books i need to read before the end of the year

Being a book blogger is hard sometimes. You get to learn about so many books, which is great, and then often get to have so many books, whether you buy them or get ARCs or eARCs, which is SUPER great, but then, you have to find time to actually read all of your hundreds of books on your TBR list which is…not always great. I always manage to miss some great books, whether they’re some of my most anticipated reads or other amazing-sounding books I happen upon as the year goes on through my blog followings.

Today, I’m going to share some of the books I need to read before the end of the year for various reasons.



9 Days & 9 Nights – Katie Cotugno

I am so ashamed that I haven’t read this one yet considering how long I’ve had the eARC of it. I LOVED 99 DAYS, the first book in this duology, because of the amazing writing and super complex characters. I’m hoping to read this book for Astrothon this week but we’ll see. It could probably be either my read-in-24-hours book or my read-in-one-sitting book. I hope it lives up to the goodness that was 99 DAYS.



Turtles All the Way Down – John Green

This one is one I’m REALLY embarrassed about not reading yet considering it’s been out so long and I bought it very shortly after it was released. My boyfriend keeps bugging me to read it because he read my copy before me and says it’s really good. I’m very excited to see John Green write something diverse about someone with anxiety, so we’ll see how it turns out.



Whichwood – Tahereh Mafi

I adored FURTHERMORE to tiny bits and pieces and was so psyched when I got to trade for an ARC of Whichwood. I even bought the HC edition before I read the book because I knew I’d love it. I actually started it a while ago and did enjoy it, but dropped it for some reason halfway through. This is a book I definitely need to come back to though, because I have to know what happens and Tahereh Mafi is my favorite.



I Have Lost My Way – Gayle Forman

I can’t believe I haven’t read this yet, especially considering I got an actual ARC of it. Honestly the only Gayle Forman books I loved were the IF I STAY duology, but I haven’t stopped hoping she’ll write something as amazing as those books someday again. I HAVE LOST MY WAY sounds really good, and has a singer as one of the narrators, so I for sure need to read this one before the year is out.



The Cruel Prince – Holly Black

OMG, whyyyyy haven’t I read this yet??? Holly Black is one of my few auto-buy authors; I just love her fantasy stories, especially the fae-related ones. Another blogger (I forget who) described this one as a Snow White/Evil Dead combo, which honestly sounds amazing. I NEED to read this book. Plus I was sent an ARC of THE WICKED KING, so I’ll have the sequel to dive right into if I end up liking CRUEL PRINCE.



Here So Far Away – Hadley Dyer

I honestly couldn’t say why I want to read this one so much or why I think I’m going to end up loving it. It’s about a teen girl who falls for a MUCH older guy, which does not sound like something I’d like. However, for some reason my brain is convinced that I have to read this book. So it’s on the list, too.



All of This is True – Lygia Day Penaflor

I was so excited to trade for an ARC of this because books in quirky formats often don’t work out as eARCs, which is the original format I got it in. I still haven’t read it though, because I am terrible. This book is about 4 teens who meet their favorite YA author and discover her next book is about all their secrets. I’m really curious to see how this plays out and how the formatting tells the story. Might also read this for Astrothon’s book in a unique format prompt.



Nice Try, Jane Sinner – Lianne Oelke

I’ve said this with almost every book on this list, but I seriously cannot believe I haven’t read this yet. I got an eARC but then bought it because the formatting was weird and not Kindle-friendly, but then didn’t read it. I read a really early draft of it as an editorial intern in college, and it seems like it’s gone through some major changes including adding in a religious aspect and making it YA instead of NA, but the early draft was really good and based on how excited I am to read the final product, I really should have read it by now.



Have you read any of the books on this list? What should I read first? What books are you trying to tackle by the end of the year?

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    1. hopefully you end up getting one 🙂 I’m embarrassed to admit I haven’t read anything by Leigh Bardugo yet *blushes* but I’ve had Shadow and Bone on my Kindle for forever so maybe I’ll read that at some point this year.

  1. I’ve only read All Of This Is True, which I unfortunately didn’t enjoy but I think it’s very much a book you either hate or love haha. I had an eARC as well and you were right to trade it for an ARC! I did manage to follow the story but it was a challenge

    1. I hope I end up enjoying it. Based on reviews I’ve read I think you’re right about it either being a love or hate book.

  2. I really want to read Whichwood and Nice Try, Jane Sinner as well! I’ve seen great things about them. And I hope you enjoy The Cruel Prince — if you love fae-related stories and Holly Black then it sounds like an excellent match. 🙂

  3. I really need to read The Cruel Prince too! Every time I go to Barnes and Noble, I see it and tell myself I’m going to get it but every time i end up getting something else 😂 But I’ve read Turtles All The Way Down…🙂

  4. I’ve only read Turtles all the way down and I really liked it! Not quite 5 stars, but definitely a solid 4.5 stars 🙂 I really need to read a lot of books that I haven’t caught up on, like some Rick Riordan books and finally finishing the Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo (+ Six of Crows too …) 😅

    1. I’ll definitely be reading Six of Crows too once I finish the Grisha trilogy (assuming it stays as good as the first book). I hope you like them as well 🙂

  5. I’m intrigued by a couple of books on this list, they may be added to my Goodreads TBR this evening! The Cruel Prince is very high up on my TBR list for this year. Some of the books I want to read by the end of the year are: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (I’ve still not read it but had it since it came out!), A Darker Shade of Magic trilogy by Victoria Schwab, and Warcross by Marie Lu.

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