Top Ten Tuesday (Books On My Fall 2020 TBR)

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 of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This is my first Top 10 Tuesday post, and this week the theme is Books On My Fall 2020 TBR (or spring if you live in the southern hemisphere).

1) A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik. Honestly I am so excited for this book. How could I not be? Magic school + Naomi Novik sounds like book heaven. All my friends who read advanced copies loved it, so I am really excited!

2) The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab. Okay so I have already been fortunate enough to read this one (see review here). But I will be reading again for The Book Coven’s October book club – along with A Deadly Education because it was impossible to choose between the two! I also am getting two copies – Waterstones special edition and Illumicrate.

3) Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. It will have been a year since I met Leigh Bardugo with Nikki. To celebrate I am definitely going to be reading this wonderful book again. I don’t usually like horror but really enjoyed this book – and it fits right in with spooky season.

4) The Lives of Saints by Leigh Bardugo. I am so excited for this book to come out, it looks so beautiful! I am really excited for the stories and illustrations. I love most things Leigh writes. Hopefully we will get Shadow and Bone TV series news soon as well.

5) Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke. I have heard excellent things about this book and I am excited to give it a try – even if it is absolutely huge (big chonker book right here!!!)

6) Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson. This sounds like an intense, hard-hitting book, but I’m really excited for it. There are hints of musical talent in the blurb which I absolutely love. It released recently and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

7) The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso. This debut epic fantasy caught my eye recently and I’m really looking forward to seeing what it’s all about! I mean the series is called Chronicles of the Bitch Queen – what’s not to like?

8) Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. Believe it or not, I’ve never read this book. I think Fall 2020 was to the the time for me to read it. I actually know nothing about it and I’m going to keep it that way!

9) The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. Currently a bit lacking on the contemporary side for this blog. I am looking forward to reading The Vanishing Half – it’s about twin sisters which I love.

10). Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. Another author I’ve never read before but really should have done. Looking forward to finally started this series of novellas.

What are you reading this Fall? Any new releases I should absolutely pick up? Hope you find something cool in my choices.

Top Ten Tuesday (Book Covers)

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 of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This is my first Top 10 Tuesday post, and this week the theme is Cover Freebie (choose your own topic, centered on book covers or cover art).

So, since I haven’t done a cover one before, I’ll go with covers (not of all time because that would be too hard, but maybe those I have seen recently).

1) Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson. I’ve not read this book yet but I adore the cover, especially the clever use of the earring for the title. Honestly it’s amazing and powerful and I can’t wait to read the book.

2) You Say it First by Katie Cotugno. Another book I haven’t read yet but I absolutely love the art, it is so cute.

3) A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers. It was hard to pick a Becky Chambers cover (the newest one is so good). But I decided to go with a book I’ve actually read. You can read my post about Becky Chambers here.

4) These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling. I wasn’t actually a huge fan of the book (I might have enjoyed it as a teenager more). But it had great characters and the cover is awesome. My friend Meaghan has a review on their blog here.

5) With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo. This book is excellent and I’m definitely going to read it again sometime soon. And look at the cover! Beautiful!

6) The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave. My edition of this book has gorgeous sprayed edges and the naked cover is awesome. It’s also a really great f/f story. I highly recommend it!

7. The Empire of Gold by S. A. Chakraborty. This trilogy has some of the most beautiful book covers. It’s also a wild ride from start to finish and every book is 5 stars. If you haven’t read it yet, what are you even doing?

8. Venom by Bex Hogan. A UKYA favourite, this is the middle book of Bex Hogan’s Isle of Storms and Sorrow trilogy. Really love a red / gold combination and it’s so shiny in person. The final book in this series is one of my most anticipated of 2021.

9) Honor Lost by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre. Absolutely love the colours of this one – and if you haven’t read the Honor Among Thieves series and you like space operas, you absolutely have to. Sentient space-whale spaceships? Check.

10) Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan. This one if my fairyloot edition – it was hot turquoise sprayed edges and the cover has such bright colours. A picture really doesn’t do it any justice to be honest. The characters in this series really go through it, here is to hoping for a happy ending come 2021.

That’s it, 10 of my favourite covers. There are way more than this that I love but I tried to pick a range of kinds. Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Feel free to link your Top Ten Tuesday posts below.

Top Ten Tuesday (Books for My Younger Self)

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 of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This is my first Top 10 Tuesday post, and this week the theme is Book for My Younger Self  (These could be books you wish you had read as a child, books younger you could have really learned something from, books that meshed with your hobbies/interests, books that could have helped you go through events/changes in your life, etc.)

1) Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu. This is such a great, feminist book for teens that I wish I had when I was growing up. It’s about a girl called Vivian who is sick of her sexist football loving school who tries to change things. Give this book to angry girls and women. It’s wonderful and profound.

2) Late to the Party by Kelly Quindlen. There definitely weren’t many YA books with a comfortable gay protagonist when I was growing up. This one felt particularly real to me with it’s exploration of growing pains and working out who you are and who you want to be, outgrowing people you’ve known your whole lives etc.

