Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases for the Rest of 2015

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Another week I’m deviating from the set top ten, simply because I really couldn’t think of any characters who fit the bill. So I’m doing one from a couple of weeks ago, what books am I excited about that are still to come from 2015

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Red Rising by Pierce Brown

I’m really annoyed, not with the book, but someone recommended this book to me, and I thought it was on the blog, but I can’t find it. So whoever it was, wherever you are, THANKYOU (I found out who it was, it was @MsSimms7 on twitter, so I’m very thankful for the recommendation, definitely a good one). This book is pure genius, and I loved it so much. This is some damn good dystopia, and I am desperate to get my hands on the next book in this trilogy. I saw that this book was described as The Hunger Games meets Ender’s Game, and that’s actually fairly apt, but it takes what’s good about the two, and makes it even better. I was completely absorbed in the story, and for a moment or two I thought it was reality. 

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10 Books You Want to See Made Into Movies

Top10TuesdayI’m going my own in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, and discussing what 10 books I’d really like to see made into movies. Can I make it a thing, that the movies are going to be done well???? A couple of these probably have movies in the work, and that’s awesome!

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The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi

I received this book from Little Brown in a competition, and I was thrilled, because it looked really appealing from the beginning. I love the cover, and I’m not even sure I read anything about it, but the name sounded cool. And it didn’t disappoint.

The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi
The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi

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Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession

Top10TuesdaySo this week isn’t quite a ‘top ten’ rather a ‘last ten’, about what are the most recent books which I have obtained. There’s a few books here which

  1. Surveillance by Bernard Keane, I just received this from Allen and Unwin, which is to be published later this month
  2. The Dark Between the Stars by Kevin J. Anderson (and Blood of the Cosmos), Simon and Schuster sent me out the sequel in this series, and were so lovely actually sent out the first in the series so I could read them both
  3. The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi, I won this one actually from Little Brown, and I’m currently reading it, and loving it so much
  4. I picked up a few weeks ago at a Book Sale, “Souvenirs de Sherlock Holmes” which is the French version of The Memories of Sherlock Holmes. Not that I know French fluently or anything, it was just really cheap, and I have been learning French
  5. Another random addition from a Book Sale was “Jailbird” by Kurt Vonnegut (whose Slaughterhouse 5 I reviewed recently), I’ve heard nothing about this one, so it will be an interesting read
  6. One of my most recent library hauls included The Broken Years by Bill Gammage, about Australia’s soldiers in World War One, written largely from the letters and diary entries from the soldiers themselves, which was really eye-opening.
  7. I‘ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson was another recent addition
  8. As was Dune by Frank Herbert, which I’m really interested to read, given it’s massive claim of “The finest, most widely acclaimed and enduring Science Fiction novel of this century” in its blurb
  9. The Colour of Magic by Terry Prachett is one I’m eager to read, since I’m yet to read a Prachett sole-authored novel yet
  10. Lastly, The Death Cure by James Dashner, this one I collected from the library

Over to you guys, what books have come into your possession recently?

 

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

This was a classic I bought a while ago from a recommendation from a few people. I knew nothing at all going into this, beyond it being dark satire. So reading this was an interesting experience. And it wasn’t what I expected at all.

“So it goes” is the mantra for this novel. Learned from the Tralfamadorians who see in 4 dimensions, so death isn’t a thing, you are never dead because in other moments you are alive. Yep, there are aliens in this, semi-biographical, meta-story about World War 2 and Benny Pilgrim.

Dresden after Allied Bombing taken by Abraham Pisarek Deutsche Fotothek‎ [CC BY-SA 3.0 de (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/de/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons
Dresden after Allied Bombing taken by Abraham Pisarek
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Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read

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This week we are discussing the top ten hyped books which I’ve never read. This will be interesting.

  1. Fifty Shades of Grey, which isn’t surprising at all that I haven’t read it, and I never will. That was so hyped a few years ago, actually blows me away
  2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, I actually do want to read this one, but just haven’t got around to it
  3. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, I’ve heard quite a lot about this one this year, more accurately I’ve seen people strongly recommend it, but I’m still oblivious to what it involves, it’s on my list though
  4. The Perks of Being a  Wallflower, heard quite a lot about this one a few years ago, was sort of interested, but just never got around to it
  5. The Lovely Bones, a few classes in school had to read this one, but I didn’t, and when the book came out, again there was a lot of hype. Wouldn’t mind reading it, but no rush
  6. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larson, with two movies made about in just about as many years, it’s safe to say there is plenty of hype here. Yet another one I wouldn’t mind reading, but I’ve heard that it was quite intense, so I’ve left it to later
  7. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, just like Gone Girl a thriller which I’ve heard much about, and haven’t read, almost thought they were related
  8. The Catcher in the Rye (and I’ll just throw in Catch-22 and Fahrenheit 451 as other classics that sit on my shelf and wait)

I actually think I’ve read plenty of the hyped books, Harry Potter, Hunger Games, The Book Thief, Divergent, The Da Vinci Code. So my list is going to end a little short, over to you guys, what are some hyped books you haven’t read?