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Here it is, folks. Another TBR post.

The last time I formalized a list of to-be-reads was back in March, but I’m happy to say that I’ve successfully read– and enjoyed!– all but one of those. So, along with that straggler, Attachments by Rainbow Rowell, here are four new additions to the queue this fall.

1.) Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld. Westerfeld’s Uglies series was one of the absolute staples of my tween readerhood, and a major gateway to the dystopia scene. I know he’s been writing since then, but somehow he hasn’t been in my life for a long while. Afterworlds is getting a whole lot of hype, though, and it sounds like it might be just the thing to reunite us. It’s a rather sprawling novel that tells a duel story: a young woman debuting as a published novelist, and the girl who stars in her book. Their stories interweave and complement each other and it’s supposed to be really graceful and immersive and I want it.

2.) Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger. Steampunk. Steampunk. STEAMPUNK. STEAMPUNK. STEAMPUNK. STEAMPUNK.

Okay, confession, I haven’t actually read any steampunk. But I have spent a LOT of time looking at steampunk-style fashion. And I basically love it so much that my body could explode into a cloud of rainbow butterflies, and each individual butterfly would be weeping tears of pure light, and each tear would have a single glitter gleaming in the radiant sun of my love for steampunk. So why I have not officially read steampunk fiction, I just don’t know.

Etiquette & Espionage is set at a boarding school, and it’s becoming almost cliché for book bloggers to love boarding school books, but what’s not to love? I’m a tiny bit nervous because this is a “girl’s parents want her to sew and wear dresses but girl isn’t like other girls and rebels” story, and that’s a formula I’m getting a little bored with, to be honest. But there’s enough in this one’s favor that I want to give it a try. If it doesn’t work out, tumblr has supplied me with this list of other steampunk possibilities! (Granted, those were chosen based on cover aesthetics, but I’m sure at least some of them are good.)

3.) Something by David Sedaris. I don’t know what, I just know I’ve been interested in creative nonfiction lately, and I’ve heard that David Sedaris has a dry, witty sense of humor, which is right up my alley. I started flipping through Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls at a bookstore the other day (actually it was the Strand in NYC, which is literally paradise, but that’s another story), but there seemed to be a lot of scary medical stories in there, which I can’t stomach to save my life. So possibly not the best choice for me, although I love owls.

4.) Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison by Piper Kerman. This is the one I’m least positive I’m going to read, but I’ve joined the massive following of the Netflix series, and it would be cool to hear the true story in Kerman’s own words. Plus, like I said, I want to read more creative nonfiction. We’ll see.

I’m currently reading The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde, and hopefully I’ll have it finished and ready to discuss next week. It’s a pretty unique book, so stay tuned. What to-reads are banging around your vague consciousness? Take it to the comments.


     Every Tuesday, the site The Broke and the Bookish posts a prompt for a top-ten-style list, and book bloggers around the web respond to it on their blogs. This week the prompt is Top Ten Books on your Spring TBR (to be read) list.

   Despite my valiant attempts to wear skirts and dresses, it’s still a little frigid to start any peppy Spring musical numbers with the birds and squirrels. Even so, a new season of reading is quickly heading our way, bringing, as always, many, many enticing titles. Here are the books I can’t wait to get my hands on this Spring.

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  1. United We Spy by Ally Carter. I have it out from the library, but I’m making slow progress because I hate books that are the last in the series. Even if I feel ready to let the series wrap up, the sense of finality that permeates such books just gives me stress.

  2. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. I loved Going Bovine so much, but I have yet to try her arguably more trumpeted and very intriguing work.

  3. A Really Awesome Mess by Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin. I had heard good things about this book and was already interested, but when I realized it was by the same authors as Notes from the Blender, that sealed the deal.

  4. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. I’ve read her other two, and kind of doubt Fangirl is going to be toppled from its position as my favorite, but we’ll see.

  5. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I’ve been ordered to read this book, it sounds pretty shiny and glamorous, and it’s pulling a relatively positive reaction from the often cranky folks on Goodreads, so I think I’ll give this a try.

  6. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. Apparently Jenny Han is very popular and has been compared to Sarah Dessen. And the premise for this one is very intriguing.

       There are some great covers in there, too. Can I somehow expand my mind to read them all at once? No? Well, I’ll get to them all eventually.

Every Tuesday, the site The Broke and the Bookish posts a prompt for a top-ten-style list, and book bloggers around the web respond to it on their blogs. This week the prompt is the top ten books on my list to read this summer.

1.) I seriously need to reread the original Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. The whole thing. Because I’m a screaming, manic Percy Jackson fangirl, but I’ve forgotten so much of what happens in the older books that lately I’ve been feeling like a bit of a fraud. This must end here. I’ve already got the first two on reserve.

2.) The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen. I already have it, and signed!!

3.) A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams. I read about this book on Goodreads, and it sounds really interesting.

4.) Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos. I saw this at the bookstore and read the first few pages, and fell in love. It’s about a boy who’s obsessed with Walt Whitman, and it seems like it could have a slightly Perks of Being a Wallflower-esque appeal to it.

5.) My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick. Somebody told me this was my kind of book, but I haven’t gotten to it yet.

6.) Sam Cruz’s Infallible Guide to Getting Girls by Tellulah Darling. Saw this on a top ten list a few weeks ago, and it sounds really good.

7.) The Selection by Kiera Cass. I’ve been resisting reading this for a while, but the more I’ve heard about it from other bloggers, the more it’s started to sound potentially good. I might read it.

8.) Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. It’s made so many top ten lists over the months that I have to find out what the fuss is about.

9.) I kind of want to re-read Gingerbread and its two sequels by Rachel Cohn. I generally prioritize rereads below new reads, but we’ll see what happens.

10.) I debated including this, but I’ve just barely stuck my toe into Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables. I’m such a fan of the musical that I feel like I should do this… but for anyone who doesn’t know, there isn’t language strong enough to describe how massive the book is. So I wouldn’t count on my whipping through it before September.