Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For the Rest of 2015

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

The second half of 2015 is looking good for book releases. Here’s my top ten:

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  1. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas releases September 1 and I. Can. Not. Wait. You know it’s a good year when there are two Maas book releases in one year!

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  1. Ice Like fire by Sara Raasch releases on October 13.

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  1. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell is released October 6th. I wonder if Cath would be as excited as I am about this book from the world of Simon and Baz.

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  1. The Lake House by Kate Morton is scheduled for release in October.

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  1. Winter by Marissa Myer is released November 10.

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  1. Frozen Tide (Falling Kingdoms #4) by Morgan Rhodes is released 15th December.

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  1. Never Forgotten by Stacey Nash is scheduled for release in September.

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  1. Die for Me by K.A. Last is released… um, I don’t actually know if it is this year but I hope so! Also, the cover for the next instalment of the Tate Chronicles hasn’t been released yet so above is the previous book.

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  1. City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin is released on October 22. This book will be hot property in my house upon its release date. Note  – City of Mirrors is now due for release in June 2016.

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  1. Liberated by MJ Stevens is scheduled for release in November.

What’s on your most anticipated list?

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Top Ten Book Related Problems I Have

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

These are my book problems that drive me crazy!

1. I’ve loaned out the second book in the All Souls Trilogy (Shadow of Night) to someone who’s since left the country and now my set is incomplete! I can’t yet bring myself to pay for the book again but it pains me to see it missing.

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2. I was desperately waiting on the final book in a trilogy to be released only to unintentionally read spoilers on Twitter.

3. Not having enough time or patience to re-read the previous book in a series before progressing onto the latest even though I really needed to.

4. Finishing a book an hour before going to sleep but it’s too soon to start a new one. Emotionally I’m not ready to commit, but physically I need to read myself to sleep.

5. Not waiting until the right reading time to read the last few chapters of a book. Often when I’m nearly finished a book I’ll keep reading even when my four-year-old is demanding my attention every second line. What I should do is put the book away for a couple of hours. What I inevitably do is keep reading. The distractions stop me from entering the ‘fictional dream’ and, thus, from enjoying the ending as much as I would have otherwise.

6. Enjoying a series but having to wait five or more years for the next book as the author is too busy on other projects E.g. screenplays for the television series. Not mentioning any names here…

7. Being excited and blogging about a book I’m looking forward to only to not enjoy the story one bit. *Quietly slides book to the back of the shelf and never mentions it again*

8. When the covers in a series are changed. Ugh.

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Different colours AND different sizes. *sobs*

9. When a person hears that I love reading, hands me a book and proclaims, “You HAVE to read this, you’ll love it.” How long do I hang on to the book before I can hand it back and politely explain I have no interest in reading that book/what on earth were you thinking? Book suggestions I appreciate, book demands I do not.

10. There’s too much life/daily grind in between reading time.

 

These are my issues and I do my best to deal with them… What about you? Do you have any bookish problems?

Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2015 — bookish, blogging or otherwise!

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This is a good TTT as it will help make me accountable for my goals for 2015.

Reading Goals

1. Finish Eleanor and Park. I loved Fangirl but I struggled through the first few chapters of E & P. I want to revisit it and actually finish it.

2. Read more books by Aussie Authors. I dedicated last July to Aussie authors and it was great.

3. Read more steampunk. I’ve read The Book of Days, which was pretty darn cool. Also the Infernal Devices which I enjoyed. I need more steampunk in my life.

Writing Goals

4. Write regularly. While writing everyday would be a dream, I’ll aim to write regularly each week and see how that goes.

5. Do writing exercises. I need to strengthen my prose muscles and that means reps, reps and more reps.

6. Be more diligent noting down ideas. I’ve become lax in this, especially when the ideas come to me at 3am. Turns out I will not remember those brilliant gems when I wake up later.

7. Blog weekly. Well, maybe fortnightly. Oh, and learn how to do .gifs. I really want some Buffy and Supernatural .gifs in my posts. I think that would improve things.

8. Finish and publish my blog post about ‘Strong Female Characters’. I’ve been working on this one for a while and just when I think it’s done, something else about females and stereotypes sets me off again.

Publishing Goals

9. Start approaching publishers. I’ve been dragging my feet on this because it seems a daunting task.

10. Start approaching agents. Again, I need to get my act into gear.

Do you have any reading/writing goals for 2015?

