Top Ten Tuesday #371

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these, we’ve just come off a Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK, so that was nice, mine was fairly chill, mostly reading and watching TV.

Anyway, it’s Tuesday, and so that means another Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. Today we’re talking Books With A Unit of Time In The Title which seems straightforward enough. Here we go:

  1. Dog Days: A Year With Olive and Mabel-Andrew Cotter

We have a winner on two counts, as this title has both “Days” and “Year”. Kind of a niche one, Andrew Cotter is a UK sports commentator whose Labradors Olive and Mabel went viral on the internet during the initial COVID-19 lockdown in 2020 when he posted a video of them eating their breakfast whilst he commentated on it. This is his second book about the two dogs and is basically a diary of their experiences over the pandemic (it’s much funnier than I’m making it sound!).

2. The Midnight Library-Matt Haig

Slightly more specific than the units of time examples that Jana gave us, but it still counts, I think! I read this one last year, and I wasn’t a huge fan of it, it was a little too slow and introspective for me and I found the whole thing just didn’t really live up to my expectations of the super cool concept (The Midnight Library of the title is basically a limbo between life and death, which for the main character takes the form of a library, and she is able to live out all the different possible lives she could have had if she’d made different choices).

3. Seasons of War-Derek Landy

The 13th Skulduggery Pleasant book follows Valkyrie and Skulduggery over the course of a year (so through the different “Seasons” of the title) as they aim to prevent war. It’s probably my least favourite of the Phase 2 books I’ve read so far, I found it very messy, there were way too many plot threads that the story was trying to tackle and the pacing was just UGH SO SLOW. I’ve actually yet to read the final two books in the series because I was so disappointed with this one, but I’m sure I will at some point.

4. Spin The Dawn-Elizabeth Lim

I was so disappointed in this one, it sounded so cool, Project Runway meets Mulan but in actuality, the most creative part of the book (the tailoring contest) was breezed past, the main character’s development was completely stifled in favour of the romance and the main character managed everything without any significant obstacles, so the stakes just felt super low. I said at the time I might try the sequel but that was two years ago and in the time since, I’ve not really felt like reading more from this world, so I’m not sure I will. The “Dawn” of the title, I guess refers to the fact that one of the things she has to do in the book is create a dress from the sun.

5. Night Spinner-Addie Thorley

One of the best underrated books I’ve read over the past couple of years, it’s a retelling of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, but gender swapped and set in this arctic tundra for most of the book. The title refers to the main character’s power over the night which has caused her to be isolated from everyone after an accident with her powers wiped out a merchant caravan. I really recommend this one, it was such a creative retelling, though the sequel did leave something to be desired.

6. 13 Minutes-Sarah Pinborough

Fairly self explanatory this one, I think! This book is kind of like if Mean Girls was a murder mystery, one of the main characters, Tasha drowns and is clinically dead for 13 minutes but she survives and has no memory of what happened to her, and spends the book trying to work out if it was an accident, suicide attempt or if someone tried to murder her. It’s incredibly fun and twisty, and a really good look at how toxic some teenage girl friendships can be.

7. Split Second-Sophie McKenzie

This book is just as intense as the title suggests, it starts with a bombing that changes everything for the main characters. It’s pretty much non-stop edge of your seat action throughout, and if you’d like a dystopian type book, which a) isn’t set in the US and b) where the world portrayed could quite easily happen, it’s not all that far off from our current situation, then I would highly recommend this one.

8. Days of Blood and Starlight-Laini Taylor

I have to admit, I hated this book so much that I’ve put off reading the third book for years, and actually may never read it at this point. It’s so dark and depressing and slow that I felt so bogged down by it and the angsty relationship drama just wasn’t for me. Also the completely unnecessary scene where Thiago attempts to rape Karou was just too much for me, Laini Taylor has a tendency to use rape as a plot device in her books and it’s not something I’m here for, so I’m not sure I will ever read the third book in this series.

