It’s the start of American Thanksgiving week and time for another 5 On My TBR! This week’s theme is new to you authors and there are plenty books that fit this category on my Want to Read shelf. I’ve managed to pick five that I’m eager to read sooner rather than later. Though, with how slow I’ve been reading this month, it might be later 😅
Be that as it may, let’s see what I’ve picked for my list!
#1. Dear Martin by Nic Stone
I’ve wanted to read a Nic Stone book for quite some time. Where better to start than the book that first brought her name to my attention? This is a short book but I feel like it’s gonna pack a punch. And there’s a sequel out there for me to snag if I love this one! Fingers crossed that I do.
#2. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
This middle grade novel has been on my TBR for ages! It sounds so whimsical, which is what I love to find in my middle grade reads. I’m also being promised “mind-bending tests” which absolutely piques my interest. I can’t wait to get to this one!
It’s time for another 5 On My TBR! This week’s theme is pretty broad. We’re talking about books about family. There are so many books on my TBR that could fit this category! I’ve decided to go with books that really focus on family drama or family dynamics. There were still a ton of those to choose from, but I’ve finally narrowed it down to five I want to feature.
With that being said, let’s jump in!
#1. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
This family drama featuring two Black sisters has been on my TBR since it was released. I don’t read a lot of literary fiction, but this sounds like something I could love. It also sounds like it might break my heart… we shall see! It’s the story of sisters who lead very different lives. I’ve heard nothing but great things about this book, so I hope to get to it soon!
#2. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
Spoiler alert: all the books on this post are literary/historical fiction. For someone who doesn’t read from those genres a lot, I certainly have a lot on my TBR 😂 This is a book that I got solely because I loved another book by this author. It does sound interesting, though. It follows a family surviving off the grid in Alaska. I can only imagine there will be plenty of drama involved.
It’s the beginning of another week and time for another 5 On My TBR! The theme this week is books with grey covers. I honestly can’t think of many books I own with grey covers, but there were certainly plenty on my Want to Read shelf. So here are five that I’m super excited to get to. Eventually 😅
#1. Deity by Matt Wesolowski
I’ve really been enjoying the Six Stories series. This is the fifth book and, if it’s anything like the others, I’m sure it’ll be a twisty ride. I really want to listen to at least one of this books as an audiobook because I’ve heard great things about them! Perhaps I’ll try it with this one. I’m so glad this series was picked for a book club because I probably would never have read it otherwise.
#2. Shiver by Allie Reynolds
This cover is probably more white in person… but it looks grey on Goodreads, so I’m counting it! I received this thriller in an Once Upon a Book Club box. I still haven’t read it, but I’m eager to get into not only the story, but the goodies included in the box! This is the perfect time of year to read this one, too, since it’s set in the French Alps.
Happy November! We made it through another month of 2021 and we’re in the home-stretch. Which is honestly mind-boggling to me. How are we this close to 2022 already?! I feel like 2021 has zoomed by to make up for the slog that was 2020. But I’m getting off topic, aren’t I? We’re here for another 5 On My TBR post! The theme this week had me kind of mystified, I must say. It’s simply R.I.P.
There are a lot of ways I could interpret this, but I decided to be on the nose. I’m going to choose five books by authors who have passed away for this week’s post! Morbid? Yes. But there are a lot of books I really want to read that fit the category. So, without further ado, let’s jump in!
#1. The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
Okay, this one is kind of cheating as I have already read this book. That being said, I want to re-read it and all the other ones I read before I kind of fell out of love with the Wheel of Time series. I’ve always regretted not sticking with it until the end of the series and, now that the Prime series will be out soon, I’m kicking myself even more! So I want to get back into these books and hopefully finish this time.
#2. Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
I’m a little embarrassed that I still haven’t read anything written by Octavia Butler. Black sci-fi written by a Black woman? Say less! She has always been on my radar (how could she not be?) but I’ve just never got around to picking up on of her books. This is definitely the one that captures my interest the most. Seems like a good place to start when it comes to her work, as well! I’m hoping to get to this sooner rather than later.
Welcome to the beginning of the week and another 5 On My TBR! It’s also the week of Halloween, so the theme this week seemed very appropriate. It’s a Halloween freebie! I’ve chosen to go with five books on my TBR that give me that perfect spooky vibein anticipation of the spookiest night of the year. I have quite a few horror and thriller books on the list, so this short list is just the tip of the iceberg!
But, for now, how ’bout I show you which ones I chose 🎃
#1. Kill Creek by Scott Thomas
Here we have a book about a bunch of horror authors staying in a supposedly haunted house as part of a publicity stunt. So you know it’s all going to go horribly wrong, right? This sounds like such a great concept for a horror story, which is why I want to pick it up! I’ve also been hearing a lot of rave reviews, so I’m even more intrigued 👻
#2. White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson
And we have another book featuring a haunted house! Instead of horror authors inhabiting it, though, we have a blended family that was given the house. No strings attached! Cause we know how well that’s gonna go! I’m definitely getting the spooky vibes from this one. Not only from the synopsis, but just look at that cover! Gorgeous and giving off peak “Halloween read”.
Welcome to another lovely Monday! Or, if it’s not so lovely, welcome to end of another Monday! I’ve just had a long day at work and now I’m ready to unwind with a book. Before I get to that, though, it’s time for another 5 On My TBR. I’m actually pretty excited about this week’s theme. It’s monsters living among us, which has been left open to interpretation. Which means I’m gonna play fast and loose with it 😂
That being said, let’s see which five books from my TBR I can pick out!
