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!
This is an interesting bunch of letters! Let’s get to it!
I have to be a little extra with this prompt, because I wanted to mention Pride & Prejudice, obviously (because I’m an Austen fan), but I also want to highlight another book that I love, maybe not as equally, but still deserves some love.
The Probable Future is a magical realism novel about a family of women who each inherit special powers on their (I think) 13th birthday. But each power is different and they’re not the sort of powers one would expect. For instance, Stella, the youngest in this line of women, is able to see how people will die. Her mother is able to dream other people’s dreams. One of the women can make anything grow and another can make a edible stew out of anything (like even an old boot, for example). It’s about relationships, especially the mother/daughter kind. It’s a really beautiful book. I love it.
I only had two “Q” books from which to choose and both are just 3-star for me. I picked The Queens of Innis Lear for this one because I felt like overall it was the better-written of the two. I didn’t love the story (which is based off of Shakespeare’s King Lear), but it was an interesting premise and it has a lot of diversity and strong female roles. It’s essentially about three sisters, all of whom are very different, and who will inherit this kingdom. It’s quite long, but if you have the time and like sci-fi/fantasy, I’d recommend it.
Another double-up! I’ve talked about my love of A Room with a View before, so I felt like I needed to include something else, though I’ve also talked about The Radium Girls before, too!
I think both books are shining examples of their genres. The Radium Girls is one of the best non-fiction books I’ve ever read and I love, love, love A Room with a View – it holds a special place in my heart.
Maybe I should just pick two for every prompt, at this point!
Firstly, I find a strange attraction to Serena that I can’t quite explain. While I was reading it, I didn’t particularly enjoy myself immensely. In fact I only rated it 3-stars. But I keep thinking about it, even to this day. I’ll just be thinking of books I’ve read and my brain always drifts back to this book. It’s really well written, for sure. I was immersed in it and I learned a lot that I didn’t know about the logging industry (which is not something that sounds like it would be fascinating or something you’d want to learn, but I don’t regret it!). Mostly, I was really fascinated by the titular character and just how wicked she is, but in a really psychopathic way. They made a movie of this one (with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence), but it doesn’t do the book justice, in my opinion. It had none of that subtlety or mystique that the book had.
And I’ve mentioned plenty of times on this blog my love of The 7 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. It’s such a unique mystery story and I was totally not expecting that twist at the end!
T: The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket – John Boyne | Trouble is a Friend of Mine – Stephanie Tromly
Yep, it’s a double feature here, too. I rated both of these books 5-stars. I couldn’t choose!
The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket is a really cute story about a boy who floats – yet has no control over it. If there is no ceiling or anything to hold him down, he will continue to float up forever. His parents are absolutely horrified and are almost abusive to him, but Barnaby ends up going on an adventure that brings him all over the world and he meets some really amazing people and learns a lot. I find this story to be really heart-warming and beautiful. It’s set in Australia, which is also really cool!
Trouble is a Friend of Mine is just an amazingly funny, awesome YA mystery. The characters are so, so cool and the story is fantastic.
Thoughts & Thanks!
This week’s letters were so difficult! I had so many books to choose from with several of these letters!
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!