I haven’t done a Top Ten Tuesday post in so long and I’m excited because seasonal TBRs are my favourite topic ever.
Most of these are the continuation of series I want to progress/finish, although there’s the occasional standalone. Please let me know if you’ve read any of these books and where I should start with this pile!
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1) Knight’s Shadow (Greatcoats #2) by Sebastien de Castell
If you’re a follower of Booking in Heels, you’ll know I recently read Traitor’s Blade, the first book in the Greatcoats series by Sebastien de Castell. I loved that book – my review is here if you want to see me drool about it.
It’s a Musketeers-esque high fantasy novel about a disbanded group of King’s Guards, complete with swashbuckling, murder, intrigue and conspiracy!
I’d ordered the second book, Knight’s Shadow, before I’d even finished the first, which should tell you everything.
2) The Mad Ship (Liveship Traders #2) by Robin Hobb
I haven’t written a review of The Ship of Magic yet, although it’s next on my list. Honestly, it’s probably going to be my favourite book of 2020, or at least come very high up the list.
It was 880 pages of amazing, in-depth adventure about ships bonded to their families. I was completely engrossed in it and felt everything that happened to every character. I can find absolutely zero faults with it – it was a nigh-on perfect book.
I am absolutely dying to read The Mad Ship to find out what happens next.
3) More Than A Woman by Caitlin Moran
How To Be A Woman was a huge deal when it came out in 2011 – it was all over the blogosphere at the time (yep, this blog goes back that far). It was hilarious and insightful, and just generally amazing. I reread it recently and it still holds up.
I was less impressed with Moranthology, but hey ho.
Now Caitlin Moran has a new book out, More Than A Woman, and I even pre-ordered the signed hardback from Waterstones. I have all three of her books signed now!
4) Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron
Unlike the other books on this list so far, Kingdom of Souls isn’t here because I’m familiar with the author’s work – it’s just that the plot sounds so amazing.
The main character trades years off her life for scraps of magic, making a deal with a demon (I think). But then she requires more and more magic in order to defeat the Demon King – is that a sacrifice she’s willing to make?
I’ve probably condensed the blurb really badly there, but you get the idea. It sounds so unique and interesting!
5) The Toll (Arc of a Scythe #3) by Neal Shusterman
I actually read a few pages of this back in June or so, but realised I had absolutely no idea what was going on. In order to do the book justice, I went back and reread Scythe and Thunderhead over the past couple of months. I loved them just as much as the first time round, if not more, and now I’m finally ready to give The Toll my full attention.
This is one of my favourite series and I’m really hoping the quality carries through into the third book.
6) The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell
The Family Upstairs was bought for me as a birthday present by the lovely Lauren at Bookish Lauren. I don’t tend to read many thrillers as I find them all a bit same-y, but this one seems like it might be something a bit different. I’ve also heard nothing but good things, about this book specifically, and Lisa Jewell generally.
I’ve been in the mood for a good thriller due to the incoming chilly weather, so fingers crossed this book will fulfil that itch!
7) The Queen of Sorrow (Queens of Renthia #3) by Sarah Beth Durst
Another review I’ve yet to write, but I’ve recently read both The Queen of Blood, and the second book in the series, The Reluctant Queen. The first book is amazing – ‘proper,’ engrossing high fantasy. I didn’t enjoy the second book as much, but that’s mostly due to some narrative choices that were made.
The third book looks like it might be back on track with Queen of Sorrow though, so I’m aiming to get this trilogy before Christmas.
8) Foundryside (Founders #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett
Every time I look at my copy of this book I wish it was the beautiful US one…
Whilst the last thing I need is to be starting new series, the Founders trilogy looks like it’s going to be exactly my kind of thing, so I just can’t resist.
Magic-y, steampunky adventure? Yeah, there’s no way I’m putting that off any longer! I’ve heard it’s somewhat similar to Brandon Sanderson’s magic system, only slightly less in-depth.
9) The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
I’ve been putting this off for so long because it terrifies me. The problem with books of this size is that I always wonder if it needs to be that long. The answer is usually no. Similarly, does The Bone Season series need to be seven books!?
Anyway. Katy and I are buddy reading this in October so we can finally take it off our TBRs. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about it, so hopefully it will be worth the time investment.
10) Starsight (Skyward #2) by Brandon Sanderson
It actually took me a little while to properly get into Skyward (review here), although I did end up loving the final battle and conclusions.
I bought the fancy hardback of Starsight, the second book, right after finishing the first… and then never picked it up. £20 well spent, right!?
Still, I am looking forward to picking this up, and I’ve been in the mood for some sci-fi recently.
Have you read any of these books? Are there any I should miss out?