Top books I want to read before the end of the year. Top 5 Tuesday

Hi friends,

Today in Top 5 Tuesday Shanah @bionicbookworm asks us about our top 5 books on our TBR.

I had a peek at my GR TBR and …ran away!!! I currently seem to have 1411 books that I want to read! Choosing 5 will be very difficult. I am ashamed really.

So I decided to post about the books that I still plan to read before the end of the year.

Much more reasonable even if I will have more than five books for you!

In romance I plan to read:

The Simple Wild by KA Tucker as I promised my friend Nikki Sex that I would read it by the end of the year!Synopsis

Calla Fletcher wasn’t even two when her mother took her and fled the Alaskan wild, unable to handle the isolation of the extreme, rural lifestyle, leaving behind Calla’s father, Wren Fletcher, in the process. Calla never looked back, and at twenty-six, a busy life in Toronto is all she knows. But when Calla learns that Wren’s days may be numbered, she knows that it’s time to make the long trip back to the remote frontier town where she was born.

She braves the roaming wildlife, the odd daylight hours, the exorbitant prices, and even the occasional—dear God—outhouse, all for the chance to connect with her father: a man who, despite his many faults, she can’t help but care for. While she struggles to adjust to this rugged environment, Jonah—the unkempt, obnoxious, and proud Alaskan pilot who helps keep her father’s charter plane company operational—can’t imagine calling anywhere else home. And he’s clearly waiting with one hand on the throttle to fly this city girl back to where she belongs, convinced that she’s too pampered to handle the wild.

Jonah is probably right, but Calla is determined to prove him wrong. Soon, she finds herself forming an unexpected bond with the burly pilot. As his undercurrent of disapproval dwindles, it’s replaced by friendship—or perhaps something deeper? But Calla is not in Alaska to stay and Jonah will never leave. It would be foolish of her to kindle a romance, to take the same path her parents tried—and failed at—years ago. It’s a simple truth that turns out to be not so simple after all.

 

Someday, Someday by Emma Scott (publishing date November 24th)

I am so excited!!! Not only is Emma in my top 3 favorite authors but it will be her first MM!

Synopsis

Max Kaufman was kicked out of his home as a teen and his life has been an uphill battle ever since. From addiction and living on the streets, to recovery and putting himself through nursing school, he’s spent the last ten years rebuilding his shattered sense of self. Now he’s taken a job as a private caretaker to Edward Marsh III, the president and CEO of one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. Max soon learns Marsh’s multi-billion-dollar empire is a gold and diamond-encrusted web of secrets and lies.

The longer Max works and lives with the Marsh family, the tighter the secrets tangle around him. And his heart—that he’s worked so hard to protect—falls straight into the hands of the distant, cold, and beautiful son of a dynasty…

Silas Marsh is set to inherit the family fortune, but his father is determined his heir be the “perfect” son. Before Silas can take over the company and end its shady business practices, he must prove himself worthy…and deny his true nature.

Silas must choose: stand up to his father by being true to himself and his undeniable feelings for Max. Or pretend to be someone he is not in order to inherit everything. Even if it means sacrificing a chance at happiness and real love.

#standalone #MM #billionaire

 

A Scarcity of Condors by Suanne Laqueur

I am already reading this ARC (I began this morning) and I am crossing my fingers! Expected publishing date: December 16th.

Synopsis

Juleón “Jude” Tholet has survival in his DNA. His father, Cleón, lived through imprisonment and torture during Pinochet’s military coup in Chile. His mother, Penny, risked everything to gain her husband’s freedom and flee the country with their newborn son. But as a closeted gay teenager growing up in Vancouver, Jude is targeted by a neighborhood bully called El Cóndor, culminating in a vicious hate crime that forces the Tholets to flee their country again.

Jude cautiously rebuilds his life in Seattle, becoming an accomplished pianist, but his his wings have been clipped and he cannot seem to soar in his relationships. Only family remains a constant source of strength and joy, until a DNA test reveals something that shocks all the Tholets: Jude is not their child.

Stunned by the test results, the Tholets must dig into their painful past, re-examine their lives in 1973 Santiago and the events surrounding Jude’s birth story. It’s a tale rooted in South America’s Operation Condor. It spreads through Pinochet’s terrifying regime of detention camps, torture, disappeared civilians and stolen children. The journey forces Penny Tholet to confront the gaps in her memory while Cleón must re-live an ordeal he’s long kept hidden away in a secret world. The tale ends with Jude digging through his genetic code in a quest to find his biological parents. Are they alive? Or are they among Los Desaparecidos—the Disappeared Ones?

Suanne Laqueur’s third book in the Venery series explores the desperate acts of love made in times of war, and the many ways family can be defined.

