Hello fellow bookworms ⭐ Today, I’m kind of exposing myself by talking about all the books that are still on my Physical TBR 😂This year, I was supposed to participating the #StartOnYourShelfathon, which is hosted by CW over at thequietpond, however I have been abysmal at reading my owned books 😅 Between getting access to a new digital library (yay!) and trying out a Scribd free trial they offered in April, I have been indulging in all the shiny e-books and not paying much attention to the books I actually own physically. My plan to really catch up with the reading challenge as soon as I graduated … have kind of failed (This was FOUR months ago 😱) That’s why today I’m holding myself accountable by talking about the 35 Books that are still on my TBR! I would like to read as many of them as possible because I kind of miss reading physical books after indulging in all the e-books. I’m not going to talk about the e-books that I own (I got a Kindle for my birthday), but I might make a separate post for that!
The books on my physical TBR that I have actually read in 2020
- Vengeful (V.E. Schwab) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Buddy read with Caitlin (who is the only reason I have already read this ❤)
- The Conference of the Birds (Ransom Riggs) ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 I did a Miss Peregrine’s reread and bought the new book, so I immediately read it as well!
Magic Study & Fire Study (Maria V. Snyder) ➽ YA High Fantasy ➽ Books 2-3 in the Study Series 📚 These are the books that have been on my TBR for the longest time. Poison Study was the last book I read while in high school and before I fully got back to reading, so it holds a special place in my heart. I was supposed to reread it in April, but somehow got sidetracked, partly because I’m afraid to see how it’ll hold up over 4 years later. However, I really want to get more into Snyder’s books because I have a bunch more on my Goodreads TBR that I would like to read as well!
Onyx (Jennifer L. Armentrout) ➽ YA Urban Fantasy ➽ Sequel to Obsidian 📚 I actually read Obsidian way back in high school and loved it! I reread it two years ago and it mostly held up, so I have been thinking of continuing with the series. I only own book 2, but there are 5 books in total in the series. This series isn’t really on my priority TBR, but I would like to indulge in it someday, as it’s a tropey but also fast-paced series that can be fun when I’m in the mood for it 😊
Half-Blood (Jennifer L. Armentrout) ➽ YA Urban Fantasy ➽ Another Jennifer L. Armentrout book that I got for my birthday, I think. I managed to read some of her contemporary books, but I’m hopelessly behind on all her series. This is another one that I have wanted to read, but she has so many others (including the Lux Series) that I have on my TBR too. Half-Blood will get priority though, as I already own it 😄
Lady Midnight (Cassandra Clare) ➽ YA Urban Fantasy ➽ I used to love the Shadowhunter books back in the day, but my opinion on them has since drastically changed. I still like the Infernal Devices but have long since fallen out of love with the Mortal Instruments (which I didn’t even finish). I’m not really interested in reading any Cassandra Clare books anymore, but I got Lady Midnight four years ago, so I’m giving it one last try to convince me!
Daughter of Snoke and Bone Trilogy (Laini Taylor) ➽ YA Urban Fantasy ➽ I actually got this beautiful box set of the series for Christmas one year, yet I haven’t read it years later. This is a backlist series that I have heard such praise for – and for Laini Taylor in general – so I’m excited to finally read it, especially as I heard that it has got angels and demons 👀 I just haven’t gotten to it yet but I could technically binge-read the entire series if I put my mind to it!
