Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm.
I am loving the theme for July that Shanah has come up with for Top Ten Tuesday. Throughout the month we will make our way through the alphabet, sharing a book for each letter. This week is UVWXYZ!
(The) Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Colson Whitehead is an autobuy for me! The Underground Railroad was beyond gut-wrenching and brilliant. It is the book that made me realize that I enjoy speculative fiction and renewed my love for historical fiction. It is one of those books that deserves all of the hype that it has received. Everyone should read it!
Victoria by Daisy Goodwin
Victoria is a book that I read before I started blogging and I forgot how much I enjoyed it! This is one of those books that I should talk about more often. I love historical fiction that has to do with royalty in some way. I was not expecting to form such a connection for Queen Victoria- at the end of the day she is just a normal teenager. I loved that she had all of this power but was still naive and dreamlike.
Women Talking by Miriam Toews
I will find any excuse I can get to talk about this gem of a novel. Miriam Toews has quickly become one of my favourite authors and it all started with Women Talking. She gives a voice to the voiceless in this powerful book and it is heartbreaking to know that it is based on a true story.
I failed!! I have never read a book that starts with ‘X’!
You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins
You Bring the Distant Near is such an underrated YA novel. It shocks me that it has under 700 reviews on Goodreads and I think it is a book that a lot of people would love if they gave it a chance. I adore stories that are told over multiple generations and this is a book that does it so well.
(The) Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman
I have to admit that I would not recommend this book. It is nonfiction about a Polish couple who ran a zoo during WWII. Their story is interesting but the way the author chose to tell it was quite tedious. It is obvious that Diane Ackerman is a naturalist and the story was dragged down by facts.
We have come to the end of the alphabet! I came so close to finding a book for every letter but X truly stumped me. I can not wait to see if anyone has a book for X!
52 thoughts on “UVWXYZ Books!”
Such a great list! The Underground Railroad is on my to-read list and I really hope I get to it soon. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you! I can not wait to see what you think of The Underground Railroad!
The Underground Railroad sounds so good! I haven’t read much speculative fiction, but I’ve loved what I have read. Great list!
It is really great. Speculative fiction is definitely something I need to explore more!
Umm, I am not sure if my comment was posted or not so here I go again!
The Underground Railroad and The Zookeeper’s Wife are on my tbr list 💜. All these books that you have listed sounds amazing! ✨💫
Totally agree with you about The Underground Railroad – it’s an incredible book and so intense! 😊
I loved TUR. I’ve not read this particular Daisy Goodwin book, but I am a fan of hers.
I need to read more from Daisy Goodwin! Any favourites?
I’ve read The American Heiress by Goodwin, it’s a good one.
Oh awesome! Going to add it to my TBR. Thanks!
wow,i just love all the collections
They are great!
I have a book for x. Xom-B. That book rocks!
x The Captain
Just looked it up. I could so go for a good z
SciFi book. Thanks!
I really wish this one had more hype as it be so well done. Hope ye enjoy it, if and when ye get to it. Arrr!
x The Captain
Great post! And you didn’t even cheat! Congrats ☺️
Haha I was tempted to! Thanks!
It made me SOOOOOO happy to see You Bring The Distant Near on your list!!!! I wish I could make more people read this – it’s a gem!
Exactly! We need to push that book on people more!
Sounds like you need to find a X book!! Lovely list!
I truly do! Hard to find!
great list!! you did it!! I really struggled with these letters 🙂 Victoria looks amazing!
It’s such a great book. Charming is the word I would use!
OMG! Thank you for reminding me about You Bring the Distance Near. I actually OWN a copy of that book. I received a copy from one of the last educational conferences I was at right before it came out and I haven’t read it yet. Bugger.
I’m so glad that you already have it on your shelves. It’s such a great one!!
Not to get to it
You found Y and Z!!! I seriously need to read both of those now haha. You Bring The Distant Near looks incredible. Great list!💜
I was surprised I found one for ‘Z’! You Bring the Distant Near is a wonderful book! Thank you!
I think we all struggled with this one, Kristin. Lol! Half of my list are on my TBR shelf and X is a book I found on Amazon that I probably will read but haven’t bought yet. x
Such a challenge. I mean how many words begin with X?
Lol! No many, Kristin 😘 I was expecting to find a pirate adventure titled X Marks The Spot but no 😂😂
I saw someone found a romance novel called X Marks the Scot!
The Underground Railroad and You Bring The Distant Near are two books that every time I see I swear I want to read them, but never seem to do so. Your arguments for both definitely push them higher up my list though!! Great selections for a tough section of the alphabet!
That makes me so happy to hear! I adore both of those books. I definitely understand the struggle of too many books, so little time!
Right? The plight of any good book nerd! I’ll definitely keep you posted! =D
I love everything about this list. The Underground Railroad was a profound reading experience, I just started The Nickel Boys and it’s even more heart-wrenching, I think I prefer the speculative spin Whitehead achieved in Railroad. Victoria sounds lovely and ooh, Women Talking is on my short list, good to know it lives up to the buzz.
I can’t wait to see your final thoughts on The Nickel Boys. I thought it was brilliant but definitely heart-wrenching.
Women Talking is so so good. Hope you love it when you get to it!
X was a tricky one and in the end I went for one which is semi-nonsense 😉
Haha at least you were creative/
Sorry! Your comment ended in my span folder for some reason.
I truly think you will love The Underground Railroad!
Oooh Victoria sounds good! I love the show about her! I’ll have to read that one!
It’s a great book. I have been meaning to watch the show!
I loved reading these posts (: there are a lot of interesting books over the series. I love the TV series about Victoria so I’ll definitely have to check out the books sometime. As well as several others from previous week’s.
Thank you! I need to try to watch the show! I was so charmed by Victoria. I hope you enjoy the book!
Thank you. I hope you enjoy the show if you do end up watching it. I think Victoria & Albert in it are fantastic.
It’s incredible the number of books you read! Really interesting and demanding challenge! Loved it though. Have to try something similar too!
Ah thank you! Would love to see the books you choose!