Top 5 Tuesday: Books I Want to Reread

img_2290*Top 5 Tuesday is a meme hosted by Bionic Book Worm. A new topic is posted each week.


The Secret History by Donna Tartt

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Every once in awhile I come across a book that is so captivating and resonates so deeply with me, and I can’t put into words why. The Secret History was that kind of book. It’s a monster at almost 700 pages, but I still wanted to absorb every single word. I want to reread this someday so that I can pick up on all the things I may have missed the first time around. I can’t wait to revisit these fascinating characters and this remarkable story.

 


The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

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It’s been a couple years since I read this book, and I remember it being so suspenseful and creepy! I’ve kind of been on a horror/apocalyptic kick lately and I would love to read this book again.

 

 

 


Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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I have a confession: I still haven’t read Crooked Kingdom. At this point, I’m not sure if I would even remember enough important details from Six of Crows to thoroughly enjoy the sequel. I’d actually like to get caught up on all the Grishaverse books before King of Scars comes out, so hopefully I find time to reread the original trilogy. Anyway, this book is a masterpiece, and I know I’ll enjoy it just as much the second time around as I did the first.

 


The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

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This book is a glorious masterpiece and I adore it so much. From the lovable protagonist to the atmospheric winter setting to the intricate weaving of magical Russian folklore, the Winternight series is everything I want and more. The final book doesn’t come out until January (!!) so I’ll have plenty of time to re-immerse myself in this world before then.

 


Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker

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The story is heartbreaking and the romance is swoon-worthy. I loved Ten Tiny Breaths so much when I read it several years ago, so I almost want to reread it just to see if I would feel the same way now. Then again, K.A. Tucker has released many books since this one and I have magpie tendencies, so I’ll probably pick up those first.

 

 


 

Wrap-Up, June 2018

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My goal was to read ten books this month, but I only ended up reading six. Close enough, right? I have a few trips planning for July, but I may be able to squeeze in some quality beach reading while I’m away! We’ll see.

Anyway, here’s my wrap-up for the month of June:


Books I’ve Read and Reviewed

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Reviews:

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
Circe by Madeline Miller
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Legendary by Stephanie Garber
The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware


Other Books I’ve Read:

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Norse Mythology reads like an anthology. Each chapter is a different short story, but they are all connected and build off each other until we reach Ragnarok. You don’t need to be familiar with nordic myths to understand this book. The extent of my own background was what I’ve seen of Thor and Loki in the Marvel movies… which, it turns out, is pretty accurate personality-wise. You have Thor, the arrogant, cocky, somewhat dim-witted powerhouse. There’s Loki, the conniving, mischievous troublemaker. There’s Odin, the wise all-father. These, I was familiar with. But in Norse Mythology, I was also introduced to several new worlds and gods that I had never before heard of.

If you are in the mood for an interesting, captivating, and informative read on mythology, look no further than this book.


Currently Reading:

32620332Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds through the decades—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.


What I (Might) Read Next:

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There’s more than one way to stoke the flames of revenge…

Charlotte Rowe spent the first seven years of her life in the hands of the only parents she knew—a pair of serial killers who murdered her mother and tried to shape Charlotte in their own twisted image. If only the nightmare had ended when she was rescued. Instead, her real father exploited her tabloid-ready story for fame and profit—until Charlotte finally broke free from her ghoulish past and fled. Just when she thinks she has buried her personal hell forever, Charlotte is swept into a frightening new ordeal. Secretly dosed with an experimental drug, she’s endowed with a shocking new power—but pursued by a treacherous corporation desperate to control her.

Except from now on, if anybody is going to control Charlotte, it’s going to be Charlotte herself. She’s determined to use the extraordinary ability she now possesses to fight the kind of evil that shattered her life—by drawing a serial killer out from the shadows to face the righteous fury of a victim turned avenger.

Library Haul (aka Drowning in a Pile of Books)

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📚Recently, I looked through the Boston Public Library catalog and found many books that have been on my TBR list for awhile, so I did what any sane person would do and checked out all of them. I’m not sure if I’ll get to reading every book before the deadlines, but I guess challenge accepted?

Anyway, here’s a list of my library finds!

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I’m so excited to read this book! The reviews have been amazing, and it sounds like the perfect summer read.

 

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Bone Music by Christopher Rice

The synopsis for this book makes it sound like just the kind of book I’ve been wanting to read.

 

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Bird Box by Josh Malerman

This book has been on my to-read list for a very long time, so I was really excited to find it available!

 

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The Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe by Alex White

This book just came out and was available as an eBook! My favorite author loved this book, so I feel like I will too despite my sci-fi aversion.

 

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Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James

What’s not to love about a law firm romance? This was recommended for people who love The Hating Game, so count me in.

