Happy New Year, friends! So, to be quite frank, I ABSOLUTELY failed on my 2018 TBR list. It’s almost pathetic to be honest– ironically, pre-calculus is making a fool out of me. BUT NO MORE! This mathematical tyrant holds it’s sway no longer. Together, we shall conquer our TBR list, as well as many, many more books. Can we make it up to 100 books? Perhaps past it?! Is this hindsight cringing at how much I’ve overestimated myself?! Maybeeeee so, but I guess we’ll find out. Onward with the TBR!
1. All Kinds of Tied Down by Mary Calmes
This bad boy was a rec suggested to me by @malanielovesfiction !Honestly, she is the only rec source I’ll ever need, because all of her rec are full of angst and, more importantly, they’re gay as frick; and I’m happy to report that this one is no exception. It’s also a cop book, and I love cop books. Thank you, gay, cop rec lord, @malanielovesfiction, and may the gods bless you.
2. Rock -N- Soul by Lauren Sattersby
Lovely contestant number two is a rock star/ghost/romance themed book, which to say in the least caught my attention. I don’t know what came upon our dear Sattersby to write in such a specified field but I’m so glad she did. Also, this baby is a big one, and I’m in the mood for a good, long, thicc ol’ book. Thick spines save lives people.
Me, drowning in the pages.
3. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Coming in at number three is this problematic waifu. I’m so excited to read this book and acknowledge my new everything, Evelyn Hugo. This book is about a Hollywood starlet and her journeys through life– and this book is a f/f romance! It’s so hard to find f/f romances these days, so I’m so happy I found her. I feel like this book got super popular near the end of this year, but *trigger warning* I’m pretty sure it’s a bit intense, so be careful if you’re one of my smol, precious readers. We got you boo, just take a trip down to the book The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. It’s honestly the fluffiest sh*t I know.
Me @ Evelyn.
4. If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio
First off, look at her cover?!?! We stan a Hamlet-esque, color-fade, angst trip. As I was informed, it’s a book about a group of college, student actors who are obsessed with Shakespeare, and the theater, and getting into dangerous, weird sh*t. It’s a classy little murder/thriller and I’m so in the mood for it. Low-key not over the color fade tho, I’m inspired, maybe a blog makeover soon? *lazy laughter in the distance*
5. Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
Again, why are these covers so gorgeous? This one is activating my inner, craftier self and it frightens me a bit. Now I’m not too sure what this bad boy is about, but I’m pretty sure there is also a tie to Shakespeare– so I don’t know? Maybe all Shakespeare related novels are visually pleasing? This one takes place in high school though, so maybe a bit more bullying and puberty and a little less murder?
6. This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills
So this Van Gogh-esque painted lady, *when did all cover artists find their creative glow-up?! No more half-naked guys on everything?!?! But when?!*, is about an intense friendship and a search for a painting. It’s like Nancy Drew, except with stronger friendships, and I’m pretty sure everyone in an adult. Ya gurl loves her friends, so this is good news people. Platonic love is just as important as romantic love, and I’ll stand by that till the end.
When your friend game is so strong, you coordinate grave stones.
7. Vengeful V.E. Schwab
I know I need to stop it with the cover art praise, but come on!!! That red/black combo satisfies me to no end. But that’s beside the point. You know that moment when you think you’ll never find a good book again? Well I was at that point in my life, and V.E. Schwab just came on up with his book Vicious, and made my gosh-darn life. This little number is the sequel to Vicious, and let me just tell you– I’m super excited. I need not say any more– just go read the darn books. However, if you’re still skeptical, I will say that it’s about superheroes/villains with different, cool powers and it’s amazing.
Me, finding out that other good books exist.
8. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
Lovely number eight is a historical novel, which will balance out all this contemporary I’ll be reading quite nicely. Also, both love interests are female, and as I mentioned before, do you know how hard it is to find f/f romance these days? It’s ridiculously hard– I had to squint, go on a soul-searching road trip, hire a demon, and sell my soul to Ronald McDonald to find this one. I’m detecting a bit of a representation issue here. Authors? *claps hands* Where are my f/f romances?! This may convince me to alter my own wip into a f/f romance, but we shall see.
The shade has been thrown.
9. Clockwork Angel
So I’m not going to say it, but it has something to do with the cover. Can you guess what it is? But I’m not going to say it, I swear. I’m actually going to buddy read this lad with my best friend @malanielovesfiction so I’ve already started it a bit, and it seems like a lot of fun. It’s a fantasy, mystery book, which is right up ol’ Betty’s alley. Fun fact, I’m obsessed with Clare’s character, Magnus Bane, and he makes a cameo somewhere in this series, so I am here for it. *claps my gay hands for my gay sire, Magnus Bane*.
10. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
So, to round this list off we have the beautiful Secret History novel. This darling is also a college drama/murder mystery quite like If We Were Villains, however instead of Shakespeare, they’re into the Classics. I’m pretty sure this is a dark, physiological thriller which sounds really nice and pretentious. This is the book that you want your professor to catch you reading at the local coffee shop– its cerebral and intellectual, and I desperately need some of that in my reading life, let me tell you hunney.
Will you be reading any of these books this year? What else do you have planned, any recs for me? Comment down below and we’ll talk about it boo.