#5OnMyTBR – Small Towns

#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook where you chose five books from your to-be-read pile that fit that week’s theme. If you’d like more info, head over to the announcement post!


Hello, reader!

It’s the first Monday of December and time for another 5 on My TBR! This week’s topic is an interesting one. We’re focusing on books centered around or featuring small towns. I’m not gonna lie, I do enjoy books set in small towns because I love the feel and idea of them! It’s especially interesting in thrillers because it can add the perfect, creepy aspect to the story. That being said, I don’t have a ton of books on my TBR that feature small towns. I still managed to find five books that I can’t wait to read!


#1. Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power

I’ve been interested in this book since I finished reading the author’s debut, Wilder Girls. That book was strange as hell, but I really enjoyed it! I’m curious about this story of a girl who goes to a small town to try and find answers about her mysterious mother. I haven’t heard a lot of people talking about this one, so I have no clue what I’m in for. I’m still excited to give it a try!

#2. You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

I’m actually not sure if Campbell, Indiana, the setting of this book, could be classified as a small town so I suppose I’m kind of cheating. But our main character is desperate to escape it, which makes me think small town. Not saying small towns are awful! They can feel stifling to some, though. Also, I may have snuck this one on the list because I’ve heard incredible things about it and I want to talk about it! It follows a girl named Liz Lighty who is banking on scholarship money to attend her dream college. When that money goes up in smoke, however, she has to come up with a new plan to afford her education. Thankfully, her high school gives a scholarship to the prom king and queen. Prom is not exactly Liz’s ‘thing’, but she’ll do whatever it takes to make her dream come true. Oh, and this is sapphic, so I’m even more stoked to read it!

#3. Lucky Girl by Jamie Pacton

This is another one where I’m not 100% sure if the setting classifies as a ‘small town’… but look at that cover! That cover screams “Small Town, USA”, doesn’t it? Also, this is another book that I’m just chomping at the bit to read. I read the author’s debut, The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly, earlier this year and fell in love with her writing style. I can’t wait to read her newest venture, which tells the story of a young woman who wins the lottery and the pile of problems that causes. If it’s half as good as Kit Sweetly, I know I’m going to love it!

#4. Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine

The setting of this book is described as “remote”, so I definitely think that counts! It’s also written by the late Rachel Caine, who wrote one of my favorite series of all time, The Great Library series. Though I’m a fan of her fantasy and this is a thriller, I still think I’ll end up loving this one, as well. It centers around a woman who is in hiding after an accident reveals that the man she has been married to for years is actually a notorious serial killer. It sounds like it’s going to be tense and suspenseful and, if the pacing is anything like The Great Library books, it will have me on the edge of my seat!

#5. Well Played by Jen DeLuca

This one I know is set in a small town as I read the first book in this companion series, Well Met. It’s also centered around the local Renaissance Faire, so you know my nerdy little heart is absolutely ready for this. I really loved Well Met when I read it last year and I’m pretty happy to see that Well Played will be centering around Stacey! I’m new to romances, so I don’t really know my tastes as of yet, but I loved the mixture of humor and steaminess in the last book. And I loved Stacey, so if this book has the same feel, I know it’ll be right up my alley. Also, there’s a cat on the cover, so 💕


What are some books set in small towns on your TBR that you can’t wait to read? Have you read any of the books on mine? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

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