In a little over five months, I’ll be headed off to college, probably with under five physical books and a Kindle in tow. Looking at my bookshelf (or my entire room) you can tell that my TBR pile is… er… just a teeny bit bigger than that. Basically, I think I need to finish everything that I have a physical copy of that’s still on my TBR pile before I leave for college. So here I give you a rather long and slightly scary list of all the books that I need to read in the next five months.
HARRY POTTER (Books 2-7) in French
THESE COVERS ARE SO BEAUTIFUL. I mean, I still like the original Harry Potter covers (I have like two copies of each original edition in hardcover and paperback except for Goblet of Fire, I think), but these are super beautiful. Also very French. Plus, a great learning tool. Also, if you don’t know what Harry Potter is or who wrote it… *throws Order of the Phoenix at you*.
THE RAVEN KING by Maggie Stiefvater
So I pre-ordered this back in 2016 but then AP tests happened and then I was away basically the whole summer and then I came back and now I’m re-reading the entire Raven Cycle because I kind of honestly can’t remember any of what happened?
HARD CHOICES by Hillary Rodham Clinton
I bought this book when we thought we were going to have Clinton 45. We all know how that turned out, but I’d definitely love to see how being a woman/being shorter than literally everyone in your profession has impacted her life. Also, I have the book, so why not?
CHALLENGER DEEP by Neal Shusterman
I bought this one like… three years ago?? Anyway, it’s from my favorite small local bookshop and it’s signed and everything and I’d really like to read it at some point.
THE TEMPEST/A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM/KING LEAR by William Shakespeare
I KNOW I KNOW this is technically three books. Basically, we go to Oregon every year for the Shakespeare festival in Ashland, and I buy books. Which I sometimes read. And I sometimes do not. And I really need to read these.
GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn
My friend bought this for me for my birthday my freshman year of high school, when the movie came out. Somehow, I just never got around to reading it?
BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY by Ruta Sepetys
I’ve heard so many good things about this book! Another one of my friends got this for me my sophomore year for another one of my birthdays. But also it’s about World War II so this book = sadness.
ALEXANDER HAMILTON by Ron Chernow
I got this for my birthday when my mother realized I was (1) obsessed with the soundtrack from Hamilton: An American Musical and (2) strangely liked to read historical nonfiction. Since I recently finished My Own Words (Ruth Bader Ginsburg is THE BEST) I think it’s time to give this 500-page history a shot.
I think I’ll stop at ~15 books. I mean, there are probably more I’m forgetting about (not to mention the ones on my Kindle and some of the ones I just ordered on Amazon/will probably buy from bookstores… oops) but I’ll save some of my dignity by ending the list here.