Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm.
There were so many books that I did not get to in 2018- it was hard to narrow it down to just five! I recently shared some books that I want to read by the end of the year (that is not going well!) so I won’t include those!
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
This book has been sitting on my shelf unread for way too long! I know I am going to enjoy it, especially considering how much I fell in love with mythology this year. I am also a big fan of Neil Gaiman and of his writing. I have to excuses as to why I have not read this one yet!
Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Why have I been putting this one off?! I loved the first book so much and I hear the series only gets better! There are so many series where I have only read the first book; I do not know why I struggle with that!
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
I have only heard amazing things about Salt to the Sea, and if you have been around the blog for awhile, you know how much I enjoy WWII fiction! I bought this book on Book Outlet for over a year and still have not picked it up…
Beartown by Fredrik Backman
Fredrik Backman wrote one of my favourite books, A Man Called Ove, but I have not read anything else by him, even though I own them. Maybe I am scared they won’t live up to A Man Called Ove? I have only heard AMAZING things about Beartown, though!
Golden Son by Pierce Brown
Here is another example of my loving the first book in a series, but never continuing on with it- even though I have heard the second book is even better! I really should try and figure out why I have such a hard time with series. I am definitely someone who much prefers standalones. That said, I want to know what happens to my belonged characters, espeically Mustang!
As I was looking up each of these books on Goodreads so I could find their covers, I noticed that they all have above a 4.00 rating! They are obviously fantastic books and I need to make them all a priority in 2019!
62 thoughts on “Five Books I Didn’t Get to in 2018”
These are all on my list too! There’s always 2019. I’m looking forward to some serious catch-up. Great post! 😉❤🎄
Thank you! I am committed to getting to these next year!
I can speak from experience that both The Illuminae series and the Red Rising series DO get better as they go on! I hope you can get to them in 2019 – you won’t be disappointed!
Thanks for participating – added you to the list 🙂
You have to continue Golden Son! It is sooo good 🙂 I promise you won’t regret it.
Seconded. Again. (squared?) LOL
*thinks to himself* Have I found my book twin?
Fraternal. I probably have a few super-weird titles that no one else in their right mind would want to read. But doesn’t everyone?
Oh Yes, I am sure that I have some of those as well 😛
Well, if you’re interested in Buddy-reading any our shared titles, let me know. Warning: I’m probably a lot slower than you!
Is buddy reading where we both read the same book and do a joint review (or our own separate reviews)? If so, I am down for one in the future!
I’ve only done one before, so I don’t know what the “norm” is. But on that one, we just read the book at the same time and messaged each other with stuff like “CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT JUST HAPPENED?!?”
Reviews are traditionally done separately, but I wouldn’t be against figuring out some kind of joint review. That might be really cool. Might end up more like a transcript of a conversation. Worth looking into.
Alright, I am down for this! It sounds like fun 🙂 Have you read the book Otherworld? I was thinking of making this my top read over the holidays. We could do it for this one if it interests you.
Here is the link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28238589-otherworld?from_search=true
I just want to chime in and say I am loving this conversation!
Haha, I was going to say, we should see if Kristin wants in since we are making a thread on her post. It started this wonderful bookish conversation 😀
Sent you a DM through twitter so we don’t subject the world to our convo. LOL
Roger that! Over and Out.
You guys have me convinced! I am heading out of town for Christmas and I think I will bring Golden Son with me!
YES! It is so good 🙂 I hope you like it!
If you like mythology, you will definitely like American Gods. I also enjoyed Beartown and can’t wait to read part 2.
That’s awesome! I hope you enjoy part two just as much!
Salt to the Sea is the only one on this list that I’ve read – and I really liked it!! I hope you get to it soon! 😊
That is great to hear! I hope so too!
American Gods was also on my list…think I’ll bump it up higher on my 2019 TBR list so I actually get to it haha!
Haha I hope 2019 is the year for both of us!
I am with you on the Gemina train. I loved Illuminae, I’ve been told by EVERYONE Gemina is 100000x better and still nada. I even joined an Illuminae BR to reread it to ensure I make it to book 2 this time around…I’ll keep you posted lol.
Hahaha good luck! I hope you love it as much as the first!
Gemina is my fave in the series!! READ IT!! You absolutely won’t regret it! Taylor, you have to read it as well!! xx
That is what everyone says! I have to pick it up in the new year!
I literally just finished Red Rising, I can’t wait to continue!
Awesome! Isn’t it so good?
It was so much better than I anticipated for. and that ending!!
American Gods is wonderful (if a tad long) so I hope you enjoy it when you do read it!
Thank you! I have a good feeling about it. It is a chunky book though!
Lovely list! I still haven’t read Beartown either, but I keep hearing wonderful things about it so I’m very excited to pick it up. I think it’ll be a perfect winter read 😊
Thank you! It definitely looks like a great winter read. I am thinking perfect for January!
Gemina was SOO good. I can’t wait to start reading Obsidio, which I plan to do SOON.
Salt To The Sea was great as well, beautifully written.
That is so great to hear! I am hoping to read Gemina and then Obsidio right after!
I loved Gemina! And Obsidio… the entire series is just fantastic! And I have all of the others on my list too! I even own a couple of them!
I am staring at the entire series as we speak. The first one was so fun! I just need to pick up the second one already!
Oh you really need to read Beartown!!! I took a rain check on Top 5 Tuesday today due to family circumstances but if I had to venture some choices I’d say City of Brass and I Stop Somewhere …among many others!
Hope everything is alright with your family!
I know I will love Bear Town. I have heard so many amazing things about City of Brass. I am hoping to get to it at some point as well!
Gemina was such a great book, I really hope you enjoy it! I still have to read Obsidio but I’ll have to do that next year!
I am hoping to read Obsidio next year as well!
Gemina is my favorite book in the Illuminae trilogy! I hope you enjoy it when you finally get around to it! 🙂
That is good to hear!! I need to make it a priority!
I really loved salt to the sea, gemina and Golden son- hope you enjoy them all!
Thank you! I am very much looking forward to them!
You need to read Beartown! Hopefully you can read it in early 2019!
I hope so too!!
I’ve heard great things about Beartown too and I actually tried it but ended up DNF it 😂
Oh no! I’ll have to lower my expectations a bit 😋
I still hope you’ll like it though!!
Salt to the Sea is really good on audio, by the way. Each character has a different narrator! And it was fantastic 🙂
That is good to know! I love audiobooks, especially when there is a full cast! Thanks!
I’ve heard so many amazing things about Salt to the Sea as well! I’d love to read it one day. It’s been a while since I read a good historical fiction. And I LOVE Gemina. I think I loved it more than the first. So I hope that you get to it someday. I think you’ll love it!
Historical fiction can really be hit or miss!
Everyone seems to love Gemina the best. That really motivates me to pick it up!
I haven’t even started on the Illuminae and red rising series but I really want to! Hoping to read them in 2019! ❤️
They both have amazing first books! I hope 2019 is the year!