10 Books from BEA 2013 I Still Haven’t Read

These are 10 books that I got at BookExpo America last year (2013) but I still haven’t read yet. Looking at my haul from last year I have only read 18/37 of my books in total (excluding two that I gave away without intending to read). Hopefully I do better with that number this year!

1. The Dollhouse Asylum by Mary Gray

The Dollhouse Asylum by Mary Gray

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I never started this book because a lot of negative/DNF reviews started pouring in and I lost all desire to even give it a chance. πŸ™

2. 3:59 by Gretchen McNeil

3:59 by Gretchen McNeil

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I’m not even sure why I haven’t read this book. I read and LOVED Ten by Gretchen McNeil and I’m excited for her next book, Get Even. I guess I just never got around to it. Also, looking at Goodreads, I’m a little bummed out by some of the 1, 2, and even 3 star reviews (I’m picky).

3. Cherry Money Baby by John M. Cusick

Cherry Money Baby by John M. Cusick

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This was a semi-random book that I picked up at the BEA Bloggers Conference. I had never heard of it before but it sounded kind of cute so I snagged it. I guess I just never got a real desire to read it. The average rating among my friends seems to be 3 stars, and honestly, 3 stars doesn’t excite me. These days I tend to limit myself to only 4 or 5 star books.

4. Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz

Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston

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I remember being SO excited about this book! I thought it sounded so cool! Then… I never read it. Why??? I have no clue. It does seem to be a “love it or hate it” book though, and that makes me nervous. Half my friends gave it 1 star (or didn’t finish) and the other half give it 4 or 5 stars. Siiiigh.

5. The 100 by Kass Morgan

The 100 by Kass Morgan

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This is another book that I kind of randomly picked up. I was walking past the Little Brown booth and snagged it at a galley drop because it looked kind of interesting. I guess I never read it because it got a ton of 3 star reviews from my friends and that wasn’t enough for it to really excite me.

6. Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken

Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken

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This book actually gets some pretty rave reviews, but I know exactly why I never read it. I wasn’t that into the first book. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it. However, I grabbed the second book because Alexandra seemed to think the second book would be more up my alley, and even though I didn’t love the first one, it did end on a crazy intense note. But I just never got around to reading this because I’m still worried I won’t like it, since I didn’t love the first one. πŸ™

7. Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

Something Strange and Deadly bu Susan Dennard

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A lot of my friends ADORE this book! That’s the reason I got it in the first place. However, I was never actually that excited about Something Strange and Deadly. The problem is I’m not a zombie person. I don’t really like zombie books, movies, or stories. I’m just not into it. But everyone loves this book so I felt like I should give it a chance, but then I never did.

8. Altered by Gennifer Albin

Altered by Gennifer Albin

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You know what makes me sad? I remember EXACTLY how excited I was about this book. I remember standing in line for the galley drop being so pumped up and chatting to people around me about how I WANTED ALTERED NAO!!

I actually did start reading this book, but I put it down almost straight away. I’m not sure I even gave it enough of a chance to be able to say “I wasn’t into it”, because I’m pretty sure I put it down after like 10 or 20 pages. I don’t know what happened.. I think I just wasn’t in the mood for the genre or something.

9. Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young

Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young

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Now, if Just Like Fate wasn’t sitting like 5,000 miles away in California, I’d probably read it right now. I think Just Like Fate is just a book that slipped through the cracks in my TBR. I think it could be right up my alley!

10. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

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Wow, this is a love it or hate it book if I ever saw one. Looking at my friends’ reviews, the ratings are all either 1 star or 5 stars.

To be honest, I never had any interest in this book whatsoever. I picked it up because the friend I was with wanted a copy so I waited in line with her, and then I just grabbed one since I was there. I think part of me thought I would still give it a chance, but I never did.

What are some books that have been on your TBR pile for ages?

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21 comments

    1. You’re absolutely right! Maybe I would still love some of those 1/2/3 star books. Maybe I need to stop checking ratings/reviews before picking up a book. πŸ˜›

  1. You and I have some books in common that we never read! We should buddy read. On your list the only one I read was The Dollhouse Asylum. It was just ok for me. I have been putting off Never Fade because I don’t want to be stuck for a long time until the final one comes out! I also still have Just Like Fate, which I’m surprised I haven’t gotten to yet. I got a lot of middle grade in 2013 and my son has read many of them but not all.

    1. Hmm that’s a good point about Never Fade. I’d reaaaally love to read Just Like Fate but it’s sitting in California at my parents’ house.. and I’m in England. Bleh. πŸ˜›

  2. I’ve been meaning to read Shadow of Night (A Discovery of Witches #2) for ages, as well as Patrick Ness’ A Monster Calls. And Norwegian Wood and A Dance With Dragons. I’ve had them on my shelves forever but I can’t seem to bring myself to read them. I have no idea why. Every time I’m searching for something to read, my gaze sort of jumps over them to something more recently acquired.
    You should do a giveaway with these, though πŸ™‚

    1. I keep hearing amazing things about A Monster Calls but I haven’t read it either!

      I’ve thought about doing a giveaway, but sadly it would have to be UK only. πŸ™ I can’t afford anymore international shipping costs, and the last time I shipped boxes of ARCs overseas, 2 of the 3 boxes I sent never made it. πŸ™

      1. Naw, don’t be sorry, you should keep all the lovely books to yourself (dragon-style). I know the shipping costs are crazy, I received a giveaway book from the US (I live in Slovenia) last month and saw the postage stamp and felt really bad for the guy… I don’t even know how most of the bloggers can afford hosting international giveaways.

  3. I have so many friggin’ books on my TBR pile that I would never be able to think of them all. A lot of them are the “last book in a series” that I never got to, or a new series that I was dying to start and now have all the books and still haven’t started. I think that’s my main problem is that I have so many that it’s daunting to decided what to read and I end up reading something brand new and forgetting about the previous releases. The good thing is that it’ll be like Christmas when I decide to organize my books! LOL

  4. The 5th wave isn’t work the shot, what a horrible book if you ask me. I have yet to read a book from Gretchen McNeil, but her books sound good. I also want to pick up The darkest mind & Something strange and deadly.

    I have a lot of books I’ve had on my shelves for years *ashamed* but lately I’ve been donating a lot of them. I’m going to try real hard to read all the books from my Summer TBR pile.

  5. I didn’t go to BEA last year, but I definitely understand the whole “picking up books and then never reading them” plight. As for Something Strange and Deadly – I’m not a zombie person, either, but I quite liked it. There are totally zombies, but there is a lot more to the story.

    Good luck this year for your new BEA books.

  6. I love Something Strange and Deadly. I have some of the others and haven’t read them yet. That’s a good idea to keep track. It makes me want to challenge myself to read as many as possible. If only I could somehow add extra hours to my day.

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