It’s been surprisingly difficult to pick topics each week, when left to choose our own! I spent a very long time browsing through all the past Top 5 Wednesday topics, including those I’ve done before, and I really had a hard time narrowing things down to pick something. In general, I find I tend to enjoy looking forward to books I have on my TBR, sometimes more than discussing the books I’ve already read. Recently, most of the additions to my TBR tend to be either contemporary or thrillers, but I also really enjoy fantasy and I’ve started to branch out a bit more often with sci-fi. For this week’s topic, I decided to repeat one that I last did in April 2017, and find some of the fantasy or sci-fi books that I’ve added to my TBR.
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1) Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray
The main reason I added this to my TBR is because I found an ARC copy of the sequel, Defy the Worlds, at my library book sale and mistakenly thought it was the first in the series. I took it home and even added Defy the Stars to my TBR, and only realized this minute that it was the wrong book! I haven’t read any books by Claudia Gray although I’ve heard her Firebird trilogy is pretty good. I’ve always been on the fence about adding that series to my TBR because I wasn’t sure how much I would like it. Defy the Stars is about a soldier named Noemi who is forced to work with her enemy, Abel, an advanced robot, to stop a long-running war. Honestly, I’ve never been a huge fan of space journey books, but this one sounds pretty interesting. I tend to find robots pretty interesting characters, and although space isn’t my favourite setting, I’m willing to give this one a chance.
2) Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
I added this book to my TBR after seeing it in a recommendations video by Emily Fox, and especially after seeing it compared to Illuminae! This book is about a physicist named Rose who is hired to find the metal remains of a Giant who may have been created by aliens, and whose parts are scattered around the world. Like Illuminae, it is told in the form of journals, interviews, and other kinds of documents. I’m pretty much a sucker for books told in this kind of unusual format, so that alone was enough to spark my interest. This book has been out since 2016, and although I had heard about it a couple of times before, it never really caught my attention until very recently. I think it probably helped that I loved Illuminae (and currently have the next two books waiting for me in my library pile!), so that really opened my mind to more sci-fi in general.
3) The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
I actually intended to read this book last year for one of my reading challenges, but ended up losing interest and replacing it with something else before even giving it a chance. It is about a girl named Faith who seems to be a “proper young lady” but also knows that her family had to move because her father, a scientist, had to run away from a scandal. She also knows that when her father was soon found dead, he was actually murdered. While going through his things, Faith discovers a tree that only grows fruit when she tells it a lie, and eating the fruit delivers the truth. Faith decides to use the tree to help uncover what really happened to her father. In all honesty, I don’t think I had any idea what the book was about when I put it on my list for a previous challenge, which is why I was quick to abandon it. The plot actually sounds very interesting and I’m curious to find out more about how that tree works.
4) The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
This book is a new release that just came out in early March. it is about a cursed town called Sparrow, where three sisters were sentenced to death by drowning for being witches, and they return each summer to steal the bodies of three girls as revenge by luring and drowning boys. The book focuses on a 17-year-old girl named Penny who has accepted the town’s fate, and a new boy named Bo Carter who arrives to Sparrow not knowing about the dangers he may be facing. This sounds like such an interesting storyline, and I tend to love stories involving witches (although I haven’t actually read too many of them!). This book seems like it will probably be pretty romance-heavy, but I don’t mind that as long as it is done well. So far, the reviews have generally been quite good so I’m excited to eventually give this one a chance.
5) Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson
I’d seen this book mentioned for a couple of months already, although it just came out last week. I overlooked it for a long time because I assumed it was about zombies, and this is not something I generally read. I finally decided to look into it after seeing some rave reviews for it on Youtube, and by several of the Goodreads reviewers that I follow. This book is about a girl named Mila, whose best friend and two other mean girls die under suspicious circumstances which is passed off as a suicide pact. Refusing to believe that her friend would do that, Mila casts a spell to bring the three girls back to life, but they have only seven days to uncover what happened before they return to their graves. I guess technically this one really is about zombie-type characters, but it sounds a lot more interesting than I expected! It sounds like such an original concept for a story, and I’m very interested to see how it plays out.