Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
The theme for this week is:
Books On My Summer TBR
1. The Lies of Locke Lamora, Scott Lynch (Gentleman Bastard #1)
An orphan’s life is harsh—and often short—in the mysterious island city of Camorr. But young Locke Lamora dodges death and slavery, becoming a thief under the tutelage of a gifted con artist. As leader of the band of light-fingered brothers known as the Gentleman Bastards, Locke is soon infamous, fooling even the underworld’s most feared ruler. But in the shadows lurks someone still more ambitious and deadly. Faced with a bloody coup that threatens to destroy everyone and everything that holds meaning in his mercenary life, Locke vows to beat the enemy at his own brutal game—or die trying.
I don’t know whether I should be ashamed of myself or not for this but I actually encouraged my brother to buy this book for himself when we were out book shopping the other day and he wanted to add some new editions to his shelves. However, I don’t feel too bad considering I’ve been recommended it by multiple librarians before when browsing, so at least I told him to buy a good one.
2. The Well of Ascension, Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn #2)
3. The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3)
I’m reading the first novel in the Mistborn series at the moment, The Final Empire, and I’m really enjoying it. I’ve read a lot of YA Fantasy in the past and am slowly progressing on to reading more of it’s “adult” counterparts and whilst I appreciate both styles of writing, I’m gravitating more towards the latter. Sanderson’s storytelling and world-building reminds me a little of Schwab and that comparison is never going to be one made lightly and does indicate how much I like the novel (at least so far!).
4. The Bone Season, Samantha Shannon (The Bone Season #1)
5. The Mime Order (The Bone Season #2)
6. The Song Rising (The Bone Season #3)
The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.
It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.
This one has been on my TBR for over a year now and I’ve physically owned a copy for nearly a year, so it seems about time to read it, especially as I hear people raving about The Priory of the Orange Tree so often. It’s also set in Oxford, a city I love, so it’ll be interesting to see how Shannon writes it into the novel.
7. Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik
Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders… but her father isn’t a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife’s dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty–until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers’ pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed–and finds herself more than up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold.
But having the reputation of being able to change silver to gold can be more trouble than it’s worth–especially when her fate becomes tangled with the cold creatures that haunt the wood, and whose king has learned of her reputation and wants to exploit it for reasons Miryem cannot understand.
This is another book I’ve started but currently am yet to finish as it’s been automatically returned to the library after my online loan expired, and of course, to my luck, someone else reserved it so now I have to wait (although that’ll hopefully give me more motivation to read my books on time in the future). Whilst I do quite like the book, it does seem a bit heavy and arduous to get through at times, however I’m hoping it pays off and considering I’ve heard good things and I’m halfway through, I’ve decidedly committed myself to finishing it.
8. Bloody Rose, Nicholas Eames (The Band #2)
Live fast, die young.
Tam Hashford is tired of working at her local pub, slinging drinks for world-famous mercenaries and listening to the bards sing of adventure and glory in the world beyond her sleepy hometown.
When the biggest mercenary band of all rolls into town, led by the infamous Bloody Rose, Tam jumps at the chance to sign on as their bard. It’s adventure she wants – and adventure she gets as the crew embark on a quest that will end in one of two ways: glory or death.
It’s time to take a walk on the wyld side.
I loved Kings of the Wyld, like actually proper loved it. It reminded me more of what I considered the fantasy genre to be when I was younger, full of dragons and wizards and settings of abandoned castles and dingy forests, and for that reason its sequel has made the list. Bloody Rose features a couple of the side characters that we meet at the end of the first novel and is set afterwards in the same world, so I’m excited to view through another set of eyes, and hopefully meet some of the original protagonists along the way.
9. Down Station, Simon Morden (Down Station #1)
A small group of commuters and tube workers witness a fiery apocalypse overtaking London. They make their escape through a service tunnel. Reaching a door they step through…and find themselves on a wild shore backed by cliffs and rolling grassland. The way back is blocked. Making their way inland they meet a man dressed in a wolf’s cloak and with wolves by his side. He speaks English and has heard of a place called London – other people have arrived here down the ages – all escaping from a London that is burning. None of them have returned. Except one – who travels between the two worlds at will. The group begin a quest to find this one survivor; the one who holds the key to their return and to the safety of London.
And as they travel this world, meeting mythical and legendary creatures,split between North and South by a mighty river and bordered by The White City and The Crystal Palace they realise they are in a world defined by all the London’s there have ever been.
Ahh yes, yet another book set in dear ol’ London. I feel as though with each book that I read which features the city they always take it in a new direction so it’s never the same each time, therefore I’ve learnt not to expect anything, apart from maybe the name of the odd location here and there. This is also a book which I own and has been sitting on my shelf, so I should probably get around to reading it.
10. A Court of Frost and Starlight, Sarah J Maas (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1)
I was super into ACOTAR and the rest of the trilogy when they came out a number of years ago now, however, like with other series, I grew a tad disengaged during the wait for the next instalment and therefore never finished it off. In addition, as it’s more of an add-on story rather than a proper novel, there were no cliff-hangers or plot twists that needed to be resolved so therefore not a great deal of urgency in my mind to finish, but I’m hoping that status will change over the next few months.
Have you read any of the books on my summer TBR? If so, which ones?
Tell me in the comments if you participated in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday and I’ll make sure to check out what you’re planning to read this summer!