Books on My TBR: 500+ Page Books Whose Size Intimidates Me

Spoiler Alert. A lot of the books on this list are going to be fantasy. Why? Because Fantasy authors seem to look at a book and go, ‘You know what? Could be bigger’. So, here we are. This seems like a weird list to compile considering I only recently finished a 700+ page book but what can I say, I never claimed to be consistent in my anxieties.

The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive 1#) – Brandon Sanderson


It hurts me to say so, but I’ve been thinking about reading this book since 2016. That’s right, around five years. The poor thing has rave reviews everywhere you look, a 4.6(!) average Goodreads rating and it’s written by an author I’ve already read and liked things from. But you know what I see when I look at it – that 1007 page count. ONE THOUSAND AND SEVEN. Is this thing a book or a weapon? Perhaps it’s both. I couldn’t possibly hope to try and sum up the blurb for this novel here but the good thing is there are talented reviewers like Melanie (@ Mel To The Any) who are able to do it perfectly for me.

The Priory of the Orange Tree – Samantha Shannon

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I was so keen read Priory once upon a time. Unlike other books on this list, I actually started reading it back in 2019 but after feeling overwhelmed and getting distracted, I put it down again. However, that doesn’t mean it’s given up a spot on my TBR. Every time I see that gorgeous orange cover I feel a mixture of longing and terror. At 830 pages, it’s smaller than The Way of Kings but still a wrist injury waiting to happen. Generally, the book follows four major characters from two kingdoms – the east who worship and ride dragons, and the west who fought a war against them and whose queen must have a daughter to prevent their return. I’ve heard it’s an epic read so here’s hoping I get there.

Dark Age (Red Rising Saga 5#) – Pierce Brown


Would someone please explain to me why I’m somehow feeling intimidated by a book that is THE FIFTH in a series I have already read all the previous entries from (& one of my favourites, I might add)? Like, what? This makes no sense. Perhaps it’s because I didn’t enjoy book four as much as the first three. Regardless, Dark Age is still sitting on my shelf after goodness knows how long, in all its 750+ page glory. A lot of people have said this is the best book in the saga but I’ve also heard it’s the darkest, bleakest and most violent. Suddenly 750 pages seems a lot longer than it first did.

The Shining – Stephen King

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I considered using King’s monstrously sized The Stand but, in reality, I’ve wanted to read The Shining for longer. You’d think it would be because of the Kubric film adaptation but, unpopular opinion alert, I don’t like it very much. Mostly because nothing is bloody explained properly – it just drops in random things from the book with no context whatsoever. However, with over 650+ pages (varying depending on your edition) to work with, King has the time to weave an intricate plot, outline the history of the Overlook Hotel and create characters with rich backstories. It’s far from the biggest book on this list but still intimidating.

The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time 1#) – Robert Jordan

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I’ve been hiding from my paperback of this book for around 7 years. It’s 804 pages, with tiny print and terrifying. Plus, it’s part of a series of 14 books that all look like this. Can you hear me screaming? If there was ever a time to use the word ‘intimidating’, here it is. And yet, I still want to get there one day. With all the buzz about the TV series lately, I’ve been feeling more inclined to give it a go but it’s hard to take that step and finally do it. This is another book that it’s difficult to provide a brief synopsis for but the series takes inspiration from Tolkien and involves the farm boy/chosen one destined to save the world from a dark entity trope. It starts out with three friends setting off on an adventure after their home is attacked and expands from there.

Jade City (The Green Bone Saga 1#) – Fonda Lee

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The Green Bone saga is another fantasy series I’ve continued to hear amazing things about and Jade City even won the World Fantasy award back in 2018. Jade City is the shortest book on this list at 544 pages but that doesn’t make it “short”. It’s a mafia/godfather-type fantasy set in a world in which magical jade is prized, traded and the control of which is fought for. However, when the introduction of a new drug gives more people the ability to wield it, conflict erupts between rival families Kaul and Ayt. This sounds awesome, even though I don’t usually gravitate towards gang narratives. Then again, I recently got into watching the series Sons of Anarchy so maybe I’ll completely love this.

Recently I’ve been feeling a little more inclined to start one of the larger books on my TBR. It might be because we’re reaching the end of the year and I’ve already hit my 2021 reading goal but it might also be a desire to read something complex and immersive. Whether that voice in the back of my head will win out, we shall see.

What are some of the bigger books on your TBR that you’ve been putting off?

Or, if you’re someone who simply eats doorstopper books for breakfast, what are the favourites you believe to be worth the time and effort?

