Top Ten Tuesday: Top ten books I bought in 2015… but still haven’t read

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn’t. I’m reinterpreting this one to include anything I bought in 2015 but haven’t read yet, not just new releases from 2015. Here are the books that for whatever reason I had to have RIGHT NOW! IMMEDIATELY! GIMME!, but then stuck on my shelf and never picked up again.

1) Carry On by Rainbow Rowell: OF COURSE I bought this one the second it came out. I love Rainbow Rowell and I loved Fangirl and… I have no idea what my problem is.

Carry On

2) Epitaph by Mary Doria Russell: I love everything by Mary Doria Russell, and loved her Doc Holliday book (appropriately named Doc). I bought Epitaph right when it was released so I’d have a chance to read it before she came to my town on her book tour. And then her book tour appearance was cancelled, and I never got around to the book.

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3) The Porcupine of Truth by Bill Konigsberg: I loved the author’s previous novel, Openly Straight (review), and I’m really excited for this one. Plus, a porcupine on the cover!

Porcupine of Truth

4) The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber: Really sounds awesome, and I have a friend who loved it — but it’s over 500 pages, and I just haven’t been in the mood to tackle it yet.

Book of Strange New Things

5) The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan: I actually have a good excuse for not reading this one yet. I was going to read it as soon as I got a copy last year, and then my book group picked it for this coming spring, so of course I had to wait!

Narrow Road to the Deep North

6) Cheating here and listing a trilogy as one entry: I picked up all three books in Holly Black’s Curse Workers series last year, but haven’t touched them yet. Given that one of my resolutions is to binge-read series instead of reading them one book at a time, this might make a good place to start!

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7) Conversion by Katherine Howe: This is a 2014 book (described as “Prep meets The Crucible”!) that I bought in 2015, and it’s been sitting on my nightstand ever since.

Conversion

8) Letters to the Lost by Iona Grey: This one actually is a 2015 release, and it sounds like just the kind of historical fiction that gets me in the heart.

Letters to the Lost

9) Pioneer Girl by Bich Minh Nguyen: A Vietnamese-American woman with a possible connection to Laura Ingalls Wilder? Yes, please!

Pioneer Girl

10) Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain: The little bits and pieces I’ve read so far tell me that this is a book designed for me!

Quiet

 

If I stick to my plan to read more from my shelves this year, then I should be able to get to these book in 2016!

What 2015 books do you still need to read? Please share your TTT links!

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The Monday Check-In ~ 8/10/2015

cooltext1850356879 My Monday tradition, including a look back and a look ahead — what I read last week, what new books came my way, and what books are keeping me busy right now. Plus a smattering of other stuff too.

What did I read last week?

Uncommon ReaderThe Uninvited

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett: This novella is such a treat for bookworms! It’s a sweet, funny, charming piece of short fiction about what might happen if the Queen of England suddenly became an obsessive reader. The writing itself is such fun, as well as the storyline. I featured a few passages from this book for my Thursday Quotables post last week — check it out here.

The Uninvited by Cat Winters: Done! Watch for my blog tour post and review, coming up on Thursday. Want a hint ahead of time? This one is getting high marks!

And in graphic novels:

Kingsman

After watching the movie Kingsman a couple of weeks ago, I thought I should check out the comic it was based on. The movie is over-the-top violent, but worth it to see Colin Firth kicking major butt (while impeccably dressed, of course.) The comic was originally issued as The Secret Service, and this paperback volume collects the whole story in one edition. It’s a fun, goofy way to spend an afternoon.

And if you haven’t seen the movie and want a little taste:

 

Fresh Catch:

New goodies this week!

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Okay, I got a little silly playing with images… Here, with colorful critters, are my new arrivals — including three bought, one ARC courtesy of Goodreads FirstReads (yippee!), and a library book.

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
In the Unlikely EventWhat You Left Behind

I’ve just started In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume, which jumps to the top of my priority list since it’s a non-renewable library book. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a Judy Blume book — I still have fond/embarrassing memories of how into Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret, Deenie, and Forever we all were back in the day.

