Top Ten Tuesday #383

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these, mine was once again fairly quiet, but I did have my first riding lesson at my new stables in London which was really nice, it’s taken a while to find somewhere and the last time I rode before last week was back in June, so it was nice to be back on a horse again.

Anyway, it’s Tuesday, so that means another Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. Today’s topic is a Back To School Freebie, so I’m doing a follow-up topic to the Best Books I Read In My First Two Years At Uni at few years ago, and today will be sharing the Best Books I Read In My Last Two Year of Uni. As with the previous topic, I’m only counting books I read during the academic year, so this will cover books I read from September 2017-May 2018 (3rd year) and September 2018-May 2019 (4th year). So here we go, the best books I read at Uni in my last two years:

  1. Chainbreaker-Tara Sim

I love the Timekeeper trilogy so much, and will be banging the drum about how incredibly underrated and brilliant it is, probably for the rest of my life. It amazes me that if I wasn’t a book blogger, I probably would never have read this series, as it was never released in the UK, I only had the chance to read it through Netgalley and Edelweiss. I powered through this one towards the end of the autumn semester in 2017 and was slightly miffed that I’d done my Best Books of 2017 just a couple of days before I finished it as this was without a doubt my favourite book of 2017.

2. The Exact Opposite of Okay-Laura Steven

This book was my company on my commute to and from Dundee when I was doing my work experience at DC Thomson during February reading week 2018. I zoomed through it and had finished it by the end of that week, it was such a joy reading Izzy’s story that I was always looking forward to the train journey at the beginning and end of each day so that I could join her again.

3. The Language of Thorns-Leigh Bardugo

This was the perfect book for exam season as I was able to dip in and out of it between revising and it was nice and short. I’m not usually a fan of short story collections, but Leigh Bardugo is obviously a master, and I loved her take on the Grishaverse’s version of fairytales. The illustrations in this book were also just gorgeous and really added to the stories!

4. Vicious-VE Schwab

It’s me, of course there would be a Schwab book in here somewhere! Honestly, Vengeful definitely would have made the list too if I’d read it after it came out, but I didn’t get to it till the summer after I graduated Uni. Vicious was such a fun read, Schwab really excels at writing villains and this book and Vengeful shows the height of her powers in that area, nearly everyone in this series is heinous, but I LOVE THEM ALL. I read this book coming off of two quite chunky ones, and it was just what I needed as a refresh at the start of a new academic year.

5. Firestarter-Tara Sim

When I read the final book in the Timekeeper trilogy, I was coming off a run of a couple of fairly mediocre books, I hadn’t read a book I’d really enjoyed since Vicious and I hadn’t had any five star reads at all in 2018, so I was desperate to find something I really loved! Thankfully, Firestarter was just what I needed, it was a heart-wrenching, gut punch of a final book in a trilogy and honestly one of my favourite series finales of all time.

6. A Spark of Light-Jodi Picoult

This is one of my favourites of Jodi Picoult’s more recent novels, I’ve had a bit of a mixed bag with her books since Small Great Things, I really enjoyed that one and this one but I wasn’t keen on The Book of Two Ways and I didn’t read Wish You Were Here because of the subject matter. This one I really enjoyed though, I felt like the reverse timeline worked much better than the confusing timeline in The Book of Two Ways and it was a really emotional but nuanced look at reproductive choice. Abortion is always going to be a timely topic, but I actually think this book is probably even more relevant now than it was in 2018, given what happened with Roe V Wade this year.

7. Enchantee-Gita Trelease

This is kind of a cheat one as I think I read most of it during the Christmas break from Uni, but I definitely read at least a little when I returned for the Spring semester, so I’m still counting it. It was one of my favourite books of 2019, I loved Camille and her dedication to her younger sister Sophie, and Trelease created such a wonderful atmosphere, it felt like you really were in 1789 France. I have to admit though, I’ve still not read the sequel, I did start it, but I’ve not really been in the mood for e-books, so I’ve yet to finish and I can’t find it on audiobook, which is quite annoying!

8. To Kill A Kingdom-Alexandra Christo

I loved this one so much, it’s one of my absolute favourite enemies to lovers romances and Lira was just the kind of unapolagetically brutal woman that I absolutely adore and the story kept me engaged from beginning to end, so much so that when it was over, it felt too short because I’d loved it so much I didn’t want it to end. That’s the perfect kind of book for me!

