Top Ten Tuesday: Backlist Books I Own (and Still Need to Read)

This is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week, there’s a theme and you choose ten books that fit it. Check out upcoming topics here.


This week is a freebie week, so I decided to pick this topic because…well, it was the first past topic I saw that excited me 😛 This one could go on and on and on, so to help narrow it down to just ten books, I left out classics.

In no particular order…


Vicious (Villains, #1) by V.E. Schwab



Vicious by V.E. Schwab– Oh my gods, I know. I also can not believe I still haven’t read this, ugh. But! I think I’m picking it up later this week, finally!



Uprooted by Naomi Novik




Uprooted by Naomi Novik– Another one that seems to always make lists about books I still haven’t read. Send help.

The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy, #1)



The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden– I think this has made at least one appearance on a list like this, oops. But, I’m probably reading this one soon, too, because it’s giving me super wintry vibes and I’m feeling it.

The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch, #1)



The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco– Ok, this one was on my autumn TBR, I think, but in my defense I didn’t read it because I read her Girl From the Well duology and *loved* them. Highly recommend. This one, I’ll probably get to early in 2019.

The Luminaries




The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton– I picked this up from a bargain bin sometime in 2017, I think, after hearing good things about it. I’m probably saving it for a round of Tome Topple, though, because it’s chunky.

The Essex Serpent



The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry– I think I actually got this at the same time as The Luminaries, also probably on sale (but not in a bargain section because it was quite new still). I’ve heard this is great, so I’m looking forward to reading it soon(ish).

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1)


The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers– I can not believe I still haven’t read this! It kind of disappeared from my line of sight because it somehow got knocked behind other books on the shelf -_- Thanks, cats. Anyway, I finally rediscovered it while making this list, so this is something I hope to read either this month or next.

Fingersmith




Fingersmith by Sarah Waters– This has been on my TBR for years, along wiht some of her other books, but I finally got a copy of this one earlier this year! This one I might save for Tome Topple as well, but we’ll see.



White Teeth




White Teeth by Zadie Smith– I can’t remember how long I’ve had this one (I definitely haven’t had it more than like 18 months), but it’s been on my TBR for a while. Maybe I’ll bump this one up the list for early 2019.

Caraval (Caraval, #1)



Caraval by Stephanie Garber– This one…I want to read it, but I kept putting it off because of some less-than-pleased reviews I saw/read. I’m still waiting for those to fade in my memory so I can hopefully start this with an open mind and no expectations.


What are some backlist books you own but haven’t read yet?

Side note: I am having some serious issues with getting my posts to format properly. I don’t know what is up with this, but I can’t get the spacing to look right. I’m working on it, but I’ve been fighting with this post for two hours now and I am done. Scheduling and stepping away before I scream -_-

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T5W: Books to Read Before 2019

T5W is a weekly meme created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey, now hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. You can check out the goodreads group to learn more.


November 14th: Books You Want to Read Before 2019
–Our Goodreads goals are quickly closing in. What are you prioritizing for the end of the year?

This topic proved to be surprisingly difficult because my reading mood changes so often :/ That said, here are 5 books that, at the time of this writing, I would like to get to before the end of the year.

(I also didn’t include things I’m currently reading, or the books I might try to read during Tome Topple, because I should have a post about TT tomorrow. Hopefully.)

In no particular order…


Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2)

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard– I might have to re-read RQ, but I want to finally finish this series soon. I wanted to finish it this year, but I doubt I’ll get through three of them, so I’ll settle for just book two.

A Map of Days (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #4)

A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs– This was a birthday gift from husband (he knows me so well ❤ ) and I’ve been dying to start it, but NaNoWriMo has taken up too much time so far. But I really want to get to it ASAP.

The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy, #1)

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden– I’ve seen this all over the online bookish community since it came out, but I actually know almost nothing about it. It’s been on my shelf about a year, so hopefully I’ll get to it soon.

I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After

I Hate Fairyland vol. 1: Madly Ever After by Skottie Young– I haven’t heard much about this one, and I think it might have been an impulse buy. I feel like I’m going to be in the mood for something fun and quick to get through soon (post-NaNo de-stressing and the like), and this might be perfect.

Vicious (Villains, #1)

Vicious by V.E. Schwab– Uuuuuggggghhhhh. Yes, I still haven’t read it -_- I honestly was going to last month, but got too busy, and now it’s NaNo month. I might get to it this month, but probably next, honestly. I’m determined to get it off my TBR this year, though.



What are some books you’d like to read before the end of the year?

Fall Bookish Bingo Sign Up

I utterly failed with Summer, so I didn’t even both posting my card (I’m not sure I even got one space, honestly). And, with the reading slump bs, I considered not signing up for the fall round, but I just can’t stay away! I love Bookish Bingo (hosted by Pretty Deadly Reviews), so I have to do it, even if I fail again.


