Top Ten Tuesday #351


Hi all! I hope you’ve had a good week since I last did one of these, I’ve largely just been working, it’s been fairly quiet, we seem to have reached the post-Christmas slump so the vaccination centres haven’t been as busy as they were pre-Christmas, with the main exception being Saturday as the weekends are always busier than weekdays. Still, I’m off this weekend and meeting up with my friends which I’m super excited for!

Anyway, it’s Tuesday, which means another Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week is the annual list of shame, the 2021 releases we were excited for, but didn’t actually get around to reading, and boy is this year’s list long for me! Honestly, this is probably the short version, it could have been even longer, with being in a reading slump last year, I really didn’t get to many of the 2021 releases I was excited for at all, because ironically, I wasn’t in the mood to read them. Hopefully this year will be better. These are the ones I would like to try and catch up on this year (if my reading mood allows!):

  1. Rule of Wolves-Leigh Bardugo

I was so excited for this one after watching Shadow and Bone on Netflix, but with my reading slump at the time, I was avoiding massive books for fear of diving even further into the slump and this book is a whopping 500+ pages. I’m hopeful that I can complete this one before the second series is released on Netflix (not that I need to, we’re still in the original Grisha trilogy on the show, but I’d just like to) and since they only just started filming, I should have plenty of time.

2. Once Upon A Broken Heart-Stephanie Garber

I’ve heard such rave reviews about this one and I loved the Caraval trilogy (well at least the first two, I found Finale kind of underwhelming), so naturally I was really excited for this new series set in the same world but following new characters. I never got around to it last year, but it’s high priority on my TBR for this year.

3. The Bronzed Beasts-Roshani Chokshi

I had such grand plans to read this as soon as it arrived, and finally find out what happened to Severin and the crew after the evil cliffhanger of The Silvered Serpents, but I was still stuck on Sorcery of Thorns at the time and never got around to it before the end of the year. Hopefully I will get around to it this year!

4. All of Us Villains-Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman

Another one that I’d been hearing rave reviews about, but didn’t get around to. Honestly this one was largely a timing thing, it came out in November and usually books that come out at the end of the year end up being pushed into my next year’s reading. I’m super excited for this one though, I love villains and a Hunger Games style magical villain contest sounds right up my street.

5. Liberte-Gita Trelease

I was so excited for this one following the release of Enchantee but then it got pushed back and by the time it was finally released last year, it was slightly less on my radar than it had been two years prior. I’m still excited for it, but I have it as an e-book and I’ve not been in the mood for those lately, so we’ll see when I’m feeling more into reading from a screen.

6. Mister Impossible-Maggie Stiefvater

I meant to read this one last year, but as I wasn’t enamoured with the first book (I enjoyed it but didn’t love it), it fell down my TBR pile. I love TRC characters though, so I will happily continue with Ronan’s adventures in the hope that I will enjoy the rest of the trilogy more than Call Down The Hawk.

7. Bridge Of Souls-VE Schwab

I really enjoyed the first two Cassidy Blake books when I read them back in 2020, and whilst I didn’t get around to this one last year, I definitely will this year as it’s one of my #RockMyTBR Challenge books and I’m looking forward to seeing how Cassidy’s adventures turn out as this seems to be the last book-at least for now.

8. City of Spells-Alexandra Christo

I really enjoyed Into The Crooked Place when it came out two years ago, though I have to admit to having forgotten most of the plot in the intervening time! Thankfully the sequel comes with a handy recap, so when I get it back from my friend, I will be diving in.

9. Dead Or Alive-Derek Landy

Much like Rule of Wolves, this one ended up being pushed to the side due to sheer size. Also I found Seasons of War kind of underwhelming, so I just haven’t felt the impetus to read this one yet. I do still want to finish out this series, but it’s just not top of my TBR at the moment.

10. Ace of Spades-Faridah Abike-Iyimide

I heard so much praise for this one last year, and it does sound right up my street (I’m currently in the middle of my I’ve lost count of the number times rewatch of the original Gossip Girl so any comps to that always have me excited). It’s on my #RockMyTBR challenge for this year as well, so I’ll definitely be reading it at some point it in 2022.

11. Endgame-Malorie Blackman

The Noughts and Crosses series was my first real dive into YA, and I’m feeling incredibly nostalgic that this will be the last Noughts and Crosses book, given that I was around 11/12 when I read the first one. I’m looking forward to seeing how Blackman wraps up the series though, especially given the cliffhanger that Crossfire left off on.

