Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! This weekly shared “meme” has a different theme each week and is shared by many blogs. We’re aiming to come up with ten things between us each week so they won’t be in any particular order!
Okay so a slightly shorter timescale to last week’s entry. It’s winter here in Australia so it’ll be our winter TBR rather than summer!
Ten Books On Our TBR For Winter 2015
1. Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee (July 14)
Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.
2. Burn (The Rephaim #4) by Paula Weston (June 24)
We are eagerly anticipating this final book in Paula Weston’s series about half-angels and demons. We basically had to draw straws to see who was going to read this first since we have one copy between us!
– Angelya and Philippa
3. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes (June 22)
There’s an awful lot of hype surrounding this book about a young girl’s release from a religious cult. I hope it can live up to it!
– Philippa and Angelya
4. Lifespan of Starlight by Thalia Kalkipsakis (April)
In 2084, three teenagers discover the secret to time travel. At first their jumps cover only a few seconds, but soon they master the technique and combat their fear of jumping into the unknown.
It’s dangerous. It’s illegal. And it’s utterly worth it for the full-body bliss of each return.
But before they jump they must be sure, because it only works in one direction.
Once you trip forwards, there’s no coming back.
– YA and time-travel? Yes please! – Angelya
5. Afterlight by Rebecca Lim (June 24)
From the acclaimed author of the Mercy series and The Astrologer’s Daughter.
Since her parents died in a freak motorbike accident, Sophie Teague’s life has fallen apart.
But she’s just enrolled at a new high school, hoping for a fresh start.
That’s until Eve, a beautiful ghost in black, starts making terrifying nightly appearances, wanting Sophie to be her hands, eyes and go-to girl.
Sounds creepy but interesting.
6. The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley (May 27)
London, 1884. When Thaniel Steepleton comes home to find a new watch on his pillow, he has bigger things to worry about than generous burglars. But six months later, the watch saves his life in a blast that destroys Scotland Yard, and at last, he goes in search of its maker.
He meets Keita Mori, a Japanese immigrant who remembers the future. As Mori begins to tweak daily life in Thaniel’s favour, everything seems to be going well – until physicist Grace Carrow, attracted to Thaniel’s refreshingly direct, unstuffy nature, unwittingly interferes. Soon, events spiral beyond Thaniel’s control, and nothing is certain any more…
I’ll admit I am mostly drawn to this book by the gorgeous cover. Also because it involves steampunk Victorian London and timey-whimey watches.
7. Half a War (Shattered Sea #3) by Joe Abercrombie (July 16)
The deep-cunning Father Yarvi has walked a long road from crippled slave to king’s minister. He has made allies of old foes and stitched together an uneasy peace. But now the ruthless Grandmother Wexen has raised the greatest army since the elves made war on God, and put Bright Yilling at its head – a man who worships no god but Death.
I loved book two in this series and I’m so glad the wait for book three was only six months!
8. The Wise Man’s Fear (Kingkiller Chronicle #2) by Patrick Rothfuss (March 2011)
My name is Kvothe.
I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trehon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.
You may have heard of me.
I really loved The Name of the Wind when I read it earlier this year, and I am determined to make time for book two sometime soon. There are mixed reviews for this one, but I’m willing to give it a go.
9. Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell (August 4)
Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her “Mechanica” to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother’s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have turned her into a servant in her own home.
But on her sixteenth birthday, Nicolette discovers a secret workshop in the cellar and begins to dare to imagine a new life for herself. Could the mysterious books and tools hidden there—and the mechanical menagerie, led by a tiny metal horse named Jules—be the key to escaping her dreary existence? With a technological exposition and royal ball on the horizon, the timing might just be perfect for Nicolette to earn her freedom at last.
Cinderella with a tinkery steampunk twist, this sounds different enough from Cinder to still be amazing. Also, that cover is just beautiful!
10. A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab (Feb 2015)
Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit.
Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London—but no one speaks of that now.
Sounds fascinating! I’ve had this one sitting on my kindle for a while now – must make time for it!