I’m prepared to make this one a little longer.
I’m thinking 15 this go around, really trying to cut some out that I won’t read. Just kidding. I did 10, I’m beat for the night.
Hard to believe this is part 4 already! Has anyone else started doing this? How’s it coming along if you are?
If you’d like to see the previous 3 parts, here’s the links:
So, here we go, part 4! With an even bigger group of books, I’m hoping to get more than 5 off the shelf. Fingers crossed.
1. Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
Six unforgettable kids — with no families, no homes — are running for their lives. Max Ride and her best friends have the ability to fly. And that’s just the beginning of their amazing powers. But they don’t know where they come from, who’s hunting them, why they are different from all other humans… and if they’re meant to save mankind — or destroy it.
I mean, I knew quite a bit about this series and have had more than one person tell me that I should read it and I’ve honestly heard nothing bad about it.
Keeping. After having just read Pendragon for the first time this last year (and currently), I know there are probably quite a few already existing series I’m missing out on just because it wasn’t something I reached out to prior.
2. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl’s castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there’s far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye.
I mean, I’m guilty of having watched the Studio Ghibli film for this one, but that was prior to having known it was a novel. Now, I ADORE the film, so I don’t want to take any bias into the book. But in all honestly, I’ll probably still love the book and I’d like to see where it all started.
Keeping. This is one I know I’ll enjoy, and I already own a copy!
3. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
What’s it about? Fencing. Fighting. True Love. Strong Hate. Harsh Revenge. A Few Giants. Lots of Bad Men. Lots of Good Men. Five or Six Beautiful Women. Beasties Monstrous and Gentle. Some Swell Escapes and Captures. Death, Lies, Truth, Miracles, and a Little Sex.
In short, it’s about everything.
Again, seen the movie. It still sounds amazing and I think I’d enjoy seeing it in book form.
Staying. Gotta give this one a shot.
4. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.
Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.
In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.
It’s definitely been one that I had been wanting to read for a while now and I’ve heard a lot of good things about it.
Keeping. Again, I own a copy and I think I’ll actually get around to reading it.
5. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move from their home to a new house far far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence running alongside stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people he can see in the distance.
But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different to his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.
I still love this story. I want to read it to actually experience the emotions in my head while reading because it’s so different from a cinematic experience.
Staying. Definitely. Next time I’m in the mood for something like this, I think I’ll go ahead and finally read it.
6. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Seconds before Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.
Together, this dynamic pair began a journey through space aided by a galaxyful of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed, three-armed, ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian (formerly Tricia McMillan), Zaphod’s girlfriend, whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; and Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he’s bought over the years.
Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? For all the answers, stick your thumb to the stars!
I mean, I do love the sound of this book.
Cheating on this one… I already have the Ultimate guide so I don’t need to keep this one on here as well. Removing!
7. Tithe by Holly Black
Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother’s rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, amid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms – a struggle that could very well mean her death.
I feel like I’m so out of touch… I’ve never read a Holly Black book. This sounds interesting and all, but I’m not so sure I’m going to go out of my way to read it.
Removing. I promised myself I’d be more selective and really start going for books that definitely interest me.
8. Wings by Aprilynne Pike
Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. They were terrifyingly beautiful—too beautiful for words.
Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings.
In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever.
Removing. Not intrigued and definitely wouldn’t pick it up.
9. The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
Since their mother’s death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane.
One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a “research experiment” at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives.
Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them —Set— has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe – a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.
Literally anything Egypt is a big win for me.
Keeping. I own the boxed set, I’m just so sad it’s only 3 books and that I know I’ll fly through them.
10. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she’ll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters’ laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known.
By following her heart, she might lose everything- including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?
Nope. Not for me.
Removing. I won’t touch this one, I lost so much interest in werewolves over the years.
***Total Kept/ Removed: 6/4***
Not as good as I hoped, but I’ll take it!