So I follow several different booktubers and this tag came up a lot. Basically these are just three books that I’m a little afraid to read (for a variety of different reasons) but I really want to read them. These books are either going to require some extra focus or determination but I think I can get through them (and hopefully enjoy them!).
After Alice by Gregory Maguire
Uh can we just talk about this cover for a second, I’m in love. I’m all about a fairy tale spin-off, and Gregory Maguire is known for them. And unf just listen to this plot description on Goodreads:
When Alice toppled down the rabbit-hole 150 years ago, she found a Wonderland as rife with inconsistent rules and abrasive egos as the world she left behind. But what of that world? How did 1860s Oxford react to Alice’s disappearance?
In this brilliant new work of fiction, Gregory Maguire turns his dazzling imagination to the question of underworlds, undergrounds, underpinnings — and understandings old and new, offering an inventive spin on Carroll’s enduring tale. Ada, a friend of Alice’s mentioned briefly in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, is off to visit her friend, but arrives a moment too late — and tumbles down the rabbit hole herself.
Ada brings to Wonderland her own imperfect apprehension of cause and effect as she embarks on an odyssey to find Alice and see her safely home from this surreal world below the world. If Euridyce can ever be returned to the arms of Orpheus, or Lazarus can be raised from the tomb, perhaps Alice can be returned to life. Either way, everything that happens next is After Alice.
Cool right? But honestly, I don’t know if I will be able to handle his writing. I read Wicked and that was brutal. Not that it was bad, it was just A LOT. Granted, this one is smaller than Wicked but I’m still a little nervous. It just sounds so cool so I hope that I’m engaged. And it’s just so pretty. (#priorities)
Walk on the Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
I think I’ve only read short stories by Rae Carson, if anything. I’ve heard her writing is good and the plot of this one sounds pretty unique:
Lee Westfall has a strong, loving family. She has a home she loves and a loyal steed. She has a best friend—who might want to be something more.
She also has a secret.
Lee can sense gold in the world around her. Veins deep in the earth. Small nuggets in a stream. Even gold dust caught underneath a fingernail. She has kept her family safe and able to buy provisions, even through the harshest winters. But what would someone do to control a girl with that kind of power? A person might murder for it.
When everything Lee holds dear is ripped away, she flees west to California—where gold has just been discovered. Perhaps this will be the one place a magical girl can be herself. If she survives the journey.
The acclaimed Rae Carson begins a sweeping new trilogy set in Gold Rush-era America, about a young woman with a powerful and dangerous gift.
Here’s the thing: 1) it’s a big book, 2) I’m not familiar with the author, and 3) it’s the start of a series. Some people get so excited to start a series, I get a little nervous. I have this tendency to not finish them. I have book commitment issues. I’m hoping that the writing and plot will be so good that I’ll just have to keep up!
Ink by Amanda Sun
COVER. Oh my gosh it is so pretty. So this book isn’t very long, and it’s got a decent sounding plot (plus it takes place in Japan):
On the heels of a family tragedy, the last thing Katie Greene wants to do is move halfway across the world. Stuck with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan, Katie feels lost. Alone. She doesn’t know the language, she can barely hold a pair of chopsticks, and she can’t seem to get the hang of taking her shoes off whenever she enters a building.
Then there’s gorgeous but aloof Tomohiro, star of the school’s kendo team. How did he really get the scar on his arm? Katie isn’t prepared for the answer. But when she sees the things he draws start moving, there’s no denying the truth: Tomo has a connection to the ancient gods of Japan, and being near Katie is causing his abilities to spiral out of control. If the wrong people notice, they’ll both be targets.
Katie never wanted to move to Japan—now she may not make it out of the country alive.
Okay so this is a part of a series so there is my book commitment problem. But also, I’ve heard pretty mixed reviews.
What are some books on your shelf that seem a little intimidating? I want to know! Have a great day guys!
Ayyy yooo! Yeah I’ve been inactive, but I’m a student and I finally have some time to work on this blog! I’m so excited because I have so many ideas for posts.
So I’ve really been looking at some sweet books coming out this summer and I’m getting really excited. These are in no particular order and I tried to narrow it down to just three!
- This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab — July 5th, 2016
So, I’m about to get real with you guys. I’ve only read one book by Victoria Schwab, and it was the first book of The Archived series. For some reason I never picked up the next book in the series, but I remember the first book being really good.
