Top Ten Tuesday #320

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve had a good week since I last did one of these, mine has once again been fairly quiet, I have a riding lesson later on this afternoon though, so I’m really looking forward to that. I’m also finally getting my first vaccine dose this week so naturally I’m very excited about that, it’s been a long time coming!

Anyway, it’s Tuesday, so that means another Top Ten Tuesday courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is the annual Summer TBR topic and once again, I have to admit that I didn’t do great on my Spring TBR, I only read 3 out of the 12 books, as my reading slump continues to persist. I’m hoping that this summer I will finally break the slump, as summer is usually a great reading time for me. So here it is, my Summer TBR:

  1. Sorcery of Thorns-Margaret Rogerson

My current read which I just started yesterday. I’m buddy reading this with a couple of other members of the YA Addicted Book Club on Goodreads, and though I’ve only read the first chapter so far, I already have a good feeling about this book, so I hope I’m proved right!

2. The Poppy War-RF Kuang

My current audiobook read, I’m about four hours in and I have to admit, I’m not quite sure about it. I’m not really loving the narrator and it’s been kind of slow thus far, though I’m sure it will probably pick up the further through I get.

3. Ariadne-Jennifer Saint

My current Netgalley read, I’m about 40% of the way through and I’m enjoying it though it is taking me a while to get through.

4. Scarlet-AC Gaughen

One of my #RockMyTBR reads for the year, though I’ve got super off track with the challenge because The Unbound took me so long to read, so I’ll be trying to catch up on the books I’ve missed over the past three months during the rest of the year. This is a nice short one so hopefully shouldn’t take too long to read, and I’m looking forward to it as gender-swapped stories are something I usually quite like.

5. Where Dreams Descend-Janella Angeles

I meant to read this in March but I just wasn’t feeling it due to my slump and I really didn’t want that to influence my opinions on the book as it genuinely does sound like something I’ll like when I’m in the right mood, so I’m hoping that will happen over the summer. This is another one of my TBR challenge books that got pushed to the wayside because it took me so long to get through The Unbound.

6. The Last Magician-Lisa Maxwell

This is meant to be my #RockMyTBR book for next month, we will see if I actually get around to it then or not, as I’ve been so behind on all my reading this year! I wasn’t a massive fan of the last Lisa Maxwell book I read, Unhooked, but this sounds far more my kind of thing: heists and historical New York with magic? Yes please!

7. This Poison Heart-Kalynn Bayron

I have this on Netgalley and I’m really looking forward to reading it, I really enjoyed Bayron’s last book, Cinderella Is Dead and this one sounds just as good, it’s set in a creepy old mansion with plant magic and family secrets and LGBTQ+ representation. I can’t wait to read it.

8. Witchshadow-Susan Dennard

I read all of the first three books in the Witchlands series last year, so naturally I’m really looking forward to the next book in the series. It’s Iseult’s book as well which I imagine will be really interesting as there are a lot of secrets about Iseult still to uncover. This is another Netgalley one, I went on a bit of requesting spree earlier in the year which I’m kind of regretting now.

9. Six Crimson Cranes-Elizabeth Lim

Another result of my Netgalley requesting spree. I wasn’t a massive fan of Spin The Dawn, but I thought I’d give this new book of Elizabeth Lim’s a try because I always like finding unique fairytale retellings and plus, the cover is so gorgeous!

10. The Fair Botanists-Sara Sheridan

The final of my Netgalley request spree books that I need to read over the summer. This one certainly sounds very unique, it’s a historical fiction set in 1822 and surrounds this really rare plant that only flowers once every few decades. Honestly the blurb doesn’t say much more than that, but I love historical fiction that centres women so that’s all I really needed to know.

So that’s my Summer TBR, I don’t know how much of this I will get through given my continuing reading slump but I’m hoping I’ll get through at least a few of them! What’s on your Summer TBR? Have you read any of these (of the ones that are already out)? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

I’ll be back next week with another Top Ten Tuesday, the theme is meant to be Bookish Wishes, but honestly I’ve already pre-ordered most of the books I want for this year, so I think I’m going to change up the topic and talk about Books I Most Recently Added To My Bookshelves as I’ve bought quite a few exciting books lately!

