Top Ten Tuesday | What I Feel Like I Should Read

I’ve always been proud of being an eclectic reader. No, I don’t read nonfiction. However, I’ve always read a wide variety of fictional genres.

Lately, I can’t find interest in anything heavier than romantic comedy. This is true in both my reading choices and my television choices. But, that’s another topic.

Here are the books I should be reading.


1. Darkdawn

by Jay Kristoff

Heaven Help me! I loved this series. I devoured books 1 and 2, and yet when I tried to start this book I just couldn’t feel it. It calls to me, and I’m dying to know how the trilogy ends, but I know if I tried to force it I would only feel resentment.


2. DEV1AT3

by Jay Kristoff

I started reading this book two days ago. I loved LIFEL1K3. The ending wrecked me. I really really want to finish this trilogy, but I can’t. I just can’t do YA right now, and I haven’t figured out why.


3. Dark Age

by Pierce Brown

Red Rising has been one of my favorite Science Fiction series for a long while. In my “nothing heavy” phase in life screams that this novel is going to be too much. Please pray I don’t kick the bucket before I pick this back up.


4. Finale

by Stephanie Garber

Finale was quite literally a finale. The culmination of Scarlet and Tella come together in this final book, and I want so badly to know how this story ends. Somehow I only made it to about 40% before I couldn’t keep going. It wasn’t bad. I just didn’t want to read it.


5. House of Earth and Blood

by Sarah J Maas

I read the first chapter of this book, and I loved it. The hardcover is gorgeous. Absolutely stunning. I want this second opportunity to fall in lover with Sarah J Maas. But man, it’s dense. I feel like I’m not in the place these days for a book like this. My mind can’t handle it.


6. Wayward Son

by Rainbow Rowell

This one isn’t heavy. I’m sure it’s light and sweet. That cover is so adorable, and I love Baz and Simon. I recently bought this in hardcover because I hated that I didn’t have this book to add to my Rowell shelf. But, it’s YA. I’m in a YA rut.


7. The Place on Dalhousie

by Melina Marchetta

The House on Dalhousie is the book I’ve been waiting almost a decade for. It’s the story of my favorite character from all of Melina’s books, Jimmy Hailer. And yet, I’ve had this for months and months. I have the ebook, and I have the paperback. I have no reason to suspect it’s going to be too intense, yet I’m still secretly nervous it’s not going to be a “happy” read.


8. Beard With Me

by Penny Reid

I flew through the Winston Brothers series. I’m crazy about this group of bearded brothers, and I really really wanted to read Beard Necessities. The problem is Penny Reid wrote a prequel to Billy and Claire’s story and called it #6 in the series. It’s not a 5.5, which for some reason I feel like I don’t need to read. No, she made it book #6. Now, no matter how excited I am to read book seven, it will always feel tainted. I can’t read this book. It’s a tragedy, and the story of Billy and Claire already breaks my heart as it is. I don’t want to read this book. I don’t want to know the particulars. My heart can’t take it.


9. Kingsbane

by Claire Legrand

Annnnd, see above.
If it’s not light, fluffy, funny and romantic. I can’t do it.


10. Changes

by Jim Butcher

Changes is a whole new issue. I lost all my ebooks for this series when my computer kaputzed. I haven’t been able to break down and spend $9.99 on another copy. It’s killing me more now, because Peace Talks came out. I really really wanted to be caught up before it came out.



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43 Responses

  1. What a great post. The global pandemic seems to have affected reading patterns for most of us. I’ve started doing re-reads, which has never been my ‘thing’.
    I have sooo many Penny Reid books on my TBR list – one day I will get them read!

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  2. Noooooo! You DO need to read Winston Brother’s #6. It’s not a #5.5. It explains what happened between Claire and Billy back in the day. It’s REALLY good and you will want to know all those details. I promise!

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  3. I just always feel like I should be reading ARCs, because I am a compulsive requester. I am with you on Kingsbane. I really need to read that one! But I’ll be rereading Furyborn first. I loved Finale, but it seems I was in the minority with that one.

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  4. I feel ya on the “should be’s”. Dark Age would make my list too, but I can’t bring myself to read it when the third one isn’t on the radar yet. I’d just have to reread it lol.

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  5. I’ve been shying away from a lot of the heavier reads on my TBR too. I think it’s the stress of the pandemic, but I’ve been all about the rom-coms and so I see several books on your “should be reading” list that are on mine as well.

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  6. I hate feeling like I *should* read something. It sucks all the fun out of it! I have tons of books that I feel obligated toward, but hit a wall a couple of weeks ago when I realized I wasn’t happy sticking to a list or a schedule — so for now, I’m ignoring my “shoulds” and reading what I feel like, Much better! I haven’t read many of the books on your list. I really liked Wayward Son, because I love Simon and Baz so much! Changes is an amazing entry in the Dresden series — it’s so dramatic and powerful! I’m caught up, but it’s been so many years since a new book came out that I’m afraid I’ll be completely lost when I finally get a copy of Peace Talks.

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      1. Wait, which one is Anne? I know, right. I seriously read all of the time and everything. I even do non-fiction. I feel so bad about it, actually (from one bookie to another). I just can’t keep up. LOL

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