Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Slay For

Top Ten Tuesday #20

Happy Tuesday, book people! 

I am seriously pumped for today for the following reasons:

  1. It’s ACOFAS release day!! And while some of you have already devoured the 28 new chapters of Night Courty goodness, I will be reading the newest aco-installment tonight after it arrives on my doorstep. It will be read today though so #1 it shall stay!
  2. It’s Tony nominations day!! If you know me at all, you know I love me some theater and today’s the day I get to see who’s getting some love.
  3. It’s John Mulaney’s Kid Gorgeous release day on Netflix! I am obsessed with Mulaney’s comedy and will be watching this on top of reading ACOFAS! It will be done!
  4. It’s my mother-in-law’s birthday, a week before my birthday, AND the day I get to have dinner with my two besties!!! Yeah, technically that should have been 4-6 but you know how people are with lists…

    Anyway, it’s clearly going to be a BIG day for me, so let’s quickly move on to the reason you’re all here: It’s time for another round of TOP TEN TUESDAY hosted by Jana at ThatArtsyReaderGirl.

This week’s topic is Books I’d Slay a Lion to Get Early. I’m anti-lion violence, so I’m gonna just stick with general slayage. So grab a stake and let’s check out my TOP TEN BOOKS I’D SLAY FOR!


1) King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo – 01/29/19

ZERO effort has been made to hide my affection for Nikolai. And even though Queen Leigh herself said ARCs would be impossible due to all the secrets and twists, my favorite pirateer has taught me that: “when people say impossible they usually mean improbable.”

2) The Wicked King by Holly Black – 01/08/19

I mean is a description for this second installment even necessary or is it simply understood why it’s on my list? I’m assuming it’s the latter, but in case it’s not just know that anyone that has read The Cruel Prince would understand why I’d straight up murder* for an advance copy of this fae-quel. *I wouldn’t actually murder someone, but for real, if you have a spare copy that you’re cool with lending out for a weekend…*

3) Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan – 11/06/2018

I was really late to the party with this one. Well, as late as you can be 7 months before it releases. Several of my trusted blogging buddies already secured ARCs for this diverse YA fantasy and I wish I had requested sooner. But alas I did not, and that’s why it’s on my list.

4) The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee – 10/02/18

Last June you couldn’t go anywhere without seeing GG2V&Vand rightfully so! Lee has such a witty and entertaining writing style that earned her heaps of hype throughout the community. Centering on the strong-willed Felicity, LG2P&P is sure to deliver in shenanigans and snark, which means it needed to be in my hands yesterday.

5) Vengeful by V.E. Schwab – 09/25/18

Whether it was The Monsters of Verity series, the Shades of Magic series, or book 1 of the Villains series, odds are you didn’t escape 2017 without reading SOMETHING by Schwab. And while the other series are complete, Vicious — and its readers — are dying for book 2. bc2

6) Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco – 09/18/18

Beyond the stare-worthy covers, this bloody series gets better and better with each new addition. But what landed this ARC on my list is that fact that Maniscalco has confessed that it and the final copy will have drastically different endings and I MUST KNOW BOTH! I don’t care who I need to stalk or hunt, I’m determined to escape this waiting period!!

7) Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff – 09/04/18

I realize that most of the books on my slay list involve anti-heroes and darker plotlines. So this light and carefree Kristoff read should help bring some sunshine to the list. HA! Beyond having the best cover of the 10, Darkdawn is a fantasy novel I’d go full apocalypse mode over in order to acquire. And you wouldn’t even have to beep me.

8) All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover – 07/17/18

Jokes aside, you guys know I’m a true blue CoHort. I’m absolute trash when it comes to her sob-worthy novels. They’ve become my autobuys that appear — without fail — in my mailbox the week they release. So having this one well before July would be (dare I say it?) perfect!

9) A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir – 06/12/18

I’m not going to lie this series jumped up my TBR after meeting Sabaa last month at the North Texas Teen Book Festival. Less than 2 minutes into her panel and I wanted to be her best friend. After since friends support friends, I can confidently say that I’d Vader the crap out of someone for an early copy.

10) The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang – 06/05/18

It felt wrong for someone that’s usually so contemporary heavy to not have more than one on her list. Enter TKQ. Despite dropping soon, this is a book that’s remained under the radar but is reviewing extremely well. I’ve done the math, and I think it’s the perfect way to wrap up this list.

And that completes my list of the TOP TEN books I’d kill for. If you or a friend happen to have access to any of these titles and wanted to send them my way, I’d be happy to send you cookies for your troubles!

I can’t wait to see what you guys put on your lists! Hope my TBR can handle it!

And, as always: Happy Reading!





41 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Slay For

  1. alilovesbooks says:

    Snap, snap, snap. Have you been looking at my list 😂 I think I have about 3 the same this week but I get the feeling Nikolai is making everyone’s list.

    I’m a little behind on some of your other picks but I’m sure I’ll be adding them to my TBR once I’m caught up.

