TBR Time: Top Seven Books I Want to Read

by | 31 May 2019 | Books, Life | 14 comments

Some people think the bookworm life is all about reading books.

They’re right. Or rather, that’s what it should be about. In reality, we’re all terrible at keeping up with our TBRs and they will one day fall on us and crush us all. 😂


That said, today I’m going to be talking about some books which I’m really hoping to read this winter! (Or summer, if you’re in the northern hemisphere.) Basically I’ll just throw some bookishness on you, and then you can throw bookishness back on me in the comments and tell me what your winter/summer TBR is. Then together, we’ll set out to defeat the TBR pile.*


Will I actually read these books? Who knows. Last time I did a post about Touring my TBR in August last year, I read five of the seven books listed, but…the other two are still adding some extra weight to my to read stack.

Nevertheless, I’m going to hope to read them anyway! Wish me luck! 😛


*This will, unfortunately, never happen.


The Mission League Series

Jill Williamson

I know, I know, if I want to get through my TBR I should stop rereading old favourites. But shush, you can’t change my mind.

I’m already halfway through my reread of this series already and I’m loving it so much all over again. It’s Christian contemporary, and full of spies and mess and bad decisions and rappelling out of 11th-floor windows on extension power leads. What’s not to love?


Castle In the Air (Howl’s Moving Castle #2)

Diana Wynne Jones

I’ve already started this little audiobook, and I’m loving all the Aladdin vibes. It’s got a magic carpet, a beautiful princess, a prophecy, kidnapping, and (hopefully) a happily ever after rescue. But I haven’t gotten to that yet. 😛

Despite the fact that my dear loves, Howl and Sophie, aren’t in this book much (apparently they come in a little bit near the end) I still really love the style and I’m enjoying the story for it’s own unique charm. I have grand plans to devour this story in my multitasking moments.


Scarlet Moon (Children of the Blood Moon #1)

S.D. Grimm

I’ve been wanting to read this gorgeous book for SO. LONG. I finally have my own copy now, and it’s practically begging to be read. I also already have a little magnetic bookmark of the main character, Jayden, so I clearly need to actually read her story so I can fully appreciate the fact that she’s hanging on my art wall.

The hunted Feravolk are counting on Jayden, a seventeen-year-old, dagger-wielding, storm-detecting orphan, to save their race. Maybe they should have thought of that before they killed her family.

How cool is that, guys?? I love a good reluctant hero, and seeing the character arc of someone who desperately doesn’t want to be the one to save the day, as they journey through the story to become the hero they truly are. 😍


Edge of Oblivion (The Chronicles of Sarco #1)

Joshua A. Johnston

I actually haven’t read all that much sci fi, but the ones I have read, I’ve absolutely LOVED. So I have high hopes for this one!

Super tech, travelling to the stars, a cover which is basically an explosion of colour which I love so much.

Count me in.


A Pocket Full of Murder (Uncommon Magic #1)

R.J. Anderson

Middle grade books forever! This isn’t as dark as the title might suggest, and I’m really looking forward to it, because the blurb sounds all quirky and mysterious and fun. And I’m all here for the quirky casts!

One of the characters is an eccentric eyepatch-wearing street boy named Quiz. Do you think I can resist that??


Izzy + Tristan

Shannon Dunlap

I’m going to start off right away by saying I have no idea if this book is going to be good. I won it in a giveaway which I didn’t entirely intend to enter. (Classic Jane, accidentally entering giveaways, whoops.)

I have no expectations, but I hope it’s at least a fun read.

It’s a contemporary retelling of Tristan and Iseult, with chess players, moonlit nights, and–of course–true love. Fingers crossed that it’s good. 😅


The Selection (The Selection #1)

Kiera Cass

This is another romancy type of book, but I have more confidence in it, because I actually have people I know who’ve enjoyed and recommended it. It sounds like it’s going to be a super girly, fluffy read, but I’m not going to deny that I like those every now and then. Normally I’m more of an action, high-stakes, explosions person, but a breezy book is always on the menu once in a while.



Okay, that’s my bookishness done for now. Tell me yours!

Are any of these on your TBR/already read pile? What do you want to read this season?

Jane Maree

Jane Maree

Jane Maree is an Australian writer, adventurer at heart, beloved daughter of the King of Kings, and believer in at least six impossible things before breakfast. Raised on fairy tales, scraped knees, and makeshift swords, she has yet to outgrow any of them. In her day job, Jane teaches music and freelances as an editor, but by night she crafts daring stories of broken heroes overcoming extraordinary odds.


  1. M Kenechi Duatron

    I now have more books to read. XD
    Same, I love action, danger, weapons, and all the suspense that drives me crazy. I love it. 😀

    • Jane Maree


      Oops, so much for defeating our TBRs. XD

      Yas, gimme all the action books. I love it when the tension and suspense in a book give me an actual adrenaline rush.

  2. Kendra Lynne @ The Wanderling

    Ooh these books sound so amazing!! Currently I’m reading The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale, and it is beautifully written. I love Shannon Hale’s style of writing. 🙂

    A few of the books I am especially looking forward to reading are The Song of Glory and Ghost (the next in N.D. Wilson’s Outlaws of Time series), Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt, and This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti.

    • Jane Maree

      The Goose Girl is also on my TBR! I must read it someday. 😄

      Ooh yess, N.D. Wilson’s books are always soo good. ❤

  3. S.F. Dekreel

    Mind if I (potentially) steal this idea for my own blog?

    Those look like fun reads! Especially Scarlet Moon. Is the first Howl’s moving Castle book any good? I’m considering reading it someday.

    • Jane Maree

      Go ahead! And when you do, drop a link here so I can check it out! 😀

      Yes, I ADORED Howl’s Moving Castle. It was SO. GOOD. So sweet and fun and absolutely worth reading. The audiobook is also really really well done.

  4. Evelyn

    Wow, these books look interesting. I hope you get around to reading them! 😀

    • Jane Maree

      They do, right?? I really hope I do too. 😉

  5. Mem

    AH, THE MISSION LEAGUE SERIES. Our library only has the first one BUT IT WAS SO GOOD. Ooh, Castle in the Air sounds fun! So does A Pocket Full of Murder. Middle grade books are awesome. XD

    • Jane Maree

      YESSS. I’m currently in the middle of rereading Ambushed and I love iiiit.

      I’ve been thoroughly enjoying it so far! And my sister has read A Pocket Full of Murder and told me I’d like it, so I have high hopes for it too. 😛 They are though! Middle grade forever! 😂

  6. Merie Shen

    Heeeyyyy did you mention an eyepatch-wearing character?? Because I live for eyepatch-wearing characters

    • Jane Maree

      SAME, YES PLEASE. I’m really excited to read that one. 😍

  7. Edna Pellen

    I might have to add some of these to my To-Buy-and-Read list (that list is much longer then my TBR).

    My TBR includes Dragons’ Hope from the Dragons’ Bane series by Melody Jackson, The House of Dies Drear by Virginia Hamilton, and Twain & Stanley Enter Paradise by Oscar Hijuelos.

    I’ve actually already started most of these, but stopped all about halfway in because I get distracted by other books. 😛

    • Jane Maree

      Yess, do it. They really look worth reading! (Or I hope they are, anyway. 😛)

      Whoa, I love all of those titles! They sound really cool.

      Haha, I relate! 😅 I do that way too often too.

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