Top Ten Tuesday #378

Hi all! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these, and that all of my U.K. readers made it through our heatwave without melting! I’ve got an exciting week coming up, my mum, one of her friends and I are going to the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham this Friday, we’re going to watch the Gymnastics, the Men’s Team Final, which should be really fun, we went to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 (we saw the Athletics that time) and that was great, so I’m really looking forward to this. My sister is also coming over from Australia for the first time in FOUR YEARS, and I’ve not seen her since she left, so I’m super excited that she and her partner are going to be staying with us for a few weeks!

Anyway, it’s Tuesday, so that means another Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. I’m feeling very judged by this week’s topic as we’re talking about Books From Our Seasonal TBR Lists We Still Haven’t Read. This topic was suggested by Dedra at A Book Wanderer, so thanks Dedra! I always have the best of intentions when I make my TBR lists, and I genuinely do want to read everything I put on there…..but then shiny new books catch my attention and the TBR list goes bye! These are the ones I’ve not read from the lists yet, that I do still really want to read:

  1. The Silence of The Girls-Pat Barker (appeared on Winter 2021-22 TBR and Spring 2022 TBR)

Honestly I’ve kind of gone off this one after my friend told me it was quite similar to The Song of Achilles which I didn’t really enjoy that much. However, I have heard good things about it and I did buy it, so I’m willing to give it a chance, it’s just slid slightly further down my TBR than it was when I originally bought it.

2. Ace of Spades-Faridah Abike-Iyimide (appeared on Summer & Autumn 2021 TBRs and Spring 2022 TBR)

Yes, I know, I know, three TBR appearances and still not having read the book is BAD. I am really excited for this one and I do keep meaning to read it because I’ve heard such good things but I’ve been in such a rut with physical books over the past couple of years that I haven’t read nearly as much of my physical TBR as I intended to. I’d love to say this is one I’ll get to before the end of the year, but it’s seeming very likely it probably won’t be until 2023.

3. The Fair Botanists-Sara Sheridan (appeared on Summer & Autumn 2021 TBRs, and Spring 2022 TBR)

Another one with three TBR appearances and still not read! I think the format is the problem for this one, I’ve just not had the concentration for e-books recently, and it was one I requested from Netgalley and then downloaded on my Kindle app, so I think I’m going to try it on audiobook and see if that works better for me as it’s one I do really want to read, I think the format is just hurting me here.

4. Where Dreams Descend-Janella Angeles (appeared Autumn 2020 TBR, Winter 2020-21 TBR & Spring and Summer 2021 TBRs)

I really want to love this one because it just sounds so up my street (the author used Moulin Rouge as a comp title and that’s my favourite movie of all time, and the little bit I have read of it has the main character descending from the ceiling on a chandelier, very reminiscent of Satine’s first entrance in the film) but I just wasn’t feeling it when I picked it up to read in Spring of last year and I still haven’t really got back in my groove with physical books yet so it’s one that I’m planning on coming back to when I’m feeling more in the mood for my physical books. I feel like appearing on four separate TBR lists and still not reading a book has to be some kind of record!

5. These Violent Delights-Chloe Gong (appeared on Autumn 2020 & Winter 2020-21 TBR)

I started These Violent Delights at the end of 2020 but I ran out of time before the Netgalley copy expired, so I only read the first chapter, maybe the first two. Anyway, I’ve heard such good things about this book and it’s sequel that I do still really want to read it especially as I couldn’t really give it much of a chance the first time around. When I will read it is a different question, but it’s definitely an option on my never ending TBR!

6. Scarlet-AC Gaughen (appeared on Spring and Summer 2021 TBRs)

I’ve had this book for ages but somehow just never seem to get around to reading it, even though a Robin Hood story with a gender-swapped Will Scarlett sounds right up my street. I didn’t have much luck with Sherwood, the last gender-swapped Robin Hood retelling I tried (with Marian fulfulling the Robin Hood character there) but I’m hoping I will do better with this one.

7. The Last Magician-Lisa Maxwell (appeared on Summer 2021 TBR)

I thought this had been on more than one of my TBR lists, but it turns out it’s only been on the one! I really do want to read this one as historical fantasy is something I’ve been really enjoying in the past few years, but it’s a bit of a chonker and I’m not really feeling chunky books at the moment! Hopefully soon as I have a lot of very chunky books waiting for me on my shelves (being a fantasy reader not in the mood for chunky books is quite difficult!).

