Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Slay a Lion to Get Early

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.

I’ve had these 10 drafted for the past two weeks now cause they’re simply the books I’m MOST eagerly anticipating! I have a feeling I will be making some of these wishes come true but for now 🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼

May 1st 2018: Top Ten Books I’d Slay a Lion to Get Early

🦁 What If It’s Us by Adam SilveraSelf appointed #1 Adam Silvera fan, there really isn’t anything he writes that I won’t read! I go in knowing my heart will be torn to pieces but there really isn’t anyone I’d let break my ♥ like I let Adam 🤷🏻‍♀️ This being a collab with his bff Becky Albertalli makes it easily one of those books I have a feeling will be a 5 star read 🙌🏼

🦁 City Of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab– Three reasons for which I need this book…. One: being that it’s Victoria Schwab & I can’t stay away from her books…Two: this book is set in Scotland which is one of my FAVE book settings…Three: Ghost-hunters 👻 that is all I needed to know 💜

🦁 King Of Scars (Nikolai Duology #1) by Leigh Bardugo- Its been a minute since I read the Grisha trilogy but there’s one character that remains fresh in my memory. Nikolai in my opinion stole the show when he showed up & I knew there had to be more to his story. SUPER stoked to see the cover reveal today, EVERYTHING GOLD! I can’t wait to have a copy in hands since from what I’ve heard, there won’t be any arcs in circulation *sobs* haha!

🦁 On The Come Up by Angie Thomas- The Hate U Give had to be one of the most impactful, moving, and thought provoking books of 2017. Soon after I was buying copies for my closest friends & loved ones in hopes they’d see just how important Angie Thomas’ books are. Some have expressed concerns over the date of publication for On The Come Up being pushed back however, I think it’s a smart move. Production on The Hate U Give movie wasn’t without its hurdles & some distance between the projects is probably for the best. Nevertheless, I cannot wait to dive back into this wonderful authors writing.

🦁 Dark Age (Red Rising Saga #5) by Pierce Brown-  Having recently read Iron Gold, finding out that book 5 would be out later this year was EPIC news! Can’t say too much about this one since it’s way deep into the series, but I will say that it feels great to be back in this world even when certain characters continue to royally mess things up.

🦁 The Winter Of The Witch (The Winternight Trilogy #3) by Katherine Arden- Katherine Arden is after my own heart with some of the most beautiful atmospheric writing I’ve ever come across on the page. The MC Vasya is one of my all time fave heroines who reminds me so much of Merida from Brave 💜 This is the conclusion to the Winternight Trilogy & although I’m not ready to say goodbye, I also really need to know what happens next!

🦁 Blanca & Roja by Anna Marie-McLemore- EVERYTHING McLemore writes is a MUST for this bookworm! magical realism at its best, it’s so hard to stay away from these books. I fell in love with this authors writing while reading When The Moon Was Ours & I can honestly say, I’ve never read anything that quite compares. All of McLemore’s books have LGBTQIA+ representation and POC main characters. I know I’ve said this for all the others but this is one I’m SOOOOO ready to get my hands on 🤗

🦁 Holy Sister (Book Of The Ancestor #3) by Mark Lawrence- Having just very recently read Grey Sister (Book Of The Ancestor #2) I can honestly say this is is my FAVORITE adult Fantasy! although seeing it end will be bitter-sweet, I have felt very much a part of Nona’s journey & can’t wait to see how her story comes to a close.

🦁 The ShadowGlass (The Bone Witch #3) by Rain Chupeco- eeeeK! I can’t even see the title of this book on the screen without flailing with happiness 🤗 this is perhaps the book I’d slay TWO lions for! 😂 It’s just SOOO good! Rin Chupeco’s writing is just a atmospheric as Katherine Ardens & just as beautiful. The main character Tea is one of my fave morally ambiguous MC’s & the ship in this book! *swooooooN*☺ oh & if you’re looking for a fantasy with a necromancer, this would be the book for you! 😉

🦁 Sea Witch by Sarah Henning- Hi! I’m Lilly & ever since I could remember, The Little Mermaid has been my favorite Disney movie of all time! haha! no seriously though, I obsessed over this movie. Did I ever think Ursula would get her own POV story? hell nah! evil sea Queens never get to tell their side of things. That being said, I read To Kill a Kingdom recently & LOVED the ish outta that dark gem! Sea Witch looks just as promising & I’m hoping it slayyyyyys my little ♥️! 

