Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! This is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where a new top ten list hits the web every week!
This week our topic is …
BOOKS I’VE ADDED TO MY TO-BE-READ LIST LATELY
Fairly easy topic this week, so let me roll out my ten most recent additions to the to-be-read pile I keep slowly building to astronomical proportions.
10. UNFETTERED II
Shawn Speakman has put together this amazing story collection to either help eliminate medical debt for other authors or be donated to cancer research hubs around the world. The author lineup is amazing with Brandon Sanderson, Janny Wurts, Jim Butcher, Naomi Novak, Mark Lawrence, Charlaine Harris, Michael J. Sullivan, and many more top authors contributing stories. Can’t wait to get my hands on this one.
9. AN EMPIRE ASUNDER
I’m always on the lookout for some good space opera, and the reviews I’ve read of this series seem to point to it being an exciting (if fairly light) scifi romp. Definitely, something I am willing to take a chance on.
8. KINGS OF THE WYLD
As a lover of tales about old mercenaries past their glory days but wanting to give it to someone one last time, I couldn’t have been more excited when I discovered this novel a few weeks ago. And, yes, I like the cover even though the guys have hair metal hair cuts. Or do I like the cover because they have hair metal haircuts? Huh. Interesting question there.
7. BEREN AND LUTHIEN
I realize some people don’t really find J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion to their liking. Too long. Too much telling. Sounds too much like the Bible. I’ve heard them all. But I love the book and adore all the legends Tolkien so lovingly puts together, and so I can’t pass up the chance to read this complete story of these lovers from different worlds.
6. THE FORGETTING MOON
Cool cover. Epic fantasy story. More than a little grimdark thrown in for added tastiness. I mean, how could I resist this book by Brian Lee Durfee. It really sounds like he wrote it just for me.
5. THE WAY INTO CHAOS
I saw a lot of people on Goodreads and Reddit recommending this book to each other, so I decided to read a few reviews about it. One reviewer I follow wrote,“In terms of form and style it reminds me of elements from David Gemmell, Greg Keyes and Jim Butcher’s Alera (some very good company to be in).” Needless to say, that description sold me on giving this one a try.
4. THE STORMCALLER
Many of my reading friends really dig Tom Lloyd’s novels, so I decided I’d give them a try as well. This has magical “white-eyes”, gods, warfare, and tons of violence. All of which sounds really damn good. We will see though.
3. THE SHADOW OF WHAT WAS LOST
Another book with a cool cover. Epic fantasy story. Magic. And reviewers comparing it to Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. No way my weak willpower could help me resist adding this novel to my prodigious to-be-read list.
2. A CITY DREAMING
The fact that Daniel Polansky penned this novel was the main draw for me. Usually, I tend not to get too excited about urban fantasy; it just isn’t my preferred form of fantasy. But since Polansky had wowed me with his novella The Builders, I knew I had to take a chance on this one soon and see if he could do it again.
1. DEVIL’S NIGHT DAWNING
The blurb on this one reads: “High fantasy meets gothic horror in this gripping tale of suspense, conflict, faith and magic – the first part in an epic saga of sweeping proportions.” Whether the narrative actually lives up to that remains to be seen, but if it does, I want to read that kind of book.
So there are my most recent additions to my to-be-read list. Have you read any of these yet? If so, what did you think of them? And what have you added to your own t-b-r list lately?
I have Kings of the Wyld on my list as well, it looks like fun:-) Also, I think I read somewhere that the woman on the cover of Unfettered II is Shawn’s mother? I may have read that on his website.
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So I’m not the last person to read Tom Lloyd . . . good to know. 🙂
The Shadow of What Was Lost caught my eye too, but so far I haven’t splurged on a copy.
There are a couple on here that I’ve seen on NG and I so wanted them but I’m just being good to try and make a dint in all my books. It’s very tempting though.
I enjoyed the Polanski – it’s very unusual and unique – I don’t think I’ve read UF like it before. It almost reads like a series of short stories and at first the was what I was taking it as but they’re actually all connected in some way with characters dipping in and out. I enjoyed it.
Great list! I really enjoyed the book I read by Tom Lloyd and have been meaning to read Stormcaller
I’m intrigued by the cover of An Empire Asunder. Interesting that it’s a space opera, I wouldn’t have guessed that at first glance, but looks like it can be a good sci-fi that incorporates a fun mix of genres.
Ooh, thank you for reminding me that Beren and Luthien is coming out. *bustles off to add it to my GR to-read list*
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