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 books I bought/borrowed because of the hype. I thought this week I would showcase all of the library books I have borrowed over the last year because they are so hyped. I have definitely been making a conscious decision to try and borrow the books instead of purchasing them in case I don’t actually end up liking them and wasting my money.
So these are 10 books I have borrowed from my local library because of the hype:
Save the Date by Morgan Matson – this wasn’t exactly the book it was more so because of the author.
If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio – not as well known as some other books but enough for me to pick this up!
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – the most hyped book of 2019
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan – After the movie came out it seemed like everyone read the books so of course I had to as well
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang – I seen a lot of people reading this book at one point so I had to borrow and read it as well.
Red Sister by Mark Lawrence – I needed a new fantasy series to get stuck into and this one was very hyped on book tube
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng – Another book that at one point it seemed like absolutely everyone read and loved
The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary – this book was promoted everywhere at one stage and I heard a few good reviews so I thought why not
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern – when she announced The Starless Sea everyone seemed to lose their minds, I knew this style wouldn’t gel with me but I succumbed and had to give it a read
The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow – same as previously, portal fantasy isn’t really a sub-genre I enjoy but the hype got to me
This was actually quite a diverse reading month for me in terms of genre. We have a few hard hitting contemporaries, epic fantasy, portal fantasy, romance and mystery/thrillers. I didn’t have the highest amount of books read but the quality and substance of all the books I completed was pretty good!
Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb – ⭐️3/5 stars
Sadie by Courtney Summers – ⭐️4/5 stars
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern – ⭐️3/5 stars
The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow – ⭐️3/5 stars
Lock Every Door by Riley Sager – ⭐️4/5 stars
Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Mei – ⭐️4/5 stars
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – ⭐️4/5 stars
Broken Knight by L.J. Shen – ⭐️3/5 stars
Red Rising by Pierce Brown – ⭐️5/5 stars
Frankly in Love by David Yoon – ⭐️4/5 stars
The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen – ⭐️2/5 stars
I didn’t think portal fantasy would work for me but this was ok!
The Ten Thousand Doors of January is about a young girl called January who stumbles across a doorway to another world, setting off a chain of events that will change her life forever!
At first the story was a quite dry and hard to get into. It was a little on the slower side and it wasn’t gripping my attention as much as I wanted it to. It was a kind of info dumpy at the start and it was hard to focus on what was going on. Though, as the story continues and the dual timelines start to come into play, I became really invested in the story.
I didn’t really like January’s character at the start of the book. She was very placid and didn’t stand up for herself enough for me. In hindsight it does make sense why she would just do nothing but it was sooo frustrating in those moments when I felt like she just didn’t even try.
I was really invested in Adelaide and Eul’s story! I kind of wanted the focus to be more on them and less on January to be perfectly honestly. I would have loved to follow Adelaide more closely as she traveled the world trying to find the right door. She was tenacious and driven and would do absolutely anything to get to her goal, which contrasts quite starkly with January.
The inclusion of the ‘vampires’ was a little strange to me. It didn’t go into enough detail as to what the creatures actually were and they felt like a last minute addition to create an antagonist for January to be running from. Even though the overall story was fantastical that element seemed a little too supernatural and was quite jarring for me.
Overall I did get swept away into the story! The characters were all very distinct and interesting. The few plot twists that were thrown in did take me by surprise and in the end it was entertaining!
⭐️3/5 stars Good, could of been great!
I figured it was time for another WWW Wednesday update…
Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen
The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
Hopefully Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan