My Winter 2019/20 TBR ❄️

I know that some people already consider it to be winter, but I tend to go by solstices and equinoxes and the winter solstice this year is the 22nd of December, so for me, it is not winter until Sunday. But whatever.

The colder months, in general, are my favourite times of the year, but winter is definitely my favourite season. I’m not one for hot weather because I get too hot very easily and I’m not a fan of summer clothes because of deep-rooted issues with my body that I don’t want to get into in an otherwise lighthearted post. Yeah, it gets dark at around 4 pm but that doesn’t bother me because I spend most of my time indoors anyway. More time spent indoors means more opportunities to read and winter is when I read mostly fantasy. Well, I try to read mostly fantasy, I always have some other genres sprinkled in here and there.

One thing that I am trying to do this season, and also next year, is to read books that I already own instead of constantly buying more books that will sit unread on my shelves for months or even years. I guess I could say that I’m getting a headstart on a new years resolution.

The Boy Who Steals Houses by CG Drews – I was supposed to read this book all the way back in spring, but unfortunately, mental health gets in the way and so I’ve had this book (among others) sitting on my nightstand for months. But I am determined to finally read it before the end of the year. I mean, I am not one to say no to #ownvoices Autism representation.

Vicious by VE Schwab – I am relatively new to VE Schwab’s books, but I do love her writing and her versions of magic that she features in her books. I probably should have finished the Shades of Magic series first before reading this one, but Vicious has been on my TBR for years, and now I have a beautiful copy. Also, I met VE Schwab earlier this year at a signing for The Near Witch, and she told me that she liked my makeup, so she now has an extremely special place in my heart 💕

Renegades by Marissa Meyer – This year I actually remembered to ask for books for Christmas, and I had to ask for Renegades after being so excited for it for such a long time. Well, there is one thing that I’m not that excited about it but I can hold my tongue. (the main guy has the same name as my dad.)

Shatter City by Scott Westerfeld – I finally read Impostors last month after only finding out it exists earlier this year, and I absolutely adored it (Scott Westerfeld can do no wrong for me) so naturally, I’ve asked for it for Christmas. And I will very likely be reading it soon after.

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater – It has been over a year since I read Shiver and I am not one for rereading, so I’m kind of relying on recaps to refresh my memory before I finally continue with the series.

Talon by Julie Kagawa – Julie Kagawa is an author who I own a few books by, but I haven’t read any of them for some reason. I got a box set of the entire Talon series earlier this year and I only just took it out of the plastic wrapping, which is kind of bad. But, I do like the premise of this book and winter is fantasy time for me.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling – I actually DNF’d the first Harry Potter book last year but I’m willing to give it another go. My main problem is that I don’t read middle grade so the writing style is just a little too young for me, but thankfully that changes as the series goes on.

The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury – I’ve had a signed copy of this book for a long, long, long time, and now the series is over so I should definitely have read this one by now.

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige – I know that there are some mixed feelings towards Danielle Paige in the bookish community, but I do still want to read this book, and I am also disappointed in the way she reacted to the Kathleen Hale scandal.

The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh – I was supposed to read this book when it came out in October, but life got in the way again so now it’s gone to the bottom of my immediate TBR. It’ll definitely be a while before I get around to this one, but that’s better than me not reading it at all.

What’s on your winter TBR? Or on your summer TBR if you’re in the southern hemisphere?


    • Louise
      27/12/2019 / 8:21 PM

      Hopefully we can both get to it soon! 😀

  1. 17/12/2019 / 2:12 PM

    The Beautiful is a big regret of mine, that I didn’t get to it this year. And I ADORED Vicious! I hope you get to read all of these, looks like a fantastic list!

    • Louise
      27/12/2019 / 8:41 PM

      I really regret not being able to get to The Beautiful this year too, I was so excited for it and I still am 🙂

  2. 17/12/2019 / 5:11 PM

    While the Shiver Series is not my favorite of Maggie’s, I did enjoy it. And it’s the perfect time of year for it. 🙂

    Happy Reading!

    • Louise
      27/12/2019 / 8:44 PM

      I think it was winter when I read the first book in the series, so it definitely feels like a good winter series to me 😀

  3. 17/12/2019 / 5:14 PM

    I still need to read The Boy Who Steals Houses, too.