12. The Paris Library-Janet Skielsen Charles

I’ve been on a real historical fiction kick over the past year or so, and my friend Hannah really enjoyed this one, so I’m really excited to finally dive in at some point this year. I had no idea that the American Library in Paris was involved in the French Resistance against the Nazis, so I’m definitely intrigued to learn more about that.

13. Vespertine-Margaret Rogerson

I’ll admit that I’ve kind of stalled out on Sorcery of Thorns, though I do hope to finish it one of these days, as I’m only about five chapters from the end. I got the gorgeous FairyLoot edition of Margaret Rogerson’s latest release in December, so I didn’t have time to dive into it before the year ended, but I definitely hope to this year, as it sounds really cool, a girl training to be a nun who accidentally awakens an ancient spirit? Sounds like chaos is bound to ensue!

14. Mina and The Undead-Amy McCaw

I really want to get around to this one soon, as Amy is a Twitter friend of mine, and I really want to support her book!

15. A Marvellous Light-Freya Marske

Again this one came out towards the end of the year, so I didn’t get around to it, but I’m hopeful that I will this year as it sounds great, a historical fantasy set in Edwardian England with an m/m romance. Edwardian England isn’t a common era that I’ve found in historical fantasy (Victorian tends to be more popular) so I’m excited to see this author’s take on it. Plus the cover is GORGEOUS.

So there we go, my 2021 list of shame! Have you read any of these? Did you enjoy them? Are you planning to read any of them this year? Let me know in the comments!

I’ll be back next week with another Top Ten Tuesday, this time with one of my perennial favourites of our annually reoccurring topics, New To Me Authors I Discovered In 2021. Now though I did discover quite a few new authors in 2021, for this list I always count “New To Me” as both ones I read for the first time in the year in question and want to read again, so though I read a lot of new authors, there weren’t as many I want to read again. Instead I’ll be splitting my list into New To Me Authors I Discovered In 2021/Authors I’m Looking Forward To Reading For The First Time In 2022.

48 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #351

  1. Leslie 18/01/2022 / 4:07 pm

    I’m almost through Bronzed Beasts and it’s really good. I was so sad to only be getting to it now though! I hope you have a chance to catch up on these this year!!

    • iloveheartlandx 25/01/2022 / 7:33 pm

      I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed The Bronzed Beasts so much. Thank you, I hope so too πŸ™‚

  2. Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books 18/01/2022 / 4:21 pm

    I cannot believe I haven’t read A Marvellous Light yet! I know I am going to love it! I was surprised by how much I enjoyed The Paris Library. It was a WWII story that felt unique.

    • iloveheartlandx 25/01/2022 / 7:31 pm

      Yes I think I will too, it sounds really fun! Ooh I’m glad to hear that, it’s hard to find unique WWII stories.

  3. evelynreads1 18/01/2022 / 6:01 pm

    I hope you will get to all of these this year!
    I loved Once Upon a Broken Heart! And also still need to read Vespertine and A Marvellous Light!

    • iloveheartlandx 25/01/2022 / 7:27 pm

      I hope so too! I’ve heard such good things about Once Upon A Broken Heart, so I’m really excited. I hope you enjoy both of those πŸ™‚

  4. lindseyhabets 18/01/2022 / 6:30 pm

    Vespertine and A Marvellous Light made my list too. I also hope to start (and just binge completely) the Gilded Wolves series this year πŸ™‚

  5. jennielyse 18/01/2022 / 7:18 pm

    Great list! I haven’t read any of these. I’ve actually been out of the YA book world for a little bit, so I haven’t heard of most of these. I’ve put some one my TBR. Thanks for the recs and thanks for stopping by my blog.

    • iloveheartlandx 25/01/2022 / 7:26 pm

      Thank you! That’s fair, I do feel like I’ve been kind of drifting away from YA in recent years too, though I do still read quite a bit of it. I’m glad to have helped you find some new reads! No problem πŸ™‚

  6. FangirlFlax 18/01/2022 / 9:34 pm

    I’ve seen Mina and The Undead around a lot, I’m excited to read it too!

  7. Greg 18/01/2022 / 10:04 pm

    Villains I’ve seen around a bit… and I’m the same way, so many books I didn’t get

    • iloveheartlandx 25/01/2022 / 7:24 pm

      Yes, there are just so many new books every year, it’s hard to keep up.

