I’m coming up on my one year blogaversary, which is definitely making me a little reflective. Coincidentally, Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday topic was perfect for a bit of reminiscing. In this post I’ll be discussing books on my TBR since PB (pre blogging). All of these books have been haunting my Goodreads prior to September 1, 2015; and I really need to find them a home on the ‘read’ shelf. In the process of going through 600 potential options, I settled on these ten. I was extremely excited for all, and consequently remorseful to see them stuck in the same position as 1+ years ago. Here’s to spurring me into action! So without further ado…let’s cut to the books!
1.A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Throne of Glass has far outpaced this bookworms ability to reach the current novel. Unfortunately, I’ve known this fact for a long time. But the best alternative for a hype-lover? Put Sarah J. Maas’s next series on my TBR pre release, where it can stare into my soul. What I did not anticipate? My reader DNA not caring if an unread book haunts me for eternity. Pretty obvious, considering I put A Court of Thorn and Roses on my Goodreads shelf two years ago. Back in the days when it had not a cover or a title, and only an author line. Since I haven’t picked it up at this point, I seriously doubt it will ever happen. I had hoped the positive reviews of second novel ACOMAF would spur me to action, but no such luck. Of course, I know as soon as series #3 is announced I’ll jump right on it…
2.Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony
The idea behind Chopsticks is literally the coolest. It has no words, relying entirely on detailed illustrations to convey the story. Not only is that super innovative, but Jessica Anthony managed to execute the idea to perfection. Or so I’ve heard. I can’t actually confirm it because I never got around to reading the book. Despite being pumped for this breed of storytelling to enter fruition, I felt no urgency to pick it up. This is largely because wordless books were supposed to become THE trend of 2014. I thought that, soon enough, each publisher would push out a handful of these stories per year. They would become a plague, much like adult coloring books. Of course that never happened, and I’m left with what could have been. Moral of the story: don’t listen to famous reviewers; unless that happens to be me one day 😉
3.The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Maggie Stiefvater is the queen of purple prose. Her claim to fame is actually beautiful writing, of which I’m sure I would love forever. Not that I’m likely to find out, so long as I keep putting off her books. Excuses, excuses, I know; but I can’t find the drive to read The Raven Boys, Shiver, or The Scorpio Races. In particular I’ve heard amazing things about the former, and would love to check it out. However I was also informed it’s very heavy on the magical realism elements: which is typically a non-starter for me. Recently though I’ve read two, really amazing, stories in that genre (Bone Gap and The Lost & Found) which have reinvigorated my interest. At this point I’m debating whether I would rather hold out for Stiefvater’s new series, or (knowing my track record), just go for it. What are your guys’ opinions? Which of her books is best for starting out with?
4.The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Patrick Ness is one of my favorite authors, counted on to provide me with books I’m sure to love. Of course, when I make this claim, other readers naturally wonder why I have yet to read his most notable work: The Knife of Never Letting Go. To which I would say; it’s a long story. I started the first book in his trilogy during the middle of an extended reading slump. Unable to focus on anything of substance, I quickly abandoned the novel for shorter fare. I then returned to Chaos Walking at a later date, but could not get past the unique dialogue and world. At this point I had severe dystopian burnout, so that gripe was totally based on me personally. After all that I had a hard time justifying returning to the book for a third time, but who knows? Maybe it’s the charm. Now that I’m in the mood for more sci-fi yet again, I think it’s finally time I buckle down and commit.
5.Vicious by V.E. Schwab
I absolutely love V.E. Schwab’s The Archived duology, and am extremely interested in her adult fiction chops. I’ve read nothing but stellar reviews of both Vicious and A Darker Shade of Magic, yet routinely put off reading them. I think it’s because they fall outside my typical perimeters of YA exclusives, that they just don’t spring to mind. However I need to make it a priority to see they find their way to my “read” shelf, stat. Even better? If I hurry and read the first two books, I’ll be caught up in time to see the conclusion to Shades of Magic drop. The only question left is whether I want to start with the aforementioned trilogy, or pick up standalone Vicious. Decision, decisions. Right now I’m leaning towards the latter, as I love a good anti hero story and single novels are my jam. Let me know in the comments though what you guys think of each.
6.The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
The idea behind The Winner’s Curse is innovative in all the right ways, providing a much needed spin on your run-of-the-mill dystopian. Unfortunately, it also came out in a year when the aforementioned formula for YA was being replicated tenfold. I couldn’t stand it any longer, and largely stopped reading books with buzz words like “rebellion” or “Katniss inspired”. Thus explaining why Marie Rutkoski’s commercially, and critically, beloved trilogy never made it anywhere for me. I would love to remedy that though, and let loose these beautiful covers into my life. I somehow managed to remain unspoiled on the ending, so it would be just like a new release, right?
7.Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
Never having read a book translated to English before, I was very curious about what made Ruby Red so special. It’s a hard feat for a foreign novel to pick up mainstream notoriety, and I needed to investigate further. Obviously I never did, and here it resides on this list. To say I’m still interested though? Now that would be an understatement. It’s less that I find the storyline so one of a kind, and more of an attraction to what drew other readers to it. What made Kerstin Gier succeed where others failed? I don’t know! And the only way to find out for myself is to actually read the book. You know, just in case I ever try to make it big writing in Germany 😉 I can’t see myself picking up this story anytime soon, but there’s definitely an interest for the future.
8.Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Morgan Matson shot onto the YA scene at about the same time I became a reading fiend. However our paths didn’t cross until 2014, when I really took an interest in contemporaries. As one of the most recognizable faces in the genre, her name came up a lot in conversation. So, in eager anticipation, I marked her most recent release, Since You’ve Been Gone, on my TBR. But by virtue of various factors, I never actually read it. I heard from many reviewers that the pacing was stunted (and ain’t nobody got time for that), and also suffered from an alienating cast. Two huge red flags for me, in one book. Though I no longer plan on reading this, I felt it deserved a shout out based on the tremendous excitement I had. I am open to reading The Unexpected Everything though, so let me know opinions!
9.Panic by Lauren Oliver
Each of Lauren Oliver’s new books seems to get progressively worse reviews, with 2014 release Panic being no exception. However I can’t close the door on one of my former favorite authors, as well as a book that sounds so promising! Though many a reviewer has mentioned its flaws, I feel an intense pull to see for myself. Until I can do that I fear I’ll constantly be returning to Oliver’s stories, just waiting to be spurred. There’s also the off chance Panic stirs something so emotional in me, that I simply ignore the technical shortcomings (rare, but possible). If I’m to have a healthy bookworm to book relationship I need to read this, and time is of the essence! Do you guys ever feel a need to close one literary door…by reading said literature? Strange, but sometimes that’s what I have to do.
10.The Young Elites by Marie Lu
My story with The Young Elites is a sad, sad tale very similar to that of the Chaos Walking trilogy. I picked up the first book in the middle of a reading slump, couldn’t get through it, never tried again. Which is really a shame, because I think I would love this story! Not that Marie Lu’s debut, Legend, wasn’t enjoyable, but it definitely aired more by way of commercial success than literary prowess. If Lu could just take that ‘edge of your seat’ action she writes so well, and infuse it in an edgier storyline? A lethal combination for reader addiction. I’ve also heard amazing things about her characters in this series; how she takes them off the beaten path to deeper reflection. Similar have really been hits with me (Six of Crows and Wolf By Wolf to name a few), so I know this is exactly the kind of book I’ve been searching for. The only question now? How fast can the library get it to me?
What books have been haunting your TBR? Any on this list you highly recommend? Let me know in the comments!
-Keep Calm and Read On