Desire, Lust, Yearn, Crave … Covet

As part of the Dewey’s Books Reading Challenge Debi from Nothing of Importance is hosting May’s Mini-Challenge! Really I should have had this post up immediately considering I am always coveting books, but trying to narrow down the choices is harder than it sounds :P

As soon as I heard about the mini-challenge this scene (photo to the right) from The Reader popped into my head. It’s always fun to lust after new books, old books, or just rumors of books to come. But after reading The Reader and watching the film adaptation, it occurred to me that a readers enjoyment of books they are looking forward to is nothing compared to the anticipation that Hanna Schmitz must have felt when hoping to hear something read to her. This thought really made me thankful that I had people who taught me the wonder of reading, such a simple thing for me, that I never fully appreciated until I considered a life of illiteracy.

Anywhoo, here are the instructions that Debi has put forth for the May mini-challenge:

I don’t know about you, but I was literally addicted to Dewey’s blog. (Yeah, I’m pretty darn sure I wasn’t alone in this addiction either!) And some of my favorite posts were her Book Coveting posts. And there were her Reading Journal posts, I really loved those. Oh, and her monthly wrap-ups. And yes, of course, her book reviews. Okay, so I guess pretty much everything she had to say…

But for this mini-challenge, I thought maybe we could focus on Book Coveting. And seriously, this challenge really shouldn’t be much of a challenge at all! Because all you have to do is write a Book Coveting post of your own…and I know you all have books you’re coveting!

And here are some random chosen books I am coveting:

by Diana Peterfreund

Killer unicorns! Seriously that’s all I had to know about this book to be desperate to read it. I’ll let you know a huge secret about me – when I was little my bedroom had shelves and shelves of unicorns, crystal, china, ceramic, silver, stuffed, and  My Little Pony unicorns. But as much as I loved unicorns I began to think they were kinda wussy (I blame this on our family’s new VCR player and Return Of The Living Dead) and that is when I left a lifetime of Team Unicorn behind and became a full-fledged member of Team Zombie. But evil unicorns = perfection!! 

The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan

The Forest Of Hands And Teeth, which I reviewed here, is quite possibly my favorite young adult book so far this year. I’m a giant fan of teen books, zombie books and dystopian/post-apocalyptic stories, and Carrie Ryan brought all three together beautifully. A sequel to Forest Of Hands And Teeth seemed inevitable, but seeing the cover posted on her blog last month still made me squeal like a fan-girl.

Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

This book immediately caught my attention when Lenore of the awesome blog Presenting Lenore spotlighted Crazy Beautiful in her weekly feature Waiting On Wednesday. Lenore said: “A hot romance with with an Edward Scissorhands meets Captain Hook vibe maybe? I can't wait to find out.” And I cannot wait to find out either. Crazy plot, beautiful cover, I’m hooked!

Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

This book (well the authors name actually) caught my eye when Wendi talked about it on her Mailbox Monday post a couple weeks ago. I’ve read some of Lillith Saintcrow’s Dante Valentine series and love them. And the name Lili St. Crow turned out to be a pseudonym she’s using for this YA series. Awesome!

Undiscovered Gyrl
by Allison Burnett

While book trailers can sometimes be entertaining, I have never lusted after a book from seeing one. Until now. I followed a link from a Shelf Awareness newsletter and ended up at the Undiscovered Gyrl website, where I watched the video. Fascinated and intrigued I immediately added this book to my wishlist.

by Chuck Palahniuk

It’s Chuck, what more can I say? Even though I wasn’t crazy about his latest book Snuff, I have read, loved and adored all his other books. Normally I would have been first in line the morning this book hit the shelves, but this month has been crazy and I completely forgot. But with my birthday coming up very soon, this is the one thing on my list I must have!

Skin Trade by Laurell K Hamilton

Ever have an author that was a guaranteed great read for you? But then somewhere along the line their books started feeling kinda old … but you were powerless to resist? Well, for me that author is LKH. One of my bookish friends turned me onto the Anita Blake series around the time that book 9 was released and I literally devoured everything up to there. But then around book 10/11 the story started going downhill. Gone was the kick-ass Anita and she was replaced with a nympho-like shadow of the heroine I adored. Now Skin Trade is coming – book 17 – and I am still addicted. These books are like acid, even after a bad trip you keep trying again and again to experience that perfect sensory explosion.

Divine Misdemeanors by Laurell K Hamilton

Yeah, yeah, another LKH. But this is different, this is book 8 of the Merry Gentry series. The difference here is that the Merry series was always about sex, so the heroine getting hot and heavy with every mythical man around is no biggie. The main reason I like this series is because of the Faerie world it incorporates with ours. There’s lots going on between the seelie and unseelie courts and Merry will quite possibly change the entire history of the fey. Plus she’s pregnant with twins who have like 4 dads! It’s better than a Spanish soap opera.

The Year Of The Flood
by Margaret Atwood

Over at the blog A Certain Bent Appeal, I was reading the Fall 09 Sneak Peek post and saw that there was a new Margaret Atwood coming – Dude, that rocks! Then I read a little further and find out that it’s a prequel to Oryx & Crake – OMG! I was struck speechless because of the utter excitement that was going through me! Oryx & Crake is my favorite Atwood, and knowing that there is a prequel coming just blows my mind.

Hella Nation
by Evan Wright

My son is reading Evan Wright’s previous book, Generation Kill and I happened to be skimming through it and really enjoyed the writing. Then I came across the review blurb that said this: “His style owes more to Hunter S. Thompson than to any sort of political correctness” and I was sold. Plus I really enjoy essay style non-fiction.

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mjmbecky said...

What a great way of putting the whole "coveting" bit. I also just read The Reader not too long ago, and reviewed it. It was AMAZING, and I totally got your analogy. Nice way of putting it without just listing your coveted books!

Megan said...

Book coveting is one of my most favorite things to do. Lots of these look good, but gosh, I just love the covers of Carrie Ryan's two books. Even without the good reviews I've been reading all over the place, I think I'd want to read The Forest of Hands and Teeth just because the cover is so tantalizing. How shallow of me. ;-)

Chris said...

I really need to do my post too! It could just mirror this one though :p I'm dying for The Dead Tossed Waves to come out!! I just know it's going to be a fantastic book. And I saw the same book trailer the other day on Shelf Awareness and added Undiscovered Gyrl to my wishlist right away. I have an ARC of Strange Angels sitting here...need to get to that one!!

softdrink said...

Okay, I couldn't get past My Little Pony. I'm still snickering.

Maree said...

No way _ a new Margaret Atwood AND it's an Oryx and Crake preview????? That makes me happy. :)

Lauren Baratz-Logsted said...

Thank you so much for including my book!

Frances said...

My feeling about The Year of the Flood exactly. I feel as much excitement for this as I do the new Byatt and the new John Irving due in the fall. Happy reading!

Lenore said...

Hey, thanks for saying I'm awesome, ha! Rampant is excellent. Oh, and I had My Little Pony unicorns in spades...(maybe I still do!)

Kailana said...

Lots of good books on that list! I could go on and on with mine...

Ladytink_534 said...

I can't wait to read the new LKH books! I just love both series even though they're not quite as good as they used to be.

naida said...

nice books you are coveting!
Crazy Beautiful sounds like a great read.

Mo from Unmainstream Mom Reads said...

Awesome list! I just picked up Rampant from the library yesterday and am reading Strange Angels right now (however, I'm 150p. in and still not committed...)

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