To all the authors I follow on Twitter & the books I haven’t read yet

Sometimes I don’t know how my thought process works, and unsurprisingly, this is one of those times.

Tell me, while you’re scrolling through your Twitter feed (instead of working on the blog post you swore you’d finish today), do you ever come across a tweet from an author promoting their book and internally question why it is that you haven’t read it yet? And then minutes later, the same thing happens again: an author talking about their book, you wondering why it’s still in your TBR? And then this eventually turns into a vicious cycle of interest, confusion, guilt, and finally, shame?* Because why haven’t you read it, Shealea, WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?

* If you can relate to this emotional rollercoaster, then let me send a ton of virtual hugs in your way! There is nothing to be ashamed of, lovely! If, on the other hand, you have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about, I suspect you’re still living in denial – and that’s okay, too.

I think you get what I’m saying. I follow a lot of incredibly kind, undeniably awesome authors, but for some of them, I haven’t read any of their books (which is a huge, gaping loss on my part, really). This is due to numerous factors: unavailability of books in my local bookstores (aka the struggles of every third-world country), time constraints because of college, prior commitments, and more often than not, my being a financially strapped college student (I am ridiculously broke, and if you could leave a little something in my tip jar before you close this tab, I will love you).

Regardless of the reason, I can’t help but feel more than a tad guilty about it. It’s not that I think these authors are upset with me for following them on Twitter despite having not read any of their books. But!!! It’s really just me wanting to befriend these authors. Me wanting to start tweeting them praises about their books! Me wanting to flood their Twitter notifications with colorful heart emojis! Me wanting to yell into the Twitter void about how much I love their books! ME WANTING TO GIVE THESE WONDERFUL AUTHORS ALL THE LOVE AND PRAISE AND SUPPORT THEY DESERVE!!!

But then again, reading and reviewing isn’t the only way to help authors in spreading the word about their books! Which is why, for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday*, I will be doing the next best thing: sharing a number of incredible books from authors I follow on Twitter on my blog and encouraging all of you to pick them up.

* Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme now organized by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s prompt is ‘books by favorite authors I still haven’t read’, but if I’m being honest, the most common reason why I haven’t read some of my favorite authors’ books is that the books in question haven’t been published yet – and yes, I’m looking at you, Jade War by Fonda Lee and The Shadowglass by Rin Chupeco.

I initially had a raw list of more than 50 titles (excuse me while I crawl into a hole out of shame), but after a lot of necessary iterations on my part, I now have eighteen (18) books to feature! My list has been split into two general emotions:


Before I proceed with the list, I’d like to disclose that this post contains affiliate links, which means that if you decide to purchase any of the featured books using them, I will receive a humble commission at no additional cost to you. I would, really, really, really appreciate it if you used them!


🌟 The Reader by Traci Chee
[ Amazon | Book Depository | Follow author on Twitter ]

🌟 They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
[ Amazon | Book Depository | Follow author on Twitter ]

🌟 The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
[ Amazon | Book Depository | Follow author on Twitter ]

🌟 The Poppy War by Rebecca F. Kuang
[ Amazon | Book Depository | Follow author on Twitter ]

🌟 An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
[ Amazon | Book Depository | Follow author on Twitter ]

🌟 The Bird and the Blade by Megan Bannen
[ Amazon | Book Depository | Follow author on Twitter ]

🌟 Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno
[ Amazon | Book Depository | Follow author on Twitter ]

🌟 Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart
[ Amazon | Book Depository | Follow author on Twitter ]

🌟 The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
[ Amazon | Book Depository | Follow author on Twitter ]


🌟 Markswoman by Rati Mehrotra
[ Amazon | Book Depository | Follow author on Twitter ]

🌟 Isle of Blood and Stone by Makiia Lucier
[ Amazon | Book Depository | Follow author on Twitter ]

🌟 A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood
[ Amazon | Book Depository | Follow author on Twitter ]

🌟 Frostblood by Elly Blake
[ Amazon | Book Depository | Follow author on Twitter ]

🌟 The Diminished by Kaitlyn Sage Patterson
[ Amazon | Book Depository | Follow author on Twitter ]

🌟 Now A Major Motion Picture by Cori McCarthy
[ Amazon | Book Depository | Follow author on Twitter ]

🌟 Stone Girl by Eleni Hale
[ Amazon | Book Depository | Follow author on Twitter ]

🌟 Iron Cast by Destiny Soria
[ Amazon | Book Depository | Follow author on Twitter ]

🌟 Suicide Club by Rachel Heng
[ Amazon | Book Depository | Follow author on Twitter ]

Let’s talk!

