Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. I thought this would be a fun way to share a condensed version of potential rambles and thoughts that I have.
This Week’s Theme:
Top Ten Books I Want To
Read But Don’t Own Yet
Soooo this might just be a list of upcoming reads that I’m reminding myself to purchase whenever they’re released. I have also provided synopsis excerpts for your enjoyment and as always the images link to their respective Goodreads page. And aside from the last pick, which was done solely based on fanboy reasons, the majority of the choices have been limited to publishing dates with a twenty-fourteen year ending, with a chronological listing.
Ready Player One – Ernest Cline (Published)
It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune — and remarkable power — to whoever can unlock them.
This can pick up the pieces where Sword Art Online has seemed to fail me in terms of how much romance had to become the only plotline in that visual novel/anime. Otherwise, a gamer’s treasure trove and likely nostalgia-bombs than anything else.
The Girl With All The Gifts – M.R. Carey (Published)
Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite. But they don’t laugh. Melanie is a very special girl.
Yes…this-book-that-I’ve-been-expecting-myself-to-read-for-the-longest-time-but-haven’t-actually-purchased-yet-due-to-reading-slumps-and-other-reasons-that-I-don’t-even-think-are-reasons. But basically, I’m told the less you know about this novel, the better off you are (kind of like We Were Liars—but I haven’t read that either so I can’t vouch for that statement.)
The Infinite Sea – Rick Yancey (9/16/14)
[Excerpt not included because this is a book 2 of The 5th Wave trilogy.]
It certainly didn’t help when excerpts of the first several chapters were posted online to make me any less excited to revisit the perspectives (old and new) this book follows. Hello, Ringer.
Blackbird – Anna Carey (9/16/14)
A girl wakes up on the train tracks, a subway car barreling down on her. With only minutes to react, she hunches down and the train speeds over her. She doesn’t remember her name, where she is, or how she got there. She has a tattoo on the inside of her right wrist of a blackbird inside a box, letters and numbers printed just below: FNV02198. There is only one thing she knows for sure: people are trying to kill her.
A thriller written in second person sounds like a potentially excellent reading experience; one of which I can’t say I’ve actually read much of (if at all?) This is a rather short read, that in a parallel universe, the synopsis sounds like something from a Criminal Minds episode or whatever (at least I thought so).
Messenger of Fear – Michael Grant (9/23/14)
I remembered my name – Mara. But, standing in that ghostly place, faced with the solemn young man in the black coat with silver skulls for buttons, I could recall nothing else about myself. And then the games began. The Messenger sees the darkness in young hearts, and the damage it inflicts upon the world. If they go unpunished, he offers the wicked a game. Win, and they can go free. Lose, and they will live out their greatest fear.
Perhaps this doubles as both a foray into Grant’s works (yes, I haven’t read the Gone series) and the fact that the premise sounds so sadistically fun. Well, don’t judge me for that.
James Frey – Endgame: The Calling (10/7/14)
For ten thousand years the lines have existed in secret. The 12 original lines of humanity. Each had to have a Player prepared at all times. They have trained generation after generation after generation. In weapons, languages, history, tactics, disguise assassination. Together the players are everything: strong, kind, ruthless, loyal, smart, stupid, ugly, lustful, mean, fickle, beautiful, calculating, lazy, exuberant, weak. They are good and evil. Like you. Like all. This is Endgame. When the game starts, the players will have to find three keys. The keys are somewhere on earth. The only rule of their Endgame is that there are no rules. Whoever finds the keys first wins the game.
Frey’s name usually comes with shifty eyes due to his amazing philanthropist vision and attitude behind Full Fathom Five. But I’m not going to chirp him out on that. Or even the fact that this novel has got Hunger Games fans raging at its originality (coughBattleRoyalecough). Or quite possibly that I’m amused that his co-writer is only just slightly featured (one of the book covers on Goodreads has the other author’s name cut in half; perhaps I’m just nitpicking.) Regardless, this book just sounds like it would be an engaging series to buy into—so if it’s a letdown it’s a letdown—but I’ll reserve judgment until after.
