Books That I Want – Or Need -To Read Soon #1

This is a list of the books that I have on my want to read list, that I either need to read – excluding university texts – or want to read, soon (aka books that I need to read asap – like arcs – or want to have read by the end of the year, and the ones I just want to read soon). This is the first in a series of – currently – 2 posts about the titles I need or want to read soon, as I can’t list all of them in one….it would be way too long haha.

Some of them are new to the list, and the others have been on it a while. If you’ve read any of these, what were your thoughts on them? Or if any of them are on your own list, which ones and would you like to buddy read one?

Need to read arcs

The Magpie Society by Zoe Sugg and Amy McCulloch – comes out 29 October, I gotta get on it!

Lori and Max and the Book Thieves by Catherine O’Flynn – released October 8th, I was gutted that I wasn’t able to read it on time so I’m making it my mission to read this one before The Chimera Code by Wayne Stantos comes out November 10th.

Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee – I was really excited about this one, so was gutted when I realised the publishing date had passed, as it would have been really exciting to take part in a blog tour for it.

One More For Christmas by Sarah Morgan (Netgalley arc) – this came out only a few days ago, and I unfortunately wasn’t able to read before the publish date, which is a shame as it would have been great to be involved in any blog tours or social media blasts.

The Chimera Code by Wayne Stantos – this one comes out on November 10th, as mentioned above, and I’m quite intrigued about it – and excited! Can’t say I’ve read anything similar, so it’ll be really interesting to see what I think.

A Peculiar Royal by Alonna Williams this sounded totally up my alley; can’t wait to see what happens!

Maxwell’s Demon by Steven Hall – I think I was contacted directly contacted by the publisher to see if I’d be interested in reading an e-arc of this (don’t quote me on that, I might be wrong; it was a while ago) and after reading the synopsis I was like yes! And although it isn’t due to come out until February 4th of next year (Goodreads has publishing dates from both February and July of this year from Canongate, I believe – however Canongate’s website states it as 4th February 2021 as does Netgalley, so this is the date I’m going by ), I want to get it read so I can take part in any blog/social media tours that might be running :).

Need to read – other books (these are not listed in any particular order, just the order they came to mind when I was planning this post )

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi – ….I’m honestly ashamed I’ve not picked this up sooner. I should have read this months ago – or even before; this is one I really really need to read.

This Book is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action and Do the Work by Tiffany Jewell – same as above.

The Secret Commonwealth (Book of Dust #2) by Philip Pullman – having pre-ordered this in March of last year, I’ve had this since it was released that October and have been meaning to read it ever since but I always seemed to have something else I was reading – or needed to read. I am determined to read it by the end of this year – I’m going to be on the look out for 24hr readathons, or I may just have my own weekendathon when I’ve got at least a good portion of my assignments done, and just read it! I think it intimidates me, and that’s why I’ve not picked it up haha.

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab – another title I’ve been had and been meaning to read for a while and still haven’t got to, but which I’m determined to have finished before the end of the year ready to pick up the last book in the trilogy.

A Reaper at the Gates (An Ember in the Ashes #3) by Sabaar Tahir – I have read the first two books in what I believe is going to be a quartet (don’t quote me on that though, there may be more than four), and have had it on my shelf pretty much since I got it but have been scared to read it because I know it’ll probably break my heart and make me cry even though it’s not the last in the series.

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) by Laini Taylor – I’ve heard mixed reviews on this one, and perhaps that’s why I’ve been putting it off for as long as have since getting it, aside from having other titles I’ve wanted to read it – but I don’t normally allow the thoughts of others to sway my own when I go into a book…that being said, there have been a few books I’ve not picked up based on the thoughts of friends as I generally trust their opinions (shout out to my BookBoxClub Squad girls and Jade!). Definitely looking forward to seeing what I think about this one.

Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1) by Susan Dennard – I don’t think I’ve had this one too long, but I’ve heard so many good things about it, and I think Jade is going to be hosting a readathon for the series starting in November so I definitely want/need to pick this up for that – so excited!

Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet by Charlie M. Holmberg – this is a book that I bought on Kindle a while back but haven’t yet picked up – I have no idea why, as the premise really intrigued me. It’s one I really need to pick up soon!

Heroes: Mortals, Monsters and Quests (Stephen Fry’s Great Mythology #2) by Stephen Fry – if you know me, or have followed my blog or Bookstagram for a while you’ll know I’m obsessed with Ancient Greece and Greek mythology (well, obsessed is a big word, have a love for would be a better way of putting it), so when my lovely friend Jasmine sent me this in my Christmas Elf package last year (this is something our group do for birthdays and Christmas) I was ecstatic…and then never picked it up, as usual haha – because I had so many books higher up on my to-read list.

One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence – this is a Kindle First reads title I think I’ve had for just over a year – it’s relatively short and the premise really intrigued me but for some reason I just haven’t picked it up (because you have too many books you want to read, Kath, that’s why!).

Want to read – arcs

Daughters of Night by Laura Shepherd-Robinson – releasing 18th February next year, the premise of this particular story (although it’s from a genre I enjoy reading but don’t read a lot of) really intrigued me, as it was a crime story, but set in the late 18th century so it’s sort of a Historical-Crime Fiction novel. I’m very much looking forward to read this :D.

The Plague Letters by V.L Valentine – this is a title I recently got approved for , and comes out 1st April next year. This is set even earlier in time than the above title, in the 1665, and also set in London! Although I don’t really go for Thriller novels, I was really intrigued by the mystery/crime element to it – particularly this one character called Penelope. The mysterious society mentioned in the synopsis also sounds really interesting.

The Single Dad’s Handbook by Lynsey James – another title I recently got approved for, and coming out 2nd April next year. This particular title, when I saw the cover and read the synopsis it just seemed like a really sweet story that is right up my alley as I love novels that take you on a character’s journey like this.

Want to read – other books – again these are in no particular order

Alice Oseman’s novels – although I’ve read the current three Heartstopper novels she’s released, and Nick and Charlie I’ve yet to read Solitaire, Radio Silence, This Winter, I Was Born for This, and Loveless, so I’d really like to spend maybe a few weeks to a month working my way through these; I think this will be a really fun thing for me.

Castle in the Air and House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones – I’ve read and loved Howl’s Moving Castle (coincidentally, I also love the movie adaptation of this – admittedly I saw the movie first, years before I realised it was adapted from the novel, though I knew going in that it was not going to be anything like the film as Jade had talked about it in one of her vlogs – but in a good way), and am really excited about picking up the sequels. I might actually have a little readathon and re-read the first, and then read the the sequels over a weekend or something :D.

Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar – this novel intrigued me a lot, as I can’t say I’ve personally read one centred around a main character who is half star and half human (not a spoiler, it’s in the synopsis of the novel), and I’m looking forward to picking it up :).

Ace, King, Knave by Maria McCann, The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein by Peter Ackroyd , Ghost Moth by Michéle Forbes and Sword and Scimitar by Simon Scarrow – I got these in a ABoxOfStories Historical Fiction box earlier this year, to get more into the genre but it’s taking me forever to get to them – another chance for a dedicated weekend readathon, perhaps? I’m definitely excited to read all four of them – Ace, King, Knave and The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb – another one I want to pick up soon, I was really intrigued by its premise and I actually have the audiobook or this as well, so it’ll be fun to listen along as I read :).

WildSpark by Vashti Hardy – I got this from my lovely birthday twin Lis, who was my Birthday Elf this year, and haven’t picked it up yet!

The Binding by Bridget Collins – I love me a book about books, so I don’t know why I haven’t picked this up yet haha

So, that’s my first list of books I either need, or want, to read. If you have any of these and are yet to pick them up, I’d love to buddy read one with you :).

You have wings. Believe in them and yourself, and you will fly.

Until the next one!

Kath xoxo

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