I’ve been so busy with uni lately that I’ve barely found the time to read, and I honestly hate that so much. My to-be-read list, however, continues to grow and I thought I would create a quick list of the ten books that I absolutely need to read next. Some of these are sequels in series that I loved but never finished, some have been sitting in the back of my mind for ages and most of them have been sitting, unread, on my bookshelf for months. I think it’s time to finally move them from my to-be-read to my read list, though, so here goes – my next ten reads:
10. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
I fell in love with The Dark Artifices the same way I fell in love with the rest of Cassandra Clare’s novels — almost immediately. The characters stole my heart in Lady Midnight and can’t wait to read this next instalment. I also recently binged the whole of Shadowhunters and it reminded me just how much I love this entire world, so Lord of Shadows is definitely going to be one of the next ten books I read.
9. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
This book first joined my to-be-read list when I was studying the Cold War in Extension English, so when I saw it in the bookshop a couple of months ago I immediately bought it. I began to read it but got distracted by uni work and never came back to it. It’s been sitting on my dresser ever since but I’m determined to find the time to finish reading it.
8. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Another sequel that I haven’t got around to reading yet. I absolutely loved The Raven Boys and was so excited to keep reading the series as soon as I got a chance to buy them! It took a little longer than expected to get my hands on a copy of the next book and by the time I did I was caught up in assignments, but I definitely need to get around to reading not just this book, but finishing the entire series.
7. Magician: Apprentice by Raymond E. Feist
I was recommended this book by a friend at the end of last year and I immediately borrowed it from another friend — who is probably getting very frustrated that I haven’t read it yet. It was my friend’s favourite book and I can’t wait to read it!
6. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman
I’m not going to lie, when I bought this book a few months ago, it was because I absolutely loved the cover. I knew absolutely nothing about the plot but the cover was so intriguing, I had to buy it. Now that I know a little more about the book I’m very excited to read it and, of course, I’m also interested to see if the story lives up to the beautiful cover.
5. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
I wrote about this book for a Waiting on Wednesday at the end of last year but haven’t had a chance to read it yet. It’s been on my to-be-read list for so long because it seems like such a relevant and interesting read. I really can’t wait!
4. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
This list is making me realise how many series I’ve started, loved and never continued. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was one of my favourite reads from last year and I loved the incorporation of the old photos into the story. Of course, the creepy photos do mean that I can;t read this book before bed, which is definitely part of the reason I haven’t read it.
3. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
I’ve heard nothing but praise for this book and add to that my love of ancient history and mythology and this book seems perfect for me. I’m super excited to read this, I just have to find somewhere that sells it.
2. The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles
This book has been sitting on my shelf for a few months now and I keep meaning to read it. The cover caught my eye when I first saw it and the story sounds so interesting! This was also one of my Waiting on Wednesdays from December last year and I hate that it’s taking me so long to get around to it.
1. The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson
Magnus Bane is one of my favourite characters ever so I have no idea why it’s taken me so long to read this book. It’s absolutely going to be my next read though, and I can’t wait to fall in love with Magnus even more (not that I would ever take him away from Alec, of course).