Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: New to Me Authors

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2021.

Elizabeth May
Seven Devils

Laura Lam
Seven Devils

Roshani Chokshi
Aru Shah and the End of Time
Aru Shah and the Song of Death
Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes
The Gilded Wolves

S.A. Chakraborty
The City of Brass

Micaiah Johnson
The Space Between Worlds

Maria V. Snyder
Poison Study

Adalyn Grace
All the Stars and Teeth

Alix E. Harrow
A Spindle Splintered

What new authors did you discover in 2021?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: 2021 Releases I Didn’t Read

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is 2021 Releases I Was Excited to Read But Didn’t Get To. We actually did a similar post for Blogmas that you can read here. I only had a few and didn’t get to any of them but I’ll add the books I got for Christmas as well.

We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal

All the Tides of Fate by Adalyn Grace

The Electric Kingdom by David Arnold

Gilded by Marissa Meyer

A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers

What 2021 releases do you still need to read?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: New Books

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Most Recent Additions to My Book Collection.

The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty

The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty

Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan

Gilded by Marissa Meyer

A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers

A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow

The Becoming by Nora Roberts

The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson

Winterkeep by Kristin Cashore

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

What are your newest additions to your bookshelf?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: 2022 Anticipated Releases

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Most Anticipated Books Releasing In the First Half of 2022.

January 18 Seven Mercies by Laura Lam and Elizabeth May

February 15 House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J. Maas

April 1 The City of Dusk by Tara Sim

April 5 In A Garden Burning Gold by Rory Power

May 24 Nightwork by Nora Roberts

June 14 A Mirror Mended by Alix E. Harrow

June 28 The Song That Moves the Sun by Anna Bright

August 16 The Drowned Woods by Emily Lloyd-Jones

August 23 Belladonna by Adalyn Grace

November 22 The Choice by Nora Roberts

What books are you looking forward to this year?

Blogmas Day Twenty-Eight (Part Two): Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books of 2021

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Best Books I Read In 2021.

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Starsight by Brandon Sanderson

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

Seven Devils by Elizabeth May and Laura May

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas

Artemis by Andy Weir

Winterkeep by Kristin Cashore

A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow

What were your favorite books of 2021?

Blogmas Day Twenty-One (Part Two): Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Wishes

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Books I Hope Santa Brings/Bookish Wishes (This was so popular when I did it in June that we’re doing it again for the holidays! List the top 10 books you’d love to own and include a link to your wishlist so that Santa can grant your wish. Make sure you link your wishlist to your mailing address [here’s how to do it on Amazon] or include the email address associated with your ereader in the list description so people know how to get the book to you. After you post, jump around the Linky and grant a wish or two if you’d like. You can make your identity known or be someone’s secret Santa! Please don’t feel obligated to send anything to anyone! If you would rather not include your wish list, just share the books you hope you find under your tree on Christmas morning.)

The Bronzed Beasts by Roshani Chokshi

Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan

Gilded by Marissa Meyer

Cytonic by Brandon Sanderson

The Becoming by Nora Roberts

Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty

Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo

Paola Santiago and the River of Tears by Tehlor Kay Mejia

What books do you want for Christmas?

Blogmas Day Fourteen (Part One): Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Winter 2021 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is  Books on My Winter 2021 To-read List (or summer if you’re in the southern hemisphere).

Cytonic by Brandon Sanderson

Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan

The Becoming by Nora Roberts

Gilded by Marissa Meyer

The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi

Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty

Seven Mercies by Elizabeth May and Laura Lam

The Electric Kingdom by David Arnold

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

What books are on your winter TBR?

Blogmas Day Seven (Part Two): Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Seasonal TBR Update

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is a freebie.  This week’s topic is a freebie and since next week is our winter 2021 TBR, I thought I would share an update on how I did with my previous seasonal TBR’s for this year.

Spring 2021 TBR

Summer 2021 TBR

Fall 2021 TBR

These are my original seasonal Top Ten Tuesday TBR posts from the last year. I’ll list the books from these posts that I haven’t been able to get to this year.

To Sleep in A Sea Of Stars by Christopher Paolini

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

Paola Santiago and the River of Tears by Tehlor Kay Mejia

Aru Shah and the City of Gold by Roshani Chokshi

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Furyborn by Claire Legrand

The Inheritance Trilogy by N. K. Jemisin

All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

The Electric Kingdom by David Arnold

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi

I had a couple more than ten this week but honestly, with my reading habits this year, I’m pretty happy with how much of these lists I did get through. What books on your TBR do you still need to get to?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Memories

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is bookish memories (Share stories of your reading life as a child, events you’ve gone to, books that made an impression on you, noteworthy experiences with books, authors you’ve met, etc. Reminisce with me!)

I always loved hiding as a child (symptom of being the youngest of a big family), so I’d find a spot and make myself a little nest and just read for hours until someone finally found me.

Hiding our books at school. Amanda and I always had books with us but we’d get in trouble for reading in class so we’d find creative ways to hide them. We even had a code word with a couple of our friends and they’d warn us if a teacher was coming by.

I had an omnibus copy of The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis that I was SO proud of as a kid because it was huge. I distinctly remember bringing it to school and having to keep it on top of my desk because it was too big to fit in the cubby underneath.

Growing up my family had a cottage that we rented out during the summer, and one year I made friends with a girl who stayed there because we were both reading Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. We remained pen pals for years.

The Brewster Ladies Library was a ten minute walk from my childhood home so I was there all the time. Some of my favorite memories are from the yearly book sale they’d have at the end of the summer. People would donate books all year so by the time of the sale the basement would be full of books. Paperbacks were only a dollar so we’d literally leave with milk crates full of books.

