Obviously this title is a joke because my bookshelves will never be fully read, but there are a few books which have been on there for way too long. I’m talking five years or more. Which is plainly ridiculous and this is the year to put an end to that. Already this year I’ve read One Day by David Nicholls, which was on my shelf for SEVEN YEARS. In a bid to hold myself somewhat accountable to this plan, I’m sharing my list of top books I want to finally read.
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
I love Schwab’s writing and adored The Archived, The Unbound and Vicious. So of course I pre-ordered and eagerly anticipated the first book in the Shades of London series. I even ordered a signed copy of both this and the second book A Gathering of Shadows. Yet, it’s sat unread on my shelf since then which is such a shame. I’ve only seen good things about this series so I’m sure I’m going to love it and it’s probably one of my top priorities to read this year.
The Earth Hums in B-Flat by Mari Strachan
I bought this on the recommendation of another blogger not long after I started university. A ridiculous five years later and it’s still unread. It sounds surreal and gorgeous, following the story of a young girl with an odd outlook on life in a tiny Welsh village.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
My lovely Better Words co-host Caitlin gave me a copy of Fangirl a few years ago and I’ve promised her this will be the year I read it. Dignity on the line, I absolutely have to get through it in 2018. It sounds like so much fun and I love explorations of mental health in young adult, so I’m looking forward to finally enjoying the story so many others have loved.
The Messenger by Markus Zusak
Having taken my time getting around to The Book Thief (a book I also want to re-visit this year), I realised the beauty of Zusak’s writing and bought a copy of The Messenger. Close friends have told me how beautiful this book is and I’m hoping I end up loving it as much as I did The Book Thief.
Asking For It by Louise O’Neill
I bought this almost as soon as I finished Only Ever Yours but haven’t been able to get in the right mind frame to read it yet. It deals with some very tough issues around rape and slut shaming. I know it will be an amazing, but emotional read so I wanted to make sure I’m in the right headspace to read it.