Top Ten Books At The Top Of My List For Spring

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they pick a fun topic for a top ten list. This weeks list is Top Ten Books At The Top Of My TBR List For Spring.

1. Star Cursed (The Cahill Witch Chronicles) by Jessica Spotswood

Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood

With the Brotherhood persecuting witches like never before, a divided Sisterhood desperately needs Cate to come into her Prophesied powers. And after Cate’s friend Sachi is arrested for using magic, a war-thirsty Sister offers to help her find answers—if Cate is willing to endanger everyone she loves.

Cate doesn’t want to be a weapon, and she doesn’t want to involve her friends and Finn in the Sisterhood’s schemes. But when Maura and Tess join the Sisterhood, Maura makes it clear that she’ll do whatever it takes to lead the witches to victory. Even if it means sacrifices. Even if it means overthrowing Cate. Even if it means all-out war.

I cannot wait for Star Cursed and will put clear my reading schedule when this book gets into my hands. Born Wicked was one of my favorite books of 2012. I wish the cover for Star Cursed was as amazing as Born Wicked, there is nothing that will get me down on this book.

2. The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman

It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and menace unleashed – within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it.

His only defense is three women, on a farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is an ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang.

Not sure any explanation is needed for why I am excited about this book. It’s Neil Gaiman!

3. Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella

Wedding Night by Sophie KinsellaLottie is tired of long-term boyfriends who don’t want to commit to marriage. When her old boyfriend Ben reappears and reminds her of their pact to get married if they were both still single at thirty, she jumps at the chance. There will be no dates and no engagement—just a straight wedding march to the altar! Next comes the honeymoon on the Greek island where they first met. But not everyone is thrilled with Lottie and Ben’s rushed marriage, and family and friends are determined to intervene. Will Lottie and Ben have a wedding night to remember or one to forget?

I love all the books by Sophie Kinsella and always eagerly await anything she writes.

4. Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse #13) by Charlaine Harris

Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

Sookie Stackhouse has one last adventure in store.

Life has taken her from a waitress in Merlotte’s Bar, Bon Temps, to part owner; from social outcast to the heart of her community; from a vampire’s girlfriend to the wife of one of the most powerful vampires in the state. She has survived earthquakes, revolutions and attempts on her life. Sookie has endured betrayal, heartbreak and grief . . . and she has emerged a little stronger, and little wiser, every time.

But with life comes new trials . . .

The question is, in the end: who will love, who will live, and who will be dead ever after?

Sookie finds it easy to turn down the request of former barmaid Arlene
when she wants her job back at Merlotte’s. After all, Arlene tried to have
Sookie killed. But her relationship with Eric Northman is not so clear-cut. He and his vampires are keeping their distance…and a cold silence. And when Sookie learns the reason why, she is devastated.
Then a shocking murder rocks Bon Temps, and Sookie is arrested for
the crime.

But the evidence against Sookie is weak, and she makes bail. Investigating the killing, she’ll learn that what passes for truth in Bon Temps is only a convenient lie. What passes for justice is more spilled blood. And what passes for love is never enough…

The end of an era. This book will be hard to read because I really do love the world that Charlaine Harris created in these books.

5. Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns by Lauren Weisberger

Revenge Wears Prada picks up eight years after Andy parted ways with Miranda on bad terms. Andy is now editing The Plunge, the hottest bridal magazine around, alongside Emily, her one-time Runway nemesis turned current BFF. While Andy is planning her own wedding to Max, a handsome media scion, she remains haunted by her impeccably heeled former boss — and the magazine world being as small as it is, it’s only a matter of time before she hears the dreaded syllables “Ahn-dre-ah!” again.

I so want to know how everything worked out after The Devil Wears Prada.

6. The Golem And The Jinni by Helene Wecker

The Golem And The Jini by Helene Wecker

An immigrant tale that combines elements of Jewish and Arab folk mythology, Helene Wecker’s dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who arrive separately in New York in 1899.

Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life to by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master-the husband who commissioned her-dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York harbor in 1899.

Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop. Though he is no longer imprisoned, Ahmad is not entirely free-an unbreakable band of iron around his wrist binds him to the physical world.

Overwhelmed by the incessant longing and fears of the humans around her, the cautious and tentative Chava-imbued with extraordinary physical strength-fears losing control and inflicting harm. Baptized by the tinsmith who makes him his apprentice, the handsome and capricious Ahmad-an entity of inquisitive intelligence and carefree pleasure-chafes at monotony and human dullness. Like their immigrant neighbors, the Golem and the Jinni struggle to make their way in this strange new place while masking the supernatural origins that could destroy them.

Surrounding them is a colorful cast of supporting characters who inhabit the immigrant communities in lower Manhattan at the turn of the nineteenth into the twentieth century: the café owner Maryam Faddoul, a pillar of wisdom and support for her Syrian neighbors; the solitary Ice Cream Saleh, a damaged man cursed by tragedy; the kind and caring Rabbi Meyer and his beleaguered nephew Michael, whose Sheltering House receives newly arrived Jewish immigrants; the adventurous young socialite Sophia Winston; and the mysterious Joseph Schall, a dangerous man driven by ferocious ambition and esoteric wisdom.

Meeting by chance, Chava and Ahmad become unlikely friends whose tenuous attachment challenges their opposing nature-until the night a terrifying incident drives them back into their separate worlds. But a powerful threat will soon bring the Golem and the Jinni together again, challenging their existence and forcing them to make a fateful choice.

