[Top Ten Tuesday] – #12 – Top Ten Books On My Spring 14’ TBR list

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 on my
Spring 14’ TBR list


Initial Thoughts:

Spring? What is this spring you speak of? I only know of Winter and Summer (Canada takes #WeAreWinter trending too seriously). This list is part rehashing from an earlier post (Top Ten Debuts I’m Excited For (Books/T.V./Movies)) and part inclusion of novels that have been added to my TBR pile. And let’s be honest: I’m terribad at following my lists. My ratio of read to to-be-read is like 1:30. Oops. Business as usual, image linking to their respective Goodreads site to learn more about each novel.

The following is a generated list of books that I will eventually read (in several seasons), slated to be released in Spring.

Late March

nearlygone_coverm.r. carey - the girl with all the gifts (cover)

Elle Cosimano – Nearly Gone (Mar 25/14)

thoughts: This gives me them Zodiac Killer vibes. Chills, yo.

Nearly Boswell knows how to keep secrets. Living in a DC trailer park, she knows better than to share anything that would make her a target with her classmates. Like her mother’s job as an exotic dancer, her obsession with the personal ads, and especially the emotions she can taste when she brushes against someone’s skin. But when a serial killer goes on a killing spree and starts attacking students, leaving cryptic ads in the newspaper that only Nearly can decipher, she confides in the one person she shouldn’t trust: the new guy at school—a reformed bad boy working undercover for the police, doing surveillance. . . on her.

M.R Carey – The Girl With All The Gifts (Mar 27/14)

thoughts: So like…. adolescent Carrie, almost? maybe?

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her ‘our little genius’. Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant 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 loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children’s cells. She tells her favourite teacher all the things she’ll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn’t know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

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[Top Ten Tuesday] – #11 – Top Ten All Time Favourite Science Fiction Books

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 All Time Favourite
Science Fiction Books

Initial Thoughts:

My scope going into this week’s theme focuses on “the then, the now, and the future” for standout science-fiction and speculative fiction novels that hold value in being a memorable read during differing phases of growing up. With this in mind, consideration is not emphasized purely by the most entertaining or the best written. Instead, I look towards books that have made an impact in my reading career.

Business as usual: covers re-link to the respective Goodreads page.

The Then:

Include sentimental narratives that have opened up my perception of science-fiction novels during them teenage days. Do note that I wasn’t extremely hypercritical and perceptive when I first read these novels at…sixteen or something. So if I reread them (now), it’ll probably be a completely different experience.

Aldous Huxley - Brave New World (Cover) ayn rand - anthem (cover) neil gaiman - neverwhere (cover) margaret atwood - oryx and crake (coer)

1. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)

2. Anthem (Ayn Rand)

3. Neverwhere (Neil Gaiman)

4. Oryx and Crake (Margaret Atwood)

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[Music Monday] – #3 – Pentatonix – Say Something

Music Monday is a weekly meme hosted by the Total Book Geek. The purpose of this bookish variant is to match a book with a particular song; whether it is character defining, a narrative element, or just an overall book defining track.

So why am I doing this? Well if I had to choose to only have one of the five traditional senses, it would be sound perception above all else. And hey I think it’d be neat to share music I listen to on a daily basis!

music monday logo

This Week’s Song:
Pentatonix – Say Something
(Original by A Great Big World
feat. Christina Aguilera)

Book Selected:
Dublin in the Rain – Andrew Critchley

 

Initial Thoughts:

A stellar novel requires an equally stellar track pairing, right?

Andrew Critchley - Dublin in the Rain (Cover)

I’m pretty sure this song can be used for many romance-oriented novels but I found this particular cover to be a striking example of the core relationships and the engaged contemporary issues in Andrew Critchley’s Dublin in the Rain. With Kirstie taking forefront in this cover, it’s quite the homage to J.P’s mother and Sophia in the delivery of the song to drive the meaning and allowing the perspectives to resonate.

If you’re interested in learning more about Critchley’s Dublin in the Rain, you can read about my review here. Or you can click on the book cover to be redirected to Goodreads.

There is just so much ear candy in this cover of Say Something that lends itself to the lyrics as it relates to the pivotal stages in Jonathan Paul Melton’s (J.P.) life: as a child and as an adult. In both stages of life, there’s a nod to the parallelism and redemption drawn by the generation gap and the eventual fates of what would be the song’s general meaning. As a child, the playback would occur from his mother’s perspective toward Jonathan’s father – ultimately leading to divorce as the marriage was unsalvageable. In his adulthood, it’s the unexpected death of his and Sophia’s child that begins this song from her eyes as she falters in loving him as he grieves. But Jonathan is not his father. With the theme of redemption, J.P., who was once taking two steps forward and one step back, gains insight from self-reflection and proceeds with the once unimaginable: he says something. Haaaaaa, I’m so cheesy.

Afterthoughts:

Pentaholic? Indeed – since their debut on The Sing Off! Feeling all the feels. All of it.

To be honest, I wouldn’t have imagined this cover to being a nice match for this book if it wasn’t Kirstie being the predominant lead. I mean, the song is nice in itself but the choice wouldn’t have been as compelling otherwise. Just my two cents (which is rather biased, derp.)

Cheers,
Joey

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