Top 5 series I will start in 2023 #Top5Tuesday

Happy Tuesday and welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday post. Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm, and it is now being hosted by the lovely Meeghan at Meeghan reads!! For details of all of the prompts for Oct to Dec see Meeghan’s post here.

This week we are thinking about those book series that we are looking forward to starting in 2023.

This is actually quite a hard prompt as I don’t often plan to begin a series. Mostly I begin series because I spot a book in a bookshop or library. More often now, it’s because I’ve seen a series recommended by another blogger but it does tend to be more spontaneous than planned. However, I have got 5 series that I am planning on beginning in 2023. One of them is a bit of a cheat though as I’ve already started it, but it was only last week so it still counts as new for 2023 😃

This has been on my TBR since it first came out and I bought it on my kindle in the Black Friday sale so I have no excuse for not reading this one soon and then moving onto The Oleander Sword.

This is another first book in a series that I’m looking forward to beginning soon. I loved all of the Powder Mage books and I’m just waiting for this one to be released in paperback.

I have heard loads about Elizabeth Jane Howard’s family epic and I saw that they actually have them all in the library so I’m definitely intending to begin this series soon.

OneBookMore posted a top ten post today about new fantasy authors and one of the ones mentioned was Laura Sebastian. I investigated and The Ash Princess Trilogy sounded like a fun read. Also as it’s currently on Kindle Unlimited, it was a good one to try.

The Darkwater trilogy is perhaps a tiny bit of a cheat as I’ve already read the first two books this month. It’s a brilliant epic fantasy series and as I’ve begun it in 2023, I’m including it in this post 😃

So that’s my Top 5 series that I’m planning on beginning in 2023. Apart from one, they are all fantasy series but other genres don’t seem to lend themselves to completed series in quite the same way.

I’m looking forward to next week’s post which will be a bit easier as I definitely have series that I am hoping to finish this year.

What series are you looking forward to beginning this year or do you prefer stand alone novels?

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Top 5 Tuesday – 5 Books you intend to read in 2023

Welcome to Tuesday. The sun is shining here but the ground is white as there was a hard frost last night. Traditional January weather which is so much nicer than the everlasting rain of last week. As it’s Tuesday, it must be time for another Top 5 Tuesday post.

Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm, and it is now being hosted by the lovely Meeghan at Meeghan reads!! For details of all of the prompts for Oct to Dec see Meeghan’s post here.

This week’s theme is those books that you really mean to read in 2023.

The Border by Erika Fatland

I had this non-fiction book on hold at the library for ages last year and it finally arrived in the week before Christmas. We were really busy and I never quite felt in the mood to pick it up so I didn’t get round to reading it. I couldn’t renew it as other people were waiting for it. I currently have it on hold again and when it arrives again, I will definitely read it as it sounds fascinating as the author travels around the border of Russia through all those different places.

The Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson

One of my challenges is to read more poetry this year and Emily Dickinson is a poet who I have seen quoted so many times but I have never actually read so this book is one that I certainly mean to read.

Middlemarch by George Eliot

I read this many years as part of my degree and remember enjoying it. I like to read a classic novel over the Summer and this year I think it will be this one.

The Bone Shard War by Andrea Stewart

The next two are books that I really looking forward to reading this year. The Bone Shard War is the final part of this trilogy and I am really looking to finding out how it all gets resolved.

Into the West by Mercedes Lackey

Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar Series is one of my All time favourite series and I really want to read this second volume in the trilogy about how the kingdom was founded. It’s not available in paperback yet though and I want all of my books to match!!!!!!!

That’s my top 5 for this week. What books are you definitely going to read this year?

My top 5 Bookish resolutions for 2023 – Top 5 Tuesday

It’s Tuesday so it must be time for Top 5 Tuesday and this week is all about bookish resolutions.

Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm, and it is now being hosted by the lovely Meeghan at Meeghan reads!! For details of all of the prompts for Oct to Dec see Meeghan’s post here.

