Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm.
I did not realize that this was this week’s topic when I wrote yesterday’s post about the books that I read before a started blogging! All the books in that post would certainly be appropriate for this topic but I do not want to repeat myself or reveal any of the books that I will talk about it future posts in that series. For this reason, today I will be sharing five books I have read since I started blogging that I just do not talk about enough!
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
My Sister, the Serial killer was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize, and is currently longlisted for the Booker Prize, so sufficed to say it has been getting a lot of buzz. For whatever reason, I just do not find a reason to personally talk about it a lot on my blog, even though I really did enjoy it! I thought it was an interesting look at the relationship between sisters and it raised some profound ethical questions. Just how far would you go to protect someone you love? I did not always agree with our main character’s decisions, but I understood them. There is more to this book than meets the eye!
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
Hunger is one of the most profound and honest memoirs that I have ever read. It is shameful that I do not talk about it more because it really did affect me in a lasting way. It is a tough, tough read but I think a lot of people will feel heard by Roxane Gay. Through telling her own story, she is giving many others a voice. I distinctly remember the way that this book made me feel. I encourage you to give it a chance if you ever have the opportunity, but be prepared for some difficult subject matter.
The Humans by Matt Haig
When I picked up The Humans, I was not expecting it to impact me in the way that it did. I thought I was getting in to a fun story about an alien taking over the body of a human, but it ended up being so much more than that. Talk about profound! The Humans ended up being an honest and hopeful look at humanity. As evident by the cover, there is also a dog who added even more charm to the story. This novel just brought me so much delight and it brings a smile to my face even now talking about it. Bonus- it is also quite funny! It is ridiculous that I do not talk about this book more because it truly is a favourite for many reasons.
The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
Wow, talk about a tough read. I think the main reason why I do not talk about The Female of the Species as much as I would like is because I know it will not be for everyone. It is very dark and heartbreaking in a way that makes me weary about recommending it too often. That said, unfortunately, I think a lot of girls/women will find something in which to relate to in this story. Mindy McGinnis does not shy away from shining a light on difficult topics, and I commend her for that. The Female of the Species is also an honest look at revenge. There are a lot of trigger warnings for this one so I encourage you to look in to that before picking it up.
The History of Bees by Maja Lunde
The History of Bees was 100% a cover buy- the cover is absolutely stunning in person. Luckily for me, this totally paid off because the story inside is just as wonderful and intricate. The story is told in three timelines, England in 1852, United States in 2007, and China in 2098. In each of these timelines we are shown the importance of bees, particularly in 2098 when bees have gone extinct. Without bees, the world becomes a dystopia with humans having to take over pollination in order to survive. It is such a fascinating novel and one that I wish had received more attention!
There you have it! Have you read any of these novels? Which books do you wish you had the chance to talk about more?