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    Random Thoughts: My 2011 Top Ten List of Unread Books

    This post can alternatively be titled: My 2011 Unread Books Shame Spiral

    So, I’ll be the first one to admit that I can’t possibly read every single book when it comes out. But, oh, I so want to. However, I usually try to read all of my favorites within a week or two, but sometimes things don’t go according to plan. And as more time passes, especially now that my evenings are taken up with blogging, some of my favorite reads are falling farther and farther down my “to be read” list.

    I never thought the day would come when a “can hardly wait” book would end up at least thirty books away from the top of the heap, but it’s happened. And I’m actually kind of devastated.

    When I first started blogging my enthusiasm fueled me and allowed me to pull any number of all-nighters to stay up reading and writing my reviews. Those days feel like a lifetime ago. Somewhere around two o’clock in the morning I crash and no amount of caffeine will keep me awake reading into the wee hours of the night. Or morning as the case may be.

    Of course what prompted this post of shame is the fact that I am sitting here, three weeks after release date and I still haven’t read City of Fallen Angels. I do blame iBooks and their download debacle which has yet to be resolved, but in the end, I am ultimately to blame for not taking the time out to read this book.

    I’ve posted quite a few giveaways, saw the author at both the signing and the RT Convention in Los Angeles, but still haven’t managed to finish the book. And right now, it’s about midway through the second page on my Kindle, and falling fast, as week after week more books download and push it farther away from my watchful eyes.

    But CoFA isn’t the only book that has drifted from my grasp. There are oh so many more that have slipped away – sometimes quietly, sometimes not – but I do feel their loss.

    If I had to go back to November 2010 when I started blogging I don’t think I could create a top ten list, as there would just be too many to choose from. And so I will list just those books released in 2011 that I was so eager to read on release date and yet still haven’t managed to squeeze in the time.

    #10

    Blue Bloods by Kailin Gow is one of the books I was eagerly awaiting. This installment was to be much more action packed than its predecessor and I couldn’t wait for its release. I’m sad to say it is still waiting a read.

    #9

    Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard was also a book I wanted to read right away. I even started to read it, but was on deadline for a promised review – I feel like I’m on way too many deadlines these days – so had to put it down. Sadly it has yet to be picked up again, but I have not forgotten just how much I want to read this book.

    #8

    The Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker was so top-of-the-list for me. I couldn’t help but become hooked on all the craziness with the pink wigs and pinked Twitter avatars. I could not wait for this book and was so jealous of everyone who got a chance to read it before release date. I think four or five books downloaded that night for me and I knew that there was no way I could read it immediately, but that didn’t mean I didn’t want to. I kept moving it forward so that it wouldn’t sink to the back of the pack on my Kindle, but now it’s four pages in.

    #7

    Lemniscate by Jennnifer Murgia wasn’t released too long ago, but it was a sequel I was waiting forever for. It took me two reads to fall in love with the first book in the series, but fall in love I did. It was one of the first Indie books I had read and wasn’t quite used to the different style of the Indies, but when a much wiser and more experienced me re-read it I absolutely adored it. And then couldn’t wait for the sequel. And I’m still waiting to find the time to read it. I don’t feel too bad as it’s only three pages back, but still. So much for reading on release day.

    #6

    The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Midnight by L.J. Smith was an absolute must read. I have loved this series forever. (Both the TV show and the books.) I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next but I knew that there is no way I’d have time to read this book immediately as it’s a huge book. And sadly when time is a factor, it’s much easier to choose the shorter reads. Besides, I’m not entirely sure just how to write a review for these books as they are so elaborate and so detailed. But I really want to read this last book in the series written completely by the author and am sad that I still haven’t done so.

    #5

    Secrets and Shadows by Shannon Delany was a fairly newly discovered series for me. I read the first book only a short while before book two was to come out. I couldn’t wait. I was so hooked on this series that I couldn’t imagine not reading it the second it downloaded. But I can’t even remember what happened. I was so psyched to read it, and then somehow completely spaced. By the time I realized that I missed the chance to read it, I was already late on every single deadline and so I had to put this one back in the TBR pile. This is a book that I do not want to wait to read until the release of the paperback so that I’ll have a timely review. I just hope it doesn’t end up that way just because of my schedule.

