Welcome one and all to this week’s Top 5 Wednesday post! For those of you who don’t know Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme/challenge which was created by the wonderful Lainey from gingerreadslainey and is now overseen by the equally lovely Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. Every Wednesday, participants devise their Top 5 based on a given topic.
This Wednesday’s topic is Top of Your TBR. I think we can assume this week’s topic is pretty self explanatory: pick the top five top priority books from your TBR. Considering my TBR is in the hundreds, you’d think this would be pretty easy, but I’ve been floundering over picking my next read as of late partly because of the agony of choice and also partly because there are quite a few of my anticipated releases of 2019 that are happening very soon so I don’t want to start too many other books as their release dates are creeping closer and closer. You might notice that theme in this list actually…
5. These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch
Since you’ll be hearing a lot of my anticipated 2019 releases in the rest of this list, I decided to include a title from last year that is absolutely top of my TBR. I didn’t manage to get to These Rebel Waves when there was the initial buzz around this book’s release and, even though I got a pretty edition in a Fairyloot box, it probably still wouldn’t be priority TBR if my housemate Liz hadn’t recently read it and said encouragingly that she thought I’d really like it. That kind of recommendation is enough to make me prioritise this.
4. City of Brass / Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty
The sequel to S.A. Chakraborty’s fantastic debut City of Brass is due out very soon (I think it’s out in the US already?) and I am itching to get my hands on a copy of it. Not only is it positively stunning on the outside, the story inside is very good from what I remember; I’m including both books here because, although I remember overall plot points and some little bits here and there, I don’t remember enough of the first book to feel totally confident in diving into the second one. A re-read is absolutely top of my TBR.
3. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
I ADORE Samantha Shannon’s The Bone Season series and I think she is such a wonderful author and person in general. Since I follow Samantha on Twitter it would have been downright impossible not to get excited for the release of this book and now that publication date is within sight, I am getting ready to shift anything/everything else off my TBR in order to gobble it up asap – or, let’s be real, as quickly as I can given its enormous size!
2. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
This book wasn’t on my radar until it WAS, in a big way, and then I immediately fell for it and knew I had to read it as soon as physically possible. Everything about the blurb draws me to it; even if it hadn’t been compared to Six of Crows, I’d still be all over this book. It’s not altogether surprising that I got too impatient over the gap in publication date between the US and UK and bought the international edition from AbeBooks. (Spoiler alert: I’m almost done reading this and ow, my heart, I was so right to prioritise this.)
1. King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
No one is surely surprised by this not at all surprising turn of events… I’ve been eagerly anticipating this latest Grishaverse book ever since it was announced as a possibility and, as the days have gotten closer to its publication date, it has gotten harder to be patient. I just NEED to know how Nikolai is doing, ok? The end of January can’t come sooner and once I pick up my pre-order of this from Waterstones I wouldn’t be surprised if I crack it open then and there in the shop and start reading.
Which books are top of your TBR? Do you have a Top 5 Wednesday post for this week? Be sure to link me below if you do!