Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
Well isn’t this a fun prompt to really dime myself out on my failure at managing my TBR?
2020 was a crapshow, so I’m not holding myself accountable for anything that I planned to read and then did not. However, I still mean to read these, so I’m going to highlight what was on my TBRs throughout the past year and then um, we’ll see if it happens this year.
As the moodiest of mood readers and someone who keeps slamming that request button on NetGalley without regard to the consequences, I wish myself the best of luck.
Several of these books are going to be re-highlights.
The Books I Totally, Definitely, Absolutely Meant to Read in 2020 and Then Did Not
Velocity Weapon by Megan E O’Keefe
This bad book was on my TBR for a whopping seven months. It actually joined another long-time TBR lurker, The Wolf of Oren-Yaro, for quite some time, as I was determined to shame myself into reading them by having them on my TBR until they were read (that broke with 2021). I was 50% successful, since I read The Wolf of Oren-Yaro in December, and it was excellent. I will get to this one! (this is a sentence that will probably repeat for each book).
The Defiant Heir by Melissa Caruso
I read The Tethered Mage in September of 2019, and was determined to read this one right away. Which yes, is pretty sad. I did end up purchased The Tethered Mage out of shame (and to have it sit as a physical albatross on my shelves) since I had requested the ARC from NetGalley back in *checks notes* 2017. Fingers crossed it doesn’t take me two years to read each installment, although my hopes are not high.
The Stone Sky by NK Jemisin
I absolutely adored both The Fifth Season and The Obelisk Gate, so why oh why haven’t I read this last book in the two and a half years since I finished book 2? Is it because I often wait years and years before reading the final book in a trilogy, particularly a trilogy that I know is going to rip my heart into shreds and shit down my throat? Yes. I am a wimp. I acknowledge this. Here’s hoping 2021 is a gentler year (although it’s not going that way) and I’m in a better state to read this one and have my entire being destroyed.
Crier’s War by Nina Varela
I purchased this a while ago (last year? last century? who the fuck knows time anymore) with the highest of intentions on reading it. And then YA science fiction (and YA in general) started letting me down and I just didn’t want to take the chance and risk being annoyed by a book that promised sapphic enemies to lovers perfection. I will read this. But I will go gently into that good night.
Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim
Spin the Dawn blew me away in every sense of the word. I absolutely loved the first half of the book, with the sewing competition, the world-building, everything. And then I was less than enthralled by the second half, mainly because romances between teenagers and immortals (or much older men) who seem younger than they are is very much not my thing. However, that ending promised delicious darkness, and then I just have not read the sequel.
If We Were Villains by ML Rio
I bought this book after hunting through Overdrive semi-fruitlessly after my friend gushed over it. She is a picky reader and we tend to like moderately similar things, although we don’t exactly share a love of dark academia (she does, I’m ambivalent). However, this one sounds intriguing, and promises deadly shit and hopefully stabby stabs?? Dare I hope too much? Either way, it’s on my desk alongside all of my other high priority to-reads.
Clear to Lift by Anne A Wilson
I really, really enjoyed her debut, Hover, which was a thrilling story of a female naval helicopter pilot (minus the last bit where the plot got a little ridiculous), written by a former naval helicopter pilot. And this premise of a naval helicopter pilot stationed out in the boonies of Nevada, who starts to question her life and her purpose, just really, really called out to me. It’s short, and it was on my December TBR and I’ve owned it for a hot minute, so why haven’t I read it yet??
Revenant Gun by Yoon Ha Lee
Remember what I said about having an issue finishing the third book of a trilogy when I’m 99.99% positive that it’s going to reach through my esophagus and pull out my emotions? Yeah. That. And this book. I read Raven Stratagem in August 2019, and while I had planned on reading it in December, I was not there mentally. I *will* get to it (*determined underbite*).