Unlikely Books on my TBR

I am someone who is very used to reading similar kinds of books, stick to the genres and authors I am comfortable with, and not spend a lot of time exploring outside my comfort zone. However, if anything blogging has taught me, its that I have to try expanding my horizons some way, albiet at my own pace. And that’s why I am writing this post because the below books on my TBR are some that come highly recommended by my fellow lovely blogger friends and I guess I just want to see what they are all about.

Backlist Books


Three Parts Dead is an urban fantasy novel but it also seems to have murder mysteries and legal challenges and that’s fascinating. The author also apparently seems to have mentioned once that it is partially inspired by the financial crisis of 2007-08, so I’m actually pretty interested to see how that plays out.

Magical cities in fantasy are not something I read very frequently but the couple I have read have been very interesting, so City of Strife seems quite good on first glance. It also features an all LGBTQ+ cast, so that’s definitely a step up. And I can’t deny that ensemble casts usually make for very fun books.

I completely trust Melanie @ MeltotheAny when it comes to book recommendations and her gushing about this book is all the information I need. I have absolutely no idea about the story of the Tower of Babel but the premise of Senlin Ascends sounds utterly unique and I think I want to experience it.

Another book that Melanie swears by and another bookstagrammer friend of mine loves is Kings of the Wyld. I actually did start reading it and couldn’t continue for reasons, but it’s a different kind of fantasy, with unexpected characters and hilarious banter.

Upcoming Releases


The blurb of The Rage of Dragons calls it Game of Thrones meets Gladiator, and that’s surely a lot to live up to. It also feels like a classic revenge saga and it’s been a while since I’ve read one of those kind of books. So, hopefully I’ll give it a try.

This post almost makes me feel like I wanna read all the books that Melanie adores, because next on this list is Gideon The Ninth which Mel believes is going to be her favorite book of 2019, and that’s created a lot of expectations in my head. It’s also very unlike the kind of books I usually read, so I don’t know if I actually will but I do want to give it a try.

Leigh Bardugo is an auto-buy author for me and I adore her fantasy novels, but Ninth House is so far out of my comfort zone right from that snake filled cover (ughhhh….), that I’m actually scared to read it. But I don’t think I’ll be able to resist coz she is not one of my most favorite authors for nothing.

I’m not sure I even completely understood the premise of Reverie, but it’s a gorgeous looking cover and the author is a delight on twitter, so I added it to my TBR. However, it feels like it might have magical realism elements and I never ever read such books, so I’m still not sure if I’ll pick it up when it finally releases next year.

Have you read any of these books? Are any of them on your TBR? Let me know what you thought of them so that I can decide if I should pick them next…

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  1. This is such a lovely post idea! I am totally like you – I usually never read outside my comfort zone either, but blogging has taught me, like you, that I have to start at some point! Same here with Leigh Bardugo! I love all her other books because, well, they’re masterpieces, but also YA fantasy which is basically my empire of comfort zone haha! I’m not quite sure that Ninth House will be my favorite book because she said it’s only for adults and I’m afraid it will be too much, like drugs or serious health/physiological issues… Well, I guess we’ll just have to see!

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    1. Haha I love your term β€œEmpire of comfort zone”… that’s exactly what YA fantasy is for me too… I’ve been reading one adult fantasy and it’s taken me a week, but I’m still not done… YA is just so easy 😊😊😊
      I have similar apprehensions about Ninth House.. especially about drugs/violence…. we shall see when it comes out…

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      1. Haha, you’re so sweet! I don’t think I could get me to read an adult fantasy book because as you said, YA is just easier!! And yeah, we will see, but drugs and violence is also why I’m scared-excited!

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        1. I mean it’s easier for me to read Indian mythology based adult fantasy.. because that’s all familiar… I’ve always had trouble with medieval fantasies written by men, but reading Priory of the Orange Tree recently made me realize I should just pick up books by female authors because they seem to be a bit easier to read.. I’m currently in the middle of Jade City which is a Japanese/Hong Kong inspired mafia style fantasy and it’s so different from the usual kinds of fantasy novels I read… but it’s also taking me long to finish despite actually loving it… I would be done much earlier if it was a YA πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
          I can’t say I’m excited about Ninth House… even that snake cover puts me off 😣😣😣 but it’s Bardugo and I love her, so I want to give it a try 😊😊😊
          What are you currently reading ??? Anything fun!!!

