In June, it feels like there’s soooooo much time left in the year to work towards my annual goals and stuff, but dang. The end of the year really snuck up on me in 2018. I was going strong with the 2018 Debut Authors Challenge, and then about halfway through the year it occurred to me that I should probably start reading the debuts exclusively until I caught up. Then those took me right to the end of the year, with An Absolutely Remarkable Thing just squeaking by.
This year, I’m not actively participating in the debut authors challenge (says the girl who’s read three 2019 debuts already), because I really REALLY want to do basic book goals stuff like… read things I own? Also finish series? Especially my hardcopy stuff! As you’ll see on Monday, I went on a bit of a book buying spree at the end of the year, knowing that I was imposing a year-long ban on myself. As such, I added about 40 new books to my shelves and, therefore, hardcopy TBR.
I’m a glutton for punishment, really.
There are a few books I added to my shelves at the tail end of 2017 or through 2018 that I really wanted to get to, but never made it. 2019 is the Year of Hardcopy though, so I’m gonna do this!
by Lyra Selene
This beautiful book, a vision in violet, came in the very last OwlCrate box of 2018. Actually, my understanding is that a lot of boxes picked up Amber & Dusk? I feel like I’ve seen at least three different unboxings with this one….
Anyway, Amber & Dusk wasn’t on my radar at all before I broke into my OwlCrate. Now that I know about it, it sounds like this beautiful French-inspired world, filled with magic and intrigue. I’m always pulled in by political-centric fantasies, so I think I’ll probably enjoy this one!
But the big reason why I wanted to get to this one in 2018? It was a 2018 debut. I was so close guys, then this popped on my doorstep two weeks before the end of the year. *siiiigh*
by Caitlin Moran
I know there’s some disagreement around Caitlin Moran in general, largely because of her “feminist memoir” How to Be a Woman. I can’t speak on that book at all – I haven’t read it – but I can tell you that I LOVED How to Build a Girl. I thought it was snarky and raw and perfectly hilarious and heartbreaking and I simply loved it.
When I dug in a little and discovered a long-awaited sequel was coming out in the summer, I was thrilled. It’s so rare for me these days to be able to preorder a book when I’m in the middle of a series (my TBR is just… ugh, guys. And I buy loads of second-hand), and when this came, I was over the moon. It’s so BRIGHT PINK. I hope it’s as funny as How to Build A Girl.
by Tamora Pierce
I have been waiting for this book since I was ten.
Seriously. It’s been almost twenty years. I preordered it the MOMENT I saw the link pop up. I opened it, I hugged it, I told EVERYONE about it, I waved it in my husband’s face and told him to read it … …
… And I didn’t read it myself.
This is where my TBR jar really kills me. Like Moxie (which took a year to pop out of my jar) I really want to read this one. And I know I’ll get there, but I put my rules in place to make sure everything gets read… so it’ll be that much sweeter when I finally devour it.
After all, I’ve already been waiting since 1999. What’s another year?
by Jenny Han
I toyed around with adding this one to my TBR for a while. It seems like super fluffy contemporary. It seemed a little too fluffy for me? But then the movie came out.
The movie! Guys.
I haven’t watched it yet and I’m not going to yet. But there was so so much love in the YA book bloggers community for To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and I really wanted to be a part of that. I wanted to know everyone’s excitement and revel in it! So I grabbed the book and intended to read it… but it went in the jar and there it remains.
by Charles Dickens
I have two books I read annually. The first is The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, which I typically listen to the week of Halloween during my work commute. The version I have is read by Tom Mison and it’s delicious.
The second annual book is Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. I started reading/listening to this one when A Christmas Carol became a big part of my life back in college. I was part of a small town troupe and we performed it every year. I played Isabelle, Scrooge’s young fiance, and I still think she’s a beautiful part of the story.
