Time for another Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of the Broke and the Bookish!
This week’s topic is: Ten Books I’m Not Sure I want to Read
Bry: I actually have no idea how to answer this question, as I’m not really a waffly, or even a ‘half way, kind of’ type person. If I want to read something, I’m going to read it and thats that. If I don’t want to read something, its a big fat NOPE. I don’t have any books that I am just not sure about. So, the one I’m providing is one I requested on NetGalley, but wasn’t characteristically excited about. I requested for the YOLO. Check out the description and see what you think.
1. La Belle Creole by Alina Garcia-Lapuerta
Known for her beauty and angelic voice, Mercedes Santa Cruz y Montalvo, la Belle Créole, was a Cuban-born star of nineteenth-century Parisian society. She befriended aristocrats and artists alike, including Balzac, Baron de Rothschild, Rossini, and the opera diva La Malibran.
A daughter of the creole aristocracy, Mercedes led a tumultuous life, leaving her native Havana as a teenager to join her mother in the heart of Madrid’s elite society. As Napoleon swept Spain into the Peninsular War, Mercedes’ family remained at the center of the storm, and her marriage to French general Christophe-Antoine Merlin tied her fortunes to France. Arriving in Paris in the aftermath of the French defeat, she re-created her life, ultimately hosting the city’s premier musical salon. Acknowledged as one of the greatest amateur sopranos of her day, she nurtured artistic careers and daringly paved the way for well-born singers to publicly perform in lavish philanthropic concerts. Beyond her musical renown, Mercedes achieved fame as a writer. Her memoirs and travel writings introduced European audiences to nineteenth-century Cuban society and contributed to the debate over slavery. Scholars still quote her descriptions of Havana life and recognize her as Cuba’s earliest female author.
Mercedes epitomized an unusually modern life, straddling cultures and celebrated on both sides of the Atlantic. Her memoirs, travel writings, and very personal correspondence serve as the basis for this first-ever English-language account of the passionate and adventuresome Belle Créole.
1. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell by Suzanna Clarke– My husband LOVES this book. It was one of those rare books that he sat down and read. He pretty much never does that. After he raved about it, all my friends read it. I tried at one point, before everyone went crazy about it and couldn’t get past the first section. I didn’t even get to the war, or whatever it is that happens.
2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows by JK Rowling– I want to remain woefully ignorant of all the things that are painful and canon. I literally stopped as soon as Dobby died. Rage quit. Can’t make me pick it back up. Nope. Nope.
3. The Veronica Mars continuation- Ugh, I love VMars to death, but do I really want to read books? DO I? Will be be as wonderful and sassy? I just don’t want them to ruin her for me. While I want MORE mystery, I don’t know if I CAN.
4. The One by Kiera Cass– I punched my way through the first two, but gosh, I don’t know, you guys. I just don’t know if I can do it. I really want to know who gets the girl or if she just goes all Team America Singer and deals with life by herself like the strong independent woman I know she can be.
5. Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard– I keep seeing these pop up on my feed. I’m so wishy washy about them. I don’t know how to feel. Historical paranormal romance? Ummmmmmmmmmm. Is it really that good?
6. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness– I’ve heard that this is Twilight for the intellectual crowd. Just straight up horrible paranormal, with some history shit thrown in. I may read it for the lulz, but the books are all towering masses of intensity. If I’m going to commit myself to that sort of thing, I might as well go back to Breath of Snow and Ashes.
7. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi- I tried to read this at one point but the worldbuilding was just bland and blah and then there was a romance and attempted murders and zzzzzzzzzz.
8. Crown of Midnight by SJ Maas– The first one didn’t click with me. I’m sorry. It just didn’t. I hear that if I go and read the novellas first that it helps make the series better. I may try that. Ehhhhhh I’m so torn.
9. The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancy– This is another where the first book just didn’t do it for me. I was expecting more excitement and got… well, meh. I should stop trying to compare YA books to adult books in the same genre, but its HARD.
10. The Mime Order by Shannon Messanger– Oh my god, The Bone Season was written so well but I just didn’t care about the characters and when I got the chapter sampler for this book I thought to give it a go and found I STILL DIDN’T GIVE A SHIT. It’s a horrible predicament to be in. It has all the trappings of something wonderful, but somehow it’s just not hitting my buttons.
