TBR Pile: March 2017

Posted March 6, 2017 by Vildea in Books, Fiction, Manga, Non-fiction, TBR Pile / 0 Comments

So this is coming to you a little late, but, hey, better late than never, right?

TBR (To Be Read) Pile is a monthly feature where I go through the books I plan to read that month, sometimes I might read them all, sometimes I might read them all and then some, and sometimes I might read a few or even just one (if that). It features both regular novels, be it stand-alone or series, short stories, anthologies as well as non-fiction works. In addition it also features comics, graphic novels and manga since I’m not currently reading enough of any of them to warrant giving them a post of their own. Obviously, not all TBR Pile posts will feature all the different types, but they might appear.

So! With that said, let’s take a look at this months TBR Pile!

Windwitch by Susan Dennard

After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.
– Read more @ GoodReads

This is book 2 in The Witchlands series, I really liked the first book Truthwitch so I’ve been looking forward to returning to The Witchlands’ universe to see what happens next to the different characters. Especially Iseult who I have a bit of a soft spot for.

 

 

The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova

Her vengeance. His vision.

Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.
– Read more @ GoodReads

This is another book that was featured in my book haul recently. I came across it after watching some YouTube videos and the first thing that grabbed my attention was the cover (I know, I know, don’t judge a book by its cover…) and then when I read the blurb on GoodReads I knew I had to read it and read it soon. So it made it’s way to the top of my TBR Pile in a hurry!

 

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.
– Read more @ GoodReads

Yet another book from my book haul, I promise I do plan on reading some books that weren’t featured in that post too!  I just really want to read so many of the books I bought that I’m finding it really hard to be patient and read what I already have first before I start on my newly bought books, but it’s hard! This is another one that was first introduced to me through YouTube and it looked interesting so I wanted to read it and see what I thought about it for myself!

 

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.
– Read more @ GoodReads

This is another book that I sort of fell in love with because of the cover. I really love the deep colour on the front and the bright red on the back of the book That and I really wanted to read a book about dreamwalkers and the idea of getting information, not by breaking into computers, bank vaults or archives, but into the brain itself. It sounds really intriguing and I can’t wait to read it!

 

 

Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder

Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan assumes their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honoured for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Territories, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos.
– Read more @ GoodReads

Yet another book from my book haul and another book I heard about on YouTube, although I have heard of it, and the author, several times before I’ve just been excruciatingly slow at actually picking up a book of hers and giving it a read. Either way Touch of Power sounds really interesting and I love how, rather than being glorified as something wonderful and pure, Healers seem to be viewed as darker and crueller than what they’re typically depicted as in fantasy novels. Not to mention the dilemma that faces Avry as well. I’m probably going to be picking this up pretty soon, as I’ve really wanted to try out one of Snyders books and this seems like a perfect occasion to do so!

 

Mars vol. 1 by Fuyumi Soryo 

A bad boy can change a good girl forever. Rei is the school delinquent. Kira is shy and studious. What they see in each other is a mystery to their friends. What they find in each other is a miracle to themselves. With a style that is artistic and chic, this tale of restless and confused high school love will appeal to young women everywhere.

Kira and Rei might as well be from different planets. She’s a shy art student, afraid of boys and hated by her classmates. He’s a rebellious motorcycle racer with girls dropping left and right just to talk to him. Their lives become intertwined when Kira asks Rei to model for her and, to everyone’s surprise, he agrees. As these two battle their personal demons and the pressures of their classmates, they learn not only to love each other, but themselves.
– Read more @ GoodReads

So unlike the rest of the books I’ve listed so far, I’ve actually posted the full summary of Mars, partly because I haven’t mentioned it on this blog before BUT also because the Taiwanese drama by the same name that’s based on this manga is one of my all time favourite dramas. Seriously! It’s really good and I’ve heard it keeps pretty true to the manga. I’m also in the process of watching the Japanese remake of this and I’ve almost collected all the volumes (just waiting on volume #15 to come in from Amazon) I’m pretty stoked about reading it. Mars also makes my return to Manga which I haven’t read for years.

 

ホリミヤ 1 (Horimiya #1) by Hero, Daisuke Hagiwara

Hori may seem like a normal teenage girl, but she’s a completely different person after school. In her workaholic parents’ absence, Hori has been like a parent for her little brother since she was young herself. Between taking care of her brother, feeding them both, and housework, she doesn’t have much time for a usual teenage social life.

One day, she meets someone else who does not present his true self at school: a quiet, glasses-wearing boy called Miyamura. She’d assumed he was bookish, and possibly an otaku, but Hori couldn’t have been more wrong. Outside of school, Miyamura is a friendly guy with many piercings, and he’s not very good at academics. Now the two of them have someone with whom they can share both halves of their lives!
– Read more @ GoodReads

I came across this manga while browsing The Book Depository for another manga (which incidentially is below) and thought it sounded kind of cute, so I ordered volume 1 and I’m curios to see how I’ll like it. As I mentioned above, I haven’t read manga for a really long time, and apparently when I get back to something, I get back into it by taking on way too much. Still, I like the concept so I’m going to give it a go and hope my TBR list doesn’t fall over as a result!

