Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Meant to Read In 2018 but Didn’t

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Books I Meant to Read In 2018 but Didn’t Get To.

I read a lot of books in 2018, but I didn’t read all the books I had planned on reading. Listed below are 10 books I had wanted to read, but didn’t. Hopefully, I get to these in 2019. I have all of these books, but I have a bad habit of not reading books that I own. I’m hoping to work on that this year.

1. World War Z by Max Brooks

World War Z by Max Brooks

2. The Perfect Nanny by Leïla Slimani

The Perfect Nanny by Leile Slimani

3. Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

4. Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

5. Let Me In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Let Me In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

6. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

7. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

8. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

9. Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

10. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Top Ten Tuesday: New to Me Authors I Read in 2018

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is New to Me Authors I Read in 2018.

I love discovering “new-to-me” authors. Some authors I hear about for ages before giving them a shot, others I try on a whim. Below are 10 “new-to-me” authors and the books I read by them in 2018. I enjoyed each of these authors, and will be picking up more books by them in the future.

1. Riley Sager

Final Girls by Riley SagerThe Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

2. Clare Mackintosh

I Let You Go by Clare MackintoshLet Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh

3. Christina Lauren

Josh & Hazel's Guide to Not Dating by Christina LaurenMy Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren

4. Lauren Oliver

Delirium by Lauren OliverPandemonium by Lauren OliverRequiem by Lauren OliverVanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

5. Shari Lapena

An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

6. Lisa Jewell

Then She Was Gone by Lisa JewellWatching You by Lisa Jewell

7. B. A. Paris

Bring Me Back by B.A. ParisBehind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris

8. Mary Kubica

The Good Girl by Mary KubicaWhen the Lights Go Out by Mary KubicaDon't You Cry by Mary Kubica

9. Carol Wyer

The Birthday by Carol WyerLast Lullaby by Carol Wyer

10. Holly Black

Doll Bones by Holly BlackThe Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019.

It looks to be another good year for books! Below are ten mysteries and thrillers I’m most excited to read in early 2019. I have some of these as ARCs, so I’ll be reading them soon. The others I’ll be anxiously awaiting.

Listed in order of expected publication dates.

1. The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor – February 5, 2019

The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor

2. The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald – February 5, 2019

The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald

3. Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson – March 5, 2019

Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson

4. A Beautiful Corpse by Christi Daughetry – March 12, 2019

A Beautiful Corpse by Christi Daugherty

5. My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing – March 26, 2019

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

6. The Better Sister by Alafair Burke – April 16, 2019

The Better Sister by Alafair Burke

7. I Know Who You Are by Alice Feeney – April 23, 2019

I Know Who You Are by Alice Feeney

8. The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth – April 23, 2019

The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth

9. Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine – April 23, 2019

Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine

10. The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda – May 2, 2019

The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I Read in 2018

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Best Books I Read in 2018.

It’s always hard to narrow down my favorite books. I had a great year of reading in 2018, so it was no surprise I had to think a bit to pick top 10 books for the year. I did it though, and below are 10 books I loved and highly recommend. I reviewed eight of these books here on the blog, click the titles to go to reviews.

1. Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine

Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine

2. The Echo Killing by Christi Daugherty
The Echo Killing by Christi Daugherty

3. Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone
Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone

4. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

5. Sadie by Courtney Summers
Sadie by Courtney Summers

6. The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

7. The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

8. Circe by Madeline Miller
Circe by Madeline Miller

9. My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren
My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren

10. Blood of My Blood by Barry Lyga
Blood of My Blood by Barry Lyga

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Hope I Find Under My Christmas Tree This Morning

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Books I Hope I Find Under My Christmas Tree This Morning.

Like many bookworms, I have a long list of books I want. I own so many books, it’s hard for others to buy ones for me though. Also, I can be really particular about which edition I want. Below is a list of books that are currently on my want to own list. For the books on this list, I’m picky about which edition because I prefer that the books all match what I already have.

