Top Ten Tuesday #260


Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these, the lockdown in the UK has been extended for another three weeks so my neverending loop of binge-watching TV and reading will continue on. Much as I love these things, it is difficult not getting frustrated at the limited number of activities I am still able to do whilst at home. My weekly runs are definitely the highlight of my lockdown!

Anyway, as it’s Tuesday, I have another Top Ten Tuesday for you all, courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. Once again, I’m not sure what this week’s topic was meant to be as I wrote this before I went to South Africa, but obviously, this is my last pre-scheduled post, so we’ll be back to business as usual from next week. I’ve decided to talk about my Top Ten 2019 Releases I Missed Out On (But Still Want To Read) as it’s always a topic I like to do and we didn’t have it as a scheduled topic this year, so I thought I’d like to do it anyway. So here we go:

  1. King of Scars-Leigh Bardugo

I was so excited for this book, I read the last two original Grisha trilogy books in preparation (I’d already read Shadow and Bone and the Six of Crows duology) and got it on release day, all ready to read. Except by that point, I was feeling a bit burned out on Grisha, and wanted a break! Ironic huh? Anyway, I’m definitely going to read this one this year, as it’s on my #RockMyTBR Challenge list.

2. Call Down The Hawk-Maggie Stiefvater

One of my most anticipated reads for last year, and yet because it came out right at the end of the year, when I was busy with work and not really reading as much, it kind of fell by the wayside. This one is going to be my next read though, so soon!

3. The Tyrant’s Tomb-Rick Riordan

Another one of my most anticipated reads from last year that I just didn’t get around to. I’ve not been loving Rick Riordan’s books as much in the past few years, just because I’m that bit older and way past the target age range by now, but I still want to finish this series, I’ve only got the two books left to read.

4. An Affair of Poisons-Addie Thorley

I was so excited for this one last year, I’ve been loving all the historical fantasies that have been coming out recently, and I loved the idea of a magical book set in Louis XIV’s court, with a teenager positioned to poison the Sun King. It sounds so good, and I hope I finally get around to reading it this year.

5. It’s Not OK To Feel Blue and Other Lies-Scarlett Curtis

I got this one last year, and I’m definitely excited to read it, but I really wanted to read Feminists Don’t Wear Pink first. Hopefully I will get to both this year!

6. The Devouring Gray-Christine Lynn Herman

I was so excited for this one last year, and hearing such great things as well, but I just didn’t get around to it. It seems like a perfect spooky Halloween read though, so hopefully I might get around to both it and Deck of Omens this October.

7. A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder-Holly Jackson

Again, I heard a lot of really great stuff about this one last year, although apparently it’s going to be a four book series, and honestly I was kind of hoping it would just be a standalone? Anyway, it sounds really fun, a sixth form girl who decides to investigate a five year old cold case murder for a school project? Sign me up!

8. Sorcery of Thorns-Margaret Rogerson

I wasn’t massively keen on Rogerson’s debut, but I’ve heard pretty good things about her second book, and it does sound really great, it revolves around books and libraries and sorcerers and it just sounds like a lot of fun, so hopefully it’s as good as it sounds.

9. The Dead Queens Club-Hannah Capin

I actually read her second book prior to this, but this one was the one I really wanted to read as I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Tudors, so a contemporary Tudor retelling is right up my alley (the only thing that could be better is a fantasy Tudor retelling).

10. The Boy Who Steals Houses-C.G. Drews

I definitely want Cait to get more books, and I’ve seen really good stuff about her second book, plus I loved the Christmas short story she posted on her blog, so I definitely need to get around to her second book this year.

Have you read any of these? Did you enjoy them? Let me know in the comments!

I will be back next week with another Top Ten Tuesday, I’m getting back to the regularly scheduled topics now and next week’s is Books I Wish I’d Read As A Child, so that should be a fun one.

38 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #260

  1. evelynb98 21/04/2020 / 9:51 am

    I really enjoyed Sorcery of Thorns, it’s fun but also the world it’s set in is fascinating! I bought King of Scars last year too with a real excitement to read it, but for some reason it just didn’t happen!

  2. M.T.Wilson 21/04/2020 / 10:00 am

    I loved The Devouring Gray! Would definitely recommend it!

  3. lydiaschoch 21/04/2020 / 11:02 am

    A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is such a fabulous answer to this prompt.

    My TTT .

  4. Holly 21/04/2020 / 11:16 am

    Call Down the Hawk!! Such a good one!! 👌

  5. evelynreads1 21/04/2020 / 11:21 am

    The devouring gray was one of my faves of last year!


  6. Tanya Atkinson 21/04/2020 / 1:33 pm

    I hope you’re able to get to all of these this year!

  7. Leslie 21/04/2020 / 3:57 pm

    I really hope you get to some of these! I really enjoyed Sorcery of Thorns!!

  8. Dedra @ A Book Wanderer 21/04/2020 / 4:18 pm

    Call Down the Hawk is amazing! I hope you get to it soon!

  9. nushu shri 21/04/2020 / 5:17 pm

    Yes love The Devouring Gray and King of Scars! Thanks for checking out my blog :).

  10. Brooke Lorren (@Brookelorren) 21/04/2020 / 5:47 pm

    I’ve read The Devouring Gray and Call Down the Hawk. Still want to read The King of Scars and The Boy Who Steals Houses too. I have a copy of A Sorcery of Thorns and An Affair of Poisons (got that on sale a little while ago) but haven’t read them.

    • iloveheartlandx 25/04/2020 / 1:36 pm

      Did you enjoy them? I hope we both enjoy all of those 🙂

    • iloveheartlandx 25/04/2020 / 1:35 pm

      I definitely will, it’s on my TBR challenge for this year 🙂

  11. anovelglimpse 21/04/2020 / 9:07 pm

    I read Call Down the Hawk. It took me a bit to get into, but once I was in I really enjoyed it. I hope you get to read it soon.

    • iloveheartlandx 25/04/2020 / 1:34 pm

      That’s great to hear! I should do, hoping to get to it in the next month or so 🙂

  12. Greg 21/04/2020 / 9:45 pm

    The Devouring Gray is one I’m hoping to get to as well!

  13. Lauren 22/04/2020 / 1:37 am

    I love Sorcery of Thorns for a band name!

    • iloveheartlandx 25/04/2020 / 1:33 pm

      I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it, I hope I do too 🙂

  14. Red House Reviews 22/04/2020 / 7:11 am

    Even if it wasn’t your intention, all the books you mentioned would fit nicely with this week theme for TTT, which was Book Titles that Would Make Great Band Names. I definitely imagined your book picks as heavy metal type bands.

    • iloveheartlandx 25/04/2020 / 1:33 pm

      Ha ha yeah, I realised afterwards that they worked pretty well for the original theme 🙂

  15. Jocelyn 22/04/2020 / 4:39 pm

    I haven’t read any of these but Call Down the Hawk would be a good band name, too! All of these would actually so you managed to do the TTT topic anyway haha

    • iloveheartlandx 25/04/2020 / 1:32 pm

      Ha ha yeah I realised when I read back through them that they could have quite easily applied to the original topic too 🙂

  16. Leah Wong 22/04/2020 / 7:00 pm

    Sorcery of Thorns was one of my favorites of 2019. Enjoy your books!

  17. lindseyhabets 29/04/2020 / 2:58 pm

    I’m the same about The Devouring Gray – hope to read it this Halloween. And I just finished Sorcery of Thorns this week and absolutely LOVED it, so highly recommend 🙂

    • iloveheartlandx 04/05/2020 / 3:26 pm

      That’s good to hear! Hope we both enjoy The Devouring Gray 🙂

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