Friday, September 9, 2011

Books To Read/Actually Finish

Taken straight out of my Omni Liber 5.

1. "A Tale of Two Castles" - Gail Carson Levine
I love Levine. She wrote "Ella Enchanted," "The Two Princesses of Bamarre," and hilariously redid a bunch of classic fairy tales. I started "A Tale of Two Castles" while in Europe, and to be honest it's a little young for me, so I haven't gotten into it enough to finish it yet.

2. "The Magicians" - Lev Grossman
This is basically a grown-up version of "Harry Potter," but so far it's pretty good. I like Grossman's writing style and it's definitely entertaining. However, his world of magic isn't actually appealing to me, although it's DEFINITElY more believable and realistic.

3. "The Shadow of the Wind" - Carlos Zafon
This is a fascinating, sort of dark book I started last spring. I kept getting bogged down and still haven't finished it though.

4. "Wither" - Lauren DeStefano
I read Sam's pre-release description of this book last winter and fell in love with the idea of this book. I've seen it several times, but somehow it hasn't yet made it home with me.

5. "Retribution" - Sherrilyn Kenyon
I saw it at the bookstore and it sounded interesting. That's pretty much all it takes for me.

6. "Catch 22" - Joseph Heller
It's a classic. And it's supposed to be good. Ergo, it's on the list.

7. "A Brave New World"
My friend had to read this for school and she brought it to church one week. I read the back aaaand it sounded interesting XD

8. "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" {etc.}
I saw this book three years ago at a bookstore in Asheville, NC. It's stuck with me all this time, and now it's suddenly really popular with the movies and everything. But I still have not actually read it.

9. "Marks of Cain" - Tom Knox
I saw this at the bookstore and the back was fascinating. I wanna read it.

10. "Comedy in a Minor Key" - Hans Keilson
The title alone is pretty awesome, right? XD {I love minor keys.} Apparently it sounded good, but reading the description on Amazon is like "What..." So. Whatever. It's on the list.

11. "I Am Number Four" - Pittacus Lore
Saw the movie. {And Pettyfer is hottt stuffff.} But it always pisses me off when people ooh and aah over a movie that they haven't read the original BOOK to. I do not want to be "that person," so I'm trying to read the original book.

12. "Imaginary Girls" - Nova Ren Suma
It just...sounds really intriguing.

13. "Don't Judge a Girl By Her Cover" - Ally Carter
This is the third book in the Gallagher Girl series. I read the first two when I was like 13 and loved them, now I feel obligated to finish the series. {Not that the books aren't good. They are. I'm just kind of over the whole thing at this point.}

14. "Only the Good Spy Young" - Ally Carter
See above.

15. "Sapphique" - Catherine Fisher
This is the sequel to "Incarceron," which I read earlier this year. Again, I didn't super enjoy "Incarceron," but I believe in finishing a series once I start it.

16. "Cleopatra's Moon" - Vicky Alvear Shecter
One thing you for sure need to know about me: I have an obsession with Cleopatra. Sure, it comes and goes, but constantly lurking in the back of my mind is this fascination with the clever Egyptian queen who gave birth to Greek-Roman-Egyptian children. Anything about her FASCINATES me. I can never read enough about her. So, I wanna read this book. {The book "Cleopatra's Daughter" is really good if you also like this sort of thing. Just btw.}

17 "The Sweet Far Thing" - Libba Bray
I thought this was called "That Sweet Fair Thing" for like two years. Anyway, Bray wrote these two books called "A Great and Terrible Beauty" and "Rebel Angels," both of which I have read, neither of which I enjoyed. I think I was too young for them. The sensuality creeped me the heck out. But, AGAIN, I am now bound by the Law of Series to read this book.

18. The "Pendragon" books 8, 9 and 10 -D.J. MacHale
It's a series thing. Although this books are pretty a'ight. I think I'd like them more if I'd started them younger.

19. "Cascade" - Lisa T. Bergren
The back of the book sounded cool.

20. "The Forgotten Locket" - Lisa Mangum
I don't remember why I want to read this. But, hey, it's on the list. So there ya go.

21. "Steel" - Carrie Vaugn
The cover on Amazon looks terrible, kind of reminds me of a cheesy, badly-written, trashy, medieval sex flick, so I'm wondering what drew me to this. And honestly, the description sounds generic as heck. But we'll see. Eventually.

22. "HIVE" -
My friend is letting me borrow this book. So I kind of, like, HAVE to read it or I'm a bad friend.

23. "Daddy" -
It's on our bookshelf {we have like 2000 books, and that's not an exaggeration} and my dad says it's good. So I'll prolly read it sometime maybe.

24. "Paradise Lost" by John Milton
I love this book a lot. It just takes time to read, which I don't always have. But I LOVE "Paradise Lost" and one of these days I'm actually going to finish it.

25. "Clockwork Prince" by Cassandra Clare
It comes out on December 6 of this year, and I am SO FREAKING EXCITED. {If you plan to read this book, email me first so I can tell you to read these other books first or it will RUIN EVERYTHING.}



  1. Wow, my 'to read' list isn't nearly this long. I have about five new books sitting on the shelf I haven't got to yet, but I pick the next book based on how I feel not on what I have or have not read.

  2. Wow, love the list. I have read a couple but I will need to add some based from these. Thanks Steph.