One of the things that I struggle with is my “To Read” list. Now that my time is so limited, I can only read one or two books per month, which makes it difficult to tackle all of the amazing selections on my “To Read” list.
Since I was just making lists and lists of lists for all of the things that I need to do, I thought I would share my “To Read” list so that you can see what’s on the horizon for me. If you have a “To Read” list, I’d love to know what is on it. So, grab a coffee, pull up a chair, and lets compare lists.
Mile 81 by Stephen King
Any new Stephen King story is always added to my list, even if I can’t get to it right away.
The Magician King by Lev Grossman
I loved the first book in Lev’s series, The Magicians. It was one of those books that found me, rather than me finding it. In any case, it was a wonderfully well written fantasy tale set in the modern world. From what I have heard, The Magician King is just as good.
Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
Well, what more is there to say than…”It’s a new Cassandra Clare book. Put it on the list!” Seriously though, Clockwork Angel was a great novel. I absolutely loved it (as you can see in my review.)
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Am I really the only person who hasn’t read this book? It’s high time for that to change, so I’m adding it to my “To Read” list. No more excuses. I need to find out why people are so hungry for this book.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Look at that cover! It’s genius. The cover blurb about a mysterious circus that appears out of nowhere got my attention right away. Add the mysterious description and the lovely cover together, and you get a book that I need to read!
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valente
This book should be on everyone’s list. The way that Cat Valente wrote the book is fascinating, the fact that it got picked up and republished by TOR is impressive, and having it hit the New York Times bestseller list is beyond amazing. Plus, she’s such a wonderful writer!
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
I literally just found out about this book. It’s about a strange school that was thought to have been destroyed, but wasn’t–as one young man soon finds out. After his grandfather death, Jacob’s journey begins when he sets out to find the truth behind some very odd photos and letters that belonged to his grandfather. Definitely list-worthy.
The Steampunk Bible: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature by Jeff Vandermeer and S. J. Chambers
Okay, who doesn’t need a handy Steampunk Bible sitting on their shelves?!!! And check out this cover; it’s made of “cool.” Plus, it’s written by Jeff Vandermeer who is known for writing, editing, and publishing some of the most fascinating stories that have hit the market in recent years.
The Immortality Engine by George Mann
This book had me at “Victorian secret agent Sir Maurice Newbury.” The blurb goes on to describe some deep dark plot twists that range from opium dens, dead men, and a potential copycat killer. Must read!
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
To be fair, this book has been on my list for a long time. I still haven’t gotten around to it, but it looks so good that I refuse to let it drop too far down.
So, that makes up the top 10 books on my “To Read” list.
However, there are two books that are coming out soon that would have made it to the list, if I hand’t already had the special opportunity to read them. In fact, I’ll be doing a special blog post about both of these books soon.
Unleashed by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie
Nancy and Debbie are known for writing supernatural books with an edge that makes their “fantastic” fiction feel real.
The Sacred Band by David Anthony Durham
People have compared David’s work to Tolkien, Rothfuss, and Martin. I couldn’t agree more. It’s a wonderful book and you’re going to have to wait for the rest of my thoughts on it.
As with all “To Read” lists, this is a work in progress. Books will come and go, and I will love something about each of them. Maybe that something will be only a single character or a particular scene, maybe it will be the excitement of the plot, or maybe it will be gorgeously written prose that sweeps me off my feet. In my experience, all books have something of value to offer, and I look forward to finding out what gems lay hidden within my “To Read” list.