Happy St. Stephen’s Day! Happy Boxing Day! Happy Hump Day! Whatever you celebrate, I hope you’re having a fantastic Wednesday, and if you’re a Christmas kinda person, I hope your Christmas was filled with fun and happiness and lots of great food! I had a really nice Christmas, lots of good food, family, generous gifts, and even a quiet bit of reading and TV watching in the evening. It made me think about the books I was given, and also, the books I have at home that I really wanted to read this year and never managed to! This Top 5 Wednesday came at a pretty good time then really, didn’t it?!
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Vengeful V E Schwab
I was so excited for this book to be released that I ordered a special edition that was signed that came in a limited edition Illumicrate. It’s so pretty that I won’t take it out of the house to read and have just kept putting it off and now we’ve hit the end of 2018 and it is sitting unread on my shelf. I have to say that I am super excited about this book. I loved Vicious (as you can tell from my review) and she has come so far as a writer since she wrote that book. This was a huge effort and labour of love for Schwab and I know that it is epic. I haven’t had it spoilt, which is a miracle itself, and think that this will be on my list early this year.
Our Dark Duet V E Schwab
I absolutely loved the first book in this duology This Savage Song and have been meaning to read this for so long. Part of me has just not been as in the mood for dystopian literature, but more if me is not ready for this storyline to end. I have Vengeful and the comics and the City of Ghosts to keep me going, not to mention the dystopian books I haven’t yet got to by authors I want to read. I think I’ll probably read this as soon as the new year starts.
Widows Lynda La Plante
This book was sent to me by the publisher Bonnier Zaffre and is something that sounds really interesting to me. I love heists and books about powerful women and thrillers and this sounds like it has all three. I didn’t see the film at the cinema and I am pleased I am now going to have a little but of time to read this before it comes out on DVD. I am one of those people who prefers reading the book before seeing the film, so this will probably be one of the first thrillers I read this year when I inevitably want to read something none fantasy/dystopian based.
I Am Pilgrim Terry Hayes
My Mum really loved this book, as did her friend, and she has been telling me to read this for a while. We both like thrillers and tend to have a similar taste within the genre, so her recommendation is usually spot on. The problem with this book is the length, it’s 1000+ pages, so I have to be in the mood to read that length book, or have a couple of days free to read this kind of tome. I think it will probably be a book I’ll read in a few weeks when the weather is getting worse and the money is tight and staying in with a good book is the best plan.
The Bone Season Samantha Shannon
I still don’t know how I managed to miss this series when it first appeared, but I did, and I have somehow still managed to read and participate in chats in the YA community and not have the story ruined. My housemate Emma thinks I will like them and she is usually pretty spot on with recommending reads I will enjoy, so I am inclined to take her word for it. I don’t actually own this book though, it’s a signed hardback that I need to borrow from a friend so it’s not one I will read outside of the house.
That’s the final Top 5 Wednesday of 2019. I feel like this year has been hard and long whilst simultaneously flying by, which is quite similar to my reading this year. I’ve made a dent in my TBR and got rid of some books, I’ve read a lot and not re-read anything, but at the same time feel like the books I read in January were eons ago and that I have been in a reading slump for vast sections of the year!
What books didn’t you have time for in 2018?
What books are you looking forward to in 2019?