I’m not sure that I actually have 5 bookish resolutions or aims for this year but we’ll see how we go.

1 – Read more poetry

This was an aim last year and I failed abysmally so this year, I’ve set my own poetry reading challenge here and I’ve at least made a start.

2 – Continue to read non fiction

I’ve joined in again with the Non-Fiction Reader challenge hosted by Shelleyrae at Book’d out and I intend to read at least 6 non fiction books this year.

3 – Keep on top of ARC requests

I like to read and review all of my ARCs before they are published but last year, that became a bit stressful on a couple of occasions when I had a lot of books to read and review at once. This year, I’m trying to keep a much better eye on when books are published and making sure that I don’t have loads of books to be read in a week.

4 – Record books on Storygraph

I liked the pretty graphs that I saw on people’s blogs this year so I’ve signed up for Storygraph. However, as I’m not that good at keeping Goodreads up to date, I’m not sure how long I will keep it up for.

Those four were the only things that I could think of when I started writing this post. However, I then read Biblio Nerd’s post for this week’s Top 5 Tuesday and was reminded about Jordyn’s Year Long Scavenger Hunt which I had intended to join in with. You can find the full details for this on Birdie’s Book Nook .

5- Complete the Year-Long Scavenger Hunt

So that’s my 5 bookish resolutions or aims for 2023. What aims do you have for this year?

Top 5 books of 2022 – Top 5 Tuesday

Welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday post which incredibly is the final one of 2022!!!! I can’t believe that we’re in the final days of this year.

Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm, and it is now being hosted by the lovely Meeghan at Meeghan reads!! For details of all of the prompts for Oct to Dec see Meeghan’s post here. This week’s post is the top 5 books that you have read this year. This is always such a hard post to do but at least I can choose 5 rather than one.

For my top 5 books, I looked back at the 5 star reads that I’ve had this year and I’ve come up with the following list. It might be different if I did this post again next week but these are the top 5 books that I’ve read this year……… or at least some of them 😃

Empire of the Vampires

I really loved this dark fantasy despite the length and am very much looking forward to next one in the series.

Saint Death’s Daughter

Another Brilliant fantasy novel. Lanie Stones is one of my favourite characters this year.

The Rising Tide

I love Ann Cleeves especially her ‘Vera’ novels and this was one of her best. Set on the holy island of Lindisfarne, it was a brilliant mystery.

A Gentleman of Moscow

I had no idea what to expect when I read A Gentleman in Moscow but I absolutely loved this book.

Islands of Abandonment

I’ve read some great non-fiction as part of the non-fiction reader challenge this year but this one really stood out.

These are 5 of my top 5 ⭐ reads this year. What would be on your top 5?

Top 5 New to me authors in 2022

Welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday post. Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm, and it is now being hosted by the lovely Meeghan at Meeghan reads!! For details of all of the prompts for Oct to Dec see Meeghan’s post here.

I have read so many new authors this year after seeing books recommended by other book bloggers but these are 5 who I have really enjoyed reading in 2022.

M A Carrick

M A Carrick’s The Mask of Mirrors was the first book that I read in 2022 and I loved it and the next one in the trilogy. I can’t wait for the final book to be released in 2023.

Amor Towles

I had no idea what to expect when I read A Gentleman in Moscow but I absolutely loved this book. The Lincoln Highway was brilliant too.

Emily Henry

I think that I’ve read more romance novels this year than ever before and I did enjoy all three of Emily Henry’s books.

Philip Gwynne Jones

I picked the first book in this series just randomly off the library shelf but I loved this set of murder mysteries set in Venice. The setting is gorgeous and the mysteries are intriguing.

Cora Harrison

I love it when I discover an author I love who has written lots of books that I can go and search out. I can’t remember who recommended her but I have really enjoyed the mysteries featuring Reverend Mother Aquinas.

