Top Ten Tuesday – Books I’ll Be Reading This Year Because of Blogger Recommendations
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!
This week’s TTT topic is Books I Bought/Borrowed Because… (Fill in the blank. You can do 10 books you bought for the same reason, i.e., pretty cover, recommended by a friend, blurbed by a favorite authors, etc. OR you could do a different reason for each pick.)
I tweaked the topic a little bit because I want to share some books I’ll be reading this year, all because of your excellent reviews and recommendations. In many cases, these are books I probably never would have chosen on my own, but you guys have such great taste in books so I’m very excited to read all of these. A few of them are also books I had actually hoped to get to last year but ran out of time, so I’m making them a priority this year.
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Books I’ll Be Reading This Year Because of Blogger Recommendations
(in no particular order)
ALL SYSTEMS RED by Martha Wells
In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety. But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn’t a primary concern.
On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid — a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.” Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is. But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it’s up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.
In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.
Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.
But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.
A decadent rock star. A deeply religious radio host. A disgraced scientist. And a teenage girl who may be the world’s last hope.
Shana wakes up one morning to discover her little sister in the grip of a strange malady. She appears to be sleepwalking. She cannot talk and cannot be woken up. And she is heading with inexorable determination to a destination that only she knows. But Shana and her sister are not alone. Soon they are joined by a flock of sleepwalkers from across America, on the same mysterious journey. And like Shana, there are other “shepherds” who follow the flock to protect their friends and family on the long dark road ahead.
For on their journey, they will discover an America convulsed with terror and violence, where this apocalyptic epidemic proves less dangerous than the fear of it. As the rest of society collapses all around them–and an ultraviolent militia threatens to exterminate them–the fate of the sleepwalkers depends on unraveling the mystery behind the epidemic. The terrifying secret will either tear the nation apart–or bring the survivors together to remake a shattered world.
POLARIS RISING by Jessie Mihalik
A space princess on the run and a notorious outlaw soldier become unlikely allies in this imaginative, sexy space opera adventure—the first in an exciting science fiction trilogy. In the far distant future, the universe is officially ruled by the Royal Consortium, but the High Councillors, the heads of the three High Houses, wield the true power. As the fifth of six children, Ada von Hasenberg has no authority; her only value to her High House is as a pawn in a political marriage. When her father arranges for her to wed a noble from House Rockhurst, a man she neither wants nor loves, Ada seizes control of her own destiny. The spirited princess flees before the betrothal ceremony and disappears among the stars.
Ada eluded her father’s forces for two years, but now her luck has run out. To ensure she cannot escape again, the fiery princess is thrown into a prison cell with Marcus Loch. Known as the Devil of Fornax Zero, Loch is rumored to have killed his entire chain of command during the Fornax Rebellion, and the Consortium wants his head.
When the ship returning them to Earth is attacked by a battle cruiser from rival House Rockhurst, Ada realizes that if her jilted fiancé captures her, she’ll become a political prisoner and a liability to her House. Her only hope is to strike a deal with the dangerous fugitive: a fortune if he helps her escape. But when you make a deal with an irresistibly attractive Devil, you may lose more than you bargained for . . .
When Claudia accidentally eavesdrops on the epic breakup of Paige and Iris, the it-couple at her school, she finds herself in hot water with prickly, difficult Iris. Thrown together against their will in the class production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, along with the goofiest, cutest boy Claudia has ever known, Iris and Claudia are in for an eye-opening senior year.
THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY by Alix E. Harrow
In the early 1900s, a young woman embarks on a fantastical journey of self-discovery after finding a mysterious book in this captivating and lyrical debut.
In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored, and utterly out of place. Then she finds a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds, and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. Each page turn reveals impossible truths about the world and January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own.
Lush and richly imagined, a tale of impossible journeys, unforgettable love, and the enduring power of stories awaits in Alix E. Harrow’s spellbinding debut–step inside and discover its magic.
THE SIMPLE WILD by K.A. Tucker
Calla Fletcher wasn’t even two when her mother took her and fled the Alaskan wild, unable to handle the isolation of the extreme, rural lifestyle, leaving behind Calla’s father, Wren Fletcher, in the process. Calla never looked back, and at twenty-six, a busy life in Toronto is all she knows. But when Calla learns that Wren’s days may be numbered, she knows that it’s time to make the long trip back to the remote frontier town where she was born.
She braves the roaming wildlife, the odd daylight hours, the exorbitant prices, and even the occasional—dear God—outhouse, all for the chance to connect with her father: a man who, despite his many faults, she can’t help but care for. While she struggles to adjust to this rugged environment, Jonah—the unkempt, obnoxious, and proud Alaskan pilot who helps keep her father’s charter plane company operational—can’t imagine calling anywhere else home. And he’s clearly waiting with one hand on the throttle to fly this city girl back to where she belongs, convinced that she’s too pampered to handle the wild.
Jonah is probably right, but Calla is determined to prove him wrong. Soon, she finds herself forming an unexpected bond with the burly pilot. As his undercurrent of disapproval dwindles, it’s replaced by friendship—or perhaps something deeper? But Calla is not in Alaska to stay and Jonah will never leave. It would be foolish of her to kindle a romance, to take the same path her parents tried—and failed at—years ago. It’s a simple truth that turns out to be not so simple after all.
HOLLOW KINGDOM by Kira Jane Buxton
One pet crow fights to save humanity from an apocalypse in this uniquely hilarious debut from a genre-bending literary author.
