Top 10 Tuesday: Books at the Top of My Summer TBR List

Tuesday is usually pretty random and there may be a bit of additional randomosity later this evening while Fernando is watching basketball. But for now it's helpful to have a reading list to keep my accountable for my summer reading. Plus I like lists and every Tuesday The Broke and the Bookish posts a topic for book bloggers everywhere to use in the form of a list.  This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR List

1. A Darkness Strange and Lovely by Susan Dennard - WFTM will be part of Ms. Dennard's blog tour in July, but even if we weren't, this would be absolutely top of my list because of how much I loved the first book in the series.

2. vN and iD by Madeline Ashby - Ms. Ashby is going to be visiting WFTM later this summer and her android-tastic series belongs on this site. I can't wait to read these.

3. Monster by Ilsa J Bick - I got an eARC last week and am having a hard time getting things accomplished knowing this book is in my hands. I must know what happens to Tom. I doubt there will be any happy endings, but a girl can dream right? Review of Ashes is here and Shadows here.

4. Before Watchmen collections - Technically this is four different books, but I'm counting them as one. I'm going to be featuring a Before Watchman collection each Monday starting next week in preparation to Comic Con in July. These books are going to have a hard time even getting close to the original, but I'll give them a try.

5. Three by Joe Posey - This is another book from my new best friends at Angry Robot publishing. Mr. Posey will be stopping by around the time his book will be published at the end of July. This sounds like a really exciting hero adventure in post-apocalyptic times.

6. Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger - It doesn't make sense that I haven't read this book yet. I must read this and soon because it has me written all over it.

7. The Jenna Fox series by Mary Pearson - The second book in the series is on its way to me right now, which means I'll have the entire trilogy at my finger tips. I've heard such great things about this series and the short published at Tor.com so long ago has stuck with me.

8. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas - Throne of Glass was a surprise to me and I'm really eager to see where the story of Celaena goes. Plus more Chaol is always good.

9. The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau - A copy of this book arrived in my mailbox a few weeks ago and the cover has been taunting me from around the blogosphere.

10. Camera Obscura by Lavie Tidhar - Because this list was severely lacking in steampunk

 

So I cheated. This is way more than 10 books, and of course with Comic Con in a few weeks, this could drastically change. What books are on your TBR list this summer?

2013 TBR Pile Challenge Hosted by Roof Beam Reader

I epically failed with several of my 2012 reading challenges. I haven't really looked at the details of all of them yet, but I know the TBR Pile Challenge was a disaster on my end, which means I have to try again. Adam at Roof Beam Reader is hosting his TBR Pile Challenge again this year, so I'm going to make a more valiant attempt at picking TBR books off my own bookshelves and make a concerted effort to read them.

And here are the details for this challenge:

The Challenge: To read 12 books from your "to be read" pile during 2013

The Rules:

 - Each of the 12 books must have been on your "to be read" list for AT LEAST one full year, so no books published after Jan. 1, 2012 counts towards this challenge.

- You have to post a list of your 12 book choices (along with two alternates, if you'd like) on your blog and post it to Adam's Mr. Linky here.  This gives you a homebase for the challenge, where you keep track of your progress.

- Every listed book must be read and reviewed by December 31, 2013.  Review can be posted on blogs, Goodreads, Amazon, etc.

- Leave comments on the main challenge post updating everyone on your progress and, if you finish the challenge, you'll be entered in a giveaway for a $50 Amazon gift card or the equivalent at The Book Depository

- Crossovers with other challenges are acceptable (thank god) as long as they are brand new to you.

 

Several of the books are repeats from my list last year that I didn't get to. Maybe 2013 is the year to finally tackle them.

My TBR List for 2013

1. A Storm of Swords - George RR Martin - finished March 24

2. A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

3. Atonement - Ian McEwan

4. Boneshaker - Cherie Priest

5. Perdido Street Station - China Mieville

6. To Say Nothing of the Dog - Connie Willis

7. The Portrait of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde

8. Across the Universe - Beth Revis

9. The Passage - Justin Cronin

10. Behemoth - Scott Westerfeld

11. The Forever War - Joe Haldeman

12. Clockwork Angel - Cassandra Clare

 

Alternates: 

1. The Pearl Wars - Nick James

2. Daughter of Smoke and Bone - Laini Taylor

 

Let's see if I can make it a bit further this year!  If you want to join up, you can read more about the 2013 TBR Pile Challenge on Roof Beam Reader.  If you're into science fiction, his challenge could easily tie into the 2013 Sci-Fi Readers Challenge that we're hosting.

