It’s that time of year when I dramatically fling myself upon the table and confess I am so so behind on my TBR pile.
And then at least four and a half of you kindest readers pretend to be shocked. The rest of you are just sighing and saying, “SURPRISE WOW CAIT.” Look, ok fine,
all the time sometimes I collect more books than common sense. Other times they just manifest in my room. That’s not my fault. I swear the library books follow me home.
I also have realised I’m very bad at time-awareness and keep thinking I can do 3 hours of reading in 15 minutes. So odd that this doesn’t work????
I did a similar post to this in 2017 and listed 15 books I should’ve read! GUESS WHAT. Looking back?! I realised I have now read…6 of them. Lmao. Can someone just…roll my body into the sea? I’m 3/4 there already.
➸ ok last year I confess to procrastinating all ebooks because I’m SO SICK of reading on my iPod screen and turning a page every. five. seconds. (But I now have a kindle!! For the first time ever!!! So this should improve!!)
➸ I felt like a beaten egg in 2018 and my brain couldn’t handle epic fantasy. So my list of fantasies is very tol. It is yelling at me.
➸ I am scared of books over 400+ pages. WHEN WILL I GROW OUT OF THIS FEAR ERMGHSGHS.
➸ I get sent a lot of unsolicited ARCs and they mount up.
➸ SOMETIMES I’M SUPPOSED TO WRITE BOOKS MYSELF. THIS TAKES MORE THAN 15 MINUTES TOO. SO RUDE.
➸ If I go into a library, I walk out with 10 more books than I should have taken. My ARCs threaten a divorce.
➸ MOOD READER. Blame it for everything else.
➸ how do I read 200 books a year and yet I’m still behind?????
so onto a list of 10 books I should’ve read last year but…oh no.
[Top Ten Tuesday ~ Books I Meant to Read In 2018 but Didn’t Get To]
I love Nevernight. Love it. I even reread it in preparation for tackling Godsgrave and then I just…didn’t.
Ok aside from the fact it’s huge and I was mentally exhausted last year, I know it’s going to absolutely murder my feels!! I KNOW IT’S BRUTAL. I have seen the piles of slain readers all over twitter and my thinking is: Wait till Darkdawn is out. Be killed ONCE by two books. That’s smart. I am smart.
I actually got sent a surprise ARC of this!! which is…an intense honour. But I’m also frustrated, because I knew I’d need it on audiobook (saves me from getting overwhelmed at the fact it’s 170 years long) and I wish the ARC could’ve gone to someone who really wanted it.
I meant to read the ARC anyway but then I went away for a month too. Dude.
Also why is it so ugly. My bookstagram account is coughing up blood just from looking at it.
I got sent the whole series from Bloomsbury with the new covers and I HATE MYSELF RIGHT NOW. I NEEDED TO HAVE READ THEM. It’s just one thing lead to another and I turned into a tree and moulted leaves for 5 months and these books stayed unread.
I swear…this year??? is the year??? I become a human???
They’re also genderbent Robin Hood I think which seems fun.
All I can say is…I have nothing to say. It sounds thoroughly like a ME book, with people who murder supernatural creatures and sell their body parts on ebay. Or ok fine it doesn’t say “ebay”. Maybe Etsy. I don’t know where the supernatural murderers hang out.
It fell prey to (1) wrong mood, and (2) being an ebook, excuse its poor soul.
This is like illness and sisters and CLASSICAL mUSICIANS and the list of reasons I should love it could reach up taller than me. And then slap me. But anyway. I actually even have the author’s second book as an eARC too lmao maybe I will read IT on time!! But this one is a bought one, so I feel slightly less guilty.
(Also the blue/green naked spine is AMAZING for my bookstagram rainbows. Shhh. I am not shallow.)
I got this as an Owlcrate book! Everyone I’ve heard of who’s read it said, “Wow I didn’t expect to ADORE this so so much!!” Which leaves me promising 15 x a week I will read it too!!
Have I?!!! No!!!!
This falls in the same shame-pile as Godsgrave. It is EVERYTHING I know I’ll love. But my brain just wasn’t coordinated enough to accept that words on the page actually mean things. 2019 will be different. (SHE SAYS VALIANTLY BUT PROBABLY LIES.)
Also 100% of the reason I bought this was because of twitter freaking out how excellent it is! Just in case you want to know if you’re blogger-recommendations mean something. They do.
Another ebook that is looking at me reproachfully while I scramble madly through my pockets for reasons to give. Although in my defence it’s also the title of this REALLY annoying hymn and every time I think of it, the hymn starts playing in my head round and round. That’s a carousel I need to throw msyelf off, necks broken or not.
Book: hi I am–
Me: I cAN’T LOOK AT YOU WHILE YOU’RE WEARING THAT
I think this came out in January, which makes no sense why I haven’t read it because everyone knows January lasts 17 years. But again: it’s fantasy. Otherwise it has like sUPER COOL female Vikings and I follow the author on instagram and she’s so nice!!
I love how nice authors always write the murder books.
I will read this one this year or DIE TRYING.
I’m not actually sure why I requested this one on Netgalley, but I DID. Then I wandered away like the hyperactive squirrel I am. It sounds like a contemporary I’ll love (not-really-bad-boys doing community service, for starters, is a huge yes after I loved Letters To The Lost so much).
Also I have, um, guilt issues, because the title is literally SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME and I freaking forgot it was on my kindle.
I need life help.
➸ HONOURABLE MENTIONS
(because I hate myself apparently and this is a post of SHAME)…(But also I swear I’m going to read this entire list this year. I swear it grrr.)