9. Becoming-Michelle Obama

I’d actually not read any non-fiction (that wasn’t school or Uni related) for years before I read this book, and this was the book that got me back into reading a bit more non-fiction, especially memoirs. I was worried I’d find it a little dry, but Michelle writes in such a candid and engaging way, that the almost 500 pages flew by! I’ve got Barack Obama’s most recent memoir too, but I’ve yet to read that one as it is A BEAST. Between To Kill A Kingdom and this, March 2019 really was one of my best reading months!

10. King of Fools-Amanda Foody

The second book in a trilogy is almost always the worst book, the bridge between the beginning and the end, the sticky middle, is always so hard to get right. Amanda Foody absolutely nailed it though, it’s a behemoth of a book, almost 600 pages and yet it never felt like it lagged, I never felt bored because there was always something happening. The female friendships in this book are something else, and I love how great Foody is at creating nuanced female characters, especially her female villain. Lengthy fantasy books usually take me ages to read, but I flew through this one in about a week and a half because I was so gripped and then cursed myself because of the cliffhanger ending and the fact I then had to wait over a year to find out what happened in Queen of Volts. I had this one as an e-ARC and left it as a treat to myself for finishing my Journalism project at the end of fourth year, and oh what a treat it was!

So there we go, those are the rest of the amazing books I read whilst at Uni (and that’s not even counting the books I read in my summer breaks, as I read some really great ones in the summers of both 2017 & 18 that definitely would have made the list otherwise!). Have you read any of these books? Do you have any favourite books you read whilst at Uni? Let me know in the comments!

I will have another TTT for you all next week, the topic is meant to be Books I Loved So Much I Had To Get A Copy For My Personal Library, but to be honest, I have very few of these, so instead I’m going to take one of the suggestions Jana put for this week, and do my Top Ten Favourite Banned Books as that seems like a fun idea to do.

56 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #383

  1. lindseyhabets 30/08/2022 / 1:54 pm

    I’ve been wanting to read the Timekeeper trilogy for ages, so I’m happy to hear you loved it so much – I should bump it to the top of my TBR. I also read and loved The Language of Thorns, Vicious and To Kill A Kingdom!

    • iloveheartlandx 06/09/2022 / 10:20 am

      I hope you enjoy it whenever you read it! All fantastic books πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 06/09/2022 / 10:19 am

      Ah I’m so jealous! I wish I’d been able to go to her event in the UK, but I think it was in London and I was up at uni in Scotland at the time πŸ™‚

  2. Michael 30/08/2022 / 4:46 pm

    Vicious was a lot of fun.

    VE Schwaub writes such great books.

  3. girlplusbooks 30/08/2022 / 6:41 pm

    Becoming has been on my TBR since it released and I’m sad to say I still haven’t read it. I really need to make it a priority.

  4. stargazer 30/08/2022 / 6:50 pm

    I agree about Becoming – it was as gripping as fiction and very readable. Horse riding in London? I used to love horse riding, but these days I mostly do it when I go on holiday.

    • iloveheartlandx 06/09/2022 / 10:18 am

      Definitely! Yeah, there are more places than you’d think to go riding in London πŸ™‚

  5. Rae | HerSerialLife.com 30/08/2022 / 8:00 pm

    I love so many books on your list, like Becoming or . And I so want to read Vicious, as it is a favorite VE Schwab book and the duology has been sitting on my shelves for too long. Here is my spin on this week’s TTT: https://herseriallife.com/top-10-books-set-in-college-academia/
    Have a great week πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 06/09/2022 / 10:17 am

      Ah Vicious and Vengeful are both amazing, I hope you love them as much as I did!

  6. Louise 30/08/2022 / 8:07 pm

    I loved To Kill A Kingdom. That Lira was so unapologetic really worked for me too.

    • iloveheartlandx 06/09/2022 / 10:17 am

      Yes, those are my favourite type of female characters!

  7. Greg 30/08/2022 / 8:48 pm

    Ooh yay for riding again! And I like how you did this topic. It is fun when certain books stick with us and we can remember when we read them, or when they worked out for us at uni or wherever.

    I do want to read Bardugo and looking forward to starting with ninth House. πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 06/09/2022 / 10:16 am

      I will admit, I did have a bit of help from Goodreads, since my Goodreads challenges have recorded everything I read each year since 2015! I hope you enjoy Ninth House πŸ™‚

  8. Meezan 30/08/2022 / 9:01 pm

    Great take on this week’s top ten. I have not read any of these. Have a wonderful rest of your week! πŸ™‚

  9. agreatreviewer 30/08/2022 / 9:36 pm

    OOh nice ones! I’ve read The Language of Thorns and To Kill a Kingdom as well! Loved them both!

