5 books I really, really NEED to read!

My TBR* is currently over 400 books long, and one day I will get around to reading every single one of them, but until that day, there will always be some of them that manage to creep their way up the list, on the basis of being made of awesome. These are five books that have pushed their way up so far that I cannot wait to read them!

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I’ve never been a loud woman. Even when I manage to get a handle of my social anxiety, I doubt very much I will be a loud woman, but this book isn’t so much about being an extrovert, as it is about finding your own voice: the one that’s buried beneath decades of ‘that’s not very ladylike’, and your endless apologies; the one that’s convinced you you’re not worth anything because of how you look, and the one that’s taught you how ‘we don’t talk about that’.
Shrill is about women, regardless of shape, size, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender, binary or non-binary, finding their voices from buried below the ones that have kept us quiet for centuries.

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One of my favourite things as a reader is unexpectedly falling in love with a book. Last year, that happened to me with Max Wirestone’s The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss, an unashamedly geeky and hilarious murder mystery, which celebrated the eccentricities of fandoms, with a fish-out-of-water tale of a woman who unexpectedly finds herself embroiled in the weird wonderful world of MMORPGs. I gave it four stars, and ended my review with the phrase ‘[I] really, really hope we see more of Dahlia Moss in the future!’ Thus why I’m so excited for this follow up, The Astonishing Mistakes of Dahlia Moss. I cannot wait to read more of the ridiculous but wonderful circumstances Dahlia ends up in.

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Another sequel to one of my favourites of 2016, Now I Rise is the second in The Conqueror’s Saga by Kiersten White, which started last Summer with the wonderful, And I Darken. This is an AU story about what would have happened if Vlad the Impaler had actually been a woman. The result is the effortlessly vicious, Lada Dracul, who is the kind of leading lady protagonist I worship. She’s such a dark and complex character, which you simply cannot predict, and who never betrays her own morals and beliefs. We need more ladies like her in the realms of fantasy fiction!

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This is one of those books I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t read yet. Me, who laps up epic fantasy like a cat drinking milk.
If you, like me, have failed at life, because have so far not read this book, The Name of the Wind is the story of Kvothe, an all-powerful wizard, told in the style of a coming-of-age story, through the eyes of the character himself.
I’ve heard nothing but great things and five-starred reviews about this book, and the glorious style in which Patrick Rothfuss writes.
The question is: do I read it or listen to the audiobook?
As always, thoughts always welcomed!

 

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Every once in a while you hear about a book you just know you’re going to be willing to do anything to get your hands on. This year, for me, that book is Lisa Lueddecke’s debut novel A Shiver of Snow and Sky. Everything I have seen and heard about this sounds amazing, and also, incredibly beautiful. The first page preview Lisa shared back in October only confirms that. I love it when authors write with that lyrically poetic style, there’s something magical about it that only helps to further immerse you into the world they’ve crafted. The writing, the cover, EVERYTHING about this book is beautiful, and I cannot wait to read it!

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*My Goodreads TBR, at least. My actual list of every book I want to read doesn’t exist as it would make me cry every time I looked at it and realised that I’ll never reach the end of it!

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READATHON: TBR TAKEDOWN 2.0 – TBR

From this Saturday (25th) until next Friday (31st) is TBR Takedown 2.0 as created by Shannon over at Leaning Lights.

For those of you who don’t know, TBR Takedown is exactly what it sounds like: a readathon which tackles the ever growing pile of books you want to, but have yet, to read.

Normally I would post readathon TBRs to my BookTube channel, however due to crazy complicated events involving floating bookshelves and very hard walls, I haven’t been able to film my video as of yet, and it is already the eve of the readathon, so here instead is my TBR post for TBR Takedown 2.0!

CHALLENGE #1 – A First Book in a Series

This book appeared on NetGalley recently and the book cover looks awesome, and also reminds me a lot of the Serenity movie poster. I’m trying to rake up my NG Feedback to Approval ratio right now so, for this challenge, I have chosen Twelve Kings, the first book in The Song of the Shattered Spears series, by Bradley Beaulieu.