  8. 1girl2manybooks 18/01/2022 / 10:32 pm

    I just picked up Once Upon A Broken Heart from my library and I’m looking forward to it.

  9. Carla 18/01/2022 / 11:32 pm

    The only one on your list I have read is The Paris Library. It was good, but not my favourite Hist-fic for 2021. I hope you do get to read them all.

    • iloveheartlandx 25/01/2022 / 7:20 pm

      Well I’m glad you enjoyed it, even if it wasn’t a favourite. Thank you!

  10. Literary Feline 19/01/2022 / 1:14 am

    I have not read any of the books on your list, but not because I did not want to! Like you, I just did not get to them–yet. I really want to read The Paris Library, All of Us Villains and Libertie. I keep eyeing Bridge of Souls. I haven’t read the earlier books in the series yet, hoping I could interest my daughter into reading them with me, but so far she hasn’t taken the bait. She WANTS to read them, but other books keep getting in the way. I’m sure we can all relate as readers. πŸ™‚ I’ve thought about reading them on my own, but she wouldn’t be happy. I hope you get a chance to read all the books on your list and enjoy them when you do!

    • iloveheartlandx 25/01/2022 / 7:17 pm

      It’s the same old, too many books, too little time! I hope that we both manage to get to them soon and really enjoy them. I can definitely relate to your daughter on that front, I hope you and she manage to read the City of Ghosts series soon. Thank you!

  11. Tammy 19/01/2022 / 2:02 am

    I really enjoyed A Marvellous Light, and the sequel comes out this year:-)

  12. anovelglimpse 19/01/2022 / 3:24 am

    I hope we both get to read Mister Impossible soon!

  13. Mae 19/01/2022 / 3:34 am

    I hope you find some new good reads and enjoy them. Happy Reading!

  14. Andge @ Down the Rabbit Hole 19/01/2022 / 4:01 am

    I read The Paris Library! It’s an interesting one. I didnt love the later POV but the past POV during the war was amazing. I hope you enjoy it β™₯️

    • iloveheartlandx 25/01/2022 / 7:13 pm

      Someone else also said that! I always find with dual timeline historical books that one timeline is stronger than the other. Thank you, I hope so too πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 25/01/2022 / 7:12 pm

      I’m glad I’m not the only one that’s not caught up! I hope you enjoy it πŸ™‚

  15. Louise 19/01/2022 / 3:18 pm

    A Marvellous Light was a delight!

  16. Mareli Thalwitzer 19/01/2022 / 3:54 pm

    I’ve read City of Ghosts last year and loved it. Will definitely read the rest of the series. I love Maggie Stiefvater as well.

    Hope you will enjoy the rest of your week and thanks for stopping by!

    • iloveheartlandx 25/01/2022 / 7:10 pm

      I’m glad to hear that! I really enjoyed the first two books so I’m sure the third will be great too. Yes, she is great. Thank you πŸ™‚

  17. Jen at Introverted Reader 19/01/2022 / 5:05 pm

    I’ve lost track of Maggie Stiefvater’s books over the past couple of years. I enjoyed her early work so I need to get caught up.

    Enjoy your week!

    • iloveheartlandx 25/01/2022 / 7:09 pm

      She has a lot of books, so I don’t blame you! You too πŸ™‚

  18. Davida Chazan 20/01/2022 / 3:02 pm

    I liked The Paris Library, but I wish it hadn’t been a dual-timeline book. I think the more modern bits were unnecessary. But the historical parts were great!

    • iloveheartlandx 25/01/2022 / 7:08 pm

      I always find that with historical dual timeline books, the past is usually much better than the present!

  19. Destiny @ Howling Libraries 21/01/2022 / 5:24 am

    This is a fantastic list! So many of the books you picked are really high on my TBR, too. πŸ™‚ I hope you get to pick all of these up soon and enjoy them!

  20. Rissi 08/02/2022 / 12:40 am

    After YEARS of having a Leigh Bardugo novel on my shelf and not reading it, I’m wondering how many more “unhauls” it will survive. πŸ˜‰ There comes a point when I just have to get rid of books that I just don’t make time to read. Hope you enjoy ALL of these! And thanks a bunch for visiting Finding Wonderland on this week.

    • iloveheartlandx 08/02/2022 / 6:43 pm

      Yeah I’ve definitely done that with books before, much as I want to read everything I own, sometimes you just have to admit that you’re no longer interested in some books you own, and that’s okay!

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