Top 10 Tuesday: Books I Meant to Read in 2018 but Didn’t (Because I Suck)

There are so many books on a bookworm’s TBR in a given year. So. Many. And as the months progress, we add a whole bunch of new releases and discover books we should have read FOREVER ago. Before you know it, it’s towering over you and you’re facing the question of which book do you read next over and over and over again until you either die or the year ends. As you’d expect, this means that a lot of them are bound to get left out by the time you hit December. There’s only so much time!!! Once again, I ask, WHERE IS MY TIMETURNER?

Anyway, here are 10 books that didn’t make it onto my 2018 reading challenge (some may not have even made it onto my 2017 challenge…awkward…) but let’s cross our fingers and hope they have better luck this year. I mean, it’s a 50%-50% chance – unless of course it’s over 500 pages, then it’s more like a 20% chance of getting read.

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The Poppy War – R. F. Kuang

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REASON: It’s a pretty decent size meaning transporting it will be difficult. It’s also an expansive, new fantasy world with a whole lot of new world building details so I really need to be in the mood for it.

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Muse of Nightmares – Laini Taylor

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REASON: I need to re-read Strange the Dreamer first because my memory sucks and I’m worried I’ll start it and then go, ‘what is this’, ‘who is that’, ‘when did that happen’ over and over until it’s over.

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What If It’s Us – Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

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REASON: No idea. I just kept picking other YA contemporaries to start instead. I think maybe I might also have lost a bit of momentum after I read some mixed reviews.

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Saga, Vol. 2 – Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

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REASON: I really need to sit down and read through this in the space of an afternoon. It’s not something you bring on the train (blood & boobs might make for some awkward morning trips). So my lame excuse is that I never made the time for it when I should have. Too busy doing gosh knows what.

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Winter (The Lunar Chronicles 4#) – Marissa Meyer

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REASON: I really want to buy this in hardback to match my copies of Scarlet and Cress (we’re just ignoring the fact that Cinder is a paperback). Unfortunately, that means I have to order it online on Book Depository and IT NEVER SEEMS TO COME DOWN IN PRICE. Basically I’m waiting until my wallet won’t hurt getting it.

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The Song Rising – Samantha Shannon

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REASON: I managed to do my reread of The Bone Season but didn’t make it to The Mime Order. This means, once again, I didn’t make it to The Song Rising. Once I reread book two I can go into this one with all the facts fresh. Damn, memory. Then again, at this point the time between rereads for books one and two is probably getting so long that I’ll be lost anyway. *sigh*

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The Darkest Minds – Alexandra Bracken

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REASON: I didn’t buy this one until the last few months of 2018 so I think maybe I just had other priorities? Not sure. I’ll get there.

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City of Glass – Cassandra Clare

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REASON: Okay, I’m very, very slowly working my way through Cassie Clare’s books again. One day far, far into the future (as it’s looking now) I’ll be able to read Lady Midnight and actually have a clue what’s happening. CoG & CoFA will be rereads but the rest will be new (I gave up on the series previously). I did reread books 1 & 2 in 2017 but progress has stagnated since then. Still, I’m expecting a resurgence in 2019. Here I come The Dark Artifices!!

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The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus 4#) – Rick Riordan

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REASON: In my defence, I did read like 5 Riordan books in 2018 so it’s not such a big deal that I didn’t get to this one. I read books 2 & 3 in The Heroes of Olympus series back to back so I needed a teensy break before moving forward. I also need to buy it and because I like the US covers better, once again I need to order it.

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Sleeping Beauties – Stephen King

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REASON: Have you seen this book? It’s so big it makes paperweights cry. I have other enormous books on my bedside table that I need to finish first before I can even think about dealing with this brick. I want to but it’s going to take some time.

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Which books missed out on being added to your 2018 reading challenge? 


