Top 5 Tuesday: Illustrated


Top 5 Tuesday is a fun, weekly meme that asks you to pick 5 books that fit that week’s theme. It was created by Bionic Bookworm and is currently being hosted by Meeghan Reads. You should check out their wonderful blog for more details and the list of prompts!


Hello, reader!

It’s time for another Top 5 Tuesday! This week, it took me a bit to find five books to feature because the topic is all about illustrated books. This could be books with full on pictures or just pretty chapter headers or end pages. But I quickly realized that I haven’t read a ton of books with illustrations! Thankfully, I did find five books I’ve truly loved to put on my list.

With that said, let’s get to the post!


#1. Frostheart by Jamie Littler

I read this book earlier this year and fell in love with the characters and the story. The fact that it had beautiful illustrations throughout the book was a bonus! They added to the fun of the novel and made me love it even more. I’m excited to continue on with the series at some point. Also, I feel like adult books should be taking a page from middle grade and start throwing in some illustrations!


#2. A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow

This book has a combination of illustrations and beautiful chapter headers that were just stunning. I wasn’t expecting it when I picked the book up and was pleasantly surprised! It gave the novella a storybook feel, which makes sense since it’s a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. This was a quick and engaging read that featured Alix E. Harrow’s beautiful writing. I’m hoping the sequel is just as incredible with more fantastic art peppered throughout.


#3. Witchlings by Claribel A. Ortega

This book has the cutest chapter headers!! Even the ARC I received had them and I was so happy to see them. They’re just adorable and add a touch of whimsy to this magical story. Beyond the wonderful chapter headers, this is an incredible middle grade fantasy that centers around a trio of young witches fighting for their place in their community. And fighting a monster that is not easy to defeat. It was such an incredible read.


#4. The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake

I don’t know what I was expected when I opened up this dark academia fantasy, but it certainly wasn’t full page illustrations of the characters! I’m not sure if they’re included in all editions of this book, but they were a welcome surprise in my edition. I’m terrible at being able to visualize characters in great detail, so I appreciated the beautiful artwork dropped throughout this story. I feel like it helped to ground me even more in what was happening.


#5. The Beast and the Bethany by Jack Meggitt-Phillips

Gonna end with another middle grade fantasy that I truly enjoyed. This book was a literal delight to read, even if there was a monster that was trying to eat one of our main characters. It has a lot of heart and humor, which I loved. The illustrations that are included were incredible, as well! I dunno, there’s something about a middle grade with illustrations that instantly makes me love it. And when they’re as fun as the ones in this book, it’s an extra treat.


What are your top five books with illustrations? Do you have any recommendations? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

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