Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

In a surprise turn of events I have read 9/10 books on my winter TBR! All but A Gift of Poison which will likely take 11th place on the spring TBR, but I try not to repeat myself. No one needs to be reading my blog thinking “Ellie, you’ve told us you’re going to read that book 22 times already, enough is enough”.

What with sorting out my thyroid (again) and the new job, I’m all a bit discombobulated in my reading choices. There are a bunch missing from my most anticipated list, and then there are the review copies I requested in more combobulated times. I doubt this will be as successful a TBR as the last!

*Means it’s a review copy, and text in italics is from publisher blurbs so might be completely misleading. Links go to Goodreads.

this delicious death

This Delicious Death by Kayla Cottingham

When four best friends with a hunger for human flesh attend a music festival in the desert they discover a murderous plot to expose and vilify the girls and everyone like them. This summer is going to get gory.


cursed crowns

Cursed Crowns by Catherine Doyle + Katherine Webber

Two queens, one throne. What can possibly go wrong . . .?

Twin queens Wren and Rose have claimed their crowns . . . but not everyone is happy about witches sitting on Eana’s throne.


Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers

Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers by Jesse Sutanto

A lonely shopkeeper takes it upon herself to solve a murder in the most peculiar way in this captivating mystery by Jesse Q. Sutanto, bestselling author of Dial A for Aunties.


ghosts in the hedgerow

Ghosts in the Hedgerow: A Hedgehog Whodunnit by Tom Moorhouse

A body lies motionless on the ground. Small, with a snouty head and covered with spines, it is unquestionably dead before its time. And all of those gathered around the corpse are suspect. So which one of them is responsible for this crime – and for the disappearance of many many thousands of hedgehogs in recent decades?


nothing but the rain

Nothing but the Rain by Naomi Salman

A sleepy little town discovers its memories have become part of the water cycle in Naomi Salman’s debut novella.

The rain in Aloisville is never-ending, and no one can remember when it started. There’s not much they can remember. With every drop that hits their skin, a bit of memory is washed away. Stay too long in the wet, and you’ll lose everything you used to be.


for the first time again

For the First Time, Again by Sylvain Neuvel

Aster believes she is a normal teenage girl – she is very wrong . . .

Teenager Aster barely escapes with her life when her adoptive father is killed in a shooting. Suddenly finding herself under the protection of a special US military unit, she learns that blood tests indicate that she’s not even human. Unsure who or what she might be – or if any of this is true – Aster’s first instinct is to flee.

Unfortunately, she soon finds she is caught between two warring sides: on one, her mortal enemies, the alien Trackers, and on the other, the American government.


my murder

My Murder by Katie Williams*

What if the murder you had to solve was your own?

Lou is a happily married mother of an adorable toddler. She’s also the victim of a local serial killer. Recently brought back to life and returned to her grieving family by a government project, she is grateful for this second chance. But as the new Lou re-adapts to her old routines, and as she bonds with other female victims, she realizes that disturbing questions remain about what exactly preceded her death and how much she can really trust those around her.


more perfect

More Perfect by Temi Oh

“What does it feel like to wake up in the Panopticon? It’s like waking up for the first time ever. It’s like waking up with a third eye.”

When Moremi connects her brain to the Panopticon, a network which allows you to see inside the minds and dreams of others, she believes that it will save her from depression, loneliness and, eventually, death. That is until she meets Orpheus.


ink blood sister scribe

Ink Blood Sister Scribe by Emma Törzs*

Some books should never be opened.

A spellbinding, edge-of your seat thriller, Ink Blood Sister Scribe follows a family tasked with guarding a trove of magical but deadly books, and the shadowy organisation that will do anything to get them back . . . even murder.


infinity gate

Infinity Gate by M.R. Carey*

The Pandominion is a political and trading alliance consisting of roughly a million worlds.

But they’re really all the same world – Earth – in many different dimensions. And when an AI threat arises that could destroy everything the Pandominion has built, they’ll eradicate it by whatever means necessary—no matter the cost to human life.

Now I’ve made this list, it isn’t as light and fluffy as I thought I’d want… Apparently I’m in the mood for murder?