Every last time I create a TBR, I fail to follow it. At least, that’s how it feels. I think one time, for a readathon, I read some of the books I said I’d read. Sort of?
Point is, I want to read a ton of books. Literally, one entire ton. So many that I can’t even keep track of them. It is not possible. Or maybe the part that’s impossible is actually reading all the books I want to read. Yeah, it’s probably that one.
Still, in a fit of wild optimism, I’m going to write a list of books I want to read. Let’s not call it a TBR because expectations. Some of these books are soon-to-be released, so I don’t want to forget to look out for them. Maybe I’ll read them all. Possibly. Or I’ll read other ones.
The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Series #3) by Rick Riordan
This one will be released on Oct. 3. I have been waiting for it since approximately Oct. 10, 2016, when I finished reading the newly released book two in the series. Yes, I read books written for 12 year old boys with such enthusiasm that I pay attention to release dates. What’s your point?
Nightfall (Keeper of the Lost Cities Series #6) by Shannon Messenger
Here’s another fantasy novel for young readers I’m looking forward to. My friend Jessica told me about this series, and I inhaled the first five books. That was last fall, 2016. Book six comes out on Nov. 11. So as with the above, I’ve been waiting a year for this. No pressure, Shannon Messenger.
Theogony and Works and Days by Hesiod
I know, right? It’s so embarrassing that I haven’t read these yet. They’re, like, the beginning of everything, Ancient Greek literature-wise. I shouldn’t have bought the Oxford World Classic edition. The font is so small and densely packed.
Chasing Odysseus by Sulari Gentill
I need to stay off of Goodreads. But I didn’t, and I won’t. So yeah, here’s another YA novel based on Greek myths that I’m going to *need* to read. At some point.
The Wisdom of the Myths: How Greek Mythology can Change Your Life by Luc Ferry
Again, this is Goodreads’ fault. I think? Actually, I no longer remember where I saw this title. But you know it evoked a string of heart-eyes smiley face emojis, of which I will spare you. You’re welcome.
Lysistrata by Aristophanes
I meant to read this recently but then got distracted by … I don’t know. Some other book, I guess.
Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as an Adult by Bruce Handy
I love the idea of this. As you may have guessed, given most of the contemporary books I read are middle grade novels. I love books about books.
Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
I love her writing, and this title is on the Gilmore Girls Reading Challenge list. Conveniently, I also happen to own a copy.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Also on the Gilmore Girls reading list. Also own a copy of it. Cherry on the sundae: I loved this book as a kid but have not read it as an adult.
A Time of Love and Tartan (44 Scotland Street Series #12) by Alexander McCall Smith
This one doesn’t come out until Feb. 6, 2018. But I’ll choose to be thankful another book is on the way because I love this series.
So that’s my not-a-TBR. For now. So dear readers, which of these books have you read? Any you recommend I start with?