Books on my TBR Bookshelf

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As we can all clearly see, this post – though promised for Thursday – did not end up happening on Thursday because well, I honestly forgot. A LOT has happened this week, so I was a bit overwhelmed. But hey, better late than never right?

So without further ado, these are all the unread books I currently have on my bookshelf (listed in no particular order):

  1. The Queen of Tearling by Erika Johansen
  2. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  3. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  4. Where She Went by Gayle Forman
  5. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  6. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  7. A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
  8. A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
  9. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
  10. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
  11. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
  12. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  13. The Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
  14. The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  15. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
  16. Emma by Jane Austen
  17. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  18. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  19. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  20. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  21. The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
  22. Belle Teale by Ann M. Martin
  23. Lost Souls by Michael Collins
  24. The Crimson Ribbon by Katherine Clements
  25. The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan
  26. Nation by Terry Pratchett
  27. The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
  28. The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
  29. The Wives of Bath by Wendy Holden
  30. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
  31. The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
  32. Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill

And that’s it! Let me know which book on this list you think I should read next!

Unfinished Books on My Bookshelf

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There was a time in my life when I couldn’t imagine leaving a book I was reading unread; it just wasn’t something that I did.

This, of course, was when I was 10 and disillusioned by my love of Harry Potter thinking that every book was going to make me fall in love like it did. 

Over the years I have managed to finish almost every book I’ve start. Almost.

I have gotten rid of some really old unread books that I know I wouldn’t ever pick up again, but these are the ones I currently have sitting on in my bookcase:

1) The Warden by Anthony Trollope
2) Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
3) North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
4) Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thacheray (odds of my finishing this bad boy are slim)
5) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
6) The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
7) The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha
8) The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis (I’ve read 2.5 books out of the 7 included)
9) All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
10) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
11) Wicked by Gregory Maguire
12) Lastly we have the book that I have been ‘currently reading’ for at least a solid year: A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

And there you have it. There are 12 books on my shelf that I need to finish.

I see there is a definite trend in the books: classic books that I needed to read for school…but didn’t.

Some of them I’m ashamed I haven’t finished yet, but as one of my resolutions this year I am going to try my best to finish some of these books up and clear up that TBR list.

On Thursday I will be writing a post about the rest of the unread books on my bookcase right now. That’ll be a fun one.

Let me know what books you have half finished on your shelf.

Getting Through the Pile One Book at a Time: October TBR

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Everyone seems to have a themed TBR list for the month of October and I’m here to say that I will…not be doing that. Sorry guys, horror novels are not my thing. I wouldn’t sleep ever again, probably. I’ve been on a reading spree so far in October; I’m on my 4th book already (though only three will be listed since I put Throne of Glass on my September Wrap Up list even though I finished it in October (shh). I really hope I keep this reading binge up because now I’m only two books behind on my reading challenge and I want to get ahead!

Enough blabbing, let’s get to this list:

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Publisher:
Bloomsbury 
Published: 
August 27th 2013
Genre:
YA Fantasy
Pages:
420
Blurb:
 “A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.
It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”
From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.
Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.
Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie…and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.
Goodreads Rating: 4.51
Status: Completed AND OMG I AM SO OBSESSED. This series honestly just gets better and better. I hate how much I love this because usually when I become this obsessed with a book a movie is around the corner, but that’s not happening here and I’m sad. I just. I loved this book, and I will be doing a review very soon.

Fortunately, the Milk… by Neil Gaiman
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Children’s
Published: September 17, 2013
Genre: Middle Grade/Children’s Fantasy
Pages: 160
Blurb: You know what it’s like when your mum goes away on a business trip and Dad’s in charge. She leaves a really, really long list of what he’s got to do. And the most important thing is DON’T FORGET TO GET THE MILK. Unfortunately, Dad forgets. So the next morning, before breakfast, he has to go to the corner shop, and this is the story of why it takes him a very, very long time to get back.
Featuring: Professor Steg (a time-travelling dinosaur), some green globby things, the Queen of the Pirates, the famed jewel that is the Eye of Splod, some wumpires, and a perfectly normal but very important carton of milk.
Goodreads Rating: 4.04
Status: Completed. I wanted a really quick, fun read after I finished Crown of Midnight and was waiting for Heir of Fire to arrive in the mail so, naturally, this was the perfect choice. It was funny and super sweet…plus it is Neil Gaiman who is an author I’ve been dying to read more of. So cute!

