Top 5 Wednesday: July 4, 2018

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by GingerReadsLainey and managed by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes on Goodreads. Each week features a new prompt in which you are suppose to talk about the top 5 books that you relate to the prompt. This week the topic is: Best Books You’ve Read so Far in 2018. 

So, without further adieu, I present my contribution to this week’s top five conversation.

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32295486Beyond A Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake

Publisher: HarperTeen (April 10, 2018)

Print Length: 384 pages

Beyond a Darkened Shore is one of two novels on this TBR that are inspired by Norse/Celtic lore, and let me just say I couldn’t be more pleased that authors are exploring this history through YA fiction. Where Beyond a Darkened Shore and Sky in the Deep differ is that I found this one to be more on the romantic side, which, surprisingly, wasn’t a bad choice on Leake’s part.

*To read my review of Beyond a Darkened Shore, click here*

27414411Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (February 20, 2018)

Print Length: 384 pages

Pitch Dark was one of the first Sci-fi novels I read in 2018, and ever since I have finished I have compared every other one to it. This novel is rather intense, but if you are a fan of the Alien series, and its horror, heart pounding nature, then this book is for you.

*To read my review of Pitch Dark, click here*

34726469Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Publisher: Wednesday Books (April 24, 2018)

Print Length: 352 pages

As I said when I listed Beyond a Darkened Shore, 2018 is the year of Norse/Celtic lore inspired YA fiction. However, if you are not too into YA romance and instead prefer quite a bit of action mixed with Game of Thrones-esk gore, do yourself a favour and add Sky in the Deep to your TBR.

*To read my review of Sky in the Deep, click here*

33555224Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2) by Neal Shusterman 

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young

Print Length: 504 pages

Save for the ‘Harry Potter’ sequels, Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2) is quite possibly the best follow-up novel I have ever had the pleasure of reading. When I first started Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) I wasn’t quite sure I was going to enjoy re-entering the world of dystopian fiction, boy was I wrong.

*To read my review of Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2), click here*

35297394The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

Publisher: Simon Pulse (March 6, 2018)

Print Length: 320 pages

The first ARC I read this year, The Wicked Deep was one of those novels that completely changes what type of novels you’re hoping to read in a year. Toted as a mix of Practical Magic and Hocus Pocus, this delightful witchy tale has made me contemplate how long I have to wait before it is socially acceptable to re-read a novel.

*To read my review of The Wicked Deep, click here*

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And those are the top five books I’ve read so far in 2018. Do you have any books that could fill this T5W? Leave it as a comment below and let’s chat about it.



  1. Emma's Library

    I need to read nearly all of these books. I was peeved I missed the Fairyloot boxes that included both Beyond a Darkened Shore and Sky in the Deep because they look so intriguing. The latter certainly seems more appealing to me though now you’ve recommended it for readers who are not too fond of YA romance. I could certainly do with less of it, so I am certainly on the hunt for a copy!


    1. Thepbkpilgrim

      Have you gotten Fairyloot boxes in the past? I’m currently subscribed to OwlCrate but I’m sure I could be persuaded to try another out. Sky in the Deep was definitely less focused on the romance, but it does eventually happen. Good luck on your hunt!

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