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

When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain Review

I really enjoyed this!

The cleric Chih finds themself and their companions at the mercy of a band of fierce tigers who ache with hunger. To stay alive until the mammoths can save them, Chih must unwind the intricate, layered story of the tiger and her scholar lover—a woman of courage, intelligence, and beauty—and discover how truth can survive becoming history.

We learn so much more about Chih in this book without having to go into minute details about them particularly. It’s more so the way they react to situations or how much they rely on Almost Brilliant’s companionship. The stoicism when they had to tell the story to the tiger’s even though they were frightened really conveyed their character to me.

Si-Yu was a quirky character. I liked that we got to learn more about the different kinds of people in this world and how they differ from the previous book. I would of liked to have learnt more about the Mammoth corp and the history of their family but alas this was a novella and there is only so much information we are going to be given about each character.

What really captivated me was the tigers, I was very much interested and intrigued by them from the start. The fact that they can shapeshift into humans, yet they are still considered tigers. The way Chih had to negotiate with them in order to not be eaten and the way they interjected throughout the course of the tale because Chih had it wrong. How Chih had to reiterate that this was only the way they had been told the tale and to ask the tigers to correct it.

The one qualm I have is that the writing style is a little hard to get into. It’s kind of structured in a way that you really have to pay attention at all times and take in what is being said. It’s quite a lyrical and descriptive style and isn’t something I am able to just pick up straight away I have to kind of ease myself into it. And being that this is so short the books halfway done by the time I’m situated.

⭐️3/5 stars I was invested, definitely unlike anything I’ve read before!

Super Long Book Titles

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is super long book titles so I thought I would go through all the books I’ve read in the last year and pick out 10 books that have over 5 words in the title!

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown

A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer

The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young

Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers