This year I’ve been trying to limit random book purchases and focusing on bringing down the number of books (and eBooks) I have unread in my library. We all have an extensive pile of books we own and haven’t read yet, but when your space for housing books is severely limited there comes a time when it has to be tackled.
To help bring down my to-read list I thought I would make up a TBR for the next couple months. Now I don’t normally make TBR piles, as a mood reader I find them to be very constricting and limiting but consider the following a tentative summer TBR of a few books I hope to read between June and September.
A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
I’ve actually already started this beast of a book, but even if that weren’t the case it probably would have still made an appearance on the list. The reason for that is because when 2017 started one of my reading goals for the year was to finish (catch up) on A Song of Ice and Fire series. That task involved reading not one, but three books that are around 900+ pages each.. 900+ pages each!
So here I am, reading the second of the remaining three books in the series so far. I may or may not ever actually get around to reading A Dance with Dragons but even if I don’t two of three ain’t bad. We’ll see how I make out, there is still seven months left in the year.
All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai
I have been seeing this book off and on over the last few months on social media, but for the life of me I couldn’t find it in a shop and to order it online was ridiculously expensive. After one of my tweets about how I couldn’t get my hands on this book was seen by Mastai himself a whirlwind took place and before I knew it Random House Canada was graciously sending me a copy of the book!
For some reason I still haven’t read it.. and that must be remedied. I have a feeling it could be one of my favourite reads of 2017, so why have I kept putting this off? All Our Wrong Todays is definitely a priority read for the summer.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
My dear friend Cherry bought me The Raven Boys for me last Christmas and I keep putting it off due to all the hype surrounding the series. However, I can’t put it off any longer! The poor book has been sitting patiently waiting long enough, the time is now.
Do you ever put off books purely because of the constant stream of hype building up around them? I’ve had bad luck in the past when listening to the hype and jumping into an insanely popular series so my reasons for putting off starting The Raven Boys is sound in logic. Unless you ask me “but what if you like it?” then all my logic is shot out the window.
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova
I actually did a poll on Twitter to help choose a couple books for this list and for quite awhile there I thought the poll would end in a tie between two of the books. But thankfully in the last moments of the poll a clear winner was voted for, and that book ended up being Labyrinth Lost.
Honestly I don’t know much about this book except that I believe it has to do with a witch or a family of witches? I’m not entirely sure but if it won the poll then those who voted must of thought it was good. Thank you to all who voted for Labyrinth Lost, I hope I like it!
Ninth City Burning by J. Patrick Black
Last year I spotted this book in my local bookstore and no matter how many times I walked away from it my eyes kept getting drawn towards it. It was mostly a cover buy I will admit my guilt haha, but I do love a good science fiction/ dystopian story so maybe it will be a surprise favourite.
I haven’t heard many people talk about it yet.. okay basically nobody on BookTube or Bookstagram is really talking about Ninth City Burning, so I’m going to go in complete blind. Not having anybody’s opinions surrounding a book is great to experience in a day where we get the majority of our suggestions from people on the internet.
Letters to Zell by Camille Griep
I must have been in a weird retelling kick when I bought this.. because reading the synopsis on GoodReads Letters to Zell doesn’t sound like something I would spend money on? But since I know it was a really cheap eBook deal I can see why I caved and got it.
A modern day interpretation of fairytale stories such as Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel (Zell haha), holds promise but I’m not sure how it will go over. I keep putting it off but I know if it’s not read soon I probably will never read it haha.
The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson
The last book in the Remnant Chronicles trilogy.. and what was a highly anticipated release last year, somehow it ended up falling off my radar and completely forgot all about it. I honestly don’t know how that happened considering I read the first two books back in 2015 basically back to back.
It’s a chunker of a book though so I keep putting it off for when I’m in the mood for a big fantasy to read. Also, admittedly, because I will have to read a recap summary on The Kiss of Deception and The Heart of Betrayal before jumping into The Beauty of Darkness.
The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon
I’m not certain this series is for me.. I read The Bone Season last year and while the concept was interesting the majority of the book felt like one giant info-dump. There was so much information regarding Clairvoyants and world specific slang that most of what I read went right over my head.
However I have bought the third book in the series The Song Rising (if I like the series I wanted the matching covers) so I’ll give it until the end of book three and if I’m not attached by then it’s game over for The Bone Season.. which is unfortunate because I’m in love with the concept.
City of Savages by Lee Kelly
This is a book I have had on my to-read list far longer than I care to admit. There is no reason for my ridiculously long delay in reading it I just keep passing it by when looking for something to read.
If you don’t know I have a weird obsession with New York City (weird because I’ve never actually been there) so when I stumbled upon this book and learned the plot takes place in a post World War 3 prisoner-of-war camp in New York City (Manhattan specifically) I was sold. City of Savages sounds like nothing else I’ve ever read and I need to read it ASAP.
Volition by Lily Paradis
*sigh* Volition is another book I have had on my to-read list for a ridiculous amount of time. So long in fact that if I don’t read it soon it may well end up falling in the cracks. Completely forgotten about and neglected, until one day I have nothing else to read and I cave. Don’t judge me, you know this is something that’s happened to you!
It’s a book that is guaranteed to be a hit or miss situation. Matter of fact there’s a good chance I might DNF it, but I still want to give it a chance. Volition sounds like a dark, twisted ride and I can’t wait to see what it’s hiding between the pages.