10 Backlist Books on My Spring 2018 TBR 🌷

Happy Spring, friends!

Spring is my third favourite season because, just like autumn, it’s not too hot and it’s not too cold. But there is pollen. And pollen is my mortal enemy. I usually stay inside all the time anyway, but pollen is a very good excuse to sit indoors and read.

I am personally more of a backlist reader because keeping up with new releases can be exhausting to me and unless a new book is by an author that I really love, I don’t mind letting new titles slip under my radar. When that radar is even turned on, that is. So, to eliminate stress, I prefer to read older titles because there are so many good books out there waiting to be read by me, and their age doesn’t bother me one bit.

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater – I finished The Raven Cycle at the beginning of the year and I really want to read more of Maggie Stiefvater’s books, so I managed to get a box set of this series for a pretty good price. I’m not the biggest fan of werewolves because I usually think they’re boring (vampires are better), but I am willing to give them a chance for this series.

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo – Guess who still hasn’t finished the Grisha trilogy? It’s me. Because I suck. I have a lot of catching up to do with the whole Grishaverse and even though you don’t have to read this series before reading Six of Crows, I don’t want to leave this series unfinished for much longer.

Frostbite by Richelle Mead – When I read the first Vampire Academy book I thought it was okay and good enough for me to want to continue with the series, but my local library is making that really hard for me to do. The libraries in my city are really suffering because so many of them have been closed and then the books are being moved around, without the online catalogue being updated properly. So I’ve placed this book on hold but there’s not going to be any word about whether it’s available or not unless I chase them up about it. Fingers crossed they do still have it.

Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff – I remember when this book was a huge deal when it was first released and yet I still. haven’t. read. it. And I don’t understand why because I love Steampunk and I’ve always been interested in Japanese culture. But, I guess that’s why it’s taking me so long to get around to reading this book: I’m a little worried that it’ll be appropriative, and I really hope it’s not.

Warcross by Marie Lu – I’m not sure if this one counts as backlist because it was published towards the end of last year, but I’ve had a copy for a while so it sort of does. I guess. The fact that I still haven’t read this book after spending months pining for it is a little ridiculous, so it’s obviously about time I got it read.

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab – I am probably the only person in the book blogosphere who hasn’t read a single Schwab book, but I just don’t know where to start. Adult fantasy is a bit too intimidating for me, so I figure that her YA books would be a good place to start.

Ashes to Ashes by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian – This series isn’t the best thing I’ve ever read, but it finally got really interesting at the end of the second book so I have to see how it ends. Plus, sometimes cliche high school drama needs to be shaken up and turned on its head.

The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco – If you’re a regular reader of my little old blog here, you’ll know that I’m more of a seasonal reader, so why would I choose to read a horror book right in the middle of spring? Because I’m just really in the mood for something scary. Spring is kind of a weird time for seasonal reading because I can never find something that matches, so it’s kind of an anything-goes kind of reading time.

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins – When Stephanie Perkins announced that she was releasing another book last year I almost cried tears of joy. I loved her contemporary romances so hearing that she had written a thriller book really interested me. Because I am a butt, I still haven’t read this book even though I’ve had a physical copy for months. Just like with The Girl from the Well, I usually reserve these kinds of books for the autumn but I want to read it a lot sooner.

A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews – Yes, I know that this is not a backlist title because it hasn’t been released yet, but this is my post and I’m allowed to make exceptions. I have been waiting for Cait’s book to be released since she first announced it, so you can bet your butt that I will be running out to get my copy on release day because i don’t trust book depository with preorders anymore since the last time i preordered from them i got my book a week after release day grr. 

What backlist titles are on your TBR? Are you more likely to focus on more recent titles or backlist?


  1. 17/04/2018 / 1:11 PM

    The Girl from the Well sounds like a wonderful spring read to me. I don’t confine my horror reads to autumn or Halloween either.

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    • 18/04/2018 / 3:41 PM

      I usually do keep my scarier reads for autumn but I felt like switching things around for this spring 🙂

  2. 17/04/2018 / 7:27 PM

    I hope you can get Frostbite soo! I loved Warcross so hopefully you will enjoy that too. The Girl From The Well looks like a trip, and while I didn’t love the Perkins book, I hope you like it- it wasn’t bad.

    • 18/04/2018 / 3:46 PM

      I do too! And I’m really looking forward to Warcross, I’ve seen so many people love it! 🙂

    • 18/04/2018 / 3:56 PM

      It’s on my pile waiting for me so I should get to it very soon 🙂

  3. 17/04/2018 / 9:15 PM

    Oh wow, you haven’t finished the Grisha trilogy?? I hope you love Ruin and Rising!

    • 18/04/2018 / 3:58 PM

      I know I’m so bad at finishing things 😂

  4. 17/04/2018 / 9:52 PM

    Schwab is one of my favorites – for some reason I haven’t picked up This Savage Song yet. I hope we’ll both enjoy it. 🙂

    • 18/04/2018 / 3:58 PM

      I hope so too, it definitely sounds like one that I’d go for 🙂

  5. 17/04/2018 / 11:55 PM

    My backlist is an impossible task. I have been picking some books off slowly via audiobooks, but I really want to try and read some of the books I own (there are a lot). I sat on that Perkins ARC last year, but I have been seeing better reviews, so I might read it. Warcross was awesome! I hope you get to it.

    • 18/04/2018 / 5:19 PM

      I hope your backlist becomes easier to tackle 🙂 I should be getting to Warcross very soon, it’s gone straight on my physical pile for next month 🙂

  6. I read Shiver around the time it was released and I absolutely adored it. But I never got around to reading the rest of the series! I kind of want to read it again to see if I like it as much as I did back then. And I also got the first three books in hardback for only $12.50! NEW. I was shocked at that price, haha.

