Top Ten Books By My Favorite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl where each week has a specific prompt everyone is welcome to post a list with their own answers. This week’s theme is “Books By My Favorite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read“.

This is actually one I really struggled with because I’m up to date with quite a few of my favourite authors (Maria V. Snyder, Sarah J. Maas, Pierce Brown, Becky Chambers).

Robin Hobb

I’ve loved every book I’ve ever read by Robin Hobb, but so far I’ve stuck to the Realm of the Elderlings books.  I’d like to actually go back and read her other series, even if they’re not necessarily something I would normally pick up; the Megan Lindholm series isn’t fantasy but I’m curious because she wrote them and I just love Hobb’s writing!

J. K. Rowling

Well of course J. K. Rowling was going to feature on this list! I’ve read the first Cormoran Strike book and while it was enjoyable enough, I still haven’t picked up the second book despite the fact it’s been on my shelves for an embarrassingly long time. I’m sure I’ll get to it eventually, I just keep being drawn in by new additions to my shelves. The Tales of Beedle the Bard is one I really do want to get to eventually.

Laini Taylor

So I’d never actually come across this book until I discovered it at a book sale earlier this year. Of course I picked it up: I absolutely loved both the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series and Strange the Dreamer so I have high hopes for this too!

Matt Haig

I really enjoyed The Humans and Reasons to Stay Alive but I haven’t read Notes on a Nervous Planet yet – I don’t feel too bad because it hasn’t been out that long, but I definitely intend to get to it pretty soon! How to Stop Time is probably a book I wouldn’t pick up apart from the fact I know it’s by Matt Haig, so it’s one I’ll grab if I see it at the library but probably won’t rush out and buy.

Jodi Picoult

I always know what I’m getting with a Jodi Picoult read: multiple points of view, ethical/moral dilemmas, shades of grey, all in easy-to-get-lost-in prose with characters I’ll relate to, hate and love in varying degrees.  There’s a few of hers I haven’t read yet but as I do have a copy of The Storyteller that’s highest on the priority list.

David & Leigh Eddings

David & Leigh Eddings are what got me into fantasy to start with and I think this is the only series of theirs I haven’t finished. I picked up book 1 and 2 too long ago to be able to jump straight back in with Crystal Gorge and at the moment, I can’t bring myself to step away from all the other books I want to read long enough to re-read both of those followed by the last two books.  I’ll get there one day!

Mira Grant


I love Mira Grant’s books so having exhausted her novel backlist I’ve started moving on to the stories she writes under Seanan McGuire instead. I haven’t started the October Daye series yet – partially because there are so many of them – but I know people love them so I definitely will do.

Any thoughts on which of these I should pick up first? And which books are on your TBR by your favourite authors?

Binge Watchers #1: Legend of Korra, Flash & Arrow

It’s been a year since my last update somehow but then I saw Michelle’s latest update and remembered how much I enjoyed taking part, which led to a refresh of my to be watched (TBW?) list a couple of weeks ago.  This first real update will have some pretty big jumps in terms of my progress below, but I swear it’s not that I watched a billion hours of TV this month or anything, it’s just that this is a year’s worth of updates!

What I was binging last time…

Attack on Titan season 2.

In six words or less: Humanity is threatened by people-eating Titans.

Progress since last time: Literally none. I came to a standstill because only episodes as far as 6 had been dubbed, and I have a tendency to multi-task when watching which obviously I can’t do if I’m trying to read subtitles. That hasn’t changed, sadly and I keep finding myself picking up something I can multi-task with over this.

Grey’s Anatomy season 8.

In six words or less: Medical Drama filled with twisty relationships.

Progress since last time: All of seasons 8-14. This has been my biggest binge-watch over the last year for sure! I can’t wait for it to re-start, though it looks like we won’t be getting it here in the UK until November at the earliest.

Marvel’s The Defenders season 1.

In six words or less: Slightly damaged super-powered humans saving NYC.

Progress since last time: All of season 1…. and yet I can barely remember any of it. Sadly, a bit forgettable!

