December 25, 2009

TBR Books (To Be Read)

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To_be_read Merry Christmas! Scholastic is closed today, obviously, but through the magic of computers, we can still bring you a blog post! The STACKS staffers are all at home today for Christmas vacation. So what do we do when we're not in the office working on the STACKS? We read of course! And since every reader has a TBR pile (a pile of books To Be Read in future when you have time), I asked the STACKS staffers what books they will be reading on their day (or days) off.

Carly M.

    • Catching Fire (for ages 12 and up). I can’t believe I still haven’t read this yet! I loved The Hunger Games, so one would only assume I would’ve run out to read the sequel. Well, before the end of 2009, I will finish Catching Fire.
    • Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 2: The Sea of Monsters. I just finished reading The Lightning Thief and I loved it. I forgot how interesting Greek Mythology really is. I felt like I actually learned more about the Greek Gods in Riordan’s book than I did while reading the original myths. I can’t wait to find out who Percy encounters in The Sea of Monsters.
    • Eleventh Grade Burns. This is the fourth book in The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series by Heather Brewer. In my case, if I’ve made it through three books in a series, then it must mean I really like it. Plus, it’s one of the only teen vampire series that I know of that doesn’t focus on the romantic aspect of vampires.

      Carly H.

      • I’m going to finally sit down and read Ghost in the Machine by Patrick Carman. It’s been sitting on my shelf since it came out and I’m dying to find out what happens to Ryan and Sarah. (Usually I read when I’m not at a computer, but for this book you need to be able to go online and watch the videos.)


      • My TBR book at the moment is Maximum Ride Book 5: Max (for ages 12 and up). I've been wanting to read it for a while, ever since the kids on the Hunger Games message board started recommending it and comparing it to other great books like Percy Jackson and The Hunger Games. Hopefully I'll be able to get to it over Christmas!

      Karen: "I have about a gazillion books on my TBR pile, but over the Christmas holiday I’m going to focus on two series.They’ve both been on my TBR pile for years, and I finally read the first book in each series over my Thanksgiving vacation. The problem is, now I’m hooked on both series! Good thing my plane flight home for Christmas is 6 hours long!"

      • Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan
      • The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

        Morgan: "I have a HUGE TBR pile on two separate nightstands (er, and a pile on the floor next to my favorite bookshelf. And several unread works on my Kindle!). But there are specific books I’m saving for my time off over the holidays."

        • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (for ages 12 and up). I inhaled it so quickly when it was released that now I plan to re-read it, slowly!
        • The Luxe series (for ages 12 and up) by Anna Godbersen. I’m in the middle of book 2, but book 3 is ready and waiting!


        • Becoming Naomi Leon. I love Pam Munoz Ryan’s books, and this is one of them that I haven’t read. I know, it’s one of the most popular of hers, but I just never picked it up. I have a copy of the book just waiting for me to open.
        • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Demigod Files. I loved the Percy Jackson series, and I want to know more. I have always been really interested in Greek Mythology. It’s great to hear some of the old stories retold in a new way, and see the Greek gods as they might fit in modern society.
        • The Hunger Games and Catching Fire (for ages 12 and up) (again). I got this book for all of my friends and family, and everyone loved it! I read both books in such a rush to find out what happens, that I feel like I need a refresher. And we just announced that book #3 is coming out August 24th!! I can’t wait.


        • Catching Fire (the second book in The Hunger Games series, for ages 12 and up). My friend promised to get this for me for Christmas – which is the ONLY reason I haven't devoured it yet like I did the first book!
        • Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. One of my friends who is a big reader LOVED this book. The reviews look awesome, so I'm gonna check it out.
        • The Baby-sitters Club books. I used to love this series when I was a kid, and I think it might be time to break back into it. (Plus I love the Ann Martin message boards!)


        • Zoobreak by Gordon Korman. I loved Swindle by Korman and this book looks just as fun.
        • The 39 Clues Book 6: In Too Deep by Jude Watson. Why have I not read this book yet?? There is no excuse.
        • When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead. This book is on a lot of people's best of 2009 lists, so I need to read it to see what all the fuss is about.