    #4

    Invincible by Sherrilyn Kenyon is one one of the books that I hyped here on the blog. I couldn’t wait for its release and I absolutely love this cover. I was completely fired up to read this on release date and once again I had to set it aside for a mandatory read. I’m not too far off from release date, and I still see it hanging out on page three of my Kindle, but that’s way too far back for my liking. I really hope to have the time to read this one in the next few weeks. I think I have got to stop checking NetGalley and requesting new books to review.

    #3

    Afterlife by Claudia Gray is my saddest missed read. I didn’t care that this was the end of the road, I just had to know what happened. I even set aside a book I was reading and began to read this one. It was just as grabbing as all the rest of the Evernight series and I couldn’t wait to finish it. But as I was reading, the guilt crept in and I had to put this down. There was a little war between good and evil going on inside, but sadly the hedonist did not win against responsible me and since that date I have not had a moment to return to this story.

    #2

    Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr is yet another final book in a series that I absolutely loved. I was desperate for this book to come out, but at the same time I was devastated. I knew, especially as there were a whole bunch of series ending, that I might not want to read this right away and say goodbye to some of the most interesting characters I’ve known in a young adult series. But I didn’t think I’d have waited this long. Really. This cover still calls to me from my book pile even though the eBook is now long buried I don’t know how many pages in.

    #1

    Oh c’mon did you really expect to see anything else here? I talked about this before I even started the list! City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare is my greatest shame. There is no real reason why I shouldn’t have blown off every single deadline and read this from start to finish. Who cares that there’s a cliffhanger ending? Who cares that every single person would have read and reviewed it on the exact same day? There are absolutely no excuses for why this book has not yet been read and reviewed. None.

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    Do you have any books that have fallen prey to the deadlines of blogging? Have you sacrificed your favorite read because your life got in the way? Have you overspent on books that were less important, forgetting about your favorite release and now your wallet is bare?

    I’ve shared with you my dirty little secret and would love to know what unread books are your greatest shame?

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #9

    Below are the YA books coming out this week that I am spotlighting for my “Book Watch: Releasing This Week” post.

    Here are the books for the week of March 1st-7th that I have ordered or am purchasing on release date.

    Demonglass is the second book in the Hex Hall series by author Rachel Hawkins. It will be released on March 1, 2011 in the U.S. in hardcover and eBook formats.

    It is available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Hyperion Books, the print edition is 368 pages.

    UPDATE: Click here to read the excerpt.

    I only recently read Hex Hall and I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this sequel. This is one of the first books that I’ve actually read reviews for – non spoiler-y ones anyway – as I couldn’t wait to get some insight into the sequel.

    The first book was immensely entertaining and I’ve heard there is much more action in this one. Author Rachel Hawkins is a fantastic writer and I love the world that was created for Sophie.

    If you haven’t read Hex Hall you’ll only need the one day as it is such a quick read and one you won’t be able to put down. Plenty of time for you to catch up before the Tuesday release of Demonglass.

    If you’d like to read my review of Hex Hall click here.

    If you want to learn more about Demonglass from my “Book Watch” post click here.

    Clarity is the debut young adult novel for author Kim Harrington. It will be released in the U.S. on March 1, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is available for pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Point (Scholastic) the print edition is 256 pages.

    Clarity is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com. It is one of my original twelve picks.

    I don’t know too much about the book, except that it’s gotten positive feedback from those who’ve read it. It’s dubbed a “paranormal murder mystery” and I love mysteries.

    The main character, Clarity, has the ability to see things through visions she gets from touch, and it’s her abilities that will help her in solving a murder.

    I have not read any excerpts, just the book description, but I will definitely read this one soon – can’t wait- and as it’s a short book, it can easily be read in one sitting.

    Falling Under is the debut young adult novel for author Gwen Hayes. It will also be releasing on March 1, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats in the U.S. It is currently available for pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by NAL Trade the print edition is 336 pages.

