My Winter Reading List (2014-2015)

Here are the books that I’m planning to read this winter. Some of these are set in winter, or just remind me of winter, but most have nothing to do with it. For some reason, when it gets cold, I mostly gravitate towards children’s literature. I don’t know why! Perhaps the approaching Christmas reminds me of my childhood? Who knows!

This post is linked at “Top Ten Tuesday”, a weekly book list meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. All the links take you to Goodreads.

Maija’s Top 10 Books from Winter TBR Pile

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1. The Iron Trial (Magisterium #1) by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
I will read anything that Holly Black writes, so I’m looking forward to reading this magical school fantasy. I think I’m going to buy this as a birthday gift for myself.

2. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
Also written by Holly Black, so a must read. This new release comes out on January 13th.

3. The Dark is Rising (The Dark is Rising #2) by Susan Cooper
The second book in the Dark is Rising series begins at winter solstice, so it is a perfect winter read. It is also about time that I continue with this series!

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4. The Mad Ship (The Liveship Traders #2) by Robin Hobb
I want to continue on with this fantasy series and find out what happens to Wintrow, Althea, and Paragon!

5. The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell
Another potential birthday gift for myself. Neil Gaiman’s twist on the Sleeping Beauty tale is something I’d really like to read.

6. Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch, #1) by Ann Leckie
I finally want to start this Hugo award winning series!

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7. Foxglove Summer (Peter Grant #5) by Ben Aaronovitch
This is a quite new release, and I’m anxiously waiting for it from the library. If it takes too long, I might just cave and buy it as an ebook, even though I don’t own the other books in the series! I just really want to know what happens after book four!

8. Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos (Theodosia Throckmorton, #1) by R.L. LaFevers
I just bought this children’s book about museums and cursed artifacts, and I really want to get to it.

9. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
I’ve never read this Christmas classic, only seen adaptations of it. Might tackle it on Christmas day.

10. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
I really, really want to reread this book, and for some reason I associate it with winter. Perhaps because of its length? Big books always feel like winter reads to me – something to curl up with on the sofa. Let’s see if I manage to get to it!

What’s on your Winter TBR list? Are there some books that you’ve been meaning to read for the longest time, or are most of them new releases?

November TBR (2014)

My TBR shelf is currently overflowing, so in a desperate attempt to contain it, I’m only going to read books that I already own for November. No library books, no books from friends, and definitely not any new bought books! Here are the books that I’m hoping to tackle.
(The book covers take you to Goodreads.)

The Child Thief The Lies of Locke Lamora Leviathan Wakes The Killing Moon
The Child Thief by Brom
The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard #1) by Scott Lynch
Leviathan Wakes (Expanse #1) by James S.A. Corey
The Killing Moon (Dreamblood #1) by N.K. Jemisin

Out of these, I’m most excited for my High Fantasy Challenge book that I challenged myself to read this year: The Lies of Locke Lamora. I’ve been wanting to start this series for such a long time, and I already own all the books out in the series so far. That’s a first for me; usually I don’t buy more books until I’ve read the first book in the series and know that I like it. I don’t know why I went with a different tactic with this series – except that it’s high fantasy with thieves and it’s calling my name!

I’m trying to read The Child Thief for this month’s Fairytale Retelling -themed #AYearAThon. The event is this week, from Nov 3rd to the 9th, and things aren’t looking good! I’ve only read the prologue so far! I think it wasn’t the greatest idea to pick this book, since I just finished reading NOS4R2 by Joe Hill, and both of the books are dark books with child kidnappings. A change of theme would have been a nice breather. But since this was the only fairytale retelling that I already own, I chose it. Let’s see if I can get into it!

The rest of the books are series or authors that I’ve been wanting to try for a while. I actually know more about The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin, but The Killing Moon was on sale and gave me a good initiative to try the author out.

What are you reading this week or month?

Used Book Haul

I only bought used books during the month of October. I found NP from the clearance shelf at my library for 50 cents. The rest of the books I bought from BetterWorldBooks.co.uk when they had their “20% off all used books” sale. Most of them are also used library books. :) They were categorised as “Good” condition, and they were pretty much as advertised, with a couple of library stamps and a little wear on the covers. All in all, I’m very happy with this haul! The only bad thing is that I have now run out of space on my bookshelf, as my TBR shelf is overflowing, so I really need to get to reading these books!

NP The Blue Sword Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos The Mysterious Benedict Society A Madness of Angels
NP by Banana Yoshimoto
The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos (Theodosia Throckmorton #1) by R. L. LaFevers
The Mysterious Benedict Society (#1) by Trenton Lee Stewart
A Madness of Angels (Matthew Swift #1) by Kate Griffin

If you want to know more, I go over the books and talk a little of what they are about in this video: