Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Meant to Read in 2018 But Didn’t Get To

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Does something count as a TBR list if it’s simply a list of library books you haven’t gotten around to requesting yet? If so, today’s post is going to be a simple one! I’ve been meaning to read all of these books, but I haven’t actually requested them from my local library yet due to the incredibly long wait times for them.

Hopefully, those times will be reduced in 2019. This is a real grab-bag of genres, styles, and topics because that’s exactly what my reading habits are like in general.

1) Heart–A History by Sandeep Jauhar

If you ask me, the history of how humans slowly figured out more and more effective medical treatments for various ailments is a fascinating one. This book spends a lot of time showing how doctors came to understand the heart well enough to perform serious operations like heart transplants.

2) Fierce Fairytales: Poems and Stories to Stir Your Soul by Nikita Gill

Possibly feminist (or at least more modern) retellings of what were originally pretty stereotypical fairy tales? Sign me up!

3) The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias by Dolly Chugh

This book is so relevant to our current age it’s not even funny. I can’t wait to read it.

4) Anger Is a Gift: A Novel by Mark Oshiro

People are almost certainly going to compare this to Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give, but I’m going to do my best to avoid that. It sounds like it will have a unique spin on the topics of racism and police brutality.

5) The Cowkeeper’s Wish: A Genealogical Journey by Tracy Kasaboski

Genealogy is such an interesting topic. My family knows a decent amount about who our ancestors were and what they were doing over the last couple hundred years. I love seeing other families get that same opportunity, too. There’s something really cool about knowing basic things like what a great-great-great grandparent’s occupations was, how many children they had, and where they were born.

6) The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

I absolutely loved the Netflix series based on this book! It’s going to be a lot of fun to see how the original differed from it. My fingers are crossed that more time will be spent explaining the backstories of the various ghosts since many of them weren’t given much screen time in season one of this show.

7) This Is the Way the World Ends: How Droughts and Die-offs, Heat Waves and Hurricanes Are Converging on America by Jeff Nesbit

Obviously, I hope our collective future is much brighter and more hopeful than this. It’s still good to know what the less optimistic predictions are as well.

8) Identical Strangers: A Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited by Elyse Schein

Oh, this is heartbreaking. I can’t imagine separating twins on purpose simply to see how similar or dissimilar they might be if they were raised by different adoptive families and had no knowledge of each other. The best way to learn from the past is to study what happened, though.

9)  The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

So many of you lovely Top Ten Tuesday bloggers have mentioned this book that I simply must read it for myself.

10) The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner

Once again, a lot of Top Ten Tuesday bloggers have talked about this story. If everyone is gushing about it, it just might be amazing! Either way, I must find out for myself once the wait list for it is less than eighty years. (I’m joking….mostly. It is pretty long, though).

How many of these books have you read or do you hope to read?

192 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Meant to Read in 2018 But Didn’t Get To

    • Yes, the tv show could be pretty scary at times (although almost never in a gory or gross way). Definitely don’t watch it if you dislike horror.

  1. AAHHHHHH you must read The Goblin Emperor, it’s my favourite book! I hope you enjoy it. ^_^ The Haunting of Hill House is VERY different from the adaptation, but it’s an amazing book in its own right – Shirley Jackson is such an underrated horror writer.

  2. You are lucky to be able to borrow books! There isn’t a local library next to where I live so I have to buy books or I can’t read them.
    I watched The Haunting of Hill House show on Netflix and you are right, it was so good. I wish I knew it was based on a book before I watched it though so that I could read the book first. Anyway, it’s a great list you have here, hope you are able to read them all this year!

    • You’re absolutely right. I’d never thought about it that way before.

      Thank you. I hope you read all of the books on your list, too, and I’m glad you liked The Haunting of Hill House TV series.

  3. Ooooh The Goblin Emperor. I finally read this in 2018 and while I was initially lukewarm about it, by the end it had completely won me over and I understand why it is so well-loved 🙂 I hope you enjoy it when you get to it.

  4. I’m really not a horror/creepy person, but I loved The Lottery so much I might just pick up Shirley Jackson’s Hill House. It sounds so interesting and good! I also love the cover of The Sisters of Winter Woods. It’s so archaic and lovely!

  5. Some of these look very interesting. I will have to check them out. I read Fierce Fairytales and was not impressed, I hope you like it more than I did.

