Top Ten Tuesday #294


Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week, as usual things have been pretty quiet for me, I have to admit, it really doesn’t feel like the week before Christmas, most of the things I usually do in the run-up to Christmas haven’t been possible this year and whilst it’s obviously not a massive deal in the grand scheme of things, the festive season just hasn’t felt the same this year.

Anyway, since it’s Tuesday, I’m back with another Top Ten Tuesday courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week is our annual Winter TBR topic, I have to admit, I didn’t do that well on my Autumn TBR, I only read 4 out of the 12 books, with two still in progress, so I’m hoping to do a lot better on my Winter TBR:

  1. Seasons of War-Derek Landy

My current read, I’m about 60% of the way through it, so I’m hoping I will finish in the next week or so. I have to admit, I preferred the previous book to this one, this book has had a LOT OF JOURNEYING, which is one of my least favourite things in a book. I’ve still enjoyed it because I love Skulduggery, but it’s definitely one of the weaker books in the series.

2. Good Omens-Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

This is my current audiobook, and I have to admit (please don’t kill me) I think the show worked better for me than the book? It’s amusing yes, but I’ve found it quite tricky to follow, there’s a lot of seemingly irrelevant characters introduced for no real reason and the plot is kind of jumbled: I feel like the show was just more straightforward and easier to follow?

3. Sorcery of Thorns-Margaret Rogerson

This was meant to be my #RockMyTBR book for December but if I’m being honest, I don’t really see me getting to this before the end of the year as Seasons of War has taken me so much longer to read than I thought it would. It’s definitely high priority for next year though as I’m really excited to finally try this book.

4. Kingdom of The Wicked-Keri Mansicalco

My current Netgalley read, which I’m enjoying but not LOVING, at the moment it just feels kind of Ok, I’m hoping the pace picks up a bit soon as so far its been quite slow.

5. These Violent Delights-Chloe Gong

The other Netgalley book I’m hoping to get to this month, I’ve heard really great stuff about this one and it sounds amazing (1920’s Shanghai Romeo and Juliet retelling) so I’m really hoping that it lives up to the hype.

6. A Court of Wings and Ruin-Sarah J Maas

My January #RockMyTBR read, as I’m hoping to catch up with the rest of the ACOTAR books before the fourth one comes out in February. It’s been over three years since I read ACOMAF so I will admit, there’s a lot I don’t remember from that book, I’ll probably have to read a recap before I go into ACOWAR!

7. A Court of Frost and Starlight-Sarah J Maas

I know there have been very mixed responses to this novella, but I do love a good seasonal story, so I’m hoping that I enjoy this one!

8. A Court of Silver Flames-Sarah J Maas

Yes, I know, there’s a lot of Sarah J Maas on this list, the beginning of next year is basically going to be predominantly Sarah J Maas for me, but once I’ve caught up with ACOWAR, I don’t want to end up leaving this one for years like I did that one! I’ve decided I’m going to do all of Sarah J Maas’ books on audio from now on though, as I find audio a much easier way of getting through such lengthy books!

9. The Silvered Serpents-Roshani Chokshi

I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS ONE. My February #RockMyTBR book and I can’t wait for it, The Gilded Wolves was one of my favourite books of this year and I’ve heard such good things about the sequel already that I’m really looking forward to diving in next year.

10. Where Dreams Descend-Janella Angeles

This was one of my most anticipated new releases for this year and yet I just didn’t get around to it. I’m really excited to dive into it next year though, I mean any book that has Moulin Rouge (my favourite movie of all time) as one of its comp titles has to be good!

11. Beloved-Toni Morrison

I was leant this one by a friend, I’ve never read any Toni Morrison books before but I know this one is pretty famous and my friend said it was really good, so I’m hoping I enjoy it.

12. The Midnight Library-Matt Haig

I heard Matt Haig talking about this book on Jameela Jamil’s podcast I Weigh and it sounded super good, so I definitely want to try it next year. The idea is so cool and creative, so I’m hoping that the book lives up to it.

13. The Mask Falling-Samantha Shannon

FINALLY. The fourth Bone Season book is almost here! I had no idea when I binged all three Bone Season books in 2017 that I would be waiting almost four years for the next one, and I’m ridiculously impatient to find out what happens to Paige and Warden next.

14. Burn Our Bodies Down-Rory Power

I wasn’t the biggest fan of Wilder Girls when I read it last year, but Rory Power’s latest book sounds like a really interesting thriller, so I’m willing to give her another try and hope that this one turns out better for me.

