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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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!


  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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