Books I Need to Read by the End of the Year

Posted August 30, 2016 by Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog in Discussions / 66 Comments

I saw a post like this recently on Bookmark Lit and thought I need to do this too. I always have SO many books I say I need to read – old and new – and they get put aside. But these 12 books are ones I am really going to try and fit in by the end of the year.

The Sequels/ Next in Series


Us // Him was so damn amazing and I didn’t expect to love it like I did. I NEED to read Us and soon.
Split Second // Pivot Point was my first 5 star read of the year and for some reason I haven’t picked up Split Second.
Winter // I had to have this book as soon as it came out. I got the audio and it has sat  there becuase 24 hours people.

The Backlist from Newly Discovered Authors


The One That Got Away // Results May Vary was amazing and made me so happy I got this one on sale.
Come Away With Me// The Choices We Make totally made me sob and I fully expect this to do the same.
The Status of All Things // I actually wanted this book when it came out but never got it. Then I read The YEar We Turned Forty and loved it so I knew I need to get this one too.

The Books That Came Out His Year and I Had to Have


Tell Me Three Things // I won this in the beginning of the year and have hear such great things and it still sits on my shelf.
Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here // This cover. I love it and it made me buy it. It did. I think I will love this one.
Girl Against the Universe // After hearing awesome things I bought this one with my Amazon money. I am excited for it.

The Ones that Intimidate Me


Illuminae // This is a size and the whole craziness of the format. I have had it on my shelf since Christmas and I am just a big baby about picking it up.
Outlander// The size on this one scares me away. But I want to read it then watch  the show.
Harry Potter// This is intimidating in that I feel like I am the last to read it. What if I don’t like it? I feel like that will crush me for some reason. I want to love HP llike the rest of the world.

So I own all of these books (except for Harry Potter which I will get from the library) I am trying my hardest not to request too many ARCs for the rest of the year unless I really want them. I would love to get through all of these and make a dent in books I have been meaning to read.

Have you read any of these? What did you think?
Do you have any book you NEED to get to before the year’s end?

Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog


66 responses to “Books I Need to Read by the End of the Year

  1. Wow, I didn’t know the Winter audiobook is 24 hours long! I did read the book and it did not feel long at all so perhaps the audiobook will fly by as well?
    I finally read Outlander a few months back after being intimidated by it as well for so long. But like you, I also wanted to read it so I could watch the show after 🙂 It did take me a long time to get through it, but I did really love it! And I ended up being impatient, so I watched the show while I was still reading – reading a few chapters, watching an episode, reading some chapters again, watching the next episode and so on 🙂
    Illuminae is still on my TBR as well though, but I hope to pick it up soon.
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  2. I thought Scarlett Epstein was a lot of fun. It was a fast read too. I really want to get to The One That Got Away as well. I didn’t read HP until 2009. I was hooked pretty quickly and marathon read all of them. 🙂 The first 2 are good, but the 3rd one id where things get really really good. I understand being intimidated by them, though. I also understand that with Outlander. It’s such a great book, it doesn’t feel long while you’re reading it!
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  3. I love how similar we are in book tastes! I’m right there with you on HP. Actually, I have read the first two books, but I wasn’t in love like the rest of the world, and I’ve always felt like the odd man out. I want to try again some day and hopefully I can understand the hype then.
    I’m reading The One That Got Away right now and loving it!! It’s just as good as her other book!!
    I really loved Come Away With Me, I think you’ll enjoy it. I debated about The Status of All Things – maybe I should try it. YES – Tell Me Three Things!!!! You have to read that one!
    I have tried Outlander three times now. I just can’t. Maybe some day in the future I’ll have a change of heart.
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  4. Caryn

    I promise you Come Away with Me will make you sob. I need to still read The Choices We Make. I loved Tell Me Three Things. I’ve been meaning to read A Little Life for two years now and keep saying before the holidays. It’s so large that I need to make sure I beat my review deadlines first.

  5. Lola

    Greta list and I hope you can get a lot of these read before the end of the year. I heard good things about Him, I might check it ut eventually. I often keep sequels to books I really enjoyed on my shelves the longest even though I really want to read them.
    I haven’t read Illuminae and Outlander, but heard good things about both of them. I have read Harry Potter and I hope you’ll enjoy it when you pick it up.
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  6. Great list of books! I am on the same page with a few of these books that I own and need to get through. I have Winter but haven’t read it yet. Also, I have Tell Me Three Things I need to read this one ASAP I heard great things about it as well. I am also on the Harry Potter train I haven’t read it and had hoped to get through it this year, but I am not sure now.

