I wasn’t honestly sure if I would be able to come up with 10 books for this week’s Top 10 Tuesday Prompt by That Artsy Reader Girl. I don’t usually borrow many books, because my TBR is so insanely long, and people usually don’t want their book to disappear for a whole year. However, once I started counting up the ones that I have, I realized that I have borrowed more than I thought – but only from people who I trust to have particularly great taste in books (and who don’t mind me hanging onto a book for that long). I also included a few library books to round out the number. But here is my list for the week!
1. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
A few years ago I got an ARC of Tess of the Road, and to this day it’s one of my favorite books of all time. Ever since then, I have had Seraphina on my list. Awhile ago, a friend of mine loaned his copy to me. So I’ve been keeping this one at the top of my list because I feel pretty confident that I’ll enjoy it.
2. Free of Me by Saron Hodde Miller
My sister recommended this to me last year to help manage my anxiety about others’ perspectives. I listened to the audiobook and found it very helpful, but she said the physical book is good sometimes to have a visual reference. I’ve had it sitting on my bookshelf for awhile now so I need to do a re-read to see if the physical book actually does help (and if so, I ought to order a copy for myself).
3. Scythe by Neal Shusterman
This is another recommendation from my sister. I’m a huge dork for good post-apocalyptic fiction, so I’m going to pick this up soon.
4. Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutherford
This is yet another loan from my sister (she has great taste!). I’ve backed off lately on young adult fantasy, but I’m definitely missing those familiar worlds, and this one takes place on the coast just like the one I’m currently writing, so I’m looking forward to diving in soon.
5. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
I told my sister about my diversity reading goals for the year and she loaned this to me as a good fantasy by an author of color. I’ve heard good things about it from others and the cover art is incredible so I’m excited to hop into it soon.
6. The Physiognomy by Jeffrey Ford
This was one of my boyfriend’s favorite reads as a child, and he recently came across it again when cleaning things out so he’s letting me borrow it for a good, quick read. It looks like a pretty good fantasy.
7. Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor
This one I borrowed from the library recently as an audiobook. I read Akata Witch recently and loved it, and so far it’s proving to be just as good.
8. Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic by Michael McCreary
My local library is doing some sort of virtual book club and given my own connections to the autistic community, I thought it’d be a good read. I haven’t started it yet but I’m excited to see the author’s perspective.
9. Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
I do actually have the physical copy of Farmer Boy, but my son has been having an easier time falling asleep at night if I have an audiobook going for him. We’ve had a hard time settling on a book that he doesn’t stay awake just to listen to, and so far Farmer Boy has the right balance. There are enough interesting details for him to want to listen, but not so much action that he’s compelled to keep himself awake.
10. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
This is another audiobook borrow for my son. He was enjoying this one for awhile, but I’m afraid it may have gotten a little too intense for him (he was forcing himself to stay awake to listen) so it’s on hold for now. Hopefully we’ll get to finish it soon.