It’s rather something to have a large TBR named Steve who takes up half my apartment with shiny new books and brilliant old books, rather like a quiet sort of cat that I don’t really have to feed, but still somehow makes sure that I notice him. (throwing books on the floor seems to be his favourite pastime).
But one of the downsides of having a large TBR is that sometimes some books that I should read or need to read, get pushed to the back because of the habit I might just have of picking up and adopting any stray book in my path.
Which doesn’t do well for my TBR. And for some reason, Steve refuses to read the books for me, but instead just holds onto them and somehow multiplies all of them before I can look again. With that being said, there are quite a few books that I really should have read by now, and haven’t. So let’s unpack my shelf of shame together shall we?
1- Rebels Rising (book 3 of the Rebel Mechanics series). I adore the first 2 books of these series, but really just haven’t been in the mood for these. I should because Alternative history, magic, steampunk and a sweet meet-cute, sounds up my alley. But I still haven’t picked it up…and now it’s been long enough that I have to reread the other books just to get to this one. (that’s actually the theme for about 90% of these books just saying)
2-BlackSouls (book 2 of the BlackHearts duology). Pirates and slow burn and the backstory of Blackbeard, all things that tick off my ‘yes please’ list of books. But again, I read the first one when it first came out and I don’t remember anything about it (except apparently that it was slow burn but still).
3-Invictus. I’ve heard this is like a Doctor Who novel with time travel and loops and it sounds amazing, but have I had a chance to read it yet? *dies laughing* seriously, nope. I do want to get into this because I have a feeling I will really like this, but time.
4-Love and Gelato. One of my good bookish friends is adamant I will love this book and ‘why haven’t I read it yet?’ texts in all caps are pretty much common from her about this book. Also she will randomly bring it up in conversations, “Oh it’s like that book…THAT YOU STILL HAVEN’T READ!” which I’m going to, soon I swear. I just have to be in the mood for a good contemporary because I don’t read them that much. (which is not a good enough excuse for her and she keeps telling me to just read the book! so I need to… so she can yell at me to read another book)
5-Great Expectations. Um. yes. I love Dickens (technically I’ve only read 3 things by him but adored 2 of the 3 so there’s that) and I got this…2 years ago I think from a friend and I. Still. Haven’t. Read. It. I want to, but I also know with Dickens’ writing, it’s more atmospheric to read it in the winter. Maybe this year I’ll get to it?
6-Jellicoe Road. Yeah, I’ve heard really good things about this book (and author considering I have another of her books on my TBR) but just haven’t gotten to it yet. I have also heard it’s weird so I’m kinda mentally preparing myself for that, but I do like me some weird books.
7-Wild Magic. I didn’t grow up with this series at all. And literally I found all of them on Bookoutlet like a year ago. And everyone has Extremely. Big. Feelings when it comes to mentioning this series, and has told me that I need to read them. I am half-way started but I’m just not feeling in the mood for that type of book at the moment (the perils of being a mood reader)
8-Hunting Prince Dracula. Dude, this book has set on my shelf HALF-STARTED for a year. (or possibly more because I started it when it first came out and that was in…2017 whoops.) I have not finished it, I don’t know why because I really really liked the first one. And the last in the series is coming out next month, so I really just need to get a wiggle on and finish that book to finish the 3rd one so I can complete the series.
9-The Great Library series. Technically, I’ve read the first 2 books in this series, back when I thought it was going to be a trilogy. But then it became a 5 book series and basically everyone was dying of ALL. THE. FEELS. after the 3rd book so I just decided that I was going to wait, thank you very much until the 5th and final book were release. Well, it’s being released next month, and I don’t want to get spoiled for it, so I need to binge this series pretty much now.
10-Count of Monte Cristo. This isn’t even my book. This is a library book that I’ve kinda rerented over and over and over again, and still haven’t completed it (I first checked it out in APRIL…it’s AUGUST!). I’m in the middle (about 500 pages done) and I’m enjoying it but I also just don’t have the time at the moment to really devote myself to a long drawn out revenge plot. I do want to read this soon though because I want to watch the movie. (I saw the movie years ago when it was first out, but didn’t realize what was going on at all because I watched it with a group and…if you’ve never had a movie experience with about 30 people crammed in a living room all shouting and whispering and getting up to get stuff…well I don’t recommend it because it’s awful to try and watch a movie in)
So those are books I should have read by now, but still haven’t. What’s one book you should have read by now? What’s one book you still are in the middle of but haven’t finished? Please comment and let me know that I’m not alone in my shame of unread books!
Happy reading y’all, and remember, life is too short for mediocre books!