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T10T: Backlist Books I Want to Read

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Backlist Books I Want to Read.

The only thing I love more than ignoring new releases or ignoring my ARCs is ignoring the backlist!


Our Lady of the Ice

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Our Lady of the Ice isn’t exactly well-known (or well-loved, as its average goodreads rating is pretty low) but it’s a historical sci-fi story with a (main, I think?) f/f couple set in Antarctica. It may or may not have some mystery/thriller elements, and it also happens to have one of the best titles ever. Of course I want to read it.

Why haven’t I read it yet: I own it, but the goodreads ratings make me hesitate.


The Watchmaker of Filigree Street and The Bedlam Stacks

I haven’t read anything by Natasha Pulley yet even though I own two of her novels. I’ve heard nothing but great things about them, and they should be gay historical fiction (that was translated in my first language!) so I hope to I’m able to get to them soon.

Why haven’t I read them yet: I own physical copies of these and I usually read e-books because they’re easier to bring with me.


The Weight of Feathers

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Anna-Marie McLemore is now an auto-buy author for me. I’ve just reread and loved When the Moon Was Ours, and I hope I’ll be able to get to Blanca & Roja this December, but I’ve heard her debut isn’t as good as the rest of her books and I’m hesitant. I want to read it, I just want to go into it with the right expectations.

Why haven’t I read it yet: I want this to be good but I don’t think it’s going to be as good as I want it to be.


Last Song Before Night

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I own this, I own it almost only because of the gorgeous cover, and I need to read it. I don’t remember what it is about in any way but I think I liked the first chapter, or I wouldn’t have bought this.

Why haven’t I read it yet: I often forget it exists.


The Broken Earth Trilogy

I tried reading The Fifth Season this summer, had to put it down, and I haven’t tried again since. I want to read this series, I just almost always feel like it’s the wrong time to do so? But I will get to it.

Why haven’t I read them yet: They’re the most intimidating books on my TBR at the moment.


An Unkindness of Magicians

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I love this cover, I know nothing about the book itself, but I want to try it at least. It’s not a priority but I loved a short story by Kat Howard, so I want to try her longer fiction too.

Why haven’t I read it yet: I don’t know. I don’t have a reason.


A Taste of Honey

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I own this too! I have no idea what it is about, but I’ve heard a lot of good things about it and I think I liked its first chapter. I’ve been wanting to try Kai Ashante Wilson’s short fiction for a while now, and I think that’s why I bought it.

Why haven’t I read it yet: I’m saving this for a read-a-thon.


In the Night Garden and Palimpsest

I have loved every Catherynne M. Valente novel I’ve read, so I really want to get to In the Night Garden and Palimpsest too. The first should be about stories within a story, and I think some of them involve witches? Anyway, it sounds awesome, and so does Palimpsest, since it’s about a sexually transmitted city.

Why haven’t I read them yet: I like to read Valente’s books months apart from each other. Her writing is great but it’s also kind of exhausting to read.


The Fallen Kingdom

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What happens when the only thing you’re actually good at is procrastinating on sequels? You end up not completing a series even though the first books were five stars for you. I don’t know what it is about me and not continuing series but it seems to be a trend.

Why haven’t I read it yet: I would have to reread The Vanishing Throne, which I loved, but I don’t have the time to reread a physical book right now.


The Hearts We Sold

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I really think I’m going to like this a lot when I get to it. The premise, which involves demons and self-hate or something like that, sounded amazing when I read it. Do I remember it? No, but I love surprises.

Why haven’t I read it yet: No reason! I just keep choosing to read something else instead.


Have you read any of these? Do you, too, think that Acqua should stop procrastinating and read The Fifth Season already?

8 thoughts on “T10T: Backlist Books I Want to Read

    1. It would be my third book by Anna-Marie McLemore. Her writing is very flower-y, which isn’t for everyone, but I love it for that. I hope The Weight of Feathers doesn’t disappoint either of us!

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  1. I loved the Watchmaker of Filigree Street! I saw it in a bookshop here, and I didn’t know anything about it, the blurb didn’t give much away but I had this feeling of “I think this book is gay, I’m almost certain this book is gay” and so I bought it and what do you know I was right! It’s a little bit steampunk too, which isn’t something I always enjoy but it’s not overwhelming so it was fine. I haven’t heard of the Bedlam Stacks but I’m going to add it to my tbr.
    Our Lady of the Ice sounds really intriguing too, I find low goodreads ratings discouraging as well, but on the other hand I’ve read many books with high ratings that I absolutely hated so you never know what you’re going to get.
    I’ve been meaning to read a Taste of Honey as well, it sounds really interesting and I’ve been in the mood for novellas.

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    1. I’m glad you liked The Watchmaker of Filigree Street! I love steampunk, so I hope I like this too. The Bedlam Stacks is set in the same world/universe, I think? I’m not sure, but I’ve heard there are references to Watchmaker in that book.
      I’m cautiously optimistic about Our Lady of the Ice. Goodreads is often misleading for me too, so I try not to listen to it too much, but sometimes the low ratings are deserved, even when the book’s premise sounds awesome. It has happened to me with f/f books before.

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  2. In The Night Garden definitley isn’t the easiest read, but it’s wonderful and has one of the coolest witches I’ve read about. Plus the best witch quote. I want to read An Unkindness of Magicians too, but that’s one I keep forgetting about. I also want to read Last Song Before Night and The Weight of Feathers, I’ve heard wonderful things about both – so I hope I’ll love them!

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