Books On My Winter TBR

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the girls over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is books on our winter to be read list. These are the ten books I really should read or really want to read!

These Broken Stars Sever Brooke

1. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner: Seriously, is there anyone who DIDN’T like These Broken Stars? If you have seen the early reviews, you know that there is a lot of praise and love for this book. It releases today and I plan to read it ASAP! I’m so ready to love this book, let’s hope the hype for it doesn’t let me down.

2. Sever by Lauren DeStefano: I read and loved the first two books in the Chemical Garden Trilogy but I still need to read the last one. I already started Lauren DeStefano’s newest trilogy, so I should read this one VERY soon!

3. Brooke by Veronica Rossi: Under the Never Sky is one of my favorite series, and one hand I want to read Into the Still Blue like RIGHT NOW, but I also don’t want this series to end. Luckily, I have this novella to tide me over until ItSB’s release. Can’t wait to read it, because I don’t think Brooke was a popular character.

Fangirl Shades of Earth Shatter Me

4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: This book sounds so amazing and totally something I’d enjoy. Plus, there’s a college setting and that’s something I’ve been wanting to read more of (and not like the typical NA).

5. Shades of Earth by Beth Revis: I love this series and I need to know how it’s all going to end! A Million Suns ended on SUCH a cliffhanger!

6. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi: Okay, Shatter Me has been on my wishlist for ages! I finally bought it a couple weeks ago, and now I can finally read it.

Siege and Storm Days of Blood and Starlight

7. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo: Shadow and Bone is AWESOME and now I want to read Siege and Storm so bad! I actually bought these two books together, so I have it already. Now just read it.

8. Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor: Daughter of Smoke and Bone was so good and Laini Taylor writes wonderfully. I bought Days of Blood and Starlight MONTHS ago & I need to read it soon but this book is so big, it’s kind of daunting.

Tiger's Voyage The Secret of Isobel Key

9. Tiger’s Voyage by Colleen Houck: This book has been the longest on my TBR-pile of all of my books, so maybe I should finally read it? It’s a little sad that I kind of lost interest in this series, but I can’t leave this book unread forever, right?!

10. The Secret of Isobel Key by Jen McConnel: This book comes out December 19th and I plan to read it very soon. It’s set in Scotland, which for me is my main draw. You might not know this, but I’ve fallen in love with Scotland after studying there for a semester, so every book that’s set in Scotland goes automatically to my wishlist.

These are my picks for this week’s topic, let me know what you think!


The Secret of Isobel Key Book Trailer

Today I can share with you the book trailer for The Secret of Isobel Key by Jen McConnel. The Secret of Isobel Key is part of the new digital imprint Bloomsbury Spark and will be released December 19th of this year. First I will show you the book trailer, but please do scroll down to see my reasons for wanting this book!

The Secret of Isobel KeyAbout the book
Lou is in the middle of a quarter-life crisis. Fresh out of college, she’s unemployed and unsure of herself. But when she gets the chance to escape to Scotland with her best friend, it could be the answer to her quest for self-discovery. The trip is not at all what she expected, especially when her tour guide turns out to be the dreamy historian Brian, and together they embark on a hunt for information about Isobel Key, a woman accused of witchcraft in the seventeenth century.

They set out to learn the truth of the condemned witch, but Lou isn’t prepared for the knowledge that awaits her. She must face her own demons if she has any hope of righting the wrongs of the past.

Flashing between seventeenth century Scotland and a contemporary romance, THE SECRET OF ISOBEL KEY is a mystery that will please readers of all ages.

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The trailer

Why I am excited

There are actually three main reasons why I am very excited for the release of The Secret of Isobel Key.
1. It’s New Adult, but it’s not set in college. I have always said that I wanted to read more books set in college, but now that I’m in my last year of college I’ve been wanting to read about someone who is just out of college. And the main character is described as being in a quarter-life crisis. Well, I CAN RELATE.
2. It’s about witches! I love books with witches! I’m still in love with the paranormal genre.
3. But the last AND MOST IMPORTANT draw for me tot this book is that the main characters go to SCOTLAND. I haven’t talked about this before on the blog, but I’m seriously in love with the country. So yeah, if there is a book set in Scotland, I WILL READ IT. The book trailer features photos from Scotland made my Jen herself. I have lived and studied abroad in Edinburgh last semester, so of course I have a LOT of photos from the country. So I decided to share some of my own Scotland photos to make you feel excited for both the book AND the country!

Edinburgh Castle (Did you know this was J.K. Rowling’s inspiration for creating Hogwarts?)Edinburgh Castle

Sun going down in Glasgow

Snowy hills
Scotland snowy mountains

And that was all I’m going to share for now, I’m sure I’ll be writing about Scotland again soon. Anyway, let me know what you think! And if you pre-order The Secret of Isobel Key (like I sure did) you can enter this giveaway to win some swag!

2014 Releases I’m Dying to Read

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the girls over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is 2014 releases we can’t wait to read. Since a few weeks back we listed the sequels we can’t wait for, this list is sequel free on purpose. Also, no debuts, since that’s the topic in a few weeks!

The Vanishing SeasonThe Winner's CurseTsarina
1. The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson: Jodi Lynn Anderson is one of my favorite authors and her book Tiger Lily is one of my all time favorites. It made me cry! Anyway, I don’t really know what this book is about, since I don’t want to spoil myself before reading. Which I will OF COURSE.

2. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski: Have you seen the early reviews for this book? Seriously, nothing but praise. Which means I’ll love it too, RIGHT? I have this pre-ordered so please let me love you book.

3. Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick: RUSSIA. That’s enough for me to be SO EXCITED for Tsarina. I love books with foreign settings.

The Secrets of Lily GravesOn the FencePanic
4. The Secrets of Lily Graves by Sarah Strohmeyer: I read Sarah Strohmeyer’s ‘Smart Girls Get What They Want’ this year and adored it. It’s seriously really cute and Sarah writes the best side characters. I’m really excited for The Secrets of Lily Graves because it sounds so different (it’s set in a funeral parlor) and it’s supposedly a lot like Pretty Little Liars, which is my guilty pleasure (The TV show, that is). Also, doesn’t the girl on the cover look like Zooey Deschanel?

5. On the Fence by Kasie West: I loved Kasie West’s Pivot Point and I’m anxiously awaiting its sequel Split Second. Katie also writes contemporary books, which I have yet to read but I really want to. Hopefully they are as good as Pivot Point.

6. Panic by Lauren Oliver: Finally an other contemporary from Lauren Oliver! I love Before I Fall, but I’ve yet to read the Delirium series because people aren’t so positive of it. Hopefully this is more like Before I Fall.

Daughter of ChaosWe Were Liars
7. Daughter of Chaos by Jen McConnel: WITCHES, that’s mainly why I want to read this book. I love books with witches (maybe my love for Harry Potter had something to do with this?) so I need to read this one.

8. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart: After reading Jamie’s review for this book, I knew I had to read this. She recommends going in blind and that’s what I’m going to do! I used to do that a lot and I’ve been meaning to do so lately.

Little Blue LiesKiller Instinct
9. Little Blue Lies by Chris Lynch: The synopsis for this book was written really well in my opinion, because I love the writing style. I hope that the book itself is written in the same way. Also, it follows some kind of crime family, so that’s really intriguing!

10. Killer Instinct by Shannon Greenland: Or S.E. Green of course! Anyway this book sounds SO SO intriguing and awesome. The main character hunts criminals & studies serial killers because she fears she might be one herself.

These were my ten picks, what did you think of them?