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Today’s Top Ten:
Ten Books On My Spring To-Be-Read list
There’s a tonne of books on my to-be-read pile, so these are only ten of the many that I’m looking forward to reading this spring. Keep in mind that this list is fluid; I’m constantly discovering new books and changing the order on a weekly basis
10. The Colour of Tea by Hannah Tunnicliffe (Adult) This is a debut novel for Tunnicliffe, but one that has intrigued me since I saw it on the publisher’s website. There’s something so intriguing about a novel set in an exotic land, and this story about a young woman who opens a tea shop in the streets of Macau grabbed me immediately. While it may sound vaguely chick-lit-ish, I suspect that there is more than meets the eye with this novel, and I’m looking forward to seeing what this new author might have for me.
9. In One Person by John Irving (Adult) John Irving is a treasure. His books are witty and heartbreaking at the same time, and his writing conveys brilliant descriptions that make you feel as if you are in the middle of the situation. I think I’ve read A Prayer for Owen Meany at least a dozen times in as many years. Any time he releases a new book is an occasion for celebration; that this is, apparently, his first first-person novel since Owen Meany makes it doubly exciting for me.
8. Gold by Chris Cleave (Adult) I’ve loved Chris Cleave since I read Little Bee (or, The Other Hand as it was called in my edition). His writing style is very compelling and well-paced, and he is able to take issues that are terrible and horrifying and make you want to continue reading despite yourself. His new book is about two female athletes who must make decisions about their personal and professional goals on the eve of the Olympics – perfect for the upcoming London 2012 games.
7. The Fourth Stall series by Chris Rylander (YA)I was given the first two books in the series by a friend (*waves at Rachel*) and have only heard wonderful things about the series. I’ve had a rapid speed-read of book one, but I’m looking forward to settling in for a good and thorough read of books one and two, and then will be anticipating book three.
6. Black Heart by Holly Black (YA) The third – and final – book in Cassel’s story. While my heart aches at the thought of finishing this trilogy, I am incredibly eager to find out what will happen with Cassel, who has evolved since we first met him in White Cat. He is a more mature and more somber now, but he has become more determined to take control of his life. I want to know how it all ends – what will happen with Lila? What about his Mob connections? Will he make it out alive? So much to discover…
5. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare (YA) Yes, the saga continues, and I can’t wait! Things are heating up for the Shadowhunters, and it’s not good at all. Jace and Sebastian are missing – and bound – and the Shadowhunters must deal with the Faerie Queen and the mysterious Iron Sisters if they are to save their friend from a lifetime in Hell. In addition, Jace’s soul is on the line, and Clary must somehow figure out a way to save the boy she loves. Honestly, what’s not to love about this series?!
4. BZRK by Michael Grant (YA) I’ve been intrigued by the premise of this book since I was first told about it… nanobots and hackers and twins and bioterrorism and megalomaniacs, oh my! It’s totally unlike most of the books that are out there at the moment. It takes teenage subversive-ness to the next level, and the fact that is another amazing interactive multimedia book (Grant refers to it as “transmedia”) only adds to the appeal.
3. Above by Leah Bobet (YA) A Toronto-based book with an intriguing Urban Fantasy premise? Yes please! I’m in the mood for something a little different, and this promises to be a great read. I’ve had friends who have read it and they are recommending without hesitation, so it moved up in my TBR pile as a result.
2. Insurgent by Veronica Roth (YA) Do I really need to talk about this one? Divergent was one of my top reads last year, and I’ve been able to hand-sell it to my students – male and female – without much effort. I’m being hounded by my students for the sequel, so let’s just say that launch day cannot come soon enough when you are a fourteen year old middle school-er. What I love about this series is the strength of character found within Tris. Her decision to stay true to herself and to leave her family is difficult, but the choice to move into the more adult aspects of life is the choice faced by every adolescent (albeit usually in a less violent and fatal manner).
1. The Calling by Kelley Armstrong (YA), Again, not much to say, except that Armstrong remains one of my favourite authors, both for adult and YA. She ably blends a strong female protagonist with an exciting and fast-paced storyline in these books; there is enough paranormal to intrigue the reader without going so far down the road that she loses all connection to reality. Maya is definitely my top YA character in her books (yes, even beyond Derek!) because she has an inner core of steel coupled with a sense of fun that makes her someone I know I’d want to know. She is realistic and fun and absolutely like the students I see every day (well, minus the whole special abilities part – no spoilers!).
Not a spring book but one I’m greatly anticipating nonetheless…
Skulduggery Pleasant: Kingdom Of The Wicked by Derek Landy. Yes, book 7 my friends – according to the author’s blog, it should be out in the final days of August, 2012. Hey, HarperCollins, how ‘bout we start planning that Canadian author book tour??
Next TTT: March 27: Spring Fever: Top Ten Books I’d Play Hooky With