I’m behind on my ARCS. Still. Again. Forever. But in any case, I’m very determined to read What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi this week.

Now playing via audiobook:

Mansfield Park

Just finished Mansfield Park! I could have sworn that I’d read Mansfield Park before, but the further I went in the audiobook, the more I realized that it was all pretty new to me. I’m glad to have filled in the gap in my Austen reading! Little, meek Fanny Price definitely grew on me, and despite shipping the wrong couple for a while, I was overall pretty charmed by this book.

So what’s next? I think it’s about time to shake things up and listen to something very different from all the Austens I’ve been spending time with lately… so, to get as un-Austen as might be possible, my next audiobook will be a collection of Dresden shorts by Jim Butcher:

Working for Bigfoot

Ongoing reads:

ABOSAAN&S

Two chapters per week for each of these, for my online book group discussions. Both books should be done by December!

So many book, so little time…

boy1

 

 

The Monday Check-In ~ 8/3/2015

cooltext1850356879 My Monday tradition, including a look back and a look ahead — what I read last week, what new books came my way, and what books are keeping me busy right now. Plus a smattering of other stuff too.

What did I read last week?

DemelzaNever Always Sometimes

Wow, this has been a really slow reading week. Somehow, the time just slid away, and there was just too much else going on. I hate when that happens.

But I did manage to finish:

Demelza by Winston Graham, book 2 in the Poldark series. And if you want to hear more about the books or PBS’s Masterpiece production of Poldark, check out my very enthusiastic post, here. There’s even some delicious eye candy…

Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid: This was my weekend read, and I ended up really enjoying it. My review is here.

Fresh Catch:

Heartbreak! The very last volume in the wonderful Fables series arrived this week… and I’m holding off on reading it for a few more days until I feel really ready to see how it all works out.

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Sharing the big version of the cover image — because it’s the last volume of Fables and it deserves all the love!

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
Circling the SunWhat You Left Behind

Ack! Having a hard time deciding what to read next, between all the ARCs glaring at me whenever I turn on my Kindle and the new stack of library books. (Can I help it if all my hold requests come in at the same time?)

As of this moment, I believe my next two books will be:

  • Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
  • What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi
Now playing via audiobook:

Mansfield Park

I’m approaching the halfway mark in the Mansfield Park audiobook. At this point, I’m not loving this one as much as the other Austens I’ve listened to this year. It’s been so long since I read the book, and I really don’t remember much of the plot. So far, there’s a lot of walking about in gardens and parks, plus a real lot of planning for a play. I hope it picks up soon!

Ongoing reads:

ABOSAAN&S

I’m dropping Eldest (by Chris Paolini) from my currently reading list for now. I was reading it with my son, and he just doesn’t seem interested anymore — and I’m not sure that I’m interested enough to keep going without his participation.

So, for now at least, my two ongoing reading projects are my group reads with Outlander Book Club. Still enjoying the heck out of these!

So many book, so little time…

boy1

The Monday Check-In ~ 7/27/2015

cooltext1850356879 My Monday tradition, including a look back and a look ahead — what I read last week, what new books came my way, and what books are keeping me busy right now. Plus a smattering of other stuff too.

What did I read last week?

Maybe in Another LifeGo Set A Watchman

Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid: Done! My review is here.

Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee: I read this book during the past week, and shared some thoughts about it here.

Elsewhere on the blog:

I shared some highlights and photos from my trip to the Canadian Rockies, here. (I know, I know… other people’s vacation pics!)

I also wrote a bit about revisiting Jane Austen’s books without really planning to. Check out My Year of Austen!

Fresh Catch:

One new book added to my toppling stacks this week:

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What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
Demelza

Continuing on with the Poldark series by Winston Graham, I’m in the middle of the 2nd book, Demelza. The fact that the BBC production is so unbelievably gorgeous is definitely a contributing factor to my interest in these books! But really, I’m just truly enjoying the story.

