When you finally finish an amazing book or series, all you really want to do is go back to immersing yourself in the world of another amazing book. You confidently stroll on down to your local library, determined to find the perfect book….but then you set your sights on the never-ending rows and rows of books. ‘Tis both a reader’s dream come true, and worst nightmare. So many books to chose from, but which will you chose? Which will carry you away from your problems? Which will set you free… of, you know, the restraints of reality and such.
I can relate. I’ve been in that situation, but what has always come through for me is my TBR (To Be Read) list. One look at this, and I know what exactly I need to look for. For you, my fellow book lovers, I have complied a list of books that I still need to read, with hopes that you too can benifit from it and know what to look for in the library. Without further ado, here is my current TBR list.
1). Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare – (Comes out May 23, 2017)
BREIF SYNOPSIS (courtesy of GoodReads)
Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?
And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters’ demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear—before it’s too late.
As I have just recently finished its predecessor, Lady Midnight, (and became an emotional wreck), number one on my list is definitely Lord of Shadows. This book spotlights some of the characters whose stories and struggles were shared with the audience in Clare’s previous series, The Mortal Instruments. Not only does it seem totally exciting, but also new and revamped, from the point of view of newer, younger characters. If you haven’t read The Mortal Instruments or The Infernal Devices series, I suggest you do that before trying out this series. This book is meant to follow the events that had taken place in TMI and TID and will undoubtedly reference the occurrences and characters from that series.
I’ll read this when I’m in the mood for Romance, Action/Adventure, and (because this is a Cassandra Clare book) Soul-Crushing Devastation and Tragedy.
2). The Siren by Keira Cass
BREIF SYNOPSIS (courtesy of GoodReads) – “You must never do anything that might expose our secret. This means that, in general, you cannot form close bonds with humans. You can speak to us, and you can always commune with the Ocean, but you are deadly to humans. You are, essentially, a weapon. A very beautiful weapon. I won’t lie to you, it can be a lonely existence, but once you are done, you get to live. All you have to give, for now, is obedience and time…”
The same speech has been given hundreds of times to hundreds of beautiful girls who enter the sisterhood of sirens. Kahlen has lived by these rules for years now, patiently waiting for the life she can call her own. But when Akinli, a human, enters her world, she can’t bring herself to live by the rules anymore. Suddenly the life she’s been waiting for doesn’t seem nearly as important as the one she’s living now.
The Siren is the first of a brand new series by Keira Cass. I am über excited to get my hands on this book, as it not only sounds like a totally exciting book, but also has one of the most gorgeous covers ever. I’ve read a tiny sample of this book, and it sounds amazing. The characters are exciting and compelling, and from the first page I could tell that once again, Cass went all-out with a no-doubt awesome plot!
I’ll read this when I’m in the mood for Romance and a little Adventure.
3). Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
BRIEF SYNOPSIS (courtesy of GoodReads) – Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak―but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life―and her future―forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?
The Heir of Fire is the third book of the Throne of Glass series. Quick warning: if you can’t handle intensity, excitement, and mind-altering plot twists, then stay FAR AWAY from this series, because it is literally awesomeness in the form of literature. It is completely the opposite of what I had expected, and there has never been a time when I could accurately guess what was going to happen! Sarah J. Maas truly has talent when it comes to crafting the perfect characters, the craziest storylines, and most terrifying world. She has surpassed my every expectation for her series, and I’m excited for this book, and I want it so freaking bad!
I’ll read this when I’m in the mood for Romance, a lot of Action/Adventure, and some Mystery.
4). Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
SYNOPSIS (courtesy of GoodReads) –
Cath is a Simon Snow fan.
Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…
But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.
Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.
For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?
Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
Normally, I don’t read a lot of contemporary books, because they can’t hold my attention very long, and sappy love stories are not my thing. But everything about this book excites me, and it makes me feel like I could probably understand the main character. Besides the cover being SUPER cute (which is a definite plus), the idea is so cool to me, and for people who like to read, it seems like it could be easy to relate to. I’ve never read anything by Rainbow Rowell, but I’ve heard good things about her writing, so this seems like a good choice to be on my list. I have high expectations for this book, so I hope its not all just hype.
I’ll read this when I’m in the mood for Romance, Comedy/Relatable Moments and the Real World.
5). Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
SYNOPSIS (courtesy of GoodReads) – A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.
A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
This book looks awesome, and I am actually pretty excited to read it. From what I’ve heard, it’s a pretty creepy story, and as the story goes on, the book includes some freaky vintage pictures. Plus, GoodReads.com describes this as a “spine-tingling fantasy” which sounds pretty cool to me. And, to add to the excitement, its movie came out in September. I haven’t seen the trailer yet, but I heard that the main character is played by the amazing Asa Butterfield, so I am even more excited than before. I’m guessing that if you’re in the mood for a creepy, thrilling adventure, then this would be the book to pick up
I’ll read this when I’m in the mood for Action/Adventure and Horror.
6). Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan (Comes out October 3, 2017)
BREIF SUMMARY (COURTESY OF GOODREADS) –
Magnus Chase, a once-homeless teen, is a resident of the Hotel Valhalla and one of Odin’s chosen warriors. As the son of Frey, the god of summer, fertility, and health, Magnus isn’t naturally inclined to fighting. But he has strong and steadfast friends, including Hearthstone the elf, Blitzen the dwarf, and Samirah the Valkyrie, and together they have achieved brave deeds, such as defeating Fenris Wolf and battling giants for Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir. Now Magnus and his crew must sail to the farthest borders of Jotunheim and Niflheim in pursuit of Asgard’s greatest threat. Will they succeed in their perilous journey, or is Ragnarok lurking on the horizon?
Magnus Chase is one of my favorite stories that Rick Riordan has ever written. Though some of his books are known to be for kids, the Magnus Chase series is darker and more exciting than any other book he has written, making it perfect for teens and even adults. It features Norse mythology, but takes place in the same universe as Percy Jackson, so we get to see little snipets of Percy and Annabeth’s lives after the whole saving-the-world-for-the-SECOND-time business. ANDDDDD its pretty much guaranteed that Percy Jackson, the sass master himself, will be in this book. Need proof? WELL, if the last sentence of of Magnus Chase: The Hammer of Thor doesn’t clue you in, ( Annabeth smiled. “I don’t know the ocean very well, but my boyfriend does. I think it’s time you met Percy.” ) I don’t know what will. Unfortunately, I think this might be the last book of the series, which means there will be many tears when I finish.
I’ll read this when in the mood for Fantasy, Adventure, Humor, SASS-MASTER PERCY JACKSON, and pure awesomeness.
So anyways thats it for my TBR list! Comment below if you have any book suggestions, or any ideas about what else you guys want me to post about (or just for fun – lol I don’t care). That’s all for today! BYE!