Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Books I Really Want to Read

And many, many more.... Have you read any of these? What did you think?


  1. The Omnivore's Dilemma is absolutely brilliant.

  2. LOVED The Joy Luck Club and Russian Winter, was very disappointed in Murder at The Vicarage (which I just finished for the RIP VI), and would like to join you in reading Drood as well as something by Ali Smith. My class has loved Fablehaven, but I've not read that series myself. That's a great state of affairs, when your students know more of some literature than their teacher!

  3. Dragon House - loved it! Shors is a favorite of mine.

    Feed - I'm reading right now and loving so far. It's my post-pool book, though, my reward for exercising, and sadly, I haven't picked it up in a week or two.

    Hush, Hush - seemed like a Twilight clone.

    Magyk - I enjoyed this one when I read it aloud to my kids, but don't remember much about it now.

    Sea of Monsters - just as good as book one - lots of humor.

    Rot & Ruin - character-driven zombie fiction - excellent.

    Saving CeeCee Honeycutt - Loved it - fantastic Southern fiction with a young protagonist that has stuck with me.

    The Joy Luck Club - loved it when I read it, but that was years ago.

    The Magicians - thought it was too dark and cynical, but excellently written.

    The Replacement - wonderfully creepy and atmospheric.

    The Map of True Places - good, not as good as The Lace Reader, though.

  4. I've only read The Joy Luck Club. It is marvelous. I've yet to read a second book by the author. I have no idea why. I was impressed by Amy Tan's writing.

  5. Anonymous9:07 PM

    Magyk is a pretty long but it's an enjoyable read.
    I love The Sea of Monster (and the rest of the series.)

  6. I've read Drood, and I remember being really impressed with the literary references (which is inevitable I suppose). But because it's so long, I somehow don't really like re-reading it.

    Magyk and The Replacement looks good... I feel like reading those too!

  7. I would recommend Mieville anytime.

    Locke Lamora was great (imaginative, stylish fantasy!), it's just the writer's choice of words sometimes that left me numb (mostly the swearing, which was like listening to a 2011 college boy in a...er...fantasy Renaissance setting. What?! It was totally off-putting sometimes).

    Tales of Otori bore me to death, but then again it seems I'm the only one who thinks so.

    I'm drooling over some of these titles too! MUST read more! I'm off to make (another) wishlist...*sigh*

  8. You have some good titles listed. I have had several of these on my booklist for ages.


  9. **Amanda: Yes, when I went to get the picture from Goodreads I saw you gave it 5 out of 5 and it made me remember your review. I believe you are why I want to read it!

    **Bellezza: I have owned The Joy Luck Club for ages and still not read it... I am very curious about Russian Winter because the author just did a guest post on Historical Tapestry. I saw you didn't like Murder at the Vicarage. Maybe I should start with something else... Drood is just so big. I started it when I received it, but then never read on... And I have wanted to read Fablehaven forever and still haven't!

    **Carrie: I have wanted to read Shors forever.

    I am glad you are enjoying Feed so far. I have heard good things.

    Yeah, I am not so sure about Hush, Hush.

    I have been hearing a bit about Magyk and its sequels lately, so I am curious.

    I know, I can't believe it has taken me so long to get to Sea of Monsters.

    I am glad you enjoyed Rot & Ruin.

    I have wanted to read Saving CeeCee Honeycutt forever!

    I have owned The Joy Luck Club for years.

    I am curious about The Magicians. Some people I trust love it, but then others were not a big fan.

    I am looking forward to The Replacement.

    I really enjoyed The Lace Reader, so we will see what I think of The Map of True Places.

    **Bookfool: I collect Amy Tan's books and have never read her. It's terrible!

  10. **thecheapreader: I am glad you liked both Magyk and The Sea of Monster!

    **Eustacia Tan: Yeah, Drood is huge. I will be very impressed if I read it.

    Magyk and The Replacement do look good.