  7. I want to read Us ASAP as well, Grace. I read Him thanks to your review and I LOVED it! I’m with you on Outlander. I’ve had that one on my shelves for YEARS. Maybe I’ll pick it up before year end. 🙂

  8. The Status of All Things has been on my TBR for what seems like forever. I couldn’t get through the first harry potter book when I first tried it lol. Then my dad to me to see the movie and I retried the book and was hooked. That first books is not for everyone though so if you dislike it you won’t be the only one 🙂

  9. I really enjoyed the first Harry Potter and I didn’t really expect too. It was a lot lighter and funnier than the rest of the series which really appealed to me. Outlander scares me to death. It’s what like 5 million pages? And what if I hate it? I read Cinder and Scarlet this year but really need to read Cress. I’m a little hesitant because I know soon after will be Winter and it just seems so massive!
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  10. I have both Him and Us to read but I haven’t gotten around to them yet. Did you like Him?

    I read Split Second and enjoyed it, I think you’ll enjoy it too. The Diana Gabaldon was so freaking long and I didn’t think it needed to be.

    We’re like book soulmates because I felt the exact same way for the Harry Potter books. It was actually one of my reading goals from last year. Read the Harry Potter series but I chickened out and didn’t do it. I swore that I was the only person that hasn’t read them. Gah.
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  11. Hahah Illuminae is actually a pretty quick read! Which I know, is surprising because it’s like 500 pages or however long it is. Also I need to read Winter as well because I’ve just been putting it off since the day it came out
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  12. You need to read Winter. It’s good and provides a great wrap up to the series. It gets kinda “long” at times, but you’ll make it through.

    I’m also intimidated by Illuminae. I tried to start it months ago but stopped, thinking it just wasn’t the right time for me to read it.

    But Outlander is where it’s at, Grace. Don’t put this puppy off any longer! I listened to the 36hour audio and it took me a month. (I’ll read the rest of the series going forward) It is just so amazing. And plus, I need someone to chat about my Jamie the Highlander/Sam Heughan the Scottish actor obsession. The show is just as good. They make some changes from the book, but they didn’t bother me.

    *sigh* I’m day dreaming about Jamie now. I curse you!! I have work to do!!!
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  13. I recently shared a similar post and now I feel such pressure to read those books by the end of the year. It’s like, all of a sudden there’s accountability. LOL I am so with you on Us! I read Him a few months back and completely fell in love with Jamie and Wes. I don’t know why I have picked up Us yet but it needs to happen soon. I really need to get back into the Outlander world. I read the first book more than 15 years ago and over the next I don’t know how many years I worked my way through the first five books in the series. Whew! But then I took a break (a long one, apparently) and now I’m 3 books behind. I know what you mean, though – each book is quite an undertaking and the series itself is a real commitment.
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  14. Reading the backlist of newly discovered authors is always fun… If a little daunting depending on the size of the backlist. Haha!

    Tell Me Three Things is one of the most recent additions to my TBR – I’ve heard a lot of good things and I hope you enjoy once you get round to it.

    Ooo… I’m a big Harry Potter fan, and would definitely advocate jumping in to the magical world, but I can see why it would be intimidating to do so now when a large portion of bookish people have read, and loved, and raved about the series of books.
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  15. Melissa

    I’m so confused on how you missed Harry Potter this long….I read the final one in 24 hours, but I didn’t have kids then. I really liked the first Outlander, it is very long though. I didn’t love all of them and finally got stuck and the end and have one I didn’t finish.

  16. Whoa, 24 hours long!? Yeah, that would probably drive me insane haha. Also, if you end up NOT liking Harry Potter, you can come join me in the “hides in shame because I didn’t like HP” club. So far I am pretty sure I am its only member so… always looking for more 😉 Illuminae I LOVED, so I hope you do too! It goes by a LOT faster than you’d think, because of the formatting. Your “books that came out this year” group are ALL books that I also had to have and are still on my shelves hahah. So I feel you!

    So, books I need to read before the end of the year? Gosh, so many. So many that I WON’T actually read by then, basically. I want to read UnBound, Queen (the last in the Blackcoat Rebellion series), ACOMAF, Queen of Shadows (and then EoS I guess), Gemina, Torch Against the Night, Uprooted, Nil on Fire, A Gathering of Shadows… this list could go on forever, basically!
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    • Oh good to know there is a “hides in shame because I didn’t like HP” club!! Good to know Illuminae goes fast. Haha yes tehnically my list could go on forever too but I tried to make a real list but we will see what I stick to !

  17. Do my comments ever come through Grace? They always say I have too many URL’s then I try again and it says posted but I never see it no matter how many times I reload….

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