Monday, May 18, 2009

Book Coveting....and a Little Randomness

To coincide with Dewey's Books Reading Challenge, each month one of the participants comes up with a mini-challenge. For the month of May, Debi (Nothing of Importance) is hosting the 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! So just write your post anytime during the month of May, and then come back here and add your post to the comments.

And the randomly drawn winner will receive a subscription to Bookmarks. Seems fitting, huh?"

I have to agree. I think Dewey's Book Coveting posts were among my favorites. I eagerly awaited Sundays to read her posts. Needless to say, I received a lot of great recommendations from Dewey. She had a huge affect on my TBR pile!!

So, today I'm completing this challenge and doing a "book coveting" post of my own. I know Dewey did a Sunday post about books she learned about during the past week. Since I have never done a book coveting, these are just a list of books that I decided I need to read....since spying them on other people's blogs:

Savvy by Ingrid Law. I've seen a couple reviews for this book, both on Becky's Book Reviews and Maw Books. This book earned an Honorable Mention for the 2009 Newberry Award. Since I haven't met a Newberry yet I didn't liked, this one was immediately thrown on the TBR pile!

Blueberry Girl by Neil Gaiman. Although I know a couple of bloggers that reviewed this children's book, it's mostly Neil himself that gets credit for this covet. I read about the book on his blog when he was promoting it for Mother's Day. It looks like one I would love to have!

The Forest of Hands and Feet by Carrie Ryan. This is another book I've seen all over the blog world lately. But this review Kailana wrote is the one that pushed me over the edge. Besides....who doesn't love zombies? (in theory anyway!)

Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist. Chris from Stuff As Dreams are Made On reviewed this one a few weeks back. If there is something that I love more than zombies, it's Vampires!! So, yes...there is some serious coveting going on!

One for Sorrow by Christopher Barzak. Nymeth from Things Mean Alot reviewed this book about a year ago. I have been wanting to read it ever since!

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. Speaking of Nymeth, she-who-fills-my-TBR-pile, this is another review that spoke to me. A definite must-read sometime this year.

Life Sucks by Jessica Abel. Since I've fallen helplessly the victim of blogger peer pressure and started reading graphic novels, I'm now always on the lookout for more. Joanne, The Book Zombie, reviewed this one. Vampires? Yep, I have to read it!!

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. Being released in September, this is the follow-up to The Hunger Games, which was an amazing book. I can not wait to read it!!

Finally, I want to read any book by Michelle Moran. I know a lot of bloggers that speak so highly of her books. But I haven't yet had the pleasure of reading one. So...I'm adding her to my list!!

Those are just a few of the books that I am coveting at the moment. This was such a special part of Dewey's blog, that I'd like to maybe add it to mine, if only once a month. That way, all of you bad bloggers out there can see just what you do to my TBR pile!!

If this post is in any way incoherent, I apologize. It was a long weekend of work, and I'm on just about my last legs right now. Soon, it's off to bed for me and some serious recuperation time. I've spent the better part of the week in agony with my shoulder again. It's time for a cortisone shot. I have to go on Friday. If you knew my abject terror of needles, then you would know just how bad I've been feeling!!

It's been a rather productive month for reading. I've taken a ton of books out of the library, and I have a pile of ARC's that I need to plow through too. At the moment, I'm reading The American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld. It's really slow going for me. This isn't a fast-paced action book, but a slow character study. It's not that I dislike, because that's not the case. I'm actually enjoying it. But it seems to be taken me forever to read it!! Other than that, I'm getting ready to start my first read for the Non-fiction 5, with Stolen Innocence by Elissa Wall. And I really need to start reading Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson.

Also this week, I have at least 2 books to review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and Hunted: A House of Night Novel (Book 5) by PC Cast and Kristin Cast.

Happy Reading everyone!


Kristina said...

I loved Dewey's Book Covets too! I noticed that a few of yours are ones that I've written down in my book beside my computer =)

Vasilly said...

Savvy is a great book! I have The Blueberry Girl on my wish list also.

I hope you feel better soon.Shots are horrible.

Anonymous said...

I loved this project, too. Dewey came up with the best ideas. <3

Meanwhile, I second Kailana's rec of Carrie Ryan's book! It was pretty good. :D

Good luck with your shots (I also do not care for needles!) Look away, look away. >>

samantha.1020 said...

I have a bunch of these on my TBR list as well. I like the idea of a book coveting post and hope that you do more of these in the future!

Nymeth said...

The book coveting posts were the best, weren't they?

I was thinking about I Capture the Castle and how much I loved it just today, actually <3 Definitely one of my favourites of last year. I hope you enjoy it and One for Sorrow when you get to them!

I'm not a fan of needles either. I hope your shoulder feels better soon and that you manage to get some well-deserved rest!

Kailana said...

Oh, lots of good books on that list! A Forest of Hands and Teeth was great! I really liked Savvy, too... and Life Sucks! (Because it reminds me of Kevin Smith lol)

I tried to read One for Sorrows but it didn't work for me... I am going to have to give it a go another time because it is due back to the library.

Literary Feline said...

I really liked Dewey's Book Coveting posts too. It really added weight to my wish list, that's for sure. You've listed a few books I'm not familiar with. And I hope you do get a chance to read one of Michelle Moran's books. She's definitely knows how to tell a wonderful story.

I am so sorry to hear your shoulder is bothering you again, Stephanie. I hope you are feeling better soon.

Marg said...

Michelle Moran's books are great historical fiction reads! Hope you manage to track some down.

Chris said...

I'm so sorry to hear that your shoulder is hurting you so bad Steph :( I hope the cortizone helps you...It just sucks that you have to deal with that.

Dewey's book coveting posts were some of my favorites too! And this post reminds me why!! You have such fantastic books ahead of you!! I love The Forest of Hands and Teeth and Let the right one In...both are amazing! Enjoy them Steph :) Oh, and I can't wait for Catching Fire either!

Debi said...

"Nymeth, she-who-fills-my-TBR-pile"...good lord, ain't that the truth?!!!!

Sorry you've been in so much pain, sweetie!!! You haven't mentioned your shoulder in a while, and I was really hoping it was completely healed! Hope the shots help...I sure hate thinking about you feeling so lousy!

Iliana said...

Oh no, these book coveting posts are going to have me adding more books to my list! haha...

Hope you'll get to Life Sucks. I read that one last year and thought it was fun.

Oh yes, and hope your shoulder feels better soon!

Grad said...

I didn't learn of Dewey's blog until after her death. I think I've really missed something, although I've gone back and read some of her archived posts. I love this idea, though. I'll have to compile my covet list and do a posting. Hope you have a long weekend coming up. Enjoy.

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tanabata said...

I loved Dewey's book coveting posts too. Let the Right One in is one I really want to read to. I actually first heard about it because the movie has had good reviews, then I found out it was based on a book. And we all the know the book is usually better!

Joanne said...

Book coveting posts are like chocolate - I can't resist them but I know how bad for me they are! Well I guess I'd rather add a book to the TBRpile than a pound to my ass so maybe my analogy isn't so great :P

Ladytink_534 said...

I'm coveting every one of those books too! Loved Hunted btw.