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

The 3 BEA Books I’m Most Excited to Read

After wandering the floor for a few hours, Emily, Ben and I walked by the Norton booth and saw that Nicole Krauss had a new book coming out: Great House. The three of us adored The History of Love so we were psyched just to have that knowledge. Then I spotted copies of the book. They weren’t really out for grabs but Emily went in search of a Norton rep and snagged us some copies.

Later that day we were (again) wandering and we stumbled upon a line of  people and overheard the words “Sara Gruen.” The three of us also adored Water for Elephants so we went in search of the back of the line. We got to meet Sara Gruen and get copies of her new book, Ape House.

And finally, we saw that Justin Cronin was signing at 4pm. I know The Passage comes out on Tuesday and I wouldn’t have long to wait to buy it, but I’ve been jealously watching everyone else read this so meeting him and getting a copy of  his book was a nice surprise (I thought I had already missed him).

I have more to say about BEA itself, but I wanted to share the books I’m most anxious to read and review. Which one should I read first?

The Ever-Growing List

I imagine that by this time next week, I will have way more books than I can ever read (not that I don’t already), but I’m still going to share a few that made it on my TBR list this week.

The Singer’s Gun by Emily St. John Mandel
Recommended by Rebecca at The Book Lady’s Blog

Illyria by Elizabeth Hand
Recommended by Nymeth at Things Mean A Lot

Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith
Recommended by Swapna at S. Krishna’s Books

New Additions to the TBR 5.1.2010

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Recommended by: Michelle’s Masterful Musings

Daughters of the Witching Hill by Mary Sharratt
Recommended by: Booking Mama

The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors by Michelle Young-Stone
Recommended by: The Booklady’s Blog

Luna by Julie Anne Peters
Recommended by: The Little Reader

TBR – New Additions 4.3.2010

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve shared my ever-growing TBR list. Here are some recently added titles:

Angelology by Danielle Trussoni
Recommended by: Swapna at S. Krishna’s Books

Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevlier
Recommended by: Jen at Devourer of Books

Man Walks Into a Room by Nicole Krauss
Recommended by: Bina at If You Can Read This

and finally

I am so excited for The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly O’Connor McNees. And it is finally out for all the world. I must get my hands on a copy and read it immediately.