Books I Can’t Wait To Read (Wyrd & Wonder Day 8)

Um…so today’s Wyrd & Wonder prompt is ‘Can’t Wait To Read’. Now reader, as a fellow bookwyrm I’m sure you can appreciate the pickle this puts me in because OMG THERE ARE SO MANY BOOKS I CAN’T WAIT TO READ IT MAKES ME WANT TO CRY!


So just a heads up, there’s gonna be no rhyme or reason to the books I pick here, it’s just gonna be a random selection of the hundreds of unread books currently waiting patiently on my TBR for me to, one day, pay them the attention they surely deserve. So let’s dive in, and hopefully I can rein myself in and emerge on the other side before I drown in a pile of books.

SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo
AMBERLOUGH by Lara Elena Donnelly

It’s when I start thinking about this stuff that I realise just how many giants of fantasy I’ve never read a single word of. Leigh Bardugo for example. SIX OF CROWS sounds like my dream book. City of international trade, getting the team together, a heist! Seriously need to make room for this book, and soon. Ditto THE TRAITOR BARU CORMORANT. I get so excited about merchants and trade and banking in fantasy and this book puts that good stuff front and centre. AMBERLOUGH is desribed as John Le Carré meets Cabaret in this spy thriller where a gay double-agent schemes to protect his smuggler lover during the rise of a fascist government coup. Just hook it up to my veins already.

THE LAST KINGDOM by Bernard Cornwell
KUSHIEL’S DART by Jacqueline Carey

My first three choices are all books released in the past five years, so fairly recently. These three are a bit older, all written before 2010. THE LIES OF LOCKE LAMORA is one that everyone except me seems to have read and yet, with it’s dark blend of Robin Hood and Ocean’s Eleven, is another story that fits my book needs to a tee. With THE LAST KINGDOM, I actually didn’t know the Netflix show was based on a series of books until very recently to be fair to myself, but now I do know, I think I need to devour them. The cover says ‘Like Game of Thrones, but real’. Sign me up! KUSHIEL’S DART is another book I hadn’t heard of until fairly recently; it was recommended to me on Twitter when I said how much I loved fantasy worlds full of ruthless merchants and Machiavellian nobles.

THE YEAR OF THE WITCHING by Alexis Henderson

Of this final selection, two books haven’t been released yet and one is very recent. I’m notoriously bad at reading books when they’re first released, though I’ve become naturally more inclined to do so the more I get involved with the bookish community, simply because I’m more keenly aware of release dates for the stuff I love. I hadn’t heard of Alexis Henderson before; I don’t know if this is her debut or if I’m just ignorant, but this dark witchy fantasy (horror?) story sounds so good! I don’t read enough witchy stories considering how much I enjoy them and this is one I’ll be picking up ASAP. Nghi Vo returns with her second novella WHEN THE TIGER CAME DOWN THE MOUNTAIN. Honestly, I haven’t even checked to see what this story is about yet, but I loved The Empress of Salt and Fortune so much I just know I have to read this one too. Finally, THE COURT OF MIRACLES by Kester Grant has (I think) been released elsewhere, though here in the UK it’s not available til June. Set in a violent alternate 1828 Paris, the French Revolution failed and the city is divided between merciless royalty and nine underworld criminal guilds, known as the Court of Miracles. Yep, that’s all I need, put this book in my face. Described as Les Misérables meets Six of Crows, it’s likely to whet many an appetite.

So that’s a small selection of a tiny percentage of a fraction of some of the books I’m excited to read. I’m equal parts enthusiastic and terrified to look at the other posts for this prompt; I just know my TBR is going to gobble up a bunch more recommendations and swell beyond it’s already bloated size. Who am I kidding, that’s part of the fun!

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  1. I’m glad I’m not the only one who hasn’t read Six of Crows and The Lies of Locke Lamora😁 This is a great list, I can’t wait for The Year of the Witching as well!

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    1. Haha we should form a Lonely Fantasy Readers’ Club, for the few people left who haven’t read the big books. The Year of the Witching gives me such good, creepy vibes.


  2. Ooh great selection! I’m really excited for The Year of the Witching. Six of Crows is one of my favourite novels – I hope you enjoy it! – and I love The Lies of Locke Lamora, too. Don’t let anyone tell you that they’re similar. Six of Crows is often dubbed ‘baby’s first Locke Lamora’ but, other than that they’re both about heists/con artists, they’re COMPLETELY different novels.

    Kushiel’s Dart is a classic of the fantasy genre I’d really like to try, too. I hope you enjoy all of these when you get to them!

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    1. SUPER excited about The Year of the Witching! I hadn’t even heard of Kushiel’s Dart until recently you know, but it seems to be this big famous book that everyone has heard of. It just never blipped on my radar for whatever reason.

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    1. I feel like it’s weird that I’d never heard of Kushiel’s Dart until recently. Sounds like it’s a big famous book that just totally passed me by for some reason.

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      1. I didn’t hear about it until the last few years (though to be fair, I was out of the fantasy game for a while). Having not read it myself (yet) I don’t know if it flew under the radar because of “sexy times” or what have you, but the series got picked up for TV development in the last year, so that helped its profile for sure.


        1. Haha oh man, not another TV adaptation! I have this thing where I can’t really watch adaptations til I’ve read the book cos I don’t want it to colour my view of the book. Already got a bunch of TV stuff I’ve got on hold cos I haven’t got round to reading the source material yet.

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    1. This is me with like, every book ever. My internal monologue is just “Why haven’t I read this book yet?” for 23 hours of every day.

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  3. I haven’t read any of these either, 😉. My focus this year is finishing Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles and Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files so I’m trying to keep my eyes blinkered against any other books. 😉💜

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    1. I just read the first Dresden Files book recently. It was a bunch of fun and I’m looking forward to the rest of the series!


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