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My Big, Fat TBR Pile (13)

Winter Break Reading List Edition:

If you're a regular at my blog, you know that I'm a high school senior and, up until January 3rd (*does happy dance*), I have winter break right now. Sooo, of course I compiled a list of books I want to read during my free time that I wouldn't normally have the time to read.

Some of the following books I either own or am in the process of acquiring, so In My Mailbox this Sunday should be fun :)

Dark Lover by J. R. Ward

Signet, April 11, 2007
In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there's a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing more than Wrath, the leader of The Black Dagger Brotherhood. The only purebred vampire left on earth, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But, when one of his most trusted fighters is killed-leaving his half-breed daughter unaware of his existence or her fate-Wrath must usher her into the world of the undead-a world of sensuality beyond her wildest dreams.

Why I Want to Read It: This is indeed a Young Adult book blog, but I looove reading adult romance/paranormal romance books on the side when I have the time, and everybody seems to be terminally gaga for this series so I'm expecting awesome, awesome, awesome things. And, hullo, it's VAMPIRES. 'Nuff said.

The Glass series by Maria V. Snyder

Mira/Harlequin, 2010
This spin-off series of 'Study' series follows the adventures Opal Cowan, a glass magician who can trap magic inside glass. She crafts glass messengers for Sitia and helps with a glass crisis. Until the Stormdance clans orbs shatter, killing Stormdancers and leaving the coastal residents in life-threatening danger. Opal must find the true recipe for the orbs and fix them - fast. But as one crisis ends another begins when Opal is kidnapped trying to rescue Kade, a handsome Stormdancers captured by evil warpers. Trapped on the northern ice sheet of Ixia, with a huge storm close behind them Opal comes to terms with her death. She is prepared to sacrifice herself to save Kade...

Why I Want to Read It: I'm already deeply in love with Maria's work. Touch of Power was my first taste and WOW. So I went on to read her Poison Study series and I'm almost done and completely smitten (VALEK!). There's going to be a very short break after I finish Fire Study to Storm Glass.

Destined by Jessie Harrell

Mae Day, November 17, 2011
When Psyche receives a prophecy gone horribly wrong, she learns that even the most beautiful girl in Greece can have a hideous future. Her fate? Fall in love with the one creature even the gods fear.

As she feels herself slipping closer into the arms of the prophecy, Psyche must choose between the terrifyingly tender touch she feels almost powerless to resist and the one constant she's come to expect out of life: you cannot escape what is destined.

Why I Want to Read It: Greek mythology retellings are MY THING. Love reading 'em, but lately I've been kind of disappointed in that department. Still, Cupid and Psyche's story is one of my favorites to read retold so hopefully it's as good as it looks. I bought this for $0.99 at Amazon for my Kindle!

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Scholastic, October 1, 2008
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister Primrose, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before — and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

Why I Want to Read It: Before you say it, I KNOW. But I was gifted the box set for Christmas with all three books inside and frankly, I've been craving these books so I'm out to read the first one very soon. Who else is excited for the movie? *raises hand*

Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols

MTV Books, March 7, 2009

All Meg has ever wanted is to get away. Away from high school. Away from her backwater town. Away from her parents who seem determined to keep her imprisoned in their dead-end lives. But one crazy evening involving a dare and forbidden railroad tracks, she goes way too far...and almost doesn't make it back.

John made a choice to stay. To enforce the rules. To serve and protect. He has nothing but contempt for what he sees as childish rebellion, and he wants to teach Meg a lesson she won't soon forget. But Meg pushes him to the limit by questioning everything he learned at the police academy. And when he pushes back, demanding to know why she won't be tied down, they will drive each other to the edge -- and over....

Why I Want to Read It: I'm a fan of Jennifer Echols, so I'm surprised that I HAVEN'T read this one. Especially with all the bloated hearts that explode every time someone mentions this book. John seems to make everybody drool and sigh dreamily...

Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have)
by Sarah Mlynowski

HarperTeen, June 7, 2011
2 girls + 3 guys + 1 house – parents = 10 things April and her friends did that they (definitely, maybe, probably) shouldn't have.