 

My Little Monster, Vol. 1 (Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun #1) by Robico

OPPOSITES ATTRACT… MAYBE?

Haru Yoshida is feared as an unstable and violent “monster.” Shizuku Mizutani is a grade-obsessed student with no friends. Fate brings these two together to form the most unlikely pair. Haru firmly believes he’s in love with Shizuku and she firmly believes he’s insane.
– Read more @ GoodReads

Let me start off by saying this: I LOVED the anime version of this, even if it’s not the full manga made into an anime, it’s still excellent and they did a pretty good job of ending it without it being such an abrupt ending that you have no choice but to pick up the manga (looking at you Rainbow Days/Nijiro Days) (you still really want to do that, but it’s okay to not run out at midnight to buy it). I’ve actually started this one before, but I had some stuff going on so I put it down. However, I’m going to pick it back up now because I LOVED what I did read and I just want to start from the beginning and enjoy this series to the fullest because it’s wonderful, funny and just all the right things <3

 

Life in a Medieval City by Frances Gies and Joseph Gies

Medieval history comes alive in Frances and Joseph Gies’s Life in a Medieval City, used as a research resource by George R. R. Martin in creating the world of A Game of Thrones.

Reissued for the first time in decades, Life in a Medieval City is the classic account of the year 1250 in the city of Troyes, in modern-day France. Acclaimed historians Frances and Joseph Gies focus on a high point of medieval civilization—before war and the Black Death ravaged Europe—providing a fascinating window into the sophistication of a period we too often dismiss as backward.
– Read more @ GoodReads

So part of the reason why I wanted to pick this up is because it’s apparently been used by George R.R. Martin to help create the world in A Game of Thrones. The other reasons why I want to read it is; because I actually really do enjoy these kinds of books and I miss reading them, I wanted to branch out and read about something other than the Georgian, Regency or Victorian periods for once and because I actually need to research this topic anyway so why not use something that someone else seems to have found useful? (That and I might be able to use the snowball technique on this and use their references to find more info once I’m through this one!).

 

1, 2, 3… 9… Yep. That’s a total of 9 books in my TBR Pile this month.

But wait! There is more!

Books I want to finish this month

You thought it was over, huh? You thought you were in the clear? Yeah… No. See, I have some books that I’ve already started, some way before March came around, and I’d really like to finish them. However it didn’t feel quite right to add them in with my “normal” TBR books so I’ve saved them for last. These are books that I’m very nearly (well, in some cases) done with. So, let’s get onto them:

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.
– Read more @ GoodReads

According to GoodReads I’m 48% through this book and I hope to finish the remaining 52% this month so that I can move on to the rest of the books in the series. There’s not really a good reason why I haven’t finished it yet, because I do like it a lot, there was just a lot happening between the time I picked it up (Nov/Dec last year) and now so hopefully I can settle down and finish it!

 

 

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite – the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?
– Read more @ GoodReads

I’m 69% finished with this book apparently. I brought it with me on a trip last summer and I didn’t want to finish it because I didn’t have the rest of the books in the series. Then I came home, bought the rest of the books… And nothing. Again, I did move between last summer and now so that’s probably why. However I own the rest of the books in the series along with Six of Crows so I really want to finish this now!

 

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

When kingdom come, there will be one.

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown. 
– Read more @ GoodReads

I got this in an OwlCrate box ages ago (I’ve ended my subscription now though) and I’ve been meaning to get to it, it just… Took awhile. At the moment I’m 43% through this book and I really want to finish it. Unlike the other two box I’ve mentioned, I did just start this a few days back, so I might get through it pretty soon without putting it down for an age and a half!

 

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

There’s no such thing as safe.

Kate Harker wants to be as ruthless as her father. After five years and six boarding schools, she’s finally going home to prove that she can be.

August Flynn wants to be human. But he isn’t. He’s a monster, one that can steal souls with a song. He’s one of the three most powerful monsters in a city overrun with them. His own father’s secret weapon.

Their city is divided.

Their city is crumbling.

Kate and August are the only two who see both sides, the only two who could do something.

But how do you decide to be a hero or a villain when it’s hard to tell which is which?
– Read more @ GoodReads

Yet another book that I recieved through OwlCrate I’m actually only 4% into this book, but I did start it so long ago that it didn’t feel quite right to include it further up. However, I’ll probably start this one over and as much as I love the concept I do have a lot on my plate this month so there’s a pretty good chance I won’t be getting through this book just yet. That said, I hope to read it very soon if not this month!

 

And with that… I have 13 books on my TBR list. Do I think I’ll get through all that? Not really. But a challenge might be just what I need right now and it’s not like any of these books are going somewhere if I don’t finish them right this second. Still, between this and my To Watch List (upcoming post) I might actually have to schedule in some social activities if I don’t want to turn into a total recluse (especially since I’ve got some games I want to play too!).

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