Book Chat: Reading Wish List for the Second Half of 2018

As you may know, I have been swamped with work and wedding planning for the past few months so the number of blog posts I’ve published has plummeted dramatically. Because of this, I missed the fun ‘top x books I want to read in the second half of 2018!’ posts that everyone did back at the end of June. So I’m going to make up for lost time and post the same list, just in August. Not quite halfway through the year, but better late than never.

My to-read list is longer than ever and the more I read other book blogger’s amazing reviews the more bloated it gets. So for the sake of not making a list of 80 books I want to read in the next 5 months I’m going to make a quick and easy Top 6. This isn’t going to include the 5 or 6 books I’m in the middle of reading, even though for my own sanity it should. Can I borrow Hermione’s Time Turner so I can fit in enough time for reading (and sleeping)?

1. The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang (2018)

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This is one of two books on my list that I don’t own yet and I’m reeeally hoping to change that soon. The only reason I initially heard of The Poppy War was because of a small Twitter war that I observed from afar around the time the book was released. No publicity is bad publicity, right? Regardless of the dispute’s outcome, I’m glad I looked into the book that everyone was talking about because an epic China-based fantasy with a strong female protagonist sounds like a breath of fresh air and I can’t wait to devour it.

2. The Book of M by Peng Shepherd (2018)

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My fiance bought me this book about a month ago and it’s near the top of my to-read stack. Thanks to numerous raving reviews written by book bloggers, The Book of M was brought to my attention shortly after it’s June release. According to the synopsis, Peng Shepherd’s debut novel begins with everyone’s shadows and memories disappearing. The premise sounds haunting and unique and the cover is STUNNING. I absolutely can not wait to start reading this.


3. The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor (2004)

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I’ve heard a lot of people say that this is their favourite Alice in Wonderland adaption so I’m excited to dig into it. At some point, The Looking Glass Wars will be an instalment for my Curiouser & Curiouser Reviews (that I’ve completely fallen behind with after only one month!). From the synopsis, this book sounds like it stays true to the setting and characters of the original books despite a bizarre choice to spell Alice ‘Alyss‘. Other than that being a potential annoyance, I look forward to checking out this interpretation of Carroll’s Wonderland.

4. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (1969)

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A classic that I’ve been meaning to read for ages. At one point during grad school, I bought a copy of Slaughterhouse-Five and I honestly have no idea what happened to it. I assume it’s buried in a pile of books I’ve left at my parent’s house. I recently purchased it again on my Kindle so I’ve tucked it away for some rainy day reading. I admit to having no idea what this book is about but that makes it all the more fun to read.


5. The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan (1990)

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I read the first book in The Wheel of Time series, The Eye of the World, a few months ago and I can list about 500 things that I absolutely adored about it. The worldbuilding and characters are so memorable and addicting that I’ve been dying to get to reading the second book in the series, The Great Hunt. I just haven’t found the right time to properly get into this book. I think I’m going to save it for a chilly autumn day when I can wrap up with this book under a blanket with some warm apple cider. Whenever I finally get around to reading it I have the third book in the series ready and waiting!

6. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton (2018) 

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This was originally going to be a Top 5 list but I just had to add Turton’s debut mystery novel. I’d like to thank Instagram targeted ads for bringing this book to my attention (sometimes Big Brother is helpful!…). I want to read this book for shallow reasons: the title is super catchy and the cover design is cool. Goodreads reviews look positive as well and I don’t think 2018 would be complete without another mystery novel.


It was tricky to narrow my wish list down to only 6 books, but I feel this accurately reflects the books I’m absolutely craving right now. This could change by the end of the week or even the end of the day. I have absolutely no ability to focus when it comes to books, it’s a miracle I ever actually finish reading anything. What books are you hoping to read before the end of the year? Have you read any of the books I’ve listed above? Let me know in the comments!

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