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Top Ten Tuesday: Top New Series I Want To Start


I’ve decided to take part in Top Ten Tuesdays, which is pretty self explanatory. It’s a top ten list, every Tuesday with a bookish theme.  I might not take part every single Tuesday because well… I might not have anything to say about that weeks theme, but we’ll see how it does eh?

Today’s theme is new series I want to start. Since it seems everything is part of a series these days I don’t think this will be too difficult! My list may not all be completely new, the guidelines are the last year or two but mine may exceed that a little bit.

  1. Divergent Series by  Veronica Roth – I know I’m probably the only person on the planet who hasn’t read this yet, but I just have so many books in my TBR pile/list!
  2. Percy Jackson Series by  Rick Riordan – I was never really interested in this series that much until I watched a few of the movies.
  3. The Way Of Kings Series by Brandon Sanderson – I love Sanderson but not read this series yet, I must get around to it!
  4. Harry Potter Series by  J.K. Rowling – Please form an orderly queue to yell “why haven’t you read this yet” and a separate queue to tell me the reasons why I should be reading it already. I know!
  5. Modern Faerie Tales Series by Holly Black – I’ve owned this for over year now and still not got around to reading it!
  6. Night Angel Series by Brent Weeks – This has also been in my list for a while now! Damn, I have to get faster at reading!
  7. The Kingkiller Chronicle Series by Patrick Rothfuss – I’m being badgered to read this by one of my friends. I really should get to it because we have such similar tastes I just know I’ll love it.
  8. The Bane Chronicles Series by Cassandra Clare – Magnus Bane is one of my favourite characters, so I cannot wait to read this (even though I’m still finishing Mortal Instruments!)
  9. Splintered Series by A.G. Howard – I’m still so intrigued by this!
  10. Lorien Legacies Series by Pittacus Lore – Another that I’ve been meaning to read for a while!

What series do you really want to start?

A Bookish Q&A

Stolen from Whispers of a Barefoot Medical Student.

Mistborn: Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
Mistborn: Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

What are you reading now?
Mistborn: Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson. Freaking loving it.

What are you planning to read next?
I’m not 100% sure yet, maybe finally actually read Harry Potter? Although I also have Alice on Mars by Robert Rankin that I want to read, plus Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. It all depends what I’m in the mood for when I finish the book I’m currently reading but those are the ones I plan on reading in the near future.

What five books have you always wanted to read but haven’t got around to?

  1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (I know I know!)
  2. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
  3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  4. Every Day is an Atheist Holiday by Penn Jillette
  5. The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett

What magazines do you have in your bathroom/lounge right now?
None, I don’t really read magazines much to be honest. I’d rather a comic book than a magazine.

What’s the worst book you’ve ever read?
Cosmopolis by Don DeLillo or The Phantom of Manhattan by Frederick Forsyth

What book seemed really popular, but you didn’t like?
Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien. Perhaps didn’t like is a bit strong, I liked the story but his writing style makes it a difficult read.
I’m also currently reading The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson, I do not understand why this book is popular at all.

Three favourite poems
Wow, I haven’t read any poetry in ages so I’m going to have think about this one!

  1. The Lesson by Roger McGough
  2. The Cucumber by Ernest Henry
  3. The Owl and the Pussy Cat by Edward Lear

Where do you usually get your books?
Where-ever is cheapest – discount book stores, high street stores, amazon, eBay, independent book sellers or charity shops. 

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

When you were little, did you have any particular reading habits?
I was a strange child, I used to read in the hallway right next to the front door. I used to sit there and surround myself with books from the library. I also used to read in bed at night.
I usually picked books with either animals in them or some sort of fantasy element.

What’s the last thing you stayed up half the night reading because it was too good to put down?
The Wings series by Aprilynne Pike. (May have also had a slight crush on Tamani).

Have you ever “faked” reading a book?
*Hangs head in shame*. Yes. I was supposed to read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, for my GCSE’s (end of High School exams) and well… I read the first 17 pages! I bluffed my way through the exam and passed with a C! (which is good btw!).

Have you ever bought a book just because you liked the cover?
Brought a book… no. Picked one up to read the synopsis on the back because of the cover yes (and then brought the book).

What was your favourite book when you were a child?
That depends on how old we’re talking about here. Small child, it was definitely The First Thousand Words by Heather Amery, Betty Root and Stephen Cartwright – it’s a Usbourne book, now they do First Thousand English Words… or German, French, etc. But at the time, it was just First Thousand Worlds. (I feel old).
Later it was Beatrix Potter Books, and then Roald Dahl; particularly The BFG and The Twits.

What book changed your life?
I don’t think I’ve had a book that has really changed my life to be honest. There have been characters that I identify with,  storylines that have touched me but nothing has gone as far as changing my life.

Who are your top five favourite authors?

  1. Robert Rankin
  2. Brandon Sanderson
  3. Roald Dahl
  4. Penn Jillette
  5. Pat Walsh

What book has no one heard about but should read?
The Crowfield Curse by Pat Walsh. I’m still waiting for Walsh to write a third book to this series!

