10 Books I Want to Read Before the Year Ends

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

I haven’t been very active in the Top Ten Tuesday meme lately. It’s been crazy around here these past few weeks. And, somehow, I missed the week where you all chatted about the books you would like to read this fall. My list would have probably consisted of spooky books, those books I only tend to read around October. Instead of giving you today’s prompt of Ten Bookstores/Libraries I Would Love to Visit (which, let’s be real, that list would turn out to be 50 long), I decided to discuss the books I definitely need to read before the year is up.

I’m not talking about my Tackling TBR project, where I’m reading the oldest books on my TBR. These are just the books that I want to read to bring in a new year. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic is: Top 10 Books I Want to Read Before the End of the Year

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert: Here’s a spooky read I really need to get to before the scary vibes end. Her grandmother has always warned her about the Hazel Wood, but when her mother is kidnapped and nowhere to be seen, Alice has no choice but to venture into the terrifying Hazel Wood and find her.

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins: It’s a spooky time of year. I’ve been reading a marathon of scary books but I most definitely want to get to this one. Poor Sophie is exiled to a witch reform school after a spell goes terribly wrong. And that’s the least of her worries, when people have been getting attacked by a mysterious predator.

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman: This is the part where I confess I haven’t started The Dark Artifices yet. I finished The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments last year and LOVED them. Yet, I’m waiting for the third and final book in the series to start reading so I can properly binge them all. While waiting for the third’s release in December, Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy and The Bane Chronicles have been calling me.

The Fandom by Anna Day: This book sounds amazing! Violet and her friends are enjoying Comic Con, except when they find themselves actually in the plot of one of their favorite fandoms. It’s up to Violet to put the plot back on track and hopefully, find a way back to our real world.

War Storm by Victoria Aveyard: I will never be ready for this book. Might as well take the band-aid off as quickly as possible, right? This is the last book in the Red Queen series and with looming war, betrayals, and rebellions, War Storm is bound to be the best one yet.

Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale: It’s time to finish this duology. I read Austenland so long ago. However, it centers around the perfect vacation spot, Austenland—a park that is sure to transport you to Austen’s time, complete with beautiful dresses, swoon-worthy actors, and lovely dances. From what I’ve heard, the sequel does not follow the original characters but it will still be great to return to Hale’s world!

Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi: It seems everyone has read this one but me. I’ve heard fantastic things about this. Penny and Sam strike up a texting relationship and get to know each other without the awkwardness of face-to-face conversation.

My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins: Every year, I tell myself that I’m going to read this during the winter. And it never happens. This year will be different. I’ve already put this book on my top shelf, where I have to look at it every day. My True Love Gave to Me is a holiday short story collection from various authors.

Landline by Rainbow Rowell: This one has been sitting on my shelf for a while. Recently, I found it on audio so it’s taking priority. It’s a short book. Plus, it sounds like there’s a little magical realism going on so Rowell’s writing will certainly shine. Georgie’s marriage is not doing so well. When she finds a way to communicate to her husband from the past, she may have a chance to save her marriage.

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody: Just from reading the synopsis, this one sounds like it translates so well into film. I’ve only had this one for a few months but every time I look at my shelf, it screams at me to read it. Enne’s mother has gone missing. So, she drops everything to uncover the mystery which leads her to dark casinos, into the clutches of the Mafia.

What books are you hoping to get to before the end of the year? Have you read any of these? What did you think of them?

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  1. I liked the 'True Love' novella collection. Some stories were more my "cup of tea" than others, but overall, it was a sweet read. Someday I have to read Hex Hall (it's been on my shelf for quite some time now!), and also, try to read Victoria's quartet. Hope you enjoy all of these!! :)

  2. I'm hoping to read Tales from Shadowhunter Academy before the year is out too. I hope we'll both enjoy it!

    Lauren @ Always Me

  3. I have had Hex Hall on my TBR for *years* I've just somehow never got round to it haha.
    Good luck!
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