S.T., a domesticated crow, is a bird of simple pleasures: hanging out with his owner Big Jim, trading insults with Seattle’s wild crows (those idiots), and enjoying the finest food humankind has to offer: Cheetos ®.
Then Big Jim’s eyeball falls out of his head, and S.T. starts to feel like something isn’t quite right. His most tried-and-true remedies–from beak-delivered beer to the slobbering affection of Big Jim’s loyal but dim-witted dog, Dennis–fail to cure Big Jim’s debilitating malady. S.T. is left with no choice but to abandon his old life and venture out into a wild and frightening new world with his trusty steed Dennis, where he discovers that the neighbors are devouring each other and the local wildlife is abuzz with rumors of dangerous new predators roaming Seattle. Humanity’s extinction has seemingly arrived, and the only one determined to save it is a foul-mouthed crow whose knowledge of the world around him comes from his TV-watching education.
Hollow Kingdom is a humorous, big-hearted, and boundlessly beautiful romp through the apocalypse and the world that comes after, where even a cowardly crow can become a hero.
THE CITY OF BRASS by S.A. Chakraborty
Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles.
But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass, a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.
In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences. After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for…
When a beloved family dog is stolen, her owner sets out on a life-changing journey through the ruins of our world to bring her back in this fiercely compelling tale of survival, courage, and hope.
My name’s Griz. My childhood wasn’t like yours. I’ve never had friends, and in my whole life I’ve not met enough people to play a game of football. My parents told me how crowded the world used to be, but we were never lonely on our remote island. We had each other, and our dogs. Then the thief came.
There may be no law left except what you make of it. But if you steal my dog, you can at least expect me to come after you. Because if we aren’t loyal to the things we love, what’s the point?
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I really enjoyed The Simple Wild and need to pick up the second book too.
I picked both books up last month when Amazon had them on sale and am very excited to read them.
Maybe you would also like Harlan Ellison’s book, A Boy and His Dog. I remember reading that book long, long ago. It’s about a post-apocalyptic world, too.
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Oh cool, thanks for the rec!
Circe was a fantastic read, I hope you love it!
Thanks, I hope so too!
I’ve heard great things about Wanderers.
My TTT .
Me too. I’m really excited for that one.
Great list! I loved The Ten Thousand Doors of January and Circe, and I really enjoyed The City of Brass, too. I’ve heard amazing things about the Murderbot series and A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World!
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Glad to hear you enjoyed so much on my list. 🙂
The only one of these I have read is The Simple Wild but it made a real impression on me. I read it during a period where an aspect of the book connected strongly with something going on in my personal life. So it made even more of an impact that it might have normally. Can’t wait to see what you think of it when you get to it.
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You and Sam are the ones who have me determined to read The Simple Wild this year. 🙂
Great list! I’ve read six of these and LOVED them all. You really should start with Hollow Kingdom😉
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Oh yeah, your reviews sold me on so many of these. I will keep that in mind about Hollow Kingdom. 🙂
The Simple Wild and Foolish Hearts are two of my favorites. I was late to the Emma Mills party, but am so glad I finally got there. Her books are perfection for me
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I’ve only read one Emma Mills book so far but I’m eager to try more, especially since you and Angela enjoy her books so much.
I get lots of book recommendations from IRL friends and book blogging friends. I’m terrible at keeping track of who suggested what, though! I need to be better about that so I can be sure and thank them, especially when I love a book they recommended. It’s always nice to know someone enjoyed the book you recommended to them, you know?
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I need to get better about that too. I remember where a couple of these came from but definitely not all of them.
I adored Foolish Hearts!
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I’m glad to hear that. 🙂
Blog reviews definitely have me interested in All Systems Red!
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Right? I’ve heard it’s short too so I really need to make time for it soon.
Great list, Suzanne! I’m gonna say a big YAS to The Simple Wild (as always 😂)! I also really enjoyed Circe. I’ve got quite a few of the others on my TBR and I think I’m going to cave and add All Systems Red to my TBR now too coz I’ve been seeing that book around a lot lately and I’m getting more curious about it! I also heard it’s not too long of a read so, bonus! I hope you enjoy all of these reads 🙂
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Thanks, I hope so too!
You’ve done such a great take on this week’s topic — it’s my fellow bloggers and their reviews who were an encouragement to try different genres.
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Same here. They really encourage me to branch out and try new things. 🙂
I can’t recommend Harrow and Chakraborty enough. Happy reading!
Check out my TTT and my review of Titan’s Day by Dan Stout
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Yay for Foolish Hearts and The Simple Wild. Both are amazing books. Enjoy!
Oh yay, I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed both of those. 🙂
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I loved The Simple Wild! I really enjoyed the second half of The City of Brass, but the first half was slow. I’m reading The Ten Thousand Doors of January now, and it’s been slow going so far. I’m hoping things pick up, but I’ve heard for some it’s just slow all the way through. I’m hoping that’s not the case for me! Hope you enjoy all of them when you get to them!
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I’ll be curious to see if I find those books slow too.
I loved The Simple Wild adn City of Brass
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I’m glad to hear it! 🙂
Circe is just so very brilliant and I hope you will love it. I also need to read All Systems Red and Polaris Rising are two I want to read because of blog reviews as well. I actually own City of Brass now and need to get to it soon ^.^ Happy reading x
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