Stuff and Nonsense: Top 10 Tuesday: Winter 2015 TBR


11.25.2014

Top 10 Tuesday: Winter 2015 TBR


It's a month early, but here are the top ten books on my Winter 2015 TBR list for this week's Top Ten Tuesday!

Insurgent by Veronica Roth. Own the trilogy, but have only read Divergent. Feel I should read Insurgent before the movie comes out in March for fear of SPOILERS from overly enthusiastic friends.
One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. Read The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, but have avoided Mockingjay as I heard not very good things about it. However, the second half of the movie is due out in November and I’d like to be caught up with the books so I can watch the movies.
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena alive, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what's worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss's family, not her friends, not the people of District 12.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown. I read the first three chapters a few months ago and was pretty intrigued by the story … but then, you know, life happened and I FORGOT ABOUT FINISHING IT. The next book, Golden Son, is out in January so I’d better get cracking.
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.

The Female Man by Joanna Russ. Nominated for a Nebula and winner of a (retrospective) Tiptree Award.
Living in an altered past that never saw the end of the Great Depression, Jeannine, a librarian, is waiting to be married. Joanna lives in a different version of reality: she's a 1970s feminist trying to succeed in a man's world. Janet is from Whileaway, a utopian earth where only women exist. And Jael is a warrior with steel teeth and catlike retractable claws, from an earth with separate-and warring-female and male societies. When these four women meet, the results are startling, outrageous, and subversive.

The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah. A new Hercule Poirot novel! /swoons
Hercule Poirot's quiet supper in a London coffee house is interrupted when a young woman confides to him that she is about to be murdered. She is terrified, but begs Poirot not to find and punish her killer. Once she is dead, she insists, justice will have been done.

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki (Author) & Jillian Tamaki (Illustrator). I adored Mariko’s Skim and Emiko Superstar and Jillian did some lovely covers for Penguin Threads.
Every summer, Rose goes with her mom and dad to a lake house in Awago Beach. It's their getaway, their refuge. Rosie's friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had. But this summer is different. Rose's mom and dad won't stop fighting, and when Rose and Windy seek a distraction from the drama, they find themselves with a whole new set of problems. One of the local teens -- just a couple of years older than Rose and Windy - is caught up in something bad ... Something life threatening.

The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg. Late Victorian England with origami magic? Oh, yes!
Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she’s bonded to paper, that will be her only magic…forever.

Book club selections I “have to” read for work:

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. [December]
Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Hauser. [January]
When Anne Morrow, a shy college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family, she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Enthralled by Charles’s assurance and fame, Anne is certain the aviator has scarcely noticed her. But she is wrong. Charles sees in Anne a kindred spirit, a fellow adventurer, and her world will be changed forever.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. [February]
A Love Story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?

Now I just have to wait ...

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