These are 5 of the authors who were new to me in 2022. What new authors have you discovered this year?

Top 5 Tuesday – Top 5 Books that I meant to read in 2022

It’s Tuesday and the 6th of December. Happy St Nicholas day!!! Did St Nick come and visit you last night?🎅

Welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday post. Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm, and it is now being hosted at Meeghan reads!! For details of all of the prompts for Oct to Dec see Meeghan’s post here.

This month, we’re all about wrapping up the year and this week’s post is those books that you meant to read but never quite got around to. I’m actually quite good at reading books fairly quickly and so don’t tend to have that many that I haven’t got round however, I have found 5 that I did mean to read this year and just haven’t.

I don’t know why I haven’t got around to read this final book in the Green Bone Saga yet. I loved the first two but just haven’t managed to read this final book. It is on my list of books to read this month so hopefully I will tick it off before 2023

I love Brian McClellan’s Powder Mage books but haven’t got round to starting this one just yet. Actually, it’s because I’m waiting for the paperback release 😃

I bought both Lirael and Her Dark Wings a couple of months ago and they have just sat on my bookshelf ever since.

I don’t know why I haven’t got round to reading this. I loved the Broken Earth trilogy but this has sat on my bookshelf for over a year now and I haven’t picked it up.

That’s my collection of books that I meant to get round to reading this year but haven’t managed to.

What would your list look like?

Top Five Tuesday – My Top Five unfinished Fantasy Series

Welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday post. Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm, and it is now being hosted at Meeghan reads!! For details of all of the prompts for Oct to Dec see Meeghan’s post here.

This week we have a freebie. Yay!!! It’s perfect timing as I’ve had this post in my head for a while but not got around to doing it. This post is about the series that I am impatiently waiting for the authors to finish. And no, I’m not talking about Game of Thrones or Name of the Wind. I’ve given up on George Martin or Patrick Rothfuss ever completing their series. These are current series where the end result is in sight (mainly) and I can’t wait to complete them.

Rooks and Ruin Trilogy by Melissa Caruso

The third book, The Ivory Tomb is out in December 2022 so not long to wait until I can complete this one on my shelves.

The Rook and The Rose by M A Carrick

The third book Labyrinth’s Heart is due to be published in August 2023. I really can’t wait for this one to come out as it is my favourite new series this year.

The Drowning Empire by Andrea Stewart

I absolutely loved the first two books in this series too. The third volume, The Bone Shard War is due to be published in April 2023

The Last King of Osten Ard by T A D Williams

This is the series that I have been waiting on for the longest as I read The Witchwood Crown way back in 2017. However, Navigator’s Children is scheduled for release in November 2023 so not too long to wait now.

Eve of Man by Giovanni and Tom Fletcher

This is the series that seems as though it’s most likely to become another Name of the Wind. I bought the first two books during lockdown in 2020 thinking that the third one was due out soon. However, I was wrong and I still can’t even find a title for the final or next book let alone a release date.

However, four out of my five unfinished series that I’m waiting on are due to be completed in the next 12 months so that’s not too bad.

What books in a series are you eagerly waiting for?

Top Five Tuesday – Books set in an alternate universe

Welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday post. Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm, and it is now being hosted at Meeghan reads!! For details of all of the prompts for Oct to Dec see Meeghan’s post here

This week we’re flying off to distant suns. I’m not quite sure what’s meant by an alternate universe but I’ve taken it to mean somewhere else that humans live that isn’t in our solar system or galaxy. That means that I can include some of my favourite Science Fiction novels.

The Circus Infinite by Khan Wong

This is a book that I read this year. I really loved this novel which included lots of travel in space, a found family and a circus. My review is here

Winter’s Orbit by Evarina Maxwell

This was one of my favourite Science Fiction stories from last year although I also loved the new book, Ocean’s Echo. I love the universe that these books are set in and there is lots of scope for more books to come.

