It is a truth universally acknowledged (uh, maybe), that a book reviewer and/or avid reader will likely never read all the books they had planned to before the year’s end. In any event, I never do! I have my books for review and I’m terrifically fortunate in that I get to review books that I am excited to read. But then I also have a long list of reads that are what I call my ‘own reading’; books that are for my personal reading pleasure. (Sometimes- and I’m very lucky about this- the two overlap and I do indeed get to review books that were from my personal reading list). In the end though, it is a process to balance my reading and I’ve really noticed this year especially that actively carving out time to read for pleasure keeps me sane when reading for review and writing for review feels frantic or overwhelming.
I’m currently reading Chloe Benjamin’s The Immortalists (which I feel like had a lot of buzz!), and I recently finished Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Claire Fuller’s Our Endless Numbered Days, as well as Shea Ernshaw’s YA debut The Wicked Deep. I’ve got a healthy stack of reads (outside of review titles) that I’d like to get to before the year’s end and thought I’d share them here. In all honesty, that list is about fifty titles long, so I narrowed it down to a more workable fifteen titles that I feel the itch to read. I won’t get to reading them all by the end of the year, but it feels nice to have a bit more focus as December looms! Let me know if you’ve read any and would bump them to the top of the list!
In no particular order:
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient #1) by Helen Hoang
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki
The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
24 Hours in Nowhere by Dusti Bowling
The Vanderbeeker’s and the Hidden Garden (The Vanderbeekers #2) by Karina Yan Glaser
Braced by Alyson Gerber
Front Desk by Kelly Yang
Echo’s Sister by Paul Mosier
I’ve heard a lot of good things about The Poet X!
Thanks, Kam 🙂 I’m thinking that may be the next book after my currently-reading titles are finished!
The Prince and the Dressmaker was also on my ‘read before end of year’ list – I just read it last week 🙂 It was a fun and quick read. Front Desk is one of my favourite middle grades of this year.