This weeks Top 10 Tuesday prompt is my most anticipated releases for the second half of 2019!
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo (Expected Publication Oct 1st ) – I have loved every book I have read from Leigh Bardugo so I am highly anticipating this read! The premise sounds very engaging and I am interested to see how she can take on different genre than the usual fantasy that I’ve read from her.
Dark Dawn by Jay Kristoff (Expected Publication Sept 3rd ) – I have been loving the Nevernight Chronicles so far! I binged both books last year and I have been itching to find out what will happen next, especially after that massive twist at the end of Godsgrave.
The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware (Expected Publication Sept 5th ) – I read The Death of Mrs Westaway earlier this year and absolutely LOVED it! I have since not read another Ruth Ware. I know she has a few back list books for me to one day peruse through but I wanted to try another of her new releases before I start any of her other books!
Supernova by Marissa Meyer (Expected Publication Nov 5th ) – I am so invested in this series! I love the whole premise, I think the characters are all very distinctive and entertaining and there is just so much action and schemes. The storyline has gotten more intricate over the course of the book with so much more at stake and I feel like this ending is going to go out with a bang!
Vow of Thieves by Mary E Pearson (Expected Publication August 6th ) – I fell in love with Dance of Thieves when I read it back in January! The storyline was fantastic, especially with all of the history of the town and the family and all of the secrets that really kept me intrigued and eager to read on. I really made a connection with these characters and I was highly invested in their missions. Definitely a step up from the Remnant Chronicles in my opinion and I very excited to continue on with the sequel!
Back in January I posted about 5 books I really wanted to get to in 2019 and now that we are halfway through the year I thought I would post an update! I have actually read 4 out of 5 of the books and I had a few mixed thoughts/feeling about them. They are all relatively hyped book and I genuinely thought I would love them all but that wasn’t the case…
Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
I was very much invested in the characters and the plot in this book. The battles and the simulation were exciting and precarious. There were definitely rumblings of political schemes in play so I can see it really evolving and expanding a whole lot more in the books to come! Some of the flight jargon and manoeuvrings slowed me down and bored me a little but the overall plot and storyline was very captivating to read!
My Rating: ⭐️4.5/5 stars
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
The premise of the book is really unique and I like the eastern cultural influence that is written into the story. The different clans and the different castes really added a layer of complexity to the plot that I enjoyed immensely. I was very much engaged throughout the course of this book as the stakes were always extremely high.
My Rating: ⭐️4.5/5 stars
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
The overall premise I found highly original and engaging and the magic system was unlike anything I’ve ever read before. Definitely enjoyed the majority of my reading experience however, I’m a little bummed I wasn’t as in love with the story as much everyone else seems to be.
My Rating: ⭐️3/5 stars
Circe by Madeline Miller
I enjoyed the sort of historical aspect with all of the gods, titans, demigods and monsters and how they came to be in this book, but it was fleeting and the story dragged a little.I found I didn’t really form a connection to any of the characters and by the end of it I honestly really didn’t care. There wasn’t any sort of build-up of anticipation and the ending was a little too open ended for me.
My Rating: ⭐️2/5 stars
This week’s Top 10 Tuesday prompt is books from your favourite genre. My favourite genre is without a doubt Fantasy; high fantasy, urban fantasy, epic fantasy and every other sub-genre of fantasy that there is out there! I had a really hard time narrowing this list down to just 10 books so I decided to restrict my list to just fantasy books I’ve read in 2019! I have talked about a lot of these books multiple times on my blog now so I’m not going to go into any details about why, just know that I love each and every one of these books and would 100% recommend them all!
Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson
Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson
Seven Realms Series by Cinda Williams Chima
Nevermoor & Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend
Witchlands Series by Susan Dennard
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
This weeks Top 10 Tuesday is my favourite books released in the last 10 years (one book for each year). This was a lot of fun to come up with, there were some years where I had 3-4 books that were all released together and it was really difficult to just choose one, but I think this list represents my reading tastes well!
2019 – The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson (Published Jan 22nd 2019)
2018 – The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware (Published May 29th 2018)
2017 – Red Sister by Mark Lawrence (Published April 4th 2017)
2016 – A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas (Published May 3rd 2016)
2015 – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Published September 29th 2015)
2014 – Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson (Published March 4th 2014)
2013 – Inferno by Dan Brown (Published May 13th 2013)
2012 – Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas (Published August 2nd 2012)
2011 – A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (Published May 5th 2011)
2010 – The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson (Aug 31st 2010)
2009 – The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima (Published October 6th 2009)
So the Top 10 Tuesday prompt for this week is Books I Refuse to Let Anyone Touch. I thought about it for a while and I realized I just wouldn’t say no to someone who asked to borrow a book of mine. Just because I love to promote reading and encourage my family/friends to read more, however there are quite a few books on my shelves that I know I would never get rid of, so I figured I would list my top 5 books I would never unhaul and why!
The Princess Diaries Mia Goes Fourth by Meg Cabot – I was super obsessed with this series when I was about 10/11 and I remember I owned every single one of the books in this series but over the years they’ve somehow dwindled to this remaining one.
Harry Potter Paperback series by J.K. Rowling – I have read and reread this series since they were released and these paperback editions are so small and easy to handle that I know I will keep them until they fall apart!
Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer – I will admit I was absolute trash for the Twilight series! I remember I read the series before all of the hype with the movies and Breaking Dawn was my favourite of all the books so I just read and reread this one book so many times. I have had every opportunity to replace this edition and get a new one but I could never go through with it!
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis – I’ve owned this bind up of all the books from the Chronicles of Narnia for maybe 10-15 years now! When I was younger whenever I got a new book then I would just read it constantly; I can’t tell you how many times I have read this cover to cover. This just has so much nostalgia attached that I know I could never part with it.
Rowan of Rin the Journey by Emily Rodda – Another bind up of a series from my childhood that I will never get rid of! I remember my sister had to read this book for school when she was in year 4 or 5 and I stole it and read it instead. I loved the adventurous nature of the books and the coming of age arc that Rowan undertakes!