This week's topic was Top SFF Books on Your TBR!
Talk about the science fiction and fantasy books you want to read ASAP!
Seeing as how I have a TBR list longer than Santa's naughty/nice list, I had a really hard time narrowing it down to five for this week! But, I think I picked a solid five, so let's get started with the countdown. I also included an honorable mentions list down at the bottom.
(I should probably note that which books I'm particularly excited to read changes on a near-hourly basis, so this is just my list for this very moment. And also that I'm more into fantasy than sci-fi. ...And also, I like fairy tale retellings. I like them a lot.)
5. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
This is a retelling of "Beauty and the Beast," one of my all-time favorite fairy tales. I'll jump on just about any version of it, and most likely enjoy it from beginning to end. (And no, it's not about Stockholm Syndrome, and even if it was, I wouldn't care.) I've heard mixed reviews of this one, but the plot sounds interesting enough, and I love the original story enough, that I definitely want to give it a chance. (And yes, it's also because the cover is gorgeous. Sue me, I'm shallow.)
4. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
This is a book I never would've heard of without the bookish community (booktube, bookstagram, booklr, etc.), but now, it's definitely one of my most anticipated reads. It's set in a matriarchy where every generation, the queen gives birth to a set of triplet girls, and the girls are raised learning different kinds of magic. When they come of age, the girls duke it out for the throne. I've heard some really good things about this book, and the idea of not one, but three leading ladies in a fantasy monarchy sounds too good to pass up.
3. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
This is the first book of a really popular trilogy, but I only heard of it last year. It focuses on the Grisha, wielders of a magic known as "The Small Science." Our main character is a young woman who discovers she is a Grisha unexpectedly, and is suddenly whisked away to train and become a member of the magical elite. I've heard really good things about this series, which may be why I keep putting it off -- I'm afraid it won't live up to the hype.
2. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
This is the first in a series that I've heard hyped a LOT on Booktube, focusing on different types of magic, and the young women who can wield it. I've been told there's a major focus on female friendship, as well as female power, and from what I've heard, there's no stupid romantic interest weighing everything down. I've also heard that the second book in the series is just as good, if not better, so I hope to jump into this world very, very soon.
1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Another book that made my list thanks to the bookish community! I'd seen it in Barnes and Noble, but it was one of those books where I picked it up, stared at the pretty cover for a minute, then set it back down. Multiple times. But it seems like everyone that's read it loves it, and the premise does sound fascinating, focusing on two young illusionists who work for the dangerous and mercurial Le Cirque des Rêves. Honestly, the main reason I haven't gotten to it yet is because I'm so scared that it won't live up to the hype. Because, you know, you can't be disappointed if you don't read it, riiiight? On the other hand, it is one of the favorite books of one of my favorite booktubers (hi, Sam, if you're reading this!), and everyone I know who's read it assures me it's good, so I promise, I'll get to it. Someday.
Honorable mentions include Eve: The Awakening by Jenna Moreci, The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkein (do I get my nerd card revoked for admitting I never read those?), RoseBlood by A.G. Howard, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice, Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce, Angelfall by Susan Ee, Ensared by Rita Stradling, Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, Confessions of the Very First Zombie Slayer (That I Know Of) by F.J.R. Titchenell, The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee, Eerie by C.M. McCoy, The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker, and the rest of the Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy as, even though I ADORE this series, I've only read the first two books so far!
And that list is only the top priorities.
...Yeah, this may take awhile.
Thank you so much for reading this top 5 list! As if I don't already have too many books on my TBR, I'd love to hear your suggestions in the comments down below! What SFF books are you looking forward to?
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