How do you even start listing all the books you want to read? Or at least how do I start? Perchance your TBR pile is reasonable and under your control. If I did nothing but read 16 hours a day for the next three years I might start making a dent in mine. If I didn't add anything new. And let's not kid ourselves, I will. In fact I added at least six books just looking up goodreads urls writing this. But here are the books that I am determined to read come rain or storm or dark of night.
The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic
by Leigh Bardugo
Reasons I want to read: Leigh Bardugo. I wasn't a huge fan of the Grisha series (it wasn't terrible but it wasn't my favorite) but Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom were both amazing and I will auto-buy her stuff forever now. I am also a fan of short story collections. YA doesn't have enough of them. Much excitment.
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
by Mackenzi Lee
Reasons I want to read: Other bloggers have convinced me that I need this and who am I to argue with that? Also, the cover. It makes me think of this description of an actor (Jonathan Rhys Meyers?) who described him as having a slightly rotted kid of beauty. I kind of dig it. It is getting really good buzz from some bloggers who have tastes similar to mine. I see that the author has a backlist so I might put some of those on my TBR pile as well. Nothing to see here.
by Nic Stone
Reasons I want to read: I have read a couple of different blurbs for this book and they have all caused me to be enraged on the main characters behalf. Things better turn out right for him because I am already invested. It also reminds me of the recent incident where 15-year-old Jordan Edwards was shot and killed by police. He was an honors student which seemed to garner more public outrage. I remember reading an article where the writer was making the point that a report card shouldn't be a marker of worth or of whether someone deserves to live. I have some sky high expectations for this book and I really hope that it lives up to them.
Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain
by Maryanne Wolf
Reasons I want to read: I am a reader and I am an educator. How have I not read this before? I went to a literacy conference in March and this book was metioned and has been on my list ever since. Along with a few dozen education based books. But this one is more for pleasure reading.
by Jeff Zentner
Reasons I want to read: The Serpent King was my number one book of 2016. I have had this since it came out but have been putting it off due to fear of second book slump. Or that it will somehow damage the expereience that I had with The Serpent King. Something like that. I never claimed that my reasoning made sense.
The Secret History of Us
by Jessi Kirby
Reasons I want to read: 100% here for Jessi Kirby. Her stuff isn't perfect but her stuff is so fresh that I don't even care. It also involves amnesia. I am not sure how I feel about that. I am not sure that I have read a book with a character who has it before. It seems to be a movie/tv thing more often. It could be fascinating or terrible depending on how much research and attention to detail was done. Pretty confident in this one.
A Quiet Kind of Thunder
by Sara Barnard
Reasons I want to read: Yes, this one has been out for six months but it wasn't released for the kindle which means that I haven't had access to it. The main characters are deaf and selectively mute. I haven't read anything about the representation but I am excited enough by the premise to risk it.
Reasons I want to read: This has been on my pile for more than two years now. I have started it a couple of times. It is excellant but something like 800 pages long. You have to kind of be in an extended mood for that. However, in exactly one month I will be in NY seeing the play Hamilton. I want to have this read by then. My strategy is the audiobook. I started it a couple of days ago and making it through really quickly. A mere 38 hours left. But since I moved this weekend and this book will be perfect for listening to while I am unpaking.
All the Crooked Saints
by Maggie Stiefvater
Reasons I want to read: Maggie Stiefvater. Need I say more? The more I read of her work the more I like it. The Raven Boys was one of my top reads of last year but I also loved Shiver, Linger, and The Scorpio Races. I didn't even read the description before adding it to my "to read" list in Goodreads, Something, something owls, rock'n'roll, miricles. Give. It. To, Me. Now.