Yeah, yeah. Tuesday’s almost over but there’s still time for me to dive into Top Ten Tuesday with my top ten list for this week. The topic is “FREEBIE” so I’m going with a topic I’ve been pondering: the Top Ten Books I Would Like To Get To This Year.

tumblr_inline_mim9jn5ZQS1qz4rgpThere are so many books that I often find myself hanging my head in shame for having not read, as classic or modern as they might be, no book is immune to my ‘I still haven’t read that one’ shame. So, here are 10 books that I’d really like to finally get around to reading in 2015.

  1. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. Seriously. I have had this one recommended in my general direction so much, and so vehemently that I’ve gone so far as to also make sure I had books 2 and 3 on hand for when I finish. The only thing that has been putting me off.. well two things.. or three even.. 1. humongous reading slump. 2. tiny print in the copy I own giving me a headache. 3. pre-reading slump I found myself too busy with review copies. Well, now I’m trying to catch up with the genre that is my first true love and excuses be damned. I’ll borrow a library copy if I have to.
  2. A Storm of Swords: Part 2 by George R.R. Martin. So yeah, I’ve already read part one. My copy is split into two paperbacks and some time after the now famous Red Wedding, I found myself unable to push myself through the misery and tragedy, no matter how many times I tried. However, it is a fantastic series and I totally want to get myself up to date so that I can watch the TV series without spoiling the book experience for myself. At least.. any more than the internet has managed. *sigh*
  3. Horns by Joe Hill. I bought this one back in 2013, I think, so that I could read it before the movie came out. Guess what I never got around to doing? I just adore the premise of this novel and so badly want to see the film, too, that I absolutely must get around to reading this soon.
  4. The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie. Not far behind Scott Lynch with the vehement disbelief of my never having read it is the First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie. So loved by my other half, in fact, that I notice him quoting it. A lot. I think, also, this is one of the few trilogies I’ve picked up entirely from charity shops over several visits. Though it has suffered the same fate as The Lies of Locke Lamora with headache-inducing small print in my copy so again, considering a library borrow for this one. But I need to read it very soon.
  5. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson. I love Brandon Sanderson’s books. Like.. a lot. So I’d like to read them all, or at the very least, all of the books set in the Cosmere. I’ve heard from folk who aren’t big fans of his other works that they really enjoyed Elantris, and while I absolutely love the Stormlight Archive, I figure that’s pretty high praise so this will be my next Cosmere read. It’s also a standalone, which is pretty rare in high fantasy. There are stories (The Emperor’s Soul, at least, not sure if there are others or maybe more coming) set in the world but I don’t think they are directly related to Elantris itself. I have marked it as ‘currently reading’ on Goodreads already but there’s still chance I might change it for another yet while I’m still reading Saga.
  6. The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis. Yep, that’s the first Narnia book. I have never read Narnia. See the dog gif up there? See it? That’s me right now. What’s worse, I’ve owned a lovely copy of the Narnia Chronicles for several years now, picked up from the first charity shop I volunteered in fairly early on. None of these ‘I don’t own it’ or ‘the type’s too small’ excuses, purely, ‘I haven’t made time for a greatly influential fantasy series’. Shame on me. I know it features problems, but I have a bit of a lifetime goal to read more influential books. For me, that’s looking towards the novels that may have inspired the fantasy writers that I have loved my entire life, and what’s more inspiring than a magical wardrobe into a faraway fantasy kingdom?
  7. Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey. As a lover of all things dragonish, this is one of those novels that has always made me feel guilty because whenever I ask for recommendations of books about dragons, this one always comes up. I finally found a copy of Dragonflight and also book 2 (I can’t currently remember the name) in the charity shop a few months ago so I’m hoping *fingers crossed* that 2015 will be the year.
  8. Northern Lights (aka The Golden Compass) by Philip Pullman. I have a feeling a few of you have disowned me by now. It’s okay, thanks to the rest of you for sticking by me for having the full intention of reading these wonderful books. Think of it this way: I get to have that ‘reading it for the first time’ experience for some great books and I’m really looking forward to it! I have actually seen the movie for this one but I can’t remember what happened except.. Daniel Craig doing something, Ian McKellan as a polar bear, snow, some kind of war.. I don’t know. But I have not one but two copies of this trilogy. I had the original editions for years and the lovely Hanna gave me the gift of a beautiful cover a couple of Christmasses ago. Though I haven’t yet read it, I occasionally take it out and stroke it. As you do.
  9. The Copper Promise by Jen Williams. More of a modern one here, and less of a guilt-read, but still high up on my list never-the-less. The Copper Promise is consistently coming highly recommended and I know I’m going to love it when I read it so best not leave it too long, hey? Plus, it has dragons, I hear.
  10. Eragon by Christopher Paolini. Okay, this one, again, less of a guilt-read, but I often hear people talking about the Eragon series and while some of it is often not all that good, it comes with equal amounts of praise and love. And I know I know, “avoid the movie”. I just finally want to experience the world of Eragon for myself, it seems pretty wonderful to me. Dragons, you guys! I also already own all four books, so that works in its’ favour.

Honourable Mentions:

Any books you’re hoping to read this year? Please tell me I’m not the only one way behind on my “must reads”? I could use the support here, guys. 😉