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.
Okay – so this post is going up super late tonight. I didn’t have time to write it in advance this weekend, but I really wanted the chance to talk about something new because I feel like I do such a good job of beating everyone over the head with my favorite books. These aren’t in order of favorites or anything- just the order they were added to my TBR.
The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick – Alison comes across an old painting in an antique shop. She’s told it’s of Anne Boleyn, but Alison knows it’s Mary Seymour. The daughter of Katherine Parr and Henry VIII who went missing in 1557…it holds the key to her future, unlocking the mystery surrounding Mary’s disappearance, and the enigma of Alison’s son. As soon as I read the description I was pretty much sold. It seems like it’s a little bit fantasy, a little bit mystery, a little historical fiction. I love genre benders like this, and I love anything tied to Henry VIII’s reign. The dude was bat shit crazy and 450 years later- crazy kings bring me crazy joy.
God’s Hammer (Hakon’s Saga #1) by Eric Schumacher – This is a viking saga set during the making of England. The fact that it’s vikings was enough to sell me- throw in a 4.17 rating on GoodReads and the current 99 cent price point, and I guess I’m pretty well sold.
Native Tongue by Suzette Haden Elgin – This is one I’m actually less sure about then the others. I added it because I saw a rave review somewhere and because it sounds pretty fascinating in terms of what it does with language, but the truth is it’s a 30+ year old book and that makes me hesitate. The gist of it is: women are property again (a la Atwood) and when they are past child bearing age without children they must retire to the barren house. Linguists are necessary to keep the interstellar economy afloat and Nazareth is the most talented linguist of all, but all she wants to do is retire to the barren house. When she gets there, she discovers a revolution is brewing using an entirely new language the barren women have created.
Alien Virus Love Disaster by Abbey Mei Otis – This is one a collection of short fiction nominated for the Phillip K. Dick award this year. I’ve been enjoying shorter fiction ever since this terrible reading slump hit and with a title like Alien Virus Love Disaster how could I say no?
Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson – As embarrassing as this is to admit, I’ve never read a single book by Sanderson, and I know he’s one of giants of modern fantasy fiction. I picked this one mostly because I liked the cover and because it was YA so I figured it would be a little easier to digest.
The Invited by Jennifer McMahon – My first love is and always will be, horror. Ghost stories, monster stories, supernatural anything- I love it. This is a book about a couple who buys a house, and discovers it has a violent and tragic past. As the wife sources materials for her new home, she becomes obsessed with the lives of the Breckenridge women who occupied the home before. It’s due to release April 30th, 2019.
The Gutter Prayer by Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan – This is a grim dark fantasy that I’ve seen getting rave reviews by book bloggers left and right. From GoodReads: “When three thieves – an orphan, a ghoul, and a cursed man – are betrayed by the master of the thieves guild, their quest for revenge uncovers dark truths about their city and exposes a dangerous conspiracy…” A thieves guild and three thieves that are an orphan a ghoul and a cursed man? I don’t even need to read the rest of the blurb.
Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor – This is another book I’m not too sure about. I added it on a whim after it was nominated for SciFi Fantasy’s Book Club monthly read. “Historians” (read: time travelers) investigate major historical events in contemporary time from the Cretaceous period to World War I. I’m not sure what the actual plot is but the hook seems interesting. (Please let there be dinosaurs.)
Shadow on the Crown by Patricia Bracewell – I really enjoyed last year’s The Silence of the Girls and Circe. And while I didn’t love The Lost Queen, I do love the idea of giving women a voice in time periods and stories that are usually otherwise voiced by men. Shadow on the Crown is centered on Emma of Normandy, wife of King Athelred of England in 1002. Courtly drama, romance, viking invasions, and (hopefully) historically accurate (as possible) events could make for a truly fantastic story.
The Thief Who Pulled on Trouble’s Braids by Michael McClung – This book was the winner of Mark Lawrence’s first self published fantasy blog off in 2015. I’ve only read one of his books- but I’m crazy in love with Mark Lawrence as an author, (for many reasons besides his wicked writing skills) so I added it for just that reason. I’m told it contains plenty of gruesome violence, but between the spunky title and the purple watercolor cover, I’m getting more of a YA vibe. Either way- I’m excited to read this and check out some of the other winners of Mark’s blog off.
What about you? What have you recently added? Link to your TTT below so I can check it out- I’m always looking to add more!