This year, for whatever reason, December just shot past and by the time I thought, OH HEY. It’s December and I want to read A Christmas Carol the month was over. So yeahhh. One I meant to read in 2018, and didn’t.
by Brandon Sanderson
I received the Mistborn trilogy as part of my 2017 SantaThing haul when I asked for an epic fantasy book with a kickass female lead. I could read books of that definition forever, I really could. My Santa got the Mistborn boxed set. I looked at it, stared awestruck at how many amazing reviews it gets on Goodreads, and dropped it into the TBR jar.
You know how they say… once you get a new car, you start seeing it everywhere? … Maybe that’s just a thing my dad says. Anyway! As soon as I added this book to my TBR, I feel like I started seeing people talking about it all over the place! Sooooo many Top Ten Tuesdays, y’all.
I didn’t get to this one in 2018, but I’m really anxious to read it in 2019. Hopefully? I really think everyone I’m friends with or follow on Goodreads has either read this, or it’s on their TBR. EVERYONE.
by Susan Dennard
I… just love the idea of this book?
I’ve been flirting with reading it for a couple years, and finally bit the bullet and bought a copy in 2018. I mean, that was the point of the yard sale we had over the summer, right? Get rid of a lot of movies and random things so I could buy more books? Yeah, that was definitely the plan.
I know, I know. It’s witches and intrigue and magic and politics and fantasy and guys, I told you… this stuff is just my jam. Really my genre of choice. And this genre is either AMAZING or just… … really… really bad…..
But Truthwitch has some pretty loyal fans, and I’d love to dig into this one sooner as opposed to later.
by Courtney Summers
Another book that wasn’t on my radar at all before it popped up in a subscription box. Sadie was Scribbler’s book of the month in fall 2018, and then all of a sudden THIS BOOK WAS LITERALLY EVERYWHERE. All over Instagram, all over blogs, all over everything. I don’t remember the last book I saw blow up that big that fast that didn’t redefine a genre or make a super important social statement or something like that.
Sadie was just a book that everyone really enjoyed, and for a myriad of reasons. I wanted to be in on that as well, but now it’s too late. I look forward to enjoying this one waaaaay after everyone else has moved on, which is my signature move.
by Marissa Meyer
So, the real general goal was to read something by Marissa Meyer, because both The Lunar Chronicles and the Renegades series are widely loved. Cinder really seemed like the one because it’s the Lunar Chronicles and goodness knows – I see those plastered everywhere. I have a mug and coaster from the Lunar Chronicles that I really like… but don’t quite understand the references. I really need to read Cinder. Honestly.
BUT BUT BUT. I did read some Marissa Meyer in 2018, so it wasn’t a complete wash! I read Heartless in December and it was one of my favorite books of the year, and it is hands down the best Alice in Wonderland retelling that I’ve read. So I’m a fan of Marissa Meyer for sure.
by Rainbow Rowell
I really want to read something by Rainbow Rowell.
I bought Fangirl in a binge at the end of 2017 and it has sat on my shelf ever since, this beautiful mint green book about a nerdy girl in college who writes fanfiction, and honestly, I just love everything about this idea. If I had Fangirl when I was in college, I would have loved it and devoured it greedily… I just know it.
Of course, this one didn’t pop up in 2018 for me. Neither did Eleanor & Park, which I purchased at a booksale at work midway through the year. I’m a flexible person. I will gladly accept either of these titles from my TBR jar in 2019. Please oh please oh please.
So, with those out there… I’m gonna say that I really hope I do better with the 2018 wanted-to-but-didn’t list. I dug back in my archives and checked out my 2017 list and… … ouch. These were last years books….
Eliza and Her Monsters X
Howl’s Moving Castle X
The Killing Moon X
Something Rotten X
Dorothy Must Die X
They Both Die at the End X
The Hate U Give ✓
“When Did You See Her Last?” X
So, yeah, we’re seeing a 20% success rate on last year’s regrets. I genuinely hope next year is better….
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday asked:
Books I Meant to Read In 2018 but Didn’t Get To
Short Answer: Gah! So many! I love/hate my TBR jar rule because it tempers my mood reads and invites me to grab stuff I may not pick and typically enjoy. BUT. Sometimes stuff I’m anticipating falls to the wayside.