8. Liberte-Gita Trelease (appeared on Spring 2022 TBR)

I loved Enchantee when I read it back at the beginning of 2019 so you’d think I’d be all over the sequel right? Right? WRONG. I have tried starting this one but it’s not available on audio, I’m not enjoying the e-book (the format, not the story) and I have so many books piling up on my physical TBR, even if I bought a copy, it would be years till I got to it. I’ve also forgotten basically everything from Enchantee because it’s been so long since I read it. I will probably get to this one eventually, but it’s fallen down the priority list.

9. City of Spells-Alexandra Christo (appeared on Spring 2021 TBR)

I really enjoyed Into The Crooked Place, and I pre-ordered City of Spells so I had it as soon as it was out, but I’ve still not read it. In my defence on this one, I’ve lent it to my friend Hannah as she liked the first book too and I knew I wasn’t going to read it for a while, so I don’t actually have it at the moment (and even if I did, it would just be sitting on my shelf!).

10. Mina and The Undead-Amy McCaw (appeared on Spring 2021 TBR)

Vampires aren’t usually my thing, but as Amy was my secret sister pen pal when we both did the #otspsecretsister project, I really want to read this one and support her. This definitely feels like one that I should read in the autumn though, so I think I’m going to save it till then.

So there we go, those are ten books from my previous seasonal TBR lists that I still haven’t read yet, though I could have included way more than these! It was quite funny looking back through my old seasonal TBR posts and seeing how many books appeared two or more times before they finally dropped off the lists because I’d actually read them at last. Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? Are any of them also on your TBR? Do you do well on your seasonal TBRs or are you notorious for going off list? Let me know in the comments!

I’ll be back next week with another Top Ten Tuesday, but I’m going completely off-piste with this one as the actual topic, Books Set In A Place I’d Love To Visit, is one I’ve done a few times before. Instead, I’m veering away from books altogether and talking about my Top Ten Favourite Gilmore Girls Episodes as I’m doing another rewatch at the moment and felt like it was the right time to finally do an official list of my favourites!


82 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #378

  1. lindseyhabets 26/07/2022 / 6:20 pm

    These Violent Delights is also still on my TBR, it sounds so good!
    Also, I’m so already looking forward to your post for next week, haha 🙂

    • iloveheartlandx 30/07/2022 / 1:15 pm

      I hope we both enjoy it! Yes, I’ve had a few people say that, definitely looks like it will be a popular one.

  2. Emily Jane 26/07/2022 / 7:12 pm

    I wanted to try and make a dent in my TBR shelves but have failed so far this year. I will say though that I loved Ace of Spades. When I was originally recommended it I wasn’t sure that I wanted to read about school – been there, done that and left! But actually I really enjoyed it.

    Have a great week and I hope that you get some of these books read at some point!

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog

    • iloveheartlandx 30/07/2022 / 1:14 pm

      As have I! I’m glad you really enjoyed Ace of Spades, I’ve heard really good stuff about it. Thank you 🙂

  3. Kappa 26/07/2022 / 7:26 pm

    I also need to read Ace of Spades and These Violent Delights!

  4. Louise 26/07/2022 / 7:53 pm

    The Silence of The Girls and The Fair Botanist are still lurking on my bookshelf too

  5. girlplusbooks 26/07/2022 / 7:53 pm

    I fall victim to the same thing – I always get distracted by all the shiny new releases, even when I really do want to read all the backlist books.

    • iloveheartlandx 30/07/2022 / 1:11 pm

      There’s just so many books out there, it’s hard not to get distracted by something!

  6. Cindy Davis 26/07/2022 / 8:10 pm

    I am rewatching Gilmore Girls with my daughter (she had not seen them). It’s so fun to watch them with her, she is a lot like Rory, LOL. Looking forward to seeing which ones are you favorites!

    • iloveheartlandx 30/07/2022 / 1:10 pm

      Ah that’s so nice that you have someone to watch with! Thanks, will definitely be interesting to see what people think of my choices 🙂

  7. anovelglimpse 26/07/2022 / 8:30 pm

    I haven’t read any of these books either! I hope you get to read them soon.

  8. Greg 26/07/2022 / 8:44 pm

    That sounds like a wonderful time! Enjoy!!

    Delights sounds like a good one and I know it gets lots of love. 🙂

  9. bitchbookshelf 26/07/2022 / 8:50 pm

    These all sound great to me. Enjoy!!

