Top 5 Tuesday: My Top 5 Winter Reads

Welcome to another Top 5 Tuesday, hosted by the Bionic Bookworm herself, Shanah! This weeks topic for the last Tuesday in November is probably fitting, as we head into the December and the winter months.

Given my book haul from last week, plus any number of books still unread for SciFiMonth, I think I need to get myself sorted, and get reading. While I might be choosing these books as potentials, that doesn’t mean they’re going to get read in a timely fashion. My track record this last month has been deplorable. But then, I was doing way too much in November, so maybe I can sit back and enjoy a good read through out the weeks leading up to Christmas.

Anyway, here are my choices:

SCYTHE by Neal Shusterman

Inspired to get a hold of a copy after reading Christina’s review, over at Recipe and Read. Not only was her enthusiasm infectious, but the premise for this one has me intrigued — that of a population in the far future controlled (and culled) by the SCYTHES. The perfect life, till, it’s your turn to die. I’m looking forward to the world building and seeing what the leading pair of protagonists, Citra and Rowan, get up to!

THE BLOODPRINT by Ausma Zehanat Khan

Another impulse buy inspired by my recent foray into reading THE CITY OF BRASS by S. A. Chakraborty. I went looking for similar themed novels, and this one popped up on my radar. Despite mixed reviews, I’m hopeful this one will deliver another riveting read.

THE SILENT GIRLS by Eric Rickstad

Norrie over at, Reading Under The Blankie, turned me onto Eric Rickstad, after she reviewed a couple of his novels. A copy of The Silent Girls was there, on the bookshelf at my local book store, so this will be my first foray into his writing. And, quite possibly, my first PI novel featuring a retired detective turned PI hunting a vicious killer.

EMBERS OF WAR by Gareth L. Powell

Given this was sent me as an ARC by Titan Books, I’m way behind on reading and reviewing this one. Gareth is not a new author to me, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed what I’ve read of his work, so far. So I have high expectations for EMBERS OF WAR. This is a start of a new series Powell admits to being military space opera. What more could I ask for, a far-flung war, sentient AIs, and lots of ethical and political questions to consider.

THE DEFENCE by Steve Cavanagh

This one is another buy because of a review I read, though, of Cavanagh’s THIRTEEN. Not wanting to start a series with book two. I had this one ordered so I could start the series from the beginning. I love me a good police procedural, and love crime fiction in general. But haven’t come across or read many courtroom style thrillers. So I’m really looking forward to seeing if this is as riveting as the back cover blurb would have us believe.

Okay, over to you, what are your top 5 choices for winter reads?

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  1. November 28, 2018

    Great list! Scythe is definitely something I want to read soon as well. Happy reading!

    I’m currently finding myself in a fantasy bubble and planning on finishing Tamora Pierce’s The Immortals quarter (2 books to go ) I also want to read Maas’ Kingdom of Ash and Forsyth’s Vasilisa the Wise and when it’s released in January Arden’s Winter of the Witch and many many more. So many books, so little time!

    • November 28, 2018

      Yes, like Bloodprint, I’m excited about Scythe. And I’m only now just getting back into reading a bit more fantasy after maybe a decade or so hiatus. But I know what you mean, Vera. We have big pans about the books we want to read, but time always seems to be against us. If only we didn’t have to work … Ha! Ha!

  2. November 27, 2018

    I really hope The Bloodprint will leave you as happy as The City of Brass Alexandra! Good luck with more reading time 😉

    • November 28, 2018

      I hope so too, Sophie. The premise sounds intriguing let’s hope the writing is as good.

  3. November 27, 2018

    Thank you for the tag! Scythe is soooo great and I’m excited to see what you think! I’ll have to look into these other reads because they look excellent!!

    • November 27, 2018

      I think I got caught up in your enthusiasm, so took a leap of faith, and will let you know what I think once I get the chance to read it. 😀

      Yes, check out the other titles, Bloodprint might be right up your street if you’re doing a fantasy kick at the moment.

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  5. November 27, 2018

    Ooo, Scythe! Wanna read that one as well. I think i will probably only do it next year tho. Still, it’s defo something to look forward to 🙂
    I found myself craving some lighter stuff now that it’s so horrible outside. It’s totally unlike me 😀

    • November 27, 2018

      Yeah, it’s always a case of so many books, so little time. And at the moment, I’m being drawn to fantasy-style works more than anything. Next week, who knows. But I have a weird-ass mix of books on my TBR pile at the mo, so I’ve got plenty of choices.

      Oh, I know what you mean about wanting a break and reading some fluff, now and then. I get like that with TV shows. I no longer watch stuff like Criminal Minds, or anything too violent. And my partner laughed at me the other day when they found me watching a Hallmark movie. In my defence, it was fun. Like hot chocolate with lots of whipped cream on top.

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