5 On My TBR

Welcome or welcome back to my little corner of the internet. I’ve done this post a few times before, showing what a variety of what I’ve been keen to read recently and a bit further back too. You can find my most recent post (prior to this this one!) in this collection here.

Previously I’ve talked about everything from historical non-fiction to high fantasy, and with a few new books, and a few books that I’ve rediscovered in the bookshelf reshuffle we’ve gone about, I’ve really got five that I’m excited to read on this list, hopefully sooner rather than later.

Vicious – V.E. Schwab
Wishlist or Owned: Owned, Paperback
Having enjoyed reading V.E. Schwab’s middle grade books, the Cassidy Blake series, so much, this one has boosted up my list a bit. City of Ghosts, Tunnel of Bones and Bridge of Souls might be very different books to Schwab’s adult literature, but I’m still keen to read more of her work after having read them.
Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?


In Vicious, V. E. Schwab brings to life a gritty comic-book-style world in vivid prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn’t automatically lead to heroism, and a time when allegiances are called into question.

Don’t Call The Wolf – Aleksandra Ross
Wishlist or Owned: Owned, Hardback
This book is absolutely beautiful, and I wanted to get my hands on it for so long. Every day it sits on my shelf feels like a punlishment! Here’s the synopsis:
A fierce young queen, neither human nor lynx, who fights to protect a forest humans have long abandoned.

An exhausted young soldier, last of his name, who searches for the brother who disappeared beneath those trees without a trace.

A Golden Dragon, fearsome and vengeful, whose wingbeats haunt their nightmares and their steps.

When these three paths cross at the fringes of a war between monsters and men, shapeshifter queen and reluctant hero strike a deal that may finally turn the tide against the rising hordes of darkness. Ren will help Lukasz find his brother…if Lukasz promises to slay the Dragon.

But promises are all too easily broken.

Said to be loved by fans of Holly Black and Leigh Bardugo, I’m so interested to see where this goes.

Nightingale Point – Luan Goldie
Wishlist or Owned: Owned, Paperback
On an ordinary Saturday morning in 1996, the residents of Nightingale Point wake up to their normal lives and worries.

Mary has a secret life that no one knows about, not even Malachi and Tristan, the brothers she vowed to look after.
Malachi had to grow up too quickly. Between looking after Tristan and nursing a broken heart, he feels older than his twenty-one years.
Tristan wishes Malachi would stop pining for Pamela. No wonder he’s falling in with the wrong crowd, without Malachi to keep him straight.
Elvis is trying hard to remember to the instructions his care worker gave him, but sometimes he gets confused and forgets things.
Pamela wants to run back to Malachi but her overprotective father has locked her in and there’s no way out.

It’s a day like any other, until something extraordinary happens. When the sun sets, Nightingale Point is irrevocably changed and somehow, through the darkness, the residents must find a way back to lightness, and back to each other.” 

Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo
Wishlist or Owned: Owned, Paperback
“Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price — and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .

A convict with a thirst for revenge

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager

A runaway with a privileged past

A spy known as the Wraith

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes


Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.”

If We Were Villains – M.L. Rio
Wishlist or Owned: Wishlist
Oliver Marks has just served ten years for a murder he may or may not have committed. On the day of his release, he is greeted by the detective who put him in prison. Detective Colborne is retiring, and he wants to know what really happened a decade before.

As a young actor at an elite conservatory, Oliver noticed that his talented classmates seem to play the same characters onstage and off – villain, hero, temptress – though he was always a supporting role. But when the teachers change the casting, a good-natured rivalry turns ugly, and the plays spill dangerously over into real life.

When tragedy strikes, one of the seven friends is found dead. The rest face their greatest acting challenge yet: convincing the police, and themselves, that they are blameless…

So there we are, five more books, five more books to read! Five very different books, but I do love my books to keep me on my toes.

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