to hear a bad thing about it! I hope i’ll get around to reading a lot of books this term, but it’s hard when there’s so much to read and write for uni!

    • iloveheartlandx 29/08/2018 / 11:04 am

      Yes me either-hopefully I will continue that trend! Oh I definitely get that-I’ve read like half the books I’ve read this year over the summer, I have barely any time when I’m at Uni.

  23. Annemieke 29/08/2018 / 11:19 am

    I really do have to read THUG as well this Fall.

  24. Jazmin Jade 29/08/2018 / 12:04 pm

    I am so excited for Kingdom of Ash it isn’t funny but I have yet to do Tower of Dawn. I need to fix that before the next book comes out!

    • iloveheartlandx 30/08/2018 / 3:39 pm

      Yes you do! I am also so excited for Kingdom of Ash it isn’t funny.

  25. Shayna R 30/08/2018 / 1:51 am

    Don’t worry, I will be alongside you slogging through Kingdom of Ash, ignoring the rest of my life!

  26. Keri 31/08/2018 / 3:44 am

    Oooh, I’m hoping to read The Hate U Give, Kingdom of Ash, and Wonder Woman all this semester too (well, if homework doesn’t attempt to drown me)!
    I hope you’re able to get to all these books! Happy reading! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 31/08/2018 / 2:31 pm

      Oh same here, these will all only happen if my pile of work doesn’t crush me before I get the chance! Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight 01/09/2018 / 9:08 pm

    The Hate U Give is fabulous, I hope you’re able to get to it! I also really want to read Sea Witch too. I hope Kingdom of Ash is everything you hoped for- I am still on the fence with whether I care (I’ll probably come across spoilers before I can even get to book 5 anyway, oops, I am far behind!) Hope you enjoy them all!

    • iloveheartlandx 02/09/2018 / 9:09 pm

      Thank you-like I said, I’m reading it as part of a book club group read, so I definitely will get to it this month. I hope so too! Fair enough, sometimes you lose interest in books and book 7 has been a long time coming. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

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