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Top Ten (Old) Books I Resolve to Read in 2010

5 Jan

I’ve been so busy pretending it’s still the holidays and speed-reading new books, I’ve forgotten to blog! To help get back in the swing of things, I’ve picked ten books I’ve been “putting off” reading, as part of The Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday meme! Yes, I’m well aware today is Wednesday. Just this once, I’m going to cheat. I’m new at this! : )

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#1 and 2: Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre. I’m kind of embarrassed to say I’ve never read either of these. I absolutely adore the Pride and Prejudice movie with Keira Knightley. And think the upcoming Jane Eyre film looks spooky good. I even bought P&P three or four years ago, and never read it! I grabbed my copy from my apt. when I was in NYC for NYE, and ordered a special annotated copy of Jane Eyre, which should be at my door tomorrow. I’m excited to read more classics!

#3. The Stand by Stephen King. This probably has the most potential for failure. I love Stephen King, and enjoy long novels. But I’m a bit weary of this one. 1,000+ pages may just destroy me.

#4. Incarceron by Catherine Fischer. A book I picked up about a year ago, started, then forgot about. I’ve heard so many great things since, and I definitely prefer reading books before they become movies. In before Taylor Lautner destroys the fandom!

#5. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr. I’ve never had so many friends tell me “Don’t read it, it’s terrible!” about a book before. Yet I see dozens of reviewers I respect and admire giving this high ratings. I don’t expect it to read like Shakespeare. So I’ve decided I’ll give at least the first book a chance this year. (Especially considering one of the people who told me not to read it said The Hunger Games wasn’t worth reading…)

#6 Anything written by John Green. I own a first edition of The Abundance of Katherines that I bought back when I worked at Barnes and Noble. In 2006. Why I haven’t yet it, or any of his other books yet (considering I live with a roommate who is a total John Green fan girl) confuses me.

#7 The Anita Blake series by Laurel K. Hamilton. Another thing I’ve been warned away from reading. A lot of fans say the series goes downhill, and crashes straight into porno territory after ten books or so, but I’m willing to give at least the first part of the series a chance. I’d like to throw in the Merry Gentry series too, while I’m at it. I used to own book one, but sadly it (along with about 700 other books I owned) was a casualty of our house fire in 2009.

#8 Going Bovine by Libba Bray. Another “Wait, why haven’t I read this yet” book. I heard Libba talk enthusiastically about this book back in 2007 at a signing for The Sweet Far Thing. Then I promptly forgot about it.

#9 A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. Another book that’s been on my TBR pile for over a year. Pretty sure I’ll be watching the new HBO series based on the books, and I’m betting reading this first will mean I’ll understand it a LOT better.

#10 The Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. I refuse to start this until the last book, Shadowfever comes out at the end of this month.

Runners Up: The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Wuthering Heights, More “classics” in general, and the 50 or so random older books laying around on my bookshelf that have been feeling neglected the last four or five years.

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11 Must Reads of 2011, Part One: Sweet Valley Confidential

15 Dec

This is the first post featuring eleven of my most anticipated books of 2011. Check back soon for the rest!

Sweet Valley Confidential

Sweet Valley High was one of my absolute favorite series growing up during the 90’s. Every time my parents took me to the mall, I’d stop in Waldenbooks and scope the shelves for new Sweet Valley titles. Sweet Valley was such a huge part of my childhood. And definitely the number one reason I wished I had a twin. So many of my friends lived vicariously through the Sweet Valley Twins, their sun kissed California friends, and their crazy adventures. The characters were so dramatic, occasionally bitchy, and full of high school angst. And the Wakefield twins were the prime example of sibling rivalry in YA literature.

Have you ever wonder what happened to Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield once they grew up? Next year, we’ll all find out:

“Now with this striking new adult novel from author and creator Francine Pascal, millions of devoted fans can finally return to the idyllic Sweet Valley, home of the phenomenally successful book series and franchise. Iconic and beloved identical twins Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield are back and all grown up, dealing with the complicated adult world of love, careers, betrayal, and sisterhood.”

Francine Pascal has been quoted as saying “I can tell you that what you thought was going to happen to those people doesn’t happen. Different things happen. Ten years, from 16 to adulthood, has made very different people. And I’m having kind of good time writing it, doing what I want to do with these people.”

I seriously can’t wait to find out what’s happend to all of my favorite characters. If it’s anything like the old books, readers will be treated to plenty of drama, backstabbing, cheating, sisterly estrangement, and if the rumors are true, more “adult” concepts than the originals. Sounds like the residents of Sweet Valley have grown up right along with their audience!

Sweet Valley Confidential will be released: March 29, 2011

Get more info on the Sweet Valley Confidential Facebook page.
Read an excerpt from the first chapter here.Or via this free kindle download