Top Ten Books I Want to Re-read

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

I have no problems re-reading books. I’ve done several re-reads this year. Just one dance with a book is not always enough. Especially if there is another in the series about to be released.

Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

I’m currently re-reading this and am enjoying it more the second time round. So much research must have gone into writing this book.

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The Forgotten Garden, The Distant Hours and The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

Morton’s storytelling is exquisite and perfect for a summer holiday curled up on the couch.

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The Passage by Justin Cronin

I read only half of this one the first time. I loved it but I was spending a lot of time awake in the middle of the night (thanks to the newborn) and the book was freaking me out too much.

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The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub

I read this when I was a teenager and thought it was excellent.

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Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris

Reading this is my happy place.

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The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice

With the announcement of the upcoming release of Prince Lestat, I’m keen to revisit the original Vampire Chronicles.

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Grave Mercy by Rachel LaFevers and Dark Triumph by Rachel LaFevers

Mortal Heart, book three in His Fair Assassins trilogy is released this week so I will be doing a re-read of the first two in the series before delving into LaFevers’ latest instalment about the St Mortain assassins.

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What about you? Are there any books you are planning on re-reading?

Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Although there are many fictional places I’d like to visit (Sunnydale, Middle Earth, Alagaesia to name a few), I’ve chosen to list real places that books have made me want to visit (or revisit).

1. Scotland – Outlander Series

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2. Tasmania – The Potato Factory

Courtenay’s vivid description of the Tasmanian landscape left me with high expectations. When I finally travelled to Tassie, the scenery was just as spectacular as I’d imagined.

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3. New Zealand – The Lord of the Rings

Okay, so this is blurring the book/film boundaries but how great would it be to do a LOTR tour of New Zealand?

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4. Lyme Regis in Dorset, England – Remarkable Creatures

I would love to wander along the shore line and pretend that I was Mary Anning.

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5. Prague – Daughter of Smoke and Bone

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6. New Orleans – Interview With the Vampire

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7. Oxford, England – Discovery of Witches

So much history to see! And how wonderful would it be to visit the Bodleian Library?

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8. Venice – Othello

When travelling in Venice, it was easy for me to understand why Shakespeare set his play in this beautiful city.

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9. Paris – Anna and the French Kiss

Though I travelled to Paris 15 years ago, reading this made me want to return and to live in the city of love.

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10. Eden Valley, Australia – The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl

I’ve heard they have an amazing bakery.

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So that’s my list. What about you? Do you have any places you would like to visit after reading about them?

Ten Authors I Own The Most Books From

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. You can find out all about it and how to get involved in the blogging fun here.

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I’ve always loved reading but until about three years ago, I was quite limited in the range of books I would read. If I loved an author I would stick with them and only occasionally stroll towards other writers. I have since mended my ways and now adore discovering new authors. It does mean however that most of the hardcopy books in my list below have been read several times.

Charlaine Harris – Fifteen Books (hardcopy)

Charlaine Harris takes the top spot on my bookshelf with her Sookie Stackhouse and Harper Connelly series.

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Anne Rice – Thirteen Books (hardcopy)

The Vampire Chronicles was once my favourite series. You can tell from the much loved look of the spines that these books were given a workout.

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Bryce Courtenay – Eight Books (hardcopy)

Bryce Courtenay was an incredible Australian author. Back in school I read ‘The Power of One’ and have been a fan ever since. His work is heartbreakingly real and so raw that it always leaves an imprint upon who I think I am.

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C. S. Lewis – Seven Books (hardcopy)

The Chronicles of Narnia was given to me by my husband after he was shocked to discover I had not read them as a child.

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Cassandra Clare – Six Books (eBooks)

When writing this list I was surprised to find that I don’t own all the books in the Immortal Instruments series. One of my students loaned me the first few so my collection is incomplete. Should I go back and purchase them – or should I spend my money on new works? Oh the dilemma!

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Lauren Kate – Six Books (hardcopy and eBooks)

I accidently read the second book in the series before the first one but that didn’t hinder my enjoyment of the ‘Fallen’ series and Teardrop.

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Sarah J Maas – Six Books (eBooks)

I’m including the four ‘Throne of Glass’ novellas in this total as I had to purchase them separately. Love, love, LOVE this series.

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George R. R. Martin – Five Books (eBooks)

I had no idea how long the books from A Song of Ice and Fire were when reading them on my kindle. Imagine my surprise (and smug satisfaction) when I saw them in a book store. Such a great series.

