Top Ten Tuesday: Backlist Books

Top Ten Tuesday: Backlist Books

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about the back list books I want to read. I literally have tons of books in this category so I could probably have done a top fifty, but managed to whittle it down to 10.
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1. The Glass Spare – Lauren DeStefano

I really loved The Chemical Garden series by Lauren DeStefano so I was desperate to read this book when it came out. I bought a gorgeous hard back edition and it has been sitting on my shelf for ages waiting to be read.

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Sleeping Beauty is my favourite fairy tale so I’ve always meant to read Spindle Fire and I have a beautiful signed copy that I just haven’t gotten around to reading yet. I’m hoping the winter months might be the perfect time to inspire me to read it.
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3. Forest of A Thousand Lanterns – Julie C. Dao

I got this in a FairyLoot box and have heard so many people rave about how amazing it is. It has the most beautiful cover and I love a retelling so it definitely sounds right up my alley. I definitely hope I’ll get to this one soon.

Untitled design (44)4. Into the Drowning Deep – Mira Grant
I bought this a few months ago in my local bookshop because it sounded like such a good creepy read. I saw quite a few people read it as part of Halloween readathons and say it was absolutely brilliant so I’m definitely putting it near the top of my TBR pile.

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5. Daughter of the Burning City – Amanda Foody

I bought Daughter of the Burning City at YALC last year because they had copies for sale slightly early. I was so eager to read it and I still haven’t gotten around to it. I read Ace of Shades and it was one of my favourite books of the year so far so I have no idea why I haven’t picked this up yet.
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6. The House of Shattered Wings – Aliette De Bodard

This is another series that has been on my TBR for quite a while and it sounds so so good. An urban fantasy with angels and war? Sign me up. It’s a series that I’ve not heard many people talk about, which is perhaps why I haven’t been so eager to pick it up but I’m definitely going to have to get around to it soon because it sounds amazing.

Untitled design (46)7. Stalking Jack the Ripper – Kerrie Manascalco
I had never planned on picking these books up because I wasn’t sure I was going to like them but after stumbling across a copy of the first book in the series I thought I would give them a shot because so many reviewers have given it a really high star rating. It seems like it might be quite a quick read so perhaps I’ll manage to squeeze it in this month!

Untitled design (47)8. Heir of Fire – Sarah J. Maas
This series is textbook Nicole. I read The Assassin’s Blade and the first two books in the Throne of Glass series and loved them. Kingdom of Ash just came out and somehow I’ve still only read the first two, despite buying each one as soon as it comes out. Someone please help me, I think I have a book buying problem.
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9. Traitor to the Throne – Alwyn Hamilton

I read Rebel of the Sands earlier this year and absolutely loved it so I’ve been meaning to continue the series as I couldn’t resist picking up the rest of the books in the series. I should really just spend a weekend binge reading these beauties because I know so many people love them.

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I’ve read Strange the Dreamer and I’m about to start Muse of Nightmares but I’ve never read Laini Taylor’s earlier series, despite owning all of them. I love her beautiful writing style so I’m sure I’m going to absolutely adore these, I just have to get a move on!

So these are the back list books that I really need to get around to reading. Have you read any of these? If you have what did you think? And if there’s any you think I should prioritise definitely let me know!

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I’d Love to Meet

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I’d Love to Meet

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Today’s Top 10 Tuesday is all about authors I would love to meet. I love going to signings and events so there are loads of authors I would love to meet and chat about their wonderful books!

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1. Maria V. Snyder

Maria V. Snyder is one of my favourite authors. I love her Poison Study series and I would love the chance to get my copies signed. She did an event in Edinburgh a few years ago and I didn’t manage to get to it, so I keep my fingers crossed that she might do one again in the future.

2. Cate Tiernan675614

I absolutely adored Cate Tiernan’s books growing up. Her Sweep series was my favourite and I would love to get the chance to meet her. She hasn’t released any books recently (that I know of) so I’m sure I’ll ever get the chance.
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3. Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Carlos Ruiz Zafon writes masterpieces and I would love to go to an event and get my copies signed because they are some of my favourite books of all time.

4. Amanda Foody30238163
Amanda Foody is a recent author to add to my list. I loved Ace of Shades so much and I would love to get my copy signed and tell her how much I loved it.

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5. Stephanie Garber

I have a signed edition of Legandary already but I’d love to meet Stephanie Garber and get my copies of Caraval signed because it’s such a beautifully written story.

