Month: January 2016

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday
From Jan 19: Top Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR
I’m just going to do this list in terms of what I have most recently added to the list, however, as we all know, usually things at the bottom of the list are rarely read in a timely fashion…
The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes
Truth in Advertising by John Kenney
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clark
Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines
The Circle by Dave Eggers
A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev
The Life List by Lori Nelson Spielman
Astoria by Peter Stark
Hit by Delilah S. Dawson
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
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Top Ten Tuesday

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January 12: Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn’t

 

The Game of Lives by James Dashner
Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger
Court of Fives by Kate Elliot
Ink & Ashes by Valynne E. Maetani
The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet by Kate Rorick
Two Years, Eight Months, and Twenty-Eight Days by Salman Rushdie
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan
The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan
The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
All Fall Down by Ally Carter
Which means that hopefully, they will all be on the docket for this year and I will get to them by mid-year 🙂

What I’m Reading

I’ve only completed two books so far this year, The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black and Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis, and have a low goal of 65 for my Goodreads challenge. Hopefully, I will be able to accomplish more than that but there are a lot of pulls on my time, and with graduation, a new job, and potential move happening, who knows how much free time I will actually have.

Here is what I am currently reading:

currently reading 1.12.16

I have been trying to pare down my selections to three or less books at one time but as you can see, it’s not working. Not to mention that the biggest challenge comes from inter-library loan which always seems to deliver my books all at once. I guess it’s when they become available but it makes it tricky for deciding which to read and when and making time for the seven or eight that I currently have checked out.

Happy New Year!

Well I managed to make it through finals and the holidays without exploding into nothingness but I have severely neglected you, my readers. I know I keep promising to do better but adulting has become particularly difficult as of late. I am trying to get my internship for the upcoming semester situated. Plus preparations for the final wedding of three are under way as it is less than a week from now, so busy, busy, busy.

In light of this, I have several things to share with you over the next couple of posts, here, I will give my Top Ten Tuesdays that I wanted to do before the New Year, but didn’t get to, and then the newest Top Ten Tuesdays followed by what I am reading now (or have just finished).
Top Ten Books I Wish Santa Will Bring
Cress by Marissa Meyer
Winter by Marissa Meyer
Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan (graphic novel version)
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (yes, I know, I should really own this by now)
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien (my copy was lost to an errant loan)
The new illustrated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by Jim Kay
As a side note: Santa did actually bring the new Illustrated Harry Potter and Cress for me! I also received a beautiful 1870 edition of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. Whew. I am a lucky, lucky bookworm.
Top Ten Books I Read in 2015
Wake of Vultures* by Lila Bowen
The Little Paris Bookshop* by Nina George
Queen of Shadows* by Sarah J. Maas (Book 4 in Throne of Glass)
Winter* by Marissa Meyer
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich
Fat Chance by Nick Spaulding
Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis
The Forgotten Seamstress by Liz Trenow
The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare
Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
Blameless by Gail Carriger (Book 3 in Parasol Protectorate)
The Lightning Thief (graphic novel) by Rick Riordan
The books with the asterisk were also published in 2015 in addition to having been read then. If I had to choose an all time top pick for 2015, it would be a tie between The Little Paris Bookshop and Queen of Shadows, one adult fiction, the other YA fantasy. Both incredibly written and moving in different ways. George’s novel was an emotionally compelling tale without much action but plenty of drama and history. Maas’ typical writing style had me clinging to my seat to know what would happen next to one of my favorite heroines. Both were brilliantly done.
Honorable mentions include:
A Thousand Nights* by E.K. Johnston
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms* by George R.R. Martin
Six of Crows* by Leigh Bardugo
Luckiest Girl Alive* by Jessica Knoll
The Girl on the Train* by Paula Hawkins
Ice like Fire* by Sara Raasch
Silver in the Blood* by Jessica Day George
Part-Time Princesses by Monica Gallagher
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Dead Heat* by Patricia Briggs
Instinct* by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Geek Girl by Holly Smale
Red Queen* by Victoria Aveyard
Fairest* by Marissa Meyer
And if you would like to look at the entire list of 94 books I read last year, here is a link to everything I read in 2015 via Goodreads.