Here’s my weekly Top 5 Tuesday hosted by the wonderful Shannah @Bionic Bookworm Blog (go check out her blog; it’s amazing!). This week will feature (as the title suggets) my Top 5 of books I don’t talk about enough. It’s true that on my blog you can see many many books and characters appearing
too often (uhm, Harry Potter) so this post is a great way to talk about some other beloved and under appreciated books!
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
This is a story that really hit home because I feel like I am Cath. I have a twin sister and I know what it’s like to want to set myself apart from her. I know the ugly face of jealousy and the painful face of sorrow when we’re apart. I know how the first year in College can be hard. I know what it’s like to build a relationship with a parent that abandoned you. This book was cathartic for me.
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
This is a one of the few classics (along Pride and Prejudice of course), that I simply adored. I read it when I was twelve for a Literature class and I had a brilliant teacher who showed us the intricacies of the book. She showed us how the novel plays with the notion of English Education and norms (the epitome of Western Civilization) as well as the notion of barbarity. It offers a reflection of society and especially cruelty through the macrocosm of a “society” made up of English schoolboys. It is telling of how the Western civilization perceived itself in 1954 and still sees itself today.
If you’re able to read in French I would highlyy recommend this gem of a book. It shows how you don’t have to be just one thing. You can be a Jewsih girl and a lesbian, you can love your mother but not forgive her, you can love your father even if he didn’t act like one. It is both a tale of love and loss with a dash of Greek mythology. A masterpiece!
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
No one does summer books better than Morgan Maison; no one. Emily has not heard from her best friend Sloane, and the latter left only a to-do list behind her. If Emily takes up the challenge, will she be able to find her friend back? I love how this book unravels so many hidden secrets, feelings and thoughts. It was incredibly well-written and very entertaining. The perfect summer read.
The List by Siobhan Vivian
The List was quite popular a while back and the premise seemed interesting enough: Each year, in a high school there’s a list that comes out which elects the prettiest and the ugliest girl in each grade. I loved how we got a multiple POV and where we got to see how everyone’s behavior changed around the girls; how it impacted their lives for the better and especially for the worse. The ending was very disconcerting and frustrating to me; but as time goes on, I learned to appreciate the raw truth and bitterness of that ending.
Hope you enjoyed my list! What are your picks? Let me know in the comments! 🙂