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Top 5 Tuesday A-E

Shanah @ The Bionic Bookworm really decided to challenge us this month for our Top 5 Tuesday Posts. Each week we have a list of letters in the alphabet and our job is to recommend a book we have read that starts with the letter provided. This is going to be a difficult challenge but it’s one I’m excited to get into! Also, if we are looking through our books and can’t find a book we’ve read that starts with the letter we are trying to match, we are allowed to talk about a book that we want to read or are interested in. I’m adding in a little caveat that if I truly can’t find anything with the first letter than the word “the” in front of the rest of the title doesn’t count. (For example, The Flight Girls might count as F if I can’t find a book with F in the title.) Not going to lie, I’m a little worried about how this will go but it’s going to be a fun game to play throughout the month!

  1. A – Articulated Restraint by Mary Robinette Kowal – This isn’t a book but a short story. Since goodreads allowed me to add it as a book to my reading challenge, I assume it counts here as well. Articulated Restraint is a short story that takes place in the Lady Astronauts series between The Calculating Stars and The Fated Sky. The story follows Ruby an astronaut who is set to go on the first flight to Mars.
  2. B – Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang – I’m a big fan of books that contain elements of fabulism and this one definitely does! The book is about Weylyn Grey who has been orphaned, raised by wolves, and can control the weather. The reader gets to watch him and his best friend Mary grow up in the strange little world Merlyn finds himself in. It’s a sweet story about young boy as he grows from the people who knew him throughout his life.
  3. C – Cymbeline by William Shakespeare – I had quite a few options for this prompt but I couldn’t resist throwing a Shakespeare play in, especially one as zany a Cymbeline. I always describe the plot of Cymbeline as Shakespeare writing a satire of his own works. It has everything, star crossed lovers, evil step mothers, random mountain men, wars with imposing foreign countries. It’s seriously one of my favorite plays simply because of how silly the plot can seem when take a moment to think about it.
  4. D – Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan Maguire – Although this isn’t my favorite book in the Wayward Children Series, I did enjoy reading it. It deals more heavily with gothic horror themes due to the world that the characters exist in and it pulls heavily from stories such as Dracula, Frankenstein, and Wuthering Heights.
  5. E – Educated by Tara Westover – I’ve mentioned a few times that this is one of my favorite books that I’ve read. It’s such an interesting look into the life of someone who didn’t receive a formal education growing up. As someone who took a lot of pride in school and loved learning it’s an idea that seems almost unimaginable to me.

This was so hard!!!! I’m excited to keep going though! I realized going forward I need to pay more attention to what I read in school and to some of the plays I’ve read because they could be seriously useful for this!

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