So it’s the middle of the year, and this month’s theme across this blog and my booktube channel have been a reflection on this year’s reading. I’ve talked about my progress with my bookish new year’s resolutions, and done the mid-year book freak out tag:
I briefly mentioned a few books I want to get to by the end of the year, but I thought I’d mention a few more this week.
At the beginning of the year, I made a Goodreads list dedicated to the books I wanted to read in 2018. I’ve moved it around a lot, taken things off, put others on, but on the whole, I’ve stuck to it.
Yet, I haven’t actually gotten to several books I thought I’d have read by now. I’m frankly disappointed in myself, and I’m hoping that this blog post actually shames me into reading them, instead of buggering around with books that aren’t even on my list.
- Skulduggery Pleasant Dark Days/Mortal Coil – Derek Landy. I genuinely thought I’d have had these two (counted as one) read by now. The previous book, The Faceless Ones, left things on such a cliffhanger, I’m frankly shocked at myself for not picking up Dark Days at the very least by now. Admittedly, it was on this month’s TBR, but family issues made reading a book about necromancy feel a little inappropriate, so I put it off for another day. Next month is a little busy with Tome Topple, but I’m hoping to get to these during August. September at the latest… I swear.
- Masque – W. R. Gingell. I’m a big fan of Beauty And The Beast, and a huge fan of fairytale retellings, and this has been on my TBR since 2017. Yet I still haven’t picked it up. I’m blaming it on the fact that it’s on my kindle, and has been pushed down the list thanks to recent reads/purchases, so I keep on forgetting that it’s there. But the premise and the reviews say that this book is a must-read for BATB fans, I have to get onto it.
- The Jungle Books – Rudyard Kipling. I’ve never really cared for The Jungle Book, but then I watched the Disney remake while I was on holiday in May, and then saw the trailer for Andy Serkis’ motion-captured film. I was instantly fascinated by it, watching interviews and such to see where Andy got the dark twist on the story. Turns out that it comes directly from the books, which are dark, brutal and not as Disney-friendly as the classic film. So, I decided to see for myself just how dark the original story was, and bought the book. Yet, I haven’t actually gotten round to reading it this year. In my defense, I am actually planning on reading this closer to the time the film comes out in October/November time, so I’m not exactly behind on reading it… yet.
- Gunslinger Girl – Lyndsay Ely. I’m a massive Westworld fan, have loved it since the pilot, have come up with theories and everything for the show, so what better book to read, than a western featuring a badass woman, to get over the hole the show has left in my heart? Of course, the show only just finished this week, so the withdrawal hasn’t quite kicked in yet, but I know it will. I’m going to miss the Wild West, the guns, the shooting, I’m going to need a book to get me past that.
- Doctor Who: Time Lord Fairy Tales – Justin Richards. Yes, I’m a Whovian. A massively enthusiastic Whovian, who cries through regenerations and gets horrendously excited for a new season. And this season is no different. Possibly, I’m even more excited than usual. Because The Doctor is now played by Jodie Whittaker, the first female Doctor, and to say that I’m excited is the understatement of the century. I nearly cried the day she was announced, I sobbed through 12’s regeneration into her, and couldn’t stop crying for the rest of the day. This is huge for me, to see a woman, like me, taking control of the TARDIS, I’m still in disbelief that it’s going to happen. And sadly, there are currently no books featuring her Doctor for me to read. So what’s the next best thing? Time Lord Fairy Tales. A book dedicated to the fairy tales of Gallifrey, a cover featuring a TARDIS and a Cyberman. Sign me right up for some Time Lord reading, to call in a new Doctor!
And that is just my top 5, outside of the books I mentioned in the video above! There’s many more, including the rest of The Sandman series by Neil Gaiman, the Percy Jackon series by Rick Riordan, Vicious and Vengeful by V. E. Schwab, and so many more I can’t count!
To say the least, the rest of my year is going to be busy!
What are your top 5 books to finish by the end of the year? Tell me down in the comments!