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Hi bookish friends! How are we all today?
It’s actually sunny today in Melbourne which is strange but I’m not going to question it! Today I wanted to do a post that will kick off yet another blog series (whoops) but I’m really excited about it, actually! I wanted to go through my physical tbr. I thought it would be a fun thing to do – and maybe you all can help me choose what to prioritise and read next!
To kick off, we’re going to look at all the books in the fantasy or sci-fi category that I own that I have not read yet. I think out of all of my books, these are the ones I am most excited for. I think I’m going to organise this post by audience (YA or Adult), and then by author surname…I think. Does that sound good?
Awesome. Let’s start with the YA fantasy as I don’t have much of this on my shelf!
𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑨𝒕𝒍𝒂𝒔 𝑺𝒊𝒙 𝒃𝒚 𝑶𝒍𝒊𝒗𝒊𝒆 𝑩𝒍𝒂𝒌𝒆 would have to be one of the most hyped and recommended book on BookTok ever. You either absolutely love it or hate it. I am really interested to see how I fall when I read it! One of the running themes you will find is that I don’t know much about the details of the blurbs of each book and I do that on purpose! I prefer not knowing too much about the actual premise of the novel so that I can be super surprised when I read it! All I know about 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑨𝒕𝒍𝒂𝒔 𝑺𝒊𝒙 is that it’s about the Library of Alexandria, a secret society, magic and rivalry. The by-line is literally, ‘Six are chosen. Only five will walk away’ – SO GIVE ME THE BETRAYALS, THE SECRETS, THE CONSPIRACIES !!!!
Now, this one I literally know nothing about. It’s 𝑩𝒍𝒐𝒐𝒅 𝑺𝒄𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒃𝒚 𝑫𝒆𝒃𝒐𝒓𝒂𝒉 𝑭𝒂𝒍𝒂𝒚𝒆 and it was a Fairyloot book. Literally nothing. Something about magic? The main character can incinerate people at will (which is super fucking cool) and has hidden her abilities because of the people in power. It sounds fun and interesting so here’s hoping it actually is!
So I was so excited for 𝑨 𝑳𝒆𝒔𝒔𝒐𝒏 𝒊𝒏 𝑽𝒆𝒏𝒈𝒆𝒂𝒏𝒄𝒆 𝒃𝒚 𝑽𝒊𝒄𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒊𝒂 𝑳𝒆𝒆 when it came out. But ever since then, I have heard such mixed reviews and people genuinly not enjoying it that it’s been sitting on my shelf since its release. I was so excited for it because it was promoted as a sapphic dark academia novel, about witches and set at a boarding school. HOW DOES THAT NOT SOUND AMAZING?! It’s supposed to be an exploration of relationships and friendships between women and how complicated and intense they can be within a story that is slightly fantastical and hella gay. Now I want to read it immediately!
Another random young adult fantasy that came as part of a Fairyloot bookbox is 𝒀𝒆𝒂𝒓 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑹𝒆𝒂𝒑𝒆𝒓 𝒃𝒚 𝑴𝒂𝒌𝒊𝒊𝒂 𝑳𝒖𝒄𝒊𝒆𝒓 and I have never seen this book before but the blurb sounds awesome. Supposedly, Lord Cassia disappears during a war…there was a plague and the book takes place when he is 18. He then teams up with a historian named Lena because of a conspiracy to murder the queen and bad-a-bing bad-a-boom – that’s the blurb. It feels like a fun and super quick yound adult fantasy!
THIS NEXT ONE I LEGITIMATELY CANNOT WAIT TO READ BECAUSE IT’S SO PRETTY!!! 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑮𝒊𝒓𝒍 𝑾𝒉𝒐 𝑭𝒆𝒍𝒍 𝑩𝒆𝒏𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒉 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑺𝒆𝒂 𝒃𝒚 𝑨𝒙𝒊𝒆 𝑶𝒉 is a mythological retelling of a classic Korean legend and it sounds so beautiful. It’s about the Sea God and the True Bride (thrown into the sea to appease him), and a girl named Mina who essentially throws herself into the sea to save her brother who was going to try and interfere with the ritual as his beloved (Shim Cheong) was chosen. BUT THE SEA GOD IS ACTUALLY TRAPPED IN AN ENCHATED SLEEP!!!!! Hannah has already read this and said that it was really good and lighthearted and I cannot wait!
