Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Top Ten Tuesday | Shoulda Woulda Coulda... But Really Shoulda

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week you compile a list of ten books which coincide with that week's theme. You can find everything you need to know about joining in here!

It's no secret that 2016 was an absolutely rubbish reading year for me; I read half the amount of what I read in 2015 and, what's worse, there wasn't much I read that genuinely wowed me. As I'm sure you can imagine there were plenty of 2016 releases I ended up not getting to during 2016 and I'm hoping I can cross them off my TBR sooner rather than later!

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers: Considering The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (reviewed here) is one of my favourite books of all time, I don't know why I haven't read this yet. I think I loved TLWtaSAP so much I've been nervous that A Closed and Common Orbit won't be as good, but I won't know until I try and, frankly, I'm excited to read a story about two ladies in space.

The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss: This is one of those novels I've heard nothing but good things about so I'm hoping to get to it soon, as with every other book on this list!

The Muse by Jessie Burton: I enjoyed The Miniaturist (reviewed here) way more than I was expecting to and I think, like A Closed and Common Orbit, I haven't picked up The Muse yet for fear that it won't live up to my expectations. I do love stories about art, though, so I'd like to get to this one at some point in the coming months - especially as I've owned a copy since its release!

A Tyranny of Petticoats ed. by Jessica Spotswood: I love historical fiction centred around women, which is why it makes no since that I haven't read this anthology yet. My only excuse is that the only other anthology I read in 2016, Summer Days and Summer Nights, I ended up DNF-ing. March is Women's History Month, though, so I think I'll aim to read it around then!

Goldenhand by Garth Nix: I was so excited to discover Nix was bringing out another novel about Lirael, but it's been so long since I read The Old Kingdom series that I'm considering re-reading Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen before I tackle this one so I can refresh my memory.

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry: This book has pretty much everything in it that I love about historical fiction, it was voted Waterstones Book of the Year in 2016, and I've even read about a quarter of it, but I just wasn't feeling it this year and I've heard such good things that I decided to put it down so I could come back to it when I could give it the attention it deserves. Hopefully that will be sometime soon.

The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley: 2016 wasn't a great year for non-fiction, especially when compared with 2015, so a lot of the non-fiction releases I was looking forward to I just didn't get to. This is another one I'm aiming to get to soon!

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly: This is another one I'm probably going to get to for Women's History Month if I can't read it before then. I'm really looking forward to the film!

What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi: I've actually read the first story in this collection and really enjoyed it, but I ended up putting it down for some reason I can't remember. Hopefully I'll return to it soon.

As I Descended by Robin Talley: I have an eARC of this that I still haven't read because I'm not so secretly a terrible person. But this is also an LGBT+ retelling of Macbeth, so I will definitely be reading it at some point soon. I wonder how many times I've said the word 'soon'...

Which books made your list this week?


  1. These all sound great. I hope you get to them in 2017.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  2. I read What Is Not Yours for my book club a couple months ago...the first story was probably my favorite, but if you enjoyed it, I expect you'll like the rest of them too. It definitely made me want to read more Oyeyemi and especially interested in what her novels are like!

  3. The sun is also a star by Nicola Yoon and Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare made my list. I have seen the muse around I love the cover.

    Megan @reading away the days

  4. Oh, great list! I can vouch for Common Orbit (my worries that it wouldn't live up to Small Angry Planet rapidly evaporated; it's very different, but wonderful) - and I too am keen to read The Tidal Zone and The Essex Serpent. I've loved all of Sarah Moss's work so far, but must admit I haven't yet read Signs for Lost Children, which I feel I should do (given how much I loved Bodies of Light) before I pick up Tidal Zone! Essex Serpent, on the other hand, is already downloaded and ready to go...

  5. YES Goldenhand. My decision to wait for the paperback was wrong...oh so wrong. I need that book in my life XD Petticoats is another one I really want to read as well! Oh and I still need to read A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet but I'm hoping to do so soon ;)

  6. I've never heard of The Tidal Zone - I'll have to look it up. :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

  7. I STILL need to read The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet! I have heard SUCH amazing things. A Tyranny of Petticoats also sounds really good, and is sitting on my bookshelf waiting for me haha. I don't know much about The Muse other than I LOOOOVE the cover, and kind of want to read it based on that alone? Hahah. I hope you get a chance to read all of these soon, and that you love them!