Hey, everyone! I’m back with another book list and today I’ll be talking about the top ten books in my physical TBR that are on my priority list. I may have mentioned in one of my previous posts that I am a mood reader which is why I don’t post monthly TBRs here or on Instagram (except for my readathon books). My being a mood reader is also the reason why I do not have a specific date set for reading each of the books that I will mention in this post, but hopefully, I can get to them before the year ends.
Anyway, I am really excited to show you guys these books because I have been in a reading mood since the lockdown in March started (because what else is there to do, right?). I haven’t read as much books as everyone but this is the most reading I’ve done in years, so I am really happy about it. So without further ado, here are the books that I cannot wait to read:
I have been in a fantasy mood lately and I’ve been alternating middle-grade fantasy and YA fantasy novels, and even more recently I found myself wanting to dive into the high/epic/adult fantasy novels. So I am excited to start some of the books that I’ve included in this list because a lot of them are under that genre. So let’s get started with the books on my priority list!
The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3) by Dan Brown
WHAT IS LOST…
WILL BE FOUND
In this stunning follow-up to the global phenomenon The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown demonstrates once again why he is the world’s most popular thriller writer. The Lost Symbol is a masterstroke of storytelling – a deadly race through a real-world labyrinth of codes, secrets, and unseen truths…all under the watchful eye of Brown’s most terrifying villain to date. Set within the hidden chambers, tunnels, and temples of Washington, DC., The Lost Symbol accelerates through a startling landscape toward an unthinkable finale.
As the story opens, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned unexpectedly to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol Building. Within minutes of his arrival, however, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object – artfully encoded with five symbols – is discovered in the Capitol Building. Langdon recognizes the object as an ancient invitation…one meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of esoteric wisdom.
When Langdon’s beloved mentor, Peter Solomon – a prominent Mason and philanthropist – is brutally kidnapped, Langdon realizes his only hope of saving Peter is to accept this mystical invitation and follow wherever it leads him. Langdon is instantly into a clandestine world of Masonic secrets, hidden history, and never-before-seen locations – all of which seem to be dragging him toward a single, inconceivable truth.
As the world discovered in The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, Dan Brown’s novels are brilliant tapestries of veiled histories, arcane symbols, and enigmatic codes. In this new novel, he again challenges readers with an intelligent, lightning-paced story that offers surprises at every turn. The Lost Symbol is exactly what Brown’s fans have been waiting for…his most thrilling novel yet.
To be honest, I was not into mystery, suspense, and thriller books before but my boyfriend introduced me to the Robert Langdon series by Dan Brown and it really got me hooked. These books kept me up at night, turning pages, and wanting to solve the mystery with Robert and his “partner.” It was just that good! I just finished The Da Vinci Code in March, so I am so excited to finally read the third book in the series.
Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee
Thirteen-year-old Min comes from a long line of fox spirits. But you’d never know it by looking at her. To keep the family safe, Min’s mother insists that none of them use any fox-magic, such as Charm or shape-shifting. They must appear human at all times.
Min feels hemmed in by the household rules and resents the endless chores, the cousins who crowd her, and the aunties who judge her. She would like nothing more than to escape Jinju, her neglected, dust-ridden, and impoverished planet. She’s counting the days until she can follow her older brother, Jun, into the Space Forces and see more of the Thousand Worlds.
When word arrives that Jun is suspected of leaving his post to go in search of the Dragon Pearl, Min knows that something is wrong. Jun would never desert his battle cruiser, even for a mystical object rumored to have tremendous power. She decides to run away to find him and clear his name.
Min’s quest will have her meeting gamblers, pirates, and vengeful ghosts. It will involve deception, lies, and sabotage. She will be forced to use more fox-magic than ever before, and to rely on all of her cleverness and bravery. The outcome may not be what she had hoped, but it has the potential to exceed her wildest dreams.
I’ve been wanting to reading some of the Rick Riordan Presents books and have been eyeing the Aru Shah series by Roshani Chokshi ever since it came out but during the lockdown, I did my research, found this standalone novel, and figured that this is the perfect book to start with because it’s standalone and I’ve started A LOT of series this year, so I needed to finish some of those first before diving into another one.
