Raise your hand if you have a slight TBR pile problem!
And by “slight” I mean “ginormous and terrifying”. And by “problem” I mean “an actual mountainous hazard that is probably going to fall on your head and reduce you to an unattractive pancake”.
Are you raising your hand? Are you raising both hands? YOU’RE IN GOOD COMPANY.
Apparently reading 200 books in 2016 did absolutely NOTHING for my TBR pile. This could be because (A) I acquire books faster than I can read them and whose brilliant plan was that, I don’t know; (B) I read so many library books and ignore books I own for no actual reason; and (C) there are seventy gazillion books out there I am desperate to read and yet publishing keep coming out with more??? They know no chill??? HOW DO I KEEP UP. *
Plus I get distracted. I pick up a book and then —
I AM SUDDENLY READING SOMETHING ELSE ENTIRELY.
Today I’m listing 10 books I have not devoured yet and I’m mildly ashamed. They’ve been on my TBR for a while and I AM THE WORST. I’m trying to get my dog to read them and just give me a ruff ** outline of the stories so I can get through them faster, but he REFUSES TO HELP. He just chews up my carpet and sleeps all day. Truly disgraceful worth ethic.
I’m linking up with Top Ten Tuesday for their prompt “2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To” except I’m not limiting myself to 2016 releases. For goodness sakes, 2003 is still glaring at me. 1884 is probably mad at me too. LOOK I NEED MORE EYEBALLS SO I CAN READ EVERYTHING.
* Spoiler: I don’t keep up. I have a blog and I whinge about drowning in books to you. Honestly if I was on top of my TBR what would I even have to blog about??? #hardtruths
** GET IT?? BECAUSE HE’S A DOG?? Ruff = rough. I’m so punny it’s amazing.
1. WOLF BY WOLF BY RYAN GRAUDIN
Literally every time I do a post about “HEY HERE’S A LIST OF BOOKS I’M ASHAMED I HAVEN’T READ YET” this goes on the top. At least 4 people have glared at me about it. Maybe even 5. I don’t even have a reason for not reading it except (A) it’s become a habit not to, and (B) if I don’t like it at least 4 if not 5 people will attempt to murder me probably by running me over on a very fast bicycle in honour of the book’s aesthetic.
THIS UNREAD BOOK MAKES MY LIFE COMPLICATED.
But rest assured I will read it in 2017!
2. THE ROSE AND THE DAGGER BY RENEE AHDIEH
I haven’t read this purely for my FEAR OF SEQUELS. What if they kill everything I love??? What if my ship doesn’t toot toot and sail into the sunset??? What if the ending is anti-climatic??? What if it doesn’t live up to the 5-stars I gave The Wrath and the Dawn??? MY EXPECTATIONS ARE SO HIGH I’M PANICKING.
Also Shazi is just staring at me and judging me and I’m feeling attacked right now. Look I came here to have a good time and it’s not happening.
3. SHADOW QUEEN BY CJ REDWINE
Okay can we just take a moment to admire this author’s name!??! Because it is epic fantasy author name material. I blame my parents for calling me CAIT when I want to write about DRAGONS. Clearly they didn’t take my future career aspirations into consideration. #disappointed
But onwards! I’m embarrassed because the sheer number of photos I’ve taken of this book is actually ridiculous. AND YET I HAVEN’T READ IT?!?! It is a well worn, well petted, well photographed book that is completely unread. Bookstagram makes my life weird. (And I love it.)
It apparently has dragons and it’s a fairy tale retelling and I AM INSUFFERABLY IN LOVE WITH THE COVER so you can bet your bottom dollar * I’m going to read it this year. **
* Actually bet all your money and then watch your coins pack their bags and leave you for dead because I’m so horrendous with my TBR at this point that I spend more time swimming in books than actually fixing my problems. If you bet money I’ll read a book, you probably will lose money is what I’m saying.
