T5W | Books You Didn’t Get to in 2018

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 Books You Didn’t Get to in 2018: discuss the books you didn’t quite get around to this year but are at the top of your list for 2019! I think this is pretty self-explanatory so let’s waste no time and get straight down to the books, shall we?

5. A Dance with Dragons, Vol. 2 by George R.R. Martin

There was a readalong many moons ago for the entire A Song of Ice and Fire series and I managed somehow to make it as far as this book before I properly faltered. At this stage, I’ve got book and TV show mixed up, and I’m not sure where either of them are up to for each of the characters, which makes the idea of picking this book up less and less appealing as time passes and I forget even more.

 4. If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

Often compared to Donna Tartt’s The Secret History, this is precisely why I’ve successively put off reading this book from M.L. Rio. The Secret History remains one of my favourite books of all-time so anything that’s compared to it has rather large shoes to fill. However, this has its own merits because it is heavily focused on Shakespeare – rather than students of classics, as they are in Tartt’s novel, the students in If We Were Villains are at an elite conservatory for drama. I’m sure that it’ll be a case of life imitating art imitating life with its Shakespearean themes but I’m just nervous to try it out in case it proves to be disappointing – I have such high hopes.

3. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Can you believe I still haven’t finished the sixth and final section of War and Peace? No? Well neither can I. I did so (/reasonably) well back during the War and Peace Readalong but many months have passed and I still haven’t managed to finish that final elusive section. It’s starting to get to the point where it’s been so long I barely remember anything that happened in the first 800 or so pages and that’s a dangerous place to be if you hope to pick it back up to finish soon. Maybe 2019 will finally be the year?

2. City of Ghosts by V.E. Schwab

Basically, it’s surprising that there’s a V.E. Schwab book that was released this year that I haven’t immediately read upon its publication. This and The Dark Vault (which was a bind-up/re-issue of The Archived and The Unbound) were both released in 2019 and yet I haven’t finished either of them. At least I’ve picked this one up, via the audiobook that I was surprised to find on Scribd straight after it was released, but I haven’t yet finished listening to it. I really need to fix that.

1. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

I think this is going to be on every single one of these lists until the end of time. I love this series, I don’t want it to end, therefore I constantly put off reading the fourth and final book, so it never has to be over. To this day I am astounded I’ve not been spoiled for its ending (or, in fact, anything at all that happens in it) but it feels like, as more time goes by, the more likely it is that I will be by a random blog post. So I should probably read The Raven King at some point, to avoid that happening by mistake but I do wonder if this will be a running joke of a book I just can’t (or won’t) read.

 

What books did you want to read but not get to in 2018? Do you have a Top 5 Wednesday post for this week? Be sure to link me below if you do!


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T5W | Most Anticipated 2019 Releases

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 Most Anticipated 2019 Releases: Pretty explanatory. If you can’t narrow it down, give your selections for only the first half of the year or even just for winter 2019. 

When I first saw this topic on the Goodreads group, I thought I would struggle to come up with 5 books for my list, as I’ve been feeling a little out of the loop when it comes to new releases. I had thought that I was pretty content with the set of books I had on my physical TBR and that there weren’t too many books I was waiting for that hadn’t yet been published. Turns out I was wrong and there are indeed a few releases that are making me wish away the rest of 2018 so that 2019 is closer.

starlessseaHonourable Mention: The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

I really don’t know what to expect from this as it’ll be the second book from Erin Morgenstern, author of the phenomenally enchanting The Night Circus. The synopsis promises a masquerade party in New York, a subterranean library, twisting tunnels and lots of magic. That sounds plenty good enough for me.

 

royals25. Her Royal Highness (aka Royals 2) by Rachel Hawkins

I read the first book, Royals, this year and it was a lot of fun, once you ignore the entire idea of a Scottish royal family. But, hey, if you’re already suspending the disbelief anyway, what’s a little bit more? Since it took place largely in Edinburgh, I really enjoyed the first book. I’m not sure what this second book will bring but since it’s about the Princess Flora at boarding school I’m sure it will be a hell of a lot of fun.

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Top Ten Tuesday | Anticipated 2016 Releases

toptentuesdayAnother Tuesday, another Top Ten Tuesday. For those who don’t know, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the book bloggers and list lovers, The Broke and the Bookish, and each week they post a topic for bloggers to respond to. This week’s theme is about getting excited for all the great books due out in the latter half of this year: Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The Second Half Of The Year. (I’m taking this to mean any books coming out from now, basically because there are a couple I wanted to sneak in here but they’re published in June!)


savageBonus: This Savage Song – V.E. Schwab
(Greenwillow, 5th July or Out Now for us lucky UK-ers)

We’ll start of with this bonus pick because it’s already out in the UK and I already possess it – yes it’s all lovely and shiny and new (and as yet untouched) on my bookshelf. I love Schwab as a writer – I frequently stalk her Twitter to get an insight into the reality of being an author and boy, oh boy, is she a level of organised I aspire to. So, obviously, I would anticipate any and all of her creative pursuits (especially since I’m off to YALC to hear her speak at a panel!). This one promises to be deliciously dark urban fantasy and in Victoria’s own words: “It’s the story of Kate Harker, the only daughter of a crime boss, and August Flynn, the son of a man trying to hold his city together. Kate is a human who wants to be a monster, and August a monster who wishes he were human.” Yes, just yes.

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