Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: The Books I Just HAD to Buy...But are Still Sitting on my Shelf

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the gals over at The Broke and the Bookish. And thank you to Jamie, for reassuring me that I don't always have to have 10 on my list :) Though I do this time! YAY!

I'll be honest, I love love love reading all of these, but I always feel totally inadequate, because people have all the classics on their lists. All of my lists would consist of: "um... 1-10...TWILIGHTZ!" So I normally don't do them. However, this subject matter is something with which I can totally jump on board. Book hoarding and not reading them right away? My number of unread books on my shelves is hovering somewhere around 200 now and I feel like they need to be acknowledged. Well, ten of them. The top ten. Hence the name of the meme.

Be right back, I need to go stare at my shelf and compile a list.



1. Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves
I made a huge stink about this book. I fell in absolute love with the synopsis and the cover and even had the release date circled and starred in my planner. I honestly cannot tell you why I haven't read it yet, other than the fact that I haven't read Bleeding Violet yet. Yes, I know you don't have to read Bleeding Violet in order to read Slice, but it takes place in the same world, so I want to read it in the order of release. Books just keep piling up in front of it, and then there's the whole NetGalley thing. There's something so enticing about getting your hands on books that aren't even out yet, so I always rush to read those!

2. Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
How can anybody not fall completely in love with that cover? After reading a handful of unfavorable reviews, I unfortunately bumped this one down the reading pile. I actually bought it for half price at Half Price Books, and figured that if I didn't enjoy it, at least I didn't pay the entire cost for it. I do still want to read it for myself and form my own opinion about the book, but sweet merciful crap, it is LONG. That is definitely daunting. Maybe someday when I run out of reading material.

3. Across the Universe by Beth Revis
I immediately went out on the release date and bought AtU and hugged it and pet it and called it George (if you don't get that, you're too young. Or you need to watch way more Looney Tunes.) It's freaking outer space. Again, with the whole "lots of pages" thing. I could probably read two short books by the time I finished this one. And I'm not put off by the negative reviews, because I really haven't read any. This one hasn't been sitting on my shelf for too long just yet, so I think there's a good chance I'll read it this month.

4. The Jumbee by Pamela Keyes
So basically, this is a Caribbean play on Phantom of the Opera. I won at ARC from the lovely ladies at Forever Young Adult, and almost passed out from the excitement. Yeah, that was last year. I really, really, need to read this still. I have an emotional connection with Phantom of the Opera. I saw the play in Vegas last year (and I want to go again this year!) and fell absolutely in love with Gerard Butler when I saw the movie. But truly, but obsession began with the music that we played back in 7th grade band. We played Music of the Night and seriously, it moved me to tears. We weren't good AT ALL, and the song still moved me. That's serious. That all being said, anything Phantom-related provokes the "gimme" hands.

5. Firelight by Sophie Jordan
DRAGONS! Er, DRAKI! I don't know what that is, but effing A I want to find out. I really love this cover and I love the cover for Vanish even more. I've read wonderful things about this book and I'd like to form my own positive thoughts and rave review.

6. Matched by Ally Condie
Uh, did anyone NOT freak out when Matched was released? There was a lot of early hype, something that sometimes doesn't sit well with me because I end up constructing these impossible standards. When I started reading the more negative reviews, I got a little discouraged. After all, I already hold unread Matched in such high regards and I don't want that to change. However, I will read it someday. For real.

7. Ghost Town by Rachel Caine

I seriously DEVOURED the first 8 books in the Morganville Vampires series. I knocked them out in a little over two weeks, I do believe. I was pissed off when I found out that a) I was going to have to wait like, 6 months for this one. And b) when it was being released in hardcover when the rest are obviously NOT. I mean seriously, there are only 4 books left in the series and the previous 8 are all mass market paperback. These technicalities, however, do not negate my intense, twisted love for Myrnin. Perhaps I've been putting it off because I don't want to have to wait forever for Bite Club. But I think that's going to come to an end soon, because it's just about Myrnin o' clock.

8. Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
I liked Shiver quite a bit and was very excited to see how things would go in the next book. I think the reason that I haven't read the next one is because I was actually rather content with how Stiefvater ended things in Shiver. Plus, while I did enjoy it, I wasn't as obsessed as everyone else was. But it does have green font and that is effing cool.

9. The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
You guys, I really don't think I'll ever grow weary of werewolves. Yeah, vampires are definitely on their way out, though I will always have a soft spot for Twilight and Vampire Academy. But I'm still not tired of werewolves. I hear there's a Christian spin on this one, which should be interesting. I've never really read about anything with religious undertones in YA and, being a Christian myself, I'd be pretty interesting to see what's up with this. Plus, I've heard good things! Plus, I have The Lost Saint, which I also just HAD to buy on release day.

10. Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols
I don't know what it is about these tiny little books that intrigued me, but I had to have them once I saw their covers. Sure, I know they're just faces. But this chick has an EYEBROW RING. Obviously she's a rebel. I have read Forget You, which was decent, but I've heard GTF is way better, which is very exciting!

