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Top Ten Tuesday #18: Books I Meant to Read in 2015

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Today’s theme is supposed to be the top ten 2015 releases I meant to read. But I’m not much of one to pay attention to new releases. Truth is, every new release I was looking forward to, I read. So instead of running to Netgalley to figure out which books I didn’t read last year, I feel it’s more honest of me to put down the books from my TBR that I actually meant to read before 2016 and never got around to them.

 

172 Hours on the Moon1. 172 Hours on the Moon

Three teenagers are going on the trip of a lifetime. Only one is coming back. It’s been more than forty years since NASA sent the first men to the moon, and to grab some much-needed funding and attention, they decide to launch an historic international lottery in which three lucky teenagers can win a week-long trip to moon base DARLAH 2.

If I had known this book was originally written in a foreign language, I would have read it before the new year. That was one of the goals I had for my reading challenge. As it is, I actually finished it this past weekend. Oops. Live and learn, right?

Sweet Valley Confidential2. Sweet Valley Confidential

Now with this striking new adult novel from author and creator Francine Pascal, millions of devoted fans can finally return to the idyllic Sweet Valley, home of the phenomenally successful book series and franchise. Iconic and beloved identical twins Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield are back and all grown up, dealing with the complicated adult world of love, careers, betrayal, and sisterhood. 

I actually finished this book last night. I debated back and forth about reading it now or after I finished my reread of the series. I’d had it for months from the library and couldn’t stand the idea of just leaving it on my shelf any longer. But truth be told, it didn’t hurt me to read this out of order. This is the first and only book Francine Pascal actually wrote herself and it showed in the work. A lot of details were screwed up and people who use to be dead are now suddenly alive once again.

A Game of Thrones3. A Game of Thrones

Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must … and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.

The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne.

This book has been on my TBR for years. It’s also been a physical book in my “not read” bookcase for years. I’ve tried picking it up from time to time over the years, but I can never get into all the characters. Sure the book is written well and I enjoy the show, but I only care about a handful of characters. So I keep putting it back down and hoping one day I’ll make it all the way through. Maybe this year…

Redeemed4. House of Night: Redeemed

In the final electrifying novel in the HoN series, Neferet has finally made herself known to mortals. A Dark Goddess is loose on Tulsa and the world. No single vampyre is strong enough to vanquish her – unless that creature has the power to summon the elements as well as the ability to wield Old Magick. Only Zoey Redbird is heir to such power…but because of the consequences of using Old Magick, she is unable to help. Find out who will win and who will lose in this epic battle of Light versus Darkness.

Though it came out in 2014, I realized I couldn’t recall the last few books. Details about the series were mixed up in my head, so I embarked on rereading the series last year. As it stands, I have one more book to reread before it’s time to finally read the end of the series. As much as I despised the way the authors dragged out the series, I am still curious to see how it all ends.

Wicked5. Wicked

When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum’s classic tale we heard only her side of the story. But what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious Witch? Where did she come from? How did she become so wicked? And what is the true nature of evil?

Gregory Maguire creates a fantasy world so rich and vivid that we will never look at Oz the same way again. Wicked is about a land where 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. And then there is the little green-skinned girl named Elphaba, who will grow up to become the infamous Wicked Witch of the West, a smart, prickly, and misunderstood creature who challenges all our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evil.

An astonishingly rich re-creation of the land of Oz, this book retells the story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, who wasn’t so wicked after all. Taking readers past the yellow brick road and into a phantasmagoric world rich with imagination and allegory, Gregory Maguire just might change the reputation of one of the most sinister characters in literature.

I read parts of this book several years back. But I can’t honestly recall if I did finish it. The parts that I do recall are weird and I am wondering if I probably put the book down and never picked it back up? But I’m kind of weird so maybe I need to just read Son of a Witch instead of Wicked? Hmm… I’ll have to check into this one and get back to you.

Anyways, that’s all I have for today folks! I’m sure there are hundreds of other books I meant to get around to. But these are the top five that have bugging me. Hence why two of them have already been read this week. Leave me a link to your Top Ten in the comments below. I can’t wait to see what books you wished you had read last year.

About Kristine

As an aspiring author, avid bookworm, fitness fanatic and dedicated mother, there just aren't enough hours in the day. I write or post about things I'm passionate about and spend my time trying to make the most of every day. Life may be a tough journey, but I have my ruby red slippers and am content on skipping along this yellow brick road until the end of the line.

19 comments on “Top Ten Tuesday #18: Books I Meant to Read in 2015

  1. I was OBSESSED with Sweet Valley Twins and Sweet Valley High as a tween, which is one of the reasons I will defend a child’s right to read “junk” books with my dying breath – I devoured Sweet Valley Twins and Goosebumps like they were a food group and still managed to get a real job one day 🙂

    • You know, I don’t consider that books anymore junk than the Harlequin romance novels my mother used to read like they were going out of style. Too often care about what their kids are reading, but they should just be happy they are readers. Goosebumps taught me to use my imagination, Baby-Sitters Club taught me to continue through middle school one day at a time even though I didn’t always want to and Sweet Valley High showed how easy it was to get tied up with drama and the best way to get through it was to tell the truth. All valuable life lessons that every child should have. 🙂

  2. I want to read Wicked at some point soonish. I seriously need more time in my day LOL. My TTT

  3. I loved Wicked, and Son of a Witch was good, but I couldn’t get through A Lion Among Men when I first picked it up. I need to go back and give it another try. Here’s my TTT.

    • Wasn’t there a book between Son of a Witch and A Lion Among Men? I know I started Son of a Witch, but like Wicked, I’m not sure if I finished it. Oops! 😛

      • There may have been. Son of a witch got weird (er) and I sort of lost interest! 😄

      • I wasn’t sure. I just know there were four total. 😛 And you made it through Wicked… how much weirder could Son of a Witch be? I mean, the one scene I remember most is them in the club, watching as a Tiger has a munchkin strapped to his under belly, their privates up against one another, while the Tiger is whipped, thus pushing his head in between a woman’s spread legs, while everyone watches and gets high…. There’s weirder? I’m kind of intrigued.

      • Wow…I must have subconsciously blocked that scene out! I remember it now, but had completely forgotten. I still think son of a witch gets weirder. 😉

      • LMAO! I’ll have to reread it and see what you are talking about!

  4. I too enjoyed Wicked and Son of a Witch, but that was about it for the Oz books. Hope you get to read these reads this year!

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  5. I didn’t know Francine Pascal didn’t write the SVH books herself. Although I loved the series and a grown up version of the twins intrigues me, if it is as horrible as it sounds, I will pass.

    • I didn’t know she didn’t write her own books either! I was googling something and stumbled upon it. She came up with the idea, but didn’t want to write it.

      I thought adult versions would have sounded nice. I found out about the 6 e-serials just a few nights ago and couldn’t resist reading the reviews. I knew I’d never get around to them.

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