Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Books by my faves that I still need to read

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and 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 theme is:

September 25: Books By My Favorite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read

I thought this post was going to be hard for me to do, but when I started noting down some of the books by my favourite authors that I haven’t read yet, I realised there were more than I’d realised. You might notice there’s no Leigh Bardugo or Laini Taylor in this list though, because I’ve read all of their books.

If you’ve been following me a while, you might be surprised by this, but I haven’t read all of Victoria Schwab’s books yet. (*waits for cries of shock*) The Archived and The Unbound are the big ones I haven’t read yet, but I’m hoping to purchase them and pick them up before then end of the year, especially since The Dark Vault (containing both) is being released in the UK later this year. If I’m honest, I’ve been trying to spread out V’s books, so that when she doesn’t have any coming out I can read some that I haven’t got to yet, but she’s had so many brilliant releases recently that I’ve not had time to read The Archived.

I loved Graceling and Fire by Kristin Cashore, but for some reason I’ve just not picked up Bitterblue yet. I see it in Waterstones all the time, but I’ve never had the strong urge to buy it. I do still want to read it, but it’s low down on my TBR. Paulo Coelho is another author whose writing I really like, but I’ve only read two of his novels, The Alchemist (one of my all time favourites) and By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept. There are so many others I’d like to get to get to, including The Witch of Portobello and Veronika Decides to Die.

After reading Alice Oseman’s I Was Born For This, I now want to read everything she’s ever written, including Radio Silence which I have waiting of on my shelves, and Heartstopper, which I backed on Kickstarter. Similarly, I read The Name of the Wind and was amazing by the writing and plot, but I haven’t been scrambling to read The Wise Man’s Fear like I thought I would. Mainly because there’s no set publication date for the third book yet, so we’ll probably be waiting another 10 years for it. With Brand New Ancients, it’s just a case of laziness. My sister has a copy on her shelves and I’ve asked to borrow it (to which she begrudgingly said yes), but then just haven’t got round to read it yet. And yet somehow, I’ve read Tempest’s newest book, but not this one.

I read Retribution Rails last year and was enthralled. The story was exciting and fast-paced, and as soon as I finished it, I vowed to pick up Vengeance Road within a few months. It’s been a year, guys, and I still haven’t done it. Someone make me buy this book. Similarly, I loved Madeline Miller’s Song of Achilles and when Circe was announced I knew I was going to get it straight away. I did…but I still haven’t read it. The situation is slightly different with The Windup Girl, because it’s been on my radar for a while, but has never been a priority for me. I have no excuses with Because You Love to Hate Me though. It includes stories from a lot of authors I really like and I have an e-book of it. I’ve just been really slow to get to it.

Which books do you still need to read from your favourite authors? If you’ve read any of these would you recommend them? 

Until next time

31 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books by my faves that I still need to read

  1. I will be honest and tell you I haven’t heard of any of these books. But after reading your post I checked by TBR list and it’s lengthy! You have inspired me to get reading!

  2. The Archived was really good! I’m mad I read them so soon since there’s no release date for book three yet T_T

    At first I wasn’t going to read Fire or Bitterblue, but I loved Graceling so much, I might just check them out from the library ❤

    1. If sounds great, so I’m sure I’ll love it! I don’t think a third book has been confirmed though? Victoria has said a couple of times that she’s not keen on revisiting that world because she doesn’t want to return to the heartache she felt when it got dropped the first time. But who knows, maybe after some of her other ongoing projects are finished she’ll decide to give it a go. I’ll be watching her Twitter for any updates 😉 Fire is a pretty good adventure fantasy story, although I have to admit, I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as Graceling!

    1. Yeah, it’s funny how she was a prominent character in the first book, but we’re just not as fussed about reading about her in her own story. I think for me, it’s the fact that I read Graceling so long ago now that I’m not as engaged with the world (even though that book is still one of my favourites), so the third book has dropped right down my priority list. I’m hoping to get Radio Silence soon!

