~ Top 5 Saturday: First GR TBR Additions ~

Top 5 Saturday is a weekly meme created by Mandy @ Devouring Books. 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: Longest Books (Books you’ve read, on your TBR.)

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

1. Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1)

Sarah Maas novels were one of the originals added to my Goodreads TBR. Multiple series from this author have been recommended to me time and time again and time keeps slipping away before I get a chance to read them. I have hope that 2021 will be the year I read this series.

Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

2. Shadow and Bone (Shadow & Bone Trilogy #1)

This is another series and author that have been recommended to me multiple times. I really want to get into this whole universe and hopefully I can get to it soon!

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

Shadow and Bone is the first installment in Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy.

3. The Iron King (The Iron Fey #1)

Yet another author and series that I have heard a great deal about. Julie Kagawa, Sarah Maas, and Leigh Bardugo are three authors among many that have come highly recommended to me. There are multiple others, but these are the three “new to me” authors that I need to start reading and were among the first five novels added to my TBR on Goodreads.


In less than twenty-four hours, I’ll be sixteen. Countless stories, songs and poems have been written about this wonderful age, when a girl finds true love and the stars shine for her and the handsome prince carries her off into the sunset.


Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan Chase’s life, ever since her father disappeared when she was six. Ten years later, when her little brother also goes missing, Meghan learns the truth—she is the secret daughter of a mythical faery king and a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she loves, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face…and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.


4. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic #1)

Sophie Kinsella is an author I have read before and enjoyed her writing. This series ended up as one of the first five on my Goodreads TBR as it is one of the most well-known works from this author and I am curious how it will turn out.

Becky has a fabulous flat in London’s trendiest neighborhood, a troupe of glamorous socialite friends, and a closet brimming with the season’s must-haves. The only trouble is that she can’t actually afford it–not any of it.

Her job writing at Successful Savings not only bores her to tears, it doesn’t pay much at all. And lately Becky’s been chased by dismal letters from the bank –letters with large red sums she can’t bear to read–and they’re getting ever harder to ignore.

She tries cutting back. But none of her efforts succeeds. Becky’s only consolation is to buy herself something … just a little something….

Finally a story arises that Becky actually cares about, and her front-page article catalyzes a chain of events that will transform her life–and the lives of those around her–forever.

5. Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating

I randomly bought The Unhoneymooners before I even had a Goodreads account, so when I started to create a TBR, I knew that I had to add another novel from the same authors. This novel is the first that I came across and actually became my very first TBR on Goodreads.

Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong thing in a delicate moment. Their loss. She’s a good soul in search of honest fun.

Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. From the first night they met—when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes—to when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air.

Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them…right?


My Goodreads account was created in August of 2020, which was five months after I started getting back into reading. I do not remember when or how I actually came across the site, but I remember signing up and adding tons of books to my TBR that I wanted to read. This list are the first five that were added and unfortunately have not been read yet. I have been trying to work on balance between ARCs and my backlog, so my goal to at least read maybe the first ten from my list by the end of 2021. I am going with only ten as most of them are series and that will take a lot more time to complete. We shall see how that works out for me once the end of the year comes, but, for now, that is one of my goals! Happy reading and I cannot wait to see everyone’s lists!

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