August 26, 2020 , Wed

I don’t know about you, but I have a metric crap ton of books that I meant to read when they came out, but just… didn’t? And then forgot about them entirely? C’mon, you know you’ve done it too!

So I figured why not dedicate some posts to those I’ve accidentally left behind and show them some love? So without further ado, here are 5 Books I Want to Read Soon!

What it’s about: Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster. In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try. Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile. But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.

Why I want to read it: I am first, foremost, and always, a fangirl. I grew up on Neopets, LiveJournal, Tumblr, all the internet communities. I’ve read fanfiction from Fanfiction.Net (in the days before AO3) and I still regularly visit those circles. This book speaks to my soul and I feel like I’ll really connect with it. As an introverted, creative person who also used to write fanfic, I just feel like this book will be like visiting my old stomping grounds. In the best way.


What it’s about: Where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. Criminal mastermind Kelsier teaches Allomancy, the magic of metals, to another Mistborn, urchin Vin 16. The unlikely heroine is distracted by rich Venture heir Elend. Can Kelsier’s thieving crew take on the tyrant Lord Ruler and bring back colour to their world?

Why I want to read it: I’ve always wanted to read the Mistborn series (I know, I know) and I started it… like two years ago? The magic system sounds amazing and the premise is something that really interested me because it’s about what happens when the Chosen One fails and I’m psyched for that. I don’t know that there are too many books about what happens after the good guys lose so it definitely piqued my interest.


What it’s about: Sierra Santiago was looking forward to a fun summer of making art, hanging out with her friends, and skating around Brooklyn. But then a weird zombie guy crashes the first party of the season. Sierra’s near-comatose abuelo begins to say “Lo siento” over and over. And when the graffiti murals in Bed-Stuy start to weep…. Well, something stranger than the usual New York mayhem is going on. Sierra soon discovers a supernatural order called the Shadowshapers, who connect with spirits via paintings, music, and stories. Her grandfather once shared the order’s secrets with an anthropologist, Dr. Jonathan Wick, who turned the Caribbean magic to his own foul ends. Now Wick wants to become the ultimate Shadowshaper by killing all the others, one by one. With the help of her friends and the hot graffiti artist Robbie, Sierra must dodge Wick’s supernatural creations, harness her own Shadowshaping abilities, and save her family’s past, present, and future.

Why I want to read it: I have not heard a single negative thing about this book (and series). Plus, I really like how it’s set up to explore magic related to art and creativity. Honestly, the premise is just one of those one in a million original ideas that seems to be executed as well as it’s imagined and who wouldn’t want to be a part of that sort of brilliance?


What it’s about: The magicians want her to lead. The sorcerers want her to lie. The demons want her blood. Henrietta wants to save the one she loves. But will his dark magic be her undoing? Henrietta doesn’t need a prophecy to know that she’s in danger. She came to London to be named the chosen one, the first female sorcerer in centuries, the one who would defeat the bloodthirsty Ancients. Instead, she discovered a city ruled by secrets. And the biggest secret of all: Henrietta is not the chosen one. Still, she must play the role in order to keep herself and Rook, her best friend and childhood love, safe. But can she truly save him? The poison in Rook’s system is transforming him into something monstrous as he begins to master dark powers of his own. So when Henrietta finds a clue to the Ancients’ past that could turn the tide of the war, she persuades Blackwood, the mysterious Earl of Sorrow-Fell, to travel up the coast to seek out strange new weapons. And Magnus, the brave, reckless flirt who wants to win back her favor, is assigned to their mission. Together, they will face monsters, meet powerful new allies, and uncover the most devastating weapon of all: the truth.

Why I want to read it: I really enjoyed A Sorrow Fierce and Falling. Honestly, it was one of those sleeper hits for me. I was legitimately mad at myself for taking so long to read it despite multiple people telling me it was my jam. And then I just… didn’t read the second and third book? I have this thing where I rarely read a series straight through– I always take a break with another book between books in a series as a palette refresher or something. I don’t know, now that I’m writing about it, it seems kind of weird. But hey, that’s par for the course for me then. So yeah, I really want to dive back into this world. It’s creative and fun and I inhale read the first book so I know the style and story both work for me.


What it’s about: No one wanted Ai Ling. And deep down she is relieved—despite the dishonor she has brought upon her family—to be unbetrothed and free, not some stranger’s subservient bride banished to the inner quarters. But now, something is after her. Something terrifying—a force she cannot comprehend. And as pieces of the puzzle start to fit together, Ai Ling begins to understand that her journey to the Palace of Fragrant Dreams isn’t only a quest to find her beloved father but a venture with stakes larger than she could have imagined. Bravery, intelligence, the will to fight and fight hard… she will need all of these things. Just as she will need the new and mysterious power growing within her. She will also need help. It is Chen Yong who finds her partly submerged and barely breathing at the edge of a deep lake. There is something of unspeakable evil trying to drag her under. On a quest of his own, Chen Yong offers that help… and perhaps more.

Why I want to read it: I love Cindy Pon. Hands down, one of my favorite humans. I actually started this book many, many years ago and then got sidetracked by life stuff and never picked it back up. I really like Asian fantasy books (specifically by Asian authors) because the mythology and history and culture are magnificent (this particular series is East Asian-ish, I believe) and I always find myself getting lost in the descriptions wishing I could be there, monsters and all.


📚 How do you manage your tbr?

📚 What’s a backlist book you were super excited for but then didn’t read?

📚 Have you read any of these? Did you like/not like them?




About Diana

Diana is your sleep-deprived, fandom loving, payload escorting, book obssessing tour guide. She has her Bachelor's degree in English Literature and her Master's degree in Creative Writing. She currently works for a community college in the IT department and is an adjunct professor teaching English.

4 Responses to Bring Out Your Backlist: 5 Books I Want to Read Soon

  1. I can vouch for Eliza and Her Monsters – so so good! The illustrations in it were also just magnificent! Can’t say I’ve read the other ones though. I have so many backlist titles I should’ve read by now but…haven’t. 😬 To name a few, The Lunar Chronicles, Renegades, Ninth House, The Raven Cycle… 😅

    • Diana says:

      I didn’t know there were illustrations! That’s awesome. I also need to read Renegades and Ninth House! I’m waiting for October for Ninth House though ‘cause it seems like a spookyish book and I want those vibes around Halloween. 🦇

  2. Okay, I love this post idea SO MUCH! Is there any chance you’d be cool with me copying it and crediting you? I totally understand if not, no pressure ♥ The only book on your list that I’ve read was Eliza, and while I didn’t love the book overall, it was fun and I did LOVE the fandom rep. I feel you on aaaaaall of that!

    • Diana says:

      Absolutely of course you can. 😀

      I miss my old fandom days and I know there are still active fandoms, but they’re different now if that makes sense. I miss the days of the landcomms on LJ and making icons and gifs for tumblr. Ah, nostalgia.

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