Top Ten Tuesday #366

Hi all! I hope you’ve all had a good week, after my very busy last week, I’ve had a fairly quiet Bank Holiday weekend, which was much appreciated.

Anyway, it’s Tuesday, and so that means time for another Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week is One Word Reviews For The Last Ten Books I Read, which was an idea submitted by Susan @ Bloggin’ Bout Books. Tough one, Susan! I always have a tendency to be very wordy in my reviews, and I’m not so good at summing up my thoughts into just a couple of words (or in this case, a single word), so this is going to be a challenge for me, but I’ll give it a go (I will also link to my full reviews for the ones I’ve done them for if you’d like to see my more detailed thoughts):

  1. The Diamond Eye-Kate Quinn

Engaging.

2. The River of Silver: Tales From The Daevabad Trilogy-S.A. Chakraborty

Uneven.

3. A Marvellous Light-Freya Marske

Meandering.

4. Know My Name-Chanel Miller

Powerful.

5. Her Hidden Genius-Marie Benedict

Disappointing.

6. Resistance Women-Jennifer Chiaverini

Long.

7. Dog Days: A Year In The Life of Olive and Mabel-Andrew Cotter

Funny.

8. This Poison Heart-Kalynn Bayron

Slow.

9. Born A Crime: Stories From A South African Childhood-Trevor Noah

Hilarious.

10. The Nobleman’s Guide To Scandal and Shipwrecks-Mackenzi Lee

Heavy.

So there we go, it’s a fairly short one from me today, but that’s what the topic called for! Have you read any of these books? Did you enjoy them? What would your one word review for any of them be? Let me know in the comments!

I’ll be back next week with another Top Ten Tuesday, this time we’re talking about Bookish Characters, which is always a fun one to do, and hopefully one I’ve not done before? At least not recently anyway!

58 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #366

  1. Marianne Maurer 03/05/2022 / 3:20 pm

    You made it!!! This was such a hard challenge.

    Born A Crime: Stories From A South African Childhood sounds interesting.

    My TTT this week.

    • iloveheartlandx 10/05/2022 / 6:30 pm

      It was! Oh I definitely recommend it, it was really good. Super funny but also covering a lot of serious issues in South Africa.

      • Marianne Maurer 11/05/2022 / 8:45 am

        Thanks for the recommendation. I would not have thought a book with that title would be hilarious. I would have liked to read it anyway.

      • iloveheartlandx 17/05/2022 / 7:43 pm

        I hope you enjoy it if you do read it.

      • Marianne Maurer 18/05/2022 / 11:07 am

        Thanks, I will try.

  2. lindseyhabets 03/05/2022 / 5:56 pm

    Ooh, meandering is definitely a great one word review! I haven’t read This Marvellous Light yet but it’s on my TBR, so I’m intrigued.

  3. jennielyse 03/05/2022 / 7:10 pm

    I love, loved, loved Born a Crime. Trevor Noah is hilarious and I learned so much from his memoir. I love your other word choices too. πŸ™‚

  4. Carla 03/05/2022 / 7:47 pm

    Great list. Born a Crime was a great book, funny but with so many serious issues. I agree, Resistance Girls was long.

    • iloveheartlandx 10/05/2022 / 6:27 pm

      Thank you! Yes, it was hard to convey both things in one word, but I did go more into that in my review of it. Definitely, far too long.

  5. Louise 03/05/2022 / 8:03 pm

    Ooo… Heavy for The Nobleman’s Guide To Scandal and Shipwrecks is interesting! I’ve not read it, but I wouldn’t have expected that.

    • iloveheartlandx 10/05/2022 / 6:26 pm

      It goes quite a lot into Adrian’s mental health issues, so whilst there is also a lot of levity as with the other two books, I would definitely say it’s the heaviest of the three in terms of subject matter.

  6. anovelglimpse 03/05/2022 / 8:22 pm

    Uneven. Huh. That could be both good and bad. I’m even more curious now!

    • iloveheartlandx 10/05/2022 / 6:24 pm

      I mean honestly that’s kind of what it was! There were some really great stories but also some kind of meh stories, so I thought uneven was a pretty good way to describe how I felt about it.

  7. WendyW 03/05/2022 / 8:34 pm

    I love your reviews. I think Meandering is such a great descriptive word! I have Diamond Eye on my TBR.

  8. Eowyn 03/05/2022 / 8:48 pm

    “Meandering.” That’s a good one!