  6. Sisters of the Winter Wood has such a pretty cover. I still want to read that one eventually. I read The Haunting of Hill House years ago and enjoyed it. The series was awesome as well. I have We Have Always Lived in Castles by the same author and need to work it in sometime…or maybe I’ll save it for October.

  7. Fierce Fairy Tales & The Haunting of Hill House will be added to my list, for sure! Now, the question is do I read The Haunting before I watch the show or show before book. Oh my…

    • So glad to hear that. I have no idea if you should read the book first! I will say I had no trouble at all understanding what was going on in the TV version of The Haunting of Hill House. They explained everything really nicely in the first scene.

  8. I’m glad I came by. So many of the books on your list I actually haven’t heard of. 🤓 I watched The Haunting of Hill House, and I loved it so much even though it scared me to death!! 😱😭😍 I haven’t read the book though. 🤦‍♀️

  9. Heart- A History looks super interesting to me too, especially as someone who’s had a lot of heart disease in the family. It’s fascinating some of the things they can do now. And I think This Is The Way The World Ends looks like an awesome (and probably scary) read too!

  10. Fierce Fairytales sounds terrific! I’ll need to track down a copy. I really loved Sisters of the Winter Wood, and I’ve been talking about reading the Goblin Emperor for years! (Maybe it’ll finally happen in 2019…)

  11. Haven’t read any of these books yet! I looked up Heart A History and that looks like my type of book to read! Also, The Goblin Emperor looks really good too!

  12. You’ve got a really interesting list! I love Haunting of Hill House (everything by Shirley Jackson actually). Is Identical Strangers the same as the documentary film about the triplets? I found that fascinating. Enjoy your reading!

    • Thank you!

      I actually don’t know if Identical Strangers is the same as the documentary film. That’s something I’d sure like to figure out.

  13. Great list! The Haunting of Hill House was incredible. I feel like I should let you know that, sadly, the various ghosts aren’t from the book — it differs HUGELY from the show — but that doesn’t stop it from being an amazing read! I hope you like it. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by my TTT this week!

    • Oh, that is so good to know. I’d just assumed they were the same ghosts that were in the book. I’m still excited to read it, though.

      And you’re welcome.

    • You’re very welcome.

      Did you like the novel version of The Haunting of Hill House more than the TV show? I’m so curious to see what the differences are between them.

  14. Great post and a great list of books I’ve been intrigued about The Goblin Empire for a long time now, I hope you get the chance to read all these books on your TTT list. Thank you so much for stopping by my TTT post.

  15. Interesting list! I wasn’t familiar with most of them, but the Sister in the Woods looks so interesting! I received a sampler of it in a book box some months ago and I really liked it so I have to get back to buying the book someday! I hope you’re going to like all these books when you get around to reading them!

  16. I really hope you enjoy all these books, and that you manage to get around to them soon as well. I haven’t read any of these myself but I’ve seen a little bit of Anger Is a Gift around and seeing it compared to THUG here makes me want to know more about it. 🙂
    Great post.

  17. Wow. I have used four of these books for next week’s TTT post: The Ten Most Recent Additions to my To-Read List! I think you and I could make a good reading team! Thanks so much for stopping by my own TTT listing for this week so that I could see your blog!

    • That’s awesome, Lynn. You’re quite welcome. I think you have a wonderful blog, too.

      I’m skipping next week’s TTT prompt, but I have subscribed to your site and will see how you respond to it. 🙂

  18. Such a neat list–so many genres! There are many beautiful covers in your TBR as well. (The Sisters of the Winter Wood is just beautiful!) Hope you hare able to read many of these this year!!

  19. I’m so glad to see The Goblin Emperor on this list! I really loved reading it in 2016. We don’t have enough stand-alone fantasy.

    The rest of these books are new to me, but I’ve added a few to my own TBR. I’m glad we both took a bit of a library spin on this week’s TTT. Great post!

  20. I am also planning on reading The Person You Mean to Be. Heart: A History looks amazing. I need to add that one to my list. The Haunting of Hill House is great! I hope you enjoy that one.

  21. Ooooh I have a couple of these (Anger is a Gift & Haunting of Hill House) on my TBR that I really want to read! Thanks for telling us about Fierce Fairytales though! That sounds so good and is definitely going on my TBR. And of course thanks for stopping by my post!

  22. I have heard great things about Anger is a Gift and Sisters of the Winter Wood! I feel like I actually want to watch Hill House before I read it, which is unusual, but here we are haha. Anyway, I do hope you are able to get to some of these soon, and that you enjoy them too!

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