Top Ten Tuesday

TTT – Most Recent Reads

Top Ten Tuesday used to be a weekly post hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, but was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. “It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.” This is definitely something I can understand and want to participate in.

This week’s topic is my ten most recent reads, and share a quick, one-sentence review to go with them. I read a ton of books last month, and for some reason, the ones I read towards the end of the month were the highest rated. If you want more detailed reviews of the books listed, you can check out my April monthly wrap up for links to each of the reviews. Here’s my 10 most recently read books:

  1. Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo — the perfect ending to the King of Scars duology, and probably my favorite Grishaverse book so far!
  2. Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien — a fun cozy mystery with hints of romance that gave me some serious cravings for … donuts?
  3. We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal — gorgeous writing that I couldn’t help but slow down and savor, and the most perfect, angsty story I could have ever asked for.
  4. Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton — a dark and twisty story showing the seedy underside of the beautiful art form of ballet.
  5. The Bride Test by Helen Hoang — the most adorable romance with characters I couldn’t help but fall in love with!
  6. The Intimacy Experiment by Rosie Danan — a former porn star and a rabbi walk into a bar … yeah, it’s the tagline for this book, not a corny joke, but somehow the story really does work!
  7. Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley — this contemporary YA debut was incredible and gave me such a peek into a culture I knew nothing about. I will read anything she writes!
  8. The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz — stealing a plot idea from a dead former student sounds like the perfect plan … until suddenly it isn’t.
  9. Catastrophe Queen by Emma Hart — a laugh out loud romance between the world’s klutziest woman and her incredibly put-together, rich, handsome boss.
  10. Maus by Art Spiegelman — an incredibly moving graphic novel depicting not just a son telling his father’s story of survival during the Holocaust, but an unflinching look at how intergenerational trauma affects their relationship decades later.

Have you read any of these? What did you think?

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  1. The Bride Test was good. I still haven’t read The Rule of Wolves, but now I want to reread all of the previous Grishaverse books before I read this one. I think I’ll see more things now that I’ve read six books in the universe (seven counting her book of Grishaverse short stories), and they’re all interconnected in some way.

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  2. Catastrophe Queen looks adorable, and has an attention-grabbing cover to boot. 🙂 As for Grishaverse, I just watched Shadow & Bone, and it wasn’t bad… though since you’ve read the books, does the show match? The characterizations seemed a bit off to me, can’t say I was a big fan of Alina’s, at least in those initial parts.

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    • It was wonderful in English, I thought it conveyed the quirks of language very well. My father was a Polish survivor also and spoke similarly to Vladek, so there was a sense of familiarity while reading.


  3. I loved The Bride Test, too! Can’t wait to read the final one in the series. I need to read King of Scars so I can get to Rule of Wolves. 🙂 And Firekeeper’s Daughter was the book in my subscription box but it never arrived. I’m so bummed. Hopefully I can pick it up soon. Great post!

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