After we rewind the pages, we forward the books.
After months of letting my TBR list turning to dust, I decided to start working on eating it down. I reviewed again all the books that I’ve marked as TBR, contemplating if I was still interested in reading them or not. In the end, I deleted some of them which I have completely lost interest or have no reason to read them.
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Pivot Point by Kasie West
Two of the ‘oldest’ books that have sat on my TBR shelf. The reviews are telling me to stay away, but the premise of a world outside the Earth we know and experiencing two future at once made me running after them again.
The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters
This book’s plot deals with feminism with a dash of paranormal. I’m always up for something screaming ‘girl power’ as the subject had always interested me.
Uglies by Scott Westerfield
I added this book to my TBR before I joined Goodreads. I first added it because there were talks about how this book was going to be made into a movie. Still being ‘teenage-brained’ (read: too obsessed with appearance and stuff), a book that deals with how beauty has become more of an ‘enforced’ standard rather than something relative and diverse, this book naturally interested me.
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride
Also one of the ‘oldest’ in the list. I considered removing this book, but the premise of necromancy made me fail in doing what I first intended. The title IS sort of cheesy, but I confess, it is what made me attracted to the book.
Guy in Real Life by Steve Brezenoff
Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
I must admit, I’m still on a book hungover after reading Eleanor & Park. Eleanor & Park was like the first book that gave all the feels—something that I desperately want to feel again with another book as Eleanor & Park is a stand-alone. And seriously, anything claiming to be like that particular book I’ll eat up.
Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
I became interested in this book after watching a few clips of the movie. The girl had leukaemia. She was portrayed as this vintage dressing, perky girl in the movie. I’ve read the script, too. I think it’ll be interesting.
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
The sequel to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I don’t have any strong reasons to read this book, but as I have read the first, I think I’ll try the second.
The Savages by Matt Whyman
A story about a family of cannibals—definitely a first.
Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas
Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
Two similar-titled books with the same author. I was going to set it aside but then decided on the latter. The synopsis sounds promising, and according to the reviews, these two books are a hell of mystery-thriller novels.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Again, this was also nearly set aside. This was a period piece of a book, and usually, period pieces give extra descriptions to the surroundings with intricate details. I love reading setting descriptions as the more detail they are, the more I can imagine the place the scene was happening, and in the end, it felt like I was being transported back to that place myself. Also, the plot and philosophy intrigue me. I’m really looking forward to it.
She Wore Red Trainers by Na’ima B. Robert
A Muslim love story. Believe me, I’ve read a lot of books in my lifetime—most of them sometimes containing a tremendous amount of PDA—but I still do long for a romance book that resembles my real life closer. I’m a Moslem, and so, PDA (and maybe lots of it) is something I would never, ever, experience unless I’m married. And so, the story of how two Moslem teenagers fates intertwined is something I’m really looking forward to.
Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed
This book does not directly imply that it is a Moslem love story, but the character are Pakistan, and Pakistan is a Moslem country. The topic of arranged marriage is also something that happened to Moslem women. In Islam, when a guy wants to marry a woman, he does not come up to the woman and propose her with a ring. Instead, he goes to the woman’s father and asked for his permission to marry his daughter. Sometimes, this happened without the woman’s knowing and approval—this does not exactly condemn the woman to an unhappy marriage, though. And so, I think many Moslem women will be able to relate to this story.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Usually, this is not my kind of read. By I read the movie’s synopsis and well, I thought it wouldn’t hurt to read the book.
Zodiac by Romina Russell
Again, reviews told to me stay away from it. But some others praised it for its world-building—and I’m always up for a good different world to experience other than the one I am in now. I do not believe in zodiacs and fortune-telling, but the idea of people being categorised by using houses of the twelve zodiacs with each house having their own distinct personality sounds cool. It’s sort of like the cabins of the 12 Olympians in Percy Jackson.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
I don’t know why I kept this book—I just did.
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
It’s a Rowell. Anything Rowell writes I’m willing to read.
I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
This is also one of the books that almost got dumped—reading the synopsis, it sounded like any other love stories. But then I read the reviews, and two of them, in particular, changed my mind. Kat Stark wrote on Goodreads on how almost all her family members are all in the military and also gave the link to the letter written by the author, Heather Demetrios, to the ones who received an advance copy to give them a little context. She wrote about how her brother was going to deploy soon when she wrote this, and how the Gulf War had deeply affected her father who was a war veteran there. And well, it…kind of reminded of someone. Also, there’s this review by Jeanne who described this book as good as Eleanor & Park—at describing poverty, to be exact, but anything that resembles Eleanor & Park I’m willing to try because that book gave me all the feelings I want to feel while reading a romance book.
Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen
Peter Pan isn’t one of my favourite stories of all time, but the 2007 film version did have a special place on my favourite film list.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne
It’s Harry Potter. Need I say more?
Why Men Don’t Listen and Women Can’t Read Maps: How We’re Different and What to Do About It by Allan Pease
The only non-fiction on the list. I found this from a recommendation on an Ask.fm account on why man and woman are different.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
1984 by George Orwell
The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Classics/popular books I’ve been wanting to read forever but always get dumped for a newer one.
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
It’s J.K. Rowling. How could I say no to the person who practically gave birth to Harry Potter?
100 Love Sonnets by Pablo Neruda
I once found like these awesome excerpts of Neruda’s sonnets, and I figure that he might be one hell of a poet so I decided to read him up.
Love & Misadventure by Lang Leav
Lullabies by Lang Leav
Dirty Pretty Things by Michael Faudet
I discovered Lang Leav from some of her poetries posted with graphics on the internet and the look angsty—a romantic, sorrowful type of angsty—and I like angsty, so I decided to check out her book. Faudet is her boyfriend (I think), and he writes poetry, too, and they sound just as good so I want to check out his book, too.
Girls in the Dark by Akiyoshi Rikako
A Japanese horror novel translated into Indonesia. I added this after getting that horror phase after reading Eve Shi’s Aku Tahu Kamu Hantu.
Lost by Eve Shi
After reading Aku Tahu Kamu Hantu, I regard Eve Shi as one of the best Indonesian horror novelists there is.
Negeri di Ujung Tanduk by Tere Liye
Daun Yang Jatuh Tak Pernah Membenci Angin by Tere Liye
Berjuta Rasanya by Tere Liye
Dikatakan atau Tidak Dikatakan, Itu Tetap Cinta by Tere Liye
Negeri di Ujung Tanduk is the sequel to Negeri Para Bedebah which is like the best action novel I’ve ever read. And after reading Kau, Aku, dan Sepucuk Angpau Merah, he has become to be one of my favourite Indonesian novelists. All his works are great, and so, reading all his books is a goal for me.
Kun Anta by @negeriakhirat
I bought this book on a whim on a trip to the mall. I used to pledge never buying self-help or motivation books because they just don’t work for me. But the deed has been done, so I just hope that this book will be worth it.
So, what’s on your to-read list?