November 15, 2011

Read me, Jaime! Read me!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme that takes place every Tuesday over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's list is:

Top 10 Unread Books on My Bookshelf

Wow, only ten, huh? This should be fun. Since my shelves are full to overflowing with favorite reads but just as many still-to-reads, I'm going to limit this list to strictly YA (if I got into all of the adult reads, classics, and so on we'd be here all day). All of the titles link directly to Goodreads so you can read a synopsis, ratings, and reviews (if you so choose, that is). They're also in no particular order.
1.  THE DEATH CURE (Maze Runner #3) by James Dashner
I have been waiting for this book for a year now since these books were released in three consecutive Octobers. When it finally came out, I cracked it open and promptly realized that I cannot for the life of me remember what happened in the last book. I don't particularly feel like starting the series over at the moment, so I'll probably resort to finding a good synopsis somewhere. This is what happens when you read too much (as if there's any such thing).

2.  CROSSED (Matched #2) by Ally Condie
Finally showed up in the mail, but it's one of those situations where I'm delaying because I want to read it so badly. Does that make any sense to you? No, I didn't think so. It will be the next book I read for sure, but for now I'm just staring at it longingly. This is another one of those 'been waiting for a year' books (since MATCHED came out last fall).

3.  THE DUFF by Kody Keplinger
I've heard a lot about this book and it normally wouldn't be the first one I'd choose but my interest is piqued. The MC sounds extremely interesting. She's described as 'cynical and loyal' and she also tosses her Coke in some dude's face for nicknaming her 'the DUFF'. This girl's story sounds like something I'd like to read just based on that little tidbit.

4.  EYES LIKE STARS (Théâtre Illuminata #1) by Lisa Mantchev
I've had this book for well over a year now (probably going on two), and have been wanting to read it, but there's always been something I wanted to read more. It kind of gets pushed down the list each time something more enticing crops up. I'll get to it, just not sure when.

5.  CLOCKWORK ANGEL (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare
Paranormal and Steampunk? Um, yes please! I enjoyed Cassie Clare's MORTAL INSTRUMENTS series (though I do still have to read book #4), and I love stories set in Victorian England. So on all counts I'm completely sold.

6.  FATEFUL by Claudia Gray
In case you haven't heard of this story yet, I'll give you just a taste of what's in store. The Titanic and...[wait for it]...werewolves. Yep. I kind of like when authors pair things in an unexpected way, so this definitely appeals to me. Maybe I'll save this one for April 2012 in observance of the 100th Anniversary of the Titanic sinking. 

7.  VARIANT (Variant #1) by Robison Wells
I started reading this shortly after it was released but got sidetracked by the Fall Book Club's reading of DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor (flipping awesome way to get sidetracked, I assure you). I've been meaning to get back to VARIANT and judging from the great ratings it's getting, I probably should. This book was recently the target of a pay it forward 'book bomb', which you can read all about HERE.

8.  GRACELING (The Seven Kingdoms #1) by Kristin Cashore
I'm not really sure what to say about this except that I've heard it's really good and it has the ratings to prove it. I picked it up once but wasn't in the mood at the time for a fantasy novel so I set it aside to be read at a later date. Still waiting for the right mood to strike me. Who knows, maybe you can convince me?

9.  THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak
This is another case of needing to be in the right mood. I've heard nothing but good things about this book, but perhaps because it's set in WWII Germany I'm dragging my feet a little. Don't get me wrong, I am a history junkie and am particularly interested in this era, but you have to be in the right frame of mind to approach a book dealing with the Holocaust. I'll get to it for sure, just not sure when.

10.  THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO (Chaos Walking #1) by Patrick Ness
After devouring the HUNGER GAMES trilogy and moving on to the likes of DIVERGENT, DELIRIUM, MATCHED, and BLOOD RED ROAD, I was eager for more post-apocalyptic and/or dystopian reads. I'm not sure what exactly, but something moved me away from these types of books for a while, and I haven't really been back. Perhaps after CROSSED and THE DEATH CURE I'll be hungry for more.

What books do YOU have sitting on your shelf still waiting to be read?


  1. Book Thief - yeah, it took me a while to build up the nerve for this one, too. It's intense but so very good. I loved the ending (I'm getting goose bumps just writing about it lol)

  2. Eyes Like Stars is such a fun and entertaining series. I completely enjoyed those books so much.
    Fateful was awesome well.

    This is my 1st week participating in Top 10

  3. I have Eyes Like Stars on my TBR and it keeps getting ignored for the same reasons. I've also left The Book Thief on the shelf for ages as just like you, I think I need to be definitely in the mood for it.

  4. I've not read any of those!
    Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday post. :)

  5. Okay, so I saw FATEFUL when I was at BAM the other day and I wanted to pick it up, but I already had 6 books in my arms, so it wasn't purchased. Now I must have it. Werewolves. Titanic. YES. Anyway, you have to read GRACELING! It's so good. Really. Bump it up your list. :)

  6. CROSSED, GRACELING, and THE BOOK THIEF are all sitting in my To-Read pile as well, among MANY others. We'll have to compare notes when we get to them. :)

    Oh, and I love the vintage Santa image in your header... adorable!

  7. Yes! SO many of those books would be on my list today too if I 1) actually owned them, 2) owned them for longer than I actually have so far... lol

    great choices!

    Thanks for stopping by :)

    Michele | Top 10 Tues

  8. I'm totally with you with being at the whim of my moods when it comes to what to read. Glad to know I'm not the only one. Oh, I read the Duff on audio and really enjoyed, but lots of f-bombs. Great narrator.

  9. I'm reading THE DUFF now. I won't be reading CROSSED since I didn't really like MATCHED.
    And I love GRACELING. I'm kinda of a sucker for fantasy ;)


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