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 Hyped Books I’ve Yet To Read
What a silly (and easy) topic to write about. I am forever notorious as the one who has not read the hyped about books. But instead of me listing Harry Potter (which I dropped for the films) or Red Queen (which I will read this summer), let me try to find some hyped books I haven’t talked about in a while. Doesn’t it also feel like we’ve visited this topic many times before this? Jokes on you–it’s because I read slow enough that these lists continue to transfer over.
The titles listed are ones that I found myself hyping up [to myself] more than what the community has encouraged. I’d want to read about many of these sooner (than later) but you know how it is with being a perpetual mood reader.
Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel
I think this book is on the same level of “I should read it” as Morgenstern’s The Night Circus. It’s one of those books that sparks that magical intrigue where I wonder if I’m ready to tackle the world before me. Not to mention that it’s in a genre that I adore so it’s even more wtf that I haven’t decided to pick it up. Wait, I know the reason: my wallet validates getting 3-4 books for one copy of Station Eleven. Yes, that is the reason.
One snowy night Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack onstage during a production of King Lear. Jeevan Chaudhary, a paparazzo-turned-EMT, is in the audience and leaps to his aid. A child actress named Kirsten Raymonde watches in horror as Jeevan performs CPR, pumping Arthur’s chest as the curtain drops, but Arthur is dead. That same night, as Jeevan walks home from the theater, a terrible flu begins to spread. Hospitals are flooded and Jeevan and his brother barricade themselves inside an apartment, watching out the window as cars clog the highways, gunshots ring out, and life disintegrates around them.
Bird Box – Josh Malerman
I really wanted the hardback of this (I’m a hardback snob—obviously, Summer/XingSings said so) but the ones on discount at the moment are the softcovers. Ugh, what to do. Otherwise, it sounds right up my alley.
Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remains, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now that the boy and girl are four, it’s time to go, but the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat–blindfolded–with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. Something is following them all the while, but is it man, animal, or monster?
The Girl With All The Gifts – M. R. Carey
I was pretty intrigued with this one. Then a few months later the power of Goodreads shelving hit me in the face. It’s like that feeling when you’re searching something on Google/Tumblr and you come across a slight spoiler. Though I’ve heard that it gets introduced pretty early on—the interest doesn’t feel the same. (Mainly because I was perhaps hoping for it to be not what it turned out to be, if that makes sense?)
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.
Throne of Glass – Sarah J. Maas
Okay, I get it. All you readers and your Throne of Glass flailing—surely you can sto—no? Okay, continue on. But really, I think I’d be more willingly to read this than other series that I’ve either tried or have little interest in (e.g. Lunar Chronicles, The Raven Cycle).
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.
Endgame – James Frey, Nils Johnson-Shelton
I read like 2-3 chapters in the store but decided I could wait until I found it discounted. That time has come (it’s like $7 now on BookOutlet—though, I can see myself waiting a bit longer). There was no urgency to play for the interactive grand prize of $500,000 since a) isn’t the Caesers casino the prize is hosted in going bankrupt b) the puzzle will probably span the trilogy. No rush indeed.
Twelve thousand years ago, they came. They descended from the sky amid smoke and fire, and created humanity and gave us rules to live by. They needed gold and they built our earliest civilizations to mine it for them. When they had what they needed, they left. But before they left, they told us someday they would come back, and when they did, a game would be played. A game that would determine our future. 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.
Snow Like Ashes – Sara Raasch
First it was the cover. (It’s a solid cover.) Then it was the blurb. (It’s an intriguing concept.) Then it was a year of “maybe/maybe not”. Now the sequel is coming out in Fall and I’m still rolling around unsure if I want to read it.
Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since. Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.
Half A King – Joe Abercrombie
How is it that it feels like last week that I actually wanted to read this first book (after binge watching an entire season of Game of Thrones)? Then this week, it feels like the entire series has been released. What the heck? So fast!
Prince Yarvi has vowed to regain a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea itself. And he must do it all with only one good hand. Born a weakling in the eyes of his father, Yarvi is alone in a world where a strong arm and a cold heart rule. He cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so he must sharpen his mind to a deadly edge. Gathering a strange fellowship of the outcast and the lost, he finds they can do more to help him become the man he needs to be than any court of nobles could.
NOS4A2 – Joe Hill
Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it’s across Massachusetts or across the country.
Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing – and terrifying – playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.”
Never, Never – Colleen Hoover, Tarryn Fisher
Ha. Ha. Hahaha. Yeah. This book was both hyped by myself and the powers of several bloggers since it was some wombo combo of Hoover and Fisher that was surely to be a New Adult experience that [I would guess] leans less on the romance aspect that comes with so many NA.
Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen. Complete strangers since this morning. He’ll do anything to remember. She’ll do anything to forget.
I’ll Give You The Sun – Jandy Nelson
For the most part, it seems like everyone and their pets have read this book and enjoyed it—or at least in the tiny community I know of. I don’t usually read reviews for books prior-to but I did for IGYTS. I know I shouldn’t judge the merits of the writing without having experienced it myself but you know what so many comments reminded me of? The hype for We Were Liars. And I loathed WWL. So, yeah, the uncertainty is real.
Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.
I really could have kept going with this list but I shall end it here.