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 ‘My Ten Most Recent Reads’ but, as May is Wyrd & Wonder time (woohoo!), all of my TTT posts this month will have a fantasy theme. Like I said last year, though, that’s not too different from how my TTT posts usually are anyway…
So today I’m going to talk about my last ten fantasy reads and, to be honest, I don’t think there will be any surprises here because my reading has been rubbish lately. I’ve read some brilliant books this year, but I’ve read quite a few books that have ultimately been ‘just fine’ and it’s sent me into a bit of a slump, which isn’t ideal when I want to read and review fantasy books throughout May. But we do what we can!
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan: This f/f Asian-inspired YA fantasy has been on my TBR ever since I heard of its release, but I’d been putting off reading it because it deals with sexual assault. I did ultimately enjoy it, and I thought the author handled everything well, but I didn’t love it and I have no interest in continuing with the series.
A Curse of Roses by Diana Pinguicha: I received a copy of this Portuguese-inspired historical fantasy from NetGalley and while there was a lot about it that really spoke to me, it still only ended up being a two star read for me.
How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black; narrated by Caitlin Kelly: I borrowed the audiobook of this follow-up to The Folk of the Air trilogy from my local library and I enjoyed it, but I was still left a little underwhelmed by it.
Jade City by Fonda Lee: Thank goodness, a five star read at last! This is not only one of the best books I’ve read so far this year, it’s one of the best fantasy books I’ve ever read and more people need to give this series a go.
The Witness for the Dead by Katherine Addison: I was lucky enough to be sent an early copy of this follow-up to The Goblin Emperor via NetGalley and I loved it. I didn’t love it as much as I still love The Goblin Emperor – but given that The Goblin Emperor is my all-time favourite novel, I didn’t expect to – but it was still such a lovely, quiet fantasy novel.
Fireheart Tiger by Aliette de Bodard: Another disappointing one for me! I don’t think I get along with de Bodard’s writing, which is a real shame, but I’m glad I gave this novella a try.
Incendiary by Zoraida Córdova: I thought I’d love this YA fantasy inspired by the Spanish Inquisition but, unfortunately, I ended up DNFing it!
Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo: I have very mixed feelings around this Grishaverse grand finale. I enjoyed it – in fact, I had a great time with it! – but I think it was too full. Look out for my review this month!
Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend; narrated by Gemma Whelan: Re-reading some of my favourite books via audiobook is something I tend to enjoy doing when I’m in a bit of a slump, so I decided to revisit the first Nevermoor book and I loved the audiobook. I’m planning to re-read Wundersmith and Hollowpox this way this year, too! I need something to tide my over until we have some book four news.