So that’s my Winter TBR, an even more ambitious one that my Autumn one, but I’m pretty confident I should be able to finish most if not all of them. What’s on your Winter TBR? Have you read any of these? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

I’ll be back with a new Top Ten Tuesday next week, our annual Christmas one, but instead of doing Books Santa Brings, I’ll be doing the Christmas Songs Book Tag that I found on A Book Wanderer as it seemed really fun!

49 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #294

  1. Jess @ Jessticulates 15/12/2020 / 12:45 pm

    Great list! Sorcery of Thorns is one I’d really like to get to and I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts on Kingdom of the Wicked once you’ve finished it. Happy reading!

    • iloveheartlandx 16/12/2020 / 4:06 pm

      Thank you! I’m planning on finishing it for the end of the year, so it will probably be one of my early reviews of 2021 πŸ™‚

  2. Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books 15/12/2020 / 12:46 pm

    The Midnight Library is fantastic!!

    I have had the audio for Good Omens for years. I need to get to it at some point! I want to read it before I watch the show.

    • iloveheartlandx 16/12/2020 / 4:05 pm

      That’s great to hear! I hope you enjoy it, I watched the show first, so I’d be interested to hear your opinion doing it the other way around.

  3. lydiaschoch 15/12/2020 / 1:37 pm

    Honestly, I felt the same way about the Good Omens miniseries vs the book. You’re not alone there.

    My post.

    • iloveheartlandx 16/12/2020 / 4:04 pm

      I’m glad to hear it! I was really excited for the book because I loved the show, but I’ve just found it hard to follow.

  4. Leah's Books 15/12/2020 / 1:43 pm

    You’ve got some great books on here! I love the ACOTAR series, Sorcery of Thorns, These Violent Delights, and Kingdom of the Wicked (don’t worry, it picks up the pace). Enjoy the TBR!

  5. nbiblioholic 15/12/2020 / 2:46 pm

    The Silvered Serpents is one of my favorite reads of the year. It was such an exciting sequel! I hope you do better with your winter tbr than your fall one πŸ™‚ Happy reading!

    Natalie The Biblioholic

    • iloveheartlandx 16/12/2020 / 4:01 pm

      I’m so glad to hear that, I’m super excited to read it. I hope so too! Thank you πŸ™‚

  6. lulu 15/12/2020 / 3:48 pm

    I loved Good Omens, both the book and the show! I finished them with the biggest smile. (Though I definitely agree that the show is a bit more tightly-plotted!)

    These Violent Delights is the coolest book; I so hope you enjoy it!!

    Happy TTT! ❀

    • iloveheartlandx 16/12/2020 / 4:00 pm

      I’ve definitely found the book funny, it’s just been a little hard to follow! I think the TV show stripped some of the extraneous details and it was just easier to follow the story. That’s great to hear, I hope so too πŸ™‚

  7. bevbaird 15/12/2020 / 4:04 pm

    Great list. I loved the Maas books. Will check out your other recommendations.

  8. speedyreader 15/12/2020 / 5:14 pm

    I really liked Burn Our Bodies Down. It was super weird! I am looking forward to Midnight Library too.

    • iloveheartlandx 16/12/2020 / 3:59 pm

      That’s good to hear! I hope you enjoy it too πŸ™‚

  9. evelynreads1 15/12/2020 / 6:05 pm

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

    My post!

  10. Leslie 15/12/2020 / 7:42 pm

    So many wonderful books on this list. I really enjoyed The Silvered Serpents!! It was leaps and bounds better than the first, for me. I hope you get to all of these!

    • iloveheartlandx 16/12/2020 / 3:57 pm

      Thank you! Ooh and I really enjoyed the first one, so the second one must be really great. I hope so too πŸ™‚

  11. Greg 15/12/2020 / 10:26 pm

    Sorcery of Thorns sounds so good. I’ve seen these Violent Delights on a lot of lists too…

    Midnight Library and the new Rory Power should be on my list.

