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
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
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!
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