Yes, I know that technically it IS Wednesday here in Australia, and yes, while this Top Ten is for your Spring list but in actuality it's Autumn here in Australia, so today it's just a big pile of a hot mess right now.
I don't normally pile my lists into Seasons, I just read whatever is available or is on my 200+ TBR List (*Cries* I'm never going to get through it) so most likely I'll just be adding what is numbered on my TBR List for this Top Ten :P
Here's my Top Ten Books on My Autumn TBR List!
I've heard so many good things about this book, and that it has an amazing female protagonist (Which, besides the Apocalyptic/Dystopian genre, I've been really obsessed with trying to find other novels where the heroine is not the damsel in distress but not the femme fatale either)
Basically, people are born with a special skill called, 'Grace', and Katsa (Our Heroine) is born with the Grace of Killing. Her Grace becomes her curse as others shun her in society. But despite her Grace, she persists to be defiant and to never give in to her Grace, until the King of Lienid's father is kindapped and she goes to investigate.
Yes, It's just THAT awesome sounding :D
Every single Top Ten Today on other people's blogs that I've read have always included this book. It sits on my shelf, and I've just been staring at it until it finally beckons to me.
(It's already the second book and both of them are Heroines facing the screen with weapons in hand)
Eighteen year old Celaena is a trained assassin, but makes a pretty big mistake when she is caught. Captain Westfall offers her a deal: Her freedom must be exchanged for one favour. She has to represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament against other thieves and assassins like her.
So...like...Hunger Games but Gladiator style and she is an awesome assassin that will put all to shame. Give it to me!!!! *Shakes fists in air*
This book was a random grab at a thrift store for probably $2 or so, but I'm super excited not only by the cover but by how awesome the blurb makes the mystery and suspense make me want to instantly grab it and just marathon read it.
Elizabeth wakes up on her eighteenth (Eighteen is just a REALLY bad time to ever do anything or go on an adventure...so glad my eighteenth year is over.) birthday on her family's yacht. A persistent thumping noise has roused her, and when she goes to investigate (Like one of those white people in horror movies.) she'll find something that changes everything (As per usual)
I'm so excited though for it, and I just really want to know what the heck she finds. Is it French Fries? French Fries can be pretty life changing...
Okay, so the blurb DOESN'T really give much away, but it was explained to me by a friend that there are 4 stories within the book and it can be read in any order and the story will still make sense. If you liked Cloud Atlas, this book will be right down your alley.
There's a lot of symbolism and interwined destiny type of stuff in this kind of book, so I'm REALLY looking forward to actually getting into it and not just staring at it saying that I'll one day do it because I'm scared I won't understand it.
I let myself be talked into buying this book, because the book was wrapped in this hardcover case with a plastic sheeting around it so I couldn't even open the book and have a look at it even if I was interested in buying it, but the worker (CoughMaraandSavknowswhatsup) noticed me reading the blurb, and being intrigued, he came over and told me that it was a GREAT buy and even showed me some of the pictures about the book on his phone. I was sold from the moment he explained it a bit more.
Basically, it's a book within a book (If that makes sense)
You have the base story which is called, 'Ship of Theuseus' a final novel by a writer named V.M Straka, in which he writes about a man with no history or memory on a ship with a criminaled crew and launched into a journey to ask the question, 'If you slowly take apart a ship, is it still the same ship as before, and can a man be likened to this ship?'
Then you have the readers, Jennifer and Eric, which the story more so revolves around. Written in the margins of the book, you follow along as Jennifer and Eric strike up a friendship after Eric leaves behind a book in the library and Jennifer fetches it. They leaves notes for each other, discussing the book and the mysterious author V.M Straka, and leaving pages and napkins and other trinkets between the pages of the book (Yes, they is an actual napkin inside the book with writing on it. I spent a large amount of time actually rummaging through the book and just taking out the little postcards and realising how amazing this book is just because it has stuff inside it)
And there you have it! S! I've been told it's a bit of a study read, and that there are some multiple time lines so you really have to sit down and focus, it's not a sit-down-and-read-it-in-one-sitting kind of thing. It's going to take some planning before hand, and I am totally and utterly ready for that.
Yes, another Apocalyptic/Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopian. Judge me not. We all have the same but different weakness.
It can be easily written down as a society confined in an underground concrete shelter to protect themselves from the toxic world but curious and hopeful about the outside world and perhaps if there is a chance of survival. (Reminds me a little bit of The 100, except it's not in space but underground. So Mountain Men? Probs)
This was one of those spur of the moment 3 for 2 sale in Dymocks and I was in such a state of IMUSTBUYALLTHEBOOKS I grabbed this book too, which closely looking at the blurb, but it still intrigued me nonetheless by its impressive cover.
I just really like birds okay!
It's basically a coming-of-age book about a girl named Mim who has a depressed mother and two brothers in prison. Her journey starts nine days before her seventeenth birthday, where her life goes from bad to worse.
Once again...birds and dramatically posing girls have a thing that I just cannot resist. You just know it's going to be good with birds, and if it's a female protagonist I'm all about that character development and trope breaking for women <3 Boom
Jake, her dog, and a flock of sheep. That is, until sheep are repeatedly being dragged off by something and left in rags.
Besides that, I don't even really know what the book is about. The blurb is just as mysterious, so go and check it out for yourself, but in the mean time I'm going to try and figure out this book and hopefully will be reviewing it sooner than later!
Okay, I know what you're thinking - Ash why are you picking up books that are meant for the type of kids that grew up liking R.L Stine's Goosebumps Series and are probably totally badly written - well, first of all that's rude R.L Stine is a genius and he is what got me into writing and reading books because I wanted to write cliffhangers just as well as he did because I would end up spending ALL night reading at least 3-4 of his books because of all those darn CLIFFHANGERS.
But once again, this was an op shop grab! I had this sense of something sitting in a bookshelf a little further down, and there I found this little gem.
Basically, it's about a girl who died in 1952 by a guy named Bobby who sold his soul to live forever, and used her death and soul to pay the price, and since then has been sixteen for the last sixty years and is still haunting the very place. She has many names, but she is simply the hitchhiking ghost girl. All she wants is to claim back what is hers, and trace the immortal man.
(Yaaaasss ghost perspectives yaaaaaasss)
Pass it on.
I bought this one at the same time I bought the book above, but this one I made a last second ditch and grabbed this instead! Why do I so love covers with girls and birds? I'm sure there is an inner symbolic meaning to this that I'm missing and it means that I just want to be free and wear red or something symbolic and totally metaphorical like that.
Or maybe I just love fricken birds and the colour red!
It's supposed to be the 500 Days of Summer version of a book. While it's a romance, it's not about a romantic relationship that ends well. Even the blurb kind of gives off this mysterious element but when you read the reviews, they all say - 'Yup I legit cried and it's a sad romantic novel!' - but we shall see about that. Covers have lied to me before and they aren't afraid to do it again.
'Till next Tuesday!