So, I have a mega huge list for my To-Be-Read book pile that seems to be scattered all over my bookshelves. It’s due for a real tidy-up!
I actually recently made a TBR Jar, which was fun. It’s basically just a jar with a heap of names of books in it. When I can’t decide what to read next, I just pull a book or series out of the jar and stick with that.
It would be very ambitious for me to say that I plan to read everything in that jar by the end of this year, unless I just don’t buy any more books – this idea has already gone out the window though because I have an online order due to be delivered next week, haha, whoops!
In saying that, I definitely have a few books that I’m excited to read this year, ranging from good ol’ classics to some highly anticipated new releases! Check out my list below:
Metro 2033, by Dmitry Glukhovsky
Our next BTW Book Club pick, Metro 2033 is a horror novel set in a post apocalyptic world. I’m super keen for this one as just like The Witcher series, there are games based on the Metro Trilogy. I personally can’t do horror movies, but I am finding horror books okay to delve into. I can at least put the book down if it get’s too scary, haha. Let’s see how I handle this one!
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games Trilogy was one of my favourite series to read as a teen. Let’s be real for a minute here, who didn’t fall in love with Katniss Everdeen. If I’m being brutally honest though, I did roll my eyes a few times at her indecisiveness over Peeta and Gale. Ugh.
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is actually from President Snow’s point of view, as a budding new mentor in the games. I always wondered about his backstory, as he was portrayed such an evil character throughout the series. This title has definitely peaked my curiosity and I have already pre-ordered it. I cannot wait!
1984, by George Orwell
Apparently, this is a favourite read amongst classic lit lovers (do correct me if I am wrong) and I’ve been meaning to get started on this book for a long while. I’ve finally added it to my TBR and plan to make sure I read it this year!
All The Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
This is actually the next book that has come out of my TBR jar, so once I have finished Gone With The Wind and Metro 2033 (my current reads) I’ll be starting on this one! I have seen everywhere that this book has received great reviews, which has in turn given me high hopes!
Midnight Sun, by Stephenie Meyer
Okay, you are so LYING if you’re not excited for this one. Lol jk I know there’s people who absolutely love or hate Twilight. If you’re a Twi-hard fan like me though, you’re totally happy to unashamedly announce your excitement for this anticipated release. Yes yes, I am well aware that it’s only the first book but from Edward’s perspective. Were you not curious as to what was going on in the mind of the all mysterious and most handsome Cullen brother?
Deep Fathom, by James Rollins
I was actually introduced to James Rollins’ books through one of the Sigma Novels, Bone Labyrinth, which really surprised me. It has a bunch of all the themes I love – science, history, and archaeology. It even somehow manages to amalgamate some religious context into it as well! Anywho, Rollins has a new release called The Last Odyssey, and I’m keen to get my nose stuck into that book, but the OCD in me wants to start at the very beginning with the Sigma Novels.
Deep Fathom is supposed to be like a prequel to these books, as it introduces readers to some of the characters featured in all of the stories. A friend has recommended that I start here, so here is where I shall start!
Burnt Sugar, by Avni Doshi
Another new release for this year, Burnt Sugar is about “mothers and daughters, obsession and betrayal” (quoted from Booktopia.com.au). I love that this is a love story of the not so stable relationship of a mother and daughter, and how one’s decisions affects the other. I am so keen for this one to come out!
The Wheel of Time Series, by Robert Jordan
My most ambitious reading project yet – The Wheel of Time Series features 15 novels, including a prequel. It’s another great fantasy fiction collection like LoTR or GoT, but in my opinion, almost better. I have actually read the first 3 books (years ago now though) and plan to start from the beginning again, as Amazon Prime is working on an adaptation in the form of a show. I AM SO READY! Well, I’ll be ready once I get through all of the books. Most of them are 1000+ pages so wish me luck!
What new book has your caught your eye recently? Are you anticipating any cool new releases later this year? Or is there a book you’re just keen to dig into real soon?
If you’ve read any of the above mentioned, I’d love to hear your thoughts too! Let me know in the comments below 🙂