Spring has officially sprung so I think it’s time for a TBR. I seem to mostly do TBR posts but I promise I have actually been reading. January and February tend to be a little on the chaotic side for me work wise and this year has been worse than usual but I’ve still been trying to read where I can. Unfortunately stress does tend to lead to excessive book buying for me so while I have successfully knocked a few books off my TBR mountain they are vastly outnumbered by all the books I’ve added over the last couple of months. My TBR is a little bit out of control but hopefully if I set myself a list I’ll feel a little less overwhelmed.
Sooooo…. I may have bought a few books recently. Between books subscriptions and some recent special editions that were just too pretty not to buy I am running out of shelf space. I have been reading a lot more physical books recently, I think they make up around a quarter of everything I’ve read this year, and I’ve been enjoying the break from the screen. This is probably the bit of my TBR that’s most likely to change, there are so many books to choose from, but I’m hoping to read at least some of the following.
I’ve been terrible at posting reviews recently but I have been reading most of the ARC’s I have been lucky enough to get my hands on and my ARC TBR is not that bad. There are a few books coming out over the next few months which I have yet to read but it’s not as bad as it could be (Edit to add: I’ve just looked at my netgalley shelf and yeah it is pretty bad). These are mostly books by authors I’ve previously read and a couple of highly anticipated books (In The Lives of Puppets, The Malevolent Seven), but I have a couple of new to me authors with Olivie Blake and Lauren Asher.
Backlist / Challenge books
I have a bit of a tendency to get sucked into the hype around shiny new books and forget about those books I bought ages ago, or that I’ve always meant to read but somehow never got around to. I’m also doing a few reading challenges, some I’m doing quite well on (Popsugar), others not so much (Read Agatha Christie in 2023). I should be able to knock off a few challenge tasks with books I’m planning on reading anyway but there are a couple where I need to seek out specific books. Hopefully I can get a little bit caught up.
There are a few authors that are pretty much autobuy for me, I’ve loved just about everything they’ve written. Two of those, Mhairi McFarlane and Emily Henry, have new books coming out soon so I think I can say with some certainty I will definitely be reading those. While not quite having autobuy status yet, I really enjoyed Anna Mazzola’s previous book The Clockwork Girl so I couldn’t resist pre ordering her new book The House of Whispers which sounds like a similarly creepy historical / gothic story.
Recently I’ve been steaming through the Robert Hoon thrillers by JD Kirk and absolutely loving them. The narrator, Angus King, is absolutely brilliant so if you’re not easily offended or upset by lots of swearing or violence I’d definitely recommend. Although I’d suggest that unlike me you start with the original DCI Logan series. I started the fourth Hoon book, Eastgate, a couple of days ago so it’ll be my first read, or listen I guess.
Sticking with the Scottish crime/thriller theme I’m also hoping to listen to Natural Causes by James Oswald. This will be my first time picking up any of Oswald’s books but I’ve listened to a sample so fingers crossed. As I like a bit of variety in my listens I think I’ll break up the crime spree with a little bit of fantasy and Legends and Lattes by Travis Baldree. There seems to be a lot of hype around this book so I’m a little nervous about whether it’ll live up to expectations.
And I think I should probably stop there. I will no doubt wander off list a bit but I think this has a nice mix of genres which will suit my mood reading tendencies and should be doable. Have you read any of these? Are there any I should prioritise or is there anything you’ve read recently that you’d recommend which isn’t on my list?
Happy reading everyone!