My Summer TBR // we all know this is subject to change, but I’m trying

I’m very bad at making TBR lists, but please accept this attempt at doing so. I’m trying my best. 😌

Normally, I do not make TBR lists because… well, I just read whatever is available to me. Part of the reason why I read a lot of backlist books is because I get most of my books from my online library through Libby, which lets me check out audiobooks and ebooks. But lately… they haven’t had most of the books I want to read, and if they plan on ever having them in stock, the library usually includes them about a year after the release date. 😦 

So despite this setback, I’m writing this TBR post as a list of books I might try to purchase (even through I’m supposed to be on a book ban 😅) or obtain in any other way. I also wanted to share this list because it’s particularly filled with books by Black, POC, and LGBTQ+ authors!  


Cinderella is Dead, by Kalynn Bayron

I’m currently reading this one, and I’m enjoying it so far! I love a twisted fairytale retelling, and I especially like the rep. 

And if I didn’t have an eARC already, I would have bought it for the cover alone! Maybe I will! 

Cemetery Boys, by Aiden Thomas

I was very overjoyed to receive this eARC from Netgalley recently! (It’s my second ownvoices Latinx ARC and that makes me very happy!) 

My Netgalley “wish” was granted by the publisher a few weeks ago. I’m ready to read it as soon as I finish Cinderella Is Dead!  

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Most Likely

The Sound of Stars, by Alechia Dow

I read the description for this one, and it sounds so good?? Count me in.

I must purchase this book immediately. 

I’ve also heard a lot fo good things about it so far! 

The Wicker King, by K. Ancrum

I’ve had this one on my TBR for over a year, and I have not gotten any closer to buying it. 😅

Mostly because I must purchase it to read it, and I’m not sure if I’m ready for that kind of commitment. 

You Should See Me In A Crown, by Leah Johnson

Based on the description, this one sounds cute and fun, and that’s honestly very much what I need right now.

I have an audiobook for this one, so I should definitely be able to read this as soon as possible!

The Fever King, by Victoria Lee

This is another book I’ve had on my TBR for at least a year, but because I have to buy it, it’s been a bit difficult to obtain. It’s also always sold out whenever I try to buy it anywhere! 

Why is the internet doing this to me? Please let me buy this book in peace! 

The Lightning Thief (+ PJO/HoO) by Rick Riordan

So far, the only book I truly own on this list. 😌

I know I said I would start reading this over a month ago, but I haven’t picked it back up since. I just feel guilty about not reading all of the other books I said I would read! They deserve attention, too! 

I feel guilty about a lot of things relating to my absence on here. But mostly about my growing TBR. 

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The Weight of the Stars, by K. Ancrum 

A lot of other bloggers, whom I very much trust when it comes to recs, have recommended this book in several different places. 

I really want to give it a try! (The MC also has basically the same name as me, so how could I not support that?)

Beneath the Citadel, by Destiny Soria

Another book I’ve had my eye on for a while, ever since a few of my favorite reviewers gave it good reviews. 

Apparently, not a lot of people have read this one! Which is strange, because I know some of my favorite reviewers really liked it. So I’m very excited to read it, whenever I get the chance! 

The Henna Wars, by Adiba Jaigirdar 

I used to have an ebook copy from my library, but I wasn’t able to read it back then. 

Now, hopefully I have enough time to actually enjoy it! 

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Vicious, by V.E. Schwab

I have never read a V.E. Schwab book (unless you want to count City of Ghosts and Tunnel of Bones) and I am determined to fix this immediately. 

Everyone has been telling me to read this book for yeas, and it has such a beautiful cover. I must purchase it, but I’m not sure if I’m ready to commit yet. Will I love it? I’ll only buy it if I can be sure I will love it! 

Artermis Fowl, by Eoin Colfer

Instead of posting about another MG fantasy series which I will not be referring to anymore for the foreseeable future (😒), I have decided to read the first Artemis Fowl book for the sole purpose of comparing it to the new Disney+ movie without a nostalgic bias. 

I don’t have to buy this one, since I might not read the rest of the series and I can get it from my library, so that’s good! Although the new series covers do look very nice. 

