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Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Fabulous Books That Deserve More Love

 

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 LOVED with Fewer than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads.  I really like doing posts like this because there are so many great books out there that deserve more attention than what they’ve gotten so far.  I tried to narrow my focus this time around on books that were published at least a couple of months ago and still have less than 2,000 reviews on Goodreads.  I figure anything newer than that still has a pretty good shot of crossing that 2,000 review threshold soon and doesn’t necessarily need a nudge from me yet.  All of the books on my list were also either 4 or 5 star reads for me

 

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10 Fabulous Books That Deserve More Love

 

SUMMER BIRD BLUE by Akemi Dawn Bowman  (Publication Date:  September 11, 2018, 704 GR ratings)

LETTING GO OF GRAVITY by Meg Leder  (Publication Date:  July 17, 2018, 347 GR ratings)

THE SPY WITH THE RED BALLOON by Katherine Locke  (Publication Date:  October 2, 2018, 281 GR ratings)

SPEAK EASY, SPEAK LOVE by McKelle George  (Publication Date:  September 19, 2017, 775 GR ratings)

THE ACCIDENTAL BEAUTY QUEEN by Teri Wilson  (Publication Date:  December 4, 2018, 991 GR ratings)

DAUGHTERS OF THE STORM by Kim Wilkins  (Publication Date:  March 6, 2018, 998 GR ratings)

LITTLE BIG LOVE by Katy Regan  (Publication Date:  June 5, 2018, 1,091 GR ratings)

WE ARE STILL TORNADOES by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen  (Publication Date:  November 1, 2016, 1,139 GR ratings)

I STOP SOMEWHERE by T.E. Carter  (Publication Date:  February 27, 2018, 1,571 GR ratings)

THE BEAUTY THAT REMAINS by Ashley Woodfolk  (Publication Date:  March 6, 2018, 1,587 GR ratings)

 

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What are some of your favorite reads that deserve more love?  Have you read and enjoyed any of my picks?

Top Ten Tuesday, the Valentine’s Edition: My Top 10 Favorite Couples in Books

 

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 Favorite Couples in Books.  This is of course a perfect topic since Valentine’s Day is this week.  I’m not much on the actual holiday myself, but I do like the opportunity to spotlight some of my favorite couples.  Their chemistry was just so off the charts that they won me over in spite of my usual aversion to reading anything romantic.  Some of them are just really sweet together, while others I find fabulous because of their sassy and witty banter, and a couple of the others are just flat out hot together.  One couple, Darcy and Elizabeth, from Pride and Prejudice, is the first couple I ever actively rooted for when I read the book in high school, but the rest are all more recent favorites.

 

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My Top 10 Favorite Couples in Books

 

DARCY and ELIZABETH (Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen)

VASYA and MOROZKO, THE FROST DEMON (Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden)

YGRITTE and JON SNOW (A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin)

LAZLO and SARAI (Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor)

MONTY and PERCY (The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee)

LILA and KELL (Shades of Magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab)

SIMON and BLUE (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli)

THOMAS and AUDREY ROSE (Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco)

STELLA and MICHAEL (The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang)

FEYRE and RHYSAND (A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas)

 

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What are some of your favorite couples from books?  Do we share any?

Top Ten Tuesday – Top 10 Upcoming Releases I’m on the Fence About Reading

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 Upcoming Releases I’m On the Fence About (these are the books you need help deciding if they’re worth adding to your TBR or not).  I’ve already added a ton of 2019 releases to my TBR, but here are a few more that I think I want to read but have been waiting to see some early reviews before I commit to adding them to my TBR.

 

Top 10 Upcoming Releases I’m on the Fence About Reading

 

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 1. AN AFFAIR OF POISONS by Addie Thorley

Goodreads Synopsis:  After unwittingly helping her mother poison King Louis XIV, seventeen-year-old alchemist Mirabelle Monvoisin is forced to see her mother’s Shadow Society in a horrifying new light: they’re not heroes of the people, as they’ve always claimed to be, but murderers. Herself included. Mira tries to ease her guilt by brewing helpful curatives, but her hunger tonics and headache remedies cannot right past wrongs or save the dissenters her mother vows to purge.

