Tell Me Tuesday #82 & Top Ten


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I mentioned this weekend about slowing down on my books, and I haven’t really picked back up these past two days. I’ve been binging my new game and spending time with my furry codependents. I have a wedding I have to go this weekend, and it’s got my mood low. (I really REALLY hate most weddings. This one is more unbearable because the person getting married triggers my social anxiety in the worst.) I’m hoping I can sink into something to read and distract myself a bit.


  • The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers – This was my book club’s pick for August/September and I just finished this yesterday and loved it! It’s super character driven which is not normally my thing, but it worked so well. It reminds me a lot of my favorite game franchise, Mass Effect. There is more plot and ‘save the galaxy’ stuff in that, but it also really focused on relationships and social concepts that pushed characters to open up to new ideas/cultures. So definitely a win for me.
  • City of Ghosts by Victoria Scwhab – I was looking for something kind of quick when I picked this one out, and I really enjoyed it though I wish it had been just a little bit longer. It’s a middle grade that has a really interesting paranormal angle, it’s kind of creepy at times but never crosses that line into being too creepy.


  • On A Pale Horse by Piers Anthony – This is the first book in the Incarnations of Immortality series and I am tackling it with a group on Litsy. So far I’m not impressed or amused. There is a ton of sexism happening. For example, every single female character, even Fate, is subjected to a definition based on their looks. It’s also not all that well written in general. There are some great ideas, but mostly it’s just meh right now.
  • The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang – I’m finally picking this one back up, for now. I never got around to finishing it last month, but I really enjoyed what I did listen to. Plus I need to get some things off my Scribd list, so I can tackle some new stuff soon.

Top Ten Tuesday

I figured I’d get back into Top Ten and share some lists! I mean who doesn’t like lists! All of these are books I haven’t seen many others in book blogging sphere talk about and range from literary fiction to MG sci-fi.

Hidden Gems

  1. Mem by Bethany C. Morrow
  2. Empire of Silence by Christopher Ruocchio
  3. The Girls from Alcyone by Cary Caffrey
  4. Highland Raven by Melanie Karsak
  5. The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
  6. Before We Visit the Goddess by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  7. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
  8. Steamborn by Eric R. Asher
  9. Shutter by Courtney Alameda
  10. Deception’s Princess by Esther Friesner

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9 Responses to Tell Me Tuesday #82 & Top Ten

  1. Greg says:

    Yay for A Long Way! I love that book. 🙂

    I think I read some Piers Anthony when I was younger and I remember not being all that impressed either.

  2. I am so happy you loved Long way! 👍✨

    I want to read The Poppy War..📚

    Thanks for TMTing! 💜

  3. Heidi says:

    I need to read the Victoria Schwab book, her writing is lovely. I hope you survive the wedding. Deep breaths. You got this!

  4. I just picked up a copy of The Poppy war and I can’t wait to read it.

    Lauren @ Always Me

  5. The last books you read are both on my TBR list, so I’m glad you enjoyed them. I like how you formatted your TTT. Books look good when they’re bubble-shaped.

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