Top Ten Tuesday #368

Hi all! I hope you’ve had a good week since I last did one of these, mine has once again been fairly quiet, just more work as usual.

Anyway, it’s Tuesday, and so that means another Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Books I Was So Excited To Get and Still Haven’t Read, and buckle in, because this is going to be A LONG ONE. I am the queen of being really excited to get books and procrastinating reading them for years, so we’re looking at double edition of TTT today (actually it’s Top Twenty Two Tuesday, I couldn’t even stop myself at twenty!):

  1. Off The Page-Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer (Bought In 2016)

I was so excited for this sequel because I really enjoyed the first book, Between The Lines, but then it just kind of got lost in the shuffle of other books and I never got around to it. I’m actually not so sure if I would enjoy it now as I’m quite a bit older than I was when I read Between The Lines, and cutesy YA romance is not really my thing anymore (not that it really was back then to be honest, but I think I did enjoy the occasional one at 16/17 whereas I really don’t now).

2. Wintergirls-Laurie Halse Anderson (Bought at YALC in 2016)

Honestly, I think this one may have been a discount buy on the YALC Sunday in 2016, but I do remember being excited for it because I’d heard a lot of good things about it. Since then I’ve read one of Halse Anderson’s other books, Speak, and I wasn’t a huge fan, I would still like to try this one but my excitement has waned somewhat since I bought it.

3. The Fixer-Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Received in 2017)

I got this in one of my #otspsecretsister parcels, a kind of all year round Secret Santa that a group of bloggers (Brittany, Alyssa and Amy) used to run on Twitter, and it was super fun, I did it for a couple of years. Anyway, this book was one of the books I received in my parcels for the project, and it sounds really fun, it’s about a teenager whose sister is a political fixer in DC and she accidentally falls into being a “fixer” for her high school.

4. Inkheart-Cornelia Funke (Bought in 2017)

I bought this when I had a day out book shopping in Edinburgh, it’s one of those books that I wish I’d read as a kid, but kind of missed out on. I still really want to read it, the whole idea of being able to read characters out of books is catnip to me, but it’s been in storage for a while (along with a lot of my books, I just wasn’t able to bring them all back from Uni) so I’m not sure when I’ll get to read it. Whenever all my stuff is finally in one place if that ever happens!

5. A Court of Wings and Ruin-Sarah J Maas (Bought at YALC in 2017)

This is kind of cheat one, because I did start reading it last year but just wasn’t really in the mood. Honestly, though I liked ACOMAF, I was never as big a fan of the ACOTAR series as I was the Throne of Glass series, and the more Sarah J Maas books you read, the more you realise they’re kind of same-y. I don’t think I’ll read A Court of Silver Flames, so I don’t think I’ll feel massively bad if I bow out of ACOTAR here, though I may decide to come back to it at some point.

6. Every Word-Ellie Marney (Received in 2017)

I got this as a birthday gift from a former Secret Sister, but again, I’ve just not got around to reading it. I would definitely still like to though, as I remember enjoying the first book in the series, and it’s a really fun take on a Sherlock retelling.

7. The Guilty Feminist-Deborah Frances-White (Bought in 2018)

I’m a feminist but……I bought this book when I went to one of Deborah’s tour stops for it in 2018 and it’s been sitting on my shelf gathering dust, along with several other feminist non-fiction books that I say I’ll read and then proceed to leave for years. I really will read this one one day as I do love the podcast, but an hour or so a week of the podcast is a much smaller time commitment!

8. Everyday Sexism-Laura Bates (Received in 2018)

I got this one as a Christmas gift in 2018, and ironically, have read one of Laura’s more recent books since then! It’s another of the previously aforementioned sad languishing feminist non-fiction. I will read it at some point, as I really loved Men Who Hate Women and plan to listen to her newest book on audio, but I’m not quite sure when.

9. Feminists Don’t Wear Pink-Scarlett Curtis and contributors (Bought in 2018)

I pre-ordered this, went to Waterstones to pick it up ON PUBLICATION DAY……and have yet to read it. I keep telling myself I’ll start reading some of the essays in between reading other books, but have I done that yet? Of course not! I really will, I think it’s just a case of being in the mood for non-fiction.