Royal bastard Josse de Bourbon is more kitchen boy than fils de France. But when the Shadow Society assassinates the Sun King and half the royal court, he must become the prince he was never meant to be in order to save his injured sisters and the petulant Dauphin. Forced to hide in the derelict sewers beneath the city, any hope of reclaiming Paris seems impossible—until Josse’s path collides with Mirabelle’s, and he finds a surprising ally in his sworn enemy.

She’s a deadly poisoner. He’s a bastard prince. Together, they form a tenuous pact to unite the commoners and former nobility against the Shadow Society. But can a rebellion built on mistrust ever hope to succeed?

 

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2. THE GREAT UNKNOWABLE END by Kathryn Ormsbee

Goodreads Synopsis:  Slater, Kansas is a small town where not much seems to happen.

Stella dreams of being a space engineer. After Stella’s mom dies by suicide and her brother runs off to Red Sun, the local hippie commune, Stella is forced to bring her dreams down to Earth to care for her sister Jill.

Galliard has only ever known life inside Red Sun. There, people accept his tics, his Tourette’s. But when he’s denied Red Sun’s resident artist role he believed he was destined for, he starts to imagine a life beyond the gates of the compound…

The day Stella and Galliard meet, there is something in the air in their small town. Literally. So begins weeks of pink lightning, blood red rain, unexplained storms… And a countdown clock appears mysteriously above the town hall. With time ticking down to some great, unknowable end they’ll each have to make a choice.

If this is really the end of the world, who do they want to be when they face it?

 

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3. THE HAUNTED by Danielle Vega

Goodreads Synopsis:  From Danielle Vega, YA’s answer to Stephen King, comes a new paranormal novel about dark family secrets, deep-seated vengeance, and the horrifying truth that evil often lurks in the unlikeliest of places.

Hendricks Becker-O’Malley is new in town, and she’s bringing baggage with her. With a dark and wild past, Hendricks doesn’t think the small town her parents moved her to has much to offer her in terms of excitement. She plans on laying low, but when she’s suddenly welcomed into the popular crowd at school, things don’t go as expected.

Hendricks learns from her new friends that the fixer-upper her parents are so excited about is notorious in town. Local legend says it’s haunted. Hendricks doesn’t believe it. Until she’s forced to. Blood-curdling screams erupt from the basement, her little brother wakes up covered in scratches, and something, or someone pushes her dad down the stairs. With help from the mysterious boy next door, Hendricks makes it her mission to take down the ghosts . . . if they don’t take her first.

 

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4. THE WAKING FOREST by Alyssa Wees

Goodreads Synopsis:  The waking forest has secrets. To Rhea, it appears like a mirage, dark and dense, at the very edge of her backyard. But when she reaches out to touch it, the forest vanishes. She’s desperate to know more—until she finds a peculiar boy who offers to reveal its secrets. If she plays a game.

To the Witch, the forest is her home, where she sits on her throne of carved bone, waiting for dreaming children to beg her to grant their wishes. One night, a mysterious visitor arrives and asks her what she wishes for, but the Witch sends him away. And then the uninvited guest returns.

The strangers are just the beginning. Something is stirring in the forest, and when Rhea’s and the Witch’s paths collide, a truth more treacherous and deadly than either could ever imagine surfaces. But how much are they willing to risk to survive?

 

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5. A PLACE FOR WOLVES by Kosoko Jackson

Goodreads Synopsis:  Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe meets Code Name Verity in this heartbreaking and poignant historical thriller.

James Mills isn’t sure he can forgive his parents for dragging him away from his life, not to mention his best friend and sister, Anna. He’s never felt so alone.

Enter Tomas. Falling for Tomas is unexpected, but sometimes the best things in life are.

Then their world splits apart. A war that has been brewing finally bursts forward, filled with violence, pain, and cruelty. James and Tomas can only rely on each other as they decide how far they are willing to go―and who they are willing to become―in order to make it back to their families.

 

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6. CORPSE & CROWN by Alisa Kwitney

Goodsreads Synopsis:  Oliver Twist gets a fresh take in this reimagining of the Dickensian classic taking the familiar characters and turning them on their heads in a historical thriller packed with weird science, political suspense, and steamy romance, perfect for fans of Kerri Maniscalco’s Stalking Jack the Ripper and Marissa Meyer’s Cinder.

