Top Ten Tuesday: Gotta Have it

Top Ten TuesdayYup, it’s that wonderful day of the week again, Tuesday!  Brought to us by the girls over at The Broke and the Bookish (clicking on the above graphic will take you there), Top Ten Tuesday lets us bare our bookish souls.
This week is a topic I’m sure people think about every time they walk past their bookshelf–books that were MUST HAVE NOWs that are still…unread.  Their spines uncreased, their pages untouched.  But had to have it right then omg!

Top Ten Books I HAD To Buy…But Are Still Sitting On My Shelf Unread

1.  The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern–I’ve wanted to read this pretty much since it came out, and when I ordered my husband’s birthday present from Amazon in late September, I also ordered myself a copy of this.  And it’s still sitting on my shelf unread, and has even been on TWO TBR lists (both fall and spring) because I just haven’t gotten to it yet.

2.  The Plains of Passage by Jean M Auel–probably my longest “must have but is still unread”.  I think I may have actually started it a time or two, but something always stops me from reading past the first chapter.  I think, at the moment, what’s keeping me from reading it is the sheer size–I have soo many books to read that I could read 4 in the time it would take me to read this one!

3. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien–okay, while I technically did not buy this (friends gave me a really nice leather-bound edition along with a really nice leather-bound edition of the trilogy as a bridesmaid’s gift for their wedding), I still haven’t read it, and like The Night Circus, it has also made it onto 2 TBR lists.

4.  Impact by Douglas Preston–I, as a habit, will generally pick up anything written by Preston&Child, whether it be their collaborations or their stand alones.  I picked up Impact over a year ago after a book club meeting because it was on the clearance shelf at Barnes and Noble.

5.  Rhett Butler’s People by Donald McCaig–picked this up at an estate sale over the summer, and paid way too much for it (I still keep thinking that they should have garage sale prices…and when I say I paid too much, I paid $2 for it).  I didn’t realize that Margaret Mitchell’s estate had authorized *another* Gone with the Wind related novel…you’d think they’d have learned their lesson with Scarlett!

6.  several of the Hallows series by Kim Harrison–a friend sent me an arc of A Perfect Blood, which was cool, but I was also 2-3 books behind at that point (I had already picked up Pale Demon, though), which meant…yup, had to go out and get the ones I was missing so I could read the arc.  As with The Night Circus and the Hobbit, this set of books has also been on 2 TBR lists…

7.  My Very Dearest Anna by Kara Martinelli–another book I technically didn’t buy, my husband did.  This was also compiled by a friend of ours, and she’s read *my* book, and I just haven’t gotten to hers yet…oops!

8.  Envy by Anna Godberson–it was the LAST copy on BAM’s teen clearance section, so I just haaaaaaaad to get it so I didn’t miss out on it!  Of course, the next time I went in to BAM, there were three copies on the shelf…heh!  But still, LOVE the Luxe series, and I don’t know why I haven’t read this one yet!

9.  A Lion Among Men by Gregory Macguire–another book snatched from a clearance shelf, it even made it onto one of my “shelf of 10” shelves…and I *still* didn’t read it!  I think some of that had to do with the fact it was actually book 11 of 10 (heh), and by that point I was just tired of reading a set amount of books.

10.  The Secret Country by Pamela Dean–I didn’t buy this, I picked it up at last year’s Reading Festival, but I also remember telling someone that I’d read it then pass it on to her.  It’s been over a year since that Festival…


Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!  It’s a brand new year and a brand new Top Ten Tuesday!  What a great way to start out the new year!  I’m also supposed to have a book club meeting tonight, but I have a feeling we’ll be postponing that until NEXT Tuesday, as all of our usual meeting spots will more than likely be closed.

I’m not going to lie–this topic is super easy for me, it’s almost like putting together another “shelf of 10” (and I can use this list as a shelf of 10 to kick off my new year, too!).  If you’re not familiar with the “shelf of 10”, it’s a list of 10 books that you say you will read in order until you finish it and usually composed of books that you’ve been saying for ages that you were going to read and just…never get around to because of new arrivals or whatever reason.
I kept my list to books that have already been released (otherwise…oof, that would have been horrible to decide!) and mostly stuck to books I actually own.  Mostly.  Oh, and I kept to books I own in physical copies, not on my Kindle (though see the end of the post for a list of Kindle books I’m looking forward to in 2013).

Top Ten Books I resolve to read in 2013

1.  The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern–I picked this up in October, when I cashed in a couple of Amazon gift cards to buy my husband his birthday Kindle as well as a couple of “treats” for me.  The Night Circus was one, and Soulless by Gail Carriger was the other.  I managed to read Soulless, but The Night Circus still hasn’t been touched yet.

2.  Black Magic Sanction/Pale Demon/A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison–okay, I’m lumping three books into this, but they’re all by the same author from the same series, so it’s counts!  😀  A friend of mine sent me her ARC of A Perfect Blood, which meant I had to procure the other two (I was a bit behind), and I’ve been picking them up and putting them down for a while now.  Too many new shiny books!

3.  Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier–I picked this up around Halloween, intending to read it as it showed up on a bunch of Halloween TTT this year, but I didn’t make it much past the first two paragraphs.  I went and read Christopher Pike, instead.

4.  Beauty Queens (or anything by this author) by Libba Bray–it’s after Christmas, and while my wonderful husband did listen to me somewhat (I got Firefly for Christmas, let’s hear it for Nathan Fillion’s naked butt!), I did not, despite my heavy-handed hints, get Beauty Queens for Christmas, so not only is this on my books to read for 2013, it’s also on my “have to GET this book in 2013”.

