Fun for Monday: The Count to 10 with Me Tag

Tags are wonderful things. They make me think of appetisers, used to whet the appetite without spoiling the main meal. Certainly, that’s how I’m using them right now. Answering random questions about books and other things allows me to burble on about whatever’s on my mind without feeling pressured into coherence. It’s strangely therapeutic.

I saw this tag over at Zeezee’s about a month ago. She in turn found it over on Kristin Kraves Books and it was created by booktuber the Bumbling Blogger’s partner, Sean.


And so, without further ado …

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First book in a series

I could pick just about anything here really, there’s that many series I haven’t started. Or have started and have yet to continue with, (The Great Series Read Project anyone?).

A friend of mine has just read The Red Abbey Chronicles and waved them enthusiastically in front of my face, so let’s go with that. I’ve owned books one (Maresi, pictured) and two (Naondel) for about five years – the power of great cover art strikes again! – and my friend has now given me Red Mantle, which is book three, so I really have no excuse not to be reading them.


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Two or more copies of the same book

I have two copies of Frank Herbert’s Dune. One was given to me by my Other Brother, and has a kickass cover; and the other is the 50th Anniversary copy (also with an awesome cover that I lusted after so hard), which I found in a charity shop in one of those delicious moments of serendipity. *happy sigh*

2 editions of Dune by Frank Herbert

I also have two copies of Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy. The first one is a trippy affair with yellow sprayed edges and what feels like a very brittle spine that I dare not crack. The second one, a Women’s Press edition, is equally trippy, but also wonderfully floppy and therefore safe to read. Both of these were charity shop swag too.

2 editions of Woman of the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy


Three colours on the cover

Calmgrove put this book firmly on my TBR with this lovely post and Ariana over at the Book Nook has given me further assurance that this weird and wonderful book is definitely for me when she mentioned it in her responses to the Good to Meetcha Tag.

Also, this cover. (And the end papers are glorious too). *drools*

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Four or more perspectives

I can only think of books with too many or too few POVs, so I’m going to go with Joe Abercrombie’s The Blade Itself, which has six different perspectives, if I’ve counted them up correctly.



A five-star read

Ermm… I’m trying to think of something that I haven’t already gushed about repeatedly.

It’s difficult.

OK. Let’s go predictable. Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir was pretty darn awesome. I won’t be posting about it because, frankly, everyone has already said everything that needs to be said about it, but it’s got style, it’s tons of fun, and I’m looking forward to reading it again. It’s got ‘comfort read’ written all over it. Five enthusiastic stars.

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Six (or more) short stories

Much as I’d like to mention Folk by Zoe Gilbert again *ahem*, I’m going to choose Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff instead, which was comprised of eight connected stories and an epilogue to wrap it all up. Maryam and I buddy-read this early in the year and you can find our discussion here and here.



A seven on the cover or spine

Annoyingly, I can’t find anything in my book stacks with a number seven on the spine or cover, but I can see two books with the word ‘seven’, so that’s what I’m going with. (Am kicking myself for not requested an ARC of Mickey7 by Edward Ashton because that has a whopping number seven on the cover – doh!)

Anyway, here’s Seven Eves by Neal Stephenson and The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. I haven’t read either of these yet. You’d expect nothing less.

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Eight letters in the title

I’ve still not read War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi, but it’s there, on the stack, waiting patiently.



A book that ends on a page ending in a nine

I’m pretty sure it was Boostooge that mentioned these books to me? Having just reread Sorcery and Cecelia, or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot, I’m now halfway through Cecelia and Kate’s second adventure The Grand Tour, which is a very pleasing 469 pages long.



Ten books in the series

I am feeling so smug for remembering this one: Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Shadows of the Apt series is a perfect 10 books long and is on my list of books to hunt down. I can’t remember (or find my notes on) who recommended this series to me. It was either Ola and Piotrek or Bookstooge. Either way it was someone whose opinion I trust.

All ten book covers for the Shadow of the Apt series by Adrian Tchaikovsky


Does anyone else want to play the counting game? Consider yourself tagged if you’d like to have a go.




  1. I have a strong feeling I’ll end up doing this tag again at some point. It’s such fun. I have Piranesi on my TBR and would love to read Project Hail Mary too. I’m going to look up that Sorcery and Cecelia book. I’m curious.

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  2. I did recommend Shadows of the Apt, but probably wasn’t the only one! I seriously hope you’ll read it one day, I’m sure you’d enjoy it (especially considering how you liked The Ninth Rain!) 😀

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