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Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don't Own. Yet.

Morning, friends. We've welcomed another week, which is crazy. Where has 2014 gone? But, onto the topic of the day, which is more Top Ten Tuesday crazy good fun. Or as I like to call it, "the Top Ten Tuesday in which I fib." Yep, that's right, not all of the books on this list apply to the subject. But, to be fair, when I put this week's meme together, all of the books listed on this list DID apply to the subject. I promise.

Because I was ahead of the game (insert shock) and did this a few weeks ago, I used the lazy card and decided not to change it. However, if by the time I get done here (linking, loading photos and all that jazz), I think of any books to add to replace those I came into possession of between making this list and posting it... I'll add the Goodreads link and just go photo-less for those particular books.

Without further rambling, let the blog entry begin.

The Broke and the Bookish:

Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don't Own Yet
 
 Wonderland Creek, by Lynn Austin
 
This one recently caught my eye thanks to some reviews and I've been reminded how much I enjoyed the first two novels in Lynn Austin's Civil War series.
 
Season of Wonder, by Lisa T. Bergren
 
Anything Lisa writes goes on my to-be-read and this one sounds interesting.
 
Be Still my Soul, by Joanne Bischof
 
Loved Joanne's second novel (Though my Heart is Torn) so it stands to reason that I should go backwards and read the first in her trilogy - I'm betting it's equally as compelling.
 
Love Comes Home, by Ann Gabhart
 
Ann's Small Town Girl pleasantly surprised me, so while I did skip out on the tour for this followup, I've no doubt this one will make it onto my bookshelves at some point.
 
God's Will, by Meghan Gorecki
 
Love it when I learn one of my blogging buddies is releasing a novel and since Meghan was one of my very first readers around here - and we both wrote for Femnista way back when, I was especially excited to learn of her debut novel. No doubt, this one will appear on my shelf.
 
Fool me Twice, by Mandy Hubbard
 
I own Wish you Were Italian (book 2 in the "If Only" series) and have the third waiting in the wings (which I have read some of and guys, it's darling), which means, why don't I snag the first?
 
Throne of Glass, by Sarah J. Maas
 
Here's the first book I bought after making this. I cannot count the number of times this series showed up on my Twitter timeline which in turn made me all curious as to what the heck was going on - hoping it turns out to be as interesting as it sounds - and lives up to the hype.
 
With Every Letter, by Sarah Sundin
 
Okay, so I own a Kindle copy of this, but come on? I have the other two in the series in pretty, glorious paperback so of course, in my mind, I don't *really* own this first novel in Sarah's Wings of the Nightingale series. That makes sense. I think.
 
What's Left of Me, by Kat Zhang
 
This is another one I actually got after reading some good reviews on it. Don't know much about it, but you know so long as it's a good story, that's half the fun.
 
Storm Siren, by Mary Weber
 
...and finally, yes, I own this now as well. I was able to get a review copy - fortunately, at long last, I am finally reading this much buzzed-about YA debut.
 
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Also on my radar is...
 
The Art of Wishing, I've seen this one on the store shelf the last couple of bookstore visits and since I've heard it's cute, I figure, it's likely one to consider.
 
The Best of Me, since this is Nicholas Sparks next book-to-screen adaptation, tradition stands that I read this Sparks novel next.
 
 The Rules for Disappearing, Jillian just recommended this title. It sounds cute.
 
Since You've been Gone, okay, I'm not sure that I'd classify this as one I *really* want to read, however it's shown up everyone (Blogger, Goodreads, Twitter) and what that does is raise my curiosity. What say you readers: Yes or No?
 
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Those are the books that apply to this week's topic.
 
How about you? Any books you have been curious to read and cannot get a hold of...
 
Let's talk.

48 comments

  1. Yes you should read Be Still My Soul and With Every Letter! I loved them both!

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    1. Thank you, Dawn! I plan to. You know, soon as I can pick out my OWN book instead of being at the mercy of my TBR. ;)

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  2. Lovely list Rissi! Those pretty covers alone makes you want to buy them. Looking forward to seeing how you like the Throne of Glass series, its definitely one of my favs :)

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    1. Right?? Those covers are just SO very tempting. Makes me all the more curious about them - and yay! I'm glad to know you are a fan of Throne of Glass. It looks intriguing.

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  3. Wonderland Creek is wonderful as are all of Lynn's books!

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    1. Wonderful! I'm glad to know that, JoyAnne. Here's hoping I can read this one from Lynn very soon. :) Thanks for visiting.

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  4. Sarah Sundin books are offically on my radar! I couldn't believe how much I loved her writing style. I've also heard a lot of good things about "Storm Siren". I may need to invest in a copy soon!

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    1. It was the same for me, Heather. I hadn't read (in full) one of Sarah's books, so it was lovely to finally be "forced" to and the results were excellence. Storm Siren is fantastic if you love fantasy. I'm about halfway through and really loving it. :)

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  5. Thanks for the shout-out, Rissi! Glad you think it looks interesting :)

    Unfortunately, I haven't read any of these, although I really want to read Remnants, Storm Siren, and God's Will. Oh, and With Every Letter…I own a copy of that on my Nook too so after reading Sarah's latest, I'm excited to backtrack and read the rest of the series. Thanks for the list - I'm happy to add some more books to my TBR list!