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: 
Bloomsbury
Published: September 2, 2014
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 565
Blurb: Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.
While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?
Goodreads Rating: 4.63
Status: 46% complete and I’m loving it. Celaena is such a badass I can’t even deal with it and, despite his stubbornness, I still love Chaol.

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: 
Bloomsbury
Published: March 4, 2014
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 435
Blurb: Celaena Sardothien is her kingdom’s most feared assassin. Though she works for the powerful and ruthless Assassin’s Guild, Celaena yields to no one and trusts only her fellow killer for hire, Sam.
When Celaena’s scheming master, Arobynn Hamel, dispatches her on missions that take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, she finds herself acting independently of his wishes and questioning her own allegiance. Along the way, she makes friends and enemies alike, and discovers that she feels far more for Sam than just friendship. But by defying Arobynn’s orders, Celaena risks unimaginable punishment, and with Sam by her side, he is in danger, too. They will have to risk it all if they hope to escape Arobynn’s clutches and if they fail, they’ll lose not just a chance at freedom, but their lives.
A prequel to Throne of Glass, this collection of five novellas offers listeners a deeper look into the history of this cunning assassin and her enthralling and deadly world.
Included in this volume:
The Assassin and the Pirate Lord
The Assassin and the Healer
The Assassin and the Desert
The Assassin and the Underworld
The Assassin and the Empire
Goodreads Rating: 4.55
Status: N/A. I haven’t started this yet, but you better believe I will be reading this as soon as I finish Heir of Fire. 

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians) by Rick Riordan
Publisher: 
Disney Hyperion Books
Published: March 21st 2005
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Pages: 377 c.
Blurb: Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school… again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’ master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.
Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus’ stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.
Goodreads Rating: 4.18 out of 5 stars
Status: Yes this is still here, but I’ve started it and I’m about 20% in. It’s adorable so far, but I’ve put it on hold for Heir of Fire for so many reasons.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Publisher: 
Black Swan
Published: Reprinted September 8, 2007
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Pages: 560
Blurb: HERE IS A SMALL FACT – YOU ARE GOING TO DIE.
1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier.
Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall.
SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATION – THIS NOVEL IS NARRATED BY DEATH.
It’s a small story, about: a girl, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist fighter, and quite a lot of thievery.
ANOTHER THING YOU SHOULD KNOW – DEATH WILL VISIT THE BOOK THIEF THREE TIMES.
Goodreads Rating: 4.36
Status: N/A. I guess this will be my “spooky-ish” book of the month. I’m actually SO excited to get to this book, it has been on my to-read list for way to long.

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Publisher:
Plume
Published: March 27, 2012 (paperback)
Genre: Adult Contemporary
Pages: 323
Blurb: Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.
Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now- reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.
When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.
By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself.
What would he say . . . ?
Goodreads Rating: 3.97
Status: N/A. This month is full of some pretty intense books so I wanted to add something nice and fluffy to end my October TBR.

And that’s that. What books do you plan on reading this month?

Getting Through the Pile One Book at a Time: September TBR

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Alert the press: I finally have time to read! I’m hoping that my reading game is strong in September and I manage to catch up on my year challenge on Goodreads – I’m six book behind *gulp*. This month is just going to find me applying for jobs (I need money to buy more books after all), writing, reading, and maybe contemplating setting up a book vlog. Maybe. (Seriously though, let me know if that is something you want to see). I’m going to be making this list a little hefty because I want to challenge myself this month to read as much as I possibly can! So without further ado, here is my September TBR:

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Getting Through the Pile One Book at a Time: August TBR

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August is a CRAZY month for me. My dissertation is due on August 20th (crying) and I fly back home to Toronto on the 24th, so you can probably see why I haven’t been able to post as frequently as I would like. My hectic schedule at the moment also means that I have zero plans to read a lot this month. I have two books that I definitely want to finish though so let’s get started.

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
Publisher: 
Delacorte Press
Released: 
October 12th 2010
Genre:
YA Sci-fi Dystopia
Pages: 
324 (ebook)
Goodreads Description: 
Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end.
Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch.
There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.
The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.
Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off.
There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive.
Goodreads Rating: 3.99 out of 5 stars
Status: 16% through and I’m enjoying it so far…just wish I had more time to read it!