    **Pippi Bluestocking: I really like Mieville, too.

    I have wanted to read Locke Lamora forever. That's strange about the swearing, though.

    Oh, really, on Tales of Otori... I have wanted to try that series for a while...

    I love making lists. Reading the books on said lists is my problem.

    **jehara: Some of these have been kicking around for ages, too!

  11. wow...much of what you want to read is much of what I want to read or have already read.

    I was not too terribly fond of The Replacement.

    The Omnivore's Dilemma is on my list... I have read Food Rules and Started with In Defense of Food (which is very good but non-fiction and I mean slow reading which means a return to the library before completion).

    The Lies of Locke Lamora is one of my favorites for the year.

    Love the cover for Russian Winter.

    Been meaning to read Percy Jackson...maybe some day.

    Yes, the books I have not read on your list look very intriguing to me.

  12. The Joy Luck Club is one of my favorites! I've read it 3 times now (twice in college) and I love it every time. Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt was really good, too.

  13. I loved the hell out of both THE LIES OF LOCKE LAMORA and THE MAGICIANS. The former is one of the seven books I've loved right from the word go.

    I liked THE POISON THRONE so much because the characters are fantastic. They have wonderful chemistry.

    I liked ROSEMARY AND RUE, but I expected more from it. It wasn't as glitteringly wonderful as I thought it would be.

    I liked the world building in ACROSS THE NIGHTINGALE FLOOR, but the story itself left me cold. I ended up abandoning the second book about halfway through.

  14. I loved The Joy Luck Club, read 20 pages of Drood before giving up forever, and enjoyed Hush Hush for the candy it is.

  15. Anonymous9:11 PM

    You have listed some really great titles - a few I have read, I few I have on my TBR and a few I am going to add!
    I hope you get a chance to enjoy them!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  16. **ibeeeg: That's too bad you didn't enjoy The Replacement before. I have wanted to read it since it came out.

    I haven't read anything by the author, but Amanda really liked this one, so seemed a good place to start with.

    I have wanted to read The Lies of Locke Lamora since it came out...

    I love the cover for Russian Winter, too.

    I have read the first Percy Jackson book, but haven't read on.

    **Anna: I am thinking I need to read The Joy Luck Club. I have been hearing about it over and over again. I will have to read Saving CeeCee Honeycutt one of these days.

    **Memory: I knew you really liked The Magicians, but Carl didn't. It makes me nervous... I know lots of people that like Locke Lamora. It has been on my TBR pile forever!

    I own The Poison Throne because of you. :)

    I am hoping to get to Rosemary and Rue at some point. I found a bunch of her books at the second hand bookstore.

    So, another person that doesn't love Across the Nightingale Floor and the rest of the series... I heard something good or it wouldn't be on my TBR, but now I am worried.

    **Vasilly: I am starting to feel like the only person that hasn't read The Joy Luck Club!

    **bookdout: I would be very happy if I could get back to reading...

  17. that is one long crazy list!

  18. Yikes...I can't believe how many of those I've never even heard of!

  19. **Care: I know. And so doable before the end of the year if I was actually reading!

    **Debi: ha ha, well, you will if I ever read them and then review them!

  20. I want to read so many of these too!

    The Lies of Locke Lamora is REALLY good. (Rachel made me read it. If she says it's good, we all know it's good.)

  21. Drood was pretty rad -- it stuck in my head for months afterwards! I really want to read the David Liss novel and I have it staring at me on my bookshelf. Great list!

  22. I've been wanting to read Drood for AGES. But it's so long!

    I just listened to Sea of Monsters. I have to admit that I only listened half-heartedly. But, I'll eventually move to the next book soon.

  23. **Court: They all look good!

    I know. The Lies of Locke Lamora is on my list because of Rachel. I have owned it forever!

    **Amanda: I will read Drood one of these days! I have heard good things about David Liss for years, but never read him before.

    **Trish: I know! Drood is huge!

    I really want to get to Sea of Monsters at some point, but who knows when that will be...


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