Top Ten Tuesday: Backlist Books I Want to Read!


I took a bit of a break from posting for Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. , but I’m back today talking about titles from my never-ending backlist! I have a lengthy list of books that I want to read, so for this post I decided to focus on books that are sitting unread on my shelves. A few of these are already slated for the upcoming months, so I figured this would be a great place to list them and commit myself to reading them.


1. Hydra by Matt Wesolowski: I read Six Stories earlier this year and fell madly in love, which of course led me to buying the follow-up, Hydra. So why let it sit on my shelf? Great question! I think it’s one of those weird Jess instances where I loved something so much I don’t want it to end, so I put off reading the “last” of a series. Book 3, Changeling, is being released soon, so the time has finally come! Hydra is one of the titles heading up my December TBR, so stay tuned for a review!

The Dolls House

2. The Doll’s House by M.J. Arlidge: Remember when I talked about how I was going to make a priority slot for this one back in September? Well traveling cut it from my October TBR, but I’m hopeful I’ll be back with Helen Grace before the year is out! If you haven’t checked out this series yet, I highly recommend snagging a copy of Eeny Meeny and giving it a go!

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson: You read that right…I’ve never read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. When this series took off in the US I was not actively reading and I hadn’t really found my immense love for crime fiction yet. I’ve really found a love over the last few years for Scandinavian/Nordic reads, so I’m eager to check this series out.

Broken Harbor

4. Broken Harbor by Tana French: I talked about this series and getting back to it in September as well. I’m not sure what my hold up is, but it’s definitely something I want to change. I love French’s writing style and the way she transports the reader into these books. I definitely recommend giving her Dublin Murder Squad series a chance!

I'm Traveling Alone

5. I’m Traveling Alone by Samuel Bjork: I read the follow-up to this book, The Owl Always Hunts at Night, in 2017 without realizing that it was the second book in a series. I really enjoyed the book and decided I wanted to read the first installment. I’m thinking this will be a great book for my Winter TBR, so keep an eye out for more on this one!

The Crow Girl

6. The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund: You know how there are books that you genuinely want to read, but you don’t because they intimidate you? Meet The Crow Girl. I have been dying to read this book, which is actually comprised of three novels, but I haven’t found the right time to commit. Ideally I would like to read this one next month, as my list of ARCs is small, but I’m not positive yet.

Unraveling Oliver

7. Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent: I’ve had my eye on this book for quite a bit of time, but never really got around to it. Then Instagram’s Criminally Good Book Club selected Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent for one of their picks this year and my interest was brought about again. I definitely want to get it on my Winter TBR!

Perfect Days

8. Perfect Days by Raphael Montes: Speaking of the Criminally Good Club, this book was one of their selections quite some time ago and at the time I wasn’t able to participate. I snagged a copy at the beginning of the year to add into my 2018 reading, but obviously since we’re talking about it here, that hasn’t happened yet! It was actually on my list for October, but traveling cut a lot of books off the list for me. Now to find a new time to read it…

Her Every Fear

9. Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson: On the list of crime fiction bookworm sins is not having read Peter Swanson. I feel like everyone I know has read and loved one of his books. I really want to join this club and even own quite a few of his books. I was browsing my library’s audiobooks the other day and saw that they had this one, so I’m contemplating tackling Swanson over audio.

Entropy in Bloom

10. Entropy in Bloom by Jeremy Robert Johnson: Do you ever buy yourself books you’ve been wanting forever, say for your birthday back in April, and then sit them in your TBR cart and ignore them? Yeah, that’s what happened with Entropy in Bloom. I don’t read many short story collections, mostly because I don’t know how to space them out. Do I read them all at once or a story every few days? I know, probably one of those personal preference things, but it’s definitely something holding me up. This book is where I want to start, so keep your eyes out for it in my Winter TBR!

Have you read any of these books? Anything you love/hate? I’d love to hear your thoughts and which titles you think I should prioritize!

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