Is That A Brick In Your Hand Or Are you Just Happy To See Me? Five Books I Will Soon Read That Are 500+ Pages – Top 5 Saturday… errrr…. Sunday

Top 5 Books Over 500 Pages I Want to Read


From Devouring Books (Linked In Title Above):

This Top 5 series started back in October and I kind of lost motivation for making it every week. But it’s back! This is a series of books that I want to read that all have a common theme. Previously on the blog I have focused on witches, werewolves, thrillers, faeries, fairy tale retellings and high fantasy. I am going to try and bring this series back for every Saturday. 

The upcoming schedule is:


8/24/19 — Books about Dragons

8/31/19 — Books with a Road Trip

9/7/19 — Summer Reads 

9/21/19 — Over 500 Pages 

9/28/19 — Books with Maps

I heard a rumor that the October list is coming!


  • Share your top 5 books of the current topic– these can be books that you want to read, have read and loved, have read and hated, you can do it any way you want.
  • Tag the original post (This one!)
  • Tag 5 people

I couldn’t participate in The Top Five Saturday because I had a lovely interview with Ms. Sara Faring, author of the Tenth Girl to reveal <– which you can check out here! But I didn’t want to miss out on the fun! So I’m posting it today!

This is a 10,000 page book of poetry from Iowa City.  It should be on one those reality shows. You know the ones. The ones where if you eat yourself disgustingly sick on some death on a plate food dish, you win something stupid like your name etched on the wall? 

If you would like to learn more about it- Look here.

Poetry City Mararthon


I was looking at my current ARC list, which is jammed through October, then slows down and then is pretty even from January till March/April and realized I have three 500-600 (I don’t like going over the 600 page barrier) books on the list and of course like 5 that are 494 pages because that’s my life. But there are two are also two soon to be releases- one that is three miles away from me that I can’t have (you can all guess which one that is) and one that I don’t know yet if if there will be any ARCs of, but I doubt it. So I included those two, to round out the list. So in no particular order…

  1. Angel Mage by Garth Nix



Length: 560 Pages

Releases: October 1, 2019

Publisher:  Katherine Tegen Books


More than a century has passed since Liliath crept into the empty sarcophagus of Saint Marguerite, fleeing the Fall of Ystara. But she emerges from her magical sleep still beautiful, looking no more than nineteen, and once again renews her single-minded quest to be united with her lover, Palleniel, the archangel of Ystara.

A seemingly impossible quest, but Liliath is one of the greatest practitioners of angelic magic to have ever lived, summoning angels and forcing them to do her bidding.

Liliath knew that most of the inhabitants of Ystara died from the Ash Blood plague or were transformed into beastlings, and she herself led the survivors who fled into neighboring Sarance. Now she learns that angels shun the Ystaran’s descendants. If they are touched by angelic magic, their blood will turn to ash. They are known as Refusers, and can only live the most lowly lives.

But Liliath cares nothing for the descendants of her people, save how they can serve her. It is four young Sarancians who hold her interest: Simeon, a studious doctor-in-training; Henri, a dedicated fortune hunter; Agnez, an adventurous musketeer cadet; and Dorotea, an icon-maker and scholar of angelic magic. They are the key to her quest.

The four feel a strange kinship from the moment they meet, but do not know why, or suspect their importance. All become pawns in Liliath’s grand scheme to fulfill her destiny and be united with the love of her life. No matter the cost to everyone else. . .

2) Lady Hotspur by Tessa Gratton


Lady Hotspur



Length: 592 pages

Releases: January 7, 2020

Publisher:  MacMillan/Tor Books


Inspired by Shakespeare’s Henry IVLady Hotspur continues the saga of Innis Lear, centuries later, as revolution, love, and a betrayal corrupt the descendants of two warring kingdoms.

Hal was once a knight, carefree and joyous, sworn to protect her future queen Banna Mora. But after a rebellion led by her own mother, Caleda, Hal is now the prince of Lionis, heir to the throne. The pressure of her crown and bloody memories of war plague her, as well as a need to shape her own destiny, no matter the cost.

Lady Hotspur, known as the Wolf of Aremoria for her temper and warcraft, never expected to be more than a weapon. She certainly never expected to fall in love with the fiery Hal or be blindsided by an angry Queen’s promise to remake the whole world in her own image—a plan Hotspur knows will lead to tragedy.

Banna Mora kept her life, but not her throne. Fleeing to Innis Lear to heal her heart and plot revenge, the stars and roots of Innis Lear will teach her that the only way to survive a burning world is to learn to breathe fire.

These three women, together or apart, are the ones who have the power to bring the once-powerful Aremoria back to life—or destroy it forever.


3) The Toll by Neal Shusterman (oh what? come on, now).


Length: 640 Pages

Releases: November 5th

Publisher: Simon and Schuster


From New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman comes the thrilling conclusion to the Printz Honor–winning series Arc of a Scythe.

It’s been three years since Rowan and Citra disappeared; since Scythe Goddard came into power; since the Thunderhead closed itself off to everyone but Grayson Tolliver.

In this pulse-pounding conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman’s Arc of a Scythe trilogy, constitutions are tested and old friends are brought back from the dead.

4) Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland


Deathless Divide (Dread Nation, #2)


Length: 560 pages

Release Date: February 4, 2020

Publisher: Balzer + Brey/HarperCollins


Jane McKeene and Katherine Devereaux return in the highly anticipated sequel to the universally acclaimed, New York Times bestselling breakout hit Dread Nation.

