Books I Want To Borrow Or Buy!

Hiya BookNerds! So as you all know I have an absolute monster of a TBR for this year but in keeping with the bookish spirit we all have, I of course still want to read ALL THE BOOKS. Recently, I renewed my Library Card (not after months of it being expired at all-for shame) and am now able to borrow all the books for free, because let’s face it, books are expensive and I do not have the money to buy them and using a library is a bonus anyway because who doesn’t love the library?! They are simply fantastic. Anywya, today I decided to compile a list of books I desperately want to borrow (or buy if I adore them) and read after I have gotten through my TBR – hopefully. So, let’s dive in!

Serpent & Dove, by Shelby Mahurin. I have heard so much about this and it sounds brilliant. It definitely leans more on the romantic but I have been trying to branch out to more genres and as this is also fantasy it seems like a brilliant place to start! Magic, witches and lifelong enemies, this definitely sounds like it will be a fantastic read.

Sick Kids In Love, by Hannah Moskowitz. A BOOK ABOUT CHRONICALLY ILL PEOPLE WHO DON’T DIE IN THE END AND FALL IN LOVE AND ARE HAPPY??? YES yes yes please. I loved TFIOS when it came out and I still do because there are fatal illnesses that need to be represented. But I am dreadfully bored and sick of them being the ONLY stories available. Disability and chronic illness is not a ‘one-size fits all’ label, there are so many different types of illness and they should be explored and represented —> I WANT to be represented. And this fluffy story seems like a good place to start. Any recs for more books like this are very welcome!! Especially if they feature a wheelchair user because I am one and we need more of that too!

The Familiars, by Stacey Halls. This book sounds beautiful and heart-breaking and brilliant. It sounds amazing, I hae heard so many amazing things about it and overall this book is one that definitely appeals to me. I mean magic and two women who need to save each other? Yes please this sounds like a fantastic female-led story and I definitely want to read it.

The Flat Share, by Beth O’Leary. Not in my go to genres at all but in an effort to branch out this is my pick because it sounds absolutely fantastic. It sounds fluffy, funny and seems like it will be a good read overall and I have heard glowing things about this author so I am super excited to try out some of their work!

The Foundling, by Stacey Halls. I read an extract of this on ReadersFirst (unfortunately I didn’t win this one) and I requested it on Netgalley. If denied I will buy/borrow it anyway because it sounds as brilliant as The Familiars. The extract was beautifully written and the story sounds fascinating.

The Ruby In The Smoke, by Philip Pullman. I love Philip Pullman and so my friend recommended this book to me! It sounds exactly like my type of read, Victorian setting and a deadly mystery?? Yes please. This sounds like a great series and I definitely want to read it.

The Cruel Prince, by Holly Black. A very popular series that I have heard about a lot. It’s story and characters sound brilliant and well developed and diverse so naturally I want to read this series because I love all of those things!

Age Of Assassins, by RJ Barker. I LOVED the first book in the Bone Ships series and am so excited for the next book to be released. The author is an excellent writer so I really want to give his other series a try, his worlds are so rich and diverse and this series has assassins and who doesn’t love that!! This series sounds fantastic and I will definitely read it soon.

Shadow And Bone, by Leigh Bardugo. The author is practically shouted about every time I go online and yet I haven’t read any of her books. So I am seeking to rectify this because the type of books she writes are very firmly in my favourite genre and they sound amazing.

The Binding, by Bridget Collins. I love stories about stories, I love magic and fantasy and so when I heard about this book I definitely wanted to read it because it sounds magical and dangerous!

Once Upon A River, by Diane Setterfield. I read a review of this by BadBookThief (Asha) who was up for @The_WriteReads review of the day yesterday and I was immediately intrigued as I didn’t know much about this one. But, the reviw was very insightful and the book sounds brilliant and incredibly interesting so it is now on my list!

Sic Of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo. Another popular book by this author and another that is most definitely in my favourite genre! I have been told it is similar to Lies Of Lock Lamora but YA and I am currently reading Lamora and it is fantastic so I would love to read a YA type book like it. I have also heard that it is just an excellent book overall with fantastic characters so that is enough to convince me!

The Night Circus, by Erin Mrgenstern. Have I told you that I LOVED The Starless Sea ??? Because I did which means I am most definitely going to read the authors other book which is apparently a gothic, magical delight! I have heard mixed reviews on this but I did love TSS so maybe her writing is for me and I will love this one too!

Circe, by Madeline Miller. I love anything to do with Greek Gods and Goddesses and this is all about that! This book sounds all kinds of interesting from the Gods to the magic and I am very excited to give it a go!

Red, White & Royal Blue, by Casey McQuiston. Another ‘out of my genre’ book but it sounds absolutely hilarious, cute and intriguing. This one has been very popular but I haven’t gotten around to it yet and I really am hoping to because it sounds like a great read.

The Priory Of The Orange Tree, by Samantha Shannon. Fantasy, diversity, magic, dragons and assassins all in one book?! This is like a dream come true and yes I will be reading it because it sounds phenomenal!

Ninth House, by Leigh Bardugo. Yes, again I know! This is the only book I am a little hesitant about because of the darker content. But, the fantasy side of it sounds amazing with its occults, secret societies and all around mystery and danger it does sound like a great read.

