My Ten Most Recent Reads

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is my ten most recent books I have read and my thoughts on each book!

The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence – Underwhelming unfortunately

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong –  Just ok, will definitely be continuing on

Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas – This was strange

When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain by Nghi Vo I was invested, definitely unlike anything I’ve read before

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig – Poignant, relevant & impactful

Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire I really enjoyed this

Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire – the series is slowly getting better as I read through

Well Played by Jen DeLuca was an enjoyable, romantic, fun read

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin – lived up to the hype

In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire – Just an ok one for me

Animals from Books

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is animals from books. I have decided to just go back through all the books I’ve read from the last year and list the first 10 books that have an animal that is featured/mentioned in the plot that I can remember!

The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence

When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain by Nghi Vo

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire

Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima

Lightbringer by Claire Legrand

The Deep by Rivers Solomon

Hollowpox by Jessica Townsend

Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Burn by Patrick Ness

Foreboding Book Titles

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is funny book titles. I couldn’t really come up with ten funny book titles so I decided to go in the opposite direction and pick out my top ten most foreboding book titles instead.

My Top Ten most foreboding book titles are:

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Burn our Bodies Down by Rory Powers

The Deck of Omens by Christine Lynn Herman

Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

No Exit by Taylor Adams

The Damned by Renee Ahdieh

He Started It by Samantha Downing

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

5 Fav Fantasy Stand Alones

For the last couple of years I’ve been listing 5 of my favourite stand-alone books that I read in the year previous. So I figured why not continue on with that tradition!

Another 5 of my Favourite Fantasy Stand Alones are:

The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

The Midnight Library Review

*SPOILERS BELOW*

Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices . . . Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?”

I absolutely loved this book! The concept was intriguing, compelling and highly original. The way the story was structured held my attention and the length was honestly perfect!

Nora’s character and her journey throughout the course of the plotline and her lives was highly interesting. I was pretty much invested right from the start when we learn she decided to kill herself. Her self discovery, jumping between her lives and coming back and forth from the library made for a really honestly entertaining read.

I have always been a fan of the butterfly effect and to see that kind of theory put in narrative form was unlike anything I’ve ever read. Seeing how one simple decision could have such a major effect on the way her life could of been. I liked the fact that we meet other people who are in the same situation that Nora is in, making their way through their various lives. It added some depth to the story and was another element that kept me wanting to read more.

The only thing that I wasn’t a big fan of what all of the philosophical talk and how they kind of broke down what was happening into more scientific elements. I would of appreciated if we kind of had to just accept what was happening without any kind of explanation. I think it would of make the experience that little bit more touching. Not really knowing if The Midnight Library was a real place and actually happened to Nora or if she just imagined everything after she overdosed.

I think just the second chance at life trope was something that touched me and I really found myself sympathising with Nora and happy that she managed to figure out what she really wanted in the end!

⭐️4/5 stars Poignant, relevant & impactful!!!