Posts Categorized: Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday – Best New Authors Read in 2018

January 14, 2019 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 13 Comments

Going over the end of year book results is always a ton of fun to look back and remember all those books I already managed to forget I read. (I have a terrible memory). I especially love going back over and realizing this was only the first year that I read some authors and how I could have possibly waited as long as I did for some. These are my favorite new to me authors and the books of theirs I read in 2018.

















What new authors you read in 2018 are new favorites?


Top Ten Tuesday – Most Anticipated of 2019 (First-Half)

January 8, 2019 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 17 Comments

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Starting a new year, already, and yet I’m still pretending like I’ve got time to work on my 2018 piles. lol

These are the 2019 books for the first half of the year I’m most excited to see out in the world.

Suspicious Minds (Stranger Things #1) by Gwenda Bond | Expected publication: February 5th 2019 by Del Rey Books
The Test by Sylvain Neuvel | Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by
Motherland by Lauren Beukes | Expected publication: April 1st 2019 by Mulholland Books
Alien: Echo: An Original Young Adult Novel of the Alien Universe by Mira Grant | Expected publication: April 9th 2019 by Imprint
Westside: A Novel by W.M. Akers | Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Harper Voyager

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire | Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren | Expected publication: May 14th 2019 by Gallery Books
Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey | Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Tor Books
The Grand Dark by Richard Kadrey | Expected publication: June 11th 2019 by Harper Voyager
The Poison Thread by Laura Purcell | Expected publication: June 18th 2019 by Penguin Books


Top Ten Tuesday – Winter TBR

December 18, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 15 Comments

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It’s not even 2019 yet and I’ve already found myself buried in 2019 review books. There are worse problems to have, I know. While trying to make a schedule to stay on top of publication dates and to try to find a happy medium when it comes to balancing my backlist, I’ve come up with this list of ten for my Winter TBR. Meaning my TBR for the entire season, so in theory, I should be able to accomplish this. Stay tuned. 😉

Review Books

Miraculum by Steph Post | Expected publication: January 22nd 2019 by Polis Books
Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik | Expected publication: February 5th 2019 by Harper Voyager
The Lost Man by Jane Harper | Expected publication: February 5th 2019 by Flatiron Books
The Huntress by Kate Quinn | Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by William Morrow Paperbacks
A Friend is a Gift You Give Yourself: A Novel by William Boyle | Expected publication: March 5th 2019 by Pegasus Books

Backlist Books

Like Lions (Bull Mountain #2) by Brian Panowich
The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #2) by Rick Riordan
Dating You / Hating You by Christina Lauren
Everything Changes by Jonathan Tropper
Before the Devil Breaks You (The Diviners #3) by Libba Bray


Top Ten Tuesday – Top Priority Backlist

December 11, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 5 Comments

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Today is a freebie post so I’m writing about backlist books (original post from November 6th) that I want to prioritize. Most people, when they find an author they love they’ll run through everything else they’ve written. I am not one of those people. I’ll read something I love, add everything else they’ve written to my TBR, and then promptly forget about them. The hazards of being a book reviewer, I have a tendency to focus on newer books and let my backlist TBR fall by the wayside. At least it comes up in a Tuesday topic and reminds me of all the books I have yet to read…

Here are ten backlist books that I’d love to get around to sooner rather than later.

Donna Tartt | Read: The Secret History, TBR: The Goldfinch
John Fowles | Read: The Collector, TBR: The Magus
Jonathan Stroud | Read: The Screaming Staircase, TBR: The Amulet of Samarkand
Jordan Harper | Read: She Rides Shotgun, TBR:  Love and Other Wounds: Stories
Rachel Bach/Aaron | Read: Fortune’s Pawn, TBR: The Spirit Thief

Robert Jackson Bennett | Read: Foundryside, TBR: City of Stairs
Ruth Reichl | Read: Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table, TBR: Garlic and Sapphires
Sarah Pinborough | Read: Mayhem, TBR: A Matter of Blood
Sarah Waters | Read: Affinity, TBR: Fingersmith
Steph Post | Read: Lightwood, TBR: A Tree Born Crooked


Top Ten Tuesday – Wintery Reads Recommendations

December 4, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 4 Comments

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It’s snowing outside as I write this post and it makes me want to curl up with a blanket, a cup of tea, and a good book. Alas, I’m just taking a quick break from packing to write this so this will have to suffice. 🙂 I don’t read enough Christmasy reads to encompass an entire post, but I’ve read my fair share of books that feature snowy climates, so that’s what today’s post is about.

Here are my favorites in various different categories. Not necessarily Christmas, but definitely Winter.

