Here is my list of books I’d buy if someone decided to give me a shiny gift card. Now, if I could also time travel this book would be different. But I’ll stick to books that are available now. Some I have read via audio book, but would love a physical copy of, but probably wouldn’t buy unless I was getting it for free.
Today’s Top 10 Tuesday (well, 7 for me this week) is all about books that make you laugh. I decided to pick books that aren’t comedies, but have characters that are sharp of tongue, and so witty that I can’t help but laugh out loud while reading.
So is anyone out there going to BEA or are thinking about it? I want to go so badly, but I don’t want to pay for a hotel room all on my lonesome. If you or anyone you know is looking for a roomie, please let me know? kthanks.
Here’s my current pile of books I’m trying to make my way through. I’ve found that I’ve really slowed down on the physical reading lately (mostly audiobooking). I’m contributing that to netflix and just not loving what I’m reading.
*Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger – The last book in this series *sobs* I’m so excited to finish this series, yet heart broken for it to be over. I’m just glad I still have the companion series the Parasol Protectorate to read through.
*Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas – I was dying to read this one after finishing Heir of Fire, so I ran out to get it. I’m currently half way through it and I have stalled big time. I feel like I think I like this series more than I actually do? I don’t know. I’m really questioning how the characters relationships are changing so dramatically from book to book.
I’m really looking forward to most of these, I’ve just got to get past the hump I’ve hit with Queen of Shadows, going to try to get back into it tonight.
So my goal this week is to get off my butt and take some photos of my shiny new bookshelf wall and craft room before it gets to messy, cause I just want to share with you all the gloriousness that is my new space I just love it!
The Runaway King& The Shadow Throne- Jennifer A Nielsen 4.5/5
I went into this series not expecting too much and ended up absolutely loving it and finding one of my favourite male protagonists of all time. I just love him and his sassiness and how he’s such an unreliable narrator. You just never know if he truly has a plan, or is just being adoringly arrogant.
While I wasn’t 100% sold on the ship in this one, the romance aspect is fairly miniscule so it didn’t bother me.
The Glass Magician – Charlie N Holmberg 2.5/5
I’ve tried to like this series, but I’m giving up. I don’t really like Ceony because she spends half her time fawning over Emery. I don’t mind a big age gap usually, but Ceony’s immaturity makes the relationship completely awkward and inappropriate.
Throw in some very flat bad buys, and a mediocre plot and you get an OK book. It has potential to be really good but it falls short of the mark.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green and David Levithan 3/5
This book was ok. Again, contemporary YA isn’t exactly my thing. I only tried this because of John Green. I like his style and I like his characters. I appreciate that his protagonists always have strong, caring, smart parents, something that most YA contemporaries don’t have. I liked Will Grayson #1, and Tony Cooper was kinda fabulous (Green always writes great friendships). I didn’t really like Will Grayson #2. Yes, he got better towards the end, but overall I didn’t really care for his side of the story. I also thought the ending was kinda silly and cheesy.
Envy& Splendor – Anna Godbersen 3/5
I’m decently happy with most of the characters’ endings. A couple were a little unsatisfying, but I liked the two sisters’ endings and they were really the only characters that I particularly liked and I appreciated that it wasn’t a lovey-dovey ending for both of them. But this was all just a guilty pleasure listen, so I’m not going to fret about it.
White Cat – Holly Black 3.5/5
A good book with an interesting world, but I wasn’t crazy in love with it. I was thankful that it was shorter or I may not have bothered with it. I’m interested enough that I want to continue the series, but I don’t see all the hype around the books. I think I went in with higher expectations after reading “The Darkest Part of the Forest” so I was a little disappointed.
Timebound- Rysa Walker 3.5/5
I feel like for 75% of this book I was waiting for the time travel part of this time travel book to start. I was expecting this to be an exciting adventure of chasing a bad guy through history. No such luck.
However, once the time travel actually occurred I was hooked and really enjoyed Kate’s story.
There are so many flaws in the time travel though. Stopping to think about it all there are so many holes in the plot. But I’m interested enough to keep reading the series.
A unique story with great characters, a great world, a kick ass protagonist and a well done romance. Plus, I was actually surprised by a couple of plot points.
I did get confused a little at the end by all the characters and nations and who exactly is fighting who and whose side is everyone on.
Vicious – VE Schwab 4/5
I’m conflicted. This was a good book, and there are some very interesting characters. The protagonist is a bit of an anti-hero, he’s not a villain, but he’s not all that good either. The story is unique, and I thought it was a good ending. But I just didn’t love this. I struggled to get into it, so I switched to audio which got me going, but it wasn’t a “can’t put it down” book. I don’t think it’s the book’s fault, I think it just wasn’t my strawberry jam.
I like it as a standalone, but VE Schwab said the other day she is working on a sequel, so that will be interesting.