Carol: Some books are books that were recommended to me by Goodreads because of things I’d read in the past, some are titles I’ve seen before and am curious about, but unsure of, and some just have interesting covers and descriptions but… I’m wary. Here’s my list. Have a look and if you folks think I should read them, I’ll check them out!
1. The Bride of the Water God– Mi-Kyung Yun:
Seen this a lot, and I’m a bit skeptical. While it is a manga, I have trouble sometimes with the Chinese variant. Sometimes they’re released left-to-right, and sometimes they go right-t0-left. And then the translation can be off (though this is released by Dark Horse Comics). Who knows. If you want me to read it, I’ll give it a review in the future!
2. Zombie– Chuck Palahniuk:
Saw this on Bry’s recently read list, and she gave it a pretty good rating. I trust my friend’s taste in reading material, but I’m not in the Zombie mood. I may check it out later during the Halloween season when I’m feeling up for scarier things, though.
3. Gaslight Grimorie: Fantastic Tales of Sherlock Holmes- Various:
You all know of my revived interest in Holmes and his adventures. These seem to hit multiple interests with fantasy and supernatural stories intermingled with the super sleuth, but I’m a bit iffy, to be honest.
4. Flowers in the Attic– V. C. Andrews:
I saw the film based on this book, and after the remake that came on TV was announced, I looked in to the book once more to see what differences were to be had, as well as to find out more about the series that the novel belongs to. And while I’m intrigued, given the various subjects that are explored, such as what makes a family and religious views and the secrets that people keep, I am reluctant to read it based on ONE major plot point. I won’t reveal that one, since Spoilers, but it is a reason why I’m not sure I want to read the book, or the series itself.
5. The Other– Thomas Tryon
I love a good supernatural thriller. Just love them. But it all depends on mood. I can’t stress enough how bad it feels to read something you’re not in the mind set or mood to read. But this looks like it has potential. Being a classic among horror and thrillers alike, I know I’d probably get a kick out of it, but I’m just not there yet.
6. Winter Rose– Patricia A. McKillip:
Given the cover art of this recommendation, I was instantly drawn. You all know my love of beautiful artwork, and this one caught my eye immediately. However, reading the blurb, I’m a touch worried this is not really full fantasy but a fantasy/pseudo-historic romance, and those are my wheelhouse, honestly. But, maybe I’m wrong. Just gotta get it and try it out, I suppose.
7. The Vampyre and Other Tales of The Macabre– John Polidori and Various:
There’s quite a few stories in this collection I’m interested in, and others that I don’t want to bother with, but that doesn’t mean I have to get THIS particular book. Still, given these come so nicely compiled, and the ‘Anonymous’ stories would be difficult to find given their lack of an author, how else will I get to read all of the selections I want? Regardless, this title, I’m unsure if I want the whole book or not. Time will tell.
One of the most infamous pieces of ‘Phantom of The Opera’ literature that is out there. Taking partially pieces of given lore from Gaston Leroux’s original work, and incorporating her own headcanons and ideas, Susan Kay created a book that has torn at Phantom Phans for years. I myself have heard the variations, seen reviews, and even adaptations of this story in to a narrative, and I know the story well. But I’m still a bit interested in the book itself. I would like to read it. But I know so much already, would it be worth it?
9. Over Sea, Under Stone– Susan Cooper:
This title I’ve seen in shelves of the library and the bookstore, and you know I’m always open to fantasy, especially ones that begin a long sweeping series. But this one… Don’t know if it’s the cover to this particular version, or if it’s that I’m not keen to begin a longer fantasy epic series again just yet (Game of Thrones is on pause while books come out), but I’m still open to the idea.
10. The Sword and The Circle– Rosemary Sutcliff
Arthurian Legends are like chocolate cake for me. I LOVE them, but only on special occasions. I can’t tell you how long I’ve spent reading through the various versions of the old tales- some of the most well known and oldest fantasy tales EVER- and how many shows I’ve watched dedicated either to furthering the story, or proving that Arthur and his Knights were, in one way or another, real. Still, I’m not feeling the Arthurian bug right now (I indulged on Merlin not long ago, and that was filling), so maybe next time I want to read about the Once and Future King, I’ll pick this title up.