I have a habit of buying books and then taking for-ev-er to get around to reading them. Right now, I’m reading a very dense science fiction series (The Revenger Series by Alastair Reynolds) so that’s been a slog, especially since I’ve been in a reading slump anyway.
- The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth, #1) – N.K. Jemisin
- I used to read tons of epic fantasy, I’d say it was my favorite genre there for awhile, but this one has been hanging out on my shelf for longer than I’d like to admit. Especially since the other two books in the trilogy have been released, I should jump on this one.
- The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1) – Michelle Hodkin
- I bought this based off of it’s Goodreads description, and then went back later to read some of the reviews. They aren’t good, folks. So I’ve been putting off reading this one but now that I’m trying to reduce my massive collection of books but also don’t like to get rid of books I haven’t read, I guess I’ll be reading this one….but maybe after the others sitting on my shelves.
- Jackaby (Jackaby, #1) – William Ritter
- This is 100% a teen spooky/paranormal book and I love the cover art for it. It seems like the perfect beach book, honestly. Maybe I’ll take it one day when I’m going in October since it has ghosty/paranormal type elements. It really does look like a cute, fun, easy read. I’m not sure why I’ve let it sit for so long.
- Plague Land (Somershill Manor Mystery #1) – S.D. Sykes
- A (medieval) historical mystery dealing with the plague and a murder? Without being a romance novel? Yes please! I love history, I love murder mysteries, I love the idea of education via monastery, etc. etc. etc. Caveat – I do also enjoy historical romance novels – mysteries or otherwise.
- The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher – Kate Summerscale
- The only non-fiction book on this list, it’s a historical true crime book examining the case/detective that inspires a lot of today’s fictional detectives. I’m really intrigued by historical true crime – probably because of the whole “I love history” thing along with the “I’m also interested in True Crime” thing. I’ll try to work my way around to this one.
My Kindle/Audible Library…
- The Priory of the Orange Tree – Samantha Shannon
- Another epic fantasy novel that I need to read. It looks so freaking good, and yet I’m definitely sleeping on it. A secret – I actually started this book, then lost my Kindle for a little bit and by the time I found it again I had already moved on to another book. What I read was really great, and I need to get back to it.
- Parable of the Sower (Earthseed #1) – Octavia E. Butler
- This is a classic science fiction/post-apocalypse novel that I can’t believe I’ve never read. Even after seeing it on list after list, I haven’t picked it up. I’m a little bit ashamed of that, to be honest.
- When I Was You – Minka Kent
- This is on this list for the sole reason of being on my Kindle for a super long time. It’s supposed to be like a Gillian Flynn novel, but the reviews are spotty, so we’ll see.
- The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, #1) – Robert Jordan
- Shane has read all of these books, and is desperate for me to read them. I’ve heard the first several are excellent and then they get progressively less great. He’s pretty good about guessing if I’ll like a book/series, so I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.
- Pushing Ice – Alastair Reynolds (Audio)
- I just started reading Alastair Reynolds – his sci-fi books are far more sci than fi and sometimes (often) that’s pretty daunting. I don’t need to understand the mechanics of the physics in a universe, just the effects of them. Like I mentioned though, I’m reading his Revenger Series and really enjoying it so I thought I might give this a go. Also, it’s always nice to have an audiobook going on while I’m cleaning or driving (not that I drive much these days) or even if I just want to have something to listen to at night while I’m writing or something.
I should do these more often – it’s a great way to remember what I already own instead of thinking about the newest/greatest/best books currently coming out. It’s very likely that I still won’t read these because I’m very distractible when it comes to books, but this has definitely made me think about what my next read will be.