Top Ten Tuesday #264


Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all been doing well since I last did one of these, not much has changed here, we’re still largely in lockdown and I’m still pretty bored, though all the extra down time has allowed me to get a lot of reading done which is good and the weather has been nice so far this week, so you know…small silver linings.

Anyway, as it’s Tuesday, I’m back with another Top Ten Tuesday for you all, courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week we’re given largely free rein, as the topic was Reasons Why I Love….(insert topic here). I’ve decided to share the Reasons Why I Love VE Schwab’s books, as she has become one of my favourite authors in the last few years.

  1. They remind me why I fell in love with reading in the first place

Not that I’ve ever fallen out of love with reading, but when I first read A Darker Shade of Magic, it reminded me exactly why reading became one of my favourite things. It takes a very special book to really transport you to another world and forget about the one you’re in for a while and A Darker Shade of Magic did that for me.

2. Her characters are brilliant

Nothing is ever black and white in a VE Schwab novel, all her characters live in various shades of morally grey. I mean she wrote two entire books about people who are objectively villains and yet we still fall in love with them because in a VE Schwab book nothing is ever as simple as villain/hero. I’ve fallen in love with so many of her characters over the four years I’ve been reading her books, and they are definitely one of the biggest draws for me.

3. She creates amazing worlds

World building is one of the biggest things to get right in any fantasy novel and VE Schwab nails it. She creates these brilliant worlds, detailed enough for you to get lost it but not so complicated that you find them confusing. I would love to get transported into the Londons and just explore!

4. No two of her books are the same, yet you can always feel that she wrote them

One of my favourite things about VE Schwab’s books is that though her books all have a very distinctive style and you can definitely tell that she is the author, no two of them are the same. She really does have something for everyone, whether you want to read about ghosts in haunted Edinburgh, or supervillains with ExtraOrdinary powers, she’s written so many books with different worlds and characters that there’s something for pretty much everyone if you look for it.

5. I love her writing style

Her writing is just brilliant and it really works for me as a reader? She never falls into the flowery prose trap, her writing is both beautiful and eminently quotable but it also always purposeful.

6. Reading her books inspired me to write again

When I picked up A Darker Shade of Magic in 2016, I hadn’t really written anything except fanfiction in a good four/five years and I’d kind of put my author dreams on the back burner. I fell so hard in love with A Darker Shade of Magic that it reminded me exactly why I’d started writing in the first place, and by the end of that year, I’d done my first NaNoWriMo.

7. She’s really open about the realities of publishing

This is more a general author life thing rather than specific to her books, but I appreciate how open she is about publishing and the difficulties she’s faced (as well as the great things that have happened to her) because it gives young writers like me a much clearer picture of the realities of the business.

8. She writes the best villains

This is kind of connected to #2, but villains are really hard to write well and VE Schwab does it with ease! Her villains are genuinely complex and scary (the Dane Twins anyone?) and she never falls into the trap of the cookie cutter, mustache twirling villain which I really appreciate.

9. She writes in different age categories so you could grow up with her books

Obviously this isn’t relevant to me, but it’s just something that I love, she writes middle grade, YA & Adult so if a kid started reading her books at 11 or 12, they could grow up through different age categories still reading her books.

10. Her books are generally paced really well

There have been some exceptions to this, as there always are but by and large, her books are brilliantly paced, which is something that always seems to be a massive issue for me with most books and I usually never have an issue with it in VE Schwab’s books: once I’ve started, I’m completely in it and carried along for the ride!

So there we go, those are the reasons I love VE Schwab’s books! Have you read any? Which one is your favourite? Are you planning on reading her books soon and want recommendations on where to start? Why do you love her books? Let me know in the comments!

I will be back next week with another Top Ten Tuesday, this time we’ll be talking about Opening Lines and I’ll be sharing my Top Ten Favourite Opening Lines of Books.

62 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #264

  1. Marg 19/05/2020 / 11:15 am

    This author is new to me, so thanks for the introduction.

  2. Holly 19/05/2020 / 11:48 am

    I love her books as well! Although I definitely have to read more of them πŸ™ˆ great list!!

  3. lydiaschoch 19/05/2020 / 11:57 am

    It’s impressive that no two of her books are the same! Wow.

    My TTT .

  4. Jess @ Jessticulates 19/05/2020 / 12:51 pm

    Great list! Sadly Schwab’s books don’t seem to work for me – I love her ideas, but they always fall flat for me when I read them – but I think she as a person seems really nice and I do think it’s great how openly she talks about publishing. I am still planning to give Vicious a try one day, though, as it seems to be the one book by her that’s loved by everyone!

  5. arodriguez283 19/05/2020 / 2:06 pm

    I’m a big fan of VE Schwab’s books too!

  6. Chiara 19/05/2020 / 2:26 pm

    I’ve still not read any V.E.Schwab books yet (I know … gasp!) but I really need to.
    Great list!

  7. Louise 19/05/2020 / 2:45 pm

    I’ve read 4 of Schwab’s books and had to accept that they’re just not for me. I’ve liked but not loved. I’m so happy you enjoy her writing so much! And all your reasons are brilliant! It’s enough to tempt me into another go, possibly with This Savage Song?

    • iloveheartlandx 20/05/2020 / 1:30 pm

      Totally valid, I’m a firm believer that not every author works for every person. This Savage Song is actually not one of my favourites of hers, but if you’re more into gritty monster dystopia than straight fantasy it might be worth a try!

  8. Catherine 19/05/2020 / 3:29 pm

    Keep meaning to try these – I love morally grey characters!

