If you’re a book blogger or just an avid reader, you’ll know the struggle. The struggle of buying too many books when you already have far too many sitting on your shelf. The struggle of a publisher asking you if you’d like to review x, y or z and knowing you don’t really have time but you can’t quite resist. The struggle of not being able to leave the library empty handed because it feels like you’re committing a crime. I know, I feel you. I am that person. There are so many books sitting on my bookcase and have been sitting there for months – some even years – which although I always say I’m going to read, I never do. So here are 10 books on my bookcase which I really want to finally get around to reading this year!

The Atlantis Gene by A.G Riddle

This is one that’s been sitting there for ages and ages and although it’s not usually my genre, I’ve always thought this book sounded fascinating so I really want to get stuck in soon and see if it’s my sorta thang or not!

The Dry by Jane Harper

I won this last year (I think) and I haven’t read it yet, sighhhhhh. It’s a gorgeous hardback copy – which I love and I’ve heard a few people mention how good it is.

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

I bought this one for my mum for her birthday last year because she said she’d been seeing posters for it on the way to work. She absolutely loved it but it’s been sitting on my shelf since!

The Trouble With Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

This had so much hype when it was released, as did her next novel Three Things About Elsie and I’ve heard so many wonderful things about both. I also bought this for my mum last year as a gift, she’s read it (and loved it) and I obviously haven’t. Boo.

The Foster Child by Jenny Blackhurst

I can only apologize profousley for this one as this was a review copy which was sent to me which I haven’t read yet (although I didn’t ask for it or agree to any blog tour but I still feel bad).

Travelling to Infinity by Jane Hawkin

The book which was the inspiration behind the film, ‘The Theory of Everything’, I picked this up on a whim when I was at the Severn Valley Railway last year in one of the station book shops.

The Three by Sarah Lotz

This has been sitting on my shelf for an inexcusable amount of time. The premise sounds outstanding, I’ve heard amazing things but have I read it? No. Something’s been stopping me but I vow to read it this year!

Confessions of a Conjurer by Derren Brown

I bought this book for my boyfriend (who’s a magician) like, 2/3 years ago now? I don’t know why because he doesn’t read. But I love Derren Brown so I definitely wanna read this one myself and only realised it last month!

George by Alex Gino

Another one which I won around a year ago (about the same time as I won The Dry, actually) which I still. haven’t. read. my gosh I am awful. This wouldn’t usually be my kind of book but I’m always up for expanding my reading!

Bad Sister by Sam Carrington

I think I won this some time late last year and I’ve been super excited about reading it but I just haven’t got around to it yet, despite the gloriously bright pink spine standing out on my shelf!

So there we are! 10 books I would absolutely love to manage to read this year which would certainly make a dent in my bookcase collection! Have you read any of these? What did you think? What books do you really want to read this year? Let me know!


  1. We have such different book tastes! I’ve not actually heard of any of these before – but I now want to read The Atlantis Gene and Travelling to Infinity!

  2. I’ve only read George, but I did really enjoy it, so I hope you will too. It’s a great topic to focus on for a middle grade audience. I have so many books on my shelves that I really need to read, so I’m trying to work on more backlist titles this year! I actually started a FB group recently for people who blog about books to help motivate, etc. if you want to join? I can send a link if you just write me on Twitter – @shootingstarmag


  3. I totally feel your pain!!! There just isn’t enough time for all the books. I haven’t read any of your ten, so I can’t say, “read this one first!” Maybe just delve right in and don’t make any trips to the library for awhile. ☺️

  4. This looks like a really good list!! I understand the struggle. I am a English lit student and I never have time for anything besides school and work. When I do get times to read its pure bliss. Feel free to check out my blog:

  5. Ah I feel your pain so much!! I’ve only read the Couple Next Door and did enjoy it. I also want to read the trouble with sheep and goats, just haven’t got around to t! Good luck getting through the list!

  6. I’m the same but with library books, I take more and more out but I’m so behind with reading. I’m reading ‘The Girl in the Red Coat’ at the moment and it’s so good I can’t sleep at night because my mind is racing!!

