Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
So, this is by no means a realistically comprehensive list of books that I actually want to read in order of when I want to read them. I find that this is probably one of the most difficult top ten lists to make and in truth had no desire to go through the 3000+ books I have on my TBR in order to find the backlist ones I wanted to read most. So this is more of a convenient top ten list in terms of the first ten I found that are backlist books I really want to read are the ones that made it to this list.
10. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Honestly, this one is only on here because everyone says this book is amazing. I, however, am immensely skeptical and therefore incredibly weary of reading this book. Now, don’t get me wrong, I loved the first one. I adored the characters and I frankly would be thrilled to get to experience their lives and world again. But the problem remains that I’m nearly one hundred percent sure that Maas is going to ruin the entire series for me with this stupid book. Now, I love Rhysand. I really do. But I do not love him as a romantic interest for Feyre. And if it turns out that he does, in fact, become a love interest for her…you can guarantee I’ll be breaking my promise to never throw a book at a wall again.
9. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
I literally know next to nothing about this book, but a very good friend of mine recommended it. I keep meaning to read the book, but I never really got into it and while it still sits waiting for me to read it, I’ve obviously found other books that capture my attention more. But I am well aware that I need to read this one soon. I’ve kind of let this friend down a little by putting off reading his favorite book for so long since he recommended it to me over a year ago. At some point I’ll pick it back up, but probably not today.
8. Wonder by R. J. Palacio
I’ve wanted to read this book for a while now. Not only does it sound heartbreaking, but it also sounds quite inspiring. And truthfully I really just love books like that. I’ve not seen the film and I’ve kind of promised myself that I wont do so until I read the book. I’ve put this one off, though, almost for the same reason as the book above. I’ve just been preoccupied with other books. And truthfully, every time I go to buy it at Barnes and Noble, I come across a different book that I want more. And so…that’s just where I end up.
7. Elastic Girl by Olivia Rana
I’ve actually read part of this book from a sample that I had access to, but no more. And it was really quite interesting. Though, at times, it was scary and sad. There’s a lot about this book that really appeals to me and while it’s not the typical sort of book I might usually find myself reading, I definitely think it’s worth my time. Almost for the narrator alone, who is brilliant and intriguing, this book is a fun and fantastic read.
6. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Okay, I admit, I’ve failed in my reading goals simply by the mere insinuation that I haven’t read this one. The actual fact that I haven’t is even more dejecting. I always hate when I find a book I really want to read, mean to read, and even look into getting but think…well, I can get it next time and then suddenly learn that the sequel is already coming out. It’s perhaps a prime way to get me frustrated with myself. And I keep saying I’ll get to this one eventually, which is true, but it bugs me so much that I’m this late doing so.
5. Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry
This is another recommendation from a friend. I’ve always loved Peter Pan, Neverland, and everything about the story that goes with it so I’m pretty avid about reading any retelling I come across. Of course, that means I’ve often found myself exceedingly disappointed by a number of books that just had no chance of living up to the impressiveness of the story itself. And, so, naturally when I mentioned as such to this friend of mine who also loved Peter Pan, they had this one to recommend. We’ll see if it lives up to my high standards some day.
4. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
I actually started this one recently, but it’s been on my list for so long–yet another whose sequel has come out and has therefore left me frustrated with my lack of time to read–that I figured it deserved a spot on this list. It just sounds so exciting and wonderful. Not to mention the fact that it’s gotten a number of exceedingly good reviews that I’m truly interested in reading the book that has sparked such happy readers. I’m only at the beginning thus far, but it’s been pretty impressive.
3. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Cristo
And this one just sounds really exciting. I’m always looking for retellings of any kind–they’ve quickly become my absolute favorite sort of books to read–and so naturally this book appealed to me immediately. I’ve heard a lot of good things about it and was trying to get an ARC for a while, but it didn’t work out. I currently have an audiobook of it that I got from audible, but I haven’t started listening to it just yet.
2. Sea Witch by Sarah Henning
I’ve had this book for far too long to justify having not read it. Especially since I wanted it the very first moment I saw it and raved about it on this blog immediately. I believe it was one of my very first cover love Friday features and I was so thrilled to have gotten myself a copy. But, as usual, I have so many things to read that I’ve just let it fall to the wayside. And perhaps that is more disappointing because I’ve had it available for months now.
1. Labyrinth by A. C. H. Smith
Okay, so this book has been on my list for as long as I can remember. I loved the movie and one day I found out that there was a companion novel and decided that I desperately needed it. Of course, I come to find out that the book itself is about three hundred dollars and there’s no way I, as a young teenager, would be able to afford that. They’ve since re-released the novel and it’s now quite a bit cheaper–though it doesn’t have this amazing cover, which is disappointing–but I haven’t bought it yet. It’s on the list, though.
And that’s all for now! Happy reading, everyone!