I think most of us bookworms have a long list of books that we want to read, but we don’t have a lot of time to read all of them.
There are so many books that I want to read, but then again there are so many amazing new books coming out and I usually give my attention to those new books instead of the one that I already have and still waiting for me to read them. Every time there are new books coming out, I always bought the new ones (only the one that I find interesting from the synopsis alone).
And then there are those interesting ARCs that just caught my attention, and I couldn’t help myself but to request it. I don’t know what is with me and keep on requesting ARCs for new upcoming books, I just can’t stop myself. I truly feel bad for the books that I bought, but that doesn’t mean I won’t read them. I will, I just don’t know when, but I hope once I finish with all the ARCs, I will focus my attention on finishing books that I own…but—there’s that but again—I can’t promise not to buy more books. *evil laugh*
Talking about not buying books, actually I just got out of my book-buying ban a few months ago. I was on a very long book-buying ban, it started around October last year up until June/July this year. I know it sounds silly, but I did it because I want to gather all the books that I want to buy in one big list, and then I just have to buy those books all at once. I can’t remember how many books I bought after the ban, but it was a lot, and I’m going to make a book haul post for that one soon…
Without wasting more time, let’s see the 3 book that I was supposed to read last year!
THE CRUEL PRINCE by Holly Black
Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.
And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.
Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.
To win a place at the Court, she must defy him—and face the consequences.
As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to down the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.
DANCE OF THIEVES by Mary E. Pearson
A new novel in the New York Times -bestselling Remnant Chronicles universe, in which a reformed thief and the young leader of an outlaw dynasty lock wits in a battle that may cost them their lives—and their hearts.
When the patriarch of the Ballenger empire dies, his son, Jase, becomes its new leader. Even nearby kingdoms bow to the strength of this outlaw family, who have always governed by their own rules. But a new era looms on the horizon, set in motions by a young queen, which makes her the target of the dynasty’s resentment and anger.
At the same time, Kazi, a legendary former street thief, is sent by the queen to investigate transgressions against the new settlements. When Kazi arrives in the forbidding land of the Ballengers, she learns that there is more to Jase than she thought. As unexpected events spiral out of their control, bringing them intimately together, they continue to play a cat and mouse game of the false moves and motives in order to fulfill their own secret missions.
LOVE & GELATO by Jenna Evans Welch
“I made the wrong choice.”
Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.
But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.
People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.
Those are the 3 books that I was supposed to read last year. Dance of Thieves is on the top of my list actually, because I’d read The Remnant Chronicles trilogy by the same author and I loved it, and so I’m really looking forward to read DoT.
As for The Cruel Prince, I saw a lot of people posting about it on Instagram and hyping it up, so I thought “maybe I should see what’s so special about this one.” It better be worth the hype!
Lastly, Love & Gelato. I just love a story that takes place in any part of Europe for contemporary romances, be it YA/NA/Adult. I love the settings of European countries, both in books and of course in real life. Since this one takes place in Tuscany, Italy it help boost up my excitement to read this book. I went to Venice, Italy a few months ago for the first time, and I know for a fact it’s one of the best city in the world. Everything about Italy is just so special, not just because of its gelato, but also because of its interesting places and histories. So, I’m going to put this on the very top of my ‘next-to-read’ list.
As for now, I have so many ARCs to read and review, so maybe after I’m done with all the ARCs and reviewing them, I can finally get to read the 3 books I mentioned above and all the books I own that are still waiting to be read by me!