Hello everyone! The Top 10 Tuesday this week was about things that will make you read a book. I was really tired last Tuesday night, so I didn’t get to finish this post, but I really wanted to do it… Here are my 10 bookish ‘buzz-things’ in no particular order!
I’m just endly fascinated with this time period- even parallel versions are more than O.K! By Victorian, I also really mean 1700-1900, so more than Victorian really! Some good examples are: Soulless by Gail Carriger, Temeraire by Naomi Novik, Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix, A School for Unusal Girls by Kathleen Baldwin, Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare and Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho.
Especially exaggerated dynamics between men and women, which you get a lot in Victorian-based time periods like in Rook by Sharon Cameron or The Velocipede Races by Emily June Street. Another good example of this is Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
Not like little flitting fae, but interesting fae (often with an evil or unexpected twist) are some of my favourite creatures to read about- you can do so much with them. For some human-mage-type fae I like A Court of Thorns and Roses or Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. For some more evil fae I like The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black. Apart from that, I quite like Wings by Aprilynne Pike, Elfin by Quinn Loftis and A Bond of Venom and Magic by Karen Tomlinson as well. Fae books often have the best romances too.
Thanks Outlander, for starting this obsession. I have a good mixture of different types, some more heavy on fantasy and some heavier on the historical fiction- three of my favourites are Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, Surrender by Pamela Clare and Awaken the Highland Warrior by Anita Clenney.
Fairytales are amazing, so naturally retellings would be too! Some of my favourites are…
A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnston, The Shadow Queen by C. J. Redwine and A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas all retell multiple fairytales in their series, but to start they are Arabian Nights, Snow White and Beauty and the Beast. Cinder by Marissa Meyer is also part of a series of many fairytale retellings and is a retelling of Cinderella.
The Wrath and the Dawn duology by Renee Ahdieh is also an Arabian Nights retelling and The Princess Curse by Merrie Haskell is a Twelve Dancing Princesses retelling, which is slightly more original!
Books where the main characters have something to do with art are so fun, something about them just speaks to me. The main characters in Night Owls by Jenn Bennett are both artists in more unusual art forms (anatomical drawings and graffiti). The main characters in I’ll Give You the Sun do many different types of art, but an art school is a large part of the plot and there are even little bits of their art included. The main character in ACOTAR is a painter and in the second book, Velaris is also a true city of art! It’s so beautiful.
I just love romance. I’m a hopeless romantic and proud of it… especially when there is a hate-to-love arc or just some great chemistry. Some of my faves are…
RENE and SOPHIA from Rook by Sharon Cameron.
WARNER and JULIETTE from Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi… no one likes Warner in the first book!
CURRAN and KATE from the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews.
JAIME and CLAIRE or ROGER and BREE from the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.
CASSIAN and EMMELINE from The Velocipede Races by Emily June Street.
RHYSAND and FEYRE from A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas.
AND OF COURSE ALL THE OTHER BEAUTIFUL SHIPS.
Can you tell I have a problem?
Some kind of arrangement always makes for an interesting dynamic and relationship progression. Rook by Sharon Cameron and The Velocipede Races by Emily June Street are excellent examples of this. I haven’t read When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, but I’m super excited to read that aspect of the story.
Interesting magic systems are definitely a go! Carry On by Rainbow Rowell implements common turns of phrase and nursery rhymes, The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig uses maps to travel even into fictional realms and Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson uses colour and something called ‘Breath’ which I cannot even begin to explain!
Pretty settings… yes please, something about the descriptions that just make my mouth water. The beautiful city and mountains of the Night Court in ACOMAF, the desert which is beautiful to watch and less beautiful to be in in The Wrath and the Dawn and the rolling countryside of Watership Down are three such beautiful locations.
So there is my very belated “Top Ten Tuesday”! Happy reading, Keira x.