In a shocking turn of events, I’m hopelessly behind on my TBR pile.
And look! There is 2018, looming ominously in the distance. I keep seeing people reviewing 2018 books and then I think, “Woah that’s a bit intense to be reviewing so early!” Only to…realise…it’s in less than 30 days. Well wow I need to sit down.
Now I’m not as behind on my TBR as I have been in decades and universes past, but, I’m still substantially panicking. Although, honestly panicking about your TBR pile is about 87% of the book blogger life, so I’m just keeping with our community theme here.
In honour of myself screaming into the void at least four times an hour, I decided it’d be great to do a post of some books I really really really should’ve read by now but…I haven’t. At all! Not even a little bit! Somehow I’ve read 240+ books this year and still feel monstrously behind! Wow!
And before we all pause to eat some comforting gingerbread and cry into the carpet, I want to give a list of
excuses reasons why I’ve probably not read these books yet.
- I’m procrastinating reading that book because it’s HUGE. And I’m a self-confessed avoider of intense life commitments. Big books scare the heck out of me. If it’s over 400 pages then I’m nervously climbing a wall to escape.
- I’ve heard it’s bleh and have lost all motivation to read it. This is what happens when you request books without reading other reviews first. #WhyWontILearn
- I’m a mood reader and the mood is not here. The stars aren’t aligned. The moon isn’t fall. My werewolf status isn’t activated. The correct sacrifices haven’t been made. I JUST DON’T FEEL LIKE READING IT RIGHT NOW.
- It was sent unsolicited so I’m cautious. Sometimes I get sent books I know I won’t like, but I still feel obligated to try them?! Or I could, you know, procrastinate them for 599 years.
- I bought it but I’m too busy with ARCs to get a chance to read it. THIS IS LIKE 90% OF MY LIFE. UGH. Plus I always feel more pressure to enjoy a book when it was frikkin $30 because I’m NOT RICH and it burns me deep in my soul to waste money on bad books. So I should just not read it and therefore never know. #BookwormLogic
- It’s a sequel and I don’t remember the first book. This is much life all the time.
- I keep forgetting about it. Ha this sounds so bad oh wow. Excuse me.
I’m sure I’m still an inspiration to us all and not a pile of confused rocks. So here we go with some books I really should’ve read this year but haven’t!
You know how much of an obsessed Shadowhunter fan I am?!? Because I KIND OF AM. And yet here sits this book and I, staring coldly at each other. I mean for goodness sakes, it came out in 2016.
WHY HAVEN’T I READ IT YET: OK true story. The cover is intense and freaking me out and I put it behind my bookshelf and then forgot about it. I am not proud.
I heard this was like National Treasure? I THINK???? I can’t even remember, why are people expecting me to remember ugh.
WHY HAVEN’T I READ IT YET: Honestly the title just makes it sound like non-fiction in the USA right now so that’s awkward. And also no one has talked about it AT ALL?! I’m overall unenthused for no good reason.
I absolutely ADORE the cover and title of this.
WHY HAVEN’T I READ IT YET: I legit have no idea what it’s about ha haha ha. I’m pretty sure at one point I did know? But my brain is very tired and delicate and stressed out at least 25 hours per day (which is impossible but that doesn’t stop me) so I’ve forgotten. You know swiss cheese with all the holes? That’s my aesthetic.
Is it just me or does this sound like a serial killer book. ANYWAY.
WHY HAVEN’T I READ IT YET: Same as above…I forgot what it was about. So it’s mostly just been sitting on my kindle judging me. Also I think I lowkey assumed it was an Alice in Wonderland retelling but IT IS NOT. WAY TO GO CAIT.
I was originally totally HOOKED by this title because it sounds kind of mystical and has that whole “death in paradise” vibe, because, ya know?!? The biblical Eden and all that?! SO KEEN. WHATEVER HAPPENED.
WHY HAVEN’T I READ IT YET: Firstly (a) I saw a lot of low starred reviews. And then I forgot and thought it was dystopian (it’s epic fantasy?) and I’ve gotten to the point where if I see a dystopian I start screaming and eating brick walls. It’s a bit messy.
I was so excited for this one because it’s about immigration and the cover is fabulous.
WHY HAVEN’T I READ IT YET: I DON’T KNOW. I HAVE NO ANSWER. I’M ASHAMED. It came out in frikkin’ February, Cait, no one here is impressed with your terrible organisational book review skills.
