Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme run by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is top ten books you liked more or less than other people did or than you expected you would. I decided to go with comparisons to other people using the compare feature on goodreads to see which books I rated drastically differently than some of my friends. There were also a bunch of books more than one person had a differing opinion on so that got interesting.
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I haven’t done a Top Ten Tuesday in a long while, but I’m back with my top ten underrated novels. There are so many books out there that don’t get the love that they deserve. Here is my attempt to share the love in the bookish community. Now go out and read these books.
So here is my January TBR. I am aiming to read close to 20 books in January however realistically I might not read that much. The books I plan to read this month fit into three categories, let’s see what they are.
I am jumping on the bandwagon and doing The Perpetual Page-Turner‘s annual end of the year bookish survey. I can’t believe I have made it to the end of the year with this blog and we will be celebrating a one year anniversary soon. If you have any ideas of how I should celebrate that let me know. Now let’s get into the survey, and beware this is an incredibly long post because when it comes to books I am so bad at making choices. Legit this post is 4-5x longer than most of my other posts… have fun.
Note: I am sorry for all the shameless plugging for my reviews in this post, I couldn’t stop myself.
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This weeks theme is top ten book on your fall TBR. Since I live in Australia it is currently spring, but still. There will always be books. So here they are:
The Heir and The Crown by Kiera Cass
These are both books that I have been planning to read for a while and I finally managed to borrow them from the library. Their covers are so pretty so I plan to buy them to add to my bookshelf. I have heard mixed things about these books but either way they will be a light and fast read.
The Death Cure
I’ve gotten part way through this book a few times before but never managed to finish it. I want to know what is happening and finish the series already. Plus once I finish it I can read the novellas which will go a long way towards helping me catch up on my goodreads goal.
The Mara Dyer Trilogy
I have heard so many things about this series so I plan to read them before the end of the year. My library has the first two and hopefully I will be able to find the third somewhere so that I can read it too.
Six of Crows
This is one of my friend’s favourite books, and with the sequel coming out TODAY there is no better time to add it to my TBR. I need to get to these books pronto.
The Grisha Trilogy
Because Six of Crows is set in the same world as the Grisha trilogy I want to get to those books first. I don’t want to be left confused…. however I know they don’t have many of the same characters and are completely different style wise… I guess we’ll see.
A Court of Thorns and Roses
I’ve read the whole Throne of Glass series so I need to get to these ASAP. I know where I can borrow them, but I just haven’t quite gotten around to it yet.
I read Red Rising and Golden Son earlier this year (my reviews here and here) and I want to get onto Morning Star as soon as I can. I am hoping that this series wraps up nicely because I want to love it, but I have a bad feeling about the ending.
I am half way through this book and I really want to get through it so I can see how it ends. I really like this take on a dystopian world and I am looking forward to seeing how it all wraps up.
I am half way through the first book of this series and I am intrigued. One of my friends loved the first book in this series but I’m not so sure. It seems very plot oriented and made for the big screen. There are just too many characters for their development to be good.
I am looking forward to reading a lot more Jane Austen over the next few months and Emma is high on my list. I really enjoyed the movie Clueless which is loosely based off this novel, so I am excited to get started.
What books are on your TBR for the next few months?
Mind Games by Teri Terry
I read this book on the recommendations of a friend who found a few problems with it. It is a type of dystopian novel with a focus on the virtual world which I could see as a realistic development from out world. The end got a bit weird, and the story took a few weird turns but overall I am going to give the book three stars.
Requiem by Lauren Oliver
This book was pretty open ended, however it did end at a point where all the characters had hope for a happy ending. I feel like there could have been a lot more and what was there felt kind of pointless. I just really wanted to finish the series. I also gave this book three stars.
Persuasion by Jane Austen
I read this book over three days, which was quite quick considering when I read Pride and Prejudice over a few weeks. I really enjoyed the end of this book, and the beginning drew me in. I really liked the characters, especially Elizabeth because she was so shallow which was funny to read. I plan on watching a movie adaptation soon to make the plot more clear in my mind. I’m giving Persuasion four stars.