Here is a summary from Schwab’s website:
This Savage Song tells the story of two teens in a broken world, where violent acts start breeding actual monsters. Some are shadows with teeth that feed on flesh and bone. Some are corpses that feed on blood. And some can pass for human. Those rare creatures feed on souls.
It’s the story of Kate Harker, the only daughter of a crime boss, and August Flynn, the son of a man trying to hold his city together. Kate is a human who wants to be a monster, and August a monster who wishes he were human.
Uhh cool right?! I have a feeling that this one will creep me out, but in a good way. I believe this is going to be a series, but again I’m not sure.
2. A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody — August 2nd, 2016
Okay, if you all know me, I LOVE a good chick lit. I breeze through them and its a fun little treat from something like fantasy (which I’ve been reading a lot of recently). I don’t know about you, but when I’m at the beach, I want something fun! I spend like all day on the beach so I tend to bring 3 or 4 of them to go through. Even though I won’t be at the beach in August, this will be a nice pool read!
Here is a summary from Brody’s webpage:
When I made the wish, I just wanted a do-over. Another chance to make things right. I never, in a million years, thought it might actually come true…
Sixteen-year-old Ellison Sparks is having a serious case of the Mondays. She gets a ticket for running a red light, she manages to take the world’s worst school picture, she bombs softball try-outs and her class election speech (note to self: never trust a cheerleader when she swears there are no nuts in her bake-sale banana bread), and to top it all off, Tristan, her gorgeous rocker boyfriend suddenly dumps her. For no good reason!
As far as Mondays go, it doesn’t get much worse than this. And Ellie is positive that if she could just do it all over again, she would get it right. So when she wakes up the next morning to find she’s reliving the exact same day, she knows what she has to do: stop her boyfriend from breaking up with her. But it seems no matter how many do-overs she gets or how hard Ellie tries to repair her relationship, Tristan always seems bent set on ending it. Will Ellie ever figure out how to fix this broken day? Or will she be stuck in this nightmare of a Monday forever?
From the author 52 Reasons to Hate My Father and The Unremembered trilogy comes a hilarious and heartwarming story about second (and third and fourth and fifth) chances. Because sometimes it takes a whole week of Mondays to figure out what you really want.
Like I said, something sort of low-stakes and kind of mindless for lack of a better word.
3. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling — July 31st, 2016
Uh, this is obvious, sorry (not sorry). I know this is a play and everything but yeah, I’m still buying it and reading it in one day WITH NO SHAME.
Here’s the summary from Goodreads:
Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a new play by Jack Thorne, is the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. It will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on 30th July 2016
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places.
AHHHHHHHH. I’m so pumped everyone. I’m just…yeah no words.
So that’s only three, but I plan to be updating it every once in a while. Please let me know what you are excited for!
Hey guys! I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted, but I’m getting back into it this new year! 🙂 This is what I’m planning to read this next month.
I’m hoping because I still have some time off that I’ll be able to get to all of these, but these are not set in stone. One of my many resolutions for this year was to read books that have been sitting on my shelf for awhile now.
I picked up A Discovery of Witches (the first book in the All Souls Trilogy) and thought it was pretty good, good enough to continue the series. I’ve already started Shadow of Night so I’m hoping to marathon these in the next couple of days. I’ll post a review about A Discovery of Witches within the next couple of days.
If you know me I always go for a fairy tale retelling. When I saw Ellen Hopkins on the cover I knew I had to have it. I have a book by Julie Kagawa sitting on my shelf (Iron something? I’m too lazy to go get up and look) that I should probably read but I’m just going to go for it.
Okay so the main reason why I picked up this one was because I saw it on Book Outlet for super cheap and it has been sitting on my TBR list on goodreads for entirely too long. After the previous books I’ll be reading this month this will probably be a breeze to read. I can always go for a good chick flick so this is the one I’ll go for.
This one was kind of a weird one for me. I’ve tried to avoid suspense/thriller like these for awhile just because I could never really get into them. Recently, I have had kind of an urge to get back into them. The synopsis seems cool enough so I think I’ll give this one a go.
It’s been awhile since I’ve picked up a classic. One of my friends has been nagging me to read it for close to two years now. Strangely enough, I’ve never read anything Sylvia Plath, so I’m anxious to jump into it.
That’s it for my January TBR folks. You can find descriptions for each book on Goodreads. 🙂