Tuesday 16 June 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want To Read During Winter

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and The Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

I may have cheated with this list, considering it's only asking for 10 but I've included series, in particular fantasy series as "one" read. I tend to associate winter with longer and denser reads though, which would explain my wanting to read more fantasy, as well as any book that I know weighs a ton. Something about the idea of getting into bed with a cup of warm tea and a nice, chunky book paints the perfect winter night image for me!

Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

1. The Nicci Chronicles Books 1-3: Death's Mistress, Shroud of Eternity and Siege of Stone by Terry Goodkind
Okay, so technically this is 3 books but they belong to one series that I'm trying to get into. The Nicci Chronicles is a, somewhat, continuation of Goodkind's well known fantasty Sword of Truth series. It follows the character Nicci on her adventures after the end of the previous series. I read up and was told that apparently I can read this series without reading the other so hopefully that is the case!

2. Rebel of the Sands Trilogy by Alwyn Hamilton
I happened to buy the entire series for a super low price so now I have all three and am ready to follow Amani as she attempts to cross the desert to escape her town, Dreamwalk. She's on a quest to escape her pre-destined fate and I'm hoping that I'm swept up on an exciting adventure as Amani finds freedom.

3. The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
Funny how this has made an appearance on my list when I only bought it yesterday. Yeah, oops. I picked up it purely because I really enjoyed Hardinge's writing and story development in A Face Like Glass. This follows Faith as she tries to unravel the mystery behind her father's death, and it involves a talking tree as well. Apparently.

4. East West Street: On the Origins of "Genocide" and "Crimes Against Humanity" by Philippe Sands
I added this to my 2020 reading list, which is basically made up of 13 books I want to complete by the end of the year (you can find the full list here). East West Street is a non-fiction read set during WWII and something I have been wanting to read for years now but keep putting it off. It's now or never.

5. A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
The premise of this revolves around the attempted assassination of Bob Marley during the 1970s, something that I was made aware of whilst watching a Netflix documentary. Marlon James presents a fictional recount of the complexities of the political landscape and overall difficult times across a number of years.

6. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
I also added The Hate U Give to my 2020 reading list at the start of this year, and am determined to now read it even more.

7. Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark #1) by Veronica Roth
Also, the second book, if possible - The Fates Divide. I've had Carve the Mark on my shelf for way too long to justify keeping it if I don't give it a go. The pressures on.

8. Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente
A re-read but I feel like it's time, not only because it's winter and Deathless is set in St. Petersburg during it's blistering cold, but also because it's been so, so long since I last read it that I'm sure I would appreciate it more now than before.

9. A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice & Fire #3) by George R.R Martin
Is this the year I continue on with this series? Also, now that I think about it, it's actually been so long since I last read the 2nd book that now I'm not sure if I can even continue to read-on? What to do?!

10. Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer
Ok, look I'm sorry. It's ridiculous but I know I want to read Midnight Sun when it's released so to prepare myself, I have to re-read Twilight. The last time I read this series would have to be maybe 6 years ago so this is definitely going to be something else.

What Do You Want To Read This Season?


  1. I've owned The Hate U Give since it came out, so I really do need to read that one soon!! I read On the Come Up though, and I did like it.


  2. I hope you enjoy all these!
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  3. The Hate U Give was great. Enjoy!

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  4. Storm of Swords would make a great winter read!

  5. Deathless has some of the most gorgeous writing I have ever read. I hope you enjoy it!

  6. I'm curious about Midnight Sun as well. Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

  7. A Storm of Swords is the longest book I’ve ever read. I liked it though. I hope you enjoy all these!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  8. Oooh! I need to read the Hate U Give too! Great list!

    Here’s my TTT!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  9. I haven't read any of these except Twilight, but The Hate U Give is on my TBR. Hope you enjoy them all!

  10. Ooh I love a big ole fantasy novel at certain times- winter is a great time because it's just nice to settle in with a fantasy epic when it's cold out. :)

    I hope you like A storm of Swords if you read it! I think that one might be my favorite of the series, although I liked the last book too. But they are chunksters!

  11. Rebel of the Sands is one I'd love to read this year if I can fit it in. It has been sitting on my shelf for ages.