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Top 5… F, G, H, I, J

Good morning bookworms!
Today is my 400th post!! ?  That  feels like a lot, so I thought I’d mention it. ?
Today’s Top 5 Tuesday post is ‘F, G, H, I, J’! Yes, we are making our way through the alphabet. Last week’s post of A-E is HERE. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by the super lovely Shanah over at the Bionic Bookworm. You can visit her here, and join in for Top 5 Tuesday by checking out all the amazing topics that are coming up!

OK, F is for The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic. I mean, really, as if I’m not going to take any opportunity to scream about Andrew (and Neil I guess…) in a post. Look, if you haven’t read this series and you think you might be interested, let me lay some ground rules for you. It’s NA/Adult content. There is a rape scene (not between the two mc’s). It’s m/m romance, in a super slow-burn, enemies to lovers way. There is a LOT of violence, including gun violence and torture. There’s really bad, abuseful parenting. There’s a lot of sport. This series is not for the faint of heart, but the deeper story of found family is (in my mind) worth the rest.

Weirdly, G has been the hardest to pick so far, but I got it down to two. Nope, I cannot choose between these two books. Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd is a beautifully enchanting fairytale for YA set in France (Paris and the countryside). It’s about a witch who makes ‘beasties’, animals turned into humans. Anouk, our MC, is one of those beasties, and her world is turned upside-down when their witch is killed. Because the spell will only last 48 hours after the death. What will Anouk and her friends do to save their freedom?
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee is a historical fiction (with a splash of the fantastical). Monty and Percy are on a kind of old school ‘gap year’ where they are touring Europe before they go on to university and learning to run an estate, etc. The problem though, is that Monty just seems to find trouble wherever he goes. And so ensues not the calm tour they were expecting, but a tearing race across Europe to unlock the clues to solve the mystery, with a little bit of love in between.

H is for (I mean, it’s for The Hating Game, but you’ve heard me screaming about it since I read it, so I thought I might change it up for you…) The Heist by Janet Evanovich. The first in a new series (Fox and O’Hare), where Kate O’Hare is an FBI agent chasing the world’s most notorious con-man, Nick Fox. Except when she does, the FBI have a very different type of punishment in mind for Nick than Kate is happy to accept. They must become partners to take down much bigger fish. Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that there’s a bit of steamy lust between the two of them!

I is for Illuminae, and if you don’t know what that is then you must have been raised by wolves that live under a rock in the middle of nowhere. Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff’s debut space trilogy series is an absolute must-read for all YA readers, and probably everyone else as well. The format is unique and slightly terrifying to look at, but I found that it doesn’t actually take away from the story at all!

J is hard! Ok, I’m going with Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta (which was technically published as On the Jellicoe Road, but only in Australia… we need more words because we are further south… or something). So, this is the story of Taylor who was abandoned by her mother 6 years ago. Currently at a boarding school, Taylor’s past, which she tried so hard to bury, has started to emerge when her best friend, Hannah, goes missing. Also, there’s a boy. Look, this isn’t my fave Marchetta book, but it’s still good. If I had to pick though, Looking for Alibrandi is always my go to.


  • Isabelle @ BookwyrmBites

    ayyyyyy congrats on 400 posts!!! I think I found TFC at the height of my Tumblr phase (idk if I’ve told you this already, but my best friend and I were so into it that we’d go “exy!” every time we saw lacrosse sticks ?), it could definitely be triggering so thank you for listing the warnings for anyone who might’ve only heard the found family hype!
    “con man Nick Fox” definitely sent my mind straight to Zootopia, but The Heist sounds like lots of fun. “we need more words because we are further south … or something” totally cracked me up, it still baffles me when books are released under different titles based on region! (the only satisfactory explanation I’ve found is 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle so that people would less frequently get it mixed up with 7 Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – I mean, I’ve only read the former, but I still get them confused sometimes ?)

    • Meeghan reads

      I haven’t read either of the Evelyn books, but yes, I was very confused because they both came out around the same time too!!
      Thank you for the love as always ?
      TFC can be so extreme, I always try and make sure everyone knows it’s not this fun, loving story!! But I still love it so much ?
      The Heist was lots of fun, a super quick read, and there’s like 5 books in the series now!! It’s a good start if you want to try some “fun Evanovich” without signing up for the 28 books in the Stephanie Plum series!!

    • Meeghan reads

      The beauty of top 5 Tuesday is that anyone can join! You just need to link back to one of Shanah’s posts to be added to the list! I do recommend Gentleman’s Guide! I was really lucky enough to meet Mackenzi Lee when she came to Australia and I loved the way she describes Monty and Percy’s relationship ?

  • Ruqs

    Amazing post as always – always look forward to reading yours! 🙂 Congratulations on getting to your 400th – that is so crazy cool! I hit 300 a couple days ago which is insane and perhaps kind of concerning since I’ve only had this blog for 1 and a half years haha! Also these are such good choices! Thank you for the content warnings on The Foxhole Court because I was considering reading it but now I know I won’t since those things make me pretty uncomfortable 🙂 Also after three pages of Illuminae I DNF-ed it because of the formatting! Maybe I should try again!

    • Meeghan reads

      Oh yeah, TFC is really intense. I’m glad I read it, but there were points where I was almost going to DNF it.
      I do recommend trying Illuminae again!! But I totally understand if don’t get into it. Apparently the audiobook is amazing. It has an entire cast of characters!

  • Beware Of The Reader

    Congrats on your 400 posts!!!! And yes I expected the Hating Game LOL Now the Jellicoe Road is one that has been on my shelves for a looooong time!

  • J.R. @ Eternity Books

    Congrats on 400 posts ?
    You know, I’ve actually read many of the Stephanie Plum books, and never admitted it lol. It also got boring after a while, so I stopped reading it. I’ve read the Fox and O’Hare series as well and really liked it!! Those two are hilariously great together and I wish there were more books in the series. Great post 🙂

      • J.R. @ Eternity Books

        Yes, it’s repetitive, and while I loved it, it got boring. I actually haven’t, and I just check it out and it sounds like my cup of tea! Thank you so much for recommending it hun ?
        (Okay, something’s wrong with WP?? This is my third time trying to post the same comment!)

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