Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Big Three

There are three books coming out soon that I am DYING TO GET MY HANDS ON. When I get them, I am going to do nothing but read them. Forget writing that day, forget laundry, and forget healthy eating because I'll be parking myself on the couch with unlimited chips and dip and vanilla pop.

In honor of these books I'm DYING TO GET MY HANDS ON I've decided to compile love lists for them. As I've not read them yet, my love lists will be about the previous books before them in their series. 

The Whispering Skull (Lockwood & Co.) by Jonathan Stroud, coming 9/16/14

A company ran by teenagers
Numerous references to donuts
Scary ghosts!
Swords!
Historical houses
A boy who goes by his last name
Murder mysteries
An alternate London setting


Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle) by Maggie Steifvater, coming 10/21/14

A band of boys who are like brothers
Unusual mythology 
A car nicknamed The Pig
A journal stuffed full of notes and research and ideas
A raven from a dream
An abandoned factory turned into a home
A loving family of strong & unusual women
A beautiful farm
Street races
A girl who can't have what she wants


The Inquisitor's Mark (The Eighth Day) by Dianne Salerni, coming 1/27/15

Hungry teenage boys
Daggers
Loyalty from unexpected sources
Charred hamburgers
Yard picnics that start a friendship
Ancient pyramids
Garden gnome statues
Shopping carts shoved in bushes
Bloodlines of legends

There you have it, my Big Three. Are there any books you all are DYING TO GET YOUR HANDS ON? 

47 comments:

  1. Oh, I've wondered about Maggie Stiefvater's Raven Cycle series. I just might check it out. I've read her Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy and enjoyed it. :)

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    1. Oh my gosh! Read them, read them! I loved the Wolves of Mercy Falls, and The Raven Cycle is five million times better than it. For real.

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  2. Leandra!! Thanks for listing The Inquisitor's Mark among your big three! I can assure you that hungry teenage boys, daggers, and unexpected loyalty will also appear in this book ~ and of course, bloodlines out of legends!

    As for Lockwood and Co., I somehow missed this one completely when the first book came out, but based on your love list, I need to order it immediately!

    Thanks for the shout out and the recommendation!

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    1. It is so in my Big Three- so EXCITED to read it! And yes, the Lockwood & Co. series is sooo good, you won't regret it.

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  3. I think I just added three books to my Must Read list!

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  5. Hey, I know the author of that third book!

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  6. They look all amazing books:) I have to look for them:) Thanks for advice.

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    1. Always glad to toss out some book recs! =)

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  7. I'm dying for Dianne's book as well. The first one was SO GOOD.

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  8. Those are gorgeous books! And they sound like a lot of fun too.

    I don't have any books I'm dying to get my hands on, but I really want to treat myself to Jim Butcher's latest, Skin Games. I recently finished Diana Gabaldon's Written In My Own Heart's Blood, and Patricia Brigg's Night Broken. I've been trying to read all of the books by bloggers I follow, but sometimes I break away and read the big names. It's a bit like vanilla pop for me. :)

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    1. I've seen a lot of Jim Butchers' and Patricia Briggs' books around, but have never picked any up. I should try them sometime! And everyone needs some vanilla pop from time to time- or all the time! ;)

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  9. Any book with garden gnomes is a must. I read Maggie Stiefvater's Spirit Animal book and loved her style. I'll have to check that out--all of them actually. Thanks for turning me on to them.

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    1. She is an amazing writer! I'm always in awe of the way she puts words together.

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  10. Yes to all 3!! Fall and winter are always good times for YA and MG. Can't wait.

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    1. It's great to have stuff to look forward to when the weather starts to turn all yuck again. =( Like books!

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  11. My TBR pile is big, but not toppling over since it's on the kindle, but what's not there is Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein (author of Code Name Verity). Same genre. I loved her storytelling and flying lessons. But I'm nothing but patient :)

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    1. I've a feeling I'll be reading Rose, too, if Verity is as good as everyone says it is. =)

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  12. Lovely "Big Three" list, Leandra! (My TBR list just got longer.) My boys will be thrilled about the next EIGHTH DAY book!

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    1. Oh, yeah, I can totally imagine boys loving this series! Jax and Riley are great characters.

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  13. I'm looking forward to NEST by Esther Ehrlich. I also now have THE GIVER quartet on my Nook, so I'm looking forward to that.

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    1. I didn't know there were that many books in The Giver! Learn something new every day. =)

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  14. I have so many books on my TBR that I've totally lost track :) But anything by Maggie always is tops--gah, do I have writer envy with her work!!

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    1. Me too!! I would love to be able to write stories the way she does.

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    2. Or her artwork--the pics she posted on facebook recently are amazing! :)

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    3. Ooh, I'll have to go check those out. She is an insane artist! Plus, musician. Heck, she just generally wins at life. =D

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  15. All three of them sound like great reads! I'll have to add them to my list as well! I think my TBR pile is toppling over...I think I need a bigger nightstand! :)

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    1. I have a tiny nightstand- it's a good thing my TBR just overflows all over a corner or it'd be in trouble! =)

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  16. aah yes Maggie!! Always a must-read-now kinda thing! also, chips and dip and vanilla pop sounds SO good right now.

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    1. I have the chips and dip already all planned out. Cheddar & sour cream chips w/spinach & herb dip. Sounds gross, but it's delicious!

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  17. I'm dying for Karen Akins's Loop. We've been blogging buddies for almost 5 years and I've beta read some of her other early work. I know it will have lots of wonderful humor and romance and time-travely misadventures. Hilarious misadventures are always a plus for me. :-)

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    1. I'll have to check it out, it does sound really good. I love hilarious!

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  18. Those are some pretty powerful covers, and they all sound like great books!!! I have to read children's books right now for what I'm writing, so I don't get to read grown-up stuff!

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  19. Just to let you know, I downloaded a free sample of Lockwood & Co on my Kindle after reading this post. I just got around to checking it out this morning ... AND promptly bought the rest of the book! (Like there was any doubt ...)

    Now how the heck am I going to get any writing done tonight? :D

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    1. Yay, glad you're liking it! And sorry, I don't know how you will either. ;)

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  20. Great list! I'm especially happy to hear that the next Lockwood & Co. is out soon~ I fell madly in love with the first one.

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    1. Yes- madly in love, that's a good way to put it!

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  21. AGHH! I am dying to get my hands on a copy of BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE. I am a huge fan of the Raven Cycle series and Maggie Stiefvater. Really looking forward to reading that one.

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    1. YES!! And if you go to Facebook, she has links up where you can read the first chapter! Squeee!!!

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