It is that time of the year again when I’m panicking about all the books I want to read in preparation for the two book festivals scheduled in my calendar – the Northern YA Literary Festival and YALC.
Fortunately we don’t yet know the authors confirmed for the latter so I cannot panic over what books I want, which I need to buy and then read, because guess what…I’m already panicking over the books for the NYALF. I’m behind with my YA reading and I need to do a lot of catching up!
It helps a little that a couple of the books on this list are yet to be published but one certain tome is probably going to take up three or four times the reading time usually allotted for a TBR this size, and this bothers me.
Let me share the list so we might further understand the quandary I’m stuck in.
State of Sorrow, Song of Sorrow and The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury.
I’m way behind with these. State of Sorrow was a YALC book which I forgot to take down to London with me so never finished. The Sin Eater’s Daughter has been on my TBR for the last few years. I have no excuses left to not pick these up and the NYALF is definitely the motivation I need in order to do so.
Ink, and Spark by Alice Broadway
I wasn’t too fussed about these to begin with but there’s a little voice in the back of my mind telling me to read these.
The Priory of The Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
As you can probably guess, this is the tome that’s going to largely affect how much time I have to get through most of the books on this TBR. I’m planning on reading this as soon as my kindle copy is downloaded (I have a physical copy ordered too) because similarly to Kingdom of Ash, I know I won’t pick it up unless I do so straightaway, so hopefully it won’t be too much of a hindrance to the rest of the TBR. We’ll see what happens.
A Girl Called Shameless by Laura Steven
I know this isn’t released until early March but with this being a YA Contemporary, I know it will be a quick read for me. I also sped through The Exact Opposite of Okay so I doubt this this one will be very different. It’s also one of only two YA Contemporaries on this TBR so it will make for a nice break from all the fantasy I’ll devour within in the next couple of months!
If Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Katherine Webber.
A book I should have read immediately post-YALC but I never got around to it. I’m not planning on taking it with me as it was pre-signed but I still really want to read it because it sounds like a YA Contemporary romance I can get behind, which is rare. Also, I loved Wing Jones, and I’ve heard nothing but good things about this so I want to give it a try.
The Curses by Laure Eve
When I read The Graces a couple of years ago, I was in two minds whether I’d be interested in this sequel or not. I wasn’t the greatest fan of the character dynamics but the mystery was intriguing enough to keep reading. However, the fact The Curses follows Summer, not River who I found a little contrived and annoying, and it delves deeper into that mystery, lends itself more appealing.
That’s a total of nine books. I’m thinking I’m going to snap myself out of my current crime mood to dive into these, and so hopefully most of my time can be dedicated to Priory. The more shorter books I can read now the better!
Is anyone else going to the Northern YALitFest?
If so, do you have a TBR planned?
Thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!