Every reader knows the feeling – we add book after book to our TBR list, even if we’ve got tens or even hundreds still sitting on our shelves, waiting to be read. This can bring about feelings of shame and inadequacy, that no matter how much we read it’s never enough – but hey, we’re all trying our best and should cut ourselves some slack. With that being said, here are the 10 books (or entire series) I meant to read in 2018 but, for one reason or another, just didn’t get to.
1) Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
I’ve been meaning to read Sarah J. Maas’s TOG series ever since I read (and fell head over heels in love with) her ACOTAR series. But I kept putting it off and putting it off until finally I just decided to wait until the series was finished before I picked it up – why not binge it all at once, right? Now that the final book finally came out in October, I have no more excuses. It may be too late for me to read the series for 2018 but 2019 is going to be the year I finally read it – and this time, I mean it.
2) The Nevernight Chronicles by Jay Kristoff
At a friend’s recommendation, I finally picked up the The Lotus Wars series by Jay Kristoff in 2018 – and it ended up being one of my favorite reads of the entire year. Then, my friend said I should read his Nevernight series too because, according to him, it’s even better! I was all prepared to dive in since the last book in the trilogy was slated to come out in September 2018 – but then there was an unexpected twist: The publication of the final book, Darkdawn, got pushed back to the fall of 2019! So I’ve decided to wait (albeit very impatiently) for the final book to come out so I can binge this series too. (It seems I’ll be doing a lot of that this year).
3) Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff
This book has been on my TBR ever since it first came out – I’m just as curious as the next person to see what goes on behind-the-scenes in the Trump White House (from what I’ve heard, it’s exactly as you might expect). Sure, it’s a bit out of date now but I’d still like to read it – I just wasn’t able to get to it in 2018.
4) Lies Sleeping (Rivers of London #7) by Ben Aaronovitch
The next installment in one of my favorite urban fantasy series finally came out in 2018 – but I can’t buy it yet because I have to wait for the paperback to come out so it’ll match all my other books. #bookwormproblems
5) Kingdom of the Blind (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #14) by Louise Penny
Yet another example of IHaveToWaitForTheBloodyPaperbackToComeOut syndrome. (I don’t know if I can wait for this one though, I want to read it so bad – ARGH!)
6) Rivers of London Volume 6: Water Weed by Ben Aaronovitch
To tide me over between the Rivers of London novels, I like to read the comic books that they release fairly regularly – but I’ve been waiting a long time for this one. First it was slated to come out in October, then it was pushed back to November…then pushed back to December. Now it’s slated for release at the end of January, so I guess we’ll have to see. I would have liked to read this book in 2018 – if it had only come out when it was supposed to. *grumbles*
7) The Stand by Stephen King
I’ve made it one of my lifelong reading goals to read Everything Stephen King Has Ever Published. (That’s totally doable, right?) Next on my list is The Stand which I tried to get to in 2018 but it just didn’t happen. Oh well, there’s always this year.
8) Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha #1) by Tomi Adeyemi
This was one of those YA fantasy books that everyone seemed to be raving about in 2018 – I would have loved to read it too but there’s never enough time to read everything I want to read. #morebookwormproblems
9) The Poppy War (The Poppy War #1) by R.F. Kuang
NOT. ENOUGH. TIME.
10) The Three Kingdoms by Luo Guanzhong
Sometime in the middle of 2018, I got the urge to read The Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature. (You know how you get that urge from time to time?) I meant to pick up The Three Kingdoms but just never got around to it. Note: These books are a commitment. They are all SO LONG. But, what can I say? I like big books – and I cannot lie.