Top Ten Tuesday – Winter TBR

Winter technically doesn’t roll in until the end of December but really, who believes that? When we’re living in inches-to-feet of snow with the constant threat of more to come, it’s winter, calendar be damned. With the new season comes a review of the TBR list. What was on my previous list? What did I get finished? What did I skip? Is there anything I want to carry forward? What’s sitting on my Goodreads list that I want to actually get around to reading?

I went into this list with only one book I knew I want to read, but when I started looking at my option, I realized there are a lot of books I want to read. I’m excited about this list. It keeps up with my super depressing book trend, but adds a couple injections of humour. Here’s my Winter TBR. What’s on yours?

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Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff

When Clementine was a child, dangerous and inexplicable things started happening in New South Bend. The townsfolk blamed the fiendish people out in the Willows and burned their homes to the ground. But magic kept Clementine alive, walled up in the cellar for ten years, until a boy named Fisher sets her free. Back in the world, Clementine sets out to discover what happened all those years ago. But the truth gets muddled in her dangerous attraction to Fisher, the politics of New South Bend, and the Hollow, a fickle and terrifying place that seems increasingly temperamental ever since Clementine reemerged.

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The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney

From the glossy pages of its admissions brochure, the prestigious Themis Academy appears perfect in every way: exceptional academics, extraordinary students, the kind of extracurriculars to make an Ivy League proud, and zero instances of student misbehavior. But this boarding school isn’t as pristine as it appears. There’s a dark underbelly to the perfect record the Themis administration flaunts. Student infractions are rampant, and it’s up to a secret vigilante society, the Mockingbirds, to maintain order on campus–a responsibility their members take very seriously.
Alex Patrick never thought she would need the Mockingbirds. But when she’s date-raped by another student, she doesn’t know where else to go. As much as she’d like to forget what happened, she can’t escape the daily reminders of what went wrong that terrible night. Before she can summon the courage to take a stand, she’ll have to accept that her battle for justice is not hers alone. Standing up for someone, especially yourself, is worth the fight.

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Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris

Sick of deeply personal accounts written in the first person? Seeking an exciting, interactive read that puts the “u” back in “aUtobiography”? Then look no further than Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography! In this revolutionary, Joycean experiment in light celebrity narrative, actor/personality/carbon-based life-form Neil Patrick Harris lets you, the reader, live his life. You will be born in New Mexico. You will get your big break at an acting camp. You will get into a bizarre confrontation outside a nightclub with actor Scott Caan. Even better, at each critical juncture of your life you will choose how to proceed. You will decide whether to try out for Doogie Howser, M.D. You will decide whether to spend years struggling with your sexuality. You will decide what kind of caviar you want to eat on board Elton John’s yacht.
Choose correctly and you’ll find fame, fortune, and true love. Choose incorrectly and you’ll find misery, heartbreak, and a guest stint on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. All this, plus magic tricks, cocktail recipes, embarrassing pictures from your time as a child actor, and even a closing song. Yes, if you buy one book this year, congratulations on being above the American average, but make that book Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography

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Yes Please by Amy Poehler

In Amy Poehler’s highly anticipated first book, Yes Please, she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice (some useful, some not so much), like when to be funny and when to be serious. Powered by Amy’s charming and hilarious, biting yet wise voice, Yes Please is a book is full of words to live by.

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Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir by Liz Prince

Growing up, Liz Prince wasn’t a girly girl, dressing in pink tutus or playing pretty princess like the other girls in her neighborhood. But she wasn’t exactly one of the guys, either. She was somewhere in between. But with the forces of middle school, high school, parents, friendship, and romance pulling her this way and that, “the middle” wasn’t exactly an easy place to be.
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Visions by Kelley Armstrong

 Olivia finds a dead woman in her car, dressed to look like her, but the body vanishes before anyone else sees it. Olivia’s convinced it’s another omen, a sign of impending danger. But then she learns that a troubled young woman went missing just days ago—the same woman Olivia found dead in her car. Someone has gone to great lengths to kill and leave this young woman as a warning. But why? And what role has her new home played in this disturbing murder?
Olivia’s effort to uncover the truth places her in the crosshairs of old and powerful forces, forces that have their own agenda, and closely guarded secrets they don’t want revealed.

