Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme run by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn't Get To (But TOTALLY Plan To).
Do I'm sitting here trying to think of what I wanted to read but didn't get round to, and I'm drawing a blank. I have so many books, and there are so many books I want to read, I can't remember them all without looking at my bookcases or Goodreads. So I had to go and have a look over my bookcases to remind me of what I've not yet read.
I'm putting these two together because they touch on similar subjects. No Virgin is about a girl who is raped, and Girl Detached is about girls being groomed into prostitution. Amy Elizabeth recommends No Virgin, and Charlie Morris highly praised Girl Detached in her review for The F Word, so both are books I'm looking forward to read in terms of how well they deal with their topics... but the serious topics require me to be in the right frame of mind to tackle them, and I haven't been for a while. They will be read at some point, because they both look to be really important books (and as a banned book and a translation, I have even more reason to read Girl Detached), but I do need to wait until I feel able to deal with what I'm reading.
These two are kind of cheats, as I only bought them last week. But to be fair, A Tragic Kind of Wonderful didn't come up until 29th December, and This Savage Song is shelved at work in SFF, so it's not something I see in the Children's Dept to constantly call at me to buy it. But Cait of Paper Fury raves about V.E. Schwab, and This Savage Song in particular, and as it has a YA feel to it, I thought it would be a good place to introduce myself to Schwab's writing.
I still have Eric Lindstrom's debut, Not If I See You First, to read, but when contacted by the author recently to talk to me about the diverse cast of characters in A Tragic Kind of Wonderful (SO MANY) for my Diverse YA & MG 2017 UK Releases list, there was no way I couldn't not get this book. It sounds incredible, and I'm so excited to read it. Soon, hopefully!
Aah, The Call. Although it was highly praised by my former head of dept, I heard it was horror, and immediately thought, "Nope." The wimp that I am, I do not handle horror well. However, it doesn't actually sound like a horror? More like a fantasy? So initially, I thought, "Ooh," but within seconds was told it was horror, and I decided against it. I suppose those three minutes in that other - place? Dimension? - could be pretty terrifying, and I've no idea what's hiding out there that kills them, so. Potential nightmares ahead. What changed my mind back to wanting to give it a go is hearing that the main character, Nessa, has the odds against her more than others, as she's disabled due to the polio she had when she was younger. I'm all for diverse books, and really want to read more with disabled characters as I've not been doing well in that area, so I'm going to give this a go, and just hope I sleep ok.
I don't actually own When the Moon Was Ours, but oh my god, do I need to! I absolutely loved McLemore's debut, The Weight of Feathers, adored the magical realism, and hearing this is another magical realism novel, with a trans POC character, and includes witches? Well... To be honest, I was sold when I heard McLemore was writing it, but the rest just has me more eager for this book. I really need to get my hands on a copy!
The Serpent King sounds awesome, and really different! And it's also a diverse novel, I believe? I think it features an LGBTQ character, but I can't find any evidence of that when googling, so maybe I have the marginalised group wrong. But either way, it sounds amazing, and, again, Cait of Paper Fury completely raved about this book (I'm sure she reviewed it on her blog, but I'm having difficulty finding it, so the link goes to her review on Goodreads). And she has me wanting to pick this book up sooner rather than later!
The Great Hunt is a retelling of The Singing Bone by Brother's Grimm. A retelling! Of a story we get very few (if any others at all) retellings of! A story I'd not heard of before! So yeah, I need to read this book. I am so excited to! But I've just not yet got to it. And with all the other retellings coming out this year... god, I'm going to be reading so many. Good job I'm hosting the Retellings Reading Challenge 2017 again this year. (*nudge nudge* Subtle plug there.)
I loved Cammie McGovern's debut, Amy & Matthew, and it's so awesome to see with her second novel is also diverse. In this book, two teens are sent to do community service at a centre for disabilities when they do nothing when a girl with special needs is attacked. I think this is going to be really hard hitting and emotional. But if it's anything like Amy & Matthew, it'll be awesome.
I have been so excited to read Nothing Tastes as Good since I heard about it, long before it was released. However, as it deals with eating disorders, it's another book I need to be in the right frame of mind for. I find books that deal with eating disorders really bring me down emotionally, and take a while to recover from, so that's why I haven't picked it up yet. But I think it's going to be incredible, so I'm excited to read it once I'm able to tackle it!
So those are my books for this Top Ten Tuesday! What books did you not get to last year? Link me to your TTT posts!