TTT – My Ten Most Recent Reads

Happy Top Ten Tuesday everyone! It’s been a minute since I had the time and motivation to sit down and write a Top Ten Tuesday post. I mean, technically I don’t have time now either, but today’s prompt doesn’t require a lot of thinking.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and you can find all past and future prompts on her blog! This week the prompt is: My ten most recent reads!recent recent recent

See? I don’t need to think to write about my ten most recent reads. I’ve actually just finished my 31st book of the year, and I’m quite proud of myself for that. I’m trying to break last year’s record of 60. If you want to see what I’ve read besides the ten in this post, check out my Goodreads challenge! Now, let’s talk about those ten books I recently read…

All Systems Red

By Martha Wells

This book kinda took me by surprise. I had the e-book version, and when I saw it would only take 1.5 hours to read I thought I was missing half a book. But nope, it’s really that short. It was a lot of fun though! It’s part of the Murderbot Diaries, and the book did kind of read like a diary entry. It’s funny how there really wasn’t any world building to speak of, and yet that did not affect the story at all. I’m excited to read the next book now. Most of the books in this series are really short, so they’re perfect to read in a day!

Ruin and Rising

By Leigh Bardugo

With Ruin and Rising, I finished my reread of the Grisha trilogy. I can’t responsibly watch the show right now, because I know I will get hooked and get absolutely nothing else done. I find that with reading I’m more easily capable of closing my book and doing actual work. So reread it was! I forgot everything about this book. Except the end… Why does this book have to be so heartbreaking?! By the end of it I was so sad.

Siege and Storm

By Leigh Bardugo

I mentioned this in my April wrap-up post as well, but I liked this book a lot more the second time compared to the first time. I don’t know why. Probably because last time it took me ages to finish it? Now I read it in about two days. I feel like plot-wise, not a lot happens, but there’s still plenty of action and suspense. I really liked it!

Shadow and Bone

By Leigh Bardugo

And that brings me to Shadow and Bone. Like with all the other books, I had also forgotten literally everything about this book, so this was a fun reread. I also love that there are some small details in this book that come back in book 3. I hadn’t noticed those before, because way back then I left a lot of time between reading the books. Reading them all in rapid succession really opens one’s eyes to things they might’ve missed the first time.

Son of the Storm

By Suyi Davies Okungbowa

You may have seen this book on my blog a lot lately. I got it via NetGalley a while ago, and really enjoyed it! The world building took a while, and there’s a lot of information to process, but other than that I think it’s a good story. You can read my full review here!

Dog Whistle Politics

By Ian Haney López

I kind of want everyone to read this book, purely so that we can all collectively learn to read between the lines and stop getting stomped on by politicians. This book is specific to coded racial language, but coded language exists everywhere. Don’t trust your ears, I guess. Anyway, this book used clear language and was easy to follow. Would recommend.

Call Down the Hawk

By Maggie Stiefvater

Call Down the Hawk had been on my TBR for quite a long time, and I finally read it! Mister Impossible comes out the 18th already, and I’m super excited for that. Especially because this book ended on a cliffhanger (which I find hilarious. If you’ve read the book, you know). I really enjoyed this book, because it was so mysterious and yet more clear than the original Raven Cycle. I loved reading about my favorite Raven Cycle characters, but also really enjoyed all the new POVs.

Get A Life, Chloe Brown

By Talia Hibbert

It honestly feels so long ago since I’ve read this book, but I finished it just over a month ago. I remember in subsequent WWW Wednesdays and other such posts I said I was gonna read Take a Hint, Dani Brown next and I still haven’t, whoops. I’ll try again next month, because I know it’s not gonna happen this month. Anyway, I loved this book a lot more than I expected. As a SFF reader romance doesn’t hit my radar often, but I couldn’t ignore this book!


By Erin Bowman

Then way back in March I read another NetGalley ARC. This book seemed super interesting, and it was, but I still believe it should’ve been a duology. Now I heard that the author planned for it to be that way, but the publisher said no. And I truly think they hurt themselves with that in the process. Two books would’ve allowed for much better world- and character building, and now both just fell a little flat. It was a fun read, but it could’ve been so much more.

House of Earth and Blood

By Sarah J. Maas

This was another reread (I had reread so much this year, omg), and I loved it maybe even more this time than the first time. Probably because I knew about all the heartbreaking things coming up. I was planning to read this with one of my friends, but she got stuck doing uni work, boooo. Hopefully she’ll get to it once the semester ends. Anyway, I neeeeeeeed Crescent City 2 this minute. I think I saw that the pub date got pushed back to January 2022, which I can live with. I am still eagerly anticipating all other news.

And that was number ten! Did I read any books that you’ve read and loved too? What was your favorite book of the recent ten you read? Let me know!

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    • simonevanheijst
      May 5, 2021 / 1:12 pm

      It was a fun read! I hope you enjoy it when you get to it.

  1. May 4, 2021 / 3:55 pm

    I’m so glad that you ended up enjoying Get a Life, Chloe Brown! I read it a while as well and I seriously need to do a reread so I can write a review like I should have lol. Great post!

    • simonevanheijst
      May 4, 2021 / 6:53 pm

      Thank you!! I’m so glad I gave Get a Life, Chloe Brown a chance, because literally everyone was raving about it lol. Enjoy your reread when you get to it! ?

    • simonevanheijst
      May 5, 2021 / 1:12 pm

      I loved Crescent City so much!! I hope you will too when you get to it?

    • simonevanheijst
      May 5, 2021 / 1:14 pm

      Yeah I really liked the writing and the whole concept, so I am holding on to hope that maybe a spin off could happen. I should also read her other books sometime. Happy TTT!

  2. May 4, 2021 / 11:31 pm

    I also reread the Grisha trilogy recently and found it even more enjoyable on reread! Glad you enjoyed these 🙂

    • simonevanheijst
      May 5, 2021 / 1:15 pm

      Glad you enjoyed your reread too!?

  3. Poinsettia
    May 6, 2021 / 2:50 am

    I haven’t read the Grisha Trilogy. I did read the Six of Crows Duology and really enjoyed it. Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

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