Help me prioritize my “I have to read this now!” books, please

As I’m heading into the home stretch of my month of blog tours and review commitments, I am looking forward to being able to read a book from my own shelf, a book that I bought for myself. The ranking system that I mentioned on Sunday has helped with the whole “there are too many to choose from” issue. I simply added a column to my spreadsheet in which I ranked each book on how badly I wanted to read it, from 1 to 5, 5 being “I can’t wait to dig into this one!” and 1 being “I’ll read this when I’ve polished off everything else.” Then I used the sort function to put all the books in descending order – and discovered that this helped narrow my field of choices down to 31! And it’s actually more like 20 or so because there are sequels and re-reads in the list.

But 20 or so books is still a lot to choose from, and so I thought I would ask all of you, dear readers, for some help. I present to you my list:

~ So Brave, Young, and Handsome by Leif Enger
~ Tipperary by Frank Delaney
~ Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink
~ Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner
~ Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr
~ Undercover by Beth Kephart
~ Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
~ The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams
~ The Local News by Miriam Gershow
~ Coventry by Helen Humphreys
~ Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
~ North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley
~ The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To by DC Pierson
~ Waiting for Columbus by Thomas Trofimuk
~ The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
~ Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
~ We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
~ Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
~ Soulless by Gail Carriger
~ Embrace Me by Lisa Samson
~ Burning for Revenge by John Marsden
~ Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
~ Feed by M.T. Anderson

Now, if you’ve read any of these and think that they should really be my top priority, could you let me know? Maybe an informal poll will show me where to start.

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27 Responses to Help me prioritize my “I have to read this now!” books, please

  1. Word Lily
    Twitter: Wordlily

    I vote for Beth Kephart, Leif Enger, The Local News, and North of Beautiful. And Shades of Grey. But I haven’t actually read any of those titles. And the only author I’ve read other books by is Kephart. I say start with her. 😀
    .-= Word Lily´s last blog ..The Heart Is Not a Size by Beth Kephart =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Hannah – yay – comments are working, too! Thanks so much – I will definitely move the Kephart up on the list. 🙂

  2. Anna says:

    The only one at that list I’ve read is Coventry. Loved it! It’s an intense, short book that I didn’t want to end.
    .-= Anna´s last blog ..Review: The Bubble by Brian D. McClure and Buddy Plumlee =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Anna – I remember how excited I was when I got it in the mail from Jen at Lit Housewife – but haven’t found time to fit it in yet!

  3. Mary
    Twitter: bookfanmb

    The only book on the list that I’ve read is Garden Spells. Read it in a day (I had time on my hands) and really enjoyed it.
    .-= Mary´s last blog ..The Girl Who Chased The Moon by Sarah Addison Allen =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Mary – I’ve been seeing a lot of reviews around on Addison Allen’s latest book – reminded me that this one is on my shelf!

  4. softdrink says:

    Waiting for Columbus is a read it RIGHT now book. And Garden Spells is a fun read.
    .-= softdrink´s last blog ..Don’t barf and drive =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Jill – I totally knew you and Rebecca would vote for Waiting for Columbus!

  5. Ladybug says:

    I’ve heard great things about The Ask and Answer by Patrick Ness.

    I’ve read a couple of these books and I really enjoyed Soulless and Prophecy of the sisters. Good luck =)
    .-= Ladybug´s last blog ..Attention! Two A W E S O M E international contests. =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Ladybug – I loved the first book in Ness’s series, so that will definitely be one of the first ones I get to!

  6. kay says:

    I read Leviathan and Icarceron and really enjoyed them! I was a little disappointed by Soulless, but it was mainly because the book was marketed as a steampunk novel rather than a paranormal romance. Many liked it and it has some really good moments! I’ve read many good things on each of these books though, so I think anything you’ll read, you can’t go wrong!
    .-= kay´s last blog ..A Bookshelf for Everyone, part 3 =-.

  7. I’ve only read one of those books, so I can’t be any help.

  8. heidenkind says:

    The only one I’ve read here is Garden Spells. I really loved it–it’s charming and fun.
    .-= heidenkind´s last blog ..Musical Notes–Darkly Luminous and The Prisoner of Zenda =-.

  9. raidergirl3 says:

    After I finished The Knife of Never Letting Go, I mentioned that I might wait a while to read the sequel, and two people suggested waiting until the third was released because the cliffhanger at the end of The Ask and the Answer was so crazy, that you’d want to read the next book right away. Something to consider.

    I’ll agree with Garden Spells – delightful, and quick.
    We Need to Talk About Kevin is very good, and thought provoking, but a bit long.
    Prophesy of the Sisters is ok, but also part of a trilogy/series, so you’ll be waiting at the end of that one as well. Love the cover on it though!

    I’m waiting for Shade of Gray from the library, waiting..
    .-= raidergirl3´s last blog ..Welcome =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Raidergirl – those are definitely good things to consider – I hate having to wait!

  10. I’m afraid I won’t be much help since I haven’t read any on the list. Several are ones I really want to read (and like you, just haven’t been able to get to yet). I’ll be anxious to see what makes the top of the list!
    .-= Literary Feline´s last blog ..Review: 31 Hours by Masha Hamilton =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Wendy – I honestly can’t wait to be done with my review commitments this month. I’m enjoying them, but I need a chance to read something for me!

  11. Melissa
    Twitter: avidreader12

    I vote for ~ We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver. It’s a great book and one that will spark fascinating conversations.
    .-= Melissa´s last blog ..Book Reviews =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Melissa – I loved her Post-Birthday World – have you read that one?

  12. Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit)
    Twitter: SavvyVerseWit

    I vote for this one: Tipperary by Frank Delaney
    .-= Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit)´s last blog ..Call for Bloggers to Celebrate National Poetry Month in April =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Serena – That one will definitely be soon – it counts for my Ireland Reading Challenge!

  13. Vasilly
    Twitter: Vasilly

    I read Bones of Faerie last year and it can wait. It’s a good book but it’s not great. Waiting for Columbus, The Ask and the Answer, We Need to Talk about Kevin, and The Boy who Couldn’t Sleep and Didn’t Have to are my suggestions. Let us know what you end up picking!
    .-= Vasilly´s last blog ..Spring Challenges =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Vasilly – Okay, I’ll keep that in mind about Bones of Faerie. Knew that Waiting for Columbus and Ask and Answer would rank high!

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