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10 books on my bookcase I really want to read this year

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!


Jenny in Neverland

Twenty-something lifestyle blogger from Essex. Book lover, Slytherin, organisational wizard and enjoys Motorsport, Disney and Yoga.


  1. I’ve never heard of any of these books so I will have to have a look xx

    Jamie |

    1. Wow really?!

  2. A great selection of books there, I still haven’t finished the two I started like a year ago!

    Amy |

    1. Oh no haha! xxx

  3. I have so many books I want to finish. I haven’t read any of these.

    A Sparkle Of Grace

  4. You must, MUST, read The Dry and The Couple Next Door asap! They are the best, I read them both last year and loved them. I know you won’t be disappointed.

    1. Thanks for the recommendations!

  5. 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!

    1. I’m still yet to read either!!!

  6. Lauren Becker says:

    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


    1. Sure thing! Would love to join 🙂 xx

  7. 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. ☺️

  8. 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:

  9. 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!

  10. hebahpervaiz says:

    These look like a bunch of really great books! I am hoping to make more time to read this year; I always find myself scrolling through my phone and wasting time so I should start working on my TBR instead…

  11. 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!!

  12. The copile next door looks so good!! This is so relatable I have about 12 books waiting to be read it’s a good job they don’t go out of date haha


  13. SaarBlogs says:

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

  14. I love this post Jenny! I haven’t read any of these books but I really want to get back into reading more! Let me know when you read some of these books and if any of them were any good!
    Love, Cally x

  15. 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

  16. I won a copy of George last year too, and also still haven’t got to It! I need to this year too, not seen a single bad review for it I think 🙂
    Amy xxx

  17. I have collected and been given a few books in the past year or so and I’m just getting round to reading them! Making it my goal to read them all this year before purchasing new ones – although these posts don’t help when these books look so good to read!

    Jessica & James | /

  18. 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”

  19. Katy Lauren Willis says:

    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

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