Top 10 Tuesday: Book Lust for 2013

No Random Tuesday today. With all the shopping and family stuff, I haven't been surfing online much to find Random Things. Luckily the lovely ladies at The Broke and the Bookish host Top 10 Tuesday and this week it's about those books we're all coveting that come out in 2013.

So I don’t often find out about new books until closer to their release (which is why many of these come out in January and February), but that doesn’t mean that I’m not desperately waiting for a ton of books in 2013. A lot of my favorite trilogies will be finishing up in 2013, I believe, so it will both be a satisfying and sad year. I’m also happy to see more series beginning that have a solid science fiction bend. I mean, the world does need more robots!

So these are 10 of the books I’m most looking forward to in 2013.

 

Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans (January 15, 2013) – This is one of those books that I will totally judge by its cover and the cover is awesome. It looks like a videogame and the premise involving the afterlife sounds like it’ll be a fun start to a new series.

Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum  (January 8, 2013) – I am so thankful that one of my top anticipated books of 2013 comes out 8 days into the year. I hadn’t heard about this book prior to it being featured on one of the Epic Reads webcasts. The moment I heard “robots”, I was filled with book lust. I NEED this book!

Bronze Gods by AA Aguirre (April 30, 2013) – I couldn’t get through this list without including a new steampunk series, now that The Parasol Protectorate is finished. This sounds like it’ll be a lovely adventure with gadgets galore and lots of action.

Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza (March 12, 2013) – Not quite robots, but I’ll take androids too! Artificial intelligence that might not be so artificial? Gimme!

Fragments by Dan Wells (February 26, 2013) – Oh, Samm… you kept me up until 4am reading about your exploits and your first book ended in a way that left me heartbroken. I need to know how things move forward now that a cure is possible!

Ashes #3 by Ilsa J Bick – No title, no release date, don’t care. I need to know how this all ends! Who will survive, who will end up as a zombie? If you haven’t read Ashes or Shadows, now is the time to start - we’re giving away a copy of one of the books to one lucky reader (opened internationally).

Gone with the Respiration #3 by Lia Habel – My irrational love for Bram and his cohort of undead soldiers is not something I hide very well. I can only expect that this final volume (I think it’s the final volume) will be absolutely devastating, but I need to know Bram’s ultimate fate!

Asunder by Jodi Meadows (January 29, 2013) – I don’t often go for the more romance-y YA titles, but Incarnate was a pleasant surprise that I read in a single weekend afternoon. It made me feel fourteen again and I hope the sequel has a similar effect.

Override by Heather Anastasiu (February 12, 2013) Glitch was a pleasant surprise and I’m eager to see where Zoe ends up, considering the betrayals she’s faced and the expectations placed on her shoulders.

Sever by Lauren DeStefano (February 12, 2013) – I really enjoyed Wither, but Fever left me feeling seriously depressed. I hope that Rhine gets at least a little bit of a happy ending, but mostly I want Gabriel to get through all of this still being as sweet as when it all started.

 

Books That Probably Should Be On This List

There are a couple of books that, if you’re a regular reader of Working for the Mandroid, will seem obviously missing. Books like Marissa Meyer’s Scarlet and Gail Carriger’s Etiquette & Espionage, the start of her very first YA series. That’s because I’m lucky enough to already have copies. Otherwise those two would be tip top of the list.

 

So I don’t often find out about new books until closer to their release (which is why many of these come out in January and February), but that doesn’t mean that I’m not desperately waiting for a ton of books in 2013. A lot of my favorite trilogies will be finishing up in 2013, I believe, so it will both be a satisfying and sad year. I’m also happy to see more series beginning that have a solid science fiction bend. I mean, the world does need more robots!

So these are 10 of the books I’m most looking forward to in 2013.

 

Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans (January 15, 2013) – This is one of those books that I will totally judge by its cover and the cover is awesome. It looks like a videogame and the premise involving the afterlife sounds like it’ll be a fun start to a new series.

Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum  (January 8, 2013) – I am so thankful that one of my top anticipated books of 2013 comes out 8 days into the year. I hadn’t heard about this book prior to it being featured on one of the Epic Reads webcasts. The moment I heard “robots”, I was filled with book lust. I NEED this book!

Bronze Gods by AA Aguirre (April 30, 2013) – I couldn’t get through this list without including a new steampunk series, now that The Parasol Protectorate is finished. This sounds like it’ll be a lovely adventure with gadgets galore and lots of action.

Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza (March 12, 2013) – Not quite robots, but I’ll take androids too! Artificial intelligence that might not be so artificial? Gimme!

