Top Ten Tuesday #345

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve had a good week since I last did one of these. I was with my friends over the weekend for our annual Christmas meetup which was really fun, it was our first one in two years as we had to skip last year thanks to the restrictions, so it was really nice to get to do it again.

Anyway, it’s Tuesday, so I have another Top Ten Tuesday for you guys, courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is a Freebie, so I’m going to be sharing my Most Anticipated Releases That Are Still On My Shelf, as like many bookworms, I buy books that I’m really excited for immediately and then promptly leave them on my shelf for a good year or so before reading them. So here we go, my most anticipated releases that are still on my shelf:

  1. Good Girl, Bad Blood-Holly Jackson

I meant to read this last year, but I ran out of time before the end of the year, and then this year I’ve just not really been reading many physical books, I’ve been much more into audio. I’m hoping that I will finally get around to this one next year though, because I really loved A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder and I’m looking forward to seeing what Pip gets up to next.

2. Where Dreams Descend-Janella Angeles

I actually started reading this one back in March but thanks to my funny reading mood, I ended up putting it down. I really want to go back to it when I’m feeling more in the mood for physical books because any book that compares itself to Moulin Rouge is something that I need in my life!

3. Rule of Wolves-Leigh Bardugo

This one has suffered really due to sheer length rather than anything else, because I was actually really in the mood for reading Grishaverse stuff following the release of Shadow and Bone on Netflix in April, but I was still stuck on The Unbound at that point, and I wasn’t getting through physical books very easily, so I didn’t want my enjoyment of this book to suffer from my lacklustre reading mood. I’m hoping that next year will be the year!

4. The Bronzed Beasts-Roshani Chokshi

In the grand scheme of things, this book hasn’t been sitting on my shelf for that long, it only came out in September and I got it at the beginning of October, but given the way The Silvered Serpents ended, I’m quite surprised I didn’t immediately dive on it because that cliffhanger was EVIL. This one is definitely a high priority for next year, as I really want to see how this series ends.

5. Once Upon A Broken Heart-Stephanie Garber

This is also a fairly recent release, so it hasn’t been on my shelf for that long, but considering that it’s been two years since Stephanie Garber released her last book, it’s another one I thought I’d immediately jump on. I’ve heard super good things about this one, so I’m really excited to get to it, hopefully next year some time!

6. The Mask Falling-Samantha Shannon

This is a slight cheat because I actually have read a large portion of this book, I got through about 320 pages before my Netgalley e-arc expired but I’ve not picked it back up since then. Honestly I’ve struggled more than I’d have liked with The Mask Falling, I’ve found it quite dense to get through, and it’s not thrilled me as much as I thought it would, but I would still like to finish it.

7. Liberte-Gita Trelease

I loved Enchantee when it first came out, and I was really excited for Liberte but then the release was pushed back, and my Netgalley e-arc expired, and I just haven’t been in the mood for e-books this year. I am hoping to get to it next year as I really want to see how the rest of Camille’s story plays out.

8. Dead or Alive-Derek Landy

The most recent Skulduggery Pleasant release has been sitting on my shelf for a while for a few reasons. Firstly, it’s a CHUNKY BOOK and I’ve just not been in the mood for those this year. Secondly, I’ve been less than thrilled with the most recent Skulduggery books and I’m worried that it will disappoint me. I will probably read it at some point, but it’s not at the top of my list.

9. Mister Impossible-Maggie Stiefvater

Whilst I may not have liked Call Down The Hawk as much as the original Raven Cycle books, I was still really excited for Mister Impossible and pre-ordered it when it came out back in May. Naturally, it’s been sitting on my shelf since then and I don’t even have a good excuse as it’s not a chunky book. This is another one for 2022 hopefully!

10. Ace of Spades-Faridah Abike-Iyimide

I was such a big Gossip Girl fan when I was a teenager, so this sounds right up my street and after being fairly underwhelmed by the Gossip Girl reboot, it will be nice to read a mystery influenced by Gossip Girl that hopefully isn’t disappointing! Also I love the idea of a mystery that explores institutional racism and white privilege. I’ve heard such good things about this one, so I’m hoping that I’ll get to it next year and really enjoy it.

So there we go, those are some of my most anticipated releases that are still sitting on my shelf! Do you leave anticipated releases on your shelves for months or years at a time? Have you read any of these? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s list is my annual Winter TBR list, I’ve not been doing well on these at all this year, but they’re always fun to do anyway!

46 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #345

  1. anovelglimpse 07/12/2021 / 5:19 pm

    I meant to read #9 and didn’t either. I just requested the audiobook from my library, so hopefully I can experience it in 2022.

  2. Laurie 07/12/2021 / 6:07 pm

    Haha that second paragraph is SO relatable!

    Unfortunately, I couldn’t get into Where Dreams Descend at all. It gives of The Night Circus vibes and I’m not a fan of that book either.

    • iloveheartlandx 09/12/2021 / 11:52 am

      Oh that’s such a shame to hear, as I’m not really a fan of The Night Circus either. Hopefully Where Dreams Descend works better for me.

  3. Carol 07/12/2021 / 6:08 pm

    It feels great to have IRL meetups again! Happy reading!

  4. lindseyhabets 07/12/2021 / 6:27 pm

    I’m the same with a lot of anticipated releases! In fact, I still have Call Down the Hawk on my shelf and I haven’t even thought about Mister Impossible yet… Maybe next year I can binge-read the two. I did read Rule of Wolves and quite enjoyed it!

