Tatum’s Top 7 Books:
1. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
“Tell me what it’s like. The race.”
“What it’s like is a battle. A mess of horses and men and blood. The fastest and strongest of what is left from two weeks of preparation on the sand. It’s the surf in your face, the deadly magic of November on your skin, the Scorpio drums in the place of your heartbeat. It’s speed, if you’re lucky. It’s life and it’s death or it’s both, and there’s nothing like it.”
I love this book more than I love The Raven Cycle, so you know I’m not messing about. I also feel like Maggie Stiefvater is on my level with this because she’s said before that The Scorpio Races is her favourite book out of all the ones she’s written.
2. Omens by Kelley Armstrong
A Bad Omen is a warning. A sign to stop and reconsider. Proceed with caution.
Remember all that yelling I do over Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series? Omens is better. Plus it is only a teeny trilogy with the last book out next year so there won’t be any waiting around endlessly for the series to finish *cheers*
3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
I was told love should be unconditional. That’s the rule, everyone says so. But if love has no boundaries, no limits, no conditions, why should anyone try to do the right thing ever? If I know I am loved no matter what, where is the challenge?…It makes me think that everyone is very wrong, that love should have many conditions. Love should require both partners to be their very best at all times.
Amber and I went on a Gillian Flynn binge recently and read all of her books. She has this amazing ability to really unsettle her readers with the characters she creates, especially Amy.
4. A Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper
When I asked her what she’d thought of Pride and Prejudice, she only wondered aloud how anyone could have written a novel set in the first part of the nineteenth century without once mentioning Napoleon.
I cannot believe Michelle Cooper hasn’t written more books, honestly. It upsets me.
5. Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
But what she didn’t realize about Blue and her boys was that they were all in love with one another.
Maggie Stiefvater showing up twice on my list because she’s out to ruin my life, I am pretty sure. Anyway, I read this book in one sitting and had a complete meltdown over Ronan & Adam, so YOU KNOW.
6. The Martian by Andy Weir
Maybe I’ll post a consumer review. “Brought product to surface of Mars. It stopped working. 0/10.”
This book is an amazing debut and I will be harassing people to read it until the end of time. Why wouldn’t you want to read about a dude who gets stuck on Mars and just gets on with surviving while cracking sarcastic jokes?
7. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
And when she grasped the dagger, its weight lighter than she remembered, Rowan looked into her eyes, into her very core of her, and said, ‘Fireheart’.
Jude will be very happy to see this on my list, I think XD Heir of Fire made it on my list almost entirely because of Celaena’s character development. She is an amazing, underrated female protagonist with the kind of depth that I tend to associate with Harry James Potter, love of my life, hero of ages. Also this book made me cry like, a LOT.
Amber’s Top 7 Books:
NB: I would totally add Heir of Fire but Tatum has already covered that so just know that Heir of Fire is in my top ten because Heir of Fire. Heir of Fire.
1. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
I somehow knew that the particulars didn’t matter. She was my heart, she was half of me, and nothing, certainly not a few measly hundred miles, was ever going to change that.
2. Far From You by Tess Sharpe
But my heart isn’t simple or straightforward. It’s a complicated mess of wants and needs, boys and girls: soft, rough, and everything in between, an ever-shifting precipice from which to fall.
3. Vicious by Victoria Schwab
Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human.
4. A Feast For Crows by George R. R. Martin
The women are the strong ones, truly.
5. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
There’s always another secret.
6. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
The truly frightening flaw in humanity is our capacity for cruelty – we all have it.
7. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
But a part of me lies buried in lace and roses on a riverbank in France-a part of me is broken off forever. A part of me will be unflyable, stuck in the climb.
OMENS! I loooved that one (Kelley Armstrong in general) I still need to read the second book. BUT there are going to be more than 3 in the series!!! 😉
Keep harassing people about the Martian! 😀 That one was awesome and the jokes SO funny!
Well, I would have been deeply disappointed if there weren’t any Sanderson on the list 😛
And Vicious <3
What?? Nooooooooooooooooo :((((
YES to The Martian though, don’t worry soldier I will keep pestering people to read it XD
That is the PERFECT gif for Code Name Verity. Seriously. I started cracking up laughing when I saw that. Absolutely perfect.
