This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a freebie due to the US Thanksgiving Holiday. I’m going to take a cue from November 5th, 2018 and look at the books in my backlist that I haven’t read yet.
Baby got Backlist
This is, honestly, one of those times I’m glad that Kobo has a desktop interface. It lets me take a look at everything I’ve purchased….and promptly lost the time to read.
My backlist of purchased books is full of a lot of science fiction and fantasy. It’s not that I don’t want to actually read the books. It’s more a matter of purchasing them on sale. When you get word that three or four Hugo nominees are going up for under $10 and you have a gift card, you snag them. To be fair, I would probably read them at my leisure through the public library system if availability wasn’t an issue.
The Library of the Unwritten by AJ Hackwith
I want to read this, but haven’t found the time to squeeze it in yet. I met AJ at a writer’s convention this past summer and was pleased to hear her book was coming out sooner rather than later. Then I started having to keep an organized TBR list. Ouch.
Empress of Forever by Max Gladstone, Ancestral Night by Elizabeth Bear, A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine and Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente
I started reading, then either had to put the book down (sleep, distraction, whatever) or just couldn’t get into the groove of reading. I’m trying to take a zen approach rather than get annoyed. I’d rather think that a time will come when I choose the book and slip into the story easily than be peeved that the story isn’t working for me. I’ve heard far too much gushing over at least one of these books to let it defeat me.
The Fifth to Die by JD Barker
I started reading The Fourth Monkey, because I kept hearing Barker being compared to “the new Stephen King”. I picked up both books as a bundle, if I’m not mistaken. The series just doesn’t seem to be for me, which I find disappointing and weird. I usually like scavenger hunt thriller/mysteries, and this one started out in the same vein as Jeffrey Deaver’s The Bone Collector. Something in the book is turning me off, possibly the scenes written as journal entries by the killer. Either way, I’m not sure I’m ever going to finish Fourth Monkey, let alone get around to Fifth to Die.
The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal, This Is How You Lose The Time War by Amal El-Motar and Max Gladstone, All Systems Red by Martha Wells
I keep hearing such good things about these books, but I just haven’t found the time to read them. At some point I’m going to have to carve out some solid reading time and get caught up on the deadline books. There are just too many really good choices in my backlist to ignore them.
The Toll by Cherie Priest
I am so very happy that more women are writing horror these days. I read Cherie Priest’s Family Plot a couple of years back, and really enjoyed it. Oddly enough, even though I picked up The Toll on digital, I keep an eye out for it at Chapters on the few occasions we drop by. They only ever seem to have that one lone paperback copy of Family Plot, and it never fails to annoy me. I’m hoping that soon enough we’ll start to see more of Priest’s work fill the shelves. Maybe along with Caitlin Starling, who’s been gleefully tweeting about her own upcoming horror novel.
Drat it, now I want to chuck my TBR and go for the backlist books!
What are you reading today? Let me know in the comments 🙂