T5W – Books You Want to Read Before the End of the Year

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam@Thoughts on Tomes over on Goodreads.

This week’s topics for the Top 5 Wednesday series is: Books You Want to Read Before the End of the Year.

I must admit I am slightly worried that once I admit I want to read something, I am likely not read it. I am notorious for obsessing over a book, buying it, looking at it…. and not reading it. So please bear that in mind, and yes, I have a problem, I know! 😉

  • Small Spaces by Katherine Arden (release date: 25th September 2018)
Small Spaces cover
Small Spaces cover

I adore Arden‘s books. Her The Bear and The Nightingale is one of my favourite books. Arden’s lyrical prose is something I can not get enough of. Small Spaces is supposed to be a middle grade ‘spooky’ book. I am thinking a perfect Halloween read! 🙂

  • The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock
The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock Cover

Because so many of my trusted reviewers loved this book. Also, it was shortlisted for the Women’s Fiction Prize and longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2018. I read so many excited reviews and I am looking forward to reading it very shortly.

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Book Thief
The Book Thief cover

Because it’s supposed to be about a girl during WWII. Because everyone I know who read it loved it, and because I am living under a rock and haven’t read it yet. 🙂

  • I really want to re-read Steinbeck‘s novels. The one I’m hoping to read again this year is East of Eden – John Steinbeck
East of Eden
East of Eden cover

To be honest, I am pretty sure I read it but I am not entirely sure I have. My poor memory says: “the blurb sounds familiar and you read pretty much everything of Steinbeck as he is one of your favourite authors”… but I am not certain. So I will re-visit! I am slightly scared that I will change my mind (I think I loved it…) but hey, you never know until you try. 🙂

  • Catwoman by Sarah J. Maas (release date: 7th August 2018)
Catwoman cover

Because Maas has such a fun writing style. It’s a roller-coaster of action after action. There’s also lots of humour and snarkiness and this just screams ‘perfect fun summer read‘ to me. Can’t wait to get my hands on it. 🙂 Side note: not an fan of the cover though so eBook it is. 🙂

There you have it. My five books I’m hoping to read this year. Please don’t hold me to it! 🙂

Over to you my friends!

  • Have you read any of those?
  • What book are you looking forward to reading this year?

26 thoughts on “T5W – Books You Want to Read Before the End of the Year”

    1. Thank you Inge and that’s really good to know. I’m crossing my fingers so I enjoy The Book Thief as well (I will want to watch the movie too).

      Happy reading to you too my friend. 🙂

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  1. It’s always a case of so many books, so little time. And while I have heard of the first two, it’s only because others bloggers have mention that they too want to read them. My book outlook is expanding since coming back to blogging because so many are mentioning this one, or that one. But whether I’ll get around to them all, myself? Probably not. But small Spaces is on my wish list! 😊

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    1. I know Alex. Sometimes I just have to pause and breath as I just want to read all of those books. And blogging has been wonderful in terms of finding some excellent books whilst being inspired by fellow bloggers’ reviews. The downside of it it… that I don’t know what to read first as there are just so many of them and I want to read all of them. 😀 🙂

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      1. Yes, exactly! I love that I’m learning about so many new authors and books, but know I might never get to read them all. So, I guess in a way, we also ‘read’ vicariously through our fellow bloggers. ☺️

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    1. Thanks, I am really having high hopes regarding The Book Thief. 🙂 And I’m so happy you enjoyed it. 🙂

      Can’t wait to read Small Spaces and looking forward to hearing your thoughts once you read it as well. 🙂


    1. It’s true that summer will be almost gone by then. I am crossing my fingers that August will be a bit less hotter month and I’ll be able to read outside. With my luck, it will less hot but also probably full of rain … 😉

      I like that cover of Small Spaces for that reason too. 🙂

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  2. I just picked up a copy of The Bear and The Nightingale. A lot of people have recommended it! If I like it I might give Small Spaces a try! I don’t like scary books but if its meant for Middle School it can’t be that scary?

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    1. Oh, I’m crossing fingers you enjoy The Bear and The Nightingale. 🍀🤞 It is a slow book (a coming of age story) and very atmospheric. I would recommend reading the glossary/ commentary at the end of the book first to familiarise with names. The names could be quite confusing at times. ❤️

      I also hope that this book is more tension building / spooky rather than scary. Fingers crossed. 😊🤞

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  3. It’s like a weird self-jinx, isn’t it? If I *don’t* think about reading something, I’m much more likely to pick it up. Brains are so weird.

    And I only just saw The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock on Edelweiss the other day and now I need to pick it up immediately (If you listen closely, you can hear my TBR pile softly weeping). Historical fiction with magic and mermaids? YES PLEASE. ❤

    And I can't believe you'll get to experience The Book Thief for the first time! I'm jealous! That book helped shape my teenagehood and early creative process, and I think it'll be right to your tastes. 😀

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    1. I am utterly fascinated how our brains work. I could happily study them for the rest of my life. 😊

      I had to wait forever to get The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock out of my library. I’ll start reading it tonight, it received so much praise and I am really looking forward to it. I could wait if you fancy reading it as a buddy read though? ❤️

      I know. I only found out about The Book Thief this year. I really, really want to read it this year, thinking pre-Christmas read. 😊❤️


  4. The Book Thief is one of my all time favorites and I’ve had the Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock sitting on my shelves since like February or so about I really want to get to that one this summer! Anyway I hope you enjoy them all 🙂

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    1. Thank you, I am really looking forward to reading both of those books. 😊

      Just finished Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – it was a lot of fun and I really liked Evelyn. 😊👌


  5. I really want to read the mermaid and Mrs. Hancock…. Sadly, I have the same problem as you!! I have such fantastic books on my shelf that have been there for AGES and I keep thinking “… Eh. I’ll get to it at some point”…. And then I buy more. Ha ha!

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    1. I just found a trick – when I use library app Libby and request a book, for which I have to wait for ages, and then have limited time to read it.. I am likely to read it. 🙂 I did that with the last three books and just got Mrs. Hancock out on a library loan… fingers crossed. 🙂

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  6. What a great list! I loved Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock, and Book Thief is a children’s classic for me; I was so moved by it when I first read it. And I totally remember you mentioned Small Space! I seriously need to read Arden’s books (Bear and the Nightingale is actually sitting on my bookshelf right now 😛 ), but I’m holding off until the hype dies down.

    I hope you end up enjoying all these books! They’re excellent picks. 😉

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    1. I just started reading Mermaid and Mrs Hancock. And am enjoying it so far. 🙂 I know I say I am a whimsical reader but am determined to read Book Thief this year for sure. 🙂

      Thanks, I really hope you enjoy Arden’s books when the time is right for you. 🙂 💕

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