I am really bad at following TBRs, but here we are!
Frank Zappa once said, ‘so many books, so little time’ – it’s that quote that like everyone has saved on their favourite quotes page on Goodreads.
Ok, this post is not about Goodreads features. It’s about the books that I need to get to this year. Though lots of people do ‘18 Books to Read in 2018’, which I was going to do, but then I was perusing through YouTube and saw someone’s video on 12 Books to read in 2018. Her reasoning for 12 books was that 12 books allowed her to read one book a month, instead on doubling up on certain months. And since I’m very much a mood reader, I know having to read not just one, but two books every month would really annoy me and greatly dampen my enjoyment of reading, and would probably put me in a reading slump. (Everyone hates reading slumps am I right?)
This list is purely a list of backlist titles (i.e they are not new releases and have a release date of 2017 or before). I have a list of classics that I want to read this year, and if you want me to post a list of readathons I’m participating in this year (and TBRs) for some of those, let me know in the comments.
As since many of these are series, I think it may be unrealistic for me to read all these series this year (let’s be real, probably not going to happen), so I will consider this done if I read one book in this series (it could be a series starter or sequel). That’s about it for housekeeping and intros, and on to the books that I need to read this year 🙂
The Raven Cycle | Maggie Stiefvater (series)
It’s high time I got into the Raven Boys. Everyone and their mother loves the Raven Cycle, and I actually tried to read the Raven Boys twice on audio and put it down. I know, I know, that’s not what you’re meant to do, but I didn’t feel like picking up the print books. Honestly, I kind of want to get on the hype train, and maybe read the Ronan trilogy afterward. 2018 will be my last shot with the Raven Cycle, and I either read it this year or DNF for good. I know everybody ADORES this series, and one of my favourite bloggers calls this her all-time favourite series ever. So I really, really want to love it too 🙂
The Firebird Trilogy | Claudia Gray (series)
Last year, I read A Thousand Pieces of You, and I quite enjoyed it, and was fascinated by the time travel. And those covers are to die for.
Holy Jesus, my heart has exploded. SO PRETTY. As an art appreciator, I could go on and on and on about what I love about these covers, but back on track.
Ok. I do want to continue the series, and NEED TO STOP PUTTING IT OFF. I guess that’s the purpose of this list. Classic Taasia, of course.
Eleanor & Park | Rainbow Rowell
I actually own this book, and again, everyone and their mother loves and raves about Rainbow Rowell, especially this book and Fangirl, which I both own and have read, and I really enjoyed. Admittedly, I’m a lot less excited for this one, but who knows? We’ll wait and see. Again, I want to see (or even not see) what the hype is all about. I just want to finally say I’ve read this.
Also Park is Asian-American, I believe, so that makes my Asian soul very very happy.
All The Bright Places
I’m actually … not that excited about this? I impulsively bought this, and then I saw lots of mixed reviews, with trusted sources having split opinions, with many giving one stars and others giving five stars. In addition, this doesn’t really sound like my thing, and it’s very heavily compared to The Fault In Our Stars, which everyone except me loved. I got too caught up in the hype train and just bought it. Again, the main reason I want to read this is because I own this book.
The Grisha trilogy
LEIGH BARDUGO QUEEN. Last year, I read Bardugo’s Six of Crows duology and loved it to pieces, especially Crooked Kingdom. In all honesty, I actually didn’t really … um, care … about these books. I was only interested in SoC. But now, I kind of want to check these out and see how I feel about them. Again, the re-designed paperbacks for this series may or may not have influenced my decision … uhhh …
The Language of Thorns
Again, the same reason. There was so much hype and love for this book when it came out last year. I’ve been seeing a stream of 5 stars for this novel coming from practically everyone. None of my Goodreads friends or people I follow on GR have rated this below 4 STARS. And that is highly intimidating, and I hope this is good as everyone says it is. And Leigh Bardugo is a QUEEN. And she gets the best covers.
Forest of a Thousand Lanterns
I own this, and this sounded so good – an East Asian (Chinese-esque) villain origin story by an Asian author. And that, my friends, is how Taasia ran to Goodreads to frantically click the ‘I need/wishlist’ button and click the ‘buy’ button online. I’ve already read this, but since I put this at the beginning of the year on the list, it’s staying there.
I’ll Give You The Sun
This book is so beloved, it’s kind of scary. And it sounds so good …. It’s about twins, arts and finding yourself. I LOVE ART. Twins fascinate me. And I enjoy a good coming-of-age story. I’ve actually tried to read this twice, and it’s alright. I want to finish this so I can have an opinion on it. It better be good.
The Book Thief
Do you see a trend here? Taasia adding ridiculously hyped books that she has put down? I don’t even have enough fingers or toes to count how many people have said this is like their favourite book of all-time. Don’t even get me started on how many people have recommended this to me. But the length is scaring me. It’s 552 pages. This year, I’m going to do it. Someone keep me accountable.
A Gathering of Shadows
I guess I LOVE putting books that I have put down 3-4 times and that are 500+ pages long. I have so many books for the Tome Topple Readathon. This series is extremely hyped, and Victoria Schwab is such a beloved author. I’m also really fascinated by the concept of this series. I’ve picked this book up and put it down three times. So, I want to ask you guys, should I just DNF A Gathering of Shadows for good this year? Or give it one more shot? Help.
Agatha Christie novels
Fun Fact: Murder on the Orient Express is one of my favourite novels ever, and probably my favourite mystery novel ever too. But this year, I want to make it a mini-mission to read more of her novels. I really like Christie’s style, and I want to know whether Christie is a one-time hit or a consistent hit for me. Any and all recommendations would be greatly appreciated down below. So my goal is to read at least 2 new Agatha Christie novels – no FOURTH TIME Murder on the Orient Express REREADS OK. Breathe.
Kasie West novels
I love contemporary. I love fluffy things. Last year, I read Love, Life and the List and actually really enjoyed it. It was so fun, adorable and easy to fly through. Kasie West has a lot of novels out that I want to try, and she has more novels coming out this year that I’m definitely going to check out. Also, the goal is to read at least 2 novels by her.
So that’s all for today! What books are you planning to read in 2018? Which ones should I get to first? Any recommendations for the authors I listed above? Any advice for my bookish dilemmas?