Jen’s 2018 To Be Read Short List

Limiting My TBR

My 2018 To-Be-Read Short List is a limited selection of my larger TBR. Instead of trying to read over 3000 books (what’s on my Goodreads to-read shelf), I wanted to narrow it down to a more manageable number.

I picked the books for this list by loosely using several criteria: how past-due my review is, how much I have wanted to read the book, and how many books in that series I still need to get around to reviewing. A lot of these are review copies from authors or publishers that I should have reviewed a long time ago. Some of them are books I read before and never reviewed anywhere, so I need to read again. Others are just ones I have said for a long time that I want to read.

My Goals

I made this list with two goals in mind. One: reduce my Netgalley TBR by half. That’s going to take a lot more than what’s on this list. Two: review 75 books on Goodreads. I don’t think that goal will be too hard, but I limited my list to this number to help me get started.

Adding More to the 2018 To-Be-Read

I’m sure there will be times I need to add books to my to-be-read because I do plan to take part in tours this year, just not as much as I have done in the past. Also, there will be times when an author or publisher asks me to review a book and I’ll need to add the new book. But, I don’t plan on adding to the original list of seventy-five books. I’m going to make a separate list below it. There will also be a couple of lists added for challenges I decided to take on this year.

Here is my 2018 To-Be-Read Short List:

Strikethrough means read. Red means currently reading.

  1. Amanda Ashley – Night’s Surrender
  2. Kelley Armstrong – Bitten
  3. Jill Archer – Pocket Full of Tinder
  4. Keri Arthur – Wicked Embers
  5. Victoria Alexander – The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels and Other Gentlemen
  6. Dakota Banks – Dark Time
  7. Laura Bickle – Embers
  8. Stephen Blackmoore – Dead Things
  9. Bianca Blythe – A Rogue to Avoid
  10. Linwood Barclay – Broken Promise
  11. Sandra Brown – Seeing Red
  12. Patricia Briggs – Blood Bound
  13. Jim Butcher – Storm Front
  14. B.A. Braxton – Pigeon Blood 
  15. Viola Carr – The Dastardly Miss Lizzie
  16. Rachel Caine – Stillhouse Lake
  17. Amanda Carlson – Hot Blooded
  18. P.C. Cast – Marked
  19. Ashlyn Chase – My Wild Irish Dragon
  20. Kristi Charish – Owl and the Japanese Circus
  21. Rebecca Chastain – Secret of the Gargoyles
  22. Janie Crouch – Protector’s Instinct
  23. Jordan Dane – The Last Victim
  24. Jax Daniels – The Dead Man’s Deal
  25. Carole Nelson Douglas – Dancing with Werewolves
  26. Lena Diaz – Final Exit
  27. Dianne Duvall – Darkness Rises
  28. Rachel Dunne – The Bones of the Earth
  29. J.T. Ellison – No One Knows
  30. Christine Feehan – Shadow Rider
  31. Angie Fox – Southern Spirits
  32. Diana Pharaoh Francis – The Incubus Job
  33. Gillian Flynn – Gone Girl
  34. Jeaniene Frost – Halfway to the Grave
  35. Neil Gaiman – Neverwhere
  36. Dani Harper – Storm Bound
  37. Kim Harrison – The Good, the Bad, and the Undead
  38. John A. Heldt – The Mine
  39. Mitchell Hogan – A Shattered Empire
  40. Faith Hunter – Curse on the Land
  41. Kevin Hearne – The Squirrel on the Train
  42. Elliott James – In Shining Armor
  43. Hannah Jayne – Under Wraps
  44. Tonya Kappes – A Ghostly Demise
  45. Alex Kava – Reckless Creed
  46. Faye Kellerman – Killing Season
  47. Dean Koontz – The Silent Corner
  48. Mary Linsey – Shattered Souls
  49. R.T. Lowe – Freshmen
  50. Heather Lyons – The Hidden Library
  51. Connie di Marco – All Signs Point to Murder
  52. George R.R. Martin – A Game of Thrones
  53. Carla Neggers – Saint’s Gate
  54. Allison Pang – A Brush of Darkness
  55. Vicki Pettersson – Swerve
  56. Linda Poitevin – Sins of the Warrior
  57. Kalayna Price – Grave Memory
  58. J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  59. Spencer Quinn – Dog On It
  60. Jamie Quaid – Giving Him Hell
  61. Michelle Rowen – Bitten and Smitten
  62. Chris Roberson – Firewalk (picked as my January Take a Chance Challenge book)
  63. Kerrelyn Sparks – How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days
  64. Amanda Scott – The Reluctant Highlander
  65. Thomas E. Sniegoski – A Kiss Before the Apocalypse
  66. Joanna Shupe – A Daring Arrangement
  67. Wendy Corsi Staub – Blood Red
  68. C.L. Taylor – The Missing
  69. Rob Thurman – Nightlife
  70. Jeff VanderMeer – Annihilation
  71. Christine Warren – Something to Howl About
  72. Andy Weir – The Martian
  73. Randy Wayne White – Mangrove Lightning
  74. Stephen Woodworth – Fraulein Frankenstein
  75. Chelsea Quinn Yarbro – Living Spectres


Need to read ASAP:

  1. Juliette Cross – The Emerald Lily
  2. Janet McNulty – Solaris Seethes (not reviewing on blog, but on
  3. Dave Robertson – The Ultimate Guide to Zombies (not reviewing on blog, but on

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About Jen Schaper

In addition to being a book blogger, I am a mother of three children, a retail backroom coordinator, and a wannabe writer (when I make time to do it).
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