Bookish Rambling: Five Highly Anticipated Books I Forgot to Read

Whether you have a written wishlist, mark the date on the calendar or click that pre-order button, we all have books we desperately want to read. Not all highly anticipated books are new releases – have you ever read a review for a book you’ve never heard of before and then all of a sudden you desperately need that book in your life? And then a year or two [or five] has passed and you still haven’t read that book!

And that is the basis of today’s post: Five Highly Anticipated Books I Forgot to Read.

#1 Killer Women: Crime Club Anthology #1

Crime Club - Killer Woman

I was so excited for the release of this book, I even featured in it my Mid-Year Book Freak Out 2016, yep you read that right, mid-way through last year this was the book I was most anticipating the release of…. and then it was released on 15th September 2016 and I forgot to read it buy it!

“Fifteen perfectly twisted tales with a measure of evil, a dash of humour. Expect the unexpected…”

Over a year later, and after some careful consideration, I decided I’m not even that excited to read it anymore. I guess I waited too long…

#2 The Girls by Emma Cline

The Girls - Emma Cline

July 2016 – this book was added to my collection. For some unknown reason I placed myself on a book buying ban and I went shopping with my mum and I explained to her how I hadn’t bought any books, and I’d even joined the library. Being the awesome, kind, amazing mum she is, she offered to buy me a book. I couldn’t decide between The Girls and I See You by Clare Mackintosh, as they were both highly anticipated releases of mine. Did I tell you how amazing my mum is? She bought me both books! I immediately read I See You but for some reason I never read The Girls.

“California. The summer of 1969. In the dying days of a floundering counter-culture a young girl is unwittingly caught up in unthinkable violence, and a decision made at this moment, on the cusp of adulthood, will shape her life….”

I still really want to read it, and appeased myself by saying it’s a book to be read in the summer so I’ll read it in the summer of 2017. Summer has come and gone and this book is still unread. I’m hopeful for the Summer of 2018.

#3 Ten Days by Gillian Slovo

Ten Days - Gillian Slovo

Ten Days was last years Cityread London book but I found out about it too late to participate but it sounded so good, I had to buy a copy.

“It’s 4 a.m. and Cathy Mason is watching dawn break over the Lovelace estate. By the end of the day, her community will be a crime scene. By the end of the week, her city will be on fire.”

Cityread London takes place in April and I bought this book in May, so over a year ago, and I still haven’t read it! I still want to and I’m still excited to, I guess I just keep forgetting to!

#4 The Investigation by J. M. Lee

The Investigation - J. M. Lee

Last year, I discover Book & a Brew book box and immediately bought one. As I browsed their previous titles, I saw The Investigation. I then got irrationally mad at myself for not discovering this box two months earlier so I could have gotten a copy of this book. So I went straight online and bought this book, no book box shall stop me having this book!

“At once a captivating mystery and an epic lament for lost freedom and humanity, The Investigation, inspired by a true story, is a sweeping and gripping tale by an international literary star.”

That was in June last year, and The Investigation is still sitting on my shelf. I do still want to read this one but the excitement has dulled over time. This is no longer a highly anticipated read but one day, it’s time will come.

#5 Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz

Moriarty - Anthony Horowitz

I maintain that this last one is not my fault – when I discovered the existence of this book, I bought it straight away and planned to read it as soon as it arrived.

“Sherlock Holmes is dead.

Days after Holmes and his arch-enemy Moriarty fall to their doom at the Reichenbach The death of Moriarty has created a poisonous vacuum which has been swiftly filled by a fiendish new criminal mastermind.”

Imagine my devastation when I realised it was book two in a series. I’m not a lawbreaker so I had to read book one first. I figured I’d borrow book one, House of Silk, from the library and then read Moriarty straight after. Well, it didn’t happened, after finishing House of Silk, I didn’t love it as much as I hoped and it diminished my excitement for Moriarty. And to this day, it still remains unread on my shelf.


I would like to thank my Instagram for making this post possible, as it was browsing through my old photos that reminded me of my excitement for these books and the fact that I forgot to read them!

Can you think of any of your highly anticipated releases that you forgot to read, it’s okay if you can’t remember 🙂

44 thoughts on “Bookish Rambling: Five Highly Anticipated Books I Forgot to Read

  1. Thank you for adding to my tbr😂I love that sentence for Ten Days, I need to know what happened! Great post idea…I may do my own…books I ordered from Book Depository because I HAD to have them asap and then haven’t read them yet! At the top of the list is The One by John Marrs

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    1. It’s so funny that you mentioned The One because I was going to mention it but I thought Five Books… sounded better than Six Books… 😂
      And yes do your own, I may do a few more myself lol.
      Ten Days does sound awesome, I don’t know why I haven’t read it yet! 😂

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    1. I think there’s just so many books we want to read, it’s hard to keep up and extremely hard to prioritise! A Monster Calls was another book I was so excited to read, but it’s still sitting on my shelf unread 🙈


  2. There are loads of books (esp hardbacks) that I’ve bought on publication because I couldn’t wait….that are still on the bookshelf unread! Just a few include Dead Woman Walking, Into The Water, See what I Have Done…..!!

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      1. Naomi Alderman – I bought it as soon as it was released, but… 😂
        Suddenly – tomorrow or the day after – girls find that with a flick of their fingers, they can inflict agonizing pain and even death. With this single twist, the four lives at the heart of Naomi Alderman’s extraordinary, visceral novel are utterly transformed, and we look at the world in an entirely new light.
        What if the power to hurt were in women’s hands?

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  3. I can think of loads. Most recent ones off the top of my head that I couldn’t wait to get and are still languishing on the pile are:
    The Escape – CL Taylor
    Last Seen – Lucy Clarke
    The Woman in the Wood by Lesley Pearse

    I could go on…….

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  4. Gotta try to persuade you! The Girls is a great book – don’t leave it till next summer! And Moriarty is very different to The House of Silk even though they’re both set in Holmes world. For a start, Holmes isn’t in it… I enjoyed both, but loved Moriarty because it took a really original approach. Go on, you know you want to… 😉

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  5. I do this a lot, those books I have to have and then they sit, unread… this year I had to buy The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanhingara after loving A Little Life so much – have I read it yet? No! Recently The Underground Railroad which I am determined not to do this with!
    Nice post Janel, I enjoyed reading it.

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    1. Thanks Kerrie! I just read The Underground Railroad recently, my review will be up next week, maybe that’ll help you read it sooner! While I probably won’t read another Yanhingara book – I do like the title 🙂


  6. I have House of Silk and Moriarity to read…I have to read them in order, so I hope Moriarity is better than House of Silk lol. I’ve been waiting for a chance to read them both. The Girls is really good! You should give it a try…strange in some spots, but it’s worth reading! Great idea for a post! 😊

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      1. You’re welcome! Lol! You are probably like the rest of us and just have soooo many other books to read 😉😄 I hope you enjoy it though! It’s a bit crazy I will say. Yes! I’m reading one in a series that’s not in order…The Smowman…because I was told it was fine not too and it’s ok that I did, but there are all these past references that I’m like argh!! I’m going to have to get book 1 and start at the beginning! I’m too linear no to go from the beginning 🤣😂

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