Top Ten Tuesday- Like This, Try That Edition

Posted July 29, 2020 by stuckint in Top Ten Tuesday / 0 Comments

Hello everyone and welcome back to another Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Today is a freebie and so we thought it would be fun to recommend some Backlist titles based off of some of our favorite 2020 releases.

Our Recommendations

While upon first glance these horror novels may not appear to have anything in common except their genre and swoon-worthy covers both stories are cerebral tales that ask difficult questions about identity and ones place in the world Additionally, there is a creeping sense of dread that permeates every page.

Each of these difficult novels features a society where young girls are oppressed and treated differently. While Goddhot might be a lot harder to swallow than The Grace Year, both feature a strong and extremely capable heroine who is determined to stand up and speak out, before it’s too late. Oh and let’s not forget about one of my favorite similarities: the cultish societies in which they are set.

While very different in tone, both of those stories feature young girls who end up in relationship with disturbingly older men. Both titles are also extremely controversial and force the reader to ask questions about society at large and treats issues of consent and innocence

Out of all the books on my list these might be the hardest ones to connect. One is a fantasy novel featuring dragons and five different people vying for the throne. The other is a dystopian sci-fi where one young man will seek to overthrow the oppressive government. Yet what ties these two books together is the fact that both authors have no qualms about ripping your heart out and stomping it into a pulp. These books are not for the faint of heart.

I leaned hard into the reality TV and social media engagement on this one book features a competition reminiscent of The Bachelor and other centers on a TV show like Fear Factor (or some thing similar). But both novels feature kick-ass heroines who do everything in their power to ignore the opinions of other and go after what they want. Both also comment on the power and influence of social media in every day life.

What About You?

What are some of the 2020 releases you have loved and which Backlist titles would you pair with them? What do you think of our picks? Let us know in the comments!

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