26 Books I Want to Read + 3 Ways I Manage My TBR List

by - August 13, 2021

I swear, I don't actively try to add books to my TBR list faster than I can read them. It was never my intention for said list to get so out of control, but - as is true for every bookworm I'm sure - there are just too many books out there I want to read.

I've talked before about how I find books, but I've never really explained the method behind my TBR list, aka how I keep up with what I want to read next (or sometime in the future). It's really not all that complicated. I have three main ways that I keep up with what I want to read:

1. Kindle Samples - This is my #1 way of keeping track of books I find interesting. Instead of checking it out through Kindle Unlimited or buying it outright, I download a sample. Not only does it keep the title in a place I can see it, but I can read the first few chapters to see if it's something I really want to read.

2. Library TBR List - Our local library uses Overdrive for its digital loans, and on it you can add titles to a TBR list. I don't use it as often as Kindle but that's only because there's not as big of a selection on there.

3. Pinterest Board - This one is pretty self-explanatory, right? It's a good way to keep up with books I come across while browsing social media on my phone. I save them to my Bookworm board and then search for them on Kindle or Overdrive later.

Anyway, these are the latest books I've added to my massively out of control TBR list. The only question is when will I actually read them?

Mrs. Rochester's Ghost - As soon as I read "modern and twisty retelling of Jane Eyre," I was all aboard. When Jane loses her job, mother, relationship, and home, she accepts an unusual deal from a friend - a cottage to live in in return for tutoring Evan Rochester's daughter. Evan has been accused of murdering his wife but insists it was suicide. Jane is skeptical but finds herself falling for him anyway. Then, a ghostly presence starts to appear, and Jane begins searching for the truth.

Of Goblins and Gold (Of Goblin Kings Book 1) - This book is inspired by the movie Labyrinth, which is one of my cult favorites. Freya sets out on a rescue mission when sister is kidnapped by the Goblin King after taking a necklace. She's given four tasks to perform, but the Goblin King won't make it easy.

Thief (The Scarred Mage of Roseward Book 1) - On the cusp of leaving her life of thievery behind, Nelle takes on a dangerous job to get her father out of debt. The job takes her to Roseward Isle, where a cursed mage, Soran, is running out of weapons and magic to fight the monster that haunts his shore.

All Our Darkest Secrets - This my Amazon First Read for August, although I may not get to it this month (oops). James is a DEA agent about to make the biggest bust of his career when his wife does something terrible. So now James must choose whether to report it or help her.

Dark Horse (A Demon's Guide to the Afterlife Book 1) - After she's killed by her husband, Fury becomes a demon tasked with reforming the worst of the worst. She's on track to retire to Heaven, when the Risk Witches foresee three powerful men gifted with powers not seen in eons destroying the world unless their paths are corrected, and suddenly Fury is reassigned.

Magic Forged (Hall of Blood & Mercy Book 1) - Hazel is a wizard who barely has any magic. So when her parents die in an accident and she's suddenly in charge of the whole house and family, it's unsurprising when her cousin stages a coup and takes the family hostage. The only person willing to help is the most feared vampire in the region, Killian.

When Wishes Bleed - Sable is the daughter of Fate. When she foretells the death of Prince Tauren, he invites her to the castle to uncover whoever is plotting his death, but Sable also finds herself competing against a dozen women to be his wife and future queen.

Dynasty (Boys of Winter Book 1) - Yeah, yeah, I know. Another academy enemies-to-lovers romance, but I can't help myself. Everybody has a guilty pleasure, and these happen to be mine. At 18 years old, Winter is finally free of the foster system. In a new town and attending a new school, she doesn't expect to catch the attention of the boys who rule the school.

In Plain Sight (Arcane Casebook Book 1) - I love a good magical mystery. Alex Lockerby is a private detective investigating a magical plague that was released in a soup kitchen. His investigations lead him to a famous thief, a daring heist, and the search for a mythic book of ancient magic, but not the man responsible. Soon, Alex becomes a suspect himself, and has only four days to find the true villain.

To the Sky Kingdom - I'm not sure how to explain this one, if I'm being honest. The story spans a thousand years of tangled lives. It's a journey across worlds and time and delves into the forces that drive mortals and gods alive toward revenge, loyalty, and love.

The Last of the Stanfields - Eleanor-Rigby Donovan and George-Harrison Collins team up when they each receive anonymous letters alluding to a crime committed by their dead mothers. They delve into the shadowy past of the Stanfields, a wealthy Maryland family full of secrets that take them back decades, across continents, and to a mysterious crime long buried.

