Summer TBR Wipeout 2018 – Introductory Post

Yep it’s that time of year again where I start freaking out about how many books are on my TBR and decide to take part in Candid Covers Summer TBR Wipeout.

angry the lord of the rings GIF

I did this last year and for the first time ever found myself actually sticking to a reading plan (well mostly). The challenge runs until 12th August and you don’t have to have a blog or website, just be willing to post on social media somewhere or other (instagram, facebook etc) and you could be in with the chance of winning a book of your choice up to a value of $20USD 🙂 If you’re interested you have until July 5th to sign up here.

So with only around 7 weeks how much can I read?? Well yet again I’m completely over committing (it’s supposed to be a challenge after all) with a mix of ARC’s, backlist books and new releases. I’ve tried to include a mix of genres so I have lots of options (I’m a mood reader) to make it easier for me to stick with it, so here we go.Wipeout

NetGalley ARCs

Yet again my NetGalley shelf is getting out of control (there are just too many good books) so my focus over the next few weeks is going to be getting my ratio back up above 80% and reading some of those that have already been published (rather than just the shiny new ones).

Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor, #2)Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game #1)The Miseducation of Cameron PostThe Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient, #1)In BloomGrist Mill RoadSea WitchThe Light Between Us

  1. Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence – I recently finished the first book in this series, Red Sister, and loved it so looking forward to starting this today as a buddy read. I don’t think it’ll be a quick read but the world building is amazing and fighting nuns…. need I say any more?
  2. Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody – I keep bumping this down my list because I’ve been down on YA fantasy but everyone keeps telling me I have to read it… so I will 🙂
  3. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang – I thought my list needed a bit of romance and I’ve heard some wonderful things about this one.
  4. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M Danforth – Have to confess I hadn’t heard of this one until I spotted it on NetGalley and found out it was being adapted into a movie. Very excited to find a book featuring a F/F relationship.
  5. In Bloom by C.J. Skuse – Think British female version of Dexter with a lot of dark humor and you’ve pretty much got In Bloom. This is the sequel I’ve been waiting on.
  6. Grist Mill Road by Christopher J. Yates – This was a bit of a random NetGalley pick but sounds like an interesting premise.
  7. The Sea Witch by Sarah Henning – A Little Mermaid retelling from the POV of the villain. Count me in… although I have noticed I seem to have a few mermaid type stories… hmmm
  8. The Light Between Us by Katie Khan – The publisher offered me this as I enjoyed Khan’s previous book and given it features time travel I couldn’t really resist.

Author Events

I have tickets to a few author events over the next couple of months and while I’m very excited about all of them I have to confess I haven’t necessarily read all of the books by the authors. In a few cases I haven’t actually read any of the books by the author so I think maybe I should…

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1)The Falconer (The Falconer, #1)To Kill a KingdomZenith (The Androma Saga #1)ViciousSpare and Found PartsLost BoyHow to Stop Time

  1. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers – 24th July – Hmm getting tickets to an event where you haven’t read a single book by the author was probably not my wisest idea but it’s a series I’ve wanted to start for a while so this gives me an excuse.
  2. The Falconer by Elizabeth May (25th July) – I met May at an event last year and have heard nothing but great things about her trilogy.
  3. To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo (25th July) – Another book I bought but haven’t found the time to read despite being very excited about it
  4. Zenith by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings (25th July) – This seems to have a lot of negative reviews which has made me a bit wary of picking it up. I suspect if I’m short on time this will be the book that slips off the list.
  5. Vicious by V.E. Schwab (2nd August) – I’ve been putting this off till nearer the release date of Vengeful but would love to read before I get the chance to see Schwab in August.
  6. Lost Boy by Christina Henry (2nd August) – Henry is actually promoting her latest book The Mermaid (which I also hope to read) but I’ve had Lost Boy sitting on my bookshelf for a while so would love to read it too.
  7. Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin (2nd August) – I loved the sound of this one (a modern Frankenstein story) and was tempted by the cover.
  8. How to Stop Time by Matt Haig (25th August) – I am very excited about this event as I’m a huge fan of Haig and everything he does to raise awareness of mental health issues. I’m hoping to read a few more of his books before I go (including Notes on a Nervous Planet which is the one he’s promoting) but this is the one currently sitting on my bookshelf.