From Alisa Kwitney comes a connected novel set in the same alternative Victorian England of Cadaver & Queen. Corpse & Crownfollows the story of Agatha DeLacey, an Ingold nursing student who travels to London and uncovers a devastating secret about the country’s Bio-Mechanicals. Inspired by the classic story of Oliver Twist and complete with a dashing Artful Dodger-inspired male lead, this retelling is a satisfying follow-up to Kwitney’s clever and critically acclaimed young adult debut.

 

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7. YOU MUST NOT MISS by Katrina Leno

Goodreads Synopsis:  Magpie Lewis started writing in her yellow notebook the day her family self-destructed. That was the night Eryn, Magpie’s sister, skipped town and left her to fend for herself. That was the night of Brandon Phipp’s party.

Now, Magpie is called a slut whenever she walks down the hallways of her high school, her former best friend won’t speak to her, and she spends her lunch period with a group of misfits who’ve all been socially exiled like she has. And so, feeling trapped and forgotten, Magpie retreats to her notebook, dreaming up a place called Near.

Near is perfect–somewhere where her father never cheated, her mother never drank, and Magpie’s own life never derailed so suddenly. She imagines Near so completely, so fully, that she writes it into existence, right in her own backyard. It’s a place where she can have anything she wants…even revenge.

 

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8. LAST OF HER NAME by Jessica Khoury

Goodreads Synopsis:  Sixteen years ago, rebellion swept the galaxy known as the Belt of Jewels. Every member of the royal family was murdered–down to their youngest child, Princess Anya–and the Union government rose in its place. But Stacia doesn’t think much about politics. She spends her days half-wild, rambling her father’s vineyard with her closest friends, Clio and Pol.

That all changes the day a Union ship appears in town, carrying the leader of the Belt himself, the Direktor Eminent. The Direktor claims that Princess Anya is alive, and that Stacia’s sleepy village is a den of empire loyalists, intent on hiding her. When Stacia is identified as the lost princess, her provincial home explodes into a nightmare.

Pol smuggles her away to a hidden escape ship in the chaos, leaving Clio in the hands of the Union. With everything she knows threading away into stars, Stacia sets her heart on a single mission. She will find and rescue Clio, even with the whole galaxy on her trail.

 

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9. WE RULE THE NIGHT by Claire Eliza Barlett

Goodreads Synopsis:  Two girls use forbidden magic to fly and fight–for their country and for themselves–in this riveting debut that’s part Shadow and Bone, part Code Name Verity.

Seventeen-year-old Revna is a factory worker, manufacturing war machines for the Union of the North. When she’s caught using illegal magic, she fears being branded a traitor and imprisoned. Meanwhile, on the front lines, Linné defied her father, a Union general, and disguised herself as a boy to join the army. They’re both offered a reprieve from punishment if they use their magic in a special women’s military flight unit and undertake terrifying, deadly missions under cover of darkness. Revna and Linné can hardly stand to be in the same cockpit, but if they can’t fly together, and if they can’t find a way to fly well, the enemy’s superior firepower will destroy them–if they don’t destroy each other first.

We Rule the Night is a powerful story about sacrifice, complicated friendships, and survival despite impossible odds.

 

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10. STEPSISTER by Jennifer Donnelly

Goodreads Synopsis:  A startling, fiercely feminist re-imagining of Cinderella from the bestselling, award-winning author Jennifer Donnelly.

Isabelle should be blissfully happy – she’s about to win the handsome prince. Except Isabelle isn’t the beautiful girl who lost the glass slipper and captured the prince’s heart. She’s the ugly stepsister who’s cut off her toes to fit into Cinderella’s shoe … which is now filling with blood.

When the prince discovers Isabelle’s deception, she is turned away in shame. It’s no more than she deserves: she is a plain girl in a world that values beauty; a feisty girl in a world that wants her to be pliant.

Isabelle has tried to fit in. To live up to her mother’s expectations. To be like her stepsister. To be sweet. To be pretty. One by one, she has cut away pieces of herself in order to survive a world that doesn’t appreciate a girl like her. And that has made her mean, jealous, and hollow.

Until she gets a chance to alter her destiny and prove what ugly stepsisters have always known: it takes more than heartache to break a girl.