I actually heard this had a Raven Cycle vibe?!? And I am so here for witchy families and magical realism and the fantastic oranges of that cover.
WHY HAVEN’T I READ IT YET: Actually the honest (awkward?!) truth is I saw the author ranting about another author I really love on twitter and it really turned me off. Am I wrong? Is she wrong? DOES IT EVEN MATTER? Who knows. But this is 500% the reason I haven’t read it yet.
Ohhhh wow this came out in March. Um, OKAY WHERE IS THE CORNER OF SHAME THAT I MIGHT GO TO IT.
WHY HAVEN’T I READ IT YET: I’m a bit over fairy tales honestly. The same thing just keeps getting done over and over and the only thing I’m interested on repeat is me + toasted cheese sandwiches.
Look I adore Neal Shusterman?!? And I’m putting this on the list even though it’s a 2016 book BECAUSE I’M THAT ASHAMED OF MYSELF RIGHT NOW.
WHY HAVEN’T I READ IT YET: Earlier this year I was contacted by the author’s publicist to help do a promotion and they were like: “Oh we’ll send you a signed hardcover!” To which I was like “OMG” because I’m very intelligent and professional. I mean. I do have an eARC though, but you know?!? Hardcover!! Signed!! Ah!! Anyway least to say it never came and they don’t respond to emails and like, it’s okay, that indoor ocean of tears isn’t mine. (I still really really need to read this. Everyone rates it 5-stars?! I’ve got no true excuse, just bitter disappointment.)
I loved To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before even though it is a bunch of fluff. But there is CAKE and I’m so invested in the ship I actually got very stressed out and had to go watch a dragon blowing something up to calm down.
WHY HAVEN’T I READ IT YET: See aforementioned how STRESSED I am over my ship. So just read it, right?! I have the 3rd book too. I have no reason not to finish this trilogy this year. Except I’M STRESSED. MY SHIP NEEDS TO JUST KISS AND SAIL. WHO EVEN AM I TO BE SO INVOLVED UGH.
11. SHADOW QUEEN
Again this is a 2016 book just to show you how terrible I am. But this is, I am not even exaggerating, one of my MOST photographed books on bookstagaram of ever. It’s perfect for rainbows! The cover is gorgeous! The MAP is my actual true love and I would marry it at dawn. But have I read it???? No.
WHY HAVEN’T I READ IT YET: Honestly I photograph it so much I will feel betrayed and BITTER if I hate it. So I’m just going to pocrastinate forever. (At least this isn’t an ARC haha haha. #Still #Dead.)
This came out in January this year. Nice, Cait. Again I bought this one so I don’t feel that guilty but also…why.
WHY HAVEN’T I READ IT YET: Actually…now this is like a dark confession…but I haven’t craved fantasy as much lately?!? I just haven’t been in the right mood for it.
I feel so guilty right now ohhhhh my bad. 2016. TWENTY SIXTEEN.
WHY HAVEN’T I READ IT YET: I read so many bad reviews AND it’s long AND I still don’t really know what it’s about AND I think someone said it had incest? Look unless you’re Game of Thrones and have dragons to distract me from how hard I’m side-eying you right now…please don’t do this.
This one I bought so I don’t feel bad so much as just confused. I love pirates. I love kings. I love female-Jack-Sparrow-esque people. I love that someone spilt their jammy scone on the cover or wAIT IS THAT BLOOD OMG—-
WHY HAVEN’T I READ IT YET: One of those “oh I’ll get to it later” while I desperately cry and read ARCs instead. Also a lot of people have said it was meh so way to go crushing my dreams, you rainbow killers.
Mulan retelling but set in Japan?! And I got it in a book subscription box I had for review so that was a huge fortunate thing because #broke #constantly.
WHY HAVEN’T I READ IT YET: Well I heard a lot of reviews that said it was slow and…I don’t even have an attention span anymore. I swear when people chirp on about “oh when you’re an adult you’ll answer the phone without screaming and you’ll cook and you’ll have a better attention span!” WERE ALL FREAKING LIARS. I CAN’T DO ANY OF THAT. My attention span is less than when I was 12. It’s a problem. Anyway I still do want to read this but please [insert distracted emotional distress here].