Top 10 Tuesday | Lesser Known Books I Meant to Read in 2018

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly book tag that was run by The Broke and the Bookish but has now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she provides a different bookish theme those deep-seated desires to list! Anyone is welcome to join in on their blog, in the comments or any other way. 

If there’s one thing all of us book bloggers have in common, it’s our very long lists of books we meant to read at some time or another and there are so many books in the world that it’s only natural that some always seem to get left behind more than others. Throughout all of 2018 and the beginning of this month, I’ve already shared many lists of books that I meant to read and these lists often mention the same books over and over again. So, instead of sharing big name books that always get attention I thought I would with you all some of the lesser known books on my 2018 TBR that I didn’t get round to instead!

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I saw Eating Animals mentioned on another book bloggers post and immediately added it to my TBR. My undergraduate dissertation was in human-animal relations and I was originally intending on doing a Masters in Anthrozoology, so this sounded right up my street. Even though I bought it on kindle during a sale I never found time for it though!


the wicked and the divine


Technically this isn’t really a lesser known book, but I wanted to read The Wicked and the Divine so much last year but always ended up making myself feel to guilty to buy it and I couldn’t find a copy at my library. I will definitely be buying and reading this ASAP though as I’m trying to get through more of my graphic novels TBR this year


monster culture


I cannot even begin to tell you how much I want a copy of Monster Culture. I read a little bit of it 2 years ago whilst researching for my Jurassic Park talk at Nine Worlds and it was so fricken good. It has some great essays in it about all kinds of monster culture including Twilight, District 9, Battlestar Galactica and Avatar. If you ever want to get me a gift… *hinthint*




I read Starborn, the first book in the Worldmaker series, a few years back after receiving a free copy of it at Nine Worlds. It was the book that kickstarted my interest in fantasy as an adult reader and I was determined to read the second book, Heartland, last year but obviously that didn’t happen…


other minds
I first saw Other Minds in Waterstones when it was initially published and immediately added it to my TBR. Similarly to Eating Animals, Other Minds is everything I’m interested in and passionate about and I was desperate to read it but constantly put it aside for fiction books… Luckily, my most wonderful friend Lauren bought it for me as a “Secret” Santa gift for Christmas so now I have a copy of it to read!




Feeder was a 2018 release I was really intrigued by – monster hunters, aliens and creepy mysteries – and at the time I didn’t even realize it was written by Patrick Weekes, lead writer of the Dragon Age series. I didn’t see anyone else talking about Feeder even though it sounds really good?!



how to be a disney historian


My partner bought me How to Be a Disney Historian as a Christmas present in 2017 after I did my Queer Coding in Disney talk at Nine Worlds. It made me so happy I almost cried. It got nicely displayed on my bookshelf and then never actually got read. It’s not even a long read so I really have no excuses for this not being read yet.




Another academic book I promised I would make time for last year but then didn’t. I read a little bit of Necropolis for a history essay I did about London history and cemeteries and absolutely loved it. I have a morbid fascination with learning about death, death rituals and its history so this is one I really want to make time for.


the last of the wine


Another present from my partner I never got round to reading after he got it for me for my birthday in 2018 during my Ancient Greek obsession. Obviously I still want to read The Last of the Wine and I’ve heard great things about Mary Renault’s work so I can’t wait to finally get around to this.



beneath the surface
Another book I’m desperate to read but have never gotten around to reading. I added this to my TBR shortly after seeing Blackfish when it was first released and promised I would read this in 2018 after my Jurassic Park talk (where I drew parallels between Blackfish and Jurassic World). It’s written by one of the former orca trainers at Seaworld who was interviewed in Blackfish and I’m interested in hearing more about his firsthand account of working at Seaworld.

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If there’s one main lesson that I’ve learned since book blogging and writing numerous posts on ‘books I meant to read’, it’s that I need to read books when I first become interested in them and/or purchase them otherwise they just languish on my (physical and digital) shelves and I never get round to them.

Even though a lot of the books on this list are ones that I really, really, really want to read, I constantly find myself putting them aside for new releases and ARCs. With non fiction, I find I often sideline them for popular fiction books as I get caught up in the hype as well as get caught up in thinking about what books/reviews my blog readers will be interested in. I’m hoping to start rectifying this in 2019 though and actually read the books I really want to read!

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8 thoughts on “Top 10 Tuesday | Lesser Known Books I Meant to Read in 2018

  1. First of all, your thesis sounds so interesting! I wonder if there’s some place I could read it online?

    How to be a Disney Historian, and Eating Animals sounds intriguing! I haven’t of either but I love, love your list of non-fiction books. I recently bought a copy of Hunger by Roxane Gay! I’m a newbie to non-fiction, so I decided to start with something that is a bit close to heart.

    Happy reading, Avery!


  2. Monster Culture sounds so good and so does Feeder! I need to read books when I first become interested/purchase them too. I’m so bad about doing that and then I forget all about them. Main reason why I am drowning in unread books now and majority of them I couldn’t even tell you what they are supposed to be about, lol. *sigh* I’m glad I’m doing this alphabet challenge to read my older books, so then I can at least get to 26 of those older books LOL. Maybe I need to do something like this every year to get to those older ones.


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