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Top 5 books I will definitely read this year

Hello bookworms!! Happy Tuesday!! Today’s Top 5 Tuesday is top 5 books I will definitely* read this year.

I’m going to focus on backlist books in this post. Also, I want to try and not use the ones that I used last year. Or in 2019. Or even in 2018… OMG, I am going to be crushed by my TBR soon!!

OK, so books I will definitely read this year could cover anything. I was planning to mix up the genres so I get an even spread. ? Not that it would make a difference!! And then all the books I picked were fantasy… Hahahaha!!

* As per the topics post: This is not a contractual obligation!! Don’t feel pressured in October when you realise you haven’t read any of these. I will try not to!!

If you missed the January topics post, please click here!! Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm, and is now being hosted here.

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top 5 books I will definitely read this year

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown – Holly Black

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly BlackI know, I know!! I’ve been meaning to read this book since forever. It’s Holly Black, AND it’s vampires. I don’t even have a good excuse, since I’ve owned it for over a year. Plus it’s a signed and personalised copy!! (Maybe that’s my excuse?!!)


Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

The Iron King – Julie Kagawa

The Iron King by Julie KagawaHere are four very good reasons that I should read this series:

  1. It’s a fae series.
  2. The main protagonist is Meghan (which is so close to my spelling)
  3. I received the first book from the publishers in the gorgeous new covers.
  4. I have the whole series.


Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth – that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil, no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

Cinderella is Dead – Kalynn Bayron

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn BayronI LOVE fairytale retellings, and this one sounds so far up my alley, it’s basically at my front door, knocking. I’ve also owned it since it came out. Why have I not read it yet? Who knows. All this changes in 2021.


It’s 200 years after Cinderella found her prince, but the fairy tale is over. Teen girls are now required to appear at the Annual Ball, where the men of the kingdom select wives based on a girl’s display of finery. If a suitable match is not found, the girls not chosen are never heard from again.

Sixteen-year-old Sophia would much rather marry Erin, her childhood best friend, than parade in front of suitors. At the ball, Sophia makes the desperate decision to flee, and finds herself hiding in Cinderella’s mausoleum. There, she meets Constance, the last known descendant of Cinderella and her step sisters. Together they vow to bring down the king once and for all–and in the process, they learn that there’s more to Cinderella’s story than they ever knew . . .

We Contain Multitudes – Sarah Henstra

We Contain Multitudes by Sarah HenstraThis is one that I received for Christmas just passed, so it hasn’t been on my TBR for very long. But I do desperately want to read it. Although, I also think that it might smash my heart into smithereens. Which is kind of what I’m all about!!


Jonathan Hopkirk and Adam “Kurl” Kurlansky are partnered in English class, writing letters to one another in a weekly pen pal assignment. With each letter, the two begin to develop a friendship that eventually grows into love. But with homophobia, bullying, and devastating family secrets, Jonathan and Kurl struggle to overcome their conflicts and hold onto their relationship…and each other.

Too Sharp – Marianne Delacourt

Too Sharp by Marianne DelacourtOK, so this one might seem a bit random compared to other books that I have on my TBR, but hear me out. Many, many, many years ago, I was churning through all of the Janet Evanovich books (I think only 14 had been released in the Stephanie Plum series). A local bookstore recommended Sharp Shooter by Marianne Delacourt.

The series is similar to the Stephanie Plum books, but Tara is a PI, not a bounty hunter, and it’s set in Perth, Australia. That publisher only ever did 3 of her books, and it ended on a cliffhanger. Last year I was looking for something else and discovered that Delacourt had published another TWO BOOKS with a different publisher. So now I need to finish the series.

Blurb (book 1, Sharp Shooter):

Tara Sharp can see auras, and it’s ruining her life.

When she tries to turn her inconvenient secret into a paying gig, her first job lands her in the middle of a tug of war between the biggest, baddest crime lord in town and the hottest businessman Tara has ever met.

With only a narcoleptic ex-roadie, her pet galah and a vanilla slice for back up, Tara is ready to take on trouble with a capital ‘T’.

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What are your top 5 books to read this year?

until next time, happy reading! Meeghan xo


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