3) You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson. Another f/f romance about two girls competing for the same scholarship – I wish this one had been around when I was in high school. Liz Lighty is such a great role model for girls who have big dreams doing everything they can to achieve them. I love it a lot!

4) Loveless by Alice Oseman. This one would have been great to have whilst I was at university. There is such a market gap for books set at British universities and it would have been great to read about someone who struggled with the transition too. Georgia is also asexual which is also great rep that didn’t exist when I was in my teens.

5) Radio Silence by Alice Oseman. Alice making this list again because she really does understand being a teenager. This one came out in 2016 when I was in my final year of university – but I wish it had been out 4 years earlier when I was doing my A-levels and making decisions that would affect the rest of my life. It is a very real portrayal of academic pressure, and I think it would have done me good to have it on my shelves back then.

6) Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez. This is the YA book about girls playing football that I never knew I wanted! It gave me so much nostalgia for when I was really into the sport, watching the Champions League with my Grandad before it moved off regular TV. The main character Camila is an excellent role model, particularly when it came to handling her romance with childhood best friend Diego. You can read my review here.

7) Legendborn by Tracy Deonn. I finished this one recently and it absolutely makes this list. It contains all the YA fantasy tropes that I love but is elevated by the way it handles Black history in America. It slaps in the best of ways and I highly recommend it. You can read my review right here.

8) Kicking Off by Eve Ainsworth. Another relatively recent read, this is a great book for younger audiences – again, about football. I would have a loved a story like this when I was pre-teen, especially because it has great female role models for the main character. Hettie.

9) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. This would have been an education for clueless teenage me. When Starr’s friend is shot by a police officer right in front of her after doing nothing wrong, all her worst nightmares happen right before her eyes. This book should be taught in schools to educate on the pain that Black people experience every day. One of the best books of all time, no doubt.

10). I Wanna Be Where You Are by Kristina Forest. I’ve always been fascinated by dance and this one would have really appealed to me as a teen, as it does now. Chloe’s Mum forbids her to apply to a dance conservatory but she does so anyway. It has some really important lessons about going after your dreams and failure and I highly recommend it.

This was a really interesting Top Ten Tuesday to think about. Have you read any of the books above? Link me your Top Ten post in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday (Books That Make Me Hungry)

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 of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This is my first Top 10 Tuesday post, and this week the theme is Books that Make Me Hungry (They could have food items on the cover, foods in the title, be about foodies or have food as a main plot point… they could be cookbooks or memoirs, etc.)

1. With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo. I cannot get enough of this book with it’s gorgeous descriptions of spicy foods that the main character Emoni instinctively puts together. One of my fave books of 2019, this one is a must read for any food lover.

2. Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Honestly this one is full of cinnamon roll mentions and it’s got to be my favourite pastry. The main character, Hannah, loves them a lot and they’re a key feature in the story, where Hannah’s life is told in two parallel worlds based on one decision she makes.

3. Sourdough by Robin Sloan. It has food in the title, right? Love this book set around sourdough and the tech world. It even fits with my blogs bread theme. It is a short read but wonderfully cute and inspiring. Go after your dreams like the main character, Lois.

4. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh. This is one of my favourite YA fantasies, and it definitely has some excellent descriptions of the local food. It centres on Shahrzad, a young girl who sacrifices herself to the boy king known to murder his wives after one night. What follows is one of my fave love stories – definitely a duology that you must check out.

5. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. Who wouldn’t want a Kitchen that could make everything you asked for? Also, you won’t ever find a Kitchen as cute as the one in The Starless Sea. You can see my review here to find out more about this perfectly mind-boggling story full of stories.

6. The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim. I just finished an eARC of this beautifully sad mother-daughter story. A book full of mysteries, I was gripped from start to finish. It also has amazing descriptions of Korean dishes that makes me really want to try them! This book is published today, you should check it out.

7. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. In this book, Rachel Chu meets her boyfriend Nick’s family for the first time. Only thing is, he forgot to mention they are super rich. They spend the summer in Singapore, amongst all the family gossip – but will their relationship survive? There are some great food descriptions in this book – especially the street food in Singapore!

8. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder. You’d think a book about a poison taster would make you anything but hungry, but in this book a sweet called Criollo plays a big role, and it’s based on chocolate! Even with the threat of being poisoned, a book where chocolate has such a big presence is enough to make me crave it.

9. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. Another weird choice but Celaena Sardothien has such a sweet tooth and has a great love of cake – particularly the chocolate kind. This series is really popular, and only gets better in future books so it’s best to persevere!

10. Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin. Finally, we’re left with one of my favourite contemporary romances, Ayesha at Last. In this book, Ayesha’s Nani teachers her and the love interest, Khalid, to cook. It’s adorable and definitely a beautiful story about Muslim characters with very different perspectives on life. If you like romance, definitely give it a go and fall in love just like I did.

There we have it, books that made me feel hungry. Have you read any of these books? Some of my favourites are definitely in this list and I’d encourage you to check them out.