I’ve never participated in Top 5 Wednesdays in the past but I thought my WWWs were getting a little repetitive so I wanted to change it up for today! I also wanted to search through my Goodreads to see what books I can realistically get to before the end of the year. Top 5 Wednesdays is hosted by Sam @ ThoughtsOnTomes and Lainey @Gingerreadslainey. You can check out the Goodreads group here.
I had a hard time only choosing five but here are the books I definitely plan to finish before the end of the year:
All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Brynn Greenwood
“As the daughter of a meth dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. Struggling to raise her little brother, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible “adult” around. She finds peace in the starry Midwestern night sky above the fields behind her house. One night everything changes when she witnesses one of her father’s thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold, wreck his motorcycle. What follows is a powerful and shocking love story between two unlikely people that asks tough questions, reminding us of all the ugly and wonderful things that life has to offer.”
I’ve been wanting to pick this book up after I saw a few raving reviews from other bloggers. The book seems dark, controversial and full of the feels. My kind of book! I recently purchased a 3-month subscription to Book of the Month and saw this book on there so it should be coming to me in the next few days.
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
“Kell is one of the last Antari, a rare magician who can travel between parallel worlds: hopping from Grey London — dirty, boring, lacking magic, and ruled by mad King George — to Red London — where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire — to White London — ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne, where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back — and back, but never Black London, because traveling to Black London is forbidden and no one speaks of it now.
Officially, Kell is the personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see, and it is this dangerous hobby that sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to take her with him for her proper adventure.
But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save both his London and the others, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive — a feat trickier than they hoped.”
I still have yet to read anything by Schwab, but this one obviously got some rave reviews. I also plan on reading This Savage Song eventually..but who knows when I’ll get to that 🙂
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
“The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.
But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…
This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.
It wants the truth.”
Patrick Ness is an author I’ve been meaning to read and when I found out A Monster Calls is being made into a movie in October I wanted to make sure I read it! I love book to movie adaptations because I enjoy seeing a world I read about brought to life. It seems a bit like Pan’s Labyrinth in the sense that we’re not really sure if its a fantasy or not (at least that’s the sense that I get from the synopsis and trailer).
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
(Publication Date: November 8th)
“Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.
At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king’s marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.
Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.”
I am a huge fan of the Lunar Chronicles so Marissa Meyer is definitely an auto-buy author for me. I came across this book on NetGalley (I wished for it, but I’m sure I’ll just have to wait until November 🙂 ) and I am so excited to read it. I am always a little wary of fairy tell retellings, but Meyer knows how to do it right and I trust her completely.
P.S. I Like You by Kaise West
“Signed, sealed, delivered…
While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds thatsomeone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!
Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mysteryand juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…”
While I love dark and disturbing books with heavy topics..I just need a cute romance once in a while! I discovered this book after reading a fantastic review by Jill @ Rantandraveaboutbooks and I couldn’t resist putting it to the top of my TBR.
So those are 5 books I am prioritizing before the end of the year, but hopefully I will read many more! What books do you want to finish before the end of the year?