Monday, December 3, 2018

2018 TBR: Homestretch Edition

It's December. As of this writing, we only have four weeks left of 2018.

And can I just ask - and I don't think I'm alone in this - what the fuck was that?!

2016 was the year that went by in a tornado of fuckery, while 2017 was the year that would never end. 2018 was some weird combination of the two. (On the bright side, every passing year takes us further away from the nightmare that was 2016.)

2018 hasn't been all bad - on the contrary, I got a lot of good news this year, some of which I've mentioned elsewhere online, some I haven't. But it's been a rough, confusing year for all of us, and I think a lot of us are just ready to be done and move on. (*insert obligatory "thank u, next" joke here*) In particular, I'm hoping 2019 will be a better reading year for me.

As you've probably noticed, I haven't read nearly as much as I hoped to this year, and this blog has been kind of a ghost town. I have a million excuses, some good, some not, but I know no one's interested in hearing those.

Instead, let's talk about four books I hope to get through before the year ends.

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Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy


This book isn't out yet, but the publisher reached out to me and sent me an ARC! (Isn't this cover so pretty?) It's a sci-fi retelling of the Arthurian legend, in which Excalibur is wielded by a young woman named Ari. I plan to start reading this as soon as this post goes up. Honestly, it had me at "Queen Ari." 

Wildcard by Marie Lu


The followup to Warcross, which I raved about last year! I've had it on my shelf since the day it came out, so there's really no excuse. I've miraculously avoided spoilers, but who knows how long that will last if I don't get off my ass and start reading. I haven't heard much about it, but that's because I've refused to even GLANCE at reviews. I know Goodreads says to tag spoilers, but I don't trust y'all.

Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend


The sequel to Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow... and avoiding spoilers for this has been a TRIP. There are only a few people talking about this series on Tumblr at the moment (though it's doing really well with critics, so I have hope), which means that most of us are aware of each other. (When you love an amazing book but you only have so many other people to scream your feelings with, you get acquainted pretty quick.) Consequentially, I seem to be the only one in the tag who hasn't finished this yet.

Or started it.

I'M SORRY.

Everyone's been saying it's a great followup to the first book, so I can't wait to dive in!

(Also, READ NEVERMOOR, PLEASE.)

Johannes Cabal the Necromancer by Jonathan L. Howard


This is a relatively short book that I've owned for quite a while now. I impulse-bought it after stumbling across it on Goodreads, because, honestly? This seems like it was written with me in mind. Steampunk, necromancy, vampires, family drama, selling your soul to Satan... and that's just the first book! 

When I posted on Tumblr that I'd bought this, I got like 10 messages from people all yelling at me to read it immediately... so I'm guessing I've stumbled across another relatively small fandom that's desperate for new blood. Stay strong, guys. I feel your pain.

Four books in a month. I can read four books in a month.

Probably.

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