#5OnMyTBR — 5 Books Hyped in the Past

Hello darlings!

Another Monday — another #5OnMyTBR! How are you this week? Well, I hope!

I’m getting antsy with being stuck at home but I try to keep myself occupied. Even started learning Excel! Wish me luck!! 


#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook (me!) and you can learn more about it here or in the post announcing it. It occurs every Monday when we post about 5 books on our TBR.

This week’s prompt is Hype from the Past!

|| The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller ||


💛 Greek mythology
💛 m/m
💛 river of tears
💛 actually own the physical copy

My brother has bought me this book SO LONG AGO!! And I still haven’t even started it. I even took it with me on my last trip to the seaside — I thought, you know, the beach… the sand… the mood will set itself, right?? Well, no. No, it didn’t. Time to conquer this chonker and fear the tears no more.


|| If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo ||

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💛 trans girl
💛 contemporary
💛 another one I actually own the physical copy of

I have bought it after ”””finishing””” my university. I put so many quote marks because I finished my exams but actually finishing the uni took me another year because of my thesis and mental health. I was at a book fair event with my old roommate and we spent too much money for not enough books. It was AMAZING!! But it’s been laying on my shelf since and waiting for it’s turn. I’m sorry! I’ll get to you soon!!


|| The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas ||

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💛 #BlackLivesMatter
💛 contemporary
💛 another one I own!!

I’ve bought it on the same book fair event!! On the same day!! It’s been on my shelf just as long!! Why don’t I read physical books anymore??!! A mystery. 

Anyway, it’s an important book and I shouldn’t put it off this long but I WILL read it. 


|| Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan ||


💛 f/f
💛 Asian rep
💛 fantasy

So this is one of THE sapphic books and I’m yet to get to it…

I’m ashamed of myself.

I feel like such a fake sapphic reader now but I will get to it I SWEAR!! One day I will join you all on this hype. Also, just a side note, this cover is gorgeous!!


|| The Wicker King by K. Ancrum ||


💛 m/m
💛 mental illness
💛 magical realism
💛 friends to lovers

This sounds so promising and yet I’m awful and keep forgetting about it.

I love gay books! I love mental health rep!! I love magical realism!!

Why haven’t I read this yet?? Nobody knows.

Last thought!

I have a skewed perception of what is hyped and what isn’t because I mostly stay close to my niche of queer lit but I think I’ve chosen the right ones??

Tell me if I failed at my own meme! That would be hilarious!!


  • Do you participate in #5OnMyTBR?
  • Do you have any of those on your TBR?
  • Have you read them maybe? (Make me read them then!!)
  • What books hyped in the past do you have on your TBR and/or have you read recently?


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20 thoughts on “#5OnMyTBR — 5 Books Hyped in the Past

  1. Ohh, great list. I read one book fully from the list and another I dropped. The one I finished, If I was your girl, was AMAZING and I would highly recommend it.

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  2. The Wicker King is a really unusual and kind of polarizing read, but I think it’s also a really quick one, given how short it is and how short the chapters themselves are.
    And I understand putting off Girls of Paper and Fire, I loved it but it’s heavy enough that one really needs to go into it at the right moment.
    Great list!
    (mine should go up later today.)

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    1. So I’ve heard! But it also sounds super interesting so hopefully one day I’ll get to it!
      Yep, I would love to join this hype but it sounds like something that needs you to be in a stable mental state and I am not. I’m bad with heavy topics because I take it all in like a sponge so I’ll wait with this one a while longer…
      Thank you!! Already checked out yours 🙂

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  3. Ooooh a great list! I actually have The Song of Achilles on my list 🤭 also couldn’t get in the mood but I’m determined to read it!

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  4. I did participate! I love this meme and the whole quarantine thing just had me confused about which day it was for the last….month?

    Song of Achilles is one of my all-time favorite reads and one that caught me completely by surprise. So beautiful. I hope you get to read it soon!

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    1. I checked out your post a second ago!! Thanks, me too to be honest!! Everything is so weird right now…

      That’s great to hear! I hope to get to it soon but lately I’m thinking I’ll need to lock myself with just my physical books for the company to finally get through them lol 😀

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  5. Half of these are also on my backlist TBR, and none of them were included in my own list. xD Conclusion: there’s too darn many backlist hyped books and not enough time in the day. We should get more time for reading these LOL. I’ve heard such great things about The Song of Achilles, and I have no idea why I haven’t picked it up yet, actually.

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