Bookish Item| My Boyfriend Chose My TBR

Since we’ve been blogging I’ve seen different posts where bloggers let their boyfriends choose their TBR. I thought it was a fun idea, but never gave it a try. I saw another post recently and decided to give it a go. So here’s the first time my boyfriend chose my TBR. Let’s take a look!

When I decided to let him choose my TBR, I asked him to choose books he loved and wants me to read. After that I let him choose six of my books that I haven’t read yet. He definitely made some interesting choices. I don’t know if I’ll read all of these in a month or gradually read them, but we’ll see what happens.

His List

He chose 9 books he’s read and wants me to read and think I’ll like. For today’s post we talked a bit about why he wants me to read these. Let’s see what he had to say!

Stad in de Storm – Thea Beckman

Thea Beckman was an author that really impressed him when he was still in elementary school. He read all of her books and loved the mix of history and fiction! This is an older book, but does sound really interesting. Most Dutch readers are pretty familiar with this author.

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernieres

He read this when he was going to college. The movie was something he saw first and he was curious about the book. Again, he loves the mix of history mixed with fiction. The story impressed him, especially looking at the time it’s set in.

The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

He was really impressed with the way Dan Brown mixed history and fiction so well that you don’t know what’s true or not. The way symbolism is used is really impressive. I’ve actually been interested in this one for awhile and he keeps telling me how much I’ll enjoy it!

The Ruin’s of Gorlan – John Flanagan

He actually started this series on accident. When he was in England for awhile he forgot to stop a membership to something, so his parents chose books for him. When he came back he saw this one the shelf and picked it up (even though he normally doesn’t read Dutch books). He loves that the characters aren’t the “perfect” heroes and that adds so much more to the story. The fact that the author wrote this for his son made it even more special. This is only the first of so many books, but it’ll be interesting to get to know the characters as I go along.

The Way of Shadows – Brent Weeks

When my boyfriend moved back from England, he went back to college. He met a classmate there when reading the book I just talked about (The Ruin’s of Gorlan). They bonded over books and she recommended The Way of Shadows. A book with an antihero that makes things really interesting. Ten years later and they’re still friends and she’s become one of my good friends as well. Books really do bring people together, so I want to read the book they bonded over.

The Magicians’ Guild – Trudi Canavan

Just like The Way of Shadows, this was a recommendation from that good friend of ours. He thought I’d like this one as well, because out of all the books he reads this is also one with a female main character. I have to say I’m intrigued.

The Poppy War – R.F. Kuang

The Poppy War is one of the newer books he’s read. It’s a nice touch to finally have a book in a setting we don’t see that often. He loves that the author also spends time on the negative sides of wars (trauma, death, wounds, etc.). The hero has a place in this story, but it’s not an easy happily ever after like a lot of books. The Poppy War left a bigger impression, because of this.

Under the Eagle – Simon Scarrow

He’s impressed that the author knows how to use his knowledge of the Roman time and mix it into a suspenseful and action packed book. Under the Eagle is a book he picked up when he was in England. You get to read about the soldiers’ careers in the armies and their high and lower moments. Not only that, but a fun friendship between two soldiers.

The Crystal Shard – R.A. Salvatore

We play D&D with a group of friends and one of the most famous characters from D&D is from The Crystal Shard. Reading these books gives him a lot of inspiration for our campaign. Once again a story with an antihero and unlikely friendships.

Books on My Shelf

There are a lot of books on my shelf that I still need to read and really want to read, so I also had him look in my bookshelves to pick a few I need to read. It’ll be hard to choose what to read first.

Renegades – Marissa Meyer

The Renegades trilogy is now complete, but I have yet to start the first book. I actually had a chance to have Renegades signed a few years ago when Marissa Meyer had a stop here. It was fun to hear her talk about her books and what inspires her. I hear nothing but good things about this trilogy, so I’m pretty excited!

Steelheart  – Brandon Sanderson

I know Isabelle really enjoyed the Reckoners trilogy and a few other friends as well. During one of our game nights (which it’s been so long since we’ve been able to do normally), a friend of ours had a Reckoners game. My boyfriend recently backed the new kickstarter for the game and he wants to know what I think of these books.

Spellslinger – Sebastien de Castell

I think he chose the first book in this series, because I have the complete series on my shelf, haha. They all have sprayed edges, so I just couldn’t resist. A couple of friends of mine are fans of this series, so I can’t wait. At least I can continue reading if I end up loving it!

The Screaming Staircase – Jonathan Stroud

Last year at Castlefest I had the chance to meet Jonathan Stroud. He was really nice and talked about his series and what he’s planning next. We kind of passed the perfect season to curl up with this one, but it still is one I really want to read.

Dance of Thieves – Mary E. Pearson

I was a big fan of The Remnant Chronicles and honestly don’t know why I haven’t read Dance of Thieves yet. A few friends read this and thought it was amazing. On top of that the book itself is stunning! I have the sequel as well, so again I can continue if I love this one.

There Will Come a Darkness – Katy Rose Pool

My boyfriend was with me when I picked up There Will Come a Darkness at the bookstore. He’s said before that he thinks the cover looks interesting and the story does sound amazing. There are quite a few POVs, but that can also make this story really interesting! The sequel just came out, so I should read this one soon to see if I need to add the sequel to my Christmas wishlist.


It’s going to be an interesting TBR! I have to say that most of these definitely have my interesting. A lot of them are big books though, haha. It may take me a big longer to get through this TBR. I’ll try and update regularly. If you’ve read any of these, I’d love to hear your opinions in the comments!

3 thoughts on “Bookish Item| My Boyfriend Chose My TBR

  1. This is such a cute and fun idea! I love it! Maybe I should ask my hubby to pick my TBR, though given I already read the books I found interesting from his small collection and the rest is just not my cup of tea, he will just have to pick from what I still have left over from library/physical books should I do this one. 😛
    Happy to see your boyfriend pick Thea Beckman, love love love love her books. And also very happy to see Lockwood, such a fantastic series that was. I hope you have fun reading these books, enjoy!
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  2. This is so cute and I’m laughing at the fact that they’re almost all (if not all) fantasy novels. I’d be too afraid of letting Rob choose my TBR unless I specifically told him that they all had to be books already on my TBR shelf.

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