Top Ten Tuesday | Favourite novels + 5 star predictions


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 ‘Reasons Why I Love Reading’, but I wasn’t really feeling it. Instead I thought I’d talk about five of my all-time favourite books, and then list another five that I predict will be 5 star reads when I get around to them!

My favourite novels

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison: This is the book I have described as my all-time favourite novel since I first read it in the summer of 2015, which is funny considering I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy it when I first opened it up. I re-read it pretty much every year and I adore it. It’s so very hopeful and gentle, and Maia is a character I desperately want to cuddle.

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik: This is another novel I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy because I wasn’t the biggest fan of Uprooted – in fact I didn’t have any intention of reading another of Novik’s fairy tale-inspired novels until I discovered this particular story is influenced by my favourite fairy tale, Rumpelstiltskin. I fell in love with this book from the very first page.

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow: My most recent favourite, which I read just last year, and fell head over heels in love with. This is the witch story I’ve been waiting for, and Harrow’s writing is exquisite.

Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia: My very first introduction to Silvia Moreno-Garcia! I’m thrilled her work is finally getting the recognition it deserves, but SO MANY people still haven’t read her debut novel and it’s a travesty. This book has witchcraft – specifically casting spells through vinyl records – in 1980s Mexico City, and considering there’s been such 80s nostalgia in media recently I don’t understand how more people aren’t reading this.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: As much as I despise how every single YA heist novel now gets compared to Six of Crows – hey Book Twitter, Leigh Bardugo didn’t invent the concept of the heist – I do love this novel. I found it unputdownable and I adore this gang of absolute messes trying their best.

My 5 star predictions

Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb: So many fantasy fans adore this particular trilogy in Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings series, so I’m hoping I’ll love it when I get to it, too!

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn: I’ve heard so many good things about this novel and I need to give it a try asap. I’m not usually drawn to stories inspired by Arthurian legend – King Arthur suuuuuucks – but I do love the sound of this.

The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri: I’ve yet to see a single bad review of this novel, one of my most anticipated reads of the year, and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into it this summer.

The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid: Another novel on my summer TBR that I just have a feeling I’m going to adore. I read the first chapter a couple of weeks ago and I’m already so excited to dive in – especially after Ava Reid said Spinning Silver is one of her favourite novels.

Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir: Gideon the Ninth remains one of the most bonkers novels I’ve ever read and I loved every moment of it, so I’m hoping I’ll love this sequel just as much.

What did you talk about this week?

17 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | Favourite novels + 5 star predictions

  1. FangirlFlax says:

    Love this take on the prompt! I just got Once and Future Witches and Mexican Gothic, so I’m excited for them both–and definitely wanting to check out Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s debut, too! Great list 🙂

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  2. jessicaapril7 says:

    Gideon was SO GOOD, and while Harrow was different (how could it not be), it was also SO GOOD and such a fantastic continuation of the story, I hope you enjoy it as much as you did Gideon!


  3. Time for tales and tea says:

    Signal to Noise sounds fascinating! I really liked Gods of Jade and Shadow, so I would love to read more by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. It’s hard to make 5 star predictions, but I hope you will like Ship of Magic 😊 I read both the Liveship Traders and the Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb. Although the Farseer Trilogy is more popular, I liked the Liveship Traders a lot more!


  4. masterspj says:

    I loved Once and Future Witches. I think it was one of my first witch books in a long time, and I truly enjoyed it. I also loved Legendborn. I was so worried about it because of all of the hype. I have read a lot of hyped books and just didn’t see the love for it. I didn’t have that problem with Legendborn.

    Here’s my TTT post:


  5. evelynreads1 says:

    Great lists!
    I really want to read Signal to Noise! Ship of Magic is one of my faves, so I hope you will love it!


  6. Louise says:

    I had the same experience with Spinning Silver! It was a nice surprise how much I ended up loving it since Uprooted gets so much more hype/love and I’d been quite ambivalent (I think I might have actually forgotten to ever finish it…)

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