Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. The topic for May 1st, 2018 is: Books I’d Slay a Lion to Get Early. I do believe myself to be an environmentally conscious and non-violent person, so I’d never really slay a lion even if I encountered one, so let me rephrase that to: Books I’d Wish upon a Shooting Star to Get Early. I hope you’re all taking notes because these should definitely be on your TBR as well!
1. From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon
I know that it’s going to be released this very month, but I’ve also requested the ARC on Net Galley. It’s been almost 15 days since that happened though, so I’m not hopeful that I’ll get it. I would very much love to read it early as it is a book that is very close to my heart and is my most-anticipated read of the year.
2. My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma
I’m sure you can sense a theme here. Of course I want all of the desi contemporaries in my life right now so that I can read them before anyone else! This is another May release that I’m highly anticipating and I hope it captures me just like When Dimple Met Rishi did last year.
3. The Kingdom of Copper (The Daevabad Trilogy #2) by S. A. Chakraborty
I’ve been screaming for the sequel ever since I turned the last page of the first book, The City of Brass. It’s one of my favourite first books in a fantasy series which ended on a brilliant cliffhanger. But the expected publication date on the publisher’s website is January 2019, so I’m desperate to get my hands on an early copy.
4. Doors of Stone (The Kingkiller Chronicles #3) by Patrick Rothfuss
I really want to travel to the distant future, grab the finished copy and then share it with the world because the fans have been waiting forever for this book to come out. I wish Pat Rothfuss would hurry up and just write this already because we deserve to know how Kvothe’s story ends.
5. The Lost Metal (Mistborn #7) by Brandon Sanderson
Sanderson promised a 2018 publication date for this, but I don’t see any expected date up on Goodreads. I hope it’s coming out soon though because I’d love to collect the entire series in a gorgeous hardcover box set. I have the rest of them on e-book for now. The second part of the series (Alloy Era) has impressed me more than the original trilogy, so I’m very excited to see how this wraps up.
6. The Secret Commonwealth (The Book of Dust #2) by Philip Pullman
I cannot wait to dive back into the beautiful world created by Philip Pullman! He expertly combines elements of science, magic and steampunk that hits all the right notes for me. It will follow Lyra as an adult, so I’m very eager to know how that changes things.
7. Smoke in the Sun (Flame in the Mist #2) by Renée Ahdieh
The cover change for this book had people so mad but I’m genuinely in love with it. I’d buy the series in the new covers over and over, to be honest. I requested it on Net Galley a few hours ago, so let’s hope I make it! I didn’t enjoy the first book as much as I’d expected to but the cliffhanger at the end was enough to push me to pick up the sequel.
8. All the Wandering Light (Even the Darkest Stars #2) by Heather Fawcett
Talking about book covers I admire, here’s another release coming out at the end of the year that I’d hit the fast-forward button for. I rated the first one a full five stars because it was like reading a young adult version of the epic journey in The Lord of the Rings. Again, this one also ended in a cliffhanger that has made me extremely scared for the main character that I’ve come to care for, so I absolutely cannot wait for December to come!
9. Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix (Rise of the Empress #2) by Julie C. Dao
Phoenixes are one of my favourite mythical creatures, so I was jumping up and down with excitement when the title reveal for this book happened. I believe this is a more classic retelling of the Snow White story, except that it’s inspired by East Asian culture and folktales. I wish that everything that went wrong in the first book will righted in this and have the good triumph over evil because those will always be my favourite kind of stories.
10. The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Guide #2) by Mackenzie Lee
While I had a slightly unpopular opinion on the first book, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, I absolutely adored Felicity, the character we follow in this book. This is going to have some more great but different representation compared to the previous one. I’ve heard that it features a crew of science-loving girl pirates (don’t quote me on this though), so I’m all on board for that!
Which of these are also on your TBR? Which is your most anticipated book of 2018 that hasn’t come out yet? Let me know in the comments section below.