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

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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 ūüėõ 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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Top 10 Tuesdays: Longest Books I’ve 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.


Bless goodreads for having the option to sort by page count, because without it, I’m not sure I could have answered this week’s question. I really wasn’t sure after the first three because after those, page counts are much closer together.


In order from longest to shortest:

 

The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3)

 

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. TolkienР1,220 pages

 

 

It

 

It by Stephen King– 1,093 pages

 

 

The Mists of Avalon (Avalon, #1)

 

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer-Bradley– 912 pages

 

 

Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest

 

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson– 820 pages

 

 

The Sweet Far Thing (Gemma Doyle, #3)

 

The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray– 819 pages

 

 

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)

 

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. MartinР801 pages

 

 

East of Eden

 

East of Eden by John Steinbeck– 778 pages

 

 

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)

 

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra ClareР768 pages

 

 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)

 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling– 759 pages

 

 

Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)

 

Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer– 756 pages

 

 


What are some of the longest books you’ve read?

Did any of mine make your list as well?

Top 10 Tuesday: Authors I’d Love to Meet

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I’m still not sure if I found this topic easy or difficult, and I couldn’t decide if this list could/should also include deceased authors, so I limited it (just in case) to only those who are still among the living.

I’m using the first book I read by these authors this week because something about grabbing an author’s picture from somewhere online (their site, goodreads, whatever) feels really weird, so… :/

Also, these aren’t necessarily all people who write my all-time favorite books. I based my choices on a combination of enjoying their books and enjoying their posts on social media. (And for a couple, I’ve also seen clips of them speaking at events I believe, and read/heard/seen interviews with them.)

In no particular order… (Ok, except 1 & 2 because there’s a chance I’d sell a piece of my soul to be able to meet them.)


A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)

 

Victoria/V.E. Schwab– Just ‚̧ I don’t think I need to explain this choice.

 

 

Shadow and Bone (Grisha Verse, #1)

 

Leigh Bardugo–¬†*takes breath*¬† *unholy screeching* ‚̧ Leigh might have been the author who really got me into reading YA.

 

 

Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1)

 

Gail Carriger–¬†I couldn’t leave Gail Carriger off this list after she single-handedly saved me from a reading slump. Plus, she’s fabulous.

 

 

Gothic Charm School: An Essential Guide for Goths and Those Who Love Them

 
Jillian Venters– I spent¬†so much time on the Gothic Charm School site in middle and high school, omg. Jillian Venters helped me a lot and she’ll probably never know.

 

 

A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1)


Libba Bray–
Libba Bray is probably tied for the author on this list I’ve wanted to meet for the longest amount of time, because I read AGATB back in high school.

 

 

Fates and Furies

 
Lauren Groff– Lauren Groff makes the list partly because I really enjoyed this book, and partly because of things I’ve seen from recent interviews (I believe).

 

 

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)

 

Victoria Aveyard– I’ve only read RQ, but I follow Victoria Aveyard on social media, and she seems like she’d be fun to chat with.

 

 

If We Were Villains

 

M.L. Rio– I’ve followed M.L. Rio online since well before this book was published, and I think I might pass out if I ever actually met her.

 

 

The Girl from the Well (The Girl from the Well, #1)


Rin Chupeco–
This! Book! I’m still not over it (and the sequel) and I highly recommend it! Rin Chupeco is one of very few horror writers to give me the creeps with a book, and I would love to at least meet her to tell her how much I appreciate that ‚̧

 

Modern Tarot: Connecting with Your Higher Self through the Wisdom of the Cards

Michelle Tea– I might be cheating a bit by adding Michelle Tea to the list, because I’m actually still reading my first book by her. But based on this book (especially some of the anecdotes) and her online presence, I would love to meet her at some point.

 

 

(I didn’t notice until I got to number 9 that all my picks this week are women authors, so that wasn’t actually intentional.)

 

Who are some authors you’d love to meet?

Top 10 Tuesday: Books By My Faves I 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 one was kind of hard for me because I have different kinds of “favorite” authors. Like, there are different levels, and who my favorites are can change depending on the mood I’m in.

Anyway, these 10 books I still haven’t read yet, by some of my favorite authors, in no particular order.


This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)

 

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab– Sooooon! (Probably.)

 

 

Vicious (Villains, #1)

Vicious by V.E. SchwabРLater this week, as soon as I get my copy of Vengeful which came out today, and has hopefully shipped by the time this post goes up!

