Top Ten Tuesday: books I’ve recently added to my TBR pile

Top Ten Tuesday: books I've recently added to my TBRThis week on Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) we’re discussing the good ol’ TBR pile…that is, the burgeoning list of to-be-read books that grows and grows and just never seems to shrink, no matter how fast or how furiously I read.

The truth is, I don’t think I’ll ever hit a point where I don’t have a TBR pile. There are just so many amazing books out there and so precious little time to read them! But anyway, I currently have 1,137 books on my TBR list, which means that with my current reading trends I should be able to read them all in roughly ten to fifteen years. Gulp. And you just know that list will keep growing! Here are the ten most recent additions to my list, according to Goodreads:

We Have Always Lived in the Castle, by Shirley Jackson; Sister, by Rosamund Lupton; and Tell the Wolves I’m Home, by Carol Rifka Brunt. These were some recommended picks by Valerie Geary, author of Crooked River, which I finished this month. All sound very intriguing.

Darcy’s Tale, by Michael Stanley Hurd. Actually a three-book series in one volume. Added this solely because I’m so nutty for Pride and Prejudice.

Death Note, by Tsugumi Ohba. I admit I added this for the title and premise alone. It sounds so intriguing! Also, I’d like to continue expanding my genre reading and Manga is something I haven’t explored yet.

Incarnate, by Jodi Meadows. This book sounds like it could be really cool or really sucky, but it has such a pretty cover, I couldn’t resist.

The Werewolf of Bamberg, by Oliver Potzsch. I can’t remember how I first heard of this, but I love that it’s a German book combining historical fiction, murder, and the occult.

Now You See Me, by Emma Haughton. Because I can’t resist a good psychological thriller!

This is a Book, by Demetri Martin. My fave comedian of all time. How could I not want to read this book?! By the way, if you have an hour, listen to his routine below. (There’s no video, just audio.) I listen to this when I need a pick-me-up.

 White Oleander, by Janet Fitch. This book has popped up in my feed on and off over the years and I finally added it to my TBR. I’ve heard a lot of praise for it and it sounds like it might be really lyrical and beautiful to read.

So what books have you recently added to your TBR pile? Anything you think I should read? Let me know in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: bookish resolutions for 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: New Year's bookish resolutions for 2016It’s been a while since I’ve linked up with The Broke and the Bookish for Top Ten Tuesday, so what better way to jump back in then with a New Year’s resolutions post? This week we’re listing our ten bookish resolutions for 2016, and after a long two months of barely reading or book blogging,  I certainly do have a few!

  1. Read more. Period! I’ve only read a couple of books in the past month, largely due to being so busy, but I got a huge stack for Christmas and can’t wait to dig into them.
  2. Get through my ARCs faster. I tend to download them and let them sit and sit and sit. I’d really like to start doing more release-day reviews.
  3. Post more book reviews on the blog. I do monthly roundups, but I’d like to do more in-depth reviews on single titles.
  4. Do more buddy reads. I did a couple this year and loved them.
  5. Be more active in the book blogging community. Linkups, giveaways, tours, etc. I’ve really enjoyed getting in touch with my fellow book lovers around the world and need to spend more time in this community!
  6. Wrap up some of my ongoing series before starting any new ones. Though obviously I won’t be able to wrap up A Song of Ice and Fire any time soon…sad face.
  7. Read some longer books. I tend to skip over long books (400+ pages) even if they sound interesting just because the size intimidates me. I like to flutter from book to book and a book has to be very, very strong to hold my interest for several hundred pages. But I would like to pick up some lengthier tomes this year.
  8. Get through titles before they become movies. Because otherwise I end up not getting to see the movie, either.
  9. Find more Nordic crime to read. It’s one of my favorite genres.
  10. Read more. Did I mention that already?

So what are your bookish resolutions for 2016? Leave me a comment, I’d love to hear about them!

Top Ten Tuesday: book-to-movie adaptations I still need to watch

Top Ten TuesdayDo you read the book first, or watch the movie? I try to read the book first, but sometimes that means I put off watching the movie for a loooong time! Here are ten book-to-movie adaptations I have yet to watch, even though I’ve already read the books and should really just get on with it already! Link up your own list over at The Broke and the Bookish, and leave me your recommendations in the comments!