 

Landon & Shay Part 2 by Brittainy C Cherry

No synopsis yet but I loved part 1 so much that I need it already. Let’s hope the publishing date stays at December 4th!

 

In Young Adult

 

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I have read and loved Ninth House to my big surprise as the Grishaverse left me disappointed! As everyone is raving about Kaz and the incoming TV show it’s high time that I read this duology!

Synopsis

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .

A convict with a thirst for revenge

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager

A runaway with a privileged past

A spy known as the Wraith

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes

Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

 

Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

I have finally read The Raven Boys just to be ready for this one AND I have pre-ordered the special Owlcrate box so …no excuses!

Synopsis

The dreamers walk among us . . . and so do the dreamed. Those who dream cannot stop dreaming – they can only try to control it. Those who are dreamed cannot have their own lives – they will sleep forever if their dreamers die.

And then there are those who are drawn to the dreamers. To use them. To trap them. To kill them before their dreams destroy us all.

Ronan Lynch is a dreamer. He can pull both curiosities and catastrophes out of his dreams and into his compromised reality.

Jordan Hennessy is a thief. The closer she comes to the dream object she is after, the more inextricably she becomes tied to it.

Carmen Farooq-Lane is a hunter. Her brother was a dreamer . . . and a killer. She has seen what dreaming can do to a person. And she has seen the damage that dreamers can do. But that is nothing compared to the destruction that is about to be unleashed. . . .

 

The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White

I have pre-ordered this one as soon as I saw it on social media but now I am all apprehensive as some gave it meh reviews while they usually adore Kiersten’s books!

Synopsis

From New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White comes a new fantasy series reimagining the Arthurian legend, set in the magical world of Camelot.

There was nothing in the world as magical and terrifying as a girl.

Princess Guinevere has come to Camelot to wed a stranger: the charismatic King Arthur. With magic clawing at the kingdom’s borders, the great wizard Merlin conjured a solution–send in Guinevere to be Arthur’s wife . . . and his protector from those who want to see the young king’s idyllic city fail. The catch? Guinevere’s real name–and her true identity–is a secret. She is a changeling, a girl who has given up everything to protect Camelot.

To keep Arthur safe, Guinevere must navigate a court in which the old–including Arthur’s own family–demand things continue as they have been, and the new–those drawn by the dream of Camelot–fight for a better way to live. And always, in the green hearts of forests and the black depths of lakes, magic lies in wait to reclaim the land. Arthur’s knights believe they are strong enough to face any threat, but Guinevere knows it will take more than swords to keep Camelot free.

Deadly jousts, duplicitous knights, and forbidden romances are nothing compared to the greatest threat of all: the girl with the long black hair, riding on horseback through the dark woods toward Arthur. Because when your whole existence is a lie, how can you trust even yourself?

*THE FIRST BOOK IN THE CAMELOT RISING TRILOGY*

 

Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

This is, with the next book, my most awaited for 2019! I hope that I won’t be disappointed as my expectations are so high!

Synopsis

He will be destruction of the crown and the ruination of the throne.

Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold onto. Jude learned this lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchange for immeasurable power.

Now as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is powerless and left reeling from Cardan’s betrayal. She bides her time determined to reclaim everything he took from her. Opportunity arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril.

Jude must risk venturing back into the treacherous Faerie Court, and confront her lingering feelings for Cardan, if she wishes to save her sister. But Elfhame is not as she left it. War is brewing. As Jude slips deep within enemy lines she becomes ensnared in the conflict’s bloody politics.

And, when a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity…

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black, comes the highly anticipated and jaw-dropping finale to The Folk of the Air trilogy.

 

And the last but not the least: Starsight by Brandon Sanderson

Skyward was a revelation and I can’t wait to read more about Spensa!

Synopsis

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Reckoners series, Words of Radiance, the Mistborn trilogy, and the Stormlight Archive comes the second book in an epic series about a girl with a secret in a dangerous world at war for humanity’s future.

All her life, Spensa has dreamed of becoming a pilot. Of proving she’s a hero like her father. She made it to the sky, but the truths she learned about her father were crushing. The rumors of his cowardice are true–he deserted his flight during battle against the Krell. Worse, though, he turned against his team and attacked them.

Spensa is sure there’s more to the story. And she’s sure that whatever happened to her father in his starship could happen to her. When she made it outside the protective shell of her planet, she heard the stars–and it was terrifying. Everything Spensa has been taught about her world is a lie.

But Spensa also discovered a few other things about herself–and she’ll travel to the end of the galaxy to save humankind if she needs to.

 

That’s it! Now do we have some in common? What are the top 5 books on your TBR?

Thanks for reading.

Sophie

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48 Replies to “Top books I want to read before the end of the year. Top 5 Tuesday”

  1. WOW I thought my Goodreads TBR was large! I still haven’t read any of Leigh Bardugo’s work but I really want to! I hope you enjoy all of these!

