Top Ten Tuesday – Top 8 New To Me Authors I Read In 2013

This week the topic from The Broke and The Bookish is our Top Ten New To Me Authors I Read In 2013. I have read quite a few new authors this year, 21 I found out when I sat to compose this list however picking my favourite was actually more complicated. In the end I have just gone for 8 as the others I didn’t really enjoy.

  • Annabel Pitcher
  • Anthony Horowitz
  • Bernard Beckett
  • Mark Zukas
  • James Dashner
  • Dee Shulman
  • Charlotte Bronte
  • Lauren Destefano

What Great New Authors Have You Discovered This Year?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR List

I’ve not been involved on Top Ten Tuesday for a while due to life but back this week with our topic from The Broke and The Bookish being our Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR List.

    

  • The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith
  • The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
  • Fever by Lauren Destefano
  • Sever by Lauren Destefano
  • Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • The Dark Heroine by Abigail Gibbs
  • Red Ink by Julie Mayhew
  • Bad Faith by Gillian Philip
  • The Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
  • Neil Gaiman – I’ve never read anything by him before! please suggest something for my first.

   

What Book Are You Looking Forward To Reading Through The Winter?

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Character Names

Another great topic this week from The Broke and The Bookish, our Top Ten Character Names. For me the best names are the interesting ones that you don’t actually hear much anywhere else or are well picked out nicknames. Animal names you will all see are favourites of mine too.

  • Alaska from Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • Mr Tumnus from The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S.Lewis
  • Reepcheep from The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S.Lewis
  • Luna from Harry Potter by JK Rowling
  • Rhine from Wither by Lauren Destefano
  • Four from Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • Pantoufle from Chocolate by Joanne Harris
  • Evanna from The Saga of Darren Shan by Darren Shan
  • Montmorency from Montmorency by Eleanor Updale
  • Matilda from Matilda by Roald Dahl

What Are Your Favourite Character Names?

Wither

By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children. 

When Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine can’t bring herself to hate him as much as she’d like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband’s strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric doctor bent on finding the antidote, is hoarding corpses in the basement. Her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next, and Rhine is desperate to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Will Rhine be able to escape–before her time runs out?

Together with one of Linden’s servants, Gabriel, Rhine attempts to escape just before her seventeenth birthday. But in a world that continues to spiral into anarchy, is there any hope for freedom?

This is one that has been on my shelf for almost a year but I wanted to wait till I was 20 to read it. I was surprised to find that I really quite enjoyed the book. I have read a lot of dystopian over the past couple of years and I wasn’t how this would stand up to some of the more high action ones but I found the idea quite relatable. What really make this story is the relationships Rhine builds with the other girls who have become her sister-wives. They really do begin to act like sisters and I think that because girls do come together when they start living closely with one another it brought that bit of reality a good dystopian needs. It also added a level of emotion to the story. Although it is a story about love, and a dangerous romance blossoms between Rhine and Gabriel, the feelings she develops for the girls are stronger and although she is missing her brother she finds herself in a situation that may not have a happy ending either way. However nothing can prevent Rhine from remember the live and world she has left behind, particularly when her father-in-law is about. As she discovers more about him she is fueled even more to try to return to the freedom she longs for but she doesn’t want to go alone. I’m a bit nervous about the rest of this trilogy now though, because the ending of this one was a little perfect but there is still an imperfect dystopian society to be discovered.

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books I HAD To Buy But Are Still Sitting On My Shelf Unread

This weeks topic from The Broke and The Bookish is Top Ten Books I HAD To Buy But Are Still Sitting On My Shelf Unread. This another easy list thankfully. I am quite good at buying books that go unread for ages, usually because I already have too many books to read.

  • Tomorrow, When The War Began by John Marsden                                                                                                                   
  • Wicked by Gregory Maguire                                                                                                                                                                  
  • The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult                                                                                                                                                          
  • Kissing The Rain by Kevin Brooks                                                                                                                                                      
  • Black Rabbit Summer by Kevin Brooks                                                                                                                                              
  • Wither by Lauren DeStefano                                                                                                                                                                   
  • The Fearful by Keith Gray                                                                                                                                                                        
  • The Blasphemer by Nigel Farndale                                                                                                                                                       
  • 31 Dream Street by Lisa Jewell                                                                                                                                                               
  • The Last Vampire by Christopher Pike                                                                                                                                                

What Books Have Are Still Sitting Unread On Your Shelves?

