I’m no longer going to be doing the “Down the TBR Hole” tag. Instead, I’m going to change it to “5 Books On My TBR Shelf I’m Excited About.” I’ve accepted that my TBR shelf is out of control, so let’s talk about what I’m excited to read!
Have you read any of these books? Should I bump them to the top of my TBR list? Let me know!
1. Beastly by Alex Flynn
Publish Date: October 2, 2007
# of Pages: 304
Goodreads Rating: 3.84
Description (from Goodreads): I am a beast.
A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright—a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.
You think I’m talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It’s no deformity, no disease. And I’ll stay this way forever—ruined—unless I can break the spell.
Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I’ll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.
Why am I excited to read this book?: I remember when this book first came out, I heard so much about it. I love reading different spins on fairy tales, so I’m excited to dive into this book!
2. When Parents Text by Lauren Kaelin
Publish Date: September 1, 2011
# of Pages: 256
Goodreads Rating: 3.8
Description (from Goodreads): A collection of insanely funny texts between parents and kids, When Parents Text is a surprisingly affecting window into the complicated time when parents aren’t ready to let go, and kids aren’t ready to be let go. The parents are well-meaning but hopeless, silly and a little corny, and befuddled by the technology. The kids are bewildered yet patient: the perfect straight man. And the authors, two recent college graduates, Lauren Kaelin and Sophia Fraioli, have an unerring editorial instinct to select the funniest, sweetest, quirkiest, most-telling exchanges.
Launched as a website just last year, www.whenparentstext.com is a phenomenon. It receives 300,000 to 500,000 page views a day, with features in The Huffington Post, Entertainment Weekly, College Humor, and more. When Parents Text includes the best of texts from the website, plus more than 50 percent all-new material never before published.
Includes an emoticon glossary and 16-page color insert of MMS texts— multimedia messaging service, aka, bizarre photos from mom and dad. It’s the perfect gift for every text-savvy kid to give to his or her parents.
Why am I excited to read this book?: I don’t add a lot of humor/comedy books to my TBR shelf, but this one seems worth it! As a parent, I know someday I’ll be out of touch with the technology my children use. For now, I can giggle as my own parents try to muddle through texting and Facebook.
3. Stolen by Lucy Christopher
Publish Date: May 4, 2009
# of Pages: 304
Goodreads Rating: 3.93
Description (from Goodreads): It happened like this. I was stolen from an airport. Taken from everything I knew, everything I was used to. Taken to sand and heat, dirt and danger. And he expected me to love him.
This is my story.
A letter from nowhere.
Sixteen-year-old Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and taken to the Australian Outback. This wild and desolate landscape becomes almost a character in the book, so vividly is it described. Ty, her captor, is no stereotype. He is young, fit and completely gorgeous. This new life in the wilderness has been years in the planning. He loves only her, wants only her. Under the hot glare of the Australian sun, cut off from the world outside, can the force of his love make Gemma love him back?
The story takes the form of a letter, written by Gemma to Ty, reflecting on those strange and disturbing months in the outback. Months when the lines between love and obsession, and love and dependency, blur until they don’t exist–almost.
Why am I excited to read this book?: I really enjoy memoirs, and for whatever reason, I’m a sucker for books that freak me out. The idea of being kidnapped has always freaked me out, even more now that I have kids.
4. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Publish Date: June 21, 2001
# of Pages: 635
Goodreads Rating: 4.11
Description (from Goodreads): Now a TV Series produced by FremantleMedia North America available internationally on Amazon, exclusively through Prime Video and starring Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, and Pablo Schreiber.
Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life.
But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow’s best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and a rogue, Wednesday seems to know more about Shadow than Shadow does himself.
Life as Wednesday’s bodyguard, driver, and errand boy is far more interesting and dangerous than Shadow ever imagined. Soon Shadow learns that the past never dies…and that beneath the placid surface of everyday life a storm is brewing – an epic war for the very soul of America – and that he is standing squarely in its path.
Why am I excited to read this book?: It’s Neil Gaiman! Why wouldn’t I be excited to read this book? I started reading Neil Gaiman in high school. I still can’t believe I haven’t read this book, but I hope to rectify that in 2018.
5. Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver
Publish Date: October 4, 2011
# of Pages: 307
Goodreads Rating: 3.85
Description (from Goodreads): Liesl lives in a tiny attic bedroom, locked away by her cruel stepmother. Her only friends are the shadows and the mice,until one night a ghost appears from the darkness. It is Po, who comes from the Other Side. Both Liesl and Po are lonely, but together they are less alone.
That same night, an alchemist’s apprentice, Will, bungles an important delivery. He accidentally switches a box containing the most powerful magic in the world with one containing something decidedly less remarkable.
Will’s mistake has tremendous consequences for Liesl and Po, and it draws the three of them together on an extraordinary journey.
From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver comes a luminous and magnificent novel that glows with rare magic, ghostly wonders, and a true friendship that lights even the darkest of places.
Why am I excited to read this book?: Magic and alchemy! Oh my! I’ve had a lot of friends who have read (and enjoyed this book). I’m looking forward to joining those ranks.