December TBR

Posted December 3, 2017 by Vildea in Books, TBR Pile / 0 Comments

I mentioned in this post that I’m having some thoughts on whether or not to do wrap-ups at the end of the month and whether or not to do TBRs or currently reading posts. At the moment I still enjoy doing these TBR posts so I came to the decision that I would still do them, but supplement them with a currently reading post throughout the month. Perhaps they will eventually replace the TBR post altogether, but for now that’s how I’m going to do it.

So this will mean that my TBR post will actually include more books since I don’t have the weight of a wrap-up post looming over me and while I think I might add a round-up post at the end of the month, unless I DNFed a book or finished it, I simply won’t mention it until I do either.

With that in mind, my December TBR do include some books that have made frequent appearances in the hope that I will finish them this year, and if not, I’m probably going to put them on hold or DNF them if it doesn’t look like I’m going to get anywhere

So! Let’s get going!

 

Books I’m Hoping To Finish

Cress by Marissa MeyerIn this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

I’m not sure why it’s taken me so long to get through this series, because when I read it I really love it. So I’m planning on finishing what I have left (50% roughly speaking) of Cress so that I might finish the series sometime next year.


Gilded Cage by Vic JamesIn modern-day Britain, magic users control everything: wealth, politics, power—and you. If you’re not one of the ultimate one-percenters—the magical elite—you owe them ten years of service. Do those years when you’re old, and you’ll never get through them. Do them young, and you’ll never get over them.

This is the darkly decadent world of Gilded Cage. In its glittering milieu move the all-powerful Jardines and the everyday Hadleys. The families have only one thing in common: Each has three children. But their destinies entwine when one family enters the service of the other. They will all discover whether any magic is more powerful than the human spirit.

Have a quick ten years. . . .

 

I stopped reading this book because I could tell that we were nearing the part where things would be heating up and where some might die. So I put it down because I got really anxious, which is actually a great sign and the reason why I want to get back to it and finish it soon!


Station Eleven by Emily St. John MandelAn audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time-from the actor’s early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains – this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor’s first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet.

Sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.

Station Eleven has been by purse-book for a while now and it’s the book that I’ve been bringing to and from work in my purse (hence purse-book) to read on the bus, during my breaks etc. I quite like it so I want to finish this soon.


To catch an assassin, use an assassin…

Girton Club-foot, apprentice to the land’s best assassin, still has much to learn about the art of taking lives. But his latest mission tasks him and his master with a far more difficult challenge: to save a life. Someone, or many someones, is trying to kill the heir to the throne, and it is up to Girton and his master to uncover the traitor and prevent the prince’s murder.

In a kingdom on the brink of civil war and a castle thick with lies Girton finds friends he never expected, responsibilities he never wanted, and a conspiracy that could destroy an entire kingdom.

 

 

I started reading this pretty recently and so far I’m really enjoying it and I’m moving through it pretty quickly which should hopefully mean I’l be finishing it soon!


A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

This is the last book that I’ve already started that I’m hoping to finish before the year is over. It got a little lost between all the books I was hoping to read and trying to read, but I enjoy it a lot and have been thinking about it even when I haven’t been reading it which tends to mean that I want to finish it.

Series I’m continuing

Note: I’m not adding summaries to avoid spoiling anyone who hasn’t read the frist of a series.

Siege and Storm by Leigh BardugoI know a lot of people say that the Six of Crows series is better, but I started this series before I started that and so I’m determined to finish it before I can move onto something else. I quite liked the first book and I have been warned to keep my expectations low to not be disappointed so I think I’ll enjoy this sequel.

 

 

 

 

 


Godsgrave by Jay KristoffI really enjoyed Nevernight and have been anxiously waiting for Godsgrave but since I don’t have Nevernight in hardback I made myself wait until the paperback was released.

So now I have it and hope to get to it ASAP so I can see what happens next and get to spend more time in a world that I’ve fallen in love with.

 

 

 

 

 

New Books I’m Starting

A.K.A. I really shouldn’t, but I’m doing it anyway.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown“I live for the dream that my children will be born free,” she says. “That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them.”

“I live for you,” I say sadly.

Eo kisses my cheek. “Then you must live for more.”

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.

Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

I mentioned this book in my November book haul and I’ve been really excited to read it so I decided to go ahead and add it (this is a thought much repeated as I put together this post as you’ll see) and read it in December.


Spellslinger by Sebastien de CastellThere are three things that earn you a man’s name among the Jan’Tep. The first is to demonstrate the strength to defend your family. The second is to prove you can perform the high magic that defines our people. The third is simply to reach the age of sixteen. I was a few weeks shy of my birthday when I learned that I wouldn’t be doing any of those things.

Magic is a con game.

Kellen is moments away from facing his first mage’s duel and the start of four trials that will make him a spellcaster. There’s just one problem: his magic is gone. As his sixteenth birthday approaches, Kellen falls back on his cunning in a bid to avoid total disgrace. But when a daring stranger arrives in town, she challenges Kellen to take a different path. Ferius Parfax is one of the mysterious Argosi – a traveller who lives by her wits and the three decks of cards she carries. She’s difficult and unpredictable, but she may be Kellen’s only hope…

I only just got this in the mail, and aside from having a beautiful cover and awesome red end papers, it also sounded like something I’d really enjoy. So, here we are. I can’t wait to read it!


The Star Touched Queen by Roshani ChokshiFate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.

I’ve had this book on my shelf for a while and I have wanted to read it for ages, so I decided that since I’m apparently going to make this my biggest TBR post yet, to add that as well. It sounds really awesome and I’ve heard great things about it so I’m really excited to get to it


One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.

Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.

Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.

Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.

And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

This somehow sounds a lot like The Breaksfast Club a movie that I really love, but with murder which makes me really excited. I also wanted to add something a little more contemporary to this as well so that I don’t read too much fantasy (yes, there is such a thing for me unfortunately).


Laia is a slave.

Elias is a soldier.

Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

At last! The last book that I plan on reading this month. It’s something I’ve been wanting to read for a while so I’m glad that I’m finally going to get to enjoy it!

Christmas

So I don’t have, unlike a lot of people, a tradition of reading Harry Potter during Christmas. I do watch it though. That and Narnia and several others.

The only thing that I make a habit of reading is one thing, which is a bit of a classic and by some called a fairytale and that is:

Den Lille Pigen Med Svovelstikkene / The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian AndersenDen Lille Pige Med Svovlstikkerne / The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen

I’ve been reading this for Christmas ever since elementary and it’s one of those books that I can’t read in English because I didn’t read it in English the first time and I’ve read it too often now to change that.

 

 

 

 

 

And that’s it. Is it way too ambitious? Uh, yeah, probably. Am I going to get through all of them? Well, I hope so but I don’t know so, but we’ll see.

What are your end-of-the-year goals and TBRs? Do you think you’ll be able to get through the things you want to before years end? And if you don’t, will it bother you?

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