Since it’s been a long time since I’ve actually stuck to a TBR, I’m just going to share the books that I know I’ll be getting to.
I’m currently re-reading Cora Carmack’s Roar so that I can read the sequel, Rage.While there are a lot of common YA tropes in Roar, I still really enjoy the storm magic element. I’m looking forward to getting more of that in Rage, and the third book, Reign, is supposed to come out sometime this year.
I’ve owned a copy of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies for years and have never gotten around to actually reading it. I’m going for it in May. It’s a pretty short book as well so it shouldn’t take me too long.
Speaking of classics that I haven’t gotten around to reading, I’ll also be picking up Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray and Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar. I know a lot about both novels but now I want to actually sit down and read them.
My second favorite novel (because nothing will ever be better than The Hobbit) is Cormac McCarthy‘s The Road, and I own almost all of his other books. I want to read everything he’s ever written, so this month I’ll be reading his very first published novel, The Orchard Keeper.
I decided to throw in a romance novel and a couple of young adult novels, so I’ll also be reading Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You, Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief, and Leigh Bardugo’s Language of Thorns. Language of Thorns is such a beautifully produced book, with illustrations on every page, nice thick pages, and a pretty dust jacket. I’m a sucker for beautiful books!
My tenth grade English teacher had us read William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying, and to this day it’s one of my most hated books from high school. I’ve grown a lot since then, however, and I want to give this classic another chance.
Finally, because I’m homesick for the Appalachian Mountains, I’ll be reading The Cove by Ron Rash. Ron Rash taught at the college I went to, which is where I first read his book The World Made Straight and fell in love with it. The Cove is one of his better-known novels, and I’m looking forward to getting lost in the setting.
So, there are the books that I’ll be prioritizing this month. None of them are long, so I’m fairly confident that I’ll be able to read all of them. As I was writing this post, I did realize that I didn’t include any non-fiction, so I’ll be adding one to my list at some point. If you’ve read any of these novels, let me know what you thought of them down in the comments!