Top 5 books I’m excited about right now

Okay minions, this has been a day of weird. Seriously, more weird than normal. First I have this weird data disc thingy show up on my laptop after some recent updates. Yes, I was the idiot who just saw windows say “important update” and went fine, click all and then after wonder “Hey where did that thing come from?” and of course my sarcastic side of the brain is going “Well where do you think it came from, Sherlock?”. So yeah, I have to figure out what the heck it is and how to get rid of it.

Then I get a mail back from tech support about an iPad game that keeps crashing. I have a feeling that tech support Michael and I will become pretty much pen pals before this game starts working again. He suggested that I should stand next to the router with my iPad, so I did. I did wonder if I should maybe do it in a headstand or twirl around 3 times thinking happy thoughts. None of it did anything but made me look like a doofus.

I can’t seem to make wordpress work anywhere either so I am typing this in a word document. My credit card also had troubles today. Either Julian Assange knows that I think he’s a bit of an arsehat and is slowly deleting my existence from the internet or it’s just one of those days.

I figured hey I’ll go see if there are some books from my extensive wish list that I want to buy so I went over to Awesomebooks since they have second hand books and a 3£ flat rate shipping. Let’s just say the 90’s called they want their search engine back. I searched for the author Jennifer L Armentrout and in my search I left out the L. The search engine got all confused and couldn’t find her. As if that wasn’t bad enough I also had to battle Apple’s autocorrect who told me “Armentrout? Oh you surely must mean Armed trout!” Deep breath!

I told Leggy about it of course. I mean Armed trout. That is kind of funny. We then had a discussion about how a trout would be armed. Leggy suggested a head mounted laser cannon. Of course me being me I suggested that they had small explosive vests, suicide bombing trout coming to a river near you, which led to the mental image of jumping salmon exploding midair.

So minions I have a request. Is there any of you pc wizards out there who can make a video of those jumping salmon exploding midair (I’m sure there’s a more fancy term for the jumping to go to lay eggs thing but I’m pulling the Johnny foreigner card. Although I’m not even sure I know the Danish term.) Maybe do it to that dramatic bit of the 1812 overture that they use in V for Vendetta. Let them explode as the canons go off. Perhaps a bear in the background looking all WTF?

I have absolutely no idea how it would be done hence me asking you guys.

Oh btw I found the mysterious noise. It was an alarm clock in a drawer.

Now lets talk books!

1 The Darkest Minds – Alexandra Bracken

This is an absolutely brilliant book. I am currently reading the second one of the trilogy and I am way excited for the 3rd one.

I must admit I haven’t read many dystopian novels. I read The Hunger Games, but it seemed like after they got really popular then everything in the dystopian genre got a big fat sticker saying “Just like the Hunger Games!” and I just found it so annoying that I read other things. But then I was recommended The Darkest Minds.

The setting is a America where a virus has wiped out a big chuck of children under 15 years. Now those who survived has somehow gained strange abilities. Some The Greens have enhanced sense of logic, The Blues have telekinesis, Yellows control electricity, Orange is mind control and Red is pyrokinesis. Now these abilities have created such a fear in many grown ups that the kids have been rounded up and put in concentration camps. It is in one of these that we meet out protagonist Ruby who is an Orange hiding as a Green. But she is about to be discovered and then action happens. I won’t spoil the book for anyone who may want to read it. But Liam Stewart. Sigh! Leather jacket and cool sunglasses. To be 16 again.


2 The Dark Artifices – Cassandra Clare

Now this one hasn’t been published yet, but I am still super excited. I have very much enjoyed Clare’s books so far. I started out reading the first 3 books of The Mortal Instrument series and I liked it very much. Then I read The Infernal Devices series and loved it. Victorian England and demon hunters. What’s not to love? And I am totally team Will. Yes, I’m a grown up woman and I don’t care. So a new series set in the same world as the other two series sounds way awesome.


