Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
So, in the event that I get snowed in–yeah right, lol–and by some miracle suddenly have a whole bunch of time on my hands to read all of these books, these are the ones I’d like to get to this December. Of course, the unfortunate piece remains that I imagine I will not have the time to get to all of them, but I can at least say with confidence I’ll be reading the number one book on this list.
10. A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti
I’ve wanted to read this one for a while and I keep meaning to, but somehow just never get around to it. Deb Caletti can often be a hit or miss sometimes, but I’ve heard some really amazing things about this particular novel and since I’ve loved several of her books in the past, I’m really excited about this one. There’s a lot of enticement about the fact that this book tackles mental illness and it seems to be in a way that parallels to myself, which would be really exciting to see. I can’t wait to pick it up, but I’m just going to need to find the time.
9. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
Another book that’s been on my TBR for quite some time now. I’ve been planning on reading it for a while and would really like to finally get to it. This retelling sounded amazing and I’m thoroughly looking forward to finding out if I prefer this one or if I prefer Sea Witch. I don’t know how similar the two are, but they both retell the same sort of story which makes me excessively excited to learn how both books end up going. I probably should have put this one above in the order, closer to Sea Witch because if I read one, then I’m definitely going to need to read the other soon after.
8. Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
A guilty pleasure book that I can’t help wanting to read simply because it fits this trope that I apparently can’t seem to get enough of, I can’t wait to pick up Starry Eyes. I don’t know what it is about the whole “these two people hate each other but then they fall in love” thing that I’m so attached to, but it’s a thing and I’ve picked up this book for that very reason. I’m super excited to read this book despite understanding that I’ll probably think it’s really silly that I like it afterward. Plus, the additional reference to Romeo and Juliet kind of makes me gag a little. I’ve grown to really hate/love that story, depending on which retelling its found its way to.
7. Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
I honestly cannot wait to read this one, I’m so curious to know how it goes. It definitely feels like an ambitious undertaking, but if done well this novel will be thoroughly amazing. I’m definitely waiting and hoping to be impressed with this one, so I have my fingers crossed. There’s definitely something to be said about the alternate universe of the civil war and the implementation of zombies within it. Now, I’m not a zombie person typically, so I’ll say this much: if I end up impressed with this book, you know it’s good.
6. Amelia Westlake by Erin Gough
I’m honestly just thoroughly invested in what this hoax for the story might be. Of course, there’s the added bonus of this being a wonderful story for LGBTQ, which is exciting to see as I’ve not really come across a great many of those stories. Fortunately, it seems that recently there have been a lot of them and I just need to start picking each one up. As for the plot of this one, I’m quite curious about what path it will follow and excited to see what will happen between the three characters. It seems like this is for sure going to be a love triangle, but as long as it’s handled well I’m excited to see where it goes.
5. The Continent by Keira Drake
This story basically just sounds wonderfully fascinating. There’s a lot about it that has to do with societal ignorance, something that is pushed based on where you live and what sort of way you’re raised. The idea of a place with a war being a tourist destination in order for people to witness the goings on without being involved is a fascinating and terrible one all at once. And I just think that, ultimately, I’m really looking forward to experiencing this world and watching the characters develop.
4. Sea Witch by Sarah Henning
I know, I know. I was supposed to have read this book ages ago. Of course, books got in the way and somehow I just never actually managed to get to it. But it’s still there on my list and frankly I think it’s about time that I finished it. So my goal, if possible, is to have this one finished before the end of the year. And, truth be told, I’m going to be very put out with myself if I haven’t done so before the new year.
3. Neverland by Margot McGovern
The one word that comes to mind when I think about this book is unique, unique, unique. Mixing mental health, what equates to a mental hospital boarding school, and the world of Peter Pan is a fascinating concept to me and I’m honestly beyond thrilled to have a glimpse into this amazing world of McGovern’s. I’m thoroughly curious to learn what the truth of the situation is and I hope that it works well within the story. Somehow, I have the feeling that no matter which path McGovern takes, be it a real Neverland or a mental manifestation, I really think I’m going to love this one.
2. Munmun by Jesse Andrews
There’s so much about this book that just sounds so entrancing that I cannot help needing to read it sooner rather than later. Honestly, I can’t believe I went so long without knowing about this book’s existence because I really just desperately need to read it. The story follows this plotline where a person’s size is directly relative to their wealth, so those with money are enormous, their girth towering over the rest of the world while those without money find themselves exceptionally small, left to deal with terrors that the affluent would never even consider as a danger, let alone something to be concerned with. I’m enormously jealous of the idea for this novel and I can’t wait to see how it is executed.
1. The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton
Guess who got an ARC of the sequel for The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton! I cannot even begin to express how excited I am about the fact that I get to read this one early. But this one is definitely on my winter TBR and definitely going to find its way quickly off of it and onto my read shelf. As it stands, I’m practically shaking at the fact that I get to read this book so early. And even more wonderful, this arc has the cover!