T5W: Top of Your TBR

Top 5 Wednesday is a goodreads group created by Lainey (gingerreadslainey) and now hosted by Sam (thoughtsontomes). This week’s topic is Top of Your TBR.

For “top of my TBR“, I  all mean books I hope to read and review soon, but I haven’t yet. Knowing how good I am at TBRs, I’ll probably end up not reading any of them for months.

The Traitor Baru Cormorant


I want to read this book because:

  • It’s an adult fantasy series that features extreme gray morality and queer characters, and many people I trust like it
  • I’m sure I won’t forget it, even if I don’t end up liking it
  • I have an ARC of the sequel, which came out in 2018.

I haven’t read it yet because:

  • university means that I’m tired all the time and I don’t have the energy for adult fantasy right now
  • I find this book really intimidating
  • I need to have the time and… the emotional stability to start an adult high fantasy book with a considerable amount of homophobia in it.

Dragon Pearl


I want to read this book because:

  • my favorite author wrote it
  • the premise sounds so interesting (Korean-inspired middle grade space opera with fox spirits!) and I always love the setting in Lee’s books
  • I can’t wait

I haven’t read it yet because:

  • …my copy isn’t here yet and I’m sad

Our Lady of the Ice


I want to read this book because:

  • Me, reading books I own: a revolutionary concept
  • this should be an alt-history sci-fi thriller set in Antarctica featuring lesbians
  • how cool is that
  • [insert some bad pun like “Antartica is more cold than cool”]
  • I need to read this book for a ~secret~ post I’ve been planning since August.

I haven’t read it yet because:

  • there are few things I like to do as much as ignoring backlist titles
  • I’ve never heard anyone talk about it, which isn’t exactly encouraging.

The Gilded Wolves


I want to read this book because:

  • I love diverse ensemble casts!
  • historical France! The other fantasy book I’ve read that was set in historical france (The House of Shattered Wings) was awesome and I’m sure that the atmosphere here will be just as good
  • Roshani Chokshi! I’m going to love this like I loved the Star-Touched Queen duology, if not even more.

I haven’t read it yet because:

  • I’m currently ignoring everything but ARCs I don’t even like that much, because priorities, of course I don’t end up reading the things I actually like
  • It’s a series and I don’t want to start new series when the next book won’t be out in a year

The Wicked King


I want to read this book because:

  • I thought the first book had potential; let’s see if that’s actually true.
  • I want to know what happens as long as I’m still even only marginally invested in this.
  • The Hype, even though I really should know better

I haven’t read it yet because:

  • I’m not sure about whether I need to reread book one to read this
  • if that’s the case I’ll probably never get around to it – I’m bad at rereading things I loved, and I didn’t love The Cruel Prince – but I’ll try not doing that first.

What are the books you want to get to as soon as possible?

6 thoughts on “T5W: Top of Your TBR

  1. I’m reading The Golden Wolves and I’m almost done with it! I actually….. don’t love it. And I feel (now you’re going to laugh) like it’s partly because I’m audiobooking it. One of the narrators sucks and I can’t focus on what’s happening at all. On the other hand I also think in part it’s the book’s fault, because if I liked it more I’d be able to follow what’s going on. I’m curious to hear your thoughts on it if/when you get around to it!

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    1. Roshani Chokshi’s previous books weren’t that easy to follow either, so I understand what you mean. And I’m definitely not going to try the audiobook when I get to this (…come potevi già immaginare da post precedenti)

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  2. *furious whispering* omgomg you so need to check out Baru!!!! Ahem. But it’s definitely not something I’d recommend when you’re not in the right emotional headspace. Because of the homophobia and also the route that the story takes. Its…stressful to say the least.

    “Me, reading books I own: a revolutionary concept” Whaat? That’s crazy talk. Clearly we’re meant to ignore them forever. Antarctic scifi thriller feat. lesbians sounds really cool, though! And now I’m curious about your secret post!

    And I want to get to The Wicked King soon, not because I’m dying to read it or anything, but because I don’t want to forget what happened in the first book. I’m keeping my expectations very, very low. 😛

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    1. I will get to it! Someday. I own it, so probably later than sooner. We’re really meant to ignore owned books forever! They don’t tell you that when you start a blog, but that’s the truth.

      And same for The Wicked King. If I don’t read it soon, that’s never going to happen.


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