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?