T10T: Books Still On My "Must Read" List—and a Poll!

August 28, 2018

The results are in, and here are the votes:


I can’t promise that I’ll follow these results in EXACT order, but I’m going to try my best! I already have a buddy read planned in October for The Scorpio Races, which means I need to hurry up and read Winter and Shatter Me in September!


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s prompt was a back to school freebie, which made me think about assigned reading lists, which reminded me of my “Must Read in 2018” list.

I created a list of 24 books to read in 2018, and so far, I’ve only completed 12 of them. The good news is that there’s still a lot of 2018 left!

Since there are 12 books left on my list, this will be a Top 12 Tuesday instead of a Top 10 Tuesday!

At the end of the post, please VOTE on the poll or COMMENT and let me know at least TWO (2) books I should prioritize first from this list!

I’ll tally up the votes after a week or two, and go in order of you guys’ votes! ♥

The poll is officially CLOSED!

1. Shutter — Courtney Alameda
2. Traitor’s Blade — Sebastien de Castell
3. It Ends With Us — Colleen Hoover
4. The Long Walk — Stephen King/Richard Bachman
5. The Alchemists of Loom — Elise Kova
6. Shatter Me — Tahereh Mafi
7. Winter — Marissa Meyer
8. The Name of the Wind — Patrick Rothfuss
9. The Foxhole Court — Nora Sakavic
10. The Mime Order — Samantha Shannon
11. The Scorpio Races — Maggie Stiefvater
12. The Thief — Megan Whalen Turner



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  • Reply jamishelves August 28, 2018 at 12:11 am

    Destiny ,,, the foxhole court ,, please its so iconic
    Also, I really enjoyed Shatter Me and it’s a SUPER quick read so there’s that too
    I’m reading the Thief right now, and it’s okay, but I do know its one of those series you gotta invest in even if you don’t love book one because the series just gets better and better

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 28, 2018 at 12:33 am

      I’m marking your votes down for Shatter Me and TFC! Those are the 2 on the list that I feel like I’m most LIKELY to find time for soon, because they both looked like short reads (esp Shatter Me like you said). I’m sorry you’re not loving The Thief! Everyone I’ve talked to about that series lately has said the same thing you said, that you have to basically push through book 1 to continue and get better books.

      • Reply jamishelves August 28, 2018 at 12:58 am

        I already voted on the poll but YES mark me down twice for tfc it’s what it deserves. I read Shatter Me in one day it’s great. TFC is the worst book in the series but it’s still good, but the next two are god tier. And yeah it’s ok I haven’t read much of the thief so it could still pick up! But I expected this coming into it anyway so it’s ok

  • Reply Kay Wisteria August 28, 2018 at 12:13 am

    Winter and Shatter Me are so amazing!! Great list!

  • Reply ambsreads August 28, 2018 at 12:20 am

    It Ends With Us (heavy trigger warnings for abuse) and Shatter Me! Shatter Me isn’t the best but the series is absolutely amazing and I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 28, 2018 at 12:35 am

      Thank you, lovely! ♥ And thank you so much for the TW. I’ve only ever read one CoHo book and it basically destroyed my whole soul so I pretty much have accepted the idea of all of her other books potentially doing the same thing. ? I’m definitely going to wait on IEWU until I’m in the right head space for it, though.

  • Reply Tammy August 28, 2018 at 12:23 am

    My top pick would be Traitor’s Blade because I really want to read it?

  • Reply Tamika @paperback & flick chick August 28, 2018 at 12:32 am

    the only one I have read from this list is The Mime order. I thought it was pretty good a little slow to start with just like the first book but really picked up later on. I do really want to read the shatter me series though! 🙂

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 28, 2018 at 12:35 am

      Thank you, Tamika!! Oh yeah, I agree about The Bone Season being slow to start with but picking up later on! Good to know the second book picks up quickly too!

  • Reply Susan Crosby August 28, 2018 at 12:40 am

    Please leave the thief… Hell we can buddy read it so we aren’t the arent alone in being looked down on in not ever having read it before …. Or just so I don’t feel stupid

  • Reply AM Bennett August 28, 2018 at 1:14 am

    I voted. Scorpio Races for sure!

