Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Spring To-Be-Read List

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they're particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish (and who isn't?). They're all about creating new lists including a little bit of everything and I've been meaning to participate for so long but always seemed to get behind. So here we are and hopefully you'll head over to their page and check out what everyone else put up for this week's Top Ten.

So this week they decided to do something similar to my countdown posts and my new finds posts, so of course I couldn't resist participating in the meme. While these ten books are ones I plan to read, I've decided to take a closer look at my bookshelves and check out which ones I have up there that I've still yet to read. Shameful I know...having books up on a shelf that I haven't had the chance to read yet, but this list will hopefully (fingers crossed) help me take care of that problem. Here are ten books that I already own and am making sure that I read from cover to cover before the end of Spring.

To Be Read Spring Book #1: Inside Out (Insider, #1) by Maria V. Snyder

Keep Your Head Down. Don't Get Noticed. Or Else. I'm Trella. I'm a scrub. A nobody. One of thousands who work the lower levels, keeping Inside clean for the Uppers. I've got one friend, do my job and try to avoid the Pop Cops. So what if I occasionally use the pipes to sneak around the Upper levels? The only neck at risk is my own...until I accidentally start a rebellion and become the go-to-girl to lead a revolution.

Snyder is one of my all time favorite authors, and there are no words to describe how much I truly enjoy her work. With that being said I'm ashamed to admit that I first purchased this book when it was first released and for some reason have yet to crack open it's pages. I think maybe at first it was because it seemed so different from her other books as far as the plot and idea behind it that I was afraid I'd find that despite her stellar writing that it just wasn't for me. I'm an idiot! I think I'm finally ready to take the chance on this one and I'll be crossing my fingers that while it might not turn out to be similar to her other series, that I'll end up loving it all the same. We shall see.

To Be Read Spring Book #2: The Iron Queen (Iron Fey, #3) by Julie Kagawa

My name is Meghan Chase.

I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it.

This time, there will be no turning back.

I'm not sure why I didn't keep up with this series, but somehow I missed out on this one. I've got my copy which I think was purchased right at the release date sitting on my shelf at home, but yet I never opened it up. This list, while it's nice to get myself back into books that I've forgotten about or should have read long ago it nice, it's also depressing. I'm sad that I let these books fall to the wayside, especially since I know there's a very good chance that each of them will become a part of my list of favorites. So hopefully I'll be able to get through this one quickly so that I can be prepared to read the fourth book in the series shortly after.

To Be Read Spring Book #3: The Faerie Path (Faerie Path, #1) by Frewin Jones

Swept away into a court of magic and beauty, she discovers she is Tania, the lost princess of Faerie: the youngest daughter of Oberon and Titania. Since Tania's mysterious disappearance on the eve of her wedding five hundred years before, Faerie has been sunk in darkness and gloom. The courtly Lord Gabriel Drake, who Tania was once to marry, has found her and brought her back.

With Tania's return, Faerie comes alive again as a land of winged children, glittering balls, and fantastic delights. But Tania can't forget Anita's world, or the boy she loved there.

Torn between two loves and between two worlds, Tania slowly comes to discover why she disappeared so long ago. She possesses a singular magical ability and she must use it to stop a sinister plan that threatens the entire world of Faerie.

I feel like I'm getting excited all over again for this read. This book was given to me as a gift and unfortunately at the time (it was during the holidays) things got in the way and somehow this copy ended up on the shelf and was somewhat forgotten about in the midst of all that was going on around me. But I'm rectifying that mistake this Spring and I'm determined to see what the series is all about and if I'll be wanting to add the rest of the installments to my TBR list.

To Be Read Spring Book #4: White Cat (Curse Workers, #1) by Holly Black

The first in a trilogy, this gritty, fast-paced fantasy is rife with the unexpected. Cassel comes from a shady, magical family of con artists and grifters. He doesn't fit in at home or at school, so he's used to feeling like an outsider. He's also used to feeling guilty - he killed his best friend, Lila, years ago.

But when Cassel begins to have strange dreams about a white cat, and people around him are losing their memories, he starts to wonder what really happened to Lila. In his search for answers, he discovers a wicked plot for power that seems certain to succeed. But Cassel has other ideas - and a plan to con the con men.

