Top Five Tuesday – Books I’m Glad I Read

Hello book friends! Notice anything different about my blog? Yup, that’s a Winter theme! I know we’re only halfway through November but… I couldn’t resist. Later today I’m even going to do some Christmas shopping! For myself, that is…

I still don’t have any reviews ready for you all, but I just started From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout, which is a fairly recent release, so maybe I’ll review that soon! Anyway, since I finally do have more motivation to blog, I thought I’d try out Top Five Tuesday! glad

Top Five Tuesday was originally hosted by Bionic Book Worm, but has been moved to Meeghan Reads! For this week, the topic is books I’m glad I read and I can definitely think of a few!

A Darker Shade of Magic book cover

A Darker Shade of Magic

By V.E. Schwab



I’m actually glad I read this entire series, it’s one of my favorites and I loved recommending it to people at work when I still worked at Barnes & Noble! I actually love it so much, I put a quote from A Conjuring of Light on my graduation cap. Mostly to help myself cope with the fact that one way or another, I had to leave the country at some point, and I would not see my friends as often anymore. But one day, covid willing, I’ll go back and visit!

Strange the Dreamer book cover

Strange the Dreamer

By Laini Taylor



Will I ever shut up about this book? I deem it highly unlikely. Here’s another book/series that is special to me because of its message. And I think it was especially prominent in Muse of Nightmares. It’s that no matter how hard and unfair life gets, and how badly people treat you, hope and kindness usually wins.
Morning Star book cover

Morning Star

By Pierce Brown



Here’s one I read this year. Also I can’t believe I read this book this year, it feels like five years ago! Anyway. Golden Son destroyed me a teeny little bit, so I didn’t want to pick up Morning Star at first because I wanted to emotionally recover before being battered again by ~feelings.~ Unfortunately, I left the book alone a little longer than planned. But I’m glad I read it, because this series is phenomenal!

The Forever War book cover

The Forever War

By Joe Haldeman



Though I love sci-fi, I don’t pick up adult sci-fi very often. And especially not if the book was published in the 70s… But, I got this book from a friend, because it’s one of his favorites. And reading your friends’ favorite books is great, because you instantly feel more connected! Anyway, The Forever War was quite far outside my comfort zone, being mostly about military stuff, but I still enjoyed it. It was fun to read how the author envisioned life on Earth decades, centuries into the future.
Illuminae book cover

Illuminae

By Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff



Finally, I’d like to end with a book I passed on a lot of times before finally picking it up. I had heard a lot about it on Bookstagram, before I had my blog. And I decided to check it out next time I went to the bookstore. But the format didn’t appeal to me at all. I don’t know why, but I did eventually buy it. And boy am I glad I did. This has now become one of my favorite series, and the stress I felt while reading it remains unmatched by any other series.

And that’s it for this Top Five Tuesday! What are some books you are glad to have read this year, or any other year?

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