When I was still blogging regularly at Divulge and Indulge, I kept telling myself I would link up with The Broke and the Bookish for at least a few Top Ten Tuesday posts. Unfortunately, that never happened.
Since my new blog is placing more focus on books, it's much easier to find time and space to join this link-up. (Though I guess my first Top Ten Tuesday will also be my last ... At least at The Broke and the Bookish. I plan to continue linking up regularly once it moves to That Artsy Reader Girl on the 16th.)
Today's topic is all about the books I never seemed to find time for last year. I thought this topic seemed especially fitting for my first Top Ten Tuesday post since, as I said, I never seemed to find time to join this link-up in previous years.
Here are ten books I'll be prioritizing in 2018:
I'm actually planning to start this one today, but I still thought it deserved a spot on the list. I loved Everything I Never Told You, so I've really been looking forward to this one. I didn't get to it last year because the library waiting list was long, and, as I got closer to the top, Erin posted the categories for her latest reading challenge. Since I wanted to use it for the challenge, I had to wait until at least January 1st to start it.
Two of my favorite book loving bloggers, Steph and Jana, gave this one rave reviews. And, since I feel like I have similar taste in books, I'm guessing I'll probably love this book as well.
3.) Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo
I'm currently on the waiting list for this book at the library, and plan to use it for a category in Erin's book challenge bonus round. (Assuming I make it to the bonus round, anyway.) I think this will be an emotionally difficult read, but those are often some of the best stories.
4.) In the Woods by Tana French
I've wanted to read this book for a long time (as well as the others in the Dublin Murder Squad series). Somehow, though, I've never gotten around to it. It's exactly the kind of book I love, and I think 2018 will be the year I finally read it.
5.) Only Child by Jack Ketchum
This book has been sitting on one of my bookshelves for at least a year and a half (probably longer). I keep telling myself I'll get to it soon, but then I get distracted with books from the library. I need to remember to pick things from my own shelves once in a while -- I mean, it's literally sitting right there!
6.) The Secret History by Donna Tartt
I read her novel The Little Friend many years ago and loved it. (I actually loved it so much that I read it again a few years ago.) Her first novel has been on my "To Read" list for what feels like forever. I even checked it out from the library pretty recently, but had to return it without reading it because I just didn't have time to get to it. I'd love to finally mark it off my list!
7.) Swear on This Life by Renee Carlino
I don't usually read books that fall under the "romance" category, but several of my favorite bookworm bloggers (Kristen, Steph, and Heather, to name a few) had great things to say about it ... So I should probably check it out.
8.) The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
YA fiction can be really hit or miss for me, but I loved I'll Give You the Sun. Jandy Nelson seems to write the kind of YA books I love, so I definitely think this one is worth a read in 2018.
9.) Please Don't Come Back from the Moon by Dean Bakopoulos
I've wanted to read a Dean Bakopoulos book since Jana started blogging about how awesome he is a few years ago. I'm pretty sure all of his novels have made it on to my "To Read" list, but this one in particular has always captured my interest. (Maybe it's the title?) At any rate, I think 2018 will be the year I read a book by Dean Bakopoulos.
10.) The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood
I used to carry a physical "To Read" list in my purse when I went to bookstores years ago. This book was on that list and has since made its way to the number one position on my current (electronic) "To Read" list. In other words, I've been meaning to get to this book for a very long time. I've checked it out from the library and returned it without reading it. I even read a different book by the same author last year (The Killer Next Door) because the ebook was conveniently available to be checked out from the library while I was traveling. (Though I didn't actually get to it until I came home.) I feel like I need to cross this one off the list! It's been a long time coming.
This list is completely doable, especially since I'm trying to hit a total goal of 70 books this year. The only problem is that there are always new books coming out that I want to prioritize. #bookwormproblems Even so, I plan to squeeze these ten books in this year. Fingers crossed I can actually stick to this plan!