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    • Nerd Narration says:

      Oh yay! Like I said, I’ve heard no one mention TKQ, it just appeared one day on Goodreads with like hundreds of 5-Star reviews. I’m definitely going to need to see what the hypes about! And I’m so glad to have introduced you to Girls of Paper and Fire. I can’t wait to read that!!

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  2. crystallinegirl says:

    Oh I love your list! Several of these series are on my TBR list already, but a couple of them just got added. I’ve only read two books in the Grishaverse – Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom – but I really want to find time to read the rest. And would you believe I haven’t read any of ACOIAF yet? Everyone keeps raving about it and I just haven’t had time to pick it up. Jay Kristoff’s series has been on my radar, too, but again, haven’t had time. So many books, so little time! I haven’t heard of Girls of Paper and Fire, but it looks excellent! I will never finish my TBR list, LOL.


    • Nerd Narration says:

      Haha an ever-expanding TBR is just a problem you accept by joining the book community. There will always be too many killer books and not enough time. I will say if you like Nikolai AT ALL in CK, then he’s worth your time in the original Grisha trilogy. It gets hate for not being as good, but its still a good series and Nik steals the gd show!! If you haven’t read the ACO series and like fae, retellings, and some romance I’d definitely recommend. And if you’re more a vendetta-filled assassin type than the Nevernight series is for you!! And I’m so glad so many people are adding Girls of Paper and Fire due to this post! That’s what it’s all about! Happy reading, love!

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      • crystallinegirl says:

        I like ALL of those things, LOL. I think it’s just that I’ve been branching out from my normal sci-fi/fantasy habit and reading more contemporary fiction, nonfiction, and memoir, which take me a little longer to read. So I haven’t been devouring my fantasy novels as usual. Need to get back to my roots!

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      • Nerd Narration says:

        Ha! Need to get back to my roots! I feel you though. I think everyone has that one genre they can like speed read through. I wish you luck! If you get to any of these series keep me posted! I love to discuss them!

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  3. LairOfBooks says:

    Slaaayyyyy you did my dear!!! 🙌🏼 I’m with you on the King Of Scars 🤞🏼I was heartbroken to hear there wouldn’t be any arcs but have hope for a little miracle. You’ve made me all the more excited for my Vicious Abuddy read. Stalking Jack the Ripper is at the very top of my to be read VERY soon & I hope tonlive it as much as you. I had no idea The Kiss Quotient would be a good bet but I’m so glad I took a risk and traded in some of my point in Penguin’s First To Read for a copy. I feel ya on missing the arc ship though cause I’ve missed a few already (Blanca & Roja 😩) smh haha! I hope you enjoy your read of ACOFAF & the Tony nominations! 💜💜💜

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    • Nerd Narration says:

      Aww!! Thanks, Lilly!! And I am so jealous that you used your points for TKQ. I missed the deadline by a day or I would have too! And yeah, until today I didn’t even know about Blanca & Roja, but after seeing it on so many of y’alls lists it’s been added to the TBR. Thanks so much for the well wishes! Have a great day!

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      • LairOfBooks says:

        I’m so glad you added Blanc & Roja to your TBR, It’s one of my MOST highly anticipated books of this year! 🙂 I hope you have a beautiful rest of your day! ❤


  4. auroralibrialis says:

    I’m so excited for King of Scar and The Wicked King!!! I can’t believe I forgot to put those on my list. I guess there’s just so many exciting new releases coming, it’s hard to keep track of them all! I haven’t even read Nevernight, but I have to admit Darkdawn is giving my some pretty serious cover-lust right now 😍

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  5. anna912 says:

    You have some amazing sequels on this list that I really need to read the first book of! I’m actually ashamed I haven’t read the Gentlemen’s guide to vice and virtue, Vicious and The cruel Prince yet *hides in shame* I do plan on remedying that though!!

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  6. emmareadstoomuch says:

    YOU ALSO LIKE JOHN MULANEY??? omg. omg omg. i love him.

    yay for king of scars!! & going to check out the kiss quotient immediately…..

    Liked by 1 person

    • Nerd Narration says:

      Thank you! Girl of Paper and Fire seems to be getting the most love and I’m thrilled about that because it’s spreading the word and that’s the whole point of this anyways.


  7. Kathy @ Books & Munches says:

    I’ve yet to read the Grisha-trilogy but the cover of King of Scars is SO BEAUTIFUL. I’d buy it solely for that reason, really. And I’m not even ashamed of it.
    Of course a big yes on The Wicked King! And The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy! Although the latter isn’t really high up my list. Didn’t enjoy the Gentleman’s Guide all that much because I simply didn’t like Monty? [Unpopular opinion right here.] But I did love Felicity so I’m definitely planning on reading her story!
    And yes to Escaping from Houdini! I’ve only read Stalking Jack the Ripper so far but I am SO READY for more of Maniscalco’s writing! And.. I have yet to read Nevernight.. Oops. Haven’t read any of Schwab’s books either. YET.
    How do we even keep up with all these books.. It’s a never-ending battle!

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