Evoking the darker, older versions of the Cinderella story, bestselling author Jennifer Donnelly shows us that ugly is in the eye of the beholder, and uses her trademark wit and wisdom to send an overlooked character on a journey toward empowerment, redemption, and a new definition of beauty.

 

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Question:  What books are you on the fence about reading this year?  Have you read or heard anything about any of these books?

Top Ten Tuesday – The Ten Most Recent Additions to My To-Read List

 

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 The Ten Most Recent Additions to My To-Read List.  I keep saying that my goal is to read more of the books I already own, but it’s hard to stick to that when my fellow bloggers are always reviewing books that sound so good.  In looking at this list of ten newest additions to my TBR, about half of them were added specifically because of fabulous blog reviews I’ve recently read.  Really, it’s win-win though because the way I see it, as I continue to move through my backlist, it just means I’ll have plenty of quality reads still ahead of me. 🙂

 

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10 Most Recent Additions to My To-Read List

 

FINDING DOROTHY by Elizabeth Letts

DEAR MRS. BIRD by A.J. Pearce

QUEENIE by Candice Carty-Williams

STORM AND FURY by Jennifer L. Armentrout

THE THINGS WE CANNOT SAY by Kelly Rimmer

NO EXIT by Taylor Adams

POLARIS RISING by Jessie Mihalik

SHERWOOD by Meagan Spooner

ASHES IN THE SNOW by Ruta Sepetys

THE STARLESS SEA by Erin Morganstern

 

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What are some recent books you’ve added to your TBR? Do we share any?

Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Books I Meant to Read In 2018 but Didn’t Get To

 

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 10 Books I Meant to Read In 2018 but Didn’t Get To.  So many books, so little reading time, right?  This could easily be a Top 100 Tuesday list if I listed all of the books I had planned to read last year but didn’t get to. To narrow my list down to ten books, I scrolled back through my most anticipated books posts from last year as well as my Can’t Wait Wednesday posts.  Below are ten from all of those posts that, even though I was dying to get my hands on them and read, I ended up not getting to them at all.  I’ve gotten off to a great start with my reading this year though so I’m hoping that trend will continue and that I will get all ten of these read in 2019.

 

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10 Books I Meant to Read In 2018 but Didn’t Get To

 

CIRCE by Madeline Miller

GODSGRAVE by Jay Kristoff

JOSH AND HAZEL’S GUIDE TO NOT DATING by Christina Lauren

WHAT IF IT’S US by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid

PRIDE by Ibi Zoboi

OBSIDIO by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

SPINNING SILVER by Naomi Novik

ESCAPING FROM HOUDINI by Kerri Maniscalco

SEAFIRE by Natalie C. Parker

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What are some books you intended to read in 2018 but didn’t get to? Do we share any?

Top Ten Tuesday – Top 10 New-to-Me Authors in 2018

 

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 Top 10 New-to-Me Authors in 2018. I read a lot of great new authors last year, especially because I was taking part in a challenge to read more debut authors.  In addition to debut authors, who are of course new to everyone, however, I also tried to make a point to read a lot of authors who have been around for a while but I just hadn’t gotten to yet.  I read way more than ten of those as well, but below is a list of my favorites and what books of theirs I read.  If you’re fans of these authors, I’d love recs on which of their books I should try next!

 

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Top 10 New-to-Me Authors in 2018

(in no particular order)

 

  

1. RUTH WARE

 

 

2. CHRISTINA LAUREN

 

 


3. KRISTAN HIGGINS

 

 

 

4. DIANE CHAMBERLAIN

 

 

5. COURTNEY SUMMERS

 

 

6. FREDRIK BACKMAN

 

 

7. JENN BENNETT

 

 

8. HOLLY BLACK

 

 

9. GAYLE FORMAN

 

 

 

10. BRIGID KEMMERER

 

 

BONUS:  LISA JEWELL

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Who were some authors that were new to you in 2018?  Do we share any?