 

 

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1)

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo– I think I’m only putting off reading this because I don’t want to have zero unread Bardugo books on my shelf while I wait for something new from her.

 

 

Origin (Robert Langdon, #5)

Origin by Dan Brown– Dan Brown is almost a guilty pleasure author for me at this point, if I were the type of person to feel guilty for something I’ve read. I’ve read all his other books and enjoyed them, so I’ll probably read this one eventually.

 

 

Spellbook of the Lost and Found

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by¬†Mo√Įra Fowley-Doyle– I’m not sure if someone can become a favorite author after only one book, but I fell in love with Doyle’s writing in¬†The Accident Season and I can’t wait to get to¬†Spellbook.

 

 

Prudence (The Custard Protocol, #1)

 

Prudence by Gail Carriger– I want it so bad! I love her Parasol Protectorate series, so I’m hoping to also love this one.

 

 

Cold Days (The Dresden Files, #14)

Cold Days by Jim Butcher– I’m like two books behind with The Dresden Files, but I keep waiting to read more until we get a hint for when book 16 will be coming out.

 

 

Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse, #13)

Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris– STILL! Ugh. I’ve read the first 12 Southern Vampire Mysteries, and then I¬†re-read them all, but still haven’t gotten to this one because my copy got destroyed before I could read it -_-

 

 

The Meaning of Liff (Meaning of Liff, #1)

The Meaning of Liff by Douglas Adams– I keep putting off getting a copy of this (and the sequel) because I don’t want to finally reach the end of Adams’s books ūüė¶

 

 

Switch Bitch by Roald Dahl– I really like(d) his children’s books, and I’ve heard his adult short stories are kind of weird and maybe a little dark or twisted? I’m curious, and really want to check them out eventually.

Top 10 Tuesday: Fall 2018 TBR

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Wow, it’s been like 3 months since I did a T10T :/

This week’s topic is books on our fall TBR. I don’t make TBRs. I never stick to them, and they just end up frustrating me and making me feel bad, so I don’t bother. However, I do usually have books in mind that I’d like to read within a certain time period. I might not actually do it, but I try.

So, these are 10 things I’d like to try to get to this season, in no particular order.


Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson– This one sounds perfect for next month, probably between heavier/longer books to lighten things up a bit.

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco– This has been on my shelf an embarrassingly long time :/

Vicious by V.E. Schwab– Another one I should have read ages ago, but I’m only saving it until¬†Vengeful comes out next week, so I’ll hopefully be reading both of them soon.

Asylum by Madeleine Roux– This one is actually my husband’s, but he forgot about it, so…finders keepers?

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury– I finally own it! I’m excited for this one because I remember loving the movie when I was a kid.

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty– I have no excuse for why I still have not read this *sigh*

My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix– I’ve wanted to read this one since it came out, and now I have it! I’m excited because it sounds like something I’ll really enjoy.

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier– I’ve wanted to read this for almost as long as I can remember, so maybe I’ll finally get around to it.

The Suffering by Rin Chupeco– I just realized I have two of her books on this list, but I just read¬†The Girl From the Well and really liked it, so I’m hoping to grab this sequel ASAP.

For my tenth, I’m cheating. Cheating how? By not listing anything specific. My tenth spot is for short stories, mostly of the Victorian and Gothic varieties. I just don’t have any one thing in mind, so… however many short stories I can squeeze in over the next couple of months. Possibly some Gaskell, La Fanu, Poe, Blackwood, etc.


I’m not feeling very well today, so I’m not going in search of covers or trying to take any pictures to add to this. Sorry :/

 

What are some books you’d like to get to this autumn?

Have any spooky book recs you’d like to pass on?

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I Want to Finish

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’s topic is actually supposed to be about series you don’t plan to finish, but I did a Top 5 Wednesday about that recently, so I decided to switch it up and go with series I¬†do want to finish.



Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor– I read the first two books years ago, but that was shortly before the third (and final) book came out. I wasn’t able to get my hands on it, so I never finished the trilogy. Now, I have them all, I just need to re-read one and two, then¬†finally finish the series.

 



All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness–
I think this was a similar situation to DOSAB, and I also finally have all three of these, but need to do a re-read of the first two so I can finish it.

 

 


The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger–
Another series I’ve only read the first two books from (and need to re-read because I’ve forgotten so much), but now own the entire series. I managed to snag most of the series on sale a year or so ago, finally completing my collection, and I’m thinking about finishing this series this summer.