  • Reply Kathy @ Books & Munches August 28, 2018 at 1:18 am

    I’m simply voting Winter because FINISH ALL THE SERIES!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 28, 2018 at 1:19 am

      I really do need to finally finish that series ??

      • Reply Kathy @ Books & Munches August 28, 2018 at 1:35 am

        Yes, you do. And it’ll be a double accomplishment for finishing one of those books AND a series! 😛

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 28, 2018 at 11:50 am

          Haha exactly! I want to read Fairest before Winter (I had put Winter on the list in an effort to force myself to read both, lmao), and I just saw that my library has the audiobook for Fairest with no hold time, so I might listen to it today while I clean.

          • Kathy @ Books & Munches August 29, 2018 at 5:35 am

            Fairest isn’t that big; you’ll fly through it!
            That’s one of the series I could finish without any issue – as far as I remember. Maybe it’s wishful remembering, haha.

          • Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 31, 2018 at 10:12 am

            Exactly! The audiobook is only something like 6.5 hours?

          • Kathy @ Books & Munches September 3, 2018 at 5:38 am

            I really hope you’ve flown through it by now, haha! If not: DO ITTT.

          • Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 3, 2018 at 4:40 pm

            No sadly I haven’t had a chance to listen to any audiobooks at all in the last few days! Plus, I’ve been prioritizing books that I’ll actually review soon, because I don’t think I’ll post a review for Fairest until… November? December? Yikes. 😀

          • Kathy @ Books & Munches September 5, 2018 at 5:20 am

            I’m jealous of your reviewing game right now – seriously. I’ve scheduled all my reviews so far and September’s filled but after that? NOPE.
            Worst thing is how I usually don’t review sequels on my blog so unless I don’t want any reviews in October, I’ll need to change that. [Although a review for HPD is a given, AND fits the theme, so there’s that!]

          • Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 6, 2018 at 3:19 pm

            Oh, I don’t know if jealous is what you want to be right now… I have them PLANNED, but not SCHEDULED. I still have to read the books and write the reviews. ? I’m just trying a new thing where I map out what days I want to have each review ready by, so it holds me accountable. It also ruins any chance at all of mood reading, sadly. 🙁 But I’ve pretty much told myself it’s just the price I have to pay for over-committing! (Obviously, I’m not gonna beat myself up if I miss one or two, though)

          • Kathy @ Books & Munches September 7, 2018 at 7:21 am

            Hahaha. Yeah, okay, fair enough. But you read like a train so that shouldn’t be a problem AT ALL!
            I guess it’s also a bit of a “lesson learned” at this point. No mood-reading at all SUCKS big time. I’m glad I can still do some mood-reading, although I do have to get a move on the reads I want to review in October.. :’)

          • Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 9, 2018 at 2:50 pm

            Yes, it definitely is a lesson learned! I really hope I can do some mood reading in October. At least, if nothing else, I should be able to do a good bit of mood reading in November and December, since November through February are usually slow release months!

          • Kathy @ Books & Munches September 10, 2018 at 4:22 am

            Whoop! See – at least you have that to look forward to! I haven’t even checked any upcoming releases – let alone debut authors releasing their first novel in the upcoming months. I haven’t even checked out NetGalley properly yet lately – which is a miracle! Trying to keep it that way since it means I’ll automatically read more of my own books, haha. But I can already feel myself peeking at NG once in a while. Guess it’s only a matter of time before I’m on a requesting spree again. [Especially since I only have two books left to review?!]

          • Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 11, 2018 at 12:11 am

            Same on trying not to check Netgalley right now, lmao. I keep trying to tell myself I’m not “allowed” to look there or on Edelweiss until at least November.

          • Kathy @ Books & Munches September 11, 2018 at 6:21 am

            I just want to keep it up until the end of the year. I got challenges to kick the asses of, darnit! [And I’m failing at the one my boyfriend set me, which actually has a PRIZE so I need to get moving. :’)]

          • Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 11, 2018 at 2:38 pm

            Yessss, you gotta get moving on that one!! I’m still considering stealing that idea next year and asking Terry to do it for me, too. 😛

          • Kathy @ Books & Munches September 12, 2018 at 4:29 am

            Serioulsy – DO IT. I’m already planning on asking him to do the same again for next year. That way we can encourage and remind one another and MAKE THOSE MEN PAY DARNIT. :’D

  • Reply ChrissiReads August 28, 2018 at 2:30 am

    I shall certainly vote because it looks like you’ve got some hard choices! 🙂 I hope you manage to get to these books in 2018! 🙂 Certainly time left to!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 28, 2018 at 11:50 am

      Thank you! 😀 I hope so, too. I’d really like to make another list like this in 2019 and actually put more effort into it – maybe making another list of 24 titles and then adding 2 from the list to each month’s TBR.

