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Wednesday, December 17, 2014


Books Sophia Hopes to Read Next Year (Ahem... Next Year's TBR List)

It's surprising how the year manages to slip by (I also feel old compared to some of the other bloggers I know). In this year's (2014) TBR Pile Challenge hosted by Adam @ Roof Beam Reader, I successfully wiped out all 12 books AND the alternates. Well, except for one. That one I pretty much gave up on the series after reading the second one.

Okay, I completely forgot about one of the alternates. It was conveniently a book club read. *coughs* It's easy to forget about European Chicks. Crazy ones at that. *coughs*

I am yet taking another stab at the 2015 TBR Pile Challenge next year, once again hosted by Adam @ Roof Beam Reader. Oh, and it might be my last one for quite a while... if I'm not busy running around with medical stuff in college (Shhh! Soon-to-be Seniority!).

Then again, I'm already running around with medical and legal stuff this year.

2015 TBR Pile Challenge Guinea Pigs Books

  1. Croak by Gina Damico - Book Club read this back in September, but I wasn't able to read the book because a) I had a lot on my plate and b) Mr. Pokey offered to ease my burden a little (he reads fast) and review a book for the blog tour (I own the copy, so I CAN loan it out through Amazon), but then the little dude forgot about it. The peeps who read it told me it was awesome. The idea sounds awesome. I'm bound to love it... right???
  2. Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas - I've heard lots of raving reviews, especially from the international crowd. And the title? YEP. (Half the time it IS the title. I have one called A Fairy's Guide to Disaster. I had to pick it up.)
  3. Don't Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon - Books involving hackers are always interesting. So far in the books I've read that have hackers (usually the main character)? They've been fantastic. I've also been eyeballing this for quite awhile and have been trying to persuade book club to read it. It's not because it's a Gateway Readers Award Nominee like Croak is (though it's part of the reasons).
  4. The Dark Realm by Anthea Sharp - There aren't many books based on a game. Fairies and a game - this could be interesting. So long as the things that bother me aren't involved. Then again, that reasoning applies to every book I read.
  5. Treason by S.M. Boyce - Sound familiar to a book from my list for last year? I enjoyed Lichgates, so I'm giving the sequel a whirl and hope the book is as great as the first or better.
  6. Insanity by Cameron Jace - Let me put this as delicately as possible: Ella is going through hell and high water to make me read Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Does a retelling count? I promise the word "frabjous" is in there (as I hope the book will be)!
  7. The Night Has Teeth by Kat Kruger - Gods help us if the night really does have teeth. Oh wait... nightmares DO have teeth. Usually. The cover is creeptabulous - this may be a great Halloween read. Since the book won a writing competition, I expect it to be just as good or almost as good as one from a traditional publisher. Otherwise, I may have a few choice words.
  8. The Star Dwellers by David Estes - Hmm... see my reasoning for Treason.
  9. Stitch by Samantha Durante - I've also seen quite a few praising reviews and word of mouth, especially when it first came out and there was the blog tour... it's been pretty quiet for the first novel in the Stitch Trilogy lately though.
  10. Summer Demons by Mia Hoddell - I'm normally not a contemporary girl, but I'm currently in need of a good contemporary novel. Sort of a reason why I threw in Dangerous Girls as well.
  11. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas - Let's see... this is the one with an assassin as the main character, yes?
  12. Touch by Jennifer Snyder - Oh, yay! More Reapish novels. I must be feeling quite... Grimm.

The Unfortunate Two Known As Alternates

  1. Embrace by Stacey Rourke - I had a bit of a hard time trying to decide who between Rourke, Estes, and Boyce I would keep in the 2015 TBR Pile Challenge (all three are great). I later decided that since all three have been on my list for 2014... I was going to kick one off and let other authors shine. That doesn't mean Stacey isn't awesome in general though, so don't take it personally. ^_^
  2. Ink by Amanda Sun - No matter how many times I write it, I always write Amazon Sun. WHYYY DOES THIS HAPPEN TO ME. I'm a fan of mythology. Asian mythology in particular (okay, only because I'm Asian, but I do love me some Greek and Roman and the Commonlies), and with books such as this one and the Gilded series by Christina Farley lately, it might be the next big thing in the mythology department. It's certainly a nice change from all the Commonlies (Greek, Roman, Egyptian).

Thus ends the list of twelve guinea pigs plus two. Read any of the books I'm planning to read next year? Do feel free to tell me your thoughts and whether or not I'm insane for thinking the positive of the book. I know it's extremely early, but any recommendations you would like me to consider for next year, should I join again?
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Sophia is the owner and founder of Bookwyrming Thoughts, but also found on various parts of the internet. She's a 19-year-old communications major who has weird humor and doesn't fit the Asian stereotype (maybe a little). Books, chocolate, technology, and music are among some of her favorite things. For more of her work, visit her personal website.