I've Been Meaning to Read...

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new topic/top ten list and invite everyone to share their own answers. I'm so obsessed with lists - so it makes perfect sense that I'd love this feature!

Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant to Read,
But Didn't Get To (BUT IT WILL HAPPEN)

1. How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky by Lydia Netzer - I sent Jen a few ARCs, and she was seriously so generous and surprised me with a lovely gift: three of her favorite recent reads! I'm seriously in love with this cover, and I can't wait to read this one for myself and discover what Jen loves so much.

2. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr - I bought this randomly at the bookstore one day when I saw it on the New Releases shelf. I just loved the cover and the two chapters I read while sitting in the store! I've since heard nothing but amazing things about it, so I've got to make it happen this year.

3. Dollbaby by Laura Lane McNeal - I bought this from my favorite independent bookstore while on vacation, but I picked it out on kind of a whim. I think the cover and name won me over immediately. I love historical fiction and books set in the South, so I'm hoping it's the perfect read for me!

4. Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers - Francine Rivers is one of my favorite Christian fiction authors, so I knew I had to pre-order this book... and it's been sitting on my shelves since it arrived in April. I have no excuse for not having read this yet! I think I just let other books distract. But it will happen this year.

5. It's Not Me, It's You by Mhairi McFarlane - I loved You Had Me at Hello, but I've heard this book is even better! I'm obsessed with this cover - it's got some of the best details. I was also gifted McFarlane's other book, Here's Looking at You, for Christmas. Now I've got two books by her just waiting for me to pick them up!

Young Adult
6. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch - I had this one of my wishlist after I started hearing lots of buzz for it from other bloggers, and then the lovely Alexa gave me a copy for Christmas. YAY! I've become obsessed with fantasy in the last few years, and I can't wait to read this for the Flights of Fantasy challenge.

7. Like No Other by Una LaMarche - This was another lovely gift from Jen, which I cannot wait to read. I've heard lots of other great things about this book. Some of my most-trusted bloggers have loved it! I'm kind of glad I waited to read it though because now I can count it for the Dive Into Diversity challenge!

8. Something Real by Heather Demetrios - I'll be honest: I really had no interest in reading this book until I read and fell in love with I'll Meet You There, Demetrios' new book coming out February 3. It was such a great reading experience that I became convinced I needed to read this one, too. I hope it doesn't disappoint!

9. Plus One by Elizabeth Fama - Elizabeth is one of my favorite authors to interact with online! She introduced me to these Austen editions (WANT), and we've had some great email discussions about books. She was so kind and sent me a copy of Monstrous Beauty, and then I bought Plus One. I can't wait to read both!

10. Kiss of Deception by Mary Pearson - I acquired this ARC after the book was already out, and I was so excited to read it! But I hate to start another series when I'll have to wait so long for it to continue... However, I think I need to accept it and just read it already! Plus, book two will be out soon(ish).


  1. All The Light We Cannot See made my list too, and I've heard even more amazing things since posting about it today. Must read for 2015 I think! R x

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  2. I really enjoyed Something Real, and I think you will too! I can't wait to read I'll Meet You There.

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  3. HANNAH. YOU'RE KILLING ME. All the Light was amazing, absolutely amazing, and probably the book I've pushed the hardest this year (though Steal the North is right up there too!)

    I'm curious to see what you think of Dollbaby. It's one the caught my eye as well. Now it's just a matter of making the time for it. I have high hopes for this one though - everything about it screams Leah.

    ALSO curious to see what you think of Kiss of Deception. ..I'm thinking I'm in the minority with this one.

  4. Snow Like Ashes and Queen of the Tearling were soooo good! I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

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  5. Like No other, and all the light we cannot see, looks Great!!! Check out my Top Ten Tuesday

  6. Dollbaby was amazing! Loved it but I love all things 60's. Its a great read... ok I'll stop pushing now lol

  7. Snow Like Ashes and Kiss of Deception are pretty high on my radar. I definitely need more reading time in my life!

  8. I was just looking at It's Not Me, It's You the other day on Amazon thinking I need to get around to reading it sooner rather than later. I also really enjoyed You Had Me At Hello and keep meaning to follow up on reading McFarlane's other books. Plus One sounds up my alley, too, and I somehow hadn't heard of it yet!

  9. I'm the most sad that I didn't get to SNOW LIKE ASHES. It really does sound like an amazing Young Adult fantasy. But OH. MY. GOSH. Please please please read ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE! I loved that book to death. So amazing. Especially if you're a historical fiction junkie! (and I'm not at all so that's saying something)

  10. All of these books sound fabulous and it's great to see a mixture of young adult and adult books :-D
    I hope you get a chance to read and enjoy them sometime soon!

  11. The Kiss of Deception and Snow Like Ashes are at the tippy top of my list too! I didn't love Something Real as much as other readers but I did enjoy it and hope you do when you read it :)

  12. I have heard so many good things about Snow Like Ashes!!! I need to just buy the freaking book. If you read it before I buy you better let me know if it is worthy of all the buzz!
    I just bought Something Real after reading I'll Meet You There! Same as you... after getting a taste of her writing I HAD TO HAVE MORE!

  13. Snow Like Ashes and The Kiss of Deception are both soooo good! I loved all the different kingdoms in Snow Like Ashes. And The Kiss of Deception will just make you die. IT'S THAT GOOD. I second Betty. READ IT RIGHT NOW!!

  14. i LOVED all the light we cannot see and i am pretty sure you will too! i also really want to read it's not me, it's you! i've heard great things!

  15. I'm so, so excited for you to read Snow Like Ashes! It was seriously one of my favorite 2014 debuts, and I was so happy to be able to gift it to you. Hope you get around to reading it soon, so we can fangirl together! I also think Something Real was an excellent read, and Kiss of Deception was surprising (though not yet a favorite). It looks like you have an amazing set of reads to catch up on, yes?


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