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.
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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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I Heart Characters! #8: Daring & Sweet

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.).

August 23rd topic:

Character Who’d Run into a Fire to _____

(Fill in the blank! The sky is the limit… If they’d run into a fire for any reason, then they’re who you want to showcase!)

Percy Jackson

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I Heart Characters! #7: A Three in One Deal

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.).

August 2nd topic:

Super’natural’ hottie

(Literally a character who is drop dead gorgeous and from a supernatural race or, less literally, a sexually diverse character who is a hottie…)

Sawyer Silver

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I Heart Characters! #6: Anti-Establishment | Tsundere

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.).

Last week’s topic:

Tsundere hot-n-cold lover

(A manga/anime term that refers to a character who is strong-willed but melts inside when faced with the ONE.)

Sanao Mokoya

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I Heart Characters! #5: Mentor Me, Minor Character!

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.).

Last week’s topic:

A minor character who needs their own story 

(Any character I want an expanded story about.)

Oh…this one is a toughy. There are so many to choose from. Well, since I’m on a Robin-Hobb kick at the moment, I choose….

Chade Fallstar

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Top 5 Wednesday #25: Future Classics

Woah! It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts.

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by GingerReadsLainey and now managed by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. For more information on this meme, visit the Goodreads group.

This week’s topic:

Future classics: What books do you think with stand the test of time?

I don’t think all books that are considered a classic have withstood the test of time. Some of them have aged and do not appeal to modern readers and clash with modern sensibilities (thinking of She by H. Rider Haggard. Hate that book).

However, I do believe that classics are books that are not only a product of its time but remains relevant throughout the years and, in some cases, is also a forerunner or has sparked a change in some way. So for me, here are the books I think will be considered classics.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

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