What’s on Your “To Read” List?

One of the things that I struggle with is my “To Read” list. Now that my time is so limited, I can only read one or two books per month, which makes it difficult to tackle all of the amazing selections on my “To Read” list.

Since I was just making lists and lists of lists for all of the things that I need to do, I thought I would share my “To Read” list so that you can see what’s on the horizon for me. If you have a “To Read” list, I’d love to know what is on it. So, grab a coffee, pull up a chair, and lets compare lists.

Mile 81 by Stephen King
Any new Stephen King story is always added to my list, even if I can’t get to it right away.

The Magician King by Lev Grossman
I loved the first book in Lev’s series, The Magicians. It was one of those books that found me, rather than me finding it. In any case, it was a wonderfully well written fantasy tale set in the modern world. From what I have heard, The Magician King is just as good.

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
Well, what more is there to say than…”It’s a new Cassandra Clare book. Put it on the list!” Seriously though, Clockwork Angel was a great novel. I absolutely loved it (as you can see in my review.)

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Am I really the only person who hasn’t read this book? It’s high time for that to change, so I’m adding it to my “To Read” list. No more excuses. I need to find out why people are so hungry for this book.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Look at that cover! It’s genius. The cover blurb about a mysterious circus that appears out of nowhere got my attention right away. Add the mysterious description and the lovely cover together, and you get a book that I need to read!

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valente
This book should be on everyone’s list. The way that Cat Valente wrote the book is fascinating, the fact that it got picked up and republished by TOR is impressive, and having it hit the New York Times bestseller list is beyond amazing. Plus, she’s such a wonderful writer!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
I literally just found out about this book. It’s about a strange school that was thought to have been destroyed, but wasn’t–as one young man soon finds out. After his grandfather death, Jacob’s journey begins when he sets out to find the truth behind some very odd photos and letters that belonged to his grandfather. Definitely list-worthy.

The Steampunk Bible: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature by Jeff Vandermeer and S. J. Chambers
Okay, who doesn’t need a handy Steampunk Bible sitting on their shelves?!!! And check out this cover; it’s made of “cool.” Plus, it’s written by Jeff Vandermeer who is known for writing, editing, and publishing some of the most fascinating stories that have hit the market in recent years.

The Immortality Engine by George Mann
This book had me at “Victorian secret agent Sir Maurice Newbury.” The blurb goes on to describe some deep dark plot twists that range from opium dens, dead men, and a potential copycat killer. Must read!

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
To be fair, this book has been on my list for a long time. I still haven’t gotten around to it, but it looks so good that I refuse to let it drop too far down.

So, that makes up the top 10 books on my “To Read” list.

However, there are two books that are coming out soon that would have made it to the list, if I hand’t already had the special opportunity to read them. In fact, I’ll be doing a special blog post about both of these books soon.

Unleashed by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie
Nancy and Debbie are known for writing supernatural books with an edge that makes their “fantastic” fiction feel real.

The Sacred Band by David Anthony Durham
People have compared David’s work to Tolkien, Rothfuss, and Martin. I couldn’t agree more. It’s a wonderful book and you’re going to have to wait for the rest of my thoughts on it.

As with all “To Read” lists, this is a work in progress. Books will come and go, and I will love something about each of them. Maybe that something will be only a single character or a particular scene, maybe it will be the excitement of the plot, or maybe it will be gorgeously written prose that sweeps me off my feet. In my experience, all books have something of value to offer, and I look forward to finding out what gems lay hidden within my “To Read” list.

About Erin Underwood

BIO: Erin Underwood is the senior event content producer for MIT Technology Review’s emerging technology events. On the side, she reads, writes, and edits SF.
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7 Responses to What’s on Your “To Read” List?

  1. Dorothy Emry says:

    You’ve got a couple there that have been on my list for ages, too. Snow Crash for one.
    Right now, I’ve got these in my “to read” pile: Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson, Angel of Darkness by Charles De Lint, Johannes Cabal the Detective by Jonathan L. Howard (loved the first book Johannes Cabal the Necromancer!), A Shot in the Dark by K.A. Stewart, Feast by Merrie Destefano, Hot & Steamy: Tales of Steampunk Romance edited by Jean Rabe & MArtin H. Greenberg, and Coffins: The Vampire Archives Vol. 3 edited by Otto Penzler.

    Be sure to have the other two books in the Hunger Games series handy when you get around to reading the first one. I think you’ll find they’re all fast and very enjoyable reads!

  2. redhead says:

    I’ve been looking at Morgenstern’s The Night Circus and I want to read anything by Valente!

    my To Read list is out of control, as usual. I’ve got a Lavie Tidhar novella, Jasper Kent’s third book in his Danilov series, The Emperor’s Knife by Mazarkis Williams, a new Mike Resnick wild wild west meets steampunk thing, and I’m trying to get through The Lord of the RIngs as well.

    what I would give to not have to sleep! it would be 8 more hours I could be reading!

    • I could use 8 extra hours per day. That would be heaven!!!

      You’ve got some awesome books there. Many of those are also on my long list, except for Mazarkis. Great find. Thanks!. 🙂

  3. Yes Yes Yes, read Hunger Games! I usually avoid hyped-up books, but this one was worth it!

    On my TBR pile are two I just received today–Anna Dressed in Blood and Witch Eyes (which I am planning on tearing into first thing tomorrow!).


  4. Jed says:

    I also have to recommend the Hunger Games trilogy. But don’t read them before bed or you’ll find yourself staying up to read just one more page….
    I have line up on my to do list…
    The Dresden File Series
    Jacqueline Carey’s Naamah’s Kiss, Naamah’s Curse and Naamah’s Blessing
    a re-read of David Edding’s Belgariad and the Mallorean series.
    Brandon Sanderson’s A Way of Kings- I’ve been trying for a year to get to this one!
    Maggie Stiefvater’s Wolves of Mercy Falls series
    Kelley Armstrong’s Men of the Otherworld Short Stories
    Terry Pratchett’s I Shall Wear Midnight
    George R. Martin’s Game of Thrones book 2-5
    and I’ve now added the Cat Valente book and the Night Circus.
    Yikes, it’s so daunting, yet so pleasurable to think about.

  5. Rick Stepp-Bolling says:

    A couple I’m reading now. . . Black Blade Blues by J. A. Pitts and Wool by Hugh Howey. Both interesting in their own unique style.

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