Court of Bitter Thorn (The Fae of Bitter Thorn Book 1) - Elora, tricked by a fae prince, is trapped in Faerie until the prince either becomes the next high king or is taken out of the running. Elora decides that sabotaging his chances at the crown are much faster than helping him win, so she conspires in secret with a rival king of a nearby court. Soon, there are more lives at stake than she expected, and Elora will have to choose between her sisters or half the inhabitants of Faerie.

Ink and Foxglove (The Chronicles of Whynne Book 1) - A few reviews compare this to Taming of the Shrew but with fae. Wren is a human who was adopted by fae nobility after her mother's death. Then, she's taken by Luka, a fae noble whom her adoptive parents owed a debt. There's always been speculation that Luka is part Unseelie, but he's hiding a larger secret, one that could topple the kingdom. 

Captive (Night Elves of Ardani Book 1) - Novikke has little hope of surviving when she's taken prisoner by a night elf, but Aruna shows her unexpected compassion, causing Novikke to question everything she thought she knew about night elves.

Good Girl (The Siren Island Series Book 1) - Samantha's life has blown up in her face, so she decides to escape from it all at the Laughing Mermaid Bed & Breakfast on Siren Island. The B&B's neighbor, Lucas, is determined to help her unwind.

The Inheritance of Lion Hall - I really love Corina Bomman's writing, so I'm pretty excited about this one. The Moonlit Garden is fantastic. After winning her independence from her aristocratic family, Agneta is doing all she can to resist the expectations of women in high society. Then a tragic accident has her returning home to Lion Hall where her independent spirit is tested by her traditional mother, two men vying for her heart, and a twist of fate that upends her life again.

Never Never (Complete Series) - Charlize Wynwood and Silas Nash have been in love since they were 14, but one morning they wake up with no memory of their relationship. Now, they must work together to find out what happened to them and why, but the more they learn about the couple they once were, the more they question why they were ever together to begin with.

The Thorn Princess (Iron Crown Faerie Tales Book 1) - Ivy has always been different. She can see auras, animals watch her wherever she goes, and sometimes her dreams come true. But things have gone from strange to bizarre. The animals now follow her, strangers are watching her, and when she gets upset inexplicable things happen. Then, Barret Forbes, a mysterious transfer student, shows up. The more she gets to know him, the more Ivy learns about the truth behind her childhood and where her destiny lies.

Dark Waters (Celtic Legacy Series Book 1) - When the world of Fae emerges on a rocky shore far from the Emerald Isle, all hell breaks loose. Two factions vie for two sisters' loyalties - one light, the other dark, and neither honest.

The Fire in the Glass (The Charismatics Book 1) - Lily Albright is plagued by visions of the future she can never change. When a mysterious fiend threatens someone she loves, she's determined this time will be different. To save a life, Lily must reveal her secrets to someone she has little reason to trust, a man haunted by his own unusual powers.

Spells & Ashes (The Dark Files Book 1) - Samantha Beaumont isn't your average witch. She's a Dark witch who loves to hunt and kill demons with good old-fashioned magic. When a human girl is murdered and her soul taken by a Greater demon and human bodies dropping like flies, Samantha is forced to team up with an angel-born warrior to solve the case. There's just one problem: angel-borns hate Dark witches.

A Tempest of Shadows - I absolutely love Jane Washington and can't wait for this series to be complete so I can dive on in. The blurb gives me a Beatrice Harrow vibe, so I have high hopes. As punishment for an as-yet undisclosed crime, Lavinia is under the control of the "five great masters" and a "golden-eyed warrior's" fate is somehow tied with her own. She should have been executed for her crimes, but there's a darkness coming and Lavinia may be the only one who can stop it.

Rise of the Sea Witch (The Unfortunate Souls Collection) - This is a basically a prequel to The Little Mermaid, focusing on how the sea witch became what she does. 

Witch Unexpected (The Thirteenth Sign Book 1) - Three dire wolf packs are bound to the world's most powerful coven through a single witch born under the 13th sign of the Zodiac. Cora is that witch, or at least she will be if she can make it to the next blood moon. Someone is trying to kill her, and the three leaders of the pack will have to work together to prevent it from happening.

My Bloodline (Featherstone Academy Book 1) - Luna has been thrown into a world representing bloodlines she knows nothing about, turning her world upside down. It doesn't matter that she doesn't want to be there. The organization that runs the criminal underworld is no joke. Apparently she's an Ace now, but few are happy about her arrival.

Wicked Wish (Dragon's Gift: The Storm Book 1) - Neveah works a desk job for the Order of Magica, aka the supernatural FBI. When her best friend is abducted, she teams up with a notorious crime lord to get her back. If the Order finds out she's working with Damian, she'll lose her job and maybe even be hunted for what she is. But if she doesn't give Damian what he wants, he'll reveal her secret.

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