Top 5 Wednesday

I know this isn’t a Wednesday. I apologise for the backlog, I’ve just been holed up studying for upcoming exams. 😝 After seeing a few of my blogger friends choose this topic for their T5W Rewind, I got jealous and had to join in. I’ve added a few interesting things – well I think they’re interesting – to my to-be-read pile. Hopefully this is a diverse enough list that there is something in it for anyone reading!

Also, it’s still T5W Rewind month, so any topic is game! If you’d like to join in on the conversation, head over to the T5W Group on Goodreads to check out all the topics.

Because I can’t resist, before I get into the five books I’m most excited about reading, here are some honourable mentions that are worth mentioning (They’re are just too many books to be excited about!)

Honourable Mentions:

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Black Mirror: Volume One edited by Charlie Brooker ⎯ An anthology edited by Charlie Brooker, this is Black Mirror just in book form. With writers such as Cory Doctorow and Sylvain Neuvel, this anthology will showcase new, original, darkly satirical stories that tap into our collective unease about the modern world.

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan ⎯ Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It’s the highest honor they could hope for…and the most cruel. But this year, there’s a ninth girl. And instead of paper, she’s made of fire.

Big Bones by Laura Dockrill ⎯ Bluebelle, aka BB, aka Big Bones, is a sixteen-year-old girl encouraged to tackle her weight even though she’s perfectly happy, thank you, and getting on with her life and in love with food. When a family tragedy strikes, BB is forced to find a new relationship with her body and herself.

To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin ⎯Between her mom’s diet-helicoptering, missing her sister, and worrying about her collegiate future, Savannah has enough to worry about. But if she can just get through senior year, she’ll be able to escape to college. And then she meets George, the cute new kid at school who has insecurities of his own.

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings edited by Ellen Oh and Elsie Champan ⎯ Fifteen bestselling and acclaimed authors reimagine the folklore and mythology of East and South Asia in short stories that are by turns enchanting, heartbreaking, romantic, and passionate. Featuring stories from Renee Ahdieh, Julie Kagawa and Roshani Chokshi.

Now onto some books I’m just a tad more excited to get my hands on…

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Small Change by Roan Parrish


Small Change is a new adult romance novel following Ginger Holtzman, a tough and independent artist who owns her own successful tattoo shop. Keeping her shop afloat, taking care of her friends, and scrambling to finish her paintings doesn’t leave time for anything else. Which she thinks is for the best, until she gets lonely.

Christoper Lucen opened a coffee and sandwich joint in South Philly because he wanted to be apart of a community. Now, he relishes the familiarity of knowing what his customers want, and giving it to them. But what he really wants now is love. 

I’ve heard this is a fantastic and diverse romance book, with Ginger being a queer jewish woman. A perspective I can’t say I read a lot from, if ever. I was sold on it pretty quickly. I can’t lie either and say I wasn’t drawn in by that gorgeous cover either!

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Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson


Dance of Thieves is a new novel set in the Remnant Chronicles world, where a reformed thief and the young leader of an outlaw dynasty lock wits in a battle that may cost them their lives—and their hearts.

Jase becomes its new leader of the Ballenger empire when his father dies. Even nearby kingdoms bow to the strength of this outlaw family, who have always governed by their own rules. But a new era looms on the horizon, set in motion by a young queen, which makes her the target of the dynasty’s resentment and anger.

At the same time, Kazi, a legendary former street thief, is sent by the queen to investigate transgressions against the new settlements. When Kazi arrives in the forbidding land of the Ballengers, she learns that there is more to Jase than she thought. As unexpected events spiral out of their control, bringing them intimately together, they continue to play a cat and mouse game of false moves and motives in order to fulfill their own secret missions.

I have incredibly high hopes for this book. I know I already enjoy Mary E. Pearson’s writing and her Remnant world, so I’m sure on some level I enjoy this book, but I honestly want to love it! And that synopsis just has me geeking out about a female street thief.

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Vengeful by V.E. Schwab


Vengeful is the sequel to V.E. Schwab’s first adult novel Vicious. 

Sydney once had Serena—beloved sister, betrayed enemy, powerful ally. But now she is alone, except for her thrice-dead dog, Dol, and then there’s Victor, who thinks Sydney doesn’t know about his most recent act of vengeance.

Victor himself is under the radar these days—being buried and re-animated can strike concern even if one has superhuman powers. But despite his own worries, his anger remains. And Eli Ever still has yet to pay for the evil he has done.

I’m so excited Vicious is getting a sequel. I don’t read a lot of V.E. Schwab either, despite the popularity of her Darker Shaders series, so I’m excited to get back into her books!1 2

The Devil and the Deep: Horror Stories of The Sea edited by Ellen Datlow


In Devil and the Deep, award-winning editor Ellen Datlow shares an original anthology of horror that covers the depths of the deep blue sea. Whether its tales of murderous pirates who stalk the waters in search of treasure and blood, creatures that haunt the depths below―ones we’ve only seen in our nightmares, or storms that can swallow you whole, the open water can be a dangerous and terrifying place.

With new stories from New York Times-bestsellers and award-winning authors such as Seanan McGuire, Christopher Golden, Stephen Graham Jones, and more, Devil and the Deep guarantees you’ll think twice before going back into the water.

After reading Into the Drowning Deep any horror related mermaid story is kind of my obsession. And this anthology includes the author who wrote one of my new favourite books, so it seems like a win-win.  1

Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant

23634011When the Imagine Network commissioned a documentary on mermaids, to be filmed from the cruise ship Atargatis, they expected what they had always received before: an assortment of eyewitness reports that proved nothing, some footage that proved even less, and the kind of ratings that only came from peddling imaginary creatures to the masses.

They didn’t expect actual mermaids. They certainly didn’t expect those mermaids to have teeth.

This is the story of the Atargatis, lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a maritime tragedy. Whatever the truth may be, it will only be found below the bathypelagic zone in the Mariana Trench…and the depths are very good at keeping secrets.

If you read my previous T5W post: My auto read science fiction and fantasy authors, I mentioned reading Mira Grant (aka Seanan McGuire’s) Into the Drowning Deep as being one of my new favourite books. And well, Rolling in the Deep is the novella prequel that was published before ITDD. But this book is SO HARD to get a hold of. I believe it was a limited edition kind of thing, were only 1000 or so copies were sold. And now the book retails for like over 100 something bucks on Amazon. I’ve been so desperate I even messaged the publisher at the time and I got no good news. But I swear I’ll get my hands on this one day!

What are your most recent additions to your tbr piles that you’re excited to read? Would you add any of the books I mentioned to your list? 😀post headers (1)


  1. This is such a great list of books! I’m gonna add a bunch of them to my TBR 😊 Small Change sounds like perfect summer-reading and the cover is amazing!

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  2. Hello Australia! I love getting summer reading recommendations from people all over the world and Girls of Paper and Fire sounds right up my alley. Thanks for sharing. I hope you don’t mind me recommending a recent read of mine called Jamhuri, Njambi, & Fighting Zombies by author Ted Neill. The book follows 5 interweaving character stories that all involve a recent zombie outbreak. However, unlike your typical “zombie outbreak” plot this outbreak is magic in nature and causes the souls of people to depart from their bodies and become trapped in Limbo. It is an extremely unique read that had me hooked from start to finish. There is no other book I can compare this to (and it’s rare to be able to say that!). I really hope you will check it out –


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