TBR: August 2011

So we've all heard the news that Borders is officially shutting it's doors, for good. I myself, feel this is a sad, sad day in the making, as I remember going to the Walden Books in my neighborhood when I was little, begging my dad to buy me a book. And well, Walden's became Borders, hence my tie-in to being nostalgic. 

But, with the recent announcement of it's upcoming demise, comes something wonderful: CLEARANCE BOOKS!!!

So last weekend, I drug my overly-dramatic hungry husband down to Borders (so hungry, that every few minutes he'd find me, he'd pretend to chew off his arm), did my best at hiding from him, and roamed back and forth down aisle after aisle. Needless to say, 40 minutes later, a husband about ready to pass out, and $90 spent, I found myself with one of the most magnificent To Be Read stacks, I'd seen in a long time.

So, what all did I pick up and add to my ever growing TBR list for August? 

1. TWENTY BOY SUMMER by Sarah Ockler

Just finished reading this one - very touching and so far, one of my favorite YA contemps. See my review from yesterday, posted below!




2. FIXING DELILAH by Sarah Ockler

Just started reading this one today; stay tuned for my review!




3. PARANORMALCY by Kiersten White





4. NORTH OF BEAUTIFUL by Justina Chen Headley

Justina is a local Seattle author - and one I've definitely been looking forward to reading!




5. POSSESSION by Elana Johnson

Elana and I have traveled around in some of the same writerly circles, for several years. I'm so excited to witness her breakthrough YA novel and can't wait to read this one!




6. SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson










8. FAT VAMPIRE by Adam Rex

Doug "Meatball" Lee is no Edward, he's just a 15-year-old dork trying to land a date with a real live girl, any girl. But when you're a weight-challenged, newbie vampire, finding a Bella to call your very own presents some real challenges. 

With an intro like that, you know this one's bound to be ha-larious!


9. FOREVER by Maggie Stiefvater










11. WITHER by Lauren DeStefano





12. STOLEN by Lucy Christopher






And what's still on my TBR list, leftover from last month?

1. WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON by John Green & David Levithan





2. JELLICOE ROAD by Melina Marchetta

I started reading this one, but struggled to get through the first 100 pages. And I've heard from so many, that they had the same issue - but once past those first tough few chapters, this book is hard to put down. I just need to dive in and hammer through, I know...



3. BEAUTY QUEENS by Libba Bray

Another very tough read for me. Just wasn't feeling it, so I put it aside...but I'll get back to it one of these months. Until then, it might be on my TBR list for awhile.




4. GOING BOVINE by Libba Bray





5. BUMPED by Megan McCafferty





6. SUMMER AND THE CITY by Candace Bushnell





7. BEFORE I FALL by Lauren Oliver





So, as you can see, I have much to get to on my TBR list - and some exciting reads I've been looking forward to, for a very long time! Of course, I plan on hitting Borders up again this weekend, just to see if there's anything I missed. Holy cow. I can almost open up a Borders of my very own. Looks like we may need to move.

Out of all of the above, anyone have any favorites that I'm about to read? Or any that I may have missed and need to pick up on my next trip? Oh please do let me know!!!

Because like shoes and handbags, one can never have too many books!