Happy Tuesday, book fam!
As many of y’all know, I was a bridesmaid in a gorgeous wedding that took place over the weekend. The past few days have been full of laughs, love, speeches, tears from joy and various emotions, dancing, and — unfortunately — very little reading. But when two of your favorite people decide to say, “I do” you willingly make sacrifices.
Please forgive the quality of the photos, they’re mostly screenshots from my Snap feed.
Now that my bridesmaid’s duties are fulfilled, it’s time to get serious and hit the books. In addition to the 4 ARCs I need to read/review, I also need to respond to 2 tags, 2 awards (thanks again!), and numerous comments…Have I mentioned how much I appreciate y’all’s patience?
As you also know I’ve been partaking in TTT during the hiatus to catch up on topics I’ve missed, and this week’s topic hopefully won’t add to your anger (see above).
This week (Top Ten Tuesday #5) I’ll be listing my “Top Ten Books I Feel As Though Everyone Has Read But Me.”
1) Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Okay we’re starting out easy here! Although this is an extremely popular book, it seems to lack the fanatical following that the others on my list possess. Ergo, for survival reasons, it felt appropriate to list this one first. If you’re already judging me, you might want to exit the post here! You have been warned.
2) Cinder by Marissa Meyer
I know, I know. This one is just shameful. Not only due to the fact that the whole series has been completed — for years — but also because I’m self-proclaimed “trash for fairy tale retellings.” I pinky promise this is one the “Read ASAP” list though!
3) Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
I know 3 things about this book: 1) It’s the first in a series, 2) It’s told in a crazy unique format (hacked emails, maps, documents, etc), 3) The book community went INSANE for this. I own it. It will happen…eventually…
4) Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Scroll back to entry #2. Add facepalm.
5) City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
PLEASE don’t unfollow until you hear me out! Or at all preferably! Now I know this series for some of you is what Harry Potter is to me:
the boy who lived! the one that started it all! I have every intention of getting around to this, I swear, but when you’re 10+ books, a movie, and a TV show behind it’s hard to catch up.
6) Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
I debated using the new cover art — because yeah, it’s been published for that long — to add insult to injury here, but opted for the one I like more (as you know from my previous post)! Like many of the titles on this list, this has been purchased and will hopefully be checked off soon! #ReaderDreamsVsReaderReality
7) A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
This is one of those books that has everything you need: time-traveling magicians, a pickpocket with a heart of gold (?), and “treachery afoot.” Which might explain why it’s been devoured by the ENTIRE book community sans me. Schwab has become a literary heavy hitter over the past few years and officially has me intrigued.
8) Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
SJM has a “Queen Bee” vibe in the bookish community, and although I read/loved/devoured the ACO-series, I haven’t bent the knee to the Throne. Like the City of Bones series, the idea of starting a saga that’s already 6 books deep — or would be by the time I started this one — is my primary delay.
9) Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
These next two are the ones that are really going to hurt so if you stuck with me, stay strong! From the beautiful cover art to the poetic words inside the book community seems to have been swept away with Strange. Word on the street? This is one of those novels that people cherish every word of. Where they deliberately slow down their reading pace in hopes it will never end. This is precisely why my “super behind in reading challenge/arcs” self cannot yet commit. But in the meantime, I’ll be dreaming about you, Lazlo…
10) Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Outside of HP, I cannot think of a more hyped series that everyone idolizes, names pets/children/houseplants after, or brings shame to non-readers more than the Six of Crows duology. If it brings you any solace, please know that I’m fully aware that this is one of those ones that I’ll be kicking myself for not reading sooner when that fateful day arrives.
Okay, it’s done. The truth is out there. Can we still be friends?
Speaking of friends, would anyone like to buddy read any of these to get these juggernauts off our TBRs? Did I miss any epic titles? Are any of these overblown and should be skipped? Look forward to your thoughts!
As always, happy reading!