Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten TuesdayCreated and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme for those who love lists and want to get to know their fellow bloggers. Each week features a new theme, and anyone may participate. This week’s theme is…

Top Ten Books on My Winter TBR List

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. In the past week, this book has skyrocketed to the top of my TBR list, mostly because I’ve heard such great things about Martin Scorcese’s film adaptation. It looks like a beautiful book, one worth owning, so I plan to buy myself a copy at Women & Children First, my favorite indie bookstore in Chicago. Look for a book + movie review sometime in the next week! (#)

Wildwood by Colin Meloy with illustrations by Carson Ellis. I am a long-time fan of The Decemberists, and while I wasn’t terribly impressed by the preview chapters made available prior to this book’s release, I’d still like to read it. Cason Ellis’s illustrations won’t look great on my Kindle, so this is another title I plan to buy in hardcover. (#)

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness with illustrations by Jim Kay. If you think there’s a theme here, then you’re correct, at least for these first three titles. I’m intrigued by the premise of the story, and two book blogs whose opinions I trust (see: one & two) have had nothing but good things to say about it. Plus, the illustrations look beautiful. (#)

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré. This is another instance of my needing to read the book before I see the movie. I mean, have you seen the trailer? And true, this isn’t a YA title, but can’t we all agree that the line between YA and everything else is blurry, at best? It’s been a long time since I’ve read a spy novel, and I like the idea of reading a non-dystopia series in the coming months. (#)

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke. I’ve been meaning to read this book since…2006? And the copy I own has been with me in Washington, DC, Honolulu, HI, and now Chicago, IL. That alone gives it the right to some attention. Beyond that, I’m fairly certain that I’ll love this book, once I get over its intimidating length, and for whatever reason, it strikes me as ideal winter reading. (#)

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. Speaking of winter, I’ve been saving this book for the long, cold nights and short, cold days that I’ll inevitably spend nesting in the warmth of my bed. I’ve watched the first season of the HBO show, so I’m (somewhat) prepared for Martin’s tendency to kill his characters, but I’m looking forward to experiencing the story in full detail. Also, I want to be up-to-date when season 2 premiers in April. (#)

Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool. To be honest, I don’t know much about this book other than that it won the 2011 Newbery Medal, but that’s enough for me. I’d like to have read it before the 2012 winner is announced in January. I know there’s sometimes frustration with book awards, but I like them because they often introduce me to books I might have otherwise missed completely. (#)

A Million Suns by Beth Revis. Across the Universe is one of my favorite reads of the year, and when I finished it back in July, I was immediately anxious to read this sequel. I think that one of the reasons I love this series so much is that it’s much more sci-fi than it is dystopia, and I would love to see YA as a whole veer in that general direction, setting stories in a future of adventure and space travel rather than oppressive and vaguely feudal governments. [To be released January 10, 2012.] (#)

Cinder by Marissa MeyerCinder by Marissa Meyer. TBR as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge. Based on what little I know about this book, I get the impression that it’s going to be something along the lines of fairytale retelling meets Battlestar Galactica with elements of general YA dystopia thrown in for good measure. I could be wrong, but that sounds awesome. And I love the cover art. [To be released January 3, 2012] (#)

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. A glowing review by Anna Reads is what first brought this title to my attention, and it sounds like a lot of fun. The story sounds like One Day for the YA crowd, but that’s OK by me. I appreciate that the focus is (maybe) on more than just the main characters’ romance, and once again, I love the cover art, however twee it may be.  [To be released January 2, 2012.] (#)

What about you? What books are you most excited to read this winter?


15 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday

  1. We have A Million Suns, Cinder, and Statistical in common. Can’t wait! Loved A Monster Calls, and Hugo also sounds fantastic. Happy Winter reading!

  2. I am like you. The Invention of Hugo sounds exciting.

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  3. I can’t wait to start reading A Million Suns, I will be starting it in a day or two. I just finished Across the Universe last night, looking forward to book 2 🙂

  4. Game of Thrones was just as awesome at the HBO show. I have to read the second book for the second season to get all caught up. Also I can’t wait for A Million Suns to come out. =] Great list.
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  5. A Game of Thrones! WINTER IS COMING! This book is AMAZING! I recently read the second book in the series and LOVED it as well!
    I’ve heard so many good things about A Monster Calls! Hope you enjoy!
    -Daisy @ the Broke and the Bookish

    • I feel like (finally) reading A Game of Thrones will unlock a whole new section of the cultural zeitgeist. I mean, I get some of the jokes and references from watching the TV show, but when a book might as well be a doorstop, you know there’s a ton going on that could never be translated fully.

  6. Thanks for the shoutout! 🙂 This is a great list. I might do this meme too, but I don’t want to overwhelm myself with memes, because I’ve done that before, so I’ve got to choose carefully.

    Hugo and A Monster Calls are two of those books that I wish I had the chance to experience as a child. The illustrations are so lovely.

    A Game of Thrones is fantastic of course. Just a heads up, I read that season two will also move ahead some bits from book three also.

    I got approved for Cinder today on Netgalley. You should definitely sign up.

    • I’ve heard the same thing about Game of Thrones, that season 2 will include material from book three. I think I can be caught up by April, though, since everyone I know seems to find the books easy reads, even if they are ridiculously long.

      I can’t wait to hear what you think about Cinder! Though I might be a slightly crushed if it turns out to be not very good. (Except it’s a cyborg fairy tale! How could that go wrong!)

      NetGalley still intimidates me. And I have exactly one follower for this blog. Womp, womp. I think I’ll save that adventure for January. In the meantime, you should start doing this meme. It’s the only one I’ve found so far that is consistently interesting. (Though GReads! has a good one for Fridays that I might start using if I run out of one-off post ideas.)

  7. Hugo Cabret is amazing! And a very quick read, since so much of it is in pictures.
    I’ve also been wanting to read Jonathan Strange.

    My list is here, and has lots of YA on it:

    See you later!

  8. My reading lately has been limited to chemistry and genetics, but most of these are on my “to read” list. I was completely sucked in by the Game of Thrones series, and the series was incredibly true to the book. I also absolutely adored Moon Over Manifest. I’m looking forward to winter break when I can read what I want.

  9. Awesome list! I have many of the same books on the list! I must be the only person who read Game of Thrones and didn’t watch the HBO series. Gotta remedy that!

  10. I need to read Hugo Cabret, especially since Hank Green endorsed it! haha Cinder looks AMAZING.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!! (:

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  12. You know I am obsessed with Martin, so I will spare you my crazy rantings about being happy you are finally reading Thrones…BUT YAY! My roommate is also attempting it (she is a librarian, and put it on last years summer reading list simply because of my insanity)

    I’m enjoying the blog so far, and am compiling a Christmas reading list from it! 🙂

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