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Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Books Releasing in the Second Half of 2022

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Tea and book sitting on a white, clean bedsheet on a bed as sunlight streams in from a nearby window. “Lordy, I don’t know!” was my first response to this week’s prompt.

It’s hard to imagine autumn and winter when summer has not yet reached its full strength here.

This makes me very glad that Jana does not grade our responses or expect everyone to give ten answers every single week.

Those of you who always have ten perfect answers to these sorts of seasonal prompts have my admiration.

I wish I could plan ahead that far.

I do hope to read all of these books once they’re available at the library, but some of their release dates feel so far away.

Let’s toss some answers out and see what sticks if or when we’re asked to comb through old lists of anticipated reads again.

Fairy Tale by Stephen King Book cover. Image on cover shows a spiral staircase in a stone pathway. The staircase is illuminated with red and yellow light and looks like an eye.

Fairy Tale by Stephen King

Publication Date: September 6
Why I’m Interested: I used to read all of Stephen King’s stuff and wonder if I should give it a try again.
Lavender House by Lev A.C. Rosen Book cover. Image on cover shows the lavender silhoutte of a person’s head superimposed on a flowery piece of wallpaper.

Lavender House by Lev A.C. Rosen

Publication Date: October 18
Why I’m Interested: As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I’m quite interested in reading about people like me survived during eras when we couldn’t be open about our true selves.
The Rabbit’s Gift by Jessica Vitalis book cover. Image on cover shows a drawing of a brown rabbit that’s as big as a house. A regular-sized woman is standing next to it in a forest and holding a bouquet of flowers as she looks up and gazes upon it.
The Rabbit’s Gift by Jessica Vitalis
Publication Date: October 25
Why I’m Interested: I love rabbits and the fantasy genre. The thought of magical rabbits bringing babies to families is such a delightful idea that I can’t wait to find out more. Thank you to Sammie at The Bookwyrm’s Den for blogging about this book a few months ago.
We All Want Impossible Things  by Catherine Newman Book cover. Image on cover is a drawing of a daisy that’s been stuck into a metal soda bottle. There is also a straw in the bottle.
Publication Date: November 8
Why I’m Interested: I haven’t read any Women’s Fiction in ages. This sounds like a marvellous homage to friendship.
Butts: A Backstory by Heather Radke Book cover. Image on cover is a cartoon drawing of the backside of a peach.
Butts: A Backstory by Heather Radke
Publication Date: November 22
Why I’m Interested: It’s honestly kind of a silly premise for a nonfiction book, but that makes me like it even more. Why not celebrate silly things?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Summer 2022 To-Read List

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A book lying opened on the grass. A green leaf is being used as a bookmark. Summer is an excellent time to read in Toronto, especially once the temperatures and humidity soar in July and it becomes uncomfortable to spend a lot of time outdoors during the heat of the day.

Okay, to be fair, some people love the heat. I wish them the best with their adventures in the heat but will be staying indoors myself during the hottest times of the day if I can at all help it. (Hot summer days can include a few migraine triggers for me, so I have to be mindful of how I spend them).

What I actually end up reading depends on my mood and which books I can find at the Toronto Public Library, but here are a few new releases I’m quite excited about. I’m sure this list will grow longer over the summer.


Life Ceremony: Stories  by Sayaka Murata book cover. Image on cover shows a drawing of Japanese food in a black bowl.

Life Ceremony: Stories  by Sayaka Murata

Release Date: July 5
Why I’m Interested: I enjoy short story collections and have not read many from Japan yet. It will be fun to see what this collection is like!


A Prayer for the Crown-Shy (Monk and Robot #2) by Becky Chambers book cover. Image on cover shows a drawing of a forest and a wagon travelling on a road through it.

A Prayer for the Crown-Shy (Monk and Robot #2) by Becky Chambers

Release Date: July 12
Why I’m Interested: I adored the first novella in this series and can’t wait to see what happens to the characters next. (Yes, I know I’ve mentioned this book several times in previous posts this year…but my excitement for it has only deepened as the release date grows nearer).