Now playing via audiobook:

Sense and Sensibility 2Mansfield Park

My year of Austen audiobooks continues! I just finished Sense and Sensibility over the weekend, and I’m now starting Mansfield Park. I’m loving “re-reading” these books via audio.

Ongoing reads:

EldestABOSAAN&S

My kiddo and I have completely stalled out on our Eldest reading project. I should check to see if he’s still interested in continuing (because if he’s not, I’m not sure that I’ll bother with it either). Also ongoing, my two group reads with Outlander Book Club — two chapters per week from now until we’re done!

So many book, so little time…

boy1

 

The Monday Check-In ~ 7/20/2015

cooltext1850356879 My Monday tradition, including a look back and a look ahead — what I read last week, what new books came my way, and what books are keeping me busy right now. Plus a smattering of other stuff too.

What did I read last week?

Sweetheart DealAll the LightRoss Poldark

The Sweetheart Deal by Polly Dugan: Done! My review is here.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr: Done, just in time for my book group discussion later this week. Some brief thoughts on this lovely book are here.

Ross Poldark by Winston Graham: Done! Okay, I’ll admit that Aidan Turner was a big part of what drew me to the PBS airing of Poldark, but I ended up really loving the story itself, so I had to give the book a try… and really liked it! It’s my understanding that the 1st season of the TV show covers the first two books in the series, so clearly, I need to keep going! C’mere, book #2!

Off-line:

I just got back from a glorious 10-day trip to the Canadian Rockies. Mountains! Lakes! Incredible natural beauty! I’ll be sharing some highlights and photos in the next few days. Man, it’s hard to return to real life!

Fresh Catch:

A few new books came my way right before I left town:

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And… I came home from my trip to find a library notice, saying that my request for Go Set A Watchman is ready for pick-up!

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
Maybe in Another LifeGo Set A Watchman

I’m just finishing up Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid, and will post some thoughts in the next few days.

With some trepidation, I’m about to start Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee. I’m almost tempted to pass it by, but I feel like I need to read it for myself to see what all the uproar is about.

Now playing via audiobook:

Northanger AbbeySense and Sensibility 2

My year of Austen audiobooks continues! I finished Northanger Abbey while on vacation, and have just started Sense and Sensibility. I read all these books so many years ago; getting a refresher via audio is delightful.

Ongoing reads:

EldestABOSAAN&S

One with the kiddo, two with Outlander Book Club. All three should last a good long while.

So many book, so little time…

boy1

 

 

The Monday Check-In ~ 7/6/2015

cooltext1850356879 My Monday tradition, including a look back and a look ahead — what I read last week, what new books came my way, and what books are keeping me busy right now. Plus a smattering of other stuff too.

What did I read last week?

Second LifeJesse's Girl

Second Life by S. J. Watson: I read this earlier, but just posted my review this past week. You can read it here.

Jesse’s Girl by Miranda Kenneally: Done! A light and lovely contemporary YA novel. Check out my review here.

And in graphic novels:

Alex + Ada 2Mush

Alex + Ada, volume 2 by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn: The second volume is just as good as the first! Maybe even better! I’m so happy my library had a copy available, and I read it the instant it arrived. Now I just have to wait for #3 to be released! If you like graphic novels, check out this terrific story about robots, A.I., and yes, love.

Mush! Sled Dogs with Issues by Glenn Eichler and Joe Infurnari: Wrapping up this weirdly random reading week, I read another graphic novel that caught my eye on my way out the door of the library. Mush! is an odd but endearing book about a team of sled dogs… and their power struggles, relationships, manipulations, and anxieties. All seen through the eyes of the dogs. Strange but really enjoyable.

Elsewhere on the blog:

I have another bit of travel coming up starting tomorrow, which got me thinking about travel guidebooks. In this age of online everything, are travel books just things of the past? My thoughts are here; come add yours!

Fresh Catch:

Despite hearing mixed reactions to the Austen Project, I’m eager to read some of the modern versions of Austen’s classics. This week, my copy of Emma arrived:

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What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
Sweetheart DealAll the LightRoss Poldark

I’m leaving on a 10-day vacation, and while I don’t want to over-plan, I have a few books lined up that I’m really excited to read!

