My To Be Read Pile [5 Fandom Friday]

5 Fandom Friday - My TBR pile

My TBR pile is massive and has multiple parts. If you head over to my goodreads profile you can see my many bookshelves. I even have my TBR pile divided by whether they’re available at my two local libraries. So, yeah, this prompt was a pest! Narrowing it down to just 5 books was difficult, so I decided to add a sub-category to the prompt. First I considered new releases, new authors, indie books and comics (my local library just got an awesome subscription to Comics Plus so yey access to free digital comics!). In the end, I settled for this; 5 books in ongoing series that I am desperate to read.

 

Cainsville

The next book in Kelley Armstrong’s Cainsville series, and I am desperate to get my hands on it. It’s at my local library so I just need to wait until I’m well enough to pick up books again! I’ve gobbled down every book in this series so far and can’t wait to find out what happens next. This series has been a mixture of several genres, there’s a definite supernatural/urban fantasy element but it fits into the categories of thriller and mystery too.

 

All Souls

The final book in Deborah Harkness’ All Souls trilogy, and I have mixed feelings about it, as I have with the whole series. On the one hand I absolutely love it, on the other the books are so long and complex at times that the thought of picking up the next one hurts my head. It’s not the length, it’s the way it is written which is both a blessing and a curse. I want to know what happens next, how it all ends, and yet knowing how much text there is to get to that point – if there are even any straight answers – can be a bit off putting!

 

Bloodlines

Book 4 in the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead, this series continues on from her original Vampire Academy series with some familar and some new characters. I’m quite behind in it because it took me a while to get hold of one of the books, so I’m still playing catch up. This is one of those series where I’ve loved every book, but the incoming pain and danger for characters makes me put off reading it!

 

Mercy Thompson

I completely devoured Patricia Brigg’s Mercy Thompson series a few years ago, and the last few books I’ve hit the ‘must wait for it to be published’ wall. Gah! It’s so totally worth the wait every time, and again, health is the only thing stopping me from grabbing this from the library.

 

Magnus Chase

Occasionally I watch a film/tv series before I’ve read the books, and Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series was one of those. I quickly made my way through all of those, the next series and onto his other series based on Egyptian mythology. So when I heard he was writing about Norse mythology I was super excited and loved the first Magnus Chase book! Again, I’ve had to wait for the next book to be published so I’ve yet to get my hands on the next book and can’t wait to read where the story goes next!

 

What’s on your To Be Read pile? Do you have a short, specific one, or an ever growing never ending one like me? Do you prioritise certain authors/series? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you 🙂

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6 Spooky Reads for Halloween

Sharing Saturday: Spooky Halloween reads

 

I was wondering what to do for a Halloween themed Sharing Saturday, and after yesterday’s Fandom 5 I realised I should do one for spooky reads to watch. Not everyone wants to or is able to go out trick or treating/celebrating Halloween, so if you’re one for staying inside here are some spooky/creepy reads to get you in the mood!

 

Late Victorian Gothic Tales by Various Authors

Late Victorian Gothic Tales

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The Victorian fin de siecle has many associations: the era of Decadence, The Yellow Book, the New Woman, the scandalous Oscar Wilde, the Empire on which the sun never set. This heady brew was caught nowhere better than in the revival of the Gothic tale in the late Victorian age, where the undead walked and evil curses, foul murder, doomed inheritance and sexual menace played on the stretched nerves of the new mass readerships. This anthology collects together some of the most famous examples of the Gothic tale in the 1890s, with stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, Vernon Lee, Henry James and Arthur Machen, as well as some lesser known yet superbly chilling tales from the era. The introduction explores the many reasons for the Gothic revival, and how it spoke to the anxieties of the moment.

 

War of the Worlds by H G Wells

The War of the Worlds

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They came from outer space — Mars, to be exact.

With deadly heat-rays and giant fighting machine they want to conquer Earth and keep humans as their slaves.

Nothing seems to stop them as they spread terror and death across the planet. It is the start of the most important war in Earth’s history.

And Earth will never be the same.

 

 

The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories by H P Lovecraft

The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories

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Collecting uniquely uncanny tales from the master of American horror, H.P. Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories is edited with an introduction and notes by S.T. Joshi in Penguin Modern Classics.

Credited with inventing the modern horror tradition, H.P. Lovecraft remade the genre in the early twentieth century. Discarding ghosts and witches, and instead envisaging mankind at the mercy of a chaotic and malevolent universe, Lovecraft’s unique works would prove to be a huge influence on modern horror writers such as Stephen King. This selection of short stories ranges from early tales of nightmares and insanity such as ‘The Outsider’ and ‘The Rats in the Walls’ through the grotesquely comic ‘Herbert West – Reanimator’ and ‘The Hound’, to the extraterrestrial terror of ‘The Call of Cthulhu’, which fuses traditional supernaturalism with science fiction. Including the definitive corrected texts, this collection reveals the development of Lovecraft’s mesmerising narrative style and establishes him as a hugely influential – and visionary – American writer.

 

 

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

The Knife of Never Letting Go

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Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.

But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?

 

 

The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig

The Fire Sermon

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What would you do if you had to leave everything you knew behind?

If what made you perfect also made you an outcast?

If your twin, once your only friend, was now your worst enemy?
Since the blast that reshaped the earth, only twins are born. The imperfect one of each pair is branded at birth and sent away. Twins share nothing but the moment of their death: when one dies, so does the other. But Cass and her twin Zach cannot be separated.

In this scorched and broken world, Cass’s bond with her brother may be the most dangerous thing of all.

Doctor Who: Forever Autumn by Mark Morris

Doctor Who: Forever Autumn

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It is almost Halloween in the sleepy New England town of Blackwood Falls. Autumn leaves litter lawns and sidewalks, paper skeletons hang in windows, and carved pumpkins leer from stoops and front porches.

The Doctor and Martha soon discover that something long-dormant has awoken in the town, and this will be no ordinary Halloween. What is the secret of the ancient chestnut tree and the mysterious book discovered tangled in its roots? What rises from the local churchyard in the dead of night, sealing up the lips of the only witness? And why are the harmless trappings of Halloween suddenly taking on a creepy new life of their own?

As nightmarish creatures prowl the streets, the Doctor and Martha must battle to prevent both the townspeople and themselves from suffering a grisly fate…

 

Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts on this list? What would be on your spooky reads book list?

Let me know in the comments 🙂

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