Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want to Read this Spring!


Top Ten Tuesday is a weakly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week a different topic comes up and bloggers list their top ten books in that category. I love a good list...I've always said that. That's practically my catchphrase.

Top Ten Books on Your 'To Be Read' List for Spring

A couple of mine have yet to be released but most are ones which have been out for AGGGGESSS and I just haven't got round to them! Sorry lonely neglected books.

10. 'Snow White and the Huntsman' by Lily Blake

Release Date: 1st June
It is a tad weird to have a book based on a film rather than the other way around and I'm not sure how OK with it I am. However, the film has been getting lots of positive feedback and I can't resist a fairytale...in any form! 

9. 'Some Kind of Fairy Tale' by Graham Joyce

Release Date: 21st June
Again, anything fairy tale related and I am on it. I think this looks really sweet: 'Some Kind of Fairy Tale is a very English story. A story of woods and clearings, a story of folk tales and family histories. It is as if Neil Gaiman and Joanne Harris had written a Fairy Tale together.' Woop.

8. 'I Am An Executioner: Love Stories' by Rajesh Parameswaran

Release Date: 1st April
I love the title and I love short stories so I am really looking forward to this: 'In I Am an Executioner, Rajesh Parameswaran introduces us to a cast of heroes—and antiheroes— from the lovesick tiger who narrates the unforgettable opener to an elephant writing her autobiography'. 

7. 'The Balloonist' by MacDonald Harris

I think the cover and the exploration/adventure aspect of this book look really lovely.

6. 'The City of Dreaming Books' by Walter Moers

'Optimus Yanspinner inherits from his godfather an unpublished manuscript by an unknown writer and sets off to track down the mysterious author, who disappeared into Bookholm--the so-called City of Dreaming Books. Yarnspinner falls under the spell of this book-obsessed metropolis, where an avid-reader and budding author can find any number of charming attractions--priceless signed first editions, salivating literary agents, and for-hire critics. But as Yarnspinner pursues the trail of the missing author, the darker side of Bookholm begins to unveil itself--cold-blooded book hunters, fearsome cyclopean booklings, sharp-toothed animotomes, and of course, the Shadow King, whose howls rise from deep beneath the city at night. Will Yarnspinner survive his quest into this world where reading is a genuine adventure?' What is not to love! 

5. 'Specials' by Scott Westerfeld

I know, I know this has been out for so long that it's almost a time before lots of you were born but I only recently read 'Uglies' and 'Pretties' because they didn't really appeal to me. I find them quite average but I have to finish the trilogy (or quartet now?) and see how it ends!

4. 'Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kind on Earth

I have had this on my shelf for quite a while and need to read it soon. I read a lot of graphic novels and, even though this one is a classic, I never seem to be in the mood for it. I will be this Spring though I can feel it!

3. 'Eragon' by Christopher Paolini 

I keep meaning to read the 'Inheritance' cycle but, again, I have all the books I've just never gotten round to reading them. I know the film got slated but I think the books get a better review so I am looking forward to some dragon filled fun this Spring!

2. 'The Long Earth' by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

Release Date: 21st June
I love Terry Pratchett more than a lot of things and his new book looks so incredibly good. I like that it's a new world as well, as much as I love Discworld. I like a good collab book too so that'll be really interesting. YAYS.

1. 'Insurgent' by Veronica Roth

Release Date: 1st May
Yep I read Divergent. I likes me some of that. So I would likes me some  of Insurgent now to find out what is in store for Tris and the lovellly Four. I know it's gonna be good. I just know it.

Thanks for reading my 'Top Ten Tuesday' post- let me know if you're looking forward to any of these or currently reading them!


  1. I can't wait to read Insurgent, it will be legendary! I've never read Eragon, might have to give it a try! Great list!

    1. Thank you! I think because everyone is talking about 'Insurgent' it is making me anticipate it even more! I used to wait until all the books in a series are out before starting it because I hate waiting but now I kind of like the build up! I think Eragon will be cute and I do love dragons! x

  2. I haven't seen that Insurgent cover before-- very cool!

    1. It's the UK cover I believe. Do you prefer this one to the other one? I think this one is much more feminine and less dramatic than the other one...but I think the other one is more representative of the content of the book! It's a nice alternative though! x

    2. You're right about the UK version looking more feminine with all that purple. I also think it looks a bit like a cover would for something about Native Americans- with the feathers and the empty landscape and all. I'm not a huge fan of the US covers, even though I know they have the faction symbols on them. I think they look a little too genre-ish for me, if that makes sense.

  3. I enjoyed the UGLIES series, but I thought the first, UGLIES, was the best of the three--they lost momentum for me the more the trilogy continued. I plan to read EXTRAS, and I'm told that it really is an "add-on" to the series. That is, it doesn't continue the story, but it's set in the same world. My favorite Westerfeld so far is his LEVIATHAN steampunk series. It's the first steampunk I've read, and it is superb. Unlike UGLIES, the story doesn't lose steam (har har) throughout all three books.

    I have yet to read the INHERITANCE series yet, though my daughter has given me her old paperback copy of ERAGON to get me started. Maybe this Summer... :) And I didn't realize Pratchett had a new book out. Cool! I'm working my way through Discworld at the moment. It's good to see that, despite the Alzheimer's, he's still able to do what he loves.

    1. I'm glad you liked the Uglies series! I wasn't blown away but I still want to see how it ends! I haven't read the 'Leviathan' series- thanks for recommending it I will look into it! I am interested in steampunk so I think I would like it.

      I think 'Eragon' would be quite a quick read considering it is aimed at a younger audience. I always look at them on my bookshelf and all the books are pretty hefty so I never think I have time for them! I am also going through Discworld- have only got up to book 5 so far though as I only read them in between reading other things! I know- I didn't know if the Alzheimer's would stop him writing but thankfully it hasn't! He has written so much and all of such a good quality- it will be so sad when no more new books are coming out :-(

      Thanks so much for your comment- I love hearing feedback! x

  4. As promised, we are now following your blog. And yes, I have to read both Divergent and Insurgent. Oh dear ... so much to read and only one life time to do it in.

    1. I know- I doubt I will ever read through all the books that I own! It's because the new books are always nice and shiny! Thanks for following- I have followed you back! Hope to hear from you again soon x

  5. Love that cover for Insurgent! It's on my list as well!

    1. It is very different from the other cover! x

  6. I haven't read the Uglies books but I own three of them. One day I will get around to it. Nice list. :)

    1. Thank you! I think the series is mainly the three books and then there is an add-on ('Extras') which doesn't really progress the story. I know it's so hard to find time to read all these books! x

  7. I'm really excited to read Some Kind of Fairy Tale too!! I also really need to read Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series. I'm not sure why I haven't yet, I ADORED the Leviathan series, and I liked Peeps as well.

    1. I think 'Uglies' is one of those series that has kind of been overshadowed by dystopians that came after it which did it better but if you like dystopian I would say definitely give it a go! x

  8. I love that cover of Insurgent, I haven't seen it yet! Is it the UK edition?? I didn't know there was going to be a book based on Snow White and the Huntsman, I just saw the trailer last night and it actually looks rather fantastic. Total agreement on the Uglies series, I read the entire thing and found it to be so-so, there were some parts I really enjoyed but for some reason, I didn't really like any of the main characters! Of the four, I think Extras was probably my favorite.

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