As the year comes to a close, I figured I’d try to get as many of the books I’ve previously had on my TBRs completed. This means that my December TBR is going to be longer than normal. However, I’m not going to put as much pressure on myself to complete this list. Instead, my monthly goal will be to read as many of these titles as I can.
Of course, I’ll be planning my reading around work and the holiday season, so I don’t think I’ll be able to get all of these read. My prediction is I’ll get maybe 8 or 9 books from this list read (if I’m lucky). After all, the holidays mean family time – and I’m willing to sacrifice some reading for that. And, of course, I added a couple new books to the list – I couldn’t help myself!
Once again, I’ve placed a nice mix of Physical Books, AudioBooks, and eBooks.
So, how crazy long is this TBR?
Total Books: 27 Books
Previous TBRs: 12 Books
Added Titles: 15 Books
- Skyward by Brandon Sanderson (Skyward, Book 1)
- On The Come Up by Angie Thomas
- Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto (Crown of Feathers, Book 1)
- The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi (The Star-Touched Queen, Book 1)
- Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton (Heart of Thorns, Book 1)
- The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
- Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee
- Descendant of the Crane by Joan He
- Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee
- Omens by Kelley Armstrong (Cainsville, Book 1)
- Part of Your World by Liz Braswell (Twisted Tales, Book 5)
- Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett
- Don’t Rush Me by Jackie May (Nora Jacobs, Book 1)
- Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian (Ash Princess, Book 1)
- Sadie by Courtney Summers
- Small Bones by Vicki Grant (Secrets)
- A Big Dose of Lucky by Marthe Jocelyn (Secrets)
- Stones on a Grave by Kathy Kacer (Secrets)
- My Life Before Me by Norah McClintock (Secrets)
- Shattered Glass by Teresa Toten (Secrets)
- Innocent by Eric Walters (Secrets)
- The Ronan Scrolls by Katie Cross (The Dragonmaster Trilogy, Book 0.5)
- Flame by Katie Cross (The Dragonmaster Trilogy, Book 1)
- Nightfall by Shannon Messenger (Keeper of the Lost Cities, Book 6)
- War of the Networks by Katie Cross (Networks, Book 4)
- Wolf’s Bane by Kelley Armstrong (Otherworld: Kate and Logan, Book 1)
- The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black (The Folk of the Air, Book 3)
Skyward by Brandon Sanderson: Spensa, a teenage girl among the remnants of the human race, longs to be a space pilot to defend her planet from the mysterious alien starfighters. When she finds the wreckage of an ancient ship she realizes that her dreams might just be possible – as long as she can repair the ship, navigate flight school, and persuade the strange machine to help her. After all, this ship seems to have a soul.
While I grew up loving shows like Star Trek and Andromeda, I’ve found it a struggle to read books about space wars in recent years. Sure, I read Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I’d expected to. So here’s hoping that Skyward is a much more enjoyable read.
On The Come Up by Angie Thomas: All Bri wants to be is one of the greatest rappers of all time but she’ll settle for making it out of her neighbourhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri knows she’s got huge shoes to fill. Now that her mother’s unexpectedly lost her job, Bri’s struggles in life have gotten that much harder. Music no longer becomes a fantasy – it’s something Bri must succeed at in order to help provide for her family.
Honestly, I think the biggest reason I haven’t read this book yet is because I’ve hyped it up in my head so much I’m worried that it’s not going to live up to the pedastal that I’ve placed it on. On the other hand, I know how much The Hate U Give blew me away even though I had high expectations for that…. So maybe it’s time for me to finally read On the Come Up – the book that I’ve heard nothing but great things about.
Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto: Like I’ve said before, I don’t want to know much about this book before going into it so I’ve only given the synopsis the briefest of glances. I’ll admit it was the cover that drew me in initially, but the recommendations of people I trust is what sealed the deal for me. I’m interested in reading about the Phoenix riders and the war torn world that they exist in.
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi: Maya is cursed with a promised marriage of death and destruction, earning her scorn and fear from her father’s kingdom. When her father, the Raja, arranges a marriage of political convenience, Maya soon becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. As Akaran’s queen she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife she finds compassion, protection, desire. However, Akaran’s secrets soon make Maya suspect her life is in danger. In this novel Maya needs to inravel an ancient mystery spanning reincarnated lives to save those she loves most… including herself.
Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton: 17 year old Mia Rose has pledge her life to hunting Gwyrach, the same demons that killed her mother. When her dad pledges her marriage to the prince, she’s forbidden from taking up her knife again. She instead finds herself being forced into silk gowns. After the wedding goes horribly wrong does she realize she has the same magic that she’s sworn to destroy.
I’ve got to be honest, I’ve wanted to read this book since I found out it was coming out way back in 2018. Yes I know 2018 wasn’t a long time ago – barely a year and half since this book was published – but this book seemed right up my alley from the get go. I’m not sure why it’s taken me so long to get to this book but I’m excited to finally pick it up. I think.
The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon: This story takes place when Natasha finds out that her family is being deported back to Jamaica. The day before they leave, she runs into a boy named Daniel.
I wanted to read this book before I watched the movie. My goal was to originally read the book before the movie came out but that ship has long since sailed away without me on it. While I’d like to get to it this month, I feel no pressure to put this book at the top of my list.
Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee: This is a story about two sisters and their journey through love, loyalty, and heartbreak. This is a book that deals heavily with mental health, a topic that is extremely important to understand.
Descendant of the Crane by Joan He: Princess Hesina of Yan must deal with the aftermath of her father’s murder and her sudden elevation to queen. Hesina turns to Akira, a cunning investigator with his own past, to help solve her father’s murder.
Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee: Min comes from a long line of fox spirits but you’d never know by looking at her. Her mother insists that none of them use any fox-magic, that they must appear human at all times, but this – mixed with all of the house rules and responsibilities – rubs Min the wrong way. She can’t wait to follow her older brother, Jun, into the Space Forces and see more of the Thousand Worlds. When word arrives that Jun is suspected of leaving his post to go in search of the Dragon Pearl, Min knows that something’s wrong and decides to run away to help clear his name.
Have I mentioned before how much I love the kitsune? Probably not in a long time – I’m thinking like back in January for my Shadow of the Fox review – but this love holds true. That alone was the main reason that I picked up Dragon Pearl.
Omens by Kelley Armstrong: Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. That is, until her perfect life is shattered and she finds out she was adopted. Her real parents? Todd and Pamela Larsen, notorious serial killers service life sentences. Trying to get away from the limelight, Olivia finds herself in the small town of Cainsville, Illinois – a town where things aren’t always what they seem. Aided by her mother’s former lawyer, Gabriel Walsh, Olivia focuses on the Larsens’ last crime which her mother swears will prove their innocence. Digging into her past causes Olivia to draw on abilities that remained hidden since her childhood. Gifts that make her both a valuable addition to Cainsville and deeply vulnerable to unknown enemies.
Part of Your World by Liz Braswell: The “fifth” book in the Twisted Tales series is all about Braswell’s take on Disney’s The Little Mermaid. One of my favourite Disney movies, I can’t wait to read how Braswell reinterprets this classic children’s tale. Hopefully it’s not as sad as the original (the children’s tale – not the Disney movie)!
Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett: Okay, even though I started this book a month ago, it’s one of the first books I plan on finishing this month – and not just because I have to finally return it to the library. This book is said to be a mix of Romeo and Juliet and Children of the Corn. I have to say, I didn’t look too deep into this story past that so I can let the story speak for itself. I’m looking forward to this read as it’s rare I get into a book without knowing anything about it – even if there are two books on my TBR this month that fall into that category.
Don’t Rush Me by Jackie May: In this story, Nora Jacobs must rely on her unique psychic abilities to navigate the underworld in order to follow the will of the city’s most powerful vampire. When Nora finds herself unable to tell friend from foe, her biggest goal might be as simple as staying alive.
Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian: When Theodosia’s life gets turned upside down – her family murdered and her crown taken from her – she gets dubbed the Ash Princess, a title of shame that lauds her as a prisoner. When Theo is forced to do the unthinkable, she realizes that simply staying alive isn’t enough. Finally, Theo has the will to stand up for herself and her people.
Sadie by Courtney Summers: When Sadie’s sister Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s world comes crumbling down around her and she hits the road trying to solve the murder. West McCray, a radio personality, hears Sadie’s story at a local gas station and becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl and trying to find her before it’s too late.
