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!
I’m really digging this alphabetic theme – it’s giving me a chance to dig through all the books I’ve read. It’s a bit like taking a trip down memory lane, in terms of my book-reading habits. I’ve made it very hard on myself because there are just so many good books to choose from!
Let’s see how I did for this week:
I didn’t struggle at all for my “K” pick. Firstly, because I didn’t have much to choose from, though I did consider choosing Killer Pancake by Diane Mott Davidson (a cozy mystery, check it out here!). Secondly, because I absolutely fell in love with The Kiss Quotient. I mean, one of my favorite romance books I’ve ever read. I loved it! I definitely will be re-reading it, I’m sure many times. Steamy romance, diverse characters, and it felt really original. I highly recommend it.
I sort of wiffle-waffled on picking Landscape With Invisible Hand because I liked it, but it wasn’t 5/5 for me. But, for some reason, I’m oddly attracted to it? Like, I think about it a lot. Mostly in terms of: “Wow, that was a weird book, but kinda funny?” “I should read that book again, I wonder how I’ll feel reading it a second time, knowing how weird it is.” I think M.T. Anderson is some kind of genius of the weird/funny. I’m currently reading his book The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge and it is really awesome! But also weird/funny! It’s kind of his niche, I guess, and I’m happy it exists in the book world.
Okay, so I wanted to branch out from things I would normally choose for this category. Like, I talk about The Marian ALL THE TIME, which, you know, isn’t a bad thing, because that book is freaking amazing. But I wanted to give the spotlight to something else, since this prompt is meant to showcase books we might not otherwise end up getting a chance to choose for prompts like this. So.
The Man Who Touched His Own Heart: True Tales of Science, Surgery, and Mystery by Rob Dunn is an amazing book about the history of surgery, specifically heart surgery. And yes, while I know that sounds like a really weird book to pick as a Top favorite, it’s actually surprisingly good! You don’t have to be a doctor do enjoy it. I am very squeamish, in general, but I was glued to this book while I was reading it. It’s fabulous. One of the best non-fiction books I’ve ever read. Give it a look!
The Nest is one of those books that you don’t expect to go so hard, but it does. It didn’t have to, it’s written for children, but man does it beat your brain to a pulp! I didn’t see it coming. Sometimes I don’t know how to describe it. It’s about fear, certainly, and overcoming it, but I like that it’s so surreal and you constantly question what’s actually happening. The main character definitely suffers from OCD, which I find an awesome choice for an MC, and the story isn’t even about that, which I think is more awesome. It’s about a brother’s desire to protect his baby brother and keep him safe. But it’s so much more. You have to read it to really understand.
Orange is probably one of the best manga I’ve ever read. It’s a slice-of-life story about this group of high school friends. The main character gets a message from herself, from the future, telling her to look after the new transfer student, to save him from a terrible event in his future. This book delves deeply into depression/suicide and friendship. There’s a lot going on and I think it’s message is really positive and interesting. If you like realistic fiction (with a little dash of magical realism), then this is definitely the manga for you!
Thoughts & Thanks!
I had a mixed bag this week! Non-fiction! Manga! Romance! There’s a bit here for everyone, so I hope you saw a book on this list that you like! I’m a bit of an eclectic reader, and it’s rare that I come across a genre that I won’t touch. This theme has been giving me the opportunity to take a look back at all these amazing books – it’s made me so happy!
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!