This time last year I prided myself on having few to no unread books on my shelf. Honestly, I didn’t buy a ton of books last year. But now — after a year of accumulation and repeated overly ambitious library hauls that took up all my time — I find myself with fifty-six books on my shelves that I’ve yet to read.
This year, one of my goals is to prioritize the books I own. I’m forbidding myself from visiting the library until I read all fifty-six of those books. Seven of those are especially high on my immediate TBR, and I thought I’d share them with you today.
Last January I posted a list of eighteen books I absolutely planned on reading in 2018. One has since been taken off of my TBR, but otherwise I managed to read all but three of those books. The Secret History is one I didn’t make time for last year, so I’m hoping to get to it in the next couple of months. This has been really popular in the book community lately, and after liking The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and The City of Brass, I’m tentatively taking more adult fiction recommendations.
Shiny Broken Pieces is another book carried over from last year’s list. If I remember correctly, I read the first book, Tiny Pretty Things, two years ago. I really enjoyed it, and although I’ve heard that this novel isn’t quite as good, I’d like to read it and make my own opinion. If I agree, I can always unhaul it later. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Glass Sword was not originally on my TBR for last year, but I added it because one of my real life friends adores this series. I promised that I would read this novel ASAP, and will continue to avoid the subject until I can do so. Red Queen was another book I read back in 2017, and although people have said you either love it or hate it, I recall merely being in the middle. We’ll see if that opinion holds when I eventually get to the sequel.
I didn’t intentionally put two Dhonielle Clayton novels on this list, but here we are. The Belles has gotten considerable hype, and between the premise and the bright pink map on the endpapers, I’m not surprised. I think I got this for my birthday last year and just didn’t read it. Story of my life. I really hope I love this when I do get to it, especially since the sequel releases this year.
I actually wasn’t interested in Children of Blood and Bone when it initially released, but the immense hype convinced me to give it a try. I bought it around April last year and guess what? I still haven’t read it. But this year that’s changing. It certainly sounds interesting, and I’m always up for a unique new fantasy story.
I’m sensing a pattern here: everything on this list is either a sequel or a hyped book I haven’t gotten to. The Miseducation of Cameron Post seemed to be everywhere once the movie was announced, and rightly so. Although it’s not a fluffy read, it’s still sapphic and I’m here for sapphic stories. I also really want to see the movie, but I won’t do that until I read the book. This is really high on my TBR, nearly at the top.
To conclude, I have The Devil’s Thief, the sequel to The Last Magician, one of my top three favorite books of 2018. This one is bigger and I’ve heard it’s amazing, which I expect, though admittedly I’m also terrified. The first book was full of twists, surprises, and betrayals, so I can only imagine what this one has in store for me and my emotions. To think that I was so desperate to preorder this, and was so bitter when it arrived four days late…only to have it sit on my shelf unread, months later. Oops.
Have you read any of these books or series? If so, what did you think, and if not, do you plan to? Are there any books you’re determined to read this year? I’d love to know!
Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a fabulous day/night!
Until next time…