Top Ten Tuesday: The blossoming TBR of spring

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is all that is shiny and new on the to-be-read pile this spring. My spring to-read pile is looking more like a mountain, but that’s hardly new. This time of year inevitably gets a little crazy, so I’m trying to be realistic about what I’m going to read in the next three weeks – and this is the result. (Hint: it’s still not entirely realistic.) It’s funny how even cutting down this list to books that I’m desperate to read doesn’t make it that much shorter…

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Top Ten Tuesday: Five books to read if you’re in the mood for CanLit

It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday, and I’m going to feature some CanLit. But these books aren’t just any Canadian books: they’re this year’s Canada Reads selections, which I’m desperately trying to read before I cash in my tickets to see the Canada Reads debates live and in person at the end of this month.

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Top Ten Tuesday: historical fiction meets art history

Top Ten Tuesday - Bayrock, Bookrock - Sidebar crop copyTuesday means it’s time for a list, and this Tuesday is all about the past: historical fiction!

Anyone who knows me (or reads my review guidelines) will know that historical fiction isn’t my favourite genre by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, I tend to avoid it completely if I can.

But there are exceptions to every rule, and in this case there’s one weird little niche of historical fiction that I apparently can’t get enough of: art world novels. And here are more of them than you think (although I have snuck in few that are questionably historical. As ever, click a cover to hop over to the Goodreads page.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Shiny and new on the to-read pile

Top Ten Tuesday - Bayrock, Bookrock - Sidebar crop copy It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for a bit of bookish list action. Hosted as ever by the Broke and the Bookish, this week’s theme is books new on the to-read pile. As someone with a weird assortment of novels and school books piling up on my bedside table (and what is turning into an almost pathological addiction to requesting library books), this week’s theme is exactly up my alley. And who knows, maybe you’ll spot a couple of titles that will end up on your precarious bedside table stack too. Let me know if they do! Just click on a cover to hop over the Goodreads description.

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Top Ten Tuesday: a mountain of autumn reading

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It’s Tuesday – and that means it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday list!

This feature is hosted as ever by The Broke and the Bookish, and this week’s theme is fall to-read lists. Lucky for me, there are a ton of brilliant books coming out in the next few months that I can’t wait to get my paws on. Click on a cover image to pop over to the Goodreads page – and drop down to the comments to let me know if there are any other new releases that I should keep an eye out for.

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Top Ten Tuesday: the elusive releases of 2015

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It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday, hosted as ever by The Broke and the Bookish! This week is make-your-own-theme, so I took it as a chance to put together a list of 2015 books that I still haven’t managed to get my hands on – not including this fall’s  line-up of crazy excellent yet-to-be-released fiction. (Hint: that’s next week’s Top Ten Tuesday.)

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Top Ten Tuesday: the consistent preorder

It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday challenge from the Broke and the Bookish!

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This week’s list: authors whose works I buy as soon as they’re published, no matter what – regardless of genre, topic, or format.

As a starving university student, I’ve massively cut down on the number of books I buy. On the other hand, there will always be few authors I’ll always have a soft spot for – and you’ll find their new books on my shelf as soon as I can get my hands on them. For this top ten I’ve only listed six – because that’s the honest truth. I’m a pretty heavy library user (uh, it’s a bookstore where you don’t have to pay for the books) but these are the authors I consistently pre-order as soon as I discover a new book is coming out – library waitlists be damned.  Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday: fairy tales, fables, magic realism, and retellings

Top Ten Tuesday - Bayrock, Bookrock - Sidebar crop copyThe Broke and the Bookish has a weekly top ten challenge – and this week I’m joining in!

The challenge is to post a list of ten fairy tales or retellings, and I find the majority of popular fairy tale interpretations appear as young adult fiction – I’m thinking of authors like Holly Black, Gail Carson Levine, and Vivian Vande Velde.

Since YA isn’t really my wheelhouse any more, I’ve taken a few liberties with my list – including authors who channel the weird old spirit of Aesop or the Brothers Grimm, rather than sticking to strict retellings. Fairy tales sneak their bony fingers of inspiration into literary fiction every year; magic realism and fairy tales aren’t exactly analogous, but sometimes the two genres overlap in a neat little Venn diagram.

Long story short: if you’re looking for fairy tales without diving into the often-angsty YA, I’ve got a list for you – a good mix of fairy tales, fables, and folk stories.

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