Welcome back to this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted as always by That Artsy Reader Girl!
This week’s theme is ten most recent reads, and I am excited to read everyone’s lists this week, because I’m sure that there will be no two lists that are exactly the same! While some of the newer releases will most likely be on everyone’s list, I’m sure there will be many older books that people are just now getting to.
I’ll admit that I haven’t read as much in the past two months as I did in the first two months, but I think you’ll still find something interesting here. Number one is the most recent one that I’ve read, while number ten was further away.
1 – The Conductors by Nicole Glover
I can’t believe I’ve actually read two post-Civil War era books in the same year, but this one is far and away different from After Alice Fell. If you need to scratch the itch with a historical fantasy book, I think this one would work very well. The magic system is a little frustratingly vague, but overall it’s a great story, even if the villain monologues for way too long about why they did what they did.
2 – Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton
Ever wondered what would happen to the animals during the zombie apocalypse? Let S.T. the Crow tell you exactly what’s going on. While we’re never told why the humans suddenly decided to go bonkers and become flesh-eating monstrosities, it also makes sense, because why would animals understand what’s really going on? All they know is they have to band together to survive, and I loved this book so much that I’ve already pre-ordered the second book.
3 – Broken (in the best possible way) by Jenny Lawson
If you’re looking for a book to let you know that you’re not alone in your struggles with your mental health, Jenny Lawson’s books will always provide exactly what you need. Even if Broken isn’t as laugh-out-loud funny as her previous books, it’s still one that I’m going to put on my shelf and re-read when I need to remind myself that I’m not alone.
4 – The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner
So far, this is one of the most disappointing books that I’ve read this year (easily in my top five so far), because I did not care a single bit for what was going on in the modern-day sections of the book (the main character claimed to be a Victorian-era expert, even having a degree in Victorian literature, and yet didn’t know what mudlarking is? That’s when I completely checked out of the book). The actual apothecary sections were incredible, and I wish we’d gotten a full book of just that.
5 – Lore by Alexandra Bracken
After reading the first two Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, I wanted to see something a little different. There’s nothing feel-good about Lore, and if you’re looking for something dark and gritty pertaining to the modern-day Greek gods, this is what you’re looking for. This might be one of the few books that I wouldn’t mind seeing a sequel for.
6 – The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec
The first half of the book is super slow, but once the witch begins to take her revenge against everyone that’s wronged her, it actually begins to get exciting. It’s too bad this second part of the book is much shorter than the first part, because I would have loved an entire book about revenge. Although I’m sure if you like books about motherhood and child-rearing, you’d enjoy the first part of the book more than I did.
7 – After Alice Fell by Kim Taylor Blakemore
It took me a hot minute to actually figure out what was going on in this book, but when I realized who the whodunnit was, I was taken aback and wanted to re-read it to see if I missed any clues leading up to it. (Spoiler alert: I totally read this book too fast and missed several important clues.) Content Warning: mental illness, possible suicide.
8 – West With Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge
This is a book I picked up as part of my Kindle First reads and didn’t have very high hopes for, but now it’s one of the books that I just want to shout about from the rooftops and urge everyone to pick up. It’s a beautiful coming-of-age story about a boy who volunteers to drive two giraffes cross-country from New York to California, and the trials and tribulations he encounters along the way.
9 – Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
I really enjoyed Mexican Gothic, and thought that I should try one of Moreno-Garcia’s earlier works. I don’t think Gods of Jade and Shadow was the right choice for me. It was too YA-focused, and I wish I’d done more research on the mythology before starting into this book because then I might have enjoyed it more. I did get it on a bargain buy, though, so I’m not too mad about spending money on it.
10 – Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
I’ve never actually read Peter Pan before, but I loved the Disney movie as a kid (and the 2003 remake, because I had the biggest crush on the kid who played Peter), and I was absolutely horrified by actually reading the book. Peter is a jerk and I’m almost on the side of the pirates with this one.
I’ll admit that I’ve updated this post a few times since originally writing it, because I actually read books since drafting this post!
What about you? Have you read any of the books on this list? Do you have any suggestions as to what I should read next? Let me know in the comments!
And as always, keep reading.