If given the opportunity, what sixteen-year-old wouldn't jump at the chance to move in with a friend and live parent-free? Although maybe "opportunity" isn't the right word, since April had to tell her dad a tiny little untruth to make it happen (see #1: "Lied to Our Parents"). But she and her housemate Vi are totally responsible and able to take care of themselves. How they ended up "Skipping School" (#3), "Throwing a Crazy Party" (#8), "Buying a Hot Tub" (#4), and, um, "Harboring a Fugitive" (#7) at all is kind of a mystery to them.

In this hilarious and bittersweet tale, Sarah Mlynowski mines the heart and mind of a girl on her own for the first time. To get through the year, April will have to juggle a love triangle, learn to do her own laundry, and accept that her carefully constructed world just might be falling apart . . . one thing-she-shouldn't-have-done at a time.

Why I Want to Read It: Another one I've heard great things about. It's supposed to be really funny and crazy, so I'm excited! This is another one I purchased for $0.99 over at Amazon.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
by Jennifer E. Smith

Poppy, January 2, 2012
Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. She's stuck at JFK, late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's in seat 18C. Hadley's in 18A.

Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.

Why I Want to Read It: I'm expecting an ARC to get here soon and guys... GUYS, I can't tell you how... FRIGGING... EXCITED I am for this book. I've been successfully annoying the crap out of my mom with phone calls and emails wondering if the package showed up... Please, get here soon!

And that's it for this week's glimpse into my TBR pile. I look forward to showing you more of what's in My Big, Fat TBR Pile.

What's lingering in your to-read pile?


Renu said...

Ooh, yay! I am a HUGE fan of Maria's Study series and I LOVED Touch of Power! =D

Small Review said...

Officer John After! *heart explodes* :D

nea barabea said...

Asher good God, you really haven't read The Hunger Games? lol that's a shame my girl :D
Ten Thing We Did - Darling this is totally for the girly gossip part of you - I was laughing so hard while reading it! I hope you'll enjoy it the way I did ;))
And OMG am I excited for The statistical probability of Love at First Sight?! God, I am dying to read this book! Can't wait to read your review ;)

Happy holidays Asher!!

nea barabea said...

BTW Where is your Book Boyfriend of the week, huh?? :P :) I am waiting for him to show up ;)) hihi :P

Barbara W. said...

I can absolutely recommend Going Too Far and Dark Lover! (hides because I still haven't read Hunger Games either)

I have The Statistical Probability.. on preorder. I can't wait for that one. :)

A. Knight said...

Renu- Touch of Power made a BIG fan out of me. :D

Small- Oh, man, I SO have to meet him.

nea- *hangs head* I promise I'll read it soon! So many people had a similar reaction to Ten Things, I want to know where all the laughter is coming from :D *high fives* TSPoLaFS is going to be read the SECOND I have it in my hands.

And I'm only picking out Book Boyfriends monthly, to give myself more of a selection ;)

Barbara- I'll share my cave with you so we don't get attacked by the herd of bewildered Hunger Games fans :) I'm so excited for Dark Lover! As the series progresses, I keep reading reviews on how awesome it is, so it's about darn time I pick it up for myself.

Me neither!! :DD

Sagacity Quest said...

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight looks fantastic. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy!

Erica said...

Now this is a fun post. You are going to just LOVE Going Too Far - it's definitely her best one yet (In my opinion at least) :)

Audrey (Bibliosaurus Text) said...

I'm so STOKED for the Hunger Games movie. Totally dragging my bf to see it with me...he's already promised. You need to dig into those books first!

We Need Reads said...

Hey Asher! You commented on our waiting on Wednesday post today and I wanted to stop by and say thank you! And tbr piles are always catching my eye as I love to see what others are reading. I also bought ten things we did.... For 99 cents! Although I just got my iPad and have absolutely no experience with reading ebooks. I'm kind of nervous! Haha. Anyways, love your blog. New follower!


A. Knight said...

SQ- The glowing reviews are inciting a desperation in me.

Erica- So many people seem to think so. And I feel like such a fool for not having picked it up by now.

Audrey- You're bringing your bf and I'm bringing either my mom or my sister. They still haven't agreed, but I'm working on them, slowly wearing down their resistance.

Taylor- Hiya! There are some GREAT deals going on right now; I've been spoiling myself. An iPad? So very lucky you are.

And thank you so much!