If you want to know what makes me add a book to my TBR, it’s usually at least one (perhaps even a combination) of the following things.
Yes, of COURSE I judge books by their covers. Of COURSE.
One of my auto-read authors
Sarah Dessen, Jennifer E Smith, Morgan Matson, Malcolm Gladwell, Victoria Schwab. Welcome.
This might sound like a no-brainer, but once the pretty cover catches my eye, if it doesn’t sound interesting then I’m going to put it back down.
Recommended by someone I trust/good reviews
If people I trust are raving about a book, I’m a lot more likely to move it up my TBR. Same if it has a rating higher than 4 stars on Goodreads.
I have to/assigned reading
Either it’s the book for one of my book clubs, or I have to read something in that genre for work.
Next in a series
I’m a lot better at quitting mid-series than I used to be. That being said, I’m also always hopeful that the next book in the series will be better–especially if I really enjoyed one of the first ones.
It’s a classic
This is a little different from assigned reading because no one is expecting me to read it. Lately, I’ve felt like I’ve been wanting to read more classics in order to feel more well-rounded in my reading life.
Just happens to catch my eye
Working at a library is simultaneously the best and worst thing for my reading life. I’m tempted by so many books every day!
That’s all I could come up with for this Tuesday!
What do you think of my list? Link your TTT in the comments!
Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.
Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.
Emma Saylor doesn’t remember a lot about her mother, who died when she was ten. But she does remember the stories her mom told her about the big lake that went on forever, with cold, clear water and mossy trees at the edges.
Now it’s just Emma and her dad, and life is good, if a little predictable…until Emma is unexpectedly sent to spend the summer with her mother’s family—her grandmother and cousins she hasn’t seen since she was a little girl.
Stiff is an oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem. For two thousand years, cadavers—some willingly, some unwittingly—have been involved in science’s boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. In this fascinating account, Mary Roach visits the good deeds of cadavers over the centuries and tells the engrossing story of our bodies when we are no longer with them.
After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister, Scarlett, from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.
According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.
So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture.
And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist . . .
After an awkward first encounter, Birdie and Daniel are forced to work together in a Seattle hotel where a famous author leads a mysterious and secluded life in this romantic contemporary novel from the author of Alex, Approximately.
Seventeen-year-old Edgar Poe counts down the days until he can escape his foster family—the wealthy Allans of Richmond, Virginia. He hungers for his upcoming life as a student at the prestigious new university, almost as much as he longs to marry his beloved Elmira Royster. However, on the brink of his departure, all his plans go awry when a macabre Muse named Lenore appears to him. Muses are frightful creatures that lead Artists down a path of ruin and disgrace, and no respectable person could possibly understand or accept them. But Lenore steps out of the shadows with one request: “Let them see me!”
On the quest to find her missing mother, prim and proper Enne Salta became reluctant allies with Levi Glaisyer, the city’s most famous con man. Saving his life in the Shadow Game forced Enne to assume the identity of Seance, a mysterious underworld figure. Now, with the Chancellor of the Republic dead and bounties on both their heads, she and Levi must play a dangerous game of crime and politics…with the very fate of New Reynes at stake.
Rosa Santos is cursed by the sea-at least, that’s what they say. Dating her is bad news, especially if you’re a boy with a boat.
But Rosa feels more caught than cursed. Caught between cultures and choices. Between her abuela, a beloved healer and pillar of their community, and her mother, an artist who crashes in and out of her life like a hurricane. Between Port Coral, the quirky South Florida town they call home, and Cuba, the island her abuela refuses to talk about. As her college decision looms, Rosa collides-literally-with Alex Aquino, the mysterious boy with tattoos of the ocean whose family owns the marina. With her heart, her family, and her future on the line, can Rosa break a curse and find her place beyond the horizon?
As everyone at her Brooklyn high school announces their summer adventures, Olivia harbors a dirty secret: Her plan is to binge-watch horror movies and chat with her online friend, Elm. Olivia and Elm have never shared personal details, apart from their ages and the fact that Elm’s aunt is a low-budget horror filmmaker. Then Elm pushes Olivia to share her identity and sends her a selfie of his own. Olivia is shocked by how cute he is! In a moment of panic, assuming she and Elm will never meet in real life, she sends a photo of her gorgeous friend Katie. But things are about to get even more complicated when Olivia’s parents send her to the Catskills, and she runs into the one person she never thought she would see.
