Top Ten Tuesday: Releases I’m on the fence about
The prompt for this week specifies that we’re supposed to be talking about upcoming releases, but I’ve been absent from the blogging community for the best part of the last six months so most of the releases on the horizon have completely slipped under my radar.
However, I have seen a lot of people talking about books which have been released recently that I’m still not sure whether I should pick up or not.
So I’m asking for your help: if you’ve read any of these ten books, would you recommend them or should I stay far away?
10) Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott
I have a love/hate relationship with Megan Abbott. I’ve really enjoyed some of her novels, but more often than not I’ve found myself exasperated and felt as though I’m reading the same story over and over (and over) again. Give Me Your Hand is Abbott’s latest release and one of her only releases that I’m yet to read, but I just don’t want to be disappointed again.
9) A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
Fairytale retellings are hit-and-miss at the best of times, but when they’re as long as this one it normally leans towards the latter. However, I’ve seen a lot of people raving about how good Brigid Kemmerer’s other novels are, so I’m feeling cautiously optimistic about this story.
8) The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
The Woman in the Window was one of the most talked about thrillers released in 2018, but when I learnt that it was 450 pages I put it to the bottom of my TBR. I normally work out what’s going to happen in thrillers that are only 300 pages in length, so with an extra 150 pages I’m feeling certain that I’m not only going to solve the mystery but also find myself getting very bored.
7) Glass Town Wars by Celia Rees
I borrowed Glass Town Wars from my library via their eBook app, read the first chapter and swiftly returned it because I wasn’t in the mood to read that kind of book. If any of you have read it and can let me know what you thought, please do – it sounded very intriguing, but the writing style will take a lot of mental energy to adjust to and I don’t know if I can be bothered!
6) The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
When I first heard the title The Gilded Wolves, I didn’t expect it to be a book set in France in the late 1800s. I don’t normally read historical fiction but this book was in one of my subscription boxes last month, so this one will take me out of my comfort zone.
5) Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus
I’ve been avoiding One of Us is Lying because of the hype surrounding it, so of course I’m also scared of reading the second novel by such an adored debut author. The design of the book is so beautiful, though – it’s been hard to resist purchasing it even though I’ve got no intention of reading it just yet.
4) All The Lonely People by David Owen
I’d heard amazing things about David Owen’s debut novel, Panther, but when I read it I was disappointed. I’ve heard amazing things about Owen’s latest release, but I’m scared of picking it up without knowing more about it.
3) On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
I’m rapidly approaching the end of The Hate U Give and loving every page, although it’s making me feel heartbroken and incensed in equal measure. It’s not going to be easy to live up to the success of this debut novel, and I’m now beginning to dread the release of On the Come Up in case it makes Angie Thomas seem like a one-hit wonder.
2) Evermore by Sara Holland
I gave Everless four stars when I read it last January, and I added Evermore to my TBR straight away. In my review I said I was probably going to reread Everless before the sequel hit the shelves, and I wish I’d found the time to do that because I hardly remember anything that happened in the first book. If you’ve read the sequel, is this duology worth finishing?
1) Whiteout by Gabriel Dylan
Whiteout featured on my recent TBR additions post last week, but with sudden snow falling across the UK throughout the past week I’ve found myself too scared to pick up this book. I love reading horror, but something about the horror combined with the cold – something I’m not a huge fan of – has Whiteout sending shivers down my spine before I’ve even started it.
I hope you enjoyed this Top Ten Tuesday. Which recent release are you the most apprehensive about actually picking up?