Top 5 Tuesday

Top 5 Tuesday | 1/26/21

Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm, and now being hosted at Meeghan reads.

This Week’s Topic is:

Top 5 books celebrating indigenous heritage

This is a great topic because I think there should be more books celebrating indigenous heritage. Searching out titles for this topic opened my eyes to titles I definitely need to add to my TBR list.

Debut author Angeline Boulley crafts a groundbreaking YA thriller about a Native teen who must root out the corruption in her community, for readers of Angie Thomas and Tommy Orange. 

As a biracial, unenrolled tribal member and the product of a scandal, eighteen-year-old Daunis Fontaine has never quite fit in, both in her hometown and on the nearby Ojibwe reservation. Daunis dreams of studying medicine, but when her family is struck by tragedy, she puts her future on hold to care for her fragile mother. 

The only bright spot is meeting Jamie, the charming new recruit on her brother Levi’s hockey team. Yet even as Daunis falls for Jamie, certain details don’t add up and she senses the dashing hockey star is hiding something. Everything comes to light when Daunis witnesses a shocking murder, thrusting her into the heart of a criminal investigation. 

Reluctantly, Daunis agrees to go undercover, but secretly pursues her own investigation, tracking down the criminals with her knowledge of chemistry and traditional medicine. But the deceptions—and deaths—keep piling up and soon the threat strikes too close to home. 

Now, Daunis must learn what it means to be a strong Anishinaabe kwe (Ojibwe woman) and how far she’ll go to protect her community, even if it tears apart the only world she’s ever known.

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In a futuristic world ravaged by global warming, people have lost the ability to dream, and the dreamlessness has led to widespread madness. The only people still able to dream are North America’s Indigenous people, and it is their marrow that holds the cure for the rest of the world. But getting the marrow, and dreams, means death for the unwilling donors. Driven to flight, a fifteen-year-old and his companions struggle for survival, attempt to reunite with loved ones and take refuge from the “recruiters” who seek them out to bring them to the marrow-stealing “factories.”

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Nothing’s been the same for Beth Teller since the day she died.

Her dad is drowning in grief. He’s also the only one who has been able to see and hear her since the accident. But now she’s got a mystery to solve, a mystery that will hopefully remind her detective father that he is still alive, that there is a life after Beth that is still worth living.

Who is Isobel Catching, and why is she able to see Beth, too? What is her connection to the crime Beth’s father has been sent to investigate–a gruesome fire at a home for troubled youth that left an unidentifiable body behind? What happened to the people who haven’t been seen since the fire?

As Beth and her father unravel the mystery, they find a shocking and heartbreaking story lurking beneath the surface of a small town, and a friendship that lasts beyond one life and into another…

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Imagine an America very similar to our own. It’s got homework, best friends, and pistachio ice cream.

There are some differences. This America been shaped dramatically by the magic, monsters, knowledge, and legends of its peoples, those Indigenous and those not. Some of these forces are charmingly everyday, like the ability to make an orb of light appear or travel across the world through rings of fungi. But other forces are less charming and should never see the light of day.

Elatsoe lives in this slightly stranger America. She can raise the ghosts of dead animals, a skill passed down through generations of her Lipan Apache family. Her beloved cousin has just been murdered, in a town that wants no prying eyes. But she is going to do more than pry. The picture-perfect facade of Willowbee masks gruesome secrets, and she will rely on her wits, skills, and friends to tear off the mask and protect her family.

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Resistance Reborn comes the first book in the Between Earth and Sky trilogy, inspired by the civilizations of the Pre-Columbian Americas and woven into a tale of celestial prophecies, political intrigue, and forbidden magic.

A god will return
When the earth and sky converge
Under the black sun

In the holy city of Tova, the winter solstice is usually a time for celebration and renewal, but this year it coincides with a solar eclipse, a rare celestial event proscribed by the Sun Priest as an unbalancing of the world.

Meanwhile, a ship launches from a distant city bound for Tova and set to arrive on the solstice. The captain of the ship, Xiala, is a disgraced Teek whose song can calm the waters around her as easily as it can warp a man’s mind. Her ship carries one passenger. Described as harmless, the passenger, Serapio, is a young man, blind, scarred, and cloaked in destiny. As Xiala well knows, when a man is described as harmless, he usually ends up being a villain.