The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green: The book was good, but I just don’t know if I liked it enough to also watch the movie. I’m just not that in love with love stories.

Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn: I loved the book and am afraid the movie won’t come close!

The Martian, by Andy Weir: The book had a lot of hardcore science-speak in it, so I’m hoping the movie will be easier to digest.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams: I just did not click with this book, but everyone else seems to love it, so I’m wondering if I’d enjoy the movie more?

The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak: Another book I adored, so I’ve put off watching the movie.

The Double, by Jose Saramago: This book was good but also really weird, so I’m not sure if I’d enjoy the movie or not.

Stardust, by Neil Gaiman: Not sure there was enough of a story to support a full-length book, much less a movie, but curious to see how Gaiman looks on the big screen!

Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro: I wonder if it’d as hard to follow the flashbacks in the film as it was in the book.

Bridget Jones’ Diary, by Helen Fielding: Laughed out loud at these! And they have Mr. Darcy Colin Firth in them.

The Road, by Cormac McCarthy: This was not a fun book, so I imagine the movie is not fun either, but it was still a great read and I’d like to see how it plays out on the screen.

Top Ten Tuesday: newish authors who have me looking forward to their next book!

Top Ten TuesdayThis week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) is a little hard for me. My TBR list is so long and I’m always so far behind everyone else on new releases or new authors! However, after a little brain-racking (and GR perusing), I did manage to come up with a list of seven newish authors I’ve read that have definitely made me crave more. If you have any debut authors you’ve really enjoyed, please leave me a comment and let me know—I always love finding new authors and books to devour!

William Ritter (Jackaby and Beastly Bones): I picked up Jackaby on a whim last year and loved it! Beastly Bones was just published and I need to go to the library to pick it up. I’m a sucker for anything Sherlock-esque and the supernatural bent just made it even better!

Natasha Pulley (The Watchmaker of Filigree Street): This was an uneven book for me but was intriguing enough that I’d really like to see another book by the author.

Eowyn Ivey (The Snow Child): Easily one of my best reads of 2015 and highly recommended to anyone who loves magical realism!

John Darnielle (Wolf in White Van): I can’t even wrap my head around the intricacies of the plotting. Blew me away.

John Scalzi (Lock In): An awesome sci-fi novel that even a non-sci-fi-fan could appreciate, thanks to an easy flow of writing and no technical jargon info-dumps.

Allie Brosh (Hyperbole and a Half): Apparently the sequel is due out next year!!! Brosh is hilarious but also wise, and a wonderful storyteller.

Erin Morgenstern (The Night Circus): I’ve been handed a lot of other books that are supposedly like The Night Circus and none have been nearly as magical. Sigh.

Top Ten Tuesday: ten books that seriously creeped me out (Happy Halloween!)

Top Ten TuesdayThis week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) is a Halloween-themed freebie, so I thought I’d recount ten books that seriously creeped me out, from monsters to psychological thrillers. I’m not necessarily a huge horror aficionado but I’d love to read more of the genre, so if you have any awesome suggestions to send my way, please do so!

If you prefer vampires who definitely don’t want to sit on the porch swing and drink iced tea with you, you’ll appreciate the bloodsuckers in The Passage (Justin Cronin) or The Strain (Chuck Hogan and Guillermo del Toro).

If you like creepy places, you might like venturing to Abandon (Blake Crouch) or The Ruins (Scott Smith).

If supernatural horror is more your thing, but you’re not necessarily into ghosts and exorcisms, then try The Returned (Seth Patrick) or House of Leaves (Mark Z. Danielewski). Both offer situations that just feel a little….abnormal. Over time, things get creepier.

If you’re sitting up alone on a dark, windy night, read House of Echoes (Brendan Duffy), but be sure to pull your blanket tight! And Dracula (Bram Stoker) is a classic for a reason—Stoker really knew how to invoke an atmosphere.

Finally, if your kids want to share in the fun, give them Coraline (Neil Gaiman) or Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs), both of which are spooky but age-appropriate.