 


The Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver–
I’ve only read the first one, but I really liked it and still want to finish the trilogy. I think the only reason I never did was because my library didn’t have the other two books. Blessedly, I think I remember the first well enough to skip the re-read.

 


The Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard– I’ve only read the first book, but I own the first 3, and now that the last book is out, I want to re-read¬†Red Queen and binge my way through the rest. As soon as I get¬†War Storm.

 

 


The Valiant by Lesley Livingston– Only the first two books are out so far, and I’ve only read the first, but I¬†loved it and I am so excited for this series! I just finally finally finally ordered the sequel,¬†The Defiant, and I can’t wait to dive in after it gets here.

 

 


The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher– This series is still ongoing, and I am a couple books behind, but I love it. It’s one of my favorite Urban Fantasy series, and I’m planning to do a re-read of the series whenever the next book comes out, so I can finally catch back up.

 

 


The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris–
*dramatic sigh* I’ve read all but the 13th–and final–book in the series. I started a re-read at the end of 2017 so I could finally finish it, but my last two books were destroyed (long story) and I still haven’t finished. And of course those are the only two books my library doesn’t have from the series :/

 


Cemetery of Forgotten Books by¬†Carlos Ruiz Zaf√≥n–
I’ve only read¬†The Shadow of the Wind, but I absolutely loved it. Last summer, I scored big-time at a used bookstore when I found the first 3 books, in hardcover, for less than $5 each! I’m really looking forward to a re-read and then finishing this series, but I think there’s actually a fourth book out now, too, so I might wait a bit.

 


The Stacy Justice Mysteries by Barbra Annino– I’ve read the first 3 of these books, I think, and I really liked them. They’re fun paranormal mysteries, and I’m looking forward to finishing the series since I finished collecting the main books.

 

 


Are there any series¬†you really want to finish? Or how about the opposite–series you¬†don’t want to finish?

If you’ve read any of these and think I should prioritize them, let me know ūüôā

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved But Will (probably) Never Re-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.


“Loved” might be a bit strong of a word to describe how I felt about some of these, but they are all books I enjoyed a lot when I read them. Disclaimer, though: some of these were read 10-15 years ago, so I have no clue how I’d feel about them today.

These are in no particular order, as usual.


 

White Oleander by Janet Fitch– I think I read this is…7th or 8th grade? I really loved it back then, but now I honestly don’t really remember much about it, and I doubt I’ll ever re-read it.

 

 

 

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven– I think about this one sometimes, still, but I’m not sure it’s a book I’ll be revisiting. Maybe, but it will definitely not be anytime soon.

 

 

 

East of Eden by John Steinbeck– This chunky read was a favorite of mine…last year, I think. But, because of the size and pace, it’s one I probably won’t read again.

 

 

 


This is Where it Ends
by Marieke Nijkamp– I remember loving this, and I think I read it in like a day, but it isn’t a book I feel like I’ll pick up over and over.

 

 

 

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold– Another throwback to my middle school days. Loved it back then, but I don’t remember much about it now, and I don’t think I’d like it nearly as much if I were to read it again.

 

 

 

 

 

The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery– I loved this book when I read it last year, but it doesn’t really feel like a re-readable book. Maybe, but it’s probably not one¬†I’ll be re-reading.

 

 

 

One for the Money by Janet Evanovich– I never read more than the first maybe 4 of the Stephanie Plum books, but I really enjoyed them. It’s been so long since I read one, I can’t really remember what was going on, but even if I pick the series up again, I doubt I’ll re-read first because I feel like these are books that you can just go back to, even if the details from earlier books are fuzzy in/gone from your memory.

 

 

 

Bird Box by Josh Malerman– I read and loved this one last year, but I can’t see myself re-reading it. I feel like a lot of mystery, horror, and thriller books would be that way for me, because the suspense is gone. Unless I’ve literally forgotten everything about the book.

 

 

 

Yes Please by Amy Poehler– This books was so much fun and I loved it, but I don’t think I’m going to be re-reading this (or any other) memoir. I still look at some of my marked quotes and stuff sometimes, though.

 

 

 

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde– I love Oscar Wilde, and I enjoyed this a lot, but it’s probably never getting a re-read from me. (I would love to see it performed, though.)

 

 


What are some books you loved but probably won’t read again?