Hello bookish friends!! I always make tbr’s and sometimes I stick to them and sometimes I don’t (October I’m looking at you.) So instead of doing a November TBR and then separate December TBR, I decided to combine them! I am basically just making a list of all the books I want to finish in 2019.
I have 14 books I want to get to before the start of 2020. (Did I just say 2020? Where did 2019 even go??) This is purely coincidence, but I also only need to finish 14 more books to reach my second Goodreads goal of 100 books! I like to think this will give me even more motivation to get these books done, and I am optimistic since a lot of these books are too lengthy. Without further ado I give you my end of the year tbr!!
These are in no particular order and I also am adding the good reads synopsis with each one in case you haven’t heard about the book yet and want little more detail!
American Royals by Katharine McGee
What if America had a royal family?
When America won the Revolutionary War, its people offered General George Washington a crown. Two and a half centuries later, the House of Washington still sits on the throne.
As Princess Beatrice gets closer to becoming America’s first queen regnant, the duty she has embraced her entire life suddenly feels stifling. Nobody cares about the spare except when she’s breaking the rules, so Princess Samantha doesn’t care much about anything, either . . . except the one boy who is distinctly off-limits to her. And then there’s Samantha’s twin, Prince Jefferson. If he’d been born a generation earlier, he would have stood first in line for the throne, but the new laws of succession make him third. Most of America adores their devastatingly handsome prince . . . but two very different girls are vying to capture his heart.
The first line of this synopsis scooped me right up. I knew I needed to read this immediately! I have very high hopes for this one, and from all the good things I have heard, it shouldn’t disappoint.
The Bone House by Emily Lloyd-Jones
Seventeen-year-old Aderyn (“Ryn”) only cares about two things: her family, and her family’s graveyard. And right now, both are in dire straits. Since the death of their parents, Ryn and her siblings have been scraping together a meager existence as gravediggers in the remote village of Colbren, which sits at the foot of a harsh and deadly mountain range that was once home to the fae. The problem with being a gravedigger in Colbren, though, is that the dead don’t always stay dead.
The risen corpses are known as “bone houses,” and legend says that they’re the result of a decades-old curse. When Ellis, an apprentice mapmaker with a mysterious past, arrives in town, the bone houses attack with new ferocity. What is it that draws them near? And more importantly, how can they be stopped for good?
Together, Ellis and Ryn embark on a journey that will take them deep into the heart of the mountains, where they will have to face both the curse and the long-hidden truths about themselves.
I have heard nothing but great things about this, and I really wanted to get to it before Halloween, buuuutttt that obviously didn’t happen. (Whoops.) It seems like it will be a really fun read, and it’s so unlike anything I’ve read before!
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?
Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.
This is one of my most anticipated reads of 2019 and can you even blame me? Leigh Bardugo writes an adult fantasy and I am 100% there for it. Not to mention that it is set at Yale with secret societies. I absolutely can’t wait!
To Best The Boys by Mary Weber
The task is simple: don a disguise. Survive the Labyrinth. Best the boys.
Every year for the past fifty-four years, the residents of Pinsbury Port have received a mysterious letter inviting all eligible-aged boys to compete for an esteemed scholarship to the all-male Stemwick University. The poorer residents look to see if their names are on the list. The wealthier look to see how likely their sons are to survive. And Rhen Tellur opens it to see if she can derive which substances the ink and parchment are created from, using her father’s microscope.
In the province of Caldon, where women train in wifely duties and men pursue collegiate education, sixteen-year-old Rhen Tellur wants nothing more than to become a scientist. As the poor of her seaside town fall prey to a deadly disease, she and her father work desperately to find a cure. But when her mum succumbs to it as well? Rhen decides to take the future into her own hands—through the annual all-male scholarship competition.
With her cousin, Seleni, by her side, the girls don disguises and enter Mr. Holm’s labyrinth, to best the boys and claim the scholarship prize. Except not everyone is ready for a girl who doesn’t know her place. And not everyone survives the deadly maze.
I have had my eye on this one for quite awhile, and find the synopsis very intriguing. I enjoy Mary Weber’s writing and also really love labyrinth/maze stories!
Cursed by Thomas Wheeler
Whosoever wields the Sword of Power shall be the one true King.
But what if the Sword has chosen a Queen?
Nimue grew up an outcast. Her connection to dark magic made her something to be feared in her Druid village, and that made her desperate to leave…
That is, until her entire village is slaughtered by Red Paladins, and Nimue’s fate is forever altered. Charged by her dying mother to reunite an ancient sword with a legendary sorcerer, Nimue is now her people’s only hope. Her mission leaves little room for revenge, but the growing power within her can think of little else.
Nimue teams up with a charming mercenary named Arthur and refugee Fey Folk from across England. She wields a sword meant for the one true king, battling paladins and the armies of a corrupt king. She struggles to unite her people, avenge her family, and discover the truth about her destiny.
But perhaps the one thing that can change Destiny itself is found at the edge of a blade.
