Top Ten Tuesday: recently hauled

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It’s all about books, lists and sharing the love we have of both with our bookish friends. Today we’re celebrating the most recent additions to our shelves!

The end of one year and the beginning of another sees a lot of movement on my bookshelves – Christmas gifts, end of year sales, January ARCs and soon they will be joined by birthday presents – so today’s challenge (as usual, let’s face it) is keeping this to a top ten.

Book cover: The Silmarillion - JRR Tolkien - Folio Society hardbackThe Silmarillion – J R R Tolkien

I’m pretty sure we can blame my love of over the top world-building on Tolkien. I’ve always adored The Silmarillion, but when Santa brought me the gorgeous, illustrated Folio Society hardback I had no idea I’d feel obliged to reread it so soon. RIP Christopher. And thanks, Mum.

Book cover: Folk - Zoe GilbertFolk – Zoe Gilbert

Set your tale in a village called Neverness and I’m going to be curious. I’m very much looking forward to this dark fairy tale of an enchanted island and its residents – although I don’t really know what to expect.

Book cover: The Perilous Gard - Elizabeth Marie PopeThe Perilous Gard – Elizabeth Marie Pope

Whilst we’re on the topic of fairytales, an exiled Tudor gentlewoman avoiding human sacrifice in a faerie underworld was always going to be irresistible. I’ll be saving this one up for Wyrd and Wonder, I suspect.

Book cover: Queenslayer - Sebastien de Castell (purple playing card, our hero on the top half, a woman with a hand over one eye on the bottom half)Queenslayer – Sebastien de Castell

I love Sebastien de Castell’s magical YA series – the last installment, Soulbinder, levelled up (again!) AND left our hero in an exciting new predicament so Queenslayer has big boots to step into. Can’t wait to watch Kellen fall flat on his face. Probably.

Book cover: Sisters of the Vast Black - Lina RatherSisters of the Vast Black – Lina Rather

REBELLIOUS. SPACE. NUNS. Ahem. Did I make my enthusiasm clear? I’ve read and loved this already – as far as I’m concerned it’s one of the very best novellas of 2019, all determination and commitment and doing your best by others regardless of orders. Review coming soon!

Book cover: The Copper Promise - Jen Williams (sepia painting, a dragon above a city)The Copper Promise – Jen Williams

I’ve been looking forward to Jen Williams’s dungeon-crawling debut for ages – and sometimes Christmas delivers exactly what you’re longing for (thanks to TJ, who also put a certain snarky murder AI on my shelves <3)

Book cover: Bone Silence - Alastair Reynolds (space ship on a field of purple-blue space)Bone Silence – Alastair Reynolds

The Ness sisters are back, and this time they’re taking on, well, everybody. After the slightly off-pace Shadow Captain, I’m on the edge of my seat for the climax of Reynolds’s dark YA space opera.

Book cover: The Outside - Ada HoffmanThe Outside – Ada Hoffman

A queer autistic heroine, AI gods, post-human angels, technological heresy and is that a hint of cosmic horror? – why yes, this sounds right up my street and I cheerfully snapped it up in the recent Angry Robot sale.

Book cover: The Golden Key - Marion Womack

The Golden Key – Marion Womack

Promise me a genre-blurring gothic fantasy of mediums and dark magic and my eyes light up. Mention authors like Diane Setterfield, Sarah Waters, Marie Brennan and Catriona Ward and I CANNOT WAIT. It’s a lot for a debut to live up to – I’ll be reporting back next month!

Book cover: Hidden Wyndham - Amy BinnsHidden Wyndham – Amy Binns

I rarely read biographies, but John Wyndham has been a favourite of mine for years. I couldn’t resist the chance to read more about his secretive life, or the opportunity to read his letters. Expect a reread of The Kraken Wakes or Day of the Triffids to follow!

What have you picked up recently?