** Also FYI that was an Annie musical reference. BOOM.
4. THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY BY GENEVIEVE COGMAN
I feel really dumb for not reading this yet. It’s about libraries??? What could go wrong??? *
I don’t know what’s going on with my life choices either but I need to read this ASAP. Hopefully it has tips on how to either (A) control your TBR so it doesn’t animate and murder you in the night for neglecting it or (B) discover immortality so TBRs are no longer an issue.
* Actually everything could go wrong if I HAD WRITTEN IT. Did I tell you about the time I wrote a book about a library where everyone got murdered by an anxious ghost with separation anxiety? It was a great book.
5. NORA & KETTLE BY LAUREN NICOLLE TAYLOR
This is a Peter Pan retelling which is 100% of the reason I bought it. Also because Shannon swears it’s amazing and I always listen to Shannon. (We all should, to be honest.) The reason I haven’t read it yet is…THERE IS NO REASON.
6. THE MIRROR KING BY JODI MEADOWS
I specifically wanted to read this straight after I finished The Orphan Queen so I didn’t forget literally everything, as is my hobby. Guess what? I read The Orphan Queen back in May. MAY. That is over 6 months and I have forgotten everything and basically what is my life and what are my choices.
The cover, though, is a gorgeous combination of colours although I hope they don’t have to stab any evil in those cloaks because they will actually tangle themselves and die. BUT AESTHETICS BEFORE SENSIBILITY.
7. SOLDIER BY JULIE KAGAWA
This is the 3rd book in the Talon series, which not a lot of people like…but I do??? Because dragons?? I need no other reason. (The love triangle is, however, ticking me off, and if I set fire to the sun at any point soon you’ll know it’s because I lost my patience.) So it’s been over a YEAR since I read a book in this series and I’VE FORGOTTEN EVERYTHING BUT DON’T FEEL LIKE RE-READING. So this book is smouldering (#punny) alone on my TBR in its fashionable chainmail. I need to read it.
8. STARS ABOVE BY MARISSA MEYER
It’s been out a full year! How do I call myself a hardcore Lunartic and haven’t read it yet?!? I mean, this is probably because it’s not crucial to the series, since it’s a collection of novellas. But apparently there’s a wedding in here and I need to know if it’s the exciting kind of wedding where EVERYONE GETS ATTACKED AND DIES (my kind of wedding) and I also need to know who gets married. Hopefully it’s Wolf and Scarlet so they can raise little Woflet puppy childs.
Could someone just chain me to my kindle so I get this done?
9. WEIGHT OF FEATHERS BY ANNA-MARIE MCLEMORE
I really love magical realism which was the #1 reason I acquired this…but read it? HA NO. I’ve had it for nearly a year and it just languishes around on my TBR until I require a red-spine for some #bookstagram photoshoot.
I actually am suddenly desperate to read it because this author is ON FIRE WITH WRITING SO MANY THINGS and her second book When the Moon Was Ours sounds amazing, and her 3rd book’s cover is so insufferably beautiful I want to eat it. I must justify buying them by reading this first.
I JUST NEED MORE TIME, SIRS.
10. GEMINA BY AMIE KAUFMAN AND JAY KRISTOFF
This has only been out a month or two, so really, in the whole scheme of things IT ISN’T THAT MUCH OF A SHAME. However. I re-read Illuminae just before Gemina released so I’d be all ready. So it is kind of a mortal shame that I EVEN PREPARED FOR THIS BUT STILL DIDN’T GO THROUGH WITH IT.
(Also Jeann keeps glaring at me. I’LL GET TO IT SOON I SWEAR.)
I love this series. I should have read the sequel as soon as it was in my hands. But can you blame my damaged soul?? Will I ever be ready for the new onslaught of feels torture?? No.
I’m also a little worried AIDAN the psycho computer system won’t feature. And then what will be my life??? I’M ONLY HERE FOR AIDAN.