The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean book cover. Image on cover shows cutouts of a mother and child from the pages of a book. These silhouettes are walking up to a building made from the page of a print book and looking at a lit window in it as the mom points at it.

The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean

Release Date: August 2
Why I’m Interested: The unique premise grabbed my attention immediately. Those of us who are bookish sometimes metaphorically talk about devouring books, but imagine what it would be like to literally rely on them for sustenance!


Empty Smiles (Small Spaces, #4)  by Katherine Arden Book cover. Image on cover shows a scary clown glaring at the audience as two children run by.

Empty Smiles (Small Spaces, #4)  by Katherine Arden

Release Date:August 9
Why I’m Interested: I’ve also adored the Small Spaces series so far and can’t wait to see how it ends. (Yes, I’ve mentioned this book multiple times before as well. I am a creature of habit!)


Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Wishes

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A drawing of mist coming out of a genie’s lamp. Just like I did last year, I’m tweaking the bookish wishes prompt again because my TBR pile is still as large as ever. (Are they secretly magical? Why do they never seem to shrink much at all no matter how much you read?)

Instead of asking any of you to buy books for me, I’m asking for recommendations instead if you know of any titles that might match up to my bookish wishes below.


Wish #1: Humorous Stories of Any Length 

I don’t know about all of you, but I still have a strong desire to read lighthearted material that will hopefully make me laugh.

Responses to this wish can be from any genre or era.

Here are some examples of humorous stories that I’ve loved:

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, #1) by Douglas Adams

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

The Essential Calvin and Hobbes: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury by Bill Watterson

I Am America by Stephen Colbert

The sorts of short humorous stories about everyday life that writers like Mark Twain have written.



Wish #2: Stories About or From Where You Live 

If you’re uncomfortable sharing the precise city you live in for privacy reasons, no worries. I will be just as happy to read stories about your region, state, province, territory, country, or continent depending on how specific you feel comfortable being.

I think reading stories set in real places is a wonderful way to get a feel for that area. Since I won’t be travelling anywhere special this summer, why not read about some of the spectacular places in our world instead?

I would prefer recommendations from the science fiction, fantasy, mystery, or young adult genres, but other genres are cool as well if you loved their writing style and think they’re a great representation of your culture or region.


Wish #3: Literary Ghost Stories 

I love well-written, literary (or literary-ish) ghost stories. Send all of them to me. Ha!

Here are a few examples of what I mean:

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters


Wish #4: Nonfiction About Topics Other Than War, Pandemics, or Royalty 

Those of you who have been reading my Top Ten Tuesday or other posts for a while might remember how much I love the nonfiction genre.

I am not interested in nonfiction about war, pandemics, or royalty. I am rarely into nonfiction about politics or religion. (Brief mentions of any of these topics are totally okay…just not entire books about them).

Anything else is fair game! Biographies, autobiographies, history, medicine, education, animals, science, social movements, food, social customs, and similar topics always pique my interest. I love learning about the pieces of life that often aren’t taught in school.


A conch shell sitting on a beach as the tide goes out slowly. Wish #5: Beach Reads 

I know the definition of the term beach read can differ depending on the reader.

When I use it, I’m referring to light, fluffy books that can help you pass the time while you’re at the beach and that do not require deep levels of thought in order to keep track of the plot and characters. My brain needs a little literary junk food this summer.

You’ll get bonus points if your suggestion also happens to be set on a beach, but this is definitely not a requirement. Any genre is fine for this one.


Wish #6: Anything Else You Think I Might LIke

Okay, I know this one is a bit of a tall order. If anyone reading this feels like they know my reading preferences well enough to give an unsolicited recommendation, by all means feel free to do so!






Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Should Have Been Epilogues

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Three leaf clover in a little glass jar with a cork stopper. The jar is sitting in the crease of an opened book. The original topic for this week was books I wish had an epilogue, but I’m going to tweak it a little bit since epilogues are rare in the sorts of contemporary books I generally read.

