Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl
This week’s topic is a freebie so I decided to go with my favorite books that I’ve read this year by authors that were new to me. 🥰
The Woman with the Blue Star by Pam Jenoff
A historical fiction set in Kraków, Poland during World War II told through the points of view of a Jewish girl who’s hiding and a Polish girl stumbling upon her by chance.
Brutal Winter by Quirah Casey
An outstanding dark romance featuring a girl named Winter who signs herself over for a whole year to Giovanni Costa who’s part of the Italian mafia to get her brother out of a huge debt.
Love, Theodosia: A Novel of Theodosia Burr and Philip Hamilton by Lori Anne Goldstein
A historical fiction about the daughter of Aaron Burr, Theodosia and the son of Alexander Hamilton. It goes into what if they had fallen madly in love? What would have happened then?
The Wolf Den by Elodie Harper
A historical fiction set in ancient Rome about a Greek woman named Amara who’s been enslaved in a brother in Pompeii after being sold by her mother. Her life isn’t her own anymore but she’s willing to do anything to gain her freedom.
Bull by David Elliott
A novel in verse reimagining the tale of Theseus and the Minotaur. Funny, dark and totally unlike the classical myth we all know at least a little bit. The Minotaur is not the monster in this story.
The Mary Shelley Club by Goldy Moldavsky
A YA thriller about Rachel Chavez, a horror movie lover who joins The Mary Shelley Club, a group where the members hold fear tests based on horror tropes. The longer Rachel participates the more daring it all gets.
White Ibis by Wendy Dalrymple
A 60 page horror novella that shocked me with its subtle horror and fucked up plot twists. It was a short story but definitely not one I’ll easily forget.
Lovely War by Julie Berry
A historical fiction set in World War I that also mixed with Greek mythology. The story is mainly told through the POV of Aphrodite. It was a beautifully written book with a rollercoaster of emotions.
The Year 1000: When Explorers Connected the World – and Globalization Began by Valerie Hansen
A highly fascinating nonfiction all about the year 1000 across the globe, when globalization started connecting the world. It was very much a page-turner and I’m so glad I happened to pick it up randomly at a bookstore one time.
Ariadne by Jennifer Saint
A Greek mythology retelling featuring Ariadne. Just like bull it’s a reimagining of Theseus and the Minotaur. A novel that once again shows how shitty of a person Theseus is. A powerful story about sisterhood!
Have you read any of these? Do you want to?