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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today, the topic is Top 10 new-to-me authors I discovered last year.

1, Alix E Harrow

I read her novella Spindle Splintered. It’s a very modern retelling of Sleeping Beauty and I loved it.

2, Adian Tchaikovsky

I’ve been meaning to read Tchaikovsky for quite some time and when I finally did, I wasn’t disappointed. Children of Time was a great read.

3, Blake Crouch

Dark Metter was a great thriller.

4, Lawrence Block

Another writer I’ve been meaning to try. The Burglar in the Closet was very entertaining.

5, Alexis Hall

The Affair of the Mysterious Letter was a very good homage to Sherlock Holmes and has a lot of weird fantasy elements, too.

6, S. K. Dunstall

Stars Uncharted was a fast-paced space opera with mystery. It has very entertaining characters.

7, Jason M. Hugh

Zero World is an SF thriller, set mostly in an alternate Earth.

8, Edward Ashton

Mickey7 is also a fast-paced SF adventure.

9, Matthew Costello, Neil Richards

These authors write a cozy mystery series set in a small English town of Charringham.

10, Tracey Deonn

Legendborn has a new twist in the King Arthur mythos.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Last week, the topic was Favorite Books of 2022.

In 2022 I read 59 books and rated 23 comics on GoodReads. Only two books got a five (out of five) rating:

1, Alix E. Harrow: A Spindle Splintered

An excellent and very modern retelling of Sleeping Beauty.

2, Blake Crouch: Dark Matter

A fast-paced thriller with mysteries.

The next eight are hard because I gave 27 books book four rating.

3, Genevieve Cogman: Dark Archive

The penultimate book in the excellent Invisible Library series was just as entertaining as the others.

4, Rachel Aaron: Nice Dragons Finish Last

The first in a fantasy series where a dragon in the main character.

5, Martha Wells: Fugitive Telemetry

The first book in the Murderbot series.

6, Dan Kobolt: Silver Queendom

An enjoyable heist story in a fantasy setting.

7, Theodora Goss: European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman

I’ve enjoyed her whole Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club series.

8, T. Kingfisher: Paladin’s Strength

A humorous fantasy romance.

9, Lois McMaster Bujold: Orphans of Raspay

A Penric and Desdemona fantasy novella.

10, Adrian Tchaikovsky: Children of Time

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today, the topic is Typographic Book Covers.

Usually, I don’t pay much attention to typography but a couple of books came immediately to mind.

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These covers are also really focused on the text:

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today, the topic is Books with Geographical Terms in the Title.

This was a fun topic. I almost went with books that have the word planet but I think that would have been too obvious.

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today, the topic is Completed Series I Wish had More Books.

I’m in the middle of quite a few series, so this was harder than I thought. And looking up some series, I realized that more books have come out! Here are the series with delightful characters I’d love to read more about:

1, Lois McMaster Bujold: the Vorkosigan series

2, Randall Garrett: Lord Darcy short stories

3, Anne Logston: Shadow

4, Naomi Novik: Temeraire

5, Liz Williams: Detective Inspector Chen

6, Peter O’Donnell: Modesty Blaise

7, Elizabeth Peters: Amelia Peabody

8, C. J. Cherryh: Chanur series

9, Theodora Goss: the Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club

10, Roger Zelazny: Amber

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today, the topic is Books I Love That Were Written Over Ten Years Ago.

Most of the books I’ve read were published over ten years ago. Here are some of my favorites:

1, Lois McMaster Bujold: Barrayar

2, Steven Brust: Issola

3, Anne Logston: Shadow

4, Naomi Novik: Temeraire (or His Majesty’s Dragon)

5, Terry Pratchett: Wyrd Sisters

6, Liz Williams: Snake Agent

7, Kerry Greenwood: Cocaine Blues

8, Elizabeth Peters: The Last Crocodile Died at Noon

9, Kristine Kathryn Rusch: Diving into the Wreck

10, Connie Wills: To Say Nothing of the Dog or How We Found the Bishop’s Birdstump Again

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today, the topic is Hilarious Book Titles.

I think these are funny, especially if you’ve read the book, for example Caine’s book is about a zombie that has to work for a living, and Haverstock’s murder mystery book is set in a cheese convention.

1, Rachel Aaron: Nice Dragons Finish Last

2, Rachel Aaron: Minimum Wage Magic

3, Rachel Caine: Working Stiff

4, Arthur Byron Cover: Night of the Living Rerun (Buffy the Vampire Slayer book)

5, Diane Duane: So You Want to be a Wizard

6, Jasper Ford: Lost in a Good Book

7, Connie Wills: To Say Nothing of the Dog or How We Found the Bishop’s Birdstump Again

8, Nikki Haverstock: Which Mage Moved the Cheese?

9, Kim Harrison: The Good, the Bad, and the Undead

10, Stacey Alabaster: A Pie to Die For

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today, the topic is Top 10 books set in places I’d love to visit.

There are a lot of SF and fantasy places I’d love to visit, but I ended up staying down on Earth. Well, except for the last two places. 🙂 But you never know…

1, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle (Sherwood forest)

2, Death at la Fenice by Donna Leon (Venice)

3, The Crocodile at the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters (Egypt)

4, The Mammoth Book of Roman Whodunits edited by Mike Ashley (Rome)

5, The Athenian Murders by José Carlos Somoza (Greece)

6, The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky (New York City)

7, The Alchemy of Murder by Carol McCleary (Paris)

8, Midnight Never Come by Marie Brennan (London)

9, The Martian by Andy Weir (Mars)

10, The Relentless Moon by Mary Robinette Kowal (the Moon)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today, the topic is Books On My Summer 2022 To-Read List.

Currently, I’m reading the Hugo finalist novellas and novels. I can finish the novellas but probably not all the novels.

1, Becky Chambers: The Galaxy and the Ground Within

2, Aliette de Bodard: Fireheart Tiger

3, Adrian Tchaikovsky: Elder Race

4, Alix E. Harrow: A Spindle Splintered

5, Cat Valente: The Past is Red

6, Seanan McGuire: Across the Green Grass Fields

7, P Djeli Clark: A Master of Djinn

8, Ryka Aoki: Light from Uncommon Stars

9, Shelly Parker-Chan: She who Became the Sun

10, Arkady Martine: A Desolation Called Peace

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today, the topic is One-Word Reviews for the Last Ten Books I Read.

It wasn’t easy but here’s what I came up with:

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Exciting

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Dark

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Cozy

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Funny

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Quick

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Twisty

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Adventurous

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Mysterious

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Solid

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Misunderstandings

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