 

The Sequels

Fragments by Dan Wells (February 26, 2013) – Oh, Samm… you kept me up until 4am reading about your exploits and your first book ended in a way that left me heartbroken. I need to know how things move forward now that a cure is possible!

Ashes #3 by Ilsa J Bick – No title, no release date, don’t care. I need to know how this all ends! Who will survive, who will end up as a zombie? If you haven’t read Ashes or Shadows, now is the time to start - we’re giving away a copy of one of the books to one lucky reader (opened internationally).

Gone with the Respiration #3 by Lia Habel – My irrational love for Bram and his cohort of undead soldiers is not something I hide very well. I can only expect that this final volume (I think it’s the final volume) will be absolutely devastating, but I need to know Bram’s ultimate fate!

Asunder by Jodi Meadows (January 29, 2013) – I don’t often go for the more romance-y YA titles, but Incarnate was a pleasant surprise that I read in a single weekend afternoon. It made me feel fourteen again and I hope the sequel has a similar effect.

Override by Heather Anastasiu (February 12, 2013) Glitch was a pleasant surprise and I’m eager to see where Zoe ends up, considering the betrayals she’s faced and the expectations placed on her shoulders.

Sever by Lauren DeStefano (February 12, 2013) – I really enjoyed Wither, but Fever left me feeling seriously depressed. I hope that Rhine gets at least a little bit of a happy ending, but mostly I want Gabriel to get through all of this still being as sweet as when it all started.

 

Books That Probably Should Be On This List

There are a couple of books that, if you’re a regular reader of Working for the Mandroid, will seem obviously missing. Books like Marissa Meyer’s Scarlet and Gail Carriger’s Etiquette & Espionage, the start of her very first YA series. That’s because I’m lucky enough to already have copies. Otherwise those two would be tip top of the list.

Week of September 2 Pull List: Warrior Angels to My Reading Rescue?

Anyone with a fondness for books knows how quickly a To Be Read pile can get out of control.  It seems the more I read, the more books end up on that pile.  These are the books that hit my radar and got added to that list over the past week.

I have no idea what happened this week.  Perhaps it was the loss of brain cells from listening to Twilight or my sudden GetGlue addiction or diving into the blackhole that is the DC Comics archive, but I wouldn’t have discovered any new-to-me-books if it wasn’t for a reader suggestion.  I think I was too busy doing… stuff or something.  Anyway, this week I only have one book to add to the giant TBR pile, though perhaps that’s a good thing.  Another one or fifty weeks like this and I might actually make some meaningful progress on this pile…

 

Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh (Guild Hunter #1)
Penguin (03/03/09)

Purchase it from Amazon here

Nalini Singh introduces readers to a world of beauty and bloodlust, where angels hold sway over vampires.

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux is hired by the dangerously beautiful Archangel Raphael. But this time, it’s not a wayward vamp she has to track. It’s an archangel gone bad.

The job will put Elena in the midst of a killing spree like no other—and pull her to the razor’s edge of passion. Even if the hunt doesn’t destroy her, succumbing to Raphael’s seductive touch just may. For when archangels play, mortals break.

On this week’s Waiting on Wednesday post about Daughter of Smoke & Bone, a lovely commenter by the name of Jessica suggested I might like Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series.  I think I had heard about this series before, but never in a way that caught my attention, but she said angels with “badass gritty tendencies” and I had to check it out.  While the cover is a little too grocery store romance for me, the plot does sound intriguing and it gets great reviews on Goodreads.  Not to mention Felicia Day likes it and she’s pretty awesome too.

 

All book blurbs pulled from the wonderful Goodreads.com

Waiting on Wednesday: Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Breaking the Spine and serves to showcase those books we’re not so patiently waiting to arrive!

I'm currently stuck in books taking place in high schools, involving teenage crushes and female characters that make my skin itch a little from their whining and lovestruck stupidity.  I need to move to something else, something more complex and exciting.  Something that doesn't involve a character announcing, "But you ARE my life!" at which point I have to beat my head against a wall (or a steering wheel in this particular case).  That's why this week's WOW pick is something a little different, but still a YA title with a supernatural bent:

 

Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Laini Taylor

Little, Brown & Company
Releases on Sept. 27, 2011 
432 pages 
Buy it on Amazon here

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages—not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out.

When one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

 

I like angels.  I particularly enjoy fail-y boyscout angels, wisecracking smartass angels and badass warrior angels.  This sounds like it might involve a warrior angel or two, but what really appeals to me is the protagonist.  She sounds independent, strong and potentially fearless.  I'm done with whiny teenage girls for a little while; now I need women who kick ass and how can you not kick ass when you have naturally blue hair?  

