Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. 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!
This week’s theme is ‘Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book’ which, once I got thinking about it, was actually a really fun list to compile! Don’t know why I sound surprised, though, considering I love making lists.
Below is a list of ten things that make me pick up a book, why I like them and three books I’ve added to my TBR because of that thing. You may notice that there are a few books that could easily fit into more than one category here, so I’m definitely on brand!
I’ve said before that, when it comes to LGBT+ books, I used to find it really difficult to find good f/f books, whereas there seemed to be a plethora of m/m stories out there. Thankfully there are so many more books out now, and coming out in future, that cover the whole spectrum of the LGBT+ community, including lots of brilliant-sounding books to satisfy my f/f craving.
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
We Set the Dark On Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia
I mean, come on. If witches weren’t on this list then you could rightly assume someone had booted me off my chair and taken over this blog. I’ve always been fascinated by the history of witchcraft and witch trials, so I love a witch book; I particularly have Celia Rees’s Witch Child to thank for this.
Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft ed. by Jessica Spotswood and Tess Sharpe
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
I’ve said plenty of times before that I’m a huge history nerd, and I’ve particularly loved the Tudor era ever since my Dad told me about Henry VIII and his six wives (I even created my own Tudor-themed book tag!). I love learning about this era, particularly about its women.
The Lives of Tudor Women by Elizabeth Norton
Black Tudors: The Untold Story by Miranda Kaufmann
Elizabeth’s Women: The Women Who Shaped the Virgin Queen by Tracy Borman
We see Islam a lot on the news and, in the western media I’m surrounded by, it’s often portrayed in a very negative light, and it’s because of that that I want to learn more about it for myself. I actually think it’s a fascinating religion – I find religions fascinating generally – and I also think it’s become a very misunderstood religion because so many people see ‘Islam’ and think ‘terrorism’. I want to get rid of my ignorance.
The House of Islam: A Global History by Ed Husain
This Orient Isle: Elizabethan England and the Islamic World by Jerry Brotton
I guess because I’m the youngest of three sisters myself, and stories involving witches so often involve sisters, I love books with strong and realistic portrayals of what it is to be a sister. I don’t want everyone to be the best of friends all the time because sisters can be a pain in the arse – like I said, I’m the youngest, so it’s still my job to annoy the hell out of my sisters – but I love it when books portray sisters as separate people with agency, not merely the main character and her sister who pops up to help from time to time.
Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey
The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton
Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
Ugh this is probably one of the most overdone tropes in fantasy of all time – even Shrek essentially starts out as a banned magic story – and I eat it up like nobody’s business. I think because it’s a plot that so often leads to rebellions and seeking justice for persecution, it just ticks a lot of my boxes. Keep it coming, fantasy authors, keep it coming.
The Antidote by Shelley Sackier
Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
This probably stems from my fascination with the Tudor era, when Catholics and Protestants were quite literally at each other’s throats after Henry VIII broke away from Rome and set up the Church of England so he could marry Anne Boleyn. I can’t help being fascinated by those people in history, and in stories, who believe something so strongly they’d willingly die a pretty horrid death for it.
These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch
Fires of the Faithful by Naomi Kritzer
The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse
Italy’s one of my favourite countries, I’m very lucky in that I’ve visited three cities so far – Rome, Florence and Bologna – and I’m hoping to go to Naples this year, and since reading Foundryside earlier this year I’ve been craving more fantasy books inspired by Italy’s long history.
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta
The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman
In the past few years I’ve realised that I tend to really enjoy work by Nigerian writers, particularly if their work is set in Nigeria. I feel like I haven’t read anything set in Nigeria for a while, though, so I need to get on that.
Rosewater by Tade Thompson
David Mogo, Godhunter by Suyi Davies Okungbowa
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
I actually wrote a post about this not too long ago when I realised, after reading Dread Nation, that I tend to enjoy books with a western vibe. Traditional westerns I’m not into at all, but books that give me that Blood Red Road feel I am all about.
Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman
Red Country by Joe Abercrombie
Devils Unto Dust by Emma Berquist