I’m back for a TOP 5 TUESDAY hosted by Shannah @Bionic Bookworm Blog (go check out her blog; it’s amazing!). So this month we’re doing letters instead of topics and I really like the idea so thank you, Shannah! The letters this week are pretty hard but I’m very happy with the books featured 🙂
Kindred by Octavia E.Butler
I have not read this book but the synopsis on Goodreads seems promising and it has quite a good rating of 4.23/ 5 stars. Amazon sells it as “One of the most significant literary artists of the twentieth century. One cannot exaggerate the impact she has had (Junot Diaz) ” and it’s actually a #1 New York Times bestselling novel!
Synopsis: The first science fiction written by a black woman, Kindred has become a cornerstone of black American literature. This combination of slave memoir, fantasy, and historical fiction is a novel of rich literary complexity. Having just celebrated her 26th birthday in 1976 California, Dana, an African-American woman, is suddenly and inexplicably wrenched through time into antebellum Maryland. After saving a drowning white boy there, she finds herself staring into the barrel of a shotgun and is transported back to the present just in time to save her life. During numerous such time-defying episodes with the same young man, she realizes the challenge she’s been given: to protect this young slaveholder until he can father her own great-grandmother. (Goodreads)
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
This is one of the books that shaped my childhood. We read it in Middle School when I was 12 and I did not get all the depths and layers of this book. It was a long and tedious read but I liked the characters because they were my age. I later found out how ironic and telling this book was. It shows how violence and animality touch everyone and especially those who we don’t expect: English schoolboys: the symbols of western civilization. It raises the question of culture, norms and society as a whole. A Must-Read!
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
I read this book in one sitting. I used to adore it. I read it when it was brought to the screen by director Thea Sharrock with the wonderful Sam Claflin and Emilia Clarke. It was gripping, sweet and painful. It made me want to go outside and live life to the fullest…UNTIL I read many eye-opening articles about how hurtful and painful that ending was. It’s such a shame how the author dealt with that ending and took that direction. At the time I liked the discussion about euthanasia and I still think it’s important, but the message that the book sent through its ending is quite problematic.
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice is my favourite classic ever and I plan on reading all of Jane Austen’s writings: letters, novels, poetry…I decided to give Northanger Abbey a go, especially since it’s her first novel. I have to say that I was quite disappointed by it and did not like the story as much as I expected. However, I like how ironic this book is and how it’s a parody of gothic novels. The plot could basically be described as “Expectations vs. Reality”. I guess I like the expectations a bit too much.
Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Obsidian is my first book involving aliens ever, and boy am I happy about it. The whole series is just amazing, the main character Kat is a bookworm and Daemon is one of the best book boyfriends out there! I have yet to read the last book in the series but I’m planning on reading it before the end of the year.
What do you think about my picks? And what are yours? If you did the tag, feel free to leave the link to your post in the comments so I can go check it out!
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