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
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
Young 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
The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
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
Set 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!
What books is on the top of your TBR pile?