Holly Black is one of those authors that has a great reputation around readers and bloggers, or at least she does she the ones I've spoken with. I attempted to read a previous series of hers (The Modern Faerie Tale) and felt like it just wasn't my cup of tea. But it was more the storyline and not the writing, the writing I thought was smooth and paced out well. But after hearing such wonderful reviews for this series I decided to give Black's work another go, hoping that maybe this time, I could enjoy more than just her style of writing, but the characters and story as well.

To Be Read Spring Book #5: Rampant (Killer Unicorns, #1) by Diana Peterfreund

Forget everything you ever knew about unicorns... Real unicorns are venomous, man-eating monsters with huge fangs and razor-sharp horns. Fortunately they've been extinct for a hundred and fifty years. Or not. Astrid had always scoffed at her eccentric mother's stories about killer unicorns. But when one of the monsters attacks her boyfriend - thereby ruining any chance of him taking her to the prom - Astrid finds herself headed to Rome to train as a unicorn hunter at the ancient cloisters the hunters have used for centuries. However, at the cloisters all is not what it seems. Outside, the unicorns wait to attack. And within, Astrid faces other, unexpected threats: from the crumbling, bone-covered walls that vibrate with a terrible power to the hidden agendas of her fellow hunters to - perhaps most dangerously of all - her growing attraction to a handsome art student...an attraction that could jeopardize everything.

I got a gift card for my kindle last Christmas and was so excited to finally be able to buy some books that I wanted to beam to my kindle instead of having to carry around a book (this was when I was still a fairy new kindle user and the excitement was still very fresh) that I couldn't wait to order something. The problem I discovered is that I should only ever order one book at a time on my kindle because I get distracted very easily. I finished one of the three books I ordered and of course went in search of the next book I wanted to read and forgot that I still had two others waiting in my kindle library, just begging to be read. So thanks to this list I've given myself a reminder and will be getting right on that.

To Be Read Spring Book #6: Swoon At Your Own Risk by Sydney Salter

You'd think Polly Martin would have all the answers when it comes to love - after all, her grandmother is the famous syndicated advice columnist Miss Swoon. But after a junior year full of dating disasters, Polly has sworn off boys. This summer, she's going to focus on herself for once. So Polly is happy when she finds out Grandma is moving in - think of all the great advice she'll get. But Miss Swoon turns out to be a man-crazy sexagenarian! How can Polly stop herself from falling for Xander Cooper, the suddenly-hot skateboarder who keeps showing up while she's working at Wild Waves water park, when Grandma is picking up guys at the bookstore and flirting with the dishwasher repairman? No advice column can prepare Polly for what happens when she goes on a group camping trip with three too many ex-boyfriends and the tempting Xander. Polly is forced to face her feelings and figure out if she can be in love - and still be herself.

Another book that was gifted to me a while back that for some reason went on to my bookshelf instead of me cracking it open right away. So once again this sounds to me like a fun and great Summer read, don't you think? While I've never been camping myself it always sounded like a fun outing to try out. So Polly seems to be in for quite the adventure with her ex-boyfriends surrounding her while also crushing on the new guy and I for one think it sounds like a highly entertaining scenario.

To Be Read Spring Book #7: Shade (Shade, #1) by Jeri Smith Ready

Love ties them together. Death can't tear them apart.

Best. Birthday. Ever. At least, it was supposed to be. With Logan's band playing a critical gig and Aura's plans for an intimate after-party, Aura knows it will be the most memorable night of her boyfriend's life. She never thought it would be his last.

Logan's sudden death leaves Aura devastated. He's gone.

Well, sort of.

Like everyone born after the Shift, Aura can see and hear ghosts. This mysterious ability has always been annoying, and Aura had wanted nothing more than to figure out why the Shift happened so she can undo it. But not with Logan's violet-hued spirit still hanging around. Because dead Logan is almost as real as ever.

It doesn't help that Aura's new friend Zachary is so understanding - and so very alive. His support means more to Aura than she cares to admit.

As Aura's relationships with the dead and the living grow ever complicated, so do her feelings for Logan and Zachary. Each holds a piece of Aura's heart...and clues to the secret of the Shift.

When I went to the PAYA book festival last year I had the pleasure of meeting so many great authors. And like a kid in a candy store, when I walked in and saw all the books that were there for sale and all the authors that had written them available to talk to and autograph said books, I couldn't help myself. My wallet definitely suffered the consequences that day, and I don't think I was the only one. Ready was one of the authors that was there, and while I hadn't read her book before, I picked up a copy for myself and had her sign it before I left. Because of the large volume of books I picked up that day, unfortunately hers was put off to the side. Time to fix that, don't you think?

