I have a pile of books on my bedside table. It includes ARCs, paperbacks and hardcovers of every genre and age group, flights of fancy and literary tomes, with a few non-fiction tossed in for flavor. Sometimes the pile grows so large I forget what’s in it. (Occasionally it topples.) But no matter how they arrived on my table, the books are there for a reason.
They are my TBR: the ever-growing list of books I’m eager to read. Here’s what’s in my current pile and why:
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
Release date: September 20, 2016
There are very few books that catch my attention as quickly and thoroughly as the description of Stalking Jack the Ripper. Throw a plucky heroine into the dark underbelly of Victorian London and I am all in!
A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab
Release date: February 23 2016
This fantasy novel is the sequel to A Darker Shade of Magic, and falls into the couldn’t-wait-so-I-pre-ordered-it category. The problem is, I know that once I read it, I’ll be stuck waiting again. A Conjuring of Light doesn’t come out until next year!
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Release date: July 14 2015
This book has been in the pile the longest. I bought it last summer when I was traveling, but couldn’t bring myself to read it. What if I don’t like Go Set a Watchman? What if this somehow changes my love of To Kill a Mockingbird? So the book waits and waits…
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Release date: May 3 2016
This is one of those coming-of-age books that will someday be a classic. With all the current events in the media, it begs to be on every bookshelf! I’m already invested in Amanda’s story as a trans young woman, (and I’ve only read the back cover.) This one is definitely coming on vacation with me!
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release date: January 6 2015
I know this book is going to tear my heart into tiny little pieces. I don’t care. Sometimes the pain is worth it.
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release date: October 6 2015
This is literally the only book of Rainbow Rowell’s that I haven’t read, and in the time since its release, I’ve somehow done the impossible and avoided ANY spoilers. I’m so excited to read this Simon / Baz story!
You Know Me Well by David Levithan and Nina LaCour
Publish: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release date: June 7 2016
I’ve heard so many awesome things about this book! I’m a sucker when it comes to happy / sad stories, and I sense this one – with its alternating points of view – is going to hit me right in the feels.
Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky
Release date: February 23 2016
This book is about crazed fans getting caught up in a real life fiasco when they (accidentally) kidnap the singer of a boy band. Fandom FTW!
The Kick-Ass Writer by Chuck Wendig
Publisher: Writer’s Digest Books
Release date: November 14 2013
I have been reading this book for the last few months. I take it in little chunks – a page or two at a time – whenever I feel my writing going into a funk. Chuck’s take-no-prisoners literary style and kick in the ass advice is amazing. Definitely staying on my TBR for the time being.
These Ruthless Deeds (These Vicious Masks #2) by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release date: March 14 2017
The last book on my list is one I’ve been waiting for since I read the ARC for These Vicious Masks last year. I can’t WAIT to return to the fantastic Regency world of superpowers and evil villains!
So tell me: What’s on YOUR eager-to-read pile? I might need to add a few more.