Last year I avoided giving myself a monthly TBR as it made me feel forced to read those rather than books I was in the mood for, however, I'm bringing it back for 2018... or at least January.
I went a bit trigger happy on Netgalley and thus I have about 25 e-arcs to read and 10 of them being published in January... I know. I'm going to learn to request ones I actually want. I know I won't get through them all, and for that I am sorry, but I don't want to stress myself out by forcing my way through books I'm not interested in reading at this moment - especially as I find it so hard to read ebooks and can often only manage a chapter at a time.
I won't list every ARC, nor will this list be solely ARCs, but rather just the ones I am most keen to read and feel will be the most interesting to you guys!
LES MISÉRABLES by Victor Hugo
A hefty feat, I know and I'm sure it goes without saying that this is not an ARC! I'm going to Paris at the start of February and I am determined to go having read this. Can I do it? I don't know, but I'm at least going to give it a try... It's on my 21 at 21 list as well so it's even more incentive to read it!
MEET CUTE by Jennifer L Armentrout and Various
This anthology of short stories should be a quick read and I'm hoping to get through it before the new year, seeing as it's out on January 2nd, so hopefully by the time this is posted I'll have read it! (EDIT: I have started this but I'm really not doing well with ebooks at the moment and can't even make it through the first story. I know I'd enjoy this but I think I'll need to get a physical copy.)
THE GIRL WHO SAW LIONS by Berlie Doherty
I've yet to read any of this author's book though I do own the Penguin YA Originals Edition of Dear Nobody. This book has been out for ten years already, it's just receiving a new cover, so I don't feel too pressured to get a review of this up on release day but I've listed it as I am keen to give it a go.
THE TRUTH AND LIES OF ELLA BLACK by Emily Barr
I recently had a personal shopping experience with a member of Penguin where they recommended a bunch of books to me and sent me one for free. This was one of the books they thought I'd love - but I already had the netgalley e-arc so I didn't take it as my free one! - so I am now super keen to read it! This is one of three books published on the 11th that I have arcs of and, though I plan to read them all, I think this will be my first one!
BAD GIRLS WITH PERFECT FACES by Lynn Weingarten
I've read another book by this author, Suicide Notes From Beautiful Girls, which was an interesting read and one of the first YA mysteries I picked up. I think this one sounds better so I have high hopes.
THE SACRIFICE BOX by Martin Stewart
The third of my January 11th releases is this one from Scottish author Martin Stewart. I own a signed copy of his debut, Riverkeep, but I'm sure you've guessed I haven't got round to it yet. Admittedly, I wasn't planning to buy it but it was signed so I had to. I also met his auntie a few times when she came into the bookstore I worked at to check if we had any so I felt a personal obligation to purchase it (I've told you before, I am the queen of reasons to buy books).
ANXIETY IS REALLY STRANGE by Steve Haines
As this is a graphic novel, it should hopefully be a quick read. I believe it is more a guide, or an explanation of anxiety, probably intended more for older kids or teenagers but it will be good to see, as an adult who went through anxiety with no knowledge of it when growing up, if this would have been helpful and to guide others towards it if it does prove useful.
MY ANXIETY HANDBOOK by Sue Knowles; Bridie Gallagher; Phoebe McEwen
Released on the 18th, the same day as the book above, is another anxiety book. I'm aiming to get through this one pretty quickly and hopefully pick up some extra tips on how to handle anxiety when it flares up!
THE SHERLOCK EFFECT by Raymond Kay Lyon
So I saw the words 'Sherlock' and 'Read Now' and had to have it, though since I didn't have to request it I'm okay with having to put it off for a bit if I've bitten off more than I can chew!
PHEW. I'm exhausted just thinking about all of those but also excited for the year ahead and getting it off to a good start! Which books are at the top of your list to read next month/year? Let me know!