    • iloveheartlandx 09/12/2021 / 11:48 am

      I’m glad I’m not alone there. Oh I’ve definitely had series like that, sometimes I do think it’s better to wait and binge-read because then you don’t forget what happens in the first book whilst you wait a year for the second. I’m glad you enjoyed Rule of Wolves πŸ™‚

  5. Poinsettia 07/12/2021 / 7:15 pm

    I hope you’re able to read these soon! Thanks for visiting Long and Short Reviews!

  6. elenasquareeyes 07/12/2021 / 8:32 pm

    I’ve very nearly finished Rule of Wolves and I’m really enjoying it. It is a chonky book though so I’ve been listening to the audiobook which has been really good.

    • iloveheartlandx 09/12/2021 / 11:44 am

      Yeah I usually do the same for chunky books, but I have all the Grishaverse books in physical format so I wanted to keep the collection complete!

  7. Anne Bennett 07/12/2021 / 8:46 pm

    Mr. Impossible is on my TBR, too, which is shocking since I love the series so much. I do the same thing as you but instead of buying the book, I request them from the library and then let them sit around in piles before returning them unread. Thanks for visiting my blog.

    • iloveheartlandx 09/12/2021 / 11:42 am

      That also works! I feel like leaving books you’re supposedly excited for lying around for ages is a classic bookworm trait.

  8. Catherine Neal (@CatherineENeal) 07/12/2021 / 9:39 pm

    I’ve been putting off Rule of Wolves for ages – I read all the other Grisha books one after the other, so I couldn’t face starting another one. I know I’ll enjoy it when I get to it though

    • iloveheartlandx 09/12/2021 / 11:39 am

      I can definitely relate! I fully intended to read King of Scars after finishing the final two books in the original Shadow and Bone trilogy, but I was feeling Grisha’d out, so I waited till the next year to read it.

  9. FangirlFlax 07/12/2021 / 10:06 pm

    So much of enjoying a book is influenced by mood–I hope you feel like reading some of these soon!

  10. Sifa Elizabeth 07/12/2021 / 10:18 pm

    A list idea that I think all us bookworms can deeply sympathise with! So many good books but only a limited amount of time to read!

  11. agreatreviewer 07/12/2021 / 10:38 pm

    I still need to read Leigh’s latest Grishverse duology myself! Loved OUABH though! That one was one I could not wait for and its sequel is my #1 release for next year too! Lol.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT!

    • iloveheartlandx 09/12/2021 / 11:35 am

      I hope you enjoy it when you do. I’m so glad to hear that, I’ve heard such good things about OUABH, so I’m really excited to finally read it (whenever that happens!).

  12. Susan 07/12/2021 / 11:04 pm

    I think all of us do thatβ€”get really excited about a new book and then kind of forget about it. This is especially true when I buy the book because then I have no time limit to read it.

    I enjoyed GOOD GIRL, BAD BLOOD. I read AS GOOD AS DEAD a couple weeks ago and…I didn’t love it. The story goes in an unexpected direction that makes it darker and just less enjoyable than the others. It was a disappointing end to the series for me, honestly.

    Happy TTT!


    • iloveheartlandx 09/12/2021 / 11:33 am

      Oh yeah definitely, when I’ve bought a book, I know it’s always going to be there on my shelf, so I don’t feel any pressure to read it immediately like I would with a library book. Ah that’s disappointing about As Good as Dead, but I’m glad to hear you enjoyed Good Girl, Bad Blood. To be honest, I kind of thought A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder didn’t really need sequels anyway, so I’m not too surprised that As Good As Dead kind of petered out, making it a trilogy seemed like a bit of a stretch.

  13. foreverlostinlit 07/12/2021 / 11:14 pm

    I need to check out Once Upon a Broken Heart still, also! I love how magical Stephanie Garber’s books feel.

    • iloveheartlandx 09/12/2021 / 11:28 am

      Ah yes, the official bookworm mantra, I’ll get to it……one of these days

  14. Greg 08/12/2021 / 2:48 am

    I really want to read that Jackson series. I’ve been kinda wanting to but haven’t taken the plunge yet…

  15. tabularasablog 08/12/2021 / 4:50 am

    Some of these authors have been on my TBR forever! Great list.

  16. Georgia @ Lost in Neverland 08/12/2021 / 7:12 pm

    I want to read Rule of Wolves so badly but I’m wairing for its paperback release! Also I was obsessed with Once Upon a Broken Heart!

    • iloveheartlandx 09/12/2021 / 11:22 am

      It does suck that paperback releases aren’t until a year after the hardback, because I def prefer the paperback, but don’t always want to wait. I’m so glad to hear that. I’ve heard such good things, so I’m massively excited!

      • Georgia @ Lost in Neverland 09/12/2021 / 7:56 pm

        I wouldn’t care normally, I just have all the other books in the series as paperback so I need them to match!

      • iloveheartlandx 10/12/2021 / 5:16 pm

        That is totally fair, I also like my series books matching!

  17. Leslie 08/12/2021 / 7:24 pm

    Bronzed Beasts!!! I totally forgot about that one and going to be adding that to my cart ASAP!!

  18. thebookishlibra 13/12/2021 / 1:20 am

    I also do the same thing. I’ve lost track of how many books I was dying to read until I actually had them in hind and now they’re still sitting there.

  19. Rissi 13/12/2021 / 5:03 am

    Ugh. I don’t even want to THINK about the books I *thought* I’d read in 2021 and didn’t. Reading this year for me was basically non existent which I think kind of affected my opinion of books, even ones sitting on my shelf. Hopefully we can read these in 2022 or eventually. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for visiting Finding Wonderland.

    • iloveheartlandx 13/12/2021 / 2:50 pm

      Ah that’s a shame. I hope 2022 is a better reading year for both of us!

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