Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
I am super excited, but also a little intimidated by this week’s topic. My TBR is out of control and there are so many books to be read in so little time, and more and more come out that I just *have* to read.
Using NetGalley to review books makes it even worse for me. I tell myself I’m not going to request any more titles, but that is a lie, and then I feel like I have no time to read books outside of the ARCs, because I need to keep my ratio up!
Here are my Top Ten Backlist reads, in no particular order:
His Dark Materials Series, by Philip Pullman
I will be completely honest here. I just want to read these books so I can watch Lin-Manuel Miranda in the t.v. series when it comes out. I could just watch the show without reading the books first, but that just feels wrong.
A Great and Terrible Beauty, by Libba Bray
A number of my friends really liked this book, and I’ve seen it on few Top Ten Tuesday lists, so I was intrigued. It’s historical fiction, involves the supernatural, and takes place at a boarding school. Sign me up. the reviews on Goodreads seem to be pretty mixed, but I’ve been known to like a bad book or two anyway.
The Smell of Other People’s Houses, by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
I became interested in this one because I just loved the title and the cover is breathtaking. I also read the Great Alone and became obsessed with Alaska, and I love family dramas.
Dorothy Must Die, by Danielle Paige
I love a good re-telling, and this one seems pretty badass. I watched The Wizard of Oz about one million times as a child and it’ll be interesting to see yet another take on Oz.
Grant County Series, by Karin Slaughter
I came to the Karin Slaughter game a little late, but I have certainly made up for lost time. I’ve read 13 of her books so far, but none in the Grant County series. I know once I start, I’ll want to read all of them, so I need to wait until I can set aside a good chunk of time.
The Wife, by Meg Wolitzer
I just really like Meg Wolitzer. I thought The Female Persuasion was particularly good and I enjoy books about other peoples’ marriages. This one has been on my TBR for a while and I hope next year I finally get around to it.
Longbourn, by Jo Baker
There are so many tellings of what happens after Pride and Prejudice, and for the most part, they don’t really interest me much, but I think the story being told from the servants’ point of view is a potentially unique take.
Educated, by Tara Westover
I’m not sure of this strictly counts as backlist, but two seasons have passed, so I’m going to go ahead and include it.
I haven’t heard a single bad thing about this book. I don’t read nearly enough memoirs and this one looks fascinating.
The Werewolf of Bamberg, by Oliver Pötzsch
The Hangman’s Daughter is such a delightful series and I’m not sure how I managed to overlook this one for so long!
House of Names, by Colm Tóibín
After reading Brooklyn, I added all of Colm Tóibín’s book to my TBR, but this is the one I want to read first. Agamemnon is basically the worst, but he makes for good storytelling.
There you have it, y’all. Have you read any of these? Feel free to share your thoughts and I look forward to reading your lists, too!