My top ten books I've bought but haven't read

I've never participated in one of these top ten memes hosted by The Broke and the Bookish before, but seeing other people's lists of their top ten books bought but not read inspired me to go pawing through my own tbr pile to pull out my own.  SIGH.  So many good books are sitting there waiting for me!

Here's what I came up with:

 Dust Girl, by Sarah Zettel, and Stealing Death, by Janet Lee Carey, I bought for my multicultural reading...


Chime, by Franny Billingsley, I bought cause everyone was raving about it.  I started, but got stuck in the swamp.

Rowan the Strange, by Julie Hearn, went on my list when it was shortlisted for the 2010 Carnegie Award.

Thorn, by Intisar Khanani, went on when Tanita wrote about it

Laurence Yep's City of Death is a new addition to the pile--it's the third in a horribly under-reviewed middle grade fantasy series.

I bought The Returning, by Christine Harwood, because Megan Whalen Turner blurbed it.

The Doom Machine, by Mark Teague, was bought way back in 2009 in an effort to include more middle grade sci fi on my blog.

Faerie Winter, by Janni Lee Simner, I rushed out to buy when it first came out--it's the sequel to Bones of Faerie, which I enjoyed very much.

Three Kidlit Cons ago, Brenna Yovanoff was a speaker, and so I bought a lovely signed copy of The Replacement....

Which one would you read first if you were me?  


  1. City of Death - I loved the first book in that series and I hear this one is an awesome conclusion.

    I could not possibly participate in this meme because I have major phobias about buying books I haven't read. I still remember the first time I bought a book I hadn't read - I was about 13 and I bought Jack and Jill by Louisa May Alcott with much fear and trembling and mentally listing every other book of hers that I liked which justified the purchase of this UNKNOWN BOOK.

  2. Laurence Yep! I should read his newer stuff.

    I have The Replacement on my TBR too.

  3. I really enjoyed The Replacement! Definitely recommend reading it. I received City of Death for review but had never heard of much less read the first two. I just may have to end down copies so I can read the series =)

  4. Ooh, these look so good. Do keep going with Chime - I loved it! And Rowan the Strange is very good too.

  5. Ha! I got stuck in the swamp with CHIME too. And I also bought ROWAN THE STRANGE ... wonder where I put it?

  6. I've wanted to read Chime too, though I haven't bought it. Thanks for sharing your list.

  7. My vote is for you to continue reading Chime also.

  8. I can't believe you have never finished Chime!!! I think you should give it another chance. I love that book so much.

  9. The under reviewed middle grade, well cause it sounds like it needs a review and the cover looks really good.

  10. I'd vote for "Dust Girl", but it's biased as it's the only one of these I've read, and I owe meeting my husband to Sarah Zettel.

    1. How cool is that! Someday I'd like to hear the story!

  11. Looks like Chime, Dust Girl, and City of Fire are my reads for this weekend! Thanks.

  12. *I utterly adore Lawrence Yep.* All of those are great, though, and happy reading to you.

  13. I'm interested in reading The Replacement, too. Sounds really scary. Enjoy your reading! :)

  14. Some lovely covers. My sister has influenced me into avoiding books with faerie in the title (or even in the body). I liked an early Julie Hearn book but not the two most recent. Thorn or The Returning would be my choice.

  15. Actually, none of those appealed to me at all! I'm with Jennifer on never buying books I haven't read. Interested to see what you'll pick.


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