Top Ten Tuesday #268


Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these, it’s been another week of boredom here for me and my hayfever is out in full force, but I’m slowly starting to get to see more people which is really nice, it’s been far too long!

Anyway, it’s Tuesday, which means another Top Ten Tuesday courtesy of Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week is our annual Summer TBR topic, which is always a fun one. I did pretty well with my Spring TBR, I read 8 of the books off that list (well technically I still have to finish Incendiary but as I’m only 4 chapters from the end, I’m counting it) so I’m hoping I’ll be just as successful with this TBR. The one benefit of lockdown is that I’ve got a lot of reading done, so long may that continue!:

  1. Dry-Neal Shusterman

My current read, I’m about halfway through it at the moment and I’m…..well enjoying it seems like the wrong word since everything is going to hell for all the characters at the moment but it’s definitely very eye-opening.

2. King of Scars-Leigh Bardugo

My July #RockMyTBR book, I’m so excited, it’s been a while since I last read a Grisha book (I finished the original trilogy in January of last year) and Nikolai is one of my favourite characters from the series, so I can’t wait to see what he gets up to in the first book of his duology.

3. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes-Suzanne Collins

This was on my Spring TBR, but I didn’t get around to it, it’s a lot chunkier than I was expecting. Still I’m determined to get around to it this summer as it’s one of my most anticipated releases of this year, so hopefully will get around to it in either July or August.

4. The Dead Queens Club-Hannah Capin

This is my August #RockMyTBR book, I’m hoping that my second outing with this author goes better than the first. I wasn’t a massive fan of her 2020 release, Foul Is Fair, but given how much of a Tudor nerd I am, I’m hoping this contemporary take on the wives of Henry VIII will go a lot better for me.

5. Girl, Serpent, Thorn-Melissa Bashardoust

This is my current Netgalley read, I wasn’t the biggest fan of her first book, Girls Made of Snow and Glass but I’m only about 5 chapters into this one and I’m already feeling that I’m enjoying it more than that one. It’s #ownvoices based around Persian mythology which is pretty cool as I’ve never read anything inspired by that mythology before.

6. Empire of Gold-S.A. Chakraborty

I’m currently reading Kingdom of Copper and I cannot wait to see how this whole thing works out in Empire of Gold. KoC has been a bit slowgoing but I’m sure that it’s building up for a really exciting conclusion in this final book.

7. The Court of Miracles-Kester Grant

I’ve been seeing mixed things about this on social media, but I’m still really excited to get to it because Les Mis meets Six of Crows sounds amazing and French historical fantasies have been working really well for me so far, so I have decent hopes for this one.

8. The Nobleman’s Guide To Shipwrecks and Scandals-Mackenzi Lee

I’m doing this as a buddy read with a friend from the YA book club I’m in on Goodreads and I’m really looking forward to seeing Monty and Felicity as adults, as well as meeting the Goblin as a teenager!

9. Sightwitch-Susan Dennard

I’ve been working my way through the Witchlands books this year, and Sightwitch is next up. I don’t usually bother with novellas, but apparently this one has some important information for Bloodwitch, so I’m hoping I will enjoy it.

10. Sherwood-Megan Spooner

A FEMALE ROBIN HOOD RETELLING! I have been wanting one of these for ages, so I’m super excited to read this book where Marian takes centre stage as the “Robin Hood” character.

11. Queen of Volts-Amanda Foody

I can’t even begin to explain how excited I am for this one. This was probably my most anticipated release of all new releases for this year, I can’t wait to see how this trilogy ends, what happens to all the characters I love. September cannot come soon enough, it’s a lovely little early birthday present for me that this book comes out just under two weeks before my birthday!

12. Dangerous Remedy-Kat Dunn

Like I said, historical French set fantasies have been working really well for me recently, so I have decent hopes for this one, set during the French Revolution. It’s also got a cast full of LGBTQIA+ characters, which I love and definitely want to see more fantasies with!

So there we go, that’s my Summer TBR! It’s a little more ambitious than I would usually go for, but since I’ve been reading about 5 books a month since lockdown started, I figured it was worth having a couple of extra books on there. What books are on your summer TBR? Have you read any of these? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

I’ll be back next week with another TTT, this one is Top Ten Tuesday’s 10th anniversary, which is super exciting, we’re doing topics we didn’t get the chance to do initially, so I’m going to talk about Series I Need To Finish, as I didn’t really have that many unfinished series the first time that topic came around and well…..I do now!



56 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #268

  1. lydiaschoch 16/06/2020 / 12:49 pm

    I had the same reaction to Dry. πŸ™‚

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    • iloveheartlandx 17/06/2020 / 3:03 pm

      Like it’s good but it’s so harrowing that it’s difficult to say I’m enjoying it!

