Tuesday, January 9, 2018

[Top Ten Tuesday] Books I Didn't Get To In 2017 (but totally plan to in 2018)


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish. A prompt is given each week, and I hope to do it every week so I always have something going up on Tuesdays. This week I am talking about ten books I had intentions of reading in 2017 but didn't get to them. However, I do hope to get to them in 2018!!

Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh 

I really need to finally read this book because I have had my eye on it for so long. I am hoping I can get it through my library, like most of the books I read. It sounds too cool to pass up for another year.

Synopsis:
Witch’s apprentice Bridey Corkill has hated the ocean ever since she watched her granddad dive in and drown with a smile on his face. So when a dead girl rolls in with the tide in the summer of 1913, sixteen-year-old Bridey suspects that whatever compelled her granddad to leap into the sea has made its return to the Isle of Man.

Soon, villagers are vanishing in the night, but no one shares Bridey’s suspicions about the sea. No one but the island’s witch, who isn’t as frightening as she first appears, and the handsome dark-haired lad Bridey rescues from a grim and watery fate. The cause of the deep gashes in Fynn’s stomach and his lost memories are, like the recent disappearances, a mystery well-guarded by the sea. In exchange for saving his life, Fynn teaches Bridey to master her fear of the water — stealing her heart in the process.

Now, Bridey must work with the Isle’s eccentric witch and the boy she isn’t sure she can trust — because if she can’t uncover the truth about the ancient evil in the water, everyone she loves will walk into the sea, never to return.




Secrets for the Mad: Obsessions, Confessions, and Life Lessons by Dodie Clark 

I am such a huge fan of dodie's music and her YouTube content. She's one of my favorite YouTubers and I am really excited to read her book. She talks a lot about her struggle with mental illness and for someone who also struggles with mental illness I really look up to how open she is with her audience. Future Interrupting Heather: This was my second book of 2018! I just reviewed it here.

Synopsis: 
When I feel like I'm going mad I write.

A lot of my worst fears have come true; fears that felt so big I could barely hold them in my head. I was convinced that when they'd happen, the world would end.

But the world didn't end. In fact, it pushed on and demanded to keep spinning through all sorts of mayhem, and I got through it. And because I persisted, I learned lessons about how to be a stronger, kinder, better human - lessons you can only learn by going through these sorts of things.

This is for the people with minds that just don't stop; for those who feel everything seemingly a thousand times more than the people around them.

Here are some words I wrote.



Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb 

I hear amazing things about this fantasy story and I have wanted to pick it up for so long. I am hoping to read more fantasy stories in 2018 since I took such a huge fantasy break in 2017, and this one is definitely on the top of my list. 

Synopsis:
Young Fitz is the bastard son of the noble Prince Chivalry, raised in the shadow of the royal court by his father’s gruff stableman. He is treated as an outcast by all the royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has him secretly tutored in the arts of the assassin. For in Fitz’s blood runs the magic Skill—and the darker knowledge of a child raised with the stable hounds and rejected by his family.

As barbarous raiders ravage the coasts, Fitz is growing to manhood. Soon he will face his first dangerous, soul-shattering mission. And though some regard him as a threat to the throne, he may just be the key to the survival of the kingdom.


 

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern 

I have had this book on my shelf for 4-5 years at least. I bought it in a small local bookstore when I was in college. I was told it was a slow read and could take a while to get into, so I was a bit intimidated by it. I am finally going to read it this year. I am actually hoping for it to be my first book of 2018. Future Interrupting Heather: It was my first book of 2018! I just reviewed it here.

Synopsis:
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway - a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love - a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.





Gwendy's Button Box by Stephen King  & Richard T. Chizmar 

I am a fan of King so when I heard about this book I was pretty excited to read it. I just didn't get to it unfortunately. I am hoping to at least read it during Autumn, if not sooner. 

Synopsis: 
The little town of Castle Rock, Maine has witnessed some strange events and unusual visitors over the years, but there is one story that has never been told... until now.

There are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock: Route 117, Pleasant Road, and the Suicide Stairs. Every day in the summer of 1974 twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson has taken the stairs, which are held by strong (if time-rusted) iron bolts and zig-zag up the cliffside.

At the top of the stairs, Gwendy catches her breath and listens to the shouts of the kids on the playground. From a bit farther away comes the chink of an aluminum bat hitting a baseball as the Senior League kids practice for the Labor Day charity game.

One day, a stranger calls to Gwendy: "Hey, girl. Come on over here for a bit. We ought to palaver, you and me."

On a bench in the shade sits a man in black jeans, a black coat like for a suit, and a white shirt unbuttoned at the top. On his head is a small neat black hat. The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hat...

Journey back to Castle Rock again in this chilling new novella by Stephen King, bestselling author of The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, and Richard Chizmar, award-winning author of A Long December. This book will be a Cemetery Dance Publications exclusive with no other editions currently planned anywhere in the world!



