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Top Ten Books I HAD to Buy…But Are Still Sitting on My Shelf

February 28th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the blog The Broke and the Bookish. To participate in the meme, go here.
This week’s topic: 
Top Ten Books I Just HAD To Buy…But Are Still Sitting On My Bookshelf

We all have them.  That book that you needed to buy so badly and had every intention of reading it as soon as possible…but they’re still on your bookshelf collecting dust or sitting in a pile on the floor.

My picks are:

  1. Summary from Prince Aleksander, would-be heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battletorn war machine and a loyal crew of men. Deryn Sharp is a commoner, disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She’s a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered. With World War I brewing, Alek and Deryn’s paths cross in the most unexpected way…taking them on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure that will change both their lives forever

  2. Summary from In the wake of her father’s death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, rereading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted.

    The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King’s Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Though their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, it reawakens Ash’s capacity for love-and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love.

    Entrancing, empowering, and romantic, Ash is about the connection between life and love, and solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief.

  3. Summary from  An infant left in the trash to die. A teenage mother who never knew she was pregnant . . .

    Before That Morning, these were the words most often used to describe straight-A student and star soccer player Devon Davenport: responsible, hardworking, mature. But all that changes when the police find Devon home sick from school as they investigate the case of an abandoned baby. Soon the connection is made—Devon has just given birth; the baby in the trash is hers. After That Morning, there’s only one way to define Devon: attempted murderer.

    And yet gifted author Amy Efaw does the impossible— she turns Devon into an empathetic character, a girl who was in such deep denial that she refused to believe she was pregnant. Through airtight writing and fast-paced, gripping storytelling, Ms. Efaw takes the reader on Devon’s unforgettable journey toward clarity, acceptance, and redemption.

  4. Summary from Like the deadly toxins sought out by the ill-fated food taster Yelena in Maria V. Snyder’s debut novel, Poison Study is a powerfully compelling romantic fantasy that will slip under readers’ skin, invade their bloodstreams, and seize their heartstrings.

    Yelena, convicted of murdering the son of a powerful general, awaits execution. But with only a few hours left, she is offered an incredible reprieve — and agrees to become the new food taster for Commander Ambrose, the military leader of Ixia. Living in a palace and eating only the best meals is a dramatic change for Yelena, who spent the last year locked up in a rat-infested dungeon, eating gruel. But she soon realizes that she has more to worry about than ingesting potentially lethal poisons in the commander’s meals. The general whose son she murdered has vowed bloody vengeance, and everyone in the commander’s retinue look at Yelena as an untrustworthy criminal. The longer she stays alive, however, the more she begins to understand her own perplexing abilities — all of which will be put to the test when cunning rebels plot to take control of Ixia.

  5. Summary from In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly turf war going war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing their enemies more than Wrath, the leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood…

    The only purebred vampire left on the planet, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But when one of his most trusted fighters is killed – orphaning a half-breed daughter unaware of her heritage or her fate – Wrath must usher the beautiful female into the world of the undead…

    Racked by a restlessness in her body that wasn’t there, Beth Randall is helpless against the dangerously sexy man who comes at night with shadows in his eyes. His tales of brotherhood and blood frighten her. But his touch ignites a dawning hunger that threatens to consume them both….

  6. Summary from For a woman married to the vampire of her nightmares, the honeymoon’s over- and reality bites…

    Pia Thomason is torn between two Dark Ones: her husband Kristoff-who doesn’t trust her-and his best friend, Alec, who is MIA. So Pia goes back to her humdrum Seattle life, but fate has other plans. And she realizes that if she and Kristoff are going to be shackled together for better or worse, she may as well start to enjoy it…

  7. Summary from Phoebe Kendall is just your typical Goth girl with a crush. He’s strong and silent…and dead.

    All over the country, a strange phenomenon is occurring. Some teenagers who die aren’t staying dead. But when they come back to life, they are no longer the same. Feared and misunderstood, they are doing their best to blend into a society that doesn’t want them.

    The administration at Oakvale High attempts to be more welcoming of the “differently biotic.” But the students don’t want to take classes or eat in the cafeteria next to someone who isn’t breathing. And there are no laws that exist to protect the “living impaired” from the people who want them to disappear—for good.

    When Phoebe falls for Tommy Williams, the leader of the dead kids, no one can believe it; not her best friend, Margi, and especially not her neighbor, Adam, the star of the football team. Adam has feelings for Phoebe that run much deeper than just friendship; he would do anything for her. But what if protecting Tommy is the one thing that would make her happy?

  8. Summary from She doesn’t see dead people. She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.

    Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who’ll be next.

  9. Summary from Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer–they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.

