One of my reading and blogging goals of the year is to participate more in the book blogging community. I figured a great way to start is by participating in the Top 5 Tuesday – I was already doing lists of books in some way on Tuesdays, so this seemed the most natural fit for me! This week’s theme is 5 books I need to read this year.
House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas
I have been waiting for Sarah J. Maas’ new, and first actual adult, book for SO long at this point. And I think it might be cheating slightly to include it as I’ve had an advance copy since early December… But I haven’t finished it yet and it comes out in 2020 (March 3rd), so I think it still counts!
The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson
Erik Larson’s newest book has also been one I have been most eagerly awaiting, and since I read my first book by him, Dead Wake, I’ve read all his others with the exception of Devil in the White City. So when I saw the newest announced and found out it was going to be about Churchill’s first year as prime minister, I pestered our sales rep constantly until the ARC arrived. So like House of Earth and Blood, I’ve had it since December and am already halfway through, but it comes out in 2020 (February 25th!)
The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu
I love Marie Lu, and when I got to meet and interview her at the indie bookstore I work at, I nearly lost myself to my excitement and nerves. She is an amazingly kind and generous human being and I’m so, so excited her new book is about Nannerl Mozart, Wolfgang’s older sister. As someone who grew up playing the viola and has a great love for the world of classical music, I was so excited when the advance copy arrived just for me at the store! (Releases March 3rd as well.)
Salt in My Soul by Mallory Smith
Salt in My Soul is a book I wanted to read for some time, but my nonfiction book club has a rule that if someone in the group has already read the book, we won’t read it. So I had to wait until Salt in My Soul had been an option for voting, and then the outcome of said vote would determine when I read it. It didn’t make the book club list, so I’m so excited to start reading it!
Into the Raging Sea by Rachel Slade
Into the Raging Sea DID make this year’s Nonfiction Book Club list, so we’ll be reading it for next month’s discussion. Last year it seemed every single one of the major publishing houses released a book about the sinking of the SS El Faro in Hurricane Joaquin in 2015. Why, I have no idea. It’s a bit of a niche subject, but it absolutely fascinated me. So I was particularly thrilled when everyone in book club agreed to read it!
I realize with all the advance copy reading I do, I might have to wind up doing this one quarterly/seasonally – so this is really my top 5 reading for the first three months of the year I think – I’ll have to do it again at the beginning of April!