ARTICLE: Five Books on My TBR That I Really Need to Read

I’ve never kept it a secret. I have a TBR that could probably win a Guinness World Record if that was a category. It’s overwhelming. There are books sitting unread that I’ve had for ten years. Every so often, I try to go through the pile and often times eliminate a few that I just don’t want to read anymore. In all the years I’ve been reading I’ve gone through so many different “phases” I have books from tons of genres. I’ve read exclusively historical romance, then “chic lit,” literary fiction, paranormal romance, young adult contemporaries, young adult fantasy, and then romance. As I go through my phases, I always leave books behind unread, that just sit…sad and alone.

Today I thought I’d look through my pile and pick out a few books that I’d love to read this year. Will it happen? One never knows, but maybe putting pen to paper…or fingers to keys as it is, will help to motivate me to jump on these books!

One boy…
One dragon…
A world of adventure.

When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds.

Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands.

I bought this book when it first released in 2005. I’ve seen the movie adaptation, which I’ve since learned was considered absolutely atrocious by lovers of the book…(I liked it but having never actually read Eragon, I didn’t have a comparison 🙈). I’ve even bought the other three books in the series. There’s absolutely no reason why I shouldn’t have read this book by now, except for the sheer fact that It’s gotten completely lost in the bottom of the pile!

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Layken’s father died suddenly, leaving her to gather every ounce of strength to be a pillar for her family, in order to prevent their world from falling apart. Now her life is taking another unexpected turn…

Layken’s mother gets a job which leads to an unwanted move across the country. However, a new home means new neighbours… and Layken’s new neighbour is the very attractive Will Cooper.

Will has an intriguing passion for slam poetry, and a matching passion for life. The two feel an irresistible attraction but are rocked to the core when a shocking revelation brings their romance to a screeching halt. Layken and Will must find a way to fight the forces that threaten to tear them apart…or learn to live without each other.

I love Colleen Hoover. I’ve read every book she’s ever written…except the Slammed trilogy. I discovered Colleen when I first read Ugly Love a few years back, and began working my way through everything she’s ever written. But for some reason, I’ve just never gone back and read the Slammed trilogy. I’ve heard wonderful things about it, and I always get a gasp when I admit I’ve never read Slammed. I should probably be ashamed LOL. My goal is to read these three books before I meet Colleen, but really, who knows!

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When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know… 

It shouldn’t be any surprise to see this one on the list. Every year I make it one of my goals to read this series, and every year, I fail. I think part of the problem is the fact that I’ve waited so long to start this series, it’s now overwhelmingly long, and I’m almost scared to get started. These are so big books, and there’s a lot of them. I’m so used to reading smaller romance novels anymore, the thought of jumping into a series this book is almost terrifying!

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Four young ladies enter London society with one common goal: they must use their feminine wit and wiles to find a husband. So a daring husband-hunting scheme is born.

Annabelle Peyton, determined to save her family from disaster, decides to use her beauty and wit to tempt a suitable nobleman into making an offer of marriage. But Annabelle’s most intriguing—and persistent—admirer, wealthy, powerful Simon Hunt, has made it clear that while he will introduce her to irresistible pleasure he will not offer marriage. Annabelle is determined to resist his unthinkable proposition…but it is impossible in the face of such skillful seduction.

Her friends, looking to help, conspire to entice a more suitable gentleman to offer for Annabelle, for only then will she be safe from Simon—and her own longings. But on one summer night, Annabelle succumbs to Simon’s passionate embrace and tempting kisses…and she discovers that love is the most dangerous game of all. 

This is another one that I’m so ashamed to admit that I’ve never read. I love Lisa Kleypas and I’ve read so many of her other works, except for the Wallflower series. I’ve heard so many wonderful and good things about these books, and I can’t wait to start them. I’m hoping to get to them this fall, and finally get to add these to my read list!

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A fallen boxer.
A woman with a broken dream.
A competition…

He even makes me forget my name. One night was all it took, and I forgot everything and anything except the sexy fighter in the ring who sets my mind ablaze and my body on fire with wanting…

Remington Tate is the strongest, most confusing man I’ve ever met in my life.

He’s the star of the dangerous underground fighting circuit, and I’m drawn to him as I’ve never been drawn to anything in my life. I forget who I am, what I want, with just one look from him. When he’s near, I need to remind myself that I am strong—but he is stronger. And now it’s my job to keep his body working like a perfect machine, his taut muscles primed and ready to break the bones of his next opponents…

But the one he’s most threatening to, now, is me.

I want him. I want him without fear. Without reservations.

If only I knew for sure what it is that he wants from me?

Every time I remind Charli that I haven’t read these books yet, she yells at me. For as many New Adult books that I have read, both this series, and Jay Crownover’s Marked Men series have eluded me. I own all of them, and I want to read them, but it’s seriously finding the time. As my kids get older, and more busy, I’m find less and less reading time, but more and more books I want to read!

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So, there you have it folks. The five most embarrassing books on my TBR. Maybe I’ll check in and December and announce to you all that I’ve finally read them…or maybe (or most likely) they’ll sit on my pile for another year. So to everyone with a TBR that threatens to swallow them whole, I wish you the best of luck!

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