Rain Reign – Ann M. Martin (10/7/14)
Rose Howard has OCD, Asperger’s syndrome, and an obsession with homonyms (even her name is a homonym). She gave her dog Rain a name with two homonyms (Reign, Rein), which, according to Rose’s rules of homonyms, is very special. Rain was a lost dog Rose’s father brought home. Rose and Rain are practically inseparable. And they are often home alone, as Rose’s father spends most evenings at a bar, and doesn’t have much patience for his special-needs daughter. Just as a storm hits town, Rain goes missing. Rose’s father shouldn’t have let Rain out. Now Rose has to find her dog, even if it means leaving her routines and safe places to search. Rose will find Rain, but so will Rain’s original owners.
This. Includes. A. Dog. PET FEELS. (oh, the girl is important, too, I guess.)
In Real Life – Lawrence Tabak (11/11/14)
Fifteen-year-old math prodigy Seth Gordon knows exactly what he wants to do with his life—play video games. Every spare minute is devoted to honing his skills at Starfare, the world’s most popular computer game. His goal: South Korea, where the top pros are rich and famous. But the best players train all day, while Seth has school and a job and divorced parents who agree on only one thing: “Get off that damn computer.” Plus there’s a new distraction named Hannah, an aspiring photographer who actually seems to understand his obsession.
This would be like…the Canadian version of my life if I made it. Like average guys in this crazy world: I’ve been there; I’ve had the same unrealistic dreams of professional gaming. This book sounds like it cannot be any more true to individuals who enjoy gaming to the extent of pursuing a career out of it. I hope it is an excellent representation of the culture and industry behind this eSport that certainly receives television airtime in the East…because I did play/follow the particular game and Korean eSports environment this novel has chosen to dabble in.
Zodiac – Romina Russell (12/8/14)
When a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, sending its ocean planet off-kilter and killing thousands of citizens—including its beloved Guardian—Rho is more surprised than anyone when she is named the House’s new leader. But, a true Cancrian who loves her home fiercely and will protect her people no matter what, Rho accepts. Then, when more Houses fall victim to freak weather catastrophes, Rho starts seeing a pattern in the stars. She suspects Ophiuchus—the exiled 13th Guardian of Zodiac legend—has returned to exact his revenge across the Galaxy. Now Rho—along with Hysan Dax, a young envoy from House Libra, and Mathias, her guide and a member of her Royal Guard—must travel through the Zodiac to warn the other Guardians.
Book title alone, I thought it could be related to the Zodiac killer. Nope. It is an interesting take on astrological signs (which reminds me of Lucy’s power in Fairy Tail actually) for which I am praying for my life that it doesn’t result to plot and world-building taking a backseat to insta-love and romance. I am also surprised that this high-concept hasn’t been written before, or if it has, then I’m just really noob at discovering old titles. Anyways, it’s not something I’m crazy to buy into this season but it’s still a notable fantasy addition to this season’s TBR (with the likes of Snow Like Ashes etc.)
The Rest of Us Just Live Here – Patrick Ness (08/25/15)
Not everyone has to be the Chosen One. Not everyone has to be the guy who saves the world. Most people just have to live their lives the best they can … All the while knowing that the world makes no sense but trying to find a way to be happy anyway.
He also added on his tumblr: what if you lived in a world a lot like a YA novel? Where people you know have already battled vampires and zombies and soul-eating ghosts and whatever this new thing turns out to be? What if you just want to go to prom and graduate before someone goes and blows up the high school again?
(Not sure if that’s the actual synopsis…but it’s what’s listed on Goodreads. There is also no cover released yet…so you can click here for a link to Goodreads.)
Other Honorable 2015 Mentions (just titles that come to mind):
Firefight – Brandon Sanderson
The Prey – Tom Isbell
The Fifth Season – N.K. Jemisin
This list was so easy with things like Netgalley, Edelweiss, and ARC Party to push me in some directions.