Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
This week’s theme is a FREEBIE! I decided to go with 10 books that I set aside earlier in 2019 (for one reason or another), but can’t wait to give another try in the coming year. (You might be able to consider this a little sneak peek into my 2020 TBR!)
I hear so many rave things about Alyssa Cole, but I was in such a bad slump when I tried reading this that I couldn’t even get into romance (which is the one genre I almost never feel too slump-y for!). I can’t wait to pick this back up and most likely fall just as in love with this series as basically everyone else is.
Only two titles in and I’m already fudging a little, but I technically set this one aside in December of 2018. Meh, doesn’t matter. I am so ready yet so reluctant to finish this series that I’ve loved so much, but enough is enough: I have to find out how it all ends! I miiight even reread the whole series via audio next year…
I haven’t finished this one yet because this is a thiccboi, y’all. I mean, it’s “only” 693 pages (I know some of you read books way bigger than this all the time!), but that’s a lot for me and this story is dense. That said, it’s one of those books that I just know I’m gonna adore, and the third book releases this month (today, I think!), so I can just binge the series next year! Plus, this is one of my spouse’s all-time favorite series, so I know they’ll be so happy if I finally continue it. ♥
Naturally, I can’t make this list without adding this beauty. I started the audiobook earlier this year and immediately fell head over heels in love with the writing, characters, world, the whole thing — but reading slumps, man. If I could have 3 wishes for 2020, they would be: my loved ones and myself being happy and healthy, comfortable finances, and NO DAMN READING SLUMPS.
How have I not finished this book yet, after giving almost every book in this series and the The Infernal Devices books 4+ stars? NOBODY KNOWS! Yet, here we are. I am looong overdue for moving on to the short story collections and The Dark Artifices trilogy.
Not to toot my own horn, but I legitimately consider myself one of the most vocal supporters of LIFEL1K3 when it first came out — I talked to Jay a dozen times on social media about it, I gushed endlessly, I think I even cried on live IG stories over that beautiful book. So, how have I not finished the second book in the series?! Again, NOBODY KNOWS! *flails in annoyed confusion*
I’m gonna be honest: this was originally a full-on DNF. I read the first few chapters and didn’t like it at all! Buuuut… after hearing a few of my faves (*cough* Lauren *cough* Jenna) rave about it, I decided to move it to my “finish-me-soon” shelf, just in case it was that awful slump whispering filthy lies in my ear. ?
I think I had a really specific reason for setting this aside, like maybe I didn’t have time to read my print copy and my ebook library loan ended before I could finish it? Something like that. ANYWAYS, I was super into what I read of it and would probably pick it back up right this moment if I didn’t have a buddy read to focus on first.
I love Seanan, I love fae stories, and I loved the first 50-ish pages of this that I read, so I have no doubt I’ll love the rest of it, too (plus I feel super guilty for not having reviewed the special edition copy I received from the publishers, because how awesome is that?).
10. this mortal coil
And in closing, a book that not only was I loving before the slump kicked my ass, but a ton of my faves love it, too! Honestly, if I wasn’t already into the idea, Kaleena, Bex, and Kelly would undoubtedly have convinced me (plus Taylor, who I don’t think has reviewed it yet but I know she adored it, too!). I’ve just gotta finally finish this and see what all the hype is about. ?
Are there any books you’re giving a second chance or continuing soon? Let me know in the comments!
— destiny ♥