It’s nearing winter. There is snow on the ground. What is this nightmare? The only good thing about it is it offers plenty of time to catch up on my reading because no way am I going outdoors.
And boy do I need to catch up on my reading. So I’m linking up with Top Ten Tuesday for their prompt “Top Ten Books On Your Winter TBR” and then I’m curling up with a blanket and a cat and I’m going to read and no one’s going to see me again until May because I can’t live in these conditions.
I am a lizard. I am cold-blooded. That is my secret. It makes no sense that I live in the mountains.
Ahem. Anywho, here are ten books I’m hoping to read this winter.
1. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Yes, yes, I know. I should have gotten to this one ages ago. But better late than never, right? Especially now that apparently winter has finally arrived? That’s the rumor I heard, anyway.
I’ve always gone through bookish moods. In the summer, I prefer sci-fi and YA. In the winter, I crave epic fantasy tomes. I was actually this close to reading this series last year but I ended up picking Mistborn and Stormlight Archive for my winter reads. This year, though. This year for sure.
Surprisingly, I managed to miss out on all the spoilers. All I know is that winter’s been coming for a long time, there’s a lady with a dragon, and it’s best not to get attached to anyone.
I am so ready for this.
2. Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson
I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS ONE. I super enjoyed the first two books in this series which I read last winter, never mind the fact that I can’t…remember everything that happened in them. Which is basically the story of my life.
But I do know that exciting things are happening and there’s a plot going on and Kaladin and Shallan’s banter gives me life! I hope there’s plenty of that in Oathbringer. Just, like, 200 pages of it, I’m fine with that.
Which isn’t much when you consider that this book is 1,243 pages long. Yikes. Do you suppose my future boss at the job I don’t have yet will give me some time off for this? A week ought to do it.
3. The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan
I’m so behind on this one, I know. But I’m currently drowning in tbr and it’s a struggle to get new books when I’ve got stuff from the 90’s and 00’s to get through.
Do I remember what happened in the previous book? Haa…refer to Oathbringer. No, I do not remember what happened in the previous book. I never do. Every single Rick Riordan series and the Lorien Legacies series and basically every series ever that I start reading before it’s finished, involves me enjoying each book and then subsequently forgetting everything that happened in it by the time the next book comes out.
I’d reread them except, remember what I said about the tbr. But if publishers put little synopses of the series so far in the beginning of each book, that would be nice.
4. Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
This is a book I actually own and it looks pretty interesting. And that cover. Oooooh. So if you’ve read my previous blog posts about my NaNo WIP, you’ll know I have a soft spot for androids, A.I.s, and various other artificial life forms. Which brings us to Breq, the main character of Ancillary Justice who, before she was betrayed, was a ship! A starship. Yeah, I really didn’t need to read the rest of the blurb to know this book was coming home with me.
Also, apparently it’s an A.I. revenge quest or something? Even better.
5. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Beckie Chambers
This was a book I’d heard about and thought, this is an interesting title. Plus, I love sci-fi and aliens and space travel and wormholes and that title font and…
Ahem. Yes. Plus, I added it to my tbr after spying Paper Fury’s review though honestly I can’t count the number of books I’ve added to my tbr because I saw it on her blog.
6. Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
This is actually an anthology of sci-fi stories that I got last Christmas and I know, I’m the worst. You’d think I would have gotten to this by now. At least it’s not the only Christmas present I haven’t read yet.
Anyway, I don’t usually read anthologies. But the stories look really fascinating and one of them, The Story of Your Life, was actually the story that last year’s Arrival movie was based on and that was soooo good.
7. Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
I keep hearing about this everywhere. And by everywhere, I mean Twitter. I don’t even know who’s talking about it or when I first heard about it and I’m starting to wonder if this isn’t a case of, like, cultural osmosis. There is no origin. No tracing my life back to the very moment I heard of this series. It was always there.
It’s also a comic. And I definitely need to read more comics. After all, it’s one of the four pillars of the well-rounded reader. Those being speculative fiction, nonfiction about pirates, shounen manga, and comic books.
No, I will not stand down.
8. It Devours! by Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink
YAAAY another Night Vale book! I have been waiting so long for this. I read the first Welcome to Night Vale book in early 2016 and really enjoyed it.
If you haven’t heard of it by now, Welcome to Night Vale is a podcast that puts out two episodes a month and tells the story of a town in the middle of the desert where weird things happen. It’s like the Twilight Zone with possible Lovecraftian entities and physics don’t work the way you think they do.
The novels are standalone stories so it’s okay if you’re not up to date on the podcast which is quite a relief because I am so behind.
9. Resurrection by Derek Landy
OMG IT’S ANOTHER SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT BOOK. I can’t breathe. I didn’t even find out about this until earlier this year when it hit me in the face and when the stars cleared from my vision, THERE IT WAS IN ALL ITS GLORY. So beautiful.
And it came out in June. I’m a bad fan.
10. Gil’s All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez
That cover, you guys. Need I say more?
Judging by the goodreads blurb alone, I am going to surmise that this is a comedic Supernatural if Sam and Dean were a werewolf and a vampire and they offered a zombie extermination service. Or something. And there’s a diner.
Basically, my hobby is finding really obscure, weird books. I have tentatively medium expectations about this one.
So that’s the plan. Let’s see how long it takes before I go completely off track. If anyone’s reading this, what books are you hoping to read this winter? Is snow a gift or a curse? Be warned, that last question does have a correct answer.