Crafted with unforgettable characters, Rebecca Roanhorse has created an epic adventure exploring the decadence of power amidst the weight of history and the struggle of individuals swimming against the confines of society and their broken pasts in the most original series debut of the decade.

Have you read any of these? I requested the arc for Fire Keeper’s Daughter but I don’t think I’ll be approved for that one. Though Black Sun…that cover is crazy amazing! I’ll have to pick that one up quick.

📚 ~ Yolanda

Top 5 Tuesday

Top 5 Tuesday | 1/19/21

Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm, and it is now being hosted here Meeghan reads. Check out both blogs because they have amazing bookish content!

This Week’s Topic:

Top 5 books you will definitely* read this year

A COURT OF SILVER FLAMES – SARAH J. MAAS

I don’t love the cover. BUT, I feel like a broken record since I keep posting this one book – this is the book I NEED this year. I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for Nesta’s story. So I am ready!

I’m not sure if I will reread the whole series before this book comes out because I’ve read it a lot already. I have so many other books to catch up on and the ACOTAR series is pretty fresh in my mind. Maybe I’ll just read the novella, A Court of Frost and Starlight to prep my up for ACOSF.

JADE CITY – FONDA LEE

I have this on my kindle app, I just have to get started on reading it. I keep trying to start then realize I have an arc I have to finish up. I might have to put off requesting arcs for awhile just so I can get to finish reading everything on my shelf or kindle app.

I have heard a lot about this one. I’m seeing it in many blogs so I look forward to reading this one.

BLOOD & HONEY – SHELBY MAHURIN

I don’t know what happened ~ I started this in 2020 and never finished it. I’m determined to finish it in 2021, hopefully this month even. It’s not that the story isn’t good, it’s just that the holidays got in the way. 🤷🏻‍♀️ It was a wild ending to 2020…and even wilder start to 2021.

I’ll get to all the books, soon!!

THE HEART PRINCIPLE – HELEN HOANG

I love my young adult books but I really need to add more adult titles on TBR as well. It’s just so easy for me to gravitate towards YA but I miss my adult fiction, so I need to do better at seeking it out.

This book is Quan’s story and I’ve been waiting for it since reading the The Kiss Quotient and The Bride Test last year! I loved Quan when he showed up in those books so I think this one will be good!

SOULMATE EQUATION – CHRISTINA LAUREN

I am a new Christina Lauren fan ever since reading The Unhoneymooners. The more I read their books the more they have become a must-read author for me, so I look forward to this one.

I will definitely be reading these books this year, what about you? What will you be reading for sure in 2021?

📖 ~ Yolanda

Top 5 Tuesday

Top 5 Tuesday | 5/12/20

Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm. Check out her blog for more Top 5 Tuesday topics and other bookish content. Here is this week’s topic:

Top 5 Worst Rulers (Kings, Queens, etc..)

Cersei Lannister, Game of Thrones Series

I’m starting the book series finally this week but at least in her television portrayal…she is one bad woman! Complicated, incestuous, power-hungry, messed up…but a loving mother who will kill for her children (literally). She was scary to watch on tv and I loved to hate her. She is one of the worst because of her killer instinct but honestly I did admire how she smart she was to stay ahead of everyone wanting the throne. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Maven Calore, Red Queen Series

Another person with a messed up childhood, because of his MOTHER. UGH…her mind control powers made Maven unstable, which is unfortunate. He had so many personal demons but he was also so manipulative. 😒

Keris Veturia, Ember of Ashes Series

Keris Veturia…the Commandant. She’s cruel to her own son, hated him from the moment she knew she was pregnant because she was raped by his father! 😞 She is a hard woman with a hard heart.

Rat King Silan Veliant, The Bridge Kingdom

What father trains his daughters, pits them against each other (even if they die) and sends the survivor to infiltrate his enemies’ kingdom? The Rat King, that’s who. 😳

Queen Amarantha, ACOTAR

The queen that put the high lords of Prythian under a curse! They all wore masks and did her bidding until Feyre came along and endured the trials that almost killed her. I was happy to see Queen Amarantha defeated.

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Who’s on your list?

