Top Five Novels I Want to Read Right Now

Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm.

Yesterday I spoke about a few of the nonfiction books I would love to get to this month, and today I am sharing the top five fiction books on my TBR. I am such a mood reader and knowing myself I will say these are the five novels I want to read ASAP and I won’t actually get to them for months.

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

43575115. sy475 Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues–a bee, a key, and a sword–that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library, hidden far below the surface of the earth.

What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians–it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also those who are intent on its destruction.

Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly-soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose–in both the mysterious book and in his own life.

It is no secret that I didn’t love Morgenstern’s debut novel, The Night Circus, but there is no denying she is a talented writer. I think part of the problem was that there was just so much hype for The Night Circus that is was impossible for it to meet my expectations. Libro fm and Penguin Random House Audio sent me the audiobook of The Starless Sea for review and I am excited to listen to it knowing that I have realistic expectations going in.

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

43982054Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her—but was gifted with a mysterious power. Years later, when Hiram almost drowns in a river, that same power saves his life. This brush with death births an urgency in Hiram and a daring scheme: to escape from the only home he’s ever known.

So begins an unexpected journey that takes Hiram from the corrupt grandeur of Virginia’s proud plantations to desperate guerrilla cells in the wilderness, from the coffin of the deep South to dangerously utopic movements in the North. Even as he’s enlisted in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, Hiram’s resolve to rescue the family he left behind endures.

The Water Dancer is Oprah’s latest book club pick, and she has rarely steered me wrong. Ta-Hehisi Coates is one of those authors I have heard incredible things about, and I have mean meaning to read his work for years. I bought a copy of The Water Dancer the day is came out, but just haven’t had time to read it. I am thinking that it will happen in December and I am very much looking forward to it.

The Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy #2) by Katherine Arden

34050917. sy475 Orphaned and cast out as a witch by her village, Vasya’s options are few: resign herself to life in a convent, or allow her older sister to make her a match with a Moscovite prince. Both doom her to life in a tower, cut off from the vast world she longs to explore. So instead she chooses adventure, disguising herself as a boy and riding her horse into the woods. When a battle with some bandits who have been terrorizing the countryside earns her the admiration of the Grand Prince of Moscow, she must carefully guard the secret of her gender to remain in his good graces—even as she realizes his kingdom is under threat from mysterious forces only she will be able to stop.
Now that there is snow on the ground, I find myself dying to read atmospheric, lush writing. I think I am finally ready to continue on with the Winternight trilogy. I just loved The Bear and the Nightingale so much that I wanted to savour the series. These are the kind of books that make for perfect winter reads and I can not wait to curl up with a blanket and a hot chocolate and return to seeing the world through Vasya’s eyes.

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

36478784. sy475 Tiffy and Leon share a flat
Tiffy and Leon share a bed
Tiffy and Leon have never met…
Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time.But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, they’re about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rule book out the window…

I have read more contemporary romance in 2019 than ever have in past years, and I have been loving it! No other genre can bring such a smile of my face. I have noticed that I read a lot of dark and sad books, and it has been nice to break it up with something cheerful and heartwarming every once in awhile. I have heard so many incredible things about The Flatshare and I am so ready for it!

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

20170404Set in the days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time—from the actor’s early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains—this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor’s first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet.


Have you ever had one of those books that you just know you are going to love so you are saving it for the perfect time? That is Station Eleven for me! For everything I have heard about it I just know it has the potential to become one of my all time favourite novels. It was recently announced that it was being made into a mini-series on HBO and that has given me the push I needed to finally pick it up! I am trying to not over-hype it in my mind, but it is difficult!


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58 thoughts on “Top Five Novels I Want to Read Right Now

  1. The Starless Sea and The Water Dancer are definitely at the top of my list as well! (And I also probably won’t get to them for months lol.) Great picks!

  2. Morgenstern’s books definitely aren’t for everyone (especially if you don’t like flowery writing), but The Starless Sea is probably my favorite book of 2019, so I hope you enjoy it 🙂

  3. Great list! I adored the warm fuzzies I got from The Flatshare! Leon and Tiffy are 💜 I wanna read all the others too! They sound so good. Hope you enjoy these 🙂

  4. I keep seeing the flatshare around a lot lately, I need to bump it up onmy TBR as well!


  5. I keep meaning to read the Winternight trilogy, but I definitely think it’s a book that should be experienced on those cold, cosy winter nights. There’s something so magical that puts you in the mood for those types of books. The Starless Sea has got to be one of my most anticipated books of the year. I’m trying to keep my expectations in check, but it’s not easy.

    1. It is a series that you have to be in the mood for and is best read on a cold night! It is funny how there are just certain books like that.

      I completely understand what you mean about The Starless Sea. It has been years since The Night Circus so fans of that books must be so hyped!

  6. I started Station Eleven today after blowing through my monthly TBR and I’m liking it so far. I too want to read Starless Sea and plan to pick it up later today 😀

  7. Heartsong by TJ Klune and The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco are at the top of my list 🙂

  8. I absolutely ADORE The Night Circus. Morgenstern’s writing style is so lovely, imo. But I can definitely see how some readers might not click with the book! I hope that The Starless Sea works a bit better for you. I nearly forgot to buy it this month. Thank you so much for the reminder!

      1. Oh I agree! Despite my love for it, there was definitely more room for whimsy lol. Especially when there’s magic and the circus involved. Thank you! I hope so too.

  9. I’m hoping to read The Starless Sea soon. I have it on order at the library, I just don’t know where I am in the list. Fingers crossed my copy arrives soon though. I’m also desperate to start the Bear & Nightingale books sometime. And I have the Flatshare on my TBR. I dont feel like I read enough cute books tbh and it sounds as if it’ll be one.

      1. Thank you (: And that’s good to know.

        It really does. I love the whole concept of the notes being used for communication 😀

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