    Thanks for visiting my TTT!

  10. FangirlFlax 30/08/2022 / 9:50 pm

    I can easily see how The Language of Thorns would be a perfect in-between read–also great as it’s short stories that make it easier to read when you’re limited on time!

    Thanks for swinging by my TTT earlier πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 06/09/2022 / 10:14 am

      Yeah that was exactly why I chose it, it was much easier to dip in and out of than a novel, and the stories were so short, I could just read them in-between revising. No problem πŸ™‚

  11. Cindy Davis 30/08/2022 / 10:28 pm

    University was such a long time ago for me that I couldn’t tell you what I read. I have only heard of two of these authors: Jodi Picoult and Michelle Obama. Have a great week.

    • iloveheartlandx 06/09/2022 / 10:12 am

      That is the joy of Goodreads, I have a record of everything I read! Thank you πŸ™‚

      • Cindy Davis 06/09/2022 / 11:27 pm

        I am on Goodreads too but have only been actively recording my books since 2019. I have been an avid reader for many years, so lots of books “lost” that I have read.

  12. WendyW 30/08/2022 / 11:55 pm

    Nice list. I just added A Spark of Light to my TBR. Also I will be reading Becoming soon.

  13. Leslie 31/08/2022 / 12:03 am

    Becoming is one of the best memoirs I’ve ever read! I loved it and I saw that she’s coming out with another this November!! I’m so excited. I listened to it and Barack’s. IT is a BEAST, for sure. It’s a lot more political and historical than Michelle’s but I still enjoyed it.

  14. Terrie Purkey 31/08/2022 / 12:51 am

    Sheesh – so many books to add to my TBR this week – it’s definitely exploding! I’ve added the Timekeeper trilogy since you love it so much, and The King of Fools series. both sound really good! thanks for the visit.
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys

    • iloveheartlandx 06/09/2022 / 10:11 am

      Yay, I’m so glad to have helped you find more books for your TBR. Just so you know, the first book in the series that King of Fools is in is called Ace of Shades, King of Fools is the second book. Don’t want you starting in the wrong place and getting really confused!

  15. Ann 31/08/2022 / 1:33 am

    Vicious was a great read.

  16. Cheryl Malandrinos 31/08/2022 / 2:56 am

    Love your list this week. I’ve heard of many of them, but haven’t read them. Becoming is on my wish list.

    Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog today.

    • iloveheartlandx 06/09/2022 / 10:10 am

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy Becoming whenever you get to it πŸ™‚

  17. jennielyse 31/08/2022 / 4:40 am

    I’m so glad you got to get back on a horse again. I’ve only ever ridden a horse three times in my life, but I thought it was fun when I did. I like your topic too. I don’t read much when I’m in school so I’m always amazed at how much others can read. πŸ˜€ Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

    • iloveheartlandx 06/09/2022 / 10:09 am

      So am I! I was only out for about a month or so whilst I moved and had various other things going on, but it was nice to be back. I basically spent all the free time I had left after uni work and various social activities reading! I also had very long train journeys back home from Uni for the holidays so that did help a lot with getting lots of reading done.

  18. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies 31/08/2022 / 2:56 pm

    Great list! I loved Becoming — I also tend not to read non-fiction very much, but I found her voice so compelling!

    • iloveheartlandx 06/09/2022 / 10:04 am

      Thank you! Yes, some non-fiction can be quite dry, but I’ve found myself getting more and more into it over the past few years, I think you just have to find the right books πŸ™‚

  19. thebookishlibra 01/09/2022 / 12:42 am

    The Timekeeper trilogy has been on my TBR for ages. I really need to read that one. That’s so great that you’re back to riding horses. I’ve only ridden one once but I loved it.

    • iloveheartlandx 06/09/2022 / 10:02 am

      It’s so good, I hope you enjoy it whenever you get around to it. Yes, I’ve not been out for that long, it was just a month or so whilst I was busy with moving and my sister visiting, but I was glad to get back to it!

  20. Marg 01/09/2022 / 9:29 am

    I am going rogue for next week’s topic too!

  21. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz 03/09/2022 / 10:59 am

    You read a lot of good books during your last two years. I read almost nothing during my time in college except textbooks!

  22. Annemieke 05/09/2022 / 6:51 pm

    Ah I loved the time keeper trilogy.

  23. Rissi 06/09/2022 / 6:53 pm

    Despite her popularity, I haven’t ever read a novel by Jodi. Maybe someday I should look up her list of titles and see if anything sounds like a good read. πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland on this week. Apologies it took me this long to visit here.

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