Happy Tuesday Bookworms! Hope you’re all having a wonderful week reading all the great books! What are some of the titles you’d slay a lion to get a early copy of? feel free to drop those links to your Top Ten Tuesday 💜💜💜

Friendly reminder, I have a Giveaway for Dread Nation by Justina Ireland running from 4/30/18-5/4/18. This giveaway is open to International peeps as well (See Here) 💙💙💙


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47 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Slay a Lion to Get Early”

  1. I’m so ready for some spooky, ghost hunting shenanigans that’s going to be City of Ghosts! I can’t stay away from Victoria’s books either! Great list, Lilly! I need to get on board the Grisha trilogy so I can read King of Scars! ❤️

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      1. Yasss! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts 💜 innnnnneresting I hadn’t heard that 🤔🙌🏼😆 this makes me happy! Nothing beats SOC btw haha! But Grisha trilogy is a MUST 🙌🏼

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    1. Thank you! 💜 I still neeeeeed to Read Vicious, I have a buddy read for it coming up soon 🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼 haha impossible arcs are every Bookworms cheese 😂😂😂 I’ll be visiting your blog just as soon as I come back from my afternoon meeting 😩 but I am curious as to what you have 👀👀👀

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  2. Fantastic choices! I can’t wait to read On The Come-Up and What if it’s Us as well, and Sea Witch sounds amazing! I haven’t read anything by McLemore just yet, but I’m looking forward to doing so, I’ve heard amazing things for all of her books so far 😀 x

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    1. Thank you Marie! 💜 McLemore is a real treat if you enjoy magical realism ☺️ I hope we love all of these new releases soon to hit our shelves 🤞🏼happy reading 💜!


  3. Great list! I wish I had early copies of all of these – but Blanca & Roja and The Winter of the Witch are the top of my list! I want them so much 😍

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    1. Thank you and that’s a wish we can both make haha! Aha! Another fan of lush worlds and beautiful writing 🙌🏼 I don’t come across many so I make it a point to remember 😃 I will stop by your blog just as soon as I make it home 💗

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      1. Ahhh, yes! Lush worlds and beautiful writing are my favorite things 💕 I have a feeling your blog’s gonna add a lot of books to my tbr 😂


  4. These are brilliant picks for this week Lilly, and a few of them made my list as well! 😀 I forgot to add City of Ghosts (and I am so disappointed in myself for forgetting to include it) but I do have Vengeful on my list so at least I can say I added something by V.E. Schwab. Also Blanca & Roja sounds amazing right? Anything by Anna-Marie McLemore is an automatic add to my to-read list, the same goes for anything by Pierce Brown, anything by Becky Albertalli and anything by Adam Silvera.
    There are so many incredible books being released aren’t there? 😀

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    1. So many Beth! Thank you ☺️ I can barely contain my excitement. It’s more motivation to catch up with some well loved series. I saw Muse of Nightmares on so many lists today & I know it would’ve made mine but I haven’t read Strange yet. That’s coming in June though so I’m pretty hyped to finally crack the spine. Anything by Anna is a MUST read for me as well as Adam 💙 I will be buddy reading Vicious next month & can’t wait to finally know why so many bookworms love it so much 🙌🏼 I will be stopping by your blog as soon as I get home as I’m in mid-commute with port signal strength 😩 but thank you for always stopping by 💗

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      1. That’s all right! And yeah I’m always really really REALLY excited for upcoming books. Oh Muse of Nightmares is also on my list this week, I can’t wait to have that release in my hands so I can get started reading it.
        Vicious is really good, then again it’s by V.E. Schwab so that’s kind of a given isn’t it? I hope you love it Lilly, and that’s all right! 🙂 ❤


    1. McLemore’s writing is some of my favorite! I just can’t help but fall in love with the magical realism and beautiful writing 💜💜💜 To Kill a Kingdom was a 5 star read for me, Dark & fun I enjoyed that one so much! Happy to hear you did too 😃 Sea Witch has my complete attention, can’t wait for its release 🖤 happy reading! 💗

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    1. I’m with you, It’s one that I cannot wait to read & shed tears over! Adam & Becky’s books are always 5 star reads for me 🙂

      Thank you & happy reading! ❤ ❤ ❤


    1. You already know it! I’m hoping to meet Arden again cause the first time I met her was a NYCCC when The Bear was making its debut and I got my arc signed by her w/out knowing anything about it. Little did I know it would become my #1 all time fave adult fantasy. gahhhhh! anything she writes I will happily buy as long as I can. Sea Witch is one I think I’m going to LOVE but unfortunately the Book Gods haven’t blessed me with a early copy 😦 still though will be pre-ordering cause anything Little Mermaid inspired is a MUST! Happy reading! ❤ ❤ ❤

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  5. Oh, wow! What a fantastic list!
    I still need to read Iron Gold, but that is really exciting to hear that the fifth book will be out so soon. 😀
    Also, soooo pumped about Bardugo’s upcoming duology! ❤

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