26 comments:

  1. I'll be reading Matched soon. Honestly not sure what I'm going to think.
    I haven't read Forget You, but you have to read Going Too Far! It's very good! John After... <3

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  2. Oh, I LOVE Phantom of the Opera! And I've really wanted to read Matched. And now you've got me interested in The Dark Divine.

    ...and oh, I wouldn't judge you for putting modern books up instead of classics. I've cheerfully stuck Twilight in lists that included things like Jane Eyre and Catcher in the Rye. :) I'm a firm believer in its worth.

    P.S. You have an exceptionally lovely header. :)

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  3. Man oh man, lots of good stuff there. I can't imagine what you HAVE been reading if you've been able to leave those sit!

    Happy reading!

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  4. ok,,, you have wayyyy too many good ones on your pile and I've read most of them and they're all very good. You need to read Linger and Across the Universe!!! They're amazeballs! =D

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  5. I JUST bought Firelight. And I totally freaked about the releases of ATU and Slice of Cherry!

    YAY you for participating! And I'm telllling you..as someone who looks at most all the lists...people totally put Twilight for things! :)

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  6. You've listed so many good ones! Ah! I'm dying to read Matched and A Slice of Cherry. I just finished The Dark Divine. Let me know what you think when you get around to it! ;)
    -Farrah

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  7. I really loved Matched, but I know some people had issues with it. I thought it was brilliant! I hope you get to read AtU soon; it was also very good. Halo wasn't that great, but I did like The Dark Divine. You are right- it did have a Christian spin, but nothing that was too preachy. Thanks for the advice regarding which books I should read on my posting- I will definitely have to move Nevermore up to the top of my TBR pile soon!

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  8. I need to get to Firelight and Matched as well! And Halo does have a stunning cover, I just didn't think the story lived up to it. But I hope you'll enjoy it more than I did! Great list :)

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  9. I haven't read any of these, so I can't really offer my advice, but your blog is beautiful! I also LOVE its name- I'm always using random bits of paper, the corners of magazine pages etc for bookmarks! Hehe

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  10. I've had Halo sitting on my shelf for a while too :)

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  11. Also, and I understand if this is too complicated to answer, but how did you get the bows besides your titles on the sides of your page? I can design the graphics, I was just curious as to how you placed them via HTML. If you could help, I'd greatly appreciate it! :)
    -Farrah

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  12. We have a few similar books! I loved it when you said, "Be right back, I need to go stare at my shelf and compile a list." That is EXACTLY how I feel when I go to pick out my next book. There are just too many options :)

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  13. I still have Across the Universe sitting on my shelf, too - I really enjoyed Matched - it wasn't love all the way through, but I liked it enough that I am looking forward to the sequel. Hope you get through this list eventually!

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  14. Ghost Town, GOING TOO FAR and Linger = read 'em, Jen. STAT. I haven't read Dark Divine yet...gotta do it soon!

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  15. I'm going to have to jump on this Top Ten Tuesday idea because I have way too many downloaded to my Kindle. I get so excited, but for random reasons never seem to read the ones that are "hyped". Maybe it's like you said with Matched...impossible standards? Loved reading your list.

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  16. Hope you will enjoy Matched when you get to it--I think it was a great book!

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  17. Wow! Lots of great books there. I do this a lot too. In fact, I just picked up a book that I bought two years ago and haven't read yet. Two years!

    I read Halo when as soon as it was released, but unfortunately it was a huge disappointment to me. I fell in love with the cover, but not the book. :(

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  18. I really want to read Matched and Across the Universe!

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  19. Linger and Matched and Going Too Far are all wonderful :)

    I'm listening to Across the Universe in my car on my way to and from work right now and enjoying it so far, too.

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  20. You did talk about Slice of Cherry a lot not that you mention it! I didn't like Matched, but I'm sure you already know that. I have a feeling Match #2(not even sure if they is a title for it) is going to be better than the first one. And I really need to get around to reading a Jennifer Echols book!

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  21. this weeks topic is hilarious.

    and GET ON WITH READING 'going too far' it really is hot and as good as the rave reviews say :)

    xo

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  22. dude dude dude forget you pales in comparison to going too far! going too far is like the best, meltiest, eyes rolling back in your head chocolate to forget you's, i don't know, tootsie roll. i don't even like chocolate that much but i couldn't think of a better comparison right now.

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  23. The Jumbee! Oh, that book is really neat to read.

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  25. OMG! I can't wait to read AtU. The cover looks amazing. But the way, I read Matched and I really liked it. Usually, I don't like books with a lot of hype. Anna and the French Kiss, for example, didn't live up to the hype for me. Matched did.

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  26. I was mentioning in a comment on another blog on this topic that 2/3 of the books in my bookcase are of the "have to have this now" variety. Yet, there they sit....peeking out at me taunting me. LOL

    I've read many on your list and can say that Linger is a great read. A fantastic follow up to Shiver, in fact I think it was even better than the first. I also quite enjoyed Firelight. I was skeptical on the concept but it worked really well and I'm looking forward to the follow-up.

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