I can’t believe it’s September already, to be honest. I’ve started college, I turn 17 next week, and it’s almost 2020! Because I have started college, I won’t be able to read as much I have been over summer, which is a bit upsetting, but it’s fine. I have 4 audio books and 5 physical books. I’ve decided to listen to more audio books because I have a 45-60 minute commute to and from college every day, and I get really bad travel sick, so I won’t be able to read, but I still want to get through books.
First let’s do the audio books:
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
I don’t think I really have to explain what this is about, it’s such an iconic story, I think everyone knows it. This is one of my mum’s favourite books and I can’t believe I haven’t read it before! I’ve decided that I’m going to use my commute to listen to classics, as they seem to take me a long time to read and I really don’t know why, aha. Anyway, I’m really looking forward to it.
1984 by George Orwell
I read Animal Farm by Orwell in July and I really enjoyed it, and I’ve had the audio book for 1984 on my Audible account for years and I never listened to it, so I thought now was the perfect time. I don’t really know much about the story other than it’s a dystopian society, which is eerily similar to society today. I can’t wait to listen to this, I don’t really have any expectations, I’m just excited.
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Once again another well-known book that I’m not going to bother to explain. I tried to read this book when I was like 11 so obviously it didn’t go very well. Apparently it can be quite difficult to get through if you’re unfamiliar with the writing style, which I am, so we’ll see how I get along with the audio book. I will mention I’m going to be listening to the abridged version because it’s shorter.
The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket – A Series of Unfortunate Events #1
I loved the Netflix Original series they did of A Series of Unfortunate Events and I never read the books when I was a kid so I thought ‘why not now?’. This series is about the unfortunate lives of the 3 Baudilaire children – Violet, Klaus and Sunny – from the day that their parents were killed. I think I’m going to eat through this series is a matter of months, as their about 3 hours each.
My plan is to listen to an audio book a week, so I have 4 planned, but because Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Bad Beginning are both around 3 hours, I may be able to squeeze a fifth in. Now onto the physical books. I have three different categories for physical books: library, comics, and other (which is just books I own).
Check Mates by Stewart Foster
This is technically a children’s book, but it seems like something I’ll really enjoy. This is a book I’ve borrowed from the library and it’s about a boy who has ADHD and is struggling in all of his classes because of it, so his mother sends him to spend some time with his Grandad. He hates spending time with his Grandad because he thinks he is boring, but he ends up learning some of the most important life lessons. It just seems like such a cute book and I am so excited to read it. Just a boy and his grandad playing chess, talking about life. What could be better?
Renegades by Marissa Meyer – Renegades #1
Another library borrow. I’ve heard so many people raving about this book and this series and when I saw it when I was volunteering I thought that I might as well check it out. Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice―and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both. (Yes, I just copied and pasted the synopsis from Goodreads). I love superheroes and supernatural powers, love and hate. So I’m excited.
Absolute Carnage #1 by Marvel Comics
Is it a TBR of mine if it doesn’t include Carnage? Absolute Carnage is the newest Carnage story line that Marvel are running. Basically, Carnage now has maggots that can attack other people and turn them into Carnage as well, so there’s going to be a whole army of Carnage symbiotes. This is apparently the most gruesome story line that they’ve ever written for Carnage, so it’s definitely going to be good, and I’m ecstatic.
Scythe by Neal Shusterman – Arc of a Scythe #1
I bought this book last month and I’ve been having to hold back so I could finish my August TBR, but I’m definitely going to read it this month! In a world where disease, war and crime have been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed (“gleaned”) by professional scythes. Citra and Rowan are teenagers who have been selected to be scythes’ apprentices, and despite wanting nothing to do with the vocation, they must learn the art of killing and understand the necessity of what they do. Only one of them will be chosen as a scythe’s apprentice and as Citra and Rowan come up against a terrifyingly corrupt Scythedom, it becomes clear that the winning apprentice’s first task will be to glean the loser. I’ve heard so many good reviews of this book and the series as a whole. With the finale being released before the end of the year, I think now’s a perfect time to start the series.
City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare – The Mortal Instruments #4
Once again, is it a TBR of mine if it doesn’t include a Cassie Clare book? If you’re unaware, I’ve been slowing making my way through the Shadowhunter Chronicles in publication order, and City of Fallen Angels is the 5th book on the list. I can’t really say what it’s about because it’ll spoil the first three books in the series, and I try my best to keep my posts spoiler free. I’m really looking forward to it, but I can’t wait to finish it and move onto Clockwork Prince, the second book in The Infernal Devices series. I think out of all of the books on my TBR this month, City of Fallen Angels is probably the lowest priority, which kind of upsets me, but hopefully I’ll still get to it.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – The Illuminae Files #1
I saw this book in Waterstones and at first I wasn’t going to buy it, but my eyes were just drawn to it every time I looked away, so I got it. I didn’t even really know what it was about, but so many people have raved about it for so long, I was sure I’d love it. I think that’s a theme with my book buys, I don’t know what they’re about, but I’ve heard lots of people love them, so I buy them. This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded. The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit. But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again. The whole thing is written in multi-media, I’ve only read one other multi-media book but I really enjoyed it, so I have high hopes. If I really love it, I’ll definitely go straight out to buy the sequel, Gemina.
To say i’m going to spending most of my time at college, unable to read, I have a very ambitious TBR, but I’m not putting any pressure on myself to read them all. I just want to enjoy my reading like I have been all summer. I really hope that I don’t start neglecting reading like I did all through high school.