For Top 10 Tuesday topics, see Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

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25 thoughts on “Top 10 Tuesday: Books I Meant to Read in 2018 but Didn’t (Because I Suck)

  1. I love your reason for Winter, lmao. I normally love hardcovers, but since I got Cinder in paperback, I’m getting the others in paperback as well. and I bought Sleeping Beauties purely as a cover buy, ngl. I don’t think I’ll ever read it, but it was just TOO PRETTY to walk away from!

    1. Hahaha. I’m so superficial but also don’t make any sense because one paperback and then three hardbacks. I did the same with the raven boys except in reverse *face palm*.
      Sleeping Beauties has such a nice cover 😍😍 . Totally worth a cover buy. I’m not judging in the slightest.

  2. I’ve given up on the time turner wishes and I just want to STOP time now 😂 that’s the only way I’m ever going to catch up before 29084 more books come out each year that I want. Ahhhh. Anyway, YES I need to read the Poppy War! And also catching up on Clare and Riordan is a bit of a marathon effort (worth it though).

    1. You know what, that’s a better idea. Just stop time and read until the TBR disappears. Why do so many amazing books have to come out every year? Are they trying to bury us? That, or send us broke. For sure. 😭
      Oh gosh, catching up on those two is a feat and a half. How do they have time to write so many books??! But definitely worth it.
      Yes, read The Poppy War! Brave the enormous 500+ page book! You can do ittttt!

    1. I’ve heard a few people say book four is their favourite 😊. After the way book three ended, I’m sure it’ll be great.
      Phew, next year. That’s heaps of time for me to get my disorganised butt into gear! I’m glad you enjoyed it, I’m really looking forward to finally reading it.
      I’ll make sure to check out your list. 😁

      1. At least you don’t have to wait a year for it-that was torture! Ha ha yes, plenty of time and the third book is shorter than the first two (and better paced) so you should fly through it. Thank you 🙂

      2. It is! Oh it definitely does, I liked the first two well enough but they did drag a bit, The Song Rising, I got through in about 5 days, which is ridiculously fast for me.

  3. You’ve got so many brilliant books on this list Ashley, I really hope you manage to get to them ASAP and that you love them too. Muse of Nightmares was a favourite of mine in 2018 but yeah it’s definitely better to reread Strange the Dreamer before picking it up, and I’ll keep my fingers crossed the hardcover price for Winter comes down. It’s a brilliant end to the series for sure!
    Great post. 🙂 ❤️

    1. I started the first one on the list yesterday so I’m already making some good progress. I have high hopes. 😁
      I’m so excited for MoN but yeah, definitely will be doing a reread first. It’s been a long while since book one. Who is everyone again 😫??
      Yes! Fingers and toes! Hopefully I’ll finally be able to finish the series soon. 😊😊

  4. Great post, Ashley! I really hope you’ll enjoy The House of Hades; that was my favorite book in the Heroes of Olympus series (and I adore this series as a whole). 😍 I read What If It’s Us last year and I liked it, but sadly it didn’t live up to my expectations. I hope you’ll enjoy it more than I did, haha ❤️

    1. Thanks Dezzy! ❤️ Based on the end of book three and the blurb for The House of Hades I think it’ll be a really great read. A few people have said this one is their fave so I’m excited!
      You’re not the first person to have been disappointed by What If It’s Us. I think that’s why I’ve been putting it off for so long. Yeah, hopefully I end up enjoying it more. 😊

  5. I loved Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and ironically I Just purchased the first book in The Darkest Minds series. Great post 🙂

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I’m hoping I will too once I’m brave enough to tackle the enormous thing. 😂
      Ah! Hopefully we both enjoy it then. It’s such a popular series and it has some great reviews so I think I have to at least give it a go.

    1. I just started The Poppy War yesterday actually 😁. Writing this list helped me find my motivation and it’s really good! I’m loving it. Highly recommend.
      Haha, yeah I’ve heard Winter’s on the chunky side but that’s okay. I’m sure I’ll love it when I’m FINALLY able to buy it.
      Big books are definitely intimidating 😱.
      Thanks Kelly! ❤️

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