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.
Previous Top Ten Tuesday Topics
- 7th June: Books With A Unit Of Time in the Title
- 14th June: Books I Wish Had An Epilogue
- 21st June: Bookish Wishes
- 28th June: Books on my Summer TBR
- 5th July: Most Anticipated Books Releasing In the Second Half of 2022
- 12th July: Book Covers that Feel Like Summer
- 19th July: Some Bookish Opinions
It was with a sigh of relief that we reached the end of term last Friday. Six weeks to recuperate, to keep the little one entertained and off screens, to recharge the batteries before September 1st! These last few weeks with people off timetable, end of term exams and exam marking, meetings and meetings planning for next year have been rather hectic, and my reviews have backed up a little bit, so I thought I’d start this week’s topic with a little aide memoire to myself by just collating the books I have completed but not yet reviewed. This is, after all, a rather retrospective theme.
This week’s topic comes from the wonderful Dedra of the blog A Book Wanderer, a great blog and a key member of the reader community online. It is an invitation to look back at past Seasonal TBR lists and confess which ones are still to be read – or perhaps less a confession and more a reminder of the excitement and anticipation we felt then which time, family, other commitments and new books have superceded. Let’s take a glance at a whole year from Summer 2021 to Spring 2022 – considering that we are still very much in the grip of summer, my Summer 2022 TBR is still current!
Warning: there will be more than ten on this list!
- The Beautiful Ones, Silvia Moreno-Garcia
- At Night All Blood is Black, David Diop
- All Among the Barley, Melissa Harrison
- The Chosen and the Beautiful, Ngho Vo
- The Vanishing Half, Brit Bennett
A whole year ago… I do still want to read the Diop having had a friend rave about how challenging and powerful it is – and perhaps leaving it until I have time to deal with the brutality of its themes. And both The Beautiful Ones and The Chosen and the Beautiful still really appeal: historical settings, gorgeously evoked, and rather similar covers!
I did make a start on The Vanishing Half, but found myself struggling with it, despite the rave reviews I have heard of it.
- This Poison Heart, Kalynn Bayron
- Exposure, Helen Dunmore
- Empire of the Vampire, Jay Kristoff
- The Secret Guests, B. W. Black
- An Island, Karen Jennings
- Beautiful World, Where Are You, Sally Rooney
- Oh William! Elizabeth Strout
- April in Spain, John Banville
Beautiful World is the one form Autumn 2021 that I still really want to – need to – read having loved Normal People. Equally, Banville’s pathologist Quirke (from the novels written as Benjamin Black) works alongside his detective St John Strafford to solve the mystery of a missing woman. This Poison Heart just looks like a fun read which I am likely to want to recommend to students at school. And the Kristoff book just seems like a blast!
- How to Kill Your Family, Bella Mackie
- Box 88, Charles Cumming
- The Promise, Damon Galgut
- Great Circle, Maggie Shipstead
- Cackle, Rachel Harrison
- The Dark, Emma Haughton
- The Paris Apartment, Lucy Foley
- The Hemlock Cure, Joanne Burn
I wanted to read The Promise on the basis of it having won the Booker Prize, and Great Circle because it was nominated. Cackle just seems like a lot of witchy feminist fun.
I am sure I will get around to Box 88 at some point but, currently, my appetite for espionage (which is never my strongest appetite) is being met by the Slough House series.
- The Library of the Dead, T. L. Huchu
- A Psalm for the Wild-Built, Becky Chambers
- This One Sky Day, Leone Ross
- The Sentence, Louise Erdrich
- Final Revival of Opal & Nev, Dawnie Walton
- The Exhibitionist, Charlotte Mendelson
- The Bread The Devil Knead, Lisa Allen-Agostini
- Salt Lick, Lulu Allison
- Remote Sympathy, Charlotte Chidgey
- Flamingo, Rachel Elliott
- Creatures of Passage, Morowa Yejide
Spring is usually dominated by the publication of the Women’s Prize longlist and I don’t think I’ve done too badly with that this year! I do still want to read Final Revival of Opal & Nev – the 1970s music industry, black feminist punk meeting rock seems a wonderfully vivid setting, albeit charged with high tensions.
The Becky Chambers as well is always going to be a treat and is likely to be this summer’s feel good hug in the form of a book!
As always, please do let me know whether you have read these, and champion your favourites to rise to the top of my mountainous TBR!
Have a great Top Ten Tuesday!
Upcoming Top Ten Tuesday Themes
August 2: Books Set In a Place I’d Love to Visit (real places or fictional)
August 9: Hilarious Book Titles
August 16: Books I Love That Were Written Over Ten Years Ago
August 23: Completed Series I Wish Had More Books
August 30: School Freebie (In honor of school starting up soon, come up with a topic that somehow ties to school/education. The book could be set at school/college, characters could be teachers, books with school supplies on the cover, nonfiction titles, books that taught you something or how to do something, your favorite required reading in school, books you think should be required reading, your favorite banned books, etc.)