Wow. I can’t even express how excited this synopsis has me. King Arthur retelling but with a magical queen instead? Yup yup yup. Plus how cool is it that it has illustrations throughout and is set to be a Netflix original?!
Verity by Colleen Hoover
Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.
Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity’s notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity’s recollection of what really happened the day her daughter died.
Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen’s feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife’s words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her.
First of all I still love Colleen Hoover. I went through a period a few years ago where I basically read all of her books within a couple weeks. So as soon as I heard she was releasing a new novel I was over the moon excited. Then I read the synopsis.. Now I am desperate to read this. A Romantic Thriller is just what I need right now. Also I turned my mom on to Colleen Hoover awhile ago, so we are going to read this together and she is also super excited.
Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith
Having just been dumped by his girlfriend, British-born Hugo is still determined to take his last-hurrah-before-college train trip across the United States. One snag: the companion ticket is already booked under the name of his ex, Margaret Campbell. Nontransferable, no exceptions.
Enter the new Margaret C. (Mae for short), an aspiring filmmaker with big dreams. After finding Hugo’s spare ticket offer online, she’s convinced it’s the perfect opportunity to expand her horizons.
When the two meet, the attraction is undeniable, and both find more than they bargained for. As Mae pushes Hugo to explore his dreams for his future, he’ll encourage her to channel a new, vulnerable side of her art. But when life off the train threatens the bubble they’ve created for themselves, will they manage to keep their love on track?
I always like to have a cute romance on my list as something to turn to when I feel overwhelmed by a bunch of fantasy worlds. I hope this is as good as that synopsis sounds and isn’t too cheesy.
The Girl the Sea Gave Back
by Adrienne Young
For as long as she can remember, Tova has lived among the Svell, the people who found her washed ashore as a child and use her for her gift as a Truthtongue. Her own home and clan are long-faded memories, but the sacred symbols and staves inked over every inch of her skin mark her as one who can cast the rune stones and see into the future. She has found a fragile place among those who fear her, but when two clans to the east bury their age-old blood feud and join together as one, her world is dangerously close to collapse.
For the first time in generations, the leaders of the Svell are divided. Should they maintain peace or go to war with the allied clans to protect their newfound power? And when their chieftain looks to Tova to cast the stones, she sets into motion a series of events that will not only change the landscape of the mainland forever but will give her something she believed she could never have again—a home.
This is set in the same world as Sky in The Deep which I absolutely adored. I am very excited to be back in this Norse inspired world of fighting, family and even a little magic!
Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto
I had a sister, once…
In a world ruled by fierce warrior queens, a grand empire was built upon the backs of Phoenix Riders—legendary heroes who soared through the sky on wings of fire—until a war between two sisters ripped it all apart.
I promised her the throne would not come between us.
Sixteen years later, Veronyka is a war orphan who dreams of becoming a Phoenix Rider from the stories of old. After a shocking betrayal from her controlling sister, Veronyka strikes out alone to find the Riders—even if that means disguising herself as a boy to join their ranks.
But it is a fact of life that one must kill or be killed. Rule or be ruled.
Just as Veronyka finally feels like she belongs, her sister turns up and reveals a tangled web of lies between them that will change everything. And meanwhile, the new empire has learned of the Riders’ return and intends to destroy them once and for all.
Sometimes the title of queen is given. Sometimes it must be taken.
This has been on my tbr from the moment I heard about it. Yet I haven’t been able to bring myself to read it because I know for a fact I am going to fall in love with it. Seems like an odd reason to keep putting it off, but I just don’t want to love it so much and be sad for months waiting for the second book and then the third. But there is no time like the present, and I can’t keep staring at it on my shelves. How do I know I am going to love it so much? Phoenix Riders. Need I say more?
Hunting Prince Dracula
by Kerri Maniscalco
(This is the second book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series)
Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.
But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.
I had always heard about this series, but it was never super high on my list. Then a friend recommended I give it a try since it was one of her favorite series. I read the first book and am now officially hooked. I haven’t read a lot of historical fiction, but after reading the first book I think I want to try more. Can’t wait to continue this series!
Children of Blood and Bone
by Tomi Adeyemi
They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.
Now we rise.
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.
But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.
Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.
Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.
This is another one that I have been wanting to read for some time now and just haven’t. It’s a pretty big boy so I’ve been waiting to have time to read it, and again I say “No time like the present.”
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (Re-read)
The Wicked King by Holly Black (Re-read)
The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
The Queen of Nothing will be released November 19th and I have it pre-ordered, so as soon as it arrives I want to read it. First I will need to do my re-reads of The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King. I can not express how excited I am for this finale. I have wanted to reread the first two books since the moment I finished them, but have held myself back for this moment.
I also am planning to do a 24-hour readathon starting the 19th so I think as a whole these next two months are going to be really great for reading! If I happen to finish all 14 of these, I will create a back up tbr and then let you all know how my reading plans go! I am very excited for the holiday season and all the exciting reads I have planed!
Have you read any of these? Which one should I read first? Help! There are so many choices I don’t know where to start! As always thanks for being here and Happy Reading 🖤