Top Ten Tuesday is turning 10!!! Today I decided to redo a TTT prompt I did around this time last year which was Books I’ve Read but Don’t Own. I’ve restricted myself to only purchasing books that I’ve rated ⭐️4/5 stars or higher so these are 10 books that I rated lower than that, which I probably won’t be purchasing for my personal collection.
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
My Dark Vanessa by Elizabeth Kate Russell
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
Yes No Maybe So by Aisha Saeed & Becky Albertalli
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
One Day in December by Josie Silver
Paper Towns by John Green
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is Summer/Winter vibes and since we are coming into winter here in Australia I thought it would be nice to list some of the books I have read over the last year that give me wintry/cold/blustery/frigid vibes!!
A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos
Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes
The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
One Day in December by Josie Silver
The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware
I’ve had a pretty good reading month! I participated in the Tome Topple readathon that went for about two weeks of the month and I did manage to finish 4 tomes during that time. One book in particular I have been meaning to read for over two years now so I was stoked I managed to get to it and LOVE it as well! Though reading these long books did kind of stall my usual pace for the month. I realise 12 books is still a massive achievement, I just feel like I didn’t read as much as I wanted to.
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco – ⭐️3/5 stars
The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan – ⭐️4/5 stars
I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo – ⭐️3/5 stars
The Black Prism by Brent Weeks – ⭐️5/5 stars
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling – ⭐️5/5 stars
Middlegame by Seanan McGuire – ⭐️2/5 stars
Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett – ⭐️4/5 stars
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara – ⭐️5/5 stars
Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali – ⭐️5/5 stars
Beach Read by Emily Henry – ⭐️5/5 stars
A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos – ⭐️4/5 stars
Dear Ava by Ilsa Madden-Mills – ⭐️3/5 stars
Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life. Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine.
I liked Audrey. She was at times I think a little too full of herself, especially when she decided to sneak out onto the streets at night and try to catch the killer herself. Even though it was a way to rebel from her father and his quite stringent rules she did just want to save the women and prevent any more deaths. She is very self-motivated and I liked the way she didn’t conform to society’s expectations and did what she was interested in. She does evolve over the course of the story line and becomes more self-assured, actually standing up to her father and initiating the kiss with Thomas.
Thomas was quite an enigmatic character. He’s very aloof and comes across quite arrogant yet charismatic at the start of the book. I like that we gradually get to see him open up and express his feelings to Audrey in an almost offhand way, making jokes and shamelessly flirting. We learn more about his family and the reason why he is so adamant about learning all he can from Jonathan. I can appreciate the subtle nod to Sherlock Holmes with his character and I really enjoyed the banter between him and Audrey.
I didn’t really think the love triangle was necessary, other than introducing another character for Audrey to suspect. I guess Blackburn was necessary to drive the plot along but I didn’t really see a point to his character. After Audrey declared she no longer trusted him he didn’t really make any more impact on the story, I am hoping we get to see a bit more of him in the rest of the series though because I actually quite liked him.
The fact that the book didn’t shy away from becoming too gruesome definitely kept me engaged. It goes into pretty grim details about what happened to each of the murdered women and the autopsies they performed. It gave the book a sense of realism in a way and added much needed depth to the plot. The mystery aspect was a little bit predictable but I was entertained and eager to read on and figure out who was Jack in the end.
⭐️3/5 stars Gruesome, dark yet still quite charming!