Random Books on My TBR Round 1: August 2018

For a while now, I’ve seen people do these posts called “On My Shelf,” in which they pick random books they own, whether they’ve read them or not, and talk about why they read it/want to read it, etc. I came up with my own version of that.

I currently have 255 books on my TBR, all listed in a Word document on my desktop. I found a random number generator, put in numbers 1-255, and then whatever number came up, wrote about the book that matched to it. It will make more sense once I start.

Random books on my TBR:


#167: A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom


A Tragic Kind of Wonderful is a young adult contemporary novel about a sixteen-year-old girl with bipolar disorder trying to hide it from her friends. I first saw this on emmmabooks YouTube channel, where I get most of my mental health recommendations these days. She raved so much about it; I initially checked this book out of the library to read it right away. Unfortunately, as is often the case, I didn’t get to it that time. Later, I bit the bullet and bought it.


#25: A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir


One of my most anticipated releases of 2018, A Reaper at the Gates is the third book in the An Ember in the Ashes series. With any luck, I will read this before the end of the year, once I have read all the other priority books on my TBR. If not, it would be a great way to start off my reading in 2019. (Yeah, I know, I’m a crazy person.)


#84: Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton


A very recent addition to my TBR pile (more on that another day), Heart of Thorns is a young adult fantasy set in a world where only women possess magic and all are suspected of magic. It follows Mia Rose, a Huntress bent on killing all Gwyrach, half-girl, half-god monsters that killed her mother. Then, after spending her whole life training, her father declares she will marry the prince instead. Only Mia isn’t having that. On the eve of her wedding, she escapes, but soon discovers she is one of the Gwyrach. This leads her to wonder if what she was raised to believe is what is actually true.

I had seen Heart of Thorns floating around on the Internet. At first, I was not that interested, until I started hearing the synopsis compared to books like The Handmaid’s Tale and how it sounded so much like the Salem Witch Trials. I’m down for that.


#68: The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes


The Arsonist is a World War II novel following three teenagers, one a dead seventeen-year-old East German resistance fighter and the other two charged with catching her murderer.

Molly doesn’t believe her mother killed herself three years ago and thinks when her father is executed for his crimes, her mother will return. Pepper is a boy with the worst seizure dog in history. These two are tasked with solving the murder of Ava Dreyman, whose death is somehow connected to the destruction of the Berlin Wall. Though the synopsis is fascinating, I am certain I will enjoy The Arsonist because I loved Stephanie Oakes’s debut novel, The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly.

And, recently, I learned that The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly is now a TV show on Facebook Watch called Sacred Lies. I binge-watched the first four episodes Friday night. Can’t believe I had no idea this was happening until now!


#189: The Appearance of Annie van Sinderan by Katherine Howe


The Appearance of Annie van Sinderan is one of those TBR books I sometimes forget I have until something, like this post, brings it up. And, when it does, I am reminded of why I want to read it. The novel is about a college-aged boy named Wes, an aspiring filmmaker that is instantly infatuated with this mysterious girl named Annie, whom he meets while filming a séance in New York City. He takes it upon himself to help her find an important missing ring and in doing so uncovers her dark, mysterious past.

Fun fact: I bought The Appearance of Annie van Sinderan at a bookstore in Salem, Massachusetts. Of all places to find a scary book.


#147: Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett


Another book I initially checked out of the library with the intention of reading it but didn’t get to it before its due date. It is a novel about sisters competing against each other during an exploration mission on a dangerous mountain. Books about expeditions are not something I read often. I first saw it on YouTube videos, featured in Fairyloot unboxings and occasionally in other videos last year. Other than that, I have not heard much about Even the Darkest Stars. Which, actually, works out for me because I tend to have better luck with the under-hyped books than the really popular ones.


I enjoyed writing this post. As my TBR shrinks—or goes, whichever comes first—I will do more of these in the future. It’s a great way, I think, to check on your TBR and maybe remind yourself of books you otherwise might have forgotten about.


What do you guys think?



2 thoughts on “Random Books on My TBR Round 1: August 2018

  1. I love this idea! ❤ I agree that it’s good to remind yourself about some of the books on your TBR. When I’m deciding what book to read next, I think I often forget about some of the older books I have.

    These books sound really interesting! I love Emma’s recommendations as well and A Tragic Kind of Wonderful sounds so good! I’d like to read more books about bipolar disorder. I never thought of Heart of Thorns in relation to the Salem Witch Trials, but now that you point it out I’m more interested in reading it! I love learning about the Trials and Salem is one of my favorite places to visit 🙂 Also, I’ve never heard of The Arsonist but the premise sounds fascinating so I’m definitely going to look into it!

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