State of the TBR Pile: January 2014

After Cybils have ended — especially when one is on the round one panel — there is, at least for me, a little bit of burn-out. I just want to stop reading all together for a while. Maybe watch a dozen movies or so. (Actually, only three: Skyfall, Frozen, and Saving Mr. Banks.) But, eventually, the inevitable happens, and books start piling up on my nightstand again. And I’ve caught a cold, so that means my energy level is set at “lay around and read”. Maybe I can knock a few of these off this weekend. (It won’t happen, but it’s nice to think that, anyway.) There are also a ton of ARCs on this pile because my one goal this year is to keep up with what I take from the shelves at work. That may not last, mostly because I’ve been thinking about the Casson family and have been wanting to re-read those books.

S. by J. J. Abrams and Doug Dorst — because someone raved about it at work. A side note: I gave this to myself for Christmas, started it that day, and have been reading a little every night since then. I’m not even half way through. IT’S SO DENSE. Good, but MAN, I haven’t worked this hard to read a book in a long time.
Goblins, by Philip Reeve — leftover Cybils book I’m interested in.
Stolen Magic, by Stephanie Burgis — leftover Cybils book, plus I liked the first two in the series.
Ghoulish Song, by William Alexander — leftover Cybils book, plus I liked Goblin Secrets.
Landry Park, by Bethany Hagen — she’s a Kansas City author, plus it was described to me as post-apocalyptic meets Downton Abbey.
Mark of the Dragonfly, by Jaleigh Johnson — it was passed on to me via our publisher rep. It sounds right up my alley.
Grasshopper Jungle, by Andrew Smith — I’ve been calling this my “grasshoppers and sex” book. I’m curious, but…
Cress, by Marissa Meyer — because I’m invested in this series now.
Red Rising, by Pierce Brown — our rep said that we all need another dystopian novel like we need a hole in our heads, but we NEED this one. I have a high standard. We’ll see.
Jinx’s Magic, by Sage Black — because I liked Jinx. And because Charlotte liked it.
Empire of Bones, by N. D. Wilson — I liked book 2 in this series, and I have to admit that I have a mild curiosity. That said, if I don’t read it this month, it’s coming off the pile.
Allegiant, by Veronica Roth — I wasn’t terribly interested in this one, but Angie said something (I don’t remember what. And it may not have even been Angie that said it.) that made me curious, so I stuck it on hold at the library. My turn finally came.
Better Nate Than Ever, by Tim Federle — because it keeps popping up in best-of lists.

I’m going to also try and read The Year of Billy Miller and The Thing About Luck before the ALA awards announcement on January 27th. Just in case either of those win.

What’s on your pile that you’re excited about?

4 thoughts on “State of the TBR Pile: January 2014

  1. I bought S at Christmastime, too. I just have too much else going on to start it. I will probably read it a bit at a time when I do, though. Lots of good sounding books in that pile. 🙂


  2. My standard is high for dystopian fiction too these days. Have you read Pure by J. Baggott? The 3rd book is about to come out, and it's one that's been very original so far.

    I loved Better Nate than Ever.

    I don't get the hype over Billy Miller at all. It's fine, but very very elementary.


  3. Thanks!

    Jennifer — I haven't. I was going to, but someone at work really had a bad reaction to it, so I kind of put it on the back burner. I'll but it back on my list.

    I have high hopes for Better Nate… and I have to admit that while I like Kevin Henkes' picture books, I've never quite gotten the love his prose stuff.


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