Tuesday, May 21, 2013

TTT: My Twisted Topic

So, this week's Top Ten Tuesday topic is all about book covers.  We're supposed to pick ten favorites from among books we've actually read.  Now, pretty cover art makes me swoon just as much as the next bibliophile, but, I'm drawing a total blank here.  I seriously cannot come up with ONE.  Pathetic.  Therefore, I'm going to twist the topic just a little and highlight the Top Ten Books I've Received in the Mail Recently That I Can't Wait to Read (the title's a little unwieldly, but whatever).  It's going to be kind of like an In My Mailbox/Waiting on Wednesday/Top Ten Tuesday hybrid thingie.  What can I say?  I'm a multi-tasking master like that.  I wish.  

Even though I'm not going to be gushing over book covers this week, I'd love to see the ones that caught your eye.  So, please, hop on over to our hostess' blog, The Broke and the Bookish, and join in the TTT fun.  You won't regret it!

Okay, here goes.  In no particular order, these are the books I've received lately that I cannot wait to dive into (note the swimming pun—it's in the 90s here in Arizona and my kids get out of school on Thursday, so it's officially summer around here):


1.  Al Capone Does My Homework by Gennifer Choldenko—If you're a fan of this middle grade series set on Alcatraz during the 1930s, you know it's been WAY too long since a new installment came out.  I'm thrilled to have an ARC of this one, which doesn't come out until late August.


2.  The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey—Pegged as the next big dystopian YA hit, this one's a sci fi alien thriller.  Something like that, anyway.  I loaned my ARC to a friend, knowing I wouldn't be able to get to it until later in the summer, but I'm still super excited to see what The 5th Wave is all about.


3.  Tumble & Fall by Alexandra (neé Bullen) Coutts—This YA novel, which releases in September, is the pre-apocalyptic tale about a group of teens coming to grips with the end of the world.  Sounds like an original take on a familiar theme.  Can't wait!


4.  The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson—I'm a big Sanderson fan, so I was stoked when a copy of his debut YA novel showed up in my mailbox (thanks, Tor/Forge!).  Sounds like another excellent fantasy from the amazingly talented Sanderson.


5.  Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson—Yep, another Sanderson.  This one's about a world overrun by power-hungry superhumans and the boy who's determined to avenge his father by killing the strongest of the lot.


6.  The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen—Although I've yet to read anything by Dessen, I think this one sounds like a perfect summer read.  It's about a girl who's being pulled in all kinds of directions as she tries to decide what she wants for her future.


7.  The Keeper of Secrets by Julie Thomas—I'm reading this one soon for a blog tour and I'm totally stoked about it.  According to Amazon, it "follows a priceless violin across generations—from WWII to Stalinist Russia to the gilded international concert halls of today—and reveals the loss, love, and secrets of the families who owned it."  Sounds intriguing, doesn't it?


8.  The Circle by Sara B. Elfgren and Mats Strandberg—The premise of this one sounds a little tired (six teens discover they have magical powers and are the ones chosen to battle an ancient evil), but I like the eerie feel of it.  


9.  Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O'Farrell—I haven't read anything by O'Farrell yet, but I've heard great things about her.  I'm excited to try her out with this family drama about a husband who vanishes while out getting the newspaper and all the secrets that come to light in the wake of his disappearance.


10.  Find Me by Romily Bernard—This techie teen thriller, which comes out at the end of September, is about a hacker on the hunt for a dead classmate's killer.  Sounds like an exciting read.       

What do you think?  Any of these sound like winners to you?  Which new books are you dying to get your hands on this summer?  And which book covers have you been digging lately?  

16 comments:

  1. I'm so excited about The 5th Wave and Tumble & Fall! Hope you enjoy all of these!

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  2. Thanks so much for picking up FIND ME!! I hope you enjoy it :)

    I just finished USES FOR BOYS and I was blown away. Just...speechless. So excellent. I also want to try TUMBLE & FALL and 5TH WAVE. I guess I'm still on my dystopian/post-apocalypse thing :)

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  3. Ooh, I also can't wait to read The 5th Wave but I'm afraid that won't be happening soon :( And I also got Tumble & Fall from NetGalley; it looks really good!

    Thanks for dropping by my Top Ten Tuesday post! :D

    - Kazhy @ My Library in the Making

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  4. The Circle is one of my cover loves too though not on my list due to to many pretty ones. I totally bought it for the cover :D

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  5. There's a new Al Capone book??!?!? *wants*

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  6. I love the cover for Find Me. It really pulls me in.

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  7. I love the covers for Tumble and Fall & The Moon and More, they're so pretty! :) My TTT list: http://aliceinreaderland.com/2013/05/20/bookcovers/

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

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  8. The Tumble and Fall cover is so eyecatching! I can't stop staring at it. I really love the summery feel of The Moon and More too. I still need to read a Sarah Dessen book! Great choices :D thanks for sharing and stopping my my TTT :)

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  9. Those look like fun! I'm particularly intrigued by Keeper of Secrets, especially since my daughter is a violinist. I haven't read any Sanderson, but The Rithmatist has been piquing my interest since I first heard about it.

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  10. Tumble & Fall is getting so much attention right now.. I cant wait to pick it up! I recently got Find me as well I cannot wait to dive into it :D

    Lauren @ Lose Time Reading

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  11. I am in love with that Tumble & Fall cover. I need to check this book out. And I agree that The Circle's premise might not be the most original, but the cover definitely has an awesome look. Great picks! :D

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  12. LOVED The 5th Wave! And so super excited for Tumble & Fall! What a great set of books. :)

    Thanks for stopping by my post!

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

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  13. Love your twist on the theme. The 5th Wave was an amazing book! I now need to go check out Tumble & Fall.

    Thanks for checking out my TTT!

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  14. The Keeper of Secrets looks good! I'm a fan of snail mail/postcards so I like seeing them incorporated in book covers. I hope it lives up to your expectations.

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  15. Steelheart, The Moon and More, and Tumble and Fall look wonderful and I am jealous.

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