      1. I love it! I’m so glad Circe got her own story, and Madeline Miller’s writing is so delightful. I was able to say hello to her when she came to my library for a discussion/book signing – her talking points and inquisitive attitude were as lovely as I expected, which makes me love the book even more.

  3. I was the same this week. I thought this topic would be a really hard one but there are more books by my favourite authors that I haven’t gotten around to than I first thought. 🙂
    I’ve seen The Archived on someone else’s list already, so you’re not the only one there. It’s good, not my favourite bu Schwab but I don’t think anything can surpass her Shades of Magic series. 🙂 Also I hope you love Circe, that’s a favourite of mine from this year so I’ll be interested in seeing what you think of it.
    Great picks for this week, and I really hope you love all these books Kate. 🙂 ❤️

    1. I think a lot of people haven’t read The Archived yet because it’s out of print and it’s one of her older ones, so less well publicised. I know I’m going to love it whenever I get round to it, because it’s a Victoria Schwab book, but I’m curious to see where it ranks in my list of favourites. I’ve been saying I’ll read Circe for months now, so someone needs to kick me until I do. 😛 I’ve got other books that are higher up on my TBR right now though, so I imagine it might be November/December time. Thanks Beth!

      1. Are they out of print? I feel like I saw a copy in a bookshop the other day? Either way I get that because there are other books by her I haven’t gotten around to for the same reason.
        Ahh there are books I’ve been saying I need to get around to for ages now too. Here’s hoping before the end of the year at least then. 🙂

  4. Not gonna lie, I didn’t enjoy Bitterblue as much as I did Graceling. I just wasn’t the biggest fan of her as a character and I never really got into the story. I am really looking forward to finally reading The Song of Achilles and Circe as well, but I’ve been told that my heart will be crushed in the process haha.

    1. Ooh that’s interesting to hear! Most people seem to like Graceling the best out of the series, and I definitely preferred it to Fire, so I imagine I’ll enjoy Bitterblue, but perhaps not fall in love with it in the same way I did with Graceling. Omg Lois your heart is definitely going to be crushed by The Song of Achilles. It’s so good, but so sad. Make sure you have tissues ready 😉

  5. “Mainly because there’s no set publication date for the third book yet, so we’ll probably be waiting another 10 years for it” – bwahahaha, such an awesome burn! To be honest, as much as I loved Name of the Wind, I’ve stopped recommending it to others because there’s no sense in getting anyone hooked on a series that might never be finished. In your shoes, I probably wouldn’t rush to read A Wise Man’s Fear either!

    1. Haha I like to spill the tea 😂 And yeah I’m totally with you; I still recommend it to people but it comes with a warning label that the series just may never be finished at this point. Haha thanks, I feel better about holding off on reading it now. I just wish they’d announce a set publication date!

    1. Ah I’m glad you enjoyed it Caro, it’s really good isn’t it?! I enjoyed the way she explored fame, friendship, and anxiety, and I though the whole book was very sensitive to issues like anxiety. Ooh yay, perhaps we’ll end up reading it at a similar time!

  6. I really loved Radio Silence by Alice Oseman ❤ I also want to read The Archived by V.E/Victoria Schwab soon, I love her other books, so I am curious about that one as well. Circe is amazing as well, I love Madeline Miller's writing style!

    1. Everyone says Radio Silence is really good, so I’m very keen to pick it up soon. I might buy the Archived whenever I can next find a copy on a good deal. Yes, Circe sounds really good and one of my friends, who has virtually the same taste in books as me, really liked it, so I’m sure I will too! I’m curious, do you prefer Circe, or the Song of Achilles?

  7. I really want to read more of Oseman as well! I don’t even know if I own any of her other books, except for I Was Born For this – which I’ve read already -, but I do know it’ll only be a matter of time before I get my hands on them once my book buying ban allows it again, hah.

    I read Because You Love To Hate Me a whole while ago and.. was kind of disappointed in a way? The essay-ish things after every story got on my nerves and felt like a waste of paper, hah. It was my first ever anthology though, so it might be that I just had too high hopes for it too.

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