  7. And then there’s people like me, that read posts like this and promptly add almost all of these books to my own TBR 🙁

  8. Hi, I haven’t read any of your list unfortunately. I can however relate to buying books. I took one back to the library the other day, took out 3 and they had a sale on. Well a whole bag of books for £2 how can you refuse. Needless to say my tbr list never gets any smaller x

  9. This selection is amazing! I read The Dry & Bad Sister quite some time ago, but I remember lots of it. I recommend it so much. But you have to read ”Brooklyn Girl”


  10. I know the feeling all too well! I’m an English lit student so haven’t had the chance to read anything other than what’s on my uni reading list. Looking forward to finishing so I can make my way through unread books on my shelf 🌈 x

  11. I’m exactly the same Jenny! 😂 I have so many books on my book shelf which I haven’t got round to reading yet. I like the sound of Travelling to Infinity by Jane Hawkin – I saw the film and really enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing, hope you enjoy reading them all when you do 😘 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  12. All the books on your list sound really interesting and only adding to the pile I’ve already got on my tbr, I keep adding to it. I seem to read one and add 4. I hope I get to read all the books I want to read this year and I wish you luck on reading your ten here.

  13. I saw the Theory of Everything with my parents when it came out and we all really liked it. I wasn’t sure they would go for the movie because it’s not their thing genre wise. I may have to look up the book. I’ve heard of The Dry from somewhere and I kinda remember hearing good things about it. I feel like I’ve heard of most of these but not read them sadly. I picked up 5 or 6 books a couple weeks ago from an Art Mart (it’s a monthly thing where artists sell their various wares at a location here in town.) I still need to read those and I want to re read a couple books. The ones I want to re read are Ready Player One and A Wrinkle in Time. Both are being made into movies and I want to refresh my memory before seeing the movie.

  14. Ha, how did you only pick 10! Defo push Goats and Sheep to the front of these!
    I also have a review copy of The Foster Child which I haven’t read yet….and I did request it so don’t beat yourself up too much 🙂

  15. There are so many on my list of books I want to read in 2018 and so many series I hope to finish.

    Keyword: HOPE.

    We’ll see how that goes. So far in Feb I’ve only finished one book. Sigh.

  16. I have a couple next door, the three and her next book day four, foster child on my tbr and bad sister on my wish list. I made a list the start of this year of books I wanna read but it’s quite a lot more than 10. it’s 17 and now I’m thinking I need a round number lol so may end up more on the list than 20.

    2018 List:
    Simon Kernick – Severed
    Tim Weaver. – Chasing the dead
    Amanda Brooke – The affair
    Mandasue Heller – Afraid
    Alex Lake – After Anna
    Linda Green – After I’ve gone
    Jamie Raven – The madam
    Jennifer Weiner – All fall down
    Jules Moulin – Ally Hughes has sex sometimes
    Rachel Scurig – Three girls & a leading man
    Katrine Diamond – The teacher
    Linda Huber – Baby dear
    Lisa Hall – Between you & me
    Stuart macbride – Birthdays for the dead
    KL Slater – Blink
    Dreda say mitchell -Blood sister
    Mason Cross – The Killing season

  17. The only one of these that I actually read was The Couple Next Door, and I really enjoyed it! I like her writing style a lot. It was a great read, I hope you enjoy all of these books when you get the chance to read them.

  18. Eeeep, that’s quite a list! The only one I’ve read is The Trouble With Goats and Sheep, which I did enjoy but don’t want to give anything away here, hehe. Apart from all my forthcoming Book Group choices, the only other books I want to read are Sylvia Hunter’s YA trilogy and Robert Hutchinson’s Elizabeth’s Spymaster. Fingers crossed! And best of luck with your list! x

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

  19. I read ‘The Couple Next Door’ last year, very good book. Can’t shed any light on any of the others I’m afraid. I’m a bit like you though and this year I’m determined to read more ‘literature’ that’s on my ‘Goodreads’ list, so I have ‘The Book Thief’, ‘All the light we cannot see’, ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ and others waiting for me. I did a post ( not a plug honestly) on my top 5 reads from last year that you might want to look at. There were some surprises in there!

    1. The Book Thief is good. All the Light We Cannot See is good, a bit long and bleak but still good. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is something I ought to read but I haven’t yet.

      1. Thanks. I’m saving “All the light…” for a holiday so I can get into it uninterrupted. I don’t want to be reading 5 pages a night before bed !

      2. Hehe makes sense. Thanks for following me. Just FYI I don’t really review books on here. I’d make a favorites list, but that would be so hard.

  20. What a great idea! And making your list public, I think, makes it more likely that you’ll get through all of them. I need to do the same thing. Fabulous post. I haven’t read any of them, by the way, but some of them sound like must-reads.

  21. I read the couple next door in about 7 hours. I literally couldn’t put it down! Even right at the end there’s a massive twist. I’m on the maze trials books at the moment and they are amazing oo

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