Let’s be honest: I’ll use anything as an excuse to read more. Summer? Perfect for lounging around outside with a book. Autumn? A ready-made book blogger aesthetic. Spring? New year, new reads. So naturally, I think Winter is a wonderful season for getting through a lengthy TBR whilst wrapped up in a woolly jumper and at least two blankets.
At this stage, my TBR (the list of books I’m planning to read) is getting out of hand. I have over 20 books on the shelves in my bedroom that I’m yet to read, and at least that many stored at my parents’ house. So I’ve decided to showcase the books I’m most eager to read this winter, in the hope that maybe (just maybe) if I write it down, then I’ll be more likely to actually read them.
Spotlight on: The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
Roshar is a world of stone swept by tempests that shape ecology and civilization. Animals and plants retract; cities are built in shelter. In centuries since ten orders of Knights fell, their Shardblade swords and Shardplate armor still transform men into near-invincible warriors. Wars are fought for them, and won by them.
The Way of Kings was an impulse purchase I decided to buy when I saw it in a 3-for-£10 offer at the end of this year’s YALC. I finished Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy about two years ago, which was a series that really grew on me, and I’ve recently found myself in the mood for more of his writing. I’ve heard some strong recommendations for this series and seen some very positive Goodreads reviews, so I’m looking forward to getting into the series.
Whispers Underground by Ben Aaronovitch
After picking up most of this series in charity shops and cheap bookstores over the last couple of months, it’s probably a good idea that I make some progress on the Peter Grant series.
Beta by Rebecca Holman
I hadn’t heard of this book before it was given to me as a gift, but now that I have, I’m intrigued by the concept. It’s been a couple of months since I read any non-fiction, and I’d like to get back into the habit.
Tower of the Swallow by Andrzej Sapkowski
I’ve been gradually making my way through the Witcher novels this year, and having finished Baptism of Fire last month, I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next.
Spotlight on: OldMan’s War by John Scalzi
John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First he visited his wife’s grave. Then he joined the army.
The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce– and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So: we fight. To defend Earth, and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.
Somehow, Scalzi is one of those authors who only appeared on my radar recently, probably because it’s only now that I’m getting properly into sci-fi. I read the first few pages of this book when browsing Waterstones, and I automatically knew it was something I wanted to read. I’ve just bought a copy of this, so I’ll be reading it immediately.
More Than This by Patrick Ness
After enjoying my first-ever Patrick Ness novel (Release), I’m looking forward to reading more of his work. So far, I’ve been a little intimidated by the size of More Than This, but I’m hoping to get around to it this winter.
Spotlight on: The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven
Izzy O’Neill is an aspiring comic, an impoverished orphan, and a Slut Extraordinaire. Or at least, that’s what the malicious website flying round the school says. Izzy can try all she wants to laugh it off – after all, her sex life, her terms – but when pictures emerge of her doing the dirty with a politician’s son, her life suddenly becomes the centre of a national scandal. Izzy’s never been ashamed of herself before, and she’s not going to start now. But keeping her head up will take everything she has…
This was my most sought-after ARC at YALC this summer. I spent so much of the convention racing to try and get myself a copy, failing each time, until a friend managed to grab me a (signed!) copy while I was in a talk. I love the sound of the plot of this book, since it seems to focus on double standards and sexism, so I’m hoping for a witty feminist read.
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Despite all the positive comments I’ve heard about this book, it’s somehow been sitting on my shelf for over a year. I absolutely have to read it soon!
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
This is another book that’s been sitting on my shelf for far too long. I’m not even sure when I bought this, but I’ve been telling people “I’m going to read it soon” for what feels like forever. This time, I really am going to read it soon.
So, those are the books I’m going to be prioritising over the next couple of months! What are you hoping to read this winter? Do you have any books that have been on your TBR forever and you’re finally hoping to conquer?