Sadly, there are more than five books I can put on this list….
In the beginning of 2018, I was doing good, reading books off the top ten I had prioritized for the year. Then, life happened.
21 of the 52 books I read so far this year were library books. And likely you will see more in my final reading wrap up of the year. In theory, that’s a good thing. I love the library (obviously). After I got my acceptance letter, I made more of a point to check out books whenever I could. On the other end of that, my books at home were often ignored.
Some of these, I have a reason for why I kept putting them off. The rest, not really.
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
When I first got into Sarah J. Maas’s books, I was obsessed. I loved the first three books in the Throne of Glass series and I adored A Court of Thorns and Roses. Then, somewhere between Queen of Shadows and A Court of Mist and Fury, my passion for these two series just…dissipated.
I blame the fandom on this one. I acknowledge that Sarah’s books are not perfect. There are not enough diversity among the characters in terms of sexuality or ethnicity, as well as some problematic themes in the romantic relationships. But the people who are die-hard for anything Sarah J. Maas were really starting to get on my nerves. While any distaste readers feel towards characters such as Chaol Westfall or Tamlin are justified, that does not give them the right to verbally attack those who still love and support these characters.
I will still read A Court of Wings and Ruin because, despite everything, there are still characters in this series I like. Though I was spoiled for something MAJOR involving everyone’s favorite High Lord of the Night Court, it doesn’t bother me because I’m just in it for the smut. And if I do want to read A Court of Frost and Starlight, I’ll get it from the library.
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
I read Lady Midnight in 2017 and it was one of my favorite books of the year. Shortly after I initially read it, I bought Lord of Shadows intending to read it after a short break, and then…it didn’t happen. By the time I realized I had not picked up Lord of Shadows yet, it was getting too close to the first day of school and, with only a few months before Queen of Air and Darkness came out, I figured I would be better off waiting. That way, I can marathon the remaining books in the trilogy. And, hopefully, not completely die inside.
Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
I honestly have no explanation for this one. I don’t know why I didn’t pick up Our Dark Duet. It’s not that I didn’t like This Savage Song or I was so upset about it being a duology. I still remember the key points that happened in the first book, so I’m not in too much trouble yet. Still, I ask myself “why?” all the time.
A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir
I am not emotionally, physically, or mentally prepared to read A Reaper at the Gates. I’m just not. Worse still, once I pick it up, all other responsibilities will cease to exist. Not exactly the wisest decision for a graduate student.
Windwitch by Susan Dennard
As is the case with Lord of Shadows, I enjoyed the first book of this series, Truthwitch, and I picked up its sequel, Windwitch, almost right after reading it in 2017. I had every intention to read it as soon as possible. Then, of course, stuff happened, as it does. Not only that, I found out there was to be a big gap between Windwitch and the third book in the series, Bloodwitch, so I wasn’t very happy about that. Only now there is the prequel novella Sightwitch. My plan, also as with the last two books in The Dark Artifices trilogy, is to marathon the next three books in the Witchlands series after Bloodwitch comes out in February. Then, have a massive book hangover of the ages.
What books did you hope to get to in 2018 but didn’t?