[TOP TEN TUESDAY] Worlds I wouldn’t want to live in

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This week’s TTT, hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish, is one that definitely appealed to me! I read a lot of dystopian and apocalypse fiction so the answers came to mind pretty easily for me, so I decided to mix it up and make my post a little different. I’ve included the top six worlds I definitely would not like to live in, and the top four that I would!

Worlds I Would Hate to Live in:

1. The Hunger Games Trilogy (Panem)
Does this one really need an explanation? Not only are the citizens working to death and still starving, but they’re also being forced by an oppressive government to send their children into an arena to murder each other. Umm… I’ll pass, thanks.

2. Slated Trilogy
Kyla lives in a world where children can be taken away and have their memories ‘slated’ overnight. Accused of terrorism, they’re given a second chance under close observation with a new family, a new personality and a new mind. Sounds scary enough without even factoring in all the shady business, suspicion and lies the people responsible for slating are involved with. Nope, no thank you!

3. Penryn and the End of Days
I have no burning desire to witness the end of days, with angels of the apocalypse being sent down from Heaven to destroy everyone and everything in their path. Not my idea of a good day.

4. Blood of Eden (The Fringe)
If I were a vampire, this would definitely make it onto my list of worlds I would like to live in. Life seems pretty grand as a vampire. Sadly, being the feeble human I am, I can’t say a life of extreme poverty quaking under the constant shadow of a hoarde of predators really does it for me.

5. Mindjack Trilogy 
Living in a world filled with the constant noise of other peoples’ thoughts would drive me insane. I wouldn’t be able to deal with knowing everything someone was thinking, and knowing that they could hear exactly what I was thinking too! The privacy of your own mind is a blessing I don’t think many people would like to sacrifice.

6. Mistborn Series (Scadrial) 
This has a lot to do with the extreme poverty and dictatorship again, as found in more than a few fantasy novels. While having the powers of Allomancy would definitely be a plus, I don’t think I’d be happy to trade off for a life of scavenging and oppression.

Worlds I Would Love to Live in:

1. Harry Potter Series
I don’t believe that anyone in my generation who grew up with Harry Potter hasn’t felt the bitter pinch of disappointment when birthday after birthday their letter didn’t arrive from Hogwarts. The Harry Potter universe is a wonderful, magical place hidden within the everyday, urban, boring world of Muggles. Yeah, Voldemort might be trying to destroy everything and kill everyone in his path, but you get to be a wizard! With magic!

2. Draykon (Seven Realms)
Draykon’s world is absolutely gorgeous, filled with mysterious plants and creatures and its own unique pattern of night and day. The whole world is magical and I would just love to dive in and experience it first hand.

3. Wheel of Time 
This world is so expansive with a history so rich that it already feels like it could really exist in some kind of alternate reality. I love High Fantasy and the old-fashioned historical feel to it, so I could definitely imagine myself jumping straight into Two Rivers and joining Rand’s adventure. I think I’d like this place even if I wasn’t an Aes Sedai (but I do want to be, please oh please!).

4. Black Jewels Trilogy
A matriarchal society where nearly everyone is gifted with varying strengths of magic? Yes please! I’d take even a White jewel to live in that world! I see a pattern emerging, I clearly have a thing for the promise of magical powers. Oh dear.

I really enjoyed this weeks Top Ten Tuesday! Let me know in the comments which fictional worlds you would love or hate to live in!

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[TOP TEN TUESDAY] TBR List (Autumn 2013)

BlogAfter last week my TBR list has definitely at least doubled! Everyone had such great picks that I couldn’t help but add a few to my list. I’ve managed to pull out a mix of the Top Ten I can’t wait for this Autumn and the ones I’m really excited to pick up next!

In no particular order:

Allegiant – Veronica Roth (22nd October 2013)
The final installment in the  Divergent Trilogy, I can’t wait to see how Roth wraps everything up and I’m especially excited to see how the double narration works. This book can’t come soon enough!

World After – Susan Ee (19th November 2013)
Does November count as Autumn? I’m not sure I care. I loved Angelfall and I’m so excited for the sequel, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Ee can keep up the pace in World After.

Not a Drop to Drink – Mindy McGinnis (24th September 2013)
I already love the plot outline and I’ve heard so many great things that I couldn’t not add it to my list. Survival in a barren world with limited water supplies is a completely different game to the other apocolypse books I’ve read so far and I’m interested to see how this pans out.

Speak – Laurie Halse Anderson
First published in 1999, Speak sounds heartbreaking and dark with a strong message. I’d like to read this for something more serious than the usual.

Wool/Shift – Hugh Howey
I picked up Shift a few weeks ago thinking it was the first book (somehow missing the giant II on the spine, duh), but then I found out it’s actually a prequel. Which do I read first? Help!

Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
A classic I should definitely have read by now, I’ve been meaning to pick this up for a long time but it keeps getting pushed further down the list the more new books I find. I’m going to find time to finally read this soon!

All Our Yesterdays – Cristin Terrill
Another book that is blowing up right now, the concept is different and interesting so I’m excited to get my hands on a copy! I’m pretty sure this will feature as a review soon enough.

Feed – Mira Grant
I’ve never read a zombie book and Feed seems like a good place to start. The reviews are great and I like that we enter the world 20 years after infection, offering a different take on the classic zombie thriller.

Neverfall – Brodi Ashton
Another book I keep putting off, I finished Everneath and Everbound within a matter of days and I need to find out what happens to Nikki! I did love the first two books and I will get round to Neverfall at some point!

The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
The Night Circus was all over Top Ten Tuesday last week and I want to find out what all the fuss is about for myself. It’s supposed to be really visual and magical so I’m looking forward to trying it out.

Have you read any of my choices? Or are you adding some to your TBR list too? Leave your comments below!