I have so many books on my TBR that it is actually easy for something to slip on it and then be lost in the shuffle so I’m making a concentrated effort to revitalize some of my excitement about the books on my shelves (digital and otherwise) so that I’ll be more excited to pick some of these beauties up. This list is ten books from the multitude I bought in 2018 that I think could be five stars. I’m not going into too much detail about them here, but as always, if you click the link in the title, it will take you to the Goodreads page.
1. The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemison
I really need to stop putting off this series conclusion that I’m sure to love, but that could easily become the theme of this list if I’m not careful. The Stone Sky is the third book in Jemison’s Broken Earth trilogy and it’s won the Hugo Award for all three books for a reason. Now to actually finish reading the series for myself…
2. His Perfect Partner by Priscilla Oliveras
The plot of His Perfect Partner sounds a little like one of my favorite Nora Roberts titles so I’m really excited to actually get to this book, which I will do! Hopefully. Eventually. It’s on my TBR this month, but so far I haven’t even started. Anyway, this plot is about an ad executive who is very intrigued by his daughter’s dance teacher. The two are pretty convinced they shouldn’t be together because of the risk to his hard fought stability and her ability to pursue her dreams, but they’re very attracted to each other despite themselves. I’m really looking forward to this one!
3. Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal
I have had fantastic luck with the few Reese Witherspoon book club picks I’ve read and I’m optimistic this one will be no exception. Not to mention the premise of the book is fascinating. Essentially, Nikki is a British Indian woman who has tried to distance herself from the Sikh community. When her family hits a spot of financial difficulty, she takes a job teaching creative writing at a local community center. One of her students discovers a book of sexy stories and things kind of spiral from there.
4. The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah
This WWII historical fiction seems to have stolen the hearts of just about everyone who has read it and I’m both excited and very not ready for that to happen. I happen to have landed on the square in Romanceopoly for historical fiction so I’m supposed to be reading this right now, but I’m just not read to read something that’s going to make me cry. I’m really intrigued to read this book about sisters in Nazi occupied France though so hopefully I can bring myself to give it a shot soon!
5. Dating You/Hating You by Christina Lauren
I was so excited to get this book from Dani, there’s genuinely no reason for me not to have read it already. I’m just ridiculous and stick books on my shelf for them to languish. Anyway, this contemporary romance novel is about Carter and Evie who work at rival agencies but meet and immediately connect at a Halloween party. Except then their firms merge and there’s onlyy one spot available for them… I’m really excited to get to this one, but I need to get to it!
6. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
This prediction feels bold but too many people have been reading his books lately and I want to know why everyone seems so in love with them. I may have read Sanderson before because I know I read several of The Wheel of Time series, I just don’t know if I stopped before Sanderson took over? Anyway, we’ll see how I do with this epic (and massive) fantasy. I think, technically, you’re supposed to read Mistborn first, but like, who has time to read a million pages when you don’t even know if you’re going to like the author?
7. Stripped by Zoey Castille
Again with the books I don’t know why I haven’t read yet. I’m really excited to read this book about a stripper and kindergarten teacher. I just think it’s going to be really fun and I’m excited. Like, this paragraph from the synopsis:
The day Robyn Flores meets Zac Fallon is one of those days. You know, when you’re already late for work. Mostly because you haven’t really slept since your best friend abandoned you for her fiancé and her exponentially better life. The kind of day you drag yourself to the cleaners to pick up your laundry, only to discover you’ve got the wrong bag—Star Spangled sequined thong, anyone? So Robyn is definitely not ready for the ridiculously gorgeous guy at her front door, except that they have each other’s clothes. But then, is any woman ever ready to meet the love of her life?
8. Dark Skye by Kresley Cole
I NEED this childhood friends to enemies to lovers book in my life right now, but unfortunately I have several Immortals After Dark books standing in the way of me getting to this particular installment. It’s just so difficult to have been desperate for this book after Carrow’s book and then I had to read Regin’s book and now I’m on to Lothaire and there are still two books after that before Dark Skye! Kresley is killing me slowly. I mean, I’m really loving the series so I shouldn’t complain, but I am super hyped about Lanthe’s book.
9. Best of Luck by Kate Clayborn
I loved the first two books in this series so much so obviously I’m dragging my feet over the third one. Listen, I have no excuse. But Kate reassured me that there’s a novella coming in October so it’s safe to read Best of Luck because she’s not going anywhere. She also is starting a new series next year so we’re safe. Anyway, this book follows Greer, who is a credit short of getting her degree and she’s out of money from the lottery winnings. She gets Kit’s brother, Alex, to agree to supervise her independent study on photography and I am really hype. Also, KIT IS GETTING MARRIED! I can’t wait for this.
10. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
So I was meant to be reading this book this past week for BuzzwordAThon, but, well, I started my Psy-Changeling re-read and I’m re-listening to Daisy Jones and the Six so there was no room in my audio time to fit in a whole other book. Sorry not sorry, tbh. Anyway, I am still excited about this book though so I will try to get to it soon!! This book follows Kya Grant, a young girl who has raised herself in the marsh land on the NC coast who is suspected of a murder. I honestly had no idea what this book was about when I picked it up from Audible and I’m a little apprehensive because it doesn’t seem like something I’m actually going to like, BUT it’s another Reese Witherspoon pick so I’m optimistic!
I wish I had unlimited amounts of time to read, you know? Hopefully I’ll get to these soon. Are any of these on your TBR?