I'm also looking forward to a world where other types of monsters may or may not exist than the usual pack of vampires, werewolves, ghosts, demons, whathaveyou.  This sounds like an exciting and interesting story that I want to dive into right now.

 

Blurb from the awesome Goodreads.com

Week of August 26 Pull List: Mythology, More Apocalyses, Lizard People?

Anyone with a fondness for books knows how quickly a To Be Read pile can get out of control.  It seems the more I read, the more books end up on that pile.  These are the books that hit my radar and got added to that list over the past week.

This was a bit of a slow week at work for me, so I spent more time than usual reading book blogs and book news and science fiction-y things on the Interweb.  This of course means I found more books that I will never have time to read, though they all sound potentially fascinating.  Here's this week's discoveries:

 

The Mythology of Supernatural: The Signs and Symbols Behind the Popular TV Show by Nathan Robert Brown
Berkley Trade (08/02/11)

Buy it from Amazon here

A look into the paranormal legends and lore features on the hit television show Supernatural.

From angels to demons,
The Mythology of Supernatural explores the religious roots and the ancient folklore of the otherworldly entities that brothers Sam and Dean Winchester face on the hit television show Supernatural-and that have inhabited the shadows of human imagination across countless cultures and centuries.

Uh, have you visited this blog before?

 

The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror (2011 Edition) edited by Paula Guran
Prime Books (08/23/11)

Buy it from Amazon here

This incomparable annual compilation of the best short fiction and novellas features an unmatched variety of the quietly weird, the merely eerie, high fantasy, modern Lovecraftian horror, nightmarish near-future scenarios, the darkly humorous, the supernatural, and the monstrously mundane from the likes of established bestselling authors such as Holly Black, Neil Gaiman, and George R.R. Martin, and legendary writers like Joe R. Lansdale, Tanith Lee, and Gene Wolfe.

Neil Gaiman's name automatically makes this anthology one for me to find.  I've also read a couple of Holly Black's stories and enjoyed them.  I've come to find that I generally perfer anthologies to a single author's short story collection because there's more variety in not only subject, but also styles, characterization, and language.  I don't know how they've already found all the best fantasy and horror stories of the year and it not even being September yet, but I'm looking forward to seeing what's included.

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Week of August 19 Pull List: A Classic and Some Crazy

Anyone with a fondness for books knows how quickly a To Be Read pile can get out of control.  It seems the more I read, the more books end up on that pile.  These are the books that hit my radar and got added to that list over the past week.

I’m not entirely sure where this week went.  One moment I was grumbling as I got out of bed on Monday and the next I’m walking into my house Friday afternoon wondering what on my to-do list will get done this weekend (probably very little of it besides laundry… we’re running out of clothes).  Between seeing Fright Night, having dinner with family and my general blah-ness this week, I didn’t spend a lot of superfluous time on the Interwebs.  So not surprisingly this week was a bit light on discovering already released books that I’ve never heard before

 

The Family Fang: A Novel by Kevin Wilson
Ecco (8/1/11)

Purchase it from Amazon here

Mr. and Mrs. Fang called it art.

Their children called it mischief.

Performance artists Caleb and Camille Fang dedicated themselves to making great art. But when an artist’s work lies in subverting normality, it can be difficult to raise well-adjusted children. Just ask Buster and Annie Fang. For as long as they can remember, they starred (unwillingly) in their parents’ madcap pieces. But now that they are grown up, the chaos of their childhood has made it difficult to cope with life outside the fishbowl of their parents’ strange world.

When the lives they’ve built come crashing down, brother and sister have nowhere to go but home, where they discover that Caleb and Camille are planning one last performance–their magnum opus–whether the kids agree to participate or not. Soon, ambition breeds conflict, bringing the Fangs to face the difficult decision about what’s ultimately more important: their family or their art.

Filled with Kevin Wilson’s endless creativity, vibrant prose, sharp humor, and keen sense of the complex performances that unfold in the relationships of people who love one another, The Family Fang is a masterfully executed tale that is as bizarre as it is touching.

I’d seen banner ads for this book for a few weeks now, but didn’t really “get” it until I read an actual review earlier this week.  I’m intrigued by the bizarre family dynamic and the resulting chaos of being raised in such an odd environment.  I think this is the closest to “real fiction” I’m willing to get these days – with a nice buffer of off-beat characters and with a nice helping of the bizarre added in.

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