Top Ten Tuesday | Holiday/Seasonal Freebie

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week they provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. You don’t have to do all ten. Instead you can do three, five, fifteen, whatever you want. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.

This week’s theme is Holiday/Seasonal Freebie. For this freebie I decided to go with Books I Like To Read In Winter. Just like my taste in music changes with the seasons, in the summer I want something slightly lighter and upbeat and in the winter I prefer heavier tunes, the same is with my reading. In the warmer months I like short, romance leaning fantasy. In the cold, I seem to leave toward heftier titles.

A Sky Beyond the Storm (An Ember in the Ashes #4) by Sabaa Tahir – I’m actually reading this right now and am about half way through this concluding novel of the Ember series. So far it is certainly better than Reaper but there is so much jumping between POVs that I’m having trouble concentrating. Four POVs is just too much for me.

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) by Laini Taylor – This is another book that I am currently reading as audio and she is a bit heftier than my usual choices. While Strange the Dreamer is a reread I’m enjoying it just as much the second time through. The main character’s journey from orphan to his endgame is a joy to read along with. Sadly, the second book in this series let me down immensely but this first one is pure gold.

The Blade Itself (The First Law #1) by Joe Abercrombie – I’ve pondered on and off for a while now whether or not to read this. However, Liene of Liene’s Library has finally convinced me. She talks about this series ALL OF THE TIME and I tend to agree with many of her bookish opinions so I’m going to give it a shot. It seems to have weightier themes than my more summery reads and it feels like something I need to end this gloom and doom of a year.

The Bone Shard Daughter (The Drowning Empire #1) by Andrea Stewart – This book is on my TBR as a highly recommended book from Dead Good Book Reviews. While she and I don’t jive in a ton of our bookish opinions, her love of this title is infectious and made me want to give it a shot. This adult fantasy/fiction seems to contain topics that don’t typically pop up in the YA realm and is listed as LGBTQIA+ so I’m pretty stoked about that.

This is a bit of a shorter list this week but I wanted to include only books that I truly feel encapsulate more of my wintry reading tastes. They are all a bit heftier both in page count and content than my typical summer options. I’ll be honest, I’m really looking forward to trying The Blade Itself. I’ve been watching Liene’s booktube for quite some time and she talks about this series a great deal. Can’t wait to see what I think of it!

Happy Reading! 🖤

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