6. J. K. Rowling72193
Like so many people I grew up with Harry Potter and would love to get my battered and loved copies signed because Harry Potter was one of the reasons I loved reading so much.

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7. Neil Gaiman
I’m a massive Neil Gaiman fan and I’m steadily trying to read all the books in his catalogue. I’d love to go to an event and hear him talk about the inspiration and writing process for his books.

8. Laura Purcell39098246 (1)
Laura Purcell’s books have genuinely scared the living daylights out of me. I loved The Silent Companions and I’m reading The Corset and loving it. Hopefully I can get my copies signed soon!

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9. Heather Fawcett
Even the Darkest Stars was one of my favourite books of 2017. I’m so excited to read the sequel and I would love to meet the creator of this gorgeous series.

10. Katherine Arden38204046 (1)
I rant about how much I love Katherine Arden’s books all the time so it’s probably no surprise that I would love to meet her because The Winternight Trilogy will forever be one of my most loved series.

So that’s my top ten authors I would love to meet. Have you met any of these authors? And which authors are on your list?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books By My Favourite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read

Top Ten Tuesday: Books By My Favourite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read

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This is going to be a slightly embarrassing Top Ten Tuesday because this is one of my really terrible habits. I have so many authors that I love and I read one of their books and I buy everything they release and then I never read it. I could probably do a top 20 for this but here we go with top 10 books by my favourite authors that I still haven’t read.

1. State of Sorrow – Melinda Salisbury34640572
I absolutely adore Melinda Salisbury’s Sin Eater’s Daughter series. It broke my heart and made me stay up all night and is honestly just one of my most favourite works, so when I heard she had a new book out full of magic and politics I was dying to read it. It came out earlier this year and have I read it yet? Nope.

2. Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom – Leigh Bardugo23437156
This is probably the worst one. I love Leigh’s writing and have read everything else she’s released but for some reason I still haven’t read these yet. I know I’m going to adore them and they will no doubt be five star reads, but for some reason they continue to stare at me from my shelf, continually unread.

279933973. Sharp Ends – Joe Abercrombie
Joe Abercrombie is one of my all time favourite authors so when this came out I went to three different bookshops to see if they had it in stock and eventually got a copy. That was in 2016 and for some reason I still haven’t read this gorgeous looking book yet.

4. The Winter of the Witch – Katherine Arden38204046 (1)
Now I know this doesn’t actually come out until next year however I am incredibly excited to read it and it is my most anticipated release of next year. I’ve had it for a few weeks now and I still haven’t picked it up, hopefully I will get to it soon because I’m dying to know how it all ends.

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5. A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms – George R. R. Martin
I pre-ordered this beautiful book when it came out a while ago and this is another one I still haven’t gotten around to. I’ve read one of the stories previously so I’m going to say that it kind of counts towards reading it?

6. Road Brothers – Mark Lawrence36358837
I am dying to pick up a copy of this and I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. I have no excuse because it’s been out for ages and I still haven’t went and ordered a copy. I love Mark Lawrence’s writing style so I have no doubts that this is going to be an amazing book.

160968247. Pretty much everything by Sarah J Maas
I’ve read the first two Throne of Glass books plus The Assassin’s Blade and I really loved them. I haven’t read the rest of the series or the ACOTAR books yet (though I own every single one of them) so I really need to catch up on this series that so many people love. I’m hoping that perhaps with Kingdom of Ash coming out I can binge read them. (Maybe).

8. The Corset – Laura Purcell39098246 (1)
The Silent Companions is honestly one of the spookiest books I’ve ever read and I adore the story and the gorgeous writing style. The Corset came out recently and I was so excited when I saw it in my local Waterstones but I still haven’t gotten around to reading it. Can I make an excuse and say I’m holding off till Halloween to read this one?

9. Immortal Beloved – Cate Tiernan7823549
Cate Tiernan was one of my favourite authors growing up and I still really love her Sweep series and the Balefire books. I own the three Immortal Beloved books but I’ve never actually read them and I think that perhaps I’m nervous I won’t enjoy them as an adult given how much I loved her books as a teenager. I definitely need to bite the bullet and get around to it at some point soon, even if it’s just to make space on my TBR!

10. Touch of Power – Maria V. Snyder10445208
Maria V. Snyder’s Study series is insanely good. Even after taking a break and coming back to them years later, this series is just so so good. If you haven’t read it honestly this would be my one recommendation, read Poison Study. Anyway despite loving this series I’ve never read her Healer series, despite owning them all – another one I desperately need to get to.

