Yes, the day has finally come. I HAVE FINISHED UNI … FOREVER! Well, until I decide to go back in a few years for my PhD. But, whatever, my Masters is over and I don’t even care about my marks at this point (thats a lie, I care very much) and I’m so beyond happy to be able to read as much as I want now. But, Laura, you may be asking, you’ve read over a 140 books this year, what do you mean you only now have time to read?
Hey! Don’t use your logic on me! Leave me alone, I just like making lists.
Here’s my MASSIVE end of uni (forever) TBR!!
Obsidio is the final book in the Illuminae series. The first book was pretty good and I adored the second, so I’m really hoping this last one is just as good! I don’t know much about Bear Town. All I know is it’s about a town that is obsessed with sports and their local college/high school hockey team trying to compete in a final, but then a terrible crime occurs that separates the town. I know a lot of people have rated this book very high, so I’m hoping that I do too. I’ve heard really good things about Carry the Ocean and I only know a bit of it. I know it has a MC that has clinical depression and his love interest is autistic. I’ve heard really good things about the rep for both characters, so here’s hoping I love the book!
Stalking Darkness is the second book in the Nightrunner series and I really need to hurry up and read it! I freaking loved the first book and I just know I’m going to love this one too, I just haven’t had the chance to read it yet. I’ve always wanted to read Mary Renault book and I’ve been intrigued for a long time by her The Last of the Wine. It’s about two young Athenian men named Alexis and Lysis who compete in the Olympics, fight in wars and study under Socrates, all while their relationship develops from friendship. Very excited for it! Kingdom of Ash is the final novel in the Throne of Glass series and while I’m not looking forward to it that much (it’s 992 pages long), I do want to know how the series ends. Hopefully a main character dies; I want to know if SJM has the balls to do it.
His Cocky Valet is a book I’ve been meaning to read since it came out earlier in the year. I’ve added it to like 3(?) readathon TBRs but I never got around to reading it, although I’ve read a lot of Cole McCade’s other books. Hopefully (I will) I get the chance now that uni is over! Godsgrave is the second book in the Nevernight Chronicles and, like His Cocky Valet, I’ve wanted to read it since it’s publication. And I don’t know why I haven’t, because I’ve borrowed it twice from the library and have had to return it both times 🤦♀️. Another book I’ve wanted to read since freaking January is The Cruel Prince. I’ve heard so many good things about it, and some bad things too, but I’ve got a feeling I’m going to love it tbh. Very, very excited for this one.
I know a lot of mutuals love Jade City and it honestly looks amazing. I love fantasy and I love magic, so I’m sure I’ll love this just as much. Criminal Intentions: It’s Witchcraft is coming out in November, and while I was a bit disappointed in the previous book, I really like the blurb for this book, so here’s hoping it’s good! I don’t know much about Never Let Me Go — all I know is it’s a sci-fi novel and there’s a massive plot twist in it, so colour me intrigued.
Hocus Pocus & the All-New Sequel is two stories in one: it follows the original movie, and then the second story is set 25 years later with the daughter of the MC from book one. I’m super excited for this one! I don’t really know anything about The Poppy War, aside from that it’s about a girl who goes to military school, but almost all of my mutuals have rated this book 5 stars, and I hope I do too. And, of course, I really need to read the sequel and finale to Vicious that is Vengeful. Apparently V.E. Schwab wrote the book, her editor said it could be better, and then she rewrote it — which is crazy to me. Like, good on her.
I’ve actually read the first book in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor, and I loved it! But for some reason I never finished the series. However, I finished reading Taylor’s Strange the Dreamer duology, and without spoiling anything, I need to read this series. If you’ve read Muse of Nightmares, you’ll understand why. Plus, I’ve always wanted to finish this series because it’s so unique and fun.
Recently, I wrote a post about a bunch of book series I wanted to read but couldn’t be bothered (read it here!) and asked you guys which book series I should consider reading. Almost all of the people who commented on the post said I should read Stalking Jack the Ripper, so I’m going to try! It actually looks really fun and I’ve heard there’s a lovely romance in the books, so sign me up!