  2. Chiara 16/06/2020 / 1:50 pm

    Great list! So many of these are on my TBR. I’ll get round to reading them eventually

      • Chiara 17/06/2020 / 3:21 pm

        I think it’s the motto of most bookworms

  3. Michelle Louring 16/06/2020 / 2:21 pm

    I have several of the same books on my TBR list!
    I have already read “King of Scars”, and I can definitely recommend it.

    • iloveheartlandx 17/06/2020 / 3:02 pm

      Ah cool! That’s good to hear, I’m so excited for that one, I love the Grisha series and it will be pretty cool to see the Crows overlap a little with the other Grishaverse characters.

  4. Lianne @ eclectic tales 16/06/2020 / 2:38 pm

    I read Truthwitch a few months ago and greatly enjoyed it, I hope to get around to the rest of the books at some point. Didn’t know there were novellas as well but I’d be open to reading them, the witches are very interesting. Happy reading πŸ™‚

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    • iloveheartlandx 17/06/2020 / 2:59 pm

      Thank you! I think Sightwitch is the only one but apparently it’s really important to the next book, so I hope it’s good.

  5. evelynreads1 16/06/2020 / 3:07 pm

    I hope you get to all of them and enjoy all of them!

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  6. Jess @ Jessticulates 16/06/2020 / 3:57 pm

    Great list! The Empire of Gold made my list this week too, and I’m looking forward to trying Girl, Serpent, Thorn. Happy reading!

  7. Laurie 16/06/2020 / 4:45 pm

    Before diving into King Of Scars, make sure you read Six Of Crows before as there is a major spoiler for that series in King Of Scars.

    The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes turned out to be really good!

    I’m curious for Girl, Serpent, Torn and Court of Miracles as well. French history fantasies do not seem to work really well for me, so yeah.

    • iloveheartlandx 17/06/2020 / 2:56 pm

      I’ve already read both of the books in the Six of Crows duology, I actually read them before the original Grisha trilogy, but thanks! I’m glad to hear that, I’ve heard a lot of good things about it, so I have a good feeling. Ah that’s a shame, I studied History at Uni, so combining fantasy with a historical setting is always a big win for me.

  8. lifewithallthebooks 16/06/2020 / 7:57 pm

    Great list! I really need to get around to reading The City of Brass series – it looks amazing! ☺️🧑

    • iloveheartlandx 17/06/2020 / 2:51 pm

      Thanks! Ah it really is, one of my favourite finds of this year πŸ™‚

  9. anovelglimpse 16/06/2020 / 8:02 pm

    It looks like you’re going to have a ton of fun reading this summer!

    • iloveheartlandx 17/06/2020 / 2:50 pm

      I hope so! Not going to be able to do much else this summer, so at least got to get some good reading done πŸ˜‰

  10. emeliebooks 16/06/2020 / 8:40 pm

    Great list! I didn’t love The Court of Miracles, but I hope you do πŸ™‚
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    • iloveheartlandx 17/06/2020 / 2:49 pm

      Thanks! Ah that’s a shame, fingers crossed I enjoy it more than you did.

  11. evelynb98 16/06/2020 / 8:55 pm

    There are some great books on this list, and some I definitely need to read too! I can’t believe I haven’t read Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes yet – hope you get to read it soon!

    • iloveheartlandx 17/06/2020 / 2:48 pm

      Thanks! I can’t believe I haven’t read it yet either, I was so determined I would read it as soon as it arrived, but then of course I was in the middle of another book! Hoping I’ll get to it next month πŸ™‚

  12. Dedra @ A Book Wanderer 16/06/2020 / 9:20 pm

    So excited for Girl, Serpent, Thorn and I would love to hear what you think of Ballad. I still haven’t picked it up yet, but I’m sure I will eventually. Happy reading!

    • iloveheartlandx 17/06/2020 / 2:46 pm

      Thank you! Will definitely have a review up here when I’m done with Ballad πŸ™‚

  13. Cheri 16/06/2020 / 10:39 pm

    I didn’t realize The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes was so long. I had to look it up when I saw what you wrote. That’s another one I have to add to my list.

    • iloveheartlandx 17/06/2020 / 2:45 pm

      I was so surprised when the box was so big when it arrived, especially since the original trilogy books were on the shorter side. Still, more story to love I guess!

  14. Leslie 16/06/2020 / 11:11 pm

    I totally forgot that Empire of Gold came out this month! I thought it was in the fall. LOL! I really want to read Girl, Serpent, Thorn too!

    • iloveheartlandx 17/06/2020 / 2:44 pm

      Tbf, it’s difficult to keep track of release dates when they all seem to be moving so much (understandably) due to the pandemic! I hope you enjoy it.

      • Leslie 19/06/2020 / 5:33 pm

        I totally hear you. I just found out last night that a book I pre-ordered was pushed from early August to end of October!!