 

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Keep Her Safe by K.A. Tucker

I’ve never met a K.A. Tucker book that I didn’t like. I’ve been waiting to get my hands on this for awhile!

 

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A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

Now that the third books is out, it’s about time that I return to this series.

 

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Pucked by Helena Hunting

A funny sports romance is the kind of book I need in my life right now.

 

Other Library Finds:

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Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh
The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis
Half a King by Joe Abercrombie
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastri
The Dry by Jane Harper
Ice Wolves by Amie Kaufman
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

On the Waiting List:

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All the Ever Afters by Danielle Teller
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
What Should Be Wild by Julia Fine
Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente
The Book of M by Peng Shepherd
Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna
My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan
A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir
Bear Town by Fredrik Backman
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Some of these books I’m waiting for won’t be available for awhile (I’m #62 in line for Little Fires Everywhere) but judging by the list of books I already have, that’s probably a good thing!

Most Anticipated Releases of Summer, 2018

img_1821This summer is chock-full of books I can’t wait to get my hands on! I’m leaving out the books that won’t be released until 2019, or books that I have already received an advanced reader copy of.

These are just a few of my most anticipated upcoming releases this year:

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Vengeful
by V.E. Schwab

Release Date: September 25, 2018

Sydney once had Serena—beloved sister, betrayed enemy, powerful ally. But now she is alone, except for her thrice-dead dog, Dol, and then there’s Victor, who thinks Sydney doesn’t know about his most recent act of vengeance.

Victor himself is under the radar these days—being buried and re-animated can strike concern even if one has superhuman powers. But despite his own worries, his anger remains. And Eli Ever still has yet to pay for the evil he has done.

 

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The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker
Release Date: August 7th, 2018

Calla Fletcher wasn’t even two when her mother took her and fled the Alaskan wild, unable to handle the isolation of the extreme, rural lifestyle, leaving behind Calla’s father, Wren Fletcher, in the process. Calla never looked back, and at twenty-six, a busy life in Toronto is all she knows. But when Calla learns that Wren’s days may be numbered, she knows that it’s time to make the long trip back to the remote frontier town where she was born.

She braves the roaming wildlife, the odd daylight hours, the exorbitant prices, and even the occasional—dear God—outhouse, all for the chance to connect with her father: a man who, despite his many faults, she can’t help but care for. While she struggles to adjust to this rugged environment, Jonah—the unkempt, obnoxious, and proud Alaskan pilot who helps keep her father’s charter plane company operational—can’t imagine calling anywhere else home. And he’s clearly waiting with one hand on the throttle to fly this city girl back to where she belongs, convinced that she’s too pampered to handle the wild.

Jonah is probably right, but Calla is determined to prove him wrong. Soon, she finds herself forming an unexpected bond with the burly pilot. As his undercurrent of disapproval dwindles, it’s replaced by friendship—or perhaps something deeper? But Calla is not in Alaska to stay and Jonah will never leave. It would be foolish of her to kindle a romance, to take the same path her parents tried—and failed at—years ago. It’s a simple truth that turns out to be not so simple after all.

 

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The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White
Release Date: September 25th, 2018

Elizabeth Lavenza hasn’t had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her “caregiver,” and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets . . . until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything–except a friend.

Victor is her escape from misery. Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable–and it works. She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and rewarded with a warm bed, delicious food, and dresses of the finest silk. Soon she and Victor are inseparable.

But her new life comes at a price. As the years pass, Elizabeth’s survival depends on managing Victor’s dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. Behind her blue eyes and sweet smile lies the calculating heart of a girl determined to stay alive no matter the cost . . . as the world she knows is consumed by darkness.

 

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Dance of Thieves
by Mary E. Pearson

Release Date: August 7th, 2018

When the patriarch of the Ballenger empire dies, his son, Jase, becomes its new leader. Even nearby kingdoms bow to the strength of this outlaw family, who have always governed by their own rules. But a new era looms on the horizon, set in motion by a young queen, which makes her the target of the dynasty’s resentment and anger.

At the same time, Kazi, a legendary former street thief, is sent by the queen to investigate transgressions against the new settlements. When Kazi arrives in the forbidding land of the Ballengers, she learns that there is more to Jase than she thought. As unexpected events spiral out of their control, bringing them intimately together, they continue to play a cat and mouse game of false moves and motives in order to fulfill their own secret missions.

 

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Wildcard by Marie Lu
Release Date: September 18th, 2018

Emika Chen barely made it out of the Warcross Championships alive. Now that she knows the truth behind Hideo’s new NeuroLink algorithm, she can no longer trust the one person she’s always looked up to, who she once thought was on her side.

