“I’m going to read 100 books next year and also take over at least the continent of Antarctica and bake 4 pies” I said last year when I was a small summer child.

What did I actually do with my life instead of reading these books? Well I holed up in my cave (read: cozy room) and screamed at innocent by-passers. I took over the world and grew bored so I retired to a life of goat herding. I haggled with goblins. I made pie.

But was that reading? No. No it wasn’t.

I know I know I AM FULL OF SHAME.

Just. Look at this list. Most of them are not even new releases. Most are old releases judging me. You are judging me. I am judging myself too.

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So here’s a list because what better person to hold me accountable then myself? See you can say Ioana you’ve been publicly shamed and I say oh noooOOOo I must read them nowwww.

See it’s win-win let’s begin*!

*yes it rhymes and it’s bad just….let me have this




These V. E. Schwab books

I read the first books in the Shades of Magic series in a week…wow 2 years ago?? Time flies and we’re all nearing our inevitable deaths I guess. Or we’re nearing the next time we’ll eat cake. Who knows what the future brings.

Back to Shades of Magic. I loved the series! Over time, looking back, I grow more vexed by Lila Bard with each passing day but still!! I LOVED IT!! I ordered A Conjuring of Light when it came out! I started reading it immediately and got 75% trough!

You know what’s coming.

It’s on the list after all.


Past me just PUT IT DOWN. For some reason!! I can’t even remember! I just put it down for future me to deal with. And future me that is now current me IS NOT HAPPY WITH THIS. I’m calling self-sabotage.

Past me should be shoved in a box and shipped of to the Himalayans.

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Also there’s this wonderful book called This Savage Song also by V. E. Schwab that I’ve bought right after I read A Darker Shade of Magic! Yes the 2 full years ago! And I haven’t read it! I am a mess.



You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon

In January my good friend Marta @thecursedbooks WAS ALL OVER THIS BOOK. She shoved it somewhat gently in everyone’s face. She nudged us all to read it.

Sure I will! i said. If she liked it this much than I MUST see for myself and love it!! i said. I need to read all my munchkiny blogger friends favourite books!! i said.

And than proceeded to forget about it regularly. For 9 months. One day though. One day.



The Bear and The Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Two years ago I went to London and feel in love with the very very very beautiful hardcover of this book. It was also veryyyy expensive as beautiful things tend to be. So I put it back down on the shelf in Trafalgar Square with regret and went back home determined to get it online when it was on sale.

Yeah I did not get it to this day.



Radio Silence by Alice OSeman

The story begins 2 months ago.

When I heard about all the universe’s love of Alice Oseman. I google her (read: stalk her…gently) and I become obsessed. I follow her on Instagram, follow her on Twitter and follow 3 of her Tumblr blogs (out of the dozens she has!!!) AND subscribe to her Youtube channel.

All while I haven’t read ANY of her books. By this point I was so pathetic I belonged in a remake of an Evenescence music video with less dramatics and just me starring out the window as rain pour outside.

Hey, I thought in a moment of sheer brilliance that sometimes come to me, I am going to London soon right? I will get my hands on those really cute new covers for the paperbacks they are selling.

Cut to present day.



Honestly London was a traumatic trip for book buying and everything is wrong in the world because that bookshop did not have BOOKS. Seriously you had ONE JOB.

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This is fine. My legs don’t hurt from running the length of Oxford Street four in search of the nearest Waterstones only to be hit with disappointment thanks.

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(in the meantime I have read I Was Born For This and Heartstopper so I’m not a completely ignorant acorn…but STILL)




Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

I won this one in a Giveaway hosted by the author herself. Giveaway winners not being only myths of the internet kind but ACTUALLY HAPPENING? Yes I KNOW what kind of magic is this. If I say I didn’t make a nightly sacrifice and ritual in the woods to get it you probably won’t believe me ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. The book is signed and it’s hardcover and I’ve been enthusiastically photographing it and putting all the pictures on my Bookstagram!

But have I read it? Well no little curious human I have in fact NOT READ IT. It’s why it’s on this list. And I’m an evil person that eats kittens for this.

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Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

This was one of The Most Popular Books of last year. It’s got mental health discussions and online fandoms and drawings! And as if the whole book world didn’t already wax lyrical and conceive ballads of praise for it.

But then I can’t find a paperback copy ANYWHERE and US HARDBACKS COST ME A LEG AND AN EYE. Who thought it was a brilliant idea for books to come out in harback first?! Show me the genius behind it I would like to have a cup of tea and a sword duel please.

In the meantime I read the author’s first book Made You Up and didn’t like it sooooo I’ve lowered this one on my TBR with dramatic flare.



The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

If I ate a cookie every time I saw this on my twitter feed then I would eat a gazilion cookies a day. I’d be very happy and also very high on a sugar rush.

This is the quintessential f/f book to read and I’ve heard only the highest of praises. When I asked for f/f recommendations guess what was recommended to me at least 2949388 times? THIS.

Book twitter are very dedicated and passionate and obsessed and emotionally wrecked forever. I want to join in!! Once….in this life time.



