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July topics for Top 5 Tuesday are themed with the way-more-difficult-than-expected books beginning with letters of the alphabet! Last week was A-E, and this week it’s F-J.
I’m afraid this is another week of TOTAL FAILURE for me. Apparently I seriously need to read books with a wider range of titles because it’s getting embarassing. So for letters I haven’t read anything I liked beginning with that letter, I’m recommending releases I am super excited about!
And as with last week, I am completely 100% ignoring ‘A’ and ‘The’…
The letter F
No surprises here, I will be recommending this book until I die. The Fever King is just an incredible, dystopian, queer book of sheer magic and pain. You can read my full review of this title here!
But because I recommend this book constantly, I also want to highlight a couple of releases still to come this year which I am very excited for! (And which actually begin with F….)
Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett is a contemporary novel about a girl living with HIV (and ohmygosh I LOVE the cover so much!!) Frankly in Love by David Yoon is also contemporary about a Korean-American who has to fake-date a friend. I love the we-need-to-pretend-to-date trope and I can’t wait to see how it plays out!
The letter G
Girls of Paper and Fire is one of the most fantasies I’ve read recently. I started it before bed one night and immediately regretted everything because I was HOOKED. You can read my full review of the book here!
Godspeaker is a book I actually found from fanfiction. I used to read a LOT of Harry Potter fanfiction, and Tessa Crowley has an absolutely incredible Drarry fanfic (Chaos Theory if anyone is interested!) I finally got around to reading her self-pub fantasy novel this year and I enjoyed it so much! It has everything I love: Gods, queer romance, and lots of morally ambiguous behaviour.
The Gutter Prayer is an absolutely fantastic fantasy debut that was published earlier this year. I adored every single character, the worldbuilding was INCREDIBLE, and everyone should go check this book out!
The letter H
Okay so I’m afraid I really struggled with H…. I couldn’t think of anything I’ve read and liked. So I’m going with How to be Remy Cameron because I actually have an ARC of this book and I KNOW it’s going to be fantastic!
THEN, just as I was about to post this, I remembered Her Royal Highness!! This was a really fun and easy, queer, sapphic delight! I may be a little biased, coming from Scotland myself, but this book, whilst it lacked a bi of depth, was a fun and enjoyable read! I have a full review of this title here.
The letter I
WHAT?! A letter I have followed the rules and all books actually start with ‘I’ and no ‘the’s’ and I’ve read them all?!?
I Wish You All the Best is one of my favourite books of the year so far, it’s an absolutely heartbreaking story about a nonbinary teen who comes out to their parents and is kicked out of their home. You can read my full review for this title here!
If We Were Villains is very different to everything else on this list – it’s set at an expensive, exclusive Arts school, and follows a group of 6 drama students studying Shakespere. One of the teens has just been released from prison where he was spending time for murder. This is the story of what happened. OH MY GOD it is amazing and that ending…..
I Still Dream is a fantastic sci-fi I read last year about a girl, Laura, who develops an AI at 17. We follow Laura throughout her life as the AI develops and the world changes. The book looks at humanity and how we can impart our humanity into artificial intelligence. It’s one of my favourite books dealing with AI, and I totally think this could happen…
The letter J
Okay so J was a total fail. I don’t have a single book in my Goodreads read list beginning with J, let alone one I liked. And then I looked through my notepad I have where I list all the upcoming books I want to read….and I still have no books beginning with J?! BUT then I remembered the awesome review I read of Jade War recently (over at I Should Read That) so I am going with Fonda Lee’s Jade War and Jade City! This series sounds like an absolutely incredible and very unique new fantasy series and I really need to get onto reading it….
That’s it for this week! I’ve already worked out my books for next week and I promise I actually have books I have read for every single letter (and there’s no ‘A’ or ‘The’ in sight!)
Rach + Draco