69 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #320

  1. Kristina 15/06/2021 / 1:54 pm

    Ohhh yay for first dose of vaccine ! I had mine 2weeks ago, now, and mother got her second shot yesterday πŸ˜„

    oh no- slumps sure are no fun..Ihope it subside soon so you can enjoy all thoses books!
    Happy reading xx

    • iloveheartlandx 22/06/2021 / 7:49 pm

      Yes! I’m glad to hear both you and your mum have had yours πŸ™‚ They really aren’t and I do too because there’s so much that I want to read. Thank you!

  2. Nish 15/06/2021 / 2:15 pm

    I read Truthwitch but never got around to reading the rest of the books in the series. I must start on them now. You are four books in, so I am guessing it’s well worth it :). Happy reading!

  3. Alex 15/06/2021 / 2:35 pm

    Good luck with The Poppy War, so many loved it but I couldn’t get into it.

    • iloveheartlandx 22/06/2021 / 7:47 pm

      Thanks. I’m chipping away at it, but I don’t think it’s going to become a new favourite put it that way.

  4. Jess @ Jessticulates 15/06/2021 / 3:26 pm

    Great list! It’s about time I crossed Sorcery of Thorns off my TBR. I’ll be interested in your final thoughts on The Poppy War!

    • iloveheartlandx 22/06/2021 / 7:47 pm

      Thanks! I’d had it on my shelf for basically two years now so I figured it was time and I’m really enjoying it thus far. Honestly I feel like The Poppy War is going to be a super tricky one for me to review, because I’m finding it hard to pin down exactly how I feel about it.

  5. evelynreads1 15/06/2021 / 3:32 pm

    I hope you will enjoy all of these!
    The Poppy War is one of my faves! And I cannot wait for Witchshadow!

    My list!

    • iloveheartlandx 22/06/2021 / 7:45 pm

      Thank you! Me and The Poppy War haven’t been the best of friends, I think maybe it’s just one of those books that isn’t really for me. Me either!

  6. Aviaja 15/06/2021 / 7:31 pm

    Both The Poppy War and The Poison Heart are on my TBR! Great TTT πŸŽ‰

  7. Carol 15/06/2021 / 7:43 pm

    So many great reads to look forward to this summer!

  8. FangirlFlax 15/06/2021 / 9:11 pm

    The Fair Botanists is such a pretty title! And yay to first vaccine dose–mine is on Saturday, so good luck to us both!

    • iloveheartlandx 22/06/2021 / 7:43 pm

      It really is! I hope yours went well, mine was fine, sore arm and headache for a couple of days but both have subsided now.

      • FangirlFlax 23/06/2021 / 12:19 am

        Absolutely feel for you! I ticked off all the side effects except fever and chill πŸ˜… I think I’m coming out of the worst of it now, though. Glad you’re feeling better!

      • iloveheartlandx 28/06/2021 / 12:03 pm

        Ah that sucks, I’m glad you’re feeling better now!

      • FangirlFlax 28/06/2021 / 1:21 pm

        Thank you! You and me both. πŸ˜…

  9. Kira 15/06/2021 / 9:43 pm

    I’m so excited for This Poison Heart!

  10. anovelglimpse 15/06/2021 / 9:46 pm

    I hope you enjoy all of these. I have heard good things about The Poppy War.

    • iloveheartlandx 22/06/2021 / 7:40 pm

      So have I, sadly I’m not loving it as much as the hype indicated!

  11. Leslie 15/06/2021 / 10:57 pm

    I hope you enjoy your reads this summer! I loved the Poppy War but it’s intense!! πŸ™‚

  12. 1girl2manybooks 15/06/2021 / 11:44 pm

    I’ve got both Ariadne and The Poppy War on my shelf here – need to find time to get to them both!

  13. Greg 15/06/2021 / 11:48 pm

    Ariadne is one I think sounds pretty good. I hope it turns out well for you.

