In the quest to beat the backlist, A.K.A the mountain of books I’ve had for years that I bought with “I’ll read it soon, I just have to buy it first” in mind, I have managed to stop buying books. Really, I did. With the exception of Witchwood by Tahereh Mafi last December, I have not bought a single book since April/May 2017.
I have NO idea where this self-control is coming from, but I am super glad about it. Yay me! 😀
But, because of my busy life (or so I tell myself), I haven’t actually managed to knock off as many books as I’d like off this list. So let’s rewind to January last year when I started doing these ‘So Many Books, So Little Time’ posts where I either add books to my TBR (Space, Science Stuff, and Vanilla Cream Puffs), which is not a good idea this year, decide to stop reading a series (Book Series I Won’t Continue to Read) or not read books I’ve lost interest in.
There was also a post where I showcased book series that I have read, but haven’t finished which is the main reason I’m posting this today. I actually managed to finish a series from that list, Angelfall and I will also be reading the Conquered Earth series soon.
So I thought it would be a great idea to post a ‘part 2’ to that post to make sure I actually get started and finally beat this backlist. And if nothing else, at least it will remind me of the books that I have and they will haunt me and make me feel guilty for not reading them.
1. Blood Red Road (Dustlands) by Moira Young
Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. That’s fine by her, as long as her beloved twin brother Lugh is around. But when four cloaked horsemen capture Lugh, Saba’s world is shattered, and she embarks on a quest to get him back.
Suddenly thrown into the lawless, ugly reality of the outside world, Saba discovers she is a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. Teamed up with a handsome daredevil named Jack and a gang of girl revolutionaries called the Free Hawks, Saba’s unrelenting search for Lugh stages a showdown that will change the course of her own civilization.
Published June 7th 2011 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
I remember that I really liked this book. The way it was written was very different from what I’m used to, with dialect and I distinctly remember the lack of punctuation. It was a little difficult to get used to, but once I did, I really enjoyed it. Then the dreaded cover change happened, and I didn’t want to buy the new covers but ended up getting the next 2 books as gifts. I think by then I was reading other books and forgot about this one…
2. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans anddragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty’s anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.
Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen’s Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.
Published 2013 by Random House Books for Young Readers
This is another book that I really liked. But it was also one of those books that I thought was a standalone but ended up being the first of a series. From what I remember it ended nicely, but I’m not too sure. The sequel was published in 2015 and by then I can’t recall what actually happened in the first book. I am still interested in this series, though. Especially because I have both books.
3. River of Time by Lisa T. Bergren
Most American teenagers want a vacation in Italy, but the Betarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives among the romantic hills with their archaelogist parents. Stuck among the rubble of the medieval castles in rural Tuscany, on yet another hot, dusty archaeological site, Gabi and Lia are bored out of their minds…until Gabi places her hand atop a handprint in an ancient tomb and finds herself in fourteenth-century Italy. And worse yet, in the middle of a fierce battle between knights of two opposing forces.
Suddenly Gabi’s summer in Italy is much, much more interesting.
Published February 1st 2011 by David C. Cook
I love this series a LOT! I think not too many people know about it but this series needs more recognition, okay?! Time travel is a very fascinating topic for me and I think this book executed it beautifully, and not to mention the characters and their relationships. I can go on, but I won’t! The main series actually finished at book 3, but the author released a few novellas that follow the same characters and I haven’t read those yet. But I will!!
4. Corpus by Jessica Khoury
On a remote island in the Pacific, Corpus scientists have taken test tube embryos and given them life. These beings—the Vitros—have knowledge and abilities most humans can only dream of. But they also have one enormous flaw.
Sophie Crue is determined to get to Skin Island and find her mother, a scientist who left Sophie behind years ago. With the help of Jim Julien, a young charter pilot, she arrives–and discovers a terrifying secret she never imagined: she has a Vitro twin, Lux, who is the culmination of Corpus’s dangerous research.
Now Sophie is torn between reuniting with the mother who betrayed her and protecting the genetically enhanced twin she never knew existed. But untangling the twisted strands of these relationships will have to wait, for Sophie and Jim are about to find out what happens when science stretches too far beyond its reach.Published January 14th 2014 by Razorbill
5. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.
Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.
But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.
Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.
Published January 28th 2014 by Del Rey
Last but not least, Red Rising by Pierce Brown. I know I wasn’t too impressed by Red Rising, but I am definitely curious to see how this series will wrap up. I may not be a fan of the main character, but I’m invested in the story so I will continue reading it 🙂
So there they are, book series I have yet to finish, but want to. See anything you’ve read or want to read? Tell me in the comments! I’ve been among people who don’t read for far too long, I need bookish conversations 😀 😀 😀