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.
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!