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!
We’ve reached the end of the alphabet! I can’t believe it’s gone by so fast. This last bunch of letters is definitely the most tricky. Thankfully, I have read something for each – check it out:
This book is a fascinating look at the history of humans attempting to bring dead people back to life. Of course, as the history draws closer to the present, it’s more about the science of resuscitation, not bringing cadavers back to life, but even the more medieval practices are fascinating and, sometimes, so outrageous! This book is fast-paced and so entertaining! This is one of the reasons why I really love reading non-fiction, sometimes, because it is not always dry and lifeless (pun intended 😉).
I remember reading this book originally as a summer reading requirement for school, but I totally fell in love with it! I love almost anything I’ve read by Konigsberg, I think her narrative voice and the stories she crafts are so real and so relatable. I love the characters she creates, they really come to life for me. This book is about the friendship between kids who otherwise seem like they have nothing in common. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it.
I’m going to cheat again, with this post, and pick two things. I love both of these books, but for different reasons.
The Wild Robot is a really lovely story about a robot finding herself stranded on an island and slowly learning the ways of the animals, befriending them and eventually becoming mother to an abandoned goose baby. It’s so heartwarming and so beautifully written – and it has a sequel, which you have to read, as well, because it’s also amazing!
Without You, There is No Us is an amazing story of the author’s, Kim’s, time spent as a teacher to the children of elite North Korean families. Not only does this story give you a huge eye-opener into the repressive world of North Korea, Kim does a really amazing job of showing just how clueless about the world her students are, simply because they live under a repressive regime that teaches them that their country is the greatest in the world. You have to read it, it is so, so fascinating.
I only had a couple books to choose from for this letter, but I don’t regret picking Xenocide because I’m a pretty big fan of the entire Ender’s Game series. This is the third book in the series and while it is not my favorite of the whole series, it is still a decently written sci-fi novel.
Card is one of those authors I struggle with, since I am aware of his homophobia and his overall not greatness as a human being, but I read this stories when I was a kid and I loved them. It’s hard to denounce works of literature, because, for one thing, as a kid I had no knowledge of Card or who he was as a person. The only thing I cared about was the book itself. For another, it’s a difficult thing to decide whether it’s worth it to separate the book from the author or just decide to say no to their works completely. I’m still grappling with this.
I had slim pickings for the Y selection, as well, so while I only rated Yaqui a 3/5, I did enjoy the book and it’s always nice to promote diverse lit. This book focuses on bullying and racism and grappling with this difficult topics while in high school. I haven’t read anything else by Medina, but I know she’s a very accomplished author.
I am a huge fan of Bacigalupi, and so when I heard he was writing a middle-grade book, I knew I had to read it. And it was so funny! So amazing! And it addressed such hard-hitting issues, like deportation, racism, and bullying, all while zombies threatened the characters’ lives. You’ll have to read it to believe it, but take my word, it is such a fun ride!
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!