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I’m pretty sure we all have a To Be Read (TBR) list that is a mile long. At some point, we either need to try tackling it or cut our losses. Since I would like to actually read the 100+ books waiting for me to get to them (on my Kindle and on my bookshelf), I have decided to make a shortened “Next Reads” list. All of these books have been recommended by friends recently–some by more than one friend–so they are going to be the first I plan to read. I love getting recommendations from friends!
I have reading obligations until the first week in February, but after that, I am planning a book nerd free-for-all.
So, here are my Top 5 Backlist (meaning not ‘new releases’) Books that will be on the top of my reading pile:
1) On the Island by Tracy Garvis Graves
Release Date: August 16th 2012
Referred by: Amy at Foxy Blogs
I think I may be the only indie romance reader who has not read this book. Amy says that it is a top favorite of hers and that I must read it immediately. I plan to do just that the first chance I get.
2) Like Gravity by Julie Johnson
Release Date: January 18th 2015
Referred by: Angela at Feeding My Addiction Book Blog
I had honestly never heard of this book or this author until Angela recommended it. She says that all of Julie Johnson’s books are excellent, and they have crazy-high ratings on Goodreads. So, I am starting with this one and plan to work my way down the list.
3) The Virgin Romance Novelist
Release Date:April 2nd 2015
Referred by: My Goodreads friend, Leslie
When I made a #FiveOnFriday list of Romances That Made Me Laugh Out Loud, Leslie left a comment telling me that I had to read this book. I read my first Meghan Quinn romantic comedy, The Mother Road, last week and just about died from laughter. If The Virgin Romance Novelist is half as funny as The Mother Road, I think I am in for a real treat.
4) The Man I Love by Suanne Laqueur
Release Date: June 16th 2014
Alex read this book a couple of months ago and raved about it on her Facebook page. Then I saw it recently in my Goodreads feed, where Christie said that it gutted her. Since I am a glutton for a good gutting, and since I trust both of their opinions immensely, The Man I Love will be read sooner rather than later.
5) Sempre by JM Darhower
Release Date: June 16th 2014
I bought this book (and it’s sequel, Sempre Redemption) on a whim during The Book Outlet’s huge Black Friday sale in November. Recently, Angela and Steph mentioned that this is one of the best series they have ever read. That’s pretty high praise from these ladies, so Sempre is one that I plan to read as soon as possible.
What books are on your TBR that you would love to get around to reading? What keeps you from reading books that have been on your list for a while (in my case, years)?