Top Ten Tuesday: Books I meant to read in 2018
It always feels as though my books I meant to read in 2018 list features the most popular books of the year, because I’m so hype-averse. As soon as a book tops most anticipated lists, I add it to my TBR and run as quickly as I can in the opposite direction, certain that I’m going to be the odd one out and hate the next big thing.
Because of that, there’s a few books on this list which you’re going to be surprised I haven’t read. I’m hoping to actually get around to reading some of these over the next twelve months (unlike my books I meant to read in 2017 list, of which I’ve read one – Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – and am halfway through another – The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas).
Floored is a collaborative novel featuring some of my favourite authors, so I was planning on picking it up as soon as it was released, but something about all of the different viewpoints and writing styles is making me apprehensive. I’ve read a book with seven viewpoints before and it was a success, but that was one writer crafting seven characters who were quite different. I don’t know how it will work with so many different people contributing.
9) Giant Days by Non Pratt
A novelisation of one of my favourite graphic novels was a dream come true, but I’m putting this one off until I need a pick-me-up.
8) Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
Leah on the Offbeat is a companion novel to Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, which is one of my favourite books of all time, but I saw some reviewers calling the book biphobic which is why I ultimately avoided it. I’m probably going to read it eventually to make my own mind up, but I wasn’t in the right headspace to put myself through that last year.
7) Death in the Spotlight by Robin Stevens
I read the entire Murder Most Unladylike series last year, and I was planning on reading Death in the Spotlight as soon as it was released, but the library didn’t get a copy in so I had no way of reading it as I couldn’t afford to buy new books and pay bills! Thankfully my boyfriend bought me a copy for Christmas, so I’ll be reading that one in the next couple of months (and perhaps rereading the rest of the series, too).
6) Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? by Holly Bourne
It Only Happens in the Movies was one of my favourite reads of 2017, so I bought Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? the day it came out, but for some reason I haven’t picked it up yet.
5) Iron Gold by Pierce Brown
I got 100 pages into Iron Gold and got scared, so I put it down and am yet to pick it up again. I’m planning on finishing it before Dark Age is released, but with Pierce Brown pushing its release date further and further back, I’m pushing back my planned read of Iron Gold, too. There are so many new characters which I’m beginning to care deeply about, and I know how murderous Brown is!
4) Indigo Donut by Patrice Lawrence
Over the last few years I’ve strived to read every book shortlisted for the YA Book Prize before the winner is announced, but I failed that in 2018. I got halfway through After the Fire (and I’m planning to finish it eventually) and started Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series to allow me to eventually read La Belle Sauvage, but I didn’t even pick up Indigo Donut, and Patrice Lawrence won the previous year’s prize!
3) State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury
I’m halfway through reading State of Sorrow, so this kind of doesn’t count, but I was hoping to finish it by the end of last year. I abandoned it when I gave birth, as tiny babies and fragile paper things aren’t the best combination, but now my daughter is a bit older and I can fight her off I’m planning on starting this one again fairly soon.
2) Goodbye, Perfect by Sara Barnard
I read Beautiful Broken Things and A Quiet Kind of Thunder within a month of their release dates, then struggled to wait for Sara Barnard to release another title. I decided to wait to read Goodbye, Perfect until she’d announced her fourth book… But then I kept procrastinating it! Her fourth book is out in a couple of weeks, so I’m planning on catching up on this one and rereading Beautiful Broken Things before Fragile Fierce Hearts is released, as it is a companion novel.
1) Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Children of Blood and Bone was the biggest debut of 2018, hands down. Tomi Adeyemi practically became a household name overnight, and although she hasn’t always been talked about for the best reasons (*cough* that tiff with Nora Roberts *cough*) it’s pretty much universally accepted that COBAB was one of the best books released in 2018. With the sequel rapidly approaching, I’m hoping to pull my finger out and read this sooner rather than later.
I hope you enjoyed this Top Ten Tuesday. Did you read any of these books in 2018, and if so would you recommend them?