I’m in the middle of The Sweetheart Deal by Polly Dugan, which I’m hoping to finish before I head of out town.

For my vacation reads, I’m starting with All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, which my book group will be discussing at the end of the month.

Next, I can’t wait to read Poldark by Winston Graham… especially now that I have such lovely visuals from the BBC production to keep in my mind.

And of course, I’ll have my Kindle on hand, should I need even more bookish choices…

Now playing via audiobook:

Dirty JobNorthanger Abbey

I finished listening to A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore, and absolutely loved it! The narrator makes the funny even funnier. I was surprised to realize I’d completely forgotten how the book ends (I read it when it first came out in 2006), so I’m happy I took the time for a refresher before the sequel arrives in August.

And continuing onward with my Jane Austen kick, I’ve started the audiobook of Northanger Abbey, narrated by Juliet Stevenson (who did such a fabulous job with Emma). Sadly, I won’t have time to listen to the whole thing before I head out of town, and as I don’t think my traveling companions will appreciate listening to Austen in the car, I suppose I’ll have to wait a few weeks to finish.

Ongoing reads:

EldestABOSAAN&S

One with the kiddo, two with Outlander Book Club. All three should last a good long while.

Updated to add: It looks like Eldest will be on hold for a bit, as my kiddo is off to camp for three weeks… and left the book at home!

So many book, so little time…

boy1

 

The Monday Check-In ~ 6/29/2015

cooltext1850356879 My Monday tradition, including a look back and a look ahead — what I read last week, what new books came my way, and what books are keeping me busy right now. Plus a smattering of other stuff too.

What did I read last week?

Alex + AdaSecond LifeOur Souls At Night

Alex + Ada by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn: I loved this graphic novel! Just a really clever story about a lonely guy and a sentient AI android named Ada. I really can’t wait to see where this story goes next. Book #2 is next on my request list at the library!

Second Life by S. J. Watson: Finished right before the weekend. My thoughts will be posted on Wednesday, when I’m participating in the blog tour for this book.

Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf: Done! A really gorgeous book. Check out my review, here.

Elsewhere on the blog:

I thought a lot this week about the ways in which information about an author can impact how we respond to a book. I’d love to hear other opinions on the topic! My post is here.

I also finally got around to posting pictures from my Harry Potter adventures in Florida. Check ’em out, here.

Fresh Catch:

One new book this week:

Dreams of the Golden Age

Looking forward to reading the sequel to After the Golden Age!

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
Jesse's Girl

I’ve read two books by Miranda Kenneally so far, and thought they were both terrific! I’m just getting started with her newest, but I have high hopes.

Now playing via audiobook:

Dirty Job

I should be done with the audiobook of A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore this week. It’s making me laugh at the most awkward moments… and sometimes, that’s just what I need.

Ongoing reads:

EldestABOSAAN&S

One with the kiddo, two with Outlander Book Club. All three should last a good long while.

So many book, so little time…

boy1

 

The Monday Check-In ~ 6/22/2015

cooltext1850356879 My Monday tradition, including a look back and a look ahead — what I read last week, what new books came my way, and what books are keeping me busy right now. Plus a smattering of other stuff too.

What did I read last week?

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Paper Towns by John Green: Read the week before, but I finally managed to post a brief review this past week. Interestingly, while I wasn’t crazy about the book, two of my book group’s members who work with teens felt the book was absolutely spot-on and really meaningful, so we’ve been having some great discussions.

Blue Stars by Emily Gray Tedrowe: Powerful and moving. My review is here.

Weightless by Sarah Bannon: A YA must-read. My review is here.

Eragon

Hasn’t it seemed like I’ve been reading Eragon forever? Yeah, to me too. I finally finished, and wrote a slightly weird review, here.

Off-line:

I went to see Eddie Izzard perform as part of his Force Majeure tour on Friday, and he was brilliant!