  14. thebookishlibra 16/06/2021 / 2:13 am

    I loved Sorcery of Thorns and hope it will be a slump buster for you.

    • iloveheartlandx 22/06/2021 / 7:35 pm

      I’m really enjoying it so far! I’m still reading quite slowly, but I’m feeling excited to pick it up each night which is good πŸ™‚

  15. Hasini @ Bibliosini 16/06/2021 / 2:41 am

    Except for The Fair Botanists, I’ve got all of these on my watchlist! You’ve got a great list of upcoming reads! Happy reading!!!

  16. Rissi 16/06/2021 / 4:10 am

    I’ve had one of Margaret’s books (“Enchantment of Ravens,” I think) on my shelf for a long while now! It feels like a good autumn read so maybe I’ll try to read it this fall. πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland this week.

    • iloveheartlandx 22/06/2021 / 7:34 pm

      I wasn’t a massive fan of Enchantment of Ravens, I’m liking Sorcery of Thorns much more, but it is a perfect autumn book (actually come to mention it Sorcery of Thorns has pretty autumn-y vibes as well). No problem πŸ™‚

  17. Catherine Neal 16/06/2021 / 6:53 am

    I need to try Sorcery of Thorns, heard good things!

  18. Marianne Maurer 16/06/2021 / 11:09 am

    It’s often hard to stand by the lists we make with our intended readings but I also think it helps. Good luck with yours.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT earlier.

    • iloveheartlandx 22/06/2021 / 7:32 pm

      It really is! I do like have a guider but I’m definitely feeling more free to veer away from my TBR these days if I’m not feeling it. Thank you, you too!

      • Marianne Maurer 23/06/2021 / 9:10 am

        Oh, definitely. I still buy new books or read other ones that I haven’t put on any of my newer reading lists.

  19. Tanya Atkinson 16/06/2021 / 5:42 pm

    I didn’t do so well with my Spring TBR either. πŸ™‚ Hope we both do better with our summer picks!

    • iloveheartlandx 22/06/2021 / 7:31 pm

      I’m glad I’m not the only one! Fingers crossed πŸ™‚

  20. Claire 16/06/2021 / 10:29 pm

    Sounds like a dark and twisted list. I love it! Have a great summer of reading.

    • iloveheartlandx 22/06/2021 / 7:30 pm

      Ha ha now that you mention it, I have gone for a particularly dark reading list this summer, even darker than usual. People tend to class summer reads mostly as romances and I’m just not a big romance reader! Thank you πŸ™‚

  21. bitchbookshelf 17/06/2021 / 12:47 am

    Great list. Many are somewhere deep down on my TBR too.

  22. Louise 18/06/2021 / 7:58 am

    I’ve read The Poppy War, Scarlet and Sorcery of Thorns. I loved them all (and should reread Sorcery of Thorns) so I really hope they all pick up for you.

    • iloveheartlandx 22/06/2021 / 7:25 pm

      I’m glad to hear that. I’m really enjoying Sorcery of Thorns, I’m a bit more iffy about The Poppy War, it’s just taken a really strange turn.

  23. MomsBookCollection 20/06/2021 / 12:31 pm

    Awesome list, there are a few i spotted i would not mind getting to sooner than later.

  24. Jaime 21/06/2021 / 2:38 pm

    I wasn’t a fan of Unhooked either, but I LOVE The Last Magician. I don’t think they’re really anything alike. I hope you enjoy it!

    I’d like to read This Poison Heart and Six Crimson Cranes as well. I don’t know if I’ll get to them this summer, but hopefully someday! πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 22/06/2021 / 7:24 pm

      I’m glad to hear you enjoyed The Last Magician much more than Unhooked. To be honest, I’m not sure I’ll get to all the books on this list this summer given how my reading has gone this year thus far, but here’s hoping!

    • iloveheartlandx 22/06/2021 / 7:06 pm

      I am thank you! I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump this year and it’s one of few books that I’ve felt genuinely excited about whilst reading so I’m very happy.

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