 

Currently Binging & Binge-stats:

I love Goodreads for a whole bunch of reasons but at least one of them is because I can keep track of where I’ve got to with each book or series.  A search for something similar for TV led me to TrackSeries and Trakt, both of which I’m still exploring.  Both let me see my percentage progress on a series so far, give a calendar of what’s up next in terms of new episodes/series (the dates don’t line up for me here in the UK but it gives me a rough idea and let me mark a series as to watch (Trakt) or follow (TrackSeries) even if I haven’t started it yet.  So far I like the idea of Trakt more as it has a lot more features: tells me how many hours of watching I have left to catch up with a show, accommodates rewatches and can also hold movie information.  The downsides for Trakt so far are that I haven’t managed to get any of the auto-tracking features working (no big loss as TrackSeries didn’t offer it at all) and it has a lot more adverts.

Here’s what my dashboard looks like:

So you can see at the top that I’ve so far watched 68 days worth apparently (I’ve only done a very quick add of films though so that might spike significantly as I keep using it!) and then a snapshot of what I might watch next. That’s taken from my progress page, and I’ve got it set to sort by most-recently watched though you can organise by recently aired/number of episodes watched/number of episodes left to watch/time left to watch or a whole bunch of other settings if you’d prefer.  For a bit more detail in terms of stats (which I love!) my progress page itself shows that I’ve watched 52% of my watchlist (hovering over that number tells me I’ve watched 739/1418 episodes), for a total of more than 15 days. Eek! I’ve hidden my 100% completed shows, and at the moment have 17 shows on the go apparently.

Currently Watching

Legend of Korra

In six words or less: Teenage girl with magical elemental powers.

Why I’m watching it: I really enjoyed Avatar: The Last Airbender, so I recently suggested that we watch it as a couple, as my other half had never seen it.  He ended up loving it too, so now we’ve started Legend of Korra which neither of us have ever seen. It’s very different to A:tLA as it feels a bit older and has quite different visuals but we’re enjoying it anyway.

Where I’ve got to so far: We’ve so far seen all of season 1 (12 episodes)

Arrow

In six words or less: Bow-and-arrow wielding vigilante.

Why I’m watching it: I meant to watch Arrow when it started but – prepare to laugh – it really irritated me that Oliver McQueen lived in the same house that Lex Luther did in Smallville. Totally jarred me so I didn’t make it past about 2 episodes… I’ve now gone back, at least in part because I see so much about The Flash on Twitter but I know they interlink.

Where I’ve got to so far: Season 3, Episode 7 – everything has slowed down for me now that the shows all interlink, because I feel like every time I sit down to watch it I have to look up whether I should be watching Arrow or The Flash!

The Flash

In six words or less: Super fast crime scene investigator.

Why I’m watching it: I’ve now got to the point in Arrow where the shows start crossing over!

Where I’ve got to so far: Season 1, Episode 4.

What’s up next?

I’d really like to re-watch Riverdale before season 3 comes out, but other half refuses to mix shows we’re binging, so I don’t know if it’ll happen! My solo watching will probably continue with the Flash/Arrow, and maybe some anime.

Fall Bookish Bingo

Bookish Bingo is a seasonal challenge hosted by Pretty Deadly Reviews, and while I always love the idea, I’ve never actually taken part.  This round runs for September – November and I’m finally joining in!  My reading is definitely going to take a hit for this final quarter of the year thanks to my new uni course, so I love the idea of still feeling like I’m working towards a challenge even though I’m not reading as much as I normally would (5 books for a bingo seems possible!). Plus, this season’s board has SO many prompts that I love (Witches, Space/Stars, Scares You, LGBT+, Dual-POV….)



Possible TBR:

I’m definitely not going to get through all of these but I’ve chosen a variety of books I’m interested in picking up soon and just had a look to see where they could go on the board. Of course, an impulse purchase or library haul could throw these plans out the window, but they’re just a starting idea!

