Good morning bookworms!! Happy Tuesday!!
Welcome to today’s Top 5 Tuesday!! I have to say, this was always one of my least fave topics when Shanah would post it… so of course I had to do it too. I seem to be creating topics that give me the most stress… maybe I can learn to be nicer to myself in 2021?! 😂 🙈
This week’s Top 5 Tuesday is top 5 books I haven’t read yet. I’m pretty sure I did a “books I will read in 2020” top 5 earlier in the year (which I have neglected). So I am going to pick books that I bought this year and have ignored since purchasing. Hooray!!
top 5 books I haven’t read yet
Burn – Patrick Ness
I got sent a review copy of Burn from the publisher, and it’s so beautiful (they sent me a finished hardcover). Honestly, I was so in love with the cover, and the synopsis… and then I saw some not-so-great reviews… and I’m ashamed to say that Burn went onto the back-burner. Also, it really just hasn’t been the year for dystopian, fantasy or magical realism… Although, I think enough time has passed now that I want to pick it up again!!
On a cold Sunday evening in early 1957, Sarah Dewhurst waited with her father in the parking lot of the Chevron gas station for the dragon he’d hired to help on the farm…
Sarah Dewhurst and her father, outcasts in their little town of Frome, Washington, are forced to hire a dragon to work their farm, something only the poorest of the poor ever have to resort to.
The dragon, Kazimir, has more to him than meets the eye, though. Sarah can’t help but be curious about him, an animal who supposedly doesn’t have a soul, but who is seemingly intent on keeping her safe.
Because the dragon knows something she doesn’t. He has arrived at the farm with a prophecy on his mind. A prophecy that involves a deadly assassin, a cult of dragon worshippers, two FBI agents in hot pursuit—and somehow, Sarah Dewhurst herself.
Check Please Vol 2: Sticks and Scones – Ngozi Ukazu
Please excuse me while I Game of Thrones shame myself for not having read Check Please Volume 2 yet. The worst part was that I’m probably *technically* more than halfway through as I was keeping up to date with the story on Tapas… Then I lost track of where I was up to so I decided to wait for it to be published. After that I forgot to BUY my copy, and then when I did, I said I’d read it for Graphics-a-thon. Obviously that didn’t happen… Additionally, I know this is the end of the story, so there shouldn’t be a cliffhanger ending!! So now I’m shaming myself into reading it before the end of the year!!
Volume one synopsis:
Helloooo, Internet Land. Bitty here!
Y’all… I might not be ready for this. I may be a former junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and very talented amateur pâtissier, but being a freshman on the Samwell University hockey team is a whole new challenge. It’s nothing like co-ed club hockey back in Georgia! First of all? There’s checking. And then, there is Jack—our very attractive but moody captain.
Heartbreak Boys – Simon James Green
In this, the year of me reading every queer contemporary romance I can get my hands on, it is strange to know there are still some sitting unread on my shelves. What’s even more baffling is that I keep putting Heartbreak Boys on my TBR every month and I still haven’t read it. AND IT HAS FAKE DATING!! *cries at my own pathetic-ness*
Faking the best summer ever is a lot harder than it looks…
At the start of summer, Jack and Nate find themselves dumped as their respective exes, Dylan and Tariq, start up a new relationship together. Not only that, their exes start posting pics on social media, showing the whole world how fabulous their new life together is!
Jack and Nate are reeling. Not to be outdone, they decide to create their own ‘highlights reel’ and show their exes that they’re having an even better time.
But between the depressing motorway service station motels, damp campsites, and an ultimate showdown with the exes, something epic really is happening: Jack and Nate are learning to get over their heartache and open themselves up to new possibilities for love.
Please Don’t Hug Me – Kay Kerr
You know those books that your bookish friends scream at you to read, so you buy it and then… it sits on your TBR for six months? My 2020 book from this category is Please Don’t Hug Me by Kay Kerr. My instagram friend Lucie is probably going to disown me shortly for *still* not having read this. It’s been sitting on my bedside table for so long that it now has dust on it… Awks!! 👀
Erin is looking forward to Schoolies, at least she thinks she is. But things are not going to plan. Life is getting messy, and for Erin, who is autistic, that’s a big problem. She’s lost her job at Surf Zone after an incident that clearly was not her fault. Her driving test went badly even though she followed the instructions perfectly. Her boyfriend is not turning out to be the romantic type. And she’s missing her brother, Rudy, who left almost a year ago.
But now that she’s writing letters to him, some things are beginning to make just a tiny bit of sense.
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender – Leslye Walton
OK, so Leslye Walton has only ever published two books. Her second book was The Price Guide to the Occult that I RAVE about being one of the best witch books that I’ve read. Since reading that, I’ve had The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender on my wishlist – and I finally bought it this year. Since which point it has been sitting on my bookshelves, unread. This is a debut novel I have wanted to read for literal years. Also, the cover is stunning.
Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava—in all other ways a normal girl—is born with the wings of a bird.
In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naïve to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the Summer Solstice celebration.
That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and Ava’s quest and her family’s saga build to a devastating crescendo.
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What are your top 5 books you haven’t read yet?