I am sure I could add a lot more but these are some of the books I feel I have missed and would love to read! Are there any books you particularly want to read or feel you have missed? Any rec’s or books you think I should have on this list? Let me know! Happy Reading BookNerds! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’œπŸ“š


  1. I really adored Red, White and Royal Blue! I hope you do too πŸ˜€ I still haven’t read Priory (it’s just so loooong) but I’m hoping to give it a try sometime soon! Great post KB!

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    • Ooh that’s great to hear! It looks amazing! Thank you. Hehe I have heard it is pretty long but it sounds brilliant, I hope you enjoy it if you read it. Thank you so much! πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜Š

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  2. I so agree with you about so many of these books! Already read Circe though, so I want a different book by that author but otherwise – buy more books versus too big of a TBR right now. Hard to say which will come out on top ☺️

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    • That’s brilliant, I am glad to hear you agree! Ah that’s fair, Circe sounds brilliant but I have heard the authors work is great in general so when I have read it I may have to try another of their books too! πŸ˜‚ ahh yes the bookish battle! I hope you enjoy your tbr/ new book reads πŸ˜ŠπŸ’œ

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  3. Loved Once Upon A River and really liked The Familiars as you know πŸ™‚

    I have just read The Binding and thought it was very good (4 stars), but prepare to be slightly surprised by it! The concept and the atmosphere the author creates are both excellent.

    Hope you enjoy all these books when you get to them!

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  4. All of these look so great! I also want to borrow/buy a few out of these and I’m desperate to read Sick Kids in Love! It just sound so great! If I got a chance I’d love to borrow Once Upon A River! I really hope you love all of them, especially Red, White & Royal Blue! 😍 I always keep talking about it and recommending it to everyone lol, but it was my favorite book of 2019! ❀❀

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    • Thank you! I am glad you like my choices! Sick Kids In Love sounds amazing!! I am hoping to borrow it from my library when I have whittled down my TBR a little πŸ˜‚. Once Upon A River sounds brilliant!!! Awhh thank you so much – I have heard so many great things about Red, White And Royal Blue, I am glad to hear you loved it so much, I am keeping an eye on my library for it!!! I hope I love it as much as you didπŸ₯°πŸ˜πŸ’œ

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      • I don’t even know when/if Sick Kids In Love will be up for grabs in my library (not to mention that my library card needs to be renewed and my library is very ancient πŸ˜‚) so I’ll just have to buy it eventually I guess.

        I hope you get to read them soon and love them! 😍❀

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        • I haven’t looked in my library yet (I have far too many books to get through first πŸ˜…) ahh that’s a shame though. Lol, I had to renew mine recently (to renew you have to actually visit the library so I just cancelled my card a re-applied so they would post my card to me…and IT FAILED and for some reason they emailed me and I had to pick it up from them anyway – SO that was fun! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚) Hopefully, your library will get it in though!! Or you can buy it somewhere for a decent price!

          Thank you I hope so too!! I hope you enjoy the ones you want to read when you get the chance too! πŸ₯°πŸ˜πŸ’œ

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          • Hehe, same! πŸ˜‚ I’ll think about borrowing the new ones once I’m done with the ones I already own! OMG πŸ˜‚!! I’m sorry it failed πŸ˜­πŸ˜‚

            Thank you, hun! β€πŸ’•

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            • πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Ahhh I know right too many books to get through! My immediate physcal tbr has like 45 books on it and I have like 6 eARC’s πŸ™ƒπŸ™ƒ Hehehe I was so sad, my plan was flawless! And yet I still had to actually go out in the cold πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

              You’re welcome, hun! πŸ’œπŸ’œ


              • Oops! πŸ˜‚ I’ve about thirty (a mix of physical and Kindle books) and 3 e-ARCs that I need to start reading so that I’m able to review them before their release, but I’m busy bingeing TV shows and BookTube videos and talking about reading them.
                Really, your plan was perfectπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚! I’m sorry you had to go out in the cold (ugh I hate cold *shudders* even though it’s not that cold where I live πŸ€’).

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                • πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ ahhh I feel that!! Honestly, I seriously need to read more next month than I did this month πŸ™ƒ I keep talking about them and not reading too πŸ˜‚.
                  I know right! Such a perfect plan πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. hehe thank you, the cold is the worst – I had to drag my poor brother out to help me because wheelchair – I felt so bad but he is so helpful bless him but it was absolutely freezing!! (it is still acceptable to hate the cold anyway πŸ˜‚the only good thing about it is snuggling up in bed with a book!) πŸ’œπŸ’œ

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                • I hope you get to read more in February! I wanna read more next month too bc I only read three books this month but I have my exams coming up so I know I won’t be able to!! 😭

                  Aww, that’s so sweet actually πŸ’•πŸ’•! I always drag mine too! 😭 Thank you πŸ˜‚ I also love hot chocolate and warm cookies with books but yeah…that’s pretty much the only thing we can do in the cold! πŸ˜‚

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                • Thankyou. I hope I do too! Oh nooo not exams!! Good luck with them though and I hope you get to read lots of fantastic books afterwards! πŸ˜­πŸ’œπŸ₯°

                  πŸ’œπŸ₯° He is very helpful, bless him! ahaha its just what you gotta do, brothers are there to be helpful to us πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ even if they can be annoying! Hehe sounds great! I love a hot drink, good book and blankets in the cold – its the best, hibernation for bookworms! πŸ₯°πŸ’œπŸ“š


                • Ahh, thank you, hun! I hope so too!

                  Aww, that’s so adorable! Yeah, totally right! They’re so irritating and so helpful at the same time! πŸ˜‚β€

                  That’s really the best lol!

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