~ Top 5 Saturday January 23, 2021 ~

Top 5 Saturday is a weekly meme created by Mandy @ Devouring Books and I discovered it on the blog @ Dinipandareads. Each week you follow the topic and list the top five books (they can be books on your TBR, favorite books, books you loved/hated, or anything others). You can see the upcoming schedule at the end of my post.

 This Week’s Topic: Book about Competition (Tournament, race, sibling rivalry, etc.)

**Books on this list are in no particular order. You can click on their covers to access their Goodreads entries.**

  1. The Ex Games – TBR

Competition Type: Snowboarding/Sports

Hayden and Nick used to be a hot item, but their brief affair ended with a highly publicized breakup. Now the two are “just friends,” excluding the occasional flirtation.

When Hayden wins the girls’ division of a local snowboarding competition, Nick is unimpressed, claiming that Hayden wouldn’t have a chance against a guy. Hayden calls Nick’s bluff and challenges him to a head-to-head boarding contest. Their mutual friends quickly take sides, the girls on Hayden’s and the boys on Nick’s, making for an all-out battle of the sexes. This friendly competition is bound to get heated — and they might end up igniting some old flames.

2. We Are FamilyReviewed

Competition Type: Sibling Rivalry

Laura has a laid back attitude to life. Her home isn’t spotless, and after a hard day she likes to take to bed with a block of cheese.

Jess, on the other hand, is your classic overachiever: The Big Sister, Chief of Chivvying, Queen of the family WhatsApp. Her life is picture-perfect.

Laura and Jess lost their dad when they were kids, and now their mum is gone too. And one of the hardest times in life is made harder by the fact they can’t agree on a single thing, from where to scatter the ashes to whether “passed away” is even an acceptable term.

But when Laura starts pushing her own boundaries and Jess agrees to let other people in to her (not so) perfect life, the two women realize they need each other more than ever. They might not be ready to admit it, but family is everything…

3. The Selection – Read (To Be Reviewed)

Competition Type: Dating

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

4. ShippedReviewed

Competition Type: Office Promotions

Between taking night classes for her MBA and her demanding day job at a cruise line, marketing manager Henley Evans barely has time for herself, let alone family, friends, or dating. But when she’s shortlisted for the promotion of her dreams, all her sacrifices finally seem worth it.

The only problem? Graeme Crawford-Collins, the remote social media manager and the bane of her existence, is also up for the position. Although they’ve never met in person, their epic email battles are the stuff of office legend.

Their boss tasks each of them with drafting a proposal on how to boost bookings in the Galápagos—best proposal wins the promotion. There’s just one catch: they have to go on a company cruise to the Galápagos Islands…together. But when the two meet on the ship, Henley is shocked to discover that the real Graeme is nothing like she imagined. As they explore the Islands together, she soon finds the line between loathing and liking thinner than a postcard.

With her career dreams in her sights and a growing attraction to the competition, Henley begins questioning her life choices. Because what’s the point of working all the time if you never actually live?

5. The Hating Game Reviewed

Competition Type: Office Promotions

Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.
2) A person’s undoing
3) Joshua Templeman

Lucy Hutton has always been certain that the nice girl can get the corner office. She’s charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone at Bexley & Gamin. Everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physically intimidating Joshua Templeman. And the feeling is mutual.

Trapped in a shared office together 40 (OK, 50 or 60) hours a week, they’ve become entrenched in an addictive, ridiculous never-ending game of one-upmanship. There’s the Staring Game. The Mirror Game. The HR Game. Lucy can’t let Joshua beat her at anything—especially when a huge new promotion goes up for the taking.

If Lucy wins this game, she’ll be Joshua’s boss. If she loses, she’ll resign. So why is she suddenly having steamy dreams about Joshua, and dressing for work like she’s got a hot date? After a perfectly innocent elevator ride ends with an earth-shattering kiss, Lucy starts to wonder whether she’s got Joshua Templeman all wrong.

Maybe Lucy Hutton doesn’t hate Joshua Templeman. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game. 


  • January 23rd – Books about Competition (Tournament, race, sibling rivalry, etc.)
  • January 30th – Books with Weapons on the Cover
  • February 6th – Royalty in the Title (King, Queen, Princess, Prince, etc.)
  • February 13th – Books with a Unique Format (Diary entries, verse, documents, podcast, blog, etc.)

Another week, another discovery of a fun meme to try. This week’s topic was difficult as I could not remember a lot of books outside of enemies to lovers type stories set in an office even though in the back of my mind, I know that I’ve read a lot of books involving competitions of all types. I’m hoping next week’s topic might be slightly easier as I’ll only have to look at the covers to choose compared to having to remember each book’s plot.

17 thoughts on “~ Top 5 Saturday January 23, 2021 ~

  1. Yay for joining! Top 5 Saturday is one o my favourite weekly memes 😊 This is a great list and I loved how you marked what kind of competition each book has! I absolutely loved The Hating Game and I’m so excited to try Shipped.

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  2. It’s always so interesting seeing peoples picks because they choose totally different types of books than I do! I chose all fantasy books except one. I did consider a few books that had similar dating type competitions like The Selection. Thanks for joining I really hope you join us again next week!!

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    1. This was a very fun meme to do and I’m already planning my one for next week! I love seeing everyone else’s picks as I get to add even more novels to my endless TBR list – I added a few from yours that weren’t already on my list haha 😀


  3. Ohh! Nice selection of books! 🥺 I wanted to do this meme but just haven’t found the books for the following prompt so skipped it. But this is an amazing complication! Never heard of The Ex-Games and We Are a Family so checking them out. 💖💕

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    1. Selecting books is very difficult as there are a lot of options – For this week’s, it was tough to choose as I tried to picks ones with different competition types. I’m hoping the next one with weapon covers is easier haha

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      1. I really thought I would hate that book when I read it but I ended up reading the entire series + all the novellas in about 4 days. Just thinking about it is tempting me to reread, I loved it!


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