Okay, I hate using words like “must” but these are the twelve books (one for each month of the year) that I’d really like to check off my TBR in 2018! None of these are 2018 publications, all of these are considered “backlisted”, and all of these are books that I’ve had on my TBR for far too long. Yet, honestly, all these books intrigue and excite me and I have high hopes for my enjoyment reading for all twelve of these.
➽The Secret History by Donna Tartt
I’m currently reading this with Paloma and we are both really enjoying it! This story is about a group of kids that are attending a very prestigious school in New England and who are all a part of a very elite group that had a love for everything Greek. The prologue gives us a glimpse into what happens to them, and how one of them gets murdered, and the rest of the story is watching the tale unfold by a very unreliable narrator.
➽Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
This is very obviously a classic, and in my goals for 2018 post, I spoke about how one of my goals is to simply read a classic this year. The basic premise is “Orphaned Jane Eyre grows up in the home of her heartless aunt, where she endures loneliness and cruelty, and at a charity school with a harsh regime.” Yet, the main reason I want to read this is because of the next book on this list. And I might read this with Alexis over at The Sloth Reader.
➽Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
This was on so many people who I trusts’ “best of 2016” lists and I’ve been eyeing it every since. And this is a loose retelling of Jane Eyre, but in this version Jane is a serial killer. Like, please, take all my money.
➽The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
I made two impulsive purchases on December 31st, 2017 and this was one of them. First off, holy beauty at this cover. Second, I am 99% sure I am going to devour and love this with everything that I am. Lastly, I need to read this before Circe comes out, because I am again 99% positive that that book is going to make my “best of 2018” list. Oh, and this is the story of the fall of Troy that centers around Achilles and Patroclus and their love for one another. Be still, my everything.
➽The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
And this was the second impulse buy of mine on December 31st, 2017. And apparently this is a very hetero-baiting title, because every queer friend I have is singing this book’s praises nonstop. I couldn’t resist buying and reading it for myself. And I believe this is a tale about a woman, Evelyn Hugo, being interviewed about her past relationships that have taken place over the span of her life.
➽The Book of Etta (The Road to Nowhere #2) by Meg Elison
Okay, I’m a terrible person and I cannot believe I didn’t read this in 2017. But let’s be real, my mental health was not in the best place to be reading about a book where after an apocalypse happens, and when 99% of the female population gets wiped out, but only 98% of the male population does, and where women are being sold as the hottest commodities would have probably made it a lot worse. But the first book in this series, The Book of the Unnamed Midwife, was my favorite read of 2016, so I have to get to this most likely masterpiece of a book this year!
➽Now I Rise (The Conqueror’s Saga #2) by Kiersten White
Okay, so I read and three stared And I Darken. I thought it was a good read, but one of the main characters just drove me past the point of frustration. Well, also many of my friends (and my girl gang consisting of Destiny, Em, & Elise) have promised me that that character doesn’t have a big influence over this story, and that this second installment is very much worth reading. So yeah, if I don’t like it, I’m blaming all of them.
➽The Queen and the Cure (The Bird and the Sword Chronicles #2) by Amy Harmon
I read and loved The Bird and the Sword in 2017, and I still can’t believe I didn’t get to this last year. This is a high fantasy story that is very heavy of the romance, and it’s honestly a gift to the world. I wish more people would read The Bird and the Sword so I could gush with them about how amazing it was. But then again, I’m the slacker that hasn’t read book two yet.
➽A Daring Arrangement (The Four Hundred #1) by Joanna Shupe
Okay guys, hear me out. I did get this sent to me from a publicist, but she is a friend of him who has recently switch jobs and how works for Avon! So, this feels sort of like a gift, and I always like to read the books that people gift me. Plus, I’m totally trying to get more into historical romance anyways, so this might be a pretty good start for me regardless. Oh, and the MC’s last name is Parker! *wink* And I believe this is totally a marriage of convenience story, and you all know I love those.
➽The Abyss Surrounds Us (The Abyss Surrounds Us #1) by Emily Skrutskie
This one is 99.9% for Elise, but it also sounds amazing too. I mean, I’m pretty sure it’s about lesbian pirates battling sea monsters, and what else do I really need to read about?
➽Hideaway (Devil’s Night #2) by Penelope Douglas
Okay, so this is an erotic new adult series and I read book one, Corrupt, last year and it became my very favorite enemies to lovers book in the world. I do want to stress that this series is filled with very dark themes that I know won’t be for everyone. But basically in Corrupt, we follow a girl who is finally starting her own life, yet there are four guys from her past that are wanting to take revenge on her for something that happened years ago, but she has no idea what. She starts to fall for one of the guys, lots of angst ensues, and this book had some of my favorite sex scenes of all time. So yeah, I can’t wait to start book two in this series, especially if I feel a reading slump coming on!
➽Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1) by Kendare Blake
This book is probably the one I need to get to the most, just because I’ve honestly put it off for two years and now I have an ARC copy of book two. But thanks to the beautiful Destiny, I now actually own a physical copy of this, so I think I will be way more apt to pick it up. Also, this is supposed to be about three sisters, all with different magical abilities, fighting for the sole spot on the throne. And that sounds amazing, even though I do think this is a pretty polarizing book in general.
And I do believe that is twelve! Hopefully I can knock these out, and even more so hopefully, I hope to love them all. I should be able to do one a month, but I would honestly be so proud of myself if I could read all of these way before December 2018, so I’d feel even less pressure! I hope you guys enjoyed, and I wish you all the happiest of reading today, 2018, and forever! ❄☃💙