If I Still Read Books

I know I’ve been lamenting my lack of reading/blogging a lot lately. Part of the reason that it is so frustrating to not be reading is that there are SO MANY good books out there right now. So I figured that since I am being a slacker and not reading or writing reviews, I could at least share the books I WISH I were reading and reviewing.

So, if I still read books, these are the books I would be reading.

Sadly, I’ve actually had to return several of these to the library unread. Are there any books you wish you had the time or energy to get to right now but just don’t?

BEA Books I Am Most Looking Forward to, or Which Books BEA Attendees Can Taunt Michelle With Later [Armchair BEA]

Welcome back. I have another Armchair BEA post for you.

Last year, I learned that you can’t take every book that is handed to you at BEA. You will never read them all. You will have to carry them around all day. It doesn’t end well. If I could go to BEA this year, I would be much more selective. And, if I only walked away with 6 books (unlikely), it would be these 6. Most of these ended up being the next in a YA series and I am probably most excited for Crossed.

  • Crossed by Ally Condie
  • Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Death Cure by James Dashner
  • The Fox Inheritance by Mary E. Pearson
  • The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides (no cover available)
  • Habibi by Craig Thompson

What books are you looking forward to? Which ones would you grab at BEA?


New Additions to the TBR, Or Michelle Reads Blogs Again

You may remember a long, long time ago, when I used to regularly read book blogs, note the books I wanted to read, and then share them with you. And then I went into a really long blog-reading slump. I was still out there but not reading blogs through google reader much and thus not noting the books I was interested in. Well last weekend I got to do some good-old-fashioned-google-reader-blog-reading and I can finally share some new additions to my TBR:

The Vespertine

The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell
Recommended by Michelle at Galleysmith

The Uncoupling

The Uncoupling by Meg Wolitzer
Recommended by Jennifer at The Literate Housewife

Miss Hildreth Wore Brown

Miss Hildreth Wore Brown: Anecdotes of a Southern Belle by Olivia DeBelle Byrd
Recommended by Jennifer at Mrs. Q: Book Addict

Other People We Married

Other People We Married by Emma Straub
Recommended by Rebecca at The Book Lady’s Blog

The Series I am Dying to Read, or What Michelle Would Do If She Had MORE TIME

I feel hopelessly behind on reading all of the wonderful series out there. Some of these have been on my TBR list for YEARS. I even own the first of all but one of these (and sometimes I own the whole series). If I had all the time in the world, these are the series I would finally sit down and read.

(1) Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

(2) Vampire Academy by Richellel Mead

Note: I have heard from many others that this is the best vampire YA series out there. I know a lot of you are groaning at the thought of more vampires in YA lit but I still love em. And I know Michelle will back me up.

(3) The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

(4) If I Stay by Gayle Forman

(5) Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness

(6) Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

(7) The Immortals by Alyson Noel

(8) Luxe by Anna Godberson

What series are you dying to read? Which one of these should I start with?

The Sunday Salon 8.8.10

The Sunday Salon.comI slept for 9 1/2 hours last night after spending the day at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I woke up to a very quiet house. I have my tea and a few hours before yoga. Perfect Sunday Salon time.

Harry Potter was pretty great. I think it deserves its own post, so look for that this week, but a quick summary is: hot, crowded, still worth the trip.

I haven’t been able to read a lot this week/weekend, but I have some hopes about today. My sister-in-law, Melissa, is visiting us right now and she is among my favorite visitors. Her trips always include a lot of sitting around and reading (maybe to balance out the trip to an amusement park we always end up taking). And when she leaves, we send her home with books. I’m still thinking of which books she should take with her tomorrow. I’m on a YA kick as her pile so far includes The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, The Disreputable Histpry of Frankie Landau-Banks, and Before I Fall. She has already started and finished the third Mysterious Benedict Society.

As for me, I:

Just Finished (and by just, I mean two weeks ago):

am Currently Reading:

am Currently Listening to:

have On Deck:

and Recently added to my TBR:

Recommended by Galleysmith

Recommended by Chick Loves Lit

Recommended by Devourer of Books

Recommended by KellyVision

As I was writing this post, Melissa woke up, came out to the living room, grabbed a drink, and sat down with The Hunger Games. Best guest ever, right?

What are you reading today?

Question: do you guys like when I incorporate my TBR books into this post or do you prefer they get their own post? I’m still deciding which I like better.

The Sunday Salon: A Little Reading Update

The Sunday Salon.comPlease note: For work-related reasons, I will be putting up the construction sign this week on the blog (and protecting my twitter account as well).  I expect to keep it in hiding from Monday through Wednesday or Thursday. But I will be back  as soon as possible. I still love you all.

And now for a reading update.

Just Finished:

Currently Reading:

Currently Listening To:

Books Other Bloggers Made Me Want (yes, I’m a little behind on this one):

(via Devourer of Books)

(via Linus’ Blanket)

(via Coffee Stained Pages)

(via Live through Books)

(via Take Me Away)

(via Presenting Lenore)

(via Devourer of Books)

A Few More Books I Want to Read 6.19.2010 [TBR]

Voluptuous Delights of Peanut Butter and Jam by Lauren Lichenberg
Recommended by: Bina at If You Can Read This

Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins
Recommended by: Julie at Booking Mama

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
Recommended by: Trisha at Eclectic/Eccentric

My Name Is Memory by Ann Brashares
Recommended by: Jennifer at Mrs Q: Book Addict

Dismantled by Jennifer McMahon
Recommended by: Jenny at Take Me Away

Day for Night by Frederick Reiken
Recommended by: Julie at Booking Mama

Light Boxes by Shane Jones
Recommended by: Dominique at Coffee Stained Pages