Top Ten Tuesday: Books I was Forced to Read

October 15, 2013 Top Ten Tuesday 15 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I was Forced to Read

Top Ten Tuesday is an original meme created by The Broke and the Bookish for list addicts. This week’s list is…

Top Ten Books I was Forced to Read

I had rather a traumatic time during my formative years as I was forced to read all manner of books. I have no intention of focussing on them however as I’ll only get depressed. So today guys, no snark for you! Instead, I offer you ten books that I was forced to read by bloggers or the guys at my favourite indie bookshop that I really enjoyed. These are in no particular order.

FYI I’m trying not to repeat series I have already fan-girled over as the same thing over and over can get a bit boring. 


1. Firelight by Kristen Callihan
[Insert whatever over-the-top gushy adjective you want] I devoured this and the sequel MoonlightWaiting for Winterblaze was really, really hard. If you aren’t familiar with the series, it’s a gothic paranormal romance. This one features a Byronic hero who wears a mask (Phantom of the Opera-like) and a beautiful young lady with a dangerous gift.

Bronze Gods

2. Bronze Gods by A.A. Aguirre
A steampunk police procedural that set my heart aquiver. Janus Mikani and Celeste Ritsuko are a really dynamic duo and they compliment each other as they are binary opposites – she’s organised and rational whereas he relies on his sixth sense.


2. Red by Kate SeRine
A fairy-tale retelling with a kick-ass heroine Tess “Red” Little. She’s an enforcer for the Fairytale Management Authority, policing transplanted Tales that made the leap into the real world. Someone has been murdering Tales and all the suspects are Red’s exes. Awkward!

Don't Mess with Texas

3. Don’t Mess with Texas by Christie Craig
Fun, light contemporary romance about a woman suspected of killing her ex and stuffing him in her car. Thankfully there is an ex-cop turned PI who decides to help her out.

Of Grave Concern

4. Of Grave Concern by Max McCoy
A paranormal mystery set in the Wild West. Ophelia Wylde is a spiritualist who fakes her gift. Ghosts start talking to her for real after her scam is exposed and angry locals bury her in a cemetery. If that wasn’t enough to convince you, she has a pet raven.

The Last Kashmiri Rose

5. The Last Kashmiri Rose by Barbara Cleverly
A great detective mystery series set initially during the British Raj in India and later in Britain and France. Joe Sandilands is sent to Panikhat to find out why the wives of British officers are being killed in a gruesome manner.

Shadow Game

6. Shadow Game by Christine Feehan
This is a pretty fun series where the heroes have been genetically engineered by some creepy scientist to match women that have special gifts. You have to suspend quite a bit of disbelief to enjoy yourself but it is worth it.


7. Hounded by Kevin Hearne
I’m actually behind in this series but I have really enjoyed all the books I have read. Atticus is just your average last druid on earth and he has a massive…sword called Fragarach. Gods and goddesses from all sorts of religions intermingle which is very cool.

In a Fix

8. In a Fix by Linda Grimes.
Vengeful neo-Vikings and a protagonist that can turn into any person she has previously touched. Mayhem ensues and I loved every minute of it.

The Shambling Guide to New York City

9. The Shambling Guide to New York City by Mur Lafferty
I giggled my way through this one. Zoe is a travel writer who has landed an unusual gig – she’s writing the first guide book for coterie (they find the term ‘monsters’ offensive) visiting NYC.

Silk is for Seduction

10. Silk is For Seduction by Loretta Chase
This is a really charming Regency romance between a fashionable dressmaker and the Duke of Clevedon. Just plain lovely.


15 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I was Forced to Read

    • I’ve got this core group of bloggers that I trust implicitly – if they recommend something then it’s pretty much guaranteed that I will too as we have such similar tastes. On the downside, my TBR pile is growing at an astronomical rate. I haven’t even been putting everything on Goodreads as it is depressing.

    • Well, I was determined to do something positive rather than being a Debbie Downer. I could have whipped out The Aeneid which I loathed but I resisted the urge.

  1. Oh wow… I actually haven’t read any of the books on your list!!
    I might just add one of those to my already huge TBR pile 😉
    x Iris

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