Backlist Books to Keep Me Company During the Great Book Shortage

I have bad news: due to supply chain issues, there is going to be a book shortage.

Do I understand it fully? No. Am I afraid? Yes.

The shortage is coming, whether we like it or not.

You know what that means:

It’s time to finally read all the backlist books on our TBRs.

If you’re like me, you have a list of published books you’ve been meaning to read since time immemorial.

Or perhaps, like me, you’ve purchased a number of books that you haven’t yet read.

The time to read those books is now.

This is what I plan to read while the supply chain combusts.

A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas

Box set of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas. Image from Amazon.

ACOTAR really popular on TikTok AND was rereleased recently with better-looking covers.

People seem to really enjoy this series and I want in.

I’ve heard tell that the later books are surprisingly subversive? Is this accurate or have I been bamboozled once again?

I’m going to find out.

The Winternight trilogy by Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden.

I was not in a great place mentally or emotionally when I last tried reading The Bear and the Nightingale.

People on TikTok tell me this series has an unmatched slow burn enemies-to-lovers romance.

I’ll admit, I am intrigued.

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

I’ve had Renegades on my shelf for four years.

It’s enemies-to-lovers sci-fi! What am I waiting for!?

I’ll probably love it as much as, if not more than, Heart of Iron.

(Speaking of, I still need to read Soul of Stars.)

The Shades of Magic trilogy by V. E. Schwab

The Shades of Magic series box set by V. E. Schwab

I read the first book in this trilogy approximately 1000 years ago (back before I was properly medicated) and promptly forgot everything that happened.

People LOVE this series.

BookTokers have been trying to get me to read it based on aesthetics alone.

They have ALMOST succeeded.

Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

My friend Kait called this xyr favorite queer coming-of-age story ever.


Also, Roxane Gay loved this book.

I must read it.

Seed to Harvest by Octavia Butler

Seed to Harvest by Octavia E. Butler. Image from Amazon.

My friend Shane threw this book at me with a, “Hey, I LOVE Octavia Butler and I know everything about this series but I haven’t read it yet and I want to know what you think about it.”

Seed to Harvest contains every book in the Patternist series except Survivor, a book Octavia Butler hated so much she let it go out of print.

She retconned her OWN BOOK. That’s AMAZING.

I didn’t realize this was a series about aliens.

I have so many questions.

Baker Thief by Claudie Arsenault

Baker Thief by Claudie Arsenault. Image from Amazon.

My lovely friend Sophia lent me this book about a queerplatonic partnership.

She said it uses romance tropes to tell an aromantic story and I am FASCINATED.

I am also here for all the bread.

Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty

Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty. Image from Goodreads.

My friend Amber said of Six Wakes, “Hey, this book is super fucked up! Want to read it?”

Might as well now that the supply chain is borked!

Lumberjanes created by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters ,and Brooklyn Allen

Lumberjanes: Beware the Kitten Holy

Amber also lent me every volume of Lumberjanes.

Time to catch up with my favorite campers.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Image from Amazon.

I feel like I’m not allowed to complain about Neil Gaiman without at least attempting to read his magnum opus.

Also, I can’t upgrade my beat-up paperback copy until I read the book and decide I like it.

Tales of King Arthur & The Nights of the Round Table: From Le Morte d’Arthur by Thomas Mallory, Illustrated by Aubrey Beardsley

Tales of King Arthur & The Knights of the Round Table. Image from

I ordered a hand-picked book from Amaan’s Bookstore and received a shiny hardcover of Arthurian legends.

Thanks to The Green Knight, Arthurian legend is one of my new hyperfixations.

Good choice, Amaan.

The Light Between Worlds by Laura Weymouth

The Light Between World by Laura Weymouth

I happened to be in the room when my friend Nikita finished reading this book.

Nikita, who never cries, ran to the bathroom in tears, then came out and collapsed on my shoulder. It was wild.

This book was allegedly inspired by The Chronicles of Narnia and has the not-Pevensie children cope with their post-war trauma.

I want to know what prompted all the tears.

The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri

The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri

This book barely classifies as “backlist,” as it came out only two months ago.

