TBR Thursday: Debut Authors

Well hello, readers.  I hope everyone on the east coast is staying safe in the aftermath of Sandy.  We didn’t get hit too badly here in Syracuse, but I did use my “hurrication” to do some much-needed reading (Once and The Crown of Embers are no longer on my TBR List!).

The TBR list has no end, though.  2012 has been a big year for first-time authors, so here are some debut novels I’m looking forward to reading.

1. Shadow and Bone, by Leigh Bardugo

A YA fantasy novel set in a land based on Russia and inspired by Russian folklore?  You guys, this book is a combination of ALL OF THE THINGS I LOVE.  When I first read the summary, I was a little creeped out by the flesh-eating monsters, but I’m choosing to look past that because, like I said, ALL OF THE THINGS.

2. Under the Never Sky, by Veronica Rossi

This is the first book in yet another trilogy.  What can I say, good things come in threes.  Anyway, this is the classic girl meets boy-from-wrong-side-of-tracks story…except in a futuristic dystopian society, with crazy technology, a protected dome, and a wild wasteland.  What obstacles could they possibly face?

3. Reunited, by Hilary Weisman Graham

On the list of things I love: road trips and boy bands (we can discuss boy band allegiance at a later date, but just know that there IS A RIGHT ANSWER).  Anyway, enough with the tangents. Since this book is about 3 former bffs who put aside their current warring ways to travel to their former favorite boy band’s one-time-only reunion show, I predict love at first read.

4. Send Me a Sign, by Tiffany Schmidt

Girl with cancer hides her disease from everyone while searching for signs she’ll live (and, from the sounds of it, falls in love with her boy best friend).  I don’t know why, but I’ve always liked books that in some way involve terminal illnesses (no, I will not apologize for my former love of Lurlene McDaniel!).  I’m going to go ahead and guess that there will be a lot of crying involved when I read this one.

5. Time Between Us, by Tamara Ireland Stone

Time travel!  And romance!  And teenagers!  It sounds like that movie The Lake House, but SO MUCH BETTER.

What debut novels are you in a rush to read?  Let me know what I need to add to my list!

TBR Thursday: Sequels/Series

Happy Thursday, friends. This week I’m going to share with you a few books I can’t wait to read because they’re continuations of some stories I already love. All of these books are sequels or the next book in a series, and I’m DYING to find out what happens next!

1. Once, by Anna Carey

Once is the second book in the Eve trilogy.  In this dystopian world, girls are told they’re going to college, but instead a much worse fate awaits them when they leave school (I know I’m being vague, but I don’t want to give too much away!).  When Eve finds out about what’s going to happen to her, she decides to escape; The first book chronicles her attempts to find a safe place to stay, and as the book ends, it appears she’s finally found that place…but there’s a twist!  I’m looking forward to finding out what happens next for Eve and her companions.

2. Days of Blood and Starlight, by Laini Taylor

Angels and chimera and humans, oh my!  This is another second book in a trilogy; the first book is called Daughter of Smoke and Bone.  At the end of the first book, the main character, Karou had to decide whether to stay with the love of her life or avenge those to whom she was closest…book two promises love, war, heartbreak, secrets, and hard choices.  It comes out in November, and I’m counting down the days.

3. Reached, by Ally Condie

Final book in the Matched trilogy, also coming out in November.  We’ll finally find out if anything can take down the Society, and if Cassia and Ky will end up together.  Side note: I also like these books because of their subtle commentary on censorship.

4. The Crown of Embers, by Rae Carson

Clearly I have a problem: I am addicted to trilogies.  This is the second book in the The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy.  I actually thought The Girl of Fire and Thorns was a standalone when I first read it, so I was thrilled to find out there would be more to Elisa’s story.  Elisa became so strong and accomplished a great deal in the first book, but she also dealt with so much tragedy; I hope there is more happiness for her in this book (though, since it is a trilogy, I probably shouldn’t get my hopes up!).

5. Requiem, by Lauren Oliver

I did not want to read this series.  Love as a disease?  I was not into it, and though I love dystopias, this one just didn’t appeal to me.  Then I finally broke down and read Delirium, the first book in the (you guessed it) trilogy.  Lauren Oliver did a great job, and my mind was changed completely.  I recently read Pandemonium, the second book, which featured several pretty big twists, and now I’m a little sad that I have to wait until MARCH to get my hands on this final book in the trilogy.

Are there any book series or trilogies you’re loving right now?  Tell me if there’s anything I should add to my list!

TBR Thursday: Teen Read Week

Let’s be real, friends: if I could get away with it, I would probably exclusively read YA novels.  So since this week is Teen Read Week, I thought I’d fill you in on a few teen books I can’t wait to read.

1. Wither, by Lauren DeStefano

A world where girls live until the age of 20, and boys live until 25.  I’m sure it’s a paradise.

2. Croak, by Gina Damico

Teen grim reaper with anger issues.  ‘Nuff said. (Ok, I can say a little more.  This is supposed to be HILARIOUS, plus I have a tendency to not read a lot of ‘boy’ books, and if I’m going to be a librarian, I need to read more widely [and yes, I realize I’m opening up potential controversy by even discussing the ‘gender’ of books.  Another topic for another day.])

3. Beautiful Creatures, by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

This has been on my radar for a while (especially since the movie is coming out in February), but I just hadn’t gotten around to it yet.  Then I was lucky enough to hear these ladies speak at the Southern Festival of Books this past weekend, and they were so hilarious and genuine, this shot to the top of my list.

4. Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher

Not a happy book, but one that is, unfortunately, increasingly important in society.  Narrated by a girl who committed suicide, and a boy who is one of the reasons why she did it.

5. Eve and Adam, by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate

Summer job for a 16 year old girl: create the perfect boy. YES PLEASE.

What’s up next on your TBR list? Any YA books I should have on my radar? Let me know!

TBR Thursday: Banned Books Week Edition

Ok friends, today I’m going to share with you a few of the many, MANY books in my TBR (that’s to be read, for those who don’t love acronyms as much as I do) pile.  I’m hoping to make this a weekly thing, but we’ll see how long it lasts.  Since this week is Banned Books Week, here are a few banned or challenged books I have yet to read:

1. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley

I’ve been reading a lot of YA dystopian novels lately, so I think it’s time to read one of the classics.

2. The Giver, by Lois Lowry

I’m kind of ashamed to admit that I’ve never read this one.  I loved Number the Stars and the Anastasia series, but The Giver never appealed to me as a kid.  Now that I’m more a fan of dystopian novels, and the final book in the series is out, I feel like it’s time.

3. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood

Another dystopian novel.  I just love them…so why not read all the ones that have been banned?

4. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut

I know, I know.  Another one I should have read a long time ago.  That’s why it’s on the list!

5. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding

Pretty much an early version of The Hunger Games.  ‘Nuff said.

What’s on your TBR list?  Any banned books I should be reading?  Let me know!

P.S. Looking for some new reading material?  Check out this list of the 100 most banned books of 2000-2009, or this list of 50 banned books everyone should read.  Happy reading!