Tuesday, December 10, 2013

My Winter TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Today's topic is those books we're planning to read over winter... I'm not going to lie, I've been in a massive reading slump over the past two months and I've struggled to read anything at all. So I'm posting this list but without any expectations whatsoever that I'll be reading any of them...

Feel free to share your own links or book choices in comments, I love hearing from you!  My list is as follows and is in no particular order.

Panic by Lauren Oliver

One of the top books sitting on my bedside table is Lauren Oliver's latest that is not published in the UK until next March.  I have begun reading it already but my brain works in a funny way. Even though I was loving the book and reading it very quickly, as soon as even the faintest thought 'perhaps I should be reading one of my other review books before this book published in March' appeared, I couldn't quite finish it. Which is pretty dumb, I really want to finish this book because I really want to know what happens! And because Lauren Oliver.

Trouble by Non Pratt

This book is one of my absolute most anticipated read of 2014 and I've had a copy for awhile and it is still (mostly) unread.  I had started this book awhile back but as soon as I felt the smallest inkling that I might be headed towards a reading slump, I put it down.  I didn't want this book to be fall victim to a slump.  I was hugely enjoying the characters and Non's writing style before everything else got in the way. Plus, what a great cover!

The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

I was a big fan of The Maze Runner when I read it awhile back so I jumped at the chance of reading the first book in a new series by James Dashner! I'm still very excited to read this book especially as it is a thriller about hacking and gaming and virtual reality! It sounds like so much fun. Plus, film adaptation next year!
Tinder by Sally Gardner

Ooh, isn't that a very eye-catching cover? Tinder isn't very long and it is a fairy tale retelling, which is one of my absolute favourite things to read lately so I have no idea why I have not yet read this one! I think I just need one free afternoon with a solid block of time to devote to this book. I think I'm in for a treat...

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

The Dream Thieves is the second book in a series. I am wary of reading second books in the series lately as I've been very disappointed with them of late.  I bought The Dream Thieves as soon as it was published and I look at my TBR shelves and it seems to be taunting me... I just need it to be as amazing as The Raven Boys was. Someone tell me that it is amazing?

Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper

I went through a phase when I was in middle school in which I solely read books about Native Americans. I went through dozens of books and I was thrilled every time I picked one up. I feel the same having picked up Ghost Hawk recently. I've only dipped briefly into Susan Cooper's books before but I am quite excited to read her latest! 

Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle 

This is the only re-read on my list and I'm reading it for both my IRL book club AND for the Bookish Brits December book club discussion post. If you are also reading this book to get you into the Christmas spirit, you might also want to visit the Bookish Brits channel for our discussion video which is going up on the 24th of December!  It'll be a lot of fun to return to these super cute Christmas stories!

The Savages by Matt Whyman

Ooh, I've had a copy of The Savages unread on my shelves for far too long. I love how very different this book sounds and I've loved reading many positive reviews of it recently.  Nothing says 'Christmas dinner' better than a cannibalistic family, right?

Dark Satanic Mills by Marcus and Julian Sedgwick

I'm not the biggest reader of graphic novels around but I'd like to be. I've loved the few graphic novels that I have read and I'm definitely on the look out for more. I also really adore the writing of Marcus Sedgwick so this collaboration between him and his brother sounds like the perfect choice to read over the coming months!

Blood Family by Anne Fine

I've heard really wonderful things about Anne Fine, but I'm not quite sure that I've yet read anything by her.  Blood Family actually intimidates me a little bit though I don't know why. I know that this book might be a little harrowing and emotional to read but those are also my favourite type of books to read! I'm sure it won't be long before I get to this one!

What books are at the top of your Winter To Be Read pile?


  1. The Dream Thieves totally IS amazing. Proceed without fear!

  2. I've been meaning to read The Dream Thieves - I loved Raven Boys. I love everything by Maggie Stiefvater actually.

  3. I read Trouble a few days ago and absolutely ADORED it - best YA contemporary I've read in a while. I also really enjoyed The Savages and I can't wait to read Tinder as I loved Maggot Moon. Hope you enjoy everything!

    1. I'm really glad you enjoyed all of those :) I'm quite excited.

  4. A lot of those books are on my TBR as well! I'm saving Panic for a bit later as I agree with you, it's not published until March.

    I just finished Trouble and loved it. I also really enjoyed The Savages!

    1. *high fives* we both have excellent taste in books, clearly! :)

  5. I really need to read more Maggie Stiefvater. The John Green short story collection is perfect for this time of the year!

    1. It is, yes. I'm reading that book next I think and I hope it'll make me feel really Christmassy :)

  6. The Dream Thieves <3 definitely one to gobble up once you're out of your slump! I LOVED Trouble *so* much; such a fab book

    Cait x

    1. I've read nothing but wonderful things about Trouble. I'm really excited to get back to it :)

  7. I think we share a lot of the same books! I'm excited for 2014 to come so I can start Trouble and Panic. The Eye of Minds and Blood Family are also on my list. Hope you managed to find time for Let It Snow over Christmas too!

    1. Thank you, Debbie. I did start Let It Snow but only made it through half of the book before Christmas. I only thought it was 'okay' the first time around so it wasn't that big of a surprise that I didn't manage a re-read...


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