#5OnMyTBR – Water and Sand

#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 time for another 5 On My TBR post! I’m going to be honest, it took me a minute to figure out which books to pick for this week’s theme. That’s because it’s water and sand and there’s just so many ways that could be interpreted! I think the books I eventually plucked from my TBR fit the bill nicely, though.

That being said, let’s dive in!


#1. Rise of the Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

I figured a book that has a cover featuring an underwater scene kind has to fit the ‘water and sand’ theme! I’ve been eager to read the sequel to The Jumbies since I read the book with the Middle Grade Marvels group. The first book was such a lively and fun story with a bit of a spooky factor that I loved. I’m hoping this sequel delivers more of the same. It helps that the main character, Corrine, is incredible!

#2. People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry

For someone who has never read a Emily Henry book, I sure do own a lot of them 😂 Her books tend to feature bookish characters, so I’m gonna say that’s why I keep snatching them up. That’s one of my favorite things to find in a book! This one is set around two friends that used to vacation all the time together, but had some kind of falling out. Seeming as it’s set around vacations, I’m sure water and sand will come into play at some point.

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#5OnMyTBR – Title Starts With S

#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!

Happy Monday and Happy Memorial Day to those in the United States. Having served in the military, I always make sure to set aside some time today to think about those who lost their lives serving. It’s also the unofficial beginning of summer, which makes me happy! The warm weather is here to stay and it’s about time.

Ya know what else it’s time for? Another 5 On My TBR post! The theme for this week is to pick a previous theme you missed and I decided to go with an easy one: book titles that start with ‘S’. It was a bit too easy cause it took me awhile to pare this list down to just five. Just know, this is a drop in the bucket of all the books I want to read that have titles that start with the letter ‘S’, haha.

That being said, let me show you what did make the cut!


#1. Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim

I’ve only read one book by Elizabeth Lim, but I enjoyed her writing so much I’m eager to read more. I’ve heard great things about this fantasy that weaves in East Asian folklore. The premise of a princess who does not speak searching for her brothers that have been magically turned into cranes is definitely intriguing! I’m hoping to pick this one up soon because, the more I hear about it, the more I want to read it.

#2. The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah

This is another book I’ve heard nothing but great things about, though it is a much more recent release. It has magic and secrets and thieves and jinn. In short, it sounds absolutely incredible! It has been on my radar for a minute and, now that’s it is out in the world, I’m eager to pick it up! The fact that’s it is currently sitting at a 4.29 Goodreads rating makes me want to give it a read even more.

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#5OnMyTBR – Contemporary

#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!

We’ve arrived at another Monday and it’s time for 5 On My TBR! I will confess, I had to really dig through my TBR for this week’s theme. That’s because we’re talking all about contemporaries, which is one of my least read genres 😅 I have nothing against contemporaries! When I do pick them up, I tend to enjoy them. I’m just a fantasy lover who usually doesn’t gravitate towards contemporaries. That being said, I found five on my TBR that I definitely am eager to read!

Now, let’s jump into the list.


#1. Be Dazzled by Ryan La Sala

This YA contemporary focuses on something I’ve always been fascinated with: cosplay! I’ve been wanting to read this one for awhile, now, because it just sounds like a good time. After all, we have a young man entering a competition to try and earn a scholarship and respect and his main rival just has to be his ex-boyfriend. I am here for all the potential drama! I also just love how sparkly this cover is ✨✨

#2. Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

From cosplay to racism, this is a contemporary I’m eager to read but for much different reasons. I’ve heard such great things about this book, but I also know that it is probably gonna piss me off 😂 Microaggressions and racism in books is something I have to be in the right mindset to enjoy. I love when a book does an excellent job of calling it out, though, and I’ve heard that this book does just that. I’m eager to give it a go and see what I think.

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#5OnMyTBR – Identity

#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 start of another week, which means it’s time for 5 On My TBR! I love the theme for this week, identity, though I am admittedly not sure if the books I picked truly fit it. Does this mean books that focus on a character’s identity? Where they are hiding their identity for one reason or another? Where a character is figuring out their identity? I’m hoping it means all those scenarios and more because I have quite an eclectic mix selected today, haha.

