March 11, 2011

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?


  1. I'm reading paper towns and LOVING it so far:)

  2. When my TBR list got taller than a book on edge I cut myself off from buying. In the meantime Goodreads has been a blessing for keeping track of books like The Pericles Commission, Anna and the French Kiss, Hex Hall, Takeoffs and Landings.

  3. At the top of my list is Delirium, since a certain wonderful amazing person let me borrow it! :D

    Plus also I need to read 1984 for my book club. I cannot believe I haven't read it before, but now's the time!

  4. Some really interesting-sounding books there.

    I've gone all fantasy in my tbr pile.
    I've just started Brandon Sanderson;s 2nd Mistborn book (the first was great) and I've got Patrick Rothfuss' Wise Man's Fear waiting after that.

  5. Between Shades of Gray is BRILLIANT! I think you would love it :)

    I want Sean Griswold's head as well ~ I'll wait for the paperback...

  6. Sean Griswold's Head sounds awesome! :)

  7. Plus, you have to read the ones I suggested a while back too. ;-)

    I have a huge TBR pile. These are a few I can't wait to read:

    Mercy Blade by Faith Hunter

    Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

    The Giver by Lois Lowry

    City of the Dead by Brain Keene

    The Dead Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan

    And too many others to clog up your comments with. LOL.

    Oh. and have you entered Beth Revis' contest? I have. More books to win. ;-)

  8. Hello! I came over from Kate's blog (Scribbling SeaSerpent) - pleased to meet you!

    I love the cover for Swamplandia. What books am I craving right now? Hm - Room (Emma Donaghue) is one I'd like to read, When I Go To Sleep (SJ Watson) is another when it is released... mostly I walk into a book shop and start craving everything!

  9. Lindsay, ohhh let me know what you think of Paper Towns!

    SM, I absolutely ADORED Anna and the French Kiss! It's one of the best YA novels I've ever read. Can't wait to see what you think!

    Lynn, who is this awesome person who lent you Delirium?! :)

  10. Ian, I still desperately need to check out Brandon Sanderson's books! Must go to the library soon...

    Nomes, I can't wait to finish Between Shades of Gray! The prose is really beautiful.

    Pam, I totally want to buy Sean Griswold's Head but I've already fulfilled my book quota for the month. Alas!

  11. Tyhitia, thanks for the tip on Beth Revis' contest! Ohhh, so many shiny books! And I'm really excited for Carrie Ryan's new book The Dark and Hollow Places.

    Jayne, hello and welcome!!! I read ROOM a couple months ago and I thought it was fascinating! Let me know what you think of it when you get the chance to read it!

  12. Oh I just finished ROOM too and I can't seem to shake it! It's one of those books that has permeated my consciousness and will be stuck with me forever!

  13. The Iron Thorn looks awesome! But my TBR pile is massive at the moment... and will only keep growing! Hehe.