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Series I’d Like To Start But Haven’t

The Broke and The Bookish topic for this weeks Top Ten Tuesday is Series I’d Like to Start But Haven’t. Thankfully this was an easier topic than the last couple of weeks.

  • Tomorrow Series by John Marsden
  • Heist Society by Ally Carter
  • Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
  • The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
  • Last Survivors Series by Beth Susan Pifeffer
  • The Killables by Gemma Malley
  • Cat Royal Series by Julia Golding
  • Peter Grant Series by Ben Aaronovitch
  • The Chemical Garden Trilogy by Lauren DeStefano
  • His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

What Series Have You Been Trying To Start But Still Haven’t?

Happy New Year! – Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books I Resolve To Read In 2013

Happy New Year! Hope everyone had a great night bringing in the bells.

Today is the first day of a new year and it is also a Tuesday! so that means Top Ten Tuesday. To start off this year our topic is Top Ten books I Resolve To Read In 2013. I have decided that these have to be books that I already own and are sitting in my to-read pile. Some of them have been their for years I think 2013 might just be their year.

  1. Tomorrow When The War Began by John Marsden
  2. Wither by Lauren Destenfano
  3. Heist Society by Ally Carter
  4. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  5. Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garci and Margaret Stohl
  6. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  7. Journey to the edge of the World by Billy Connolly
  8. The Green Mile by Stephen King
  9. Jane Austen I read my first Jane Austen book in 2012 and I hope that next year I might be able to get through at least one more.
  10. Harry Potter by JK Rowling I’m not totally sure I will fit this in but I really want to re-read all the books.

What Books Are You Determined To Read In 2013?

Dystopian Reading Challenge 2013

 

So after not very much consideration I have decided that I am going to challenge my love of Dystopian and take part in Blog of Erised’s Dystopian Reading Challenge 2013. The aim of the challenge is to try and read 24 dystopian novels between 1st January 2013 and 31 December 2013 although there are different levels and badges are gained as you reach each one.

Levels
Level 1Recruit (1 to 6 books)
Level 2Rebel (7 to 12 books)
Level 3Revolutionist (13 to 18 books)
Level 4Leader (19+ books)
I am hoping that I can reach at least REVOLUTIONIST as I have plenty of dystopian books on my to-read list and I am hoping to re-read some of my favourite series as new books and films are released.
As with all challenges there are a few rules set by the host;
  • The challenge will run from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013. Each month will have its own link form so you will be able to share your book reviews. You do not have to review the books you read to participate, but only those who read/reviewed at least one dystopian book will be able to participate in the giveaway (you can track your reading without the reviews with Goodreads, Shelfari etc.).
  • Books that count in this challenge must include any form of post-apocalyptic theme (book sites like Goodreads are good sources of genre information). The books must be full-length.
  • All formats allowed.
  • Rereads allowed.
  •  It does not matter whether it’s a series or a stand-alone book.
  •  If you are participating, grab the challenge button from below and post it on you blog. You can also make a post with the header (the code is also below). Please include the link back to this post so others will be able to participate as well.
  • If you will participate, put the sign-up link to your blog post (about the challenge) or blog (for the button) directly into the linky below. Sign-ups will be open until December 20, 2013.
  • You do not have to list your books in advance, go and do as you please. Read as many as you want (you can read more than 24!) and whenever you want, as long as you have fun!
  • Info about the giveaway will be available in December 2013.

If you want to join in you can sign up here where you will also find a list of some of the dystopian novels you could read for the challenge.

I can’ t wait to get started on this challenge and I have created a  page  for this challenge where I will put links to the posts of the books I have read as I review them.

So far I have a rough idea of the books I want to get through for the challenge. There are a lot of next books in series coming out and even a few films so I am going to re-read whole series. This means a lot of them so far on my list are re-reads but you can’t beat a great dystopian novel.

  1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  2. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  3. Mokingjay by Suzanne Collins
  4. Slated by Teri Terry
  5. Fractured by Teri Terry
  6. Matched by Ally Condie
  7. Crossed By Ally Condie
  8. Reached by Ally Condie
  9. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
  10. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
  11. Requiem by Lauren Oliver
  12. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  13. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  14. Next in Divergent Series by Veronica Roth
  15. Wither by Lauren DeStefano
  16. Fever by Lauren DeStefano
  17. Sever by Lauren DeStefano
  18. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  19. Tomorrow When The War Began by John Marsden
  20. Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky
  21. The Program by Suzanne Young
  22. The Declaration by Gemma Malley
  23. The Resistance by Gemma Malley
  24. The Legacy by Gemma Malley

This list covers me for the challenge but I do have other dystopian novels on my to-read list that I may get into instead or as well.

