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T5W? TBR In Disguise

Top 5 Wednesday is a goodreads group created by Lainey (gingerreadslainey) and now hosted by Sam (thoughtsontomes). This week’s topic is a freebie! Which means I get to scream about random things like my TBR, who scares me.

I did a similar post earlier this year to motivate myself to read something that wasn’t a new 2018 YA release (which is most of what is hyped), and while I haven’t read all the books featured there, I have read more from the five categories I listed. So I’m doing something similar again – I can never stick to TBRs, but maybe this will work if I don’t actually call it a TBR.

Books I Want To Read In March

My immediate not-TBR.

Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly: the sequel will come out soon, I could request the ARC on netgalley, but I’m not doing that until I’m sure I want to read it. To know that, I need to read the first book, which has been on my TBR for months. I need to stop neglecting adult SFF.

Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp: this looks like a winter book, so I want to get to it before winter ends. I haven’t heard many good things about it (most reviews I saw were 3-2 stars, that’s also why I put it off), but I really liked Nijkamp’s story in The Radical Element, so I want to give one of her books a try.

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty: this book was really hyped before its releases, then I started seeing bad reviews of it everywhere and put it off. I’ve read 100 pages and put it aside for a few days, but I want to continue this – so far, I like it but I don’t feel strongly about it.

I Am Bad at Decisions, Help Me

I need to decide whether or not I want to read these.

Seven Surrenders by Ada Palmer: I’m not sure I want to do this, but I have to decide as soon as possible – if I decide to read it in a few months, then I’d have to reread Too Like the Lightning, and that’s not happening.

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater: I have liked everything I’ve read by this author, but this is a controversial book and I’ve read conflicting reviews.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff: again, a controversial book with very conflicting reviews; I’ve heard it’s hard to get into (but: I’ve heard that of The City of Brass, which I’m currently reading, and it’s not? Who knows) but I’ve also heard it’s great. So.


The ARCs I’m looking forward to the most and want to read before the end of April.

The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard: this should be a sci-fi Sherlock Holmes retelling in which the main character is a woman and Watson is a spaceship. It sounds great and I’ve also heard good things about this author, so I want to start this soon.

Revenant Gun by Yoon Ha Lee: I got an ARC of my most anticipated book of the year, the ending of my favorite series, almost four months before release date. This book scares me but at the same time I can’t wait.

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young: I requested this, got denied, wished for it and my wish got granted. I don’t know what happened but I’m totally ok with it. This is one of my most anticipated books for the first half of this year.

Started and Forgotten for No Reason

Sometimes I buy a book after reading the preview and then forget about it because shiny new releases. There are more than three of them.

Barbary Station by R. E. Stearns: I read one chapter of this and put it down for another book twice, one time because of bad timing (the thing about eARCs is that you always get approved at the worst possible time) and the other because I was in the mood for something challenging – which doesn’t happen often – and I finally read Too Like the Lightning. But I need to stop putting this off, it’s about f/f pirates in space. I need this.

Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi: I loved the ebook preview of this, I bought the book and then I forgot I had it. It doesn’t have the best reviews, but it looks like something I could enjoy? It’s Nigerian fantasy about sin-eating.

The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana: The Library of Fates got mixed reviews, and while I did like the first chapter when I read it… seven months ago, I haven’t continued it, and I want to (at least) try.

Authors You Already Know and Love

Because sometimes I read a book by an author, decide I want to read everything that author has written, and then ignore their books.

The Archived by Victoria Schwab: I think this is the book that has been on my goodreads TBR the longest. I haven’t started the series because it does not have an ending, but I can’t leave this book on the to-read list forever – this year, I will either read it or remove it.

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera: I read and loved They Both Die at the End in December, and while I have no interest in More Happy than Not, I want to try this one.

The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken: middle grade may not be my favorite age range, but I’ve always loved this author’s writing style and I liked the first chapter of this. Also, it’s a BooktubeSFF award nominee.

Are there any books you want to get to soon but keep putting off? Have you heard of any of these?

21 thoughts on “T5W? TBR In Disguise

  1. Out of these I’ve only read Nevernight and its beginning either hooks you from the start or puts you off the book for the first 100-150 pages. I was personally hooked from the start, and what hooked me wasn’t the story itself (at least at the very beginning) but the writing style. The writing style is also the same thing that many people find hard to get into, so, you know, it’s really a hit or miss. But in my opinion the story is entirely worth pushing through the few initial chapters, if you’re patient enough.