Small Bones by Vicki Grant: Dot has always had big dreams, but these dreams have had to be put on hold while she searches for the truth about her parents. She gets a job as a seamstress in rural Ontario and falls hard for Eddie, a charming local boy that is equal parts helpful and distracting when it comes to her investigation.
A Big Dose of Lucky by Marthe Jocelyn: All Malou knows about her past is that she’s mixed-race and that she was left at an orphanage as a newborn. Everything else is a mystery that leads her to Parry Sound, where she finds lots of little brown faces like hers. Are these her relatives? Why doesn’t anyone want to talk about it?
Stones on a Grave by Kathy Kacer: Having never left the small town of Hope, Ontario, Sara receives a medical certificate and a Star of David that leads her to Germany after a fire destroys the orphanage. Not knowing the language or anyone there, Sara arrives in Germany determined to explore her newfound Jewish heritage. Discovering a country still dealing with the aftermath of the Holocaust, and with the help of a handsom boy, she discovers the sad facts of her mother’s brief existence and horrible truths about her father.
My Life Before Me by Norah McClintock: After her orphange burns down, Cady’s finally able to pursue her dreams to be a reporter. A crumbling newspaper clipping leads her to Orrenstown, Indiana, where her investigation into a long-ago murder earns her a hard lesson in race relations. Cady gets tangled up in a web of lies, dirty politics, corrupt law enforcement and racial tension as she tries to find out about her own origins.
Shattered Glass by Teresa Toten: Having grown up with nightmares about fires, and burn scars she has no recollection getting, Toni makes her way to Toronto once her orphanage burns down in the hopes that she can find the truth about the mother that abandoned her. Invigorated by the music she hears at the folk club where she finds a job and encouraged by her glamorous landlady, Toni unearths information that contradicts everything she thought she believed.
Innocent by Eric Walters: After the fire, Betty takes a job as a maid in Kingston, Ontario for the wealthy Remington clan. She quickly makes friends with the staff and discovers that her mother use to be a maid there – and that her father is in a nearby jail after being convicted of murdering her. Betty is taken aback by her father’s claims of innocence when she meets him and becomes determined to find out the truth about what really happened all those years ago. But someone in the Remington household doesn’t want Betty to learn the truth.
The Ronan Scrolls by Katie Cross: This story follows Ronan as he tries to find out more about his brother’s mysterious illness – to try and discover how his “illness” allowed him to see into the future, the very thing that ended up being his undoing. A companion novel to the Dragomaster Trilogy, this story gives the reader a wider understanding of the world of Antebellum and how things aren’t always as they seem.
Flame by Katie Cross: Dragon servants Sanna and Isadora’s village life is about to change forever. Will the sisters be able to prevent everything they know from falling apart? Or do they allow everything they know to break apart and pave the way to a newer, better future?
Nightfall by Shannon Messenger: The Neverseen have had their victories but this battle is far from over. Sophie knows it’s time to make sacrifices, maybe even trust common enemies. All paths lead to Nightfall – an ominous door in an even more ominous place – and Sophie and her friends strike a dangerous bargain to get there. But nothing can prepare them for what they’re about to discover.
War of the Networks by Katie Cross: In the midst of war and with the Central Network on the brink of destruction, Bianca is even more determined than ever to defeat Mabel’s Almorran magic. When Mabel kidnaps her, taking her into the heart of the Western Network, Bianca finds that Mabel is even more dangerous than she’s ever been before.
Wolf’s Bane by Kelley Armstrong: *Spoilers for the Women of the Otherworld series* Elena and Clay’s twins, Kate and Logan Danvers, are shipped off to a supernatural youth leadership conference during the summer when they’re 16. What happens when teen supernaturals get together, bringing along their prejudices and superiority complexes? We’re about to find out how to teenage werewolves deal with it.
The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black: Living as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude feels powerless is reeling from Cardan’s betrayal. Biding her time until she can take back everything he stole from her, Jude finds her way back into the treacherous Faerie Court when her twin sister, Taryn, finds her mortal life in peril. Facing her lingering feelings for Cardan, Jude must slip into a world on the brink of war and determine what she cherishes most – her ambition or her humanity.
What Books do you have on your TBR this month? Are there any books you planned to read in 2019 that you haven’t gotten to yet? As always, I’m interested to hear about your reading plans.