Eddie Izzard

Fresh Catch:

Woo hoo! All sorts of books came my way this week, some used, some new. Look at all the pretty:

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What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
Second Life

I’ve just started Second Life by S. J. Watson, and will be reviewing it for a blog tour post next week. I have high hopes, since I really enjoyed the author’s first book, Before I Go To Sleep.

Now playing via audiobook:

dead heatDirty Job

I finished listening to Dead Heat… and now I’m super-sad that I’ve run out of Patricia Briggs audiobooks!

Over the weekend, I started the audiobook of A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore. I absolutely need a refresher before the sequel, Secondhand Souls, comes out in August.

Ongoing reads:

EldestABOSAAN&S

Now that we’ve finished Eragon, the kiddo and I are continuing onward with Eldest, the next in the series.

Plus, in ongoing reads, the Outlander Book Club’s group reads of A Breath of Snow and Ashes and North and South are moving forward! If anyone is interested in joining the fun, just let me know and I’ll send you the info.

So many book, so little time…

boy1

The Monday Check-In ~ 6/15/2015

cooltext1850356879 My Monday tradition, including a look back and a look ahead — what I read last week, what new books came my way, and what books are keeping me busy right now. Plus a smattering of other stuff too.

I’m back! I was away last week, on a combination theme park vacation and visit to see family. I’ll share some Florida pics later this week… including all the latest from Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley (via Universal). I had some days full of leisurely reading, and some days where I only managed to read a few pages before falling asleep. Here’s what I’ve been up to:

What did I read last week?

Eight Hundred GrapesAliveAfter the Golden Age

Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave: Done! My review is here.

Alive by Chandler Baker: Done! My review is here.

After the Golden Age by Carrie Vaughn: Done! My review is here.

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Paper Towns by John Green: Done! I read this one for an upcoming book group discussion, but will probably write up a mini-review to share later this week as well

Fresh Catch:

No new books! Sure, I may have placed an order or two, but since I’ve been away, nothing new has actually reached me yet.

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
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Two books competing for my attention:

  • The Wolf Border by Sarah Hall
  • Blue Stars by Emily Gray Tedrowe
Now playing via audiobook:

dead heat

I didn’t do any audiobook listening while I was gone, so I still have about a week’s worth of Dead Heat to go… loving every minute.

Ongoing reads:

EragonABOSAAN&S

One with the kiddo, two with Outlander Book Club!

 

So many book, so little time…

boy1

 

 

The Monday Check-In ~ 6/1/2015

cooltext1850356879 My Monday tradition, including a look back and a look ahead — what I read last week, what new books came my way, and what books are keeping me busy right now. Plus a smattering of other stuff too.

Hello June

I can practically taste summer! Can’t you?

What did I read last week?

Mapmaker's ChildrenDay of Atonement

The Mapmaker’s Children by Sarah McCoy: Although I read this book a few weeks ago, I finally posted a review this past week.

The Day of Atonement by David Liss: Done! A great book club discussion book — my review is here.

I also finished…

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Yes, I’ve read it about a thousand times already. I decided to reread Outlander this year in sync with the TV series, reading the chapters that more or less matched each week’s episode. And now I’m done! It’ll be a long Droughtlander until season 2 rolls around, I afraid.

Elsewhere on the blog:

I did some spring cleaning! I went through and spruced up my Book Blog Meme Directory page, updating links and archiving out-of-date listings. Want to know more? Check out my post about it, here.

I also wrote a post about one of my newer TV obsessions, Turn. Let me know if you’re a fan too!

Fresh Catch:

I picked up a copy of Chris Pavone’s latest, after really enjoying The Expats. And thanks to a book club book swap, I received two books that look they’ll be perfect summer reads.

The AccidentSame SkyDay We Met

What will I be reading during the coming week?

Currently in my hands:
Eight Hundred Grapes

I’m really enjoying Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave… and the wine country setting doesn’t hurt a bit!

Now playing via audiobook:

dead heat

Will I ever get tired of Patricia Briggs? I think not.

Ongoing reads:

EragonABOSAAN&S

One with the kiddo, two with Outlander Book Club!

 

So many book, so little time…

boy1