Determined to put a stop to Hideo’s grim plans, Emika and the Phoenix Riders band together, only to find a new threat lurking on the neon-lit streets of Tokyo. Someone’s put a bounty on Emika’s head, and her sole chance for survival lies with Zero and the Blackcoats, his ruthless crew. But Emika soon learns that Zero isn’t all that he seems–and his protection comes at a price.

Caught in a web of betrayal, with the future of free will at risk, just how far will Emika go to take down the man she loves?

WWW Wednesday: June 13th, 2018

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words, which asks you to answer the following questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Currently Reading

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The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

*ARC received from Netgalley via the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

A summer camp thriller/mystery novel is just what I needed in my life right now. I’m so happy I got approved for this!

 

 

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Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff

I never thought I would read another book about robots, but here I am. I’m really excited about this one! All the reviews have been amazing.

This will be the first book I’ve read by Jay Kristoff.

 

 


Recently Read

Circe by Madeline Miller
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang


What I (May) Read Next

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As best friend and lady-in-waiting to the princess, Branwen is guided by two principles: devotion to her homeland and hatred for the raiders who killed her parents. When she unknowingly saves the life of her enemy, he awakens her ancient healing magic and opens her heart. Branwen begins to dream of peace, but the princess she serves is not so easily convinced. Fighting for what’s right, even as her powers grow beyond her control, will set Branwen against both her best friend and the only man she’s ever loved.

 

40182855In the idyllic Atlanta enclave of Sugar Mills, four women are struggling to keep their marriages alive in the hectic whirl of middle-class suburbia.

Adventurous Jess adores her sportswriter husband, but he’s more likely to fall asleep than respond to her creative attempts at seduction. Delia agreed to an open marriage when she had nothing to lose; but now that the reality of her choice has settled in, she feels a void no direct sales commission can fill. Infertility has left ex-tennis star Carras feeling powerless and frustrated. PTA president Maizy is desperate for acceptance in the Sugar Mills community, and with her health-conscious husband.

Enter Parker, a gorgeous young tennis pro moonlighting as a male escort. Could a little well-orchestrated jealousy cure the marital blues? Will a risky scheme put the spark back in their suburban marriages, or burn everything they’ve worked for to the ground?

Status Update (+ A Court of Frost and Starlight Mini-Review)

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It’s been a busy couple of months for me, so I figured it’s time for a May update! I’m way behind on my reading goal and have a lot of ARCs to catch up on, but I’ve managed to at least make a dent in my TBR.


Mini-Review:

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A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

Rating:★★

It’s not that I didn’t like this addition to the ACOTAR books, it’s just that I didn’t think it was really…necessary?

I love Rhysand and Feyre, but I think we can officially say that their story has come to a close. I don’t feel as excited reading about them anymore, though I’m glad they’re getting their happy ending. This novella succeeded in getting me excited to read the next few books, which I predict will be about Cassian/Nesta (confirmed), Azriel/Elain (I need this), and the Lucien/Jurian/Vassa friendship trio.

I really feel the need to express my opinion about the confirmed next book in the series, which may be an unpopular one: I hate Nesta. She doesn’t come across as a strong and interesting character to me. She’s just horrible. I’ve never wanted to reach inside a book and strangle a character more. She’s selfish, mean, and self-pitying, for literally no reason. How could she do a complete 180 with Cassian and treat him the way she does? It doesn’t make sense. She also blames Rhys, Feyre, and the inner circle for becoming Fae, but like…bitch please. Enough.

Now that I have that off my chest, I’ll mention another thing that bothered me about this book: it was kind of boring. There was a lot of exposition (especially at the beginning) which was just tedious to slog through. I kept waiting for there to be at least some form of plot, but there never really ended up being one. The novella is entirely character-driven, which is totally fine, except I don’t feel like it added anything to this series. Nesta is still a bitch, Rhysand is still sexy, Cassian is still funny, Azriel is still my precious muffin, Elain is still kind of pointless, and Lucien is still kind of absent.

I’m glad that Feyre and Rhys’s story was wrapped up nicely, but now I’m ready to read about other characters in this world.


Currently Reading:

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Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

I started Circe, then went on vacation, then came home and got distracted by shiny new books, but as soon as I finish Sky in the Deep I’ll be going back to it!

 


ARCs to Read and Review:

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On Hold (For Now):

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The Best Books to Bring to the Beach

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In honor of my upcoming trip out of the frozen New England tundra and onto the warm, sunny Miami Beach, I decided to list some of my favorite beach reads! I always wait until the last minute to pack, so I’ll most likely end up overpacking (per usual). Don’t pull a Becca, and plan ahead for your beach necessities!

When I think beach reads, I mostly think of romance or contemporary fiction. I need something light that doesn’t require too much attention or effort, but still keeps me hooked.

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Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

A murder mystery that takes place in a beach town. I actually did read this on the beach, and would recommend this to anyone in the mood for something highly addictive.