        What about you? When the presents are opened, and you're stuffed with all the food you can eat, what books will you reach for? Let me know in the Comments.

        All the STACKS staffers and I wish you a wonderful Christmas and a happy Winter Break full of lots of good books and plenty of time for reading!

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        — Sonja, STACKS Staffer

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        1. joyfulaqua48

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        3. Shadow Princess

          ill b reading
          -Eyes like stars by Lisa Mantchev
          -The Mermaid’s Mirror by L. K. Madigan
          -The Blue Djinn of Babyloon by P. B. Kerr

          1. joyfulaqua48

            i really like those books i think we have so much in common u should be my friends

        4. Ivampire

          My list is long,and growing:
          1. Cirque Du Freak: Trials of Death By: Darren Shan
          2. Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire Prince By: Darren Shan
          3. May Bird and the Ever After By:Jodi Lynn Anderson
          4. The Doll in the Garden By: Mary Downing Hahn
          5. The Gate of Days By:Guilluame Prevost
          6. Cry of the Cat By: Robert Lawrence Stine (R.L.Stine)
          7. Dracula (The original text) By: Bram Stoker
          8. Tell Tale Heart By: Edgar Allen Poe
          9. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters
          10. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Demigod Flies
          11. Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde By: Robert Louis Stevenson
          12. Frankenstein By: Mary Shelly
          These are the ones I’m working on now:
          1. Seekers: Great Bear Lake By: Erin Hunter
          2. No Blood Spilled By: Les Daniels
          3. C is for Corpse By: Sue Crafton
          4. Warriors: Into the Wild By: Erin Hunter

        5. mirialin_moon_knight4789

          I really want to read:
          1. The Red Pyramid, by Rick Riordan (Coming out May 4th!)
          2. The Lost Hero (We all know who this is by and when it’s coming out)
          3. Shifter, by “someone-I-can’t-remember-the-name-of”. Sadly, it’s a HarperCollins book, so…

        6. Baileybug

          WOW Percy Jadcson was such a wonderful movie!! I can’t wait to read it!!:) I am recently reading the Twilight series!! It is great!! I’m on Breaking Dawn!!

        7. muffinman

          I forgot to mention about Brisingr, its a really long book and I still havent finished it but its really good, the first and third one I still ave to read….I am really stupid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        8. Maya

          My TBR booklist is sooo big. Here are the books in it:
          Catching Fire, I read the first and am dying to read the next one
          The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoners Dilemma, I read books one and two and loved them, I have to finish the series.
          Wild Magic Series, I loved the Protector of the small series
          The Color of Magic and other Discworld books, A MUST READ SERIES!

        9. Thalia_Grace_Uber_Fan

          I plan to read:
          Fire by Kirsten Cashore(prequel to Graceling)
          GIFTED book 3:Here Today,Gone Tomorrow by Marilyn Kaye
          The Candlestone by Bryan Davis
          Eye of the Oracle by Bryan Davis
          Hunter Brown and the Consuming Fire by the Miller Brothers
          Gods of Manhattan by Scott Mebus

          1. joyfulaqua48

            me too
            me tooo
            me to
            i love them
            so much more back then because there are so intersting!!!

        10. bookwormgrl

          2009 was so much fun! I’m sad it’s over because of the great memories but I can’t wait to make new ones in 2010 (this includes reading all the awesome new books to come)!

        11. Tessa

          my favorite TBR’s are the Percy and the Olympians series, i’ve read them all and trust me their are tons of surprises and it’s the best nonfiction series i’ve read in a while! I also like the How I survived Middle School Survival Guide series and i would LOVE to know any other books like them!

        12. bmw3bug

          i plan on reading THE VIPERS NEST by Peter Lerangis. but its not yet realesed!!!!!!!!!!!!! (its book 7 in the 39 clues seris) and sarah they are making a 39 clues movie!!!!!!!!!!!1

        13. a

          my BTR are:
          twilight saga
          narnia series
          the story of Clara Barton
          the tale of mrs.frisby
          the past the present and the loud loud girl (it so funny)

        14. Anonmys

          the mysterious benidict socity rocks! and – i don’t know if anyone realized – a bunch of old books like harry potter are becoming more popular.