10. The Tyrant’s Tomb-Rick Riordan (Bought in 2019)

This one’s a toughie because honestly, really not been feeling The Trials of Apollo, I think I have reached the stage where I feel too old for Rick Riordan books, which is a shame because he’s been a favourite author for so long….but also not surprising as I’m 25 and his books are aimed at the 9-12 set! I did at one point think I would finish the series out, but I’m just not feeling the pull.

11. Good Girl, Bad Blood-Holly Jackson (Bought in 2020)

I got this one fairly soon after finishing A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder, thinking I’d read it right away and then I just….didn’t. I’ve planned to pick it up several times in the last couple of years, but having such an awful slump in 2021, and still not really reading as many physical books as I once was, I just haven’t got around to it yet. Hopefully when my physical book reading starts to pick up again, this will be one of the first I get to.

12. Only Ashes Remain-Rebecca Schaeffer (Bought in 2020)

I bought this one off Amazon (yes, I know, I know, but I do very rarely use Amazon for books that aren’t audiobooks now) right after finishing the first one, I was so excited to dive in….and then I just didn’t. A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder came up as the book of the month in my Book Club on Goodreads and I really wanted to join in with that, and then somehow I just kept finding other books I’d rather read. I did really enjoy the first one though, so I’m sure I will get to this at some point, and now that the series is complete, I do have slightly more impetus to.

13. Where Dreams Descend-Janella Angeles (Bought In 2020)

This is another one that I started last year, and then just wasn’t in the mood for because reading slump. I fully intend to go back to it, as it sounds so up my street, but I just wanted to give myself the best chance of enjoying it and I knew I wasn’t going to the way my reading mood was last year. Hopefully soon!

14. Rule of Wolves-Leigh Bardugo (Bought In 2021)

I was actually really in the mood to read this after watching Shadow and Bone last year, as I really wanted to dive back into the Grishaverse. But because of aforementioned reading slump, a gigantic book was hardly going to help matters, so I decided to put it off until I felt more in the mood for a chunkster. Honestly not sure when that will be as I’m still not really feeling like reading long books now, but we shall see. I will finish out the Grishaverse at some point (or at least this part of it, I know Leigh has indicated there will be another Six of Crows book further down the line and you guys know I will be all over that).

15. Dead or Alive-Derek Landy (Bought in 2021)

I was really excited for this, pre-reading Seasons of War, but then I read Seasons of War towards the end of 2020/beginning of 2021 and I just didn’t like it much, definitely my least favourite instalment of the new Skulduggery books, so Dead or Alive kind of slipped down my priority list. I would definitely like to get to Dead or Alive, and Until The End at some point, but much like Rule of Wolves, they’re both kind of chunky and I need to be in a particular mood for chunky books!

16. Mister Impossible-Maggie Stiefvater (Bought In 2021)

I will admit I wasn’t enamoured with Call Down The Hawk, but I was still excited to see more Ronan and so naturally I pre-ordered it. But then my massive reading slump happened last year and I just didn’t get around to 90% of the books I planned to. Hopefully once my reading has settled back into something like normal, I will get around to this.

17. City of Spells-Alexandra Christo (Bought in 2021)

I pre-ordered this one last year as I loved Into The Crooked Place and was super excited for it, but then I got into a reading slump, and well just never got around to it. I think I may have actually lent this one to a friend so I’m not sure if I actually have it at the moment……I guess I’ll find out when I pack up all my books to move!

18. Bridge of Souls-VE Schwab (Bought in 2021)

Another victim of my 2021 reading slump. I really wish it had happened in any other year, because I had SO MANY NEW BOOKS I was excited for last year and did I read ANY OF THEM? Well some on audio, but largely no. I’m sure this is one I will get to this year because it’s nice and short, and I’d like to finish out Cassidy Blake’s adventures (Schwab has said this is it for now, but that there might be more in the future, which I really hope there is because I rarely read MG anymore, but I really enjoyed the first two books in this series).

19. Endgame-Malorie Blackman (Bought in 2021)

After just finishing the second season of Noughts and Crosses last week (YES, a certain event from the books did hit me just as hard on screen, and even though I knew it was coming, I was still almost crying by the end.) I definitely do feel quite motivated to finish out the book series, even if I didn’t love Crossfire as much as I was hoping for. Again, this is one I probably would have read last year had not it been for the slump.