    Falling Under is also one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com. Although not one of my original twelve choices this was a book I’ve had on pre-order for awhile and was definitely planning on reading in 2011.

    I chose to buy this book simply because of the cover, and then because of its description. I have been anticipating this book’s release for quite some time now and am so glad it’s finally here.

    I hope to read this book this week, although due to the overwhelming number of February TBRs I might not get to read this until next week. But I will NOT let this one move down the list as it looks amazing.

    If you’d like to read the Goodreads description or watch the trailer, check out my Book Watch post here.

    The Liar Society is the debut novel for authors Lisa and Laura Roecker. It will be released in the U.S. on March 1, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats. It is now available for pre-order from Amazon in both formats and Barnes & Noble in paperback only.

    Published by Sourcebooks Fire, the paperback is 368 pages.

    The Liar Society is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

    If you haven’t been on Twitter you may not have seen any of the authors or bloggers who have “pinked” their avatars/profile images. And if you had seen it, but had no idea why, this book and these authors are why.

    It was the pink that first drew me to this book. I had been following the authors on Twitter and had the book on my TBR on Goodreads but only really took note of their book after all the pinked hairdos started cropping up. Everywhere.

    I did not have this on my list of DAC picks, but it is one I will definitely be reading. And it just recently became available for the Kindle so of course I ordered it.

    The premise is fun – how many characters get email messages from the deceased – and mysterious. This is another great release to start off March the right way!

    If you’d like to watch the trailer for this book, check out my post for March trailers here, which includes the trailers for some other March releases.

    The Vespertine by author Saundra Mitchell will be released in the U.S. on March 7, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. (Although Amazon has been shipping out the print versions for over a week now, at least. I got mine last Monday.)

    It is available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Harcourt Children’s Books the hardcover is 304 pages.

    I was drawn to The Vespertine for its beautiful cover. Not typically the type of book I would read – historical fiction – there was something about the plot that made me want to read this. Secrets, prophecies and forbidden romance all make for a very intriguing tale.

    I received an eARC for this book which I’ll be reviewing this week, and also have the hardcover which I bought from Amazon simply to see if they’d really send it pre-release. I am also pre-ordered for the Kindle version. So, yes. I do want to read this book.

    One Hundred Candles by Mara Purnhagen came out on February 15, 2011 in paperback in the U.S. I’m including it here this week as the eBook, which is available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble, is releasing on March 1st and that’s the version I’ve opted to purchase.

    Published by Harlequin TEEN, the paperback edition is 240 pages.

    This book came out in paperback on February 15th, but not in eBook format. And, as I’ve only purchased the electronic version I’ve included it this week instead. If you are an eReader junkie like I am perhaps you’ve also waited until now to buy.

    I have read this book as I had an eARC for review and it was my favorite of the series. While I completely enjoyed all the books, this one had just something extra and a dark ending that left me surprised, shocked and wanting more.

    The link to the free eBook for the novella Raising the Dead which takes place just prior to this second book in the series can be found in my sidebar on the right.

    If you’d like to read my review of One Hundred Candles or read the Goodreads description, click here.

     

    Outside In is the second book in the series by Maria V. Snyder. It was released in paperback format on February 15, 2011 in the U.S., but the eBook format is releasing this week on March 1, 2011. It is now available for pre-order from both Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Harlequin TEEN, the paperback is 336 pages.

    Outside In is another book that released earlier in paperback format than in electronic format. But as I have only purchased the eBook version it is included in this week’s Book Watch: Releasing This Week post.

    I was fortunate to have received an eARC of the book prior to its release, and have already read and reviewed this book. But I am still adding the finished copy to my collection as I thoroughly enjoyed this series.

    This is the second book in the series and it has a lot more action than the first book, although that one is still my favorite of the two.

    If you have read the first book you will definitely want to read this, and if you haven’t read Inside Out then you should. It is part dystopian novel, part mystery and part sci-fi. And if you’re not a fan of science fiction, don’t worry, there is only a hint of it in the story.

    If you would like to read my review, get links to an excerpt or read the Goodreads description, click here.

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