Daughter of The Burning City by Amanda Foody

Another story of a good internet friend Isla @AWhipserOfInk just aggressively shouting at me on all social media platforms to read this book! Or any Amanda Foody book for that matter. But I own this one so it’s double the indignity and I’m not putting all the books I’ve got to read on this list because that would be too much. I have to stay relatively sane here.

So here is more proof I’m actually a wet sock of a friend.

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The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Again the same old story of US hardcovers. Seriously. If I bought 2 hardcovers I’d have no legs left to sell. I only have the 2. Whenever I figure out how to transform into a multi-legged dragon I’ll be doing just that but that’s advanced dark magic and I only own glitter pens so. Do publishers want me to sell my dog? Because that’s the message I’m getting here.

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

This is one of the first books on my shelves I ever bought. That was 4 years ago.

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So yeah amazing. Great. You can scream at me now it’s ok I’ll wait.

Done? Oh ok good. I admit I’m actually face planting because I SURPRISED MYSELF WRITING THIS POST. Going through my TBR shelf on Goodreads to find some of these and I…actually re-discovered these releases? Because I forgot some of these even existed that was a really fun refresher.


Hey universe can I request I live forever so I can read all of these books and the rest of the books in this existence? Please?

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What about YOU? What are some of the most dishonorable books that are still on YOUR TBR? This is a judgement free zone. If there are any judy eyeballs they probably fell off reading the post.


20 thoughts on “Books I should’ve read but I still haven’t so dishonour on me and my cow

  1. *takes a deep breath*
    I have a book blog. I have a book at gram. I am utterly obsessed with books.

    I’ve never read
    • The Percy Jackson Series
    • Divergent
    • The Raven Cycle
    • The Hobbit
    • The Lunar Chronicles
    • The Chronicles of Narnia

    Don’t feel too bad about it…(also starfish is amazing ahhdhcuekndj you have to read it. Lol like right now)

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  2. Ahhh I love this post so, very very much. I kind of can’t believe you put ACOL down and didn’t pick it up again ahah but well, you have an incredible ride awaiting for you and I can’t wait for you to read it! Same goes for This Savage Song, I really enjoyed that one too.
    AND RADIO SILENCE! STARFISH! ELIZA AND HER MONSTERS! AHHHHH so many of my favorites ahhhhhhhh. I’m not going to scream because we all know life gets in the way and sometimes you don’t get to the books you want to get to right away, but I really hope you’ll read these at some point. They all were incredible and I hope you’ll love them! ❤


  3. you know i was like “the accident season better be on this list” AND THEN I REMEMBERED HOLY CRAP YOU’VE READ IT. You are not a bad friend, you have read TAS and you have lived because magical messed up witches ARE EVERYTHING. anyways, i kindaaa hated i was born for this but UH RADIO SILENCE IOANA *throws book at you* YOU MUST. And i love your obsessed with Alice Osmean she’s so great. Honestly shouting at you to read all the books while my TBR gets bigger itself so I GET IT. I have so many books I should read and I just haven’t. BUT THE ACOL THING. You got through it and didn’t finish. WHYYYYYYY. but also!! don’t put pressure on yourself to read them. if you want to read, you’ll enjoy these books SO much more!!

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    1. ok so GIVE YOURSELF A MILLION POINTS AND A CHOCOLATE BISCUIT. Because this post has been in my drafts for MONTHS and The Accident Season WAS ON IT. i had to delete some books and add new ones because I did read some of them in the meantime. But IT’S SCARY ARE YOU READING MY MIND???? And yes our tbrs hate us and will murder us with knives. It’s the bookworm life i guess.

      And i dnf books ALL THE TIME. You just don’t see it because I AM MADE OF LIES and don’t add anything on my currently reading on Goodreads for this reason 😂.

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  4. Ohhh im so with you on some of thoses.. specially radio silence (only one I have on my shelfs) and eliza and her monsters, mostly. I am so hyped for Eliza’s too !! I just.. uuurh the hardcover’s price..

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  5. I have read The Book Thief and I LOVE IT but I haven’t read a single other book you mentioned in this post. So. Dishonor on my cow too I guess. (Love that reference by the way.) I am a slow turtle reader and I have learned to accept this. Also I don’t read a ton of new releases anyway. I will take all the books covered in spiderwebs in the corner, thanks. Some of which even came out in the previous century? My word.
    There are SO MANY BOOKS that I want to read but time is a thing that I don’t have enough of. Personally I have this goal that I am going to read all of Charles Dickens’ books before I die. I have also been meaning to read The Help for like three years??? And yet??? No, I haven’t read it yet. Woe is me.
    I hope you can get to all the books you want to read! It’s hard! I feel your pain!

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  6. I forgive you for not reading You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone even though it was amazing and EVERYTHING and you should read it *nudges you not so gently*
    Sorry! Ughhh, I relate so much to your story about ADSOM, I still haven’t read the second book after two years and I think I’ll have to reread the first book because I don’t remember anything.
    I also haven’t read Radio Silence and I’m super ashamed of that 😞
    Lovely post!!! Please don’t sell your dog to publishers, they aren’t worthy of how awesome your dog is!!!!


  7. Oh, how have you not read Gentleman’s Guide??? I feel very sad for you. 🙂
    And I feel terrible because I still have not read a Gathering of Shadows, despite checking it out from the library, TWICE! I am very bad.

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