Top 5 Gifted Books I Want to Read

gifted books I want to read, picture of The Name of the Wind that was given as a gift

This Top 5 series started back in October 2018 and it has grown really big! This is a series of books that all have a common theme. I post the schedule for the next month the last week of the prior month. You can talk about books you want to read or books you have read and all prompts are open for interpretation! Feel free to get as creative as you want with the prompts.

Upcoming Schedule!

January 30th, 2021 — Weapons on the Cover

February 6th, 2021 — Royalty in the Title (King, Queen, Princess, Prince, etc.)

February 13th, 2021 — Book with Unique Format (Diary entries, verse, documents, podcast, blog, etc.)

February 20th, 2021 — Books with Family Relationship in the Title (Mother, Father, Daughter, Brother, etc.)

February 27th, 2021 — Snow on the Cover

March 6th, 2021 — Gift Books (Books you got as a gift, would give as a gift or have given as a gift.)

March 13th, 2021 —  Fire on the Cover

March 20th, 2021 — Love Triangle

March 27th, 2021 — Desert Setting

Gift Books

There were so many different ways to write this post. I considered writing about books I’d love to give others as gifts, books that have been gifted to me and that I’ve loved or books that I’d like to receive as gifts. I wound up going with books I’d received as gifts that I have yet to read. Books are definitely one of my favorite gifts to get and these are all books that I was so thrilled to get. But since I didn’t wind up writing about books that I’ve gotten as gifts and loved I wanted to mention a few of my favorite gifted books here: The Name of the Wind, Strange the Dreamer — which I’ve both gotten as a gift and gifted to others,  Six of Crows, The Rage of Dragons, A Curse So Dark and Lonely, The Smoke Thieves, Queen of the Tearling, Game of Thrones. I’d love to hear about some of your favorite books you’ve given or gotten as gifts, so comment below so we can chat about them!

If you’d like to buy me a book as a gift my current Amazon wishlist is here!

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

The case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it.

But having grown up in the same small town that was consumed by the murder, Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn’t so sure. When she chooses the case as the topic for her final year project, she starts to uncover secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden. And if the real killer is still out there, how far will they go to keep Pip from the truth?



This book was given to me as a gift from my secret sister back when I participated in #OTSPsecretsister for a round. I loved sending packages back and forth with others and getting a surprise book every month. This is one of the few that I have yet to read. I didn’t know that it was a mixed media book until I owned a copy and I used to be really intimidated by mixed media books. This YA thriller is one of the top thrillers on my TBR.

The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons

Kihrin is a bastard orphan who grew up on storybook tales of long-lost princes and grand quests. When he is claimed against his will as the long-lost son of a treasonous prince, Kihrin finds that being a long-lost prince isn’t what the storybooks promised.

Far from living the dream, Kihrin finds himself practically a prisoner, at the mercy of his new family’s power plays and ambitions. He also discovers that the storybooks have lied about a lot of other things too: dragons, demons, gods, prophecies, true love, and how the hero always wins.

Then again, maybe he’s not the hero, for Kihrin is not destined to save the empire.

He’s destined to destroy it

This book came in a big batch of books that I won through an Instagram giveaway. I won a bunch of books off of my Amazon wishlist and have been making my way through a lot of them. I have really been loving epic fantasies lately and this looks like the perfect series to lose myself in for a few weeks.

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

I was chosen by the Deos. Even gods make mistakes.

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo she can’t trust, but who may be Alex’s only chance at saving her family.





This book has been on my wishlist forever and I was gifted a copy for Christmas this year. I love witchy books SO much and this book looks fantastic. Almost every book that Zoraida Cordova has written is on my TBR, so I would love to find out if I enjoy her writing.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival mega-corporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than a speck at the edge of the universe. Now with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra — who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to evacuate with a hostile warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A plague has broken out and is mutating with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a web of data to find the truth, it’s clear the only person who can help her is the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents — including emails, maps, files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more — Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

I got this book for Christmas last year and I still have yet to read it. Illuminae is probably the book that I’ve talked about wanting to read the most on Top 5 Saturday posts, but I STILL haven’t read it. But the reason for that is because I really want to read this one while listening to the audiobook. I’ve heard the audiobook is full cast and I’ve been meaning to get into audiobooks for quite a while now. I’ve been waiting to borrow a copy of the audiobook from Overdrive forever now. Just last week I placed a hold on it for the fourth time because I always forget that I have a hold placed and then miss my chance at borrowing the audiobook. So, hopefully this time I can remember to keep checking if my library hold has come in!

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

According to mythology mankind used to live in The Tranquiline Halls. Heaven. But then the Voidbringers assaulted and captured heaven, casting out God and men. Men took root on Roshar, the world of storms. And the Voidbringers followed . . . They came against man ten thousand times. To help them cope, the Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and mystical weapons, known as Shardblades. Led by ten angelic Heralds and ten orders of knights known as Radiants, mankind finally won. Or so the legends say. Today, the only remnants of those supposed battles are the Shardblades, the possession of which makes a man nearly invincible on the battlefield. The entire world is at war with itself – and has been for centuries since the Radiants turned against mankind. Kings strive to win more Shardblades, each secretly wishing to be the one who will finally unite all of mankind under a single throne. On a world scoured down to the rock by terrifying hurricanes that blow through every few day a young spearman forced into the army of a Shardbearer, led to war against an enemy he doesn’t understand and doesn’t really want to fight. What happened deep in mankind’s past? Why did the Radiants turn against mankind, and what happened to the magic they used to wield?

When I first read Mistborn and fell in love with Brandon Sanderson’s writing I knew I needed to own everything he had ever written. My best friend decided he was going to help me achieve that goal by buying me Brandon Sanderson books for Christmas and birthdays. The only reason that I haven’t picked up The Way of Kings just yet is because it feels like such a big commitment, but I’ve really been loving reading epic fantasies lately, so now would be the perfect time to finally dive into The Stormlight Archives.

Check out other book blogger’s Top 5 picks!

Lou @ Lou’s Book Stuff — Top 5 Saturday — Books I Would Love to Receive as a Gift

Jill @ Jill’s Book Blog — Top 5 Saturday– Books I Received as a Gift

Becky @ Becky’s Book Blog — Books on my Shelves That Were Gifted — Top 5 Saturday!

Etta @ Chonky Books — ~Top 5 Saturday: Gift Books ~

Dini @ Dinipandareads — Top 5 Saturday: Books I’d Gift Others!

Let’s Chat!

What are some books you’ve given as gifts? What are some of the favorite books you got as gifts? What books are currently on your wishlist? Have you read any of the books that I listed above? Make sure to comment below so we can chat about gifted books!

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  1. I did not have any of these on my TBR before. This has been rectified and now they are all added! I love receiving books as gifts, too! It seems to be the number one thing I receive nowadays and I absolutely love it. ❤

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