Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A Peek at My TBR (11): BEA Edition

Disclaimer: these are books that I WANT to read and are on my TBR list, not books that I necessarily own (unfortunately!) And if I do have any of them on my shelf, I'll specify :)

A Peek At My TBR is a feature inspired by Waiting on Wednesday by Jill at Breaking the Spine and Books To Pine For by The Story Siren. I did WoW for awhile, but honestly, there's never only one book I'm "waiting" on. And a lot of the books that I "pine for" aren't just up-and-coming books. There's still a ton of oldies but goodies that I'm just now discovering or want to read soon, and I feel like thosedeserve some recognition as well as the fresh meat.

Now you're probably saying to yourself: "wait. Jen didn't go to BEA. I know this because she pissed and moaned about it for like 6 months prior and excruciatingly so throughout the actual week of BEA." And you, my friends, would be correct. That being said, I happen to be in possession of some kickass blogger friends who DID go to BEA and just happened to lend me some books that they picked up at BEA. Of those, these are the books I'm most excited for.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Published: September 27, 2011
There have been a LOT of positive reviews going around about this book, mainly thanks to the massive WTFery afoot. Read Jamie's review here and I invite you to watch the video, as well :) Given that many of the adjectives I've heard are: creepy, WTFery, weird, awesome, amazing, and OMG, this book is one that I am ready to call in sick to devour in one sitting. Since that can't happen, I'll gladly shove this book into my jeans somehow and sneak off to the bathroom at work in order to devote some time.

The Carrier of the Mark
Published: October 4, 2011
Okay, let us take one moment to digest and ponder over this one word: Ireland. I don't care if it's a book about a dog pissing on a fire hydrant on a summer day, the fact that this book is set in Ireland makes it squeeworthy. But wait, there's more. After I got googly-eyed over Ireland, I decided to look at the cover. Floating girl. Blue dress with some weird blue junk coming out of it. Again: LOVE. And the synopsis? Strange family. Mysterious om nom boy. ANCIENT ORDERS. That's it. SOLD.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Published: November 15, 2011
So this one does not exactly have a cover yet, which only piques my interest more. Juliette, the MC in this book, cannot touch anybody because she ends lives by doing so. What immediately springs to mind is Rogue from X-Men and I have mass amounts of sad for her. How much would that suck? Because of her danger to civilization as we know it, she's been thrown into captivity. Also, the words "weapon" and "warrior" are included in the summary, which gets me really excited. I hate violence IRL, but in books? BRING IT. Additionally, there are whisperings of a majorly swoonworthy romance.


  1. Shatter Me is OMG FABULOUS. I got it on an ARC tour and wanted to cry as I packed it up to send away.

  2. Carrier of the Mark - that one sounds really good.

  3. I completely agree with your TBR blurb about "The Unbecoming of Mara Dryer" I had my own little hissy fit yesterday over the fact that every book blogger in creation had this book and I didn' wasn't pretty and I think there was foot stomping...

    Also "Carrier of the Mark"...hadn't heard of it yet and agree with the automatic love of the Ireland setting. Definitely keeping my eyes open to more reviews of this one...thanks for the tip!

  4. Good choices! All 3 of these were high on my "must find at BEA" list. I've only read Mara so far, and boy is it intense! I've heard nothing but good things about Carrier, and Shatter Me, so I'm hoping to get to those soon. : )
    ps. I totally used to be a "hide in the bathroom at work" reader when I worked in an office full time. Haha!

  5. I loved Mara Dyer and hear great things about Shatter Me, but lesson I learned with Mara is if I read books I love too far in advance, it just equals more wait time till next book!

  6. I'm also really excited for Mara Dyer. I'm borrowing a copy from someone as well and can't wait to read it.

  7. I have heard AWESOME things about Shatter Me and am so excited to read it. As for Mara Dyer.. we'll discuss after you've read it ;-) haha

  8. Mara Dyer is awesome, but nuts.

    I'm psyched about Shatter Me and The Carrier of the Mark as well!

  9. Ahh! Carrier of the Mark sounds soo good. I will have to keep my eye out for your review. I hope you enjoy all your books from BEA. I didn't get to go either. Boo! But that's nice your friends picked you up a few.

  10. Three books that I'm totally looking forward to! I can't wait until they come out.

  11. All three books = EPIC. I'm SO STOKED to see your reviews!


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  13. I'm loving all the buzz for these novels and Shatter Me sounds so good! (The author is hilarious on Twitter.) I was recently fortunate to receive The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and I can't wait to finally have the time to read it! :)

  14. That's nice from them to lend you the books :) Happy reading! These three books sound AWESOME!

  15. BE WARNED: The sexual tension in Shatter Me is just...gah!