As readers, our TBR’s are probably horrifingly huge. If we were to pull all the books of our shelves that we haven’t read yet and tried to stack them up tighter – we’d be swamped in a wave of tears and falling books.

My physical TBR doesn’t technically feel that bad. Out of the 400+ books I own, around 30-40 of them have been left unread. But I have time, and I’ll read them someday. I’m not worried.

What I am worried about though?

Is my eARC TBR. Most of the books on my list-to-review are some of my most anticipated releases, so I’m starting to really feel the pressure to be churning through them.

And don’t get me wrong, I know I’ll love to read them. More than anything.

I’m just a little intimidated right now.


Books I’ve read but still need to write reviews for:

⁃ Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

⁃ A Thousand Perfect a Notes by Cait Drews

⁃ To Kill a Kingdom by Allie Christo

Books I need to read. Now:

⁃ The Astonishing Colour of Ever After by Emily X.R Pan

⁃ Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepard

⁃ The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

⁃ The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green

⁃ Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne

⁃ The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven

⁃ The Forest Green by Betsy Cornwell

⁃ Isle of Blood and Stone by Makiia Lucier

⁃ The Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

⁃ Dear Martin by Nic Stone


In my defence, I’ve drafted up a brief review for To Kill a Kingdom, which is mainly just sea/pirate puns. For those of you who don’t know, it’s essentially a darker Little Mermaid retailing. (No, I don’t mean retelling. I’m trying to make a mermaid bun, LET ME BE). It incorporates murder, romance and music into a heart-wrenching, spellbinding tale. Tail.

Starfish’s review, I’m having a little more trouble with. I finished it around 10 days ago, and at the moment I’m still just a little bit broken by it. I think about it every day. I keep trying to write a review that does it’s beauty justice, but I can never articulate how much that book has my heart right now. Not only has it snagged a 5 star claim, but I genuinely can’t see any other book beating it this year. Truly.

For A Thousand Perfect Notes, I feel a liiiiitle less guilty. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, don’t get me wrong – but I wasn’t sent it by the publisher. I traded for it with one of my beautiful blogger friends (@LovelyOwlBooks), in exchange for an ARC of Three Dark Crowns I had. No regrets. Not only does it feel amazing to be able to hold ATPN in my hands, but to be able to support Cait Drew (who blogs at @PaperFury), and her upcoming release. So no, I don’t feel obliged to write a review – but yes, I want to.

As for the list that I haven’t even started yet, some of those ones have been so hyped up in my mind, I’m worried that they won’t meet the standard I’m expecting.

I’m sure they will though, I just have to give them a chance.

When I’m all caught up on reviews, anyway.

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