If you’re looking for something snowy + Historical Fiction
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey [Purchase]

If you’re looking for some good ol’ Christmas horror
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill [Review|Purchase]

If you’re looking for something snowy + Southern Gothic
Sweetgirl by Travis Mulhauser [Review|Purchase]

If you’re looking for a good dual timeline story
Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio [Review|Purchase]

If you’re looking for something with a touch of magical realism
Landline by Rainbow Rowell [Review|Purchase]

If you’re looking for a heartwarming Christmas romance
Christmas at Tiffany’s: A Novel (At Tiffany’s #1) by Karen Swan [Review|Purchase]

If you’re looking for more Christmas romance
Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson [Review|Purchase]

If you’re looking for something for a younger reader
Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu [Review|Purchase]

If you’re looking for something for an even younger reader
The Snowman by Raymond Briggs [Purchase]

If you’re looking for a hilarious tale of Christmas
Skipping Christmas by John Grisham [Review|Purchase]


Top Ten Tuesday – Libraries & Bookstores I’d Love To Someday Visit

October 15, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 21 Comments

Have you ever googled “beautiful bookstores/libraries” before? There are some truly amazing book filled places around the world. I was fortunate enough to visit Trinity College Library in Dublin this past summer and it filled me with the greatest desire to see more beautiful book filled places that manage to take my breath away. Here are just a scant few that I would adore to visit in person someday. 🙂

Zhongshuge in Yangzhou, China
The secret to this optical illusion is apparently black mirrored floors and slightly curved shelves to give the appearance of a “tunnel of books”.

Word on the Water in London, England
A 1920s Dutch barge that was converted into a floating bookstore. Apparently, in the winter there’s even a woodburning stove that’s lit. <3

Mysterious Bookshop in New York, New York
The Mysterious Bookshop is the world’s oldest and biggest bookstore that stocks only mystery, crime fiction, espionage, and thrillers. Sounds like my cup of tea.

The Haunted Bookshop in Melbourne, Australia
This bookshop is full of the paranormal and occult. They also do ghost tours of Melbourne. I don’t know though, their spiders freak me out enough.

Cărturești Carusel Bookstore in Bucharest, Romania
The name translates as “Carousel of Light” which is most fitting for this gorgeous three-story bookstore.

Arthur Conan Doyle Room @ The Toronto Library in Toronto, Ontario
This rare book collection is a dedication to Doyle’s life and all the genres he branched out into but of course all things Sherlock.

Cuypers Library in Amsterdam, Netherlands
This is a research library dedicated primarily to art history, but the building itself is its own piece of art.

Providence Athenaeum in Providence, Rhode Island
Both Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft were said to have visited this place often. Odd, I would have expected somewhere far gloomier.

Seattle Metaphysical Library
They boast a collection of over 13,000 books on topics related to parapsychology, shamanism, magic, and UFOs. Apparently it’s also dreadfully hard to visit what with their odd hours.

Old Bodleian Library in Oxford, England
Pictures of this place make me positively swoon.


Top Ten Tuesday – Kindle Unlimited Horror

October 1, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 7 Comments

I recently got a 3 month Kindle Unlimited subscription so I’ve been trying to read a few a month at least to take full advantage of my membership. I read two recently that I picked up at random that turned out to be extremely excellent:


five-stars Kind Nepenthe by Matthew V. Brockmeyer [Purchase]
four-stars Witching Hour Theatre by Jonathan Janz [Purchase]

Sometimes it can be really hard for me to chance it on most indies, but I dug through a bunch of them one day (it was a lesson in not judging books by their cover, let me tell you what) and I came up with ten potentially good sounding ones that I’d love to try for Ominous October. I already have another list of hopefuls for the month in addition to a whole slew of horror movies I’d like to watch, but who knows what can be accomplished. We’ve got a whole 31 days. 🙂

Has anyone read these? Or have any others to recommend instead?

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Bones by Andrew Cull [Purchase]
The Hole by Hye-Young Pyun [Purchase]
Darkest Hours by Mike Thorn [Purchase]
The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies by John Langan [Purchase]
Ravenous Ghosts by Kealan Patrick Burke [Purchase]

The Shuddering by Ania Ahlborn [Purchase]
The Switch House by Tim Meyer [Purchase]
Shadows & Tall Trees (Shadows & Tall Trees #7) by Michael Kelly [Purchase]
Welcome to the Show: 17 Horror Stories – One Legendary Venue by Doug Murano [Purchase]
Hannah-Beast (Dark Corners #1) by Jennifer McMahon [Purchase] (There actually seven of these short stories in total that can also be listened to!)

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Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite Authors Books I Haven’t Read Yet

September 25, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 23 Comments

We’ve all been there. You read a book by a brand new author, you absolutely love it, you vow to read anything and everything they’ve ever written! You don’t. lol Okay, well, some authors I have read a few of theirs but have plenty more to go. These are all authors I’ve read and loved, and the book of theirs that remains unread that I’m most excited to hopefully one day read.

