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Top Ten Tuesday: Predicted 5* (GR) TBR Books

It is late on a Tuesday evening and I finally found some time and energy to have a think about this!

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So, I had a look through my (owned on e-book or physical!) TBR and these are the books I am looking to read this year that I expect to be 5*. This is using the Goodreads rating, which translate to 6* or 7* in my own rating system.

1. The Song of Sirin (Nicholas Kotar) 

The Raven Son series has been on my TBR for ages and I do want to read this one pretty soon – maybe next month? This is an ‘epic fantasy retelling of the Russian fairy tale Prince Ivan and the Grey Wolf’ and sounds amazing!

2. The Final Empire (Brandon Sanderson)

Clearly, I am going to love the Mistborn series! Planning to read this one next month.

3. Wolf Hall (Hilary Mantel)

Another one that has been on my TBR for ages. The only reason I have not read it yet is that it is so big! I need to be in the mood for a book set in tudor times, but I think I will end up loving this one.

4. Exit West (Mohsin Hamid)

This one sounds so interesting and right up my alley!

5. The Secret History (Donna Tartt)

Again, this just sounds like something I would absolutely love. Should be amazing! I found this in a charity shop last year and I am surprised I haven’t picked it up yet…

6. H Is For Hawk (Helen MacDonald)

I love non-fiction centered around animals and nature and this one sounds really good. I have the paperback, but I will be listening to the audio book of this once I have finished the current one. I fully expect to love it!

7. Autoboyography (Christina Lauren)

I have heard lots of good things about this one and I hope I will love it.

8. Clean (Juno Dawson)

I will either love this or hate this. I hope it’s the first!

9. Feathers (Thor Hanson)

I loved Hanson’s book ‘Buzz’ which was about bees. This one all about the science of the humble feather sounds strangely fascinating!

10. Deerskin (Robin McKinley)

I have been wanting to read this author for a while and I found this in a shop last year. I have a feeling about this one!


Fingers crossed I will get a chance to read all of these soon!




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Top 10 Tuesday: Books on my Autumn TBR

I don’t often participate in Top Ten Tuesday, but I wanted to this week, because it’s sucha  perfect topic!

I want to mood read a large part of autumn, but ten (physical) books I would love to get to are:

1. Foxes Unearthed (Lucy Jones)

This is the most autumnal looking book! Plus it has been on my TBR way too many times without reading it this year. It is a non-fiction book about foxes and it’s gotta be done!

2. The Secret River (Kate Grenville)

Australian historical fiction? Yes, bring it on!

3. Misery (Stephen King)

I just feel like I need to finally read a Stephen King book and what better time to do it than autumn?

4. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)

We watched the TV series this year, so come one, why have I not read this yet?

5. Heartstone (Elle Katharine White)

A Pride and Prejudice retelling with dragons in it? Yes please!

6. The Summer of Impossible Things (Rowan Coleman)

Despite having the word ‘Summer’ in the title, this book has the most autumnul cover ever! It has been on my TBR for a long time and I finally got myself a copy recently.

7. To The Lighthouse (Virginia Woolf)

It is about time I read some Virginia Woolf as well and this just feels like an autumn read.

8. All These Beautiful Strangers (Elizabeth Klehfoth)

Again, this books looks quite autumnal and it’s a mystery/thriller. Perfect for the time of year.

9. The Woman in White (Wilkie Collins)

I want to read this one for Victober. It sounds eerie and gothic and perfect for that time of year!

10. Flame in the Mist (Renee Ahdieh)

This gorgeous looking book has been on my shelves for way too long and it’s about time to read it. The title makes it sound like a good autumnal read. Fingers crossed I will like it.


These are the most autumnal looking books on that list!

Let’s see at the beginning of winter how many of those I have managed to read 🙂


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Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

I love this week’s theme and I feel like a need a bit of a refresh/reboot as winter turns to spring. I feel like my energy reserves have been seriously depleted lately and life is  taking up too much of it to have any left for reading!

But, fully confident that my reading bug is restored soon, I have a mixture of fiction and non-fiction I would love to get to in the next three months.

Let’s start with a trio of nature-related non-fiction:

1. Meadowland: The Private Life of an English Field (John Lewis-Stempel)
2. A Sweet, Wild Note (Richard Smyth)
3. Foxes Unearthed (Lucy Jones)

What better books to read in springtime than books about wildlife? I am looking forward to all of those!

Let’s have some more non-fiction:

4. Times New Roman (Martha Miller)
5. To The Promised Land: Martin Luther King and the Fight for Economic Justice (Michael K Honey)

Now, on to fiction:

There are some series I would really like to continue:

6. Royal Assassin (Robin Hobb) #2 in the Farseer Trilogy
7. Awakening (William Horwood) #2 in the Hyddenworld quartet
8. Break (Clare Littlemore) #2 in the Flow series

and finally a couple of standalones:

9. Heartstone (Elle Katharine White)
10. The Bees (Laline Paull)

That list makes me want to read so much! Thanks, Top Ten Tuesday! 🙂