We have a picture from 10+ years ago of us at Barnes & Noble. Amanda is on the ground clutching two books she couldn’t decide between, I’m laughing behind my own book and my brother is sitting in the background impatiently waiting for us to finish. It perfectly sums up a typical night for us at the time.

Before we were married, my husband was stationed in Japan for two years and would deploy on a carrier ship for months at a time. I’d send him books for us to read together and we’d talk about them in our daily emails. It helped us connect during a really hard time in our relationship.

My family had an annual camping trip for Memorial day weekend. I brought Amanda one year but we both had books that were released right before the trip that we were really excited about. We ended up spending half the weekend in the cabin reading.

I have a ton of nieces and nephews and one of my favorite things about them growing up has been being able to start sharing some of my favorite books with them. They’ve recently loved all of Rick Riordan’s books. When my niece started The Mark of Athena I told her she had to call me the minute she finished it (it has a huge cliffhanger). She did and we had a ton of fun freaking out about the ending together.

Since Amanda and I moved to different parts of the country and no longer live ten minutes away from each other, blogging has been an amazing way to keep us connected. One of our favorite things is having FaceTime reading dates. We call each other and just read, talking about random things happening in our books.

What are some of your favorite bookish memories?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I’d Love An Update On

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is characters I’d love an update on (where are they now that the book is over?).

Ryland and Rocky from Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Everyone from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Alina and Mal from Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Carter and Sadie from The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan

April and Maya from A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green

Adrian and Sydney from Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Everyone from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Eragon and Arya from The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini

Ember and Garret from Talon by Julie Kagawa

Malory, Dana, and Zoe from The Key Trilogy by Nora Roberts

What characters would you love to have an update on?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Dialogue Quotes

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is memorable things characters have said (quotes from characters that have stuck with you).

“I penetrated the outer cell membrane with a nanosyringe.”
“You poked it with a stick?”
“No!” I said. “Well. Yes. But it was a scientific poke with a very scientific stick.”
― Andy Weir, Project Hail Mary

“All right, M-Bot,” I said. “We have a problem. We might need to hijack that entire carrier ship.”
“Excellent,” M-Bot said. “Would you like your corpse cremated or ejected into space?”
― Brandon Sanderson, Starsight

“You don’t look like a monster.”
“I’ll tell you a secret, Hanna. The really bad monsters never look like monsters.”
― Leigh Bardugo, Crooked Kingdom

“GET OUT, YOU FLATTENED DISCOUNT ARTICHOKES!”
― Roshani Chokshi, Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes

“I need a free hand for slapping you when you act stupid.”
― Rick Riordan, The Hidden Oracle

“Gwyn whispered, “I am the rock against which the surf crashes.” Nesta straightened at the words, as if they were a prayer and a summons. Gwyn lifted the blade. “Nothing can break me.”
― Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Silver Flames

“One day, you’ll look up and I’ll be there. And you’ll know it’s me because our souls will recognize each other.”
― Julie Kagawa, Night of the Dragon

“You’re some kind of thief, then?”
“That a very narrow-minded way of looking at it. I prefer to think of myself as a merchant of delicate tasks.”
― S.A. Chakraborty, The City of Brass

“What would friendship entail?” “Well, on Wednesdays, we sacrifice a cat to Satan.”
― Roshani Chokshi, The Gilded Wolves

“That’s the point of it, Bryce. Of life. To live, to love, knowing that it might all vanish tomorrow. It makes everything that much more precious.”
― Sarah J. Maas, House of Earth and Blood

What dialogue quotes do you love?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Books For Non-Readers

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is books I would hand to someone who claims to not like reading.

The Martian by Andy Weir – This book is wonderful for people who don’t read a lot because it’s told from Mark Watney’s perspective in the form of a log/diary he keeps so it feels more like he’s talking to you than reading about him.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – Who doesn’t love a crazy heist story?

Cinder by Marissa Meyer – I think this one is a great recommendation because it’s a Cinderella retelling with a sci-fi twist.

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – These books definitely aren’t just for kids. They’re super fun and have an awesome story.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore – This one is a great starter fantasy because it’s not too long and has really unique magic.

That’s all I could come up with this week. What books would you recommend to non readers?

Blogtober Day Twenty-Six (Part One): Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween Freebie

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Halloween Freebie. This week I’m going to pick my top ten characters I would bring back from the dead. *Spoiler alert: by sheer definition of this topic, this post has some serious spoilers for all the books listed so if you don’t like spoilers, stop reading.

Matthias from Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Danica from House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

Everyone from Night of the Dragon by Julie Kagawa

Shadow from The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

Idalia from When Darkness Falls by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

The Thirteen from Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

Lee Scoresby and Hester from The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman

Max from Year One by Nora Roberts

Tristan from The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Alaska from Looking for Alaska by John Green

What characters would you bring back from the dead if you had the power?

Blogtober Day Twelve (Part Two): Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Settings

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Favorite Book Settings.

Outer space

Small towns

Near the ocean

Forests

Crazy fantasy worlds

That’s all I could come up with this week. What settings do you love?

Blogtober Day Five (Part One): Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Pet Peeves

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is  Bookish Pet Peeves.

Being interrupted while reading

Stickers on book covers

Books in the same series that are different sizes (varying heights, paperback vs hardcover, etc.)

Sequels info-dumping what happened in the previous book (specifically in a long chunk at the beginning)

When instead of a synopsis on the back there’s just blurbs from the book or reviews- I want to know what the book is about

When publication dates are delayed or we have to wait years for a sequel

Book covers made for the movie/tv adaptation

Multiple names for the same character (first name, given name, title, nickname, name only their family uses, etc.)

That was all I could come up with this week. What bookish pet peeves do you have?