Top Ten Tuesday: Adding to the Problem

Hello! Aren’t we all excited to be back here for another Top Ten Tuesday? Yes? Good answer! In case you were wondering, I’m thoroughly enjoying lazing about having finished uni – it turns out I’m quite good at doing mostly nothing. It also turns out that I’m not so good at keeping up with NaNoWriMo – I’m not horribly behind I’m just . . . having random bursts of writing episodes at about 10pm each night? Oops?

(also apologies, this post is a little late going up today – I suddenly got quite busy and had to work and then the internet went on a holiday, SUCH FUN.)


This week’s theme is:

Ten Books I’ve Added to my To-Be-Read Lists Recently

Which is going to make this reasonably similar to a recent TBR post I did but not quite! All these books are my most recent purchases that I haven’t read yet. If I wanted to do a list of the ten most recent books I marked as “sounds good” on Goodreads, that’d be a whole other story.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over @ The Broke and the Bookish and each week there’s a different theme that we get to make a list about featuring ten related books. It’s so much fun and the topics are always great! It’s also a fabulous way to learn more about people’s reading adventures and I recommend heading over to the official page to do some exploring through the link up.



by Aimee  Jessica Russ

This must be a dream after all. I pinch myself.
Why the hell aren’t I waking up?
After mysteriously waking up on a different planet, not knowing how she got there or even her name, K – as she becomes known – finds herself in a fascinating world much different to the one she can barely remember. K becomes part of an Exodian family and begins to feel at home on the beautiful, peaceful planet known as Exodus. That is until her new world is turned upside down. Can K be brave enough to stand up to the enemy and help her new family save their planet?

Collide was the book in the October edition of The Dragon’s Hoard. I think it sounds really interesting and I can’t wait to get reading. Casey (@AdoptaBookAUS) and myself will be doing a read-along for it starting on the 15th November so don’t forget to grab a copy and join im!


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Three Dark Crowns

by Kendare Blake

Three sisters. One crown. A fight to the death.
In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.
But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose . . . it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.
The last queen standing gets the crown.

And continuing on the trend, Three Dark Crowns was the book in the October edition of The YA Chronicles. I’m super excited to have a copy of this because I wasn’t planning on buying it for a while but YAY. Sisters with magic fighting and much fantasy angst? YES PLEASE.


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by Maria Dahvana Headley

My review for Magonia, book one

I’m really excited to read this book because it’s the sequel to Magonia which came out last year and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I can’t wait to see what weird and wonderful things Headley throws our way in this book becasue boy oh boy was book one delightfully weird.


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The Architect of Song

by A. G. Howard

A lady imprisoned by deafness, an architect imprisoned by his past, and a ghost imprisoned within the petals of a flower – intertwine in this love story that transcends life and death.
For most of her life, nineteen-year-old Juliet Emerline has subsisted – isolated by deafness – making hats in the solitude of her home. Now, she’s at risk to lose her sanctuary to Lord Nicolas Thornton, a twenty-seven-year-old mysterious and eccentric architect with designs on her humble estate. When she secretly witnesses him raging beside a grave, Juliet investigates, finding the name “Hawk” on the headstone and an unusual flower at the base. The moment Juliet touches the petals, a young English nobleman appears in ghostly form, singing a song only her deaf ears can hear. The ghost remembers nothing of his identity or death, other than the one name that haunts his afterlife: Thornton.
To avenge her ghostly companion and save her estate, Juliet pushes aside her fear of society and travels to Lord Thornton’s secluded holiday resort, posing as a hat maker in one of his boutiques. There, she finds herself questioning who to trust: the architect of flesh and bones who can relate to her through romantic gestures, heartfelt notes, and sensual touches … or the specter who serenades her with beautiful songs and ardent words, touching her mind and soul like no other man ever can. As sinister truths behind Lord Thornton’s interest in her estate and his tie to Hawk come to light, Juliet is lured into a web of secrets. But it’s too late for escape, and the tragic love taking seed in her heart will alter her silent world forever.

If you’re not screaming with delight becasue this is Howard’s new book then I don’t know what is wrong with you. I cannot wait to pick this one up because it sounds amazing and I’m fairly certain I’ll be able to eat read the whole thing in one go.

A. G. Howard books > life
(true story)


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Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold

by Iain Reading

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is the thrilling first installment in a new series of adventure mystery stories that are one part travel, one part history and five parts adventure. This first book of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series introduces Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot with her own De Havilland Beaver seaplane and a nose for mystery and intrigue. A cross between Amelia Earhart, Nancy Drew and Pippi Longstocking, Kitty is a quirky young heroine with boundless curiosity and a knack for getting herself into all kinds of precarious situations.
After leaving her home in the western Canadian fishing village of Tofino to spend the summer in Alaska studying humpback whales Kitty finds herself caught up in an unforgettable adventure involving stolen gold, devious criminals, ghostly shipwrecks, and bone-chilling curses. Kitty’s adventure begins with the lingering mystery of a sunken ship called the Clara Nevada and as the plot continues to unfold this spirited story will have armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike anxiously following every twist and turn as they are swept along through the history of the Klondike Gold Rush to a suspenseful final climatic chase across the rugged terrain of Canada’s Yukon, the harsh land made famous in the stories and poems of such writers as Jack London, Robert Service and Pierre Berton. It is a riveting tale that brings to glorious life the landscape and history of Alaska’s inside passage and Canada’s Yukon, as Kitty is caught up in an epic mystery set against the backdrop of the scenery of the Klondike Gold Rush.

