Top Ten Tuesday #36: Books for My TBR by Authors I Like

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish but is now managed by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic:

Books By My Favorite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read

I’ve decided to switch up the topic a bit and will instead list books I want to read by authors whose work I’ve read and liked. (So not necessarily my favorite authors.)

Tempest and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce

Tamora Pierce is one of my favorite authors, and I’m currently rereading her early series, the Song of the Lioness quartet and the Immortals series, which are both set in the fictional fantasy world named Tortall and were my favorites as a teen. Tempests and Slaughter was published earlier this year and focuses on the formative years of a character from Pierce’s Immortals series — the mage Numair. Since I’m now rereading the Immortals series, I’d love to work my way to Tempests and Slaughter to see how Numair was before he became a mage.

First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen

I read Allen’s Garden Spells a couple weeks ago and loved it so much that I bought its sequel First Frost. I can’t wait to read it. I love Allen’s writing, and I love the hint of magic in her story. I hope it’s present in this one too.

Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes

Kepnes is one of my favorite authors too. Her thriller novel You, which is told from the POV of a guy who’s stalking a girl, is a favorite. Hidden Bodies is the sequel to You. I’d like to read it to continue with and wrap up the story. I hope it’s just as great. (I bet it is.)

The Stand by Stephen King

With the exception of Carrie, I like all the Stephen King books I’ve read so far. I’m reading his novels in publication order and The Stand is next. I have it on hold at the library, so I’ll most likely begin it in October. Just in time for Halloween.

Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor

I love the cover of this book. So far, I’ve only read Okorafor’s Akata Witch, a YA fantasy novel set in Nigeria that was a lot of fun. Lagoon sounds like it’s more science fiction and is also set in Nigeria. I’m curious.

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

I read Ng’s sophomore novel, Little Fires Everywhere, last year and immediately fell in love with her writing. As soon as I was done, I craved more of her storytelling and immediately grabbed Everything I Never Told You, her debut novel, when I was next in a bookshop. I’d love to read it to see if I’ll like her writing and storytelling there too.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

I enjoyed reading Stiefvater’s Raven Boys novels, a YA paranormal series about a group of teens search for a dead Welsh king. I liked the writing in parts of those books, the atmosphere of the setting, and some of the characters. I’m still curious about Stiefvater as a writer and storyteller, so I’d like to try more of her work, especially Scorpio Races, though it seems to be a story that folks either really like or really dislike.

Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett

Wyrd Sisters is the second novel in the Witches thread of the Discworld series. I read the first one, Equal Rites, last year and enjoyed it, so I’d like to continue with the story. Basically, I want to jump on the Discworld bandwagon because it sounds fun and the world and characters intrigue me.

The Changeling by Victor LaValle

Last year, I read LaValle’s novella The Ballad of Black Tom, which retells H.P. Lovecraft’s short story “The Horror at Red Hook” from the perspective of a Black man. I thought it good. I wasn’t much taken by his writing or storytelling; but, even so, I’d love to try The Changeling because of the hype surrounding it. I’m curious.

Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames

I read Eames’s debut novel, Kings of the Wyld, last year and enjoyed it. I even liked the writing a bit. I’d like to get and jump into this to try more of Eames’s work. I think I might end up a fan. I just really like how he describes certain things in Kings of the Wyld.

Have you read any of these? Let me know which you recommend.

“Mother of the Sea” by Zetta Elliott

Mother of the Sea is another one-sitting read I completed a couple weeks ago. I forgot why I decided to read it then, probably because I wanted something quick, but I bought the book after seeing it featured in this booktube video.


YA fantasy; Historical fiction



Goodreads summary:

When her village is raided, a teenage girl finds herself on a brutal journey to the coast of Africa and across the Atlantic. Her only comfort is a small child who clings to her for protection. But once they board the slave ship, the child reveals her rebellious nature and warns that her mother — a fierce warrior — is coming to claim them all. (Goodreads)

My thoughts:

“When the skinless men leave, the taste of salt lingers on her lips.”

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’90s Movies Book Tag

Since I did the ’90s Cartoon Book Tag a week or so ago, I thought it was only right that the next tag I do is the ’90s Movies Book Tag. I discovered this over on Kristin Kraves Books. It was created by A Book Lovers Playlist.

