(This is part of a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl)
It’s been a hot minute since I last wrote one of these Top Ten Tuesday posts so lap it up while you can, kids, who knows when you’re going to get the next one.
There were plenty of books I added to my ‘must read’ pile last year that I didn’t get around to reading; and when I say plenty, I mean a whole damn lot. Apparently there just aren’t enough hours in the day. These ten little delights listed below are the poor, abandoned books that I never got to read in 2018 but will squeeze in any way I can into 2019. Consider that a new reading goal.
Strange Grace by Tessa Graton
Once, a witch made a pact with a devil. The legend says they loved each other, but can the story be trusted at all? The tagline that caught me hook, line and sinker and sent this book straight to my tbr pile.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
Not long ago there were seven Blackwoods—until a fatal dose of arsenic found its way into the sugar bowl one terrible night. Oh, Shirley Jackson, you wonderful Gothic Queen. I may have read a large amount of her work in 2018 (primarily her short story collections) but sadly didn’t get around to this beaut. I’ll be fixing that this year.
Dracul by Dacre Stoker
The greatest vampire tale ever told, my main man… Dracula. Dacre brings us the prequel to Dracula, inspired by notes and texts left behind by Bram Stoker. Consider me 132293649% excited for this book and the eventuality that I get to read it at some point in 2019. Please don’t disappoint.
The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell
A Victorian ghost story that evokes a most unsettling kind of fear. This little Gothic delight has been sat on my shelf for the last few months, whispering to me… “read me, Jess. Read me…” but I will, you hear! I will. I’ll read you this year!
Forget My Name by J.S. Monroe
How do you know who to trust… when you don’t even know who you are? You are outside your front door. There are strangers in your house. Then you realise. You can’t remember your name. You received this ARC from the publisher but you forgot about it. You let it slide further and further down your tbr list until… it was too late. The book had been published. This year, you’ll catch up. You’ll read it. Review it.
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
The historical military fantasy novel grounded in the bloody history of China’s 20th century the world has been raving about. I admit I read maybe a chapter of this (which I enjoyed) but somehow I just never finished…
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The book everyone briefly confuses with The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle aka a book I will shout at anyone to read because it is GREAT! Sadly there wasn’t enough time in 2018 for the woman who has had more husbands than I’ve had broken bones (zero).
The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The sins of one generation are visited upon another in a haunted New England mansion. The literary nerd in me sings. I never got around to reading this during my disseration or last year but it’s part of my all-time favourite genre: the gothic.
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
I haven’t touched a Holly Black book since the last Spiderwick Chronicles hit my library bookshelf at the age of 11. Since then I’ve had very little interest in anything she’s written. Until The Cruel Prince. The entire YA community hasn’t stop raving about it so I’m going to give it a shot so don’t let me down, Holly.
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It’s the highest honor they could hope for…and the most cruel. But this year, there’s a ninth girl. And instead of paper, she’s made of fire. I got this wonderful book as an ARC from the publisher but after a very hectic end of 2018, I never got around to reading it. I’ve heard so many good things so I’m itching to read it this time round.
What are some of the books you didn’t get to read in 2018?
Have you read any of the above? Want to read any of the above? Let me know what you thought in the comments below.