Top Ten Tuesday: 2014 Releases We've Been Meaning To Read But …

Top Ten Tuesday

TTT is by the Broke and the Bookish. This week we list the books in our Regret Pile i.e. Books We Have Been Meaning To Read But Simply Haven’t Got Around To.

Steph

Ahhh the regret pile. I have a large regret pile, but here are just a few.

  1. Champion by Marie Lu. That’s right, I have STILL not finished this series that I love, I just can’t make the time!
  2. Egg and Spoon by Gregory Maguire, I  am so interested in this book but I just can’t seem to get around to it, something else pressing or slightly more interesting seem to always come around. I think it doesn’t help that I didn’t like Wicked (the book, not the play, the play rocked) so I have resignations.
  3.   Airborn by Kenneth Oppel – I still haven’t read it. I still want to read it. It’s sitting there… staring at me, winking at me, wooing me… but I just….
  4. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon. I have just always wanted to read this.
  5.  Animal Farm by George Orwell.
  6. Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham.

Nafiza

Oh but there are so many 2014 books I couldn’t get to for a multitude of reasons (no time, not in the library etc.). A sampling of them includes:

  1. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton. This book is huuuuge. I’m talking about the softcover version which was released in 2014. I hope to get to it this year though.
  2. The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. I want to read my own copy of this but somehow have never wanted it urgently enough to get it. The reviews are all so gushing that I’m anxious to add it to my collection.
  3. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North. This one has such an intriguing premise. It has been on my library holds since August and the library has had it on order since even longer.
  4. Egg and Spoon by Gregory Maguire. I’ve started this. Just never actually managed to finish it through no fault of its own.
  5. The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier. I was going to read it this month but…it didn’t work out that way.
  6. In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken. The library wanted it back before I could finish it. :\
  7. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor. I have no excuses. *hangs head in shame*
  8. The Unbound by Victoria Schwab. I need to get my own copy of this one as well.
  9. Bombay Blues by Tanuja Desai Hidier. I will wait for a softcover version of this to match my Born Confused copy so my editions match.

Janet

I’m going to switch this list up and name a few stories published in 2014 that I didn’t think I was going to be able to read and then I did (mostly because of my beloved local-ish libraries) and I’m so happy I want to talk about them just a little. And maybe boast a little about how fantastic public libraries are, because libraries are staffed by kind, warm people and crammed full of wonderful books.

  1. Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen by Garth Nix. I had a hold on this since the library ordered it and I’m pretty sure I was the first patron to read it because the cover and inside pages were so perfectly crisp. Worth the wait! Lots of tidily integrated detail about the world of the Old Kingdom 400 years before Touchstone and 600 years before Sabriel. Things like the name of the days of the week, and when tea was introduced, and the geography/climate, and changes (and challenges) in the political situation, particularly regarding the authority and public view of the Crown and the Abhorsens.
  2. The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison. A little difficult to get used to at first, because I didn’t know what the pronouns and titles were, and I lost track of a few names (my fault for reading so fast) but completely worth reading to the very end, and reading slowly. I recommend reading the “Extracts from A Handbook for Travelers in the Elflands” before beginning the story (instead of half way through), as the extracts give a valuable sense of the culture the reader is about to be immersed in as well as a concrete guide to pronunciation.
  3. “The Maharani’s Pearls” by Charles Todd. This short story is only available as an e-book, as one of my local librarians informed me via email when I requested it as an ILL. She then noted that she could put in a purchase request for me, if I wanted. I replied with a Yes please! Her next email cautioned me that it was up to the purchasing librarian whether or not the title would be bought, and sent a link to the library’s guides for borrowing e-books. (Which was very good of her, because I needed the help.) A few weeks later, another librarian wrote me to say that “The Maharani’s Pearls” would been purchased; and she gave me the date on which it would become available. Aren’t these librarians awesome? (Oh, and I liked the story; it left me with plenty of things to ponder. Would the Todds please write more of this series set in India?)

Yash

  1. Bombay Blues by Tanuja Desai Hidier: I really need to read this. Like, reallyreally, badly. I can’t believe it’s taking me this long, given how much I loved Born Confused.
  2. Warrior by Ellen Oh: I really enjoyed Prophecy, so I hope I get the time to read more of Kira’s story.
  3. Althea and Oliver by Cristina Moracho: I feel like I’ve explained myself about this one before: I got it the same time as I’ll Give You the Sun and then after I read that one … I didn’t bother reading anymore contemporary realistic fiction. *shrug* I’m sure this is a good one, though.
  4. The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman and Eddie Campbell: A lovely present from Laura– it just seems darker than most of his other stuff? One day I will conquer this one!
  5. Boundless by Kenneth Oppel: I loved listening to him and meeting him at the launch … and soon I will also love reading his newest book. *slinks off guiltily*

  • I have to finish Born Confused! I started it and my habit of not finishing what I start kicked in and yeah. Hopefully this year I’ll finish it. I’ve loved what I did read of it. The Storied Life of A.J. Firky is also one that I want to read. The covers for it are so gorgeous, and I’m like you…I hope I’m not going to be disappointed by the hype-I’ve realized its a dangerous beast sometimes.

    Happy Reading to all of you!!

    • Yash

      Yeah, I do that sometimes, leave a book halfway … And it’s not even that I disliked the book– I am just that bad at committing. I think there’s a feature on Goodreads that tells me how many months It’s been since I started reading a book. (I’ve stopped going to Goodreads because of the shame.)

      The Storied Life looks good, BTW. Thanks for adding another book to my TBR mountain. 🙂

  • I have been meaning to read Animal Farm since 9th grade…but I am feeling like 2015 could be the year. hahaha I am going to have to add ‘Bombay Blues’ and ‘Egg and Spoon’ since they were mentioned twice.

    • Yash

      Ooh! Animal Farm was one of my fave books I read in high school. I haven’t ever re-read it, but I feel like it’s a book that only feels more and more realistic the older you get … which is weird, since it’s technically about a bunch of farm animals! 🙂

      Thanks for your comment!

    • This book gave me nightmares because I lived on a farm when I read it and I never looked at the animals the same way again. Haha.

  • The Curious Incident, is wonderful, read it a few years ago, after remembering being told about it (just that it’s chapters were prime numbers) by someone years before. And then I had to ask them what it actually was called. Well worth it.

    And Animal Farm, very short and amazing!

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  • I’ve been meaning to read some of the books in your lists in 2014 too, now I guess I’ll just read them this year.

  • Well, it’s reassuring to know that some other readers are in the same situation X)