Hello everyone! I hope you’re doing well. Today I bring very exciting news – the book buying ban that I have been on for over a year now is finally over! This wasn’t a time limited thing – I’ve had to work for this. The deal I made with myself was that I couldn’t buy another book until I’d read or unhauled most of the unread ones I already owned (which was an overwhleming number at the time). I’ve been working on getting this number down for a while, and by the middle of April my TBR had 24 books on it. Since this lockdown is making me crave new stories, I made a deal with myself that once I halved my TBR – down to 12 books – I was allowed to start buying new ones again.
So, as soon as I dangled this tantalising prospect in front of myself, what did I immediately begin doing? Deciding which books I was going to buy, of course! I have spent a long while thinking about this list, scrolling through a variety of online bookstores to compile my perfect haul. So without further ado, here are all the books I’m planning to buy now I have reached the end of my ban.
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
This book has been on my radar for quite some time, but it wasn’t until a recent video I watched where Hailey in Bookland explained the plot (oh yeah, I’ve started watching BookTube now) that I decided I had to read it. The book follows Princess Lia, who runs away on her wedding day, as she meets two men – one is the jilted Prince, the other an assassin sent to kill her. Both men’s identities are kept secret until the end of the book, so you don’t know who is who. I’m not sure about you, but that sounds super entertaining to me.
Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills
This is a super sweet, fluffy contemporary novel and look at that cover 😍 Emma Mills has been on my radar for so long, everyone says how amazing she is at writing adorable friendships. There’s three of her books that I am most interested in, and this recent post from Veronika @ Wordy and Whimsical helped me to decide that I should go for Famous in a Small Town first. I’ve heard many people say Foolish Hearts is her best work, so I’m saving that one until last.
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
I have wanted to read this book for two years, yet never gotten a copy of it. TWO YEARS. Well, no more. I will buy this book, I will read it, and I will hopefully enjoy it as much as I enjoyed the Kindle sample I read back in 2018.
The Thief Who Pulled On Trouble’s Braids by Michael McClung
This is another one I read a Kindle sample of two years ago and decided I simply had to read. It seems like a really funny, high-stakes adventure, and fantasy with a sense of humour is my ultimate genre.
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
If you read my recent post where I did the ‘I Should Have Read That’ book tag, you will know that this is the oldest book on my Goodreads Want to Read shelf. Sooo, it kind of feels like it ought to be one of the first books I buy. If I don’t get to it now, when will I?
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
I have to admit, this may be sliiiightly influenced by those GORGEOUS new covers. I mean, can you blame me? Look at that artwork! I’m drooling. My shallow, book-cover-judging nature aside, this series is pretty much a staple in the bookish community, and I know it’s a favourite for a lot of people. I’m all for a good series, and I’m interested to see how this futuristic fairytale retelling works. (And just look at those covers…😍)
Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
Like I mentioned earlier, I’ve been watching a lot more BookTube lately, and this video from Piera Forde is 100% the reason why this book is now on my must-buy list. Please watch, and also be convinced.
Loveless by Alice Oseman
I’ve actually already preordered this one. It’s not out until June so it doesn’t count as breaking the ban!! I have been incredibly hyped for this book ever since it was announced. I love Alice Oseman’s other work so much, and – being on the ace spectrum myself – when I found out this was Own Voices aro-ace rep I knew I needed it in my life. I even managed to snag a signed copy from Waterstones! I keep wondering when my parcel’s going to arrive, then having to remind myself it’s months away.
So, that’s everything on my immediate wishlist now I can buy books again. I’m sure this list will only grow, but I’m holding myself back to prevent ending up on another ban in future. My physical TBR is now never allowed to go over 15 books – I have learnt from this experience! Hopefully that limit will mean that I save my book buying pennies for the stories I’m most excited about, rather than splashing the cash on every title I see mentioned a couple times on Goodreads.
I’m super happy that this lockdown (and my TBR Jar) has given me the push I needed to finally slash through my physical TBR. Having my books picked at random has pushed me to get to those titles I’ve been putting off, and either love them or get rid of them for good. I’m currently reading The Priory of the Orange Tree, a monster-sized fantasy novel that I was slightly intimidated by. Now I’ve only got 140 pages to go and I’ve been absorbed and wowed by every second of it. If you’re craving indulgent, slow-burn F/F romance, I highly recommend.
What books are on your wishlist? Do you dare tell me the size of your TBR (owned copies or otherwise)? Have you ever put yourself on a book buying ban? Talk to me in the comments!