I can’t believe it’s the last Top 5 Tuesday of 2017!
Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah over at Bionic Bookworm. Shanah, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for thinking of great topics week in and week out and for making Top 5 Tuesday such a fun tag to take part in. I’m looking forward to finding out what topics you have lined up for us in 2018!
To end the year, this week the topic is the Top 5 Books you’d like to receive for Christmas. I found it hard to narrow it down to just 5 because the list of books I want is hugeeee! But, I’d be really happy if I received any of the books in this post. So here goes:
All Rights Reserved – Gregory Scott Katsoulis
Blurb: ‘Speth Jime is anxious to deliver her Last Day speech and celebrate her transition into adulthood. The moment she turns fifteen, Speth must pay for every word she speaks, for every nod, for every scream and even every gesture of affection. She’s been raised to know the consequences of falling into debt, and can’t begin to imagine the pain of having her eyes shocked for speaking words that she’s unable to afford.
But when Speth’s friend Beecher commits suicide rather than work off his family’s crippling debt, she can’t express her shock and dismay without breaking her Last Day contract and sending her family into Collection. Rather than read her speech—rather than say anything at all—she closes her mouth and vows never to speak again, sparking a movement that threatens to destroy her, her family and the entire city around them.’
I honestly cant wait for this book!!!! If someone was to surprise me by pre-ordering me a copy I’d be SO happy! The only downside is that I’d need to wait until July 2018 to read it.
Another Day In The Death Of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives – Gary Younge
Blurb: ‘On an average day in America, seven children and teens will be shot dead. In Another Day in the Death of America, award-winning journalist Gary Younge tells the stories of the lives lost during one such day. It could have been any day, but he chose November 23, 2013. Black, white, and Latino, aged nine to nineteen, they fell at sleepovers, on street corners, in stairwells, and on their own doorsteps. From the rural Midwest to the barrios of Texas, the narrative crisscrosses the country over a period of twenty-four hours to reveal the full human stories behind the gun-violence statistics and the brief mentions in local papers of lives lost.
This powerful and moving work puts a human face—a child’s face—on the “collateral damage” of gun deaths across the country. This is not a book about gun control, but about what happens in a country where it does not exist. What emerges in these pages is a searing and urgent portrait of youth, family, and firearms in America today.’
This book has been on my TBR list for what seem likes forever. I’m not entirely sure why I haven’t got round to buying it but I’ve mentioned it to a few family and friends when they ask me what I want for Christmas, so fingers crossed!!
The Asylum – John Harwood
Blurb: ‘Confused and disoriented, Georgina Ferrars awakens in a small room in Tregannon House, a private asylum in a remote corner of England. She has no memory of the past few weeks. The doctor, Maynard Straker, tells her that she admitted herself under the name Lucy Ashton the day before, then suffered a seizure. When she insists he has mistaken her for someone else, Dr. Straker sends a telegram to her uncle, who replies that Georgina Ferrars is at home with him in London: “Your patient must be an imposter.”
Suddenly her voluntary confinement becomes involuntary. Who is the woman in her uncle’s house? And what has become of her two most precious possessions, a dragonfly pin left to her by her mother and a writing case containing her journal, the only record of those missing weeks? Georgina’s perilous quest to free herself takes us from a cliffside cottage on the Isle of Wight to the secret passages of Tregannon House and into a web of hidden family ties on which her survival depends.’
This is another book that has been on my TBR list for absolutely ages. I bought it as a Christmas present for one of my friends this year because I know she’ll love it, so if I don’t receive my own copy as a Christmas present it’s not the end of the world as I’ll just borrow hers haha 🙂
A Dark Dividing – Sarah Rayne
Blurb: ‘Journalist Harry Fizglen is sceptical when his editor asks him to investigate the background of Simone Anderson, a new Bloomsbury artist. But once he’s met the enigmatic Simone, Harry is intrigued.
Just what did happen to Simone’s twin sister who disappeared without trace several years before? And what is the Anderson sisters’ connection to another set of twin girls, Viola and Sorrel Quinton, born in London on 1st January 1900?
All Harry’s lines of enquiry seem to lead to the small Shropshire village of Weston Fferna and the imposing ruin of Mortmain House, standing grim and forbidding on the Welsh borders.
As Harry delves into the violent and terrible history of Mortmain, in an attempt to uncover what happened to Simone and Sonia and, a century before them, to Viola and Sorrel Quinton, he finds himself drawn into a number of interlocking mysteries, each one more puzzling — and sinister — than the last.’
I’ve only recently come across this book and from the blurb it totally sounds like my kinda thing. If I don’t get it for Christmas, I’m sure I’ll get around to reading it at some point in 2018.
Ready Player One – Ernest Kline
Blurb: ‘In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.’
This isn’t my usually type of book but I’ve heard SUCH good things about it. My other half is currently listening to the audio version of it and he is constantly banging on about how good it is and it’s got me intrigued. So, I’ve asked him to buy me a copy so I can give it a go. I’m hoping it’s as good and everyone is saying it is!
I’m looking forward to seeing what other people have on their lists!
Merry Christmas guys! I hope you all get the books you wished for!