TTT: Backlist Books I Want to Read

Hi guys! How are y’all? Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Artsy Girl and the topic this week is: Backlist Books You Want to Read.


I’ve read a lot of new releases this year, while many of the older books on my shelves have been neglected. There’s just something about a shiny, new book that’s so easy to get distracted by and I’m sure you can relate. But so far I’ve only read backlist books in November. It wasn’t a conscious decision, I’ve just been gravitating towards books that have been on my shelf for a while. I’ve been feeling curious about them again, picking them up, reading the blurbs, remembering why I was so excited about them to begin with and wondering why I haven’t already read them. Which somehow lead to actually reading them and you know what? It’s been lovely. There’s something extra rewarding about finishing a book you’ve been meaning to read for a long time. And here’s ten more backlist books I’d like to read soon.

1. Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater


I adore Maggie Stiefvater’s lyrical writing style and this book about a magical horse race is so many people’s favorite. I’ve been told November is the perfect time to read it, so I’m hoping to get to it this month.

2. The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore


Anna-Marie McLemore’s another author who’s writing style I’m in love with. I’ve had this Romeo and Juliet retelling, about two rivaling families of traveling performers, on my TBR for a while and I’m still very excited to read it.

3. East by Edith Pattou


This is one of the books that’s been on my TBR the longest and that’s wild considering it’s one of the few retellings I’ve found, based on my favorite fairytale: East of the Sun and West of the Moon.

4. Far from the Tree by Robin Benway


This YA  book about an adopted girl who goes looking for her biological sibling ,after putting her own baby up for adoption sounds amazing to me. So I have no idea why I still haven’t picked it up. Writing this post is making me want to read all these books immediately.

5. Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney


This book was an impulse buy that I’m still not quite sure about. But hearing so many good things about Sally Rooney lately, after her new book Normal People came out, has rekindled my interest a bit. And I do love a good female friendship centered story.

6. Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye


I have a lot of love for Russian-inspired fantasy stories, so of course this book’s on my TBR. It follows two enchanters as they compete in a duel to become the Imperial Enchanter and adviser to the Tsar. I think that sounds wonderful.

7. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake


In this book three sisters with different magical powers compete for the crown, in a game of life and death. This ticks a lot of my boxes: it’s female centered, it’s dark, it’s got magic. I don’t know why I still haven’t read it.

8. City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty


Set in 18th century Cairo, City of Brass follows a con-woman who accidentally summons a djinn warrior, who tells her about a legendary city of brass. This is one of the prettiest books on my TBR and one of the ones I’m most confident I’ll love.

9. The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli


This is a book I haven’t really heard a lot about, but what I have heard has been good. It’s about a dragon-slaying princess, who takes the role of the next Iskari: the child of blood and moonlight, the destroyer. Sounds pretty cool to me.

10. Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente


I adore Catherynnne M. Valente’s Fairyland series, so I’m really looking  forward to reading her latest middle grade release, which follows the famous Brontë siblings on a magical adventure into another world.


Have you read any backlist books lately? Did you enjoy them? What book’s been on your TBR the longest? What’s stopping you from picking it up right now? If you’ve read any of these, please let me know what you thought. I’d love to hear your opinions!

39 thoughts on “TTT: Backlist Books I Want to Read

    1. So do I! I had The Cuckoo’s Calling sitting on my shelf for a couple of years too, then I picked it up and binged read the first three books in a couple of weeks. Now it’s one of my favorite series! I hope you enjoy it as much when you get to it 😊

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  1. The Weight of Feathers is on my list this week too! I adore Anna-Marie McLemore’s writing. I would definitely recommend reading Three Dark Crowns as soon as possible – it’s one of my absolute favourites! And I’ve been meaning to read The Crown’s Game for ages, I don’t know why I haven’t yet?

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  2. The City of Brass! I loved that one a lot, even though I think it would have been better if only it had been a bit shorter. And The Weight of Feathers is on my list too.
    And whoever told you November is the best time to read The Scorpio Races is right. If I ever decide to reread it, I’d choose to do so in November – the book is set during November too.

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    1. I’m very excited to pick up The City of Brass, but the size is definitley part of the reason I haven’t yet! I’m going to try to get to The Scorpio Races this month, I haven’t read any Stiefvater in a while and I miss her writing.

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  3. I just bought Conversations With Friends the other day and I’m really looking forward to it after loving Normal People so much! And yes, November is perfect for The Scorpio Races, I hope you enjoy that one!

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  4. City of Brass seems really interesting, I’ve heard great things about it, and while it isn’t on my tbr I’ve been debating whether to add it. I feel like I’m the only person who loves the Raven Cycle but has no interest in Maggie’s other books, I have no idea why but they just don’t appeal that much to me.

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    1. I’ve heard great things about City of Brass too and I always get excited about diverse fantasy releases. I get that, most of her books don’t sound that compelling to me based on the synopsis alone. But once I’ve fallen in love with someone’s writing style – I just want to read everything they write.

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  5. I plan on concentrating on all the books that have been on my TBR for a long time…..well of course that would be next year and that’s hoping I do not get distracted by shiny new books


  6. East seems like it is up my street and I’ve hard of Three Dark Crowns and have been hesitating about it because the reviews I’ve read seem mixed but I think I’d like to give it a go myself. The rest are ones that I’ve not heard about but will check out!

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      1. Will you do a review on it? I’m umming and ahhing about it too. I think I will read it eventually but I think it’s one of the ones that aren’t on my most pressing pile and I feel like I have a thousand to read before it! That’s a massive tick in the ‘plus’ column though – that it was compelling enough to get you read the next one!

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      2. Argh! It’s so frustrating because I read so many books with potential and then want to wring my hands because I think, ‘why did you waste it??!! You could have been beautiful!’

        I’ll look out for your mini-review! I’m hugely behind on my emails and blog notifications so you may have already done it 😛

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  7. Oh there are soo many backlist books that I have to read – I’m working my way throught them, but somehow I’m not even halfway done 😅 I have been wanting to read The Crown’s Game for such a long time, but somehow never got to it either 😱 My library recently got a copy though, so hopefully this happens soon 🙂

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