Author's Note

My Friends Pick My TBR!

I had a lot of fun the last time I let people pick my TBR for me (way back in November 2018!), so I thought I’d give it another go! I asked Justine, Judith, my mum and my husband to choose a few things each that they wanted me to read (and then I snuck in a few myself), so let’s see what they went for…


Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton: Justine says, “I think you’ll love this. It’s a harem book with lots of politicking and backstabbing and ladies with shifting alliances.” I recently finished the first book in the series, so I’m excited to read this.

The Mortal Word by Genevieve Cogman: This is one of my sneaky picks. I mentioned in my goals post yesterday that I wanted to continue with this series, and I don’t want to lose momentum as I’ve been reading one a week so far!

The Year of the Snake by MJ Trow and Maryanne Coleman: Perry says, “It’s a New Year read and this had Year and Snake in the title!” I won this in a competition ages ago and can’t believe I haven’t got round to it yet.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff: Mum says, “Because if you don’t like it, that’s a whole trilogy you can knock off the list. And if you do (training montages up the wazoo) you need to catch up!” Two very fair points!

Wicked Like A Wildfire by Lana Popovic: Judith says, “I want to see what you think of it, because people are mixed, but I liked the concept.” To be honest I forgot I had this, so it’s good to bring it up to the top of the list.

A Dress for the Wicked by Autumn Krause: This is my other pick, because it’s one of my oldest ARCs and needs reviewing ASAP!

An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard: Mum says, “I think you’ll know quickly if it’s for you.” Mysterious, but I’m looking forward to it.

Seafire by Natalie C Parker: Justine says, “Pirates! Reportedly good female friendships! Also, I want you to report back on it because it has been sitting on my shelf for a while.” It’s been on mine for ages too, despite buying the US edition to get it earlier than the UK publication date, and I do like pirates…

The City of Brass by SA Chakraborty: Perry says, “Taps to add one mana of any colour, but you lose 1 life.” I assume this is a Magic: The Gathering reference I don’t get, but it’s as good an excuse as any to read this, which has been waiting a while!

Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor: Mum says, “So I can finally discuss and not fear spoilers. And it’s beautiful. In all ways.” I may need to read a quick recap of Strange the Dreamer before I start, but I do very much need to finish this gorgeous duology.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid: Mum says, “This is like a glossy afternoon movie, you’ll whisk through it quickly.” I’ve certainly been meaning to read it for ages, so it’s good to hear it’s quick!

Blood Heir by Amelie Wen Zhao: Judith says, “Because honestly, I don’t know if I want to read it, and that way you can just tell me if it’s worth it.” I requested this before I knew it was based on the story of Anastasia, and since that’s a bit of a pet hate of mine (along with most things set in Russia/fantasy Russia, I don’t think I’m going to like it. But I need to at least try as it’s a NetGalley ARC!

A Harmony of Fire and Earth by Antonia Aquilante: Perry says, ” You’ve got to have one “An X OF Y AND Z” title in there.” Perry has heard me rant about how boring YA fantasy titles are before! This is actually not YA, but is the sequel to an adult m/m fantasy romance I really enjoyed last year, so I’m looking forward to reading it!

And that’s it! 13 books for me to try, (mostly) on the recommendation of others. And they haven’t gone easy on me either, there are some big old books in there!

17 thoughts on “My Friends Pick My TBR!

    1. Oh me too, I can never stick solely to one list, but this many should still leave me with loads of spaces to read other things if the mood strikes! And there’s a pretty good variety so hopefully there’ll be something for most moods… You could always ask someone to pick one for you to slot in the next time you fancy that genre?

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