Top 5 Tuesday: Books I don’t talk about enough

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Hello friends, I’m not dead! I have not posted for….a bit of a while, but my love of books lives on. And after a year of blogging I think I’ve needed to recharge my batteries with some other media for a bit. But this Top 5 Tuesday looked fun, and it was one of the easier ones to write- there are many books I don’t talk about often enough, but these jumped out at me right away.

Top 5 Tuesday is a meme by the fantastic Bionic Book Worm, and it explores a different bookish topic each week. If you’d like to join in, check out the rest of her Top 5 Tuesday January Topics!

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I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

I love this book, and perhaps a reason I don’t talk about it a lot is because I don’t know quite how to talk about it? I remember it being a very hard book to review, and just the experience of reading it was so PAINFUL. It’s a story full of missed opportunities and hidden feelings and it HURT ME SO MUCH. I loved it, though. I did. And the writing was beautiful and creative and colorful.

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A List of Cages by Robin Roe

Another book I don’t talk about enough that WAS FULL OF PAIN. The two main characters, Julian and Adam, are so incredibly sweet, and their friendship is so incredibly sweet, but the events that surround them PAINED ME, and this is just a really sweet and painful book. I definitely should talk about it more.

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Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

This book blew me away when I first read it a few months ago, and it’s one I remember really enjoying writing a review for. This story was so strange and if magical realism is not your thing, it may not be the most ideal book to pick up, but it worked for me and I thought it was brilliant. I loved the plot twist and was so refreshed by one that I didn’t see coming, but also didn’t come randomly out of left field. This is one I really should have been talking about more.

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Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut

I read this book about a year ago, and it twisted me up so much I didn’t even write a review for it because I didn’t know what to say. It’s about an American spy who is put on trial for Nazi war crimes he had no choice but to commit in his undercover work for the Allies. Kurt Vonnegut presents a moral dilemma that twisted my brain in such a good way, and highlighted a horribly gray area of history (I love books that highlight morally gray areas of history). It’s the first and only Kurt Vonnegut book I’ve read, and he certainly lived up to his reputation.

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The Alienist by Caleb Carr

I’ve mentioned this book a few times, but certainly not enough. It’s a gruesome historical thriller about a serial killer in 19th century New York City killing young boys, and it it’s not for the faint of heart, but I enjoyed this book immensely because the characters are BRILLIANT and the historical atmosphere is fantastic. It’s an intricately plotted story that genuinely scared me and creeped me out, but appealed to the softer emotions in me. It’s a book about murder and friendship and honestly? I had the time of my life reading this book.

Have you read any of these? What are some books you love but don’t talk about enough?

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22 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday: Books I don’t talk about enough

  1. Pingback: Top 5 Rewind – books I don’t talk about enough! – Bionic Book Worm

  2. This was a really interesting post and has gotten me thinking about the books I don’t talk about enough! I’ve read A List of Cages, and completely agree on the emphasis of the pain that book gives you! I’ve also read I’ll give you the Sun which I read a few years ago now and think it’s due a reread soon! The writing in that book was amazing!

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    • I’ll Give You The Sun was so much more than I expected! Though I don’t know if I could reread it because it was so sad at parts…but still, the characters were great and that writing was fantastic, it’d be worth rereading just for that.

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  3. Omg I like this topic a lot I MEANT TO DO IT but now I’m too tired 😦 Tragically I haven’t read any of these, and I actually haven’t read any Vonnegut at all??? I’ve really gotta change that… and Mother Night sounds incredible omg.

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    • Mother Night is definitely one of the more thought-provoking books I’ve read…I don’t know why I haven’t read more Vonnegut?? But even though I haven’t read any of his other books I feel like this was a good place to start. My dad was always telling me to read him and when I never did he finally just bought me this book, lol.

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  4. I love Vonnegut, but have never read Mother Night. I think I need a copy! There are definitely some books that are brilliant and wonderful… and then I feel like I have nothing to say that could sum up why I loved them.

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    • I saw commercials for it, but I’m on the fence about watching…I too wasn’t quite sure how I felt about Dakota Fanning as that character in particular, but I may give it a shot….it’s one of those books I loved so much, I’m really unsure if anyone can do it justice, and if they DO, I have this weird thing where I get nervous that it’ll change how I perceive the book?? Idk, I can’t win, lol. But I think if I happen to come across it or see it on, I might check it out.

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