Nightfall by Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg

What would it be like if your world was never dark and then one day, night fell? Asimov’s original short story was first published in 1941 but is still brilliant. I do love the novel where he and Robert Silverberg looked at what came before and after the events of that event though.

Partnership by Anne McCaffrey and Margaret Ball

The Brain ship books were inspired by Anne McCaffrey’s short story, The Ship who Sang. This is probably my favourite of the books about spaceships that are powered by human brains. It’s an idea that has been explored by several authors recently too.

Dune by Frank Herbert

This is still one of the best books set in an alternate universe/world. Herbert’s vision of a universe powered by a mysterious spice and women who control a human breeding program to try and create psychic powers is still a great read. The latest film was good too.

Top 5 Tuesday- Top Five books set in the Future

Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm, and it is now being hosted at Meeghan reads!! For details of all of the prompts for Oct to Dec see Meeghan’s post here

November is all about time travel. So far we’ve gone back to the past and looked at books set in the present. This week, it’s time to head off into the future to see what authors think our world might look like in years to come.

I’ve always loved Science Fiction that looks at how our societies might evolve over the years and especially dystopian fiction. I loved the books of Peter Dickinson as a child and that interest has never left me. Here are some of my favourite futuristic reads.

The Children of Men by P D James
Far better known for her detective fiction, this is a brilliant exploration by P D James of what the UK would look like if no children were being born. The novel was published in 1992 and the events actually take place in 2021. Luckily, the events she describes haven’t happened.

To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara
This is a bit of a cheat as the book is divided into three sections and takes place in New York in the past, present and future. However, the longest section takes place in 2093 in a world decimated by plague. This is one of my 5 star reads for this year.

After Dark by Jayne Cowie
This is set in the very near future in a society where to prevent violence against women, all men are subject to a curfew. Despite this, a woman is found murdered. This was an intriguing look at a solution to the increasing levels of violence that seem to be taking place against women.

The ‘In Death’ series by J D Robb
Another cheat as this is a whole series rather than a single book. This detective series is set in New York in 2056 and features the brilliant detective Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband Roarke. I love this series as although the crimes are very dark and the violence level is quite high, there is a huge amount of warmth and friendship between the main characters which stops the books from being too bleak.

Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov
Another detective novel this time by the master of Science Fiction, Isaac Asimov. Again, set in New York in the distant future, a human detective, Elijah Bailey, has to work with a robot to solve a murder. This was originally published in 1953 but I still think that it’s a good read.

So that’s my top 5 futuristic books. What would your top 5 books set in the future be?

I’m really looking forward to next week when we’re flying off to distant universes. See you in Space!

Top 5 Tuesday – Top 5 books set in the Present.

Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm, and it is now being hosted at Meeghan reads!! For details of all of the prompts for Oct to Dec see Meeghan’s post here

Last week we looked at books set in the past which was easy as I love historical fiction. This week we’re looking at books set in the present which might be a bit more difficult. As usual I’m trying to confine myself to books that I’ve read fairly recently

This cosy crime series features Ellen who is a declutterer. That has to be a present day occupation!!!! She is helping Cedric to declutter his house when she arrives one day to find him dead. I like Simon Brett’s mysteries and this one is a really interesting murder story.

I absolutely loved this book and although it has a lovely gentle feel, it is more or less set in the present day.

Another crime story, this time set in London where newly promoted DI Harbinder Kaur investigates the murder of a prominent MP. I love the character of Harbinder who gets better with each book.

It’s November so getting to the time when it’s OK to read Christmas books. Sarah Morgan’s books are always lovely. This one left me with a real desire to go and make shortbread.

I loved this story about a man who met a girl on the 88 bus 60 years ago and has been trying to find her. It’s a gorgeous tale of how chance meetings can really spark a change in your life.

These are 5 of the books that I have read this year that are set in the present day.
What would be in your top 5?