Much like other avid readers, I have a long list of books that I want to read. Otherwise known as my To Be Read (or TBR) list for short.
It’s a growing list of books I’ve either been recommended, heard about, or found in bookstores but decided to pick up another. My entire TBR list can be found on Goodreads, my favourite place to find book recommendations, but I thought I’d share with you a few of the books I already own that are on my TBR list.
For the perfect love, what would you be willing to lose? It’s been a shattering year for seventeen-year-old Zoe, who’s still reeling from her father’s shocking death in a caving accident and her neighbors’ mysterious disappearance from their own home. Then on a terrifying subzero, blizzardy night in Montana, she and her brother are brutally attacked in the woods – only to be rescued by a mysterious bounty hunter they call X. X is no ordinary bounty hunter. He is from a hell called the Lowlands, sent to claim the soul of Zoe’s evil attacker and others like him. X is forbidden from revealing himself to anyone other than his prey, but he casts aside the Lowlands’ rules for Zoe. As they learn more about their colliding worlds, they begin to question the past, their fate, and their future. But escaping the Lowlands and the ties that bind X might mean the ultimate sacrifice for them both.
This is my most recent book purchase which was made simply because everyone is talking about how good it is. I probably (read: definitely) could have done without picking this one up as soon as I did, since as you’re about to see my TBR list of books I already own is ridiculously long but I couldn’t help myself. Look out for a review of this in my February book round up!
Flora has anterograde amnesia. She can’t remember anything day-to-day: the joke her friend made, the instructions her parents gave her, how old she is. Then she kisses someone she shouldn’t, and the next day she remembers it. It’s the first time she’s remembered anything since she was ten. But the boy is gone. She thinks he’s moved to the Arctic. Will following him be the key to unlocking her memory? Who can she trust?
When I first read the blurb for The One Memory of Flora Banks on Goodreads, I was immediately suckered in. Such a cool story concept. I cannot think of another book that I’ve read that even sounds remotely similar. I knew right away that I wanted to read it and the hype that’s been surrounding it definitely didn’t help. I had to buy it. Now I just have to read it!
Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The broken glass washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you. Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.
I had never heard of this book before seeing it in store. I was hunting for The One Memory of Flora Banks and spotted Girl in Pieces on the shelf. The cover seemed kinda cool, so I gave the blurb a quick glance and just like that I was at the checkout and it was coming home with me. I think I may be the most excited to read this book out of all of them so far, simply because I didn’t buy it because of the hype and I’m not worried about it not living up to any expectation I have because of that.
Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child. So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over — she’s getting divorced, she has three kids and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She has to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes. Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and whether it’s possible to start over
Something I really want to do this year is to step outside my comfort zone of Young Adult books. I know there are some amazing New Adult & Adult Fiction but I just don’t find myself gravitating towards them when I’m on the hunt for new books. I found What Alice Forgot while I was browsing the aisles of my beloved Kmart and was instantly in love. Firstly, it’s an Australian Author which I love and secondly, it’s got some amazing reviews on the back that really sealed the deal. Another one that I’m so excited to read.
A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret. Lies upon lies. True love. The truth.
I’ve technically read 2 pages of this book but stopped because I bought Throne of Glass and I am not the kinda girl who can balance two books at once. This book has me so intrigued. I’m generally not one for mystery books but wow, the blurb on this book had me reeling. I bought this without knowing a single thing and once I searched the internet for a few reviews, I knew I’d picked up a good one. I’m hoping to finish it off this month just because I’m dying to know what happens.
Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him. Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul’s guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.
I want to read this book so bad. Not only have I heard all the hype and had this book constantly recommended to me but I’ve only read the blurb and I am already invested. The only thing that has stopped me from reading this book is that I cannot find the second book in the series anywhere in stores. I’m one of those people who like to read a series straight away, no waiting, no breaks in between. So, once I finally get my hands on A Thousand Skies Above You, I’ll get started on this book!
Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything. Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone. Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.
I’ve read All The Bright Places (You can see my thoughts on it here) and enjoyed it. So when I found out about Holding Up The Universe, I knew I wanted to read it. It’s not high on my priority list of reading, simply because there are so many other amazing books I’m more excited to read. I am determined to have this book finished by the end of the year, though!
Two misfits. One extraordinary love. Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor. Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.
Yet another book pushed down to the bottom of the pile as I find more and more books to read. I was so excited to get into this book when I first bought it. Then I made the mistake of reading reviews and well, I’m a bit divided on it now. I’m also a bit worried I overhyped the book for myself and after reading Fangirl, which was good but not as good as I was expecting (more thoughts found here), I’m definitely going to read Eleanor & Park with lowered expectations.
Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.
Here’s a shocker for you all – I have not read any book from the Shadow Hunters series. I’m 99% sure I attempted to start the series a few years ago and that I’ve got the books stashed somewhere in my Mum’s house but I never got around to reading the series. I was gifted Lady Midnight and while I have no idea what it’s about or even if it’s a good idea to read it before the rest of the Shadowhunter series, I’m looking forward to getting into it. Despite being huge, I’m definitely looking forward to this one.
Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true. Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.
I have heard so many amazing things about Colleen Hoover’s writing. So many. So when I found myself the owner of a $50 iTunes gift voucher I went straight to iBooks and searched for Colleen Hoover. Firstly, she has written so many books that I want to read but It Ends With Us was the one that I chose to go with first. Unfortunately, it’s been on my TBR list for a bit because I’m such a lover of physical books that I tend to read them first before remembering I have books on my iPad or phone.
For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime. Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.
I don’t know what led me to this book. Probably a mixture between Goodreads and spending too much time watching BookTubers on YouTube but I bought the eBook on a bit of a whim. I’m excited to read it though because the story seems so interesting and up my alley and also, the title, ugh, so cheesy but so intriguing.
Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favorite book in his family’s bookshop. She waited. But Henry never came. Now Rachel has returned to the city—and to the bookshop—to work alongside the boy she’d rather not see, if at all possible, for the rest of her life. But Rachel needs the distraction. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can’t feel anything anymore. As Henry and Rachel work side by side—surrounded by books, watching love stories unfold, exchanging letters between the pages—they find hope in each other. Because life may be uncontrollable, even unbearable sometimes. But it’s possible that words, and love, and second chances are enough.
Not gonna lie, the cover got me on this one. I could have done without another book to read but damn it, the cover sucked me in. Also, it features one of my all time favourite places – second-hand bookstores and it’s a love story. How could I pass Words In the Deep Blue up?
There you have it, my ridiculously long To Be Read list! Have you read any of the books on my list? or are any of these books also on your list? Let me know in the comments below!
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