9. Zero Hour-Mark Walden

I have to admit, it’s been a few years since I read this one, so I don’t quite remember what happened in it! I remember finding it really fun when I read it, but not so much about the plot details. Anyway, it’s the sixth book in the series, so sharing plot details would be super spoilery anyway. The main gist of the series is that it’s set at a school for villains, where kids with the greatest potential to become supervillains are brought for training in the art of villainy. If you always find yourself rooting for the bad guys, I definitely recommend this series.

10. One Day-David Nicholls

I will freely admit, I hate this book. The main characters are both terrible people, and added to that, they’re not interesting terrible people so I wasn’t rooting for either of them, which is kind of vital when you’re wanting to tell a love story. But it did fit the category of “Book With A Unit of Time” in its title, so here it is.

So there we go, those are some Books With Units Of Time In Their Titles. Have you read any of these? Did you enjoy them? What books with units of time in their titles did you have on this week’s list? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s Top Ten Tuesday is supposed to be Books I Wish Had An Epilogue, but I’m not a big fan of epilogues, I honestly can’t think of many I’ve liked, so it’s not something I generally look for in the books I read. So I’m going to switch things up, and as it’s Pride Month, I’m going to share some Books By LGBTQ+ authors on my TBR, I’m sure it’s one I’ve done before, but it’s an evergreen topic, so I’m sure I’ll be able to find plenty more!


32 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #371

  1. lindseyhabets 07/06/2022 / 6:01 pm

    The Midnight Library made my list too, though it’s still on my TBR. Sorry to hear you weren’t a huge fan, hopefully I’ll have better luck whenever I pick it up 🙂

  2. jennielyse 07/06/2022 / 7:25 pm

    I didn’t even think of The Midnight Library or Days of Blood and Starlight, but I would’ve put them on my list for sure. Great choices! I struggled this week.

    • iloveheartlandx 14/06/2022 / 9:40 am

      Thank you! I heard that from a lot of people, seems like it was a tricky topic all round.

  3. Greg 07/06/2022 / 8:01 pm

    Long weekends are nice. 🙂 And Zero Hour sounds like a fun premise. I love the cover of Days of Blood and Starlight but haven’t read the author and didn’t know about the plot elements- that would give me pause too…

    • iloveheartlandx 14/06/2022 / 9:40 am

      It was very! It’s a very fun series, I really enjoyed it. Yeah it was such a shame because I really enjoyed the first book in that series, it was very whimsical and fun, but the second book just put me completely off finishing the trilogy.

  4. Emily Jane 07/06/2022 / 8:52 pm

    Some interesting books there.

    Have a great week!

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog

  5. Jennifer 07/06/2022 / 9:21 pm

    Great list! Your notes on Spin the Dawn mirror exactly why I was so hesitant to pick it up. A lot of the reviews I’ve read since seem to feel similarly that it was a bit of a let down in one way or another. What a shame with that one!

    Here’s my list for the week! 😊

    • iloveheartlandx 14/06/2022 / 9:36 am

      Thanks! Yeah I wish I’d read more reviews of it before I read it, if I’d known what to expect, I probably wouldn’t have bought it.

  6. FangirlFlax 07/06/2022 / 9:42 pm

    Well done for getting to 10 today! I thought this prompt was a struggle, haha.

  7. Leslie 07/06/2022 / 10:36 pm

    I can’t believe I forgot about Midnight Library!!

  8. Cindy Davis 07/06/2022 / 11:34 pm

    I still need to read The Midnight Library. Great list.

  9. WendyW 08/06/2022 / 2:33 am

    The Midnight Library definitely counts as I used it too!

  10. Louise 08/06/2022 / 9:43 am

    I keep meaning to pick up Night Spinner!

  11. Susan 08/06/2022 / 3:29 pm

    I felt the same way about THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY. Meh. I finished it, but I didn’t love it and couldn’t understand what all the hype was about. The premise was appealing. The execution? Not so much.

    Happy TTT!


  12. Jaime 08/06/2022 / 8:36 pm

    Now that I’ve seen other people’s lists, I think I was overthinking this prompt so I struggled with what to do! I like that you have a mix of different words for units of time 🙂

    • iloveheartlandx 14/06/2022 / 9:32 am

      I definitely felt the same way when I first looked at it, it became much easier when I realised that units of time were much more flexible than I first thought!

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