Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday!

This week’s Topic:

Books I want to read before the end of the year.

At first I started thinking about all of the books coming out later this year that I want to read, but then I started thinking about books sitting on my bookshelf that I have bought or got in some way that I have been wanting to read, but haven’t found the time too.   I have sort of made a challenge to myself to either read some of these books or get rid of them.  So here are five that I plan on reading hopefully over the summer when I have way more time to read.

1. Stormcaster by Cinda Williams Chima


This is the third book in the Shattered Realms series.  This is set in the world of my all time favorite series and involves the children of the characters in that series.  I enjoyed the first two books, but I only have some vague memories of them. Although the stories overlap, they involve their own characters and stories, and are rather complex.  I want to reread the first two before I read this one, but there is one more in the series coming out in March 2019.  So do I read this or wait until the next one and then read them all?  I can’t decide, but I think I might read this and then read them all when the last one comes out.  


2. Shades of Magic Series by V.E. Schwab

Shades of Magic

Okay, I’m cheating a little here, because this is three books not one, but I don’t think the book police will come after me, or at least I hope not.  I really want to read this series and everyone seems to really like it.  It is a goal that I get it done this summer, but we will have to see if it works out.  I did read the first one last year, but I am planning on reading all three in a row this time.  I was hoping to start it after the book I am currently reading but a book I have had on hold just came up, so that will have to be first.  Hopefully soon.

3. Walkaway by Cory Doctorow



I bought this when it first came out last fall, but haven’t read it yet.  I have enjoyed all of Cory’s books both the adult and the YA and don’t anticipate not liking this one.  But that said I’m not sure why I am waiting to read this one.  Maybe it’s the orange cover?  I don’t know.  I do want to read this one before the end of the year. 




4. Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy

Learning to swear in America

This one I got through a donation made to a school library I volunteer for.  I really need to read it before the start of the school year so that I can get it to them for the students to read.  I saw a lot of good reviews about it when it came out so I hope that it will be worthy.  It sounds funny and quirky something I always look for in the contemporaries that I read, plus a dash of a science fiction/ doomsday story line.  




5.  The Traitor’s Game by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The Traitor's Game

I picked this one up at ALA Midwinter in February.  I love this author’s books and I really want to get this one done.  It is the first in a two book series, so I am also thinking that maybe I should wait.  She does have a tendency to write awesome cliff hangers at the end of her books, so it might be good to wait longer, but I also want to read it to.  This is another one that I will get done before the end of the year if not the summer.  I also love that cover!  You can’t tell in the picture, but the words and many of the golden objects are very shiny, which makes it look way cool.  


As always please stop by the Goodreads group to see what books others have picked for this week’s topic.  I am also looking forward to seeing what the topics for July are. 

What books that are sitting on your shelf are you planning to read before the end of the year?  Let me know in the comments.


  1. I’m crossing my fingers you get to the Shades of Magic series. I really loved all of the characters and even the villains were great. I’m so behind on Nielsen’s books. I loved the first two books in her Ascendance Trilogy. Still need to get to the last book.

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    1. I can’t remember why I didn’t go to the second book right after I read the first. I really liked it and was excited about reading the next one. Well hopefully I will get it started and finished soon.


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