So of course I’m going to be pretty busy this month and next month with ARCs but by the time November and December roll around what will I be reading? It’s been a bit of a chore with certain posts to not discuss my planned October TBR, why is it so secret? Just for fun! I have quite a few spooky books set up for October. However, there are a couple books I would for sure like to squeeze in before the year ends that aren’t going to be a part of my Halloween TBR for October. Here are just a few of them!
Little Monsters by Kara Thomas
I just purchased this book and would LOVE to dive into it soon since it promises to be pretty dark and full of some serious plot twists. If it’s anything like Thomas’s other book “The Darkest Corners” then it’s sure to not disappoint!
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
I’m actually ashamed that I haven’t read any of his books yet since I’m an avid fantasy reader! Plus on top of that EVERYONE keeps telling me I must read this series and I know they’re right. I’m really hoping I can manage to make some room for it before the year is up.
Because You Love To Hate Me Edited by Ameriie
I’m sad I couldn’t fit this in any sooner but the ARCs got the best of me! This should be a fairly quick read since it’s an anthology by some fantastic authors and all about villains. Can’t wait to get to it!
Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
I’m all for anything that seems “Alice in Wonderland” inspired and I also have been meaning to give Tahereh Mafi a try. I just got a copy of this book and hoping I can test it out soon, especially with that gorgeous cover!
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
I know, I know how can I NOT have read the Heroes of Olympus series yet? I read and adored and loved the Percy Jackson series but just haven’t gotten to this one yet. Fortunately I got a fantastic deal on a box set so now I have no excuse to not just dive into this series finally!
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
I have zero excuses on this one, especially now that the trilogy is complete! I’m hoping I can finally get started on the sequel to the fantastic “A Darker Shade of Magic” because Schwab is Queen!
The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst
This book is a little bit more under the radar but I thought it sounded interesting and I have heard good things about it. I’m all for interesting magic systems!
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
I’ve been meaning to read this ALL YEAR and still haven’t gotten to it yet! So I’m hoping I can finally read it especially since I adore Laini Taylor’s writing to bits and pieces.
Have you read any of these books? What did you think?
Do you have any of these on your TBR as well?
Have you read any other books by these authors?
What books are you trying to squeeze in before the end of the year?
Let me know in the comments!
The other day I was looking at my bookshelves and noticing all of the books I’ve bought under the delusion that I could NOT wait and HAD to have them right away……and then still haven’t read them.
This makes me wonder sometimes if I’m actually nuts or not because why do I torture myself like this? Plus everyone always tells me “hey remember when you bought all those books and still haven’t read them? You don’t need more until you read those.” which they’re sort of right….
So I thought that it would be a great idea to share what a horrible reader/book hoarder I am with you all!
Basically this is me:
And then after not reading any of them:
I’ll be putting these in order of how long I’ve actually had these sitting around my house starting with the newest additions!
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Of course with all of the hype that was surrounding this book before and after it’s May release date I had to get my hands on it! Most of the time I don’t give into the hype, or at least I like to think so, I just thought everything about this book sounded wonderful: diverse characters and culture, a cute cover, and non-stop glowing reviews!
Then obviously I couldn’t wait to get a copy and then it arrived and now it’s just sitting all lonely on my shelf because I’m a terrible person…….
Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios
I actually ordered this with “When Dimple Met Rishi” because once again I could not wait and just haaaad to have a copy right away! The cover is absolutely gorgeous and I’ve seen great reviews for it, plus I think it will be interesting to read about a dysfunctional relationship in a YA setting. I know that makes me sound weird but it’s nice to see unique books and books bringing attention to abuse like this (because it happens).
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
If I was going to rate all of these books by which book I was literally dying to have “Strange the Dreamer” would be #1 because I seriously acted like I was going to die without this book in my life. I even went to the trouble of ordering a UK edition as well because I HAD TO HAVE THIS BOOK AND LAINI TAYLOR IS LIFE!
And guess where the book is sitting? On my shelf. Unread.
The Valiant by Lesley Livingston
I was super pumped for this book before it came out and then with all of the great reviews afterwards I was even more excited for it. Female gladiator! That’s all I want in my books so when I was in the bookstore and saw it I decided to splurge and buy it right then and there because I NEEDED IT. Now it’s been sitting on my shelf for a few months……
Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza
I bought this book along with my spontanous purchase of “The Valiant” as well. You can see where this got me.