I do recommend this book if you like a dark story with special abilities and some not so good characters.
The Shadow Society – Marie Rutkoski 3.75/5
I adore the Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski, so I had to try another one of her books. I don’t feel that this was quite a 4, I’d say 3.75. It was definitely a unique story and a compelling world.
The beginning was a little too RL, high schooly for me. Plus, there was a bit of insta-love. Darcy is attracted to the new guy at school, even though he’s a jerk to her at first, and he makes her uncomfortable. But when Darcy is arrested, her world is turned upside down and she finds herself in an alternate universe.
I can point out various flaws in this alternate universe, but I’m taking this at face value and I enjoyed the characters, Darcy learning about her people and her past, and the romance was alright. The end felt a little lacking, like there should have been more of a show down/more action.
It doesn’t sound like there is a sequel in the works. Some things were left open for a sequel, but I like this as a stand-alone.
The Scorpion Rules – Erin Bow 2.5/5
This feels like a case of great idea, bad execution. To stop the world going to war, an AI was created to devise a plan to stop it, only the AI decided to just take over the world instead. To keep the countries from going to war, the AI takes the leaders’ oldest children as hostages. If a war is declared, the children die. It makes sense, people have done it throughout history.
Enter Greta, crown princess of Pan-something or other. She’s pretty, smart, all the other kids at the hostage school adore and look up to her. She’s also a total bore and a goody-goody. Then a new boy comes to hostage school from a newly formed area in the Americas. Elian is all like, ‘no, you can’t treat us like this, we’re human beings’, and gets tortured a bunch.
Up to this point, I’m intrigued and excited for where this book will lead. But then it just got messy. There’s a weird, contradictory bi-sexual love triangle, a lot of plot and world building that makes no sense, and a main character that was kind of a big baby through most of the story.
The AI was awesomely snarky though.
Overall, I enjoyed the first third, but the rest just dragged, and it felt like a very unsatisfying conclusion.
Soulless – Gail Carriger 5/5
I just love Alexia Tarabotti. Like absolutely adore. Possibly more than Sophronia from the Finishing School series by Carriger. She is so damned adorable and snarky I can hardly stand it. I just can’t wait to read the rest of this series.
So the biggest recommendations of this month: “Soulless” by Gail Carriger Is a must read, The Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A Nielsen is a really fun series and “Rebel of the Sands” by Alwyn Hamilton is a good new YA book.
Here are some of the books being adapted for the big screen this year. Of course, you should always read the books first, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to read these before they hit theaters. I’ve got a couple to read myself!
The 5th Wave
by Rick Yancey
May 7th 2013 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Movie Release Date:
January 22nd, 2016
Chloe Grace Moretz, Liev Schreiber
After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.
Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother–or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.
The Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins
January 13th, 2015 by Riverhead Books
Movie Release Date:
December 10th, 2016
Rebecca Ferguson, Emily Blunt, Édgar Ramírez
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
Pride & Prejudice and Zombies
by Seth Grahame-Smith
May 1st, 2009 by Quirk Classics
Movie Release Date:
February 5th, 2016
Lily James, Lena Headey, Douglas Booth
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”
So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield. Can Elizabeth vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you’d actually want to read.
Me Before You
by Jojo Moyes
December 31st, 2012 by Pamela Dorman Books/Viking
Movie Release Date:
March 4th, 2016
Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Jenna Coleman
Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.
What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.
Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them
by J.K. Rowling
June 1st, 2001 by Arthur A. Levine
Movie Release Date:
November 18th, 2016
Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller
A copy of Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them resides in almost every wizarding household in the country. Now Muggles too have the chance to discover where the Quintaped lives, what the Puffskein eats and why it is best not to leave milk out for a Knarl.
Proceeds from the sale of this book will go to Comic Relief, which means that the pounds and Galleons you exchange for it will do magic beyond the powers of any wizard. If you feel that this is insufficient reason to part with your money, I can only hope that passing wizards feel more charitable if they see you being attacked by a Manticore.
– Albus Dumbledore
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs
June 7th, 2011 by Quirk
Movie Release Date:
December 25th, 2016
Samuel L. Jackson, Eva Green, Asa Butterfield
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.
A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow, impossible though it seems, they may still be alive.
by Roald Dahl
Movie Release Date:
July 1st, 2016
Rebecca Hall, Bill Hader, Mark Rylance
Captured by a giant! The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It’s lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, the Fleshlumpeater, the Bonecruncher, or any of the other giants-rather than the BFG-she would have soon become breakfast.
When Sophie hears that they are flush-bunking off in England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her!
A Monster Calls
by Patrick Ness
September 27th, 2011 by Walker Books
Movie Release Date:
October 14th, 2016
Felicity Jones, Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver
The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.
But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…
This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.
It wants the truth.
I really can’t wait for Fantastic Beasts!
What do you think? Which are you most excited for?