Thursday, May 17, 2018

Books from the Backlog #8


Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

If you would like to join in, please feel free to enter your link and link back to this post, then spend some time visiting some of the other posts.  

This week's neglected book


Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer
Series: Southern Reach #1
Release Date: February 4, 2014
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer.

This is the twelfth expedition.

Their group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all their observations, scientific and otherwise, of their surroundings and of one another; and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.

They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers—they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understanding—but it’s the surprises that came across the border with them, and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another, that change everything.

Why did I add Annihilation to my bookshelf?

I actually won an ARC of this book in a Goodreads giveaway back in December 2013.  I have no idea why I haven't managed to find a moment to read this book sometime in the past four plus years.  It looks exactly like something I would enjoy plus it is rather short at less than 200 pages so it wouldn't even take a lot of time to read.  I saw a preview for the movie that was released earlier this year and promptly found this book so that I can have easy access as soon as I could squeeze it in...which hasn't happened yet but I think it will very soon. 

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it to others?






40 comments:

  1. I love the sound of this book and hope that you will be able to enjoy it soon.

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    1. Thanks, Cyndy! It is such a short one that I should be able to sneak it in sometime :)

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  2. Congrats on that win! A blast from the past. This book is new to me despite it being "old". I hope you enjoy it if/when you read it!

    Have a lovely week, Carole. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. It isn't that old really...just a few years. I should have read it as soon as I got my hands on it instead of putting it on the shelf and forgetting about it.

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  3. I do love a Goodreads win! This one is new to me but it's not one I think would appeal to me without a review.

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    1. I haven't won too many books from Goodreads lately - probably because I have a lot of unread books that I did win. Hopefully, I can work it in soon.

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  4. creepy, like that mermaid book that I have never gotten the chance to borrow and read

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    1. It sound rather strange and creepy which is why it appeals to me so much.

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  5. I hope the movie come out soon. I don't know that I want to read the books but maybe someday.

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    1. It seems that this movie came out earlier this year. I don't think it is available to buy yet but I do want to see it.

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  6. I’ve never heard of this book, but it sounds awesomely creepy. I hope you read and review it soon!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. I have it is my read soon pile so there is a chance it will happen, AJ!

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  7. Bad u! I get scared when I got an angry email from Gr..ok not angry, but yes I read my gr giveaway at once lol

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    1. I should have done the same. You are right, that was bad of me :)

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  8. I worry about this book as it keeps getting described as weird but I still want to read it before I see the film.

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    1. I like weird books so I think it will work for me.

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  9. Love your new meme! Found out about it through another blogger. I could be a poster child for unread books...look forward to joining in as soon as I can organize a post, possibly beginning next week.

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    1. I have such an issue with buying books that I never read. I am finding out that I am not alone :)

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    1. It was talked about more shortly after its release. I am looking forward to it.

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  11. I haven't read it but it's not really my kind of book.

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    1. It looks weird enough to really be entertaining for me.

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  12. Oh how I know that feeling. My last GR win sits in a stack that I keep "meaning" to read. I think they use that against you in future win draws too or at least that's what I read somewhere.

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    1. I have so many piles of books that I keep meaning to read. I read the same thing and I am sure that is why I can't win a book on GR anymore to save my life!

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  13. I am curious about this one and want to see the movie!

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  14. This is funny. I just heard about this book in a booktuber's vlog and it was one on her list of TBR pile books to read soon, too.

    It looks exciting. I'm curious to see what you think of it when you get the chance to read it.

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    1. I do see it mentioned from time to time. It is funny when you see the same thing mentioned by several different people. It is a small world for sure!

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  15. Ohhh I've always wanted to pick up a copy of this! It's so slight a book, too.

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    1. It is pretty short. Of course, I think it is the first in a trilogy so I would probably really need to read all three books!

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  16. Yeah the synopsis is one that would pull me in. Hmm, you need to read it for us.

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    1. I think of it as my homework, Kimberly :)

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  17. OK, so the synopsis immediately had me wondering why anyone else would want to visit this place. Surely learn from past experiences, fence it off and let well alone? But I guess that would result in an even shorter book!

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    1. I don't think I would want to visit but it sounds like it would be fun to read about it!

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  18. I have seen this one around, but I have seen a lot of conflicting reviews so it isn't on my radar. However, I do hope you enjoy reading it!!

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  19. I haven't read this one, but I just discovered it's a trilogy. It doesn't seem like a book I would enjoy. I do hope if you ever get around to reading it, that you like it. Maybe next week I can join in the fun. Have a great day.

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    1. I have a feeling that the fact that it is a trilogy may have been the reason I set it aside waiting to get the other 2 books...which never happened. I would love for you to join in, Jovita!

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  20. I have heard good things about this book. I hope you enjoy it when you read it!

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