Nocturna, by Maya Motayne

I’ve been trying to read this one since January, and I have just not found the time at all. 

I’m looking forward to it, but its 500 pages are a bit intimating right now, haha! (And what would I, a small Latinx blogger, ever do with myself if I didn’t read this book? The Latinx Fantasy book of my dreams?)

The Storm Crow, by Kalyn Josephson

I bought this book a few months ago, and I’ve been hyping myself up for it ever since. I’m determined to read it before a whole years goes by since my purchase! 

I’m also very excited for this one, especially since there’s a sequel coming out soon! I’m terrible at keeping track of release dates, but I know it is coming soon.

Tarnished Are the Stars, by Rosiee Thor

Luckily, I found an audiobook from my library for this one, so I will not have to wait much longer to read it. 

This is another books I have been longing to read for about a year. Here’s to hoping I can get to it soon! 

The Poppy War, R.F. Kuang 

I have heard so many good things about The Poppy War, and I’m so ready to read it already. 

I’m prepared to get emotionally invested, which means I might have to read this series when I have time to read them back to back. Also, I have to wait until I can buy it, because these covers are gorgeous.

Siege and Storm, by Leigh Bardugo

I… already started to read this one, so I guess I’ll add it here at the last minute.

Last year, I bought the box set of the Shadow and Bone trilogy when I found out the there would be a Netflix adaptation, and because I want to be fully prepared when I start reading Six of Crows!

Yes, I am aware that I don’t need to read this series before SoC, but I already bought it. This is my punishment. No matter how much I do not want to, I must read these books because the money has already been foolishly spent, and I must meet Nikolai once and for all.

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As someone who has only finished like 3 books since March, I am very nervous about this TBR. Although, I know if I read them, I will feel pretty accomplished!

In conclusion, I have felt nothing but stress by creating this TBR post. 😅 I better get back to reading. 

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Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Are you planning on reading any of them soon? What are some of the books on your TBR right now?

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Happy reading, everyone! Have a lovely day! Please stay safe and healthy!

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55 thoughts on “My Summer TBR // we all know this is subject to change, but I’m trying

  1. Okay this is a fantastic list of books! I’ve read and loved The Henna Wars and I really enjoyed You Should See Me in a Crown. Cinderella is Dead and Cemetery Boys are on my immediate TBR too! Great post 😁

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  2. xandra this is literally the most superior tbr ever… i’m scrolling through and being all 🥺🥺 over them!! i’m so jealous that you have arcs of cinderella is dead and cemetery boys, they both look amazing and i hope you love them!! i definitely recommend the poppy war (who is surprised), but i also loved all the books in your most likely and hopefully categories — minus the sound of stars because i unfortunately haven’t gotten the chance to read it yet! i’m wishing you all the luck on reading these books, and i’m so so excited to see your thoughts on all of them ❤

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    1. 🥺 Thank you May, I’m so happy that I finally set aside time for these lovely books! I hope you love Cinderella is Dead and Cemetery Boys when you get the chance to read them! I promise I will read The Poppy War and most likely cry to you when I’m done. 🥺 Thank you, and I wish you luck with all of the books you’re planning on reading soon!

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  3. Good luck with all these books!!

    I have Cemetery Boys, The Fever King and You Should See Me In A Crown and am SO pumped to read both of them!! I was going to comment on which I’d recommend but ahhh also haven’t read any of them yet. Shadow & Bone and Vicious have been on my TBR for ages though and I HAVE to get to them by the end of the year otherwise,,, well idk what I’d do hehe

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    1. Thank you, Ruby! 😊 I hope you love Cemetery Boys! I haven’t gotten around to it yet but I’m reading it next, maybe tomorrow! Have you read You Should See Me In a Crown yet? 👀 I’m almost done and I really like it! I’m planning on reading Vicious soon, maybe within the next month or so! Would you be interested in a buddy read? 👀 (You don’t have to, no pressure! Just so that we both can finally read it!)

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  4. I’ve been wanting to read Cinderella is Dead, and Cemetery boys for a while now, but oops – haven’t gotten there yet! Some of these covers are so cute! I can’t wait to get started, and your list has made me add titles to my ever-growing, never-ending TBR! So don’t worry, you’re not alone there 🙂


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