Top Ten Tuesday #374

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these, the Queen + Adam Lambert concert was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING, I’ve been to a lot of great concerts before but I have to say, they definitely took it to the next level. It was well worth all the travel hell that we went through to get there, because of the rail strikes, it took us about 3 hours to get to the O2 via bus and then boat and then another 2 hours or so to get home, including an hour waiting in line after the concert for the boat back! It’s not the absolutely worst travel nightmare I’ve ever had, but it was getting pretty darn close. We finally have our move date set for next week, so this week is going to be a lot of finishing packing and making sure everything is ready to go. We’ve been planning this move for so long, it’s hard to believe that it’s actually almost time to go!

Anyway, it’s Tuesday, so that means another Top Ten Tuesday for you all, courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is our annual Summer TBR. I did do slightly better on my Winter TBR than I was expecting, I finished 5 of my list (7 if we’re counting the two comics I read separately as I combined them into one entry on the list), so half of the books on there, though obviously I read more books than that, I just deviated a lot from my TBR, a common theme recently. I’m hoping I will do better on my Summer TBR, but this is really just for guidance of some of the books I think I might like to read in the next few months, if I’m not feeling them, I fully plan to deviate and I’m not going to feel bad about it! Life is too short to read books you aren’t feeling in the mood for. So here we go, my Summer TBR:

  1. Fix The System, Not The Women-Laura Bates

Okay, this is a slight cheat because I’m almost done with this book, I’m currently reading the last chapter! But hey, I like having low hanging fruit to check off my TBR. I have enjoyed this one, although not as much as her last book, Men Who Hate Women, it did feel like it got a little repetitive at times as she reinforces her points. Still a very powerful and insightful read and I loved that she actually offers solutions to the systemic problems that women face.

2. Good Girl, Bad Blood-Holly Jackson

I will admit, I’ve been kind of dipping in and out of this one as I’ve been very busy over the past couple of weeks and just haven’t really been sitting down to read. I’m really excited for this one though as I loved the first book, and would also love to finally get it ticked off my TBR as it’s appeared on I think every single one of my TBR lists for months!

3. Life After Life-Kate Atkinson

I just watched the BBC adaptation of this, having never even heard of the book before and I enjoyed it so much that I’ve decided to give the book a try (if you haven’t seen the show and you are based in the UK, I highly recommend it, it’s on BBC iPlayer and Thomasin McKenzie is brilliant). The audiobook is also narrated by Fenella Woolgar who plays Sister Hilda on Call The Midwife, so that’s exciting, I’m interested to see what she’s like as a narrator.

4. Once Upon A Broken Heart-Stephanie Garber

I’d really like to try and get to this book before the second book, The Ballad of Never After is released in September. I’ve heard such good things about it, so I’m super excited. I don’t know if I will get to it because I’ve been so slow with physical books recently, but once I’ve finished Good Girl, Bad Blood, this is definitely next on my list.

5. The Mad Girls of New York-Maya Rodale

This is one of my most anticipated reads of the year, I’m so excited for it! Ever since I first listened to a podcast episode about Nellie Bly a few years back, I’ve been super interested in her and her life so when I saw this book was coming out, it was an automatic TBR add for me. For anyone who is not aware of who Nellie was, she was an investigative reporter who went undercover in an infamous New York asylum for ten days to expose the reality of the cruel conditions there, a real trailblazer for women in journalism. I also love that this sounds like it’s going to be a series covering Nellie’s adventures, as she had a really fascinating life, she also travelled around the world in 72 days, in an attempt to recreate the fictional journey attempted by Phileas Fogg in the book Around The World In Eighty Days.

6. Bloomsbury Girls-Natalie Jenner

You know when you read a synopsis for a book and you just feel like that book was created for you? That’s how Bloomsbury Girls feels for me! Historical fiction following women working in a London bookshop in the 1950s and fighting back against the inequality they face in their workplace? Count me in!