Wayfarer (Alexandra Bracken) ➽ YA Historical Fantasy ➽ Conclusion to Passenger 📚 I’m actually angry at myself that I haven’t read this soon, as Passenger was one of the most surprising and best books I read in 2017, yet I never continued with the sequel. I have this tendency to procrastinate finishing series, especially if I love the books, but I want to change that! I’m actually excited for Wayfarer as it’s got the time travel element and promises a lot of high stakes, but I’ll need to reread the first book before reading the sequel 😊
The Ship Beyond Time (Heidi Heilig) ➽ YA Historical Fantasy ➽ Conclusion to The Girl from Everywhere 📚 I keep procrastinating this book because I’m not too excited about some of the things I can see coming, like the love triangle, that in my opinion was so unnecessary. Plus, I still think that the emotionally abusive father was a bit too easily absolved in the last book and I don’t look forward to seeing him again. So, I’m not too sure about this sequel but I bought it together with the first one, so I’ll read it, I just don’t know when 😅
The Lies of Locke Lamora (Scott Lynch) ➽ Adult Fantasy ➽ I actually started reading it, but barely got 100 pages into it because it’s so dense and detail-heavy. I might try to finish it because Locke as a character is really fun, but the story itself drags so much and I don’t like how it’s full of lengthy descriptions that confuse me more than actually contribute anything to the story. I don’t predict a high rating for this and honestly don’t think that I’ll continue with the series after reading this 🍵
Arcadia Awakens (Kai Meyer) ➽ YA High Fantasy ➽ There’s not too much to say about this one. It’s a German Fantasy series that I got from a friend who didn’t want the first book any longer. I barely read German authors as it is, so I always welcome the chance to change that. I don’t know terribly much about this book, only that the friend I got it from really liked it 😊
The Knife of Never Letting Go (Patrick Ness) ➽ YA Sci-Fi ➽ This was another second-hand bookshop find that I took home with me because I wanted to read more Patrick Ness books (I loved his The Rest of Us Just Live Here)! The Chaos Walking Trilogy was popular a long while ago, but it still sounds interesting to me, so I’ll see how I like this first book! 🙏
The Broken Eye & The Blood Mirror (Brent Weeks) ➽ Adult Fantasy ➽ Books 3-4 in the Lightbringer Series 📚 Yep, I still haven’t read them because all books in the series are 800+ paged tomes and take me ages to read. I think it has been three years since I read the first two books?? I keep meaning to read the rest of the series but they are seriously intimidating 😅 I do plan on tackling book three this year though!
The Queen’s Rising (Rebecca Ross) ➽ YA High Fantasy ➽ This is really awkward as this used to be one of my most anticipated releases … of 2017 😅 I was so excited for this book, especially as its release was pushed back, but then I never ended up reading the book. It’s sad because I was really here for the premise of this Fantasy story and got the book for such a good price too. I definitely plan on finally reading it soon.
Something Strange and Deadly & A Darkness Strange and Lovely (Susan Dennard) ➽ YA Historical Fantasy ➽ Books 1-2 in the Strange and Deadly Trilogy 📚 Since Susan Dennard is one of my favorite authors – you might know that her Witchlands Series is one of my all-time favorite series – I wanted to read her debut series as well. I don’t own the Trilogy completely, but I’ll have to actually start reading it before I worry about book 3! I hope that I like this because it’s quite different from the Witchlands, but hopefully, it’ll be good! 🙏
A Court of Wings and Ruin (Sarah J. Mass) ➽ New Adult Fantasy ➽ Conclusion to A Court of Thorn and Roses 📚 I keep saying how this is still on my TBR because I haven’t found the right opportunity to finally tackle it. I always struggle with long books (this one is about 700 pages) because they are intimidating and can take me longer to read. I kind of regret not reading ACOWAR sooner, as back in the day I was so into the series and then waited to long to actually finish it. I hope I’ll still end up liking the book even though my main obsession with the series has dimmed a bit 😄
The Gilded Wolves (Roshani Chokshi) ➽ YA Historical Fantasy ➽ By the time this post goes up I might have started this one already – as I’m reading it for the Reading Rush – and that makes me happy as I have been wanting to read this for ages, but always kept pushing it back. Roshani Chokshi is one of my favorite authors and I loved her previous YA Fantasy series so much, which is why I’m very excited to finally start her new series, especially as it’s got so many of my favorite buzzwords 🥰
Graceling (Kristin Cashore) ➽ YA High Fantasy ➽ This was published way back in the day, so I never really got to read it because I was in my big reading slump. However, I keep hearing great things about the book series, even though it’s very backlist, which made me excited enough to buy this one at a second-hand shop. I’m very excited to start reading this one, as I’ve heard people gush about the characters and romance, two elements that are always important to me as well! 🥰
The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern) ➽ Adult Fantasy ➽ This one is still pretty popular and I’ve heard so many people in the bookish community talk about what a great Fantasy book it is, so I’m very intrigued how I’ll like it. Like I said, I’m open to reading more Adult books, and what better way than to start in my favorite Genre? ✨
