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The Winter TBR pile

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The last months of the year are my favourite: Halloween, Christmas, great opportunities to get pretty pictures… And the perfect weather to curl up on the sofa with a blanket, tea, and a book! (:

A couple of weeks ago I sorted out some books I want to get around to reading the soonest, and books I think will be the best to curl up with leading up to Christmas. Some are by favourite authors, and some are books I’ve heard great things about and really want to try out. I’ve picked nine (One is split into three volumes), which may be a little over-ambitious as I have lots of ARCs too, and homework… But I’m very excited about reading them all, if I can manage to!

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IMG_2397I’ve owned all of the books I’ve picked for quite a while but haven’t gotten around to them, mainly because the majority are hardbacks or very big books that I can’t carry to school and back. I can’t wait to curl up with these, though! Most of what I’ve picked are fantasies and adventure novels, for the pure escapism. I’m probably the most excited for Fahrenheit 451 at the moment, as it’s a classic I’ve been meaning to read for ages – and my copy is a really gorgeous Folio Society edition.

What do you recommend I read first? What books will you be curling up with over the last weeks of the year? (:

The Summer TBR pile

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I have so, so many books to read – I think I may have exactly 200 books on my TBR pile now. Gulp. That’s a lot. I have a book buying problem. My TBR pile isn’t organised at all, it’s totally chaotic. But, a few days ago, I decided I’d pick a certain number of books out, that I would definitely read, over the summer!

After all, as of Twelve O’Clock on Wednesday (I’m counting down ;D), it’s officially my Summer Holidays. My holidays are going to be pretty busy, because as well as some book events lined up and booked already, I’m also going to be volunteering at my local library for quite a few afternoons, helping kids with the Summer Reading Challenge (Which I’m really excited about!).

Anyway – I wanted to organise what to read over the holidays, and make a post about it – like a check-list, maybe, so it’s my own Summer reading challenge! I’ve narrowed down my overall TBR pile (it was HARD) to fifteen books. That may be a little bit over-ambitious, and I will probably add books, or swap some books, because I won’t always be in the right mindset for certain genres, I don’t think.

So… here’s what I’ll be aiming to read this summer!

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The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo // I have read the first book in the trilogy, but that was a pretty long time ago, and I really want to reread it and marathon the trilogy – I’m really bad at remembering events from previous books in series, especially when it’s fantasy. Leigh Bardugo is coming to the UK  over the Summer, and so to coincide with her visit I’m hoping to read all three of her books before the event that I’m planning to go to.

DSCF7303LIFE: An Exploded Diagram by Mal Peet // I received this at YALC and I’ve wanted to read it for ages!

If I Stay by Gayle Forman // I loved Just One Day when I read it a few weeks ago, and I really want to read this before I see the movie. I will start stocking up on tissues. The movie trailer made me cry.

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins [ARC] // I received a copy of this from Usborne (thankyou!), and I have heard so much about Stephanie’s books. Everybody loves them. Lola looks like a perfect Summer read (:

Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List by David Levithan // Thank you to the people who organised the blogger’s YALC event, for putting this in my goody bag (: I’m really excited about reading more by David Levithan. I’ve just finished Every Day (which reduced me to a sobbing mess) and I’ll be seeing David in conversation with James Dawson very soon, eep!

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The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson // Ruby’s review. That is all. 😀

Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStephano // The cover for this book is gorgeous! I read the synopsis on Goodreads a little while before the book came out, but never got the chance to buy it. I managed to get a copy at YALC.

SHIFT by Jeff Povey // I won this a few months ago, in a Twitter giveaway run by Wondrous Reads (thank you Jenny!), and it looks really awesome. For some reason, I still haven’t gotten around to it… I’d really love to in August, though!

Glimpse by Kendra Leighton // I bought a copy of this at Kendra’s launch a few weeks ago, but I’ve been scared to read it because I’m paranoid about taking signed books into school in case they get damaged… Now, as I’m almost finished with school, I can read it, hehe (:

Darkness Hidden by Zoe Marriott [ARC] // I recently finished The Night Itself and really loved it! I can’t wait for book two, and I’m hoping to do a joint-review for them. Thanks to Walker for the copies.

DSCF7311Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury // I received this really pretty Folio Society edition as a Christmas present. I’ve read a few stories from Ray Bradbury and really enjoyed them, though somehow I haven’t yet read this one, which is probably his most well known.

The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman & Eddie Campbell // I haven’t read a graphic novel in a while! (probably because I’m still recovering from Young Avengers feels). This book looks really stunning and interesting in terms of the art, which I saw when I flicked through it. And of course I love Neil Gaiman. I can’t wait to read this!

I hope I manage to get around to all of these books over my holidays – though I don’t want to try and race through them, of course! 😛

What will you be reading, over the next few weeks? (:

 

 

Spotlight on Steampunk: On my TBR

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I’ve decided to write a post about Steampunk books that are still on my TBR list, today! This fortnight ends tomorrow and I was planning on doing a wrap-up post then, and I’m nowhere near the end of a Steampunk book to review tonight. So, what Steampunk fiction have I still got to read?

What I wanted to read for Spotlight on Steampunk:

Over November and part of October I picked out the main steampunk books that I really, really wanted to read. I narrowed them down a bit to a slightly smaller list, so I had these:

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Anatomy of Steampunk, Soulless, Soulless: The Manga, Steampunk!, Leviathan, The Shadow in the North, and Larklight.

