Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Spring TBR List


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is top ten books on my spring TBR list.

I have a ton of books that I’m hoping to get through in the next few weeks, but these are the ones that I’m most looking forward to reading.



1. The Dark Tower Series – Stephen King


The Dark Tower series tells the story of Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, who is traveling southeast across Mid-World’s post-apocalyptic landscape, searching for the powerful but elusive magical edifice known as The Dark Tower. Located in the fey region of End-World, amid a sea of singing red roses, the Dark Tower is the nexus point of the time-space continuum. It is the heart of all worlds, but it is also under threat. Someone, or something, is using the evil technology of the Great Old Ones to destroy it. 
In Roland’s where and when, the world has already begun to move on. Time and direction are in drift, and the fabric of reality is fraying. However, things are about to get much worse. The six invisible magnetic Beams, which maintain the alignment of time, space, size, and dimension, are weakening. Because of this, the Tower itself is foundering. Unless Roland can find a way to save the Beams and stabilize the Tower, all of reality will blink out of existence. 
Inspired in equal parts by Robert Browning’s poem, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came,” J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, and Sergio Leone’s spaghetti Western classics, The Dark Tower series is an epic of Arthurian proportions. It is Stephen King’s magnum opus, and is the center of his amazing creative universe.


2. Cinder – Marissa Meyer


Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.


3. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn


On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife's head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn't do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?


4. Landline – Rainbow Rowell


Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble; it has been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now. 
Maybe that was always beside the point. 
Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn't expect him to pack up the kids and go home without her. 
When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything. 
That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . . 
Is that what she’s supposed to do? 
Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?


5. Not A Drop To Drink – Mindy McGinnis


Regret was for people with nothing to defend, people who had no water. 
Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn't leave at all. 
Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand. 
But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it . . . . 
With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, debut author Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a barren world not so different than our own.


6. St. Lucy’s Home For Girls Raised By Wolves – Karen Russell


In these ten glittering stories, debut author Karen Russell takes us to the ghostly and magical swamps of the Florida Everglades. Here wolf-like girls are reformed by nuns, a family makes their living wrestling alligators in a theme park, and little girls sail away on crab shells. Filled with stunning inventiveness and heart, St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves introduces a radiant new writer.




7. Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe – Benjamin Alire Sáenz


A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Sáenz. 
Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.



8. Ready Player One – Ernest Cline


It's the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place. 
Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune—and remarkable power—to whoever can unlock them.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday's riddles are based in the pop culture he loved—that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday's icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes's oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt—among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life—and love—in the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.

A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?


9. The Narrow Road To The Deep North – Richard Flanagan


A novel of the cruelty of war, and tenuousness of life and the impossibility of love. 
Richard Flanagan's story — of Dorrigo Evans, an Australian doctor haunted by a love affair with his uncle's wife — journeys from the caves of Tasmanian trappers in the early twentieth century to a crumbling pre-war beachside hotel, from a Thai jungle prison to a Japanese snow festival, from the Changi gallows to a chance meeting of lovers on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. 
Taking its title from 17th-century haiku poet Basho's travel journal, The Narrow Road To The Deep North is about the impossibility of love. At its heart is one day in a Japanese slave labour camp in August 1943. As the day builds to its horrific climax, Dorrigo Evans battles and fails in his quest to save the lives of his fellow POWs, a man is killed for no reason, and a love story unfolds.


10. Stone Mattress: Nine Tales – Margaret Atwood


Margaret Atwood turns to short fiction for the first time since her 2006 collection, Moral Disorder, with nine tales of acute psychological insight and turbulent relationships bringing to mind her award-winning 1996 novel, Alias Grace. A recently widowed fantasy writer is guided through a stormy winter evening by the voice of her late husband in "Alphinland," the first of three loosely linked stories about the romantic geometries of a group of writers and artists. In "The Freeze-Dried Bridegroom," a man who bids on an auctioned storage space has a surprise. In "Lusus Naturae," a woman born with a genetic abnormality is mistaken for a vampire. In "Torching the Dusties," an elderly lady with Charles Bonnet syndrome comes to terms with the little people she keeps seeing, while a newly formed populist group gathers to burn down her retirement residence. And in "Stone Mattress," a long-ago crime is avenged in the Arctic via a 1.9 billion-year-old stromatolite. In these nine tales, Margaret Atwood is at the top of her darkly humorous and seriously playful game.


12 comments:

  1. Hope you'll enjoy Cinder! It was an insta-fave for me. I just bought Gone Girl a couple of days back and I'm also hoping to read it soon :)

    czai @ the Blacksheep Project

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  2. I loved Cinder and of course King is my all-time fave - although I have never read any of the Dark Tower series which is saying a lot since I have read over 50 King books and stories.

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  3. Cinder was okay (keep going with the series though, I promise they get better) and Landlines is perfect. Not as perfect as Fangirl or Eleanor and Park, but perfect nonetheless. I'm re-reading it right now actually! (I like Rainbow Rowell...)
    Beth x
    www.thequietpeople.com

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  4. Great list! I'm totally intrigued by the title "St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves." I'll have to see if my library has that one! Here's my TTT. Happy reading!

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  5. Gone Girl is crazy, you really should get to it :)
    Not A Drop To Drink was okay, i was expecting more thou.
    A&D Discover the Secrets was very good, very deep :)
    Ready Player One is good, has a crap ton of 80's references!
    I loved Landline!

    I have yet to read Cinder, even thou i have it!

    Thanks for visiting :)

    brooke @ booklife4life

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  6. There are quite a few book on here that I need to read also!

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  7. Oh, I remember seeing some of these books displayed at Barnes and Noble. I haven't read any of Rainbow's work, but maybe one day, I will.

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  8. I loved Cinder! One of my all-time faves! I hope you enjoy all of them!

    Lizzie @ lizziethesarcasticblonde.blogspot.com

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  9. The Dark Tower series is great, but the individual books vary in quality. I'm re-reading it from the beginning. They're so much better the second or third time around.

    Cinder was meh, but the series improves. Landlines is my least favorite Rowell, but still great. Ready Player One is so much fun. I loved it. It's destined to be a re-read.

    I'm on a waitlist for Narrow Road and Stone Mattress. I'm excited about them both. Especially Stone Mattress. I've really been into short stories lately.

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  10. I read The Gunslinger years ago but it was kinda meh and never bothered with the rest of the series...

    Ready Player One is the one book on your list that I want to read the most. The premise is fantastic and I can't resist all that 80's nostalgia.

    You weren't joking around when you said Atwood was one of your favorite authors. I didn't even know she released a new collection of short-stories. Pretty cool.

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  11. You'll be having a Stephen King Spring! :-) A few here I have to get around to reading too. Hope you enjoy them!

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  12. Ohhh I loved the Gunslinger series...one of my favourite King's - did you know that it is King's March right now over at Wensen & Fourth Street Review?

    Great to see an Aussie award winning book on your list too, although I've avoided the book so far due to it's strong war scenes - I will need to be in a brave mood!

    I also have the Atwood on my TBR pile for one day soon ....

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