Top 5 Wednesdays: Current Obsession

I was surprised to realize that this week’s topic was a lot more challenging than I expected! I usually have several books that I’ve recently read that I’m obsessed with and highly recommend, but somehow I couldn’t think of anything. I think it’s mostly a case of bad timing since several of the books I would have been most likely to pick are books that I’ve already discussed in depth, such as Gallant or House of Sky and Breath. It seems a bit silly to repeat those books again so soon. I’ve also been noticing lately that I’m not necessarily feeling quite as invested in the books I’m reading as usual, even when they are books that I’m loving. It might be due to the sheer number of books I read each year, but I think it’s mostly due to my own schedule/workload. Even though I’ve had the same work schedule for years now, the days seem busier and I’ve taken on a couple of extra projects during my work day, which can make me come home feeling a lot more tired. That’s not to say that I want to stop reading, because I definitely don’t! I still find it very relaxing to unwind with a book at the end of the day, but I’m somehow starting to read later in the evening than I used to and each book is taking a bit longer than I expect to finish. It’s not necessarily a bad thing to slow down a bit, but it sometimes leaves me feeling a little disconnected. I decided to go with a bit of a different angle on this week’s prompt, and pick some books that I’m currently obsessed with getting a copy of, because they are so high on my list to pick up!

Top 5 Wednesday is a meme created by Gingerreadslainey on Youtube, and is now hosted by Sam at ThoughtsOnTomes. The official GoodReads group with the weekly topics can be found here.

1) The Children on the Hill by Jennifer McMahon – I’m obsessed with trying to find a hardcover copy of this book! The paperback version is currently all that’s available on Indigo. They previously had the hardcover listed as well but it isn’t’ listed anymore, which makes me a little suspicious that it might not exist. Amazon does have a hardcover copy, but it’s way too expensive right now. This is easily one of my most anticipated books of the year, and I specifically want a hardcover to match all the other books I have so far by this author!

2) Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar – Again, I’m specifically obsessed with finding a hardcover copy of this. Even a paperback copy of this book from Indigo is over $25! I’d rather get a hardcover if possible since I already have the Henna Wars as a hardcover, but they don’t seem to exist here. I suspect it might have something to do with the fact that the author is from Ireland, so I’m not entirely sure if the books have been published here or just imported. I’m hoping the hardcover copies come back at some point, although I expect it will still be expensive.

3) Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll – I completely missed out on this book when it first came out, but after loving The Favourite Sister by this author, I decided that I had to read this one too. I don’t even remember why I wasn’t that interested in it originally since it seems like something I’d like. Unfortunately, I seem to have waited too long and the book is now relatively hard to find. The paperback version is still usually available, so I think if I’m going to go for that option, I’ll have to grab it soon since there’s a movie coming out at some point this year, and I’d really rather not be stuck with the movie tie-in cover.

4) The Night Shift by Alex Finlay – This one mostly became an obsession recently because I very briefly saw copies of it on Book Outlet, but they were all snapped up before I had the chance to grab one. I was very surprised to see it on there since it just came out recently, and the only had about 3 copies. I was already very interested in grabbing a copy of this and I’ve been waiting for it to drop it price, but it became even more of an obsession once I saw that affordable copies might be available soon. I highly doubt it will come up on Book Outlet again any time soon, but I’ll keep checking anyway!

5) The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James – It was between this one and The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager to be my last pick for this list, but both would be for very similar reasons. I ended up giving this book the slight edge because I remember her previous book going out of stock fairly soon after releasing last year, and it became very difficult to find the hardcover for most of the year. This is another one of my most anticipated books of the year, so I want to make sure I get it! It’s currently available on Amazon and Indigo but still expensive on both!


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