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    1. Good to know! I’ve mostly seen complaints about footnotes and weird metaphors, which are hit or miss for me too. I think I will try this, maybe around Darkdawn’s release date; this is a premise that can’t go that wrong (also, the other bi-girl-in-assassin-school book I read was one of my favorites of 2017…)

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  2. Nevernight’s beginning and end were my favorite parts of the book, it was the middle that dragged my rating Dow to a three star

    You should definitely read the Archived series! The author said she’s working on the finale, though there isn’t a release date, but I personally like the series

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  3. I thought all the crooked saints was pretty MEH. The underlying storyline was great but the writing made me want to throw my kindle across the room multiple times. The phrase “handsome as a cigarette” was used, and one character had an unusual obsession with another character’s elbows. Was probably one of the most wierd and infuriating books I’ve read while also having an amazing storyline that at one point made me tear up. I know, sounds wierd ,😂

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    1. I’ve heard it goes for the absurd (which I wouldn’t mind! I love well-written weird), but I have no idea of what “handsome as a cigarette” means either. If I ever decide to read it, I won’t go into it with too-high expectations, then!

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  4. There has to be something about Library of Fates that makes it easy to forget, cause I did the same thing. I still want to read it though, I just keep forgetting about it. I’m pretty ambivalent about Nevernight too. I own it, so I’ll probably read it. But I’ve heard so many negative things it’s put me off it a little. I know I’m in the tiny minority here but I loved All the Crooked Saint to pieces. It’s really strange and atmospheric and the writing style’s kind of fairy-tale like, with a omniscient third person narration that I think you either love or hate.

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    1. The many negative reviews are why I’m putting both Nevernight and Library of Fates off; I own the second one, so I know I’ll read it – if I ever remember it exists. Very few tradpub YA fantasy releases get so little hype…

      I think I’ll try All the Crooked Saints and see if the writing style works for me. Weird things are always polarizing, and the main reason I want to read this is to see what I think of it.


  5. oh Acqua, I’m so happy for you about Revenant Gun. I hope you love it as much as you want to! Also, I will read Barbary Station immediately if you love it. I had it on my tentative list because of the lack of friend reviews but it looks SO GOOD.

    Okay, I would say yes to Seven Surrenders, because I always let myself forget plot points in series I love, never pick up the books again, and then regret it. I LOVED Nevernight, but found the beginning to be a serious slog and had a few issues with it – there’s this weird section of book one where the author tries to talk about racism and clearly doesn’t know how to do it, etc. Sort of like your Too-Like-the-Lighting positive review, I just somehow really enjoyed reading it anyway…?

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    1. I need Barbary Station to be good! It would be a waste of the best premise otherwise. And also Revenant Gun. I’m scared of third book in trilogies, more people will DIE but here I love all the characters, and what do I do with my life then

      Yes, that’s more or less how I felt about Too Like the Lightning, except the whole book was a slog (…a very slow-moving trainwreck). I’ll try Seven Surrenders soon and see if I can get through it; if I can’t, I’ll quit the series. And I want to try Nevernight but that will probably happen later this year.

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      1. unfortunately relatable as to conclusions!! I also have an unfortunate tendency to dislike final books? so there’s that.

        I hope Seven Surrenders goes well!

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  6. That’s such a cool post to talk about your TBR!
    I’m not sure what to make of the negative reviews of City of Brass coming in, I did want to read it, but now I think I’ll wait a bit and decide if I should keep it on my Goodreads TBR! 😮

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    1. Thanks! I like The City of Brass so far, but I’m not even halfway through. Most of the bad reviews said that this book had too much worldbulding – I don’t agree – and that it was boring – which could be true but at the moment it isn’t.

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  7. I swear this is me every month with a “TBR” for myself. I have the audio book for City of Brass and I’m really excited for it 🙂 it sounds awesome being set in Egypt with having a magical city in the plot. I hear good things about “Prosper Redding” as well and I’m curious about what you think of Sky in the Deep 🙂

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    1. I like to put together TBRs nearly as much as I love to ignore them!
      I’m more than halfway through The City of Brass now and I really like it so far – it’s adult fantasy on the slower side but I don’t have a problem with that.

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