Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read

This week’s prompt for Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, didn’t really speak to me, so I decided to look through past topics instead. I decided to go with: Top Ten Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read.

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1. Velocity (Karen Vail #3) by Alan Jacobson.

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2. Dare Me by Megan Abbott

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3. Wool by Hugh Howey

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4. Wrecked (Barnes Brothers #1) by Shiloh Walker

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5. Future Arrived (Passing Bells #3) by Phillip Rock

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6. The Unexpected Gift by Berna King

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7. The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike #1) by Robert Galbraith

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8. On Distant Shores (Wings of the Nightingale #2) by Sarah Sundin

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9. Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare

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10. Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1) by Laini Taylor

What books have been on your TBR the longest?

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I Want To Start

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is: Top New Series I Want To Start. They suggested “New” as in the last year or so, but I think I’m just going to go with series in general. There are some I’ve been meaning to start for awhile.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling Yes everyone in the book blogging world has read this series except for me. I saw one of the movies…

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)

2. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. I’ve heard great things about this series and I even own the first book, I just haven’t started it yet.

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)

3. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. I complained in my review of the last book of the Mortal Instruments series that characters from the Infernal Devices made appearances and I didn’t understand the full impact of it. AND everyone says this series is way, way better than TMI.

Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)

4. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch. Mostly because I like the cover!

I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent, #1)

5. Jasper Dent by Barry Lyga. I think this book looks really interesting! AND I just realized there’s 3 books already published in the series!

Outlander (Outlander, #1)

6. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I haven’t seen the tv show, but everyone seems to be watching it. I read a review of one of the episodes that compared it to the  book and the book actually sounded better (though the show sounded good, too).

A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1)

7. Firebird by Claudia Gray. Again, the cover!

The Fine Art of Pretending (The Fine Art of Pretending, #1)

8. The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris. Because I love the fake relationship trope and this  book is taking forever to come off the waiting list at the  library!

Tomorrow, When the War Began (Tomorrow, #1)

9. Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden. I’ve heard great things about this book and even hosted a guest review and a giveaway of the book and have STILL to read it!

The Return (Titan, #1)

10. Titan by Jennifer Armentrout. Despite the awful cover and my trepidation of it being NA, Seth was probably my favorite character in the Covenant series, so I need to see what happens to him!

WHAT SERIES ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO STARTING?

Review: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

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Synopsis from Good Reads:

ΕRCHOMAI, SEBASTIAN HAD SAID.

I am coming.

Darkness returns to the Shadowhunter world. As their society falls apart around them, Clary, Jace, Simon and their friends must band together to fight the greatest evil the Nephilim have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in the world can defeat him — must they journey to another world to find the chance?

I’ve been a firm believer that this series should have ended after the third book (City of Glass). Books four and five were mostly awful and made me not as excited to read this last book. However, I was really pleasantly surprised with how well City of Heavenly Fire wrapped things up. I felt like relationships and friendships were solidified and the big threats were dealt with conclusively.

However, that’s not to say that the book was perfect. I have about three major problems with it.

1. Too many POVs. There are a lot of characters in this series. A lot. While I don’t have a problem necessarily with that or with using multiple POVs, there were just too many in this book. It seemed like almost every character got some time, instead of focusing on the big three: Clary, Jace, and Simon. I felt like there was not enough time spent with the characters that mattered to me and the transitions between POVs and scenes were not well done.

2. Using a “finale” as a “back-door pilot”. I’m still bitter over Richelle Mead’s treatment of Adrian in the final Vampire Academy book, just to set up his (much better) spin-off series, Bloodlines. While Clare doesn’t mistreat any of our main characters in that fashion, she introduces – and gives a significant amount of time – to the characters of her new Dark Artifices series. While I’ve enjoyed the series, I’m not a huge Shadow-Hunter world fanatic and I don’t really care about the spin-off. I might read it. I might now. What bothered me is the time dedicated to setting that up, detracting from the original story.

3. References to other series/books. I have not read The Infernal Devices series yet. I’ve always planned on it, but haven’t gotten around to it yet. So when some of the characters from that series show up, I felt like I was missing important plot points in this book and I’ve also been spoiled for how the Infernal Devices series will end. There were also multiple references to Magnus’ past that I assume were explained in his spin-off book. If I had read these other books, I probably would’ve loved the incorporation, but since I haven’t yet, I found it really disappointing.

I don’t know what else to say about this book without spoilers. I remembered why Simon was my favorite character in the whole series and have mixed emotions with how the story played out for him, but ultimately I think I’m happy with it. I think that fans of the series will enjoy this book, especially if they read the other series. If you haven’t yet ventured into the Shadow Hunter world, I would recommend you start with The Infernal Devices series first, like I should’ve.

Rating (out of 5):
Plot: 3
Characters: 3
Readability: 3.5
Enjoyability: 3.5
Overall Average: 3.25 Stars