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
When I saw this book come out at first I was like: Norse Mythology?! Told by Neil Gaiman?! I MUST HAVE THIS BOOK IMMEDIATELY! So I kind of started it and then slowly it worked its way back onto my shelf where it is still sitting waiting to be finished.
The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
Everyone, everyone, everyone recommends reading this series and I saw the box set on sale on Book Outlet for about $12.00 so of course I was all “Hell yeah!” and bought it right away. Soooooooooo it’s all sitting on my shelf still unread where it will probably remain for a while.
Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
This was a spontaneous buy I got with birthday money last year and I decided to use that money for this book because once again…..I couldn’t resist. It’s even a shorter book and I STILL haven’t gotten to it!
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
I asked for this one for my birthday last year because I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY wanted it and so then I actually received it for my birthday…….and haven’t read it yet.
The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski
After reading the first book “The Winner’s Curse” I was blown away by how much I enjoyed it after how much I was expecting not to enjoy it. So then after devouring the sequel as well I NEEDED to read the last book that was just released last year! And guess who still hasn’t finished that trilogy even after buying the last book? Me.
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
This book was super, duper hyped last year and because of that plus the pretty cover and promise of unique mythology I was 100% sold. I saw it when I happened to visit a Barnes & Noble and instantly bought it and now it’s been sitting on my shelf for over a year still unread.
Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
This one hasn’t been a new release for a while but I found while reading a bunch of glowing reviews for it and having it recommended a ton. So I found it on Book Outlet and bought it straight away because I love twisted thrillers! I started reading it…..and then set it aside for some reason…..and it’s been sitting there waiting for me to return to it eventually.
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
This book is the one I’ve had the longest on this list because back many, many years ago when I was binge reading the Percy Jackson series and finished it and was DYING for more! So I found the Heroes of Olympus series and bought the first book straight away…….it has been sitting on my old Nook Color for ages and honestly it probably won’t get read because I want physical copies now….awkward.
Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?
Do you have any of these on your TBR as well?
Did you buy any of these right away and haven’t read them yet either?
Do you buy books and let them sit for a long time?
What are some books you HAD to have and haven’t read yet?
Let me know in the comments!
Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.
One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.
The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.
When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.
Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .
First off I would like to say that I honestly enjoyed the Percy Jackson books a lot more but I still enjoyed “The Sword of Summer”. They both have TONS of similarities and it was almost a little annoying how similar the two actually are. There’s nothing really new here, people.
This pretty much explains the entire plot: Percy Jackson + Norse Mythology = The Sword of Summer.
I mean there’s gods, demigods, magical artifacts, prophecies, & camps *cough* excuse me I mean HOTELS for said demigods. It’s really the same formula with a few changes.
While nothing in this book is necessarily game changing it still managed to be a fun read. It was fast paced and had me zipping through all 500 of its pages, although it did tend to drag the tiniest bit during certain parts. I think it’s easy to blame it on the book’s length, you can only stretch out the plot so much before it slows down a little. Although I will venture to say that you’ll be having so much fun reading it the page number will do little to deter you.
The mythological elements were still interesting and entertaining as well. Riordan once again immerses us in a wonderfully crafted world where ancient myths and the modern world collide. It was fun recognizing the few things I know of Norse mythology in the book but I also really enjoyed learning more as well.
Some of the events and happenings in the storyline itself were a little predictable too, I mean once you’ve read PJ then it isn’t too hard to see where this book is going. I’m not complaining about this too much since it didn’t actually spoil my read through so much and it IS a middle grade book . That being said though, it is definitely still readable for teenagers, young adults, and anyone older than that even.
Here’s another little tidbit: it helps to read Percy Jackson before this since there are some references to it, including a cameo by a major PJ character!
On one last, semi-plot related note. I enjoyed Riordan’s writing, it’s simplistic, fun, and entertaining. It made for very easy reading.
The characters are basically the BEST part of any Riordan book, am I right? Magnus Chase is so lovable, witty, sassy, and just downright hilarious. I adore him! He is literally a sarcastic, little sass-master and those fun qualities are what I love most about Riordan’s characters.