In the cramped west end of Sharakhai, the Amber Jewel of the Desert, Çeda fights in the pits to scrape a living. She, like so many in the city, pray for the downfall of the cruel, immortal Kings of Sharakhai, but she’s never been able to do anything about it. This all changes when she one of the asirim, a pitiful creature who wears a golden crown, stops Çeda and whispers long forgotten words into her ear. Çeda has heard those words before, in a book left to her by her mother. As Çeda begins to unlock the mysteries of that fateful night, she realizes that the very origin of the asirim and the dark bargain the Kings made with the gods of the desert to secure them may be the very key she needs to throw off the iron grip the Kings have had over Sharakhai.

CHALLENGE #2 – A Sequel Book in a Series

For this, I have chosen The Infinite, the sequel to Gates of Thread and Stone, by Lori M. Lee. I read “Gates” earlier this year and, although I had issues with the lead character and the writing style, there was still something about the plot itself that kept me gripped. I’ve had this sequel on my Kindle now for a few months and it seems about time to take it on!

Kai always believed the only danger to the city came from within. Now, with a rebel force threatening the fragile government, the walls have become more of a prison than ever. In this thrilling sequel to Gates of Thread and Stone, Kai must decide how much of her humanity she’s willing to lose to protect the only family she’s ever known.

CHALLENGE #3 – Out of Your Comfort Zone (Genre, Author, Reviews, etc.)

Technically I have actually already started this, but it is so far out of my comfort zone that I had to choose it for this challenge. I saw this on NetGalley and was initially grabbed by the subtitle, Detour to Apocalypse, which sounded like a lot of books I might normally read, and then I read the synopsis, which, despite being entirely outside my comfort zone, seemed too bizarre and ridiculously random to resist. For this challenge, I have chosen Detour to Apocalypse: A Rot Rods Serial, Part 1 by Michael Panush.

Roscoe is a hot rod-riding zombie, an undead gearhead and defender of the small Southern California town of La Cruz in the Freewheeling Fifties. Along with his friends, college age witch Betty Bright, Zoot Suiter shaman Angel Rey, and former bank robber Wooster Stokes, Roscoe takes on monsters and magic with motors and mayhem.
But now, a simple government job to capture a runaway rocket scientist and a stolen experimental flying saucer sends Roscoe and his friends into their toughest job yet. They’ll go up against ruthless Las Vegas gangsters, an insane alien-worshipping cult, a top secret government agency devoted to stealth and slaughter, and bizarre creatures from other worlds in their cross country mission to rescue a captured alien being and save the world from extraterrestrial destruction and an impending apocalypse.

CHALLENGE #4 – On Your Shelf Over a Year (or The Longest)

This book has been on my bookshelf since I was 12 (far longer ago than I care to admit), and so it seems only right that I should pick this book up for this challenge. This is Sabriel by Garth Nix, the first in the Abhorsen series.

Sent to a boarding school in Ancelstierre as a young child, Sabriel has had little experience with the random power of Free Magic or the Dead who refuse to stay dead in the Old Kingdom. But during her final semester, her father, the Abhorsen, goes missing, and Sabriel knows she must enter the Old Kingdom to find him.

CHALLENGE #5 – Most recently hauled book

I bought this so recently I haven’t actually filmed my haul video for it yet, but this is Pride and Prejudice: The Graphic Novel, by Jane Austen, adapted by Laurence Sach, illustrated by Rajesh Nagulakonda, produced by Campfire Graphic Novels. I just recently had a massive graphic novel haul and when I spotted this one, as an Austen fan, I just had to have it.

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”
So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s witty comedy of manners–one of the most popular novels of all time–that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues.

Wish me luck, and if you’re also taking part in TBR Takedown link me to your blogs and vlogs so I can check them out!