Friday, December 30, 2011

My Beach TBR Pile

My family loves to take a vacation down at the Outer Banks in North Carolina. We've been going for many years and every time the hardest packing decision I have to make is which books to bring. This year it was harder than usual. Since I have virtually no time for pleasure reading while I'm in school my breaks are crammed full of all the books I've been dying to read but haven't had a chance to get to yet. Plus, I made the mistake of running to the library to pick up one ONE book to bring with me. Of course, once I get into a library it's all over. Which is why my TBR pile is particularly large this Christmas break.
So here's the list of books I'm hoping to get to on vacation:

I'd Tell You I Love You, but Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
I've been eyeing this series for a while now. Picked up a few of them when Borders closed, but not the first one. Finally got my hands on that and decided this was the perfect time to read it!

Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor
Ever since this book came out I've heard people talking about it. I've heard so many great things about the illustrations and the stories. Finally, finally found it at the library! 

Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
This has been on my TBR list for a long time, but ever since Brandon Mull did a signing at our store I've been really wanting to get to it. He was the nicest person ever. Besides, it's our book club's next read, so I kind of have to read it before January 15th so I have something to talk about!

Delirium by Lauren Oliver
I have been seeing SO much buzz about this book. Also, I noticed that Jess B. recently started reading it and we usually have similar tastes in YA books. So when I saw it on the shelf at the library I had to snag it and bring it along.

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
While I read a LOT of YA fantasy, I'm pretty severely deficient on my regular fantasy. Brandon Sanderson was the author guest of honor at Polaris, a sci-fi/fantasy convention I attend in Toronto, and he was amazing. His panels on writing were entertaining and inspiring and I really want to read his books. Hence the bringing it.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel
This is one of those books I keep seeing people read or talk about. One of those books that shows up on high school summer reading lists a lot. The cover keeps intriguing me. Time to give it a whirl!

Stolen by Lucy Christopher
This cover kept catching my eye, but I never had a chance to pick it up. When I went on my fateful trip to the library before we left it caught my eye again. The synopsis inside the cover flap was so intriguing I had to add it to my ginormous pile.

The Lost Conspiracy by Frances Hardinge
I am a huge, and by huge I mean absolutely ginormous, fan of Frances Hardinge's books. Fly By Night was so amazing and Fly Trap just as good. So when I saw this on the shelf I absolutely had to take it out. There was no maybe about it!

Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin
With all of the YA and fantasy on my plate I decided to grab a chick lit book in case I was needing a change of pace. Have heard a lot of good things about Giffin's books and wanted to see for myself what I thought.

Sapphique by Catherine Fisher
I read, and really enjoyed, Incarceron. I've been meaning to read the sequel since it came out, but just haven't had time.

The McCloud Home for Wayward Girls by Wendy Delsol
I loved Wendy Delsol's book Stork Girl. In fact, I wrote a review on it that she liked and posted on her site (!). So when I was browsing the fiction section right before Borders closed, and saw her name I did a happy jig and snatched it right up. Another change from the YA/Fantasy pile and I'm really hoping I get to it this vacation.

Think that's enough to keep me busy for two weeks? I'm hoping so :)

What are your favorite kinds of vacation reads?


Jenn N. said...

Did you get around to reading Something Borrowed yet? I loved it and its sequel, Something Blue.

rachelyons said...

yayyy brandon sanderson! i'd recommend warbreaker or elantris before mistborn...the beard would disagree with me on that haha

Rebecca T. said...

Haven't read Giffin yet, Jenn, but it's next on my pile.
And Rachel, I have MistBorn because it's the one I own. Tried to get WarBreaker, but we were out of it by the time I went to buy it. I think. Sometime soon though!

Unknown said...

Love Laini Taylor and the illustrations by her hubby Jim DiBartolo :) They are like an author/illustrator dream team! Loved the first two stories in that book, the last is kind of long and weird but still enjoyable. I'm currently reading her newest, Daughter of Smoke & Bone, that I got for Christmas, yippee!

Oh and my 9 yr old daughter and I are reading the Fablehaven series together and LOVING it. We are on Book 3 and just picked up Book 4 at the bookstore like half an hour ago! Enjoy!