One way I’m trying to
dismember erm, cut down on my mountain of a TBR is to start with the oldest. I’m using Goodreads for this as I don’t actually keep good records otherwise, opps. I’m then discerning if I actually still want to read it because it’s been years so taste and energy has changed. Also, I’m just generally very curious as to what I still haven’t read in all this time.
I should also add that I will be skipping over the classics, like Persuasion by Jane Austin, Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë, & Villette by Charlotte Brontë. Classics are not something I can easily pickup whenever and the goal of this is to read these books sooner rather than later.
These are ranked from oldest to still pretty old. For additional info on synopsis or to add to your shelves the image will take you directly to their Goodreads page.
I’ve rambled long enough on to the books
Prophecy by Ellen Oh
I would never have guessed this to be my longest held book but who can remember all the way back to 2012??
Judging from the reviews not many enjoyed this story. I have yet to try it to my knowledge plus the book that people say this reminds them of is something I haven’t read. So, I’m taking that as a good sign and hoping that I’ll actually like this story even though it has the chosen one trope.
The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson
This I would have guessed as being one of the oldest. I’ve been “meaning” to get to it since its release.
This is a post-apocalyptic novel set in what used to be Brazil. A king is sacrificed every year. I think it also leans Science Fiction which also makes me intrigued. This has art, politics and mythology.
The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
This is the first and I believe only book on this list that I have actually started, just never finished. I’m honestly questioning everyone who recommended this to me. I don’t know if this is a product of its time ( I make it sound like its ancient) It’s just that modern YA is quicker paced.
This series so far has made me want to quit reading. It is so freaking boring I can’t handle it. There is so much love and hype for this beloved series but I’m struggling to find what everyone else is seeing.
The Fifth Doll by Charlie N. Holmberg
Usually, her books would be at a higher priority and wouldn’t even be on this list except her books of late have not been great. She’s very original in concept but the last two books from her just fell flat.
I really like how fresh her stories always feel and this one in particular. I’m just having cold feet.
Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody
Why have I not picked this up??? This is a frequent question I ask myself. But I’m more perplexed than usual. This seems to be like everything I would enjoy and yet…it just sits there unread. unbelievable. Is this book negligence?? In any case, now that I’m writing this I feel more compelled to pick this up.
Jade City by Fonda Lee
Speaking of negligence……………… *hangs head in shame* This haunts me. I think this is a case of intimidation, I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things paired with the size of this tome and I just can’t bring myself to commit.
Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers
I’m currently reading this book, YAY! One down a bajillion more to go. I don’t know why it is taking me so loooong to finish this book. While I’m reading it I’m enjoying it but the minute I have to put it down I find it incredibly difficult to pick it back up. LOL WHY??
My mind never ceases to confound me.
Veins of Gold by Charlie N. Holmberg
Welp, like I mentioned earlier this author has a tendency to be a hit or a miss and the last few books have been a huge miss.
This kind of reminds me of Rae Carson’s The Gold Seer trilogy
Last of Her Name by Jessica Khoury
This has me at Anastasia retelling in space. That animate movie left a big impression on me as a kid, okay.
Anyway, I loved Khoury’s Forbidden Wish, an Aladdin retelling. So I picked this up and it has been waiting to be read ever since.
Have you read any of these? Did you like them? Let me know.
Thanks for reading! ❤