7. The Librarian Spy-Madeline Martin

I really enjoyed The Last Bookshop In London when I read it last year, so naturally Martin’s second historical fiction went straight onto my TBR, especially when I saw that it would once again be narrated by my favourite audiobook narrator Saskia Maarleveld. I love books centred around female spies, so when you add in the fact that the spy in this book is posing as a librarian to do her work, you definitely have a winner for me! It comes out at the end of July, so I’ll definitely be getting the audiobook in August/September.

8. Ten Steps To Nanette-Hannah Gadsby

I love a good memoir, and listening to Hannah Gadsby talk to Deborah Frances-White about her memoir on The Guilty Feminist had me in such stitches that I just had to add the book to my TBR. I really enjoyed Nanette, it’s such a brilliant show so I’m excited to get some more insight into Hannah Gadsby’s life and the creation of that show here.

9. Looking For Jane-Heather Marshall

This seems like an unfortunately timely book to be adding to my TBR with the news that has come out of the US recently of the rolling back of abortion rights in many states after the overturning of Roe V Wade. This book follows an underground abortion network in Canada in the 1970s & 80s, based on the real Jane Collective who would help women access abortions before the procedure was legalised. This book has basically everything for me, historical, centred on women and reproductive rights, so I really hope it lives up to my excitement!

10. The Society For Soulless Girls-Laura Steven

I’ll admit, I didn’t have much luck with The Love Hypothesis when I tried reading it earlier this year, but Laura Steven’s upcoming release sounds far more up my street. It’s a sapphic dark academia retelling of Jekyll and Hyde, following two students as they attempt to uncover the truth behind a series of supernatural murders. Sounds great right?

So there we have it, my planned Summer TBR reads! I probably won’t read all of these, but as I’m planning on reading about 7 of them on audiobook, I should at least have a good chance of finishing those! How about you? What’s on your Summer TBR this year? Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments!

I’ll be back next week with another Top Ten Tuesday, it’s another annual topic for us, our Most Anticipated Books Releasing In The Second Half of 2022 (how rude for this topic to come around so quickly when I haven’t even read most of my anticipated from the first half of 2022 yet!) which is always a fun one to do.

76 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #374

  1. Jennifer 28/06/2022 / 1:19 pm

    Life After Life is a book whose cover I can imagine exactly and is in my head from childhood and I have no idea why because I’ve never read it. xD cool that there’s a show!! Good luck with the list ☺️

    • iloveheartlandx 05/07/2022 / 1:40 pm

      Thank you! I love her comedy so I’m sure I’ll enjoy her book just as much. Yeah, it’s unfortunate that its contents are so relevant to current events though.

  2. dinipandareads 28/06/2022 / 4:35 pm

    I really enjoyed Good Girl, Bad Blood! I’m also really looking forward to OUABH. I hope you enjoy these books πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 05/07/2022 / 1:38 pm

      That’s good to hear! Thank you, I hope so too πŸ™‚

  3. Denise @ Life With No Plot 28/06/2022 / 5:08 pm

    You got to see Queen and Adam Lambert! Wow! Super jealous! I’ll bet that was amazing!

    Love your list. Most of these are new to me but they all sound like really good reads. Hope you enjoy them!

  4. Terrie Purkey 28/06/2022 / 5:22 pm

    This is such a great theme but dangerous because I’m discovering SO many MORE books to add to my TBR! And The Librarian Spy is definitely one that’s intriguing. Thanks for the visit.

    • iloveheartlandx 05/07/2022 / 1:35 pm

      Ha ha it’s always the way with TTT! Glad to have helped you find something interesting. No problem πŸ™‚

  5. Carol 28/06/2022 / 5:48 pm

    I included one on my list that I’m almost finished with as well! Gotta prime the pump! It’s so satisfying to check one off!

    • iloveheartlandx 05/07/2022 / 1:34 pm

      Ha ha I do love having one that I know I’m going to be able to check off, takes a little of the pressure off for the rest!

  6. Emily Jane 28/06/2022 / 6:19 pm

    A good looking list!

    Hope you get to read most/all of these books. As it is summer it is definitely allowable to have a book on here that you are currently reading πŸ™‚

    Have a great week!