Top Ten Tuesday – Most Anticipated Book Releases for the First Half of 2019

 

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 Most Anticipated Book Releases for the First Half of 2019.  This was a hard topic, but only in the sense that it’s impossible to narrow down to just ten books that I’m super excited to read between now and June.  I was able to narrow down to 13 and that’s the best I could do.  I have a couple of sequels, The Wicked King and Children of Virtue and Vengeance, that I’m very excited about, as well as new books from several of my authors like Leigh Bardugo and Brigid Kemmerer.  I also included a couple of debuts that I think are going to be amazing, We Hunt the Flame and Descendant of the Crane.  As you can also see, my reading tastes are eclectic as always, with my most anticipated reads being a mix of fantasy, historical fiction, thrillers, and even a romance.

Happy Reading everyone!  I can’t wait to read all of your most anticipated lists!

 

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Most Anticipated Book Releases for the First Half of 2019

(in no particular order)

 

THE KING OF SCARS by Leigh Bardugo

THE LOST GIRLS OF PARIS by Pam Jenoff

THE HUNTRESS by Kate Quinn

THE BRIDE TEST by Helen Hoang

ON THE COME UP by Angie Thomas

THE WICKED KING by Holly Black

WE HUNT THE FLAME by Hafsah Faizal

DAISY JONES & THE SIX by Taylor Jenkins Reid

A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY by Brigid Kemmerer

THE MOTHER-IN-LAW by Sally Hepworth

CHILDREN OF VIRTUE AND VENGEANCE by Tomi Adeyemi

SPECTACLE by Jodie Lynn Zdrok

DESCENDANT OF THE CRANE by Joan He

 

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What were some of your most anticipated releases for the first half of 2019?  Do we share any?

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I Read in 2018

 

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 Best Books I Read in 2018.  This was a tough list to put together, as you’ll see by the fact that I’ve given you my Top 13 because I couldn’t narrow to just 10 favorites.  The way I picked my favorites was to start on Goodreads and see how many books I had given 5 star (or 4.5 rounded up to 5) reviews to.  I had quite a few more than 10, so then I narrowed from there by selecting the books that resonated the most with me.  Those were the ones I’m still thinking about even if it has been months since I read them and they’re also the ones that I tend to recommend most to fellow readers.  Also, not all of these were published in 2018.  At least two of these were backlist reads that I loved.

Anyway, here’s my list.  Happy New Year, everyone!  Here’s to a great reading year for us all in 2019!

 

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Best Books I Read in 2018

(in no particular order)

 

THE WINTER OF THE WITCH by Katherine Arden

MUSE OF NIGHTMARES by Laini Taylor

THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah

THE CRUEL PRINCE by Holly Black

LETTERS TO THE LOST by Brigid Kemmerer

THE DREAM DAUGHTER by Diane Chamberlain

CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE by Tomi Adeyemi

SADIE by Courtney Summers

VICIOUS by V.E. Schwab

INTO THE BLACK NOWHERE by Meg Gardiner

ONCE UPON A RIVER by Diane Setterfield

GIRL MADE OF STARS by Ashley Herring Blake

THE LAST TIME I LIED by Riley Sager

 

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What were some of your favorite reads of 2018?  Do we share any favorites?

Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Hope to Find Under My Tree on Christmas Morning

 

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 Hope to Find Under My Tree on Christmas Morning.  I see several potential book-shaped packages under the tree with my name on them right now, so with any luck, some of these books will be in my hands on Christmas morning.

Wishing a very Merry Christmas to everyone who celebrates the holiday!

 

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Books I Hope to Find Under My Tree Christmas Morning

 

 

FIRE & BLOOD  by George R.R. Martin

 

(It’s not the long awaited Winds of Winter, but count me among those who would love to read a history of the Targaryens.)

 

Goodreads Synopsis:    With all the fire and fury fans have come to expect from internationally bestselling author George R. R. Martin, this is the first volume of the definitive two-part history of the Targaryens in Westeros.

Centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones, House Targaryen—the only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria—took up residence on Dragonstone. Fire and Blood begins their tale with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold that iconic seat, all the way up to the civil war that nearly tore their dynasty apart.

What really happened during the Dance of the Dragons? Why did it become so deadly to visit Valyria after the Doom? What is the origin of Daenerys’s three dragon eggs? These are but a few of the questions answered in this essential chronicle, as related by a learned maester of the Citadel and featuring more than eighty all-new black-and-white illustrations by artist Doug Wheatley. Readers have glimpsed small parts of this narrative in such volumes as The World of Ice & Fire, but now, for the first time, the full tapestry of Targaryen history is revealed.