What books are you an ‘evangelist’ for?
Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series definitely. Just freaking love this series.

 What is your favourite classic book?
Gotta be Dracula by Bram Stoker.

Spring Book Haul (15 Books)

This is going to be a fairly long post, but I’ll try and keep the length down as much as I can. I hadn’t actually realise I’d brought so many books but then I haven’t done a haul since January, so this is 2.5 months worth.

  • A Modern Faerie Tale series/trilogy by Holly Black ( TitheValiant and Ironside) – [OFFER 3 books for £5]
    Do you believe in faeries? Not the soft, gentle kind, but the sinister, feral kind – the ones that wreak havoc on everything in their path…Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother’s rock band, until an ominous attack forces them back to her childhood home. To the place where she used to see Faeries. They’re still there. But Kaye’s not… [Full Synopsis]
    Okay, small lie here – I already had Valiant, but I found they had the series on offer in The Works (3 books for £5) so I brought the other two. Interested to see how these books pan out, I’m not 100% sure about them.
  • The Demon Code by Adam Blake – [OFFER 3 books for £5]
    Three years ago, Heather Kennedy left the Metropolitan police under a shadow that has followed her ever since. Now she has been called in to advise on a supposed burglary in the now-defunct British Museum reading room. Kennedy soon establishes that rather than steal anything, someone has broken into the stacks in order to photograph pages from books about Johann Toller, a crazed prophet of 17th century Europe. Toller believed that the end of days was at hand, and he made a number of prophecies relating to the Apocalypse and the events that would precede it. None of them came true. Until now.
    One after another, the grotesque signs and… [Full Synopsis]
    This is the other book I got when I brought the two other books in the Modern Faerie Tale series. It’s not 100% what I normally read but prophecies do fascinate me, so I’m taking a chance on this.
  • City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
    City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

    City of Bones (Mortal Instruments) by Cassandra Clare – [£2.99]
    Sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is an ordinary teenager, who likes hanging out in Brooklyn with her friends. But everything changes the night she witnesses a murder, committed by a group of teens armed with medieval weaponry. The murderous group are Shadowhunters, secret warriors dedicated to driving demons out of this dimension and back into their own. Drawn inexorably into a terrifying world, Clary slowly begins to learn the truth about her family – and the battle for the fate of the world.
    It’s that book/series that everyone has read or is reading right now. and since they’re about to release the movie – it could be the next big thing. I’ve heard good reviews from it, so thought I’d pick up the first book in the series.

  • Nelson Mandela By Himself: The Authorised Book of Quotations by Nelson Mandela – [£0.50]
    No description is really required for this one, it’s a book of quotes from Mandela on a huge amount of different subjects. Not read it through yet but I’ve skimmed a few pages and it’s full of good wisdom as one would expect.

  • The Liar by Stephen Fry – [£2.00]
    Adrian Healey is magnificently unprepared for the long littleness of life; unprepared too for the afternoon in Salzburg when he will witness the savage murder of a Hungarian violinist; unprepared to learn about the Mendax device; unprepared for more murders and wholly unprepared for the truth.
    Love Stephen Fry (who doesn’t?) – really need to get around to reading one of his “story” books.
  • The Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures  [£3.99]
    Another title that is self explanatory – but I do love reading these things. There are so much more mythical and magical creatures than the ones in popular films/books/culture.
  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold – [£0.50]
    My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973. My murderer was a man from our neighborhood. My mother liked his border flowers, and my father talked to him once about fertilizer. This is Susie Salmon. Watching from heaven, Susie sees her happy, suburban family devastated by her death, isolated even from one another as they each try to cope with their terrible loss alone. Over the years, her friends and siblings grow up, fall in love, do all the things she never had the chance to do herself. But life is not quite finished with Susie yet… [Full Synopsis]
    I’ve wanted to read this one for a while now – but kept putting it off and so never brought it, but after spotting it in a charity shop, I finally brought it. Looking forward to reading this one… finally.
  • Great Tales of Jewish Fantasy and the Occult: The Dybbuk and Thirty Other Classic Stories by Joachim Neugroschel – [£1.00]
    The tradition of Jewish mysticism and Kabbalah has experienced a resurgence in recent years as these subjects have gripped the imagination of a new generation. This classic collection of 31 of the best works of Jewish occult and fantasy speak eloquently to this revival.
    I honestly didn’t think any of these things went together, so I’m intrigued by this book – I’m not convinced it will be any good but I am interested how these subjects come together. Yes, I buy weird books sometimes!
  • Wicked (Wicked Years 1) by Gregory Maguire – [£0.49]
    In Baum’s land of Oz, animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders seek the comfort of middle-class stability and the Tin Man becomes a victim of domestic violence. Green-skinned Elphaba, future Wicked Witch of the West, is smart, prickly and misunderstood; she challenges our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evil.
    I confess, I’m a slightly obsessed with The Wizard of Oz. There’s just something about the characters. However I’ve yet to see or read Wicked.

That’s all 15 books! I have brought others on my Kindle but I’ll save those for another time because this post is long enough already!

What was the last book you brought?
What book do you really want to buy/read?