  10. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz 26/07/2022 / 9:17 pm

    I have copies of Scarlet and These Violent Delights, but I haven’t read either of those yet.

  11. agreatreviewer 26/07/2022 / 9:44 pm

    I still need to read 4-7 on your list as well! Those just didn’t make it into my most recent seasonal tbr lists! I just started with most recently. I suppose I should’ve gone back to the beginning! Lol.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT!

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

      I think everyone took a different approach to it, I went for books I was most excited to read but still haven’t yet.

  12. Carla 26/07/2022 / 10:33 pm

    I am so glad the heatwave has finally broken for Europe. I am jealous that you are going to the Commonwealth Games, have a great time. I only have Liberte on my TBR, but I sure hope you enjoy all of these when you get to to them.

    • iloveheartlandx 30/07/2022 / 1:06 pm

      So am I! It was yesterday, and I did, it wasn’t the best organised so we end up missing the first rotation because the queue was so badly managed that we didn’t get in till half an hour after the event started, but the event itself was great! Thank you, I hope so too 🙂

      • Carla 30/07/2022 / 4:27 pm

        Too bad you missed some, but glad what you saw was great.

      • iloveheartlandx 02/08/2022 / 9:12 am

        Yeah it was just a shame it wasn’t better organised!

  13. Anne Bennett 26/07/2022 / 11:08 pm

    I understand what happens. After I miss a deadline, self-made as it is, I lose momentum on books. I start looking forward rather than back.

  14. WendyW 26/07/2022 / 11:29 pm

    I have not read any of these, but they look good. Enjoy the Commonwealth Games, it sounds amazing. And enjoy your sister’s visit, it will be so nice for you both to see each other in person. I can’t WAIT for your next TTT. Top Ten Favourite Gilmore Girls Episodes!!!

    • iloveheartlandx 30/07/2022 / 12:54 pm

      Hopefully they are. Thank you, it was really great! Yes, it has been so long coming for her to finally visit. Ah thank you, hopefully it’s worth the wait 🙂

  15. Leslie 26/07/2022 / 11:46 pm

    I believe I own the whole Ace of Spades series and I haven’t read any of it. Gosh, I need to get to those sometime. Maybe just read the first one and decide whether or not it’s worth keeping. lol I do hope that you get to these!!

    • iloveheartlandx 30/07/2022 / 12:51 pm

      Do you mean Ace of Shades? Ace of Spades is a standalone book by a different author (unless there is another book called Ace of Spades which is part of a series, that’s always possible!). If you do mean Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody, I love that series and highly recommend it 🙂

      • Leslie 30/07/2022 / 5:52 pm

        LOL! Yep, totally meant Ace of Shades. Brain is not working at 100% this week! lol

  16. 1girl2manybooks 26/07/2022 / 11:50 pm

    Glad you survived your heatwave! I really enjoyed The Silence of the Girls, because the focus is all on the female characters and what happens to them. It’s definitely similar to Song of Achilles but anything tackling the Trojan War is going to have certain things in it that are the same events. But the focus is different.

    • iloveheartlandx 30/07/2022 / 12:49 pm

      So am I! That is pleasing to me as one of my biggest bugbears with The Song of Achilles was the treatment of the female characters so hopefully The Silence of The Girls will be better in that respect.

  17. Terrie Purkey 27/07/2022 / 12:25 am

    Sounds like you’ve got some fun events coming up – hope it cools down a bit so you can really enjoy them. You mentioned Invisible Library when you visited me – you’re the second person today to say it wasn’t for them…..hmmmmm. Maybe I’ll read something else first. 🙂 thanks for the visit.
    Terrie@ Bookshelf Journeys

    • iloveheartlandx 30/07/2022 / 12:48 pm

      Yeah, it’s cooled right down again now thank you! It’s up to you of course, that was just my opinion on it 🙂

  18. Jennifer 27/07/2022 / 1:47 am

    Personal rec that’s probably an uncommon opinion: skip Violent Delights and go for Ace of Spades instead! Hopefully if you’ve read reviews of TVD you know what to expect, but when I read it close to publication it was pretty underwhelming.

    • iloveheartlandx 30/07/2022 / 12:46 pm

      I’ve not actually, I generally don’t read reviews till after I’ve read the book because I’ve had accidental spoilers when reading reviews before. That’s good to know what to prioritise though!

