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Books I MAYBE want to read πŸ“š help me decide!

Books I MAYBE want to read

Hello fellow bookworms πŸ“š I’ve been going through my TBR list a lot while participating in #goodreadance, both adding new books publishing in 2021 that I want to read and also removing those that I’m no longer interested in anymore. Together with unhauling some books I no longer want to read, it has been a great experience for me and felt so freeing. However, I still have Maybe List on Goodreads, dedicated to all the books that I’m still on the fence about reading. I like having a list full of books I want to keep in mind, but they’re not really on my Want to Read list either. Today I’m talking about 6 books I maybe want to read and would love to hear your opinions about them to help me decide which ones I want to officially add to my Want to Read list!! πŸ’• So if you’ve read any of the books below, I would love to hear how you liked them in the comments down below! I might even make this into a little feature as I have a lot more books waiting on my Maybe List πŸ˜„

Me trying to decide what books to read


The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Becky Chambers)

Why I want to read it πŸ”Ž I have been wanting to pick up more sci-fi books and generally branch out with my reading this year, so this one sounded intriguing to me. It’s about a journey to space with a ragtag crew of explorers and I’m also getting a lot of found family vibes from this book, which is one of my favorite tropes! Also: space is super cool and when I’m in the mood for some sci-fi books this seemed like something I would like to pick up ✨

Why it’s on my Maybe List πŸ”Ž I have to admit that the book is a bit intimidating, as it’s around 500 pages and also said to be more slow-paced as far as I could tell from reading some reviews. When it comes to slower books – especially ones that are character-driven – I have to be really invested in the characters to enjoy the book. So in the end, it comes down to how I like the characters in this book. If I don’t like them, this might drag a bit for me personally πŸ˜…


Crier’s War (Nina Varela)

Why I want to read it πŸ”Ž I have heard a lot of people incredibly excited for the f/f ship of this book & it also seems to be an angsty enemies to lovers romance, so definitely count me in for that πŸ’˜ The concept also sounds super cool: the book is basically set in a world where robots called Automae have assumed control over humanity and humans were forced to serve under them. The idea of a human plotting for revenge and an Automae crossing paths sounds so interesting to me!

Why it’s on my Maybe List πŸ”Ž This is one of the candidates on my Maybe List that intrigues me the most, so there’s no big reason why I haven’t added it to my TBR yet. Rereading the synopsis it sounds even more interesting to me. Back when I looked at it, there was a little something missing to get me invested in the story, but that’s why I would love to hear your opinions πŸ₯°


The Shadows Between Us (Tricia Levenseller)

Why I want to read it πŸ”Ž It honestly has so many of my buzzwords and seems to be a twisty romance between two super morally grey characters, which sounds like something I would enjoy to read about! The main character is supposed to be ambitious, cunning, and set on marrying the Demon King, only to kill him later. Their dynamic already sounds full of angst and tension, so I have felt drawn to this book for a while! 😈

Why it’s on my Maybe List πŸ”Ž After a lot of the praise, I’ve also seen some mixed reviews from people who thought the book was a bit weak in general and didn’t 100% deliver on the premise. That – paired with the fact that I haven’t heard much talk about this book after the initial rush of excitement – makes me a bit hesitant to pick it up. While I always enjoy some good angst, I also hope the resolution to this standalone will not disappoint me.


Tarnished Are the Stars (Rosiee Thor)

Why I want to read it πŸ”Ž The premise for this one sounds cool: it’s about clockwork parts that can be used to save humans from dying and honestly this gives off a great steampunk vibe in addition to the sci-fi one ⏰I really appreciate that as I don’t read a lot of steampunk books. So, the general idea of this one appeals to me a lot and I’ve also seen that this has both aroace and lesbian representation, so I would definitely like to support this book!

Why it’s on my Maybe List πŸ”Ž This book hasn’t caught me attention in a long time, compared to other books that more frequently cross my mind. I have also heard some mixed reviews for this one that mentioned that it didn’t really hold their interest and that it didn’t set itself apart compared to other sci-fi books they read.


Court of Lions (Somaiya Daud)

Why I want to read it πŸ”Ž I have heard amazing things about this sequel, it feels like a lot of my bookish friends have loved this, so that alone makes me intrigued to also get to this conclusion! I’ve especially heard a lot of gush about a new f/f ship which has me super excited πŸ‘€πŸ’• The more I see this recommended on Twitter, the more I kind of want to pick it up because there has been so much excitement for Court of Lions!

