Top Ten Books I’ve Wanted to Read Since Forever


Hello and happy Top Ten Tuesday, guys! This week’s theme is “books that have been on your shelf (or TBR) from before you started blogging” — kind of a big theme, seeing as most books on my TBR probably have been there since forever and I still, still, haven’t touched them. 😛

Anyway! My list down below basically has books I actually own, many of which were bought three years ago, right before I got into a three-year reading slump that ended last year. Let’s see what we’ve got!

1) Stormdancer – Jay Kristoff

Stormdancer Jay KristoffArashitoras are supposed to be extinct. So when Yukiko and her warrior father Masaru are sent to capture one for the Shõgun, they fear that their lives are over – everyone knows what happens to those who fail the Lord of the Shima Isles. But the mission proves less impossible and more deadly than anyone expects.

Soon Yukiko finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in her country’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled arashitora for company. Although she can hear his thoughts, and saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her. Yet trapped together in the forest, Yukiko and the beast soon discover a bond that neither of them expected.

TIME IN TBR: 3 years.

THOUGHTS: I got this book for cheap at a bargain store and just never started it, for reasons I don’t know myself. And I did this dumb thing last month where I attended the Nevernight book launch and could’ve very easily brought along my Stormdancer copy so it could be signed… BUT DIDN’T. ;_;

2) The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

the-book-thiefSet during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist: books.

With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

TIME IN TBR: 6 years.

THOUGHTS: I wanted to read this book when it was first published, when it got popular, when the movie came out… and every time anyone mentions it. I was (and still am) intimidated by the overwhelmingly positive reviews this book has gotten and I’m not sure I’ll ever get to it, to be honest. 😣

3) Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke and Bone Laini TaylorAround the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

TIME IN TBR: 5 years.

THOUGHTS: This book was recommended to me by one of the pickiest people I’ve ever known and she actually complimented the magic system. I’m planning to read it just as soon as the library has it available.

4) Bitterblue – Kristin Cashore

Bitterblue Kristin CashoreEight years have passed since the young Princess Bitterblue, and her country, were saved from the vicious King Leck. Now Bitterblue is the queen of Monsea, and her land is at peace.

But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisers, who have run the country on her behalf since Leck’s death, believe in a forward-thinking plan: to pardon all of those who committed terrible acts during Leck’s reign; and to forget every dark event that ever happened. Monsea’s past has become shrouded in mystery, and it’s only when Bitterblue begins sneaking out of her castle – curious, disguised and alone – to walk the streets of her own city, that she begins to realise the truth. Her kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year long spell of a madman, and now their only chance to move forward is to revisit the past.

TIME IN TBR: 4 years.

THOUGHTS: I loved Graceling and enjoyed Fire, but had to drop this book because it just didn’t hold my attention. I still have a ~loose~ plan to finish it, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I end up never getting to it. 😛

5) All Our Yesterdays – Cristin Terrill

All Our Yesterdays Cristin TerrillEm is locked in a bare, cold cell with no comforts. Finn is in the cell next door. The Doctor is keeping them there until they tell him what he wants to know. Trouble is, what he wants to know hasn’t happened yet.

Em and Finn have a shared past, but no future unless they can find a way out. The present is torture – being kept apart, overhearing each other’s anguish as the Doctor relentlessly seeks answers. There’s no way back from here, to what they used to be, the world they used to know. Then Em finds a note in her cell which changes everything. It’s from her future self and contains some simple but very clear instructions. Em must travel back in time to avert a tragedy that’s about to unfold. Worse, she has to pursue and kill the boy she loves to change the future.

TIME IN TBR: 3 years.

THOUGHTS: Still interested — I swear every time I read the blurb I hear a voice saying “omg READ THIS”.

6) Cinder – Marissa Meyer

Cinder Marissa MeyerHumans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

TIME IN TBR: 4 years.

THOUGHTS: I dunno. The mixed reviews and how long the actual series is made me hesitant to pick it up. I’m also kind of afraid it’ll be ~great~ and I’ll have pick up five other books along with it.

7) The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus Erin MorgensternThe circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.

TIME IN TBR: 4 years.

THOUGHTS: I actually have a copy of this and tried to pick it up when it first came out, but the language struck me as really flowery. People have been saying that it’s the ~original~ (and better) version of The Crown’s Game, though, so I might actually read this eventually.

8) Partials – Dan Wells

Partials Dan WellsHumanity is all but extinguished after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island. But sixteen-year-old Kira is determined to find a solution. As she tries desperately to save what is left of her race, she discovers that that the survival of both humans and Partials rests in her attempts to answer questions about the war’s origin that she never knew to ask.

Playing on our curiosity of and fascination with the complete collapse of civilization, Partials is, at its heart, a story of survival, one that explores the individual narratives and complex relationships of those left behind, both humans and Partials alike—and of the way in which the concept of what is right and wrong in this world is greatly dependent on one’s own point of view.

TIME IN TBR: 4 years.

THOUGHTS: I love the idea of engineered humans, and I’ve actually read this book partially — get it? — but dropped it for reasons I can’t recall now. Hmmmm.

9) MILA 2.0. – Debra Driza

MILA 2 0 Debra DrizaMila was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was a girl living with her mother in a small Minnesota town. She was supposed to forget her past—that she was built in a secret computer science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do.

Now she has no choice but to run—from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology. However, what Mila’s becoming is beyond anyone’s imagination, including her own, and it just might save her life.

TIME IN TBR: 3 years.

THOUGHTS: More engineered humans! I think I read the first few pages but never got into it.

10) Forbidden – Tabitha Suzuma

Forbidden Tabitha SuzumaSeventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings.

As defacto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives—and the way they understand each other so completely—has also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: a love this devastating has no happy ending.

TIME IN TBR: 6 years.

THOUGHTS: Frankly speaking, the subject matter feels kind of iffy to me but that’s exactly why I wanted (and still want) to read it. I think I might have accidentally spoiled myself, though, so I’m not sure if I want to actually read everything…

What’s on your TTT this week? Leave me a link or let me know in the comments! 🙂

136 thoughts on “Top Ten Books I’ve Wanted to Read Since Forever

  1. Wow, the longest a book has been on my TBR is just over a year. Out of all the books on yours, I’ve only read Cinder. I thought it was a good book, but very predictable. The series definitely gets better! I’ve also wanted to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone for awhile ever since I heard Kat from Katytastic on Youtube rave about it.


    • You’re a more dedicated reader than I am! I had a three-year reading slump before this blog and pretty much read nothing, so a lot of what’s on my TBR has been there for ages, haha.

      I’m glad to hear that the Lunar Chronicle gets better with every book – that definitely seems to be the concensus! And I’m excited to start on Daughter of Smoke and Bone sometime this week. 🙂


  2. OMG you have got to read Cinder and Daughter of Smoke and Bone! These books are just fantastic! I really hope they don’t stay any longer on your TBR shelf cause these two books deserve to be read and fangirled about!


  3. Oh my gosh, The Book Thief is still sitting on my TBR two years after I attempted to read it. I bailed halfway through because at the time I found the style to be really heavy and gimmicky. But I know I’ll probably have a different opinion now, and I can’t really judge a book I gave only half a chance 😦 I have a lot of mental resistance to re-reading it though, mostly because I feel like everyone I know loves it and I’m out of the loop.

    Here’s my TTT:


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s