This week I’ve decided to take part in ‘Top Ten Tuesday’ again hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, and this week’s topic is ‘books that made me smile’, but I’m not feeling that topic this week which is sad because it’s quite a happy topic. Instead I’ll be doing ‘books I’ve added to my to-read list but forgotten why’ which is a topic I missed from the 8th June 2020.
I’m going to be using my Goodread’s ‘to-read’ shelf for this as I’ve been adding books to it for a very long time so there are definitely some books on there I’ve forgotten about!
A Time To Die by Nadine Brandes
Synopsis: Parvin Backwater at seventeen only has one year left to live according to her clock. In one last effort to be seen and leave her mark she rescues Radicals from the corrupt justice system, but when she is found out she is cast through The Wall – a death sentence amongst her people. But what she finds on the other side changes her and her concept of eternity forever, and it may even change her people.
I’m not sure why this is on my ‘to-read’ shelf, as from it’s synopsis I know this is a book I wouldn’t usually go for, but it is intriguing, so I think maybe someone recommended this in a video or a blog post and I added it afterwards.
The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova
Synopsis: When the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King Ari lost everything, and so she now uses her skills in clockwork machinery in an undergound organ market, and anyone will pay for her skill as long as it defies their Dragon oppressors. Cvareh and his family have been part of the lowest ring of Dragon society for too long, and he would do anything to usurp the Dragon King. When Ari finds Cvareh badly injured, all she sees is the enemy, but Cvareh sees an opportunity and offers her something she can’t refuse for her help.
I have no idea why this is here, I have no memory of it and it doesn’t sounds like anything I’ve ever read before. I have no guesses for this one.
Stitching Snow by R. C. Lewis
Synopsis: On her home planet, Princess Snow is missing and her King and Queen will stop at nothing to find her captors and bring her back. Essie is used to the cold as temperatures on Thanda are always below zero, and there she spends her days coding and repairing the seven drones that work the mines. When Dane crash-lands near her home and she agrees to repair his ship, Essie quickly finds herself pulled into a galatic-war she has worked to avoid.
Whilst I don’t remember ever seeing this book or hearing about it I know why it’s on my shelves: it’s a sci-fi retelling of Snow White, and I’m sure I was very excited when I first heard about it.
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
Synopsis: When robot Roz awakes she realises she is alone on a wild and isolated island, and she has no idea why she’s there. To survive she will have to learn how to navigate the island from it’s inhabitants, and when she adopts a lone Gosling the island’s animals pull together to help and it finally feels like home. Yet, her past is always following her and it threatens to destroy everything she’s built.
Whilst I can’t remember why I have this on my ‘to-read’ shelf, I’m not surprised that it’s there. This sounds like a perfect middle-grade book and I have definitely reinvested myself into reading this now.
Zodiac by Romina Russell
Synopsis: In the beginning there were thirteen houses in the Zodiac Galaxy, now there are only twelve. Rhoma is sixteen and from House Cancer and she reads the stars differently from everyone else, but when disaster strikes in an attack that kills thousands of citizens and Cancer’s Guardain, Rhoma is named the new Guardian. Suspecting that the banished 13th Guardian, Ophiuchus, has comes to take his revenge, Rhoma with Hysan Dax, from House Libra, and Mathias, a member of her Royal Guard, must travel through the Zodiac to warn everyone else and convince them all to reunite as one Zodiac.
I’m strongly suspecting I added this because of it’s cover.
Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
Synopsis: Sierra Santiago was looking forward to a fun and normal Summer, but then a near-zombie crashes the first party of the season, her abuelo repeats the same phrase over and over, and graffiti murals start to weep – something strange is happening in New York City. Sierra discovers an order called Shadowshapers and learns they connect to spirits through paintings, but also that her grandfather once shared the secrets with a friend, Jonathan Wick, who now plans to become the only and ultimate Shadowshaper and i’s up to Sierra to stop him.
I think I added this because Rick Riordan rated it five stars on Goodreads.
The Last Star Burning by Caitlin Sangster
Synopsis: Sev has the brand of a criminal, a star burnt into her hands, thanks to her mother who betrayed their nation. Now her mother is displayed above the Traitor’s Arch, paralysed, half asleep and inflicted with a plague that killed the rest of the world, whilst Sev must work to prove she’s more valuable alive than dead. But when she is blamed for a bombing Sev must run to save her life, but her chances of escape and surviving lie with Howl, a chairman’s son, but he has secrets and Sev fears he knows more about her and her mother’s past than he tells.
This sounds brutal and exciting and I’m guessing I added this from the synopsis alone.
Adaptation by Malinda Lo
Synopsis: Across the United States flocks of birds throw themselves at airplanes and several crash, killing thousands as the government is forced to ground all flights. When Resse and her crush and debate partner, David, are forced to drive from Arizona to San Francisco a bird flies into their headlights and the car flips, they both wake up in a military hospital but the doctors will tell them nothing about their accident. Returning home Resse can’t help but feel different as she watches hazmat suits collect dead birds and finds herself looking for the truth of what’s happening, but when she runs into Amber Grey her quest for the truth takes an unexpected turn and she finds herself at the heart of a government conspiracy that spans decades.
This cover looks vaguely familiar to me so I’m going to guess I added it because I saw someone talking about it, but the synopsis is definitely interesting too!
The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobais S. Buckell
Synopsis: Khaim, The Blue City, is the last city of a tired and failing Empire, one that relied too heavily on it’s magic to sustain itself. The Jolly Mayor, a tyrant, runs the city with the last archmage in the world, together they collect all the magic they can to rule over the city’s inhabitants with an iron fist. But as their greed starts to hurt the place they live, the citizens of the city grow tired of their games and wonder if life would be better without them.
I love a good old uprising against a corrupt government story, but I’m ashamed to say I imagine this was added to my ‘to-read’ shelf for it’s cover (look at it! It’s beautiful!)
The Elysian Prophecy by Vivien Reis
Synopsis: When a violent attack lands their father in a hospital, both Abigail and Benjamin realise there’s a lot more to their family history than they know. But after 15 year old Abigail is taken she realises the attack wasn’t random as she’s thrust into a multi-millennial feud, she enlists the help of a boy connected to her in mysterious ways and discovers a dark secret. Benjamin races to find his mother and sister, but a darkness is looming over him and his mind is failing, fearing he is next in line for his family curse he races against time to save the family he loves.
I have no idea why this is on my ‘to-read’ shelf, I wouldn’t typically go for something like this from the synopsis, and I have no memory of it even thought it was published in 2018.