HOW DARE YOU COMPARE CELAENA TO HARRY POTTER
since you’ve been gooooooooone, far from youuuuuuuuuuuuu that’s all I’ve read clearly I fail at this
I’ve heard SUCH GOOD THINGS about the Throne of Glass series, so I need to read it soon! Code Name Verity is on my TBR pile, so I’ll try to get to it soon! 🙂
Kyra @ Blog of a Bookaholic
My TTT Post!
You guys have fantastic taste. Obvs.
(also moving The Martian up my tbr bc sarcasm in the face of life and death is pretty much my crack)
(also maybe CoM/HoF) (don’t tell Judith)
WHEN ARE YOU GONNA READ IT HMMMMM HMMMMMMMM ASKING FOR A FRIEND
Jess @ Gone with the Words says
The Scorpio Races <33333 I have so much love for that book. And Gone Girl was totally unputdownable for me. 😀
The Scorpio Races is everything. I reread it this year and it was even more amazing.
I still haven’t read the last Women of the Otherworld book (I’m so scared okay) but I really liked Omens.
SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE. I love that book so much. And omg that quote makes me cry every time.
Yessssssssss Vicious and Code Name Verity
My friend Lauren, who harassed me into reading WoTW hasn’t read the last book either because she can’t cope with it ending XD Omens is amazing, I loved it so muhuhuhuhuch. I really want the next book but I’m trying to like, not buy books atm
Molly Mortensen says
Someone else who includes quotes, yay! I love quotes, they tell you so much about a book. I have to read Throne of Glass already. Vicious is sitting on my coffee table begging to be read right now! I can’t remember what number Feast for Crows is, but all his books are good.
Quotes are the bestest thing ever, it is known
Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews says
I have only read The Scorpio Races form your list, but many of your other books are on my TBR shelf… Hopefully, I’ll be able to read them soon 🙂
Have a terrific Tuesday.
Maggie @ macarons & paperbacks says
I love the GIF of Dean 🙂
I read Gone Girl but really, really hated the characters. It kind of ruined the book for me =/ I tried to read Sharp Objects but I couldn’t get past Flynn’s writing style. I think she’s a talented writer, though, just not for me 🙂
GILLIAN FLYNN. AND BRANDON SANDERSON. AND HEIR OF FUCKING FIRE. EVERY SINGLE FLAIL IN THE WORLD. I really want to read Far From You, but it’s like $10 for Kindle. Crossing my fingers for a sale soon 🙂
Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight says
Very nice lists! I pretty much have been dying to read ALL of these books, especially Far From You, Since You’ve Been Gone, Code Name Verity, and all the things by Maggie Stiefvater. And I have to say, my interest is definitely piqued with The Martian! That quote alone makes it sound like a must-read. Great list 🙂
YES GO FORTH AND READ THE MARTIAN IT IS BASICALLY AMAZING
Jolien @ The Fictional Reader says
Blue Lily, Lily Blue is so incredible! I loved it so much. Since You’ve Been Gone is on my list too. And A Feast For Crows and The Final Empire are really amazing books too. I’ve never read Gone Girl, although I have seen the movie.
Holly U says
Since You’ve Been Gone, adored! BLLB gave me all the feels and was on my list too! Loved Code Name Verity. <3 And oh my, I need to read so many of these. The Scorpio Races, Throne of Glass series, Vicious. I definitely need more Maggie Stiefvater in my life. Love her writing and books so much. 🙂
Oh I love Gillian Flynn so much. After Gone Girl, I also read her other two books. They are all so good!
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies) says
What awesome choices! I too LOVED The Scorpio Races and Far From You!
Tanya (Read. Run. Study.) says
Great lists! I have only read one book off these lists (Vicious), but I just started another (Gone Girl) and I’m planning to read many of the others listed within the next year or so.
Yay Far From You! Such an early contender 😀 I need to read that Morgan Matson. Its just so BIG.