Books I Most Certainly Need To Read

There are too many wonderful books in this world and too little time! Gah! I wish I could clone myself so I could catch up on all of the reading I need to do.

(Speaking of clones, I wouldn't mind having a cooking clone, a cleaning clone, a take-out-the-recycling clone, and a writing clone...)

For instance, I bought Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children at a used bookshop about, oh, two years ago and it still languishes on my shelf unread. "Why, hello, Caroline," it says to me each time I pass it. "Won't you pick me up and give me a go? Why must you spend all of your time on those young adult novels? *Sniff*" It's a rather snooty book, methinks!

Anyway, you probably think I'm crazy now because I'm making up conversations I've had with my books. Ha! You don't know the half of it... But I digress. Here are a few books that I've been craving to read but haven't had the time (or $$$) to do so.

This cover is mega-creepy, eh? I picked up this YA dystopian at B&N the other day and I was immediately engrossed by the first couple of chapters. Here is the book jacket copy:

In the city of Lovecraft, the Proctors rule and a great Engine turns below the streets, grinding any resistance to their order to dust. The necrovirus is blamed for Lovecraft's epidemic of madness, for the strange and eldritch creatures that roam the streets after dark, and for everything that the city leaders deem Heretical—born of the belief in magic and witchcraft. And for Aoife Grayson, her time is growing shorter by the day.

The ever-so-lovely Alexa Barry gave me an ARC of this novel about two months ago. The book revolves around fifteen-year-old Lina, a Lithuanian girl living in 1941 when the Soviets sweep her city and force her family to move into a Siberian work camp. I've already read the first three chapters and the prose is simply lovely, lovely, lovely. I really can't wait to finish this! 

I read the first few pages of Sean Griswold's Head on and I fell in love with the voice. The protagonist, Payton Gritas, just learned that her father has MS and her guidance counselor advises her to find a focus object--an item to concentrate her emotions on. The object is supposed to be inanimate but Payton decides to choose something she stares at in class: the back of Sean Griswold's head. 

This is an adult literary novel that has been getting all sorts of press in places in like NY Times, the Washington Post, Newsweek, and Entertainment Weekly. WANT. Plus, there's an exclamation point in the title! Gotta love that. 

So what books are you craving right now? What's on your TBR list?