Saturday, November 28, 2009

Books, Books, Books...

At the moment, there are many books on my shelf that are crying for attention. I plan to read them soon, but I really can’t help my excitement when I hear about a new book that really catches my attention. Some are or have been in bookstores for a while now, but others haven’t come out yet.

Books that I’m excited to read, though they’ve been out for a while:

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher-

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker--his classmate and crush--who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list. Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers. (Side Note - The cover alone had me curious. Then I read the synopsis and was hooked. I need to read this book.)

I know it's over by C.K. Kelly Martin-

Pure. Unplanned. Perfect. Those were Nick's summer plans before Sasha stepped into the picture. With the collateral damage from his parent's divorce still settling and Dani (his girl of the moment) up for nearly anything, complications are the last thing he needs. All that changes, though, when Nick runs into Sasha at the beach in July. Suddenly he's neck-deep in a relationship and surprised to find he doesn't mind in the least. But Nick's world shifts again when Sasha breaks up with him. Then weeks later, while Nick's still reeling from the breakup, she turns up at his doorstep and tells him she's pregnant, and with his emotions and hopes crashing in around him, Nick finds himself struggling once more to understand the girl he can't stop caring for, the girl who insists that it's still over. (Side Note - I’ve always been curious about how a guy would react in such a situation as this. Which is mainly why I’ve been wanting to read this book. But I read a couple reviews on it and heard that Nick has a powerful voice, which is a huge plus.)

Waiting For You by Susane Colasanti-

Derek is clearly the boy Marisa has been waiting for, but there's just one problem. He has a girlfriend. Nash, Marisa's neighbor and childhood friend, is totally geeked out, with zero boyfriend potential. So of course Nash wants to take his friendship with Marisa to the next level. Beyond her boy drama, Marisa is also dealing with overcoming a major problem from her past, a family that's falling apart, and a best friend who won't stop talking to sketchy guys online. Only the anonymous DJ, who has the school hooked on his underground podcasts, seems to get what Marisa's going through. But she has no idea who he is...or does she? (Side Note - I realize this sounds average, but Susane Colasanti is amazing. In her first two books, Take Me There and When is Happens, her characters amazed me. The writing, character development, and unique voice of each of her characters make her one of my favorite authors. I think I may write a review of When if Happens, though I read it a while ago. Still, I feel that it’s necessary to give such an amazing book credit for simply being amazing.)

Okay, these are some of the books that have yet to come out, but I’m definitely excited for them.

Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Shroeder-

Restless souls and empty hearts Brooklyn can't sleep. Her boyfriend, Lucca, died only a year ago, and now her friend Gabe has just died of an overdose. Every time she closes her eyes, Gabe's ghost is there waiting for her. She has no idea what he wants or why it isn't Lucca visiting her dreams. Nico can't stop. He's always running, trying to escape the pain of losing his brother, Lucca. But when Lucca's ghost begins leaving messages, telling Nico to help Brooklyn, emotions come crashing to the surface. As the nightmares escalate and the messages become relentless, Nico reaches out to Brooklyn. But neither of them can admit that they're being haunted. Until they learn to let each other in, not one soul will be able to rest. (Side Note - This looks amazing. I really just can’t wait. I’m sure it’s going to be amazing.)

But really, I need to be focusing on my book shelf books. They look at me with such sad eyes. I feel guilty; like I’m cheating on them with newer books. ;)

Oh, I’ve also signed up for the 100+ Reading Challenge. If you’d like to sign up for the 100+ Reading Challenge, head over to J. Kaye’s Book Blog.

It's time to start using my Library card more, too! I'll be overlapping this challenge with the Support Your Local Library Reading Challenge. You can find more information about this challenge on J. Kaye's Book Blog.

Fun challenges over there!



pirate penguin said...

First of all, haaaiiiii! *hug* it's so nice to hear from you again! A lot of changes have been made to my blog since you've been gone (isn't the layout great? I'm still in love with it!) I know it's over seems really really good... I haven't gotten around to it yet :/ Thirteen Reasons Why is incredible, no exaggeration there.

Don't worry about cheating on those books; the good thing is that they don't complain-you'll get to them when you can ;)

Good luck with those challenges! I'm only participating in the story siren's 2010 challenge... I don't think I could do any more!

Brianne said...

Pirate Penguin,
So happy to be blogging again. Love your layout. Like, I'm really in love with it. It's so unique and goes so well with your Blog name! :)

Anonymous said...

Welcome to the 100+ Reading Challenge. I am so glad you decided to take the plunge. It’s going to be a fun year. I can just feel it.

MarceJ said...

Great books here. Thanks for the recommendation.

Brianne said...

J. Kaye,
First challenge I've ever done. Definitely looking forward to it! Thanks for stopping by! :)

Always happy to help. :) Thanks for coming by.

Justine said...

So you've gotta read 13 Reasons Why...It's awesome. I've gotta read it again, too, because I need to review it! It was sooo good. I need to get Chasing Brooklyn :o It sounds awesome.

And hoooray! You're participating in the challenge as well!! :D

Brianne said...

So it's good enough to be read twice? Hmmm, interesting. I need to hop on this book. Thanks for comin by!

Justine said...

Yes, good enough to be read twice! And plus, I need to review it. And also, I forgot most of what happened. Hehe.
And no problem, I'm lovin your blog!

Brianne said...

Lol! I actually like when that happens. I'll read a good book, forget what happens after a while, and then get to read it again. ;)

You're so sweet! Thanks!

Mandy said...

I agree, Thirteen Reasons Why was amazing! and I Know It's Over sounds great too!