All of those factors can apply to almost every character in the book as well. They’re all fun, silly, and flamboyant. From Magnus’s elf and dwarf protectors to Thor the god of thunder himself, they were all memorable and amusing.
There’s also some diversity in the characters, we have an Arabic female character as well as a hearing impaired elf. They are pretty badass as well.
Sorry for such a short review, but there isn’t really much to say concerning this book since it isn’t anything different and what I have to say isn’t anything ya’ll haven’t heard before, I’m sure.
Overall there isn’t anything new here, it follows the same old “Riordan formula”. Although I did complain about this point a lot this is STILL a super fun book and I do recommend it if you loved his previous books. (Also excuse my excessive use of the word “fun”, it really is the perfect word to describe this book).
Definitely ,and like I’ve said throughout this entire review, I recommend it for any lover of Riordan’s past books or for anyone looking for a light-hearted, fun, mythology-filled book!
Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week is “Ten Finished Series I Have YET to Finish”, this one will be kind of a challenge for me since I think most of my series aren’t actually complete yet……
10.) The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth
I read “Divergent” long before it was going to be a movie, and I moderately enjoyed it. I bought “Insurgent” the second book in the trilogy a while ago on my Nook and I just haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. I’ll finish this series but not anytime soon, it just doesn’t take priority over other books I have yet to read.
9.) The House of Night Series by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
I quit reading this series after “Destined” which is the 9th book, I honestly can’t tell you why I even bothered continuing after I read the first book. I hate this series, it’s just awful. Maybe the only reason I bothered reading them was because I was a young teenager and my cousin was reading them also. I don’t know. I don’t really think I’ll finish this series……
8.) The Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
I actually really like the Caster Chronicles, I just haven’t gotten around to reading the third book in the series, “Beautiful Chaos” which I bought on my Nook and still haven’t read. Even though I like this series it isn’t a priority for me, I’ll finish it here……eventually.
7.) The Rot & Ruin Series/The Benny Imura Series by Jonathon Maberry
I LOVE these books! I loved “Rot & Ruin” and I literally stayed up all night finishing it’s sequel “Dust & Decay” but I just haven’t had the time to start reading the third book in the series, “Flesh & Bone” I honestly don’t even have a good reason, I just haven’t read it yet. I bought it on my Nook and haven’t touched it, are you beginning to see a pattern here? I tend to forget about books on my Nook Color.
6.) The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
Any of you who have read any of my blog posts will know that I didn’t think “Shadow and Bone” was that great and that I loath the protagonist, Alina Starkov. However, I really want this series to get better so I will have to suck it up and buy the second book in the Grisha Trilogy, “Siege and Storm”. Hopefully Alina will also suck it up and quit being such a damsel.
5.) The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
“The Lord of the Rings” is very tedious, reading all of these books is the same thing as taking the journey to destroy the One Ring in the fiery depths of Mt. Doom yourself. Seriously, it takes a lot of dedication. Dedication that I, as of right now, lack. I own the entire series and will get around to finishing it….right after I finish every other book I have….
4.) The Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan
Now I know this is supposed to be series I haven’t finished YET, but I need to include this one. I haven’t actually started the Heroes of Olympus series yet, I own the first one and have yet to read it. It’s basically a spin off of Percy Jackson & the Olympians so since I read all of those I am putting this on my TTT.
3.) The Last Apprentice Series by Joseph Delaney
This series is fantastic, and more people should definitely read it. I started reading these when the movie, “Seventh Son” was announced and the movie was OK but COMPLETELY different than the books (which obviously are better). I will continue on with “Night of the Soul Stealer” as soon as I can, since they’re very easy reads.
2.) The Shattered Sea Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie
I recently read “Half a King” the first book in the series and LOVED it, so “Half the World” is definitely one of my priorities…. I feel bad making other books on this list wait, but it really is that good of a series.
1.) The Bloodlines Series by Richelle Mead
When I heard there was a new spin off series of “Vampire Academy” I had to check it out, I loved that series and I love Mead’s writing style. I finished the first book and I’ve been lollygagging for too long. I have “The Golden Lily” and I need to finish it, because this series just got completed this year.
Alas, so many books and so little time…….
So do any of you have any unfinished series in common with mine?
Or have you completed any of these and want to convince me which to prioritize?