#5OnMyTBR: Recced by a friend

#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook and you can learn more about it here or in the post announcing it. It occurs every Monday when we post about 5 books on our TBR. Thank you E. for the awesome graphic for these posts as well!

Hi everyone,

I can’t believe it’s February already! The last month has both gone by so fast, but also I feel like it has been an entire year since my time off work over Christmas. And there are so many months before I’ll have that much time off again! I feel like I also didn’t get a great start to my reading in January because I have been absolutely obsessed with the game Hades!! I finally, finally beat Hades for the first time over the weekend which I am EXTREMELY happy about! If any fellow Hades fans are about, I would love to talk to you about it!

This week we’re looking at recommendations from friends, so here are five books I’ve been strongly recommended by friends both in and out of the online community!

Cantoras by Carolina de Robertis

I seriously need to read this book. It has been on my TBR for so long. And I keep seeing friends review it and adore it and then reread it 4 times in the space of my 0 times and it’s just getting embarassing. It’s set in 1977 Uruguay and follows five women across 35 years as they live under the Uruguayan dictatorship.

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

Piranesi was my best friend’s favourite book of 2020, so of course I need to read it! (Especially after I’m making them read Mexican Gothic, my favourite book of 2020). Piranesi is all about a person called Piranesi who is trapped in a labyrinth house.

Boyfriend Material by Alexis Henderson

I’ve lost count of the number of both online and in real life people who have told me to read this book. WHY AM I SO BAD AT READING BOOKS I SAY I’M GOING TO READ?! Boyfriend Material is a queer romcom with one of my favourite tropes – fake-dating!

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Akata Witch was recommended to me by someone at work. I’ve tried one of Nnedi Okorafor’s other novels (Who Fears Death) but I wasn’t a huge fan so hopefully I’ll have a better go with this middlegrade series! Akata Witch is about an albino girl in Nigeria who joins a coven and has to hunt down a man responsible for kidnapping and maiming children.

Seven Devils by Elizabeth May and Laura Lam

Another book it is embarassing I haven’t read yet – especially since I’m pretty sure it’s the book that appeared on the most #5OnMyTBRs in 2020 and yet somehow, I STILL HAVEN’T READ IT. Seven Devils is a space opera following a mammoth seven different POVs, belonging to seven different resistance fighters who are trying to free the galaxy from a ruthless ruler.

And that’s the first #5OnMyTBR of February! Have you read any of these books? Let me know in the comments! And as I mentioned at the top, if you’re loving Hades, I would love to chat with you about it! What is your favourite weapon? What powers do you love? TELL ME ALL!

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