Hello bookish friends!
For today’s post, I thought it would be quite interesting to see what’s at the bottom of my TBR and what I’m least excited about reading that I have in my possession (excluding library books). I’d like to get a better idea of what books I own and whether or not I am still actually interested in reading them and want to hold onto them.
1. Frostfire by Amanda Hocking
Back when I was around 17, I adored the Trylle trilogy – it was one of my all-time-favourite series. So when this series came out a few years later, I was so excited to get back into this storyworld but I think my reading tastes have changed a bit since I last read these books. I tried to read it about a year ago but struggled with the simplicity of the writing and the predictability of the plot. The characters were also quite bland and under-developed and the only thing that made me want to continue reading was nostalgia. I’m going to give this book another go at some point, but if I’m not enjoying myself, I’ll have to unhaul it, sadly. The original trilogy will always have a special place in my heart.
2. Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
Considering this book’s premise involves a library that essentially controls the world through knowledge, you’d think I would have started reading this series already! It sounds like the exact type of series I would enjoy and I’ve previously read Caine’s vampire books back in my teen years and liked them quite a bit. I guess I just haven’t seen anyone else talk about this series and make me feel excited about reading it. But the fact that the main character is the son of a book smuggler and the plot revolves around discovering dark secrets of the library, I really need to get started on this series.
3. Proxy by Alex London
This is one I bought back when dystopian fiction was still quite popular. I would really like to get back into dystopian books but I just haven’t had the motivation for it recently. I’m a little sad that dystopian books aren’t something publishers are putting out there anymore since I was really into them when they were all coming out. I love the fast-pace and the action and the usually snappy, drama-intense dialogue. They were always great fun and I’m hoping this one will be too.
4. Wide Awake by David Levithan
This one has been on my shelf for years. David Levithan was the first queer author I read that had books with queer main characters in them so there was a point in my late teens that I just bought/borrowed all the books that I could find by him. Although it wasn’t too long ago, queer books are so much more common these days than they were 7 years ago which I love (!) but that also means that there are other, more recent queer books that are at the very top of my list that also relate more to my personal experiences of being pan, aro and ace. I do still want to get around to this at some point as David Levithan was such an important author for me growing up.
5. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
I still absolutely have every intention of reading this but I think I’m slightly more interested in Shannon’s soon-to-be-released The Priory of the Orange Tree which has dragons and sapphic ladies in it. I think knowing how long this series is and knowing that only the first three are currently out is putting me off a little from starting this, especially since there’s been about two years, on average, between each book. I think reading Priory will give me a good indication of whether or not I’d like to still read The Bone Season, so hopefully I can get my hands of Priory soon!
So that’s it for this post. I think what I can take away most from this post is that I am still interested in reading all of these, but there are just so many new books that keep on catching my attention so that I put these down my list and get less excited about them over time. I’d love to have read at least one of these by the end of the year since these have all been on my TBR for the past few years now.
Are there any books that are at the bottom of your TBR that you’ve been meaning to get to for years that you’d still like to?