End of Year TBR

November is a hectic time of year in many regards. It’s the start of the holiday season, NaNoWriMo takes place, and it’s the crunch time in completing all your goals before the year ends. While there’s so much more, like working overtime and trying to stay on top of your Christmas shopping, let’s focus on the goal aspect!

On Monday, I’ll be making a list of my end of the year goals. I encourage you to check into your own goals too. But for today, I’m going to present my end of the year “To Be Read” list! A lot of these are traditionally published books that I’ve been meaning to get my hands on, but there are a few indie authors thrown in too!

Unlocking Olympus by Brittany Evans

  • This is my first book of the month! Written by a wonderful friend of mine. Unpublished, but just wait for it! It’ll be worth it.

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas


Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

The Energy Between Us by Josslyn Scott


Erin Hunter is sick of her life being the same thing day in and day out. Her stress levels are rising and nothing seems to work. Jessie, her friend since high school, suggests Yoga, a notion that Erin dismisses as being hipster/hippie nonsense, but she’s desperate for a solution. She goes to a free trial lesson, with mat provided, and finds that there’s quite a few things to like about yoga, number one being her completely drop-dead gorgeous instructor, Greece-born Dione Makos, which leads to entirely different problems.

Erin has never had feelings for a woman before. She wanted a change, and now she’s got one.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan 


One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.

Hilarious, poignant, and deeply insightful, John Green and David Levithan’s collaborative novel is brimming with a double helping of the heart and humor that have won them both legions of faithful fans

Cranberry Lane by Lauren Lee

Released: 11/21

Spoiler: I’ve already read this and it’s brilliant! Definitely preorder it!


Circumstance brought them together, fate will bond them forever.

Wayne Jacobs, a dedicated family man, makes his living murdering cheating spouses, out-of-control gamblers, and common wrongdoers. He’s a hitman with a perfect record—one he intends to keep.

Serenity Harris, a vivacious nineteen-year-old, deals drugs in between her shifts at the local record store. She’s a rebellious outcast with pink hair and an unforgettable attitude.

What do they have in common besides a life of crime? Both Wayne and Serenity grew up in the slums of Cranberry Lane.

When their paths randomly cross at a local dive bar, the attraction is instant. The couple’s lives quickly become intertwined, infatuation blinding them to the dangers lurking in the shadows.

Unexpectedly, Wayne and Serenity find themselves in over their heads with entities far more dangerous than could be imagined.

With their lives at stake, can they beat the odds? Or, will they succumb to the hand they were dealt and die, only to be known as former residents of Cranberry Lane?

When The House Burns by Lauren Lee


Dr. Delilah Hedley is a well-respected Doctor of Psychiatry in a small, affluent city on the East Coast. Despite her professional success, Delilah is physically unable to have children, causing increasing turmoil in her marriage.

When Delilah begins seeing a new patient, a man previously accused of murdering his parents, a woman is simultaneously found dead in the river. As the hunt for Jane Doe’s killer intensifies, Delilah falls deeper and deeper for her new patient, despite his dark past.

Will the doctor get a taste of her own medicine, or will she find an escape from the flames in time to save her own life?

The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller 


Matt hasn’t eaten in days. His stomach stabs and twists inside, pleading for a meal, but Matt won’t give in. The hunger clears his mind, keeps him sharp—and he needs to be as sharp as possible if he’s going to find out just how Tariq and his band of high school bullies drove his sister, Maya, away.

Matt’s hardworking mom keeps the kitchen crammed with food, but Matt can resist the siren call of casseroles and cookies because he has discovered something: the less he eats the more he seems to have . . . powers. The ability to see things he shouldn’t be able to see. The knack of tuning in to thoughts right out of people’s heads. Maybe even the authority to bend time and space.

So what is lunch, really, compared to the secrets of the universe?

Matt decides to infiltrate Tariq’s life, then use his powers to uncover what happened to Maya. All he needs to do is keep the hunger and longing at bay. No problem. But Matt doesn’t realize there are many kinds of hunger…and he isn’t in control of all of them.

Straw Soldiers by J Douglas Burton 


She can’t rest until she finds out the truth.

Zombie scarecrows try to kill Kaz Harper in her dreams every night, and she’s pretty sure the dreams are real.

Kaz isn’t alone. Andy, Meesha, Pegah, Jason and Samir fight at her side. Six strangers from all across America, teenagers whose dreams have always been safe, pleasant, normal, now must work together to survive. But how, when even looking up these people online causes a strange malware called ‘White Queen’ to destroy her phone?

With the help of a new friend, Alice, Kaz will journey down a rabbit-hole that may cost her everything as she faces the Sleepwar.

Don’t miss Straw Soldiers, book 1 of J Douglas Burton’s spine-tingling, romantic and edgy series, The Sleepwar Saga!

Red Cross by J Douglas Burton


The nightmare begins again.

Just when Andy thought it was safe to get back into bed, it happens again. Plucked from the safety of his home, high school star quarterback Andy Flashman is thrown into a chase with deadly consequences.

The boy. The boy with the powers. If Andy and friends don’t find him before the enemy does, it won’t just be his life on the line. He, Kaz, Jason, Meesha, Samir and Pegah must scour a creepy hospital every night until they find the boy.

No one is safe.

Red Cross, book 2 of J. Douglas Burton’s “Sleepwar Saga” is tense, thrilling, and laugh-out-loud funny. Don’t miss out!

I have an ambitious two months ahead of me in reading, but I’m hoping I can get through a majority of this list at least! What’s on everyone’s To Be Read for the next two months? I’m always looking for more books to add!

Chelsea Lauren

Chelsea Lauren is addicted to drinking coffee, writing in cafes, and walking the beach. A New York native, she recently moved to Melbourne, FL and found having conversations with her character’s on the beach is the perfect cure to writer’s block. To learn more about her, check out “About Me.” Her debut novel, Underneath the Whiskey, is now available on Amazon.

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