Top 5 Saturday – Books about Competition.


Hello everyone and happy Saturday. I hope you’re all having a lovely weekend!

Welcome to Top 5 Saturday!

Top 5 Saturday is a weekly meme created by Mandy @ Devouring Books and it’s where we list the top five books (they can be books on your TBR, favourite books, books you loved/hated) based on the week’s topic. You can see the upcoming schedule at the end of the post. This week’s topic is: Competition (Tournament, race, sibling rivalry etc.).

This was a tricky one! I’ve read four of the books on this list and pulled one from the TBR pile!


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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

This was the first book that came to mind and I imagine it probably will be for a lot of people. I loved these books and the films were amazing as well!

Could you survive on your own in the wild, with every one out to make sure you don’t live to see the morning?

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weight survival against humanity and life against love. 

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The Selection by Kiera Kass

 Surprisingly one of my favourite books of 2020! You can read my review for it here.

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

I love all the Harry Potter books but in my opinion it’s in Goblet of Fire where stuff really starts to happen and things get really exciting!

Harry Potter is midway through his training as a wizard and his coming of age. Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup with Hermione, Ron, and the Weasleys. He wants to dream about Cho Chang, his crush (and maybe do more than dream). He wants to find out about the mysterious event that’s supposed to take place at Hogwarts this year, an event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn’t happened for hundreds of years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. But unfortunately for Harry Potter, he’s not normal – even by wizarding standards.

And in his case, different can be deadly.

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Divergent by Veronica Roth

This was an absolutely fantastic trilogy of books and the films were pretty decent as well. 

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

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The Maze Runner by James Dashner

This is the only book in todays list that I’ve not read yet! I really would like to though as I’ve heard it’s a great read.

If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Everything is going to change.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Remember. Survive. Run.

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Are any of these books on your list? Have you read any of them already? Leave me a comment, I’d love to hear your thoughts!



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  • 16 Jan 2021 – Metal in the Title (Gold, Silver, Brass, Steel, etc.)
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8 thoughts on “Top 5 Saturday – Book About Competition (Tournament, Race, Sibling Rivalry, etc.)

  1. So many great popular books on this list! It’s interesting that competition is such a common conflict in books! I personally loved all of the ones you read and havent read The Maze Runner yet either!

    1. It’s funny, so many people who I’ve talked about this list with have read all but The Maze Runner… I wonder what it is about the book that means it seems to sit forever on our TBRs?

  2. I’ve actually read all of these 😂 Seriously, how did that happen? Apparently, I have more spare time than I thought 😁 And I really liked all of them except the Maze Runner (Sorry!! 😅), and Harry Potter and the Hunger Games are among my all-time favorites!

      1. Well, to be fair, I did think the first book was interesting, but I was so disappointed by the sequels (especially The Death Cure) that they kind of tainted the whole series for me… I’m glad you liked it more than I did, though! 😊

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