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Bookish: Top 5 Tuesday – P-Q-R-S-T

Top 5 Tuesday.jpgHello gorgeous people! 

This is the penultimate post of Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm’s alphabet themed topic for July’s Top 5 and it begins with P!

How perfectly placed!

This week’s contains 2 books I’ve read and 3 that are on my TBR and need to get to read ASAP.



Perfume: The Story of a Murderer is a delightfully creepy, extremely well written story of a man who, despite being entirely scentless, has the remarkable gift of enhanced smell.

His entire mission is to become a valued player in the world and the way he believes he can do that is by bottling a unique perfume to make him irresistibly compelling to whoever smells him.

The catch? The perfume is made by the scent of murdered women.

Yes, it’s a story about a rather unusual serial killer but this has some gorgeous and sensual pieces of writing that I’ve read that truly evokes the sense of smell.

QThe Queens of Innis Lear

This is the first of my three ‘TBR’ books and the reason why The Queens of Innis Lear appeals to me because it is a retelling or re-imagining of Shakespeare’s King Lear (I truly love non popular retelling’s) and also because I am a sucker for stories with sister relationships and power struggles.

I’ve heard mixed things but I still want to read this one!

RRejected Princesses

This is the second of the TBR books on this list but while I haven’t read Rejected Princesses I’ve followed the website for some years.

This is actually a history book that celebrates women throughout history and myth with varying degrees of um… complexities.

There are different ratings given to each tale as some are not for the faint of heart and not all have happy endings. What they all have in common is the fact that none will make it into a Disney movie.

SThe Silent Companions

What’s this? A book I’ve read?!

For some reason I only gave The Silent Companions 3 out of 5 stars last year and that doesn’t seem right because I distinctly remember really enjoying this Victorian Gothic horror novel set in a creepy house with even creepier furnishings.

TTender Morsels.jpg

I very much miss Marina @ Books of Magic who is taking a semi-perm hiatus and so I’m including one of the books she’s recommended to me as she knows I love fairy tale retelling’s and I love when they go dark. 

The best thing about being in a bookish community is the book rec’s and so Tender Morsels has made its way onto my list for a time when the wind is howling and the rain pours down because I feel this book is owed that atmosphere.


What are your thoughts on the above? Anything here that anyone has read and enjoyed? Or alternatively, read and didn’t enjoy?

I’ll see you next week for the hardest letters of them all in our final alphabet themed Top 5 Tuesday!


21 thoughts on “Bookish: Top 5 Tuesday – P-Q-R-S-T

  1. Perfume sounds quite interesting! A scent-less man having an enhanced sense of smell…and he murders women to make a perfurme if I’m reading that right? Welp! Definitely putting that on my TBR!

    I kind of want to read Queens of Innis Lear too. Sounds like good political intrigue if it’s based on King Lear, and I love me some sisterly power struggles and catfights! 😀

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    1. Perfume is a very interesting book! Really well written and incredibly descriptive. Books don’t usually go down the ‘scent’ route but this one did and it was done wonderfully. There’s a movie as well which is a really good adaptation. It gets weird though!


  2. Great list Gerry! 🙂 I missed you so much too, but I’m baaack 😀 I did a post today. 🙂 I can’t wait for you to read Tender Morsels and let me know what you think! ❤ I adore Perfume too, one of my favorite books of all time!

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    1. Thanks Marina! I’m glad that you’re back! I’m behind/ slacking on all posts this week so will hopefully go in fresh next week!

      Tender Morsels is definitely one I want to read but I’ll wait until winter maybe! Perfume was such a good book, I read it years ago but I remember loving the descriptions of the smells. Such great writing!

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  3. The alliteration at the beginning of this post… so sexy.
    I’ve technically been “reading” The Queens of Innis Lear since December of 2018. I keep setting it down to read other things. And the thing is, I’ve been enjoying it. It’s just really dense.

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  4. I put “Queens of Innis Lear” on my list, too! I didn’t love it, but it was a well-written book and a really fascinating re-telling of King Lear. That was definitely the reason I was drawn to it in the first place. It’s also very diverse, which is nice to see – I think Gratton often writes diverse stories.

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    1. I’ve heard mixed things where others have said it was good but not great but I am intrigued by a King Lear retelling so I’m going in not expecting the world to be moved! I’ve not read any more of her books I don’t think but my memory is appalling!

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      1. I’m definitely in the camp of good but not great. I think it’s definitely much longer than it needs to be. Gratton tends to write very long, involved prose passages that are more about hyper-focusing on world-building rather than plot advancement, so the story definitely moves quite slowly. But if you like that kind of thing, it might be great, rather than just, good for you!

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      1. I haven’t read the original. I read a lot of retellings and I always try to also read the original when I do it. Now I got my hands on a collection of Grimm’s Fairy Tales and I already had a collection of Hans Christian Anderson’s Fairy Tales. So most of the time I’m covered for retellings.

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