  9. Cindy Davis 03/05/2022 / 11:29 pm

    I love your word choices. I had one today that meandering would have been great for, wish I had thought of it!

  10. Leslie 04/05/2022 / 12:04 am

    I’ve been meaning to pick up Noah’s book. I have an arc of River of Silver.. kinda worried now!

  11. Marg 04/05/2022 / 12:05 am

    I really want to read Diamond Eye!

  12. Jocelyn 04/05/2022 / 12:44 am

    this was such a hard challenge to do but I loved reading all of your one word reviews!!

  13. 1girl2manybooks 04/05/2022 / 1:20 am

    Know My Name is VERY powerful. Great description for that one. Also really want to read the Kate Quinn one

    • iloveheartlandx 10/05/2022 / 6:18 pm

      Yeah definitely one of the best memoirs I’ve ever read. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

  14. kay 04/05/2022 / 1:38 am

    I agree with Know My Name being powerful, that’s a great word for it!

  15. Andge @ Down the Rabbit Hole 04/05/2022 / 2:11 am

    I completely agree about Know My Name! I read it when it first came out and I previously never read nonfiction much let alone a memoir. I couldn’t get her words out of my head. Her story, and taking back pieces of what was taken from her, is truly powerful.

    • iloveheartlandx 10/05/2022 / 6:17 pm

      Yes, it’s such an amazing book, made me wish I hadn’t wait so long to read it!

  16. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies 04/05/2022 / 2:33 am

    These are great! I can tell already that a book described as “meandering” probably isn’t for me. πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 10/05/2022 / 6:16 pm

      Yes it wasn’t really for me either! Which is a shame because from the blurb it so sounded like it would be.

    • iloveheartlandx 10/05/2022 / 6:15 pm

      Ooh yes that’s also a good one. Again this is why one word isn’t enough, because it’s impossible to capture all aspects of a book in a single word. Ooh I hope you enjoy it πŸ™‚

  17. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz 04/05/2022 / 12:07 pm

    I’m surprised to see how many of these books were disappointing for you. I never get that far…I give up on books that aren’t working for me.

    • iloveheartlandx 10/05/2022 / 6:10 pm

      This is why one word really isn’t enough, because despite the words I’ve chosen potentially being negative ones, I did find something to like in all these books, they were all 3 stars or above, so not bad reads, but it’s hard to convey that in just one word!

  18. Greg 04/05/2022 / 3:05 pm

    What a fun topic! I know the Quinn book gets lots of buzz.

    • iloveheartlandx 10/05/2022 / 6:07 pm

      It was really good! I only found her work last year, but I already really love her stuff. Can’t wait for the next one now!

  19. Jaime 04/05/2022 / 5:23 pm

    Ooh, good word choice for the Nobleman’s Guide. I love how creative everybody was with choosing one word! πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 10/05/2022 / 6:06 pm

      Thank you! Yes it was fun to see how many different words people came up with when we shared books in common, almost no one had the same one!

      • Jaime 13/05/2022 / 2:17 pm

        It is so fun! I like how creative everybody is

    • iloveheartlandx 10/05/2022 / 6:06 pm

      Hopefully you will enjoy it more than I did! I just have very little patience for slow books.

  20. Susan 05/05/2022 / 2:20 pm

    “Uneven” is a good one. It’s a great way to describe a book that’s just…not smooth. Sometimes one word is all you need!

    Happy TTT (on a Thursday)!

    Susan
    http://www.blogginboutbooks.com

    • iloveheartlandx 10/05/2022 / 6:05 pm

      Yes, not smooth is definitely how I’d described The River of Silver, and most short story collections to be honest, there are always some that standout more than others. Sometimes it is!

  21. thebookishlibra 06/05/2022 / 12:05 am

    Great job on this challenge. I think you chose a lot of very effective words. πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 10/05/2022 / 6:04 pm

      Thank you! It’s almost harder to sum up in just one word that it is to do lots though, so I totally understand.

  22. Literary Feline 09/05/2022 / 5:02 pm

    You did so much better than I did! LOL I couldn’t manage one word for any but one. πŸ™‚ I haven’t read any of these, although The Diamond Eye is on my TBR shelf. I am looking forward it–and am glad you found it engaging.

    • iloveheartlandx 10/05/2022 / 5:57 pm

      Thank you, it was a struggle! I hope you also enjoy The Diamond Eye πŸ™‚

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