My TBR Pile is Huge and It’s a Problem: 5 Books I Need to Read

My To-Be-Read list is growing nonstop, and I think this is a problem that a lot of bookish folks like ourselves have. So let’s take a look at what’s on my TBR, and why it’s there.


Why It’s On My List: I loved Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton, and I was thrilled the other night to discover that there was not one, but two sequels to a book that I thought was sorely underrated. I have Traitor to the Throne downloaded on my Overdrive (my library is amazing), and I’ll be reading it probably here pretty quickly.

Rebel of the Sands was a gripping YA pageturner. As I’ve recently discovered with Lethal White, this isn’t always the case for sequels, but I have a good feeling about Hamilton’s writing and storytelling ability. Seriously, I read Rebel of the Sands when reading was about all I could do a couple of years ago, and it was AMAZING. At first glance, Traitor to the Throne looks to be action-packed and full of adventure in only the way that YA novels can be – gung-ho about themselves. But we can get into the differences between YA fantasy and Fantasy fantasy another day.

Why It’s On My List: Back when I worked at the bookstore, near the tail end of when I worked, this book was all anyone could talk about. The Song of Achilles is one that I downloaded on Audible and tried super hard to get into, but the truth of the matter is that I’m just not into audiobooks. I’m sure they work great for some people, but not for me. So I’ve got this on my Kindle, and I’ll be picking it up from there. So The Song of Achilles is on this list primarily because I’ve already started it, and because I remember everyone saying it was worth it.

Why It’s On My List: So I literally just picked up The Afterlife of Holly Chase from the library because I was looking for a good holiday read and my book group on Facebook says this book will deliver. I admit, the story of Ebenezer Scrooge is not one that I seek out, and it’s not one I’d ever thought of as having good remake potential, but I’m a sucker for a good YA novel, and what the hell, I’m feeling generous, it’s Christmas.

Why It’s On My List: Listen, okay, fanfiction is a form of art. I have wept over fanfictions, some have brought me joy in times of darkness, and I even credit one fanfiction with saving my life (on more than one occasion). As such, fandoms and being a fangirl has become so ingrained in my personality that it’s a part of me now, and that will never change. And yet, for some reason, I have owned this book for years and still. Not. Read it.

That’s a travesty.

Fangirl promises to be the nerdly frolic that I want, and Rainbow Rowell has gone on to become a highly accomplished author. Honestly I’m looking forward to it. It just may take awhile.

Why It’s On My List: Go here to read all about my Longmire obsession.

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