I couldn’t think of a way to answer today’s Top Ten Tuesday that wasn’t really similar to a recent prompt so — since it’s my birthday later this month — I thought I’d give this a go. Keep an eye on the blog later this month, because I’m planning a preorder giveaway to celebrate.
A dark book you absolutely love
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
This was one of my favourite books of this year, it was exactly the book I’ve always wanted but never been able to find whenever people talk about morally grey characters and books with a villain as a protagonist.
A light read
Out of the Blue by Sophie Cameron
This is a sweet contemporary but with just enough depth — grief, longing and forgiveness — to keep you hooked.
A book that gave you mixed emotions
Queen by Josephine Boyce
I loved the premise and the unapologetically ambitious protagonist but the pacing, slut-shaming and iffy bisexual stereotype made me squirm.
A book you would recommend to anyone
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
A book you started but never finished
Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver
I don’t know why this didn’t click for me, because I’ve enjoyed other work by Sylver. I know it’s a favourite with a lot of people, but I had to DNF.
A book with great writing
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Is anyone surprised? I read the prologue alone three times straight just to marvel at the prose.
A book that left you wanting more
Iron and Velvet by Alexis Hall
I loved this lesbian paranormal PI duology and am constantly checking in to see if there’s any plans to continue the series.
A series with 4+ Books
Rivers of London (Peter Grant) by Ben Aaronovitch
A bit like The Dresden Files, but set in London and more diverse.
A book that wasn’t what you anticipated.
Planetfall by Emma Newman
While this definitely is a science fiction/ space colony type of book, it’s far more a character study of guilt, grief and mental illness.