Have you read any of these books? What did you think?
The Time Riders series by Alex Scarrow is one that seems made for television. This sci-fi series follows three characters, Maddy, Liam and Sal, who are rescued from death and put in charge of preventing disturbances in time. The first few books in this nine book series have reasonably similar plots save the different settings in time. However once this series takes off it never stops revealing more amazing secrets until the very end.
The theme for Top Ten Tuesday this weeks is TV so I have decided to share with you the TV shows I just can’t stop watching. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly group hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Now I watch a lot of TV, but my list of shows to watch is even longer (its the same with books) so if you ever need recommendations then know I have many for TV shows as well as books. I mainly watch comedies and dramas, so I will be recommending five of each.
Monthly Recommendations is a goodreads group hosted by Trina from Between Chapters and Kayla from Kayla Rayne. This month’s topic is sci-fi, so here I am with my best sci-fi recommendations and considering sci-fi is one of my two favorite genres (with the other being fantasy) I have quite a few.
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card is, at least in my mind, a stable in the sci-fi genre. This is a story of growing up unsure of the world around you, of space battles and of tactics. I loved the systematic nature of this book and how it kept you guessing right until the end. You get to watch the characters grow and it really explores some of the darker sides of humanity.
The Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld is a dystropian novel set in a world where everyone wants to be perfect, and they can be as long as they follow the society’s rules. The series follows Tally, a teenager who doesn’t really know what she is doing or what side she is on. This series has some really nice scenes about what it really means to be yourself. It shares similarities with other dystopians like Divergent, but I am pretty sure it was written beforehand and there is something quite different about the messages it portays.
The Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu is another great sci-fi dystopian novel. The society in it is closer to what already exists today, and in my eyes the series avoids many of the overdramaticisations that are present in other dystopians. No one is truly bad, and the same is true for governments. Legend focuses more on the people involved, and although this might be a controversial opinion I really liked the ending to the trilogy.
The City of Ember
The City of Ember series by Jeanne DuPrau is a sci-fi novel that is a bit more like a fantasy. It does take place in a world that is meant to be ours in the future, however events that have occurred mean it is quite different. The first and third books in the series are probably the most similar to what you would expect of a sci-fi novel. The characters are amazingly loveable and the novel really focuses on their development. There is also an element of mystery as to what is going on.
Across the Universe
I will start this by saying I have only read the first book in this trilogy, however Across the Universe by Beth Revis was a really great sci-fi read. Don’t be put off by the cover as I was, although present in the novel the sci-fi elements and plot are really more important than the romance. This novel was set on a space ship in the future, with a cryogenically frozen people and technological advancements. I don’t know how the rest of the series goes, but I really enjoyed the first book a lot.
Inside Out by Maria V Snyder has all the classic elements of a dystopian novel with a class system and a strange city. This is a duology and the second book is a bit weird, however the first one is a great sci-fi that combines classic sci-fi elements with a dystopian setting and ends up with some really loveable characters. I would highly recommend it.
An up and coming sci-fi is the Red Rising trilogy by Pierce Brown (my reviews here and here). I have not yet read Morning Star, the last book in the trilogy, however I really enjoyed the other two and have high hopes for Pierce Brown. Red Rising is somehow YA and adult fiction at the same time, like a transition between the two. It is also both dystopian and very spacey with planetary battles and lazer weapons. It reminds me of Ender’s Game.
I have only just finished the Time Riders series by Alex Scarrow (series review coming soon) and I do admit that the first few books in the series are much more focused on time travel to the past, (although the idea of time travel is very sci-fi) but the end of the series is VERY much focused on the future. And true to the genre, there is more to this series than it first appears like there is. The series is quick to read, with the books ranging between 300 and 400 pages and while the beginning of the series gets a bit repetitive I would highly recommend reading it.