In my experience, many contemporary books are spun off into series when an epilogue would have more than sufficed. I intend no offence to these authors or to anyone who enjoyed these particular series. It is simply my opinion that their writing would have been stronger if the author had taken the last few books in their series and written a concise epilogue about them at the end of an earlier instalment instead.

I’d rather be left wanting more than read a series that was stretched out past the point where the original premise and conflicts should have been able to be resolved. With that being said, I do still recommend checking out these series if their premises interest you.


Prey (Shifters, #4) by Rachel Vincent Book cover. Image on cover shows torso of woman who has cat scratches on her thigh. Her lower jaw is visible but not the rest of her head. (Yes, she is alive).

Prey (Shifters, #4) by Rachel Vincent

This was an interesting urban fantasy series about werecat shapeshifters. I wish it had been a trilogy instead of getting stretched out into seven books, though. The later instalments repeated so many plot twists from earlier stories that the new material in them could have easily been an epilogue instead. I wish I didn’t have to say this as the first couple of books were wonderful beach reads.


Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee book cover. Image on chover shows a drawing of a train travelling down an empty track at dusk. There is a tree filled with golden leaves near the track.

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

I spent years wishing for a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird. When one finally did arrive, I thought the contents of it would have been much better suited as a bonus chapter in the original. Once again, there simply wasn’t enough new material here to make for a compelling standalone story in my opinion.


The Shelters of Stone (Earth's Children #5) by Jean M. Auel book cover. Image on cover shows a drawing of a deer running. it is sketched onto a cave wall.

The Shelters of Stone (Earth’s Children #5) by Jean M. Auel

This is something I’ve discussed on my blog before, but the quality of the Earth’s Children series deteriorated with each new instalment. The first one was excellent and the second one was almost as good as the first. I’d recommend the third and fourth instalments to anyone who adored the beginning, but I was quite disappointed by how the foreshadowing, plot development, and character development were almost totally ignored by the final two books in this series.


Anne of Ingleside (Anne of Green Gables, #6) by L.M. Montgomery book cover. Image on cover shows Anne standing in her garden with her twin daughters as the girls pick flowers.

Anne of Ingleside (Anne of Green Gables, #6) by L.M. Montgomery

I adored the first several Anne of Green Gables books, but Anne sadly didn’t seem like herself in the last few at all. If only more time had been spent exploring her wonderful imagination and zest for life. Her tendency to interfere in the lives of others came across quite differently without those qualities.


Do not feel obligated to take my word for any of this, though! By all means go and read these books for yourself if they interest you. They might not have worked for me, but other readers may have very different opinions on the matter.

Top Ten Tuesday: Book With a Unit of Time in the Title

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Green plants surrounding an analogue clock. An hour was the unit of time I chose for this week’s prompt. Let’s see which book titles fit this theme.

1. Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller

2. The Silent Hour (Lincoln Perry, #4) by Michael Koryta

3. The Shadow Hour (The Girl at Midnight, #2) by Melissa Grey

4. The Golden Hour (Time-Travel Series, #1) by Maiya Williams

6. Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar
8. The Mirk and Midnight Hour by Jane Nickerson
10. Visiting Hours by Shane L. Koyczan
I normally try to respond to Top Ten Tuesday posts with books that I’ve read, but this time I could only find examples of books that fit this theme that I have not read yet.
If you’ve read anything on this list, I’d love to hear your opinion of it!


Top Ten Tuesday: Comfort Reads

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl These are all cozy stories from a variety of genres that I’d recommend to anyone looking for a comfort read. My definition of a comfort read is a story that is compelling but gentle. That is to say, you can read it without worrying about anything horrible happening to… Read More

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Characters

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl My list for this week is a hodgepodge of books as it often is. I’ll be quite curious to see what everyone else has come up for it as most of my answers were of older stories and I wasn’t able to come up with the full ten answers… Read More