To Be Read: The Ever-Growing List

So since I thought I might change things up a little, I decided to talk about books. Specifically, my to be read pile.

Because I write YA, it should be no surprised that my favorite genre to read just so happens to be YA. Specifically dystopian or paranormal. Something about those genres gets me excited every time, provided it has a decent story behind it.

Have I mentioned I’m a little picky with what I read?

Anyway, here we go. My TBR pile. I got all the pictures and summaries off of Goodreads. 
  1.        Across the Universe by Beth Revis
    “Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

    Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone - one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship - tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.

    Now, Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.”

    I picked this one up at Borders and was drawn in immediately. Something about the nasty, painful procedure that makes you “frozen cargo” and the first person POV pulled me in. The book alternates in POVs between Amy and Elder (I’m assuming her future love interest) and though I found that a little jarring, I think it still works. From the little bit I read, anyway. I suppose I’ll find out.

  2. 2.    Matched by Allie Condie
           “Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what  to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

    The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.”

          I read the first page of this one at Borders, too. I like the voice, and I’m a sucker for the occasional love triangle. Looks interesting and I currently can’t get enough of dystopia so…added to the list!

  3.        Forbidden by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee (September 13, 2011)
    “A terrible truth has been revealed to one man: the entire human race has been drained of every emotion except one— fear. To bring life back to the world, Rom must embark on a journey that will end either in his own demise or a reawakening of humanity. But to bring love and passion back into existence will also threaten the powers of the world with the revolution and anarchy that had nearly destroyed them previously.

    After happening upon a journal through strange circumstance, Rom's world is shattered. He learns that humanity long ago ceased to "live," that it exists today in a living death of emotions. In a terrible risk, Rom exposes himself to the vial of blood folded into the old leather of the journal. His change is fearful and fraught with mind-bending emotion. A once-pious observer of the Order's passionless statues, he is filled with uncontrollable impulses. He is filled with love.

    He is undone, terrified, and alone in the desolate world.”

    Ok, I was ready to preorder this one before I even knew it was about, but that’s because Ted Dekker co-authored it and well…I’ve mentioned my Dekker obsession before. ANYWAY. This book isn’t out yet, but I seriously can’t wait. I’ll be preordering it without a doubt.

  4.        Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (November 15, 2011)
    “Juliette hasn't touched anyone in exactly 264 days. The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal. As long as she doesn't hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old-girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don't fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color. 

    The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war- and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she's exactly what they need right now. 

    Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

    Sadly, the cover hasn’t been released for this one yet, but I am very excited about this. Dystopian novel AND paranormal elements? C’mon, that’s like combining my two favorite genres in one. IN ONE. Needless to say, I’ll be preordering this one, too.

  5.          Insurgent by Veronica Roth
    Ok, ok, I know it’s a little presumptuous to put this on my TBR pile before it has a blurb or a cover, but Divergent was just that amazing. I loved it and as soon as there’s a release date for Insurgent, I’ll be preordering it. 
So for the sake of not drowning you in a ridiculously long post, I’m ending it there, even though there ARE more.

Now! The fun part! I want to know, peeps, what’s in YOUR TBR pile?

8 comments:

Alivia said...

Oh man, Matched. I remember downloading the free blurb for my Nookcolor and loving it so much. But alas, i was cheap and never bought it. Now I kind of want to go B&N and read the paperback. Grrrrr, curse you! How dare you read one of the books I'm DYING to read?!

Kidding, kidding! In all seriousness, though, from what I read, it's a beautiful read.

And I might as well ask. Is that Across the Universe book where the AtU movie came from?

Ava Jae said...

I haven't actually read more than a page or two of Matched, but I'm definitely going to buy it. :D

This Across the Universe is completely different from the movie (which I'm pretty sure isn't even the slightest bit related to it). I wondered that too before I read a few pages of it, though.

Angelina C. Hansen said...

Yay! You beat blogger. I'm taking a rest from dystopian right now. I've read the top two on your pile + Divergent and Wither.

Holly Schindler's PLAYING HURT and Lisa Schroeder's THE DAY BEFORE are in the queue.

I just started Libba Bray's BEAUTY QUEENS.

And then there's there's a fun one, Clete Smith's ALIENS ON VACATION, set in my own backyard...

Hope Collier said...

Ohhh, great list! Not a huge distopian fan, (they stress me out ;) but I'm right there with you on the paranormal page! Looking forward to hearing what you like/don't like about today's TBR list.

SP Sipal said...

Love the cover for Matched, and the blurb sounds really intriguing.

My TBR pile at the moment is heavy with nonfiction because I'm researching my new story.

Jen said...

Pretty much want to read what you're reading. Looks like you have great taste (as I suspected). Although the first on list is matched, I've heard way too many good things about it to pass it up!

James Garcia Jr said...

Hi, Ava. Considering that I write crossover fiction - at least so far anyway - I really should be reading Ted Dekker. I have yet to read one and I realize that this is "epic fail", as my kids would say. I just don't have the opportunity to read as much as I would like to. Lately, when I have read something it has been a novel written by a blogger-buddy.
Have a great weekend.

-Jimmy

Ava Jae said...

Looks like everyone likes my taste in books, ha ha. :D I'll let you guys know how they are when I finally get my hands on them.

@James Since you write crossover I would DEFINITELY recommend Dekker. I understand not having as much opportunity to read, it happens to the best of us. Definitely give Dekker a try next time you have time to pick up a book. :)

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