Top 5 A-B-C-D-E Books

I’m slowly trying to keep up with blogging (maybe the T5T posts are all I’m able to do for now, but I’m trying to get my thoughts together eventually!), so I’m back again with another prompt from Shanah. This week’s theme (and the theme for the entirety of July!) has to do with what books start with what letter. And to make this harder on myself, I’m not going to pick a book that starts with “The,” so get ready, y’all.

A – Airman  by Eoin Colfer

I know I’ve talked about this one a few times before, but nowhere near as often as I’ve talked about my other favorites. Airman is one of my favorites because I love the turn-of-the-century setting, the inventions, and the dastardly villain who plays everyone just like a piano. It’s also a lot of fun to see a sword-wielding princess/queen.

B – Beyond the Deepwoods by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddle

This used to be one of my favorite series when I was younger. I thought it was the perfect mix of edgy (ha!) and fantastical elements. Every time you thought Twig was finally on the upswing of things, something else comes along and knocks him down again, from the Termagent Trogs to the Gloamglozer to the Sky Pirates, everything has a place in Twig’s world. Nowadays they brand this book as the fourth in the series, putting the prequel series (which was originally books 4-6) as the first three books. Don’t look for a happy ending in these books, because you won’t find it here. However, if you want something that makes you think (and illustrations that are some of the coolest around), I’d definitely recommend the Edge Chronicles to everyone.

C – Caliban’s War by James Corey

I have mentioned The Expanse series on here before, but I always talked about Leviathan Wakes, the first book in the series. I really enjoyed the second on, Caliban’s War, because it takes the elements of the first one and puts them in a blender. You’ve got the ghost who’s not a ghost, you’ve got the gung-ho Martian soldier, and I believe this is the one where the senator (maybe she’s an ambassador?) first makes her appearance as well. I haven’t watched the Amazon series beyond the first episode, but I am interested to see how it deals with the events of this book in particular. You can tell you’re setting up for the long haul here.

D – Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey

I was either nine or ten when my cousin pulled this off her bookshelf and handed it to me, saying “You like fantasy books, right?” I tried reading it that summer, but just couldn’t get into it. All those weird names like F’nor and F’lar? Ugh. So I let it sit on my shelves. And every so often, I’d pick it up again just to see if it was any more interesting, but it never was…until I hit my junior year of high school. That was when I could finally pick up on all of the fantastical elements, when I could read it without having to stop and figure out what I just read. I have never seen this book on an actual bookstore shelf until recently, and maybe that’s because dragons are coming back into vogue with Game of Thrones. I might have to pick up the rest of her series, because I thoroughly enjoyed this first book.

E – Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan

Do you remember picking out books from the Scholastic book flyer? About twice a year or so, these magical little papers would show up on your school desk and you’d spend hours (or maybe that was just me?) looking over these and trying to figure out what I could buy with the $20 limit that my mom gave me. Esperanza Rising came from one of these flyers. It was my first introduction to this particular time in history (where immigrants were coming from Mexico and looking into finding a better life in California) — in fact, it was probably my first foray into anything, fictional or non-fictional, based on Mexican lore at all. It’s a tough start to the book when Esperanza’s father dies, and things only get worse for her as the book goes on. Of course it has a happy ending, but it’s a long journey to get there.

I really like this! It forces me to go through my GoodReads list and look at the books I’ve got (and realizing how many titles start with the word “The!”) and figure out which ones I can wax poetic about (well, maybe not poetic, but it’s something).

I can’t wait for next week!

And as always, keep reading.

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