Halfway through the year, and it’s time to evaluate our reading goals and take a look at our TBRs for the second half of the year!
In January I wrote a post about the books I didn’t get to in 2017. I’ve read 5 out of 15 so far (now 14, because I decided to not read one of them), which isn’t great, but it’s something.
This is the updated yearly TBR. As usual, I have more than three books for each category, but these are the ones I want to read the most.
These are books I own. I have a small physical TBR, and I want it to stay that way, which means I need to read these.
Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor: I didn’t love Okorafor’s Binti series, but I really liked her writing, so I hope I’ll like this more. Lagoon is about Nigerian mythology and a city consuming itself, and that sounds like everything I didn’t know I needed.
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer: I loved Borne in 2017, so I really want to get to this, and it’s really short. I also want to reread Borne, but that will need to wait. This is a popular book but I actually know nothing about it – I just know that there’s creepy stuff and female scientists.
Moonshine by Jasmine Gower: I love this cover and it’s even more gorgeous in person, but the main reason I want to read it is the queer (especially aromantic) representation. Also, it’s prohibition-era-inspired fantasy.
My physical TBR is very small. My ebook TBR, however, is not. Most unread books I own in this format are the ones with really interesting premises (that’s why I bought them) that didn’t get much hype (and that’s why I keep forgetting them).
Barbary Station by R.E. Stearns: I am going to read it this summer. I am. I know I keep saying that I’m going to read this and then I never do, but I will get to this, because f/f space pirates do not deserve my procrastination. I’ve never heard anyone talk about it, which is why I keep forgetting it exists, but I hope it’s good.
Out of the Blue by Sophie Cameron: the other f/f book involving fallen angels I read was great, and I hope this one is too. I’ve heard almost nothing about it but it’s gay, set in Edimburgh and it has chronic illness representation.
The Wicker King by K. Ancrum: I feel like I’m either going to hate this or love it, because that’s usually what happens with weird books, and I really don’t want to hate this, so I haven’t read it yet (I know, I’m great). But I will get to it this year.
SFF Procrastination Time
Which adult SFF books I always say I want to read and then never do?
Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant: there’s a reason I keep putting this off, even though it has the potential of being one of my new favorite books because of its premise. I want to read this when I don’t have school or exams anymore and I can start annoying marine life with a camera again. This book is about marine biologists and killer mermaids, which is the perfect kind of horror for the season. Also, it’s f/f and the love interest is autistic.
Jade City by Fonda Lee: I was on the fence about this one for a long time, because it’s a mafia-like story. While Jade City has nothing to do with the Italian mafia, it’s not a trope I love anyway, but I finally decided I needed to give it a chance… almost three months ago. And I haven’t read it yet, but now I’m going to, because I got an ARC (yes, I got an eARC of a book that has been out for months, it was on netgalley, I don’t know why).
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin: On one hand, I’m proud of myself because I’ve already got through two books from my “intimidating TBR” post of a month ago (I didn’t like them, but I’m going to pretend that didn’t happen). On the other hand, I keep saying I want to read this and then I never do. I am going to start it this summer, in July if I can.
YA new releases
In 2018, I decided that I wasn’t going to prioritize new YA releases anymore, because they were most of what I read in 2017. It worked too well, most books I read in 2018 so far were adult, and now my TBR is full of YA new releases I really want to read.
A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna: a YA sci-fantasy book inspired by the Mahabharata! Gods in space! I think this is an awesome premise and the cover is lovely (also, I have an eARC).
Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody: a hyped YA fantasy novel I want to get to. I’ve heard mixed things about this and I had mixed feelings about Daughter of the Burning City (but: my main problems were with the aro-spec representation, not with the book itself). The plot seems to have potential, so I’ll give this a chance.
Final Draft by Riley Redgate: I really liked Noteworthy by this author and I keep hearing Final Draft is even better (and it’s f/f). If it’s only half as funny as Noteworthy was, I’m sure I’ll love it.
Because if I procrastinated on new releases, I did even worse with the backlist, and it wasn’t even my intention to procrastinate on YA backlist.
The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones: I had heard good things about this last year, and a few weeks ago I read the first chapter and loved it. There are demons and apparently the characters are great.
Like Water by Rebecca Podos: this looks like a quiet queer book and I love quiet queer contemporaries. I’ve heard the main pairing is f/genderqueer, and it looks like it could be a great summer read.
Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge: this author’s books are very polarizing, but I really liked both Cruel Beauty and Crimson Bound (especially Crimson Bound, it’s one of the rare examples of m/f/m love triangles done right), so I want to get to Bright Smoke, Cold Fire too. I’m not sure zombies are for me, but we’ll see.
Have you read any of these? Do you love to set goals and TBRs for yourself you’ll never be able to complete too?