Top Ten Tuesday #325

Hi everyone, I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these! The UK is currently melting in a heatwave, and honestly I am just waiting for it to be over, I’m really not a summer person, definitely more of a cool Autumn breeze kind of girl. Still it does mean time reading out the balcony which is one of my favourite things to do so that is an upside. My week has been fairly quiet, but my friend Hannah is coming to visit over the weekend so I’m really excited for that.

Anyway, since it’s Tuesday, I have another Top Ten Tuesday for you all, courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is meant to be Books I Read In One Sitting but honestly even when I was a faster reader than I am, I never really read books in just one sitting. So I decided to twist this topic to suit me better and do Books I Read In Less Than 2 Weeks (which seems to be my average reading time):

  1. The Perks of Being A Wallflower-Stephen Chbosky-2 days

Perks is a very short book, under 300 pages so naturally it didn’t take me very long to read. This is one of the rare times where I actually preferred the movie, the book is in an epistolary format and I just don’t get along all that well with those, I find it hard to grasp the narrative.

2. Speak Up!-Laura Coryton-3 days

This one is definitely aimed for much younger readers, but it was a nice quick read and definitely a good introduction to activism for young girls.

3. The Daughter of The Pirate King-Tricia Levenseller-4 days

I always tend to read faster in the summer when I spend hours outside reading. This was a really fun, light read with a great main character and a large dose of humour which made it very engaging. I really do need to get around to the sequel at some point!

4. City of Ghosts-Victoria Schwab-4 days

Middle grade books are always very quick to get through because they’re so short and Victoria Schwab’s middle grade debut was no exception. It was a nice refreshing break from all the dense fantasy that I tend to read, a fun little read with friendship at the heart rather than romance (YA books take note: you could do this too.)

5. Daughter of The Burning City-Amanda Foody-6 days

Another of my post-exam reads, I raced through this one whilst reading out in the sun. This was such a creative story, I loved the combination of the murder mystery in a circus setting and it was a wonderfully atmospheric read. This is one of few YA fantasy books that I actually thought could have benefitted from being a bit longer, because the world building was a little lacking. I don’t think Foody is ever going to do a sequel, but I would love it if she did as I feel there’s a lot more of Gomorrah to be explored.

6. Six of Crows-Leigh Bardugo-7 days

7 days for an almost 500 page book may be quite a long time for most people, but for me that is very quick! I was so addicted to the characters that even though there were definite pacing problems in the beginning, I raced through it and I’m so happy that it was my introduction to the Grishaverse as if I’d started with Shadow and Bone, I’m not sure I would have actually read onto this one? For me, this is definitely still Bardugo’s best book.

7. The Song Rising-Samantha Shannon-7 days

I know Shannon has said this has been her least favourite book to write in The Bone Season series so far, but it has definitely been my favourite to read. It’s much pacier than the rest of the books, and more tightly plotted and just generally worked better for me as a reader. I will admit, having a five hour train journey to Scotland whilst reading this book did help me finish it faster, but I was so engaged with the story, that I didn’t really want to put it down for long.

8. The Exact Opposite of Okay-Laura Steven-7 days

It’s no surprise that this one was a fast read, it’s short and funny and Izzy O’Neill is one of my favourite main characters of any book ever. I’m not usually a massive fan of contemporary YA but occasionally one comes along that’s right up my street and The Exact Opposite of Okay was that for me.

9. Magnus Chase and The Sword of Summer-Rick Riordan-8 days

Again, 8 days might seem like a while for really fast readers, but for me, a 500 odd page book in just over a week is very good. Rick Riordan’s books are always very quick reads for me, they’re funny, pacey, lots of action and I always love the characters, The Sword of Summer was no exception to this.

10. The Lady’s Guide To Petticoats and Piracy-Mackenzi Lee-9 days

Given the length of the chapters in this book, I was quite surprised I finished it as fast as I did (again for me) but the long summer days reading outside definitely helped. It was also the height of lockdown number one, so I didn’t really have anything else to do other than read. I didn’t love this as much as Monty’s book, but I still really enjoyed it, Felicity was great as the main character and I loved how focused on female friendship this book was.

11. Stalking Jack The Ripper-Kerri Maniscalco-10 days

This was an engaging historical murder mystery. I loved Audrey Rose as the heroine, a traditionally feminine women in STEM in a historical fiction book was definitely a protagonist I could get on board with, and whilst I had theories on who the killer was, I didn’t find it super easy to guess, I was on the wrong track for ages.

12. The Language Of Thorns-Leigh Bardugo-10 days

I’m not usually a short story reader, but I loved this collection of folktales from the Grishaverse. I probably could have finished this faster if it hadn’t been for my exams as it was fairly short. It’s such a fun addition to the world Bardugo has created, and I really loved the illustrations, they definitely enhanced the stories.

So there you go, those are some of the Books I Read In Less Than Two Weeks. Have you read any of these? Did you like them? What’s your average reading time? Do you read a lot of books in one sitting? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s topic is Books I’d Want With Me On A Deserted Island, so that should be a fun one.

47 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #325

  1. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz 20/07/2021 / 1:06 pm

    Wow. I love how you not only have a list of books you read in a short time, but that you can also name how long each took you to read.

    • iloveheartlandx 22/07/2021 / 11:58 am

      Ha ha that was definitely thanks to Goodreads, I checked the stats on there, I don’t just remember them off the top of my head!