20. Once Upon A Broken Heart-Stephanie Garber (Bought in 2021)

AGH I’M SO EXCITED FOR THIS ONE. This is probably going to be the next one I dive into after finishing Gallant, because I just can’t wait anymore, I’ve heard such good things and I want to see for myself. Again, I would have read it last year if I’d been in a better reading mood, but better late than never right? And this way, I will have Ballad waiting for me soon after, so it’s really a good thing I didn’t read it straight away and have to wait a year. Good planning…..not procrastination at all…..

21. The Bronzed Beasts-Roshani Chokshi (Bought in 2021)

Of all the victims of the Great Reading Slump of 2021, this is probably the one I was most disappointed not to get to. The Silvered Serpents ending on such a wicked cliffhanger, I was so excited to get The Bronzed Beasts and by the time it arrived….just not feeling it anymore. Definitely a high priority one for this year though, I need to find out how the story ends.

22. All of Us Villains-Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman (Bought in 2021)

Again, I’m just calling this one good planning so I can read the two books in the duology back to back (I say, knowing full well that I absolutely WILL leave the second book a good year before I read it, probably even more). This one sounds super good and I do love villains but it’s another victim of the slump! Hopefully this year.

So there we go, those are all the books I was so excited to get and still haven’t read (aka the victims of Jo’s great reading slump of 2021 + a few extras). Have you read any of these books? Did you enjoy them? Any I should absolutely prioritise? Are you good at reading books when you get them or do you procrastinate horribly like me? Let me know in the comments!

I’ll be back next week with another Top Ten Tuesday, this time it’s a Book Quote Freebie (and I’m off work so you’ll actually get it at a reasonable hour for a change!). I’ve done quite a lot of Quotes on a theme for my Thursday Quotables though, so instead of doing ten quotes all on the same theme, I’m just going to share the Best Quotes From My Ten Most Recent Reads, with the best quote for each book.


62 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #368

  1. Leslie 17/05/2022 / 11:09 pm

    I could have totally done a double list too. There’s sooo many. I’m hoping to read Inkheart. I’ve had that on my shelf for sooo long!! I hope you can read some of these soon!

    • iloveheartlandx 24/05/2022 / 10:16 am

      The sad thing is, this is the short version. The long version would probably have hundreds of books on it! I hope so too πŸ™‚

  2. jennielyse 17/05/2022 / 11:32 pm

    I love that you did a double list. I put 14 on mine. I could’ve kept going. I have INKSPELL and I still haven’t read it yet. WINTERGIRLS was a hard read for me. It was eye-opening and it was hard having it written in first-person from the POV of someone so self-deprecating because I deal with my own struggles. I hope it’s an easier read for you.

    • iloveheartlandx 24/05/2022 / 10:16 am

      When I got to 10 and realised I’d not even made it to 2020, I realised I was in trouble! I think that’s one of the reasons I’ve been putting it off tbh, because it does sound like quite a heavy read. Hopefully one day I will be in the headspace for it.

  3. WendyW 18/05/2022 / 12:18 am

    What a great list!! I hope you’re able to find time to read all of these soon!

    • iloveheartlandx 24/05/2022 / 10:10 am

      I don’t read non-fiction very often, so it’s just a case of being in the mood.

  4. PerfectlyTolerable 18/05/2022 / 5:00 am

    Very Nice TTTT! I could probably do 22 as well! The only one on your list that I have read is Inkheart and I really liked it! But its been probably 15 years since I read it so I don’t remember anything other than the general premise and that I liked it and read the full series

    • iloveheartlandx 24/05/2022 / 10:09 am

      Thank you! Well that’s still a good sign anyway, I can’t say I remember much from books I read fifteen years ago either, but remembering you enjoyed it is the main thing!

  5. Susan 18/05/2022 / 2:15 pm

    Ha ha. Wow, you really are the queen of buying books and not reading them. Your list makes me feel much better about mine πŸ™‚ LOL.

    I’ve read a few of these books. Of the ones I’ve read, I liked GOOD GIRL, BAD BLOOD the best. INKHEART is also a fun one, although I’m not sure I ever finished the series. Oops. I hope you enjoy these when you get to them.

    Happy TTT (on a Wednesday)!