#1. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
I suppose this is more so a person living among monsters… but I told ya I was playing fast and loose! I love Neil Gaiman’s writing and I seem to be a particular fan of his middle grade. That’s why I’ve been dying (see what I did there?) to read this creepy tale about a boy who is raised by ghosts. There’s something about a dark and spooky middle grade that I just love. I’m sure this book with be no exception!
#2. Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
We’re going with a more human monster with this one. This is the first book in the Hannibal Lecter series and Hannibal, if you didn’t know, is a cannibal. He’s also a respected forensic psychiatrist before people realize that he’s also a serial killer with a taste for his fellow humans. So I think that qualifies as “living among us”. Either way, I’m intrigued to see how his story, and this series, begins.
It’s time for another 5 On My TBR though not on my usual day. I had a blog tour stop yesterday and I like those posts to have their own 24 hours on the blog before posting new stuff. Thus, the 5 On My TBR was pushed back to today! The theme for this week is books with characters in their 20s. Ngl, I had to look up a Goodreads list to see what books on my TBR featured 20 year olds 😂 And who knows how accurate it is, but I’m sticking with my choices!
That being said, let’s see what’s made the list!
#1. Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
I’ve been meaning to read this book for quite awhile. Why haven’t I read it yet? Mostly because it’s in a genre that is very hit or miss for me. It takes a lot for me to really love a contemporary, but I think this book has what it takes! I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews, but I’m eager to follow Queenie’s journey as she tries to figure who she is and who she wants to be. Also, I freakin’ love the cover!
#2. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
Sticking with the orange theme, here’s a book that has been on my TBR for a long time for a very different reason. I mean, she thicc and I’m scared. But, there are dragons, sooooo… I’ve heard so many great things about this book and I do love the fact that it’s a standalone. I have so many series going right now, y’all, I don’t need another one in my life. Still, I’m excited to get to this one once I can suck it up and get over the page count.
It’s time for another 5 On My TBR! And today’s theme is something I don’t talk about nearly enough for how much I love them… epistolary books! What are epistolary books, you ask? According to Google, it is a work of fiction that is written in the form of letters or other documents. I do love a novel that is written in an unconventional format, so these books are right up my alley! Which means I had quite a few on my TBR to choose from, lol.
Let’s see who made the list!
#1. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
This book has been on my TBR for what feels like forever. I’ve even stuck it on a couple of readathon TBRs and, yet, it remains firmly unread. It’s told through a series of emails and all different types of documents, which is what originally caught my interest. The fact that everyone seems to love it has kept it around this long. I am going to read this, and hopefully soon!
#2. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
This is one of those books I’m embarrassed I haven’t read yet. I gotta be in the right headspace to read the journal of this young Jewish girl hiding in Holland during WWII. To think what she and her family must have endured… it’s a tragic but important story and I will read it one day. I even have a copy on one of these bookshelves, so I’ll hopefully be picking this one up sooner rather than later.
Another Monday has arrived, which means that’s time for 5 On My TBR! And there was no way I was missing this one. Why? Because our theme today is all about magical schools! This is one of my favorite bookish tropes, though I haven’t read a ton lately. That just means there is plenty on my TBR from which to choose.
That being said, let’s get to the post!
#1. Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
I can’t talk about books with magical schools (or Wundrous Societies) and not include this book. I fell in love with this series when the Middle Grade Marvels group read as one of our monthly books. I’ve been meaning to continue the story for quite some time, but I just haven’t gotten around to it. I need more Morrigan, Jupiter, and Fenestra!
#2. The Black Witch by Laurie Forest
This book has been on my TBR for quite some time, so I honestly forgot that it was set at a school! The premise captured my interest, but I recall there was some controversy about it that made me put it on the back-burner TBR. Still, a book about a young woman who is trying to get from under the shadow of her famous, witchy grandmother sounds intriguing.
It’s been awhile since I’ve done a 5 On My TBR, so I figured it was about time I brought it back. The topic this week is science and I’m interpreting this one in a couple of ways. I have a mixture of science fiction and and non-fiction centered around science and they’re all books that I can’t wait to read!
Now it’s time to see what’s on my list.
#1. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
One day, I am going to finally read the Broken Earth trilogy. One day!
This series, and this book in particular, has been on my TBR for forever. It sounds like a science fiction novel that would be right up my alley. Something that focuses on the characters and their struggles but also has incredible world-building. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this book, which is why I’m so excited to pick it up! Now I just gotta squeeze it onto a monthly TBR, lol.
#2. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
I’ve wanted to read this book ever since I heard about the movie. Which is kind of funny because I haven’t seen the movie, either 😅 But a book that tells the true tale of the Black women who helped make NASA what it is? Yes, please! This sounds like one of those non-fiction books that won’t read like a textbook. Those are the ones I can just eat up! I’m looking forward to getting to this one… eventually.
#3. Kindred by Octavia Butler
I’ve been wanting to dip my toe into Octavia Butler’s books for a long time. I figured, why not start with one of her more popular sci-fis?
The subject matter of this story promises to pack quite a punch, so I feel like I need to be in a good mindset for it. But it also sounds likes it’s going to be absolutely amazing. I do love a bit of historical fiction, too, so here’s hoping I love this one, too.