I will be the first to admit it; I have an out of control TBR. I’ve deleted my “to read” lists from Goodreads and LibraryThing before–and I filled it back up in a month. This was a couple of years ago, and it’s been growing ever since. I know I read. I know I read quite a bit, but I also know that I work a lot, so I don’t have tons of time to sit with a stack of twenty books over a weekend and read, but I do read consistently. So what is my problem?
Anyway, what’s helped me stay on track with my reading goals (if you struggle too) is sticking to genres and story types that I know I love and that engage me quickly. The following books in the list below are books like this. These have been and are some of my most anticipated reads of the season, and are a few reasons why my TBR keeps growing. There’s too many freaking amazing books out there. Anyway, take a look at some awesome books that I think everyone should add to their own TBRs.
Roseblood by A.G. Howard
Howard’s novel is one I am currently finishing up. I sat it down in favor of Human Acts by Han Kang, but as soon as that novel grew rather grim and gruesome, I picked Roseblood right the f*** back up. This is a modern and supernatural-esque retelling of Gaston Leroux’s Phantom of the Opera. Howard retains elements of the original novel-the Phantom, the opera house–while pulling in new characters and new possibilities. Rune (like the original Christine) is drawn to the Phantom through the power of music and art, and this connection will pull Rune toward the brink of darkness. This book is the perfect blend of an old favorite and a new favorite.
Human Acts by Han Kang
As I said above, Human Acts by Han Kang (author of The Vegetarian) quickly grew to be rather grim–and grotesque. It’s about the violent uprising that led to the Gwangju massacre in South Korea, and is told from alternating perspectives that tell stories of the life of a young boy murdered during all of this tension. He becomes the symbol of his country and its people in need of a voice. This book is quite good; the story is important, evocative, and heart-wrenching. I just had to take the violence and gruesome nature of the plot in small doses. It’s a book that I highly recommend, though. The subject matter and experiences of the characters, the aftermath of uprising in the fight to regain freedom and democracy, is an all-too timely topic for today’s world as we live with growing assault to our freedoms (and our need to defend them) by the Orange-one-that-must-not-be-named. It’s a true must-read. It’s Yuge.
The books I have in line for the rest of February and for March are:
Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves
This is a highly anticipated read on a lot of readers’ lists. I’ve seen this popping up all over Instagram, and I GOT A GALLEY FOR IT! I’m super stoked about this release. It’s being compared to Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen (not that it’s a bad thing because I LOVE her series), so we’ll see how it goes. The cover is pure porn–I love it.
The synopsis sounds like I will absolutely have fun with this book:
Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells. Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate takes another course when, after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spell—an important chance for a highborn young woman to show her prowess with magic—Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s once powerful but now crumbling native Hungary. Her life might well be over.
In Hungary, Anna discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. Not the people around her, from her aloof cousin Noémi to the fierce and handsome Romani Gábor. Not the society she’s known all her life, for discontent with the Luminate is sweeping the land. And not her lack of magic. Isolated from the only world she cares about, Anna still can’t seem to stop herself from breaking spells.
As rebellion spreads across the region, Anna’s unique ability becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romanies, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her ability and change that world forever. (Goodreads)
The Dragon’s Price by Bethany Wiggins
This is another book I got a galley for and I’ve already started it because I was too curious to wait. I’ve never read Julie Kagawa’s Talon series, to which this is being compared, so this will be a unique read for me. Who doesn’t love dragons? I love dragons…
When two warring kingdoms unified against a deadly menace laying waste to both their lands, they had to make a choice: vow to marry their heirs to one another, or forfeit their lives to the dragon.
Centuries later, everyone expects the sheltered princess Sorrowlynn to choose the barbarian prince over the fire-breathing beast—everyone, that is, except Sorrow, who is determined to control her own destiny or die trying.
As she is lowered into the dragon’s chamber, she assumes her life is over until Golmarr, the young prince she just spurned, follows her with the hopes of being her hero and slaying the dragon. But the dragon has a different plan. . . .
If the dragon wins, it will be freed from the spell that has bound it to the cave for centuries. If Sorrow or Golmarr vanquish the dragon, the victor will gain its treasure and escape the cave beneath the mountain. But what exactly is the dragon hiding?
There are no safe havens for Sorrow or Golmarr—not even with each other—and the stakes couldn’t be higher as they risk everything to protect their kingdom. (Goodreads)
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
The last book on my list and one for which I got a galley of as well. I read the first chapter and I’m hooked already. It’s pure magic, and a dark magic at that–necromancy. I love how unique this sounds, and it’s being compared to Patrick Rothfuss’s Name of the Wind. OMG. I know how prolific Rothfuss is in the fantasy genre, and that makes a comparison like that quite high praise.
When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.
In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha — one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice. (Goodreads)
Have you read any of the above books lately? If so, which ones did you like? Which one’s did you DNF? I’d love to hear all of your thoughts on these! Thanks for reading!