Another Wednesday brings another Top 5. This week, we are talking about books that are at the top of our TBR piles. For those unaware, TBR stands for “to be read.” Normally, every month in my wrap-up, I set myself a TBR for the following month. This helps limit those times when I have no idea what to read. However, I am very much a mood reader, and the list tends to change. I also have the bad habit of requesting books from the library and they all come in at once. So, rather than looking too far ahead, these are the books I just got from the library plus one reread of my own.
Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell into the hands of Bilbo Baggins, as told in THE HOBBIT. In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.
I have been wanting to reread this series for a long time, and after getting a beautiful new mini leather set, I got another reason. I will be attending a Tolkien themed party in April, so my husband and I are reading the books again to prepare! We are aiming for about 100 pages a week, finishing the set right before we leave.
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.
I have been hearing about this wildly popular series for a while now, particularly over on BookTube. I had it on my TBR for a while but never felt compelled to get it over other books. With the announcement of a Netflix series and the continued love of the second series of Grishaverse books, I figured it was high time.
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.
Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.
Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.
In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.
I love that it’s a world where everyone is born with a special magical skill. It sounds so new and interesting. Plus, look at that gorgeous cover!
Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
Spensa’s world has been under attack for decades. Now pilots are the heroes of what’s left of the human race, and becoming one has always been Spensa’s dream. Since she was a little girl, she has imagined soaring skyward and proving her bravery. But her fate is intertwined with that of her father’s—a pilot himself who was killed years ago when he abruptly deserted his team, leaving Spensa the daughter of a coward, her chances of attending Flight School slim to none.
No one will let Spensa forget what her father did, yet fate works in mysterious ways. Flight school might be a long shot, but she is determined to fly. And an accidental discovery in a long-forgotten cavern might just provide her with a way to claim the stars.
I am on a great quest to read all of Sanderson’s work. He puts out stuff faster than I can read it! I’ll admit though, I am not as eager to read this one as I am his fantasy novels. I have heard wonderful things, and you really can’t go wrong with this author.
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
A cursed girl escapes death and finds herself in a magical world – but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination
Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she’s blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks–and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday.
But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.
It’s then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city’s most prestigious organization: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart – an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests – or she’ll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate.
Another book that has been all over BookTube! As this one is middle grade, I was really hoping I could read it with my oldest son who is coming up on six. He loves to read, but I want to challenge him to step away from only books with pictures. We gave the first chapter a go, and he’s doing pretty well, but his attention span needs some work!
There are so many books on my TBR, and who knows what I’ll pick up after these! What books are you currently reading and are the next ones you plan to grab? I’d love you to share yours in the comments below.