Happy New Year, readers of Fluttering Butterflies! I cheered internally when I saw this week's Top Ten theme! There are many books that I really need to get around to reading - I have more than 100 unread YA books on my shelves after all. But it was fun compiling the very top ten of those books that I'm determined to read in this new year. And here they are. As always, huge thanks to The Broke and the Bookish for hosting this fab feature.
My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece by Annabel Pitcher - I've heard really wonderful things about this book and about the author. I feel bad that I haven't already read this book, but what worries me is that I fear it will be overly emotional and I may not be prepared for that. I really need to work myself up into a certain frame of mind before I can read a weepy!
Slated by Teri Terry - I do love a good dystopian novel, but I'm kind of worn out with them right now. So while I am very excited to read this story, especially as it is written by a British author, I think I need to wait just a bit longer before tackling it!
One Seriously Messed-Up Week by Tom Clempson - Oh I'm really looking forward to reading this book. I've briefly flipped through the first few pages and I both smiled and laughed at some of what I read. I just never feel like it's the right time to sit down and read this book. I'm really not sure why not. Perhaps with the sequel being published this year that will have an impact on how quickly I get around to reading this book! I sure hope so. I could do with a good laugh.
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray - There are two books on this list by Libba Bray. I picked up a copy of Beauty Queens on the basis of Libba Bray's name alone. And luckily, this book sounds really good. I'm sort of intimidated by it though. Like I have all this pressure to really love this book and I don't want to be let down. I really just need to let all of that go and read the damn thing, already. Hopefully the process of writing all this down will spur me on.
Turf by John Lucas - I think I've spotted a trend in the reasons that I haven't yet read most of these books - I have a problem with high expectations and the fear that these books will disappoint because of that. Much the same with this book. After the blogger brunch last yeat at Random House, Turf is the book I was most looking forward to as a close family member of mine was in a gang when she was a teenager. She managed to turn her life around and is now a police officer who works with troubled teens in an effort to help those that are going through similar experiences that she did.
The Diviners by Libba Bray - I have really loved everything that I've read by Libba Bray so far. I think Going Bovine must be one of my favourite ever YA novels. But it is because I go into reading The Diviners with such high expectations is the reason that I've not yet read it. That I've seen The Diviners on so many 'Best of 2012' lists makes me all the more determined to finally get to this chunkster this year. I will do it.
So those are the books that I am determined to tackle this year from my TBR pile! What books would make your list?