7 Jul 2015

[Top Ten Tuesday] Hyped Books I've Never Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created at The Broke and the Bookish, through which we share our top ten list on the weekly topic.

This week: Top Ten Hyped Books I've Never Read

So there are a lot of hyped books I've never read, and there was no way I could make a top ten of them, because I really can't measure hype. So I decided to make a top ten of the hyped books I've got on my shelfs and I've never read. That way, I'll actually be able to sort through them in this century. Here they are, in no particular order.

1. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
I haven't really been in the mood for a psychological thriller. I've heard several different people whose opinions I trust and value raving about this book, so I'm sure I'll like it. Eventually. When I get to it.

2. The book thief, Markus Zuzak
I'm actually very curious about this one. The only reason I have yet to read it is because I don't own it, my sister does, and it is currently being borrowed by a friend of hers. Therefore, I imagine I'll read it soon.

3. The night circus, Erin Morgenstern
I feel really bad about not having read this one yet. Although it was a cover buy for me, I really became very curious about that incredibly vague synopsis. Everyone seems to love this, and I can't wait until I can read it and finally understand what it's all about.

4. The giver, Lois Lowry 
From what I understand, this seems to be an obligatory school reading in the US, or something like it, because everyone seems to have read this for school. I obviously didn't read it in school and I'm really interested in it, especially with the movie out now.

5. Shadow and bone, Leigh Bardugo
The Grisha trilogy seems to be getting a lot of great reviews, and I have yet to start it. I'm not really sure why, it looks like it is right up my alley, but when you have so many books to read, some just get forgotten, despite your original excitement to read them all. This looks like it has a kind of magical Russia theme to it, and I honestly can't wait to dive in.

6. The unbecoming of Mara Dyer, Michelle Hodkin
This is another one that has been on my TBR for ages, but I just haven't picked it up yet. I think mainly it was because I didn't want to start a new series when I already have so many to finish, but now I just have to. I'll make use of this summer and try to catch up on my series.

7. 1984, George Orwell
Okay, so this one I know exactly why I haven't read it yet. I don't know if I'm the only one to feel this way, but I'm always a tiny bit apprehensive when it comes to reading hugely famous books like this one. It is supposed to be a great book, but what if I don't like it? That happened when I read The Princess Bride (I still love the movie though) and I was so disappointed. I'm willing to give this a try (finally!) and I really hope it does the hype justice.

8. Vampire academy, Richelle Mead
I have the whole series sitting on my shelf and have yet to read a single book. I'm ridiculous.

9. Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell
I like Rainbow. Her books are always light-hearted and funny. I've had this one on my TBR for a long time, and it's another one I can't really explain why I haven't yet read it. I'll do so soon.

10. Cinder, Marissa Meyer
And it's the second time this book makes it to a Top Ten Tuesday list. Looks like I'll have to start reading it soon.

 All images were obtained through GoodReads.

What are the hyped books you've never read? Have you also yet to read any of the books I've listed? Let me know! :)

5 Jul 2015

[New On My Shelf] June Book Haul!

Hello you guys!
It's been a while since my last New On My Shelf post, and I ended up buying lots of books in June.
I've been struggling a lot with myself against buying books, because as you can see on my TBR pile, I have over 300 books sitting unread around the house. And that is A LOT of books. I could go about two years without buying anything else. But you know how it is, new books are shiny and exiting and I usually cave and buy some anyway.
So here are the books I've accumulated for the past two months.

Between the lines - Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer
Honestly, a book about a character from a book coming to life? I think that is the dream of almost all fangirls out there. This had to happen.

Half a king - Joe Abercrombie
I had heard a lot about this one, and I found it for sale on Amazon at 5€ or something like that. I just could not let that go.

Night film - Marisha Pessl
Okay, so I've heard a lot about this book. It's supposed to be an awesome mystery thriller and I haven't read one in such a long time I had to buy it.

Shirley - Charlotte Brontë
The Brontë sisters never disappoint me. Whenever I want a classic, I always turn to them - I'm not even sure how many times I've read both Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. I hope to be equally blown away by this one.

Half bad - Sally Green
I can't really explain why I purchased this book, it just happened. I never heard of this author, and I have no idea what it is about, but somehow it called out to me.

The Arcana chronicles - Kresley Cole
I got the first three books in this series (Poison Princess, Endless Knight and Dead Winter) for so little money I didn't even hesitate. I'd been hearing a lot about it, how it is supposed to be an awesome series, and I decided it was worth the risk.

Falling kingdoms series - Morgan Rhodes
Again, the first three books in this series (Falling Kingdoms, Rebel Spring and Gathering Darkness) were pretty cheap, and I couldn't pass up the opportunity because I was already sure I would love it. Eventually. When I get down to actually reading it.

Have you read any of these books? Which one do you think I should read first? Let me know! :)

1 Jul 2015

[Wrap-Up] [TBR] June Wrap-up and July TBR!

This was an incredibly slow reading month. I only managed to read two whole books and half of another one. I've been studying for my exams, and I still have two more weeks of studying to go, therefore, July may not be as full of reading as I wanted.
So the books I managed to read this month were:
  1. Outlander - Diana Gabaldon
  2. Origin - Jennifer L. Armentrout
I also started - but have yet to finish - my challenge June book, The great gatsby. I'm hoping to finish it soon as I'm almost done.
I am a bit disappointed with my reading progress this past few months, but this month I was actually proud of myself. Outlander was a real beast of a book, and I still managed to read while being simultaneously swamped with essays and exams.

As for my July TBR, I've decided to go easy this month. I expect I'll have a lot more time to read than I did in June, but I don't really want to jinx it. The poll for my TBR Book of the Month closed yesterday, and here are the results!

It looks like I'll be reading Sophie Kinsella - Wedding night. This will be my first real book of Kinsella's. I have previously read a short-story by her and I wasn't very impressed by it, but Sophie Kinsella is in a lot of people's favourite authors list and I'm willing to give her a chance. I think this might make the perfect summer/beach read.
In addition to this, I expect to finish both The great gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald and Don't forget to breathe - Cathrina Constantine. I'm currently reading both of these, and I don't think it'll take too much time to finish them.
If I'm lucky enough to manage it, I would also like to start A court of thorns and roses - Sarah J. Maas, which I'll be reading with the wonderful people at Read-Along.
Also, the poll for my TBR Book of the Month for August is now open. Please, vote for the book you would like to have me read and review!

What will you be reading in July? Let me know in the comments! :)