OK, deep breaths…this is the last Top 5 Tuesday for the rest of 2019. Shana at Bionic Bookworm has decided to take a break for the holidays and as Tuesdays fall on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. Let’s be honest, we’ll all be pretty drunk anyway, it’s all good.
This week the Top 5 is Top 5 books we would like for Christmas! Personally, I don’t know how I can possibly narrow this down to 5 books. There are possibly hundreds (more likely thousands) of books I wanna read and it’s tough to put them in order. But I’ll do my best.
1. The Faelti by Rachel Pudsey
This one has been on the to-read pile for far too long. This is book two in The Ariona Series and book one The Watcher of the Night Sky got a five star review on The Secret Library book blog several months ago (check out the review here).
The Watcher of the Night Sky was an amazing book and it ended on a cliffhanger. (Noooooo!) A fantasy with a perfectly ordinary female protagonist who has an extraordinary adventure, it’s well written and unpredictable to boot. Worse, book three is up for pre-order and I am really behind in this series.
So Santa, if you could put this book under my tree this Christmas, I would be super grateful.
2. Bride of the Sea by Emma Hamm
Emma Hamm is a kick-ass author. Her covers are amazing, the actual books are even better. She’s a really popular author right now so sometimes it’s a bit difficult to afford her books during the harder months. But whenever I can, I get her books – they’re incredible.
So far I’ve only read and reviewed Heart of the Fae (read the review here) and Veins of Magic (read the review here) and frankly, that’s not nearly enough. So in 2020, I’m committing to reading more Emma Hamm books.
Bride of the Sea is a standalone even though it’s book three in the series and a The Little Mermaid retelling. If that sounds awesome, here is the Amazon link.
3. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
I hadn’t actually heard of this one until I saw it on the Bionic Bookworm blog. That magic combination of book cover and blurb really got me and I immediately put it on my to-buy list.
Shana gave The Starless Sea 4.5 stars so with that kind of support, it’s hard to find excuses not to get this book. Magical places underneath cities and a magical mystery to find out the truth. I’m in. Better yet, this book is actually available in hardback and I can’t wait to save up get it.
Come on Santa, don’t disappoint!
If you want to check out The Starless Sea, here’s the Amazon link.
4. Circe by Madeline Miller
This has been on the to-read pile for so long, it’s depressing. I remember wanting to buy this book this time last year and I still haven’t had a chance to get it. It’s another one of those books that you really want to get in hardback and again, that’s something that needs to be saved up for.
A daughter of titans who shows none of their promise, Circe is a witch who is shunned and feared by the world. Outcast stories are sad but promise the best character development. Circe just looks amazing and I really hope it’s not another year until I can get it.
If this book looks amazing to you too, here’s the Amazon link.
5. Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield
This book was recommended to me by a friend a few months ago and it’s another book that needs to be read in physical form. Ideally, I’d get a physical copy of every book I read but until my one bedroom London apartment sprouts a library, a study and an alchemy tower, it’s just not possible. (Hey Santa, if you can sort those out two, that’d be great).
The blurb gives very little away apart from a child being magically brought back to life but that in itself is enough to want me to read this one.
If this looks like your cup of tea, here’s the Amazon link.
In conclusion, I want hardback books. All the hardback books. Fingers crossed Santa is a merciful god.
As this is the last Top 5 of this year, I’d just like to say I hope you get everything you want for Christmas this year. Whether it be a certain present or just having all your family around you. Here’s hoping Shana will do another set of topics for 2020.
Thanks for reading!