I’ve accepted that my TBR shelf is out of control, so let’s talk about what I’m excited to read!
1. Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz
Publish Date: March 27, 2007
# of Pages: 302
Goodreads Rating: 3.68
Description (from Goodreads): When the Mayflower set sail in 1620, it carried on board the men and women who would shape America: Miles Standish; John Alden; Constance Hopkins. But some among the Pilgrims were not pure of heart; they were not escaping religious persecution. Indeed, they were not even human. They were vampires.The vampires assimilated quickly into the New World. Rising to levels of enormous power, wealth, and influence, they were the celebrated blue bloods of American society.
The Blue Bloods vowed that their immortal status would remain a closely guarded secret. And they kept that secret for centuries. But now, in New York City, the secret is seeping out. Schuyler Van Alen is a sophomore at a prestigious private school. She prefers baggy, vintage clothes instead of the Prada and pearls worn by her classmates, and she lives with her reclusive grandmother in a dilapated mansion. Schuyler is a loner…and happy that way. Suddenly, when she turns fifteen, there is a visible mosaic of blue veins on her arm. She starts to crave raw food and she is having flashbacks to ancient times. Then a popular girl from her school is found dead… drained of all her blood. Schuyler doesn’t know what to think, but she wants to find out the secrets the Blue Bloods are keeping. But is she herself in danger?
Why am I excited to read this book?: I’m a total sucker for vampire books. I’ve been eyeing this series for a long time!
2. The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum
Publish Date: February 4, 1980
# of Pages: 576
Goodreads Rating: 3.98
Description (from Goodreads): Who is Jason Bourne? Is he an assassin, a terrorist, a thief? Why has he got four million dollars in a Swiss bank account? Why has someone tried to murder him?…
Jason Bourne does not know the answer to any of these questions. Suffering from amnesia, he does not even know that he is Jason Bourne. What manner of man is he? What are his secrets? Who has he killed?
Why am I excited to read this book?: I’ve wanted to read this book ever since I watched the movie. I enjoy thrillers and fast-paced action books, so I’m looking forward to this one!
3. A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks
Publish Date: April 1, 2001
# of Pages: 341
Goodreads Rating: 4.02
Description (from Goodreads): Miles Ryan’s life seemed to end the day his wife was killed in a hit-and-run accident two years ago. Missy had been his first love, and Miles fervently believes she will be his last. As a deputy in the North Carolina town of New Bern, Miles Ryan not only grieves for Missy, but also longs to bring the unknown driver to justice. Then Miles meets Sarah Andrews. The second grade teacher of his son, Jonah, Sarah had left Baltimore after a difficult divorce to start over in the gentler surroundings of New Bern. Perhaps it’s her own emotional wounds that make her sensitive to the hurt she first sees in Jonah’s eyes, and then his father’s. Tentatively, Sarah and Miles reach out to each other. Soon they are both laughing for the first time in years . . . and falling in love. Neither will be able to guess how closely linked they are to a shocking secret — one that will force them to question everything they ever believed in . . . and make a heartbreaking choice that will change their lives forever.
Why am I excited to read this book?: Nicholas Sparks books are straight up guilty pleasures of mine. I don’t read a ton of romance books, but I really enjoy the ones he writes.
4. Batman and Philosophy by Jose Saramago
Publish Date: June 23, 2008
# of Pages: 294
Goodreads Rating: 3.82
Description (from Goodreads): A city is hit by an epidemic of “white blindness” that spares no one. Authorities confine the blind to an empty mental hospital, but there the criminal element holds everyone captive, stealing food rations and assaulting women. There is one eyewitness to this nightmare who guides her charges—among them a boy with no mother, a girl with dark glasses, a dog of tears—through the barren streets, and their procession becomes as uncanny as the surroundings are harrowing. As Blindnessreclaims the age-old story of a plague, it evokes the vivid and trembling horrors of the twentieth century, leaving readers with a powerful vision of the human spirit that’s bound both by weakness and exhilarating strength.
Why am I excited to read this book?: Doomsday style books always make for good reads. This book sounds fantastic! I just added it to my library wishlist.
5. Birthmarked by Caragh M. O’Brien
Publish Date: March 30, 2010
# of Pages: 361
Goodreads Rating: 3.89
Description (from Goodreads): In the future, in a world baked dry by the harsh sun, there are those who live inside the walled Enclave and those, like sixteen-year-old Gaia Stone, who live outside. Following in her mother’s footsteps Gaia has become a midwife, delivering babies in the world outside the wall and handing a quota over to be “advanced” into the privileged society of the Enclave. Gaia has always believed this is her duty, until the night her mother and father are arrested by the very people they so loyally serve. Now Gaia is forced to question everything she has been taught, but her choice is simple: enter the world of the Enclave to rescue her parents, or die trying.
Why am I excited to read this book?: The description of this book appealed to me so much that I bought it! I’m excited to read it–I enjoy reading novels set in the future.