MY TBR PRIORITIES

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.

BUT MAYBE MY FACING MY FEAR, I’LL BE ABLE TO CONVINCE MYSELF TO GET READING AGAIN RATHER THAN PROCRASTINATING:

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

IS THAT ONE HECK OF A LIST, OR WHAT?!

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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