Top 5s for January – June 2017

As promised, here are my top 5s for the year so far. Please note, these are top 5 books that I have read in each category, rather than a selection of books published this year. The list of books within the 5s are in no particular order.

Let’s go!


  1. Invible Man – Ralph Ellison
  2. If We Were Villains –  M. L Rio
  3. Mullumbimby – Melissa Lucashenko 
  4. Stay With Me – Ayobami Adebayo
  5. Swing Time – Zadie Smith

Non Fiction:

  1. Awkward: The Science of Why we are Socially Awkward and Why That’s Awesome – Ty Tashiro
  2. I Contain Multitudes – Ed Yong 
  3. Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue – John McWhorter
  4. Kierkegaard: A Single Life – Stephen Backhouse
  5. The Bad Ass Librarians of Timbuktu – Joshua Hammer

Science Fiction and Fantasy:

  1. The Broken Earth series – N. K. Jemisin
  2. Lotus Blue – Cat Sparks
  3. Angelmaker – Nick Harkaway
  4. Binti and Binti: Home – Nnedi Okorafor 
  5. Fledgling – Octavia Butler


  1. The Hate Race – Maxine Beneba Clarke
  2. Reckoning – Magda Szubanski
  3. Revolution for Dummies – Bassem Youssef
  4. In the Darkroom – Susan Faludi
  5. Brain on Fire – Susannah Cahalan


  1. Queens of Geek – Jen Wilde
  2. Dreadnought – April Daniels
  3. The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
  4. Star Touched Queen/Crown of Wishes – Roshani Chokshi
  5. Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng

It turns out I’ve read a heap more memoirs and fiction than usual and a lot less YA and Sci fi/Fantasy. I’m definitely a mood reader.

Have you read any of these? Is there anything totally awesome that should be on my lists?

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