Hello! It’s been a minute, I know. But I swear I have a great excuse… I’m pregnant! Yes, as of right now I am 24 weeks pregnant, which is 5 months along. We’re expecting a baby girl on May 25th. We are so excited for our Tilly Elaine to get here!
But anyway, onto the books! Originally I was going to do a top 18 for 2018… but ummmm that’s a lot. And I can’t keep increasing my yearly tbr by one book every year, or in 3 years I’ll be at freaking 21. No thanks! So these 10 books are ones that I ABSOLUTELY MUST READ THIS YEAR. NO EXCUSES.
#10. We Are Okay – Nina LaCour
I had every intention of reading this as soon as it came out last year! I bought it the day it was released and everything. Nina LaCour is one of my all time favorite YA authors and it’s just weird that I haven’t read this yet. Plus it’s so short, there’s really no excuse.
#9. Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
This book has been making the rounds on Booktube recently, I think because of a goth read-a-thon that happened in October last year? Or maybe a movie came out I missed? I’m not sure. But whatever the reason, it’s piqued my interest. I’ve owned a copy of this book for probably 7 years but never picked it up. And after reading about what it’s about and it’s genre, I definitely think it will be up my alley.
#8. Off the Sidelines – Kirsten Gillibrand
I bought this one when it was released way back in a want to say 2014? Kirsten had appeared on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and she was the Junior senator for New York, replacing Hilary Clinton while she campaigned. Kirsten had just spoken up to the public about the harrassment and sexual misconduct she experienced in the senate and congress, and then proceeded to write this biography book. It’s all about how women need to speak up and not stay on the sidelines in life, politics, work, everything. And now Kirsten is in the media again because she has received a lot of push back from Republicans recently for calling for Senator Al Franken’s resign after his sexual misconduct allegations. It just seems like it’s about time to read this, what with the time’s up movement and everything.
#7. The Black Dagger Brotherhood books – J.R. Ward
Hands down this series is in my top 5 favorite paranormal romance series. I have read the first 4 books in this series and absolutely devoured them. Each one follows a different member of the elite vampire group the Black Dagger Brotherhood, ands their subsequent love interest. And now apparently there’s a whole companion series that is out and on it’s like 3rd book? Man I need to catch up!
#6. The Weight of Feathers – Anna Marie McLemore
This is the only book of Anna’s that I have not read yet. I read e-arcs of her other two – “When the Moon Was Ours” and “Wild Beauty” – and they were 2 of my favorite books of the year. Probably some of my favorite books of all time. They are exquisite and beautiful books, and I just really need to read her other one!
#5. The Inexplicable Logic of My Life – Benjamin Alire Saenz
Again, WHY DID I NOT READ THIS WHEN I BOUGHT IT ON RELEASE DAY. FOR SHAME. “Aristotle and Dante” is one of my favorite books of all time. I have very high expectations for this one.
#4. A Court of War and Ruins – Sarah J. Maas
I FINALLY read and obsessed over ACOMAF in summer 2017! Obsessed to the point where it put me in like a 5-month long reading slump. That goddamn book ruined my life. obviously now I need to hurry up and read the finale.
#3. Cleopatra: A Life – Stacy Schiff
This is on my TBR for the year because it is literally the oldest book I have on Goodreads. It was the first book I ever put on my “want to read shelf” back in like… 2011? So yeah… it’s time, folks.
#2. Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy – Laini Taylor
Because everyone and there mother has read this but me. And it seems right up my alley.
#1. Just One Year – Gayle Forman
This is leftover from my TBR from 2017. Which is just so ridiculous. Just One Day is actually my favorite YA book of all time. Why have I not read this?! No excuse. I own like 3 different editions of this book too.