5.  Cinder by Marissa Meyer (and Scarlet, too!)–This also falls into the above category of “have to GET in 2013”.  A cyborg retelling of Cinderella, I have to get my hands on this!  I want to see exactly how Ms. Meyer manages to take the classic tale of Cinderella and manages to get cyborgs into the story.

6.  Still Alice by Lisa Genova–My mother in law lent this to me on Christmas Day, and as this book belongs to her sister, I’d like to get it read and returned to her in a timely fashion.  Everyone I know that’s read Lisa Genova says that her books are excellent, as well, so I’m wondering how she’ll stack up to my standards.

7.  The Secret Country by Pamela Dean–I picked this up last year at the Akron Reading Festival (my book club has a table every year where we gather up a TON of books and “release” them into the wilds…aka give away free books).  Of course, we also take some books for ourselves, last year I managed to keep it to a dozen, and this was one of them.  I promised to lend it to another girl in the club after I finished reading it, but I just haven’t gotten around to it yet–though I know she’s not waiting impatiently for it, because she’s a teen librarian and…well, she has plenty of other books to keep her busy.

8.  A Wanted Man by Lee Child–the most recent Jack Reacher book in the series, it’s also about the ONLY books my husband and I both read (the other series we both read are the Dexter books).  I got this for him for Christmas, which is sort of a present for both of us–but I make sure he gets to read it first, as it is *his* book, after all.

9.  Tomb with a View by Casey Daniels–I’ve actually only read the first two books in the Pepper Martin series (Don of the Dead and The Chick and the Dead), but they are so cute and funny and they’re set about 45 minutes north of me (YAY LOCAL AUTHOR!).  I met her last year at the Buckeye Book Fair and picked up an autographed copy of Tomb with a View, but Tomb is like…book 7 in the series, so I have a bit of catching up to do before I can actually *get* to this book!  If you haven’t heard of this series and like light paranormal books (Pepper sees ghosts and tries to help them “move on”), you should definitely check this series out!

10.  The Hobbit–I read the trilogy, of course, but I haven’t gotten around to reading The Hobbit yet.  My friends, for their wedding, bought me really nice leather-bound boxed copies of both as bridesmaids gifts, and they’re both still in pristine condition in the plastic they came in.  This is one reason I haven’t made it to see the movie yet–the other is it’s impossible to get my husband to *go* to movies.  He doesn’t like crowded theaters and prefers to go when the movies is about a week from the DVD release, which is when we saw The Avengers for the first time.

Runners up (aka books on my Kindle)–Journal of a Lycanthrophile by Fierce Dolan (werewolf erotica), Fluke by David M Elliot and Bart J Hopkins (humorous romance?), The Housewife Assasin’s Handbook by Josie Brown (humorous fiction), Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (classic, Kindle Serial), The Final Apperance of America’s Favorite Girl Next Door by Stephen Stark (short story, fiction), Avalon Revisited by OM Grey (steampunk), The Complete Monster Exchange Program by Terri Bogard (YA short story compilation), Hacker Mom by Austin Rachlis (Kindle Serial), The Burning of Isobel Key by Jen McConnell (paranormal, I think), Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (classic)

What’s on YOUR list for 2013?

Top Ten Tuesday!

It’s Tuesday again, which means it’s time for TOP TEN TUESDAYS!  As always, click on the banner to be taken to the sponsor of TTT, The Broke and the Bookish!

Top Ten Books On Your Fall To-Be-Read List

(crap I read my #1 TBR book this week, but I’ll tell you what it is:  Spookygirl:  Paranormal Investigator by Jill Baguchinsky.  Excellent YA read GO READ IT NOW!)

1.  Edenville Owls by Robert B. Parker–the next on my “shelf of 10 redux” list

2.  A Lion Among Men by Gregory Maguire–the FINAL book on my “shelf of 10 redux” list.  It’s book #11.  No, I can’t just pick 10 books…:D

3.  City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (Kindle)–I picked this up when Amazon had it on sale for $.99 for the Kindle.  I’ve been saving it for when I just can’t take any more poorly written/poorly edited free books, and I think after my current read (The Childe, which has surprisingly good reviews considering how bad it actually is…), I will have hit that wall…

4.  The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien–with the movie coming out soon, it’ll motivate me to actually read this.  My friends got me really really really nice copies of The Hobbit and The LTR trilogy as a bridesmaid’s gift for their wedding, and it’s still in the original plastic.  Sometimes having a nice copy of something keeps me from reading it, because I’m afraid I’ll mess it up…

5.  Faefever by Karen Marie Moning–I’ve had my copy of this for ages and it just barely didn’t make the shelf of 10.

6.  Black Magic Sanctum/Pale Demon/A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison–a friend sent me the ARC for A Perfect Blood a while back, reminding me exactly how far behind I was on my Hollows reading…but I picked up Pale Demon out of the clearance section of B+N and Black Magic Sanctum not long after.  LOVE clearance sections!

7.  Little Star by John Ajvide Lindqvist–I won this through Goodreads, and am super excited to read it.

8.  Seaweed by Elle Strauss (Kindle)–I’m hoping that it’s as cute as Clockwise was, and this is another Kindle book I’ve been “saving” for when I get tired of the crap.  😀

9.  Adventures in Funeral Crashing (Kindle) by Milda Harris–I found this through TTT, actually.  I stumbled on her blog while reading through TTT lists.

10.  Impact by Douglas Preston–I love just about anything written by him or by Lincoln Child, especially when they write together.  I picked this up ages ago, and just haven’t gotten around to reading it.