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

A fast-paced mystery/thriller with an unreliable narrator. This was much better than I expected. It’s easy to read, and will keep you guessing!

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

A romance with an unexpected twist that completely shattered me.

All the Missing Girls by Jessica Strawser

A mystery/suspense novel about a young woman who returns to the town she grew up in to face a crime committed in her past. This one isn’t exactly a light read. Since it’s written in reverse, it’s a little bit more of a challenge to know what’s going on. Still, it was highly entertaining!

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

A short, atmospheric book that is both magical and frightening.


What I’m Bringing:

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The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

I’m so excited to read this! It’s not new, but for some reason I’ve been hearing a lot about this book lately. I’m definitely in the mood to read a workplace hate-to-love rom-com, so this is what I plan on bringing along on my trip.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Spring TBR

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*Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl to bring bookish friends together. A new topic is posted each week.

This week’s topic is about books that I want to read this spring.

Already Own:

I’m so excited to read these three books, especially! I have all three in paperback, and the covers are gorgeous. If We Were Villains is marketed as perfect for fans of Donna Tartt’s The Secret History, so of course I had to buy it. Spring still seems a long way off in New England (with another storm on the way) so I bought The Snow Child to add to my growing pile of winter reads. Norse Mythology will be my third Gaiman book (and because it’s a Gaiman book, I already know it will be good).

To Purchase:

The Hating Game and From Lukov With Love were both featured on this post by Bree from In Love & Words about funny romance novels. I’ve been looking for something funny and romantic (since I’ve been reading a lot of dark stuff lately) so I’m so excited to read these! I’ve been hearing nothing but praise for Children of Blood and Bone, so this one is also next up on my purchase list.

Advanced Reader Copies:

I was just approved for Our House on Netgalley, though it may take awhile for me to get to it. I’ve had The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle for awhile as well. I’m halfway done, but I’ve had it on hold for a few weeks now. I’m hoping to get back to reading it and finishing soon.

Anticipated Releases:

Both Circe and Sky in the Deep come out in April, and are my most anticipated releases of spring!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Have Been on My TBR the Longest

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*Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl to bring bookish friends together. A new topic is posted each week.

This week, the topic is “Books That Have Been on My TBR the Longest (That I Still Haven’t Read). My TBR is sort of becoming a graveyard of books I want to read, so this is an easy list for me to make. In my experience, I’ve found that the books I’ve wanted to read for the longest time end up being some of my favorites, and I always kick myself for having waited so long. The best example of this is the Shades of Magic series and The Bear and the Nightingale, which were absolutely phenomenal.

Reading these books is more of a need than a want at this point.

  1. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  2. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
  3. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  4. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
  5. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  6. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  7. Bird Box by Josh Malerman
  8. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
  9. Tithe by Holly Black
  10. The Secret History by Donna Tartt

 

  1. I own a paperback copy of All the Light We Cannot See, but just haven’t gotten around to reading it. I’m like a magpie, always attracted to the allure of new books and forgetting about the ones I already own.
  2. Red Rising is a book that I’ve heard a lot of great things about, but just haven’t gotten around to reading it. Now that the series is over, I’ll probably pick it up! It’s always more fun binge-reading without having to wait for the next book to come out.
  3. I actually read Throne of Glass a while back and didn’t really enjoy it, but I’ve heard the books that come after are amazing and worth the read. I love the ACOTAR books, so maybe I’ll give this one another shot.
  4. Life After Life is another book that I own, but just haven’t gotten around to reading.
  5. The only Maggie Stiefvater book I’ve ever read is Shiver, way back in my Twilight-obsessed high school days. I didn’t LOVE it, but people rave about her writing and these books sound really intriguing, so I want to give them a shot!
  6. I’m guilty of having never read The Night Circus. I feel like it’s one of those books that became super trendy and everyone else has already read it. I actually owned a paperback copy and lost it a few years ago (how does that happen??), but I ordered another online, so I’ll be starting this one soon.
  7. I love mysteries, thrillers, and scary things, so Bird Box has been on my radar for a while. I guess now it’s going to be made into a movie?? Possibly with Sandra Bullock?? So yeah, count me in.
  8. The blurb of Dark Matter sounds freaky and scary and mysterious and I can’t wait to read this one. I’m not sure why I haven’t yet.
  9. I’ve been on a little Holly Black kick lately, and I love dark faerie books. Tithe seems like the most obvious next choice, even though it came out years ago and I probably should have already read it.
  10. The Secret History is another one I have being shipped to me as I’m typing this, so I’m hoping to cross it off from my TBR soon! I’ve heard great things about this one. So many books I read are new releases, but this one was originally published in 1992. I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

 

Hopefully, I’ll be crossing these books off my list soon!