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Melissa Mar – Five Books (eBooks)

See my thoughts on The Wicked Lovely series in this earlier post here.

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Lauren Oliver – Five Books (hardcopy and eBooks)

I own the ‘Delirium’ series in hardcopy and the ‘Hana’ and ‘Annabel’ short stories as eBooks. I’m a fan of Oliver’s work and the concept behind ‘Delirium’ is an intriguing one.

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So there’s a sneak peek into my bookshelves – real and digital. What do you have on yours?

Top Ten Characters I Would Want With Me On A Deserted Island

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I’ve selected my picks for today’s Top Ten Tuesday based on fictional book characters.

 

1. Katsa from Graceling. She has the gift of survival so she would come in very handy.

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2. Gale from The Hunger Games – once he’s over Katniss, of course. He’s a survivor, a loyal friend and I feel he would provide some great company. *winks*

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3 & 4. Zuzanna and Mik from Daughter of Smoke and Bone. These two make such a sweet couple and always make the best out of a bad situation.  Mik would have rescued his violin of course so together they could provide some much needed entertainment. The very cool fan art below is from Elaku Dark.

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5. Aragorn (Strider) from The Lord of the Rings. As a ranger, Aragon knows how to survive in the wilds.

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6. Sammy from Life in Outer Space. Yes, he would probably be useless at the whole wilderness survival thing but very few characters make me laugh like he did.

7 & 8 Jamie and Claire Fraser from the Outlander series. It wouldn’t be fair on them to split them up and they make such a great team. Claire’s medical skills would be a huge benefit to the group.

9. Will Parry from The Subtle Knife. Despite being only 12 years of age, Will showed great strength of character. Plus it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have that knife around.

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10. Hermione Granger because she’s Hermione Granger. And if things become too dull on the island she can apparate us out of there!

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Movies or TV Shows

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This is my first time participating in Top Ten Tuesday, and what a great topic to start with!

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Lost (TV show 2004 -2010)

Best. Show. Ever.

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer (TV show 1997 – 2003)

Joss Whedon’s series about the Chosen One always makes me laugh, cry, cheer, swoon, laugh and then cry again. I’ve lost track of how many times I have watched this series.

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Donnie Darko (Film 2001)

Donnie Darko blew me away the first time I saw it. Never had a film had such a big impact on me. I saw this at a film festival then couldn’t stop raving about it. The film, written and directed by Richard Kelly, has a fantastic cast including Jake Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Patrick Swayze, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Noah Wyle, Jena Malone, and Mary McDonnell. Its coolness bridged the gap between indie and mainstream.

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Firefly (TV Show 2002 -2003) and Serenity (Film 2005)

Joss Whedon’s eclectic crew of the space ship Serenity only had one season before it was axed. Thankfully, Joss continued the story in the film Serenity.

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Gossip Girl (TV show 2007 -2012)

This is a series that I turned my nose up at when it first came out. Thanks to some late night re-runs I saw the error of my ways.

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Supernatural (TV show 2005 -)

Angels, demons, vampires, shape shifters, ghosts, hunters and more!!! What’s not to love about this awesomely terrifying series?

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Game of Thrones (TV show 2011 – )

The high standard of production values and George R R Martin’s involved with the GoT TV series ensures that this is one story that will not disappoint fans. Thank goodness I’ve read the books otherwise the tension and graphic fight scenes would have been too much for me to handle. As it is I had to remind myself several times to breathe during the last season finale.

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Twin Peaks (TV Show 1990 -1991)

This series by David Lynch definitely makes my top ten. It’s been a while since I saw it but its mystery, beauty and bizarre characters such as the delightfully idiosyncratic Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), create a surreal series full of intrigue.

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Tank Girl (Film 1995)

Okay, so definitely not an Oscar winner but this film to me is like an old jumper: it may not stand up against the current fashions (and maybe it was always for those with eclectic tastes) but it’s comfortable and a part of my history. It’s the nostalgia surrounding this pick that keeps it close to my heart.

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The Never Ending Story (Film 1984)

I struggled over whether to choose Labyrinth (1986) or The Never Ending Story for number 10. In the end TNES won out as I also loved the book by Michael Ende. How scary was the Nothing? How awesome would it be to have your own Falkor? How heart breaking was it when he lost Artax? Sigh. Excuse me while I go and dig out my copy and watch it again.

 

So what do you think? What have I left out? I’d love to hear what you think about my top ten.