So that’s my Top Ten Tuesday for the week! What are some books by your favourite authors that you haven’t read yet? Or do you manage to keep on top of them all? And if you’ve read any of these please let me know what you thought – it might be the kick I need to finally pick them up!

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Autumn TBR

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Autumn TBR

Book Review (10)It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! This week we’re talking about books that are on your autumn TBR. I’m terrible at sticking to a specific TBR but there’s a fair few books I want to get to over the next few months, so let’s dive in!

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1. The Winter of the Witch – Katherine Arden
This appeared in the post the other day and is pretty much my most anticipated book of 2019. I love The Winternight Trilogy and I’m dying to know how it ends so this is definitely going to be on my TBR over the autumn. The Winter of the Witch is coming January 9th 2019.

2. Damsel – Elana K. Arnold36260155
I was lucky to recieve a copy of this at this year’s YALC and it sounds like such a magnificent read. The story follows a young woman who wakes up in the arms of a prince. She has no memory of what has happened previously, but she is told she has been rescued from a dragon, and she will sit on throne beside this handsome prince. She soon learns however, that not everything is as it seems… Damsel is coming out October 2nd and sounds so so good!

418324963. The Girl King – Mimi Yu
This intense fantasy story follows two sisters as they become rivals in a war to become Emperor – ‘All hail the girl King.’ It’s being compared to the likes of Alwyn Hamilton’s Rebel of the Sands and Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes. I’m super excited to read it. This was another ARC that I received at YALC and I have been itching to read it. The Girl King is publishing 10th January 2019 from Orion Books.

4. Sawkill Girls – Claire LeGrand38139409
Sawkill Girls sounds like such a good book and I’ve heard really amazing things about Furyborn too (I have a copy but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet.) “Beware of the woods and the dark, dank deep. He’ll follow you home, and he won’t let you sleep.” I’m dying to read this one too so will hopefully get to it soon because it is definitely eyeing me on the shelf! Sawkill Girls is publishing 2nd October 2018 from HarperCollins.

364309245. Beneath the Citadel – Destiny Soria
This was another YALC book that I haven’t had the chance to pick up yet. The cover is stunning and a dark fantasy is definitely what I want to read when it’s dark and cold outside. I’ve seen a few really positive reviews of this already and I’m already predicting that it’s going to be a five star read. Beneath the Citadel is publishing 9th October 2018 from Amulet Books.

6. The Corset – Laura Purcell 39098246
I read The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell last year and adored it. It was the perfect Halloween read and genuinely scared the life out of me. The Corset sounds like it’s going to be just as dark and eerie and although it doesn’t publish until 20th of September, my local Waterstones already had it on the shelves. I picked it up straight away and I’m not I’ll manage to wait till Halloween to read it.

36604545 (1)7. The Familiars – Stacey Halls
The autumn is always my favourite time of year to read witchy stories so I think it’s the perfect time to pick up The Familiars by Stacey Halls. This gorgeous book is a historical fiction about two women accused of witchcraft and looks like it’s going to be a stunning read. The Familiars is publishing 7th February 2019 from Bonnier Zaffre.

8. The Sisters of the Winter Wood – Rena Rossner37854049 (1)
This is another one that I think will be a perfect autumn read. When it arrived in the post I couldn’t stop staring at that stunning cover. It’s described as ‘filled with magic, folklore and the dangers of the woods’ so I think saving it for autumn is the right choice. The Sisters of the Winter Wood  is publishing 27th of September from Orbit Books.

380879129. Vicious – V. E. Schwab
This is on my TBR because Vengeful is coming out and I still haven’t read Vicious yet. I know so many people love this book and I’m desperate to read it and see if it lives up to the hype. I haven’t read any of Victoria’s other books apart from City of Ghosts so I’m really looking forward to trying this one out.
10. We Sold Our Souls – Grady Hendrix37715859 (1)
Grady Hendrix writes the perfect Halloween books (if you haven’t read My Best Friend’s Exorcism get on it!), and We Sold Our Souls is no exception. The story follows a lead singer who sells his soul for stardom. When the band he left behind finds this out they embark upon an epic journey to confront the man who ruined their lives. This sounds dark and intense and such an amazing read. We Sold Our Souls is publishing 18th September 2018 from Quirk Books.

So that’s the top ten books on my autumn TBR. I’m dying to read all of them but I’m so bad at sticking to TBRs so honestly if I manage to read half of them I’ll be pleased. What books are you dying to get to during the autumn?