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.