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog

    • iloveheartlandx 05/07/2022 / 1:34 pm

      Thanks! Ha ha I always tend to, I like to give myself at least one book on the list that I know I’m going to tick off πŸ™‚

      • Emily Jane 05/07/2022 / 5:36 pm

        I know that I can tick 2 off and have asked for another for Christmas…

  7. Cheryl C. Malandrinos 28/06/2022 / 7:24 pm

    So glad you enjoyed the concert. Sounds like travel nightmares are becoming the norm lately. Hopefully, things will stabilize soon. The Mad Girls of New York and The Librarian Spy have been on my mind lately. Hope you get a chance to read all these. Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog today.

    • iloveheartlandx 05/07/2022 / 1:33 pm

      Yeah they certainly seem to be! I’m sure they will, I think everyone is still in a bit of a transition period at the moment after the chaos that was 2020 and 2021. I’m sure I will, just perhaps not necessarily all this summer. No problem πŸ™‚

  8. jennielyse 28/06/2022 / 7:50 pm

    I hope you enjoy Life After Life more than I did. I found it a little too repetitive. I also hope you enjoy all the others books on your list too. πŸ˜€ Thanks for visiting my blog.

    • iloveheartlandx 05/07/2022 / 1:31 pm

      Yeah I can definitely see that, it’s a little jerky and hard to get into the flow of the thing, I think the TV show handled the transitions a bit more smoothly. Thank you! No problem πŸ™‚

  9. Greg 28/06/2022 / 7:55 pm

    Oh I bet that concert was awesome! Sounds fabulous even with the travel hassles. I think it’s awesome Queen are still touring live. And good luck with your moving!

    Your books all look good!

    • iloveheartlandx 05/07/2022 / 1:30 pm

      It really was! Yes, it’s so cool that they still do it after all this time. Thank you, it’s been stressful but hopefully will be worth it once we’re all moved in πŸ™‚

  10. Leslie 28/06/2022 / 8:54 pm

    Ohh, what a fun time!! I love Adam Lambert!! I am just starting Once Upon A Broken Heart. I hope you get to all of these. ❀

    • iloveheartlandx 05/07/2022 / 1:29 pm

      Yes it was brilliant! I’ve never seen him (or Queen) live before so I wasn’t sure what to expect but they were all amazing. I hope you enjoy Once Upon A Broken Heart. Thanks, I’m sure I will eventually, just perhaps not necessarily all this summer ha ha.

      • Leslie 05/07/2022 / 11:40 pm

        I’ve never seen him live either but so glad that it was worth it. Sounds amazing!!!

  11. FangirlFlax 28/06/2022 / 9:27 pm

    My in-laws went to a show on that tour and loved it! I’m glad you enjoyed it, and hope you enjoy these books.

  12. agreatreviewer 28/06/2022 / 9:39 pm

    OOoh nice list! All new to me ones except for Once Upon a Broken Heart which I positively ADORED! Hope you enjoy all of these reads this summer!

    Thanks for visiting my TTT post!

    • iloveheartlandx 05/07/2022 / 1:25 pm

      Thanks! I’ve heard such good things about Once Upon A Broken Heart, so I’m really excited for it. No problem πŸ™‚

  13. amyleighreads 28/06/2022 / 10:29 pm

    I’ve had my eye on Once Upon a Broken Heart for a while now! I hope you get to all of them 😊

    • iloveheartlandx 05/07/2022 / 1:25 pm

      Thank you! I’m sure I will eventually, just perhaps not necessarily all this summer.

  14. WendyW 28/06/2022 / 11:10 pm

    I sure hope you enjoy The Mad Girls of New York! It was very good IMO. And also The BloomsburyGirls. Happy Reading!

    • iloveheartlandx 05/07/2022 / 1:25 pm

      Ah I’m glad to hear you enjoyed them. Thank you πŸ™‚

  15. 1girl2manybooks 28/06/2022 / 11:18 pm

    I loved The Last Bookshop in London so Madeline Martin’s new one is definitely a high priority for me. I have read Once Upon A Broken Heart but I didn’t realise it was set in the same world as her previous series (which I haven’t read). It didn’t really matter I guess although there’s one character I really hate and I suspect he’s the end game love interest lol. Which is unfortunate.

