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January 23, 2024

delayed gratification reads from 2023
posted by soe 1:37 am

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic from That Artsy Reader Girl could be interpreted through a lens of regret — books we meant to read last year and didn’t get around to. Instead, I’m going to consider them delayed gratification or prolonged anticipation reads — ten books that I put on my to-be-read list, were published, or came into my possession last year and that I still get to look forward to diving into:

  1. Brian Selznick’s Big Tree
  2. Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
  3. David Grann’s The Wager
  4. Lies and Other Love Languages by Sonali Dev
  5. Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries by Heather Fawcett
  6. Anna-Marie McLemore’s Blanca & Roja
  7. Woman Without Shame by Sandra Cisneros
  8. In the Lives of Puppets by T.J. Klune
  9. Bill Watterson’s The Mysteries
  10. A Tempest at Sea by Sherry Thomas

How about you? What books do you still get to look forward to that you were sure would be read by now?

Edited to add: I went back and looked at the past four times topics of this sort have been covered, and I’ve read 8 of the ~35 books I shared at the time. Oops.

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Sometimes it’s the right time for a book, and sometimes they need to wait a bit. They’ll still be great when we get to read them!

I really want to read In the Lives of Puppets and Emily Wilde this year — I hadn’t even heard of the latter until now, but suddenly I saw a whole bunch of reviews and enthusiasm, and I’m very curious.

Here’s hoping we enjoy them once we get to them!


Comment by Nicky @ The Bibliophibian 01.23.24 @ 9:49 am

I thought for sure I would have read How to Murder Your Employer by now! And I would have sworn that I read All the Light We Cannot See…but the book I remember doesn’t look anything like the trailer so I guess not? I put it on hold so we’ll see! (Eleanor and I are both excited about new T.J Klune!)

Comment by Emily 01.23.24 @ 10:00 am

I was sure that I would read The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins in 2023, but nope, read in 2024! Excellent read, and I am glad that I was able to start 2024 with a banging 5-star read! You have a fantastic list of books in your TBR! Hope you enjoy them!

Comment by Nicole @ NewBookCatsREADS 01.23.24 @ 11:28 am

Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries made my list this week too! I need to read that TJ Klune book as well! It’s been popular this week.


Comment by Hannah @ Back Shelf Books 01.23.24 @ 1:22 pm

I hope you can read these books soon and that they are all that you wish they would be.

Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!

Comment by Pam Masters 01.23.24 @ 4:23 pm

I think thHere is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!e Emily Wilde books sounds interesting!

Comment by Poinsettia 01.23.24 @ 5:11 pm

I love your attitude! That’s a great way to look at things. THE WAGER is one I hope to get to this year as well. I hope we both enjoy it.

Happy TTT (on a Wednesday)!


Comment by Susan (Bloggin' 'bout Books) 01.24.24 @ 1:58 pm

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