I’m sure I won’t complete all of it – my main goal is actually to not be too hard on myself when… circumstances will make it difficult for me to read as much as I did this summer – but I like writing lists, so why not.
Those Left Behind
I have written two TBR posts this year: the one about Books I didn’t Get to in 2017 in January and a Mid-Year TBR in July. I want to read the books from those posts that I haven’t already removed from my goodreads TBR or read (yes, sometimes I even read what I said I would read!)
Out of the Blue by Sophie Cameron – this is a f/f story set in Edimburgh involving fallen angels. I haven’t heard much about it, but what I heard was good and I really want to get to it. The other f/f book involving fallen angels I read this year was great, and I hope this is too.
Jade City by Fonda Lee – I have an ARC of this. Why haven’t I read this yet. I love diverse fantasy about horrible people, why am I procrastinating on this? There’s magical jade and I know it’s going to be great but I always find adult fantasy intimidating.
Moonshine by Jasmine Gower – this was a cover buy and I haven’t heard anyone talk about it, but it’s really queer and that’s all I care about when the cover is that pretty. I hope it’s good?
First in a YA Series TBR
This year, I read a lot of standalones. There’s a reason for that – I lose interest in series easily if I don’t read the books close to one another – and that’s why I haven’t read some YA new releases I really wanted to get to. Now, 2019 is closer and closer and I might as well read them before the sequels come out.
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi – half of the reason I haven’t read it yet is the hype, the other half is the fact that I want to read it closer to its sequel. It’s Nigerian YA fantasy and I have heard mostly great things, so I need to get to this eventually.
Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi – another Nigerian YA fantasy! I haven’t heard that much about this but I love the cover and I need to read more African SFF. Also, there’s sin eating involved here and that sounds like a really interesting magic system.
Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody – I might not have loved everything about her debut, but the atmosphere was perfect and I’m sure it will be here too. I need some good YA fantasy and that’s exactly what this seems to be.
Sequel (or Reread for the Sequel) TBR
As I said before, I’m not good at sequels and I need to remind myself to continue what I started.
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco – I don’t know if I will be able to get to The Heart Forger this year too, because this isn’t a series you can read back to back (it’s too slow for that. It would be like looking for a slump.) but I want at least to reread The Bone Witch this fall, and get to The Heart Forger before The Shadowglass comes out.
The Phoenix Empress by K Arsenault Rivera – I don’t know if I will need to reread The Tiger’s Daughter first (I hope not; I liked that book but it took me a week) but I have an ARC of this and I don’t want to put it off just because it’s a sequel.
The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May – I started this series in 2015, I rated the first two books five stars, there’s no reason I haven’t read this yet – I really should have by now. The problem is, I always forget it exists; it’s a sequel of a book that didn’t get that much hype.
Books I need to read that I would want to read even if I didn’t have to.
Vita Nostra by Marina & Sergey Dyachenko – I have no idea what this is about but I’m sure I won’t forget it easily. Also, I want to read more translated books and this one looks really interesting to me.
In the Vanishers’ Palace by Aliette de Bodard – a f/f retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a Vietnamese cast, written by one of my favorite authors. I’m going to get to this very soon because how could I not.
Toxic by Lydia Kang – maybe YA sci-fi is finally catching up with the cool spaceship ideas that are common in its adult counterpart? This is set in a dying biological spaceship and I love that kind of setting (I also hope this won’t focus too much on the romance, that’s not what I want, but I’ll go into it with low expectations).
Fall New Releases
Some fall new releases I don’t want to procrastinate on. It might happen anyway.
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan – I have been looking for not standalone f/f YA fantasy for a long time, and we’re finally getting some this year! I have heard nothing but good things about this, the cover is gorgeous and I really don’t want to miss it.
Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore – I have rated every book I’ve read by this author five stars, so of course this is one of my most anticipated releases for this year. [I’m going to act like I have totally read The Weight of Feathers like I promised I would at the beginning of the year.]
Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao – I want to see Xifeng again! I loved Forest of a Thousand Lanterns and I can’t wait to read Jade’s half of the story, even though so many things could go wrong. (I’m also not a fan of the cover change but I’ll try not to complain).
Have you read any of these?