 

Here’s the card for this round:


And here are some of the books I’m thinking of reading:

  • Made into a movie: Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (I actually saw the movie first, years ago, and still haven’t read the book. Oops :/ )
  • Middle grade: City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab (assuming I can get a copy)
  • One word title: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  • History with a twist: The Terror by Dan Simmons
  • Witches: Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
  • Black cover: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux (I’m pretty sure my edition has a black cover, but if now, I have plenty of choices)
  • Space or stars: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
  • Fall release: Vengeful by V.E. Schwab, OR A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs (if I can get one/both of them)
  • Purple cover: The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
  • Legend or myth: The Odyssey by Homer (I’ve been planning to re-read it for ages)
  • Pretty spine: Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  • Less than 300 pages: Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett

Anyone else participating this round?

If you  have any recs for the squares I didn’t list a book for (or even for the ones I did list a book for), please leave them in the comments!

Tome Topple Plans + TBR

I’m kind of addicted to read a thons and reading challenges, but few get me as excited as Tome Topple, and I am so ready (haha, no, I’m not) for the next round!

If you’re not familiar with it, Tome Topple is a read a thon that usually happens a couple times a year(ish) that was created by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes over on YouTube.

Unlike a lot of read a thons, the goal isn’t to read as many books as you can. Instead, it’s to tackle “tomes” (books over 500 pages). Here’s the announcement video for this round if you want to check it out to learn more. There’s also a Tome Topple twitter, and a goodreads group!

This round of Tome Topple begins June 29th and ends July 12th.

Honestly, I’ve kind of failed at Tome Topple in the past :/ But, I’m still going to try this time around, and just hope I make it through at least part of one book by the end. 

There are mini-challenges during Tome Topple, but I don’t know if I’ll do any. I have a couple of books that would count for “part of a series,” and most of them are “adult books,” so I might get to cross off one of those.

I still haven’t decided 100% what my book (or books) will be, but I’ve narrowed it down from a list of like 30 books. I decided to try to only pick a book (or books) that I’ve owned since before this year, and then I narrowed the list down more by figuring out which ones I’ve wanted to read the longest and/or heard the most good about.

That…barely thinned down the list, honestly haha. (I also passed on a couple of non-fiction books I have, but I’ve owned both since last year, so…I might decide to pick one of those up later.)

If you’re doing TT and want to buddy read one of these, let me know! (That’s one of the mini-challenges.)

My TBR Choices

(AKA books I’ll be picking from literally as soon as I start reading, because trying to pick one before that will result in me having no desire to read it by the time the read a thon begins :/ )

 

Kindle books

  • The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
  • A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (a re-read)

 

Physical books

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Villette by Charlotte Brontë; The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri; The Diviners by Libba Bray; The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton


I meant to have this scheduled and posted way earlier today, but stuff came up and I’m only just finishing this post at 9PM, eek. Only three more hours until Tome Topple begins, yay!

Happy reading, and good luck to anyone participating 🙂

Book Blogger Hop: January 12th-18th


Book Blogger Hop

 

This weekly hop is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, featuring a question about books each week. The purpose is to bring bookish bloggers together, basically. To participate, write a post about the question for that week and add your link.

The question this week is: What upcoming titles are looking forward to reading in 2018?

I feel like I could make a really long list if I paid more attention or looked some up. But, one of my 2018 reading resolutions is to read more from my shelves, and not obsessively looking for upcoming releases I even might be interested in kinda goes along with that.

However, there are a few I’ve been anticipating since last year that will be released in the next few months:

 


The Defiant
by Lesley Livingston– I had an ARC of The Valiant last year, and I loved it so much I got the hardcover as soon as it came out. I’ve been anxiously awaiting this sequel, which comes out on January 23rd, ever since ❤

 

 


The Belles
by Dhonielle Clayton– This one, which hits shelves February 6th, has been on my radar for quite a while, and I’ve only heard good things so far, so I’m really excited.

 

 

 

The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace– The second book in the Women Are Some Kind of Magic poetry series (the first being The Princess Saves Herself in This One), comes out March 6th.

 

 

DROPKICKromance by Cyrus Parker– Debut poetry collection from Amanda’s husband, which is also released on March 6th!

 

 


Obsidio
by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff–
I still haven’t read Gemina (oops), but I’m very much looking forward to getting my hands on the third Illuminae Files book, which comes out March 13th.

 

From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon– Last year, I read When Dimple Met Rishi and really enjoyed it (I’m not usually a lover of contemporaries), so I’ll definitely be looking out for this one, which has an expected release date of May 22nd.

 

 


There are probably more that I’ve heard about and thought, “Oh, I want to read that!” but these are the ones that have stuck in my mind the most (and the ones that haven’t already been released this year, because I had 1-2 in mind that have come out this month so far).