I was sent this book for review which was very kind and I’m very intrigued to see what it’s like. The edition I have actually has a much nicer cover than this is and it does sound like it’ll be quite the adventure. I’m sort of expecting Geronimo Stilton-type fun but for an older age group.


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Hollow City

by Ransom Riggs

My review for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, book one

Well of course this one is on my list! One does not read a Ransom Riggs book and then not continue the series. I cannot wait to see where the characters go in this second instalment because I absolutely adored the first book!


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Library of Souls

by Ransom Riggs

My review for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, book one

And I also have the third book here because I strongly susepct that I’ll want to just pick it up straight away after finishing the second to get to the end of the story. I can’t believe I put this series off for so long!


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The Colossus Rises

by Peter Larangis

One Boy
Jack McKinley is an ordinary kid with an extraordinary problem. In a few months, he’s going to die.
One Mission
Jack needs to find seven magic loculi that, when combined, have the power to cure him.
One Problem
The loculi are the relics of a lost civilization and haven’t been seen in thousands of years.
Seven Wonders
Because they’re hidden in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

I bought this one at a second hand bookfair mostly because I liked the cover (don’t tell me you haven’t done that before). It turns out my brother actually also has a copy of this but HEY HO, two is a fun number, right?


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Crooked Kingdom

by Leigh Bardugo

My review of Six of Crows, book one

I cannot wait to read this, really. I’m so anxious about the fate of all the characters and just ARGH. It’s goign to be a whirlwind of a read, I just know it.


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Words in Deep Blue

by Cath Crowley

Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favorite book in his family’s bookshop. She waited. But Henry never came.
Now Rachel has returned to the city—and to the bookshop—to work alongside the boy she’d rather not see, if at all possible, for the rest of her life. But Rachel needs the distraction. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can’t feel anything anymore.
As Henry and Rachel work side by side—surrounded by books, watching love stories unfold, exchanging letters between the pages—they find hope in each other. Because life may be uncontrollable, even unbearable sometimes. But it’s possible that words, and love, and second chances are enough.

And this was the book from the September edition of The YA Chronicles. I’m curious to see what this book is like, I hadn’t heard of it at all before receiving it in the box so it’s a nice surprise. Fingers crossed it’s good!


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Hopefully I don’t add too many more books to this list just yet – wouldn’t it be nice to exercise self-control and not have a massive book buying spree every month? (Hah! Who am I kidding, that’s what we live for!).

 What’s the latest book you added to your TBR?

End Note

~~ Kirstie ~~


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26 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Adding to the Problem

  1. I keep waiting for Library of Souls to come out in paperback so it matches my others. Seems like it is taking it a long time. I bought The Architect of Song a few months back but haven’t started it yet. I’m really liking all the covers I’m seeing for the Three Dark Crowns book. Nice list

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    1. Argh, don’t you hate it when the paperback takes forever to come out? That’s interesting though, I have it in paperback – hopefully it comes out soon for you!

      Ooh, I hope you enjoy The Architect of Song, I’m so excited to read it, it’s crazy. Fingers crossed it delivers! Thank you!


  2. Oh my – such a lot of books on here that I need to catch up with! Crooked Kingdom for example. And the Peregrine books have a second and third already out and I haven’t read the first – note to self!
    Lynn 😀

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    1. I hope so, too! I’m glad to hear you enjoyed Three Dark Crowns – I feel like I’ve heard some mixed things lately, but I’m holding out for it to be amazing!! (and don’t worry, if you saw the number of series that I just did not read the third book for because I’m a slacker . . . sheesh).

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    1. It does sound really interesting, doesn’t it? I thought it was quite a good pick for the subscription box it came in, and I’ve heard quite a few good reviews. I definitely think it’ll be an intriguing read!


  3. Great picks for this week Kirstie, the ones on your list I’ve read I’ve loved so I really hope you do too. Crooked Kingdom is actually my favourite book of 2016 as well!
    Both Three Dark Crowns and Aerie (well, I still need to read the first of that series) are on my to-read list as well. I’m hoping to get around to then before the end of this year, but who knows! 🙂

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    1. Gah! I’m just so excited to get to them all. You’ve just made me infinitely excited about Crooked Kingdom, though! I feel like I’m hesitant to pick it up because I’m anxious of how good it will be (which makes no sense but go with it).

      Let’s hope you manage to get to them! Got to love this time of year when you start eying off both your TBR and calendar before deciding that you can, in fact, read 6 books per day, #logic

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      1. I’d highly recommend picking up Crooked Kingdom ASAP, and I know this isn’t helping your anxiousness about this book any but it was just an amazing read. I know what you mean though, I have a few books that I haven’t picked up because of the same reason!
        Yeah that’s definitely what I’m starting to do, I’m piling books on my to-read list thinking I can get around to them when I know I likely can’t!

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    1. Thank you!! Yes I feel like I’m just sort of bobbing around feeling terribly naughty for not doing any homework. It’s definitely going to take some time getting used to the freedom!


  4. YES to Three Dark Crowns and Aerie! They both sound amazing 😀 I still need to read Six of Crows myself – and Bardugo for that matter. I’m planning on starting with the Grisha trilogy and working my way from there!

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