It’s been a while since I did a Top 5 Wednesday, this week the topic is Top 5 books over 500 pages.
First of all, I want to get just one thing out of the way.. ready? HARRY POTTER!! There, it’s out 🙂 phew, that feels a lot better ;). But seriously, I won’t count Harry Potter as one of my top 5 because everyone knows it already and I want to put some other books in the spotlight.
They are not in order of preference because some I read recently and for others it’s been a while.
1) The Golem and the Djinni – Helene Wecker (646 pages)
I just finished this book and I loved it! It’s a historical, fantasy story about, you guessed it, a golem and a djinni. It’s set in New York around the 1900’s and it talks a lot about immigration. Of course there’s the fantasy element but it all felt real and believable. If you want more information you can read my full review here.
2) The Passage – Justin Cronin (956 pages)
The world has fallen apart. A magic cure for everything really might be too good to be true. This was a thrilling story with lots of scary moments. I normally don’t like horror stories but this one was really well balanced and I enjoyed every word of it. I should go pick up the second book in the series (The Twelve) and I will, once I read some of the books currently on my TBR pile.. I don’t have a full review for this book and it’s been a while since I read it (before I even started this blog, so at least a year) but if you’re interested I’d gladly refresh my memory and go a bit more into detail.
3) The Art of Fielding – Chad Harbach (605 pages)
Another book that I read before starting this blog. This one is about baseball, and I didn’t think I was going to like it, I wasn’t even planning on reading it at all until a friend recommended it to me. I’m glad that I picked it up because it’s about so much more than just baseball! It’s about a boy growing up, it’s about family and love and how things can really be ‘complicated’ like the Facebook status says. If you’re so good at something and suddenly you can’t do it anymore, how do you cope? Can you get over your fears? A really well-written book. Once again, no full review, but I would write one if you’re interested.
4) Life after life – Kate Atkinson (610 pages)
This book broke my heart. It’s about a girl who gets the chance to erase her mistakes and just try again. It’s sounds great but what if it’s not? Having to live your life over and over until you get it right? You might think it’s a dream but it can easily turn into a nightmare. There’s also the fact that if you chance one decision, you might end up living a completely different life. So instead of living the same life over and over, you live a hundred different ones.
Intrigued? I was.. and I loved it. Yes, it made me cry and yes, I actually had to put the book down after a certain scene that just destroyed my mother-heart but I would recommend it to everyone. Amazing! Full review here.
5) The Book Thief – Markus Zusak (553 pages)
Because how could I not? This book is so great that everyone should read it. It’s so honest and real. In case you didn’t know, this is the story of a young girl who is adopted because her mother is see as a communist. And communists didn’t fit into Hitler’s view of the world. It’s set in a small village near Munich and if you know anything about World War II that should tell you enough to know that this isn’t going to be a happy read. It’s a story about books, which is awesome but also about friendship and loss. It made me weep at the sadness and the beauty, both at the same time. It will be one of my favourites forever. Full review here.
And that’s it, my Top 5 Wednesday on big books. I wanted to do this one because:
I like big books
and I cannot lie.
See you soon!