If you know me, you’ll know that I love my seasonal TBR piles. I just can’t get with mood reading because if I go with whatever mood I’m in (if i can even identify what i’m feeling), I’ll end up just not reading anything, so a TBR pile is a good way of getting me to keep on top of my reading.
Usually I tend to match the genres that I read to the season: for example, I read a lot of contemporary in the summer, horror/paranormal/mystery/thriller/sci-fi in the autumn (sci-fi specifically in November), and fantasy in the winter. But spring is a kind of weird in-between time where the weather does whatever it wants to, so it’s kind of an “anything goes” time for genres. Maybe that counts towards mood reading but??? I’m not sure??? my brain is made out of potatoes and that makes it hard to think sometimes
Wildcard by Marie Lu – It’s been a few months since I read Warcross, but I’m still so excited to continue on with the series. I got my copy of Wildcard for Christmas and it’s my current read, but I’m really surprised that it’s taken me so long to finally get around to it. Plus, I miss Hideo. So much.
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo – I’m extremely late to the Six of Crows party but King of Scars being released this year gave me a huge kick in the behind to finally read the series because I did not want to go into it and end up being spoiled or confused. It actually took me about a month to read Six of Crows but I still really enjoyed it, so I can’t wait to get into Crooked Kingdom.
From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon – It has been a hot minute since I read When Dimple Met Rishi and I’m surprised that I haven’t read From Twinkle, with Love yet because Sandhya Menon’s writing is so cute and beautiful. I only recently downloaded this book on Kindle so it is there just waiting for me.
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo – If you haven’t seen the hype surrounding this book, you’ve really been living under a rock because this book is probably the most anticipated of the year. And it only released in January. I do still have a few books to read before I get to it, but I am so excited to finally read this. Because Nikolai is just the best.
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas – I recently went to an author event where I got to meet Angie Thomas (!!!) and got a copy of this book personalised by her, and it has only made me even more excited to read this book. I don’t know a lot about hip-hop and rap, but I do know the roots of the scene so I guess that counts as being in the know. Also, I got to see Angie rap one of the songs from the book in person and it was incredible. I even told her so to her face.
Superman: Dawnbreaker by Matt de la Peña – I got my copy of this book the same day that I went to the Angie Thomas event, and I don’t think I have ever bought a book in such a rush in my entire life. I’d gotten dinner at a place that was a five-minute walk away from the venue and the bookshop is literally around the corner from the venue, so I decided to go there first with about ten minutes to spare. So I powerwalked through town to get to the bookshop, almost ran down the stairs to get to the SFF section, grabbed it off the shelf, rushed to the counter to pay, and then had to powerwalk again to the venue. I was all sweaty and gross by the time I got there. But anyway, this is a YA book about Superman!!! And I adore Superman because he’s the sweetest most gentle soul ever and people who think he’s boring just don’t understand him at all. He just wants to help people and do his best 😭
The Near Witch by VE Schwab – I got this book just last Thursday at another book event, and I will ashamedly admit that I did not know that this is actually VE Schwab’s debut novel because I am a new reader of hers and this was out of print for a very long time. Because I have terrible luck, I ended up sitting behind one of very few extremely tall men and ended up with two numb legs from being so cramped. But it was all worth it because VE Schwab told me she liked my makeup.
Impostors by Scott Westerfeld – I usually have a hard time picking favourite authors, but Scott Westerfeld is definitely my absolute favourite author ever. The Uglies series is the series that introduced me to YA and pretty much ignited my love of reading, and it always has a special place in my heart. So you’d think that I would know whenever Scott releases new books, and especially know when he releases a new book that is set in the Uglies world, right? WRONG. I never know anything and I am terrible at keeping up with new releases, even from authors that I love. I didn’t know this book existed until last Thursday when I had time to browse in the bookshop. At the time of me writing this post, my copy has not arrived in the post yet, but I am on the lookout for the postie with it.
Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco – I’m a little surprised that I’m continuing with this series because Hunting Prince Dracula was such a huge disappointment for me (the level of creative licensing… far too much) but I wasn’t disappointed enough to want to just drop the series entirely. Just because the fact
ignoringchecking got on my nerves with the second book, doesn’t mean that I don’t still adore the characters and the themes. We don’t have enough Gothic YA books, and these really satisfy my craving for them.
The Boy Who Steals Houses by CG Drews – Of course, I plan to read Cait’s next book almost as soon as it comes out. Maybe a little later because the TBR is an absolute ruler and I can’t disobey it. A Thousand Perfect Notes completely broke me in two, so I can’t wait for this book to do the same. Right after I just recovered.