🔹 Have you read any of the books featured on this list? If you haven’t, which ones will you add to your TBR?

🔹 Are you on Twitter? Who are some of the authors you follow?

🔹 Have you written a post for Top Ten Tuesday? Leave the link in the comments section below so that I can check it out as soon as I can! By the way, have you read my other TTT posts?

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39 thoughts on “To all the authors I follow on Twitter & the books I haven’t read yet”

  1. An Ember in the Ashes! That series is everything. I started reading it this year since Sabaa Tahir was coming close to me on her book tour for the 3rd book in the series. I flew through the first two books, and just finished reading the 3rd this month. They are totally worth it!

    A Gentleman’s Guide is another wonderful book! I highly highly recommend the audiobook!!!!


  2. I can relate–and am sending a virtual hug back at you! I haven’t read any of these, sad to say, but many are on my TBR pile or wish list. Does that help me feel better? Maybe a little, but I still wish I could get to them all sooner. The Wicked Deep is one I am really looking forward to. And The Reader. And They Both Die At the End, and Suicide Club. All of them, I tell you! I must read all of them! I hope we are able to get to them all at some point. Even if not today. Have a great weekend!


  3. Omg I relate to this so much! I’ve been following V.E. Schwab and Matt Haig on Twitter FOR AGES and still haven’t read one of their books. I had also been following Adam Silvera for a year before I finally read They Both Die at the End and it was like a huge burden had been lifted haha. It’s a really great and fast-paced book so hopefully you can get to it soon! 😀


  4. LOVE your take on this topic! I too have failed with a LOT of these- but I will say that I LOVED The Bird and the Blade, so definitely read that one! Iron Cast was awesome too, as was They Both Die at the End! I liked Grace and Fury, AEITA (even though I haven’t read the sequels yet, oops!) and The Wicked Deep! But okay I need to read SO MANY MORE of them- like Gentleman’s Guide, Poppy War, Sky Painted Gold, Markswoman, Now a Major Motion Picture (though also check out Cori’s woefully underrated You Were Here, because it is AMAZING if you haven’t read it yet!)


  5. Oh honey… You can now rest assured because I HAVEN’T READ ANY OF THESE BOOKS YET EITHER DDDD: Seriously, your list literally made me laugh out loud like a maniac and then almost cry at the idiocy of being like this… Why am I like this?!

    But at least neither of us is alone, which soothes my soul. Sending tons of hugs your way ❤ and let us stop being such fools and start reading some darn great books!


  6. Omg, I adored The Bird and the Blade! Ahhh, it made me cry, so make sure to have tissues on hand when you read it!
    Grace and Fury was a fun read too!
    And don’t worry: Summer of Salt is still on my TBR too!


  7. I admit, I haven’t read The Poppy War yet. It was even listed on my blog review schedule… August X – The Poppy War. Alas, a bunch of library books started coming in, and I had to read an ARC for my blog, and I still haven’t gotten around to it. I’m not requesting more books from the library until I get some of these books that I’ve purchased read (and of course, with October just around the corner, they’re going to put more books on sale for $1.99 for me to buy. It’s a vicious cycle).

    I also bought the Isle of Blood and Stone when it was on sale for $1.99… still haven’t read it yet.

    But I know what you mean by following all these amazing authors on Twitter. Some of them just seem so nice that you want to buy their books just because they’re such wonderful people. And you want other people to buy their books too.


  8. Wow. I could’ve sworn you’ve already read The Poppy War. Like???? But I’m with you on The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, and I have a copy sitting on my desk so I have literally no excuse! *Rings the bell of shame.*

    A+ for such a diverse (in more ways than one) list, Shealea!


  9. Wow! You have a lot of books to look forward to! The Reader and Gentleman’s Guide are both awesome and I’ve heard really good things about so many of the others on your list (especially The Summer of Salt and The Poppy War).


  10. Iron Cast sounds so fun, definitely need to add that one to my TBR! The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is such a romp of a novel, I definitely recommend checking it out, and The Poppy War is one I need to get to soon, too. Great list!


  11. Haha, you are not alone in this Shalea 😀 I have tons of such author. From your list, I have only read Gentleman’s Guide.
    I think I follow most of the authors (who aren’t that popular) because of their giveaways in the first place and then if I don’t win then certainly I forgot about them 😦 Which is absolutely bad. But yes, there are so many books on this list that are on my TBR 😀


  12. A Sky Painted Gold! I read that one and was surprised by how much I liked it – more because I usually don’t read anything historical fiction-related but since I was approached to read it, and I got curious about it, I accepted and I’m SO GLAD I did! [Also, I met the author at YALC and she’s absolutely wonderful. ❤ ]


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