Top Ten Books on my To-Read List

Today I’m talking about the books I’ve been waiting to read the longest. Otherwise known in some cases as books that interested me an I forgot about.  I’m going by my Goodreads list here. I suspect there are some books I’ve wanted to read that are older than the list. I’m doing a combined fiction and non-fiction list because that’s what I have. I’m also dropping some books because I don’t really care about them any more.

1. When Every Month is NaNoWriMo by Larry Brooks.

Probably still something worth reading, though I have no intention of attempting 50,000 words every month.

2. Bitter Winter by Jaye L. Knight.

When I first put this on my to read list, it was nameless Book 5. I don’t even think Book 3, Samara’s Peril had a title yet. Bitter Winter still isn’t out, and though I’m not complaining, I will order the paperback the first day it is available.

3. Haphazardly Implausible by Jack Lewis Baillot.

It’s out of print and not cheap. But I love the title and I did love Brothers in Arms, also by Miss Jack.

4. Hebros by Nicole Sager.

I probably won’t read it. I didn’t love the Heart of Arcrea enough that I feel like reading more in the world. Just because there’s only so much time I can spend reading.

5. Orphan’s Song by Gillian Bronte Adams

I almost bought this at the Omega Writers Conference, but I thought I would wait for an opportunity to get one with the new cover. I wish I had bought it instead of the novel I did get for myself. Would have been more interesting. The rest of Gillian’s books are also early on my to read list, but I won’t duplicate them.

6. The Word Changers by Ashlee Willis

It takes place inside a book and the allegory sounds fresh. Still want to read.

7. The Shadow Things by  Jennifer Freitag.

I had no memory of this, but I want to read it. Realistic historical fiction in post-Roman Britain that’s centered around the arrival of Christianity? Yes! And there’s good reviews from people I respect.

8. Our Accidental Adventure by Ness Kingsley

It sounds as fun as when I added it to the list. But I really ought to finish Our Intrepid Heroine before starting another of Ness’s books. And given that I was reading that book with my brothers, and we’re all busy, it’s gotten stuck. I’ll have to finish it alone, because I do want to know is she kills the dragon or not.

9. Honor by Rachel Rossano

It’s been a long time since I read Duty. I know I like it, but romance, even in this  medieval fantasy setting, isn’t something I go rushing after.

10. The Christian Imagination compiled by Leland Ryken

I really really want this. It’s actually on my Amazon wishlist, not good reads, but when I saw it I couldn’t leave it off.

Bonus: The Tough Guide to Fantasyland: The Essential Guide to Fantasy Travel by Diana Wynne Jones

I’ve wanted this since I found it existed, but it’s not easy to find at a reasonable price. Oh well, It probably won’t help me write anyway.


Go check out the link up at if you want to see what books a whole lot of other people haven’t read.

Alternatively you could stay here and leave a comment. What books have you wanted to read for a long time? Are any of them the same as mine?  Have you read any of mine?


  1. Sometimes, it’s a good thing when an author takes forever to come out with the next book in the series. Maybe by the time George R. R. Martin releases the next Game of Thrones novel, I’ll be caught up? (Not likely, but whatever)

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thanks!

    • Brie Donning

      February 6, 2018 at 9:33 pm

      This book isn’t late yet. By Jaye’s usual rate, we would be hoping for a tentative release date on this one instead of the vague one of by the end of the year. If I really want to complain about books coming slowly, I can complain about Kendra E. Ardnek. It’ll be 2030 by the time all her Rizkaland books are published, because she just can’t focus on a single project.
      I don’t tend to fall behind on series, mostly because I haven’t started an ongoing series with a lot of books.

      Thanks for commenting.

  2. The cover for The World Changers is absolutely stunning. I haven’t heard of any of these but they definitely seem interesting.

    Here’s our TTT:

    • Brie Donning

      February 7, 2018 at 7:47 am

      Sadly, that Word Changers cover might be an old one. I’m not 100% sure on that, but I didn’t like the other one I saw quite so much.

      I’m glad you think they’re interesting. I have a somewhat obscure taste in books. Not as obscure as it once was, (19th century fiction), but it’s mostly Indie or small press.

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