1. The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz
I have the first four books in this series, and want the latest one too.

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz

2. A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin
I have the first four books in the series, but haven’t bought this one yet.

A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin

3. Life Among the Savages by Shirley Jackson
One of the few books by Jackson that I haven’t read. I love her fiction, and would like to read this nonfiction memoir too.

Life Among the Savages by Shirley Jackson

4. Tolkien’s Books for the Middle-Earth Universe
I have The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and would like to finish out the collection.

The Silmarillion by J. R. R. TolkienUnfinished Tales by J. R. R. Tolkien

5. Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe series
I have books 1 and 3 in this series, and would like to get the whole set.

Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond ChandlerThe Lady in the Lake by Raymond ChandlerThe Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

6. Locke & Key series by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez.
I have volumes 1, 2 and 5, but haven’t read them yet. I plan to get the remaining three books and read them all back to back.

Crown of Shadows by Joe HillKeys to the Kingdom by Joe HillAlpha & Omega by Joe Hill

7. The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
I have books 1 and 3, and I want to read the others too.

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. MaasQueen of Shadows by Sarah J. MaasEmpire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

8. Puffin Classics
A series of primarily children’s classics that I’ve slowly been acquiring.

Aesop's Fables by AesopLittle Women by Louisa May AlcottDracula by Bram Stoker

9. Vintage Classics
Another one that I have some of the books and want more.

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret AtwoodThe Collector by John FowlesTo Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

10. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
This is my favorite book, and I already own multiple copies. There are other editions though, and I wouldn’t mind having them in my collection.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott FitzgeraldThe Great Gatsby by F. Scott FitzgeraldThe Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Top Ten Tuesday: Winter 2018 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Winter 2018 TBR.

I have a lot of books I want to read this winter. Some of the books listed below I plan to read before the end of the year, and the rest will be read in January. The books listed below are all ones that I received from Netgalley and Edelweiss.

1. She Lies in Wait by Gytha Lodge
2. As Long as We Both Shall Live by JoAnn Chaney
3. The Perfect Liar by Thomas Christopher Greene
4. The Suspect by Fiona Barton
5. The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley
6. Dead as a Door Knocker by Diane Kelly
7. The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray
8. Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward
9. A Beautiful Corpse by Christi Daugherty
10. The Last Woman in the Forest by Diane Les Becquets

She Lies in Wait by Gytha LodgeAs Long as We Both Shall Live by JoAnn ChaneyThe Perfect Liar by Thomas Christopher Greene
The Suspect by Fiona BartonThe Hunting Party by Lucy Foley
The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa GrayBeautiful Bad by Annie WardA Beautiful Corpse by Christi DaughertyThe Last Woman in the Forest by Diane Les Becquets

Top Ten Tuesday: Worst Dystopian Worlds

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is a freebie, so I decided to list ten of the worst dystopian worlds. I love to read dystopian novels, but I would not want to live in these places. Below are ten dystopian novels that I enjoyed reading, and all have disturbing world settings.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsDivergent by Veronica RothThe Handmaid's Tale by Margaret AtwoodWool by Hugh Howey1984 by George Orwell
Enclave by Ann AguirreBrave New World by Aldous HuxleyThe Giver by Lois LowryFahrenheit 451 by Ray BradburyDelirium by Lauren Oliver

1. Panem in The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
2. Post-apocalyptic Chicago in Divergent by Veronica Roth
3. Republic of Gilead in The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
4. The Silo in Wool by Hugh Howey
5. Airstrip One in 1984 by George Orwell
6. Post-apocalyptic New York City in Enclave by Ann Aguirre
7. World State in Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
8. The Community in The Giver by Lois Lowry
9. Distant American future in Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
10. Futuristic Portland, Maine in Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Top Ten Tuesday: Cozy/Wintry Reads

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Cozy/Wintry Reads.

This time of year I get in the mood to read more cozy mysteries. My plate is pretty full with other reads right now, so I’ll probably increase the number of cozies on my reading list in January. Below are ten cozy mysteries that I want to read this winter. Most of these are ones I own, but haven’t read yet.