Top 10 Tuesday: Books on my TBR I Predict will be 5 Star Reads

I’ve never done a post like this before. Why? It’s simple, I don’t give out many 5 star ratings. Check my Goodreads ‘read’ shelf and you’ll see that books with those five shiny things after them are in short supply. Remove all 7 Harry Potter books, and the list gets even shorter. The reason for this is that I don’t often read books that I absolutely crazy adore and have very few negative things to say about. I know I sound like a snob, and perhaps I have too higher standards, but unfortunately, it’s just the way I am. Because of this, posts like these have always seemed unrealistic for me. However, today we’re making an exception and attempting to be optimistic! Okay, not over the top optimistic which is why there are only 8 books on this list instead of 10. As far as final ratings are concerned, I’ll still consider it a win if any of these books manage to get a 4.5 star rating.

The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War 2#) – R. F. Kuang

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The Poppy War was one of my favourite reads of 2019. I even gave it one of my rarely awarded 5 star ratings. With sequels is always hard to know whether they’ll live up to the original and before TDR was released, I was very nervous. After the ending of book 1, I wasn’t sure where the story could go but I now have a good feeling about this one! The average Goodreads rating is high, reviewers I trust have said super positive things and the blurb sounds great. So I’m pegging this for another 5 star read and I think the odds are high.

A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara

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I’ve only just started this book but I’m willing to make a bet that A Little Life will crack the big five stars. Now, this is in no way a short read – it’s over 700 pages long, and I’m fully aware of the fact that the story is supposed to be emotionally grueling (majorly so). Yet, I’ve heard so many wonderful things about it – the writing, the realistic and wonderfully crafted characters, the fact that it doesn’t leave you until long after you’ve finished it. I’m looking for something that’ll worm its way into me and stay there. I really hope this is it.

Educated – Tara Westover


As I’ve mentioned a few times over the last couple of months, non-fiction reads have started to grow on me and Educated is a book I’ve had on my TBR for a few months now. I actually started it a little while back and got distracted but I’m determined to go back. A story about a young woman from a survivalist family, who with little education at all, managed to teach herself enough to be admitted to university and eventually earned a doctrate sounds like the kind of story I need in my life. I’ve seen some rave reviews of this book so I’m hoping it lands 5 stars with me also.

The Toll (Arc of a Scythe 3#) – Neal Shusterman


This is another book where I’m basing a five star prediction on the fact that I rated previous books in the series highly. Scythe was a 5 star read and Thunderhead a 4.5 star read so the chance of another high rating seems likely here. I really love this series so it would be heartbreaking for it to stumble at the final hurdle. Book two ended in a major cliffhanger and I’m super excited to find out what happens next (well, after I re-read books one and two to refresh my bad memory). I’ve seen some amazing reviews and some disappointed reviews. I’m desperately crossing my fingers hoping I’ll be in the former camp.

The Priory of the Orange Tree – Samantha Shannon

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Another enormous book and another one I’ve started and will have to return to at some point. While the few pages that I’ve already read of Priory weren’t exactly grabbing me in a choke-hold of engagement, with a book this big I’m willing to put the time in to reach a point where I’m sure things will pick up in a major way. I still have a good feeling about this one being an amazing read. I’m trusting the hype train to be right here. It has everything I need – dragons, a badass female ruler and warrior, magic, a good verses evil battle. Don’t let me down Samantha Shannon!

The Wise man’s Fear – Patrick Rothfuss

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Time for another sequel. In 2019 I finally, FINALLY read The Name of the Wind and to my immense relief, I thought it was fantastic. It ended up being a 5 star read and got a place on my top 10 list of the year. Now, it’s pretty much guaranteed that I’ll enjoy the sequel. I’m guessing another 5 star rating is likely but the problem is, the third book is still nowhere in sight and it’s already been YEARS. Who knows if it’s ever coming??? As a result, I think I’ll be putting TWMF on hold for a while even though I know it’ll be good. Don’t worry Kvothe, I’ll come back for you eventually.

Mexican Gothic – Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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Now, Mexican Gothic hasn’t even been released yet so with this one I’m going entirely off a great blurb, good feeling in my gut and gorgeous cover. It’s a little scary though because these days I’m such a Goodreads rating snob. I’m really hoping that this book is what the movie Crimson Peak could have been if it had actually lived up to its potential and not gone…well, off the rails. A haunted house, creepy family, debutante heroine, suspense, mystery, and all in 1950s Mexico. I’m super excited. Please be gooooooooodddd.

Empire of the Vampire – Jay Kristoff

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Jay’s Nevernight series is one of my favourites and I’m hoping that lightning strikes again with EotV. Teenage Ashley was majorly obsessed with vampires and I’ll admit, I still have a guilty pleasure love of them so I’m super keen on the idea of a darker, more adult fantasy approach. If anyone can pull it off, Jay can. As with Nevernight, this seems like another historical based world which is also really exciting. Basically bring on the violence, blood, romance, witty dialogue and emotional trauma. And GIVE ME A 5 STAR READ, PLEASE.

