Reading in Kyoto: My Want-To-Read List

Hey all! Today I’m going to talk about the many books in my to-be-read list (even if it’s only a small portion of the ever-growing list). Hope you enjoy!

1: Peak by Roland Smith

Peak (A Peak Marcello Adventure): Smith, Roland: 8580001045108:  Books

Synopsis: After fourteen-year-old Peak Marcello is arrested for scaling a New York City skyscraper, he’s left with two choices: wither away in Juvenile Detention or go live with his long-lost father, who runs a climbing company in Thailand. But Peak quickly learns that his father’s renewed interest in him has strings attached. Big strings. As owner of Peak Expeditions, he wants his son to be the youngest person to reach the Everest summit–and his motives are selfish at best. Even so, for a climbing addict like Peak, tackling Everest is the challenge of a lifetime. But it’s also one that could cost him his life.

Why I want to read it: What Peak tries to do is mind blowing. At fourteen, he tackles the grueling challenge of climbing Mount Everest. I’ve read the first several pages in a sneak-peek, and his point of view is very intriguing. I will definitely get this soon if I can.

2: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Marissa Meyer Reflects on Her Iconic Lunar Chronicles Series | Den of Geek

Synopsis (for the 1st book):

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless Lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . . Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg.

She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Why I want to read it: Most of the fairytale retellings I’ve read have come short to my expectations. But this book combines fairytales with things I love: a sci-fi setting, cyborgs, robots, and much more. I’ve also read the sample version of it (which I loved) and I’ve heard a lot of great feedback about this series.

3: City Spies by James Ponti


Sara Martinez is a hacker. She recently broke into the New York City foster care system to expose her foster parents as cheats and lawbreakers. However, instead of being hailed as a hero, Sara finds herself facing years in a juvenile detention facility and banned from using computers for the same stretch of time. Enter Mother, a British spy who not only gets Sara released from jail but also offers her a chance to make a home for herself within a secret MI6 agency.

Operating out of a base in Scotland, the City Spies are five kids from various parts of the world. When they’re not attending the local boarding school, they’re honing their unique skills, such as sleight of hand, breaking and entering, observation, and explosives. All of these allow them to go places in the world of espionage where adults can’t.

Before she knows what she’s doing, Sara is heading to Paris for an international youth summit, hacking into a rival school’s computer to prevent them from winning a million euros, dangling thirty feet off the side of a building, and trying to stop a villain…all while navigating the complex dynamics of her new team.

No one said saving the world was easy…

Why I want to read it: I LOVE spy stories. I recently just finished the first book in a fascinating and famous series called Alex Rider, by Anthony Horowitz, and it was amazing. I’ve already ordered the next two books. And this series grips me with its synopsis and cover just as much as the latter. It sounds amazing, and I can’t wait to dive into the adventures I’ll have there.

4: The Queen’s Corgi: On Purpose by David Michie


Rescued from unscrupulous breeders who plan to destroy him because of his floppy ear, when the Queen’s littlest corgi arrives at Windsor Castle, he finds himself in a world of red carpets, gilded chambers – and not a pile of dirty laundry to be seen.

Charming his way into the affections of the royal household, Nelson offers a dog’s-eye view of life with the Queen. He eavesdrops on her encounters with celebrities, philanthropists and advisers, catching rare insights into the secrets of a purposeful life. Through one of Her Majesty’s most mysterious advisers, he discovers how the ancient ways and powerful symbols continue to exert a transformative presence. He also becomes familiar with the Queen’s most surprising quality: her gentle but firm expectation that everyone she encounters is striving to be the best that they can be.

The Queen’s Corgi bursts with zest, humour and adventure. Romping through the litany of Nelson’s misdemeanours are a warm-heartedness and deep wisdom sure to delight anyone who has known the smiling face and warm tongue of a dog. It is not by chance that you hold this book in your hands.

Why I want to read it: I love corgis. That’s the biggest reason. And I want to read a short, cute book like this: and I know it will be amazing. I mean, it has corgis in it so how could it not? 🙂

5: Revenge of Magic by James Riley


Thirteen years ago, books of magic were discovered in various sites around the world alongside the bones of dragons. Only those born after “Discovery Day” have the power to use the magic.

Now, on a vacation to Washington, DC, Fort Fitzgerald’s father is lost when a giant creature bursts through the earth, attacking the city. Fort is devastated, until an opportunity for justice arrives six months later, when a man named Dr. Opps invites Fort to a government-run school, the Oppenheimer School, to learn magic from those same books.

But life’s no easier at the school, where secrets abound. What does Jia, Fort’s tutor, know about the attacks? Why does Rachel, master of destructive magic, think Fort is out to destroy the school? And why is Fort seeing memories of an expelled girl every time he goes to sleep? If Fort doesn’t find out what’s hiding within the Oppenheimer School, more attacks will come, and this time, nothing will stop them!

Why I want to read it: I really like books about magic, and this book looks really promising. I cannot wait to get into this, and join Fort in his adventures.

I hope you enjoyed that! I had a really fun time writing about five of the books that I want to read, and I know I’ll have an even more fun time reading them!

What are some books in your want-to-read list?

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