Monday, February 28, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten Books I Just HAD to Buy...

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, a state that you don't have to worry about being deprived of more books as long as you're near a library. ;) This week's Top Ten is:

Top Ten Books I Just HAD to Buy...But Are Still Sitting on My Bookshelf

1. Fell by David Clement-Davies
Reason: I'll admit it was a shallow reason, but I absolutely love the cover for Fell. When I saw it at the bookstore, I had to read the summary and found that it was a sequel to The Sight. Curses, it has a prequel! I mean...Yay, it has a prequel! So until I read it's prequel, Fell will remain on my bookshelf.

2. Queen of the Orcs: King's Property by Morgan Howell
Reason: I've never seen much in the way of literature involving orcs, especially in a more positive light aside from the World of Warcraft novels. After reading Steve Nicholls' Orcs trilogy, I began searching for other titles like it and came across the Queen of the Orcs trilogy. I just haven't gotten around to reading it yet, but it IS on my TBR list for this year so that shows some hope.

3. The Mountain's Call by Caitlin Brennan
Reason: The summary drew me into the book along with the fact that the main beings of magic are white horses. I mean, what's not to love about magic, beautiful horses, and the forbidden call that pulls the main character, Valeria, towards the mountain housing the gods? Still, wild horses cannot drag me away from this book forever.

4. Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link
Reason: Karen of Books Beside My Bed recommended this one to me at least a year or two ago. I was even able to get it for a good deal during one of Borders' post-holiday sales. Being an anthology, it should be easy enough to pick it up and read maybe one or two stories at a time, but alas not yet, though soon.

 5. Through Wolf's Eyes by Janes Lindskold
Reason: When I started really getting into wolf literature, I was searching for fantasy series focusing on wolves portrayed in a new light. I thought I found that in Jane Lindskold's Through Wolf's Eyes, and I'm sure it's still there. Now I just must make time to read it. 

6. 13 to Life by Shannon Delany
Reason: I had heard a lot of good things about this new werewolf series debut, and so I decided to buy it rather than wait until it was ordered for the library. It's still on the shelf right now waiting to be read but it will hopefully get read this year. 

7. Touched by Venom by Janine Cross
Reason: A friend recommended this trilogy to me because it has a strong female character and involves dragons, two excellent traits in a novel to me. However, I suppose I haven't been in a "dragon" sort of mood, thus it's being on the shelf so long. It will come down from the shelf this year though, I'm confident in that. (And it did this week! ^^)

8. Traveler by Richard Adams
Reason: I absolutely loved Watership Down and Tales from Watership Down, so I thought, 'Adams writing about horses in the same vein?  Sign me up!' I did start reading it, but for some reason I lost interest and put it back on my shelf. Hopefully, I'll give it another shot soon.

9. Hellboy Odd Jobs by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden
Reason: My beau recommended this anthology as well as Odder Jobs to me, and when I found both of them at a recycled bookstore, I had to snatch them up.  I do adore Hellboy, both the movies and the comics and Bones of Giants. I just have to make time to read a little of Odd Jobs at a time even if I don't read all of the stories in one fell swoop.  

10. Body of a Horse, Heart of a Man by Rhonda L. Davis
Reason: This one was literally sold to me by the author as she was a local from the area I was living in during library school. I visited Hastings one night and saw Davis sitting at a table set up with her book, and we started talking. Greek mythology has always been a favorite subject of mine, and she did sell me on the story about a god changed into a centaur and a woman he has rescued and harbored.
I just need to read it now.


  1. Our reading lists look very different but the reasons sound pretty similar. I think, as a Librarian, I do better with books I check out because there is a sense that I have to finish the book and return it to the library. Once I buy a book it removes the urgency to finish it.


  2. I'm embarrassed to admit that I did not know that Tales from Watership Down existed! You learn something new every day! :)

    Jen at The Broke and the Bookish

  3. Ive read Pretty Little Monsters by Kelly Link - I thought it was average, and Ive got 13 to Life on my Kobo ereader to read. I love Tales from Watership Down. Its funny as our 2ic at work is like the Nazi rabbits in it.
    Im an old follower

  4. Many of the books in my TBR are second books by authors whose first book I loved. (Does that make sense?)

    I've decided, after reading all of these lists, to set a new rule for myself: two years. That's it and then the book is out of here.

    Here is my Top Ten:

  5. Start with Pretty Monsters! It's a short story anthology and easy to put down and pick back up again later!

  6. here's mine

  7. I got Pretty Monsters from the library and had to return it before I read it. I still think it looks great.

    Check out my list here:

  8. @ Anne: I couldn't agree more. :) The thrill of the hunt is gone once you obtain the book you want through purchasing.

    @ Jen: Well, I'm happy to let you know about it, and I highly recommend it too. :D

    @ Phantom Paragrapher: Well, here's hoping I can start on Pretty monsters soon. If you finish 13 to Life before I do, I'll be sure to stop by to hear your thoughts on it. :)

    @ Deb: It makes perfect sense because you want to continue following the author. :D And that's a good rule, yet I hesitate to do so since I love my books even the unread ones.

    @ Karen: It'll be next in the line-up, though it will be read alongside an ebook from a new author. :)

    @ LBC: I've done that on any number of occasions with other books, so it's nice to know that others do that, too.

  9. I love Watership Down. I tried reading another one of his books (about dogs) but couldn't get through it.

  10. @ Alison: Oh gosh, not The Plague Dogs...oh, that is a very very sad book. It's one of Adams' books I won't recommend. ^^; Definitely go for Tales from Watership Down if you haven't read it yet. :)


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