I grew up in the ’90s, so many of these movies were my favorites back then and I still enjoy watching some of them now. Some make me a little nostalgic for when I first watched them.

She’s All That
Name a book couple that are an odd pairing but they still fit perfectly

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

The couples in Garden Spells are all odd pairings because they are all opposites of each other, but it’s their differences that draws them together and makes them perfect for each other. Garden Spells is about the estranged Waverley sisters who reunite after 10 years. The Waverleys are considered an odd bunch and their town believes that they grow magical flowers and have an apple tree that bears prophetic fruit.

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“Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops” by Jen Campbell

I read Jen Campbell’s Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops a couple weeks ago because I’d completed Shaun Bythell’s The Diary of a Bookseller and wasn’t ready to stop reading about hilarious experiences in bookshops.


Nonfiction, humor



Goodreads summary:

This Sunday Times bestseller is a miscellany of hilarious and peculiar bookshop moments: ‘Can books conduct electricity?’

‘My children are just climbing your bookshelves: that’s ok… isn’t it?’

A John Cleese Twitter question [‘What is your pet peeve?’], first sparked the ‘Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops’ blog, which grew over three years into one bookseller’s collection of ridiculous conversations on the shop floor.

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Weekend Reads #90: I’m Just Procrastinating

Weekend Reads is a weekly post in which I discuss a variety of topics and mention the books I plan to read on the weekend, but I don’t have a topic this weekend. Just my random thoughts:

Staying committed to a thing from beginning to end is not something I’m good at. I always get distracted somewhere in between and go off on a tangent, never able to find my way back to what I was working on before. That’s why I’m surprised I’ve stuck with this blogging thing for so long. I thought I’d have gotten distracted by something else by now and given it up. But no. I’m still here posting away about whatever catches my fancy.

Why am I writing about this? I don’t know. I just wanted to do a Weekend Reads post. I wanted to share my thoughts on a thing and write something insightful, but nothing was coming so I just wrote whatever popped up in my mind. This is what came out — my lack of commitment to my projects.

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I Heart Characters! #9: A Biker….of the Opposite Sex

I Heart Characters! is a weekly meme hosted by Dani at Perspective of a Writer to share our love of great characters. Each week, Dani will assign a topic/type of character that we must find examples of in the various media we consume (books, TV shows, movies, comics, podcasts, etc.).

September 7th topic:

A Biker

Literally any character who rides a bike, a motorcycle, or a scooter…

Firefly from G.I. Joe: Retaliation

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Reread Double Up: “The Battle of the Labyrinth” and “Wild Magic”

The best thing for me to do when stressed is return to a favorite novel, preferably one that’s a quick, fun read that’s sure to make me momentarily forget my troubles. That need led me to reread these two novels a couple days ago. It’s been years since I’d read them, but I still enjoy them.

These two seem an unlikely pair, but they share several similarities. They are both YA novels that target readers on the cusp of adolescence. I usually think of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson & the Olympian novels as middle-grade reads, but I think The Battle of the Labyrinth is where the books start to lean more heavily toward YA because Percy Jackson is now a 14-year-old but still trying to protect his friends and survive until his supposedly fateful 16th birthday. Tamora Pierce’s Wild Magic, the first of her Immortals novels, is YA fantasy and has content that is more mature than what’s presented in The Battle of the Labyrinth, but the protagonist is a 13-year-old girl who has lost her family and is seeking a new home while learning to accept who she is.

I immensely enjoyed reading both books and while reading them, both filled me with nostalgia for when I first encountered them. I first read The Battle of the Labyrinth when I was in college. That’s when I learned of the Percy Jackson series, got hooked, and marathon-read them. I did the same when I discovered Tamora Pierce’s books in middle school. Until I reread Wild Magic, I was convinced that the Song of the Lioness books were my introduction to Tamora Pierce. But now I believe I first encountered Pierce through the Immortals books, with the third book, Emperor Mage, to be exact, before I hopped to the Song of the Lioness series.

But no matter how I discovered them or who their target audience is, I’m glad that I’m able to return to them now and still be entertained by them.

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