  • Reply Shealea @ That Bookshelf Bitch August 28, 2018 at 2:38 am

    I feel you on the whole assigned reading list thing. I would highly, highly recommend The Alchemists of Loom. It’s severely underrated, and that’s just a darn shame.
    Great list!
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  • Reply Shealea August 28, 2018 at 2:41 am

    I feel you on the assigned reading list. Mine’s still pretty full, too.
    I would highly, highly recommend The Alchemists of Loom. It’s one of the best self-published steampunk fantasies I’ve ever read. It’s severely underrated, and that’s a shame, imo. Hope you pick it up soon!
    Great list!
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    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 28, 2018 at 11:57 am

      Whoops, I think your comment came through twice! I’d already replied to your other, but I noticed in this one you said it’s one of the best you’ve read, and I had to tell you that it just made me WAY more excited to read it! ?

  • Reply Priyasha August 28, 2018 at 4:03 am

    I loved the post ????

  • Reply Jolien @ The Fictional Reader August 28, 2018 at 5:17 am

    I voted! I really need to read Traitor’s Blade as well, it sounds really good.

  • Reply Meeghan reads August 28, 2018 at 5:24 am

    I only voted for The Scorpio Races, but I would have voted for it twice if I could!!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 28, 2018 at 12:13 pm

      Thank you for voting! ♥ I love Maggie’s writing and I really want to read it before the tarot deck for it comes out in case I need that to add to my collection alongside my Raven Cycle deck lol.

  • Reply iloveheartlandx August 28, 2018 at 5:41 am

    I’ve only read The Mime Order and The Scorpio Races out of these, so I voted for The Mime Order, since I enjoyed that one more.
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  • Reply TeaPartyPrincess August 28, 2018 at 6:30 am

    Great list 🙂
    I found Shatter Me a pretty quick read. Not sure what I think of it, despite reading it a few months ago, it’s one that changes depending on my mood.
    Cora | http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk/

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 28, 2018 at 12:15 pm

      Thank you! ♥ I feel like I hear a lot of conflicted reviews – but it does seem short, like you said, so at least it shouldn’t take long when I pick it up. Will you continue the series?

      • Reply TeaPartyPrincess August 29, 2018 at 3:51 am

        I think I will if I can get it at the library, but not so urgently that I’d go out and but it.

  • Reply Annemieke August 28, 2018 at 6:58 am

    Okay but you need to read Shutter for Halloween. It is so much fun and bit creepy! Winter obviously because you must finish the series. And The Mime Order because I still have to read that too haha.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 28, 2018 at 12:15 pm

      You’re right! I’m going to add Shutter to my October TBR right now, actually. (Yes, I do TBRs way too far in advance lol) Thank you love!

  • Reply Deanna Reads Books August 28, 2018 at 7:28 am

    I LOVED the Alchemists of Loom. It was a sleeper hit for me. I also love Scorpio Races, probably more than her Raven Cycle series.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 28, 2018 at 12:16 pm

      Ooooh, awesome! Thank you! TRC is my 2nd favorite series of all time so that makes me super excited about The Scorpio Races (not that I wasn’t before, but you know, haha).

  • Reply Brooke Lorren August 28, 2018 at 8:33 am

    I remember reading The Long Walk years ago… I took it from my mom’s bookshelf and read it at night. I know you wanted two but I haven’t read any of the others yet.
    Interesting take on this topic this week!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 28, 2018 at 12:18 pm

      Thank you, Brooke! That’s awesome – I love those books that we can remember exactly when we read them and what the circumstances were and everything. That’s like my first ever VC Andrews book, I remember sneaking it from my mom’s best friend’s purse. I was far too young to be reading it but the cover looked cool and my mom and her friend were talking in the other room. I ended up sneaking off to my room and reading half of it before the friend noticed it was missing, and at that point, she just let me finish it haha.