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    1. I do indeed, Jillian! I love stories like that, so it sounds promising - the one I'm reading now sounds similar though it's more "caper" than hiding from baddies. :D

      Season of Wonder sounds fantastic, Storm Siren is really good thus far and Meghan's sounds like a quiet, excellent kind of read. Hope you enjoy Sarah's earlier books, too! There on my must read list. Hope you find some new ones to enjoy. :)

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  6. Ooh great list, Rissi. Sarah Sundin is on my list too. So is Season of Wonder, by Lisa T. Bergren. With dystopian solidified as a must-read genre now-a-days, it's always fun to see how #chrisfic will adapt this genre and make it its own.
    Shaina@Crazy4Fiction
    www.crazy4fiction.com

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    1. Hi, Shaina! How lovely of you to stop by. :)

      Sarah's last book was excellent so I'm curious to work backwards, and I am sure Lisa's books are fabulous fun. I agree! I'm curious about all of these dystopian YA books in the Christian fiction market. It's been refreshing to see - like with Krista McGee, or now Mary Weber whose new book is more fantasy, but still... it fits into the books/genres I'm thinking of. :)

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  7. Great list! I own Be Still My Soul and With Every Letter but haven't read them yet. :)

    Skimming through my Amazon wishlist (that wonderful but terrible invention, ha), here are ten books that I want to read but don't own yet:

    -Wonderstruck, by Brian Selznick (technically I've read this one from the library and loved it...it's been on my to-buy list for the longest time)
    -Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature (got this one from the library and only read half before I had to return it)
    -The Captive Maiden, by Melanie Dickerson
    -Out of the Easy, by Ruta Sepetys
    -The Fairy Tale Detectives, by Michael Buckley
    -A Mango-Shaped Space, by Wendy Mass
    -When Did You See Her Last? by Lemony Snicket
    -Stardust, by Neil Gaiman (I recently watched the film because of your review and liked it a lot, so now I want to read the book :)
    -Under the Egg, by Laura Max Fitzgerald
    -As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride (this is my most anticipated book of the rest of this year! It comes out in October and I can't wait :)

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    1. Ooh, I love Ruta Sepetys!! Her novels are so intriguing and realistic, albeit sad. Out of the Easy is a great book, although I enjoyed her Between Shades of Gray more. Have you read that?

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    2. Yes, I've read Between Shades of Gray. I enjoyed it, though maybe not as much as I expected to. For some reason I had a hard time connecting to the characters, though of course I felt so much sympathy for them. It was interesting to read about a part of that time in history that never really gets written about, though.

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    3. Oh okay, that's understandable! I agree - I always admire authors that write about events that are so little known. I'd love to hear your thoughts on Out of the Easy, though, when you get a chance to read it :)

      (And sorry for taking over the comments, Rissi!)

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    4. Kristin, well you are one up on me! Although to be fair, I do have a Kindle copy of With Every Letter... it's just not the same. ;)

      Ah, Amazon. I adore its awesome-ness... even if it does have evil intentions. ;)

      I've not heard of most of your picks although clearly, I need to look into them. Melanie's books are crazy popular, which is awesome since fairytales are always fun reads. Obviously with you and Jillian chatting about Ruta's, I should look into those posthaste.

      Yay for Stardust! I love that movie despite it's somewhat quirky storytelling - it's just a cute little flick. :)

      Jillian, never apologize for taking over the comments! This is always my intention with any post - chat all you want. :)

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  8. I have the ARC copies of Remnants and Storm Siren they are good. Don't forget the sequel to What's Left of Me - Once We Were.

    Right now I'm reading The Winter Guest by Pam Jenoff, it's a library book. I forgot how much fun it is to wait for the book to actually come out and grab a copy at the library or bookstore. Being a book reviewer I usually get books months (sometimes 6 months) in advance. It's fun but I think I might be done at the end of this year.

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    1. Awesome! Glad you enjoyed both, Shannon. Oh, and no, I won't forget the sequels... so long as I like book one. :D

      Glad you're enjoy your current read - that's awesome. Though I'm sorry to hear you might be hanging up your reviewer's hat. I get that... sometimes I feel like I should take a break, but then a new book pops up and I can't resist. What I will say is my plan is to schedule better once I get past this current stack and I think, that has the makings of a blog post. ;)

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    2. Not hanging up the reviewers hat just the reviewer for companies hat. I will review what is at the library. I would love to read that blog post :) I have such a huge stack right now it will take me till the end of the year or end of Jan. to post all the reviews. :)

      I would love to find out how to be a part of the inspy awards though :)

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    3. Ah, I see. That makes sense and does sound as if that will lighten your overwhelming load for writing/reading books. :) I'm getting "leaner" in my publisher TBR, but I did just sign up for two more today, so... yeah. ;)

      Yay! That'd be awesome; INSPY news will arrive later this year and in addition to elsewhere on the web, you'll read about it here. :)

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    4. Can't wait to hear more about the INSPY! I just got 3 more from Thomas Nelson and Tyndale on netgalley :) They would be ones I would still review for so that's ok! right? :)

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    5. Yay! We cannot wait to share it. :)

      Ooo! Fun. Sounds as if, you'll have lots of good books to read - Thomas Nelson publishes many of my very favorites. LOL, yes! We're cool with these TBR's... most the time. ;)

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  9. I've wanted to read a Sarah Sundin book--haven't gotten to that yet ;) I'm still in the process of reading the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. And also need to pen a review for both Mockingjay and Divergent. Yikes. :P

    walking in the air.

