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Top 10 Tuesday 15th May

on May 15, 2012

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic was about authors and reality TV shows but to be honest – I don’t really watch enough reality TV to do that topic so I’m electing to do the freebie, which was added in as an option. So I’m just highlighting:

Top 10 Books I’m Excited I Just Got In The Mail

I’ve done a lot of book buying recently, I was pretty spoiled for Mothers Day – my husband gave me some $$ to spend at The Book Depository, so I picked up quite a few books, I received some from publishers and a blogger friend and I also got a $50 gift voucher to a local bookstore for Mothers Day (which I haven’t spent yet). So I’m just going to pick 10 to talk about!

  1. Obsidian, by Jennifer L. Armentrout. So, I’ve been seeing this everywhere. There are glowing reviews, there are hashtags on twitter. And I’ve been following the author’s blog posts on her reading of Fifty Shades of Grey and they’re pretty fricking hilarious. So I’m super keen to read one of her actual books and it seems like this is an excellent place to start.
  2. Revived, by Cat Patrick. I was sent this by another Australian book blogger, the awesome Celine from Forget Me Not. I loved Cat Patrick’s debut novel, Forgotten and I’ve been quite excited for this one ever since. It isn’t a totally new premise for me, so I’m keen to see how it differs from a similar series I started recently. But mostly I’m just looking forward to more from this author.
  3. Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell. There were not enough words to describe how funny and charming I found Rowell’s first book, Attachments. I loved the strong women’s friendship and the witty emails. This is her second novel and I think it was published last month. Have high hopes for it, I hope it’s just as fresh and clever as the first.
  4. Sloppy Firsts, by Megan McCafferty. I know Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner really loved this book and she’s not alone – this series has scores of devoted Marcus Flutie fans out there and I have to admit, I’m pretty curious to see what all the fuss is about! I just bought the first one as a test – the die hard way to ensure I’ll love a series is for me to just buy the first volume and then have to hunt down all the rest. If I buy them all at once it seems I find them relatively average and am then stuck with all these books I’m unlikely to read!
  5. Asylum, by Patrick McGrath. I forget where I first saw this, I just know that it was on my wishlist for quite a long time but was not available. It was also bizarrely catalogued at my local library in that it existed in the catalogue but there was no location listed (we have four branches and each volume is always given a location for where it is at the current time, or where it was checked out from). Finally I got an email that it was back in stock so I immediately bought it. It’s set in 1959 at a hospital for the “criminally insane” and the recently-appointed deputy superintendent’s wife begins an obsessive affair with a patient.
  6. The Submission, by Amy Waldman. This one caught my eye when it was longlisted for the Orange Prize this year and also featured on The First Tuesday Book Club, a local Aussie book show which airs once a month and the panelists usually discuss two books. A jury in Manhattan select a memorial for 9/11 only to discover that when they open the envelope to discover his name, that he’s a Muslim. Very, very keen to read this one and see how it is played out.
  7. Disharmony, by Leah Giarratano. This popped up in my mailbox courtesy of Penguin Australia’s YA line and it sounds awesome. Giarratano has previously written adult crime novels, this is her first foray into YA and it entails three siblings (a psychopath, an empath and a genius) who know nothing of each other but who will apparently save the world…or destroy it. It’s released May 23rd 2012, so expect to see my review for this one in about a week!
  8. Preloved, by Shirley Marr. This is another Australian YA book – I am reading quite a lot of local YA this year and I have a lot more on my TBR shelf that needs to be picked up at some stage. This one is a ghost story and I like the fact that it includes a Chinese-Australian main character. There’s a lot of Asians that have made Australia home so it’s very nice to see that represented in literature. This sounds cute and Mandee from VeganYANerds really liked it and we do like (and not like!) quite a few of the same books.
  9. Storm, by Brigid Kemmerer. Another one that’s had a big presence on Twitter, this is the first in the Elementals series and I picked it up on a whim in a local department store after reading a few blog posts promoting its release. Plus there’s a boy named Hunter in it…which may have something to do with it. Hunter is the name of my eldest son (he’ll be 4 in August) and I have to admit, I do like seeing the name used!
  10. Out Of It, by Selma Dabbagh. I received this from Bloomsbury just yesterday and I’m really intrigued by it. I love reading books set in places that I’m not very familiar with, or that you don’t come across too often and this is right up my alley because it takes place at least partially in the Gaza Strip – and I’ve definitely never read anything set there before! I have written several papers on the Middle Eastern conflict when I was finishing my political degree and it’s still an area I find deeply interesting.

So these are just a few books I’m keen to get into soon – although my TBR is (always) pretty much out of control, so sometimes even though I really want to read something, I don’t always get to it as soon as I would like! Other books keep arriving! If only I could find out what causes that! 😉

10 responses to “Top 10 Tuesday 15th May

  1. marissa says:

    oooh looks like you’ve got a lot of fun waiting for you!


  2. sounds like you might be busy. Which one will you read first?

  3. AGH I am DYING for Obsidian and Storm, but none of my bookstores around here seem to carry them 😦 I don’t usually buy paperbacks online, but I’m seriously considering breaking that for those two since everyone seems to love them.

    Also, I am totally on the Jessica Darling fan train – I’ve only read Sloppy Firsts, but it’s so much fun and Marcus Flutie really is to die for. I hope you like it!

    My Top Ten [Book Things I Want To Do]

  4. Lori says:

    I love, love, love Jessica Darling! The entire series is just pure awesomeness! Fabulous list!

    My Top Ten

  5. Very nice list! I’m still looking forward to read Revived by Cat Patrick. I hope you will enjoy all the books! 😀

  6. I wish the Mail Ninja had brought me such an array of books. I’m waiting patiently though because I have faith that some good stuff will come. I hope you enjoy reading these! ♥

  7. What a great list! Have a blast reading 🙂

  8. mystmusician says:

    I seriously haven’t heard of any of those…my TBR pile just gained a few pounds…haha! I had trouble with the whole authors on reality show thing and totally just used my characters from a few weeks ago and put them on shows. Good list of books!! My TTT

  9. VeganYANerds says:

    Yes! You and I often like and dislike the same books, I always trust your judgement 😉 And yay for Slippy Firsts, it’s a fun series 😀

  10. The Submission was one of the most interesting books I read last year – especially as I had just visited Ground Zero and was intrigued by the fact that it was a construction site but there were people trying to sell 9/11 ‘merchandise’!

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