Young Adult Fantasy
Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1) by Kendare Blake
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.
So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.
Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.
Yet she spares Cas’s life.
I’ve heard and seen mixed reviews about this one, but I have been wanting to read it ever since it came out in 2011 but I couldn’t find it in any of my local bookstores and sort of forgot about this series until I saw someone selling the duology, so yay for me!
Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1) by Cassandra Clare
In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.
The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…
This has been on my TBR for so so long and I feel like I’m behind the hype and the fandom. I am a huge Cassandra Clare fan ever since I first read City of Bones so many years ago, but I’ve put City of Heavenly Fire on hold because I was not prepared to end the series yet and when I finally read it this year, I am so ready to jump into the next Shadowhunter series!
The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1) by Patrick Ness
TODD HEWITT IS THE LAST BOY IN PRENTISSTOWN.
But Pretisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in a contant, overwhelming, never-ending Noise. There is no privacy. There are no secrets.
Or are there?
Just one month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd unexpectedly stumbles upon a spot of complete silence.
Which is impossible.
Prentisstown has been lying to him.
And now he’s going to have to run…
This is another series that was really famous when it first came out and I have also wanted to read it ever since, but there were just so many books and I also have homework, exams, and other things to get to at the time. Well, I guess I’m just making excuses. Haha Really, there are just so many books that I wanted to read, it’s sometimes driving me crazy. Hoping to finally get to this real soon!
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenster
A novel of magic and love that is enchanting readers far and wide with the spectacular power of its imagination.
In 1886, a mysterious travelling circus becomes an international sensation. Open only at night, constructed entirely in black and white, Le Cirque des Rêves delights all who wander its circular paths and warm themselves at its bonfire.
Although there are acrobats, fortune-tellers and contortionists, the Circus of Dreams is no conventional spectacle. Some tents contain clouds, some ice. The circus seems almost to cast a spell over its aficionados, who call themselves the rêveurs – the dreamers. At the heart of the story is the tangled relationship between two young magicians, Celia, the enchanter’s daughter, and Marco, the sorcerer’s apprentice. At the behest of their shadowy masters, they find themselves locked in a deadly contest, forced to test the very limits of the imagination, and of their love…
I’ve heard so many good things about Erin Morgenstern and I am so excited to finally read The Night Circus so I can dive right into The Starless Sea. I heard that these books are so full of magic and I am all for that! It’s not a chunky book + it’s a standalone fantasy novel, so that works so much for me.
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (The Inheritance Trilogy, #1) by N.K. Jemisin
After her mother’s mysterious death, a young woman is summoned to the floating city of Sky in order to claim a royal inheritance she never knew existed in the first book in this award-winning fantasy trilogy from the NYT bestselling author of The Fifth Season.
Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle with cousins she never knew she had. As she fights for her life, she draws ever closer to the secrets of her mother’s death and her family’s bloody history.
With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, Yeine will learn how perilous it can be when love and hate — and gods and mortals — are bound inseparably together.
I have heard a lot of amazing this about N.K. Jemisin and I have wanted to start reading her books ASAP and would love to start with this trilogy as The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms was her first published novel. I like reading author’s books according to their published dates because I love seeing how their writing-style develops and improve throughout the years. Anyway, I was so lucky to get The Inheritance Trilogy’s omnibus edition so I wouldn’t have to look for all the other books in the series as it’s really hard to find her books in my local bookstores.
The Shadow of What Was Lost (The Licanius Trilogy, #1) by James Islington
It has been twenty years since the end of the war. The dictatorial Augurs—once thought of almost as gods—were overthrown and wiped out during the conflict, their much-feared powers mysteriously failing them. Those who had ruled under them, men and women with a lesser ability known as the Gift, avoided the Augurs’ fate only by submitting themselves to the rebellion’s Four Tenets. A representation of these laws is now written into the flesh of any who use the Gift, forcing those so marked into absolute obedience.
As a student of the Gifted, Davian suffers the consequences of a war fought—and lost—before he was born. Despised by most beyond the school walls, he and those around him are all but prisoners as they attempt to learn control of the Gift. Worse, as Davian struggles with his lessons, he knows that there is further to fall if he cannot pass his final tests.