Lastly, we have 𝑫𝒂𝒖𝒈𝒉𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑴𝒐𝒐𝒏 𝑮𝒐𝒅𝒅𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝒃𝒚 𝑺𝒖𝒆 𝑳𝒚𝒏𝒏 𝑻𝒂𝒏. This is another one which the cover is just so absolutely stunning. It’s also chunkier than I anticipated. I believe this is a retelling of the Chinese myth of the Mid-Autumn Legend, which I am sorry to say I am not familiar with. I think this book is literally about the daughter of the Moon Goddess who lived on the Moon and was in hiding with her mother from the Celestial Emperor. But then Xingyin’s (the daughter) magic flares and she is forced to flee her home. I have only heard amazing things about this book?! Literally, not one word of negativity. The only thing that I hesitate in reading this is that I have been made aware that there is a love triangle? I hate love triangles…
𝑯𝒖𝒏𝒈𝒆𝒓 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑮𝒐𝒅𝒔 𝒃𝒚 𝑱𝒐𝒉𝒏 𝑮𝒘𝒚𝒏𝒏𝒆 is the sequel to 𝑺𝒉𝒂𝒅𝒐𝒘 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑮𝒐𝒅𝒔, and book two in 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐁𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐝𝐬𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐧 saga. I read 𝑺𝒉𝒂𝒅𝒐𝒘 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑮𝒐𝒅𝒔 in the month it came out, I believe, and I really enjoyed it. It was when I started to more fully get into high fantasy and there were times when I felt like I was out of my depth, but I perserved! I think 𝑯𝒖𝒏𝒈𝒆𝒓 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑮𝒐𝒅𝒔 takes place immediately in the aftermath of the first book and we HOPEFULLY, are going to see more development of the characters and the story. I think we also get introduced to some more mythological figures (specifically, the wolf god Ulfrir) which I am super hyped to read. I like 𝑱𝒐𝒉𝒏 𝑮𝒘𝒚𝒏𝒏𝒆’s writing even if at times, it feels quite dense and I remember having to reread paragraphs as a result. But I am excited to see where 𝑱𝒐𝒉𝒏 𝑮𝒘𝒚𝒏𝒏𝒆 takes the story.
𝑪𝒉𝒊𝒍𝒅𝒓𝒆𝒏 𝒐𝒇 𝑫𝒖𝒏𝒆 𝒃𝒚 𝑭𝒓𝒂𝒏𝒌 𝑯𝒆𝒓𝒃𝒆𝒓𝒕 is the third in the 𝐃𝐮𝐧𝐞 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐜𝐥𝐞𝐬 and I have been super slowly working my way through this series. I love 𝑫𝒖𝒏𝒆 and 𝑫𝒖𝒏𝒆 𝑴𝒆𝒔𝒔𝒊𝒂𝒉 – I wasn’t expecting to love them so much but Dune was one of my favourite books that I read last year. 𝑪𝒉𝒊𝒍𝒅𝒓𝒆𝒏 𝒐𝒇 𝑫𝒖𝒏𝒆 takes place in the future (again) and centers the children of Paul and hopefully Paul’s sister, Alia. Alia is my favourite character and I hope she gets to be the bad bitch we all know she has the potentital to be. Other than that, I literally don’t know anything else and I am keeping it that way.
The next is an entire trilogy that I have not read. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐁𝐫𝐨𝐤𝐞𝐧 𝐄𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐡 𝐓𝐫𝐢𝐥𝐨𝐠𝐲 𝐛𝐲 𝐍.𝐊. 𝐉𝐞𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐨𝐧 is one of the most highly recommended series and I can understand why! I think it’s won awards?!?! It includes 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑭𝒊𝒇𝒕𝒉 𝑺𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒐𝒏, 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑶𝒃𝒆𝒍𝒊𝒔𝒌 𝑮𝒂𝒕𝒆, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑺𝒕𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝑺𝒌𝒚. And I’ve been told that I will love it but I’m trying to finish most of the series that I’m currently in the middle of so then I can justify starting a new series. But I’ve been thinking more recently that I could binge read this trilogy and then do a post about it? I don’t know much about this series, only that it is fantasy/sci-fi and it’s quite heavy on the nature or environment magic or something? Like, I think the Earth is destroyed in some way? I’ll soon find out.
𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑫𝒓𝒂𝒈𝒐𝒏 𝑹𝒆𝒑𝒖𝒃𝒍𝒊𝒄 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑩𝒖𝒓𝒏𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝑮𝒐𝒅 𝒃𝒚 𝑹.𝑭. 𝑲𝒖𝒂𝒏𝒈 are the last two books in 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐏𝐨𝐩𝐩𝐲 𝐖𝐚𝐲 𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐥𝐨𝐠𝐲 and I am terrified of them. That is the reason why I haven’t finished this trilogy because I am terrified of the TRAUMA. 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑷𝒐𝒑𝒑𝒚 𝑾𝒂𝒓 (the first novel in this trilogy) was intense and emotionally devastating and brilliant. I am not ready to finish this series.
𝑱𝒂𝒅𝒆 𝑪𝒊𝒕𝒚 𝒃𝒚 𝑭𝒐𝒏𝒅𝒂 𝑳𝒆𝒆 is another one of those books on my shelf where I’m just waiting to finish a few more series that I’m currently in the middle of so that I can start this series! 𝑱𝒂𝒅𝒆 𝑪𝒊𝒕𝒚 is book one in the 𝐆𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐁𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐠𝐚 and is another trilogy that comes highly recommended and one that was recommended to me because of my love for military fantasy and fantasy that is more concerned with the behind-the-scenes. I love the secrets, the alliances, the betrayals, the strategising…it’s one of my favourite things to read in fantasy. So I’ve been told this series will deliver! And also that it is just an incredibly written series.
𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑻𝒉𝒓𝒆𝒆-𝑩𝒐𝒅𝒚 𝑷𝒓𝒐𝒃𝒍𝒆𝒎 𝒃𝒚 𝑪𝒊𝒙𝒊𝒏 𝑳𝒊𝒖 was a spotaneous purchase. I don’t actually know anything other than it’s sci-fi and has won an award. After I finished Dune by Frank Herbert, I wanted to read more sci-fi and this book was the one I decided to buy.
𝑨𝒔𝒔𝒂𝒔𝒔𝒊𝒏𝒔 𝑨𝒑𝒑𝒓𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒊𝒄𝒆 𝒃𝒚 𝑹𝒐𝒃𝒊𝒏 𝑯𝒐𝒃𝒃 is one that I AM GOING TO READ AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. I HAVE TO. This trilogy and the entire Elderlings universe is something that I want to immerse myself like, immediately. But again – waiting to finish some series so that I can justify starting a new series.
𝑨𝒖𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒓𝒊𝒕𝒚 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑨𝒄𝒄𝒆𝒑𝒕𝒂𝒏𝒄𝒆 𝒃𝒚 𝑱𝒆𝒇𝒇 𝑽𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒆𝒓𝒎𝒆𝒆𝒓. Now these are the last two books in the 𝐒𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐧 𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡 𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐥𝐨𝐠𝐲 that I want to complete in the next few months. I read 𝑨𝒏𝒏𝒊𝒉𝒊𝒍𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 possibly last year, and I enjoyed it. It was unlike anything I had ever read before – psychological thriller with a side of nature/environmental horror. It was an experience. I want to finish this series purely because I need to know what the fuck is actually happening with Area X.
I am already intimidated by what’s next. 𝑬𝒍𝒂𝒏𝒕𝒓𝒊𝒔, 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑭𝒊𝒏𝒂𝒍 𝑬𝒎𝒑𝒊𝒓𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑾𝒂𝒓𝒃𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒌𝒆𝒓 𝒃𝒚 𝑩𝒓𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒐𝒏 𝑺𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒆𝒓𝒔𝒐𝒏!!!!! THIS IS A HUGE COMMITTMENT AND IM ALREADY IN THE MIDDLE OF READING THE WHEEL OF TIME OMG. But I have only heard the most amazing things about 𝑩𝒓𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒐𝒏 𝑺𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒆𝒓𝒔𝒐𝒏 so I am very excited.
The last one is a mythological retelling. I read 𝑨𝒓𝒊𝒂𝒅𝒏𝒆 𝒃𝒚 𝑱𝒆𝒏𝒏𝒊𝒇𝒆𝒓 𝑺𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒕 last year and it was so absolutely brilliant that I immediately preordered 𝑬𝒍𝒆𝒌𝒕𝒓𝒂. 𝑨𝒓𝒊𝒂𝒅𝒏𝒆 is a book that I consider quite close to my heart and I think because of my absolute love for it, I am scared to read 𝑬𝒍𝒆𝒌𝒕𝒓𝒂. Does anyone else get like this?! Like 𝑨𝒓𝒊𝒂𝒅𝒏𝒆, 𝑬𝒍𝒆𝒌𝒕𝒓𝒂 positions the experiences of the women in the myths at the centre. I love 𝑱𝒆𝒏𝒏𝒊𝒇𝒆𝒓 𝑺𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒕’s writing so I am excited but also terrified.
And I think that’s all? I am currently reading 𝑱𝒐𝒏𝒂𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒏 𝑺𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒆 & 𝑴𝒓 𝑵𝒐𝒓𝒓𝒆𝒍𝒍 𝒃𝒚 𝑺𝒖𝒔𝒂𝒏𝒏𝒂 𝑪𝒍𝒂𝒓𝒌𝒆 which is a historical fantasy and I have 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑺𝒉𝒂𝒅𝒐𝒘 𝑹𝒊𝒔𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒃𝒚 𝑹𝒐𝒃𝒆𝒓𝒕 𝑱𝒐𝒓𝒅𝒂𝒏 on my bedside table ready to be started.
This was fun! I really enjoyed pulling out my books from the shelves and looking through them! What should I do next? Literary? Romance? Historical? Contemporary? Let me know!
I hope you are all reading wonderful books!
Until next time, happy reading!
All the love,
5 thoughts on “books i can’t wait to read: exploring my physical tbr, ep.1”
Great post! I really need to go explore my physical TBR and maybe try to read them. I’m such a mood reader…😅
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omg me too!! this is so hopefully i actually read more from my physical tbr hahah
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Oh my god, I’m so jealous. You have some absolutely fantastic books that you get to read for the first time ever? I WISH I COULD DO THAT. I can’t recommend literally all of those Sanderson books enough. They’re all fantastic. Hunger of the Gods is SUCH a great follow up to Shadow of the Gods. Plus — there’s a huge recap at the beginning of the book so you don’t have to reread to understand what’s going on! I really enjoyed The Atlas Six, but like you said — it’s a book you either love or hate, nothing in between. Happy reading!!
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OMG THANK YOU for this comment! you have made my DAY because now im so freaking excited to READ THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JORDYN!!!! xxxx
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