 

Since the first of December, I’ve read all but two of these! That’s six, but then I also changed my mind and headed for The Whatnot by Stefan Bachmann, which was on my kindle. So, I’m really happy that I read seven Steampunk/fantasies over the fortnight! I did read the opening pages to Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, but I couldn’t really get into it. It was really great, but I’m guessing my brain was telling me to switch genres for a bit! So, as well as Leviathan to finish and The Shadow in the North to read, I also have a few other steampunk books I need to get around to soon…

On the steampunk TBR!

I’ve still got a few Steampunk titles that I really want to read, that are currently sitting in the TBR wardrobe! (THIS EXISTS NOW. SEE MY FANGIRLY TWEET) Here’s a look at them:

Starcross (Larklight, #2)Larklight by Philip Reeve – Goodreads Synopsis: Art, Myrtle and their mother accept the kind invitation of a holiday to an up-and-coming asteroid resort. But they set out with visions of rest and relaxation only to be sucked into a dastardly plot involving spies, time travel, and mind-altering clothing! Before their adventures are out, they’ll sail an aether-ship amid asteroid-strewn seas, dodge demonic puppets, and learn wisdom from an unlikely ally: the Moobs! With faster-than-light plot twists and enough tongue-in-cheek vim and vigor to keep a galaxy in laughter, this dynamic sequel to Larklight is a tour de force of the most intergalactic kind.

As you probably saw from my review, I LOVED Larklight, the first in this series! I bought it and the sequel together, so I still have this, Starcross, to read. I’m really excited for it!

 

AirmanAirman by Eoin Colfer – Goodreads Synopsis: Conor Broekhart was born to fly.
It is the 1890s, and Conor and his family live on the sovereign Saltee Islands, off the Irish coast. Conor spends his days studying the science of flight with his tutor and exploring the castle with the king’s daughter, Princess Isabella. But the boy’s idyllic life changes forever the day he discovers a deadly conspiracy against the king. When Conor intervenes, he is branded a traitor and thrown into jail on the prison island of Little Saltee. There, he has to fight for his life, as he and the other prisoners are forced to mine for diamonds in inhumane conditions.
There is only one way to escape Little Saltee, and that is to fly. So Conor passes the solitary months by scratching drawings of flying machines into the prison walls. The months turn into years, but eventually the day comes when Conor must find the courage to trust his revolutionary designs and take to the skies.

Airman looks awesome! I can remember reading Artemis Fowl when I was smaller and loving it, so I’m looking forward to reading a steampunk book by Eoin.

The Girl in the Steel Corset (Steampunk Chronicles, #1)

The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross – Goodreads Synopsis: In 1897 England, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne has no one…except the “thing” inside her.When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But no “normal” Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch….
Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she’s special, says she’s one of “them.” The orphaned duke takes her in from the gaslit streets against the wishes of his band of misfits: Emily, who has her own special abilities and an unrequited love for Sam, who is part robot; and Jasper, an American cowboy with a shadowy secret.
Griffin’s investigating a criminal called The Machinist, the mastermind behind several recent crimes by automatons. Finley thinks she can help–and finally be a part of something, finally fit in.
But The Machinist wants to tear Griff’s little company of strays apart, and it isn’t long before trust is tested on all sides. At least Finley knows whose side she’s on–even if it seems no one believes her.

This looks brilliant. I ordered it online absolutely ages ago but haven’t gotten around to it yet. The cover is gorgeous- it really drew me in! Hopefully the book will be as great as its cover (:

The Executioner's HeartNewbury and Hobbes: The Executioners Heart by George Mann – Goodreads Synopsis: A serial killer is loose on the streets of London, murdering apparently random members of the gentry with violent abandon. The corpses are each found with their chest cavities cracked open and their hearts removed. Charles Bainbridge, Chief Inspector of Scotland Yard, suspects an occult significance to the crimes and brings Newbury and Veronica in to investigate.

OOH. This sounds really awesome in a grim, macabre, twisted kind of way. My dad found this on his shelves and gave it to me a few days ago. I found out on Goodreads that it’s the fourth in the series- so I might have to hunt down the other three! (Shout out to anyone who’s read it: Is it possible to read without spoiling the first three?) Either way, it seems great: I love crime fiction and I love steampunk. This is a pretty cool combination for me!

The RithmatistThe Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson – Goodreads Synopsis: More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings—merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.

As the son of a lowly chalkmaker at Armedius Academy, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students study the magical art that he would do anything to practice. Then students start disappearing – kidnapped from their rooms at night, leaving trails of blood. Assigned to help the professor who is investigating the crimes, Joel and his friend Melody find themselves on the trail of an unexpected discovery—one that will change Rithmatics – and their world – forever.

This sounds amazing! It keeps catching my eye in bookshops, because of that gorgeous cover. I finally caved in a bought it. I’ve heard great things about it, so hopefully I’ll love it too! It seems like a really original, fun read.

Have you read any of the books above? What are they like? I’d love to know, because I want to re-arrange the TBR pile for the new year ;D Also, am I missing something? I know there’s a lot of great steampunk fiction out there, as the genre keeps growing and growing. Leave a comment tell me what I should check out- I’d love some recommendations! (: