Now that 2016 is well underway, this week’s Top Ten Tuesday thinks back to the year before! Here are some books I had every intention of reading but didn’t for one reason or another. 🙂
1) Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…
So many people have told me that this book (and this series or world) is the best thing ever, so I had every intention of getting it… except I haven’t read the Grisha series, and I heard that it’s best to read Six of Crows once I’m done with that one. True or false, readers?
2) Carry On – Rainbow Rowell
Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen. That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.
Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story—but far, far more monsters.
Like many, I really enjoyed Rowell’s Fangirl and was intrigued by the fictional world her characters were obsessed with! I just haven’t had time to get this yet.
3) The Fill-In Boyfriend – Kasie West
When Gia Montgomery’s boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she’d been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend—two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.
This should have been right up my alley because it has pretend relationships, my number one favourite trope, but a couple of bad reviews warded me off. Is it the correct decision? D:
4) The Boy Most Likely To – Huntley Fitzpatrick
For Tim, it wouldn’t be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the “smart” choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard. Then the unexpected consequences of Tim’s wild days come back to shock him.
I came so close to reading this book—I even had it out from the library!—but in the end, I had to return it into my TBR pile because other books took priority… and this one just didn’t seem as interesting in comparison. Oops?
5) Illuminae – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.
The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit. But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results.
Yup, you caught me there. I haven’t read the ever-illuminating, almost-always-favourited Illuminae.
6) The Stars Never Rise – Rachel Vincent
Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she’s too busy trying to actually survive. Her town’s population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom a long time ago. When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she’ll do anything to protect her.
This should be right up my alley with the pretty, artistic cover, but unfortunately I just couldn’t get into the story. More of a DNF (or a Did Not Really Start, more accurately) than a didn’t get, to be honest.
7) Under A Painted Sky – Stacey Lee
Missouri, 1849: Samantha dreams of moving back to New York to be a professional musician—not an easy thing if you’re a girl, and harder still if you’re Chinese. But a tragic accident dashes any hopes of fulfilling her dream, and instead, leaves her fearing for her life. With the help of a runaway slave named Annamae, Samantha flees town for the unknown frontier. But life on the Oregon Trail is unsafe for two girls, so they disguise themselves as Sammy and Andy, two boys headed for the California gold rush.
Just never got to pick it up…? D:
8) Dumplin’ – Julie Murphy
Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.
I became ambivalent about this book after reading a couple of friends’ reviews on Goodreads. I might still read it, but I don’t think I’ll buy it or anything.
9) Tonight The Streets Are Ours – Leila Sales
Recklessly loyal. That’s how seventeen-year-old Arden Huntley has always thought of herself. Caring for her loved ones is what gives Arden purpose in her life and makes her feel like she matters. But lately she’s grown resentful of everyone—including her needy best friend and her absent mom—taking her loyalty for granted.
Then Arden stumbles upon a website called Tonight the Streets Are Ours, the musings of a young New York City writer named Peter, who gives voice to feelings that Arden has never known how to express. He seems to get her in a way that no one else does, and he hasn’t even met her. Until Arden sets out on a road trip to find him.
A pretty cover and an intriguing summary? I’m still in—just maybe not right now. 😛
10) 99 Days – Katie Cotugno
Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything—how I destroyed my relationship with Patrick the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. How I wrecked their whole family. Now I’m serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college, and be done.
When I first read the summary, I was interested—a little bit, at least. But then other books came along, my interests dwindled, and bad reviews from the majority of the blogosphere turned me away. Too bad—this could have been cute, I think.
Should I read any of these books? What 2015 releases did you mean to read but haven’t yet? As always, let me know in the comments or leave me a link! ❤