I love talking about my ever-growing TBR, so this week’s topic is a fun one. We’re talking about books on our TBR that we’ve been avoiding or putting off for one reason or another. Honestly for me, there’s probably not a good reason at all. I just keep reaching for newer books but I hope that getting these down will change that – especially because I own all but 3 of them!
We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson | A realistic sci-fi story with morally complex characters dealing with acceptance, pain, grief, and all the human emotions that make being a teenager so hard.
The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee | This story just sounds so magical and beautiful to me, but I’m determines to read it in the spring because this book SCREAMS spring. And yet again, spring has passed without me picking it up.
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson | I remember starting this once years ago, but I didn’t have much experience with flowery writing and I wasn’t in the mood so I put it down. Now years later, I still think about it and want to read it.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz | Another well-loved book that I’ve yet to read about identity, family, and becoming who you’re meant to be.
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss | This is one of the standout adult fantasy stories that is constantly recommended to readers who love fantasy.
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson | Everyone loves Brandon Sanderson and I’ve yet to read anything from him – even though I do own a few of his books. I think I’m just a little overwhelmed because I don’t know which series of his I truly want to start first.
Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor | Strange the Dreamer is one of my favorite books, so I felt like I really needed to sit with it before I could move on the Muse. But then I took too long and felt like I needed to reread Strange, so I did that, but now it’s been a minute again so I’m in the weird limbo where I almost need a refresher, but I might as well wait a bit longer to really need it, then just dive into this finale.
Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare | I marathoned basically all of Cassandra Clare’s backlong this year on audio courtesy of my local library, but they don’t have Queen of Air and Darkness as a digital audio format, only an ebook and I don’t have it in me to physically read these books because I honestly don’t care enough to put in the effort, but tehy’re such easy listens that I do want to finish the series, but I don’t know when I’ll get to it. Especially because I was kinda bored with Lord of Shadows.
The Secret History by Donna Tartt | A modern classic that I’ve seen obsessively loved all over tumblr for years. This dark mystery sounds compelling and enchanting.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid | So earlier this year, I read Daisy Jones & The Six – my first TJR book – and I fell in love. Then I listened to all her other books on audio, even though I’ve had Evelyn Hugo for months, and it’s now the only story of her I haven’t read. I think I was waiting for the hype to die down after seeing this book everywhere in 2018.
Honorable Mention to Sadie by Courtney Summers because I’m determined to listen to the audiobook for this (which I’ve had for almost a year), but I keep doing rereads of Harry Potter, Throne of Glass, or the Grishaverse instead of listening to new books.
I’m still excited to read all of these books – they all have above a 4 star rating, or right at it – so I hope I’ll love them too. I just get so caught up in new arcs or backlists because I like alternating those with new stuff and then I get stuck! But I’m determined to read some of these before the year is over. Wish me luck!