    • iloveheartlandx 22/07/2021 / 11:58 am

      Yes such a good book! Ah City of Ghosts is such fun πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 22/07/2021 / 11:57 am

      Yes, quite a few people seemed to use that twist πŸ™‚

  2. Rabeeah 20/07/2021 / 3:44 pm

    I’m not surprised that Six of Crows is on here, that’s such a great book and really easy to keep reading too. I need to reread that one!

  3. evelynreads1 20/07/2021 / 4:07 pm

    Great list! City of Ghosts is also on mine!

    My post!

    • iloveheartlandx 22/07/2021 / 11:57 am

      Thanks! Yes, City of Ghosts is definitely a fast read.

  4. lindseyhabets 20/07/2021 / 4:34 pm

    Six of Crows and Stalking Jack The Ripper were pretty fast reads for me too, they were just so addictive!

  5. masterspj 20/07/2021 / 6:06 pm

    Great list of books! I agree with your comment about YA needing to focus on friendship instead of just romance all the time. I have a 13-year-old who hates reading anything remotely “mushy.” If there is even a hint about a character liking another romantically, she will stop reading it. That makes me think of the Grandson from The Princess Bride when he questions his grandfather about it being a “KIssing Book.”

    I love reading Rick Riordan! The Magnus Chase series was a nice departure from Camp Half-Blood (though I totally want to go to camp there!).

    If you get the chance, here’s my TTT post:

    • iloveheartlandx 22/07/2021 / 11:55 am

      Thank you! I feel a lot of the push for romance in YA books actually comes from adult readers rather than teens because I was similar when I was that age, romance just wasn’t really want I was interested in.
      Yes me too! I did enjoy getting to see different characters in a different setting (though Percy Jackson will always have the no 1 place in my heart).

  6. Susan 20/07/2021 / 6:12 pm

    I’m not a summer person either (although I live in a VERY hot place – Arizona). Ugh. I’m excited for the Fall as well, especially since – if everything goes according to plan – I’ll be visiting the UK for the first time in October! I’m very excited.

    Happy TTT!


    • iloveheartlandx 22/07/2021 / 11:53 am

      Ooh that must suck, thankfully the UK climate works quite well for me most of the year, it’s just when we get these odd heatwaves that I’m not very happy! Ah that’s so cool, where are you visiting?

  7. myexpandingbookshelf 20/07/2021 / 8:28 pm

    Great list! The only one I’ve read is Perks, but I definitely have a few of these on my TBR

    • iloveheartlandx 22/07/2021 / 11:47 am

      Thanks! Ooh I definitely recommend the others, great books πŸ™‚

  8. Rissi 20/07/2021 / 8:57 pm

    On average, I probably take 5-7 days to read a book although just now, I’m taking longer and am not reading much at all. Trying to learn to be ok with it as most of the time it’s because I’m choosing to binge watch TV instead of spend the time reading. πŸ˜€

    • iloveheartlandx 22/07/2021 / 11:45 am

      Yeah I’ve been taking longer recently too, closer to a month to finish books this year rather than 2 weeks. Ha ha same!

  9. FangirlFlax 20/07/2021 / 9:01 pm

    Every time I read someone talking about Six of Crows, I want to reread it! (It makes the book blogosphere a dangerous place, haha.) I am also hoping to everything that this heat wave lifts–I am built for autumn, and candles, and blankets, and long sleeves, and this heat is fraying my last nerve!

    • iloveheartlandx 22/07/2021 / 11:44 am

      Ha ha you must be wanting to reread it constantly. Ugh same, I was not made for sweaty summer heat, I was made for curling up on cold days with a book, a hot chocolate and blankets!

      • FangirlFlax 22/07/2021 / 9:46 pm

        Pretty damn much haha! YES. Too English for heatwaves. Bring back the rain! (Though I will undoubtedly moan about that after a short while too, haha.)

      • iloveheartlandx 27/07/2021 / 2:02 pm

        I’m so glad that things seem to have cooled down this week!

      • FangirlFlax 27/07/2021 / 10:35 pm

        But of course, now we get rain haha!

  10. Marianne Maurer 21/07/2021 / 3:20 pm

    I see you couldn’t stop at ten, either. Always so tough. LOL

    Thanks for visiting my TTT earlier.

    • iloveheartlandx 22/07/2021 / 11:41 am

      Ha ha it’s fairly rare for me to do so! No problem πŸ™‚

      • Marianne Maurer 22/07/2021 / 12:40 pm

        That’s good. So I*m not the only one. LOL

  11. cahughes_bookreviews 21/07/2021 / 3:44 pm

    I feel like my average pace is usually a couple weeks as well. I think the only one I’ve read here is The Perks of Being a Wallflower, but I really want to read Six of Crows. Great list – I love how you included the exact amount of time each one took you!

    • iloveheartlandx 22/07/2021 / 11:41 am

      I’m glad I’m not the only one! Ah I highly recommend Six of Crows, it’s such a good book. Thank you-I used Goodreads to check, I did not just know off the top of my head!

  12. Davida Chazan 21/07/2021 / 5:17 pm

    Because of my dyslexia, the only books I’ve ever been able to read in one sitting were the story books I read to my kids at bedtime!

  13. Tanya Atkinson 23/07/2021 / 1:40 pm

    I enjoyed The Perks of Being a Wallflower but, like you, I thought the movie was even better.

    • iloveheartlandx 27/07/2021 / 2:00 pm

      Yes definitely! I will admit, the format was half the problem for me in that one, but it also felt like the film developed the characters more.

    • iloveheartlandx 27/07/2021 / 1:55 pm

      I need to catch up on the third book, I’ve read the first two but not the third one yet.

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