Top Ten Tuesday [#13]: 2014 Misses

FullSizeRender-7 I was kicking myself when I missed last week’s prompt. Because  as much as I’ve read almost a couple of hundred books last year, there simply wasn’t enough time to get through what TBR pile I’ve amassed throughout 2014.

I’m so glad that this week is a freebie, because then I have a chance to create a list that have been featured in the past. In this case, the immediate past.  So I thought I’d go ahead and showcase the books published last year that I didn’t get to read that I wanted to so badly.


invisible by james patterson 

On the heels of my Sandra Brown reading romp last year, I realized that there’s a lot to be had in the suspense aisle of my bookstore. James Patterson has written 28,498,308,043 books (give or take). I didn’t want to jump into his popular Alex Cross series, because I only have time for stand alone nowadays. Invisible seem like the perfect diving board into the world of James Patterson.

the heiresses by sara shepard

I went to New York City last spring. For about a couple of weeks, I missed its hustle and bustle. The Heiresses, as the title indicates, is about the daughters of the privileged Saybrooks: diamond empire, with a family secret to boot, and yeah, they rule NYC.

red rising by pierce brown

Am I the only one who hasn’t read this one yet? In my defence, this sounds like a Science Fiction novel. IT IS a Science Fiction novel. I’m wary, but after all the glowing reviews for this series, there is no question that I need to read this one, stat.

the seeker by r.b. chesterton

By show of hands, how many of y’all are familiar with Henry David Thoreau? No? Well, me either. That is what grabbed me when I first laid eyes on this book. Once in a while, I do like to read about things or people that I don’t know. While this one is probably a fictional take on Thoreau’s life, it’s at least a step in the right direction.

while beauty slept by elizabeth Blackwell

All you really need to know is that this is a twist to Sleeping Beauty.

the girl who saved the king of sweden by jonas jonasson

This sounds like a barrel of fun; complete with a missing missile. Someone at the bookstore practically shoved this book to my face, but I haven’t had the opportunity to crack open its spine. Hopefully this year.

the silent history by eli horowitz

World War Z meets The Children of Men? How could I have not read this as soon as I got home from the bookstore? This sounds like the perfect horror read.

hrc: state secrets and the rebirth of hillary clinton by jonathan allen


don’t touch by rachel m. wilson

This book has connotations of a supernatural in nature. But I was surprised to find out that it’s about someone with a debilitating disorder. I wanted to read it because I thought it would be an interesting read.

sea of shadows by kelley Armstrong

I wasn’t too keen on reading books about dragons, no matter how kick ass they may sound. I am however, a fan of Kelley Armstrong. It sucks that I didn’t get to this last year.

What’s your freebie list today?

  • Yes Red Rising is science fiction, but most of the story isn’t very science fiction-y if that makes any sense. (Just the beginning) Golden Son is more science fiction, but it’s also much better overall! I enjoyed both books, but I am a Scifi fan. Warning: They are intense reads, so it helps to be in the right mood.

    I failed, I didn’t get my freebie list done it time. Hopefully I’ll finish it by tomorrow though. Books on my might read list.

    • I just read both books back-to-back. Holy beetle on a popsicle! It’s sooo good. 🙂

  • Great choices here! And it’s a shame about missing out on releases… can’t read them all can we? I would’ve loved to have Red Rising and The Seeker last year, but oh well, here’s to the years ahead! I hope you can get to them in 2015.

    • Thanks, Olivia! I wish I can read one book a day. lol.

  • Awesome list….I hear you about Red Rising . I haven’t read it either, but I hear great things about it. I read The Heiresses last year and really liked it…it was fluffy and perfect to read poolside or at the beach. I hope you get to read it sometime. I also wanted to read While Beauty Slept and didn’t get to it either. Too many books, not enough time! 😉

    • I finally did, and man, you can’t afford to miss it! a must read!

  • Red Rising! You don’t know how many reviews or tweets I see PER day saying how awesome it is. I’m even a bit afraid to read it, lol.

  • My feelings for Red Rising have been clear so I won’t harass you about that book again hah. I feel the complete opposite of you on Kelley Armstrong, lol, I love dragons but I didn’t love her work so I am scared to read this one.

  • Seriously, I’ve no idea how you have time to read all these books… I haven’t read one single book in 2015 yet. (Though I’ll soon be finished with ‘Good Omens’, I think – unless I run into something.)

    – Love, Felicia

    • Every spare time I have is devoted to reading. Le sigh.

  • I NEED to read Red Rising! Seriously, it is a must. And I absolutely LOVED Don’t Touch, but yes, it is about a girl with some mental health issues. It was one of my favorites! Sea of Shadows sounds good too! Hope you get to read all of these very soon 🙂

    • Red Rising is worth the hype! I’m almost done with it. 🙂

  • Christy

    I guess I don’t need to repeat that you need to get going on Red Rising. And it is not *ahem* boring. Golden Son is even better. Why isn’t You on your list? Did you read it? Wait, if you did but didn’t like it … don’t tell me. lol

    • OMG. I’m almost done! And it’s amazeballs!

