I started blogging my book lists in October (2011) - and that's really when I started adding more and more books to my "to be read" list - it's now at 100+. I focus on books written in this current or previous calendar year - and I really do intend to read everything I add. So here's a list of 10 of the oldest books mentioned on this blog (on my book lists), that I haven't read yet - as of November (2011).
From 10 Enticing Book Covers of 2011 (Oct. 18, 2011)
1. Anna Dressed in Blood, Kendare Blake (Also on my 10 Books Published in 2011 On My Autumn Reading List & 10 Books To Read During Halloween 2011). One of the rare library books that's taking a long time to get here.
Cas Lowood kills the dead. He travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn't expect anything outside of the ordinary: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home. But she, for whatever reason, spares Cas's life.
2. Imaginary Girls, Nova Ren Suma. Got it (November Library Loot (Part 1)), but haven't read it yet - hopefully in the next few weeks.
Chloe's older sister, Ruby, is the girl everyone looks to and longs for, who can't be captured or caged. When a night with Ruby's friends goes horribly wrong and Chloe discovers the dead body of her classmate London Hayes left floating in the reservoir, Chloe is sent away from town and away from Ruby. But Ruby will do anything to get her sister back, and when Chloe returns to town two years later, deadly surprises await.
3. The Magician King, Lev Grossman. Got it and reading it soon.
Quentin Coldwater is a senior in high school, and a certifiable genius, but he's still secretly obsessed with a series of fantasy novels he read as a kid, about the adventures of five children in a magical land called Fillory. Everything changes when Quentin finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the practice of modern sorcery.
From 10 Books To Read During Halloween - The 2011 Edition (Oct. 25, 2011)
4. Zone One, Colson Whitehead. Got it and getting to it very soon.
In this wry take on the post-apocalyptic horror novel, a pandemic has devastated the planet. The plague has sorted humanity into two types: the uninfected and the infected, the living and the living dead.
5. Teeth: Vampire Tales, Ellen Datlow. Might not get to this until 2012.
There is a mixture of many different vampire stories in one book. Most of the stories are based off of legends from many cultures, while others are just the author's view of what a vampire is like in his/her mind.
6. The Monster's Corner: Stories Through Inhuman Eyes, Christopher Golden. An all original anthology featuring stories of monster's from the monster's point of view.
From 10 Book of Short Stories From 2011 That I Want to Read (Oct. 27, 2011)
7. The Outlaw Album: Stories, Daniel Woodrell. Desperation, both material and psychological, motivate the characters in these stories. A husband cruelly avenges the murder of his wife's pet; an injured rapist is cared for by a young girl, until she reaches her breaking point; a disturbed veteran of Iraq is murdered for his erratic behavior; an outsider's house is set on fire by an angry neighbor. .
8. We Others: New and Selected Stories, Steven Millhauser. The stories gathered here unfurl in settings as disparate as nineteenth-century Vienna, a contemporary Connecticut town, the corridors of a monstrous museum, and Thomas Edison's laboratory, and they are inhabited by a wide-ranging cast of characters, including a knife thrower and teenage boys, ghosts and a cartoon cat and mouse.
From 10 Books Published in 2011 On My Autumn Reading List (Oct. 20, 2011)
9. Before I Go to Sleep, S.J. Watson. Christine Lucas, a 47 year old woman who suffered a terrible accident twenty years ago that caused an anomaly with her memory - every morning she wakes up not knowing who she is. Some days she wakes thinking she is a little girl; other days she believes she is back in college, before her accident. She never remembers that the man laying beside her in bed is her husband, Ben. Each morning he must remind her who she is, where she is, how old she is, and what happened to her. Post-it notes and pictures cover her bathroom mirror as a reminder of her life.
10. The Outlaw Album, Daniel Woodrell. Desperation, both material and psychological, motivate the characters in these stories. A husband cruelly avenges the murder of his wife's pet; an injured rapist is cared for by a young girl, until she reaches her breaking point; a disturbed veteran of Iraq is murdered for his erratic behavior; an outsider's house is set on fire by an angry neighbor.
- Question via Top Ten Tuesday Reading Meme at Broke & Bookish.