The Gold Seer trilogy is another book series I’ve wanted to read but cbf. But now that I’ve finished uni, I really want to give it a shot. I’ve heard pretty good things about this series, but I’m more excited because I’ve never read a historical novel about the Gold Rush before and I’m very keen for it! Plus I’ve heard that Rae Carson’s books are awesome.
I’ve been on a bit of a TJ Klune binge recently, after having read all of his Tales of Verania series in like a week back in October, and I want to read more of his work. He’s a very unique writer and all of his books are different from one another. You have fantasy, comedy, paranormal, dystopian, contemporary … every work is different and strange and I really like how his brain works. I’ve heard really good things about The Immemorial Years series. It’s supposed to be super fucked up and I love weird shit, so here we go!
Despite the fact that the first three covers are, sorry TJ, really bad, I’m excited to read this series. After I finished Tales of Verania, a lot of people recommended Bear, Otter and the Kid series because I wanted to continue reading TJ’s books. I don’t know much about these books but I think it has a friends to lovers romance? Anyway, very excited for it!
I’m four months behind on the Ghosts of the Shadows Market short story series by Cassandra Clare and a bunch of other authors. A new story comes out each month until the publication of Queen of Air and Darkness, the final book in the Dark Artifices series. I’ve kind of ignored these short stories for a while, because I was so busy with uni and reading other books, but I’m going to be starting with these books ASAP. I’m especially excited for The Land I Lost, the story of how Alec and Magnus adopted a little Shadowhunter boy.
If you don’t know, I joined the Classics Club last year, an online group dedicated to reading at least 50 classics books in a five-year period. Check out my full 50-book TBR here! Basically, you can read any book that you personally consider a classic, including modern classics and books that define a particular genre. Anyway, seeing as I’ve only read 3 books off of this massive list so far, I really need to step up my game if I plan to read all of the books within five years.
At Swim, Two Boys is set before Ireland’s revolt against the British in the early 20th century, where a young man teaches another how to swim and they begin to fall in love, but the country and the people in their town have other ideas. I’ve heard it’s tragic, but it’s considered a queer classic so I’ll try. I really want to read Brave New World because it’s so relative for today’s climate. It’s about a utopian society that isn’t as utopian as it seems. Very excited for this one! Don’t hate me, but I haven’t read all of Jane Austen’s books! I know! I started reading Emma in high school and really didn’t like the main character, Emma, so I never tried again. However, I do want to read all of Austen’s books, so I’ll be trying this one again. I can’t believe I haven’t read A Christmas Carol! It’s like one of the most classic classics to have ever classiced. I don’t especially like Dickens, but this book is pretty short.
I recently wrote a post where I discussed how I want to read outside of what I usually do by including more non-fiction into my reading tastes. So I collected a bunch of non-fiction books I really want to read and showcased them. Read the post here!
Eggshell Skull is the true story about an Australian woman named Bri Lee who grew up surrounded by the law: her dad is a cop, she studied law, she worked at the courts. And then one day she is raped and she experiences the law in a completely different way as she brings her rapist to court. Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Astrophysics for People in a Hurry is an easy book for me to read because I love science, but I also don’t understand it that much? So by having someone dumb it down enough, I can finally understand it, so yay! The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck is a self-help book, if you can believe. It’s all about looking at the world in a different light and trying not to be such a perfectionist about things, which has always been an issue for me. Hopefully this book helps me with some personal issues. Bisexuality in the Ancient World is a basically what it’s title says. The author explores legal texts, inscriptions, medical documents, poetry and literature of Ancient Greece and Rome to chart the history of bisexuality. Keen for this book!
And there we go! That’s my end of uni (forever!) TBR!
Have you finished uni and/or school for the year? Or forever? What books are on your upcoming summer or winter TBR? Have you read any of the books on my TBR? Let me know!