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This week’s theme is a freebie, so I thought I’d talk about ten books I’d like to finally cross off my TBR in 2022!
2021 has been a weird reading year for me. I’ve read some wonderful books that I still think about frequently, like The House in the Cerulean Sea, The Green Bone Saga and She Who Became the Sun, but on the whole it’s been a bit of a meh reading year for me for a number of reasons. Some books have been on my TBR for ages and I keep putting them off even though I really want to read them, so I’d like to get to some of them next year instead…
Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb: I keep meaning to continue with the Realm of the Elderlings – even though I didn’t enjoy Assassin’s Quest much, it’s a world I’m keen to return to – but my brain just hasn’t been in the right mood for this 800-page chonk this year.
The Magicians’ Guild by Trudi Canavan: I’ve always been intrigued by this book, something of a fantasy classic now and a bit of a grandmother to today’s YA fantasy heroines, but I still haven’t read it. Canavan is also Australian and I tend to like fantasy by Australian authors, so it’s about time I crossed this book off my TBR.
Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey: I actually read the first couple of chapters of this book earlier this year and fell head over heels in love with the writing and its Biblical vibes but, again, my brain just hasn’t been focusing this year.
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo: I’ve owned this book since it came out and still haven’t read it. In a way I’m glad – I feel sorry for the people who read it immediately who are still waiting for news on the sequel – but I’m keen to try Bardugo’s work outside of the Grishaverse.
The Councillor by E. J. Beaton: I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley and, once again, my brain was Not Here For It. Beaton is another Australian author, though, and this has a real Renaissance, Machiavellian vibe, so it should be right up my street.
City of Strife by Claudie Arseneault: Arseneault is an aroace author who regularly writes aroace people into her SFF, and I keep meaning to give this fantasy trilogy a try.
A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes: I don’t understand how I still haven’t read this yet – it’s not even that long! – I think I’ve just needed a bit of a break from Greek myth retellings.
The Magic Cottage by James Herbert: My dad has been recommending this horror novel to me for years. He often reads the books I recommend to him, so it’s about time I returned the favour!
Clariel by Garth Nix: I’d like to re-read the first three books in The Old Kingdom series next year and then begin making my way through the most recent three books, which begin with Clariel.