I decided to give the Top Ten Tuesday thing a go. The lovely Broke & Bookish started this tag/set of prompts and I’m pretty excited to begin this series of posts on my blog. It’ll give me something different to write AND it’s something I think will make me committed to blogging. I missed the first prompt of the year, so let’s dive right into this one!
1. Our Dark Duet by V.E. Schwab
I started this one twice, but only got a handful of pages in before wanting to read something else. It wasn’t that the start was bad—it was amazing, actually—it’s just my mind wandered elsewhere, and I craved something else. I think this is partly due to the edition I bought being slightly different to my copy of This Savage Song— TSS is a matte cover and ODD is glossy. I’m hoping to read it this year, as I really REALLY want to finish off some series on my TBR.
2. Now I Rise by Kristen White
After the EPIC And I Darken, I was super pumped to dive into the second book of this series. Yet for some reason, I would look at the cover and yearn for something else. Hopefully this year I’ll sink my teeth into it. Then flail until the next book is released.
I first bought The Painted Man when I went to Supanova a few years ago. I met Peter V Brett (lovely chap) and read The Painted Man and was BLOWN AWAY. It was an incredible read. Later that year, I asked my KK at work to get me the second book in the series. Then I somehow had the third book in my possession to binge read. Although, I have yet to continue the series but it’s my main goal this year to finish this series (Peter finished the writing The Demon Cycle last year) so I’ve got no excuse to put them off.
4. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
This book is one of my friend’s favourites. I even bought a candle inspired by The Night Circus because I’m a sucker for caramel scented things (even though I don’t eat it), so it’s only time—again, hopefully this year—that I can burn the candle and READ THE BOOK BECAUSE IT SOUNDS MAGICAL AND PRETTY AND THE COVER LOOKS BEAUTIFUL.
Whoops, must’ve left my Caps Lock on…
5. Golden Son by Pierce Brown
Not going to lie, when I first read Red Rising a few years ago I wasn’t that much of a fan. Although I was curious to see where it would go, so I bought the second book. I never got around to reading it. Maybe it was because I couldn’t remember much of the first book, or maybe it was because EVERYONE AND THEIR ANIMAL FRIEND loved it and I didn’t. I’m hoping to re-read Red Rising, and hopefully start Golden Son—then Morning Star soon after—sometime this year.
6. The Passenger Trilogy by Justin Cronin
Another writer’s festival. Another fantasy series added to my TBR. The main reason why I have yet to read these books—I swear I was going to read them last year—is because of the size. Like, LOOK AT THOSE SPINES *faints*
In all seriousness, these books have been on my shelf, unread, for THREE YEARS. I need to finish it and if there’s a Tome Topple or some kind of book challenge that will motivate me to read these three books, then SIGN ME UP.
7. Who’s Afraid Too? by Maria Lewis
Another Supanova author—who went to the same school as me, or I went to the same school as her—that I read a few years ago. Although I wasn’t totally on board with Who’s Afraid, I still enjoyed it enough to invest in the second book. What’s stopping me from reading it? THERE IS A SIZE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BOOK ONE AND TWO AND THIS WILL NOT DO.
That said, both books are signed AND I got a wicked wolf-pack pin (plus wolves are my thing).
8. The Old Kingdom Series by Garth Nix
I’m surprised I haven’t read these books earlier, considering fantasy is my jam. Granted, I invested in the series at Melbourne Writer’s Festival in 2017, got them all signed, and popped them on my shelf where they chirp, ‘Read me. Read me.’
And they have remained unread and untouched, save for the constant reshuffling of books for a pretty-looking (read: less intimidating) TBR shelf. My goal is to finish this #LoveOzYA series. If not finish, then at least start it!
When I was out with my friend one day, we stumbled into a cheap bookstore and she said, ‘I’ve heard these books are really cool! But there’s like, seven of them, or something.’
Considering both The Bone Season and The Mime Order were about six or seven dollars EACH, I invested. Although, I only got around to reading TBS last year because Samantha Shannon was at Melbourne Writers Festival. Touch wood I get around the reading these at some stage.
10. All my FairyLoot and OwlCrate Books
I have accumulated so many books because of my subscription boxes last year and I was super pumped to read them. Clearly, I never got around to it BUT I WILL SMASH THEM OUT I PROMISE.
And that’s it for me! Have you read any of the books or series that I’ve mentioned? What books did you intend to read in 2017 but didn’t get around to?