Other Books

These are the books I’ve been wanting to read or am curious about but never seem to find the time to read because I’m focusing on ARCs. Hopefully if I include them on this list I’ll have to read them 🙂

The PowerThe Song of AchillesThe End We Start FromThe Surface BreaksThe Girl in The Tower (Winternight Trilogy, #2)

  1. The Power by Naomi Alderman – I’m reading this as a buddy read which I think starts next week (I should probably check that). It’s one I’ve been curious about for a while.
  2. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – I absolutely loved Circe so this is on my have to read as soon as possible list. I have however been warned it’s sad so maybe not one for the train.
  3. The End We Start From by Megan Hunter – Spied this one in the library and despite some decidedly mixed reviews I borrowed it.
  4. The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden – I read the first book in this series and wasn’t wholly convinced but everyone seems to say this is better so fingers crossed.
  5. Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill – A Little Mermaid retelling, I couldn’t resist. I’m just waiting on my library hold to come in.

So that’s the plan. It looks like a lot of books but I’m treating it as a goal to aim for rather than a must achieve. If I slip or wander I’m not going to beat myself up too much.

Have you read any of the books on the list? Any you think I should ditch or switch for something else? Do you have a summer TBR list or do you prefer to just read whatever you feel like? Feel free to leave comments and links to your summer TBR below.

I seem to have given myself a lot of reading to do so I’m off to curl up in bed with my first book.

cozy sarah chalke GIF by HULU

I’ll probably emerge around the 15th July with an update on how I’m doing. Wish me luck and happy reading everyone ❤

24 thoughts on “Summer TBR Wipeout 2018 – Introductory Post

    • I do don’t I 😨 I probably shouldn’t have just gone and bought more books. We don’t usually get much of a summer here but this year has been freakily good. I like a little bit of sun but solid sunshine and high temps for 2 weeks is just unnatural

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    • I absolutely loved Circe. I did it as a buddy read and almost everyone else loved it too. I’m very excited about Song of Achilles.

      I need a bit of a push on Ace of Shades though. Everyone keeps telling me it’s great but I haven’t been able to get into YA fantasy lately.


    • Thank you. I think I’ll need a lot of luck to read that many in 7 weeks.

      Glad to hear you liked those two. A few people have recommended them but for some reason I keep putting them off.


  1. Oh man, that’s an ambitious list there! I’m going easy on myself and it’s also my 1st time partaking in this challenge. I schedule to read my ARCs around their publishing time as some publishers don’t like reviews being posted more earlier than 30-40 days before the publish date. I’m surprised to see a lot of bloggers disregard that…so maybe it’s not too big a deal if I did the same? I’m a mood reader, too, so scheduling doesn’t always work out.

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    • I don’t expect to actually finish everything on this list but it gives me something to aim for.

      I try to schedule my ARC reading around publication dates but sometimes I just can’t wait or am in the mood for a particular book and the schedule goes out the window. If I do read a book early though I try to write up my review straight away but hang off to post until the week before. I doubt the publishers keep track of who posts when but I’d rather not risk it 😀

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      • Lol, same here!!! Although, I can’t let myself read a book that releases later when I’m already a bit behind on the current month’s. Graphic novels are MUCH faster to read though.


  2. I have not read any on the list. But I so want to read Sea Witch and To Kill a Kingdom! I hope you get to all of the books you want! I kept my to about 10ish. =)



  3. OMG!! You are blowing me away here! I hope that you love all of these choices. I am also jealous of the author events that you are attending. It has been ages since I have attended one and I need to change that asap. 🙂

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    • I’m a little scared by the number of books on this list but I think there will be some brilliant reads amongst them.

      I think author events have become my equivalent of going to a concert or show. I love listening to authors talk about there writing. The embarrassing myself by turning into a total Fangirl I’m less keen on 😂


  4. I haven’t finished up my TBR for this challenge yet but I can tell you that we do have some in common. I want to read To Kill A Kingdom and Ace Of Shades. I’m also patiently waiting for the Sea Witch! It sounds so good.

    I hope you enjoy your reads!

    Tina @ As Told By Tina

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    • We obviously both have great taste 😀
      To Kill a Kingdom sounds sooo good and everyone seems to rave over it. I’ve also heard lots of great things about Ace of Shades so I’m looking forward to it too.

      Can’t wait to see the rest of your list.


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