Top 5 Tuesday

Top 5 Tuesday | 5/5/20

Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm. Check out her blog for more Top 5 Tuesday topics and other bookish content. Here is this week’s topic:

Top 5 Cute Romances

I mean – can you blame me? The books were SO cute that even the movies turned out cute. 💕 Jenny Han’s does cute so well!

Another author who does cute well? Kasie West. Whenever I need to read a light hearted young adult romance, I can always pick a book from this author and it satisfies my cute romance cravings.

These days I try to stay away from romances where someone is clearly going to die. I sobbed my eyes out in this one. UGH. But Hazel and Augustus were just the cutest couple. 😭💔

It’s not a cute romance, but Sydney and Adrian are so cute together! I had to throw this one because I love how they get together.

It’s Jenn Bennett, her characters always always have engaging dialogue. Love her books!

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I read more cute romances when I was younger, now I read so many fantasy novels there is always some kind of heavy drama going on haha. But it’s nice to pick up a cute romance to escape once in awhile. What’s on your list as a cute romance book?

Top 5 Tuesday

Top 5 Tuesday | 4/28/20

Aloha everyone! I’m gonna change it up a little since I’ve been slacking on doing the TTT’s. It’s been all about homeschooling, crafting, and de-stressing in these COVID-19 days. How have you all been? I’ve had some trouble finding books to really lose myself in, maybe because of the state of the world we’re in? I don’t know. But I’m not going to force myself.

Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm. Check out her blog for more Top 5 Tuesday topics and other bookish content. Here is this week’s topic:

Top 5 Series I Want To Start

This book has been on my shelf for about…4 months now? I don’t even know if I’ll get to it in 2020!

I hear so many good things about this series that I hope I start this one soon.

Another one that has been hiding on my shelf. I LOVE the cover and I’ve heard pretty good things about the series.

The first two books were on sale at Bookoutlet and I couldn’t resist. 🤷🏻‍♀️

I’ve been meaning to read this one for awhile! I couldn’t resist getting this one on Bookoutlet also.

And that’s it! Have you read any of these series? I really need to throw in more genres in there besides Fantasy. If you have any suggestions on non-fantasy series I should try, please suggest them in the comment section! Thanks!

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Top 5 Tuesday | 12/10/19

Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm. Check out her blog for more Top 5 Tuesday topics and other bookish content. Here is this week’s topic:

Top 5 Books I Didn’t Get To In 2019

There are so many I didn’t get to, but I’m not going to try and fit them in at this point. I have arcs to get to first!

She’s still sitting on my shelf all pretty but…I will maybe get to it in January!

I found a discounted copy of this on Bookoutlet and it finally arrived! I made a big order during their Black Friday sale – maybe it’s a good thing it almost takes a month for their shipment to get to me. I have so many books lined up for 2020. 😂 But this title will have to wait until next year for me to get to.

Another discounted find from Bookoutlet! I heard so many good things about this and look at that cover. 😍

I really thought I’d get to this in December, but I have arcs to finish up that are due in a few weeks! So hopefully I’ll finish this in January.

I won this arc on Bookishfirst and it finally came in yesterday so it will have to wait in line.

I have definitely slowed down on reading and blogging this month but I’ll try to pick it up again once my son goes on winter break. Have a lovely Tuesday!

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Top 5 Tuesday – 11/12/19

Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm. Check out her blog for more Top 5 Tuesday topics and other bookish content. Here is this week’s topic:

Top 5 authors I NEED to read!

I’m going to list the top 5 authors I haven’t read a book by yet that I NEED to read…so here they are:

Neal Shusterman – I keep seeing this series everywhere and even found it on discount at Book Outlet, but I haven’t bought it yet! But I think I will look for it at the library to borrow.

Jay Kristoff – Another very popular series that I haven’t read. I’ve yet to read anything by Jay Kristoff but I better start. Maybe next year?

Lisa Jewell – I see Lisa Jewell’s books everywhere and I haven’t read one yet, but I know I eventually will.

Helen Hoang – I saw reviews of Helen Hoang’s books all year and I am ready to read one!

Christina Lauren – Another popular author I saw all over my Instagram in 2019! I haven’t read a book by her yet, but I will very soon!

Have you read these authors? Leave me a comment down below!