Camp Utopia and the Forgiveness Diet by Jenny Ruden
Publisher: 
Koehler Books
Released: 
July 1st 2014
Genre:
YA Contemporary
Pages:
300
Goodreads Description: 
Sixteen-year-old Baltimore teen Bethany Stern knows the only way out of spending her summer at Camp Utopia, a fat camp in Northern California, is weight-loss. Desperate, she tries The Forgiveness Diet, the latest fad whose infomercial promises that all she has to do is forgive her deadbeat dad, her scandalous sister, and the teenage magician next door and (unrequited) love of her life. But when the diet fails and her camp nemesis delivers the ultimate blow, Bee bids sayonara to Camp-not-Utopian-at-all to begin what she believes will be her “real” summer adventure, only to learn that running away isn’t as easy—or as healing—as it seems.
Her wry and honest voice bring humor and poignancy for anyone, fat or thin, tired of hearing “you’d be so pretty if…[insert unwelcome judgment about your appearance from loved one or perfect stranger].”
Goodreads rating: 4.31
Status: No progress has been made yet, BUT I can say that I will be part of the blog tour for this book (exciting!) so look for a review of this book on August 27th!

What are you reading this month? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter!

Getting Through the Pile One Book at a Time: July To Be Read

I think it is safe to say that every book-lover has a list at least a mile long of books they are dying to read but haven’t gotten around to it yet. I’m a book hoarder. I buy books all the time even when I know I have about a billion sitting in my bookcase unread. It’s a serious problem that my shrinking bookcase does not appreciate – too much heavy lifting.

That being said, here are the books that I will *hopefully* finish this month:

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
Publisher: Mariner
Released: April 1, 2005
Genre: Adult Contemporary/Historical Fiction
Pages: 326
Goodreads Description: Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is an inventor, amateur entomologist, Francophile, letter writer, pacifist, natural historian, percussionist, romantic, Great Explorer, jeweller, detective, vegan, and collector of butterflies. When his father is killed in the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Centre, Oskar sets out to solve the mystery of a key he discovers in his father’s closet. It is a search which leads him into the lives of strangers, through the five boroughs of New York, into history, to the bombings of Dresden and Hiroshima, and on an inward journey which brings him ever closer to some kind of peace.
Goodreads Rating: 3.97 out of 5 stars.
Progress: 44%

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Publisher: 
Margaret K. McElderry
Released: March 27th 2007
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 485 (But I’m listening to the audiobook)
Goodreads Description: When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…
Goodreads Rating: 4.13 out of 5
Status: Almost finished listening to the seventh chapter on the audiobook

The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Publisher: 
Random House Children’s Books
Released: 
October 6th 2009
Genre:
YA Sci-fi Dystopia
Pages: 
374 (ebook)
Goodreads Description: 
Imagine waking up one day in total darkness, unsure of where you are and unable to remember anything about yourself except your first name. You’re in a bizarre place devoid of adults called the Glade. The Glade is an enclosed structure with a jail, a graveyard, a slaughterhouse, living quarters, and gardens. And no way out. Outside the Glade is the Maze, and every day some of the kids — the Runners — venture into the labyrinth, trying to map the ever-changing pattern of walls in an attempt to find an exit from this hellish place. So far, no one has figured it out. And not all of the Runners return from their daily exertions, victims of the maniacal Grievers, part animal, part mechanical killing machines.
Thomas is the newest arrival to the Glade in this Truman-meets-Lord of the Flies tale. A motley crew of half a dozen kids is all he has to guide him in this strange world. As soon as he arrives, unusual things begin to happen, and the others grow suspicious of him. Though the Maze seems somehow familiar to Thomas, he’s unable to make sense of the place, despite his extraordinary abilities as a Runner. What is this place, and does Thomas hold the key to finding a way out?
Goodreads Rating:
4 out of 5 stars
Status:
 n/a

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (AKA JK Rowling)
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Released: April 30th 2013
Genre: Mystery/Crime
Pages:
455
Goodreads Description: 
After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.
Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.
You may think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you’ve never seen them under an investigation like this.
Goodreads Rating:
3.80 out of 5 stars
Status:
n/a

And there you have it! These are the books I’m going to try and get to this month – though I am a very busy beaver for the next two months I will do my best to get as many as possible read! I will do a wrap up at the end of the month to let you all know what I read and didn’t.

What is on your TBR this month, let me know in the comments below or on Twitter (@melissaloparco). Also, feel free to add me as a friend on Goodreads so you can follow along with my progress!