To Be Read Spring Book #8: Rage (Riders of the Apocalypse, #2) by Jackie Morse Kessler

Missy didn't mean to cut so deep. But after the part where she was humiliated in front of practically everyone in school, who could blame her for wanting some comfort? Sure, most people don't find comfort in the touch of a razor blade, but Missy always was...different. That's why she was chosen to become one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: War. Now Missy wields a new kind of blade - a big, brutal sword that can cut down anyone and anything in her path. But it's with this weapon in her hand that Missy learns something that could help her triumph over her own pain: control. A unique approach to the topic of self-mutilation, Rage is the story of a young woman who discovers her own power and refuses to be defeated by the world.

Yet again I've only got myself to blame for having left this title unread and sitting on my shelves. The problem is, after I read Kessler's series opener, Hunger I was shaken to say the least. It was much more graphic and emotionally draining than I had anticipated and really left me somewhat a mess. It was one of those books that while I'm sure I could have easily read it time wise, in one sitting, I had to take breaks and step away from the book because it was so tumultuous. I have a friend that has experienced issues like the kind dealt with in Hunger and it really hit close to home for me. Opened my eyes so to speak. While I've got no previous knowledge or experience with the subject matter dealt with in this second installment, I know now how easy it is to become invested in Kessler's writing and I was slightly hesitant to jump back in right away.

To Be Read Spring Book #9: Small Persons With Wings by Ellen Booraem

Ever since she was teased for believing in fairies, Mellie has adopted a strictly scientific and logical approach to life. But when her parents inherit her grandfather's inn, she learns that for generations, her family members have been fair guardians. The fairies exchanged some of their powers for this protection but now they want their magic back. And evil temptress in disguise wants the magic too, and before she knows it, Mellie is turned into a frog, her grandfather is discovered alive, and her parents are trapped in an evil spell that only lets them see the truth (which can be awfully brutal). Thank goodness for Timmo - the cute boy next door - and Durindana, a fairy outcast, who help Mellie save teh day and encourage her to loosen up her views on family, fairies, and friendship.

This is a hilarious, irreverent, and highly sarcastic take on fairies - who, by the way, just hate to be called fairies.

I just think this one sounds so ridiculous in nature that it must be a hoot to read, wouldn't you think? So while I have no excuse for having skipped over this one before now, I'm looking forward to crossing this one off my list now that Spring is here. I can't wait to see what these fairies are like that are so specific and hateful of their commonly used names. I guess I'll have to learn how to adapt to the proper nomanclature, small persons with wings, if I want to be politically correct while I'm reading Booraem's title.

To Be Read Spring Book #10: The Trust (Secret Society, #2) by Tom Dolby

Who can you trust when everything is secrets and lies?

It's a new semester at the Chadwick School, and even with the ankh tattoos that brand them, Phoebe, Nick, Lauren, and Patch are hoping for a fresh start. Each day, however, they are reminded of their membersheip as new Conscripts in the Society. The secret group that promised to help them achieve their every dream has instead turned their lives into a nightmare.

Exclusive membership lost its luster as the Society revealed its agenda to them and two of their classmates were found dead. Now they can't help but wonder: Who's next? While they serrch for the elusive truth about the Society, the Conscripts are forced to face their darkest fear - that they truly can't get out.

Will Nick and Phoebe's new relationship endure this strain? Can Patch and Nick's longtime friendship survive the truth that will come to light? The deceptions of the group's leaders, once trusted friends, and family will test these four as they fight to leave the Society behind.

The Trust, Tom Dolby's sequel to Secret Society, is an alluring glimpse behind the facade of a life of entitlement, where secrets aren't merely fun - they're deadly.

Life simply got in the way of this one. I'm glad that I've included this on my list of reads for the Spring and am anxious to see how these friends fare amongst all the lies, tension and scariness that comes along with their membership in the secret society. I can't imagine where Dolby will take his characters in this sequel but I can only guess that it won't be a smooth ride for anyone.

1 comment:

  1. The Iron Queen was amazing. If you loved the first two books, you'll be completely obsessed with the third. It's by far the best.
    Rampant was also really good. One of the most original stories I've seen in a while.



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