Murder is Binding by Lorna BarrettHomicide in Hardcover by Kate CarlisleOn What Grounds by Cleo CoyleCatering to Nobody by Diane Mott DavidsonHook, Line, and Blinker by Jana Deleon
Murder by the Book by Lauren ElliottTurbo Twenty-Three by Janet EvanovichFudge Cupcake Murder by Joanne FlukeA Cold Brew Killing by Lena GregoryDead as a Door Knocker by Diane Kelly

1. Murder is Binding by Lorna Barrett – I have a copy of this book, but haven’t read it.
2. Homicide in Hardcover by Kate Carlisle – Another one I have a copy of, but haven’t read it.
3. On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle – I have a few books in this series, but haven’t started it yet.
4. Catering to Nobody by Diane Mott Davidson – Another one I own and haven’t read.
5. Hook, Line, and Blinker by Jana Deleon – I want to get caught up on this series.
6. Murder by the Book by Lauren Elliott – I have the Kindle version to read.
7. Turbo Twenty-Three by Janet Evanovich – I have this one checked our from OverDrive right now.
8. Fudge Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke – Another series I own, and want to get caught up on.
9. A Cold Brew Killing by Lena Gregory – I won a Kindle version of this in a Goodreads Giveaway, but haven’t read it yet.
10. Dead as a Door Knocker by Diane Kelly – I have this ARC from Netgalley.

Top Ten Tuesday: Platonic Relationships In Books

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Platonic Relationships In Books. Below are ten of my favorite friendships in books.

The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan DoyleHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. RowlingThe Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. TolkienA Man Called Ove by Fredrik BackmanThe Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Louisiana Longshot by Jana DeleonBig Little Lies by Liane MoriartyFangirl by Rainbow RowellThe Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann BrasheresAnne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

1. Sherlock Holmes & Dr. John Watson in the Sherlock Holmes books
2. Harry, Ron, and Hermoine in the Harry Potter books
3. Sam and Frodo in The Lord of the Rings trilogy
4. Ove and Parvaneh in A Man Called Ove
5. Tom and Huckleberry in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
6. Fortune, Gertie, and Ida Belle in the Miss Fortune series
7. Jane, Madeline, and Celeste in Big Little Lies
8. Cath and Reagan in Fangirl
9. Lena, Tibby, Bridget, and Carmen in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
10. Anne and Diana in Anne of Green Gables

Top Ten Tuesday: Thanksgiving/Thankful Freebie

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Thanksgiving/Thankful Freebie.

This week, I’m listing 10 books that I am thankful for. Each of these books was memorable in some way, and impacted my reading life. Basically, these are the books that helped me get more interested in certain authors and genres.

The Westing Game by Ellen RaskinsTo Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeThe Firm by John GrishamSense and Sensibility by Jane AustenThe Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan PoeAnna Karenina by Leo TolstoyThe Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsIn Cold Blood by Truman CapoteGone Girl by Gillian Flynn

1. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
Other than the Nancy Drew series, this was my favorite mystery as a kid. It stood out because it was a standalone story, and so many kid’s books are series.

2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The first classic I ever read for fun, and the book that taught me classics can be enjoyable reads.

3. The Firm by John Grisham
The first legal thriller I ever read. It was my intro to adult thrillers, and I’ve been hooked ever since.

4. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
The first Jane Austen book I read. I have since read, and loved, her other five novels.

5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
One of my favorites, and also one of the few books I have reread.

6. Complete Tales and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
The first collection of short stories I read. I’m a big fan of short stories, especially ones in the mystery and horror genres.

7. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
My introduction to a Russian author. I have since read other Russian authors, and am constantly surprised by how much I enjoy them.

8. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
This one got me hooked on YA dystopians.

9. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
The true crime novel that got me interested in the genre.

10. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
A psychological thriller that helped make the genre a hit. Currently my favorite genre to read.