Since I am devoting the rest of 2018 to mostly fantasy books, I decided to make a TBR - to keep me on track.
1. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (re-read)
I've already started on this, and already finished The Fellowship of The Ring and have about 100 pages left in Two Towers.
I'm thinking I will pause after Two Towers to read a different book, since I will be busy next week and don't it to affect my beautiful journey of Middle Earth *insert heart eyes here*
2. Dry by Neil Shusterman (arc)
I was very lucky to get a physical arc of this and I cannot wait to read it. This is the only non fantasy book that makes the list (so far) in my 2018 TBR.
I fell in love with author's Scythe series (also dystopian) and I am sure that I will enjoy this one as well.
Shusterman writes very realistically, it feels like his novels could happen any time now. Especially one that is set in such a realistic California future (sadly).
3. We ride the Storm by Devin Madson
I've read The Vengeance Trilogy by Madson (including the novella that goes with it) and now I am ready for more brutal adventure.
The only downside is that this book is the only one out in the series so far, and I will have to wait some time before being able to continue. And who likes waiting??
I heard that this one is even more brutal than The Vengeance one, so eek, will see. Hopefully I won't get traumatized, ha.
4. Proven Guilty (Dresden Files) by Jim Butcher
It's been a really long time since I read Dresden Files, at least 2 years that's for sure.
I stopped on book 8 and now I am hoping to jump back in, and just pick up where I left off.
Thankfully, Butcher is very good at reminding the reader what happened in previous books, so I'm not too worried. I am worried that my taste has changed and I will find this not as good or as entertaining as I did before.
I will start with book 8 and if I'm still into it I will try reading more this year as well.
5. Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb
I am hoping to read the first trilogy in 2018 (this series is soooooo long). they are set in different times and realms as far as I know, but the whole thing is still very, very large. So I figured the first 3 is a good place to start.
I decided to pick this up because a few book-youtubers that I watch speak very highly of it, so I wanted to see for myself. Plus Robin Hobbit is very renowned in fantasy, and that's what I'm doing this year - just reading all of the fantasy!
Side note, I adore these cover editions.
6. Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
Not much to say here except that it's time for another Sanderson book - it's been way too long.
I've been a bit grudgy after the last book in Mistborn (era 2) - I did not like that one at all. But, I think I'm past it and ready for more Sanderson's magic and feelings that he hits you with oh so beautifully.
So far, this is a standalone (although there are plans for book 2 already), so it's nice to read something that you don't have to continue in right away.
7. The Iron Flower by Laurie Forest
Probably only one of the very few YA fantasy books that will be on this list - I might add two more. I am stepping down from YA almost completely and will only read books from authors that I know and like, or if I do a very extensive research on them. I've read way too many crappy ya books and I don't have time or patience for the anymore.
But Iron Flower I am very excited about!! And if there's a third one I will read it as well. It's a continuation of The Black Witch and I cannot wait to see where the story goes.
8. The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
The Poppy War has taken the reading world by storm and I want to see what's it all about.
So it's better be good!! :)
I love good asian inspired fantasy. I heard that this book is brutal, but what are you gonna do - it's fantasy after all.
I really know nothing else of this book, so I will just have to read it and see.
9. The faithful and the fallen series by John Gwynne
I'd love to read the whole series in 2018, but they are so big - gigantic really that I'm not sure I will be able to.
These have been also highly recommended to me, so I am very excited. Plus I am in love with these covers, ahhhhh.
10. The Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C Dao
Julie C Dao surprised me with the first book in this series, and I literally cannot wait for the second one to come out (November hurry up).
The first one was so good, I couldn't believe it was a debut (I was also lucky enough to have an arc of the first one).
This is ya as well, but this is the author that I trust (I added her to my favorites with just one book - and that's huge for me).
And that is it for part 1 - It's quite ambitious, because lots of these are very chunky books, but hopefully they will be worth it, and hopefully I will find many favorites among them. Part 2 will be coming when I made at least a dent in part 1 :)
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