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books on my Autumn TBR List

As it is now into September this weeks topic from The Broke and The Bookish is Top Ten Books on your Fall (or Autumn to us in the UK) to be read List. I thought with so many books on my shelf and library list this would have been easy but cutting it down to ten was actually quite difficult.

1. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

A zombie who yearns for a better life ends up falling in love—with a human—in this astonishingly original debut novel.

R is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He doesn’t enjoy killing people; he enjoys riding escalators and listening to Frank Sinatra. He is a little different from his fellow Dead.

2. Wither by Lauren Destefano

By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children. When Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine can’t bring herself to hate him as much as she’d like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband’s strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric doctor bent on finding the antidote, is hoarding corpses in the basement. Her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next, and Rhine is desperate to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Will Rhine be able to escape–before her time runs out?

Together with one of Linden’s servants, Gabriel, Rhine attempts to escape just before her seventeenth birthday. But in a world that continues to spiral into anarchy, is there any hope for freedom?

3. Heist Society by Ally Carter

When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip to the Louvre…to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria…to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own—scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving “the life” for a normal life proves harder than she’d expected.

Soon, Kat’s friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring Kat back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has a good reason: a powerful mobster has been robbed of his priceless art collection and wants to retrieve it. Only a master thief could have pulled this job, and Kat’s father isn’t just on the suspect list, he is the list. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat’s dad needs her help.

For Kat, there is only one solution: track down the paintings and steal them back. So what if it’s a spectacularly impossible job? She’s got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully just enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in her family’s history–and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way

4. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia

There were no surprises in Gatlin County.
We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.

At least, that’s what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn’t have been more wrong.
There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end, there was a grave.

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything

5. Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult

One moment June Nealon was happily looking forward to years full of laughter and adventure with her family, and the next, she was staring into a future that was as empty as her heart. Now her life is a waiting game. Waiting for time to heal her wounds, waiting for justice. In short, waiting for a miracle to happen. 

For Shay Bourne, life holds no more surprises. The world has given him nothing, and he has nothing to offer the world. In a heartbeat, though, something happens that changes everything for him. Now, he has one last chance for salvation, and it lies with June’s eleven-year-old daughter, Claire. But between Shay and Claire stretches an ocean of bitter regrets, past crimes, and the rage of a mother who has lost her child. 

Would you give up your vengeance against someone you hate if it meant saving someone you love? Would you want your dreams to come true if it meant granting your enemy’s dying wish? 

6. Dangerous to Know by Katy Moran

Alex and Bethany are just two teenagers in love. There’s only one problem: Alex’s family has a dark past, and whilst he and Bethany are desperate to be together, Bethany’s family is desperate to keep them apart.

7. Revived by Cat Patrick

A secret government agency has developed a drug called Revive that can bring people back from the dead, and Daisy Appleby, a test subject, has been Revived five times in fifteen years. Daisy takes extraordinary risks, knowing that she can beat death, but each new death also means a new name, a new city, and a new life. When she meets Matt McKean, Daisy begins to question the moral implications of Revive, and as she discovers the agency’s true goals, she realizes she’s at the center of something much larger — and more sinister — than she ever imagined.

8. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand. 

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match

9. Dead Time by Anne Cassidy

Rose and Joshua first met when Joshua and his dad came to live with Rose and her mum. Then their world turns upside down when their mother and father go out for dinner one evening and never return. With police inquiries going nowhere, Rose is dispatched to live with her chilly, unfriendly grandmother and Joshua is sent to live with his uncle. Then Joshua comes to London to study and Rose is witness to not one, but two murders. Why is this happening to Rose? Can it be anything to do with the investigations Joshua has been doing into the disappearance of their parents? A taut and pacy thriller that is the start of a stylish new series from an acclaimed writer for teens.

10. Fallen in Love by Lauren Kate

Unexpected. Unrequited. Forbidden. Eternal. Everyone has their own love story.

And in a twist of fate, four extraordinary love stories combine over the course of a romantic Valentine’s Day in Medieval England. Miles and Shelby find love where they 
least expect it. Roland learns a painful lesson about finding-and losing love. Arianne pays the price for a love so fierce it burns. And for the first -and last- time, Daniel and Luce 
will spend a night together like none other.

Lauren Kate’s FALLEN IN LOVE is filled with love stories . . . the ones everyone has been waiting for.

True love never says goodbye…