I’ve read The Collector | I need to read The Magus by John Fowles
I’ve read This Is Where I Love You | I need to read The Book of Joe by Jonathan Tropper
I’ve read The Screaming Staircase | I need to read The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
I’ve read Affinity | I need to read The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
I’ve read Rosemary and Rue | I need to read Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

I’ve read The Lightning Thief | I need to read Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
I’ve read Fortune’s Pawn | I need to read The Spirit Thief by Rachel Aaron
I’ve read Dare Me | I need to read You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott
I’ve read The Secret History | I need to read The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
I’ve read Bull Mountain | I need to read Like Lions by Brian Panowich


Top Ten Tuesday – Ominous October TBR

September 18, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 27 Comments

Well, almost. The one month I allow myself to go crazy and read nothing but horror! One of these days I’ll take my bestie’s advice and do some random horror month in like March just to appease my horror needs. Or at the very least just read more throughout the year? Hmmm… or both.

I’ve been hosting Ominous October since 2014 and it’s one of my favorite things ever. This go around, I’ve realized I was quite ambitious in my picks (really long audios and a few really long books… eek.) and especially with all the crazy stuff going on life-wise, these are the ten I’d like to get around to but I’m not holding my breath about getting through the entire list. But who knows! I might turn this slump around and knock out this list and then some. 🙂 I might also just start early. lol

Ghost Story by Peter Straub (532 pages)
I’ve been slowly working my way through all the “classic” horror novels and this is one of them. I’ve heard mixed things but it’s one I’m quite excited about. I love a good ghostie story.

Hell House by Richard Matheson (302 pages)
This has honestly been on my Ominous October plans for like the last 3 years. I have been so. damn. excited. for this book… I love Matheson and I honestly have no freaking idea why I haven’t read this yet. This one is top priority!

Books of Blood: Volumes One to Three by Clive Barker (507 pages)
After thoroughly enjoying The Thief of Always and The Hellbound Heart, I quickly made it my mission to collect all the Clive Barker books. I have all three volumes of this collection that I recently was so excited to find at my used bookstore.

Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King (992 pages)
I’m still slowly but surely making my way through King’s catalog and I think this might be next up! Looking back over the ones I’ve loved the most and his short story collections are simply incredible.

Dark Tales by Shirley Jackson (208 pages)
The Haunting of Hill House remains one of the books that stand out in my mind that made me start loving horror at an early age. I’ve always wanted to try something else of hers and decided on this one.

The Listener by Robert R. McCammon (10h 27m)
I’ve heard nothing about rave reviews about anything and everything McCammon has written and I have yet to read a single one of them. I’m not sure if this is necessarily the best one to start with, but here goes nothing.

Kill Creek by Scott Thomas (15h 46m)
This was a completely random Audible daily deal pick up but I’m so glad I took the chance. The reviews have me most excited about this one!

Let Me In by John Ajvide Lindqvist (16h 54m)
I’ve been wanting to watch this movie for YEARS because it looks so damn creepy but I keep insisting to myself that I need to read the book first so I figured I should knock that out one of these days.

Lair of Dreams (The Diviners #2) by Libba Bray (20h 12m)
I read (and loved) The Diviners and am currently in the middle of a re-listen because I read it waaaaaaaaay back in 2012 and knew a re-read was the most advisable thing before diving into Lair of Dreams. These are fantastic on audio, January Lavoy does an incredible joy. And boy, are they creepy.

At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft (4h 48m)
I love me some Lovecraft. Lovecraft narrated by the late Edward Herrmann? Even better.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Underrated Gems Pt. 4

September 10, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 15 Comments

One of the things that I love most about blogging is helping to bring more attention to all the books that manage to fall under the radar. The amazing ones that aren’t nearly as appreciated as they deserve to be. These ten are books that I loved reading and would love to see more people love too.

Past Underrated Gem Posts:

Underrated Gems
Underrated Gems Pt. 2
Underrated Gems Pt. 3

Lightwood (Judah Cannon #1) by Steph Post [Purchase|Review]
100 Goodreads ratings, 32 Amazon ratings

We Are Where the Nightmares Go and Other Stories by C. Robert Cargill [Purchase|Review]
119 Goodreads ratings, 4 Amazon ratings

Witching Hour Theatre by Jonathan Janz [Purchase]
142 Goodreads ratings, 17 Amazon ratings

The Bird Market of Paris: A Memoir by Nikki Moustaki [Purchase|Review]
267 Goodreads ratings, 59 Amazon ratings

The Case of the Baker Street Irregular by Robert Newman [Purchase]
274 Goodreads ratings, 12 Amazon ratings

What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia by Elizabeth Catte [Purchase]
590 Goodreads ratings, 38 Amazon ratings

Something Rich and Strange by Patricia A. McKillip [Purchase]
746 Goodreads ratings, 9 Amazon ratings

Final Girls by Mira Grant [Purchase|Review]
1,008 Goodreads ratings, 51 Amazon ratings

Tighter by Adele Griffin [Purchase]
1,110 Goodreads ratings, 45 Amazon ratings

Love in Mid Air by Kim Wright [Purchase]
1,025 Goodreads ratings, 82 Amazon ratings

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