  2. Isn’t it crazy how fast our tbr can grow but then we can only read so many a year. So daunting and overwhelming lol! I was hoping to read Six of Crows this year too. And I haven’t .

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      I think we should be like cats and have nine lives to read everything Jen!

  3. Olivia-Savannah says: Reply

    I NEED to read Call down the hawk soon! Can’t wait for it to be in my library. I should really read Six of Crows soon as well…

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      I just got Call Down the hawk today Olivia! Diving in!

      1. Olivia-Savannah says: Reply

        Enjoy!!

  4. I super duper highly recommend Six of Crows. It currently sits at the top of my favourite YA books. 😉

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      And I am super duper happy to tell you that I am currently listening to it Lashaan! 😉

  5. 1411? *faints*

    I totally agree with all your YA books, especially Starsight! I cant wait!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      I see you regained consciousness to finish your comment Caro LOL

      1. Paaahahaaaa! It was a shock that I needed to recover from!!!

  6. Oh my god so many books on your goodreads TBR, I thought mine was out of control hahahaha. There are way too many books to read, aren’t there. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Six of Crows, it’s such a popular book, I’m curious to see if you enjoy it 🙂 happy reading! 🙂

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you Marie!!!

  7. I haven’t read the simple Wild yet but heard it was pretty good. I can’t wait for you to read Six of Crows! I hope you love it! I’m also looking forward to Queen Of Nothing, and Starsight!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      I began Six of Crows in audiobook Raven! As I had so many ARCs to read it was the only way! So far so good!

  8. I didn’t add Queen of Nothing by Holly Black to my TBR this month even though I pre-ordered it. I kindaa forgot about it tbh. My expectations for it aren’t very high but I really want to know what happens after the second book.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      I think Holly Black must feel the pressure Jamsu!

  9. I really loved The Simple Wild. It went so beyond “just” romance and was an incredible, emotional story. And I’m super excited for Someday, Someday. Emma Scott has never disappointed me! And The Queen of Nothing, of course… I have to know what’s going to happen!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      I see that we’ll have pretty similar TBR this month Tanya!

  10. So many good ones. Several are on my wish list and I spy some more that will make their way on it:)

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Hahaha that’s the problem of blogging Laura: the never ending TBR!

  11. I have The Simple Wild and Landon & Shay as well. I forgot to add Emma Scott’s – don’t shoot me!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Promise I won’t shoot Daisy :-))))

  12. I hope that you love Six of Crows! I definitely enjoyed it easy more than the Grisha trilogy. 🙂

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thsi gives me hope Olivia!

  13. I had no idea you hadn’t read Six of Crows. Geez – you think you know someone, lol. I haven’t read her Grishaverse books, but Kaz and the gang are at the top of my list of favs. I just finished The Guinevere Deception (haven’t read any of her other books) and it was an okay read for me. Call Down the Hawk is absolutely on my list.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Yes you think you know me but ..no! LOL And I am frightened now Teri as many see The Guinevere as a little meh and yet I am so excited about it!

  14. 1411…… looks like this could have been a top 500 and you still would have had a hard time narrowing things down! That’s just crazy!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      I knoooooooow! Sigh…

  15. You must know, that I am excited to see The Simple Wild up there, because I LOVED THAT BOOK! I also adored SoC. It’s not even my genre, but the story, the characters, and the writing were so good.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Well this motivates me even more Sam!

  16. Oh Gosh. So many! I just bought Supernova by Marissa Meyer. I need to get my hands on Neal Shusterman’s The Toll. Then there’s the six novellas that make up Dean Koontz’s The Nameless which are all coming out next Tuesday. And there’s Children of Virtue and Vengeance, by Tomi Adeyemi which is coming out in December…I’m in so much trouble!‍♀️

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Bwahahaha yes you are in so much trouble Kim!!!

  17. I can’t wait for thoughts on the Six of Crows books. I finished them recently and was blown away!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Hopefully in one or two weeks!

    2. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Hopefully in one of two weeks!

  18. I’m dying to read Queen of Nothing but I’m not sure if I’ll manage before the end of 2019. I hope that you’ll enjoy Six of Crows. It was such a great read!
    Good luck with your TBR! 🙂

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you so much Phannie!

  19. So excited for Queen of Nothing!!!!! 😀 Just 2 more weeks! Good luck with your TBR!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you Brittany!!!

  20. I am dying to read Ninth House, it sounds so weird and nothing like what I’ve read before. I hope you enjoy Six of Crows! Good luck.,

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you so much Elli!

  21. Good luck on your TBR!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you!

      1. You’re welcome!

  22. Ha! Sophie, you always put your own mark on these Top 5 Tuesday posts. 😀

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Well I try Alexandra ;-))))

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