Top Ten Tuesday: Books I meant to read in 2018

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Here’s a post that could go on forever.  I like to buy and collect books.  It’s just what I do.  I have a shelf on GoodReads dedicated specifically to reminding me about books I own and should read.  The saddest part is hardly any of them are spontaneous purchases.  They are books I legitimately want to read.  I picked the top 10 based on books I meant to plug in for my still unfinished PopSugar 2018 challenge.

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10. Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child – This was my “Book set in the decade you were born” prompt.  I want to read this.  I sort of want to read the whole Pendergast series.  They all sound like a lot of fun.  Plus I loved the movie.  I really don’t know why I haven’t read it.

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9. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill – This was my “Book with an ugly cover” prompt.  It’s not really that the cover is that ugly, just sort of plain.  I love Joe Hill.  I love the premise.  No reason for not having started it.

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8. 11/22/63 by Stephen King – This was supposed to be my “Book about time travel” and instead I plugged in Elan Mastai’s All Our Wrong Todays.  It’s the oldest book on my TBR.  I’ve owned it for years.  I looked at a couple of “Best of Stephen King” lists the other day and this was on most of them.  I think the length is intimidating me.

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7. Fall of Giants by Ken Follett – Okay so this was actually listed in my Around the Year in 52 books challenge for the prompt “A book that scares or intimidates you”.  It looks like I ended up changing it to State of Fear by Michael Crichton, which took me like 6 or 7 weeks to read.  I love Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth series but I’ve been nervous to try anything else by him, like nothing else will ever live up to those books (they probably won’t).

6. Golden Son and Morning Star by Pierce Brown – THESE BOOKS.  I read Red Rising and loved it.  Seriously- I was over the moon crazy about it.  I immediately went out and purchased Morning Star, but was disappointed to find I had to order Golden Son because it was out of stock.  By the time I received it, I was already reading something else and I just never got back to them.  They’ve been on my list for TWO YEARS.  They were originally slated for “Past GoodReads Choice Awards Winner” and “Next book in a series you started” which I replaced with Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and Necessity by Jo Walton.  No regrets about what I actually read, but man I would like to get these off my list.

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5. Leviathan Wakes by James Corey – I *think* this was my original “Book set on another planet” prompt, but I ended up plugging Provenance by Ann Leckie in instead.  This book and series comes so highly recommended.  No idea why I haven’t picked it up.

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4. Consider Phlebas by Iain Banks – I actually can’t remember what I had this plugged for.  I just know that I really, really wanted to read it last year.  I bought it in 2017, planned to read it with a group this past December, and then the dreaded reading slump hit.

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3. Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson – This was plugged for my “book with your favorite color in the title”.  Red isn’t really my favorite color.  I don’t really have a favorite.  Blue and purple are probably more accurate than red, but I needed an excuse to plug this in somewhere and it had a color in the title. I ended up plugging The Black God’s Drums instead, and had no regrets about that either.

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2. The Once and Future King by T.H.White – Another one I’ve owned for two years, had on two/three different lists for two years, planned multiple group reads for it.  I’m supposed to be reading this right now actually.  I wish I was joking.  I haven’t even read the first line.  Le sigh.

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1. The War of the Wolf by Bernard Cornwell – This was supposed to be: “Book with an animal in the title”.  I’ve been waiting for it for over a year.  I might not actually ever read it.  I’m too scared Uhtred will die and life will become meaningless.  Should I read it and stop before the end?  I don’t know.

Other stuff I have no excuse for not having read yet:  IT by Stephen King, Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski, The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman, Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb, Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky, King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence… and the list goes on.

What about you?  What haven’t you read yet?  Leave me a link below and I’ll come check out your list!

Book Haul!

A couple weeks ago one of my local libraries had a Friends of the Library book sale.  I love used books- almost more than I love new books, and was pretty impressed with the offerings!  I kept walking around picking up stuff until my hands were full, at which point one of the kindly library volunteers would laugh and give me a bag.  When the bag was full she’d shake her head and hand me another bag.

As much as I would have liked to take  home both of those bags, I was able to cull the pile and came away with a few books I’m super excited about!

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Unfortunately fellow Sci-Fi/Fantasy lovers, I only came away with one book in the sci-fi genre- Micro by Michael Crichton.  But I found THREE Cornwell books I don’t already own from his Richard Sharpe series (which I still need to start) and I’m super excited about them.  A lot of Cornwell’s readers love this series, perhaps even more so than his Saxon Stories (though I find that hard to believe).

I also took a chance on one author I’ve never heard of or read before, Anthony Riches, picking up the first book in his Empire series, Wounds of Honor.  This is a novel of the Roman empire – one of my favorite eras in history.  Have you seen Gladiator?  The blurb mentions Emperor Commodus, and I really hope this Commodus is one the same as Joaquin Phoenix’s Commodus.  Unfortunately- it doesn’t seem like he’ll be a major player, but I’m excited to read it just the same.

My wonderful daughter (with some help from my wonderful mother) also picked this out for me for my birthday, which was nearly a month ago.

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This is a post-apocalyptic novel about a plague that kills most of America’s children, and leaves the ones that live with (what sounds like) some supernatural powers.  It has a 4.11 rating from over 100 of my GoodReads friends, who can be pretty critical, so I’m super excited to start it. It’s also being made into a movie- so I need to hurry up and read it before I get to the theatre!

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Have I mentioned yet that Bernard Cornwell is one of my favorite authors?  Second only to Stephen King?  Luckily for me he’s just as prolific, has been writing for years, and doesn’t seem to feel the need to make his books a thousand pages long.  The Saxon Stories, starting with The Last Kingdom, follow Uhtred of Bebbanburg.  A boy kidnapped by vikings at a young age and raised with the old gods.  When he finally returns to his people, he’s a lone pagan in a sea of Christians, trying to drive back a sea of invaders that were once his people, for a king he doesn’t even like.  How’s that for inner turmoil?

I won’t get to this one for some time- I’m considering buddy reading the entire series all over again (you know, someday) but I sleep better at night just looking at it on my shelf.  So there’s that.