Top 5 Wednesday – Books I Want to Read Before 2019

“Top 5 Wednesday” is a weekly meme currently hosted on Goodreads by Sam of Thoughts on Tomes in which you list your top 5 for the week’s chosen topic.

This week’s topic is “Books You Want to Read Before 2019.”

Short answer? All of them. But I don’t think a list of five different spreadsheets cataloguing my TBR was quite what you had in mind.

So here’s the abridged version!

(On a separate note, I would like a few words with whoever okay-ed this new editor interface because it is maddening. Why the heck is everything hidden??)

The Shadow of What Was Lost by James Islington

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A friend recommended this months and months back and I ended up reading 1/4 of it before stopping. Not because it was bad! That just happens to me sometimes; if I take a break in the middle of a book, it’s hard for me to pick it back up again.

The beginning of the story is kind of like Harry Potter but with more stabby action and sketchy treatment of magic users (reminiscent of The Circle in the Dragon Age series). It’s good stuff!


Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

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My most anticipated read of the year that I said I was going to read as soon as I got my hands on it.

Except I didn’t.

Then I said I was going to read it by the end of October.

Except I didn’t.

And now I’m saying I’ll read it by the end of the year.

…Third time’s the charm, right?


The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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All the hype around this one has made me keep it at arm’s length, but I have to say, I’m SUPER curious–about the dynamic between Jude and Cardan, in particular. I’ve heard a few people say that the romance is borderline abusive, and I’ve heard others talk about it with starry eyes and hands clutched to their chest.


Fallen Princeborn: Stolen by Jean Lee

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In rural Wisconsin, an old stone wall is all that separates the world of magic from the world of man—a wall that keeps the shapeshifters inside. When something gets out, people disappear. Completely.

…Welcome to River Vine, a shrouded hinterland where dark magic devours and ancient shifters feed.

The lovely Sarah from Brainfluff raved about this one in her review, and it sounds absolutely brilliant and 100% up my alley. It’s got shifters, fae, troubled protagonists, and a whole lot of dark, rich worldbuilding. Get in my brain!


Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

I adored Bennett’s The Divine Cities books, and while I understand Foundryside is a more traditional fantasy story, I’m still eager to give it a try. There’s also a sentient key character (as in, a character who is a key), and I’ve heard nothing but praises for it!

What are some books you want to get to before the end of the year?



53 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday – Books I Want to Read Before 2019

  1. auroralibrialis says:

    How did you just add three books to my TBR in less than 5 minutes? What kind of sorcery is this? But I mean…stabby Harry potter, a sentient key and literally everything about Fallen Princeborn: Stolen sounds amazing to me. I love reading about non-human characters so much. Wonderful post, as usual 💕

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  2. PerfectlyTolerable says:

    The new editor interface is AWFUL!! I had to switch back to the original because the spacing was all off and it made my formatting look awful!!

    I loved the Cruel Prince and thought it was amazing but, I am on the “borderline abusive” side of the argument! I am curious to see what you think! I can’t wait for your review 😀

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  3. Susy's Cozy World says:

    The Shadows of What Was Lost and Foundryside are on my TBR too, and I hope to read The Cruel Prince too, sooner or later. But I think I would get to them the next year. I’m hoping to read Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff before this year ends, and a couple of other books. But I would be really really happy if I can get to the Kristoff’s one! 🙂

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  4. jeremyjameshongkong says:

    Prerecorded videos with downloadable pdf lessons. Got to either subscribe to masterclass or buy the single class. Best subscribe as you get access to every class on the site. Including several top authors (Margaret atwood, Dan Brown, malcolm gladwell etc etc). You have to pay though ….

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