3 American Gods – Neil Gaiman

This is a book that I’ve owned for a few years by now and still haven’t read. It’s one of the many books on my bookshelf of shame. I have read another one of Neil Gaiman’s books some time back and I must admit I didn’t really get it. But I have high hopes for this one. It’s about the old Gods, the Norse ones and so on, trying to survive extinction since no one believes in them anymore and there are new Gods in town, TV and Internet. And then there’s a guy and I think a roadtrip. Don’t quote me on that. But it looks really good and it’s about time I got it read.

I think I read somewhere that they might make it into a TV series.


4 All The Bright Places – Jennifer Niven

This is a book I just heard about recently and I am very excited about the concept. The synopsis says “About a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.” If that didn’t hooked me in enough they compared it to John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars. I know it’s a cheap shot but I love that book. And the film. So I need to read All The Bright Things. Apparently the two main characters meet in a bell tower at the edge and form an unlikely friendship.

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5 Cinder – Marissa Meyer

There has been a boom of fairy tale retellings and I personally love it. Therefore I am very excited about Cinder and The Lunar Chronicles as a whole. It has been on my wish list for quite some time and I just haven’t gotten round to buying it yet. But as I’ve understood it it’s a retelling of Cinderella but Linh Cinder the main character is a cyborg. A cyborg! How can you not be excited over fairytale cyborgs. And there’s of course a Prince. This sounds a bit like Doctor Who meets Disney!


So those were my top 5 books I am excited about right now. What books are you guys excited about?

11 thoughts on “Top 5 books I’m excited about right now

  1. Well CSM, since you ask, I found Steig Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy unputdownable.

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    The Girl Who Played with Fire
    The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest

    The characterisations and plots are riveting. [NB In the first in the series, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the treatment the heroine Lisbeth Salander received at the hands of her legal guardian may be painful to read/watch; the revenge she inflicted, insightful.]

    What is perhaps remarkable, is that none of the trilogy was published before Larsson died (aged 50), in 2004.

    If you want to then watch the vids, I recommend the trilogy of original Swedish films with English subtitles. (The Daniel Craig ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ isn’t a patch on it’s Swedish predecessor)

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  2. In no particular order –
    Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Dystopian but with a twist and very well written and structured.

    The Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North. Some people don’t die, they are reborn and some who can want to change the world. An interesting take again well written and structured.

    Touch again by Claire North. There are those who can move between bodies and borrow them for a while. Those who can’t want to destroy those who can. Interesting concept.

    The book of strange new things by Michel Faber. A long distance relationship which becomes difficult to sustain. Religious take on sci-fi. Distopian in part.

    Lord of the rings by JRR Tolkien. I read the books in the early 70’s against a backdrop of prog rock etc. I’ve seen the all the films etc. a significant time commitment required.

    I could go on…. I’d like to read the last Sci-fi book written by Iain M Banks but he died before starting it. I miss the Culture or the fantasy that was created. A bit lefty but sometimes it’s just nice to dream.

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    • They all sound pretty interesting.
      I read The Hobbit but I only made it half way through The Lord of The Rings. I got stuck in the marshland part. It just seemed to go on forever and ever and a bit more. I have seen the LoTR films several times. A friend and I went to this cinema event where they showed all 3 films in one go. I haven’t seen The Hobbit films yet.

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  3. OK, CSM. My five all-time unputdown-able books, in roughly the right order:

    1. Wild Swans by Jung Chang
    2. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
    3. Time’s Arrow by Martin Amis
    4. Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson (NB: you might need to be a Brit to get the humour in that one. Made oi larf out loud, so it did!)
    5. And, yes (sorry!), the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larssen. I liked all three of the trilogy, but felt that the first was definitely the best.

    For non-fiction, Scared to Death by Booker & North, and The New Rulers of the World by John Pilger are hard to beat, in my view.

    And yes, Leggy, I also liked Banks’s The Wasp Factory. Oddly dark and sort of morbidly intriguing. Couldn’t help but like the main protagonist, despite their rather warped nature (I felt the same about the main character in Catcher in the Rye). Haven’t really enjoyed any of his other books quite as much, though. I kind of felt that the Wasp Factory was written from the soul, whereas his other books were written more from the mind, if you know what I mean.

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