Category: Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday – Hyped Releases of 2019

Posted February 4, 2019 by Bonnie in Top Ten Tuesday / 11 Comments

I have difficulty sometimes when books are overly hyped. People read them and love them, then shout from the rooftops about how wonderful they are. This automatically makes me nervous because I fully expect the book to have the opposite effect because I’m contrary like that. These ten 2019 releases are ones I’m nervous about diving in, but hope they end up being worth all that hype.

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing | Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Berkley Books
Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid | Expected publication: March 5th 2019 by Ballantine Books
Little Darlings by Melanie Golding | Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books
Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey | Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Tor Books
The Lost Man by Jane Harper | Expected publication: February 5th 2019 by Flatiron Books

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo | Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by HarperTeen
The Gutter Prayer (The Black Iron Legacy #1) by Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan | Published January 22nd 2019 by Orbit
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern | Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Doubleday Books 
The Beautiful (The Beautiful #1) by Renée Ahdieh | Expected publication: October 8th 2019 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver | Expected publication: December 26th 2019 by Penguin

What books are you nervous about picking up in 2019?



Top Ten Tuesday – New To My Shelves

Posted January 29, 2019 by Bonnie in Top Ten Tuesday / 25 Comments

For some reason, I tend to add books completely randomly to my TBR. Sometimes I don’t even read blurbs. (Weird, I know.) I’m a total book cover judger and quick glancer of friends reviews to ascertain whether it’s worth being added. I spend vast quantities of time going back through my TBR to do “book purges” which is such a time waster. This year I’ve made it a point to try to be more conscious of what I’m putting on my shelves and so far it’s going pretty well. These are 10 that have made the cut in recent TBR additions.

Added these after reading the article: 8 Modern Classics of Rural Noir

American Salvage by Bonnie Jo Campbell
The Motel Life by Willy Vlautin

Added these due to my current obsession with Columbia (courtesy of Narcos). 2 Fiction, 1 Non:

Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras
The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
There Are No Dead Here: A Story of Murder and Denial in Colombia by Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno

Added these because I’m late to the Hello, Sunshine party:

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo
The Library Book by Susan Orlean
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

Added these because Anthony Bourdain said to:

Between Meals: An Appetite for Paris by A.J. Liebling
The Friends of Eddie Coyle by George V. Higgins

What books have you added to your TBR recently?



Top Ten Tuesday – Missed 2018 Releases

Posted January 22, 2019 by Bonnie in Top Ten Tuesday / 24 Comments

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There are far too many amazing books being published every year to not miss out on reading a few (hundred lol). My list goes well beyond ten missed books but I’m hoping a few of these end up being well worth the wait.


The Lost Queen (The Lost Queen Trilogy #1) by Signe Pike
Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse
The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient #1) by Helen Hoang
Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras
The Poppy War (The Poppy War #1) by R.F. Kuang

A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe (The Salvagers #1) by Alex White
Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass #7) by Sarah J. Maas
Walk in the Fire (Judah Cannon #2) by Steph Post
The Anomaly (The Anomaly Files #1) by Michael Rutger
Phoenix Unbound (Fallen Empire #1) by Grace Draven



Top Ten Tuesday – Best New Authors Read in 2018

Posted January 15, 2019 by Bonnie in 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)

Posted January 8, 2019 by Bonnie in 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

Posted December 18, 2018 by Bonnie in Top Ten Tuesday / 15 Comments

assorted-title book lot beside window

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

Posted December 11, 2018 by Bonnie in Top Ten Tuesday / 5 Comments

green cactus potted plant

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

Posted December 4, 2018 by Bonnie in 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

Posted October 15, 2018 by Bonnie in 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

Posted October 1, 2018 by Bonnie in 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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