    • iloveheartlandx 05/07/2022 / 1:24 pm

      Me too, for sure! Oh I always hate it when that happens (and I know which character you mean and yes he is a jerk).

  16. Susan 29/06/2022 / 12:27 am

    Hey, I’m also doing TTT instead of what I should be doingβ€”packing! We move in three weeks and I’ve got tons to do. Good luck with yours.

    Also, this is a great list. I’ve read and enjoyed GOOD GIRL, BAD BLOOD. That’s it, but most of these others are on my TBR list somewhere. They all sound so good.

    Happy TTT!

    Susan
    http://www.blogginboutbooks.com

    • iloveheartlandx 05/07/2022 / 1:21 pm

      Ha ha got to love that procrastination! Good luck with your move too! Ah thank you. I hope I enjoy Good Girl, Bad Blood as much as you did πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 05/07/2022 / 1:20 pm

      Thank you! Oh cool, I probably will check it out after I’ve read the book (I tend not to like reading them before in case I come across spoilers).

  17. Sammie @ The Bookwyrm's Den 29/06/2022 / 12:59 am

    I hope you enjoy Good Girl, Bad Blood! I thought it was even better than the first book, personally. πŸ˜€ Hope you get to read all of these!

    • iloveheartlandx 05/07/2022 / 1:20 pm

      Oh that’s great to hear! Thank you, I’m sure I will, they just may not all be this summer πŸ™‚

  18. Danielle Grandinetti 29/06/2022 / 12:13 pm

    The Librarian Spy looks really good. I hope you enjoy read all these books!

  19. Lexlingua 29/06/2022 / 12:39 pm

    Wait, there’s a BBC adaptation for Life After Life? I want to watch it! Thanks for the heads-up. I’ve watched one other TV adaptation for Atkinson’s work (Case Histories) and loved it to pieces, she brings up the parallel universe theory there as well.

    • iloveheartlandx 05/07/2022 / 1:17 pm

      Yes, it was really good! No problem πŸ™‚ Oh that’s interesting, maybe I’ll have to try and find that one.

  20. Mareli Thalwitzer 29/06/2022 / 4:15 pm

    Bloomsbury Girls is somewhere on my TBR as well and I have Life after Life on my bookshelf! Haven’t read it yet though…..

    Thanks for paying us a visit earlier!

    Elza Reads

  21. lindseyhabets 29/06/2022 / 6:41 pm

    Glad to hear the Queen and Adam Lambert concert was great! Hope you’ll also love all these books πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 05/07/2022 / 1:14 pm

      Yes it was so good! Worth all the hassle it took to get there. Thank you πŸ™‚

  22. Amber 30/06/2022 / 6:38 pm

    Good Girl Bad Blood was excellent! I hope you love it!

  23. Jen at Introverted Reader 30/06/2022 / 9:49 pm

    I really liked Life after Life. Men Who Hate Women has been on my TBR for a year or two. This might be a timely moment in American history to read it. *sigh* The Society of Soulless Girls sounds good too. I read Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde a while back so an updated version sounds interesting!

    • iloveheartlandx 05/07/2022 / 1:13 pm

      That’s good to know! This is actually a different book by her, it’s her latest, called Fix The System, Not The Women and it’s all about dealing with systemic misogyny in our institutions. Men Who Hate Women is really brilliant though, I actually liked it better than this most recent one of hers, so I highly recommend it. Yes, unfortunately it does seem that way. I had to read Jekyll and Hyde for school but I don’t think I ever finished it…..hopefully this will go better!

  24. Jaime 02/07/2022 / 2:29 pm

    I hope you enjoy these titles! πŸ™‚

  25. Annemieke 04/07/2022 / 5:40 am

    Good luck with reading all of these πŸ˜€

  26. thebookishlibra 05/07/2022 / 12:44 am

    Bloomsbury Girls has caught my eye as well. I hope all of these are wonderful reads for you.

  27. Rissi 07/07/2022 / 6:36 pm

    I have some of Holly’s books, but haven’t read them yet. Hoping I remedy this soon. πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland on this week.

    • iloveheartlandx 12/07/2022 / 2:43 pm

      A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder is really great, I highly recommend it. No problem πŸ™‚

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