Out of Control

My TBR list has taken on a life of its own.

Since 2008 came with so much drama and change in my life, my goal of reading 50 books fell to the wayside in exchange for rest, baby books, and edits/writing/planning for 2009.

I intend to take about 3 months off when Peanut gets here, in order to put myself in a routine before I take on too much and become overwhelmed.

  • I wanted to have my contracted story completed and edited and ready for release. *Check*
  • I wanted my fantasy story to be picked up (and after a lot of submission sending and waiting, I have one more pub to hear from before I put the story back in the file to wait out its fate- that is unless it gets accepted!).
  • I wanted to start a new story that I could be excited about, since I’ve been working on the same stuff for over a year. *Check*
  • And for 2009, I want to get back into reading.

I’ve been feeling the creative strain. That throbbing in your head when the muse is begging you to give her something succulent to eat. I’ve neglected her for too long. She may abandon me if I don’t provide something that will titillate her senses. My tastes have veered from romances to dark YA paranormals/fantasies (we can all thank last year’s obsession with Twilight for that). I’ve got a list of books that will put me in the poor house. 🙂

A few that I’m drooling to sink my teeth into?

Need by Carrie Jones

Zara collects phobias the way other high school girls collect lipsticks. Little wonder, since life’s been pretty rough so far. Her father left, her stepfather just died, and her mother’s pretty much checked out. Now Zara’s living with her grandmother in sleepy, cold Maine so that she stays “safe.” Zara doesn’t think she’s in danger; she thinks her mother can’t deal.

Wrong. Turns out that guy she sees everywhere, the one leaving trails of gold glitter, isn’t a figment of her imagination. He’s a pixie—and not the cute, lovable kind with wings. He’s the kind who has dreadful, uncontrollable needs. And he’s trailing Zara.

Evermore by Alyson Noel

Since a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras, hear people’s thoughts, and know a person’s life story by touch.   Going out of her way to shield herself from human contact to suppress her abilities has branded her as a freak at her new high school—but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste…

Ever sees Damen and feels an instant recognition.  He is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy, and he holds many secrets.  Damen is able to make things appear and disappear, he always seems to know what she’s thinking—and he’s the only one who can silence the noise and the random energy in her head.  She doesn’t know who he really is—or what he is.  Damen equal parts light and darkness, and he belongs to an enchanted new world where no one ever dies.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

If you had the power to kill with your bare hands, what would you do with it?

Graceling takes readers inside the world of Katsa, a warrior-girl in her late teens with one blue eye and one green eye. This gives her haunting beauty, but also marks her as a Graceling. Gracelings are beings with special talents—swimming, storytelling, dancing. Katsa’s Grace is considered more useful: her ability to fight (and kill, if she wanted to) is unequaled in the seven kingdoms. Forced to act as a henchman for a manipulative king, Katsa channels her guilt by forming a secret council of like-minded citizens who carry out secret missions to promote justice over cruelty and abuses of power.

Here’s to hoping that someone in my family takes a hint and gives me a bookstore giftcard to congratulate me on my son’s upcoming birth. 😛 Ha ha. I’ll deserve it, when it’s all said and done. And maybe then I can afford to go book shopping so I have something to glance at during those early morning feedings.

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