On the Maybe Shelf(1)

Posted February 5, 2015 by Stormy in Books / 15 Comments

onthemaybeshelfI am an indecisive person. Friends know to come loaded with suggestions when we get a meal because I will literally list pretty much every dining place in our city before landing on a suggestion. I sometimes go days between books because I just can’t decide what I want to read next. I’ll spend minutes in the dressing room debating if I really want to buy a shirt or not, no matter how great I think it looks. I’m so indecisive that sometimes I have trouble just deciding to add a book to my TBR. And so, I created the maybe shelf. These are books I’m curious about, but not completely interested in. . . yet. I stalk reviews and wait for something to convince me one way or the other to either add the book to my to-read shelf or decide that there are other books I’d rather read. So I decided to periodically list some of my the new additions to my maybe shelves as well as why these books are currently on the maybe stack.

And um, maybe you guys can help my indecisiveness? (And thus I reveal the real reason for this feature).

1. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Darkest Part of the Forest

The Story:

Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

I’m considering adding to the TBR because. . .

I read White Cat by Holly Black & loved it, plus the synopsis sounds really intriguing & awesome.

I’m not sure because. . .

Books about fae aren’t really my thing normally. Why couldn’t it be ANY other kind of creature? I don’t know, there’s just something about it that makes me think I might not like this one. But then I read the synopsis again and I wonder how this could NOT be a me book? Decisions.

2. Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez

Kiss Kill Vanish

The Story:

Valentina Cruz no longer exists.

One moment, she was wrapped in Emilio’s arms, melting into his kiss. The next, she was witnessing the unthinkable: a murder in cold blood, ordered by her father and carried out by her boyfriend. When Emilio pulled the trigger, Valentina disappeared. She made a split-second decision to shed her identity and flee her life of privilege, leaving the glittering parties and sultry nightlife of Miami far behind.

She doesn’t know how to explain to herself what she saw. All she knows now is that nothing she believed about her family, her heart, or Emilio’s love, was real.

She can change her name and deny her past, but Valentina can’t run from the truth. The lines between right and wrong, and trust and betrayal, will be blurred beyond recognition as she untangles the deceptions of the two men she once loved and races to find her own truth.

I’m considering adding to the TBR because. . .

Thriller! I’m getting really into thrillers lately.

I’m not sure because. . .

It has some pretty mixed reviews, and while I do enjoy thrillers, there’s nothing that really stands out to me about this one. It sounds fine, but I don’t want to spend time on a book that’s only going to be just okay.

3. All We Have is Now by Lisa Schroeder

all we have is now

The Story:

What do you do with your last day on earth?

Just over twenty-four hours are left until an asteroid strikes North America, and for Emerson and everyone else who didn’t leave, the world will end. But Emerson’s world already ended when she ran away from home. Since then, she has lived on the streets, relying on her wits and on her friend Vince to help her find places to sleep and food to eat.

The city’s quieter now that most people are gone, and no one seems to know what to do as the end approaches. But then Emerson and Vince meet Carl, who tells them he has been granting people’s wishes — and gives them his wallet full of money.

Suddenly, this last day seems full of possibility. Emerson and Vince can grant a lot of wishes in one last day — maybe even their own.

I’m considering adding to the TBR because. . .

I’ve heard good things about some of Lisa Schroeder’s previous books. When I was looking this book up on Goodreads, I also saw a note by the author talking about how this book was in a way inspired by Markus Zusak’s I Am the Messenger, at least as far as the idea of granting wishes goes, and I LOVE that book, so it intrigues me.

I’m not sure because. . .

I’m a little iffy on the asteroid thing since Tumble & Fall had a similar premise & I really did not like that book. This DOES sound like it has more of a twist and maybe it’s a good thing I have a book I didn’t like to compare it to because my standards are low, but I’m still just a little iffy on it.

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15 responses to “On the Maybe Shelf(1)

  1. I like this shelf! I just finished the Darkest Part of the Forest last night. It was my first Holly Black and I really liked it! Its definitely about the fae and if that’s not your thing that’s a drawback. But if you really like Black I say go for it. I really liked Hazel and Ben both and I did not expect the story to resolve itself as it did.

  2. The Darkest Part of the Forest is also on my “maybe” list. I really like Black’s work, but the reviews have been iffy at best.

    • Stormy

      Yup, the reactions have been so mixed! I’ve seen glowing reviews and then a lot of DNF’s as well.

  3. I can totally relate to being indecisive! Unfortunately, I can’t offer practical help since I haven’t read any of these books, but I guess if I had to pick one, I would say go with The Darkest Part of the Forest since you’ve read and liked the author before.

    • Stormy

      I think after the comments and much indecisiveness, I’ll probably add The Darkest Part of the Forest to the TBR, remove Kiss, Kill, Vanish from consideration, and wait to see on All We Have is Now. I’ve heard really good things about The Darkest Part of the Forest lately so I’m feeling pretty optimistic about that one.

  4. Haha. I can be pretty indecisive, too. I mean, there are times when I know exactly what I want and I don’t hesitate. But there are so many times when I’m not sure and I waffle back and forth. And I definitely will spend days not reading anything because I’m not sure what to read next.

    Your Maybe Shelf is a great idea. I haven’t read any of these books, so I can’t give opinions on them, but I think I might start a maybe shelf too!

    • Stormy

      I feel like even when I know what I want and appear not to hesitate. . . a lot of prior thought has gone into that decision! I like to think a lot before I make a decision, which can be both good and bad depending on the circumstances.
      I spend days between books sometimes & so often I hate that, because it’s not even that I’m not in the mood for reading–just that I don’t know what I want to read. It can be frustrating, especially since I know I own so many books that it really shouldn’t be an issue.
      The maybe shelf has been a great help! It’s especially useful when I hear about a book I want to remember but am not quite committed to it just yet & want to wait until at least a few early reviews roll in.

  5. Maraia

    I haven’t read any of these, so I can only offer advice off of the summaries, but it sounds like Kiss Kill Vanish might focus too heavily on the romance. Maybe that’s one to pass up?

    I totally relate to the indecisiveness. Even when I know it’s a small decision that will be in now way life-changing, I still agonize over it endlessly.

    • Stormy

      It does sound like the romance might be a heavy focus in Kiss Kill Vanish. It also makes me think it might be over-the-top dramatic, because the summary and many of the reviews make me think of Vivian Divine is Dead, which I didn’t like.

  6. Stormy

    Oh man, I pretty much can only go shopping alone at this point! I’ve never liked to go shopping with friends or family, so it works out for me(until I need a second opinion & I start furiously texting my friends or my sister).

  7. The only book on that list I have read is The Darkest Part of the Forest. I recently reviewed it for my blog. This was actually my first book about fae and I LOVED it. It was a great book. Wonderful, diverse characters and the world building resembled a fairy tale. I highly recommend it.

    • Stormy

      Okay, I read your review & I’m beginning to become convinced! Still not sure about fae but I do love stories that have a fairy tale quality, so. . .

      PS–I read YOU by Caroline Kepnes because I saw you mentioned it on a post on your blog & I loved it!

      • Oh wow, I am so glad I could push that book on you . . . and that you loved it! I was pushing that book on everybody. It is so good. And a sequel comes out in September!

  8. I’m completely on the same page as you on the indecisiveness. How many times I have spent way too long in the changing room because I wasn’t sure if I really wanted to buy something? Going shopping with me is a nightmare, haha.

    And I also have a ‘maybe’ shelf on Goodreads. Though unfortunately I can’t help you out with any of these books as I have not read any.

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