Backlist books I want to read | #TopTenTuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. To be honest, I find this topic kind of funny… I know we’re all hyped about new releases but the majority of books I read ARE backlist books… I usually read books that were released prior to this year. Picking 10 for this list was so easy!

The Black Company (Chronicles of the Black Company #1) by Glen Cook – 1984
I’ve had this book on my shelf for a while, and I still haven’t read it. This is such a well loved fantasy series, and I often see it pop up in recommendations (especially on Reddit). I do want to read it eventually.

The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien – 1977
Once again, a book that has been on my shelf for years. I’m such a fan of Tolkien and Middle Earth, so I can’t fathom why I haven’t read this. The only thing I could think of is that it’s quite intimidating. Although I love Tolkien, his books aren’t the easiest to read.

Train Man by Hitori Nakano – 2004
I just bought a copy of this secondhand and I can’t wait to read this. It’s about a shy, geeky guy who saves a woman from a drunk guy on the train. She sends him a thank-you gift, and he doesn’t know what to do next. So he turns to an online messaging board for help. I think I will have to keep in mind that this was written in 2004 because it might seem outdated to me. But I’m definitely picking this up soon!

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini – 2007
I’ve never read a Khaled Hosseini book. There, I said it. I’m looking to change that soon though. This book has also been on my bookshelf for years, and is still unread. Help me.

A River in Darkness by Masaji Ishikawa – 2000
This is an autobiography in which the author talks about his life in North Korea, his escape from the country, and his repatriation to Japan. I’ve read an autobiography on North Korea before, but I want to read more of them. Everyone has a different experience after all!

Kushiel’s Dart (Phèdre’s trilogy #1) by Jacqueline Carey – 2001
Another book I recently bought secondhand. I’ve seen this book on countless fantasy recommendations lists, which means I have to read it. I have no clue what this is about, but I guess I’ll find out.

The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past #1) by Liu Cixin – 2007
Another book I’ve heard nothing but good things about. All I really know is that this a science fiction novel from one of China’s most beloved science fiction writers. That sounds like something I need in my life, doesn’t it? I think it was also mentioned as a recommendation on a podcast I listened to, but I can’t remember which one it was…

The Black Prism (Lightbringer #1) by Brent Weeks – 2010
I read Brent Weeks’ The Way of Shadows, the first book in his Night Angel trilogy, a few years ago. While I enjoyed it, I wasn’t really blown away by it. I’ve heard that The Black Prism, and the Lightbringer series in general, is far superior to his other series though, so I’m looking forward to reading it. Also, the premise sounds incredible! I think the magic system is based on light?

The Year of the Gadfly by Jennifer Miller – 2012
I bought this book because Olive from abookolive on YouTube mentioned it in her video on books that are similar to The Secret History by Donna Tartt. I immediately bought a secondhand copy and added it to my to-read list, because I adored The Secret History, and want to read more books with similar vibes.

Insurrection (Insurrection #1) by Robyn Young – 2010
Another one that has been on my to-read shelf for ages… This is a historical fiction novel set in the 13th century, after the Scottish king has been murdered and the power play for the throne has begun.

Have you read any of these backlist books? Which older books do you want to read?

18 thoughts on “Backlist books I want to read | #TopTenTuesday

  1. Ah, The Silmarillion — I’ve had a copy for years, and haven’t been able to bring myself to read it. One of these days…

    I just picked up a copy of The Three Body Problem at our library book sale last week. I hear it’s great!


  2. I too have been wanting to read The Silmarillion, At this point I want to reread The Hobbit and the whole LOTR series again before getting to it though. I wouldn’t mind because I love those stories.


  3. THE BLACK PRISM is SO, SO, SO good. And if you wait until next summer, then THE BURNING WHITE will come out and you can binge the entire series (and trust me, you’ll want to). Great list and I hope you’re able to read some of these soon!


  4. Great list! You’re not alone, I really want to read A Thousand Splendid Suns, too. 🙂 My dad read it last year and really enjoyed it, so I need to get to it soon.


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