Chances are, though, that if I don’t pick it up soon, it will languish on my shelves for four years.

It’s sapphic fantasy. I have nothing to lose.

The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon

The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon. Image from

Repeat after me: I am not allowed to preorder Weather Girl until I read The Ex Talk.

Again: I am not allowed to preorder Weather Girl until I read The Ex Talk.

One more time: I am not allowed to preorder Weather Girl until I read The Ex Talk.

Y’all, I REALLY want to read Weather Girl.

The Ex Talk comes first.

The Brown Sisters series by Talia Hibbert

Illumicrate exclusive editions of The Brown Sisters series. Image from

I felt sad last night, so I started reading Get a Life, Chloe Brown!

This just in: I love it.

I’m tempted to buy Illumicrate’s special editions of the trilogy.

Let me finish the books first.

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse. Image from Amazon.

I wasn’t in the right headspace to read Black Sun when it first came out.

Now that it’s in paperback, however, I am ready to give it a go.

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

I DNFed this book in January because I wasn’t feeling it.

I have another Stephen Graham Jones book on my pile. I figured if I’m going to read that one, I should give TOGI another shot.

Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal

Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal. Image from Amazon.

I bought my mom this Pride and Prejudice retelling set in Pakistan.

She fell in love with it and insisted I read it next.

I HAVEN’T yet but I really SHOULD.

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. Image from Amazon.



The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman

The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman




Master of Crows by Grace Draven

Master of Crows by Grace Draven. Image from Amazon.

My TBR is just Hades x Persephone retellings and faerie smut all the way down.

These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan

These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan. Image from Amazon.

Yes, this book just came out.

Yes, TikTok told me to read this.

I just want enemies to lovers and nothing else.

I have plenty to read in the coming months.

I’m still anxious about the supply chain and the general state of the world.

On the bright side, I’ll probably save a lot of money if I’m not able to buy as many books.

Deep breath, reading buddies. We’re going to be okay.

5 thoughts on “Backlist Books to Keep Me Company During the Great Book Shortage”

  1. I hope you do get to all these books and that you enjoy them! I’m about to start Act Your Age Eve Brown and I’m not ready for the trilogy to be over.
    I guess having a TBR that goes all the way back to 2017 will leave me with plenty to read ๐Ÿ˜…

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      1. YES! I love this suggestion, because we need more! This trilogy has to be one of my favourites. I’m not a huge romance reader but these books are just SO good! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

        Ahaha nope, seeing as it’s pretty much all I read! ๐Ÿ˜…

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  2. I know so many people who loved the Shaes of Magic Series. I have actually read most of it but DNF the third one. It was just so tropey! sHe’S NoT LikE oTheR GiRls and what you said about forgetting most of it? Yeah. It all bleeds into one nebulous thing, and I chose ‘bleeds’ purposefully as the drama of the book seems to be about how much blood is gushing out of every orifice of the protag. Oh yeah, and there is a spoiled rotten prince who is Awful but apparently we’re supposed to find him lovable. It also fails the Bechdel test.

    I maybe hated these books.

    But okay, people seem to think they’re great including a librarian friend of mine whose opinion I hold in high regard. So here we are.

    Also, Seed to Harvest was for me the weirdest of Octavia Butler’s collections. I’m not surprised she retconned one of them. ๐Ÿ˜› Much, much prefer Lilith’s Brood of all her work. That series is just *chef’s kiss*. I enjoyed it more than the Parable books.

    American Gods may be a brick but it’s a very, very quick read if you want it to be. Simple. A bit derivative. Beach ready? Classic Gaiman. ๐Ÿ˜›

    AND YES! JULIET TAKES A BREATH! It brought me such joy.

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    1. Your hatred for Shades of Magic fuels me. Okay has that been a THING lately? The blood thing? I swear that half of the “edgy” fantasies I’ve read lately have had a lot of self-harm magic. Which…apparently I’m squeamish.

      I’m still going to reread them. I have the box set. I gotta.

      Welp. Adding Octavia Butler to my growing TBR, along with the others. Maybe I’ll even READ THESE BOOKS ONE DAY, KAIT.


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