I’m noramlly not a big TBR person, because I’m usually a mood reader and the self-imposed pressure of reading a certain book in a timeframe that I might not actually want to read stresses me out. Which I why in 2020 I started (and really enjoyed) doing a yearlong TBR of some books that have been on my shelves for way too long.
This year I chose 18 books that I want to read before the year is over. Again, I haven’t really chosen when I’m going to pick each title up, but I think I’ve given myself plenty of time to reach for whatever genre when the mood strikes.
But best laid plans and all, I only ended up picking up a fraction of the books. And this is why I don’t do TBR! If you want to see the full list of books I planned to read to read (but mostly ultimately didn’t get to) check out my TBR posts.
I thought I’d share some of my favorite quotes from the books and a brief few thoughts to try and hook new readers!
Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson | ★★★★★
“Sadness is only something that’s part of you. Grief becomes you; it wraps you up and changes you and makes everything – every little thing – different than it was before.”
“I think the rest of the world is not as cold and lonely a place as you think. At least I have to hope.”
“I don’t care if there are cracks in us, we are still us. We don’t have to be perfect to be right.”
“No one wants to disappear. Words made things real, and they last so much longer than we do.
So, for the record, here are the things I want to be real. And I hope that words are enough to make them that way”
I think that weird time-stories might be one of my favorite subgenres of Sci-Fi, and I really love multi-generational family stories as well. This is definitely a story that made me cry and I loved it for that.
When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore | ★★★★★
“When they both realized they were heartbroken enough to want the love torn from their rib cages, they touched each other with their hands and their mouths, and they forgot they wanted to be cured.”
“The difference between baptism and drowning is a few faithless breaths.”
“They’re expected to forget everything they knew about being anything other than what they’re supposed to be.”
AM’s books are always so powerful and make me so emotional, and this was no exception. I laughed, I cried, I felt a lot of things.
A Million Junes by Emily Henry | ★★✰✰✰, DNF
“Letting go is not forgetting. It’s opening your eyes to the good that grew from the bad, the life that blooms from decay.”
“Grief is an unfillable hole in your body. It should be weightless, but it’s heavy. Should be cold, but it burns. Should, over time, close up, but instead it deepens.”
“To love a handful of people very well, that’s a good life.”
I tried reading this was just not in the mood so I had to put it down after about 100 pages. But this is one of the instances where I do intend to pick up a DNF’d book again.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn | ★★★★★
“There’s a difference between really loving someone and loving the idea of her.”
“It’s a very difficult era in which to be a person, just a real, actual person, instead of a collection of personality traits selected from an endless Automat of characters.”
This is another one that I had on my radar for years and finally picked up. Believe the hype, it was twisty and thrilling ride – engaging from the very first page.
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett | ★★★✰✰ (3.5 Stars)
“It may help to understand human affairs to be clear that most of the great triumphs and tragedies of history are caused, not by people being fundamentally good or fundamentally bad, but by people being fundamentally people.”
“The future came and went in the mildly discouraging way that futures do.”
“If you want to imagine the future, imagine a boy and his dog and his friends. And a summer that never ends.”
“Potentially evil. Potentially good, too, I suppose. Just this huge powerful potentiality waiting to be shaped.”
I was nervous about this as someone who doesn’t always love religious tones and themes in my fiction, but the humor in this was so wonderfully dry and pointed. I had a blast with the audiobook.
Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff | ★★★✰✰
“The world is under no obligation to be sane or orderly.”
“It’s hazardous, though, being that much to someone. When you’re the yardstick that everything else is measure against, eventually, you just fail.”
“I start, because if I don’t, then everything just stays the same.”
While every short tory I’ve read from Brenna Yovanoff has been five stars, this one was just okay for me. I did like the blend of speculative and reality, but the romance was a bit much for me.
Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson | ★★✰✰✰
“Honor from death,” I snap, “is a myth. Invented by the war torn to make sense of the horrific. If we die, it will be so that others may live. Truly honorable death, the only honorable death, is one that enables life.”
“I loved and lost and survived.”
I was bored for 90% of this, so that did not bode well for my enjoyment. I found the worldbuilding lacking and was constantly frustrated by the characaters.
Have you read any of these? What books are you planning on reading this year?