Top 5 Tuesday #8: A – B – C – D – E

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm.

This week’s topic:

A – B – C – D – E

(books with titles that start with the featured letters)

A is for…

Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit

I haven’t thought about this book in a while, but it’s one I love. It’s a YA historical fiction novel with a touch of magical realism about a girl growing up during World War II. Anna was separated from her father and adopted by a mysterious man who can communicate with birds. The man teaches her how to survive and cares for her until he’s unable to continue doing so. It’s a wonderful story but a heartbreaking one too, and is very well written.

B is for…

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan

Brain on Fire is Cahalan’s memoir about a scary period in her life when she suffered from seizures, psychosis, and paranoia, and no one could tell what was wrong. It’s a gripping read and although it’s a true story written by the person it happened to, I kept worrying and wondering how the book will end and what will become of Cahalan. This one made me forget I was reading a memoir. I was just caught up in the narrative of it.

C is for…

Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky

A sci-fi novel I’m buddy-reading this month with Dani from Perspective of a Writer. I can’t wait to read its spidery bits. (Not that I like spiders.)

D is for…

The Devourers by Indra Das

I started out buddy-reading this with Rachel from Life of a Female Bibliophile last year, but it doesn’t work well for a buddy read. Neither of us was feeling it, so we switched to a different book. I returned to The Devourers this year, picked up where I left off, and completed it. It was okay. I didn’t like it much, but the writing is beautiful. It’s a literary fantasy novel set in India about werewolves and such mystical creatures among us.

E is for…

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

I haven’t read this yet, but I’d like to. I just want to try another of Barbery’s work. I read her Life of Elves and loved it for the beautiful writing, not so much for the story because half the time I didn’t know what was happening. I just want to experience her writing again.

That’s it for me.
Let me know if you’ve read any of these.

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