With all the scope and grandeur of Gibbon’s The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Fire and Blood is the ultimate game of thrones, giving readers a whole new appreciation for the dynamic, often bloody, and always fascinating history of Westeros.

 

 

KING OF SCARS  by Leigh Bardugo

 

(I know this isn’t out yet, but a preorder would make for the perfect Christmas gift for me.)

 

Goodreads Synopsis: Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.

 

 

THE WICKED KING  by Holly Black

 

(I know this isn’t out yet either, but I’d love to receive a preorder of this book for Christmas.)

 

Goodreads Synopsis:  You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

 

 

HAMILTON  by Ron Chernow

 

(After seeing and becoming obsessed with the musical, I now really want to read the biography that inspired it.)

 

Goodreads Synopsis:   Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow presents a landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father who galvanized, inspired, scandalized, and shaped the newborn nation.

In the first full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades, Ron Chernow tells the riveting story of a man who overcame all odds to shape, inspire, and scandalize the newborn America. According to historian Joseph Ellis, Alexander Hamilton is “a robust full-length portrait, in my view the best ever written, of the most brilliant, charismatic and dangerous founder of them all.”

Few figures in American history have been more hotly debated or more grossly misunderstood than Alexander Hamilton. Chernow’s biography gives Hamilton his due and sets the record straight, deftly illustrating that the political and economic greatness of today’s America is the result of Hamilton’s countless sacrifices to champion ideas that were often wildly disputed during his time. “To repudiate his legacy,” Chernow writes, “is, in many ways, to repudiate the modern world.” Chernow here recounts Hamilton’s turbulent life: an illegitimate, largely self-taught orphan from the Caribbean, he came out of nowhere to take America by storm, rising to become George Washington’s aide-de-camp in the Continental Army, coauthoring The Federalist Papers, founding the Bank of New York, leading the Federalist Party, and becoming the first Treasury Secretary of the United States.Historians have long told the story of America’s birth as the triumph of Jefferson’s democratic ideals over the aristocratic intentions of Hamilton. Chernow presents an entirely different man, whose legendary ambitions were motivated not merely by self-interest but by passionate patriotism and a stubborn will to build the foundations of American prosperity and power. His is a Hamilton far more human than we’ve encountered before—from his shame about his birth to his fiery aspirations, from his intimate relationships with childhood friends to his titanic feuds with Jefferson, Madison, Adams, Monroe, and Burr, and from his highly public affair with Maria Reynolds to his loving marriage to his loyal wife Eliza. And never before has there been a more vivid account of Hamilton’s famous and mysterious death in a duel with Aaron Burr in July of 1804.

Chernow’s biography is not just a portrait of Hamilton, but the story of America’s birth seen through its most central figure. At a critical time to look back to our roots, Alexander Hamilton will remind readers of the purpose of our institutions and our heritage as Americans.

 

 

THE HELLFIRE CLUB  by Jake Tapper

 

(I’m mainly curious about this one because Jake Tapper is one of my favorite CNN correspondents.)

 

Goodreads Synopsis:   The debut political thriller from Jake Tapper, CNN’s chief Washington correspondent and the New York Times bestselling author of The Outpost — 1950’s D.C. intrigue about a secret society and a young Congressman in its grip.

Charlie Marder is an unlikely Congressman. Thrust into office by his family ties after his predecessor died mysteriously, Charlie is struggling to navigate the dangerous waters of 1950s Washington, DC, alongside his young wife Margaret, a zoologist with ambitions of her own. Amid the swirl of glamorous and powerful political leaders and deal makers, a mysterious fatal car accident thrusts Charlie and Margaret into an underworld of backroom deals, secret societies, and a plot that could change the course of history. When Charlie discovers a conspiracy that reaches the highest levels of governance, he has to fight not only for his principles and his newfound political career…but for his life.

 

 

JOSH AND HAZEL’S GUIDE TO NOT DATING  by Christina Lauren

 

Goodreads Synopsis:  Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong thing in a delicate moment. Their loss. She’s a good soul in search of honest fun.

Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. From the first night they met—when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes—to when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air.

Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them…right?

