Top Ten Most Anticipated Reads on my TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Okay, so the original prompt this week is Top Ten Books On My TBR For Summer 2015, but let’s face it: I’m never going to get through ten books in one summer. I only read about 35 books a year. (I know, I’m terrible). This year, I set my year goal at only 15 books because grad school sucks up so much of my time (and I’m just a painfully slow reader).

Also, I don’t normally keep a running TBR pile. I posted the books I want to read in 2015 several months ago and I mostly only put books on my TBR shelf on Goodreads that I hear about online and don’t want to forget. I’ve changed that last practice, though, so that now that shelf contains all books I want to read, regardless if I already own them or know nothing about them.

So, here are my top ten most anticipated reads on my (somewhat hypothetical) TBR:

Alice and the Fly by James Rice
I really love psychological books. This one is about schizophrenia, which I’ve never read about, but it sounds really interesting. Unfortunately, I can’t find it in any bookstores, only on Amazon (but it’s not even available for Kindle)! It will have to wait until I finish reading some of the books I actually own, but it’s probably the one I’m looking forward to the most.

The Martian by Andy Weir
I actually own this one–Deacon’s parents bought it for my birthday! The genre is a bit outside my comfort zone, but I’ve heard really great things about it. And it just sounds interesting: an astronaut stuck on Mars while NASA thinks he’s dead? Yes. Also, Deacon just picked it up the other day and read it in two days. (HE NEVER READS NOVELS, YOU GUYS. IT WAS MAGICAL.) The movie comes out later this year and I must read it before then.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
You guys have convinced me! I really don’t care for retellings, or series, or fantasy/sci-fi, but I feel that I must be part of this fandom. The fourth (and final?) installment, Winter, comes out later this year and I would love to have the others read by then (even though I’m fully aware that that is probably not going to happen). This is another book that I’ve had trouble finding in bookstores. They always seem to have Cress and sometimes Scarlet, but NEVER CINDER. It’s frustrating! It’s pretty cheap on Kindle, but the cover is so pretty that I want it on my shelf. Again, I’ll have to wait.

Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Rift by Gene Luen Yang
The other day I got bummed out because I thought I had only purchased The Promise and The Search, which I both recently read. But Deacon got me this for my birthday! I AM SO EXCITED. What does it mean? I’m glad Toph is back, but the cover makes me think that she and Aang are going to be fighting. And I mean, I love some Toph action, but I’d rather the Gaang stay united. And what’s that creepy monster in the background? And how will this pick up after The Search? So. Many. Questions.

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
I’m honestly not sure why I’m so excited to read this because it’s far from what I’m usually interested in, but look at that cover! It’s gorgeous! AND I FINALLY BOUGHT IT TODAY. Even though I don’t really like fantasy, I’ve had a bit of a fascination with dragons lately (could it have anything to do with How To Train Your Dragon 2? Yes, yes it very well might). It is aimed at ages 12 and up, which is a bit low for what normally interests me, but I don’t care. Even if I hate it, it will look fantastic on my shelf.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
I know nothing about this but I have never read Rainbow Rowell and apparently I need to. Plus this cover looks really good, I like the names, and I’m kind of in desperate need of a good, lighthearted YA romance novel. I’m not sure if this fits that ticket but it gives me that vibe.


And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard

I literally just found this book while trying to come up with things for this list. From the bio, I’m about 98% sure it was written just for me. Thank you, Jenny Hubbard. Thank you very much.
Really though, this sounds really interesting and it is largely centered around verse and Emily Dickinson (AKA MY KINDRED SPIRIT) and it won a Printz honor so it’s obviously going to be fantastic.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
I told Deacon I would read this. Then I started seeing everyone squeal PERCABETH on the Internet and decided that I want in on that, so I’m actually pretty excited (shh don’t tell Deacon). I’m actually reading this one next, but I’m not sure if I’ll read the whole series consecutively or not. What do you guys think?

The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
I’ve been wanting to read something more thought-provoking and spiritual and C. S. Lewis-y lately, and this one always seems to come up in conversation so I thought I’d give it a go.

Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
I really want to read this book. I do. Or more accurately, I want to have read this book. I tried picking it up a few months ago and it was not happening. I ended up reading Paper Towns instead. I’ve never read Virginia Woolf before, but I want to know her and see the world through her eyes for a little while. Also I watched The Hours and really liked it, but was slightly lost because I did not have any knowledge about this story.
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Okay, so let me know: if you have read these, which ones did you read and did you like them? Anything I should know going in? And of Alice and the Fly, Cinder, Eleanor & Park, and And We Stay, which one would be better suited for audiobook? Would any of them be a good/bad fit for Kindle? Also tell me what you are most anticipating for your next read. =)

–Emily
currently listening to: Human by Of Monsters and Men

14 Comments

  1. Cait @ Paper Fury
    June 16, 2015

    Alice and the Fly is AMAZING. I feel like it wouldn't be good on audio book though…because some of it is like a transcript from a police interview sort of setting. If that makes sense. >_< Cinder would be epic on audio. *nods*

    OMG, though Seraphina is NOT a younger book!! It's like an older YA book…the characters are all 18 and 19 and it's really intense and epic and the romance is meltable but complicated and it's SAD but beautiful and ajdflksaf yes I have a lot of Seraphina feelings. Because dragons. XD

    E&P is really cute and wonderful. I did like it, although I wasn't blown away like everyone else was. It has comics, though, and Eleanor is epic.

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  2. czai
    June 16, 2015

    I hope you get your hands on Cinder. It was an insta-fave for me. It's a cinematic read. Cinder is a fun heroine and Kai is a swoon-worthy guy! 😀 Hope you enjoy your summer reads!

    czai @ the Blacksheep Project

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  3. Great picks! I am waiting on the Cinder audio from the library. Alice and the Fly is on my TBR which I hope to get to at some point. I love Rainbow Rowell and really liked Elanor and Park – Enjoy all your books!

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  4. Rosy
    June 16, 2015

    Seraphina is such a fantastic book, and not a younger book at all (crazy marketing!) it's beautiful and the prose is gorgeous and I love it so much! I really, really hope you enjoy it!
    My TTT

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  5. Emily Seals
    June 16, 2015

    I'm glad it's not a younger book–thanks for letting me know! I was kind of worried. Thanks for commenting!

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  6. Emily Seals
    June 16, 2015

    It's like I saw it everywhere until the day I decided I wanted to read it. THEN IT VANISHED. I should check the library (I always forget those exist). Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Emily Seals
    June 16, 2015

    I'm relieved to know that you liked Seraphina. =) I'm looking forward to some dragons, especially since it takes a new spin on things. Cinder on audio might be a great solution. I have a couple of credits on Audible that need to be used. Thanks for commenting!

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  8. Bloggin' 'bout Books
    June 16, 2015

    Interesting list. SCREWTAPE LETTERS is awesome. After seeing a play of Lewis' THE GREAT DIVORCE, I really want to read it now. CINDER is amazing, PERCY JACKSON is entertaining, and AND WE STAY is … just okay. I also want to read THE MARTIAN. ALICE AND THE FLY is one I hadn't heard of, but it sounds excellent. I like reading about psychological issues too for some reason. It's just fascinating.

    Happy TTT!

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  9. Maggie Nambot
    June 16, 2015

    We both have The Martian on our lists, but I also feel exactly the same way you do about Cinder and the Lunar Chronicles! I received Cinder as a Christmas gift and I really hope I can get to reading it and it's sequels before Winter is released!

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  10. Lulu
    June 16, 2015

    Eleanor & Park is the most charming, adorable book. And the subplots are pretty interesting as well!

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  11. Mallory @ The Local Muse
    June 17, 2015

    The Martian looks great! Eleanor & Park and Percy Jackson are great reads, hope you enjoy them!

    Thanks for stopping by the The
    Local Muse

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  12. Jae
    June 17, 2015

    Great list! I'm so tempted to read The Martian (the movie looks soo good). I absolutely loved Cinder! It was more than what I was expecting for a retelling to be honest. The Lunar Chronicles world is so complex but I thought Marissa Meyer did a great job introducing it gradually. The series just keeps getting better! I own the paperback and it has one of the short stories, plus other bonus material, at the end that I'm not sure if the kindle version has. I've been reading a lot of contemporary romance lately so I'm just looking forward to reading a heart-racing dystopian/fantasy haha. Hope you enjoy all these books! 🙂

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  13. Emily Alfano
    June 18, 2015

    I'm really excited to see you're going to give Cinder a try! I LOVE fairy tale retellings, and cinder was my favorite in the series! (probably because cinderella was always one of my favorites) I hope you enjoy it!! great list this week!
    http://www.wholly-books.com

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  14. Lori @ Writing My Story
    June 19, 2015

    I haven't read any of the books on your list, but I just looked up And We Stay and I added it to my TBR! Great list, thanks for stopping by my blog!
    Lori, http://loriscreativity.blogspot.com

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