  • I haven’t read Red Rising either, but I’ve heard such great things about it. The Heiresses sounds intriguing, too. I haven’t read a book by Sara Shepard before, but I love the sound of the mystery and the New York setting in that one. Great picks, Joy 🙂

  • Well, I’m surely not doubting our interest in books right now, since it seems we enjoy picking the same kinds of book up. Except, I should really read more historicals. ANYWAY, I did read Red Rising and thought it was boring, overrated……but do want to read Golden Son. I don’t know, maybe it’ll make me realize how ”amazing” this series actually is. Also read Don’t Touch! Boring! lol

    • Hahhahah! Two boring books on my list. Not good. Not good at all. 🙂

  • I want to read Red Rising and Sea of Shadows too! Love the top 10!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

    • Thanks! And I hope you’ll enjoy them when you get to read them. 🙂

  • I’ve only heard of Sea of Shadows, and also read Red Rising, which I highly recommend because IT IS GOOD! Though you’re right about the science fiction, it’s a pretty slow book, just letting you know!!

  • I want to lick my screen those spines look so good! I love your photos! A couple on here look good I’ve never heard of, so that’s a saved post and some more on the TBR then… R x

    My TTT:

  • Oh yess. I didn’t read so many of these in 2014 as well. Amazing post Joy. <3 So much love. I need to read Red Rising soon too 😀 And Sea of Shadows. The other books sounds awesome too. <3 I hope you will find the time to read them soon sweetie 🙂 Happy reading Joy. <3

  • I’ve tried to read Red Rising, twice. Hated it both times. I’m the odd one out though, everyone else I know has absolutely loved it! Hubby is currently listening to it on audiobook in the car on the way to and from work, and even he’s loving it. He’s not even a reader. I can’t wait for you to get around to reading it, looking forward to seeing what you think of it Joy. You’re usually spot on.

    I had no idea Sea of Shadows was about dragons. Considering the mess that Julie Kagawa made of Talon, I might grab a copy and try this one too. Awesome list Joy, thanks for sharing <3

    • Apparently, sea of Shadows isn’t about dragons. my bad. Lol!

  • AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME, you really need to get to reading these. Especially Red Rising, I gave it a three, but you have to trudge through it to get to Golden Son, I just read it recently and that sequel blew my mind.

    • Whoa. Good to know! So odd you liked the second book better than the first. It’s usually the other way around. 🙂

  • You need RED RISING in your life! Seriously, it’s such an incredible and innovative series so I really hope you get around to reading it this year! *fingers crossed*

  • Hey in your defense you aren’t the only one that didn’t read RED RISING last year – I didn’t either. But I plan to read it ASAP. I did start the audio a week or so ago but didn’t click with the narrator so returned it. So I’m going to read the print instead. I’m doing really good on my personal goal to read more non review books and this will be one of them. Oh and Sea of Shadows – I have that one as well I totally need to read!!

    • Wait. You can return an audiobook?! Do tell.

  • I haven´t read Red Rising either, so you aren´t the only one. 🙂 And Sea of Shadows isn´t just about Dragons, it features a lot of mythical creatures but is not about them, It´s about the twin sister´s journey to the capital city because they must warn their King about all the things that happen in their home town.

    • Lol. Why did I ever think it’s about dragons. Duh. 🙂

  • You definitely have a nice mix of books to look forward to Joy. I tried reading Red Rising last year, but just couldn’t get into it, I may try giving it another go this year. I hope you’re able to tackle a lot of these books! Happy reading! 🙂

    • Thanks, Jas. 🙂 I hope you’ll eventually learn to love it as well.

  • I used to LOVE James Patterson! I read strictly JP before blogging and before being introduced to the YA genre. I often think about going back to him, but the pressure of ARCs usually overtakes. (I’m working on that.) I haven’t read that particular book, but I’ll definitely be looking forward to your thoughts on it! And I really want to read The Heiresses asap as well. 🙂

    • Thanks, Lisa. I’ve only read his YA series and have loved it, so I’m willing to give his adult books a try. 🙂

  • I haven’t read Red Rising either!!!! *high five* I was beginning to think it was just me:) It’s definitely on my list, I’ve heard nothing but amazing things across the board, so I’m hoping to get to it soon. I’m planning to binge read both it and Golden Son:)

    • I finally succumb to its call today and cracked open the spine. 🙂

  • I have read three off your list and I can say with 100% certainty, of the three Red Rising was my favorite and is a must read! I just loved it. I really hope you are able to get to all of these soon and enjoy them. 🙂

  • I have not read Red Rising either! You’re not the only one. But I have it to-listen to as an audiobook. There are just so many books I want to get to this year, so I figured might as well start listening to audiobooks while I walk to classes and all.
    Hope you enjoy these!! 🙂

    • Audiobooks are awesome. 🙂 So convenient!

  • Great list. And no you are not the only one who hasn’t read Red Rising. I haven’t either, but it’s on my TBR!

  • Don’t Touch and Sea of Shadows are two titles that passed me by as well, but I do sincerely want to read them! I loved Red Rising, it was in my top 10 of last year and you should read it, even more so now that the sequel is out,.

    • I just started it today, actually. So far, it’s okay, I guess. 🙂

  • Melanie (YA Midnight Reads)

    Ooh I do hope you enjoy Don’t Touch! A personal favourite of mine xD

  • Oh no, I’m just as useless! I haven’t read Red Rising yet either! I shall definitely correct that oversight this year.
    Great list Joy! :]

  • Interesting! Yes read…oh I can’t decide

  • Eileen @ BookCatPin

    I’m right there with you on Red Rising. Although I think I’ll probably be waiting until the series is complete to read it 😀

    • That’s the thing about series. The waiting is such an annoyance. GRRRR

  • Red Rising—- AHHH I haven’t read it either. What is wrong with us?!?! I need to buy this soon because really I must read it.

    • *cries* but hey, I started it today. So..yay!