Hello again! It’s Tuesday, and of course that means it’s time for a Top 5 post. Top 5 Tuesdays and their topics are brought to you by Shanah @ the Bionic Bookworm. Check out her blog, she’s awesome, and this page for the list of topics for July!
So it’s the second week in this alphabetically-themed month. We’re moving on to the next five letters. Some might consider a couple of these letters to be a bit challenging, like “I,” but I surprisingly still had a lot of choices to choose from. I guess my eclectic reading habits have come in handy for something!
Let’s see how I did for this week:
F: The False Prince – Jennifer A. Nielsen
Boy, you do not know how close I was to picking The Fault in Our Stars! I almost picked Frankenstein, too. This category was hard! But in the end, I chose The False Prince because it really wowed me when I read it! It’s one of those fantasy books that really stick out in my memory. I have yet to finish this series (shame on me!), but I fully intend to, mostly because this first book really was so good. I’d like to return to this world again.
G: The Golden Compass – Philip Pullman
This series is so great. The world-building is fantastic! When I first read this series, there was a lot that went over my head, for sure. Pullman does not dumb down anything despite writing in the Young Adult genre. There are some really serious topics going on in this series! But I kinda love it because of that. It’s hard-hitting, it’s adventurous, and it really makes you feel things.
H: How I Live Now – Meg Rosoff
I bet you were thinking I was going to pick Harry Potter! I almost did! But you know what, I think anyone who knows me knows how much I adore Harry Potter and I use it a lot on this blog for prompts, so I thought I’d showcase another book in this slot, one that I equally enjoy! This is such a unique dystopian YA. I love the main character, and it really is so well written. I really was surprised by how much I liked it, since I knew so little about it going in. I own it now, that’s how much I enjoyed it!
I: The Inquisitor’s Tale – Adam Gidwitz | Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus – Dusti Bowling
Okay, okay, I had to cheat on this one, because I honestly couldn’t decide on one! I love both of these books for different reasons. The Inquisitor’s Tale is an awesome historical/magical-realism children’s lit book about three children from wildly different backrounds. It traces their separate tales until they somehow come together and it is awesome! Plus they have a holy dog, so there!
And Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus is they kind of disability rep that I want to see in fiction! This book is also children’s lit, but it is amazing. Not only is it the story of a young girl without arms, she also has a friend with Tourette’s Syndrome. I learned so much about Tourette’s from this book. And this story is about friendship, has a bit of a mystery, it ticks all the boxes. If you have the time, I highly suggest getting your hands on either or both of these amazing books!
J: Jackaby – William Ritter
I was really surprised by this book. It had intrigued me based solely on its marketing as a “supernatural Sherlock Holmes” and it did not fail to impress me! I really love Jackaby, he’s very much a Newt Scamander character, all over the place, intensely serious about his work, overall good-natured. The creatures in this story were pretty cool. I also really love Abigail. She isn’t just written off as a sidekick to Jackaby, she is totally her own person, so that’s great!
Thoughts & Thanks!
I had so much fun with this topic and I’m looking forward to next week’s letters! This was a really interesting look into the books I’ve read. Choosing is definitely going to be the hardest thing about writing these posts this month, for sure!
What do you think of my selections? Did any of your favorites make it on this list? Thank you for reading this post. Let’s chat in the comments! And, as always, happy reading!