Man, going through my Goodreads for this list made me realize that I read very few standalone books! A lot of the standalones are contemporary romance, but I didn’t want my ENTIRE list to be that! So here’s my list. I tried really hard to add some variety.
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
This is supposedly getting a sequel, but I won’t believe it until I have it in my grubby little hands.
This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
I listened to an interview where she explains why she doesn’t do sequels and I get it…but I’d still like one. Honestly, I’d take a sequel for any of her books, but I’m particularly curious about Remy and Dexter.
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
I feel like this book ended feeling a little unresolved to me. I didn’t really think Sloan was a very good friend, so I’d like to giver her a chance to redeem herself.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Levi and Cath are just so sweet together. A book about their last year of college would be amazing.
Invictus by Ryan Graudin
More time travel heists plzzzzzz.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Yes, more Night Circus would be fantastic. I literally cannot get enough.
Iron Cast by Destiny Soria
The two main characters are best friendship goals! I’d love to see what other situations they get themselves into!
A Million Junes by Emily Henry
I feel that there could be more to explore here. The book resolved, but let’s see what happens after!
Odd & True by Cat Winters
A new book with Odd’s daughter as the lead would be so interesting I think!
The Comeback Season by Jennifer E Smith
Do you agree with my list? Link your TTT in the comments!
I feel like this list is pretty similar to last week’s list, because if I switch places with these people, then I can go where they go!
Alina from the Grishaverse – I just want to trade places with her so I can make all the better decisions that she should have made.
Hermione Granger – MY DREAM. If I was Hermione, I would have been sorted into Ravenclaw and I would still get a time turner and be able to apparate and all those coo things.
Rachel Chu from Crazy Rich Asians – She gets to eat all that yummy food and she’s marrying into an exorbitant amount of money? Yes, please.
Macy from The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen – As I’ve said before, Wes was my first true bookish crush. I feel like Macy and I are already somewhat similar so it would be a natural switch. And I think it’d be a blast to work at Wish Catering.
Any of the ladies in Blue’s house from The Raven Cycle – What a family! What a house! They just seem really close and like it would be a fun place to live.
Anyone on the Invictus crew – Time travel! Heists!
Sophronia from The Finishing School series – I love her group of girlfriends and they learn so many cool things!
Abigail Rook from the Jackaby series – This one would probably be scariest, but also very exciting. Just trying to get around Jackaby’s house sounds like an adventure.
Richard Mayhew from Neverwhere – London Below is definitely somewhere I’d like to visit. Hanging with Door and the Marquis is just a bonus.
Bailey from the Night Circus – I WOULD RUN AWAY TO THIS CIRCUS TOO, BAILEY.
1) Iseult and Aeduan from the Witchlands series by Susan Dennard
I just finished Bloodwitch and I love these two together! They will find each other no matter what. I believe it.
2) Cress and Thorne from the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
These two are so sweet together! I love every scene that involves them in the series.
3) Macy and Wes from The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
Wes was probably my first big bookish crush. I love their dynamic at Wish Catering and their entire truth game.
4) Kaz and Inej from the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo
These two are so low-key, but there’s also so much underlying tension–so good.
5) Lupin and Tonks from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
6) Karou and Akiva from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor
This is an ultimate Romeo and Juliet type relationship. They’re up against so much opposition, but their love is so pure.
7) Khalila and Dario from The Great Library series by Rachel Caine
Even though these two aren’t the “main” couple of the series, I still love their relationship. I love that Dario is so protective of Khalila and she lets him even though everyone knows, she doesn’t need protecting.
8) Amy and Roger from Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Cute couple on a road trip! Such a good slow burn romance.
9) Bailey and Porter from Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
I don’t really know why I loved this book so much, but I did. Bailey and Porter have a great hate-to-love type thing going, but actually they just like each other the whole time.
10) Kitty and John Ambrose McClaren from the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series by Jenny Han
Okay, so I know this couple doesn’t actually exist, but just listen. Lara Jean clearly does not deserve John Ambrose even though he is literally the most perfect boy ever. She would obviously be upset if Kitty started dating him, but Kitty wouldn’t care. She would appreciate John Ambrose’s perfectness and John Ambrose would appreciate Kitty’s spunk. Plz Jenny Han let this be a thing.
Who are some of your favorite bookish couples? Do you disagree with any of my picks?