Month: March 2018

Spring TBR

Posted March 20, 2018 by Kim in top ten tuesday / 9 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
Published: April 26th, 2004
Publisher: Penguin Press

In the first full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades, National Book Award winner Ron Chernow tells the riveting story of a man who overcame all odds to shape, inspire, and scandalize the newborn America. According to historian Joseph Ellis, Alexander Hamilton is “a robust full-length portrait, in my view the best ever written, of the most brilliant, charismatic and dangerous founder of them all.”

You know what, I am going to try to read Alexander Hamilton all the way through. “Yearly TBR” may be more fitting for this tome though. Never let it be said that I have no interest in American history.

You might remember a great musical by a similar name. That is absolutely not why I am committed to reading this biography. Not at all.

No this was all me and my dedicated pursuit of knowledge.

(and Hamilton oh you beautiful broadway musical)

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Series: Mara Dyer (#1)
Published: September 27th, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Mara Dyer believes life can’t get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed.

There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.

She’s wrong.

I believe that I can finally finish this series in 2018.

I will.

I believe Mara Dyer is not going to disappoint me in the end.

It won’t.

I believe that I am going to write a review when I’m done.

I might.

Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
Series: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard (#2)
Published: October 24th, 2016
Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Thor’s hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon–the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn’t just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can’t retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer’s return is the gods’ worst enemy, Loki–and the price he wants is very high.

Since Percy Jackson, Rick Riordan’s books have always put a smile on my face. His adventures are the equivalent of witty, sarcastic, unadulterated fun. The Sword of Summer took me a while to read, but it opens up a whole new world of Norse mythology and Magnus’s voice shines through every page.

Rick Riordan’s books are what made mythology interesting to me. I owe them a lot.

The Three-Body Problem by CiXin Liu
Series: Remembrance of Earth’s Past
Published: 2007
Publisher: Tor Books

The Three-Body Problem is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multiple award winning phenomenon from China’s most beloved science fiction author, Liu Cixin.

Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion. The result is a science fiction masterpiece of enormous scope and vision.

When I say I don’t really read sci-fi, maybe you’ll be looking at me curiously. Almost every review of The Three-Body Problem I’ve seen not only calls it science fiction, but hard science fiction.

I don’t even know why I was so drawn to this Chinese story with incredible scope, but I bought it. I want to read it sooner rather than later. I’ve been doing this thing where I read the stuff I buy almost immediately and it has been wonderful. I get to experience the stories I’m excited about when I’m excited about them.

Sidenote: Am I the only one who finds footnotes interesting? Maybe it’s the same reason I like the idea of annotated books.

The Selection by Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection (#1)
Published: April 24th, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

For a person who isn’t sure that she’ll enjoy this series, I’ve managed to buy every single book but The Crown. I even have two different versions of the novellas. So I think it’s finally time to put my bets on it being fun and crack open the first book.

I want to like this series, because these covers add so much color to my bookshelves and I don’t want to unhaul them. I need to rethink this buying books thing I do, but you all know I won’t.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Published: September 1st, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

I’ve had the arc of Everything, Everything  since before it was released. Now, it’s not only been published but also adapted into a movie (which I started watching the other day!).

As far as cute contemporaries go, I don’t read many young adult ones these days. To All the Boys I Loved Before was a welcome surprise, but thats a series that was uniquely perfect for my taste. I’m sure I’ll still enjoy this one, but knowing the twist and not being sure where I stand on it, I need to find the motivation to pick it up. I’ll remind myself it’s a short book and the format looks cute when the time comes.

The Thief by Megan Whalien Turner
Series: The Queen’s Thief (#1)
Published: October 31st, 1996
Publisher: Greenwillow Books

The king’s scholar, the magus, believes he knows the site of an ancient treasure. To attain it for his king, he needs a skillful thief, and he selects Gen from the king’s prison. The magus is interested only in the thief’s abilities.

What Gen is interested in is anyone’s guess. Their journey toward the treasure is both dangerous and difficult, lightened only imperceptibly by the tales they tell of the old gods and goddesses.

Of all the covers The Thief cycled through, this has to be my favorite one. It’s one of those titles that I heard inklings about years ago. With the release of a new installment and some renewed buzz, I’m curious if I’ve so far missed out on a fantastic series.

So many people cite Megan Whalen Turner as one of their favorite authors. So we’re going to rectify the absence of her writing in my life and read her books soon.

Seraph of the End Volume One by Takaya Kagami
Series: Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign (#1)
Published: June 3rd, 2014
Publisher: Viz Media LLC

After a catastrophic epidemic kills every adult on earth, vampires arise from the shadows to enslave the remaining human population. Yuichiro escapes from captivity and joins the Japanese Imperial Demon Army. But before he’s allowed to fight vampires, he has to complete his first, terrifying mission– make new friends with his fellow aspiring monster slayers!

Yuichiro and his friends are kept as vampire fodder in a creepy institution masquerading as an orphanage. One day, Yuichiro’s dreams of fighting back are realized when the orphans stage a daring escape. But things go horribly wrong, and his dream is kept alive at a cruel price.

I bought the first volume of Seraph of the End on a whim, but then I bought another volume. And another. The tales goes that I now have, maybe, a lot of volumes.

The art does look nice though, so it couldn’t have been a mistake. The mistake would be leaving it to languish on my shelves.

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody
Series: The Shadow Game (#1)
Published: April 10th, 2018
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…
and secrets hide in every shadow.

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play.

The first time I heard about Ace of Shades, a tweet told me to think “Kaz Brekker meets…” and I never had a chance to finish the sentence because I was already sold. That was a nice marketing trick, and a cruel one because how did you know I would fall for it? Are you a mind-reader?

I’m excited to get my hands on this one, and it doesn’t hurt that I already associate the name Levi with an favorite from Attack on Titan. Please don’t have a cliff-hanger ending though or I’ll regret everything.

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Series: Under the Never Sky (#1)
Published: January 3rd, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins

Since she’d been on the outside, she’d survived an Aether storm, she’d had a knife held to her throat, and she’d seen men murdered.

This was worse.

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland–known as The Death Shop–are slim. If the cannibals don’t get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She’s been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild–a savage–and her only hope of staying alive.

A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile–everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria’s help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.

As I mentioned in my books I want to re-read post, I’m looking forward to finally seeing an old series to the end. I really did enjoy Under the Never Sky the first time around, but I’m still hoping I’ll love it even more the second time.

What books are you looking forward to reading in the next few months? Have you read any of the books on my list?

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