Why it’s on my Maybe List πŸ”Ž I read Mirage AGES ago, so I barely have any idea what happened during the first book aka I would have to reread it. Right now, I’m just not sure if I want to do that with so many other books also calling to my attention. I liked Mirage, but I didn’t love it, so I’m not sure what to do, as I definitely need a refresher on what happened πŸ˜…


A Heart So Fierce and Broken (Brigid Kemmerer)

Why I want to read it πŸ”Ž I really liked the first book A Curse so Dark and Lonely, it was a nice, different twist on the Beauty and the Beast retelling. In my opinion, it could have been a great standalone book, but the ending definitely made me intrigued to read more about what happens to the characters and their world πŸ‘€ I especially liked Grey and have heard that this book finally included his perspective, something I wanted to read about!

Why it’s on my Maybe List πŸ”Ž I have honestly heard a lot of very mixed reviews from people who loved the first book (even more than I did), so I’m nervous. It seems like this book is pretty different from the first one, with some characters not getting as much page time and others regressing back in their growth, so I’m nervous πŸ˜… I’m usually not a fan of sequels suddenly having a very different vibe than the first book.

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Have you read any of the books on my list? Did you like them? Should I add some of them to my Want to Read list? πŸ“š


27 thoughts on “Books I MAYBE want to read πŸ“š help me decide!

  1. I’ve only read Shadows Between Us and I really enjoyed it, but you probably shouldn’t expect too much from it since it’s pretty much light fantasy (light on world building, need to suspense your disbelief, etc). I think it’s more that I read it at the right time, but I did enjoyed it haha.

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  2. I can relate to not remembering Mirage and doubting about Court of Lions. Crier’s War is also on the list here!

    I’ve read Tarnished are the stars and had a good time with it πŸ™‚

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  3. This is a great post! To be honest, I really disliked The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet. The title is on point — it is the VERY LONG WAY but in the mean time, nothing happens? Like actually nothing. I really enjoyed Crier’s War, I read it in just a few days. And The Shadows Between Us was also great! Nothing special, but a lot of fun

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  4. I have A long way to a small angry planet on my tbr and am looking forward to reading it. I read a novella by Becky Chambers in the same universe and the writing style is really good. Was a really quick read, so this one cannot be more difficult. πŸ™‚

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    1. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet truly sounds like a sci-fi classic, so I’m still very intrigued by it! Sorry to hear that you were disappointed by The Shadows Between Us, I’ve also heard that it wasn’t as fleshed out as it could be 😱

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  5. Court of Lions was absolutely fantastic, but, like you, I hadn’t read Mirage for years prior to its release, and I honestly forgot EVERYTHING. Court of Lions definitely relies on a lot of the plot elements in Mirage, too, so I really wished I’d reread it first.

    I’ve got The Shadows Between Us on my TBR for next month, so fingers crossed it’s good!

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  6. Personally, I felt like Crier’s War was slow. It was very hard for me to get into, not sure why. I did listen to it on audio, so perhaps avoid that if you try it. The narrator was a little flat in my opinion. A Heart So Fierce and Broken is such a hard one to decide on. I absolutely adored the first book. Hated the second one and stopped paying attention halfway through. I don’t remember what happens so I’ll have to refresh for the third. It feels like a totally different series. My advice would be to wait to decide for when the third book comes out on that one and see what the reviews are. I’m hoping the author can redeem this weirdness.

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    1. Sad to hear that Crier’s War was a bit slow for you, I’ll definitely know to maybe get the e-book rather than the audiobook! That’s why I was worried about A Heart So Fierce and Broken … I also heard from so many people that it felt completely different πŸ˜… Waiting for the third book to come out and seeing how things are wrapped up, is a great idea though!!


  7. Ahh Caro, I hope you’ll read Crier’s war, I really really want to give that book a try as well! I’ve heard amazing things about it from everyone, the concept and the ship ahh it sounds lovely and I’d LOVE to know what you think of it πŸ™‚ and I feel the exact same way about A Court of Lions! I can’t recall a thing about Mirage sooooo πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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    1. Crier’s War definitely seems perfect for getting more into sci-fi, especially as the premise is SO interesting and the ship seems to be so beloved πŸ₯° Glad to hear I’m not only with this! I need to get a refresher on Mirage πŸ˜„

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