    • iloveheartlandx 24/05/2022 / 10:08 am

      It turns out buying books and reading them are two different hobbies….who knew ha ha. I’m glad to hear that, I really enjoyed A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder, so glad to hear the second one lived up. I have quite a few series like that! Thank you πŸ™‚

  6. Nicole @ BookWyrmKnits 18/05/2022 / 8:27 pm

    I haven’t read Where Dreams Descend yet either, though it sounds like a book I’d really enjoy! Hopefully we both like it when we get to it.

    Happy TTT on a Wednesday! (my post)

  7. Louise 18/05/2022 / 8:34 pm

    Great list. I really enjoyed Once Upon A Broken Heart despite not having read the original. I hope you like it too. πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 24/05/2022 / 10:06 am

      I’ve heard really good things, so I have high hopes!

  8. Emily Jane 18/05/2022 / 10:03 pm

    I loved A Court of Thorns and Roses series so I recommend that goes to the top of your list πŸ˜‚

    Have a great week!

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog

    • iloveheartlandx 24/05/2022 / 10:06 am

      Again that one relies on being in the mood for chunky books, which I’m just not at the moment. Hopefully soon!

      • Emily Jane 25/05/2022 / 7:35 am

        Yes. I think this was one of the shorter ones. They are quite intimidating!

  9. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz 18/05/2022 / 10:48 pm

    If I listed every book in my TBR that I bought really, really eager to read…No telling how many books would be on my list.

    I highly recommend Inkheart.

    • iloveheartlandx 24/05/2022 / 10:05 am

      Ha ha this is definitely the short version of that list, if I’d listed them all, it would probably be in the hundreds. Lots of praise for Inkheart today, definitely an indicator I need to move it up the list!

    • iloveheartlandx 24/05/2022 / 10:04 am

      Oh that’s so nice that you guys read it together! I always used to love reading with my dad when I was a kid (my mum has never been a big reader).

  10. Cindy Davis 19/05/2022 / 12:00 am

    LOL, love that you couldn’t stop at 10, I think we all struggled! I hope you enjoy all of these when you get a chance to read them!

  11. 1girl2manybooks 19/05/2022 / 1:20 am

    Ahhh I love the Every series by Ellie Marney! All 3 books are really good.

    I’m kind of with you on Sarah J. Maas. I really liked the ACoTaR series when it was 3 books, I liked Throne of Glass but I’ve really struggled with the latest one and I actually have no desire to read A Court of Silver Flames. I just don’t care about Nesta at ALL and don’t want to spend 700 pages in her head.

    • iloveheartlandx 24/05/2022 / 10:03 am

      I really enjoyed the first one, it’s just a case of getting around to the second one! Yeah, it’s such a shame because I really did love her stuff at one point, but I feel like all her books have been getting bigger but the quality hasn’t necessarily been getting better? Sometimes less is more!

  12. thebookishlibra 19/05/2022 / 2:00 am

    I could have easily done a double list too, lol. I hope you love all of these when you finally get to them.

  13. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies 19/05/2022 / 6:18 am

    Wow, so many! The only one I’ve read here is All of Us Villains, which I really liked (and I’m looking forward to the sequel). I’ve read a few of the Grishaverse books, and I’d like to continue at some point. Good luck with all of these!

    • iloveheartlandx 24/05/2022 / 10:01 am

      It would probably have been shorter if I hadn’t been in such a MASSIVE reading slump last year, I bought so many books I was super excited for and read exactly none of them! I’m glad to hear you liked All of Us Villains, I’ve heard really great things and am super excited for it. I hope you enjoy the rest of the Grishaverse books. Thank you πŸ™‚

  14. FangirlFlax 19/05/2022 / 1:32 pm

    I’m SO excited for future Crows books. There might be something in Rule of Wolves that made me feel that way, too…

    • iloveheartlandx 24/05/2022 / 9:58 am

      Just the idea of more Crows in the future has me so happy, even if it’s a while till we get them!

      • FangirlFlax 24/05/2022 / 1:10 pm

        Yes! A world that promises more Crows is the only world I want to live in.

    • iloveheartlandx 24/05/2022 / 9:57 am

      Thanks! That’s good to hear, it’s definitely one I hope to get around to at some point.

  15. Aymee 19/05/2022 / 2:43 pm

    I’ve not read any of these, but I recognize several of them. I hope you can get them read soon!