    My TTT.

    • Louise
      27/12/2019 / 8:52 PM

      I hope you get to read it sometime 😀

  4. 17/12/2019 / 10:10 PM

    Love that you’re focusing on books that you already own for your winter TBR! I sorta tried doing that too on my list–I own all of them except for like 1 or 2.
    Oooh, I’ve read a few of the books on this list (Sin Eater’s Daughter, Talon, Linger), but it’s been a super long time since I read any of them, but I think I somewhat enjoyed all of them???

    Happy winter and happy reading!

    • Louise
      27/12/2019 / 8:53 PM

      I’m definitely trying to cut down on the number of books that I buy especially since I don’t have the budget for gigantic book hauls anymore.

    • Louise
      27/12/2019 / 8:55 PM

      The colder months do seem like a popular time to read Harry Potter.

  5. 18/12/2019 / 12:41 AM

    I need to read more VE Schwab.

    I have also only read the first Harry Potter. It came out when I was in my late teens and I wasn’t really into MG and now, I just can’t really get into the writing. I read the first one because my oldest kid was but now he’s lost interest around book 4 and I just don’t have any motivation to continue with the series, even though everyone says how good it is.

    • Louise
      27/12/2019 / 8:57 PM

      I felt the same way about the writing when I tried reading the first HP book for the first time, but I think I’m more determined to push through the earlier books.

    • Louise
      27/12/2019 / 8:58 PM

      I’m really looking forward to both of them! 😀

  6. 18/12/2019 / 3:42 AM

    I’m planning to read The Boy Who Steals Houses at some point too. It looks really interesting!

    I am reading through the HP series for the first time myself, just finished book #3. I had a friend tell me that the writing tends to “age” along with the characters, so it would seem juvenile at first, but to stick with it. I do feel that the writing has gotten better along the way.

    My TTT

    • Louise
      27/12/2019 / 8:59 PM

      I am planning to stick with the earlier books so that I can get to the “older” books. I feel like I’m long overdue reading the series 😀

  7. 20/12/2019 / 4:54 PM

    I don’t have an official TBR, but I kind of want to dive back into the Throne of Glass series. The Lord of the Rings trilogy has also piqued my interest again. I LOVED the movies, but I struggled to appreciate the books when I was younger. Now that I’m older maybe it won’t pain me to read Tolkien’s writing? Also…hobbits are cozy, and I LOVE getting lost in fantasy novels during winter

    • Louise
      27/12/2019 / 10:47 PM

      Throne of Glass is one that I had wanted to give a try years ago, but I’m not that interested in it anymore. I hope you enjoy it though! 😀 And I love fantasy novels during winter too, it just feels like the right time to read them since I’ll be indoors most of the time 😀

    • Louise
      27/12/2019 / 10:52 PM

      I haven’t but I really want to! I want to read all of Schwab’s books, really, since I’m still only new to her books 😀

    • Louise
      27/12/2019 / 10:54 PM

      Thank you! I hope I enjoy them too 😀

  8. 28/12/2019 / 1:30 AM

    I need to read more books I already own too, rather than just buying every new book that comes out! I’d like to try Renee Ahdieh too though, have heard good things, and I’ve only read the first Harry Potter book, although seeing the movie marathons on over Christmas has me mildly curious for the next book. 🙂

    • Louise
      06/01/2020 / 4:53 AM

      Harry Potter is definitely a festive favourite for a lot of people. I’m definitely more tempted to pick it up when it’s cold outside 🙂

    • Louise
      06/01/2020 / 4:52 AM

      I just finished TBWSH and it was both heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. I hope you get to read it! 😁

  9. 31/12/2019 / 7:18 PM

    Vicious was fun – I hope you enjoy your winter reading, and wish you all the best for 2020 🙂

  10. 04/01/2020 / 6:28 PM

    Ah this is such a good TBR! I’ve been wanting to read Shatter City ever since I finished reading Impostors but well… between waiting for its release and other books, I forgot about it a little bit ahah. I can’t wait to read it though 🙂 and I hope you’ll love Renegades, I really enjoyed it! 🙂

    • Louise
      06/01/2020 / 4:50 AM

      I kind of did the same thing with Impostors because I didn’t know it came out until a year after it was published 😂 And I am looking forward to Renegades so much! 😁

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