Great reviews and such an interesting story, I really need to read this book.

7. The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

If this book lives up to half the hype, it will be worth a read.

8. The End Games by T. Michael Martin

The End Games by T. Michael Martin

It happened on Halloween.

The world ended.

And a dangerous Game brought it back to life.

Seventeen-year-old Michael and his five-year-old brother, Patrick, have been battling monsters in The Game for weeks.

In the rural mountains of West Virginia, armed with only their rifle and their love for each other, the brothers follow Instructions from the mysterious Game Master. They spend their days searching for survivors, their nights fighting endless hordes of “Bellows”—creatures that roam the dark, roaring for flesh. And at this Game, Michael and Patrick are very good.

But The Game is changing.

The Bellows are evolving.

The Game Master is leading Michael and Patrick to other survivors—survivors who don’t play by the rules.

And the brothers will never be the same.

I am so intrigued by the idea of a someone directing the action in a post-apocalyptic world.

9. That Time I Joined The Circus by J.J. Howard

That Time I Joined The Circus by J.J. Howard

Lexi Ryan just ran away to join the circus, but not on purpose.

A music-obsessed, slightly snarky New York City girl, Lexi is on her own. After making a huge mistake–and facing a terrible tragedy–Lexi has no choice but to track down her long-absent mother. Rumor has it that Lexi’s mom is somewhere in Florida with a traveling circus.

When Lexi arrives at her new, three-ring reality, her mom isn’t there . . . but her destiny might be. Surrounded by tigers, elephants, and trapeze artists, Lexi finds some surprising friends and an even more surprising chance at true love. She even lucks into a spot as the circus’s fortune teller, reading tarot cards and making predictions.

But then Lexi’s ex-best friend from home shows up, and suddenly it’s Lexi’s own future that’s thrown into question.

With humor, wisdom, and a dazzlingly fresh voice, this debut reminds us of the magic of circus tents, city lights, first kisses, and the importance of an excellent playlist.

There is the circus and the main character is described as snarky!

10. Inferno (Robert Langdon #4) by Dan Brown

Inferno by Dan Brown

In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno.

Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . . . before the world is irrevocably altered.

Everyone and their mother is waiting on this book. I imagine it will sell a zillion copies and top the best sellers list for weeks.

Did I miss any? What books are you waiting for?

 

All cover images and summaries from goodreads.

Comments

  1. Oh, I don’t know why I didn’t add Star Cursed to my list! I’m super excited about that one. This is also my first time seeing that Neil Gaiman cover and it is GORGEOUS! I really need to read more of his books.
    Lori recently posted..Top Ten Books On My Spring 2013 TBR list!My Profile

    • I have such high hopes for Star Cursed. If it is half as good as Born Wicked, I’ll be happy.

      I need to read more Neil Gaiman too. I have owned Coraline for so long and just never gotten around to reading it.

  2. I have The End Games on my list also!! It looks like an amazing read. You’ve got some great books on your list, I’d also really like to read That Time I Joined The Circus!

    Melissa
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  3. I hope you get to all of these his spring, and enjoy them all. I’m looking forward to The Ocean at the End of the Lane too – love Gaiman’s books.
    Tanya Patrice recently posted..A Spring 2013 Reading ListMy Profile

    • The Ocean At The End Of The Lane has a vague enough description to be really intriguing but specific enough to tell it could be awesome.

  4. None of the books you’ve listed have been on my radar. I’m going to have to change that. It’s always so good to find new books.
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  5. SO many new books to add to my TBR list. Sigh. These Top Ten lists always add at least 20 new books to my I HAVE TO READ THIS NOW pile. 🙂 I cannot wait to read That Time I Joined the Circus – and I TOTALLY did not know Dan Brown had a new book coming out. What rock have I been living under?!
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    • Me too! I usually have goodreads open when I’m reading these posts, so it’s easy to add them .

      I’m sure there will be no way to miss it when Inferno comes out. I’m sure Inferno will be a best seller. 🙂

  6. Did you miss any?! Haha, the answer that question would be miles long. Picking just ten is a feat in and of itself! But I love the ten you picked. INFERNO! Gah, I cannot wait for that book. And The End Games and Star Cursed and Neil Gaimon. So much awesome here.

    PS. Your blog is really cute! I’ll definitely be revisiting.

    Thanks for visiting my Top Ten!
    Jessie Marie @ The Daily Bookmark
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    • Thanks so much!

      Picking just ten is always really difficult! Plus, reading all the other lists always reminds me of books I did miss. It is a vicious cycle!

  7. Ooh I forgot to put The 5th Wave on my list! I meant to.

    I’m curious to see how Harris will end the Sookie Stackhouse series. I’ve loved a lot of those books, but I have to admit, the last couple have been a bit lacking for me.
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    • I agree, the last few have been kind of lackluster. I am sad to see the series end but it does seem like the series needs to end. Hopefully, the last one will be good.

  8. Hi! I just want to ask what comment app you use? Do you use the Blogger default? If so, how do you get the threaded comments? I also love your font and how it’s a different colour, how did you change that on Blogger?

    Thanks!
    Angelica

    • The comments are threaded comments which are part of my themes coding. The theme is called Modern Blogger (can be seen here http://my.studiopress.com/themes/modernblogger/) and it is run on the Genesis framework. The font is pat of the theme also. My blog is self-hosted and is a wordpress.org blog. Not sure how to get threaded comments on Blogger. Hope that helps!

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