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    1. I meant to also say that the new design is LOVELY. :)

      walking in the air.

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    2. Sarah's book was lovely, Hannah, so I hope you enjoy any of hers. As for getting to reviews you need to write still... I feel ya. That is my never-ending struggle. ;)

      Thank you! I'm probably not quite done with the layout yet, but it'll keep for now.

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  10. I just finished Throne of Glass and am onto Crown of Midnight, SO freaking good. I cannot believe I waited this long to read it!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings


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    1. Yes! I'm glad I'm not the only one WAY late to this Sarah J. Maas book party. Thanks, Missie. ;)

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  11. I want to read Since You've Been Gone SO BAD! ;) I'm curious about The Art of Wishing, too. (The Fire Wish is another jinni book I'm curious about.)

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    1. Cool, maybe we'll just read both together, Tammy. As for Since You've Been Gone, have you read any others by Morgan?

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  12. Haven't we talked about Throne of Glass before? Maybe a twitter convo or something? Hmmmm. *thinking* I'd really love to read that one too. And I do NOT have it on my shelf yet. But someday! :)

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    1. I'm not sure... have we?? We've talked about so many awesome books, Kara, it's entirely possible that we have chatted up Throne of Glass. It kept appearing EVERYWHERE when the newest book came out, so I was overcome by curiosity and the rest is history. Or so they say. ;)

      Looking forward to reading it and I hope you can soon as well.

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  13. Wonderland Creek, Remnants, With Every Letter, and Storm Siren were all really great! I have Be Still My Soul on my shelf but haven't got around to reading it yet! And there are quite a few of these that what I want to check out too!

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    1. Cannot speak about the others you mention, Abbi, but Storm Siren... yep. So. Good. Hope you enjoy Joanne's whenever you have a chance to read it - the sequel was very moving. :)

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    2. I keep hearing good things about Joanne's books and I couldn't resist buying her first novel but between working and review books I just haven't had a chance! I'm hoping to finish it this year though!

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    3. I hear you about sneaking in the time to read non-review books, Abbi. It's VERY tough. Guess that just makes the anticipation greater - and the payout more impacting once you have the time. :)

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    4. Hey, we've got to find something good about our pile of books waiting, right?? ;)

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  14. What a great list!! I was so pleasantly surprised by Storm Siren. It has some darkness to it, but it was really good. Wait for the second book so you can read them together if you don't like cliffhangers. I have a signed Remnants because I me the author. She's fabulous, btw! I still need to read that one though. I always love your TTT. :)

    Tressa @ Wishful Endings

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    1. I'm loving Storm Siren, Tressa. There is a uniqueness to it that I've not found in any of my recent reads. I don't like cliffhangers, but I've been sufficiently prepared via reviews (and have often been tempted to read the end...!), so I'm going to power through.

      How fun! Lisa seems like a lovely person so it's neat to hear of you meeting her.

      ...and thank YOU for visiting, Tressa. Always appreciate your input. :)

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  15. I remember reading one of Lynn Austen's civil war series back in the day. Hurray for book lists! I'm going through a book list of my own. I'm giving myself two weeks at a time to finish a book ( a long time, but some of the books on my list are kind of long). I'm already finished the latest pick and now I'm going through the whole series!! I love reading!

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    1. I don't blame you the long time, Leah. I tend to be a turtle of a reader, too. ;)

      Same here, reading is a lovely simple joy that I'm non too eager to give up - enjoy your reads. :)

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  16. I really want to read more of Sarah Eden's books but my library doesn't have them... so I'll probably end up getting the e-books at some point :)

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    1. I've heard great things about Sarah's novels, though never did read any. Maybe I should remedy that. :)

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  17. Wonderland Creek is amazing! Now, all of Lynn Austin's novels are actually, but Wonderland Creek is definitely one of my favourites!

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    1. Awesome! Another recommendation for Wonderland Creek. Cannot believe I've never read it before, Birdie! Thanks for adding your thoughts. :)

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  18. Remnants would also be on my list...and I have Storm Siren on my bookshelf waiting to be read. Can't wait to read your thoughts on those two in particular. As for the rest, I will have to add them to my TBR list. :)

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    1. Storm Siren will be posted before the week is out. Which reminds me... must finish my review. ;) As for Remnants, I noticed I do have an e-copy of that. Huh. When did that happen?? (Not only do I have a lot of books I am aware of, I own some I'm not.)

      Yay for to-be-reads. It ensures we don't run out of books to read for a long time, right?? ;)

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