Okay, so yes I am doing this on a Wednesday, but it’s just because I haven’t sorted my schedule properly. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah @ The Bionic Book Worm. For the month of March, each week will represent five letters of the alphabet, and I will share a favourite author for each one of them! I gotta say, I was a bit surprised at first, but I’m excited!
The Letter A: Hanna Alkaf with The Weight of our Sky
I’m kicking off the list with some of my favourite reads of last year, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. The Weight of our Sky takes place in Kuala Lumpur, during the 1969 riots. It follows a teenage girl with OCD who is looking for her mother throughout the city, and it’s an INCREDIBLE story which also happens to be Hanna Alkaf’s first book: kudos for that. And if you haven’t read it, what are you waiting for?
The Letter B: Akemi Dawn Bowman with Starfish
I completely fell in love with this book. It tells the story of Kiko, a Japanese-American teenage girl who is trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life. She suffers from PTSD, and a mother who either ignores her or bullies her. It’s a book both heartbreaking and absolutely stunning. It’s incredible to watch Kiko get her life in her own hands through one summer, and I can only recommend you read the book. I haven’t yet read anything else by Akemi Dawn Bowman, but I will for sure.
The Letter C: Roshani Chokshi with The Gilded Wolves
This book is a heist with a crew of outcasts, and I don’t need much more to get me curious, but more than this, it is set in Paris during the 1889 International Exhibition which is about the best setting you can have for a book. It has bits of fantasy, and adventure, and what can I say, I just loved it so much. I also really can’t get enough of Roshani Chokshi’s Aru Shah series, and cannot wait for the sequel in both cases. Keep the good stuff coming, because I am here for it!
The Letter D: Anthony Doerr with All the Light we cannot see
In case you haven’t heard of it (which to be fair, I remember it was all over the place a few years ago, but maybe that’s not the case anymore) this book is a BRILLIANT historical fiction that takes place in between France and Germany during WWII. It’s a very beautiful book, which I will never forget, and would 100% recommend to EVERYONE.
The Letter E
One of my favourite French authors is called Annie Ernaux. She writes non fiction about her life, and society. Her book The Years was translated into English not too long a go, and I would most definitely recommend it! It picks up when the author was born in 1940, and follows French history until today. It’s extremely well done, and conveys a feeling of being both part of history, and watching it for afar, which somehow really resonated with me. If you’re looking to read more French books, then I would definitely recommend it!
And that’s it for today, thank you so much for reading ♥