  9. Brooke Lorren (@Brookelorren) 19/05/2020 / 4:45 pm

    So far, I’ve only read This Savage Song, but I want to read more. I own several of them! She’s a wonderful human being, at least from what I see of her on Twitter.

    • iloveheartlandx 20/05/2020 / 1:28 pm

      I’ve met her a couple of times at author events, she’s just as lovely as she seems! I hope you enjoy the rest of her books when you do get round to them πŸ™‚

  10. evelynreads1 19/05/2020 / 4:47 pm

    VE Schwab is the best! Great list!

    My post!

  11. Linda @ flourishreader 19/05/2020 / 4:47 pm

    I haven’t read any books by V.E. Schwab yet. πŸ™ˆ But I really want to! So far I have only heard amazinf things about her books. So, where to start with her books?

    • iloveheartlandx 20/05/2020 / 1:27 pm

      I would go with either A Darker Shade of Magic or Vicious as personally I like her adult books the best, but you could really start anywhere!

    • iloveheartlandx 20/05/2020 / 1:26 pm

      Thanks! Sadly, my writing has been kind of on the backburner recently, the general state of the world hasn’t been too conducive to being creative, but I’m hoping the creative juices will be flowing again soon πŸ™‚

      • evelynb98 21/05/2020 / 9:04 am

        I’m sure they will, don’t be too heard on yourself at the moment. With all this time off there’s a massive pressure to be creative and productive, but it’s all a really stressful time for people so do whatever makes you happy instead!

  12. Lauren 19/05/2020 / 5:08 pm

    Great list! I have so many V.E./ Victoria Schwab books that I need to read and your post is the best motivation!

    • iloveheartlandx 20/05/2020 / 1:25 pm

      Thanks! I hope you enjoy them when you do get round to them πŸ™‚

  13. Carol 19/05/2020 / 5:35 pm

    Lovely tribute! I don’t think I’ve read a title by this author …I’ll definitely keep her in mind!

    • iloveheartlandx 20/05/2020 / 1:23 pm

      Thanks! Oh you definitely should her books are great πŸ™‚

  14. agreatreviewer 19/05/2020 / 7:53 pm

    Ooh nice tribute post! As you saw, I did one too! Lol.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT!

  15. Louise @ Monstrumology 19/05/2020 / 7:56 pm

    I love VE Schwab’s books too! I’m still working my way through all of her books and I’ve loved every one of them so far πŸ˜€

    • iloveheartlandx 20/05/2020 / 1:21 pm

      Yes, I’m still working my way through them as well, have about 4 of her old releases still left to read.

  16. anovelglimpse 19/05/2020 / 8:36 pm

    I still haven’t read a book by this author. I need to. Sounds like there is a lot to love.

    • iloveheartlandx 20/05/2020 / 1:18 pm

      Ah you definitely should, her books are so good πŸ™‚

  17. Leslie 19/05/2020 / 10:30 pm

    Yes, yes, yes! I totally agree. Love her books and I just found her two years ago!

  18. Cheri 19/05/2020 / 10:39 pm

    I’ve never read any of her books. Any suggestions on where to start when I find time to add a new author to my mix?

    • iloveheartlandx 20/05/2020 / 1:16 pm

      I would recommend either A Darker Shade of Magic or Vicious to start off with, for me, her adult books are definitely her best.

  19. Dedra @ A Book Wanderer 19/05/2020 / 10:52 pm

    I can’t believe I still haven’t read anything by her. I need to change that soon. Great post!

  20. amyleighreads 20/05/2020 / 12:15 am

    I’ve always loved her writing style and her characters! Great list!

  21. An @ Traversing Chapters 20/05/2020 / 11:17 am

    I’ve only read A Darker Shade of Magic so far, but I really enjoyed it and hope to read more soon! I agree that it’s great how she openly talks about her struggles!

    • iloveheartlandx 20/05/2020 / 1:13 pm

      Ah the rest of that series is so great, as are the rest of her books. Yes, it really is πŸ™‚

  22. Lin @ The Reader of a Thousand Stars 20/05/2020 / 5:25 pm

    V.E. Schwab is an author that I follow on all platforms and enjoy seeing updates from, and I have bought some of her books (both because they sound so good, and because everyone says they are amazing) but shamefully I haven’t read any of them! 😭 AND I DON’T KNOW WHY!! OTHER THAN TBR STRUGGLES I HAVE NO EXCUSE! 😭
    If you don’t mind my asking, which one of her books would you recommend starting with?? I’ve heard so many good things about all of her books, and I have no idea where to begin! πŸ˜‚
    This was such a wonderful tribute post to read!!!
    Happy Reading!! ❀

    • iloveheartlandx 28/05/2020 / 11:33 am

      I definitely feel that, I have authors like that too, love following them on social media, have I read any of their books yet? No. I personally would recommend either A Darker Shade of Magic or Vicious as they’re my favourites of hers. Aww thank you πŸ™‚

  23. FangirlFlax 20/05/2020 / 9:18 pm

    I’ve heard so many good things about her books – must jump in and see what the hype is about!

  24. lindseyhabets 23/05/2020 / 12:23 pm

    Love this list and love V.E. Schwab! Though I’ve only read the Shades of Magic and Vicious books so far, they are some of my absolute favorites and I’m sure I’ll love her other books just as much.

    • iloveheartlandx 28/05/2020 / 11:30 am

      Thanks! Ah they’re my favourites as well, you have to read Vengeful, it’s AMAZING.

  25. Anastasia 23/05/2020 / 1:54 pm

    Such a good list. Really like her books too! πŸ™‚

  26. thebookishlibra 24/05/2020 / 2:53 pm

    Yes to everything on your list! I love Schwab’s books so much.

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