I cannot tell you how happy this title makes me. I’ve been trying to think of something a little, shall we say, witty, for a few days now and this hit me like a bolt of lightning. Anyway, I’ve been super into reading recently. I’m not entirely sure when it started, but I’ve been powering through books like nothing else. 2016 was the year of the re-read, I spent a lot of it going through Game of Thrones again, as I miss it and want to prepare myself for when Winds comes out. I’m hoping it’s finally this year, but lets be honest, knowing George it might be more like 2020. I live in hope…
Anyway, this year my aim is to read a bunch of new books. I asked my pals on Facebook as I’m pretty rubbish and I have a bad habit of reading ones I already have, but I am desperate to delve into new series. Though whilst typing this I am reading Harry Potter for the thousandth time, but that doesn’t count. So I present my list for this year, which I’ve already started, but shush.
- Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J Mass – Here’s where I start by cheating, I’ve read all of them already. Whoops! A young adult series, my fav, telling the story of an assassin who is trapped in a salt mine serving a life sentence. She is pulled out by the crown prince to serve him in a tournament to-the-death. A mix of magic, royalty and dark beings meant I barely put my kindle down and it was prised off me whilst eating. The final book is due out in September and I for one cannot wait.
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman – A story which begins with a suicide and waking up ancient powers. Again, I tend to go for books about magic, sigh, this is what Harry Potter has done to me.
- Nod by Adrian Barnes – A dystopian novel in which no one can sleep anymore, and those who can share dreams. Sounds a little creepy, but my level of creepy. Looks like it discusses psychosis too, which is also an interesting premise for a novel!
- The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon – Sammy Clay’s cousin comes into his flat after his amazing escape from Prague during WWII. The two create a comic strip about a Nazi-busting superhero who liberates the oppressed. I’m always interested in books about WWII so this should be good, light-hearted but also with some relevant social commentary.
- Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown – Darrow is a miner on Mars helping to send precious metals back to Earth to allow it to live. It turns out that Mars has been habitable for years, with those looking down on people who work in the mines like slave labour. Darrow decides to infiltrate this group to seek revenge. God, I love me some dystopia. Seriously, tell me about the world ending and colonising in other ways and I am down to read it. This one I’m really excited for.
- Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness – I’m going to steal this word for word from the blurb as I can’t reword it to be shorter. Imagine you’re the only boy in a town of men. And you can hear everything they think. And they can hear everything you think. Imagine you don’t fit in with their plans… Todd Hewitt is just one month away from the birthday that will make him a man. But his town has been keeping secrets from him. Secrets that are going to force him to run. Sound good? I thought so too.
- The Passage by Justin Cronin – The intro to this sounds really fascinating, and from what I’ve eyeballed over with regards to the comments, it’s about an experiment on prisoners gone wrong. Again, part of a trilogy because they are apparently my favourite, and dystopian – no shocks here.
- The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman – Tom and his wife Izzy run the lighthouse, and one evening a body washes up on shore with a newborn baby. They choose to bring the child up as their own, and not report the body. This one is slightly out of my comfort zone with reading. As you can see from all my other picks, I like certain types, so this should be interesting. I want to really expand some more, so maybe this will be a nice intro into some new reading material.
I’m going to leave it there, for now, as I still have a bunch more recommendations but otherwise this post is going to be the longest I’ve ever written. Part 2 will be up later in the year I think – and I’ll let you know what my favourites have been from this rather large selection. If you have any others I need to read, let me know. Maybe they’ll go on the list for next year, ha!