Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Winter TBR

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Top Ten Books on My Winter TBR

1. Fables and Reflections (The Sandman Volume 6) by Neil Gaiman

I will read anything written by Neil Gaiman (seriously, even his speeches make me tear up sometimes!), and Sandman is said to be one of the top graphic novels ever published. So far, I agree whole-heartedly. It is dark and gritty and pure amazing.

2. A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire #5) by George R.R. Martin

I have been putting off reading this one as book 6 hasn’t been released and there is no release date in sight! (No, I am not whining that George R. R. Martin takes forever to release books. As Neil Gaiman so eloquently put it – George R. R. Martin is not my bitch :-). I am however scared that I will forget everything that happens in A Dance with Dragons when book 6 is finally released. But with the show not on until next year, I need some Tyrion Lannister in my life, so I’m thinking this will be read in pretty short order.

3. The Long Walk by Stephen King

I recently asked a good friend of mine who is a huge Stephen King fan what book I should start off with to put my toe in the Stephen King waters, and this was the suggestion. I’m super excited to finally read something by Stephen King that isn’t as daunting as say The Stand or the Dark Tower series. Hopefully this one isn’t one that will give me many a sleepless night!

4. The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #1) by Patrick Ness

This has been sitting on my shelves since I bought it months and months ago. I’ve heard such great things about it, but every time I go to pick it up I change my mind. I need to get on with it and see what all the hype is all about!

5. The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines #4) by Richelle Mead

I am currently on the waiting list for this at the library. The library doesn’t seem to understand that I need to know what happens with Sydney and Adrian NOW! Also, we get to have Adrian’s POV in this one!

6. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Another book that has gotten rave reviews! Plus, I’m trying to read one book each month next year that has received some sort of prestigious book award, and this one won the Printz Award.

7. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

I’m also trying to read one classic a month for the next year. I was supposed to read 1984 in 2013, but never quite made it.

8. Shadowdance (Darkest London #4) by Kristen Callihan
July 29, 2014

I love this series and this will be released next week (December 17th)! Yay!

9. Burn Bright (Night Creatures #1) by Marianne de Pierres

I saw some good reviews on this, and then found it for free to borrow from Amazon. It has been sitting on my Kindle since early November so I need to get on this and borrow another book for December.

You can read Kayla's review of Burn Bright HERE.

10. Tricked (Iron Druid Chronicles #4) by Kevin Hearne

I just finished and loved the audio version of Hexed (IDC #2) and am currently listening to Hammered (IDC #3), so I know that Tricked will be the next up on my iPod. The main character’s Irish wolfhound, Oberon, really makes this series a stand-out. Plus, Atticus said in Hammered that Neil Gaiman is one of his favorite authors – now I definitely love the series!

You can read Kayla's review of Tricked HERE.

What are you looking forward to reading in 2014?


  1. 1984 is an awesome book! I really have to start George RR Martin's series as well! I hope you enjoy your winter reading :)

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  2. I agree with Jessica - 1984 is an outstanding book! There are several books on here that I need to read or I've been meaning to read the series (sorry, George, but A Game of Thrones was too massive for my reading schedule). As for Burn Bright and Tricked - I can't wait to see your thoughts on them!

  3. I know! Every time I tell someone that I haven't read 1984, I swear they look at me like I have just grown an extra head. I am conquering that book next month!

    As for Martin, if you are watching the series on HBO, I would recommend to put off reading the books. They are a serious undertaking (each one is around and some are above 900 pages), and the series isn't nearly completed. I have heard there are going to be 8 books, and books 6 is "expected" for 2015 and book 7 is "expected" for 2019. I kind of wish I would have waited until they were all finished (and not just because I want confirmation that at least one person survives the entire series), but I also have an absence of patience. :)

  4. I need to buy and read the knife of never letting go.. everyone is in love with that series!

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  5. Some amazing books on your Winter list Amber. I remember reading Code Name Verity last year and really enjoying it, it wasn't the sort of book that I normally ever read either. I've always been meaning to start Martin's series, but now that I've watched all three seasons I don't know if I could go back. Happy reading and thanks for stopping by!

  6. Cool picks! I'd like to join the bandwagon and read GRRM as well, but I don't know when I'd make time for 1000+ page books! I hope you enjoy Fiery Heart! It broke my heart so much so the wait for Silver Shadows is going to kill, but it's incredibly well-written. And the dual pov is just as amazing as you imagine. ;)

    Mary @ Mary Had a Little Book Blog
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  7. You must read 1984. It's kind of epic. There is a boring section in the middle though, and if you start to fall asleep, just skip it. I remember like nothing about it and this is still one of my favorite classics.


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