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Top of My TBR

Who was it that said, “I was born with a reading list I will never finish?” Ah, that’s right Maud Casey. This quote has stuck with me for as long as I can remember being part of the online reading world. I feel like each time I finish a book eight more are added to my TBR list (and I am LOWBALLING here!). I am a reader. What else can I say? *insert shrugging emoji*

So back in September, I put myself on a book-buying ban. At the time, both my husband and I were in college and had just moved, books were at the bottom of my budget. I promised myself that I wouldn’t buy any more books (textbooks not included) until the end of my graduate program. And I did SO good! I waited patiently for Christmas, I waited for our anniversary (basically any excuse I could find to convince Zach to buy me a new book). I did good, that is, until last week…

Last week Barnes and Nobels had a book sale (3 for $30) AND it was Valentine’s Day AND I went shopping with my mom and sister over the weekend. And SOMEHOW I came home with SIX new books that I owned. Does this problem ever happen to anyone else?

Not only do I have six new books to put on my already overflowing bookshelves, but I STILL haven’t touched my books from Christmas. And I have five books from the library to read before they’re due back at the end of the month. *SIGH* I guess I’ll just have to read more.

So here is what I’m going to be working on (and the reviews you will be seeing coming through the blog here in the next couple months):


These books were all gifts I received at Christmas and I am SUPER excited for all of them.

  1. The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman. This book has been on my TBR list since last summer and I am really looking forward to reading it. (And watching the movie 😉 )
  2. I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak. I love love LOVED The Book Theif and I am really looking forward to reading this one.
  3. Britt-Marie was Here by Fredrik Backman. I know I also need to read My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry first and Zach gave it to me for our anniversary, I just need to get around to it.
  4. A Certain Age by Beatriz Williams. You may or may not remember, I declared A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams one of my all-time favorite books this summer, so I’m definitely looking forward to reading another book by this author.


My current library holdings. I swear I went just to drop off the books I was finished reading… And then I came home with seven new ones (I already finished A Flame in the Mist and King’s Cage).

  1. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. For how much I love YA fiction, I STILL haven’t read this series, and I’m a little embarrassed to admit that… So here goes nothing (This one is actually my current read).
  2. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater. Diddo.
  3. The Giver by Lois Lowry. A classic. Right? Yepp, I still haven’t read it. My mom’s been telling me to for a few years, but I just never seemed to pick it up. Now I checked it out, so I’ve got to get it done!
  4. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I LOVED the Shadow and Bone trilogy (review coming soon, pinky-swear) and these books happen many years later (from what I can tell).
  5. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. *Read #4*


These books are the NEWEST to need a home on my shelves… Not quite sure where, but for a few weeks they can rest easy on my nightstand. I’ll rehome them once they’re read or Zach gets back, whichever comes first.

  1. Caraval by Stephanie Garber. How did I avoid this one last year? It is HUGE! I feel like everyone is always raving about it, which makes me nervous because I HATE when a book doesn’t meet expectations. (I actually have a list of intimidating books that include books that EVERYONE likes because I just hate being the odd one out that doesn’t enjoy a book everyone else loves.)
  2. The Color Project by Sierra Abrams. Looks like a cute, fun, easy get-ready-for-summer read.
  3. What if? by Randall Munroe. This is the nerd in me coming out. That question is always there… What if? Maybe I’ll find some answers in this book. If nothing else, I know my husband will enjoy it!
  4. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. INSTANT SENSATION! And I still haven’t read it. I’m determined to have it done by the time the movie comes out. However, this one (again) intimidates me because what if it’s not what it’s cracked up to be?
  5. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. So. Many. Awards. So why not?
  6. Year One by Nora Roberts. Um… This is really embarrassing… but I’ve never read (erm, finished) a Nora Roberts book. I own several, and I’ve gotten part of the way through some, but I’m just not THAT into them. Maybe I’m not trying hard enough. Maybe this one will change the tides. I love a good apocalypse.

[Random sidenote: If I finish all the books on this list, I will just need one more book to complete my 30 books challenge!]

Let’s Talk!

What’s on your TBR right now? Are you looking forward to any of the books I mentioned? Have you read them already? What did you think?

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