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Friday Five: To-Be-Read Books

In lieu of a movie review today (which was my original intent), I’m going to post briefly about a couple of books that I’m really excited about reading.  My kindle is a little heavy with books right now, and I also have a bunch out from the library.  I feel like I’m not going to get to them all, which is stressing me out (which is stupid, because reading is supposed to be an escape and shouldn’t be stressful).

So without further ado, here are a couple of books I’m super stoked about reading (soon).

Where it Began by Ann Redisch Stampler

Not only is the cover pretty gorgeous (in a sort of generic way, of course), but the book is getting pretty decent reviews. There are quite a few novels coming out this year that focus on a protagonist who survives a tragic accident but can’t remember it, but from what I hear, Stampler’s book skewers the wealthy elite, and that’s always alright by me.

Friends like Us by Lauren Fox

Firmly ensconced in the “new adult” category that I’m always seeking out, Fox’s second novel about two best friends whose relationship changes when one of them begins a relationship sounds like exactly the kind of novel I’m looking for.  Another book that’s garnering mostly positive reviews, this is one that I can’t wait to read. (I also have a copy of her debut, Still Life with Husband.)

Commencement by J. Courtney Sullivan

This is one that I actually started–and liked–but had to return to the library.  I’m determined to read it soon, though.  All about friendship and college and how things change as the group of girls gets older, this also falls into the “new adult” category (I’m sensing a trend here).  I loved Sullivan’s second novel, Maine.

Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver

This is the only book by Oliver that I haven’t read.  I’ve heard wonderful things about it, and so I’m really looking forward to reading it.  I actually used it in a book talk for a class last semester–it would be nice to actually read one of the books I book talked.  It’s middle-grade, but it’s pretty hefty.  I really want to get to this one soon.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Buzz surrounding this book has been largely positive, and it was one of the Alex Award’s finalists this year, so I’m excited about reading it.  I think I’m going to include it in a genre study I’m doing for readers’ advisory class, so reading it would be beneficial if I decide to use it as my benchmark title.

Anything you’re really excited to read soon?  Is anyone else stressed out by how much they have to read?  I have a spreadsheet just for NetGalley titles.  Ugh.


7 thoughts on “Friday Five: To-Be-Read Books

    1. I started it this morning on the treadmill but decided I’d better finish a book for my readers’ advisory class first. What didn’t you like about it?

      1. I thought the writing was rather bad. I thought the main character was extremely whiny and over privileged and I did not get her obsession with the boy du jour, can’t remember his name. I also hate the way the book jumped back and forth, back and forth. Grated on my nerves so very much.

  1. Thanks for making me aware of the book Friends Like Us! I too am on the lookout for New Adult reads – in fact, this year I’m hosting a New Adult reading challenge, encouraging readers to try more New Adult books and just generally increasing awareness of the demographic in the book blogosphere. If you’re interested feel free to check it out here: Hope you enjoy your books!

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