  10. Summary from In a world that denies emotions, where the ruling Psy punish any sign of desire, Sascha Duncan must conceal the feelings that brand her as flawed. To reveal them would be to sentence herself to the horror of “rehabilitation”— the complete psychic erasure of everything she ever was….
    Both human and animal, Lucas Hunter is a Changeling hungry for the very sensations the Psy disdain. After centuries of uneasy co-existence, these two races are now on the verge of war over the brutal murders of several Changeling women. Lucas is determined to find the Psy killer who butchered his packmate, and Sascha is his ticket into their closely guarded society. But he soon discovers that this ice-cold Psy is very capable of passion—and that the animal in him is fascinated by her. Caught between their conflicting worlds, Lucas and Sascha must remain bound to their identities—or sacrifice everything for a taste of darkest temptation.

Those are just 10 of the literally 200+ books I’ve bought and are still sitting on my shelves to be read.  It’s a disease, I swear it is and I cannot stop buying books or adding them to my wish list!  But on the plus side I made an effort lately and finally knocked a few off my shelves.  Some of the ones that were on my shelves for ages and I just recently read were The Iron King by Julie Kagawa, Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins and  The Devil’s Kiss by Sarwat Chadda.  So there is still hope for these books. What about you?  Any books that have been lingering on your shelves?

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20 Responses

  1. Zia

    I have way too many of these books. Poison Study being one of them. Never enough time heh.

  2. Anne Bennett

    Do you really have 200+ that you have purchased and never read? Eek! I’ve decided that is what is so wonderful about libraries. I don’t have to pay for the books and after I check them out there is some urgency to read them before the due date. I couldn’t function if I had 200 books screaming at me from home (since I always have books screaming at me at work!)


  3. dsuzuki

    I know, I can’t pass up Friends of the Library book sales, Scholastic Warehouse sales, etc. I know I should but I have no self-restraint. The worst part is I love the library too. I have 8 books right now checked out and I keep renewing them because I want to read them but haven’t had a chance too.

  4. Pam

    I have two of these in mine as well. lol.

  5. Debnance at Readerbuzz

    Good thing we are not required to list EVERY book in our TBR….mine would go on and on!

    Here is my Top Ten:

  6. Mardel

    I can totally relate to this particular subject. I posted an entry. Thanks for the link!

    I also have about 100 or more books sitting around here. I used to read fast – about three or four books a week, but lately my reading has slowed to a crawl. Somedays, I don’t read at all – unheard of even a year ago.

    Oh well, what are y’gonna do? just read when you can. :)

  7. Christina/Book Addict

    Great list! I haven’t read any of these books except The Summer I Turned Pretty. You must read this one; it is definitely one of my favorites. I can’t wait for the third book!

  8. Helen Murdoch

    I’ve only read Generation Dead from your list, but really enjoyed it

  9. Kailana

    This is a great idea for a post! There are lots of books on mine… You really should read Poison Study!!!

  10. dsuzuki

    I know! Everyone talks about how good Poison Study is. I just need to move it up on my shelves one day.

  11. Marce

    After and Soul to Keep is on my list also.

  12. mary Ann Langan

    here’s mine

  13. Lorelei

    You need to move After to the very top of your list – it was a fantastic book!

  14. T.H. Browning

    Omg, you definitely have to read the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series (Dark Lover is the 1st). It is SOOOO good. One of my favorite series. I’m so excited for the 9th book to come out at the end of the month. :)

  15. StephTheBookworm

    After is SO good. It was one of my favorite books I read last year.

  16. Anaiz

    Just finished Dark Lover and really liked it. I have My Soul To Take waiting on my shelf too *sigh* I feel guilty having it there.

  17. Bree

    I’ve had Leviathan out from the library a couple of times now and never gotten around to starting it.

    I read Dark Lover, but it’s not my fave of the BDB series. If you do read it, push on to a few of the others which I think are better stories.

  18. kay @ Infiniteshelf

    Haha! I love that list. I have way more than 10, too, and yet I still add more every chance I get. *sigh* Ash and Generation Dead are amongst those.

    I really liked The Summer I Turned Pretty and I would be curious to see if you would, too. There was a lot more to it than I expected from the title, and while the following book wasn’t as great (but still good), I still cherish this one dearly.

  19. Debbie's World of Books

    Kay-I’m really curious about The Summer I Turned Pretty. I picked it up because it sounded really cute but I was surprised how many people rave about it.

  20. Michelle

    I think I “had” to buy at least 2/3 of the books sitting in my bookcase right now, LOL. There are some fantastic books spotlighted here! I’ve read My Soul To Take and I think you will like it. I listened to Leviathan on audio and it was fantastic! I think I probably liked the book better for having listened as opposed to reading the hardcover. But if I were going to rush to read one book on this list it’s Jenny Han’s . LOVE that series!

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