  19. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies 27/07/2022 / 2:26 am

    Ooh, Gilmore Girls! That’s a list I’ll look forward to seeing! Meanwhile, I hope you end up enjoying whichever of these books you do get to.

    • iloveheartlandx 30/07/2022 / 12:42 pm

      Hopefully my choices won’t be controversial! Thank you 🙂

  20. Andge @ Down the Rabbit Hole 27/07/2022 / 2:51 am

    The Last Magician is huge but I absolutely adored it so I hope you will too whenever you’re in the mood for it. I’ve bought and recommended that book to many people and it’s one of my fav historical fantasies with magical elements in it 😊

    • iloveheartlandx 30/07/2022 / 12:40 pm

      I’m sure I will, it definitely sounds right up my street. It’s frustrating that I’ve not really been in the mood for chunky books as I have many waiting that I really want to get to, but I can’t force it when I’m not in the mood!

  21. Marg 27/07/2022 / 9:53 am

    I am thinking I will be doing a different topic next week too, but no idea what! There’s still time to decise right? Enjoy the visit with your sister and the Commonwealth Games

    • iloveheartlandx 30/07/2022 / 12:37 pm

      Oh yeah definitely, I just like to plan ahead because it means I already have the list ready to go on Tuesdays, I just have to type it up. Thank you!

  22. Marianne Maurer 27/07/2022 / 11:15 am

    I haven’t read a single one of the books from you list, so wouldn’t be able to give you any advice. But I’m sure you’ll get to them eventually.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT this week.

  23. Jaime 27/07/2022 / 3:23 pm

    I LOVE The Last Magician so much. It’s one of the books that made me realize I love historical fantasy a lot.

    I also tried to read Where Dreams Descend and couldn’t get into it. Maybe at some point I’ll come back to it via audiobook or something instead. It has so many elements that I thought I would love as well 🙂

    • iloveheartlandx 30/07/2022 / 12:35 pm

      I’m so glad to hear that. Historical fantasy is one of my favourite subgenres, so I have high hopes for it, just have to wait till I’m more in the mood for chunky books. I’m hoping my not being able to get into Where Dreams Descend was more me than the book as I really want to love it.

  24. curlygeek04 27/07/2022 / 11:00 pm

    I’ve been wanting to read Silence of the Girls, but I finally read Song of Achilles instead and loved it – sorry to hear it wasn’t a favorite of yours.

    • iloveheartlandx 30/07/2022 / 12:34 pm

      Yeah I definitely seem to be a bit of an outlier on that one, most people seem to love it. I did enjoy Madeline Miller’s other book Circe though!

  25. taylorfennerblogs 28/07/2022 / 1:30 am

    I sadly couldn’t get into Where Dreams Descend but I loved These Violent Delights and Mina and the Undead

    • iloveheartlandx 30/07/2022 / 12:33 pm

      Ah that’s a shame. Glad you loved the other two though 🙂

  26. jennielyse 28/07/2022 / 6:35 pm

    So many of these books are on my TBR too. 😀 I hope you enjoy these when you read them. Thanks for stopping by my TTT.

  27. Susan 29/07/2022 / 4:16 pm

    Sounds like you had a fun week! I always like watching the gymnastics competition at the Olympics. It’s amazing what some people can do with their bodies! I have no grace whatsoever…

    Happy TTT (on a Friday)!


    • iloveheartlandx 30/07/2022 / 12:32 pm

      Yes, I used to do trampolining, so I have a little gymnastic ability, but of course nothing like what they can do, it’s incredible!

  28. Sammie @ The Bookwyrm's Den 30/07/2022 / 1:43 pm

    I feel just a teensy bit called out by this post, because half of these books are also things I wanted to read and also haven’t gotten to it yet. xD Hopefully we both can get to them!

  29. thebookishlibra 31/07/2022 / 7:36 pm

    I love Gilmore Girls so I’ll be looking forward to your TTT post this week. 🙂

  30. Rissi 02/08/2022 / 12:45 am

    Seems like there was once several Robin Hood books I was curious about (because I enjoy most of the movies), but I don’t think I’ve read them. Someday maybe. 🙂 Hope you enjoy ALL of these if you get the chance to read them (know what you mean about being distracted by new books). Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland on this week. Apologies it took me this long to visit here.

    • iloveheartlandx 02/08/2022 / 9:08 am

      I feel the same way, I went through a spate of adding them all to my TBR but then I never read any of them. Thank you, I hope so too. No worries!

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