Seeing as I haven't updated my blog in about 3 years, it should be no surprise that my bookcases are bursting with well intentioned purchases that I never got around to reading.
I start things (a lot of things) and while I finish some, it's safe to say most languish in the field of broken promises. And this is a fate I'm not comfortable sentencing so many excellent books too; thankfully, the wonderful blog The Quiet Pond has a solution. It's the #StartOnYourShelfathon. A readathon dedicated to clearing out the books that you keep promising you'll get too, one day. Well today is that day, and I present to you my current TBR. I have divided it into sections to make it a bit easier. (for me)
To begin, my current reads: the books I have already started.
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman - A Christmas (or maybe it was birthday present) from at least 4 years ago.
The Fire in Fiction by Donald Maass - I started this one a few years ago, read half of it and fear that I will need to start from the beginning again which means I keep putting it off.
The Anatomy of Story by John Truby - Another writing book. I'm disappointed to learn that just owning them doesn't make me a better writer and that I in fact need to READ them... what a scam.
Two Can Keep a Secret by Marken M. McManus - A fun thriller that I know I will demolish in an afternoon if I could focus long enough to sit down with it.
City of Fallen Angels - At one point I bought all 9 of Cassandra Claire's books. Which, was probably a mistake as I am not a big fan of Urban Paranormal or bad boys in leather. But I will keep going simply because I support Jem. Turns out tortured artists are my catnip, you all can keep your emotionally stunted Draco's.
The Third Mrs. Durst by Ann Aguirre - A revenge domestic thriller that I was greatly enjoying and I can't remember why I put it down.
A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo - This book grabbed me at the first line and I know that if I open the pages again I won't escape again till the last page.
This is how You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone - This is one I could finish in a day but I feel to do so would be to a disservice to the words. This is a book you want to soak in, to let the words lap at you gently so you don't notice the rapids you are drifting towards.
Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte - The reason I haven't finished this one is incredibly simple. I don't know where I left it.
The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín - I made the mistake of lending this when I was taking a brief break with it and now I must wait for the next family gathering to collect it. Thankfully, tis the season.
This year marked my partial surrender to the monolith that is Amazon. I joined Audible. And I started well, I actually finished a number of them. But now the months are building up and the books that have been downloaded and started continue to grow.
The Diviners by Libba Bray - Not going to lie. I am simply intimidated by the size on this one despite a killer opening chapter.
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson - I can handle evil characters, but a man who forces his employees to play Monopoly once a week? The devil truly walks among us.
And what is all of these? These are the one that are NEXT on my TBR. The ones I have purchased most recently and thus they still have a waft of that enticing new book smell.
Monuments by Will Kostakis - an adventure that appears to be in a similar vein to the Percy Jackson books.
The Yearbook Committee by Sarah Ayoub - contemporary of unlikely teammates thrust together against their will.
What I Like About Me by Jenna Guillaume - teen beauty pageants and romcom? Sounds good to me.
Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin and Ezekiel Kwaymullina - A young girl whose died must help her detective father solve the mystery that lies beneath their quiet town.
How it Feels to Float by Helena Fox - a story of grief, loss and love.
The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling by Wai Chim - just when a young girl thinks she's got a handle on her life is of course when things begin to get complicated.
Wilder Girls by Rory Power - a horror that I am GREATLY anticipating. And now that I've finally stopped loaning it out to other people maybe I can read it myself.
Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake - I don't want this series to end! But also, I need to know HOW it ends!
Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan - The sequel to the sapphic story of body autonomy and revolution. I am excited.
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kirsten White - I am a big fan of stand alone horror which is why I own so many... now if only I read them.
Circe by Madeline Miller - Why yes, I do own some books that aren't YA. Wait, I've just remembered I don't own this one, I borrowed it from a friend... never mind.
Poems from the Moor by Emily Brontë - I opened to a random page and found a poem that was along the lines of: if I die, no one will mourn me. I am looking forward to reliving my teen goth years.
Falling in Love with Hominids by Nalo Hopkinson - a collection of stories including a retelling of The Tempest as a Caribbean myth.
Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History Edited by Rose Fox & Daniel José Older - 27 stories inspired by people whose lives have been pushed to the margins of history.
What do I hope to accomplish this #StartOnYourShelfathon? Good question. If I can make a dent in these, not even half of them, just enough that I'm no longer in danger of being crushed to death by my tbr, I will be happy.
Will I commit to not buying any books until it's done? Yes. (but even I know I'm lying)
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