top ten tuesday

Ink by Sabrina Vourvoulias

As soon as I saw the topic of books with one word titles I thought of Ink. This is a near future dystopian novel where temporary workers, recent immigrants, and permanent non-citizen residents are given tattoos that announce their status.

This was written in 2012. I read it sometime close to then (before I was tracking my reading closely). It seemed scarily probable then and I spent most of the Trump administration muttering, “This is gonna end up just like Ink.”

I’m definitely due for a reread. I think I’ll do that this week.


Hexbreaker by Jordan L. Hawk

This is the first book of a M/M paranormal romance series. I loved the world that was built in this story and I totally want more.

Earthrise by M.C.A. Hogarth

This is a book I reread a lot. It is a space opera rescue story with a romance novel twist. The captain of the space ship is a romance reader. She likes to read her world’s equivalent of paranormal romances about a certain species of very reclusive aliens. Then she is hired to go on a rescue mission. Her target is a member of that species. All she has to go on is what she has read in her novels. It is like if a person had to go interact with a werewolf based only on what they had read in stories.

Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots

Anna is an office worker for a villain. When she gets injured and then fired after a superhero raids their office, she decides to show the world all the collateral damage that superheroes do.

Rommaid by Sariah Wilson

This was the first book of Sariah Wilson’s that I read. After this I binge read pretty much everything she had ever written. This is the story of a teacher who applies to do housework in exchange for being able to live in a penthouse apartment. I love slow burn romances and this author is amazing at writing them.

Cackle by Rachel Harrison

This is a wicked witch origin story. Who doesn’t want to read that? Besides, look at that cover. I’m not really a cover person but that is gorgeous.

Finna by Nino Cipri

An elderly customer slips through a dimensional portal in a Swedish furniture stores and it is up to two employees to get her back in order to keep their jobs. Too bad that they don’t know how to survive in other dimensions and that this is the first time they’ve seen each other since they broke up a week ago. This book is absolutely absurd in the best kind of way.

Hooverville by Kayla Joy

Hooverville by Kayla Joy

This is a Depression-era story about a society woman who runs from her abusive fiance and finds herself in a homeless encampment in Central Park. As she learns to live there, she has to confront her own biases about the kind of people who end up homeless.

Wilding by Isabella Tree

We’re moving on to nonfiction now. Wilding is the story of an estate in England where the owners decided to quit farming it. They have controlled its change back to wild land by introducing grazing animals of different kinds and experimenting with different management of different sections. It discusses the political ramifications and the affects on their neighbors. Trigger warning on this one because this woman really, really wants to eat some horses. She talks a lot about being upset that she can’t make pony sausage. But, other than that it is a good introduction to the rewilding community.

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

I’m not much into self-help and feelings and stuff like that. I did really enjoy this book though. It is part memoir and part manifesto. I recommend it on audiobook to hear the author read it.