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The Killer Next Door by Alex Marwood

 Everyone who lives at 23 Beulah Grove has a secret. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t be renting rooms in a dodgy old building for cash—no credit check, no lease. It’s the kind of place you end up when you you’ve run out of other options. The six residents mostly keep to themselves, but one unbearably hot summer night, a terrible accident pushes them into an uneasy alliance. What they don’t know is that one of them is a killer. He’s already chosen his next victim, and he’ll do anything to protect his secret.

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The End of Everything by Megan Abbott

 Thirteen-year-old Lizzie Hood and her next-door neighbor, Evie Verver, are inseparable, best friends who swap clothes, bathing suits, and field-hockey sticks and between whom, presumably, there are no secrets. Then one afternoon, Evie disappears, and as a rabid, giddy panic spreads through the balmy suburban community, everyone turns to Lizzie for answers. Was Evie unhappy, troubled, or upset? Had she mentioned being followed? Would she have gotten into the car of a stranger?
Compelled by curiosity, Lizzie takes up her own furtive pursuit of the truth. Haunted by dreams of her lost friend and titillated by her own new power as the center of the disappearance, Lizzie uncovers secret after secret and begins to wonder if she knew anything at all about her best friend.

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Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott

Once upon a time, I was a little girl who disappeared.
Once upon a time, my name was not Alice.
Once upon a time, I didn’t know how lucky I was.

When Alice was ten, Ray took her away from her family, her friends — her life. She learned to give up all power, to endure all pain. She waited for the nightmare to be over. 
Now Alice is fifteen and Ray still has her, but he speaks more and more of her death. He does not know it is what she longs for. She does not know he has something more terrifying than death in mind for her.

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Forget Me by K.A. Harrington

On the three-month anniversary of her boyfriend Flynn’s death, Morgan uploads her only photo of him to FriendShare to get some closure—but she’s shocked when the facial recognition software suggests she tag him as “Evan Murphy.” She’s never heard of Evan, but a quick search tells her that he lives in a nearby town and looks exactly like Flynn. Only this boy is very much alive.
Digging through layers of secrets and lies, Morgan is left questioning everything she thought she knew about her boyfriend, her town, and even her parents’ involvement in this massive web of lies.

 

Hopefully, all of these books live up to their promise.

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10 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – Winter TBR

  1. I also want to read Amy Poehler’s book. I’ve heard some good things about it. This list contains an interesting assortment of books. You seem like me, reading a little bit of everything!

    • A friend of mine just finished Poehler’s book. She said it is one that should be listened to on the audiobook. She reads it and brings in other people to read the chapters that are about them and they end up just chatting for a bit between the reading. I’m excited to read it, but my wait from the library is very long!

      I do read a little bit of everything. I find if I read too much from one genre, they start to meld together and the books I read further into the list don’t get a fair shake.

      • That sounds awesome. I haven’t had much luck with audio books, but I wonder if it would be different with that this one. I like to read from a lot of different genres for the same reason. They all blend together and the next thing I know I’m thinking this murder happened in that book and that prince was in this book when it was really the other way around.

      • It took me a long time to get into audiobooks. Then I realized that they help distract me from how much I hate running 🙂 They’re my favourite thing to listen to at the gym. Ender’s Game was the book that won me over. Now I generally listen to a couple books a month.

    • Blogger hates me and keeps telling me I don’t own my wordpress account, so here’s what I have to say about your list. 🙂
      I read The Host several years ago and really liked it. I don’t know if that’s because it’s actually good or because the writing is superior to her other series. The movie did not capture the spirit of this book. The first about 220 pages are ploddy though.
      I have tried to read this book so many times. I started it again for my autumn TBR and decided I was done trying. This book just isn’t for me.
      I should absolutely add A Christmas Carol to my list. I read part of it for a course and loved it. It’s shameful I haven’t gotten around to actually reading it.

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