#5OnMyTBR – Literary Fiction

#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 been a minute since I’ve done a 5 On My TBR, hasn’t it? This week, I had to dig through my pile of books to find five literary fictions that I’m looking forward to reading. I don’t delve into literary fiction too much, but I have quite a few that are hanging out in the limbo that is my TBR. And quite a few that I’m very interested in! It’s just… my fantasy-centric brain definitely shifts me away from them, lol. Still, the five books I’ve picked are at the top of the list when it comes to literary fiction I would like to read soon!


#1. The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Daré

I got this book through Book of the Month because of severe FOMO. Everyone I knew who had picked this one up was raving about it! It sounds like it will be a difficult, but compelling read as it follows a young Nigerian girl and her struggles to find her voice. I’m not the best when it comes to getting on with literary fiction, but the premise sounds great and I want to know why everyone has loved it so much.

Plus, like, look at that cover! Gorgeous 😍

#2. Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Funnily enough, this is another book I got through Book of the Month, haha. I read my first Backman a couple of years ago and instantly fell in love with his writing. I still think about A Man Called Ove to this day! So when I saw this book, which tells the story of people meeting during a bank heist/hostage situation, I knew I was going to want to read it. I’ve heard great things about this one, as well! I imagine it will be fun, quirky, and strangely dark, and I am here for it.

#3. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

I’m just realizing that I also got this one through Book of the Month! This post should just be sponsored at this point 😂

This is another one I picked up partly due to FOMO. This book was everywhere last year. It was all over Booktube, I kept hearing about it on book Twitter, and it was getting all sorts of critical acclaim. I had to have it! Plus, I think the story sounds like it’s going to be incredibly interesting. We’re following two Black sisters who had light enough skin to pass for white. One sister decides to live her life passing as white, while the other chooses not to. I’m sure this book will hurt but I feel like it’s going to be an absolute stunner.

#4. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Alright, no more BOTM books, but this is yet another one I picked up because of the ever present hype train. This book was all over the place last year, as well, and I need to know what all the fuss is about. The fact that it kind of involves a murder mystery is a definite plus, as well. A girl emerges from the marsh, a body is found, and our story takes off from there. The synopsis also says that it’s an “exquisite ode to the natural world”, so I’m all in! Hopefully I enjoy it as much as everyone else has.

#5. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Funny story about this one. You know those blind dates with a book promos that some bookstores do? Where they wrap the books up in thick paper, put a brief description on it, and sell them without telling you what the book is? That’s how I picked this one up. Whoever wrote the brief description did a great job because this sounded fascinating! This story follows two sibilings as they are shuttled across the United States by their drug-addicted mother after their father is released from prison. It sounds like it’s going to be hard-hitting, but I’m excited to give it a go!


What are some literary fiction novels 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!

13 thoughts on “#5OnMyTBR – Literary Fiction

  1. Every single one of these is on my TBR as well! I don’t know when ill get around to them as I don’t often read literary fiction myself either and I have to be in the mood. They all look really good!

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  2. Sing, Unburied, Sing was a good book. It hurt to read but very good. I’m trying to read Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Love by Toni Morrison, and Open Weave by Devorah Major.

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