Heartless by Marissa Meyer 

I love both Alice in Wonderland (which this is a re-telling of) and Marissa Meyer, so this honestly was basically made for me. I have heard amazing things about it too, so I really have no real reason for having not read it yet. 

Synopsis:
Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.



Renegades by Marissa Meyer 

Another Marissa Meyer book I wish I had read in 2017! The minute I heard about this book I was ready for it, I just got into such a slump in the last few months of 2017 (it was released in November 2017) I just didn't read it. Hopefully this year!

Synopsis: 
The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone...except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova's allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.





A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro 

My fiancé got me this book for my birthday in October, but I haven't picked it up yet! I am hoping to get to it this year! 

Synopsis:
The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar.

From the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else. But when a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Jamie and Charlotte are being framed for murder, and only Charlotte can clear their names. But danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other.




The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee 

I actually don't know too much about this book other than it's really popular and really hyped in the book world. I am excited to give it a shot so I can see what everyone is talking about.

Synopsis: 

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.


 

How To Make A Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

This honestly sounds so heartwarming and I want to read it so bad. Maybe in the summer. I hear amazing things about this book also, which is a great sign. 

Snyopsis:
All seventeen year-old Grace Glasser wants is her own life. A normal life in which she sleeps in the same bed for longer than three months and doesn't have to scrounge for spare change to make sure the electric bill is paid. Emotionally trapped by her unreliable mother, Maggie, and the tiny cape on which she lives, she focuses on her best friend, her upcoming audition for a top music school in New York, and surviving Maggie’s latest boyfriend—who happens to be Grace’s own ex-boyfriend’s father.

Her attempts to lay low until she graduates are disrupted when she meets Eva, a girl with her own share of ghosts she’s trying to outrun. Grief-stricken and lonely, Eva pulls Grace into midnight adventures and feelings Grace never planned on. When Eva tells Grace she likes girls, both of their worlds open up. But, united by loss, Eva also shares a connection with Maggie. As Grace's mother spirals downward, both girls must figure out how to love and how to move on.



Thanks for reading!

 

20 comments:

  1. I have a few of these on my list too! :)

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  2. I binge-read the Farseer Trilogy late last year for the Robin Hobb read-along and have to admit that I had to fight my way through the first books since it was really slow and not that much happened… but I enjoyed book 2 and 3 way more, so I hope you'll make it past the first book ;) I'm currently in the middle of Hobb's "Ship of Magic" and really enjoying that one! :)

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    1. Nice! A Booktuber I follow loves the series and we tend to have similar reading opinions so I am hoping I love it! :D

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  3. I really enjoyed Heartless, I hope you do too!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/09/top-ten-tuesday-141/

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  4. We read Assassin's Apprentice with my boyfriend last year :) together, aloud, before bed. It took a while :D I thought it was okay, although it was very very dark and depressing and bored me at times, but my boyfriend thought it was amazing :) so we have both the sequels xD I hope you enjoy it :) if you're a high/classical fantasy fan, you'll surely enjoy it. It's a solidly written novel!

    And wow, why haven't I heard about that Stephen King novella yet :0

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    1. That is absolutely adorable!! And thank you! I do love high fantasy so hopefully I love it! And ahh the Stephen King novella looks so cool right?! If you pick it up I'd love to hear your thoughts.

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  5. I totally meant to read The Gentleman's Guide last year but it just never happened. This year for sure! And I've heard excellent things about The Night Circus. Hope you'll enjoy all of these!

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    1. Yeah! I hear Gentleman's Guide is amazing but I just couldn't get to it in 2017. Definitely this year though! And thank you! I hope 2018 is filled with 5 star book reads for you! :D

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  6. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue was one of my favorite books of last year. It was so amazing and its hype is very well-deserved! I meant to read Heartless too but totally forgot about, hopefully I'll get to it this year too. I hope you enjoy all of these books! Happy reading!

    Here's my Top Ten Tuesday!

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    1. I hear it's amazing from like everyone!! I am happy you loved it too! I hope you're able to get to Heartless! I hear it's amazing, which makes sense since it's Marissa Meyer.

      I'll check out your TTT now!

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  7. Oo The Night Circus is so good!! I hope you love that one too when you get to it. I haven’t read any of the others either. Eep. 😬

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  8. I'm so glad you enjoyed The Night Circus. The writing truly is stunning and it's a personal favourite that I'm hoping to re-read this year. Also The Gentleman's Guide is wonderful historical adventure and I hope you enjoy it!

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    1. Yes!! Night Circus was amazing. I hope you enjoy your re-read! And yay! I hear amazing things about it so I have to pick it up! :)

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  9. AH The Night Circus has been on my TBR for too long already :) And I'm hoping to read Renegades and Heartless soon as well!

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    1. Right?! It took me ages to read it too! I hope you're able to get to it and love it! :) And I hope we both get to & enjoy Heartless and Renegades! I'd love to hear your thoughts on all three!

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  10. I Loved Renegades, hope you enjoy it!

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