    • iloveheartlandx 16/12/2020 / 3:57 pm

      It does! Yes, it came out relatively recently so I think it’s high on TBRs for a lot of people. I hope you enjoy both of them πŸ™‚

  12. LitCounsellor 15/12/2020 / 11:03 pm

    Looks like you have lots of great books to read in this list! I might need to reread the ACOTAR books before the new one comes out because it’s been a while. I think you will really like them. Happy reading! πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 16/12/2020 / 3:56 pm

      Thank you! I definitely get that, it’s been a while anyway since the third book was released, so I think everyone probably needs a bit of a refresher. Happy reading to you too πŸ™‚

  13. danidewey 16/12/2020 / 12:06 am

    I am listening to Sorcery of Thorns now and quite liking it. I hope we both love Midnight Library πŸ™‚

  14. 1girl2manybooks 16/12/2020 / 1:42 am

    I really want to read These Violent Delights and I also have to read The Silvered Serpent as well!

  15. Rae 16/12/2020 / 4:27 am

    Beloved, The Midnight Library, and These Violent Delights are all on my TBR for the upcoming months. Hope you enjoy them!

  16. dinipandareads 16/12/2020 / 4:36 am

    Great list! I’m looking forward to checking out These Violent Delights as well. It sounds so good 😍 I also totally get your feelings about Kingdom of the Wicked–I just finished it over the weekend and my review for it will be going up tonight! I also tried reading Good Omens last year but … It just wasn’t clicking with me so I put it down for a while but I do want to give it another shot. Is the audiobook narrator good? Hope you enjoy all of these!

    • iloveheartlandx 16/12/2020 / 3:51 pm

      Thank you! It really does. Ooh, I’ll have to check that out once I’m done with the book. The audiobook narrator is okay, he’s a little quiet at some points so I feel like I miss things? It’s not really clicked with me either tbh, which is a shame because I loved the TV show.

  17. Nish 16/12/2020 / 5:56 am

    I did an overdose of Sarah J.Maas books last year and am now totally over them, I can recognize all her writing tics and can predict where she takes her twists. Now I wish I had spaced them apart a bit. It was like eating a bit too much cake and feeling sick haha!

    Here’s my TBR:

    • iloveheartlandx 16/12/2020 / 3:48 pm

      I definitely get that, it’s happened to me with others authors too!

  18. Marianne Maurer 16/12/2020 / 1:00 pm

    Quite a diverse list. I’m sure there are a lot of interesting reads among them. I have only read “Beloved” and it’s one of Toni Morrison’s best ones. Enjoy!

    Thanks for visiting my TTT earlier.

    • iloveheartlandx 16/12/2020 / 3:47 pm

      Thanks, I’m definitely trying to diversify my reading more! I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it, I hope I do too πŸ™‚

      • Marianne Maurer 16/12/2020 / 4:04 pm

        You should only diversify if you enjoy it. I am in touch with lots of other bloggers who read books I wouldn’t enjoy and most probably vice versa. We should all read what we enjoy. I hope you’ll love this one.

      • iloveheartlandx 16/12/2020 / 4:08 pm

        Oh I meant diversfying as in reading more books by authors of colour, I know what genres I like and I do tend to stick to them.

  19. Sarah E. (@sj_ellis11) 17/12/2020 / 2:37 am

    The only ones I’ve read is A Sorcery of Thorns & Good Omens and I really enjoyed both πŸ™‚ Quite a few of these others are on my list (These Violent Delights and the SJM!)

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a comment on my blog xo

    • iloveheartlandx 17/12/2020 / 3:42 pm

      I’m glad to hear that. I hope you enjoy the ones you haven’t read yet. No problem πŸ™‚

  20. thebookishlibra 18/12/2020 / 2:08 am

    I actually just finished Sorcery of Thorns last week and really enjoyed it. The Midnight Library is one I really want to read this winter too. I’ve seen so many great reviews for it.

  21. lindseyhabets 20/12/2020 / 10:01 am

    Such a great list! I loved Sorcery of Thorns so hope you’ll enjoy it! And I think I will need an ACOTAR-series re-read before A Court of Silver Flames, so my 2021 may be very SJM-centric too πŸ™‚ Also super intrigued about The Midnight Library!

    • iloveheartlandx 20/12/2020 / 2:02 pm

      Thank you! I have high hopes for it, it sounds like something I should really love. I feel like we will not be alone in that, it’s been a long time since the last book was released, so lots of people probably need a refresher. I’ve just started it, it’s been pretty good so far. Carey Mulligan narrates the audiobook and she’s fabulous!

  22. Epsita 21/12/2020 / 12:01 pm

    Great List! The Midnight Library and These Violent Delights are something I plan to read too!

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