What are some books you’re anticipating this year?

Are you looking forward to any of these?

T5W: Books I Didn’t Get to in 2017

T5W is a weekly meme created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey, now hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. You can check out the goodreads group to learn more.

 

January 10th: Books You Didn’t Get to In 2017 
–These are books you didn’t end up getting to in 2017, but really want to prioritize in 2018.

This week, I decided to limit this to 2017 released books that are on my physical shelves. It was still tough to narrow down to just 5 books, though :/

In reverse release date order (most recent first)…


 

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo– I waited all year for this, anxiously counting down the days left before release day. Then I ended up just staring at it and  internally screaming/sobbing while I tortured myself doing NaNoWriMo -_- Soooon, though.

 

 


Spellbook of the Lost and Found
by Moïra Fowley-Doyle–
This is another one I waited all year for (well, half the year, anyway). I think I talked about this book a ton last year, too. I just got distracted from it because of the surgery BS.

 

 

 

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor– Oh look, another book I waited ages for then never read *sigh* Last year was a problem.

 

 

 

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco– I think this one was actual an impulse buy, before I heard anything about it. I still don’t really know anything about it :/ But it’s pretty and I love the title and I can’t wait to read it in the next 5,000 years.

 

 


The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas– *sigh* I wanted to read this one. I really, really did. It just didn’t happen. But as soon as I’m in the mood for something contemporary-ish/realistic fic, I’ll be reaching for it.

 

 


The theme for last year was basically, “Hey! Buy these books you really want to read, then stare at them and cry because you’re not reading them! Doesn’t that sound like fun?”

In case you’re wondering, the answer is

 


Also, hey, look! I actually put my list in an order for once! *gasp*

And I’m gonna shamelessly (well, only slightly shamefully) mention that I finally did some work making featured images. Anyone want to offer an opinion on that? (I welcome criticism!)


What are some books you missed last year, but want to try to read ASAP?

Which of my 5 do you think I should read first?

If you’ve read these, which was your favorite? Least favorite?

Halloween Read-a-thon Sign Up + TBR!

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I just found out about this read a thon yesterday or the 10th, but I’m excited! I wish I’d found it sooner, though, because I could have used my last read (Bird Box) for my choice between like 3 or 4 prompts 😛 Oh well, it’s fine. This will just (hopefully) motivate me to read more of the books I want to read this month anyway.

I’m notoriously awful at sticking to a TBR, so who knows what will happen. These are just the books I’m considering and hoping to read. (The book covers link to goodreads.)

Ok, before I dive in, can I just say how freaking great Lauren’s images are for this challenge? You don’t have to use these, but they’re just too cute not to ❤


About the Read-A-Thon:

(Check out Lauren’s post for all the details.)

💀 The read-a-thon is going to run from the 10th October – 31st October.  

💀 You can join in at any time until the end of the read-a-thon. 

💀 You can read as many or as little books as you want!!!

💀 The books HAVE to be horror, thriller and/or have some kind of supernatural element!! Except for one challenge, but more on that below. I’m sorry if these genres aren’t your cup of tea, but it wouldn’t really be a Halloween themed read-a-thon otherwise.

💀 When posting your TBR link back to this post so other people can join in!! Share the spooky love!! If you don’t have a blog that’s okay!! You can post your TBR on Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, YouTube – ANYWHERE!!

💀 Use the hashtag #HalloweenWR to share your progress on social media!!


The Challenges/My TBR:

 

 

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I’m thinking Abberations (edited by Jeremy C. Shipp) for this one. It’s a collection of short stories from different writers, and I love the cover. Or, I might read Outcast: Vol. 1 by Robert Kirkman because I’d forgotten the cover was creepy until now.

 

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So. Many. Choices! But I’m considering Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill.

 

 

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I actually don’t have a lot of books on my shelves that would work for this, but I’m thinking of reading The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin.

 

 

I do about 90% of my reading at night, so I’m counting pretty much whatever for this one. But, I might add an extra bit of challenge to it and read one of the Goosebumps books I got last month in one night.

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Oh this is soooo easy, and I’ve kind of already done it. In October, I marathon horror and thriller movies every single day. (Not loads every day, but at least one.) But, I’m thinking of doing the extra challenge and reading a book then watching the movie. Possibly The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty.

 

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I think I’m going with Trick for this, but I’m not sure what I’ll read. I’m thinking about This House is Haunted by John Boyne because it’s been on my Kindle for at least a year or two. (If I don’t read and watch The Exorcist, I might use it for this one.)

 

 

I might read 7 books, but I’m not sure I’ll manage 7 that fit this read-a-thon :/ I’m going to try, though!


Let me know if you’re participating in this read-a-thon, too!

Do you have any book recs that would fit any of these challenge categories? I’d love to hear about them 🙂