  • Reply Jazmin Jade August 28, 2018 at 8:48 am

    Aahhhh Winter is on my TBR list too! I LOVE the series but I just haven’t read the last book.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 28, 2018 at 12:18 pm

      Same, it’s such a good series! It makes me wonder why I haven’t finished it already!

  • Reply Kaya @ afictionalbookworm August 28, 2018 at 8:51 am

    I voted in the poll and while I haven’t read a lot of these, I think you’ve got some great reads on your way!! Winter is my personal favorite?

  • Reply The Backpack Reader August 28, 2018 at 8:58 am

    Definitely The Thief. And I say that only because it leads to The Queen of Attolia, which is to this day one of the most complex, mind blowing books I have ever had the pleasure of reading. And it is so different from all other YA. I highly recommend that entire series in general.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 28, 2018 at 12:19 pm

      Oh, that is awesome! What a rave review – thank you so much! 🙂 I’m even more excited to start the series now.

  • Reply Sarah August 28, 2018 at 9:51 am

    If you choose The Long Walk and/or The Scorpio Races, we have to buddy read!! 🙂 And now I’m thinking I might steal this idea from you, too (with credit of course)!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 28, 2018 at 12:20 pm

      Deal! I’d be down for buddy reading either (or both), so just let me know when you’re available. I can’t do it this week, but I think any time at all after this week should work fine for me. ♥ And yes, feel free!!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 28, 2018 at 12:22 pm

      After replying to this, I saw that Whitley commented after you also asking to BR The Scorpio Races, so let me know if you’d be down for it being a group read!

      • Reply Sarah August 29, 2018 at 9:02 am

        Omg yes, let’s totally do that! 🙂

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 31, 2018 at 10:13 am

          Yay! ☺️?

          • Sarah August 31, 2018 at 11:48 am

            Let me know when y’all decide to do it. 🙂 My friend Rachel (paceamorelibri) actually just recently lent me a copy, so I’ve got it handy!

          • Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 2, 2018 at 12:19 am


  • Reply Aymee (@asphaltcowgrrl) August 28, 2018 at 10:41 am

    The Long Walk is really good. And I’m halfway through The Name of the Wind (which I really need to get back to soon) and I’m enjoying it. So, there are my votes. 😀
    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

  • Reply tasya @ the literary huntress August 28, 2018 at 10:53 am

    I’ve heard great things about The Thief- if you love high fantasy, I think you should start there!

  • Reply mall3tg1rl August 28, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    i voted for scorpio races and name of the wind (mostly because i need buddy reads for both 😐 )

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 28, 2018 at 12:21 pm

      Dude I’m totally down for buddy reads of those! Sarah also asked to do a buddy read of The Scorpio Races, so maybe we could find a time that works for all 3 of us and do a group read!

  • Reply Marie August 28, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    WINTEEEEEEEEEEEER. Sorry. Had to scream about that one, I just really love that ending to the series, it was so good – even if the book is massive, it was just SO GREAT. Hope you’ll read it soon 🙂

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 31, 2018 at 10:06 am

      Ohhh good! ☺️ Well I started Fairest earlier this week since I found out my library had the audiobook, and they have Winter too, so hopefully I’ll be starting it within the next week or two!

  • Reply Ally Writes Things August 28, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    I would vote the Name of the Wind mainly because I’m thinking of reading it and want to know your thoughts!!!!!

  • Reply Erin @ Pages of Milk and Honey August 28, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    Oof the only book here I have read is It Ends With Us, and I really hated it. So if there is a vote for books you shouldn’t waste your time on, I vote that one 🙂 However if you still want to read it that’s obviously okay! I vote for Winter, because even though I haven’t read it I adore that series and love encouraging people to read it 🙂

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 31, 2018 at 10:07 am

      I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy It Ends With Us! That is one I will definitely be trying for myself so hopefully I’ll enjoy it more! And yes, TLC is honestly such a good series. I can’t believe I haven’t finished it!

      • Reply Erin @ Pages of Milk and Honey August 31, 2018 at 12:50 pm

        You definitely should! I know my opinion is a minority one among readers. I really hope you do enjoy it!!
        I haven’t finished TLC either haha

  • Reply Kathy @Pages Below the Vaulted Sky August 28, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    Voted for The Thief and The Foxhole Court, since NoTW is really long and I don’t know if you’re in the mood for a doorstopper 😛

  • Reply PerfectlyTolerable August 28, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    You should read Name of the Wind! (Because I need to read it too ??)

