Books I Want to Read by the End of the Year: Top 5 Saturday – Blogmas Day 1

Hi everyone! I hope y’all are having a great Saturday! I was tagged by Mandy at Devouring Books last week to partake in Top 5 Saturday! I’ve been seeing this weekly list/meme thing, but I’ve never done it myself, so I’m so happy to do it this week (and hopefully ongoing).

This week the prompt is ‘Books to be read by the end of the year’ which I feel like I could be talking all day long since there are well over 200 book on my TBR, but I’ll narrow it down to five books!


  • Share your top 5 books of the current topic– these can be books that you want to read, have read and loved, have read and hated, you can do it any way you want.
  • Tag the original post (This one!)
  • Tag 5 people

The Deceivers by Kristen Simmons

Welcome to Vale Hall, the school for aspiring con artists.

When Brynn Hilder is recruited to Vale, it seems like the elite academy is her chance to start over, away from her mom’s loser boyfriend and her rundown neighborhood. But she soon learns that Vale chooses students not so much for their scholastic talent as for their extracurricular activities, such as her time spent conning rich North Shore kids out of their extravagant allowances.

At first, Brynn jumps at the chance to help the school in its mission to rid the city of corrupt officials―because what could be better than giving entitled jerks what they deserve? But that’s before she meets her mark―a senator’s son―and before she discovers the school’s headmaster has secrets he’ll stop at nothing to protect. As the lines between right and wrong blur, Brynn begins to realize she’s in way over head.

I’ve had this book on my TBR since last year, and I had my interest re-piqued when I had helped with the cover reveal of the second book in this series!

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

How do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disoriented, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favor.

But Apollo has many enemies-gods, monsters, and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.

It has been a hot minute since I’ve read anything by Rick Riordan, but I feel like it’s time for me to start reading some of his stuff again (at least the stuff that’s in the same world as Percy Jackson).

The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh

In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans is a safe haven after she’s forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent in the middle of the carnival season, Celine is quickly enraptured by the vibrant city, from its music to its fancy soirées and even its danger. She becomes embroiled in the city’s glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group’s enigmatic leader, Sébastien Saint Germain.

When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in Sébastien’s own lair–the second dead girl to turn up in recent weeks–Celine battles her attraction to Sébastien and suspicions about his guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.

After a third murder, New Orleans becomes gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose–one who has now set Celine in his sights. As the murderer stalks her, Celine finally takes matters into her own hands, only to find herself caught in the midst of an age-old feud between the darkest creatures of the night, where the price of forbidden love is her life.

I haven’t read a vampire book in years since I’m more of a werewolf person at the moment, but this book intrigued me from the first time I read the synopsis. Then, I found out that Fairy Loot was having it in their October box and decided that should go ahead and get the pretty version with sprayed edges.

Again, But Better by Christine Riccio

Shane has been doing college all wrong. Pre-med, stellar grades, and happy parents…sounds ideal — but Shane’s made zero friends, goes home every weekend, and romance…what’s that?

Her life has been dorm, dining hall, class, repeat. Time’s a ticking, and she needs a change — there’s nothing like moving to a new country to really mix things up. Shane signs up for a semester abroad in London. She’s going to right all her college mistakes: make friends, pursue boys, and find adventure!

Easier said than done. She is soon faced with the complicated realities of living outside her bubble, and when self-doubt sneaks in, her new life starts to fall apart.

Shane comes to find that, with the right amount of courage and determination one can conquer anything. Throw in some fate and a touch of magic – the possibilities are endless.

I’m always in the mood for a good contemporary with a college student going on a trip!

The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty

The Traitor's Kiss (Traitor's Trilogy Book 1) by [Beaty, Erin]

An obstinate girl who will not be married.
A soldier desperate to prove himself.
A kingdom on the brink of war.

With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they’d call a proper lady—which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for a suitable marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances. She spies on the girls—and on the soldiers escorting them.

As the girls’ military escort senses a political uprising, Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks. The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about whom to trust—and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom.

With secret identities and a tempestuous romance, Erin Beaty’s The Traitor’s Kiss is full of intrigue, espionage, and lies.

Royalty, deception, an war… what more could I ask for in a book?

What are some books that you wan to read before the year is over? Let me know below!

Happy reading until next time,

12 thoughts on “Books I Want to Read by the End of the Year: Top 5 Saturday – Blogmas Day 1

  1. I’m currently reading the Heroes of Olympus series and loving it! Just started the last book last night. Makes me extremely nostalgic. Again But Better sounds a lot like me… well, maybe besides the stellar grades. I was extremely busy in college with work and studying until I studied abroad and learned to balance things out, I think I’ll give that book a whirl! x

    Rachel ||

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