TBR Fails: Catching Up With the Backlist

Hello everyone, and welcome back!

I just read a non-YA book for once (a little on that in my monthly round-up), so it seemed like a good day for a non-review post. TBR self-shaming, that is. (It’s okay. I’ve accepted my constant failure to read the things I actually set out to read, while more new books appear and completely distract me and/or pile up.)

I mean, I was going to make a new TBR, but it occurred to me that I’ve actually read most of the new stuff I’ve ordered. I actually have even read most of what was on my fall TBR? I’m two books off, and one of them (Renegades by Marissa Meyer) hasn’t come out yet, so I can wait on that.

…buuut I’m still way behind on reading for the year, and I still haven’t touched a lot of the books from my last couple of TBRs before that, so you know. There’s plenty of shame to go around.

(And I just like doing these so that I can remember some of the books I should get around to in the backlist.)

Without further ado, let’s talk about what I should currently be reading! As per the previous style of this kind of post, we’ll start from my most recent TBR and go back through time, and I’ll talk about why I wanted to read these books, and why I haven’t yet!

Fall TBR

Fire by Kristin Cashore

Fire by Kristin CashoreWhy I wanted to read this: I wasn’t super down on Graceling, but I had no real motivation to continue through to the sequels. I’ve been told the books improve, though, and I wanted to do this one for my second chances series.

Why I haven’t yet: Honestly, it’s been on my mind, but this past month or so has had a bunch of new releases, so I’ve almost exclusively been reading new stuff (A Line in the Dark, Turtles All the Way Down, etc.)

 

August TBR

EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL IS NOT RUINED BY DANIELLE YOUNGE-ULLMAN

Everything Beautiful is Not RuinedWhy I wanted to read this: I really want to read more Canadian YA lit, and this sounded like an interesting contemporary about camp therapy that’d probably have at least a vaguely Canadian setting.

Why I haven’t yet: RIP me vs. my summer reads list. I had a big reading slump this summer, and kind of failed at finishing everything with appropriately summery vibes before it was suddenly Spooky Season.

STRANGE THE DREAMER BY LAINI TAYLOR

Strange the DreamerWhy I wanted to read this: I’ve heard that Laini Taylor is an awesome YA fantasy author, so I figured I’d pick up with her most recent book (series?) to see what I thought.

Why I haven’t yet: I got a digital copy of this and not an IRL one and I am terrible at motivating myself to charge my Kindle and not just curl up in the exact same spot in my house with the same blanket with a paper book.

SUMMER DAYS AND SUMMER NIGHTS, EDITED BY STEPHANIE PERKINS

Summer Days and Summer NightsWhy I wanted to read this: One of these days, I am going to find the collection of YA short stories that makes me feel like I’m into YA short stories.

Why I haven’t yet: I liked some of the stories in Because You Love to Hate Mebut I found the reading of it in its entirety pretty tiring, actually, so I think I just wasn’t ready to read another anthology like this, and now it’s like…you know. Approaching very not summer.

UNDER A PAINTED SKY BY STACEY LEE

Under a Painted SkyWhy I wanted to read this: I saw Stacey Lee in an interview for Nanowrimo once, and she seemed like a cool lady. Also, the cover for this book is bomb.

Why I haven’t yet: I actually don’t know if I like Westerns? I feel like the Western genre is such an American thing, and/or a thing not from the decades I grew up in. I don’t really relate to the idea of gunslinging or the Wild West in the least. So I guess in that sense, I just haven’t felt compelled to pick this up.

TBR Fails (July)

THESE BROKEN STARS BY AMIE KAUFMAN AND MEAGAN SPOONER

These Broken StarsWhy I wanted to read this: In the hopes it would be a sci-fi romance that’d surprise me a la Defy the Stars.

Why I haven’t yet: Welp, not only is it an older release from my backlist, but I’d also feel pretty guilty picking it up before Illuminae, a book with one of the same co-authors that I’ve owned longer and still haven’t read. Shaaaame.

ALL THE RAGE BY COURTNEY SUMMERS

All the RageWhy I wanted to read this: Okay, broken record because I said this back then, but: 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: Yeah so this book is still about a pretty heavy subject and I recently read The Female of the Species, so…yeah. I maybe just have a certain amount of emotional fortitude to throw around. That recs post will be a loong time coming.

 

AMERICAN STREET BY IBI ZOBOI

American StreetWhy I wanted to read this: Real life problems (immigration in the U.S.), real life setting (Detroit).

Why I haven’t yet: When something a) isn’t new, b) isn’t part of a feature I want to do, and c) is contemporary (rather than fantasy, sci-fi, or other genres I specifically dig), I have a tendency to kind of forget about it on the backburner. Which is my bad, because I’ve heard this book is great? Sigh, me.

 AMERICAN GIRLS BY ALISON UMMINGER

American GirlsWhy I wanted to read this: This reviewed really well and was really setting-based (LA) and sounded morbid and interesting.

Why I haven’t yet: Ahaha yeah see above re: contemporaries that aren’t new finding their way to the backburner.

WHERE FUTURES END BY PARKER PEEVYHOUSE

Where Futures EndWhy I wanted to read this: I went through a phase of really seeking sci-fi…

Why I haven’t yet: …until suddenly there was Warcross and Want (okay, still haven’t read that) and a lot of other sci-fi happening, so apparently the trend is moving on in. Also: I don’t remember what this is about at all. Sometimes I just forget a premise and then getting motivated to pick up a book just…doesn’t happen.

THE RAVEN BOYS BY MAGGIE STIEFVATER

The Raven BoysWhy I wanted to read this: This is like the most hyped series of ever forever in every online YA community. Blogs, Instagram, BookTube: there are always some vocally rabid fans of this series.

Why I haven’t yet: …I’ve also come across criticisms of this series and of the way the author dealt with criticisms on Tumblr. I feel like I should read it, but I also feel like wading into the controversy with the knowledge of one book at a time could be…awkward.

THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST BY EMILY M. DANFORTH

The Miseducation of Cameron PostWhy I wanted to read this: I am more likely to remember to read queer contemporary than most contemporary, particularly when it’s about queer girls. Also, this will be a movie eventually…

Why I haven’t yet: …but not soon enough to threaten that I won’t finish the book before the movie comes out. (Also, I complain constantly about short books because I’m constantly reading short books because I’ve had no time for longer books because life is hard.)

WE ARE THE ANTS BY SHAUN DAVID HUTCHINSON

We Are the AntsWhy I wanted to read this: The premise was some kind of strange book about a young gay boy and space aliens, so who wouldn’t be interested?

Why I haven’t yet: This book’s publication in paperback was delayed, so it got to me pretty late at a point when I’d kind of forgotten about it, then I kept seeing reviews where people really didn’t like the book, so it kind of put me off it? But I should probably read it, since…it’s still waiting.

 

 


So…there are a lot of repeats here of my last fails, but on the bright side, posting that list did get me to read four out of the 12 I listed, so maybe this time I can get in five or six over the next few months? I mean, I can dream.

What books have you been putting off reading? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll speak to you again soon!

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