  • Reply Nerd Narration August 28, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    It Ends With Us (caught me totally off guard, but looks like the TW’s have been mentioned above), and The Foxhole Court. One I loved and one that could be a buddy read. I was going to say Shatter Me, but you know how I feel about that damn book. 😉

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    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 31, 2018 at 10:08 am

      I would totally be down for a buddy read of The Foxhole Court with you! ? And yes, lmao!

      • Reply Nerd Narration August 31, 2018 at 1:04 pm

        Awesome! I know you’ve got the more hectic reading schedule so let me know when you plan on working that bad boy in! =D

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 2, 2018 at 12:21 am

          Aw, thank you love! How about October some time, or November? Would either of those months work for you? I’d be fine with either!

  • Reply La La in the Library August 28, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    The Scorpio Races is the only book I have read, and I loved it, so that is my choice hands down. ?✨

  • Reply Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum August 29, 2018 at 12:15 am

    My vote is for Traitor’s Blade and Name of the Wind. Though, with NotW, there’s no telling when the author will actually get around to continuing the series, so don’t prioritize it. Traitor’s Blade is definity brilliant though, you have to try it!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 31, 2018 at 10:11 am

      Oof, very true. That’s the biggest reason I haven’t started NOTW yet. Thank you for the votes! And I am super eager to read Traitor’s Blade as I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews!

  • Reply Rachel @ Typed Truths August 30, 2018 at 12:20 am

    winter !! and it ends with us (but definitely check the tws first)
    i also really need to read something but elise kova this year.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 1, 2018 at 1:10 am

      Thank you! <3 And yeah, I hear Elise is amazing. It just bewilders me that she releases so many books every year!

      • Reply Rachel @ Typed Truths September 2, 2018 at 3:07 am

        i know! it’s overwhelming. she has so many series i don’t know where to start

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 3, 2018 at 4:20 pm

          It is a bit overwhelming! Sometimes it can actually be really tough for me to start reading work from an author who already has so much to choose from.

          • Rachel @ Typed Truths September 3, 2018 at 10:34 pm

            same! do you read their debut series or their newest stuff or their most popular?? too many decisions ?

          • Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 5, 2018 at 1:50 am

            Lol right!! So frustrating. Why can’t being a bookworm just be simple ??

  • Reply Megan @ Ginger Mom and the Kindle Quest August 31, 2018 at 12:45 am

    I’m a little late getting around to other blogs this week but I’m in the middle of the Lunar Chronicles so I vote Winter!! Enjoy whichever one you choose 🙂
    Megan – Ginger Mom and the Kindle Quest

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  • Reply Norrie September 3, 2018 at 7:45 am

    Oh, The Long Walk! Loved that one <3

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 3, 2018 at 4:40 pm

      Oh, good! I don’t hear much about it but it sounds so fascinating (and sad).

      • Reply Norrie September 3, 2018 at 5:10 pm

        It’s quite bleak indeed. But dystopia is one of my favourites, and love Stephen King too, so for me that was a highly enjoyable book.

  • Reply Elise @thebookishactress September 5, 2018 at 6:32 am

    It Ends with Us and The Scorpio Races!! there are actually a few more on here I think you should read [HOW HAVE YOU STILL NOT READ WINTER. DESTINY WHY] but I feel like you are going to LOVE both of us. The Scorpio Races is one of Maggie’s most Maggie books and it’s great; It Ends With Us is just fucking outstanding and deals with abuse in such an emotionally real way.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 6, 2018 at 3:22 pm

      I have no idea why I haven’t read Winter yet, please don’t hate me ?? Lmao seriously though, thank you for the votes! I am planning a group read with a couple of people in October for The Scorpio Races and It Ends With Us, I’m just going to have to pick a day and MAKE time for it!

  • Reply Sammie September 6, 2018 at 8:55 am

    Ah, I’m so late to this, but so many interesting-sounding books! I look forward to seeing what books you chose. 😀 Or, rather, were chosen for you?

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 6, 2018 at 3:48 pm

      Haha thank you! Your comment reminded me that I need to tally up the votes and make myself a list! 😀

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