Top Ten Tuesday is hosted byย That Artsy Reader Girl.

I suggested this topic, so I guess I’d better come up with some answers! Ready for a trip down memory lane?

I’ve been doing Top Ten Tuesdays on and off for over a decade, so there’s definitely been some books that repeated exposure made me go “oh go on then”. You’ve all definitely swayed me into trying more romance of late, but there’s been other buzzy books that I just put off until I realised they were outliving the hype train.

Since I’m getting on in blogger years, some of these might have been other social media platforms wearing me down, but let’s just pretend they were all on TTTs.



The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Believe it or not I nearly passed on Becky Chambers’ debut. It just sounded like the kind of sci-fi I didn’t read: lots of aliens and pew pew pew. But this book kept being read and adored by everyone who touched it. I’m so glad I gave it a chance as she’s one of my favourite authors now.

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

I know her books are always touted as “As seen on BookTok” but Top Ten Tuesday is where I first stumbled across the STEMinist books. I hadn’t really been reading romance, but you made them sound so cute and sciency.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Remember when masks were on practically every YA fantasy book going? Well not on the UK editions of this trilogy, but I had been ignoring it due to Generic Mask Fatigue until TTT kept talking about it. And now I love them.

The Grishaverse by Leigh Bardugo

I had an ARC of the first book and wasn’t actually that fussed with it, so decided not to continue with the series. But you lot kept going on and on about Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom, so I felt I had to go back to it. While the initial trilogy isn’t my favourite, I enjoyed it with my lowered expectations, and I loved the Ketterdam books.

What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher

I don’t really know how T. Kingfisher passed me by for so long, that creepy fungal rabbit cover that everyone was sharing really grabbed my attention and she is now an auto buy author. I’m reading through her backlist now.



Legends and Lattes by Travis Baldree

OK, I’m including one in this list that I was a little disappointed with. It’s not that I didn’t like it, it was cute, but I was also expecting more from the amount of love I’d seen heaped upon it. I might still read the prequel though.

Book Lovers by Emily Henry

This was my entry into Emily Henry’s books, I don’t know why I didn’t start with Beach Read but I had kind of filed her as Not My Thing for some reason. But they are bookish romances, I hear you cry! I know, I don’t know what I was thinking, I really like her books now so thanks for keeping going on about them.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

I got Nevernight in an Illumicrate box and while I loved the cover, I wasn’t all that interested in reading it at first. But TTT to the rescue, it kept appearing on lists and I dusted it off and read it.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Another much loved fantasy series that I didn’t get round to until everyone had read it. Have I learned my lesson? Probably not. I’m excited to revisit the series in The Fragile Threads of Power.

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

According to my review it was bookstagram that swayed me to try The Broken Earth trilogy but I’m including it here because I love it so much and I know there’s plenty of crossover.