Top Ten Tuesday: My Ten Most Recent Reads

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A lamp turned on next to a soft couch in a library whose walls are lined with booksAlong with my blogging slowdown as of about a month ago, I’ve also been reading less.


The good news is that I’ve been enjoying what I’m reading more than I did when my list of finished books was longer.

Here are my ten most recent reads.

1. The Fact of the Matter by Madeleine L’Engle (My review)

Genre: Fantasy

My Favourite Part: The twist ending.


2. Ambush Predators by Marina Ermakova (My review)

Genre: Science Fiction

My Favourite Part: A scene involving the main character hiding in a car. It made me jump!


3. Clocking Time by Mark McClure (My Review)

Genre: Young Adult

My Favourite Part: All of the time travel. It would be amazing if such a thing were truly possible.


4. People Count: Contact-Tracing Apps and Public Health by Susan Landau

Genre: Non-Fiction, Science, Epidemiology

My Favourite Part: The comparisons the author made between previous epidemics and our current one. Human behaviour patterns have remained so consistent over the centuries when it comes to how we respond to invisible threats like disease.


Top view of 2-story library with red stairs
Someday libraries will reopen.

5. A Story of Us: A New Look at Human Evolution by Lesley Newson

Genre: Non-Fiction, Science, Anthropology

My Favourite Part: Learning about how children were raised throughout human evolution, especially once our distant ancestors began trusting each other to watch the baby while mom went off to gather food.


6. Apeiorn – Tales of an Argonaut 1 by M.P. Cosmos (My Review)

Genre: Science Fiction

My Favourite Part: Meeting the same narrator in every story even though they were set in very different places and times. It was such a unique way to connect those worlds.


7. Searching for Sam by Sophie Bienvenu

Genre: Fiction

My Favourite Part: The descriptions of how emotionally draining it is to be homeless. I’d never thought about how difficult the mental part of homelessness must be when you have no idea where you’ll sleep at night or when your next meal might come.


Photo of the many floors of the Toronto Reference Library
Come visit the Toronto Reference Library if you’re ever in Toronto! It’s wonderful.

8. Boo and the Boy – A Ghost Story by Wayne Barrett (My Review)

Genre: Fantasy

My Favourite Part: The heartwarming ending. It was something I was hoping for but really didn’t think the audience would get.




9. Fragments – A Collection of Short Stories by Jachrys Abel (My Review)

Genre: Science Fiction

My Favourite Part: Figuring out the speculative fiction angles to some of these stories. Not all of them were readily apparent.


10.Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age by Annalee Newitz

Genre: History

My Favourite Part: Reading the most recent theories about why Çatalhöyük was abandoned. It’s the first city humans ever built (that we know of), so I’m thrilled to see how much effort has been put into understanding who lived there and why they eventually moved elsewhere.

84 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: My Ten Most Recent Reads

  1. I think it’s great that you’re enjoying so many of the books you’re reading. I also didn’t have to go back very long to make my list just because so many recent ones have been great.

  2. Are both those images of the Toronto Reference Library? It’s so grand, definitely need to visit Toronto some day just for that. 🙂 And I’ve seen some mention of Four Lost Cities, very, very intriguing.

  3. I love time travel stories so I might have a look at Clocking Out! You have such a great range of genres here.

    Also I totally agree that reading fewer books can mean enjoying what you read more — totally the same for me atm.

    • Thank you.

      Yeah, L’Engle has written a ton of great stuff. I definitely recommend branching out in her work if you have the time/energy to do so.

      I hope you enjoy the rest of your week, too.

  4. I’m happy for you that you’re getting more out of your reading lately. Sometimes it’s good to take a step back and slow down. Four Lost Cities looks interesting. I love history.

  5. People Count sounds interesting. I love to see how people in the past have gone through epidemics. One of the reasons I’m not concerned with covid-19 lasting forever is because people have experienced epidemics before and eventually they all go away.

  6. I think I will read A New Look at Human Evolution. It definitely caught my interest. I think I’m intrigued as to what the book has to say about the topic. 🙂 Anyway, great list.

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