End of the Year TBR – Five Books I Need to Read Before the Year is Up

Back to making promises I cannot keep.

Every year around this time I look at my goals for the year and cry about my failing. And this year, I failed almost all challenges I set out for myself – I did not read non-fiction, I did not catch up on series and I definitely did not catch up on my backlist TBR. So I need to hold myself accountable and set out a TBR of five books that I would really like to read before 2019 is up. I think I can do it. These are books that aren’t ones I know I’ll get to (like ARCs or Call Down the Hawk or The Queen of Nothing), but ones I need to make room for and plan to read. So let’s talk books!

1. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo 

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I was obviously super excited for this one as soon as it was announced, but the release day came and went, and I did not pick up a copy. Whenever this happens with new releases, in time I forget to read it and they never become a priority. Which is why I just need to get myself a copy already and read this before the year is up. It’s Leigh Bardugo, it’s Adult Urban Fantasy, it’s dark – it hits all my marks, and I am sure I will love it.

2. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

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I was gonna pick this up during the summer, but time got away from me, and I had less and less time to read. So I never got around to picking this up, and I really want to read it before the year is up. It’s an Adult Fantasy, it is diverse and has female leads and it’s supposedly brilliant. Every single person who has read this and has the same taste in books as me has loved it, so I think I will not be an exception. I am super excited for it.

3. Circe by Madeline Miller

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I finally got myself a copy of this during the summer, but sadly, I still haven’t picked it up. My idea was to pick up The Song of Achilles first, but Circe keeps calling to me. This book has received so much praise and I think I will be jumping on the bandwagon of loving this novel. It’s Greek mythology, it’s feminist, it’s a story that reclaims women’s narratives, so I am hyped to get to it.

4. Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake 

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I’ve had this one on my TBR ever since I saw Elise’s review of it. I think this is going to be incredibly layered and complex, and emotionally charged, and I have really been craving a read like that. I haven’t seen a bad review of this book anywhere, so I am determined to read it before the year is up and join the club of people who love this one.

5. Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

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I started this AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR and I loved what I read, naturally. But I stopped because of ARCs and it was my commute book and I had fewer classes to go to, so I wasn’t commuting as much, and I just abandoned the book. I was loving it, I love Sanderson in general, so I don’t know how that happened and I just really need to finish this one.


And that’s my list of five books that I need to finish before the year is up! I would love to hear from you – what’s on your end of the year TBR? Have you read any of the books on mine? Let’s chat!



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20 thoughts on “End of the Year TBR – Five Books I Need to Read Before the Year is Up

  1. i feel like i gave up on my tbr a while ago hahah ! but i do want to read ninth house really really bad, i just keep hearing about it and also,,, leigh. that’s pretty self-explanatory

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  2. Well on my TBR is The Simple Wild by KA Tucker and all the ARCs and preorders like: Queen of Nothing, Starsight, Call Down the hawk and the last Kiersten White book. pfew!

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  3. I really need to read Ninth house before the end of the year as well!
    I just finished reading wrbreaker, and it was amazing!


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  4. I’ll be interested in seeing how reading Miller’s books in reverse is! I read The Song of Achilles first and five-starred it, but felt a little let-down by Circe. I hope you end up loving both, though.

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  5. Girl Made of Stars is INCREDIBLE – you’re right in expecting a layered, complex book, but also, prepare those tissues, it’s unbelievably heart-wrenching at parts. The Fifth Season is one of my favorite reads of 2019! I put it off for the longest time, because it’s a dense fantasy, and I was scared of it, but I really shouldn’t have put it off. I still need to get to the sequels, I’m super-excited for them. Funnily enough, I recently borrowed Warbreaker from a friend, so I’m glad to see it here – god knows I need all the encouragement to pick it up. (Not because I think I won’t like it, but because I’m a mood reader.) I’ll admit that I kinda hated Ninth House – it was a DNF for me – but most others LOVE it, so hopefully, it’ll work for you. 🙂
    Great list and hope you get to all these!


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