Hello everyone, and welcome back!
Every once in a while, I post a monthly or sort of upcoming TBR. And then I don’t really read the stuff on that TBR. I mean, I probably do or will eventually, but if I say I’ll do it in December, then maybe it’ll happen by next June.
It’s not even because I don’t read a lot of books in a month? As of writing this, I’ve read five books so far this month (although yeah, they were five Harry Potter rereads). It’s just that like I’ve mentioned before, I’m 100% a mood reader so I’ll get something new or see someone else’s review or look at my shelf and be like “Nah, that instead!”
So I thought it would be amusing to poke fun at myself a little and talk about some of the books I haven’t picked up this year, why I wanted to read them, and why I think I haven’t yet. Maybe it’ll inspire me to read them! You never know.
(We’re starting with my most recent TBRs and getting increasingly more embarrassing as we go.)
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Why I wanted to read this: I definitely went through a phase of feeling “Gotta catch ’em all!” about fairy tale retellings (this is a Beauty and the Beast one) that I’m still not 100% sure I’m over?
Why I haven’t yet: I’m a YA book reviewer. Retellings are such a major trend that it’s easy to feel like you’re at max saturation and this isn’t new nor on anyone’s lifetime favourites, so it’s hard to get inspired to pick it up.
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Why I wanted to read this: Honestly, I picked this up because I read that people generally enjoy Morgan Matson’s romances and this one had dogs on the cover. I am one of those freak aliens who equally loves cats and dogs.
Why I haven’t yet: Also honestly: this book is over 500 pages long. That’s a pretty big commitment. I’ve been on the edge of reading this one a few times because it seems so perfectly summery, so this might actually get read soon.
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Why I wanted to read this: This seemed like a vaguely sci-fi romance situation, which I liked more than I thought I would in Defy the Stars, and both of these authors are pretty hyped (Amie Kaufman for Illuminae, Meagan Spooner for Hunted).
Why I haven’t yet: It’s an older release, so just not a very high priority, but also I just don’t see anyone talking about it (which usually helps me get motivated to read something).
All the Rage by Courtney Summers
Why I wanted to read this: I’ve heard that Courtney Summers is the YA author who can handle subjects like sexual assault appropriately, and given how annoyed I am about how this topic is handled in YA in general, I really do want to have positive examples to recommend.
Why I haven’t yet: Oh hi hey let’s just pick this up on a nice summer day and take it on the train, I’m sure it won’t be emotionally devastating! I mean: I want to read these books and be able to recommend good work about Real Issues, but I am not 100% up for it every day.
AMERICAN STREET BY IBI ZOBOI
Why I wanted to read this: Immigration + the U.S. is a real problem people face, and this is set in Detroit, which I know a bit about and wanted to read as a setting.
Why I haven’t yet: I think I was trying to do some feature posts on book-to-film or other projects at the time, so this sat on the backburner until it was no longer “new,” then it sat on the backburner for other new stuff, and now it just sits on the shelf. I’M SORRY.
AMERICAN GIRLS BY ALISON UMMINGER
Why I wanted to read this: I read some extremely positive reviews of this and it seemed like it was also really setting focused (LA, I think?) and had an interesting morbid premise.
Why I haven’t yet: Really simple: whenever I pick up a not-recent release, it does tend to get pushed to the backburner unless people are talking about it due to movie buzz, comparisons, etc.
WHERE FUTURES END BY PARKER PEEVYHOUSE
Why I wanted to read this: I want more sci-fi in my reading life!
Why I haven’t yet: …but not that much, apparently. (To be fair, I think this one has mixed reviews.)
A LIST OF CAGES BY ROBIN ROE
Why I wanted to read this: BookTube was raving about how lovely and heartbreaking this was, once upon a time. Apparently good mental illness representation?
Why I haven’t yet: I probably just wasn’t in the mood to cry at the time until this book was no longer new. I think in the same timeframe, I read Under Rose-Tainted Skies, so I might’ve just needed a little breather.
WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS BY ANNA-MARIE MCLEMORE
Why I wanted to read this: Magical realism is a rad spin on how much straight-up fantasy one reads as a YA reviewer, and I’ve heard that this author includes a lot of diverse rep (racial minorities, gender/sexuality minorities, etc.).
Why I haven’t yet: Never in a whimsical mood, maybe? I might just be the worst. I think I have two or three books by this author I haven’t touched.
THE RAVEN BOYS BY MAGGIE STIEFVATER
Why I wanted to read this: This series is one of those untouchable favourites in the YA community, and although I found the Wolves of Mercy Falls series to be…uneven, I liked the creativity and attention to setting.
Why I haven’t yet: Stiefvater is really controversial for some offensive things that come up in a later book in this series and for her way of dealing with criticisms about it, as far as I know; I haven’t delved deep into the issue because I assume that would be very spoilery…while on the other hand, I’m hesitant to start and then like this series if it’s going to do something I can’t stand by later on. I don’t know, y’all.
THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST BY EMILY M. DANFORTH
Why I wanted to read this: About a young gay girl sent off to conversion therapy; being adapted into a major film.
Why I haven’t yet: I’m the worst. But really, it’s a bit long, I’m pretty sure it’s going to make me really sad, and I have no idea when that movie is supposed to come out.
WE ARE THE ANTS BY SHAUN DAVID HUTCHINSON
Why I wanted to read this: It seems to be about a young gay boy and space aliens.
Why I haven’t yet: To be fair to me, this book’s publication (in paperback) got pushed back, so I got it about a month and a half after I anticipated it and had kind of forgotten about it by then. But also I read a review by someone I follow who found it fairly boring, so I guess I haven’t felt inspired to get to it.
I’m the worst. I’m going to go try to read something and speak to you again soon!