Bookworm’s Nest: Danika Stone’s Top 10 Eager-to-Read Books


I have a pile of books on my bedside table. It includes ARCs, paperbacks and hardcovers of every genre and age group, flights of fancy and literary tomes, with a few non-fiction tossed in for flavor. Sometimes the pile grows so large I forget what’s in it. (Occasionally it topples.) But no matter how they arrived on my table, the books are there for a reason.

They are my TBR: the ever-growing list of books I’m eager to read. Here’s what’s in my current pile and why:

stalking jack the ripper kerri maniscalcoStalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
Release date: September 20, 2016
There are very few books that catch my attention as quickly and thoroughly as the description of Stalking Jack the Ripper. Throw a plucky heroine into the dark underbelly of Victorian London and I am all in!

a gathering of shadows ve victoria schwabA Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab
Publisher: Tor
Release date: February 23 2016
This fantasy novel is the sequel to A Darker Shade of Magic, and falls into the couldn’t-wait-so-I-pre-ordered-it category. The problem is, I know that once I read it, I’ll be stuck waiting again. A Conjuring of Light doesn’t come out until next year!

go set a watchman harper leeGo Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release date: July 14 2015
This book has been in the pile the longest. I bought it last summer when I was traveling, but couldn’t bring myself to read it. What if I don’t like Go Set a Watchman? What if this somehow changes my love of To Kill a Mockingbird? So the book waits and waits…

if i was your girl meredith russoIf I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Release date: May 3 2016
This is one of those coming-of-age books that will someday be a classic. With all the current events in the media, it begs to be on every bookshelf! I’m already invested in Amanda’s story as a trans young woman, (and I’ve only read the back cover.) This one is definitely coming on vacation with me!

all the bright places jennifer nivenAll the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release date: January 6 2015
I know this book is going to tear my heart into tiny little pieces. I don’t care. Sometimes the pain is worth it.


carry on rainbow rowellCarry On by Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release date: October 6 2015
This is literally the only book of Rainbow Rowell’s that I haven’t read, and in the time since its release, I’ve somehow done the impossible and avoided ANY spoilers. I’m so excited to read this Simon / Baz story!

you know me well nina lacour david levithanYou Know Me Well by David Levithan and Nina LaCour
Publish: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release date: June 7 2016
I’ve heard so many awesome things about this book! I’m a sucker when it comes to happy / sad stories, and I sense this one – with its alternating points of view – is going to hit me right in the feels.

kill the boy band goldy moldavskyKill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky
Publisher: Point
Release date: February 23 2016
This book is about crazed fans getting caught up in a real life fiasco when they (accidentally) kidnap the singer of a boy band. Fandom FTW!


the kick ass writer chuck wendigThe Kick-Ass Writer by Chuck Wendig
Publisher: Writer’s Digest Books
Release date: November 14 2013
I have been reading this book for the last few months. I take it in little chunks – a page or two at a time – whenever I feel my writing going into a funk. Chuck’s take-no-prisoners literary style and kick in the ass advice is amazing. Definitely staying on my TBR for the time being.

these ruthless deeds tarun shanker kelly zekasThese Ruthless Deeds (These Vicious Masks #2) by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release date: March 14 2017
The last book on my list is one I’ve been waiting for since I read the ARC for These Vicious Masks last year. I can’t WAIT to return to the fantastic Regency world of superpowers and evil villains!


So tell me: What’s on YOUR eager-to-read pile? I might need to add a few more.

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About Author

Danika Stone

Danika Stone is an author, artist, and educator who discovered a passion for writing fiction while in the throes of her Masters thesis. A self-declared bibliophile, Danika now writes novels for both adults (The Intaglio Series, Edge of Wild and Ctrl Z) and teens (All the Feels). When not writing, Danika can be found hiking in the Rockies, planning grand adventures, and spending far too much time online. She lives with her husband, three sons, and a houseful of imaginary characters in a windy corner of Alberta, Canada.

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