This Top 5 Wednesday series is inspired by the weekly meme on Goodreads which you can find here. I no longer follow the topics and instead use my own.
Hi everyone! I can’t believe we’re now over halfway through the year already?! So much has happened for me in the past year and I’m excited for the future – bookish and otherwise. So far this year I’ve managed to read 37 books, which is apparently 14 books ahead of schedule to read my goal of 50! Maybe if I was a little more ahead, I’d raise my goal to 100, but I don’t want to put that amount of pressure on myself.
Today’s discussion is my top 5 books I’ve read so far this year! This is not in any particular order as I can’t pick a favourite yet 🙂
Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.
The Hate U Give was such a pleasant surprise for me as I ended up DNF’ing it on my first try. But my second try made it one of my favourite books of all time, and one of the most important in my mind.
Amid the chaos of war, the Shadowhunters must decide to fight with the vampires, werewolves and other Downworlders – or against them. Meanwhile, Jace and Clary have their own decision to make: should they pursue the love they know is a mortal sin?
It was hard to choose a Shadowhunter book for this post as my favourite is Clockwork Princess which I read at the end of 2018. But City of Glass is always one that stands out for me because of the setting!
How far would you go to save those you love?
Lowrie and Shen are the youngest people on the planet after a virus caused global infertility. Closeted in a pocket of London and doted upon by a small, ageing community, the pair spend their days mudlarking for artefacts from history and looking for treasure in their once-opulent mansion.
Their idyllic life is torn apart when a secret is uncovered that threatens not only their family but humanity’s entire existence. Lowrie and Shen face an impossible choice: in the quiet at the end of the world, they must decide who to save and who to sacrifice . . .
Lauren James is one of my favourite authors ever, and The Quiet at the End of the World didn’t let me down! If you’re looking for a good sci-fi author, look no further.
Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class of people in Ikhara. Ten years ago, her mother was snatched by royal guards, and her fate remains unknown. Now, the guards are back, and this time it’s Lei they’re after – the girl whose golden eyes have piqued the king’s interest.
Over weeks of training in the opulent but oppressive palace, Lei and eight other girls learn the skills and charm that befit being a king’s consort. There, Lei does the unthinkable – she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens her world’s entire way of life and Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide just how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge.
Girls of Paper and Fire is one of my most recent reads, but it still constantly in my head even a few books later because I adored it so much.
Set in the rich farmland of California’s Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families—the Trasks and the Hamiltons—whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel. Here Steinbeck created some of his most memorable characters and explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of identity; the inexplicability of love; and the murderous consequences of love’s absence.
It might be a little different to what I usually read, but I couldn’t write this post without including East of Eden. It’s quickly become one of the most meaningful books in all of my reading life, and it really changed my perception of reading/books in general.
Which are your favourites of the year so far?
May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