Made into a Movie: A TV adaptation can also count for this one, and as I’ve still never read The Handmaid’s Tale (or see the TV show) this seems like a perfect opportunity to rectify that.
Middle-Grade: I don’t really reach much Middle-Grade/9-12 fiction, but I’ve really enjoyed the Victoria Schwab books I’ve read so far (Vicious, This Savage Song/Our Dark Duet), so I’m intrigued to read more by her.
One Word Title: Artemis – this is actually my current read, highly anticipated because The Martian is one of my favourite books ever.
Fire in the Title/On the Cover: New Sarah J. Maas = auto-buy! Can’t wait to read this one!

History With a Twist: A Short History of Nearly Everything is all about science, which I’m hoping is enough of a twist!
Set in a School: The Island is split between a school in Oxford and the mysterious island of the title.
Space or Stars:
Absolutely loved Sleeping Giants so I’m hoping I can get Waking Gods, with it’s star-filled cover, from the library.

September, October, or November Release: Strange The Dreamer was one of my favourite reads of 2018 so I’m eagerly awaiting Muse of Nightmares.
Scares You: Creepy possibly-haunted subway? This sounds both addictive and slightly terrifying (I’m a huge wimp, hate horror films but love creepy book concepts).
Legend or Myth: Rick Riordan’s books are always fun, with loveable characters and addictive storylines. I’m hoping to get caught up on the Magnus Chase & Trials of Apollo books soon!
Features Animals: The history and founding of London Zoo. I know a bit already, but it’ll be interesting to get a bit more depth!

 

Binge Watchers Reset!

It’s been a year since my last update somehow but then I saw Michelle’s latest update and remembered how much I enjoyed taking part!  Like Michelle, I’m going to see this as a reset, and make my list of shows I want to watch.  From then on, although the post normally runs every other Wednesday, I’m going to try it as a once a month (mid-month) feature and see how I get on – I’m not sure I’ll have enough progress to update it fortnightly, but of course I’ll take it as it comes!  Expect another post on the 19th about where I’ve got to so far.

My Binge Watching List…

Started but need to catch up

  • The 100
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
  • Arrow
  • The Flash
  • How to Get away with Murder
  • Nashville
  • The Punisher
  • The Originals
  • Once Upon a Time
  • Star Trek: Discovery
  • The 100
  • The Big Bang Theory

Ongoing but currently up to date

  • Doctor Who
  • Game of Thrones
  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • Riverdale
  • Stranger Things
  • Westworld

Anime/Cartoons started but need to catch up

  • Attack on Titan
  • Card Captor Sakura
  • The Legend of Korra
  • Steven Universe
  • Sword Art Online

Not started but want to

  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
  • Firefly
  • The Handmaid’s Tale

Started but not sure whether to continue

  • The Crown
  • Glee
  • Grand Tour
  • Humans
  • Orange is the New Black
  • Zoo

Looking Ahead: September 2018

What’s on in September?

This month I’m starting my teacher training course, which promises to be intense, challenging and exhausting but hopefully also inspiring, satisfying and rewarding. I’ve kept my TBR pile small and focused quite heavily on audiobooks as I’m not sure how much time I’ll get to read around placements and assignments – everyone keeps telling me I should basically give up on the idea of books/hobbies/any kind of social life until the end of the year but I’m determined not to! I got ahead on my Goodreads goal over the summer but haven’t raised it, which means if I can get 6 books finished before the end of the year I’ll hit my goal of 100. Anything beyond that would be a bonus!

September’s TBR list

Artemis (305) | Audible (started)
A short history of nearly everything (687) | Audible
The Island (304) | E-Arc
Waking Gods (336) | Library

Target pages = 1632

September Goals

  • -6lbs: Now that we’re back from our holiday, we’re back at WW for the first time in a long time and giving the Flex plan a try. Fingers crossed!
  • 4 blog posts – Honestly, I’ve no idea how plausible this is, all depends on the uni work – maybe I can post more, maybe even 4 is too many (although I hope not)
  • At least 1 cinema trip & 1 date evening – I want to try and make sure I force myself to take some down-time and relax, as everyone says work-life balance is crucial but also one of the hardest things for the teacher training course

What do you have planned for September?