Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Books That Make Me Horny

For the record: I mean horny in the most literary way possible. As in, I don't want to conceive from any of these books.

Mind out of the gutter, please.

Moving swiftly on...

Category #1:
I love books featuring Latin American (or latina) main characters. This is not only because I like to see mainstream portrayals of all the diversity the world has to offer, but also because these types of books have an unmatched ability to resonate with me. Spotlighting:












I've only read The Temptress Four by Gaby Triana, but the other titles (and covers) have caught my eye.

I don't even need to comment on Kelly Parra, right? It's sinful I haven't read her work yet, but I'm getting around to it.

As for Caridad Ferrer, not only has she gotten some bona fide reviews (including this A- one from Smart Bitches, whom I absolutely love), but she's also represented by agent Caren Johnson, who, incidentally, represents Jennifer Echols (author of Major Crush and The Boys Next Door) and Stephanie Kuehnert (author of I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone), two authors whose works I enjoy immensely. That, coupled with the latina-girl aspect, is enough to win me over. Need to check her work out, too.

And, lastly (but not leastly (not even a word, but hell, I like it)) Diana Rodriguez Wallach. Her books aren't even published yet and I'm excited for them. They look to be very promising. And the covers? Kensington did a job well done.

Category #2:
Books with covers so good, they force me to pull out my credit card without even looking at the synop on the back.













I've never read any Alyson Noël novel, not because I never wanted to but because I had just never run across her books anywhere. Now I really want to. And dude, worst part? Evermore isn't even published yet.

Christina Meldrum's cover is amazing. I loved Madapple itself, as you can see in my review of it, so the cover is just icing. Still. Gorgeous cover.

A.S. King's book, The Dust of 100 Dogs, will only be published in February 2009, but I'm already salivating to read it. Its cover is perhaps the best one Flux has done as of yet.

Maryrose Wood has got a kicking cover. I'm not the biggest fan of the title, but I would totally buy that book for the cover alone. (And I checked -- the concept is pretty good, too!!)

Patron Saint of Butterflies won my heart over when I first saw it on TeensReadToo.com. Cecilia Galante sounds like she wrote a great story, and the cover could not be better.

On The Jellicoe Road. It's written by Melina Marchetta, which frankly is all the indication I need before buying a book. However, the Australian cover is beautiful. Not the biggest fan of the upcoming US one, but at least the Aussie one is nice.

Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway Fantastic book, with an equally amazing cover. If that doesn't catch your eye, what will? Very good usage of vibrant colors!

Fairy Lust
by Cyn Balog is yet another pre-published book. I usually love Delacorte's cover art, and this book just proved it to me one more time -- Random House has a killer arts department.

Category #3:
A great concept. I'm so sick of crap books being published every single day. Novels that have some sort of intellectual value make my heart sing <3












Carrie Ryan's debut, The Forest of Hands and Teeth, coming out next year, looks very promising. I've never felt any desire to read a zombie book before this one.

Libba Bray. Gemma Doyle. A Great and Terrible Beauty. No comment.
I've only heard great things about The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, so I cannot wait until this one gets here. The feeling seems to be mutual with E. Lockhart, who said this is the book she feels most proud of having written.

Newes From the Dead by Mary Hooper. Just read the book description and you'll see what I mean.

I also wanted to add The Explosionist by Jenny Davidson in here, but I couldn't find a decently sized cover. That one also sounds amazing.

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So anyway: What books make YOU horny? (Innocuous use of the word, remember that!!)

9 comments:

*Heather* said...

haha. I love the title.

And I actually like books for the same reasons you do when I first pick them up. Especially covers. If it's got a spectacular cover, I'll buy it. Unless it has a terrible concept that I never want to read. Meaning if it's some Gossip Girl kind of thing and it has an awesome cover, I'm hesitant.

And A Great And Terrible Beauty is one of my favorite books ever. It's spectacular. And intellectual, as you said. The concept is great.

I don't have a strong pull towards latina books, but I tend to like them.

ambeen said...

I agree about the cover thing. Some books I don't even need to read the synopsis to buy it. I figure this is the okay version of judging a book by its cover.

Too many books get me "horny" to even try and talk about them here, lol.

Kelly Parra said...

Your title had me clicking over from YA Fresh and I was happily surprised you mentioned GG and IT. Thanks so much!

I was just telling Alyson that I love her new Evermore cover--it's soo cool!

And about your previous post, I'm a big fan of Dessen. I'm saving Lock and Key for when I can just devour it in two days!

alison ashlee said...

Eeeeee he he he! You make me laugh, my dear friend. I love your post title! :P

I'm adding those books to be TBR pile, which is becoming bigger and bigger, just because of you! :D

Liviania said...

Let's not even start that list . . . but I must ask, am I the only person in the world who doesn't like the Gemma Doyle trilogy?

And you should definitely try Maryrose Wood.

Book Chic said...

lol great title- I saw it in my LJ feed and was like "Oh god, what happened to Steph? When did this become a porno blog?" haha.

Not many books make me horny. I really enjoy a lot of books, but very few of them actually make me horny. Two that pop out in my mind right now include Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway and In Your Room by Jordanna Fraiberg. Invisible Touch is another one too. But that's all I can think of right now.

Alea said...

Covers can make or break a book in a lot of cases. They can definitely attract or repeal me. Love this post!

Ink Mage said...

For me it's usually upcoming books in a series (i.e. the Bloody Jack Adventures, Tamora Pierce books), something new by an author whose works I'd previously enjoyed (like Sovay and Two Girls of Gettysburg). But great covers are always a help, and so are intriguing concepts.

cyn2write said...

HAHAHA! I am so glad you're horny for FAIRY LUST :) I know, I love the cover so much, too, I want to lick it. Um, TMI?

Most of the covers you pointed out are my favorites, too! I lust for Carrie's TFHT and the covers for Audrey, Wait! and Madapple too.

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