      • iloveheartlandx 21/06/2020 / 11:32 am

        Yeah I found out after I’d already done this list that Nobleman’s Guide has been pushed to December!

  15. 1girl2manybooks 16/06/2020 / 11:36 pm

    I need to read King of Scars too. I’m a bit behind in Bardugo’s books!

    • iloveheartlandx 17/06/2020 / 2:42 pm

      Once I’ve read King of Scars, I should be all caught up (I hope)!

  16. agreatreviewer 16/06/2020 / 11:48 pm

    Ooh nice ones! I was planning to read King of Scars back to back with its sequel whenever that comes! I hope you enjoy all of these this summer.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT!

    • iloveheartlandx 17/06/2020 / 2:42 pm

      Thanks! I would do that, but I have no idea when it’s going to be out, and I’m too impatient to wait.

  17. Aj @ Read All The Things! 17/06/2020 / 1:51 am

    Hopefully I’ll get to read Dry this summer. I’ve heard so many good things about it. I hope you enjoy all these!

    • iloveheartlandx 17/06/2020 / 2:40 pm

      Thanks! I hope you enjoy Dry when you get to it πŸ™‚

  18. pagesandtea 17/06/2020 / 7:26 am

    The Court of Miracles is definitely one I want to read at some point. Great list πŸ™‚

  19. Brooke Lorren (@Brookelorren) 17/06/2020 / 5:03 pm

    Surprisingly, I liked The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes more than I thought I would. I was a little questionable on the Snow storyline, but I liked it. King of Scars is my audiobook right now. I LOVE how it has characters from both the Shadow and Bone trilogy and the Six of Crows duology.

    I hope you like these!

  20. lindseyhabets 18/06/2020 / 9:46 am

    Great list, I hope you’ll enjoy all of these!
    Nikolai is my favorite character ever and I really enjoyed King of Scars – can’t wait for the sequel! I had mixed feelings on The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes so looking forward to hearing your thoughts on int! I also REALLY want to start the Daevabad trilogy soon and Girl, Serpent, Thorn is also on my TBR.

    • iloveheartlandx 21/06/2020 / 11:36 am

      Thank you! I love Nikolai so much so I have a good feeling about KoS. I’ve definitely seen a lot of mixed feelings about it, so I’m intrigued to see where I land. The Daevabad trilogy is SO GOOD (well what I’ve read of it so far).

  21. Lin @ The Reader of a Thousand Stars 18/06/2020 / 6:48 pm

    This is such a great TBR list!! They all sound so good!
    I feel ashamed to admit that I still haven’t read any of the Grisha books! But I own the trilogy and Six of Crows so I think I’ll binge read them in the near future!
    I have to admit I’m really excited about reading the City of Brass trilogy. But I’m going to wait until I get my hands on the next 2 books first so that I can binge read and go without being dangled off a cliff! πŸ˜‚
    I’m doing a lot of binge reading lately! πŸ˜‚ But it’s much healthier for my heart and poor, often torn to shreds, emotions!
    I hope you love all of these!!
    Happy Reading!! ❀

    • iloveheartlandx 21/06/2020 / 11:34 am

      Thank you! I mean the books aren’t going anywhere, that’s the great thing about books once they’re out, they’re there forever! I definitely get that, I’m glad I started reading them this year so that the third book was available for me to read. It’s definitely nice to be able to know you can finish a series in one go rather than waiting for the next one to be released.

  22. Keri 22/06/2020 / 2:36 pm

    Ooooh, I literally just finished Girl, Serpent, Thorn last night (after spending like all day reading it, lol) and it was SO GOOD! Such a great fairytale vibe, interesting mythology influences, and omg, the twists to come…. Hope you continue to love it! πŸ˜€
    And eek, I also still need to read King of Scars! I finally finished the Six of Crows duology in early 2019 and I keep procrastinating on picking up KoS, whoops.
    Good luck on your ambitious TBR and happy reading!

    • iloveheartlandx 26/06/2020 / 2:38 pm

      I’ve been enjoying it so far, it’s definitely been better for me than the author’s first book. I’m glad I’m not the only one who has been procrastinating that one, I had the same thing, I finished the original Grisha trilogy before King of Scars came out and I was just feeling Grisha’d out! Thank you πŸ™‚

      • Keri 29/06/2020 / 5:46 pm

        Yay! And hmm, I haven’t read the author’s first book but I’ve always been intrigued by it.
        And I get that! Some times you just gotta change up the worlds you’re reading about!

      • iloveheartlandx 01/07/2020 / 12:35 pm

        Her first book is just quite slow and the characters are kind of flat. Oh 100%, much as I love certain authors and fantasy worlds, it’s still easy to get burned out if you read a lot of the same.

  23. Annemieke 22/06/2020 / 6:37 pm

    I’m really curious about Sherwood. It sounds really good.

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