Time for another Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of the Broke and the Bookish!
This week’s topic is: Books on my Fall To Be Read List
1. Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers
Even though I am bitter, oh so bitter about this right now, I am still going to read it. I want more assassin nuns in my life, goddamnit. Read my bitterness here. I really want to read about Annith and the world just isn’t letting me right now. Sigh. I did sign up for an ARC tour for this though, so hopefully they can soothe my impatience.
2. Symbiont (Parasite #2) by Mira Grant
I’ve run out of Mira Grant materials and am currently going through mass withdrawals – this will be my salvation! Stay tuned in October for our month of horror features, which will include many Mira Grant reviews of the Newflesh series, novellas, and the first Parasite book. If this book goes ARC, I can get it done in time to be part of this extravaganza of the obscene!
3. Prince Lestat by Anne Rice
Well, this list is turning into the exact same as our Top Ten Tuesday (12). So check out the link if you want to see how hard I love Anne Rice and what this book is going to mean to me. Summary: fangirling.
4. Alice and Freda Forever: a Murder in Memphis by Alexis Coe
Lesbian love affairs and murder in the 19th century? Yes, this is what I want to read about. I’m vaguely familiar with the case of Alice Mitchell and Freda Ward, but I very much look forward to the analysis of the circumstances and the reaction of the contemporary audience. Situating these microhistories in the larger story is a huge part of what I love about history. These are the moments when our understanding becomes richer, and deeper!
5. The French Executioner by C.C. Humphreys
I love me some Anne Boleyn focus, when it is done right, and not by someone who is biased and terrible like Philippa Gregory. For this reason, I am certainly looking forward to C.C Humphrey’s unique and hitherto untouched perspective, focusing on the French executioner hired to do away with King Henry VIII’s troublesome wife. I know I’ll have a lot to say on it at the time, so I’m reserving my theories for now. Additionally, considering the author’s note at the beginning of the book says “this book came to me while I was in a gym in Vancouver….” makes me think that C.C. Humphreys and I could be really good friends. I also go to gyms in Vancouver and specialize in Tudor history! We should hang.
6. A Flower for the Queen by Caroline Vermalle
I’m not sure why I ended up requesting this book, but something about the pretty cover, the flowery (ha, punny) description and the idea of an exotic journey for flowers did intrigue me. I haven’t heard of the author before, and I’m hoping she steps up to wow me.
7. Michaelangelo: a Life in Six Masterpieces by Miles J Unger
This one will be contingent on whether or not I can actually get it to load on my computer, because the ARC on Kobo is formatted so terribly that no matter what I do, I can only see the top 15% of the page. I obviously am a huge fan of Michaelangelo, even during his anti-Medici tantrums, so I hope the problem is easily fixable.
8. La Belle Creole by Alina Garcia-Lapuerta
I already posted about this book briefly in the Top Ten Tuesday (10) post, because it was somewhat of a YOLO request. I was riding the high of movie about Dido Elizabeth Belle finally making it out for view, and I have a soft spot in my heart for women of color/foreign ethnicity that managed to trump the societal norm and live well, even when privileged white women weren’t able to. The Cuban Countess is a bit out of my historical range, but is of interest to me nonetheless.
9. Joan of Arc: a History by Helen Castor
Following that thought of women trumping societal norms, clearly Joan of Arc is the master. Her story is so sensational it still feels like fiction even to this historian, and I can’t wait to see what the author brings to the table. The legend of Joan of Arc is so contested in detail amongst historians today (talks of her femininity, or potential transvestism, the political importance of her sacrifice, and so on), and a fresh perspective is always welcome. I’m excited.
10. The Deep by Nick Cutter
So technically, I’ve already read this one, but since it doesn’t actually get released till next year, this is in my ‘to review in fall’ category, so it makes the list. Also, it was such a frustrating book on so many levels of nonsense that this gives me time to process and unwind so I can vent my frustrations coherently in a proper review. You know, instead of just ranting like a crazy person… which I did several times during this read.
1. Shutter by Courtney Alameda. I feel like I need to finish it and send it to Amy BEFORE February.
2. Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay. I’m actually pretty excited for this book. Early December still counts as Fall right?
3. The Young Elites by Marie Lu. But I haven’t read any of her other stuff? Should I just have a Marie Lu party.
4. THE REST OF MISTBORN- Yes, Please. All of that.
5. Symbiont by Mira Grant. Why aren’t you here already? I just want you to exist. Is that too much to ask for?
6. Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff. Yep Yep. Do it.
7. The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancy. Okay, I’m not super excited for this. But I am curious as to what’s gonna happen. I just don’t know. I don’t know.
8. The rest of the BLOODLINES series. I need to get on this and swoon over Adrian.
9. Breath of Snow and Ashes- This is how far I am in Outlander. I must preserver and continue!
10. The rest of the TOBY DAYE series. I really just need to get back on that horse and ride it.