Top 5 Books I want to read before the End of the Year

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That’s a pretty long title, but at least it’s self explanatory. We’re already halfway into 2018 and is evaluation time.  In July I’m going to post an update for my reading goals for this year. I’ve been really having an awful reading year, which is weird because there’s so many books I want to read and they’re just accumulating in my bookshelf, untouched. Since I’m really way behind on my reading challenge, this Top 5 is kinda helpful in letting my prioritize certain books for my reading goals.

Anyways, here are the top 5 books I want to read before the year is over. Mind you, I’m not going to include new release or going to be released novels.

 

Most of these books are the ones that I need to read to be able to finish some series that I have started awhile back. Last year I wasn’t able to finish some series that I want to get to, so this year I want to make sure that I at least get some of the books crossed off my list. These are a must this year!

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Most Anticipated Book Release July – August 2018

It feels like I just posted my most anticipated release of January – June 2018 and now I’m posting the last half of the year for book releases. Time is flying by way too fast!

JULY

July 10: The Fifth to Die by J.D Barker

First on my list is J.D Barker’s second installment of his 4MK Thriller, which I adored reading last year. Since the publisher’s were good enough to send me an ARC, I am definitely going to read and review this novel.

July 24: Contagion by Erin Bowman

I came across this book while looking for new releases and the cover seems really interesting so I definitely want to check it out. I haven’t read any of Bowman’s other works

July 31 The Darkest Legacy by Alexandra Bracken

I’m actually really surprised that there is a fourth novel to Bracken’s Darkest Mind Trilogy. I feel like a lot of authors have been doing this recently, they’re adding books in their series with a different protagonist/ different problem for the main characters. Later in my list we see another author do this.

AUGUST

August 28: Mirage by Somaiya Daud

This novel seems like a loose retelling of the Prince and the Pauper, which I think is a nice concept for a book. I always enjoy reading books like these and the rating for it on Goodreads is also high, so why not try it out.

August 28: City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Victoria Schwab readers are either really a fan of her work or not. I haven’t really read a lot of her books yet to be able to judge which category I’m in. I have a few of her novels and I really should get a move on to those, but this one looks really interesting and I feel like its more up my alley.

SEPTEMBER

September 4: Two Dark Reign by Kendra Blake

I’ve been waiting for this book to be released since the first book came out. I haven’t read the first or the second book of this trilogy, but I actually want to make sure all books are out before I start it. Blake has a tendency to leave you hanging in her stories.

September 18: Wildcard by Marie Lu

I read the first book in this series and enjoyed it. I wasn’t finatic about is as most people were, but I still highly enjoyed it. I have a problem with Lu’s novels tho, I tend to enjoy the first and be let down by the second and third. I might wait for next year to actually pick this one up, but I’m still quite excited for it.

September 18: Escaping Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco

This is also another book that I read last year. I’m fascinated with any books regarding Jack the Ripper and so I definitely had to check the first book out. Since I enjoyed my reading experience with the first book, I definitely want to continue with the story. Although I haven’t really gotten around to reading the second book, I’m still looking forward to the release of the third.

OCTOBER

October 2: A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs

This is that other book I mentioned before. I’m really surprised that Riggs wrote another book for this trilogy since the last novel wrapped up the story nicely. I’m really intrigued as to how Riggs is going to create another adventures for his main characters and I’m actually excited to get back into the world. For someone who didn’t start out as a fan, I’m

October 2: Muse of Nightmare by Laini Taylor

I wasn’t a fan of Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy, but I did love her writing. So I want to read this new series of hers. I have the first book and I want to keep hoarding this other one. I really should get a move on with reading this trilogy.

NOVEMBER

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November 6: Archenemies by Marissa Meyer

This is one book release that I’m not sure about. I haven’t read the first book in this trilogy and I really don’t  have to push to do so. I wasn’t really a big fan of Meyer in the beginning but has come to love her characters. I’m a bit hesitant to get into these books.

