After trying monthly TBRs and finding that I more often than not tend to fail (rather spectacularly too) at them, I decided to try my hand at having a weekly TBR instead. Keep in mind that my TBR is what I plan and hope to read, but that if the mood strikes me I frequently find myself picking up books that isn’t on this list. Still, I find that a TBR helps me when I’m stuck on what to read and keeps the time I spend looking for something to read to a minimum.
For this week there’s actually mostly fantasy/sci-fi represented, that doesn’t mean that I can’t/won’t read contemporary or anything else, but that I want to try and focus on beginning/continuing/finishing these books in particular. One of the books have made an appearance so often now that it probably seems like I’m never going to finish it, but I will you just watch!
I went through (almost) all of my physical books (specifically my fantasy/sci-fi books) and did the “try a chapter” challenge on all of them in order to try and get my TBR down. When I started I had 34 books and when I finished I had 20 books I truly wanted to read, 10 I’m still on the fence about and 4 I’m going to unhaul.
So the first book on this TBR is a direct result of my little experiment, as are two other books I’ll be mentioning further down, so let’s get going;
This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.
The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.
BRIEFING NOTE: Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.
I know, I know. Everyone has already read this one and hasn’t this made an appearance on TBRs before? Well. Yes and yes. However I haven’t actually opened the book and read anything in it until now, and after having done that I find that I’m really eager to read this again which was the whole point of my little experiment.
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.
Stressed and tired from hiding, Avry is abducted by a band of rogues who, shockingly, value her gift above the golden bounty offered for her capture. Their leader an enigmatic captor-protector with powers of his own is unequivocal in his demands: Avry must heal a plague-stricken prince, the leader of a campaign against her people.
As they traverse the daunting Nine Mountains, beset by mercenaries and magical dangers, Avry must decide who is worth healing and what is worth dying for.
Before you say anything: Yes this has also appeared on TBRs before. Yes I do really plan on reading it. Again, this is another one where I forgot why I wanted to read it and reading a little in it kick-started the desire to do so all over again and so here it is.
Life sucks and then you die…
In the near future, the elderly have moved online and now live within the computer network. But that doesn’t stop them interfering in the lives of the living, whose sole real purpose now is to maintain the vast servers which support digital Heaven. For one orphan that just isn’t enough – he wants more for himself and his sister than a life slaving away for the dead. It turns out that he’s not the only one who wants to reset the world…
I know this one has made an appearance in a book haul before, but I’m not sure if it’s appeared in a TBR. Either way, it’s the same story here as with the previous ones although I’ve been tempted to pick this up quite recently, so it wasn’t quite as forgotten.
An untested young princess must claim her throne, learn to become a queen, and combat a malevolent sorceress in an epic battle between light and darkness in this spectacular debut—the first novel in a trilogy.
Young Kelsea Raleigh was raised in hiding after the death of her mother, Queen Elyssa, far from the intrigues of the royal Keep and in the care of two devoted servants who pledged their lives to protect her. Growing up in a cottage deep in the woods, Kelsea knows little of her kingdom’s haunted past . . . or that its fate will soon rest in her hands.
Long ago, Kelsea’s forefathers sailed away from a decaying world to establish a new land free of modern technology. Three hundred years later, this feudal society has divided into three fearful nations who pay duties to a fourth: the powerful Mortmesne, ruled by the cunning Red Queen. Now, on Kelsea’s nineteenth birthday, the tattered remnants of the Queen’s Guard—loyal soldiers who protect the throne—have appeared to escort the princess on a perilous journey to the capital to ascend to her rightful place as the new Queen of the Tearling.
Though born of royal blood and in possession of the Tear sapphire, a jewel of immense power and magic, Kelsea has never felt more uncertain of her ability to rule. But the shocking evil she discovers in the heart of her realm will precipitate an act of immense daring, throwing the entire kingdom into turmoil—and unleashing the Red Queen’s vengeance. A cabal of enemies with an array of deadly weapons, from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic, plots to destroy her. But Kelsea is growing in strength and stealth, her steely resolve earning her loyal allies, including the Queen’s Guard, led by the enigmatic Lazarus, and the intriguing outlaw known simply as “the Fetch.”
Kelsea’s quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun. Riddled with mysteries, betrayals, and treacherous battles, Kelsea’s journey is a trial by fire that will either forge a legend . . . or destroy her.
So we move onto the first ebook on this list. I wanted to add some since most of what I’ve been reading recently (actually, everything I’ve been reading) has been in an ebook format and it seemed like a good idea to make sure I’d pick some things to read that would be in that format too.
Two struggling teenagers find an unexpected connection just when they need it most.
Sometimes a new perspective is all that is needed to make sense of the world.
KIT:I don’t know why I decide not to sit with Annie and Violet at lunch. It feels like no one here gets what I’m going through. How could they? I don’t even understand.
DAVID:In the 622 days I’ve attended Mapleview High, Kit Lowell is the first person to sit at my lunch table. I mean, I’ve never once sat with someone until now. “So your dad is dead,” I say to Kit, because this is a fact I’ve recently learned about her.
When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, everyone is surprised, most of all Kit and David. Kit appreciates David’s blunt honesty—in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. David welcomes Kit’s attention and her inquisitive nature. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad’s tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they’ll find. Can their friendship survive the truth?
So I recently finished Tell Me Three Things by the same author and I’ll be posting a review of it pretty soon so I’m not going to go into great detail about it. But suffice to say that I enjoyed it enough to want to pick up something else by the author ASAP and I liked the sound of this one and wanted something else to add to the digital portion of my TBR so here we are.
I read Hope and Red last year and it was probably one of my favourite books of the year and so I’ve been really excited to continue on with the series as well as dreading doing so. Bane and Shadow is the sequel, which is why there’s no blurb for it as I don’t want to spoil anyone who haven’t read the first book. If you’re curious this is the summary for Hope and Red:
In a fracturing empire spread across savage seas, two young people from different cultures find common purpose. A nameless girl is the lone survivor when her village is massacred by biomancers, mystical servants of the emperor. Named after her lost village, Bleak Hope is secretly trained by a master Vinchen warrior as an instrument of vengeance. A boy becomes an orphan on the squalid streets of New Laven and is adopted by one of the most notorious women of the criminal underworld, given the name Red, and trained as a thief and con artist. When a ganglord named Deadface Drem strikes a bargain with the biomancers to consolidate and rule all the slums of New Laven, the worlds of Hope and Red come crashing together, and their unlikely alliance takes them further than either could have dreamed possible.
Last but not least is a book that’s been making appearances so often that it probably seems like I don’t really want to read this book,but believe me I really do. What I don’t want is for the series to end so I’m dragging my feet reading this because I know there’s not that much left after this. I’ve enjoyed it a lot up until now and can’t wait to see how everything progresses, yet at the same time I want it to go on for a little while longer.
This is the third novel in the series so again there’s no summary in the interest of not spoiling anyone who hasn’t read the first one. The summary for the first book, Cinder, is as follows:
A forbidden romance.
A deadly plague.
Earth’s fate hinges on one girl . . .
CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation.
Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth’s future.
This is not the fairytale you remember. But it’s one you won’t forget.
And that includes the (ambitious, I know) TBR for this week. I’m not actually expecting to finish all of these books in a week and I’m pretty sure some of these will be making an appearance next week as well, which is fine with me. However I am really excited by them all, so there’s a good chance I’ll read at least some of them unless I end up doing what I did last week which was read a couple from my TBR and then everything else was not actually on it. But hey, reading is reading and if that’s how it goes down it’s fine by me.
What are you planning on reading?