That being said, let’s jump in!


#1. She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan

Seeming as this book focuses on a woman who assumes her brother’s identity because she refuses to lead the life of mediocrity that has been promised her, I think this totally fits. I’ve been eager to read this epic fantasy centered around ancient China for awhile now. I also have an absolutely stunning Illumicrate edition that makes me want to read it even more! If it’s half as good as what I’ve been hearing, I’m going to love this book.

#2. We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

One of our main characters in this book, Zafira, hides her identity in order to provide for her village. Of course, the book is much more than that, which is why I’m eager to read it! We also have a prince who is a deadly assassin and the possibility for ✨romance✨ Sign me up! I’ve had this one my TBR since before it released and I would love to get to it sooner rather than later. It’s one of those situations where I’ve hyped myself up so much that now I’m afraid to actually read it 😅

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#5OnMyTBR – At Work

#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 time for another 5 On My TBR post! This one seems rather appropriate for the beginning of another work week. That’s because this week’s topic is books set at work. I’m taking a bit of liberty with a couple of my choices, but I think I make it *ahem* work 😆

Alright, enough of my bad jokes, time to get to the list!


#1. While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams

This thriller certainly fits the bill since the drama focuses a young law clerk who suddenly finds herself entangled in a political mess. She becomes the power of attorney for her boss when he falls into a coma and discovers he’s been working on something very controversial. It sounds like a thriller I could definitely sink my teeth into. I’ve also been wanting to try a Stacey Abrams book for a minute! This seems like a good jumping off point for me.

#2. The Night Shift by Alex Finlay

Here’s one where I’m kiiind of flexing the definition a bit. I don’t think most of this book takes place at work, but the inciting incidents are two workplace murders, so I think it counts! Besides, I really want to give this one a read and I figure if I just keep talking about it, I’ll finally pick it up. It’s a thriller with multiple POVs, which I usually enjoy, and it promises some early 2000s pop culture. I’m definitely on-board!

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#5OnMyTBR – Secrets

#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 beginning of another week, which means it’s time for another 5 On My TBR! This week, I’m focusing on books that feature secrets. Which was a lot harder to narrow down than I thought it was going to be. It seems like people having secrets in the books I want to read is quite common! Still, it was fun shifting through my TBR to choose the five I wanted to feature.

That being said, let’s go ahead and get to my list!


#1. Cherish Farrah by Bethany C. Morrow

It seems like thrillers/horror books are a good place to go if you’re looking for secrets. I’ve been wanting to read this social horror book for awhile because it sounds like it would probably terrify me. It also definitely sounds like a certain set of adoptive parents definitely have something they’re hiding 👀 I also really need to read a Bethany C. Morrow book. I’ve had her on my TBR for ages and have yet to pick up one of her novels! I need to get on that.

#2. The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah

Another genre that tends to be rife with secrets: fantasy! Which is probably why my TBR is filled with books that contain secrets, haha. Y’all know how much I love fantasy! This is one that I’ve been eager to read since hearing about it on Twitter. It has djinn and thieves and most definitely secrets! It seems like one of those books where every character is hiding something. I can’t wait to read it!

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#5OnMyTBR – Siblings

#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!

We’re at the start of another week, which means it is time for another 5 On My TBR! This one seems apropos since yesterday was National Siblings Day. That’s right, the topic for this week is books featuring siblings! It took me a surprisingly long time for me to round up books for this list. I realized I read a lot of books where the main character has no family. Probably because I love the “found family” trope so much. But the ones I did round up are five books I’m eager to read!

That being said, let’s get to the post!


#1. So Many Beginnings by Bethany C. Morrow

I can’t have a list about siblings and not talk about this Little Women retelling! I’m very interested in all the classics remixes that have been coming out recently, but this one is definitely at the top of the list. I really enjoyed Little Women when I read it, so a remix featuring young Black girls seems like something I would love! I’m excited to give it a go and I’m hoping to pick it up soon.

