It is no secret to anyone in my life that I don’t do TBRs very well. I add books to my list in the heat of excitement, but rarely do I follow through as I am an extreme mood reader, and TBR lists put a pressure on me that actually ends up driving me away from books.
Long story short, TBR lists absolutely ensure that I don’t read books in a timely fashion, and so I tend to keep the ones I really want to read off that list.
For that reason, I have not done a TBR post since January 2018. Yikes. However, I’ve noticed that I’m making a pretty good dent in my TBR lately, so I feel relatively secure making an official post about which books I am reading next: I won’t be surprised if my bad habits kick again and I end up reading none of these, but only time will tell, no?
So I guess here goes nothing??
Firstly: Older books I want to tick off my TBR!
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
After years of snubbing this acclaimed book, it has finally made its way to the top of my TBR. Hurrah! I probably would’ve never taken this dive till my dying breath, but I’ve been so starved of good prose lately that I’ve resorted to ticking off any book with even remotely immersive writing in it. Weird way to choose a TBR, but it works.
The Last of the Wine by Mary Renault
Speaking of immersive writing, I am loving this one so far. Someone recommended it to me after seeing how much I loved The Song of Achilles, and it was a fortuitous recommend as I feel like it’s going to be a life-long favorite. Fingers crossed?
Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
OOH, THIS COVER. It’s been over a year since I last read Sanderson, so I’m excited to read this one. I read a few chapters on my recent visit to Powell’s Bookstore, and I was surprised to see how quickly I became invested in it. Good start, good start…
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
Yes, I’m a chicken. I was clucking on and on about this book for the longest time before it was released this January, yet I still haven’t mustered the courage to pick it up. I’m so afraid of being disappointed by it that I literally can’t even look at it.
Thankfully, many mixed reviews have helped temper my expectations for it, so bring it on–I shall conquer you disappointment!!!
Next: Most anticipated reads of 2019
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
Ahh…how beautiful does this book sound? I am obsessed with its title, premise, and (supposedly) beautiful prose, and it’s my most hyped read this year. It is also what’s finally motivating me to read The Night Circus by the same author, so there’s that.
Dead Voices by Katherine Arden
Something that most people might not know about me is that middle grade is one of my favorite genres, and this sequel is one I’m particularly excited about. I loved Small Spaces (as well as the Winternight trilogy), so I’m itching to read this.
Btw, I recommend Small Spaces if you haven’t read it yet; it’s creepy, but fun. 🙂
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
Sigh, another one on the list by Leigh Bardugo? You bet! I have been following this author ever since her Six of Crows duology, so I am totally in for this. I mean, creepy secret societies at Yale, magical realism, plus likely good writing? Yasssss.
But that cover though…whose idea was it to make so snaky? *shudders*
Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
This entry is one of the very few ARCs I requested on Netgalley this year. The stunning cover is what initially caught my eye, but the premise also sounded super magical with Mayan mythology at its forefront. Hopefully, I can track down a physical copy first since ebooks and me don’t mesh at all, and I’m raring to go right now. 😛
The Iron Season by Helene Wecker
Finally, this book. This book.
I have been desperately awaiting this book since 2014 (srsly) as I’ve wept tears of blood each time the release date for it was pushed back. And as I am the biggest fan of The Golem and the Jinni, it’s needless to say that this long-awaited sequel is one I am drooling for. If the release date gets pushed back once again, I am cutting a bitch, trust me; I pretty much have no chill left at this point when it comes to this book. 😂
Lastly, books lurking (?) on the cusp of my TBR!
The Earthsea Cycle by Ursula Le Guin
As a casual fan of Triumphal Reads on Youtube, I recently decided to take this recommendation on board. He mentioned in passing that Ursula Le Guin has flowery prose, which if you know me, I eat that shit right up.
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett
I pulled this off my bookshelf yesterday, and I saw a receipt indicating a purchase date of May 2016, and I was like, what?! I’d been meaning to finish this book for a while, but that receipt actually shocked me. Time flies when you’re older I guess… *sobs bitterly*
(Re-reading) Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo
Okay fine, I probably sound like a Leigh Bardugo fantatic by now, but I swear that’s not the case. I rather disliked her Grisha trilogy, the Language of Thorns was enjoyable enough, but it’s only this duology that truly lights a fiery passion within me.
Because it’s the best YA series I’ve read in years. FIGHT ME BRUH.
So that’s the list. ❤
It’s strange to see how I’ve become so efficient at knocking down a large number of books nowadays, but I think that’s largely because I’ve stopped requesting ARCs. My Netgalley rating was a bit of a chore that kept me more discouraged than anything else, so I finally told myself, “Screw it, I’m going old-fashioned.”
Needless to say, making my own choices for my TBR really whet my appetite for reading again, so I’m feeling optimistic about all this. (Famous last words lol.)
Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed. Happy Wednesday!