The theme of this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, as always hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, is Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn’t. I am currently on a pretty serious mission to read everything on my NetGalley shelf, but once that particular dragon has been slain, I will be able to catch up with some of these.
10. In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
I read all of Judy Blume’s children’s books a very long time ago, so I’m intrigued to see how her style translates into writing for adults. Let’s hope it doesn’t scar me for life like Forever.
9. The Lola Quartet by Emily St John Mandel
I’ve read all of Emily St John Mandel’s other books and I think she is insanely talented. I deliberately didn’t read this last year as I didn’t want to run out of her books, but I think I’ve paced myself effectively now.
8. The Sunlit Night by Rebecca Dinerstein
I can’t remember where I heard about this but I have a thing for oxymoronic titles and I like the description of this: a college graduate flees the drama of her Manhattan family, while a young man struggles with his father’s dying wish, with the two stories intersecting in the Arctic Circle.
7. Wonderland by Stacey D’Erasmo
This has been on my Amazon Wish List for ages. It has a beautiful cover and it’s about a rock star, so basically I need it.
6. The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell
I think I am the last human not to have read this book but thanks to wonderful Leeds Libraries, I picked up a copy last week so I’ll be reading it very soon.
5. Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own by Kate Bolick
This is a non-fiction book described as “a meditation on what it means to be a female at the dawn of the 21st century.” I’m interested to see how Bolick reclaims the word “spinster,” for one thing.
4. The Way We Bared Our Souls by Willa Strayhdorn
This came up as a recommendation for me after I read We All Looked Up. I’ve been meaning to get to it for the longest time.
3. The Dorothy Must Die stories by Danielle Paige
I really liked Dorothy Must Die and The Wicked Will Rise, as well as No Place Like Oz, the first of Paige’s prequel novellas. The reimagining of Oz as a totalitarian state appeals to me and I’m a big fan of how Paige has completely changed the characters, while remaining true to the original novel (I reread L. Frank Baum’s source text recently and it is far, far darker than the Judy Garland singalong version).
2. Seed by Lisa Heathfield
This is something I’ve seen on a lot of Best Of lists from last year and I managed to get a copy from the library last week, so I can read it and not sell a kidney or anything.
1.Challenger Deep by Neil Schusterman
I’ve heard such good things about this and a few people mentioned it in response to my discussion post on unreliable narrators. I need to get to this soon.
Please link me to your list in the comments. I’d love to be forced to add even more 2015 books to my TBR pile. And if you’ve read any of these, I’d be interested to know what you thought.