What do you think of my 5-star predictions? Way off base or likely to hit the mark. I’m crossing all my fingers and toes.

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl.

Book Eye Candy: Covers that have Recently Caught My Eye

As I’ve mentioned many times before, we all judge books by their covers. It’s inevitable. It’s the reason bookstagram is as popular as it is. Sometimes you get some dodgy ones, and other times you get absolutely gorgeous, eye catching ones. If you missed my post from last year about what I look for in a good book cover, you can find it here.

Below are a few new favourites of mine that I’ve come across over the last several months. Of course, this is merely a judgment on covers, not the stories inside them. I hope they brighten up your week.

Have you seen any great book covers recently? I’d love to hear about them!

Upcoming Releases to Get Excited About | Part 3

As you can tell from the title of this post, I’m back with three more upcoming 2019 releases for you to potentially look forward to. Let’s cut right to it.

Enchantee – Gita Trelease | Feb 5th


Paris in 1789 is a labyrinth of twisted streets, filled with beggars, thieves, revolutionaries—and magicians…

When smallpox kills her parents, Camille Durbonne must find a way to provide for her frail, naive sister while managing her volatile brother. Relying on petty magic—la magie ordinaire—Camille painstakingly transforms scraps of metal into money to buy the food and medicine they need. But when the coins won’t hold their shape and her brother disappears with the family’s savings, Camille must pursue a richer, more dangerous mark: the glittering court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

With dark magic forbidden by her mother, Camille transforms herself into the ‘Baroness de la Fontaine’ and is swept up into life at the Palace of Versailles, where aristocrats both fear and hunger for la magie. There, she gambles at cards, desperate to have enough to keep herself and her sister safe. Yet the longer she stays at court, the more difficult it becomes to reconcile her resentment of the nobles with the enchantments of Versailles. And when she returns to Paris, Camille meets a handsome young balloonist—who dares her to hope that love and liberty may both be possible.

But la magie has its costs. And when Camille loses control of her secrets, the game she’s playing turns deadly. Then revolution erupts, and she must choose—love or loyalty, democracy or aristocracy, freedom or magic—before Paris burns…

I love historical settings, especially France around the time of the revolution. It’s always been one of my favourite periods to study. It’s just such an interesting time with so much happening, so I’m super excited! Plus, the fact that Trelease has introduced magic into that setting, I’m like YES. Additionally, I never can resist a good, scrappy heroine stuck in a tight place. The early reviews for Enchantee seem to be good and the writing is reportedly beautiful. I should also point out there’s apparently a sweet love interest and he’s a balloonist. Sign me up.

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Priory of the Orange Tree – Samantha Shannon | Feb 26th

29774026A world divided.
A queendom without an heir.
An ancient enemy awakens.

The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction—but assassins are getting closer to her door.

Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.

Across the dark sea, Tané has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.

Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.

I’m super keen for this one. It’s an absolute monster and the size of an enormous brick but still. I really enjoy Samantha Shannon’s The Bone Season series so I’m looking forward to seeing her try her hand at some epic fantasy. She sounds very passionate about this book and has been working on it for years. The cover is stunning and there’s dragons. Need I say more?

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Lady Smoke (Ash Princess 2#) – Laura Sebastian | Feb 5th

40702154The Kaiser murdered Theodosia’s mother, the Fire Queen, when Theo was only six. He took Theo’s country and kept her prisoner, crowning her Ash Princess–a pet to toy with and humiliate for ten long years. That era has ended. The Kaiser thought his prisoner weak and defenseless. He didn’t realize that a sharp mind is the deadliest weapon.

Theo no longer wears a crown of ashes. She has taken back her rightful title, and a hostage–Prinz Soren. But her people remain enslaved under the Kaiser’s rule, and now she is thousands of miles away from them and her throne.

To get them back, she will need an army. Only, securing an army means she must trust her aunt, the dreaded pirate Dragonsbane. And according to Dragonsbane, an army can only be produced if Theo takes a husband. Something an Astrean Queen has never done.

Theo knows that freedom comes at a price, but she is determined to find a way to save her country without losing herself.

Ash Princess was a predictable, trope filled story which I went into with low expectations and ended up having a pretty enjoyable time reading. I’m looking forward to seeing Theo come into her own a bit more in the sequel (even though I’m a little worried about this whole take a husband thing), exploring the interesting magic system introduced in book one, and perhaps getting closer to seeing the Kaiser get his just desserts. I get the feeling we’ll see more of Cress in this book based on the title which I’m unsure about, but I guess I’ll just have to find out.

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