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          1. Ah, I totally understand – having a familiar environment helps! And yes, that medieval fantasy written by men genre is what troubles me as well… I started reading Game of Thrones last year, basically that genre down to every little detail, and it was such a struggle for me to continue! Eventually, I stopped reading because it was just too difficult, with too many characters that only appear once or twice and just too much violence… But I should also maybe just pic up some books by female authors, I also guess that’s easier and maybe even contains less violence! And I should really have a look at Jade City, that sounds really interesting!
            And yes, that snake cover is awful, who would choose that as a cover?!
            And OMG yes, I’m currently reading books out of my previous comfort zone and I’m loving it! I’ve discovered Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot mysteries! I’ve never really been a fan of the YA mysteries because the endings were never really satisfactory – and now I started reading Agatha Christie and her stories are sooo gripping!!! I’m loving them, so if you haven’t read them, really go check her out!!

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          2. I had similar issues with GoT.. I tried reading the book three times and decided it’s not worth it… Just too much of the usual unnecessary graphic violence, especially towards women. Female authors anyways have better written female characters and that’s what I want…
            Jade City has violence too, it’s mafia after all… but it’s very fascinating and has an awesome ensemble cast…
            I hate snakes.. that cover is scary.. and I also didn’t like the cover of Queen of Nothing.. why put snakes on covers… I’m never gonna buy them even if they’re my favorite books πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
            Ohhh this is awesome.. I discovered Agatha Christie recently too… Just read two books .. Murder of Roger Ackroyd was so cool.. can’t wait to read more 😍😍😍

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          3. Yeah, I also tried reading it a couple of times, but then eventually stopped trying. I did watch the series tho and quite liked it, actually. The violence was terrible them, and did skip a lot of scenes…
            And yeah, Queen of Nothing isn’t one of my favorite covers, but at least it’s not as dark as Ninth House…
            And yes! Agatha Christie’s crime novels are brilliant! I wish I’d tried her sooner! And I just ordered Murder of Roger Ackroyd, so I’ll read that first if you say it was cool!

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          4. Same here.. I watched the show too and loved it, but the books are just not for me…
            Ya I guess Queen of Nothing is a bit better… the black snake of NH is way too scary…
            That’s awesome.. I hope you love Murder of Roger Ackroyd as much as I did… 😍😍😍

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          5. Exactly! And yes, the NH cover is a little too creepy haha
            And yesss, I ordered it yesterday, so I hope to get started tomorrow and maybe finish Sunday, as I can’t stop once I’ve started these crime novels haha

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  2. I’ve actually not heard of any of them except the Ninth House, so I’m kinda surprised but I think I’ll look into them even though they don’t seem like what I read usually either.
    All the best on trying these books and expanding your horizons!

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    1. There are only on my tbr for now Jayati.. I hope I’ll actually decide to read too πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ it’s not easy getting out of my comfort zone…

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  3. I haven’t read any of these. Or heard of most of them lol. I tend to stay in my little romance bubble though. I’m proud of you for branching out though ❀

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    1. I’m only thinking of branching out Jess… we shall see when it actually happens πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      I’m very happy to live in my romance and YA fantasy bubble too πŸ™Œ πŸ™Œ

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  4. Haven’t read any of them yet but Gideon and Ninth House are in my tbr!! Adding the book just bcz the cover is gorgeous is a curse of being a book dragonπŸ˜‚. Amazing graphics Sahi! Adore them all

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    1. I know right…. Covers always bewitch us and we can’t do anything but add them to the tbr πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      Thank you so much Dany 😊😊😊

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    1. Haha I can understand the feeling… I’m still a bit more skeptical about reading new kinds of books, but maybe I’ll keep trying 😊😊
      I’m glad you started loving sci-fi… I’m yet to truly dive into the genre..


  5. I also really need to read Kings of the Wyld, it gets amazing reviews!
    And I’m really excited for the release of Ninth house and Gideon the Ninth!


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