 

ONCE A KING  by Erin Summerill

 

Goodreads Synopsis:  Aodren:  A lonely, young king, searching for a way to dismantle his father’s dark legacy.

Lirra:  A girl with the power to control the wind, torn between duty and following her dreams

For twenty years, Channelers—women with a magical ability—have been persecuted in Malam by those without magic. Now King Aodren wants to end the bloody divide and unite his kingdom. But decades of hatred can’t be overcome by issuing decrees, and rumors of a deadly Channeler-made substance are only fueling people’s fears. Lirra has every reason to distrust Aodren. Yet when he asks for help to discover the truth behind the rumors, she can’t say no. With Lirra by his side, Aodren sees a way forward for his people. But can he rewrite the mistakes of the past before his enemies destroy the world he’s working so hard to rebuild?

OBSIDIO  by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

 

Goodreads Synopsis:  In the snowy Highlands of Scotland, Suzanne McBride is dreaming of the perfect cozy Christmas. Her three adopted daughters are coming home for the holidays and she can’t wait to see them. But tensions are running high…

Workaholic Hannah knows she can’t avoid spending the holidays with her family two years in a row. But it’s not the weight of their expectations that’s panicking her—it’s the life-changing secret she’s hiding. Stay-at-home mom Beth is having a personal crisis. All she wants for Christmas is time to decide if she’s ready to return to work—seeing everyone was supposed to help her stress levels, not increase them! Posy isn’t sure she’s living her best life, but with her parents depending on her, making a change seems risky. But not as risky as falling for gorgeous new neighbor Luke…

As Suzanne’s dreams of the perfect McBride Christmas unravel, she must rely on the magic of the season to bring her daughters together. But will this new togetherness teach the sisters that their close-knit bond is strong enough to withstand anything—including a family Christmas?

 

BRUJA BORN  by Zoraida Cordova

 

Goodreads Synopsis:  Three sisters. One spell. Countless dead.

Lula Mortiz feels like an outsider. Her sister’s newfound Encantrix powers have wounded her in ways that Lula’s bruja healing powers can’t fix, and she longs for the comfort her family once brought her. Thank the Deos for Maks, her sweet, steady boyfriend who sees the beauty within her and brings light to her life.

Then a bus crash turns Lula’s world upside down. Her classmates are all dead, including Maks. But Lula was born to heal, to fix. She can bring Maks back, even if it means seeking help from her sisters and defying Death herself. But magic that defies the laws of the deos is dangerous. Unpredictable. And when the dust settles, Maks isn’t the only one who’s been brought back…

GODSGRAVE by Jay Kristoff

 

Goodreads Synopsis:  A ruthless young assassin continues her journey for revenge in this new epic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Jay Kristoff.

Assassin Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending Consul Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo, or avenging her familia. And after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia begins to suspect the motives of the Red Church itself.

When it’s announced that Scaeva and Duomo will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end them. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between loyalty and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.

Set in the world of Nevernight, which Publishers Weekly called “absorbing in its complexity and bold in its bloodiness,” Godsgrave will continue to thrill and satisfy fantasy fans everywhere.

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Question:  What are some books you’re hoping to receive as gifts this Christmas?

Top Ten Tuesday: My Winter Reading List

 

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 Winter TBR.  The hardest part about this was narrowing down to ten books I plan to read over the winter months.  I actually failed to narrow it down, so you’re getting my Top 13 list instead, haha.  I focused on ARCs that I have been approved for, so these are priority reads.  I’m sure there will be a few other non-ARC reads in the mix this winter as well though.

 

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My Winter TBR

 

96 WORDS FOR LOVE by Rachel Roy & Ava Dash

AN ANONYMOUS GIRL by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

WHITE STAG by Kara Barbieri

SPECTACLE by Jodie Lynn Zdrok

WATCH US RISE by Renee Watson & Ellen Hagan

DARK OF THE WEST by Joanna Hathaway

THE SUSPECT by Fiona Barton

THE GIRL KING by Mimi Yu

FORGET YOU KNOW ME by Jessica Strawser

THE WARTIME SISTERS by Lynda Cohen Loigman

THE LOST GIRLS OF PARIS by Pam Jenoff

COURTING DARKNESS by Robin LaFevers

THE SISTERHOOD by A.J. Grainger

 

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Are you planning to read any of these books this winter?