  16. Marianne Maurer 19/05/2022 / 3:30 pm

    What a long list. I mean, mine could have been a hundred or so, at least. I don’t dare counting.

    Anyway, I highly recommend reading “Inkheart” as soon as you get your hands on it. It’s a wonderful story for adults. I loved it, even though I’m not into fantasy. But it’s more like a fairy tale. About books!!!

    Thanks for visiting my TTT this week which contains some pretty old books.

    • iloveheartlandx 24/05/2022 / 9:57 am

      Oh this is definitely the short version, I’m pretty sure the long version probably would have been over a hundred or so.
      That’s good to hear that you loved it so much, I will have to bring it back the next time I’m up when my books are stored.

      • Marianne Maurer 24/05/2022 / 12:31 pm

        I’m not surprised. We all have huuuuge TBR piles.

  17. lindseyhabets 19/05/2022 / 5:53 pm

    Haha, love that you did the double list, it feels very relatable πŸ˜€
    I enjoyed Rule of Wolves, hope you’ll enjoy it too when you’re ready to pick it up.

    • iloveheartlandx 24/05/2022 / 9:55 am

      I am a classic bookworm procrastinator what can I say ha ha. I hope so too! It was very annoying that I was so in the mood for more Grishaverse after watching the Netflix series but just not in the mood for something that chunky!

  18. bitchbookshelf 19/05/2022 / 7:21 pm

    Great post. I liked Winter Girls a lot (and loved Speak). It’s difficult but a good read if you’re aware of the potential triggers going in.

    • iloveheartlandx 24/05/2022 / 9:52 am

      Thanks! I will definitely have a look up of the content warnings before I start, thank you.

  19. Louise @ Monstrumology 20/05/2022 / 8:30 am

    I’ve been interested in Holly Jackson’s books for a while, but now that she has so many out I don’t know where to start with them πŸ™ƒ

    • iloveheartlandx 24/05/2022 / 9:50 am

      The first book in the series is A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder, so best to start with that one!

  20. Jaime 20/05/2022 / 1:32 pm

    I’ve never read Inkheart and probably should, and I’m waiting to read Mister Impossible when the third books come out. (I felt the same about Call Down the Hawk and don’t want to read them too far apart and forget what’s happening.)

    I loved Rule of Wolves and what Leigh Bardugo does to tie everything together. But I understand it’s a HUGE book and a lot happens. πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 24/05/2022 / 9:46 am

      It’s one of those that definitely feels like a bookworm childhood staple that I just somehow missed, despite my sister having a copy of the book that I could have easily borrowed! I think I will probably end up doing the same thing, it’s not all that long now till the third book comes out. I’m sure I will love Rule of Wolves when I do read it, it’s just a case of being in the mood for that big of a book!

  21. girlplusbooks 20/05/2022 / 5:44 pm

    I’m the opposite with SJM. I never could get into the ToG series but loved the ACOTAR series. ACOMAF is my favorite of the series.

    • iloveheartlandx 24/05/2022 / 9:44 am

      I’ve heard both things, so I guess it just depends what you like more. I’m not a big fan of the steamy stuff, and that really only comes into the ToG series in the later books, and not to the same extent as ACOTAR, so I think that’s one of the reasons why I prefer it.

  22. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense 20/05/2022 / 7:32 pm

    I have picked up and put down The Bronzed Beasts so many times. I am kind of in a fantasy slump right now, but as soon as it ends, it’s one of the first books I’m reaching for. Hope you get a chance to read these soon!

    • iloveheartlandx 24/05/2022 / 9:43 am

      I feel you there, I went through a kind of similar thing last year. Thank you!

  23. Zoe ( 21/05/2022 / 9:32 am

    Good Girl, Bad Blood is a good one!! The last book is a bit controversial but GGBB is absolutely fantastic! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    ZoΓ« x

    • iloveheartlandx 24/05/2022 / 9:42 am

      I have heard some mixed things about the last book which is making me slightly nervous about getting to it. Glad you enjoyed the second one though.

  24. Destiny @ Howling Libraries 28/05/2022 / 2:14 am

    I feel you, it was SO hard to narrow my list down to 10! I should’ve done a longer list, too lol! I hope you enjoy all of these!

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