I always try not to make any set TBR’s and even when I do make such lists for every season or a readathon, they are mostly just guidelines to help me narrow my reading choices. However, I want to be a little different this year. I have realized the usefulness of being organized and planning ahead of time a few months ago, and it has really helped me blog more effectively and without feeling burned out.
So, I have decided to make a list of 20 books that I really want to read this year and challenge myself to stick to this as much as possible. And to help me in this endeavor, I asked some of my dearest friends to give me their suggestions of what they think I should read this year. And I’m happy to report that I have finally come up with this backlist TBR – 10 books chosen by my friends and 10 by me. Now, let’s get started.
My Friends’ Chosen TBR
Dany @ Ambivert Words is one blogger and dearest friend of mine with whom I talk to the most about books and everything else under the sun. And when she recommended me these two books with a side note that they are very emotional/exciting, I knew that she wanted me to pick them up so that they’ll tug at my heartstrings just like they did hers. Can’t wait to discuss them with her after reading.
Dini @ Novels and Nebulas, my best and first blogger friend and overall mom-friend of our gang, is probably grinding her teeth coz I haven’t read Jade War despite promising her so for a few months now (just kidding… she is too sweet to grind her teeth ;)). And her other aim is to make me explore Sci-fi more because she is a nerd and loves the genre, so she has decided to start me off with a middle grade sci-fi. I hope I will be able to keep my promise this time around and read these two soon.
Ahana @ Heart’s Content and my biggest champion/motivator is an avid romance genre lover like me, and has recommended me this beautiful novel by Mariana Zapata, whom I’ve been wanting to read for a while now. Very very excited to read this..!!! One thing I know, the gushing and fangirling between the both of us after I finish reading this is gonna be epic…
Shruti @ This is Lit is great at motivating me to try something out of my comfort zone and I was the least bit surprised when she recommended me this book which I’ve been scared to read for quite a while now. I also recently read the author’s memoir in verse, Shout and was completely blown away, so I imagine this is going to be another gut wrenching but powerful reading experience.
Charvi @ Not Just Fiction‘s love for Akemi Dawn Bowman is unparalled and I think I knew in my heart that she was gonna recommend me a wonderful and emotional YA contemporary. I can’t say I would have read this book without her recommending it, but now I am very excited to know why this is so popular across the community.
Simant @ Flipping Thru the Pages is one of the best bloggers around and if she says this book is brilliant, then I know it is going to be. I have known about this one for a long time and I may have read it someday, but now I have an extra reason to read it sooner.
Krisha @ Bookathon Blog is one of my dearest friends and an amazing blogger whose recommendations I trust implicitly. So, when she gushed about The Black Veins a lot and asked me to read it, I knew I had to and I hope I will love it as much as she did. She also wants me to finally pick up An Ember in the Ashes (which I have been putting off for years now) and while I’m not sure I’m emotionally prepared for it, I think I’ll try to read it closer to the release date of the finale.
My Chosen TBR
City of Lies is a book I decided to buy before even knowing what some of my trusted reviewers thought about it, because I was so impressed by the premise. And I’ve only heard amazing things about the world building in this, so I’m very excited to finally dive into it.
Reading Asian inspired fantasies has become a thing for me now and while I was very excited to read some wonderful things about this book, I just couldn’t find enough time last year to get to it. So, hopefully I’ll get to read it soon and gush with my friends who already have.
I bought this book the day it released and was very excited to read it too, but just somehow lost sight of it among my huge TBR. But now that I also own the ARC for it’s sequel, it’s finally time I binge read them both. And I’m very excited to be buddy reading it with Krisha.
I read an anthology of essays last year about the power of women’s anger called Burn it Down, and this book has since been on my mind to read next. And I also love following Rebecca Traister’s writings on the web, so this would be a good chance for me to finally read her book.
I’ve frankly been putting this off because I’m scared to read it. Hopefully, I’ll be in a better state of mind to handle the powerful messages of this book sometime soon.
I actually abandoned this book last year after reading about a quarter of it because the audacity and the unfairness of it all just made me feel hopeless and I couldn’t continue. But I’ve heard Anand speak out a lot since then and I’m sure he makes some more brilliant arguments in this book and I want to read them all.
I’ve been so fascinated with this book since I read the author’s interview about her inspirations for it, and I also follow their podcast Our Opinions are Correct which has opened my mind a lot to the world of science and science fiction. So, I definitely want to get to this sometime soon.
This book was actually on my tentative TBR last year, so I’m pretty disappointed in myself for not having read it. But I ended up reading the author’s earlier work You Bring the Distant Near which completely mesmerized me and I can’t wait to get into this one soon.
I truly know nothing much about this book but I’ve heard it referred to as EconLit (because it deals with economics) and also that it’s a satire on capitalism, and I just find it so fascinating as a concept. I think it’s time I read atleast one book without doing extensive research on whether I should pick it up 😉
It’s always interesting and empowering to read about the fights that women had to put up in the past just to be treated as equals, so I think this book would be a wonderful experience and I’m very excited to know more about this side of history.
If I’m unable to read or DNF any of the books on the above TBR list, these books are some of my alternates and I hope I will read them anyways.
What do you think of this TBR of mine? Do you think I will succeed at trying to read most of these ? Have you already read any of these books and what did you think of them? Please feel free to share all your thoughts in the comments below…