Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is the top ten backlist books on our TBR pile. I’ve done an awful job at reading my backlist books this year, so I thought I’d do this post to keep myself accountable!
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A Tyranny of Petticoats, edited by Jessica Spotswood // I read a review copy of part two of this series of YA historical fiction anthologies and loved it, so I have no idea why I still haven’t picked up part one! SOON.
The Good People by Hannah Kent // Hannah Kent’s Burial Rites is one of my favorite books, and I was so unbelievably excited for her follow-up, The Good People, which came out in 2016. I even went so far as to make sure to pick up a copy while I was in the UK because it was released a few months earlier in the UK than in the US… all for nothing, apparently, because I still haven’t picked it up. It has lots of my favorite elements– historical fiction, set in Ireland, faerie lore– and I know I’ll enjoy it once I get to it!
We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates // My stepdad got Coates’s essay collection about the Obama years for me for Christmas last year, and I STILL haven’t read it. I’m planning on finally reading it this month for Nonfiction November, though!
The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee // Again, a book that features so many of my favorite elements– historical fiction, opera, a mystery plot– but I just can never bring myself to start it. I hear nothing but great things about Alexander Chee’s work, so this one is a priority for me.
The Power by Naomi Alderman // This received so much buzz when it came out last year, and I feel like I’m very late to the party here. I’ve owned this for over a year now, AND my library has the audiobook, so I truly have no excuse for not having read it yet, lol.
Eating Fire: Selected Poetry by Margaret Atwood // Another book I’ve owned for over a year and still haven’t gotten around to. I bought this when I was in the UK last year and I’m very excited to eventually get to it!
Refuge by Dina Nayeri // I bought this last year to read for a book club and, well… you see how that went. My library has this on audio, so I plan to listen to it soon!
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters // Can you BELIEVE my sapphic ass has never read anything by Sarah Waters??? Wtf is wrong with me??? Ladies loving ladies in historical settings is, like, my entire brand.
Furyborn by Claire Legrand // I got a beautiful finished copy of this at BEA in May and haven’t picked it up yet. To be fair, I did start it in October, but then I remembered I had a bunch of review copies and had to set it aside. I’m looking forward to diving in again, though!
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys // If my mother is reading this, she’ll be thrilled about this choice. This is one of her all-time favorite books, and she bought me a copy for Christmas last year and is very unhappy that I still haven’t read it. Hahaha. To her credit, this book *is* under 200 pages and would be a really quick read for me, so it’s definitely my own fault for not getting to it yet.
Have you read any of the books on my list? Which backlist books are at the top of your tbr pile?