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine (Gail Honeyman) ➽ Adult Contemporary ➽ So, I actually bought it because I wanted to branch out and try more Adult books and I heard many people talking about this one. I was mistaken, however, as this isn’t strictly about a character with social anxiety, rather the main character seems to have no social skills at all. I read the first couple chapters and the protagonist comes across as pretty mean and judgemental, so I’m a bit nervous to continue, as I have a feeling that I won’t have any patience for Eleanor 😅
King of Fools (Amanda Foody) ➽ YA High Fantasy ➽ Sequel to Ace of Shades 📚 I definitely have got to read this one before the last book in the series comes out in Fall! I loved Ace of Shades so much, it’s a fantastic fantasy book with great characters and interesting dynamics which appealed to me so much. You’d think that I would have read the sequel already, but somehow it never happened. A friend and I want to reread the first book, read the sequel and then read the last book when it finally comes out, so that sounds like a good plan 💗
Rogue Heart (Axie Oh) ➽ YA Sci-Fi ➽ Companion to Rebel Seoul 📚 I finally for this for Chrismas!! I read the first book way back in 2016, it was one of the first Arcs that I got and it ended up being among my favorites of the year! I desperately wanted a sequel and we actually got this companion novel, yes!!! I’m very excited to get back into this world, as the first book was so intriguing and fast-paced. This one focuses on secondary characters that we already saw in Rebel Seoul and as they were among my favorites I’m really excited, especially as the companion book is set years after the events of the first book 😱
The Bear and the Nightingale (Katherine Arden) ➽ YA High Fantasy ➽ After hearing so much praise for this book series in the bookish community, I finally caved and bought it at the end of last year! I just know that this is a Fantasy series with lots of mythology, atmosphere, and a hate to love romance, so that has me very intrigued! To be honest, this seems like the perfect winter read – just look at the gorgeous cover – so I might wait until the end of the year to pick it up ⛄
Heart of Iron (Ashley Poston) ➽ YA Sci-Fi ➽ I got this during a Black Friday sale last year and I’m still excited to read it! I love Ashley Poston’s contemporary books, so I was happy to see that she also has a sci-fi Duology out there! This one has some kind of artificial human I think, which I always find interesting. I’m saving this one for when I’m really in the mood for some books set in space ⭐
Let’s Talk About Love (Claire Kann) ➽ YA Contemporary ➽ This is another book that I started reading but put down because I wasn’t in the mood for it. The romance was a bit too insta-love for my tastes and I wasn’t currently up for so much cheesiness, so I’ll pick this up again when I’m in the mood for it. I did like the author’s other book If It Makes You Happy, so I hope that her debut novel won’t disappoint me and will be much better to read when I’m in a better mood 😄
Serpent & Dove (Shelby Mahurin) ➽ YA Historical Fantasy ➽ I caved in to all the hype I was seeing in the bookish community and got this for Christmas. My biggest weakness in books is witches, so when I saw that this was a witch book I knew that I needed to get it! I also heard that it has an enemies to lovers romance, a historical setting and interesting characters, so I’m looking forward to reading this!! 🥰
Courting Darkness (Robin LaFevers) ➽ YA Historical Fantasy ➽ Spinoff to His Fair Assassin 📚 The His Fair Assassin books are one of my favorite Historical Fantasy books, so I’m very excited for this spinoff book, especially as it features characters that I know and love from the original Trilogy 💗 The combination of fantasy, historical fiction and strong female characters that the original books had, surely will translate into this one as well and I couldn’t be more excited!
Supernova (Marissa Meyer) ➽ YA Sci-Fi ➽ Conclusion to Renegades 📚 I keep saying that I started a bunch of books on my TBR already but then didn’t pick them up again … am I truly turning into a mood reader? 😱 I actually reread Renegades and Archenemies in preparation for finally getting to the last book, but once again my fear of series finales struck. I was also in a really weird mood at the time, so I put it aside to pick up again later because this is still one of my favorite series ❤
Cresent City (Sarah J. Maas) ➽ YA Urban Fantasy ➽ I actually bought this before the first lockdown (wow that was ages ago) but I never actually read it despite wanting to pick it up immediately. I was swept up in all the hype for the book, but I’m glad that I waited for it to naturally die down a bit. I think I’ll be reading this for another Tome Topple (it’s another enormous tome) and really take my time with it because I did hear that it has an interesting, but complex magic system and great characters, something that I always appreciate 🥰
Beastly Bones, Ghostly Echoes & The Dire King (William Ritter) ➽ YA Mystery, Historical Fiction & Fantasy ➽ Books 2-4 in the Jackaby Series 📚 Jackaby is one of my favorite books of the year so far, so of course, I had to buy the rest of the series as well! I also bought a copy of Jackaby, I initially got it from the library but wanted to have my own copy. Now I’m planning on reading the rest of the books soon, as I fell on love with the world and finally have all the time to indulge in this series 💗 I hope to read the second book for the Reading Rush and the other books hopefully afterwards!
What books and how many are on your digital/physical TBR? Have you read any of the books on my TBR? ⭐