#2. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

I remember when it seemed like everyone in the bookish community was reading (and raving about!) this book. That’s the whole reason this book ended up on my TBR, if I’m honest 😅 The hype got me! But this tale of two white-passing Black sisters and how they live their lives does sound fascinating! I got a copy of the book from Book of the Month and I’m eager to read it. I feel like I’ll need to be in a good head-space, though.

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#5OnMyTBR – Published Before 2000

#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 once again Monday and that means it’s time for another 5 On My TBR! This week’s topic had me struggling, I’m not gonna lie. I had to find five books on my TBR that were published before 2000! It’s not that I don’t have books on my TBR that were published that long ago. It’s just that most of the ones I could think of off the top of my head (Assassin’s Apprentice, Les Misérables) are books I’ve talked about over and over again on this blog. So I decided to root around for some older books that I don’t talk about nearly as much!

After a lot of combing through my TBR, I’ve found five that I really want to bump up my TBR pile.


#1. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

This is one of those books that just sounds like it’s going to be quite the experience. It’s a glimpse into the mind of a psychopath going about his life. If the movie is any indication, it won’t shy away from some gruesome stuff. I’m excited to give it a try and see if I get on with the writing and the story. From the reviews I’ve glanced through, it is either going to be a hit or a huge miss, lol.

#2. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

I honestly don’t remember what compelled me to add this to my TBR. But, having re-read the synopsis, I have to admit that I’m intrigued. A man that waits literally decades to re-confess his love to a woman? Sounds like it could either be real sweet or super creepy (leaning towards creepy… does that make me jaded?). Either way, I’m interested enough to read the book and find out for myself!

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#5OnMyTBR – Duologies I Need To Finish

#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!

Happy Monday to you all! Today is a very special 5 On My TBR. Why? Because it’s the 2 year anniversary of this wonderful, bookish meme! The theme this week is a freebie, so, to celebrate a whole 2 years of 5 On My TBR, I figured I would talk about some duologies that I need to finish. Not to say that there are only five still on my TBR buuuuut we’ll not talk about that 😂

Alright, let’s get to the list!


#1. A Psalm of Storms and Silence by Roseanne A. Brown

This is one of the newer duologies on my TBR and one I’m very eager to continue. A Song of Wraiths and Ruin was one of my favorite reads last year! It has a tense plot that is built around a gorgeous world and fantastic characters. Karina and Malik are fascinating to watch as they navigate all the dangers throughout this story. And I need to know whether or not they’re gonna be okay! Also, the covers are just incredible 😍

#2. Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim

Here’s another sequel that I’m eager to read and just keep putting off, heh. I had such a great time reading Spin the Dawn! It’s an engaging read that pulls you into the fantasy world that Elizabeth Lim has created. I loved the quest, the contest, and all the intriguing aspects of the story. So I’m not sure why it’s taken me so long to pick this one up! I feel like Unravel the Dusk is going to be just as good as the first one, so I really need to prioritize picking it up.

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#5OnMyTBR – Already Owned

#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 a bit late in the week for 5 On My TBR, but I really wanted to join in on this week’s theme! Why? Because it’s all about books I already own that are still chilling on my TBR. Which is… a lot. Like, over 300 a lot 😬 I wanted to take this opportunity to not only shame myself into reading more of my own books (#BeatTheBacklog, Kerri!) but to talk about some books I really want to read, but don’t mention nearly enough on the blog.

So, without further ado, let’s get to the post!


#1. Vicious by V.E. Schwab

I’ve been meaning to start this series for what feels like forever now. I genuinely have enjoyed everything I’ve read by V.E. Schwab, so I can’t see why this would be different! Plus, it’s a dark look at superheroes which sounds right up my alley. Should I be starting a new series when I’m in the middle of so many series? Probably not, but when has that ever stopped me before 😂

#2. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

After reading Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson, I instantly became interested in reading everything else she’s ever written. Loved that freakin’ book! On that note, I picked up An Enchantment of Ravens off of Book Outlet. And then I shoved it one my bookshelf and promptly forgot about it, haha. Ah well… it’s still something I would love to read and I’m sure I’ll get to it soon.

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