Top 5 Wednesday: Books You Want to Read Before the End of the Year

For anyone unfamiliar with Top 5 Wednesday, it’s a weekly meme that was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey and is now moderated by Sam from Thoughts On Tomes. The group communicates through Goodreads.

August 24th: Books You Want to Read Before the End of the Year.
Another self-explanatory one!

Since I am slowly coming back from a long reading slump, I went on a book shopping spree since last Fall. I have so many books to read, that means many reviews to come! It’s hard to narrow down the list, down to just five!  Here we go…

1. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

the lunar chronicles

Photo Courtesy of Marissa Meyer

I know that there are 4 major books with 2 novellas, but I want to at least start with Cinder before the year’s out. These books are retellings of Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White. Not only that, they are also, I believe, part human and part machine! Now that sounds just awesome. 

2. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

nightingaleI have been wanting to read this ever since I first heard about this book. I have read her previous books before and I loved every single one of them. Most of them were 4 or 5 stars. I have not gotten a physical copy of this but I am determined to get one before the year’s out so I can finally read it. I do have an e-book copy but I think with the reviews that I am seeing, I think I am better off using the physical copy.  

3. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs.I wanted to read something different. I want diversity but fun to read. So this book is just that. A guy went online and met someone who he liked online, the only thing he did not know, that someone went to the same high school. I heard this book has humor. This goes on my list. 

4. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir


I already have this book. I bought it when I visited my parents in Florida and I haven’t read it. I heard nothing but raves on this book. Inspired by ancient Rome. Strong characters. Sign me up. If I end up loving this book, I am immediately going to pick up its sequel,  A Torch Against the Night. Good news! Sabaa has announced that she will be doing book #3 and book #4!

5. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin


When I first heard about this book, it was pitched to me as a question of what ifs. Color me curious. What if Hitler has won WWII? What will happen then? Interesting start. There is a motorcycle race across the Europe to Japan and whoever has won the race, got to meet Hilter. This girl wants to win so she can kill him. Like with An Ember in the Ashes, if I love this, I will also immediately going to pick up its sequel, Blood for Blood




20 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday: Books You Want to Read Before the End of the Year

      • Lex says:

        Same here! I definitely suggest sooner rather than later. I need to go ahead and purchase the box set that comes out in October I think because I know I’m going to want to marathon them. (:

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      • Nicole says:

        I am planning on reading Cinder in October. I have every book but Stars Above – need to get that soon. Are you planning on doing a review on Cinder?


      • Nicole says:

        I am working on mine as well. I might have to go back to redo my reviews that I already did once I find it. I’m excited to see what you have to say once you post it. 🙂

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