Today I did something freeing. Something that lightened my mental load even if only by a little. Today, I DNFEd a book that had been on my TBR for nearly a year. It had got to the point that I felt like I had to force myself to sit and read this book and I received no enjoyment from the experience. It just left me feeling more and more bitter with every passing page. So, even though I was reading this book as part of a reading discussion group, I quietly slipped it back onto my shelf where it shall stay. Now my mind and energies are free to explore other books and the worlds within them!
Now, this is where you come in. Are you listening? I need you to help me decide my next read!
By the end of the year I want to have read a few more books from my already owned TBR. So, please, if you have a moment, take that moment to peruse the books listed below and vote for my next read! I’m considering making a reading vlog of it so if you have opinions on that let me know in the comments.
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern – The Starless Sea has been on my TBR since it was announced in, what? Early 2019, late 2018? I had preordered a copy which arrived upon release day and it got tucked away all nice and tidy on my shelves where it has stayed. I absolutely loved Morgenstern’s The Night Circus and I see no reason The Starless Sea would be any different. Why haven’t I read it, then, you ask? Well. I’m not an “I like big book and I cannot lie” kind of person. At nearly 500 pages this one is a little intimidating.
Where Dreams Descend (Kingdom of Cards #1) by Janella Angeles – The hype around this book has been so atmospheric it is almost unreal. For most of the year every I turned I would see something about this title and, while I did intend to order it, this book showed up in an OwlCrate box prior to official release. Of course that was during my annual summer reading slump so it has been cozied up on my shelf between We Hunt the Flame and The Gilded Wolves. Is this hype on this book warranted? Should I find out?
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – I love Samantha Shannon. She is one of my top three favorite authors and I will defend her The Bone Season series to the death. Again, why haven’t I read this, then, you ask? Same reason as The Starless Sea. I am not a good reader for the Big Books. My attention span is almost non existent and I am terrible at sitting still. However, I do really want to read this. Maybe I just need some social pressure motivation?
The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow – I had mentioned this book in my post Books I Want to Read by the End of the Year. It has had my eye since its release but it felt like more of a fall read and with autumn now knocking on the door it feels like this might be the right time. It has been long enough that I don’t even remember what this book is about but it calls to me none-the-less.
Sword in the Stars (Once and Future #2) by Amy Rose Capetta and Cory McCarthy – I read Once and Future when it first came out and was delighted by the story. Full on LGBTQIA+ cast, interesting take on the Arthur legend, gays in space! Why haven’t I picked this title up even then it has been sitting on my shelf since April? Because I am a horrible and indecisive mood reader. I may need help.
Goddess in the Machine (Goddess in the Machine #1) by Lora Beth Johnson – This book recently came in an OwlCrate box and it has been nagging me from the shelf ever since. The book cover is striking and this edition has gold sprayed edges that just beg for attention. I’ve been tempted to pick this one up a few times now but other books jumped ahead of it in queue. Is it the Goddess’ time?
Thanks for voting! Let me know in the comments if you’d like to see a read vlog to go along with the top pick.