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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m Dying to Read

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists over at The Broke and the Bookish. They love to share their lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of the bloggers there at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. Are you a blogger as well? All that’s asked is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists.

This week’s topic was “Top Ten Authors I’d Like to See on a Reality Show OR Top Ten Authors Who Deserve Their Own TV Show”. However, if neither of those worked for the blogger, then it was a freebie week. Since I don’t watch reality TV and I can’t begin to imagine what shows my authors should write for, guess what? It’s a freebie topic!

Here, then are my ….

Top Ten Books I’m Dying to Read

Trying to narrow down this list to just ten was difficult, but I did what I could. There are some pretty incredible books due to be released soon, and my list is growing (by the way – what do you use to keep track of your TBR list? Goodreads? Excel spreadsheet? I’m looking for ideas…).

10. The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

Release date: October 2, 2012, Disney Hyperion (Hachette)

Some people might say that this is a “kids” book. Some people might say that it’s a strange addition to my list. Some people … should just go away because this book is going to be awesome. Riordan rarely disappoints, and with this extension of the Percy Jackson series he has created a whole new segment of fans. The stories are action packed and filled with wonderful characters, and they are justifiably popular with old(er) and new readers.

9. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

Release date: July 10, 2012 by Viking (Penguin Canada)

I’ll admit that I had a copy of the Discovery of Witches for over a year and never actually got to it. I then attended the Penguin/Chatelaine Book Club event recently, and was gifted with another copy. I finally sat down to read it, and ended up wondering what took me so long! The one upside? Waiting so long to read the first book has made the wait for this sequel that much shorter. DoW ended on a cliffhanger, so only a few more weeks to wait until I find out what happens with Diana and Matthew.

8. In One Person by John Irving

Release date: Out now, Knopf Canada (Random House Canada)

I know that this is already released, but it’s on my list of top reads, and not just because of the challenge involved. I’ve always enjoyed John Irving’s books, and whenever I read his books I end up thinking about them for days. All I need now is a good block of uninterrupted time, because once I start this one, I’m not stopping until it’s done.

7. The Chemistry of Tears by Peter Carey

Release date: May 15, 2012, Random House Canada

I first fell for Peter Carey and his writing when I was living in Australia. His voice is imaginative, witty and incredibly poignant, filled with rich characters and outlandish adventures. He captures the unique Australian perspective perfectly in his writing, and reading his books is like falling down a rabbit hole into somewhere amazing. He’s coming to the Toronto Public Library author event, and I’ll hopefully have tickets that will put me in the front row.

6. Legacy of the Tril: Soulbound by Heather Brewer

Release date: June 19, 2012, Razorbill (Penguin Canada)

I have so much love for the Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series – I think Heather Brewer is brilliant, the worlds that she creates are vivid and funny, and her books are pretty much crack for kids (and for people who read like kids). When I heard that she had a new series, I may or may not have jumped up and down like a little girl. When I won an advance copy of the first book from Heather Brewer herself on Twitter? Well, let’s just say that it wasn’t an entirely mature response. SUCH a great book!!

5. 15 Seconds by Andrew Gross

Release date: June 27, 2012, HarperCollins Canada

If you haven’t read anything by Andrew Gross, you should change that. Right now. He’s a brilliant writer of suspenseful novels with twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your sofa. His new novel sounds like another heart pacing outing about a surgeon in town for a conference whose life is turned around in a moment. Henry Steadman’s an innocent man, framed for murder and on the run to try to clear his name (my favourite kind of “on the run”, frankly!), while also trying to figure out who wants to destroy him. Excellent! I’m in!

4. Starling by Lesley Livingston

Release date: August 21, 2012, HarperCollins Canada

Lesley teased those of us in attendance at the recent authors event at Indigo by showing us the beautiful cover for her upcoming novel… and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. Damn you, Lesley <shakes fist in anger>!! Still, the book sounds amazing – Divided realms? Fencing? Tempest storms? Mythology? Sign me up!

3. The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross

Release date: May 22, 2012, Harlequin

Finley Jayne is a kick-ass kind of heroine with serious issues. She’s strong, loyal and completely fascinating. This is YA steampunk at its best, and the first book was a complete mind twist for me – the characters are dark and twisted and no character really behaves the way you think that they might. I loved every minute of “The Girl in the Steel Corset”, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

2. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

Release date: September 27, 2012 – Little, Brown & Company (Hachette)

Her first novel – and her first adult novel – since the Harry phenomena ended, J.K. Rowling’s upcoming release is creating quite a buzz. I’ve tried very hard to avoid reading anything about it; I want to be able to open the book and start reading with a completely blank slate, and to enjoy every page with a clear mind.

1. Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong

Release date: July 24, 2012, Random House Canada

This is a bittersweet read for me. I love, love this series, and while I absolutely respect an author who chooses to end the series while it’s still strong, I’ll miss the longer-style adventures of Elena and her pack, of Paige and Lucas and Savannah and Adam … well, you get the point. I know that there will be some difficult conclusions in this book, and I’m likely going to yell at Kelley while I’m reading it for some of her decisions (good thing she wasn’t in the room when I read the first Logan incident – yeesh), but I know that she will wrap it up in a way that stays true to the characters and the world she’s created. Can’t wait – and it’s out three days before my birthday, so it’s a great present!


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6 Responses »

  1. I love the variety in this list! I’ve just recently discovered the Percy Jackson series via audiobook (book 4 up next!) and have fall head over heels in love with it. So all those people who dismiss it as a “kid’s book” we can laugh about all they’re missing out on. After I finish Percy Jackson I’m looking forward to tackling Riordan’s other books. Glad to hear they’re also enjoyable


  2. I love reading kids’ books and middle grade lit… the book I’m most looking forward to is the next installment of the “House of Night” series by PC Cast & Kristen Cast. It’s coming out in the fall. Ack!


  3. I can’t wait to read Starling either, the synopsis and the cover made me fall in love! Great list.

    Thanks for stopping by!


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