After the fall of Summerland, Jane McKeene hoped her life would get simpler: Get out of town, stay alive, and head west to California to find her mother. But nothing is easy when you’re a girl trained in putting down the restless dead, and a devastating loss on the road to a protected village called Nicodemus finds Jane questioning everything she thought she knew about surviving in 1880s America. What’s more, this safe haven is not what it appears, something Jane discovers when she meets familiar faces from Summerland at the top of this new society. Caught in the middle of mysteries and lies, the undead, and her own inner demons, Jane soon finds herself on a dark path of blood and violence that threatens to consume her.

But she won’t be in it alone.

Katherine Deveraux never expected to be allied with Jane McKeene. But after the hell she has endured, she knows friends are hard to come by—and that Jane needs her too, whether Jane wants to admit it or not. Watching Jane’s back, however, is more than she bargained for, and when they both reach a breaking point, it’s up to Katherine to keep hope alive, even as she begins to fear that there is no happily ever after for girls like her.

The sequel to the New York Times bestselling epic Dread Nation is an unforgettable journey of revenge and salvation across a divided America both foreign and familiar—one in which Jane and Katherine both will find that, in our darkest moments, there is one thing that will allow us to survive.

5) Steel Crow Saga by Paul Kreuger

Ok Technically I finished just finished this but I’m including it:

A) because I loved it


C) because if you haven’t figured it out by now, I break the rules- even when they are my arbitrary rules so what does it matter anyway?

Steel Crow Saga


Length: 528 pages

Released: September 24th (GO BUY IT)

Publisher:  Del Rey


Four destinies collide in a unique fantasy world of war and wonders, where empire is won with enchanted steel and magical animal companions fight alongside their masters in battle.

A soldier with a curse
Tala lost her family to the empress’s army and has spent her life avenging them in battle. But the empress’s crimes don’t haunt her half as much as the crimes Tala has committed against the laws of magic… and her own flesh and blood.

A prince with a debt
Jimuro has inherited the ashes of an empire. Now that the revolution has brought down his kingdom, he must depend on Tala to bring him home safe. But it was his army who murdered her family. Now Tala will be his redemption—or his downfall.

A detective with a grudge
Xiulan is an eccentric, pipe-smoking detective who can solve any mystery—but the biggest mystery of all is her true identity. She’s a princess in disguise, and she plans to secure her throne by presenting her father with the ultimate prize: the world’s most wanted prince.

A thief with a broken heart
Lee is a small-time criminal who lives by only one law: Leave them before they leave you. But when Princess Xiulan asks her to be her partner in crime—and offers her a magical animal companion as a reward—she can’t say no, and soon finds she doesn’t want to leave the princess behind.

This band of rogues and royals should all be enemies, but they unite for a common purpose: to defeat an unstoppable killer who defies the laws of magic. In this battle, they will forge unexpected bonds of friendship and love that will change their lives—and begin to change the world.


And I’m not tagging anyone this week because I’m a day off schedule BUT what I am going to do is find all the posts from yesterday and link them and those I link- please tell me who I miss so I can add them, please!

Our fearless leader Amanda at Devouring Books is linked at the top, obiously

Leelynn @ Sometimes Leelynn reads

Becky @ Crooks Books

Mina @ Stacked Reviews


Kitty Marie’s Book Reviews

Ok so you guys tell me who I missed!



Let’s Chat!

 What did you think?

What bricks… I mean books are your favorites? Which are on your TBRs or do you plan on tackling soon? Are any on my list?

8 thoughts on “Is That A Brick In Your Hand Or Are you Just Happy To See Me? Five Books I Will Soon Read That Are 500+ Pages – Top 5 Saturday… errrr…. Sunday

    1. YES! I never heard of Garth Nix, which apparently, is worse than my Kristoff issue, but I can only handle one haunting on my TBR at a time so Nix is gonna have to get in line BUT. Angel Mage sounded great AND it is being put out by Katherine Tegen and that imprint just doesn’t put out trash. Not one book, not yet. Not to date. IF I was gonna put out a book? I’d know it was good if they bought it. Anyhow, don’t think I’m being disingenuous because I’m not but I just explained this to someone else- some I’m gonna paste it here. About Toll, because I have a plan and its detailed-

      I just figure this is what I’m gonna do. See I have a plan. I’m either going to be in St. Louis or I’m going to visit my mom in Utah. Either way. I will have posts all scheduled and go dark on the phone social media. All of it. And me and that book are just going to sit in a room together and there will be nothing but reading and necessary bodily things till Im done. That’s it. Like running the NYC marathon. That’s my plan. You have to plan for these things.


    1. I know. I just figure this is what I’m gonna do. See I have a plan. I’m either going to be in St. Louis or I’m going to visit my mom in Utah. Either way. I will have posts all scheduled and go dark on the phone social media. All of it. And me and that book are just going to sit in a room together and there will be nothing but reading and necessary bodily things till Im done. That’s it. Like running the NYC marathon. That’s my plan. You have to plan for these things.


    1. Thank you!

      Is it???? I shouldn’t be surprised. I’ve yet to see Katherine Tegen do wrong. If I was an author and they signed me? I’d know I had talent lol.

      Yeah that isnt fair. You won’t have the huge wait. The wait builds character, you know lol


    1. Review drops at midnight. Thank God. Because after all the kitten killing and then the snarkiest review I ever wrote that I just put out (I feel dirty)- SCS will cleanse my soul.


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