DECEMBER

December 4: Lumberjanes Vol. 10

I haven’t picked up a lot of graphic novels lately, but I do like reading them back to back rather than waiting forever for them to be released. I don’t read a lot of graphic novels, but Lumberjanes is one of my favorite. Can’t wait to see what happens to the girls in this volume.

December 11: Broken Lands by Jonathan Maberry

This is another author that has added another book to his finished series. I’m really not complaining about the addition of books, since these books are amazing, I’m just surprised at the additions. I’m really not sure what this book is about, but I know that it’s set in the same world as his Rot and Ruin series.

 

 

 

 

Spring 2018 Book Haul

Spring wasn’t as good as a buying month for me. I got sick a lot and wasn’t able to work as much. So no work, equals to no money, therefore no books. Sigh. Since I didn’t really get a chance to buy books, I was very selective of the books that I did buy, which I guess is a good thing.

Here are the books that I did manage to buy for Spring 2018.

I also requested for an ARC, which the publishers graciously gave me. Thank You very much!

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So that’s it for my Book Haul. Like I said, not that big, but all of them sounds really good!

Book Date Monday #5

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I really botched the readathon that I tried to participate in last week.  So this week I want to crack down on some of my TBR to at least get some books read off by the end of this month. I wasn’t able to finish any books this whole month yet and I really want to remedy that. These Book Date Monday’s usually help me get my act together.

Last Week

So as I mentioned, I really didn’t pick up a book since the end of May, therefore, I can’t include any book in this section

Currently Reading

I’m still not sure which of the two I’m going to pick, therefore, I decided to add both of them. I’m actually leaning more on Dan Brown’s book than the other, but we’ll see.

Next Week

If I don’t get a chance to read Rattled Bones in the upcoming week then I want to get to it before July. Also, I really have to get a move on The Fifth to Die since it is an ARC. Also if I get to all those books, then Invictus is another book I want to read.

 

 

Top 5 Best Dad in Books

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It’s been awhile since I did a Top 5 Wednesday and so here I am creating one. This week’s topic is great fathers in literature. There really isn’t a whole bunch of great fathers in books, because for some weird reason parents are a no show in most stories, especially in YA. Here are my top 5 pick of best dad in some books that I have read.

Mathew Cuthbert in Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

This book is a must read in all Canadian schools, everyone who has gone to school in Canada has pick up Anne of Green Gables, they might not have read it, but they definitely had to pick one up. This is one of my favorite books and it doesn’t hurt that its set in Canada and written by a Canadian. This novel features a brother and sister who adopts an orphan child in order to help them around the house. Unknown to them, this child would grow up to be someone that they both love as their own. Mathew is a great father figure who is very patient with Anne and who accepts her with all her lovable eccentricity.

Arthur Weasley in Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

There were so many dads and father figure to choose from in the whole entire series, but I think this should be given to Arthur. Not only is he the head of the household of 7 children, who he must feed, clothe and provide school supplies, I feel that he also took on the role of being a father to Harry. I really enjoy how his character was written and how close he is to his family. Plus, bonus point on loving all things muggle and standing up for those who are non-magical.

Mr. Bennett in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Having 5 girls during a period when daughters are not revered as they are today, it was very hard for Mr. Bennett to run a household knowing that he has no heir to his name. Fortunately for the Bennett girls, their father loved them no matter their gender. He might not be as dotting of a father compared to fathers now, but at that time, being interested in his children’s life is actually important.

Hans Hubermann in The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

This father figure actually reminds me of Mathew Cuthbert from Anne of Green Gables. They’re both quite and keeps to themselves, but ultimately they grow to love the young little girls that they take upon themselves to care for. Although Zusak’s novel is heart wrenching and set during such a horrific time, he was still able to convey love, acceptance and compassion by creating this relationship between Liesel and adopted father.

Haymitch Abernathy in The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Ok, he may not have started out to be a good person at the beginning of the book, but as the story progress he does try his hardest to help Katniss and Peeta survive in the Games. He may not have a very pristine representation of a good father, but he is a better father than some out there. He represents the fathers who are not always squeaky clean, but does try to be the best in the end.