    As for Ruin and Rising… it was my least favourite of the Grisha trilogy. Oops. I adore Shadow and Bone more than anything, but I felt like the sequels never lived up to the first book.

    This Savage Song is amazing! If you haven’t read Schwab I would suggest starting with that one, anyway. I’ve read it twice and loved it both times. I hope you really like it!

    I’m super keen for Cait’s book. I preordered a copy, and I’m excited for it to arrive. It’s surreal to know someone with a book coming out in the world!

    I hope you get around to these books on your TBR, and that you enjoy them, as well 😀

    • 18/04/2018 / 5:32 PM

      I preferred Seige and Storm over Shadow and Bone even though I like them relatively equally, but that’s probably because of Nikolai, haha 😅

      Ooh, I’m so excited for Cait’s book, I wish it was already here now, but I know that the wait will be worth it 🙂

  7. 18/04/2018 / 1:29 AM

    I loved This Savage Song and Warcross when I read those, so I hope you enjoy them too. I still need to finish the Grishaverse trilogy too. I read the first two books earlier this year and then got sidetracked with ARCs and haven’t circled back to finish the series yet. Soon though, I need to know how it ends, lol.

    • 18/04/2018 / 6:28 PM

      Hopefully we’ll both get to finish the Grish trilogy soon! 🙂

  8. Oh my gosh, there are so many backlist titles on my TBR, and I’m a lot like you in that I don’t pay a ton of attention to brand new releases and don’t feel the need to buy most of them immediately to read immediately. They’ll still be there in a couple years and I’ll probably be able to find them used or on sale which is even better.

    Have a great week.

    • 18/04/2018 / 6:42 PM

      Finding them on sale is definitely better, sometimes I can’t splurge on full price 😅

  9. 18/04/2018 / 4:18 AM

    I’m very much of the same frame of mind that you are – letting recent releases fly by until I am ready to read them. If it’s meant to be, it will still be around by the time I get to it, and if not…well, it wasn’t important enough to me to push up in the queue. I’m currently working my way through movies of the last few years and finally trying to catch up on things I’ve wanted to see for what feels like forever!

    • 18/04/2018 / 6:55 PM

      I tend to do a lot of catching up with movies too, but I haven’t done so much recently because there hasn’t been very many things I wanted to see, but I have been trying to catch up on a few TV shows 🙂

  10. 18/04/2018 / 11:29 PM

    Please, please, please continue reading the Grisha Trilogy because then you can enjoy Six Of Crows and next year’s King Of Scars SO much more! Wait, did you read Six Of Crows already? Or is that on your TBR too? If so, it’ll be worth it to have finished the Grisha Trilogy for that alone! 😉

    AND YES to Warcross! I read it last year and ended up really enjoying it and I cannot wait for the sequel to be released! It’s gonna be SO GOOD.

    About Schwab, I wouldn’t even really consider her Shades Of Magic trilogy Adult? Or were you talking about Vicious? If not, Shades Of Magic honestly felt a lot like the YA books I was reading around the time I read that trilogy! 🙂

    I’m usually a sucker for new and shiny releases because everyone will be talking about it and I want to be in the loop but I’ve also recently been rereading backlist titles in order to have their events all fresh in my mind in time for the newest release in the series. Right now, my priority backlist titles are A Torch Against The Night (which I’m about halfway through) and Kiersten White’s The Conqueror’s Saga! I can’t believe those two series are going to be the reason why June is going to kick me in the butt. xD

    • 30/04/2018 / 10:26 PM

      I’ve got Ruin and Rising third on my bedside pile so I’ll be getting to it very soon and then I can finally get to Six of Crows! I’ve had a signed copy since it first came out, so it’s definitely high time I got around to reading it 😅

      I’m not sure if Shades of Magic is adult fantasy or not, but I knew that Vicious definitely is. I’ll probably work up the courage to read them someday because at the minute I’m a little too intimidated 😅

      Oooh, I’ve been wanting to read The Conqueror’s Saga for a while, but I still haven’t gotten around to it yet. Hopefully, I’ll get to read it sometime this year!

  11. 23/04/2018 / 1:49 PM

    Okay so you HAVE to put the rest of the Vampire Academy books wayyy up your TBR. That series is just golden. T_T ♥ I also ADORED Warcross and The Girl From the Well. Shiver, though, was so boring for me. I hated the characters, I recall. Stormdancer, This Savage Song and A Thousand Perfect Notes (!!!!) are also on my TBR!

    • 30/04/2018 / 10:29 PM

      I just recently managed to get the second and third VA books from the library so I shall be getting closer to finishing it soon! I’m currently reading Shiver and I’m not too far into it, but I’m not really into the whole “werewolves that are hot boys that turn into actual wolves” because I prefer my werewolves to be monsters rather than giant dogs. But hopefully it’ll pick up for me 🙂

  12. 24/04/2018 / 4:29 AM

    Hope you enjoy “Warcross”! I *finally* read that one in the last hour of 2017 (it only felt like it because it was so close to year’s end), and really liked it. Also, I’m curious about Cait’s book too. 🙂

    Thanks for visiting Finding Wonderland last week.

    • 30/04/2018 / 10:32 PM

      I hope so too! I’m really looking forward to it 🙂

  13. 08/05/2018 / 8:52 PM

    I haven’t read any books by Leigh Bardugo or Victoria Schwab! They are at the top of my backlist, too! I enjoyed the audiobook of Warcross! Definitely has similarities to Ready Player One, but also has it’s own unique spin.

    • 09/05/2018 / 1:18 AM

      I haven’t read any Victoria Schwab books either, but I really hope you get to read Leigh Bardugo’s books someday! She’s one of my favourite authors 🙂

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