But when Davian discovers he has the ability to wield the forbidden power of the Augurs, he sets into motion a chain of events that will change everything. To the north, an ancient enemy long thought defeated begins to stir. And to the west, a young man whose fate is intertwined with Davian’s wakes up in the forest, covered in blood and with no memory of who he is.
I am so in love with the cover of this book, but unlike the other books that I’ve mentioned in this post, I haven’t heard a lot of people talking about this around the book community (or at least the people I’m following aren’t talking about it haha). I stumbled upon a post about this book a few months back and haven’t heard anyone else talk about it, I looked it up and it sounded really amazing (+ the beautiful cover). I already have the first and second book in this trilogy, I’m still waiting for the paperback to be released in December so I can get that. The hardcovers are way too expensive (and probably heavier because the paperbacks are already huge and heavy).
The Poppy War (Poppy War, #1) by R.F. Kuang
When Rin aced the Keju—the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies—it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who believed they’d finally be able to marry her off and further their criminal enterprise; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. That she got into Sinegard—the most elite military school in Nikan—was even more surprising.
But surprises aren’t always good.
Because being a dark-skinned peasant girl from the south is not an easy thing at Sinegard. Targeted from the outset by rival classmates for her color, poverty, and gender, Rin discovers she possesses a lethal, unearthly power—an aptitude for the nearly-mythical art of shamanism. Exploring the depths of her gift with the help of a seemingly insane teacher and psychoactive substances, Rin learns that gods long thought dead are very much alive—and that mastering control over those powers could mean more than just surviving school.
For while the Nikara Empire is at peace, the Federation of Mugen still lurks across a narrow sea. The militarily advanced Federation occupied Nikan for decades after the First Poppy War, and only barely lost the continent in the Second. And while most of the people are complacent to go about their lives, a few are aware that a Third Poppy War is just a spark away.
Rin’s shamanic powers may be the only way to save her people. But as she finds out more about the god that has chosen her, the vengeful Phoenix, she fears that winning the war may cost her humanity . . . and that it may already be too late.
I know I said that I am a mood reader and I don’t have any specific dates on when I will be reading the books that are on my top priority list (but I’m hoping to get to them before the year ends), but this is an exception as I am going to buddy read this with Paula of Her Book Thoughts and Mari of Mac n’ Books next month and I am so excited! I was supposed to read this this month but I decided to join two readathons (watch out how this turned out for me on Stuff I’ve Been Reading Lately #11 which will be posted on Friday), so Paula and I decided to read it together and Mari joined the team. Yay!
This is my first experience at buddy reading with someone that is not my boyfriend. Haha My boyfriend and I used to buddy read some manga and Timeline by Michael Crichton but we DNFed that. But hey, that’s a different story! Haha
Disclaimer: Goodreads says it’s both Adult and YA fantasy, so I’m not sure, but I decided to just include it in the High/Epic/Adult fantasy section of this post.
Assassin’s Apprentice (Farseer, #1) by Robin Hobb
In a faraway land where members of the royal family are named for the virtues they embody, one young boy will become a walking enigma.
Born on the wrong side of the sheets, Fitz, son of Chivalry Farseer, is a royal bastard, cast out into the world, friendless and lonely. Only his magical link with animals – the old art known as the Wit – gives him solace and companionship. But the Wit, if used too often, is a perilous magic, and one abhorred by the nobility.
So when Fitz is finally adopted into the royal household, he must give up his old ways and embrace a new life of weaponry, scribing, courtly manners; and how to kill a man secretly, as he trains to become a royal assassin.
The last book that for this list is the Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb which I’ve heard so much about from Regan of Peruse Project. I badly wanted to get the vintage-looking covers but the mass market paperbacks are the only ones available in my local bookstore. I could pre-order, but that would take months and I really want to start reading this trilogy so I can continue on with the Liveship Traders trilogy which most of the people who’ve read Robin Hobb says it’s even better the The Farseer trilogy.
So there you have it! The top ten books on my priority list for this year (or until early next year). How about you? What are the top three books on your priority list this year?