 

 

Summer Reads 2018

Although, Summer is still around the corner for us here in Canada, I think it’s time I create my Summer Reads of 2018. I always try to create these seasonal TBR’s but most of the time I bomb them, and not in the good way as you will see in my Spring Reads update that I will post in a few days.

I’m not really the type of reader who specifically read certain genre during specific months, but rather I’m very much a mood reader. Here are five books that I want to get to before Summer 2018 is over.

I really want to try to get these books finished by the end of our Summer months and I’m looking forward to reading them.

My Top 5 Dystopian Books

Dystopia is actually one of my favorite genre and I realize that I’ve never done a Dystopain recommendations. So here are my top 5 favorite Dystopian books. Mind you, I’m not going to include Hunger Games. As much as I did enjoy the books, its too commercialized now and its better if I recommend other books that the majority hasn’t heard of. I’m also going to try to exclude books that are dystopian/fantasy novels, such as the Lunar Chronicle or The Winner’s Trilogy.

So when I think of the Dystopian genre, I think of apocalyptic stories. It could be post apocalyptic or set in the distant future, where earth has been ruined by an unforeseen catastrophe and we are witnessing the aftermath. This could be set on earth or an earth-like planet but not literally stated in the book.

Anyways, lets get on with the recommendations.

1. Rot & Ruin Series by Jonathan Maberry

Goodreads Synopsis: In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn’t want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash, but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human.

It’s been awhile since I read this series and its definitely time I re-read them. I really love the way Maberry writes his stories and the gore that he includes. It’s not as extreme as I’ve read before, but still gets the message across. I love his characters as well, he puts a lot of thought in them and in turn they come out realistic with all the perfection and flaws that humans have.

2. Bird Box by Josh Malerman

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Goodreads Synopsis: Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse of it, and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.

Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remains, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now that the boy and girl are four, it’s time to go, but the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat–blindfolded–with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. Something is following them all the while, but is it man, animal, or monster?

I picked this book up because a lot of people have been raving about it last year, especially Lala from BooksandLala and since I enjoy her rec’s I decided to read it. I’m pleasantly surprised that something so simple could terrify me so abundantly. I wasn’t really drawn to the story until at least half way through the book. When it eventually picked up, I was totally hooked.

3. Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness

Goodreads Synopsis: Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.

I read the first book in this trilogy a few years back and totally loved it. It did take awhile for me to get into the story, but once you pass the 100 page mark, then you’re pretty much set. Finally, last year I picked up the third book and finished the trilogy. Greatest reading accomplishment of last year for me. Of course I love it. I realize that this trilogy is not for everyone because it is set in a slower pace than most dystopian novels, but I think it’s still worth trying.

4. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

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Goodreads Synopsis: R is having a no-life crisis—he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he is a little different from his fellow Dead. He may occasionally eat people, but he’d rather be riding abandoned airport escalators, listening to Sinatra in the cozy 747 he calls home, or collecting souvenirs from the ruins of civilization. And then he meets a girl.

First as his captive, then his reluctant guest, Julie is a blast of living color in R’s gray landscape, and something inside him begins to bloom. He doesn’t want to eat this girl—although she looks delicious—he wants to protect her. But their unlikely bond will cause ripples they can’t imagine, and their hopeless world won’t change without a fight.

I actually read this book because of the movie. I wanted to get to the book before watching it and I’m glad that I did because, as usual, there are many things the movie didn’t include or was unable to convey. I know that this novel is now going to be a trilogy, but when I read it, it was only a stand alone, so for the sake of this list it’s a standalone for now. Its a great read and a totally different take on zombies, which is actually fascinating.

5. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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Goodreads Synopsis: In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape. 

This is another book that I actually need to re-read again. The first time I read it, it was such a great read. I love all the different references that me makes of the 80’s very well put together.

HONORABLE MENTION:

I’m including these books because I think they too are great reads but I still have not finished reading all the books in the series.

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Penryn & The end of Days by Susan Ee
Unwind Dystology by Neal Shusterman