I'm sure most of us have these lists, the big and popular books that you really have to read but just never really got a hold of. Mostly due to money issues, lack of shelf space and, probably, pure laziness, I seem to have missed quite a few big releases. And I'm sure many other great books, but for this I'm going to concentrate on the big and hyped books that I'm sure we've all heard of and probably read, apart from me!
Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.
Cyborgs, space and fairytale re-tellings, God why have I not read these yet? I've heard so many great things about this series, and it sounds truly amazing but for whatever reason, other books seem to come first and I've never picked these up.
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger...
Supposedly one of the greatest vampire series ever! Enough said!
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Amy has left the life she loves for a world 300 years away. Trapped in space and frozen in time, Amy is bound for a new planet. But fifty years before she's due to arrive, she is violently woken, the victim of an attempted murder. Now Amy's lost on board and nothing makes sense - she's never felt so alone.
Yet someone is waiting for her. He wants to protect her - and more if she'll let him. But who can she trust amidst the secrets and lies? A killer is out there - and Amy has nowhere to hide...
Another great-sounding series, about love and space, and honestly, apart from the changing covers, I would love to get my hands on this series.
The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them....
Come on, everyone knows these books! I've read City of Bones but that's it. I've been told that I would like this series more than the Mortal Instruments, because of the historical element. Honestly, that's enough to convince me, I just haven't had a change to get a copy yet!
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own. After a lifetime without freedom, she's finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she'd lost forever.
Another amazing series that has nothing but glowing reviews, so why haven't I picked it up? A sci-fi love story, I mean really I should be all over that!
Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris
Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She's quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn't get out much. Not because she's not pretty. She is. It's just that, well, Sookie has this sort of "disability." She can read minds. And that doesn't make her too dateable. And then along comes Bill. He's tall, dark, handsome--and Sookie can't hear a word he's thinking. He's exactly the type of guy she's been waiting for all her life....
But Bill has a disability of his own: He's a vampire with a bad reputation. He hangs with a seriously creepy crowd, all suspected of--big surprise--murder. And when one of Sookie's coworkers is killed, she fears she's next....
I actually have the first book of this series but I haven't read it yet. After loving the TV series based on these books, I know I'll love these books. I think what's putting me off, at least a little, is the length: there is now 15 books in this series and while I'd love to binge-read all of them, I need to get them first!
Of course, this list is practically never-ending and this is certainly not all of them! But I think this is enough for all of you to hate me for not reading them yet! Let me know if you've missed any of these, or any other great books. And if you think there's any of these that I need to get hold of with Christmas money, asap!