“This inscription could be seen on the glass door of a small shop, but naturally this was only the way it looked if you were inside the dimly lit shop, looking out at the street through the plate-glass door.”First line in The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
It’s Tuesday! Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah from Bionic Book Worm and the topics for July is all about finding and recommending books started with each letter of the alphabet. Today we’ve reached K, L, M, N and O so here are some books starting with those letters.
K for The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
This is the first book in Ness’ Chaos Walking trilogy which is a YA science fiction/dystopia series. We follow Todd who lives in a town with no women. All the women were killed by a virus just after Todd was born, and he is therefore the youngest in the town. Another curious thing about this town is that all the remaining men can hear each other’s thoughts. All the time. Everyday. There is no such thing as peace and quiet. That is until Todd stumbles upon a place that is exactly that. Silent.
This series is a favorite of mine. It has such interesting themes about society and explores different scenarios such as: what if the world consisted only of men? Also, this series has the best villain I’ve ever read about. If you like reading about villains, you need to read this.
The writing style can throw people off though. Misspellings are not uncommon, but I can only say that they are there for a reason.
L for The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo
A wonderful collection of fairytales set in the Grisha Verse. I love fairytales and it was just such a great experience to read these new ones. Of course, they are very much inspired by stories we already know, but Bardugo still managed to give them a twist so that they seemed indigenous to this particular world. If you decide to read it, I highly recommend reading a physical copy because those illustrations are to die for.
M for The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Yes, this one has a tv show. However, they have weirdly little in common except for the characters. So, don’t expect this book to be as awesome as the show. It’s still good though. It’s adult urban fantasy and has been described as Harry Potter for adults. That’s a bit of a stretch in my opinion. They go to a school to learn magic and that’s about where the similarities stop.
It’s deals with mental health a lot and explores those years after the characters have graduated. That feeling of “now what?” but in a magical setting that sometimes is seriously hilarious and other times, so utterly dark that you have to put the book down for a bit.
N for The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
A fantasy classic for children that is the most whimsical and imaginative story I’ve ever read. Bastian Bux finds a magical book about the world called Fantastica which needs to be saved by a human. Bastian might be that human but how does that work? After all, it’s just a book and worlds in books aren’t real, right?
O for Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Time travel. Romance. Scotland in the 18th century. Those are just some of things you’ll find in Outlander but most importantly, it also has Jamie Fraser. That might not mean anything to you, but I guarantee that you’ll fall deeply in love with him.
Claire Randall accidently travels through time and finds herself in Scotland in the year 1743. There she has to navigate wars and politics all while trying to get back home.
I’ve only read this first book in the series because those books are huge and can feel quite slow at times. I don’t think they are for me because I don’t always enjoy romance books. However, if you enjoy historical fiction with a ton of romance, I think this is for you. And if you don’t want to read the books, there’s always the tv show which is amazing.
There you have it. I’m liking this challenge more and more, but I know it’s going to be difficult soon. So far, so good.